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    Originally posted by ComradeCollie View Post
    Really thought the phrase was 'baying for something'.
    It is. Perhaps Hitch has Wicklow Derangement Syndrome given his new-found proximity to the Garden of Ireland. Would explain his take on this matter.
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      Originally posted by Hitchhiker's Guide To... View Post
      There's a top UK doctor saying what Stephen Donnolly said last week.
      The thing that people are missing with this, imo, is the consequences.

      if you get seasonal flu you have an enormous chance of just shaking it off, as does most of your family including any elderly or immuno-compromised members.

      with Covid..we don’t know. The initial diagnosis is dangerous for everyone including children, less so than elderly but still dangerous. The medium term effects are unknown but there are growing reports of medium term lung damage and neural impacts. The long term effects nobody has a clue about because we don’t have enough information.

      we are effectively betting that this hitherto unknown disease that has ravaged a population won’t have any real medium or long-term effects on people so lets just suck it up and see what happens.

      an acquaintance of mine, otherwise healthy guy in his 30’s went from being fine, to having covid to recovering and being told that the lung damage he suffered has left him with a maximum 3-5 year life expectancy. That shit doesn’t happen with the common flu.

      Schools in Berlin are back two weeks and there have already been infections in 4% of schools. Sure, they might shake them off but what about the longer term?

      now I get that there are other economic and developmental factors that need to be taken into account but playing down the potential health impact of covid is very premature at this stage imo.
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        Originally posted by Raoul Duke III View Post

        It is. Perhaps Hitch has Wicklow Derangement Syndrome given his new-found proximity to the Garden of Ireland. Would explain his take on this matter.
        It did sound a bit like something Ross O'Carroll Kelly would say
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          On the other hand, here’s an interview with a Spanish doctor who is saying that the current ‘crisis’ isn’t really a crisis at all. Hilarious to see the interviewer try toforce an agenda but the doc having none of it

          https://youtu.be/SwlkumcRf6w


          the truth is that we just don’t know and as usual people at both extremes are probably wrong but if in doubt land on the sid eof protecting health
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            Originally posted by Raoul Duke III View Post

            Now it's over to VDL (who must surely be wondering WTF she did to deserve this steaming pile of shite being dumped in her lap) to tell Big Phil the political facts of life. Would be fun to be a fly on the wall at that one.
            I'd say she deals with these types of requests every few months when one of the 27 countries changes government. She might deign to use the more important countries requests as morning relief toilet paper, but I wouldn't say the smaller countries even get the honour of being used as royal loo roll. And she especially won't pay any attention to it when she hears the circumstances except to maybe whack the fool that wasted her time approaching her with a non-problem.
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              Originally posted by Hitchhiker's Guide To... View Post

              I'd say she deals with these types of requests every few months when one of the 27 countries changes government. She might deign to use the more important countries requests as morning relief toilet paper, but I wouldn't say the smaller countries even get the honour of being used as royal loo roll. And she especially won't pay any attention to it when she hears the circumstances except to maybe whack the fool that wasted her time approaching her with a non-problem.
              You do get that the outcome here is less important than the principle?

              or else the words 'we're all in this together' mean exactly the opposite of their common English usage
              "We are not Europeans. Those people on the continent are freaks."

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                Going to attempt some work for the first time in a while. But first, a brief comment about An Post. Who seem mad. Like I've no idea how they get through each day.

                First of all there's the parcels. All the other delivery people give you a two hour slot on the day of delivery, but An Post sent me a text this morning saying my parcel would be with me 'in the next two days'. They've just delivered it. So, two hours before delivering the package, which was clearly out for delivery, their best estimate was that it could take up to 48 hours to arrive at my apartment. I bet you they don't deliver odd hours and cost more than rivals too. So they're not a great postal service, which is the number one thing you'd look for in a postal service.

