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General discussion / Re: America`s Gun Culture
« on: May 25, 2022, 08:35:20 PM »
Constitution aside, even if it was changed, it is still incredibly easy to get your hands on a gun in some US states.

There are almost 400 million guns in the hands of civilians in the US - thats about 120 guns for every 100 people.

It accounts for 46% of civilian held guns globally.

Those stats are mind blowing alone.....not to mention the other guns on the streets that are not accounted for.

So if the constitution changes tomorrow would it make a difference given how many guns are readily available?

Its a complete mess

It is a total mess.

But even a few changes would start to make an impact.

>> Banning automatic weaponry across the board means the police can lift it and you if they find you with one. No grey areas or ambiguity.
>> If anyone sees someone looking a bit dodgy and carting around heavy weaponry, they'd have real cause to report them* and know the police could do something about it.
>> The weapons still need maintained, not to mention ammunition. Making parts and ammo harder to acquire will impact dumb 18 year olds.

*no longer just a case of - "that kids always a bit weird, but sure, what can you do?"


The initial impact won't be on 40 year old veterans - they know where to get weapons, maintain them and how to best get them somewhere unobserved.
It's the 18 year old dumb fuk that struggles to count beyond both hands.

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GAA Discussion / Re: The Sunday Game
« on: May 16, 2022, 11:01:23 PM »
It does need overhauled though. I found listening to the punditry on BBC yesterday pretty good. I didn't think the Tyrone boys sounded like they liked Derry mind you  ;D

Mark Sidebottom is a dose though.

At least Des doesn't shout, roar and try to make a simple question as long as a f**king chapter in war & peace.


But definitely punditry far better. RTÉ are shocking. Just a stream of soundbites.

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General discussion / Re: America`s Gun Culture
« on: May 15, 2022, 10:11:46 AM »
18 hear old lad drives 200 miles to kill 10 people whilst live streaming it. Totally normal society over there! I saw a couple of seconds of the live stream and actually thought it was a computer game. What a fucked up country that some weirdo can tool himself up like that and kill innocent people out doing their Saturday shop.

Its 100 times more f**ked up that a significant proportion of the population then would defend his right to tool himself up like that.


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General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: May 14, 2022, 11:47:13 PM »
I think this whole thing will work out in the North's favour. I can't see any way the EU put up a border between North and South.

I think the EU will just make it very difficult for the UK to get anything into mainland Europe and the UK will either have to suffer or cave to some degree.

Either way I think business in NI will still be able to have the best of both worlds and may find the friction between it and GB lessened.

So, basically the DUP want to drive the island of Ireland's economy into the gutter by forcing the ROI to pull themselves from the single market to avoid a border on the island.

They accomplish this by getting the UK to invoke art.16, abolish the protocol and leave the EU with a choice of cutting off ROI or sacrificing integrity of single market.

If the economy down south is in the gutter, then the UK block grant is the (relatively) big show in town and they hope people will look out for extremely short term interest and continue to look to London rather than realise what they'd have in the single market.

Of course, expect strong EU retaliation, so the UK economy will also nose dive. DUP don't care, they probably reckon UK will be relatively stronger -
and they'll remain onboard HMS Brittania - despite putting a spread of torpedoes into the economies of both islands!

Will it work? Any logical government in London would tell them to go f**k themselves.


This government? Who the f**k knows!

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General discussion / Re: 6 County Assembly Elections - 5th May 2022
« on: May 11, 2022, 09:31:49 PM »
Brits don’t give a shit.

Brits will quickly start to give a shit when the queue for Dover starts at the M25.

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Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: May 08, 2022, 08:27:10 PM »
so underage success means f**k all in the grand scheme of things.

Its not the be-all and end-all - particularly if you term success as provincial or AI titles.

That said, you simply aren't gonna go from consistently getting turfed out in R1 of the minor championship for years to your seniors winning AIs.


Your looking on average your underage setup to give your senior panel 2 players a year. Some years you might end up with 4 or 5 making the step up, others none. The good years should see a decent championship run (if not a win due to possibly an overall weak team with a few stars) - but 4 or 5 players fit to backbone an AI should be able to carry a minor team to a win or two.

We aren't doing that.

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General discussion / Re: 6 County Assembly Elections - 5th May 2022
« on: May 08, 2022, 08:19:49 PM »
It’s far too soon for a border poll.
It’s absolutely not too soon to be opening proper discussion about it though. It should have started already.

Agree completely with you on this.


(And disagree completely on the likelihood of violence out the back end of it. But more planning and prep likely means less of that out the far end)

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General discussion / Re: 6 County Assembly Elections - 5th May 2022
« on: May 08, 2022, 10:22:46 AM »
https://m.independent.ie/news/united-ireland-referendum-within-a-five-year-timeframe-mary-lou-mcdonald-41624542.html

United Ireland referendum within a 'five year timeframe' - Mary Lou McDonald

Timeframe too short - mostly saying exactly what needs to be said. Unfortunate that a referendum timeframe was brought into it, as it allows the headline writers go with:

"United Ireland referendum within a 'five year timeframe' - Mary Lou McDonald"

rather than

"Need to start planning for what would happen after a border poll - Mary Lou McDonald"

The latter obviously being a little bit more amenable to unionists (with a small u).

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General discussion / Re: 6 County Assembly Elections - 5th May 2022
« on: May 08, 2022, 10:13:48 AM »
So what happens when the DUP refuse to form an executive?
We go back to the troubles.
Ah fuk up you tool.

