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General discussion / Re: The Official World Cup 2018 Thread
« on: July 16, 2018, 12:23:39 PM »
France are deserving winners in the end. They made the most of their luck in this game though. This game wasn't a classic it was all about the errors really. Getting the own goal and an accidental penalty set up the win.

Be nice to have a chat on the football, not the refs decisions.

France were clearly the best team in the competition - there was nearly unanimous agreement at the start that they were one of the favourites, but the question was could they play as a team?  I think they did that very well, and huge credit must go to Deschamps, as coach and manager.  He is now in some company (with Beckenbauer and Zagallo) as the men who have won WCs as player and manager, and yet, prior to the tournament he was under massive pressure from his own country's media.  The football wasn't consistently spectacular, but (as Johnny Giles might say), they played each game on its merits, and came out on top when it mattered. 

What do we take from the tournament in how the game is developing?  My own take is that the 'gaps' between good teams and bad teams is narrowing, and qualifying is going to get harder and harder.  More and more countries are learning how to defend properly - my guess is that we are going to go into a period where counter-attacking is going to be the coaching focus (retaining possession seems now to be out-of-date) - with a big big focus on organisation without the ball.

So what do we take from the successes and the failures.  France are a massive country, and their education system places a big emphasis on sport - the Clarefontaine academy has now led to success in 2 WCs and an EC.  If they can transform their league into one that can compete for players with La Liga and the PL, then we could see them becoming a (more) dominant force (than they already are).  Croatia, as a tiny country producing (consistently) world-class players, in all positions, must be worth studying, from Ireland's perspective at least.  If we look back at the fact that they nearly didn't qualify in the first place, then we have to concede that the skills of their manager must be a key factor - is this a golden generation, or is this a one-off effort in support of a man with motivational skills?  Germany - poor choices in selection of the squad; nothing more.  Brazil - not in a good place; mass exodus of their players from local football; might never be a force again, realistically.  Argentina - ditto.  Uruguay - they know who they are; they know what they can do; they keep doing it, but are too small to win it without massive luck.  England - won the games they should have, lost they games they should have; have a real coach for the first time in ages (since Bobby Robson, probably) and might improve to a second-tier nation. 

So, a very good WC - it nearly always is, in fairness. 

General discussion / Re: World Cup Prediciton Comp
« on: July 16, 2018, 09:32:01 AM »
Good man Shamrock. Hon the Larries. Prediction is difficult, especially when it concerns the future.

Fair play SS, were you inspired in Italia?

General discussion / Re: World Cup Prediciton Comp
« on: June 28, 2018, 09:32:04 AM »
Who many bastarding late goals have there been?

I've lost at least 18 pts to last minute goals  >:(

90 minute game, SS.   :P

General discussion / Re: The Official World Cup 2018 Thread
« on: June 28, 2018, 09:31:04 AM »
Very interesting for the usual suspects. Italy didn't even make it. Germany are out. Argentina are poor. Brazil are underwhelming.
It's a great opportunity for a second rank team to win the tournament .

If Belgium really are 'it' they will never have a better chance.

The Tier-1 teams appear to have forgotten how to defend, and the Tier-2 teams appear to have forgotten how to attack.  Of them all, so far, only Brazil look like they can go through the gears ... sadly. 

General discussion / Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« on: June 18, 2018, 10:37:48 AM »
Great Appointment but risky at the same time. Hopefully his madness will suit us because we are a mad club. Strap in folks, gonna be a crazy ride.

Is Cloughie's tenure record in jeopardy - this lad has form.  He's also an excellent coach. 

General discussion / Re: The Official Golf Thread
« on: June 15, 2018, 09:02:02 AM »
Watching Shane Lowry 4-putt from 4 ft wasn't pretty. 

General discussion / Re: World Cup Prediciton Comp
« on: June 14, 2018, 09:10:23 AM »
Tks Dinny.  Am in. 

That's very nice of you Dinny. We love Kildare folk too  :-*

Except Anthony Rainbow.   >:(

General discussion / Re: Eighth Amendment poll
« on: May 29, 2018, 03:45:28 PM »
reading through the last couple of pages its easy to see this was more about anti-church sentiment for many than any win for "progress" or "women's rights"
nobody won on the yes side. There is no victory in abortion. I read this in the telegraph over the weekend and thought it a very succinct point:
When there is a school shooting in America there are two responses - those who want to ban guns and those who want to arm everyone. Most here are appalled at the idea that more guns is the solution.
The idea that easier abortion is the solution to crisis pregnancy is just as appalling.

