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General discussion / Re: The Official World Cup 2018 Thread
« on: Today at 12:07:02 PM »
World Cup performance depends on the supporting cast.  It is very like the All Ireland club in that regard. I don't think you can say Diego Armando is better cos he won a World Cup.

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General discussion / Re: The Official World Cup 2018 Thread
« on: Today at 10:42:46 AM »
Arg need a draw between Iceland and Nigeria. Or a Nigeria win.
It could happen. Then a Michael Bond scenario if they dump the manager and a rerun of Offaly 98 could happen
Otherwise they may be on the way home soon

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General discussion / Re: No Country for Women - RTE1
« on: Today at 09:23:11 AM »
The infrastructure inherited from the Brits in 1921 was very poor and so was the State. (They did manage to build a lot of social housing, however)

Hospitals and homes for the elderly were often built out of workhouses as in Roscommon. So were *solutions* for unmarried mothers as in Tuam. Religious orders built a lot of schools. And there was a lottery called the hospitals sweepstakes to fund hospitals which were given religious names and then run by religious orders eg St Vincents and the Mater in Dublin , Our Lady of Lourdes in Drogheda, the Calvary in Galway. A lot of social policy was contracted out to the religious sector.

The religious orders ended up controlling a lot of land. 

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General discussion / Re: No Country for Women - RTE1
« on: Today at 08:20:16 AM »
The ideals of 1916 were not reflected in the values of the society at the time. The economy was based on owning land and that is not very pro women.


From Irish times comments

AnChiarogEile
 


@Honey The ferocious puritanism of Irish Catholicism in the 19th and 20th centuries probably stems as much from the experience of the Famine as from the Church's own dogma. People had seen in the starkest form imaginable where early marriage and big families tended to lead in an entirely rural country, so post-1850 they went in for rigorous population control by the only means available at the time: not having sex until you could afford to maintain a family; which for many people like Michael Collins's father meant their late sixties, and for many more people meant "never". A moral constabulary was needed to police this social order: and the Church gladly stepped into that role. The only trouble was that in Ireland the regime thus imposed lasted well into the age of efficient birth control, long after it had disappeared even in countries like Spain. But the urge to dictate is still there in ghostly form: a bit like a dog turning round several times before it lies down to sleep, flattening the undergrowth of the forests where its ancestors lived.

A look at the 1901 and 1911 census tells the above story. Oldest Sons waited for younger siblings to clear off! Men were in their 40's before Marriage marrying women up to 20 years younger than them. These women in turn could be widows for up 30 years.
I remember back in the late 80s at home a family with schoolkids like us , a mother like ours  who was maybe mid 30s and a father who was at least 75, so more like my grandfather. He was a farm labourer and had to wait until he was in his 60s to have the cash to "get a wife".
It was a brutal system.

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General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: June 21, 2018, 02:38:58 PM »
There was a segment on CBS world news ( not exactly a trump love fest), but they interviewed a poor woman from along the border, who was thinking of crossing  the border with her grandson , but now was afraid to in case they would be separated.
Reporter asked her why she was going to US , she replied, “ the Cartels have killed the rest of my family and she was afraid to stay. “  is that also Trump’s fault ?
I also think it is terrible separating families, but if folks believe that all the blame lies with Trump, they are off their rocker.
The liberal media in the US are scrambling right now for anything negative.
The economy is booming, unemployment is at 3.8% , ie, full employment
the FBI nonsense is coming to a head , and they need something to distract the American people about feeling good about themselves.
There isn't full employment. the labor participation rate never recovered from 2008
https://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS11300000

Most of the new jobs don't pay much either.
If the economy was booming the Fed wouldn't be in charge

Do you live in the US,
If not how can you be an expert on what new jobs pay. What do you define as not much.

I do not agree with everything Trump is doing, but I can tell you that the US economy is booming, main reasons;
Individual tax cuts, corporate tax cuts and a whole lot less regulation, all of which are encouraging businesses especially small ones to expand.


That's nothing to how the economy will boom when the wars start. And that's not even the trade wars I'm talking about.
Every boom is followed by a banking crisis

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Bankslaughter should be a crime.
Anglo cost over EUR 30bn

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General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: June 21, 2018, 02:35:23 PM »
There was a segment on CBS world news ( not exactly a trump love fest), but they interviewed a poor woman from along the border, who was thinking of crossing  the border with her grandson , but now was afraid to in case they would be separated.
Reporter asked her why she was going to US , she replied, “ the Cartels have killed the rest of my family and she was afraid to stay. “  is that also Trump’s fault ?
I also think it is terrible separating families, but if folks believe that all the blame lies with Trump, they are off their rocker.
The liberal media in the US are scrambling right now for anything negative.
The economy is booming, unemployment is at 3.8% , ie, full employment
the FBI nonsense is coming to a head , and they need something to distract the American people about feeling good about themselves.
There isn't full employment. the labor participation rate never recovered from 2008
https://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS11300000

Most of the new jobs don't pay much either.
If the economy was booming the Fed wouldn't be in charge

Do you live in the US,
If not how can you be an expert on what new jobs pay. What do you define as not much.

I do not agree with everything Trump is doing, but I can tell you that the US economy is booming, main reasons;
Individual tax cuts, corporate tax cuts and a whole lot less regulation, all of which are encouraging businesses especially small ones to expand.
Median wages is a good place to start.
Look at where the new jobs are. Retail, healthcare, restaurants. Very few well paying industrial jobs.
Look at how well retail is doing.

For the 40% of Americans at the bottom of the pile gas price rises have wiped out the positive effect of the tax cuts. 

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General discussion / Re: No Country for Women - RTE1
« on: June 21, 2018, 02:28:47 PM »
The ideals of 1916 were not reflected in the values of the society at the time. The economy was based on owning land and that is not very pro women.