                Then there's the banking angle. I was looking up the Childcare Plus account that cuculainn was mentioning yesterday. You can have the child benefit paid directly into it and the idea is that its a nice pot of money for the kids when it comes to paying for uni time. It even mentions the account on the child benefit form, so excellent advertising. Let's see, in the words of boards.ie users, what An Post have done with this fantastic opportunity to corner a piece of the banking market (by the way, it doesn't mention anywhere on the An Post website how to open this account despite having a few pages devoted to advertising the account. Nor is it seemingly a question 'how do I open this?' that anyone has ever asked according to the FAQ of the relevant pages):


                Step 1: You have a willing customer. Lets reel them in:

                I want to set up the children’s allowance savings account with An Post called the Childcare Plus account. I went to the post office to get an application form and the girl had never heard of such account. After talking to her manager she got me an application form but when I got home I realised it’s a repayment form. I would have expected that it would be a new account set up form. After googling it seems to be only the repayment form available? Does that make sense to people? Has anyone set this up before and know how? They can’t really help In my post office as it seems like they have no experience with this account. Any help would be appreciated, or is there such thing as an An Post helpline?

                Step 2: Keep It Simple Stupid, if your explainin your losin:

                I did set one up, and would strongly advise against it. It was harder to close it and get the money out, than what you are experiencing here, it is an incredibly poorly run scheme.

                Each payment goes into a zero interest holding account until there are 12 payments, then it transfers into a low interest account, for either 5 or 8 years with a different interest rate each year. Your next set of payments go again into a zero interest account. Every year, you get a new set of account numbers, which you have to track for repayment, and all of them have to be then applied for separately to get your money back when you want it. We moved house during this, and you would swear we had gone to the moon.
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                  Originally posted by Raoul Duke III View Post

                  You do get that the outcome here is less important than the principle?

                  or else the words 'we're all in this together' mean exactly the opposite of their common English usage
                  I get that your principle is that we should take away people's livelihoods because of what could easily be a mistake where you assume that everything has been checked by other people, I just don't agree with it.

                  Just last week the same dumbassery canceled Michael Cawley from Failte Ireland for going on holidays to an allowed green list country, when he was only taking on the chairmanship in the first place as a charity gig to give something back to the country. He notably resigned within a split second of the story so keen was he not to waste another moment helping out stupid people.

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                    Originally posted by Hitchhiker's Guide To... View Post

                    I get that your principle is that we should take away people's livelihoods because of what could easily be a mistake where you assume that everything has been checked by other people, I just don't agree with it.

                    Just last week the same dumbassery canceled Michael Cawley from Failte Ireland for going on holidays to an allowed green list country, when he was only taking on the chairmanship in the first place as a charity gig to give something back to the country. He notably resigned within a split second of the story so keen was he not to waste another moment helping out stupid people.
                    OK, thank you for confirming that you do not get any of this.

                    Carry on. You'll be going in to bat for Trump next.
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                      Originally posted by Raoul Duke III View Post

                      OK, thank you for confirming that you do not get any of this.
                      Oh no, believe me, I get you. And I appreciate you taking the time to explain what goes on in your head so that you arrive at these curious opinions.
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                        Originally posted by Raoul Duke III View Post
                        I can absolutely see why we would want Hogan to stay in his job from a political perspective.

                        But Mehole and Leo have in my view, correctly weighed that up against the societal factors and come down on the right side of telling him he must quit.
                        Boris did the same political calculus with Cummings and came down on the wrong side.

                        It really is as simple as the fact that leaders must lead by example, and if they can't do that, then they are not fit to lead and should be dispensed with. Especially in a time of crisis. When they fail in this regard, they send a very clear and very bad message to the population.

                        Now it's over to VDL (who must surely be wondering WTF she did to deserve this steaming pile of shite being dumped in her lap) to tell Big Phil the political facts of life. Would be fun to be a fly on the wall at that one.
                        Well put, but unless we get to parachute someone of the stature of Leo or Simon into the job we should just suck it up. As you say its up to Ursula now and maybe she will want to send a strong message but despite the constant calls from local parish pumpers all over Europe to fire their local competitor over the scandal du jour the only one who was ever fired was the Maltese guy who was caught taking kickbacks from the tobacco industry.

