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Arts & Entertainment / Re: 2022 FIFA World Cup
« on: October 12, 2021, 07:53:29 PM »
October 12, 2021, 04:00:00 PM — South Africa–Ethiopia (Johannesburg)
South Africa 1 – 0 Ethiopia

Another great day for football.

October 12, 2021, 06:45:00 PM — Bulgaria–Northern Ireland (Sofia)
Northern Ireland is winning so far. Onto the 47th minute with the score at 0–1.

You get that you played a "country" so small that if Thork lived there he'd probably get a game, right?
It's cute how defensive ye British get when ye lose.

Arts & Entertainment / Re: 2022 FIFA World Cup
« on: October 11, 2021, 08:39:44 PM »
Netherlands 6 – 0 Gibraltar

Goed zo, jongens.

Arts & Entertainment / Re: 2022 FIFA World Cup
« on: October 11, 2021, 07:55:22 PM »
I don't think England would roll over as easily for you.
Perhaps, but they're not playing, so we'll never know. The Netherlands just scored a fourth goal, by the way.

Arts & Entertainment / Re: 2022 FIFA World Cup
« on: October 11, 2021, 07:43:58 PM »
I see nothing in here to contradict the fact that the UK is currently losing hard to the Dutch.

Arts & Entertainment / Re: 2022 FIFA World Cup
« on: October 11, 2021, 07:38:09 PM »
October 11, 2021, 06:45:00 PM — Netherlands–Gibraltar (Rotterdam)
It's half time and the Netherlands is already up 3–0. Why are the British so bad at football?

Arts & Entertainment / Re: 2022 FIFA World Cup
« on: October 09, 2021, 10:44:01 PM »
You profess to be a Northern Ireland fan. I ask the very reasonable question ... 'Why do you support a country you have no connection to?' and you refuse to furnish me with a proper answer.
I gave you as much of an answer as is relevant in a thread not titled "xasop's family tree makes your look like a line of homeless people".

The proper answer is that you are appropriating other people's culture because your own is rather unimpressive. I'm an Englishman. That ranks very high on the list of 'do you have any culture?'. Like a fine wine ... I have provenance. You're trying to slap a champagne label onto a €2 bottle of plonk.
lol, get over yourself.

Arts & Entertainment / Re: 2022 FIFA World Cup
« on: October 09, 2021, 10:24:57 PM »
From the list above, what have you got that is your Irish heritage?
Is this really relevant in a thread about football? If you are truly interested in my life story, feel free to create a thread about it in CN or AR, where I can shitpost at you as much as you like.

Arts & Entertainment / Re: 2022 FIFA World Cup
« on: October 09, 2021, 10:10:20 PM »
Because I have Irish heritage. Is it important? They're all just human beings wearing differently coloured shirts, at the end of the day.

Arts & Entertainment / Re: 2022 FIFA World Cup
« on: October 09, 2021, 10:04:44 PM »
Why do you have a weird obsession with Northern Ireland? Have you ever been? It's a dump.
I don't have an obsession with it, it is simply part of Ireland. In the Rugby World Cup, Ireland has one team, which I would support. In the FIFA World Cup, they have two teams, so I support both.

Arts & Entertainment / Re: 2022 FIFA World Cup
« on: October 09, 2021, 09:51:01 PM »
Matches of interest for next week:
  • October 11, 2021, 06:45:00 PM — Netherlands–Gibraltar (Rotterdam)
  • October 12, 2021, 04:00:00 PM — South Africa–Ethiopia (Johannesburg)
  • October 12, 2021, 06:45:00 PM — Bulgaria–Northern Ireland (Sofia)

Technology & Information / Re: Hella lit keyboards
« on: October 09, 2021, 09:17:15 PM »
I've been using the keyboard built into my various ThinkPads for the past 4½ years. Could be better, but for a laptop keyboard it's pretty fantastic.

Arts & Entertainment / Re: 2022 FIFA World Cup
« on: October 09, 2021, 09:13:29 PM »
Routine England win.

Andorra 0 - 5 England
Indeed, the UK has disappointed on two fronts tonight.

Switzerland 2 – 0 Northern Ireland

It's a good thing Ireland gets two teams!

Arts & Entertainment / Re: 2022 FIFA World Cup
« on: October 09, 2021, 05:58:16 PM »
  • October 09, 2021, 01:00:00 PM — Ethiopia–South Africa (Bahir Dar)
  • October 09, 2021, 04:00:00 PM — Azerbaijan–Republic of Ireland (Baku)
South Africa and RoI both did a smashing job today. Scores were 1–3 and 0–3, respectively. A most excellent day.

Suggestions & Concerns / Re: Abusive DMs
« on: October 09, 2021, 04:18:23 PM »
The core problem is that private messages are advertised as private. We cannot moderate messages we cannot see. If you can report a PM to a mod then the whole mod team can read it; that doesn't make it a very private message. I support adding some separate ignore list for PMs versus public forum posts, but I do not support adding public rules to private messages.
I don't entirely agree with this. Taking this argument to its logical conclusion, we wouldn't act if people were using PMs to coordinate terrorist attacks or share child pornography. Obviously we cannot allow that, so we need to have some level of moderation over what goes on in private messages. The question is just whether this particular case qualifies for moderation.

