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Feck News - Reason Through Humour.

€185 of €300 goal

Raised by 6 people in 10 months
Created March 7, 2018
Who am I?

My name is Paul Maguire and I live in Dundalk, one of the largest towns in Ireland. I’m a single dad to 2 kids with amazing personalities and lots of love to give.

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In 2017 I was diagnosed with depression and lost my job. Yet despite the negative connotations this may have, it has allowed me to devote more of my time with the two lights of my life, something which I was not previously able to do. There is liberation in the weirdest places sometimes.

What it has also allowed me to do is think, write and try to develop a means of fighting the rise of fervent racism and hatred in Ireland and society in general. From these thoughts, Feck News was born. I used to write a lot in the past and believe now is the best time to focus on my ability to be creative.

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What is Feck News?

I created Feck News in December 2017 as a Facebook page to highlight and comment on the tide of rising populism and white nationalism in Ireland and the world in general.  Playing with the Irish word “Feck” and the word “Fake”, made popular by Donald Trump, Feck News aims to do 3 things:

1.       Poke fun at those in power who are gradually eroding all what we would regard as decent and humane in society through fear and lies,

2.       Raise the awareness that extreme right-wing views are growing in Ireland and this needs to stop and

3.       To provide humour and a little entertainment in our lives whilst dealing with the issues above.

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Traditional and social media is awash at the moment with a growing lack of empathy and compassion for those less well off than ourselves and for those seeking asylum from military bombardment.

Right-wing views and actions are increasing rapidly and I believe we can try to fight this through providing an alternative view to what’s becoming worryingly popular these days.

When you are fighting depression on a daily basis, it’s good to have an outlet to express yourself and  Feck News is my weapon of choice.  It gives me the hope that I can  make a difference and try to  make the world a better, more compassionate place for my kids to grow up into.  Now is the time to expand and turn it into something for the greater good for as many people as possible.

How I aim to achieve this.

In order to expand Feck News to a wider audience I wish to create a fully-fledged website dedicated to promoting my message by providing entertaining commentary and content, interspersed with serious subject matter and discussion.

I purchased the domain name “fecknews.com” at the same time I started the Facebook page but, due to the financial pressures of being an unemployed single parent, am unable to meet the costs of hosting Feck News. This is why I am reaching out to you all for some invaluable support to start the ball rolling.

In the longer term, I aim to create and publish my own audio and video content and will have costs relating to that but, for now, I want to learn how to walk before I can run when it comes to online media and publication.

GOAL

To meet the costs associated with the above, my initial goal is to raise 300 euro.

This will cover hosting fees with a recognised website provider such as Wix, Wordpress.com or Squarespace as well as the associated website security costs and SSL certificates. It may even allow me to invest in some image editing software which will help enhance the written word as well as improve the visual quality of the website.

I believe the longer we wait to provide a sane, alternative view to the bigots and hate-mongers in our midst, we may pass the point of no return.

It’s extremely frustrating to have all these ideas in my head and not being able to fund the means of getting them out there. All I can do now is ask for your support, in any shape or form, to turn Feck News into a vibrant and powerful reality.

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 My Offer To You
Honesty and Humour. Compassion and Conscience. Wit and Wisdom (maybe :-) Open and Willing to Listen. Ready to Stand for Injustice and to call out Ignorance when it rears its head. 

I'll provide regular updates on the website and it's development. I'm also open to suggestions, feedback and advice on moving forward with the site. 

And finally, you will have my unending gratitude. This is my chance to beat the Big D and beat down the crazies who are trying to take over the asylum that is common sense and basic human decency.

 

Where can I currently find Feck News and view its content.

Facebook:          https://www.facebook.com/fecknewsfecker/ 

Twitter:                @fecknewsfecker

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Update 13
Posted by Paul Maguire
7 months ago
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I've not updated this much in recent times as, to be honest, I'd kinda forgotten about it. Been focussing too hard on OneFatIrishDad on Facebook and building a follower base on Twitter. Can't believe it took me this long to get involved on Twitter. It's the best way of getting my message and humour out there a lot quicker than Facebook.

Plenty to be done still, although getting stuff done when the kids are off school for the Summer is going to require some serious organising skills hehe. However, the mission of Feck News remains the same: Stopping the rise of Trumpian politics in Ireland and offering support and encouragement to the brave and clever #Resistance in the United States.

Remember, if the US goes down in flames, so do we. #Nevergiveup
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Update 12
Posted by Paul Maguire
8 months ago
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The website is doing great so far. It has inspired other thing too like One Fat Irish Dad on facebook and twitter. Helping me overcome depression and finding my way back to full health. The support so far from everyone has been wonderful. Hopefully, when I hit my target I can develop the website and pages further. Love and happiness to you all :)
Sunshine is Funshine
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Update 11
Posted by Paul Maguire
9 months ago
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Facebook, in it's infinite wisdom, has decided that because my servers are based in the Netherlands, any of their addons or plugins that I want to integrate into Fecknews are being displayed in Dutch!!! bit of a problem when I don't believe I have any dutch speakers as readers yet. A server change from the EU to the US may be in order. Possibly a slight degradation in site response speed but one which I may have to take the hit on. The downside of not being able to afford Irish based servers. Onwards and upwards - I'll get his fixed somehow :)
Hope you're all keeping well. Anyone building air-raid bunkers in your backyards yet?
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Update 10
Posted by Paul Maguire
9 months ago
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Hello Everyone. Another update on the progress of Feck News. Starting to see more viewers both on the Site on the FB page which is great. Once the Easter Holidays are over I can concentrate better on content. (It's tricky when the kids are a constant distraction with the schools being off hehe)
I'm considering whether to change the layout of the site. I've noticed that it looks ok on a desktop but when 70% of your readers are using smartphones, the site needs to be more attractive looking - as well as providing clearer direction to other content. So look out for some changes over the coming weeks.

As always I'm continuing to reach out for any support you can provide in order to make thees improvements and to assit with promoting the site. Target was set low so as not to be too greedy, appreciating that there are many other requests out there looking for finance. Anything small you can offer would be brilliant and you would be part of the growth of Feck News.

Have a fab weekend.
Paul
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