I talked to a good friend of mine from Armagh up in NY a couple of weekends back. He had a conversion in his late 20s and is now a missionary priest. He said Ireland was going through a purification. I hope he is right. I don't know if people get the magnitude of this vote or even care. God have mercy on us all

Re the point in the Telegraph, there are plenty of common sense proposals for gun controls put forward in America in the aftermath of school shootings, which don't involve blanket bans - background checks, ban on high capacity magazines, bio locks on guns - and guess what? The NRA opposes them all.

There have been plenty of common sense proposals to deal with crisis pregnancies over the years - more and better non-religious sex education, easier availability for contraception, the morning after pill etc - of which the current legislation is just one more example. And guess what? The No side does what the No sides does - it says No.

Having abortion available does not make it compulsory. The No campaigners would be far better employed looking at these other solutions and joining with the Yes side to make their availability a deal breaker.

We didn't vote for abortion, we voted for the choice. If the other services mentioned above make abortion less necessary, than you would have 100% of the population behind you.

Excellent post Easytiger. This has been explained many, many times yet it seems impossible for some to grasp.

People hear what they want to hear, Seanie. 

General discussion / Re: Eighth Amendment poll
« on: May 25, 2018, 12:25:20 PM »
One thing that doesn't get enough attention re abortion rates is insightful sex education. Teenagers shouldn't have to learn from porn.

- hardly mentioned in this whole thread and never a platform of the lunatic element of the 'no' campaign. Indeed they are generally opposed to contraception, easy access to sexual health services and even sex education in some cases.

Contraception in The Netherlands: the low abortion rate explained
"The Dutch experience with family planning shows the following characteristics: a strong wish to reduce reliance on abortion, ongoing sexual and contraceptive education related to the actual experiences of the target groups, and low barrier family planning services."

I didn't get involved in any of this debate, really, but I am voting YES.  I find it outrageous really, that 50% of our population are being forced to remain pregnant when they don't want to be, or don't choose to be.  I don't think abortion is a good thing, but I certainly don't think I should be in a position to force a woman who doesn't want to be pregnant to remain so, whatever the reason, or whatever I personally believe. 

General discussion / Re: TV Show recommendations
« on: May 22, 2018, 03:26:59 PM »
Anyone watching/watched Longmire?

Watched a few, years ago.  I'd read some of the books and was mildly interested.  Didn't like the show. 

General discussion / Re: Official Gooners Thread aka Déjà vu
« on: May 22, 2018, 09:12:13 AM »
You can't simply judge a league on how well its elite teams do in Europe, Dinny.

So what are the criteria for 'judging a league'?

Looking at the replay there, the keeper's left foot was still on the line when the penalty was struck, so it shouldn't have been retaken, much less all the other stuff.  I think the first principle for referees (correct me if I'm wrong), is that they need to be certain that a transgression has occurred to call a 'foul', which couldn't have happened there.  End of refs career, I'd have thought.  And very bad luck for Ireland U17s. 

General discussion / Re: Eighth Amendment poll
« on: May 14, 2018, 01:44:12 PM »
I've talked to dozens of people who are going to vote Yes, but are keeping their intentions private.
This is mainly because of how aggressive the No camp are to people who disagree with them.

General discussion / Re: Eighth Amendment poll
« on: May 02, 2018, 01:16:25 PM »
Saw this today:

