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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Cancel culture
« on: Today at 11:40:59 AM »
And speaking of comedy, I believe that we as a society have reached a point where mocking and belittling marginalized groups publicly is no longer considered acceptable, and that's not a bad thing.
This is absolutely not true. We've reached a point where mocking some marginalised groups, or even talking about them in a way that might be misconstrued as mocking, is considered unacceptable. But marginalised groups that aren't part of the social justice clique — poor, rural white people, for example; or lonely, virgin men — are not only still fair game, but it's now considered trendy in some circles to mock them.

Have we made progress, on the whole? I would have to say yes, because we now have support structures in place for demographics that were largely ignored until about 50 years ago. But that progress is not uniform.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Coronavirus Vaccine and You
« on: October 20, 2021, 06:09:28 AM »
It’s quite good if you’re a little horse though.
Oh, well done.

Arts & Entertainment / Re: 2022 FIFA World Cup
« on: October 12, 2021, 08:41:51 PM »
October 12, 2021, 06:45:00 PM — Bulgaria–Northern Ireland (Sofia)
Bulgaria 2 – 1 Northern Ireland

Imagine losing to a nation of anti-vaxxers. :'(

There'll be more games next month.

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.

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