✩ Want You To Know: The Very Opposite Of A Guardian Angel

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Police in the US have shot and killed another black man, Alton Sterling. Over at Facebook, the bastion of anti-transparency, Mike Monteiro has had his account suspended for reporting gun sales which breach Facebook's own terms and conditions.

This long New Yorker piece by George Saunders follows Trump's campaign from rally to rally across the country, trying to ascertain what it is his supporters see in him. It reaches this unhappy conclusion

Although, to me, Trump seems the very opposite of a guardian angel, I thank him for this: I’ve never before imagined America as fragile, as an experiment that could, within my very lifetime, fail.

From an ostensible man of action like Trump we move on to the inactive men and women of the Irish parliament. It's thirty three years since the Eighth Amendment was introduced, when the government of the day ignored the advice of the Attorney General that very bad situations could arise as a result of the amendment. It's twenty four years since what that Attorney General had forecast came to pass in the form of the X case and the current government is now using the advice of the Attorney General to justify continued inactivity. Palpable foot-dragging, as Kathy Sheridan puts it in the Irish Times.

Meanwhile, in the face of that profound human suffering, we seem to have all the time in the world to meditate on how many angels can dance on the head of a pin.

But that's Ireland for you. The Best Small Country In The World Not To Be A Pregnant Woman In.

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Yours etc., @loughlin

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