From Irish times comments

AnChiarogEile
 


@Honey The ferocious puritanism of Irish Catholicism in the 19th and 20th centuries probably stems as much from the experience of the Famine as from the Church's own dogma. People had seen in the starkest form imaginable where early marriage and big families tended to lead in an entirely rural country, so post-1850 they went in for rigorous population control by the only means available at the time: not having sex until you could afford to maintain a family; which for many people like Michael Collins's father meant their late sixties, and for many more people meant "never". A moral constabulary was needed to police this social order: and the Church gladly stepped into that role. The only trouble was that in Ireland the regime thus imposed lasted well into the age of efficient birth control, long after it had disappeared even in countries like Spain. But the urge to dictate is still there in ghostly form: a bit like a dog turning round several times before it lies down to sleep, flattening the undergrowth of the forests where its ancestors lived.




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General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: June 21, 2018, 12:38:02 PM »
What I do find hilarious about all this is how all US media keeps saying that "this is not what America stands for". The constant need for Americans to proclaim themselves as a great country unique in its virtue.

It's the opposite. It's a country that was built on genocide, slavery, racism, bigotry and colonialism. It was built on an absolutely rotten past and has a rotten present. And yet it still keeps trying to fool itself that it wasn't and isn't.

The US should take a look at Germany, and learn to confront its past and admit to itself that the notion of "American exceptionalism", "unique American virtue", that it is a "shining city on the hill" is so much utter nonsense. It's national self-delusion on a grand scale.

Americans aren't oblivious to the darker side of its past (and present). Liberals are constantly mocked by the right for "white guilt" and a whole movement is in progress on parts of the right to try to get a more pro-America or America-right-or-wrong version of history into schools, with curricula coming out of places like Texas which attempt to downplay the role and horrors of slavery and the Native American genocide and dispossession and so on (similar to their attempts to corrupt science teaching). And I'm sure you remember the right getting apoplectic over Obama's "apology tour" after he took office, when he committed what they perceived as the traitorous sin of acknowledging the US's poor choices and policies at times over the years.

The "we're America, bitch" (literal words from a White House official last week to describe the "Trump doctrine"!) element is definitely a dominant feature of, at least, the running of the country right now, but I think its correct to point out that, at least from an aspirational perspective, the cruelty and bigotryof the Trump administration, embodied in the separation and segregation of families, is NOT what America stands for and is partly why, for the first time, he was forced to back down in the face of the furious backlash.
Jefferson Beauregard Sessions quoted a line from the Bible to justify the policy of family separation.   Back in the good ol days in Dixie it had been used to justify slavery. Sessions is as close to Confederate as can be. That is definitely a step backwards.

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General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: June 21, 2018, 12:28:37 PM »
What I do find hilarious about all this is how all US media keeps saying that "this is not what America stands for". The constant need for Americans to proclaim themselves as a great country unique in its virtue.

It's the opposite. It's a country that was built on genocide, slavery, racism, bigotry and colonialism. It was built on an absolutely rotten past and has a rotten present. And yet it still keeps trying to fool itself that it wasn't and isn't.

The US should take a look at Germany, and learn to confront its past and admit to itself that the notion of "American exceptionalism", "unique American virtue", that it is a "shining city on the hill" is so much utter nonsense. It's national self-delusion on a grand scale.

"Insanity in individuals is something rare - but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule. " Friedrich Nietzsche

In fairness the US has been better run in the past than it is now under the plutocracy

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GAA Discussion / Re: Dublin v Laois
« on: June 21, 2018, 10:55:08 AM »
I'm actually a bit worried about whether discord might raise its head in the Dubs camp this year. Like any successful team there's been a great bond and togetherness between the team of the last few years. It had threatened to go pear shaped about 5 years ago when Philly and Diarmo had serious fisticuffs at training, but they sorted that out and it brought everyone closer.

This year we've had Connolly leaving. Now it's certainly not all to do with Gavin, but the fact they don't really get on hasn't helped. And Gavin certainly didnt go all out to try and get him back onboard.

There have been rumours circulating, totally unsubstantiated, of a few of the sub forwards not being happy with their opportunities, or lack thereof, and in particular of the stated policy of training impacting on teamsheet not being adhered to.

Dubs have had a lot of injuries in defence during the league, and actually down to the bare bones with Howard being relocated from wing forward to wing back leaving the back 6 as Fitz-Philly-Lowndes, Howard-McCarthy-Cooper with only Daly really left as an adequate replacement.

But now McCaffrey, O'Sullivan, Small and Davy Byrne are all going to be available, so who gets left out? Some big decisions coming up and there's going to be some disappointed experienced players.

Okay its definitely easier to keep everyone happy when you're winning, but its harder when you're telling experienced All Ireland winners who are still at the top of their game in their own heads, that they're only on the bench. Will be interesting to see how Gavin manages to keep the happy camp.

In summary, Dublin's primary weakness this year is the fact that they have too many good players.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stockholm_syndrome

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Sugrue is impressive in terms of what he has done with Laois in less than a year.

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General discussion / Re: World Cup Prediciton Comp
« on: June 21, 2018, 09:13:00 AM »
There will be draws today
Is that a prediciton?

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General discussion / Re: The Official World Cup 2018 Thread
« on: June 21, 2018, 08:38:57 AM »
Sepp Blatter was the one who sacrificed World Cup quantity for quality.
 Here's the Guardian on Saudi Arabia

"Saudí Arabia have not won a match in 4 World Cups.
Saudi Arabia, who suffered a minor scare when an engine on their plane caught fire before landing on Rostov-on-Don on Monday, instead have not found the back of the net in their last four World Cup outings.    "

The absolute piss take is of course Qatar, hosts next time. Never even qualified.

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