Here are nine reasons why I will be voting yes, Yes, YES …. (by Brian Barrington )
1 - Ireland is a civilised country in all areas except one: our abortion laws. Check out the attached map below. Ireland’s abortion laws put it in the same category as bastions of human rights like Somalia, Afghanistan, the Congo and Papua New Guinea. Saudi Arabian women have more abortion rights than Irish women. It really is that bad. It is long past time to rectify this wrong and to end our national shame.
2 - The Irish Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists is in favour of repealing the 8th Amendment, as is the Irish Midwife’s Association. The professional view these doctors and midwives is that they cannot do their jobs properly thanks to the 8th amendment. They have to deal every day with the terrible consequences of this badly thought out constitutional amendment. Are we really so sure that we know better than they do what is needed? What argument can we make that we know better? Let’s see.
3 - According to the Irish constitution a fully grown woman has an “equal right to life” with an embryo. The text reads: “The State acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantees in its laws to respect, and, as far as practicable, by its laws to defend and vindicate that right.” This is a straightforward obscenity. The right to life of a fully grown woman clearly vastly exceeds that of an embryo and to say otherwise, as the Irish constitution currently does, is outrageous. It is not just an insult to Irish women – as an Irish man I am insulted to have something this stupid in my constitution.
4 - The 8th Amendment is an outright lie. It is easy to see that Irish people do not actually believe that mothers and unborn children have an “equal right to life” – we showed this when voted overwhelmingly to give women the explicit right to travel abroad for pregnancy terminations. We might as well have put in our constitution: “We don’t really mind if you have an abortion as long as you go to England – just don’t do it on holy Irish soil”. The national hypocrisy is stunning. The fact that we enshrine in our constitution the right of women to travel to have abortions demonstrates that we do not actually think that an unborn child has an “equal right to life” as the mother. This is why the 8th Amendment is an outright lie.
5 - If you put lies in your constitution it is not just symbolic. It has bad real-world consequences. In the Y case a pregnant rape victim was denied an abortion in Ireland. She was a foreign national so she could not do what many Irish women do in that situation (i.e. go to England). After the woman went on hunger strike an Irish court ordered her to be force fed. Another proud day for Ireland courtesy of the 8th amendment.
In 2010 an Irish woman was denied an abortion despite being diagnosed with fatal foetal syndrome. The cruelty and inhumanity of this simply beggars belief. Imagine a law that COERCES women with fatal foetal abnormalities to continue pregnancy and undergo child birth against their will? After being abandoned by her own country this woman had to go to England of course. At least she was able to do so.
If Savita Halappanavar had been granted an abortion when she requested it she would be alive now, but due to our abortion laws she was denied it and that is why she is dead now.
If you put dumb shit in your constitution then this is the kind of thing that happens.
The 8th has inflicted unnecessary suffering on countless women in Ireland. It is barbaric. It degrades us as a people. It is a cancer in our constitution and it needs to be removed. By voting to remove the amendment we can in a small way apologise to the women who have suffered and take steps to ensure that appalling events like these do not happen again. One thing is for sure: if we disgrace ourselves and vote No then appalling events like these WILL happen again. Knowing this, how can anyone is good conscience vote No?
6 - Now, it may be that after the X case (Remember that? The attorney general slapped a travel injunction on a pregnant fourteen year old rape victim in regard to travelling to England for an abortion. Another disgrace for our nation thanks to this sham provision in our constitution) a judge eventually interpreted the 8th amendment to in this instance privilege the life of the mother over that of the unborn. But this “interpretation” contradicts the plain meaning of the text, which explicitly says that their right to life is “equal” and therefore that one should not be privileged over the other. There is a good reason why the judge, when dealing with the concrete reality of the X case, had to interpret the text to mean something that it does not say: the text of the 8th amendment is ABSURD – it is so obviously absurd that no reasonable person can take what it actually says seriously, so it therefore needs to be ignored (i.e. “interpreted” to mean something that it does not actually say). Well, are we really going to leave this absurdity in our Constitution? Why not just take the stupid thing out, since its symbolism is grotesque and its real-world consequences even worse?
7- Our favoured means of ignoring the cruelty of the 8th amendment involves hopping on a Ryanair flight to London. Time to end this national farce. How ironic and humiliating that we Irish rely on Britain, our old colonial master, to solve for us the problem that we don’t have the courage and maturity to face for ourselves. Now we have the opportunity to show at least a modicum of courage and maturity and begin dealing with the problem ourselves. I really hope that we don’t make a holy show of ourselves and vote No.
8 - Do the No people ever pause to think how nasty their campaign has been? Think for a moment what it is like for women who have suffered late term miscarriages being forced to look at those No posters day after day, week after week, month after month. Does this ever cross the minds of the No people? Do they even care? They have lost the argument. They have no argument so their campaign relies almost entirely on what is really a form of emotional bullying.
While we’re at it, many foreigners like to use Ireland as a poster-boy for their social agenda and fund these campaigns – are we not a bit tired of Ireland being used as a pawn in somebody else’s culture war? They don’t have to deal with the consequences. We do.
9 - The decrepit Catholic hierarchy is telling you to vote No. These are the same people who tell you that it’s a mortal sin to wear a condom. We all ignore them about contraception so why should we pay any attention to them about this? After the child abuse scandals what authority do they have to lecture the rest of us about morality? They will never face the problems, heartaches and complexities that other people face in regard to this. They will never have to go through pregnancy and birth. They will never struggle with fertility problems. They will never have a miscarriage. They will never have to be a parent to a child. They will never have to decide whether to have a termination or not. Are these (supposedly) celibate men really the people to be lecturing the rest of us about this? They are entitled to their opinion, of course; and the rest of us are entitled to ignore it.
It’s really very simple: we need to delete this poisonous amendment from our Constitution.
We can do it now.
Or we can wait another few years and do it then.
Do you really want to go through all this again?
We might as well just do it now.

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