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General discussion / Re: Cryptocurrency
« on: Today at 07:18:22 AM »
With the euro, its transactional value is backed by the ECB reserves and the wealth resources of the euro zone.
Who or what backs the value of the bitcoin?  Is its value based on a similarity to the value of   Picasso doodle  or a rare postage stamps,  is the value notional?

Essentially yes. There will be x number of Bitcoin produced so it will become something that people will place value in having, but realistically and technically it has no worth other than what people buying it are giving.
Crypto.is not a currency
It is more.like a commodity
https://www.ft.com/content/aee87c1d-b00f-4c22-ab97-97bb2b042342

Research has shown that an international currency must meet at least four basic conditions: it must have a long-term stable value; there must be sufficient volume to meet the needs of international trade in goods, services and financial assets; transaction costs must be low, with small differences between bid and ask prices, and high liquidity; and there must be a stable issuer who guarantees the currency.

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General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: Today at 03:34:14 AM »
Bar maybe Maguire the rest would only good enough to be squad players in a title winning side
The Glazers only want a top 4 squad. They just want money.
Klopp wouldn't work for them.

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General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: October 25, 2021, 08:58:00 PM »
They just look very poorly coached and organized. No defensive system of any kind, from front to back. That was junior soccer stuff from the likes of Maguire and Shaw yesterday.

Klopp took over a poor and drifting Liverpool squad and within weeks had them winning away at Chelsea and City and, later that season, knocking United and Dortmund out of the UEFA cup. The players weren't any better in terms of ability. They were just given a system and coached to learn to work within it. Still suffered some poor results that year due to those individual shortcomings, but the progression was clear over those first few months and then continued as he improved the quality of the squad.

United need the modern equivalent of George Graham coming in and literally tying Winterburn-Adams-Bould-Dixon together and endlessly drilling them in how a defensive line should function as a unit. I don't mean just the defense, but they need to decide what kind of system they want and get a manager in who can put it into practice so everyone knows what they should be doing with and without the ball. Any boys who don't want to do the hard yards in training, ship them the f**k out.

As a Liverpool fan though, I'm happy to see Ole continue at the wheel! :)
Klopp was a successful coach before he went to Liverpool. Solskjaer was not.
Liverpool v Man Utd is the number one rivalry in English soccer . Yesterday was total facepalm for Utd

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General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: October 25, 2021, 08:54:11 PM »
This is from the Financial Times re Long Covid and free to read

https://www.ft.com/content/3387ffe1-f9aa-4751-b6ac-e09f256d7966

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General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: October 25, 2021, 08:03:23 PM »
Looks like Ole out Conte in
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2021/10/25/players-lose-faith-ole-gunnar-solskjaer-manchester-united/
Antonio Conte, the former Chelsea, Juventus and Inter Milan coach, is keen on the job, has been for a while and is prepared to bide his time but United are understood to be very wary of his style of management.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Congress
« on: October 25, 2021, 07:40:33 PM »
There is something seriously wrong with competition when only 4 Division teams account for the majority of semi final appearances going back a while.
It's great that brave little Monaghan punches above its weight in Division 1 but there is still a glass ceiling when it comes to championship. 
Armagh and Kildare are some way off the pace and will probably go straight down again. Even playing Kerry and Dublin regularly is no panacea.

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General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: October 25, 2021, 07:35:44 PM »
Me is the same though. Different people / different demographics get impacted. Long COVID is a bad bad job if you get it is all I know. Anyone who thinks it is made up should speak to a few people who have it.
I read somewhere that research into Long Covid may help medical understanding of ME. Some doctors think the immune system turns on itself.

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General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: October 25, 2021, 07:34:17 PM »
They just look very poorly coached and organized. No defensive system of any kind, from front to back. That was junior soccer stuff from the likes of Maguire and Shaw yesterday.

Klopp took over a poor and drifting Liverpool squad and within weeks had them winning away at Chelsea and City and, later that season, knocking United and Dortmund out of the UEFA cup. The players weren't any better in terms of ability. They were just given a system and coached to learn to work within it. Still suffered some poor results that year due to those individual shortcomings, but the progression was clear over those first few months and then continued as he improved the quality of the squad.

United need the modern equivalent of George Graham coming in and literally tying Winterburn-Adams-Bould-Dixon together and endlessly drilling them in how a defensive line should function as a unit. I don't mean just the defense, but they need to decide what kind of system they want and get a manager in who can put it into practice so everyone knows what they should be doing with and without the ball. Any boys who don't want to do the hard yards in training, ship them the f**k out.

As a Liverpool fan though, I'm happy to see Ole continue at the wheel! :)
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2021/10/25/liverpool-left-manchester-united-trailing-field/
Back in 2010, when the Fenway Park Group rescued the club from the huckster ownership of George Gillett and Tom Hicks, Liverpool’s overall earnings were just 55 per cent of United’s: £184 million to £331m. Last season they were within touching distance. While United earned £643m, Liverpool turned over £619m
Clearly the most astute move by the new regime was the one to hire Klopp. He brought the success on the pitch the rocket-fuelled the bottom line. It is indicative of the difference between the operational expertise of the two organisations that, before Liverpool were in the market for him, United failed to persuade the then Borussia Dortmund coach to bring his brilliance to Manchester. It probably didn’t help that when he came to Old Trafford for talks, the executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward greeted Klopp, one of football’s enduring romantics, with the words “welcome to Disneyland”.
For sure, there have been some woeful public relations missteps along the way by FSG. Trying to impose a £77 ticket price, looking to trademark the city’s Liverbird symbol, hoping to piggyback on the government’s furlough scheme, not to mention the European Super League proposal: such rapidly-ditched embarrassments were perhaps the inevitable outcome of the collision between ultra-capitalist owners and a hardcore support than prides itself on socialist traditions. But, such errors notwithstanding, nobody could argue with what the owners have delivered both on the pitch and off it. 
If you want a measure of the scale of the booster Henry and his team have injected into the Anfield revenue streams, it is there in the assumed value of the club. When they bought it in 2010, admittedly from a beleaguered regime facing foreclosure from the banks seeking return on reckless debt, they paid £300m. In April this year the club was valued by Forbes at £2.96 billion. A near tenfold increase in 11 years: that is what you call a return on investment. And if Liverpool win the league this season, bettering United yet again, it will only add a few more noughts.

