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General discussion / Re: Another School Shooting in America
« on: Today at 08:24:30 PM »

Robert Reich‏@RBReich 



When someone says there's nothing we can do about gun violence, remind them:
1) Gun laws save lives.
2) The 2nd Amend was never intended to permit mass slaughter.
3) More guns won't make us safer.
4) The vast majority of Americans want reform.
5) The NRA has bought off the GOP.


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General discussion / Re: Arlene's bigotry shines through
« on: Today at 08:21:06 PM »
Demographics?? If this is based on percentage of the population identifying as from the catholic community times the percentage who want a UI times the percentage that will actually vote for it where are you getting data from that makes you think this is a simple matter of tick tock?

it isn't a simple matter of tick tock, you still have to put forward your case, but you at least have people listening to you. The problem is that the issue will then revolve around things like economics, matters on which SF have no credibility.
The UK is an awful mess. the Brexit crowd do not care how much damage their pet project does and they do not care about NI. we are in real uncharted territory. It is very like  100 years ago. Anything can happen.

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General discussion / Re: Arlene's bigotry shines through
« on: Today at 06:44:04 PM »
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/feb/23/good-friday-agreement-irish-brexit-northern-ireland

..last week’s attack on the agreement by a trio of Brexiteers is a development worth unpicking. On 15 February, the Irish historian Ruth Dudley Edwards wrote a Daily Telegraph article on the 13-month impasse at Stormont that concluded: “Realists believe the [deal] has served its purpose and run its course, leaving behind the unintended consequence of enshrining sectarianism in the political process.”
The following day the Tory MP Owen Paterson, a former Northern Ireland secretary, tweeted a link to the piece with a comment: “The collapse of power-sharing in Northern Ireland shows the Good Friday agreement has outlived its use.” Last Saturday the Tory MEP Daniel Hannan wrote, again in the Telegraph, that the agreement was “often spoken about in quasi-religious terms … but its flaws have become clearer over time”. Finally, two days later, the Labour MP Kate Hoey told the Huffington Post that she thought the agreement needed “a cold, rational look”, and that the power-sharing Northern Ireland executive it mandated was “not sustainable in the long term”.
The condemnation of Paterson, Hannan and Hoey has been fierce: this week Hoey told the Northern Ireland affairs select committee that finding fault with the Good Friday agreement was “as if you’re saying you want to kill all babies at birth”. In their defence, all three could argue their criticism was directed at Stormont’s failure rather than the agreement’s international aspects, such as cross-border trade and cooperation. But their long-held position on Brexit – Hannan was one of its chief architects – suggests a different motive: “If the Belfast agreement must die so that the glorious ideal of Brexit may live, so be it,” to quote Fintan O’Toole in today’s Irish Times about this “cynical and reckless” exercise.

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General discussion / Re: The ulster rugby trial
« on: Today at 06:00:44 PM »

8 tins of Carlsberg
5 vodka lemonades
4 pints of Guinness
3 shots of Tequila and Sambuca
2 Gin & Tonics
1 possibly raped hen
And 4 lads with stories that don't stack up


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General discussion / Re: The ulster rugby trial
« on: Today at 05:54:47 PM »
From Frank Greaney in court:

Before going back to Paddy Jackson's house for an afters party, Stuart Olding tells police he drank:

8 tins of Carlsberg
4 pints of Guinness
2 Gin & Tonics
5 vodka lemonades
3 shots of Tequila and Sambuca


I'm not a drinker but I would have thought that this is a fair amount of alcohol to absorb and still be with your senses and on your feet.  Certainly giving a good impression of the off-season professional Ulster rugby player.

By any standards Owen, that's a fairly significant amount of drink.

Thats fairly typical of rugby players.. they have a tradtion of downing a lot of drinks, drinking games and such... I would have a great friend who is an ex rugby player of a fairly high standard and the stories he tells of the tours and the amount of drinks is crazy, not a good man to get into a round with as you are fairly wasted afterwards
the English cricket team used to hve a drinking endurance competition on the flight to Australia. With a bit of practice Olding could be shortlisted
It was the Aussie team going the other way - David Boon was the record holder with 52 cans on the flight in 1989
The English team never beat the record .

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General discussion / Re: The ulster rugby trial
« on: Today at 03:10:29 PM »

Frank Greaney‏
@FrankGreaney 

Paddy Jackson told police he was drunk so he couldn't ejaculate. He said he went back downstairs and was in the living room again when he saw her leaving. He said there was "no intercourse" at all upstairs


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJ7pgElCPXE

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General discussion / Re: Arlene's bigotry shines through
« on: Today at 03:07:42 PM »
Another interesting bit from the article

"The nationalist was the most annoyed and frustrated. He was particularly angry that unionism seemed content to economically withdraw into itself and into the eastern counties of the North.