Personally, I think that for known repeat offenders, putting them in a user group that doesn't allow sending PMs is a better solution than leaving it in the hands of every recipient they might get around to harassing.

Arts & Entertainment / Re: 2022 FIFA World Cup
« on: October 08, 2021, 08:37:51 PM »
October 08, 2021, 06:45:00 PM — Latvia–Netherlands (Riga)
Caught some of this. Latvia got told what's what in their home stadium, courtesy of the Dutch. Score was 0–1.

15% is still 4% less than the UK, so there likely is no fear of losing tax base to them.
Well, the UK is unappealing for businesses right now for other reasons, but the main argument against raising the tax rate is that it reduces the difference with other EU nations that can compete better in other areas. If most of your clients and suppliers are in Paris, Amsterdam and Frankfurt, doing business from Dublin incurs various costs and inconveniences — overseas shipping of supplies and products, business travel for meetings, and enticing potential recruits from the continent to relocate to a distant island with a chronic housing shortage, to name a few.

So, those who support a low tax rate in Ireland argue that the tax rate should not only be low, but low enough that the tax savings offset these costs. I'm not an economist and I can't predict what kind of impact raising the corporate tax rate will have, I just hope it works out for the best.

So this is an interesting move. Just the other day, the Taoiseach said the Republic's 12.5% corporate tax wasn't its selling point, citing joining the EU as more important for the nation's economic growth.

Micheál Martin has told the Dáil that negotiations that would see corporation tax set at a minimum 15% are "not complete at all" and Ireland is seeking further clarification on the issue.

However, he claimed that our low corporate tax rate "on its own is no longer a unique selling point," adding: "It never was, actually."

Instead the Taoiseach has said that investment in education and our joining the European Union were among the "fundamental pillars" which have lured multi-national companies to Ireland.

Now indications are that the Irish are going to raise their corporate tax to the OECD minimum of 15%.

Ireland is expected to adopt a 15% minimum corporate tax rate after several months of negotiations with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Sources close to Irish Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe say the Irish government “need certainty around the rate”, and assurances that Ireland won’t be forced to increase it further.

Much of the discussion has centred on the language of the global agreement.

The Irish government has insisted on the removal of the term “at least” 15% with regard to the amount each country should charge. Dublin is demanding a guarantee that it won’t be forced to increase the amount at a later date.

While it’s not clear yet whether this has been removed, sources say the Irish are amenable to the updated text which the government received on Monday.

I find this surprising, although if it does not drive business out of Ireland, it could be a very positive step. The Republic has long had to limit its government spending due to the low tax income, and this could allow the government to invest more in housing and healthcare, two of the most important problems in Ireland today.

Eamon Ryan on the NDP:

"If I was to pick out one project or example of what is going to change things it is Metropolitan Rail for Cork. We have already committed to that in the Recovery and Resilience Fund - those Midleton and Mallow lines, new stations, housing beside the stations shows how we can tackle the housing crisis and climate crisis at the same time."

It's very good to see cities in the west getting the same attention that has been mainly centred on Dublin until now.

After spending the past 30 years covering their share of the island with a world-class motorway network, the Republic of Ireland is now shifting priorities towards cleaner transport options. Specifically, they have a "two-to-one" rule in favour of public transport in this year's National Development Plan, as the Irish Times reports.

In all €35 billion has been earmarked for transport spending until 2030. All of the big roads projects contained in the Fine Gael government’s plan from 2018 have been retained – including the M20 motorway from Cork to Limerick; the Galway City outer ring road; the co-funded A5 to Derry; the upgrade of the N4 from Mullingar to Longford; and the N24 from Limerick to Waterford.

While their inclusion was being presented by sources in both Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael as a “win” for those parties, it was quietly acknowledged within Government circles that the programme for government commitment to a two-to-one ratio favouring public transport over roads, in addition to exacting climate-change obligations, would mean at least some of those projects would not be progressed.
The "co-funded A5 to Derry" refers to the N2 Dublin–Derry road, the northern half of which is signposted as A5 by the British government. As the Republic has an interest in the Dublin–Derry corridor, they are contributing funds to improvement of the route within Northern Ireland.

A significant part of the reason for the priority shift is that the Green Party is part of the coalition government for the second time in history.

A senior Minister from one of the bigger coalition parties agreed. “Every thing is being climate assessed. You must remember it is (Green Party leader) Eamon Ryan who is managing the Department of Transport and also the transport budget.”

Even among the road projects, it seems we can expect prioritisation based on climate impact.

All of the major projects will also be climate-proofed, with those deemed “climate-positive” and “neutral” getting preference over those classed as “climate-negative”.

This is very promising — Ireland is lagging significantly behind most of western Europe in terms of public transport, and it will be great to see some improvements there. I am also glad to see that road projects are being deprioritised rather than scrapped entirely, as some road projects (such as the Cork–Limerick road, whether that ends up being motorway or not) are sorely needed for economic development, but it would be nice to see them completed in an ecologically sustainable way.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Coronavirus Vaccine and You
« on: October 03, 2021, 10:05:14 PM »
I'll wear a mask when manufacturers state on the packaging that wearing the mask is an effective measure in prevention and transmission of the virus.
Do you also refuse to eat food that doesn't state on the packaging that it's effective at keeping you alive?

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