Conor McGregor: Irish pride

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This Celtic warrior personifies Ireland

Conor McGregor is the white Muhammad Ali. I say this because of what the American boxer represented to his people. He was always cognizant of what his success meant to underprivileged African-Americans in the USA. McGregor embodies something similar: his Irish red beard, ripped UFC torso, his cutting mouth and his fixed mind obliterates opponents and stereotypes alike. He is arrogant, trenchant, and he is our’s.

He is a charmer. While Ireland is seen as a nation of charmers, it is usually in the way of the storyteller and the rogue and while I apprise these virtues and vices of ours, for these tools of soul and character live in both extremes, the arrogant charm of McGregor announces itself differently. It is not as eloquent as Ali’s but it is no less domineering in its delivery. McGregor sees himself as the king yet despite his unwavering devotion to his carefully managed cult of personality, he makes declarations with the intelligence and awareness of a man who fully appreciates the extent of his value to the sport of UFC. He is brand building and, with Ireland officially one of the best places to do business in and with a number of top-level executives across America, how often do you hear of Paddy the business man? Furthermore, like there are different fighting styles, there are different fighting men and McGregor’s wit is more brutal than the velvet approach of Ali. Though, on this point, Joe Frazier might disagree.

McGregor is almost literally cut from the same cloth as Ali, fitted into fine suits and keenly aware of his wealth and status. ‘I’ll wipe my tears with my money’ is one retort to an online insult. He just recently appeared on Conan O’Brien in what should prove to be classic TV appearance on a format that conduced the personality of Ali through the screens of Americans, the British via Michael Parkinson, and in Ireland where he expressed a kinship with the Irish. Ali was photographed and televised and a number of iconic images are his legacy, such as a deified Ali punctured by arrows. If McGregor sees himself as the king, Ali saw himself as god. McGregor is just beginning to master this side of his cult but it seems obvious that he will go on and fill the lenses of fans, artists, and chroniclers of men who are transcendent.

The fighting Irish. Read or hear this and the drunken Paddy will be probably come to mind or, possibly, a balaclaved terrorist. The recent passage of the Marriage Equality Bill in Ireland seemed inevitable to Irish people yet surprising to the outside world. After all, we are Catholic backwater that hates personal freedom, right? We are the fighting Irish. We are the Irish that fought for women’s voting right before any other country. We are the Irish who fought for trade unions with other impoverished tribes around America. We are the Irish helped Indian democracy. For me. McGregor, as a fighting Irishman is fighting for the pride of Ireland and who represented the boss of the UFC for calling him British. He is keenly sensitive to ignorance. He is one of us, then.

Finally, he is a one-man motivational industry. His frenzy and magnetic self-belief were constants even as a teenager. Now he is king. YouTube is saturated with montages and fan videos of inspirational music with plenteous quotes V6J5Wdgfrom actors and motivators. They are good and I quite enjoy them, but who has never wondered: if they can do it, why not me? McGregor now has videos that follow the necessary formula, appropriate music and the fade in and fade out of choice quotes to move the heart of you.

McGregor will contest the Interim Featherweight Title on July 11th against Chad Mendes. Everybody in Ireland expects our boy to bring it home. Like Batman, he is the hero we need right now. He is not ashamed of where he comes from and he can teach us to be proud of a real Ireland, a confident Ireland, our Ireland. There are those outside who do not understand us and those inside that are still colonized in the mind, scared of being Irish. We were told we couldn’t things for  so long that we started telling ourselves the same. McGregor is the answer. His intro music of  traditional Irish ballads fused with hip hop harmonize the two Irelands, the Ireland we were born into and the Ireland we want to nurture.

And I like his beard.

Opinion by Enda Kenneally

Possible new law of nature on the way

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The world of physics is excited about strong but early evidence about the behavior of muons, paricles identical to electrons only 200x more massive (heavier), which once born take 2.2 microseconds to decay into an electron, and which spin like tops. In a new, extremely precise measurement, they were made to wobble using magnetic fields but they unexpectedly wobbled quite significantly faster than the Standard Model suggests they would. They might spin so fast due to an unknown force caused by an unknown particle, and this is what is so exciting.

“We found that a muon … is not in agreement with our current best theory of physics at the subatomic level, and … it potentially points to a future with new laws, new particles and new forces in physics which we haven’t seen to date,” said Professor Mark Lancaster at U of Manchester.

“The main goal of the experiment is to make the measurement and compare with the theory, and if they disagree then it’s telling us that there’s something in nature which is not in the theory,” explained James Mott at Fermilab.

The four known forces of nature (gravity, electricity, two nuclear forces: strong and weak interactions) have left scientists without an answer for some observed phenomena, such as the speed at which galaxies spin (faster than the best model suggests). Therefore, they continue to search for glitches in their already-tight models which might point them things they don’t yet know about.

The most recent work was done at Fermilab (Muon g-2 experiment), but a similar experiment was already done earlier at the Large Hadron Collider. These tools accelerate particles in large rings at close to the speed of light.

The evidence needs more tests for greater certainty, particularly to rule out the possibility of a systematic error, and particularly with a new, independent experiment, but physicists will be chasing this line of experiment eagerly.

“This is outstanding confirmation of experimental technique, and very, very suggestive of the possibility of new physics,” noted scientist David Hertzon of U of Washington.

By the editors

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People in Kachin state demonstrate against China

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YANGON, Myanmar – The people in the Pharkant area of Kachin state demonstrated against China this week, drawing a cross on the Chinese flag and burning a picture of Myanmar’s military leader Min Aung Hlaing.

“China stands with the military leader,” shouted the demonstrators.

By Htay Win
Photo credit Aye Yarwaddy

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Myanmar military council arrests the artist Zarganar

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YANGON, Myanmar – The artist Zarganar was arrested by the Myanmar military council from his home in Tarmwe township, Yangon this morning.

Zarganar is not only a director but also a comedian famous for political jokes since the 1988 democratic revolution.

Zarganar was arrested by the Myanmar military many times before 2010.

By Htay Win
Photo credit Zarganar page

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Kayin IDPs struggle to get for food

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YANGON, Myanmar – Kayin internally displaced people are desperate for food, clothing and shelter, hiding in the forest from the air strikes of the Myanmar military.

The IDPs fled to neighboring Thailand, but Thai government turned them back. However, Wednesday morning the Thai government opened Maeseli jetty in Maehaungsaung district to sending rations and medicines over the border to Kayin state, according to a Thai media.

By Htay Win

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Twenty Myanmar celebrities charged with incitement

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YANGON, Myanmar -They were charged under the country’s media law with inciting government employees to join the popular civil disobedience movement (CDM) through social media.

Celebrities took part in the NLD election campaigns and are thought to have played a large part in influencing the public, particularly Myanmar’s youth, to vote for Aung San Suu Kyi.

By Htay Win
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