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25 May 2006 @ 11:48 am
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Neil Gaiman and Gary Wolfe
Originally uploaded by Ellen Datlow.
On the news on Today FM this morning, a piece about the Afgan asylum seekers was immediately followed by a piece about Irish politicians encouraging the US to allow illegal Irish immigrants stay, basically because they've been there a long time. Was the news making a point, or was it just coincidence?

I don't know what the pagans or creationishists on my flist will think of this, but the Papal astronomer has dismissed creationism as a kind of paganism (via Neil Gaiman's blog)

Also via Neil Gaiman's blog, a rare photo of him not wearing a black t-shirt or leather jacket.
Patron Saint of Women With No Morals ^_^drusillamac on May 25th, 2006 11:01 am (UTC)
I'm not entirely clued up on the US's origins but were the Irish not part of the 'original' group of migrants to the US? I've studied a little on early US immigration and, the basic idea is, if you come from a white, northern or western European country it's acceptable!
a very caring potatomollydot on May 25th, 2006 03:35 pm (UTC)
(Background: there were Afgan asylum seekers hunger striking in a cathedral in Dublin)
It does seem to be the general rule. OTOH, we've been told many times that the way we're dealing with the Afgan hunger strikers is not racist and nothing to do with race, therefore we can't pull out the "but we're the same!" card when it comes to the US.
I'm undecided about the Afgan situation, but the hypocrisy of the attitudes to the two groups of migrants pisses me off. Did the illegal Irish pursue all legal options before becoming illegal? Did they submit to the right of America to decide who gets to stay within her borders? Yet they should be allowed to stay because they've settled. Why doesn't that apply to the Afgans here? (I admit, I have no idea how they've been here)
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a very caring potato: gaimanmollydot on May 25th, 2006 04:11 pm (UTC)
Nooooo! Don't say that! gNeil is perfect.
dubnordie on May 25th, 2006 03:56 pm (UTC)
rare photo
....and quite short hair!

And I've just re-read that line of "Papal astronomer has dismissed....". errrrm, the pope has an astronomer? Isnt that kind of a non christian way of thinking, looking at all them planets and what they're doin' an' stuff?
a very caring potato: sciencemollydot on May 25th, 2006 04:12 pm (UTC)
Re: rare photo
Er... you're not confused with astrology, are you? I don't see what's unchristian about astronomy.