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General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: October 25, 2021, 06:51:24 PM »
Yes. Long COVID is a post viral thing like ME. (Which, I think, is from flu though am far from an expert on any of this :D)
Very little is currently known about it. It seems to attack loads of different body systems

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General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL Liverpool FC thread
« on: October 25, 2021, 12:18:23 PM »

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2021/10/24/sir-alex-fergusons-disgust-man-utds-capitulation-spells-trouble/
Solskjaer has committed the cardinal sin of being humiliated by Liverpool.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Congress
« on: October 25, 2021, 11:47:09 AM »
https://www.irishtimes.com/sport/gaelic-games/promise-to-reform-flawed-option-b-later-not-enough-for-congress-1.4709560

How did the GAA end up rejecting the one vehicle for change on the table?
For a start the body that devised it, the Calendar Fixtures Task Force, had effectively been disbanded and in any case divided over what it wanted. Having started two years ago with two more or less equal proposals, the task force saw motion 18, their Option A - four eight-county, provincial based groups - fall without a word being spoken either for or against.
Lacking a coherent sponsor, the surviving reform lacked energy apart from the campaign mounted by the Gaelic Players Association in more recent weeks.
Yet listening to the debate with its 22 speakers - split 13-9 against the motion - it was impossible not to be struck by how well the proposition was presenting the case. From the start when former president John Horan took to the podium, the advocacy of those supporting change was persuasive.
Horan set out his feelings of disappointment that the Calendar Fixtures Task Force, which he had appointed, had split into camps and addressed perceived issues with the proposal, saying that he didn’t, “think the financial worry that’s out there for people is what it’s portrayed to be”.

Thematically the basic argument was made by Cork Central Council delegate Tracey Kennedy. “Fears and concerns about change are absolutely natural but if we look in our hearts nobody can say that the current structure is serving the majority of counties well.”

“Our footballers told us in no uncertain terms that if something doesn’t change you won’t see us again. That’s the reality. They left Castlebar in despair. Talking about crowds attending games, as county secretary I was dealing with ticket allocations for that game. Family members weren’t even there to support them. That’s how lonely it was. That’s what the current system is providing for the footballers of Leitrim. It’s now time to be brave,” - Leitrim secretary Declan Bohan

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GAA Discussion / Re: Congress
« on: October 25, 2021, 11:33:56 AM »
https://www.irishtimes.com/sport/gaelic-games/for-all-the-claims-of-a-willingness-to-change-motion-19-was-well-short-of-60-support-1.4709585

Firstly, everyone accepted that the idea was flawed even if proponents argued that the status quo was more ruinously flawed.
Secondly, the ghost of the provincial championships – under motion 19 to be exiled to the early months of year – hovered over the assembly and possessed the thoughts of its most fervent devotees, the Ulster counties.
Their case was opened in melodramatic style by Fermanagh’s Tiarnach Mahon, who told congress: “This motion has the potential to destroy the dreams, hopes and aspirations of Fermanagh people.”
It wasn’t long before someone mordantly observed “sotto voce” that it wasn’t the motion but the Ulster championship which did that.
Of course revolutionary reforms rarely find allies in the prevailing elites, and it was noticeable that for all the protestations of willingness to change, all four of this year’s All-Ireland semi-finalists, who between them have occupied 35 of the 44 semi-final places available over the past 11 years, were believed to have opposed.

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General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: October 25, 2021, 11:17:57 AM »
They have some top class players but no structure. The Glazers do not care. I remember going to OT about 20 years ago and fans protesting against the greed of Martin Edwards. Little did  they know.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Congress
« on: October 25, 2021, 04:20:00 AM »
Think about it.

Division 1 for 2022 is:
Dublin
Kerry
Tyrone
Mayo
Donegal
Monaghan
Armagh
Kildare

Six qualify for the knockout stage.

Dublin and Kerry coast through, Tyrone, Mayo and Donegal probably do too.

Why? Because the three "weak teams", Monaghan, Armagh and Kildare, get targeted as the teams to beat by the big boys. They're the big boys' "bankers" for wins.

So the only topic of interest becomes which of Monaghan, Armagh and Kildare manages to nab sixth place.

Dublin and Kerry go straight to an All-Ireland quarter-final, where they will meet the two weakest quarter-finalists. They coast through those.

Under this format, Dublin and Kerry's entire 2022 season consists of: a load of boring warm ups, lots of shadow boxing, then two matches to win the All-Ireland.
Mayo wouldn't have made the knockout stages in many recent years
They didn't need to win the provincial championship until Covid reverted the system to knockout.

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General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: October 24, 2021, 09:09:36 PM »
In the post match discussion Souness and Carragher were angling heavily for Solskjaer to be sacked.

We all know the reason for that is that as Liverpool men, despite the aberration of a result today, they know United under Solskjaer are a very serious proposition going forward, and they fear them.

The worst thing United could do now is make a rash, knee jerk decision to sack Solskjaer and then rush into appointing somebody like Antonio Conte, who wouldn't understand the United way.
The United way.now focuses on the shareholders
 

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