He vividly described the economic waste land that exists on the western side of a line that stretches from Coleraine, bulging out to encompassing most of Tyrone and reaching the southern most point of Fermanagh. His most insightful description was that on their side of the line they had two airports and two universities.

The other businessman was less colourful but even more interesting. Born into a unionist background and a business that straddled the Border, his thesis was that Irish unionism was on its last legs.

Because of the changing demographics he argued that all that was needed was to convince a small number of unionists that Irish unity was the future. He was adamant that the number of unionists persuadable to that opinion was growing, and that the wrong people to do the persuading was Sinn Féin.

The argument as to who are the right people to do the persuading is for another day in the not too distant future, but the substance of this businessman’s argument is being heard more often in unexpected quarters."

Pretty much bang on.  Though what I would add is that the bit in bold summarises well what's going on here right now.

"Sinn Fein are doing it all wrong" is the cry.

But people are VERY light on answers and actions when it comes to doing it the "correct" way.
The stats in the Paul Gosling link are shocking

1.   Since partition, the economic strength of the north and the south have gone into reverse. In 1920, 80% of Irish industrial output was in and around Belfast, with Belfast the largest city in the island of Ireland.  The economy of the Republic is now four times larger than that of Northern Ireland, with industrial output ten times larger than that of Northern Ireland.
2.   Average full time income per head in the Republic in 2016 was £40,403, compared to £25,999 in Northern Ireland. In other words, a worker in the Republic is typically paid half as much again as someone working in Northern Ireland.
3.   Since the Good Friday Agreement, increased investment has flown to the Republic, rather than to Northern Ireland. Some £312bn of US investment has gone into the Republic since the GFA.
4.   GVA – gross value added – per capita in the Republic in 2014 was €38,100, compared to €22,000 in Northern Ireland, just 57% of that in the south.
5.   The Republic is much more globally and export focused than is Northern Ireland. As of 2015, exports accounted for 39.5% of Irish economic output, twice the level of Northern Ireland.
6.   The Republic is Northern Ireland’s main export market, accounting for 31% of international exports – a market likely to contract significantly following Brexit.
7.   The economic performance gap between the Republic and Northern Ireland is widening. According to the latest Economic Eye study from accountancy firm EY, economic growth last year in the Republic was 4.9% and in Northern Ireland it was 1.4%.
8.   The Republic is expected to increase its employment level, while Northern Ireland is predicted to lose jobs. EY predicts that the Republic will generate an additional 91,000 jobs by 2020 compared to 2016, whereas Northern Ireland will lose 3,500 jobs.

It is not shocking at all, I regularly journey across the border and the difference in economic prosperity is fairly evident. The difference in wages between north and south is striking and the amount of tradesmen making the daily commute to Dublin from the north is huge. There must be no tradesmen in the south.

Even something as simple as infrastructure and roads, it is fairly shocking how the pendulum has swung firmly in favour of the south in the last 15/20 years. The north economically has massive potential upon reunification particularly along the east coast, but it is being completely stifled by the inability of entrenched unionists to see beyond a flag.

One thing about the South is stability. The Troubles are still wreaking havoc in the North in terms of economic output. So many business connections were lost. 30 years of experience missed out on.

I was in Lebanon after the civil war ended. Before the war it had been the main economic centre in the Arab world. The hotels all had photos of film stars from the 50s and 60s . By the time the war ended Dubai had become the banking hub. Beirut will never regain what it lost.

Unionism is such a shortsighted ideology.

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General discussion / Re: The ulster rugby trial
« on: Today at 03:00:04 PM »
Frank Greaney‏ @FrankGreaney · 2 h 


In relation to the time frame of the trial, Judge Patricia Smyth tells jury they are "not on track". She said she is hopeful it will be finished by week ending Friday March 16th.


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General discussion / Re: Another School Shooting in America
« on: Today at 02:57:42 PM »
One of the schoolkids told Dana Loesch that if she didn't care about the safety of her kids they would. That was a great line.
The NRA seems to be the core constituency of the GOP. Trump would rather go off the deep end and arm one million teachers than confront them.


In Irish mythology there is the Cailleach and the Bodach. You cannot have the Cailleach without the Bodach.  The Cailleach is order and the Bodach is chaos.  And the Cailleach and the Bodach are hoors for having rows. The Koreans have a similar model. They call it yin and yang.

