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Am I right in saying there's no neutrality written into the free state constitution?

General discussion / Bob Geldof
« on: November 14, 2017, 12:05:04 AM »
Deserves a thread of its own, I think.

Am I being a begrudger or is he really an insufferable West Brit bollox?

GAA Discussion / Re: Colm O'Rourke vs. the GPA
« on: November 13, 2017, 06:05:12 PM »
What grinds my gears is the GAA gets called the "Grab All Association" with unfounded accusations that it's all about "greed" and pocketing money, meanwhile the GPA openly brags about how much money it's going to raise to put in players' pockets and there's hardly a word about them. Fair play to O'Rourke for speaking up.

GAA Discussion / Re: International rules
« on: November 13, 2017, 06:02:40 PM »
Bloody begrudgers.  >:(

General discussion / Re: Depression
« on: November 10, 2017, 10:34:13 PM »

Daylight savings can take its toll on people. I seem to remember hearing about friends lost to suicide and there was a remarkable correlation with the time of year when the clocks change and the evenings are suddenly plunged into darkness.

General discussion / Sexual harassment/assault allegations
« on: November 10, 2017, 10:32:14 PM »
Bit of a tsunami underway now. Women starting to speak up and a lot of high profile people are getting implicated.

Louis CK and Steven "every film I make is a great big self-indulgent w***-fest about how tough I am" Seagal were hitting the headlines this morning.

I see now that Sepp Blatter has been accused by Hope Solo. Every day seems to be a case of "which high profile celebrity is going to be de-throned today"?

General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: November 09, 2017, 08:45:21 PM »
Trump isn't qualified to lick the boots of either of the Roosevelts.

General discussion / Re: You know what really grinds my gears?
« on: November 08, 2017, 10:30:39 PM »
Someone eating an apple in the office when your bluetooth headphones are plugged in and charging, you you've no way of shielding yourself from the noise.

General discussion / Re: Apple's data centre in Athenry
« on: November 08, 2017, 05:54:47 PM »
No, it’s pretty sustainable given we also have unique advantages being the only English speaking member of the EU and a highly skilled workforce to meet the demands of these high-skilled jobs.

In general our pro-business approach has been a massive success in high-value industries like technology, although being so pro-business also enabled the property boom and bust. We’re the envy of many countries, including our EU partners who tried their dambedest to use the bailout to get us to cave on our corporation tax and thankfully failed miserably.

Our biggest mistake would be concerning ourselves with the opinions of vested interests like US sentators or the EU. I couldn’t give a toss what any journalist thinks about our tax system and nor, I imagine, do the government. We need someone to mow the lawn, not landscape the garden.

What if the state is under-funded? If there's not enough money to treat the sick, build a decent amount of social housing and pay enough to railway workers to stop them from going on strike then how sustainable is it?

General discussion / Re: Apple's data centre in Athenry
« on: November 08, 2017, 12:10:11 AM »
While Apple and co are big tax evaders, it is the rest of the world they are scamming, including the US and Europe. By enabling it, we are benefiting - they are still one of our biggest tax payers and employers and were early investors in Ireland. We cannot however see that and we’ll ultimately be the authors of our own misfortune. We are only being squeezed by Europe, US and international media because the tax being avoided is on profits outside our territory. Our tax laws are terrible for the rest of the world. So effing what. If they were good for the world, they would not be in lil old Ireland.

Point of order: If it's illegal then it's "evasion." If it's legal then it's "avoidance."

But yes. Running the place as a tax haven is not sustainable.

General discussion / Re: Apple's data centre in Athenry
« on: November 07, 2017, 06:58:39 PM »
We wouldn't be part of a so called monetary union without a lender of last resort.

Sorry to nit-pick but isn't the ECB the lender of last resort in the Eurozone?

General discussion / Re: Tax Avoidance
« on: November 06, 2017, 11:09:07 PM »
Assuming that these companies did everything legally people need to wind their necks in.  There was some professor on the radio earlier moaning about lack of morals etc from these companies. What a crock of shit.

 If the government thinks there are loopholes then pay the money to get proper advice and draft the legislation properly, don't expect private companies to decide where you meant to draw the line.

Couldn't agree more. It's not the job of companies to close tax loopholes, that's the job of legislators.

General discussion / Re: best mattress?
« on: November 06, 2017, 11:08:10 PM »
I have a memory foam one myself, it has never lost its shape in the 5 or so years I've had it. It's a bit firm for my liking though, hurts my shoulder when I lie on my side, so I'm looking at getting a softer one. It has to be memory foam because springs would transmit too much movement when I get up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom and I'd disturb the woman. With memory foam she doesn't feel a thing and doesn't get woken up.

General discussion / Re: Apple's data centre in Athenry
« on: November 06, 2017, 06:53:37 PM »

Apple have 30% or so of the US smartphone market while Android has 65% - there is no monopoly, but obviously you didn't check your facts on this one.

Depending on your jurisdiction a monopoly is usually regarded as anyone with over 25% of market share. It's not illegal to have a monopoly, but it is illegal to abuse it.

General discussion / Re: Ibrahim Halawa
« on: November 04, 2017, 11:30:38 PM »
I wonder how many of you believed Brian Keenan's side of the story after he got out. Or did you take the "he went looking for trouble, found it, and I have no sympathy" approach in his case too?

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