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General discussion / Re: 6 County Assembly Elections - 5th May 2022
« on: May 07, 2022, 09:24:55 PM »
So what happens when the DUP refuse to form an executive?

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General discussion / Re: 6 County Assembly Elections - 5th May 2022
« on: May 07, 2022, 09:56:42 AM »
Pretty much all of this is bollix.
“Straight back to the troubles”. Wise yourself up.

When buses are burned and there is violence on the streets over an EU protocol that most of those on the streets couldn't tell you two accurate sentences about - you actually expect a marginal border to pass off without incident?

Have you took leave of your senses?!?
Realistically the loyalists did f**k all during the troubles without British weapons, intelligence and a police force that either openly helped or turned a blind eye. Would they get that again?

That is a fair point - could they operate without that?

But if they have a sizeable support base (5-10% NoI population would be enough) then after the initial riots settle, they'd likely be able to cause ongoing sporadic trouble (which would still be fatal for those on the end of it obviously).

They already have the weapons. They're now well set up as drug dealing thugs so would know were to procure more ammo.


*how much money toward "community groups" ends up in the hands of paramilitaries? I'd be confident its a pretty significant amount.

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General discussion / Re: Mass
« on: May 07, 2022, 08:44:47 AM »
If there is a God up there, and he’s both omnipresent and omniscient, and also in our image, there is no relatable way that he/she/it could attain fulfilment from a billion catholics standing, sitting, kneeling on repeat for an hour, while mumbling through words they’ve never paused to think about.

Yeah, if there is a creator - then they definitely don't give 2 shites for listening to a congregation mumble through an hour in a old stone shed.

I've had it put to me (by someone not in organised religion) that if "God" existed before the universe - they may or may not have had much stimuli - and so created the universe to experience things through life.

Dunno if that makes much sense when considering the experiences accrued by a worm or bacteria or something - but perhaps at least a little bit more sense than a Abrahamic god.

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General discussion / Re: 6 County Assembly Elections - 5th May 2022
« on: May 07, 2022, 08:38:21 AM »
To suggest that we will go back to anything even remotely like the troubles is complete and utter balls.
Get a grip of your hyperbole.

I'm not even sure its possible to have a border poll >> UI without violence at all.

But sustained violence will need significant support from the hardercore unionist population.

When you look back through our recent history, and the penchant for loyalists to quickly take to the streets and use violence to try and drive or reverse decisions, what on earth makes you believe it'd pass off without much issue?


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General discussion / Re: 6 County Assembly Elections - 5th May 2022
« on: May 07, 2022, 08:12:09 AM »
Pretty much all of this is bollix.
“Straight back to the troubles”. Wise yourself up.

When buses are burned and there is violence on the streets over an EU protocol that most of those on the streets couldn't tell you two accurate sentences about - you actually expect a marginal border to pass off without incident?

Have you took leave of your senses?!?

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General discussion / Re: 6 County Assembly Elections - 5th May 2022
« on: May 07, 2022, 08:09:52 AM »
- RHI
- Brexit
- Yet another Stormont collapse when Health Service is dying.

Did that affect them? Apparently not a bit.
Not a bit? They took a hammering today! They are down 41,000 votes on 2017.

TUV is the new party of "No". No forward thinking, no opportunities, no development. No move on from 1690.
Let's not overstate it. The TUV vote increased but they are still minnows.

The mind boggles indeed..

"the Secretary of State shall exercise the power under paragraph 1 if at any time it appears likely to him that a majority of those voting would express a wish that Northern Ireland should cease to be part of the United Kingdom and form part of a united Ireland."

If SF get a majority vote in Stormont on a motion for a border poll that is only stopped by a minority petition of concern, that's pretty damn compelling.

The shall in there forces the SoS's hand under the above circumstance.
Well if the SoS called a border poll because of the result of a democratic election result that saw SF do well, then that's the people "ramming in" a border poll, rather than SF doing so, surely? Should SF stop running in elections incase they accidentally leave the British with no choice but to call a border poll. Catch yourself on. SF becoming the largest party won't result in the British SoS calling a border poll. Such a poll won't happen until nationalism holds a strong majority in stormont and successive opinion polls point to unity being the people's wish. Today not only won't lead to SF "ramming in" a border poll. It can't lead to them doing so. They have no power to do so.

Ha. Have you any evidence of their lobbying for a citizens assembly?
Google "Sinn Fein Citizens Assembly". You don't need me to do it for you. If you didn't know they have been lobbying for a citizens assembly on Irish Unity, you really must have been living under a rock.

Building political support with whom? Far as I can see they are a pariah to all other parties north and south.
Building support amongst the people. Successfully so. They are by a long, long way the most popular party in Ireland.

They don't need to be in government to instigate the creation of a citizens assembly.
Indeed, its better if they aren't in government - 'cos to make this work - its going to have to be a workable solution across the political spectrum - and definitely not something constructed entirely to SF's specification.
You see it doesn't matter what you think. It's about what the electorate think. If SF are mandated to be in government, then that's it's the electorate's specifications that are being fulfilled.

Ahh, this is getting too spread out. Will do one reply

- Turnout is down. Focusing on absolute numbers isn't reflective.

- While it wasn't what I intended (an election result not being sufficient, I was referring to a motion at stormont) - you've reflected the problem. A 51/49 majority to SF for you is good enough for a border poll regardless of the fall out.

- A border poll isn't just about what >50% of the electorate think. Its very, very much also about what is palatable to >90% of the population. The sooner this is realised, the better.



edit: Ah, I thought turnout was down to ~55%. I see this morning its just a tad lower than 2017. So your point on DUP vote count is accurate.

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