Trump is pure Bodach.

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General discussion / Re: The ulster rugby trial
« on: Today at 02:47:49 PM »
From Frank Greaney in court:

Before going back to Paddy Jackson's house for an afters party, Stuart Olding tells police he drank:

8 tins of Carlsberg
4 pints of Guinness
2 Gin & Tonics
5 vodka lemonades
3 shots of Tequila and Sambuca


I'm not a drinker but I would have thought that this is a fair amount of alcohol to absorb and still be with your senses and on your feet.  Certainly giving a good impression of the off-season professional Ulster rugby player.

By any standards Owen, that's a fairly significant amount of drink.

Thats fairly typical of rugby players.. they have a tradtion of downing a lot of drinks, drinking games and such... I would have a great friend who is an ex rugby player of a fairly high standard and the stories he tells of the tours and the amount of drinks is crazy, not a good man to get into a round with as you are fairly wasted afterwards
the English cricket team used to hve a drinking endurance competition on the flight to Australia. With a bit of practice Olding could be shortlisted

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General discussion / Re: The ulster rugby trial
« on: Today at 12:46:13 PM »
https://m.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/nicola-anderson-clothes-worn-by-olding-on-night-of-alleged-rape-never-recovered-court-hears-36626819.html

while Mr Olding’s home had been searched during the time he was being interviewed and other items of clothing retrieved, the outfit he had worn on the night was not retrieved, Frank O’Donoghue QC ascertained.

The court did not hear the reason behind this and no suggestions were proffered.

 https://m.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/semen-of-ulster-rugby-star-olding-found-on-alleged-victims-clothes-36630706.html

Semen containing the DNA of Ulster and Ireland rugby player Stuart Olding was found on the clothes of a woman he is accused of raping, a court has heard.

Samples taken from the young woman's clothes she wore on the night of the alleged attack were examined by a senior forensic scientist.

Giving evidence in court, the Forensic Service officer confirmed that traces of Mr Olding's semen were found on the complainant's white jeans, underwear and black sequins top.

Mr Olding (24) and his teammate Paddy Jackson (26) deny rape.

Mr Jackson denies a further charge of sexual assault.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Defeatist Atitudes in the GAA
« on: Today at 08:24:30 AM »
It could get a lot worse for Meath

Jacques Luthy was the last Swiss slalom skier to win an Olympic medal. In 1980. Every 4 years the journalists would roll up at his sports shop and interview him.
On Thursday a Swiss skier won a medal in the slalom. When it was sure Luthy went to his wife and said "it is over.  We are grand"

https://m.24heures.ch/articles/5a8ec685ab5c377f4f000001
"13'880 jours après Luthy

Entre le 22 février 1980 et le 22 février 2018, 13 880 jours se sont écoulés. Oui, il a fallu attendre 38 ans pour que le Fribourgeois Jacques Luthy ne soit plus «le dernier médaillé suisse en slalom». C’était lors des JO de Lake Placid, et le skieur de Charmey avait pris la troisième place, derrière la légende suédoise Ingemar Stenmark et l’Américain Phil Mahre.

Joint dans son magasin de sport, le Gruérien, aujourd’hui 58 ans, est apparu comme soulagé par ce passage de témoin. «J’ai regardé le slalom à la télévision, explique-t-il. Quand il a été terminé, quand on a été certain que Zenhäusern était médaille d’argent, je suis allé réveiller ma femme et je lui ai dit: «C’est fini, maintenant on est tranquilles». Parce que tous les quatre ans, ça n’arrêtait pas.» Sous-entendu, le défilé des journalistes."


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GAA Discussion / Re: Defeatist Atitudes in the GAA
« on: February 22, 2018, 07:55:37 PM »
When Meath are in the wilderness you know they will eventually find their way out.  I would have more sympathy for Cavan tbh  .

Don't feel sorry for Cavan.
The wilderness is where they belong.
Cavan were winning all Irelands when Meath people didn't have arses in their football shorts.


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General discussion / Re: Another School Shooting in America
« on: February 22, 2018, 07:34:40 PM »
This is hard to read

https://www.theatlantic.com/amp/article/553937/

One of the trauma surgeons opened a young victim in the operating room, and found only shreds of the organ that had been hit by a bullet from an AR-15, a semi-automatic rifle which delivers a devastatingly lethal, high-velocity bullet to the victim. There was nothing left to repair, and utterly, devastatingly, nothing that could be done to fix the problem. The injury was fatal.

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