                        I agree with the Cummings comparison is valid but IMO in a scale of taking the piss with regulations both in the spirit and rule I'd rate Cummings at 8, Mary Lou at 6 and Phil at 3 .

                        Significant heads have rolled, liveline will seethe for another week but already some good has come out of it in that there is a renewed focus on toeing the line now.

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                          It's just a very different country when this is the liberal side's policy:

                          Joe Biden on Sunday pledged not to raise taxes on people making less than $400,000
                          And its not like the country is incredibly wealthy and has the flexibility to do this, they're just choosing to not raise enough tax to care for their population.
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                            Originally posted by Raoul Duke III View Post

                            That is exactly what Mehole and Leo have done; that's what 'he should consider his position' means. (i.e. we have lost all confidence in you, now do the decent thing and quit of your own volition)
                            I believe this is a misreading of the reality. Micheal has had several opportunities to declare he has lost confidence in Phil and has turned down each one, including when asked directly by Claire Byrne within the last hour whether he retained confidence in him. If the Taoiseach and Tanaiste issued a statement declaring they have lost confidence in him and urge him to resign he would be gone within the hour.

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                              Originally posted by Strewelpeter View Post

                              Well put, but unless we get to parachute someone of the stature of Leo or Simon into the job we should just suck it up. As you say its up to Ursula now and maybe she will want to send a strong message but despite the constant calls from local parish pumpers all over Europe to fire their local competitor over the scandal du jour the only one who was ever fired was the Maltese guy who was caught taking kickbacks from the tobacco industry.
                              This is far worse than the Maltese guy. This is about leadership and ensuring social cohesion in the biggest crisis ever to hit our country.

                              Originally posted by Strewelpeter View Post
                              I agree with the Cummings comparison is valid but IMO in a scale of taking the piss with regulations both in the spirit and rule I'd rate Cummings at 8, Mary Lou at 6 and Phil at 3 .
                              It doesn't matter. Even if Phil had no idea what the regulations are, he's gotta go.
                              If it was right for Calleary and Buttimer to quit (it was), then it's equally right for Woulfe and Hogan.
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                              Originally posted by Strewelpeter View Post
                              Significant heads have rolled, liveline will seethe for another week but already some good has come out of it in that there is a renewed focus on toeing the line now.
                              I disagree. The focus is actually on leadership.

                              Until this is fully and comprehensively dealt with, then it will linger over the public health regs like a bad smell. Any knacker strolling around their local Spar without a mask would be semi- justifiably empowered to say if it's good enough for the big boys to break the regs, then it's good enough for me.

                              It's that simple.



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                                Originally posted by Strewelpeter View Post



                                So the Trump fellow travellers are clinging desperately to the notion that that was not a personal attack at one individual but that he was mimicking spasticity as a comic reference to indicate stupidity

                                Think about that for a minute and come back to me on how you think that makes it any more excusable? And when your at it you once said here that you believed that he wasn't at all racist, I think the phrase was the least racist ever, do you still believe that?
                                It's possible to search how many times derivatives of that word have been used on this site, and it's never been by me. I took it as him representing a flailing wind-up toy, someone flustered under pressure. He's been doing that for years. No one made reference to the impressions when they related to himself, a flustered Ted Cruz or generals.

                                Look how the association worked, the headline is Trump mocks disabled reporter, people make that association in their head, assume the disability and assume that that's what Trump was mocking. I'd imagine no one assumed that he had arthrogryposis. Take away the reporter, and the association stays, in people's heads he was mocking cerebral palsy. Trump certainly isn't doing himself any favours, but I think his motives and intentions are far less vindictive and dark than you're assuming. I think it's just another McGuirk effect, your priors determine your interpretation of the event far more than the actual event does.



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                                  Originally posted by mcnugget View Post

                                  I believe this is a misreading of the reality. Micheal has had several opportunities to declare he has lost confidence in Phil and has turned down each one, including when asked directly by Claire Byrne within the last hour whether he retained confidence in him. If the Taoiseach and Tanaiste issued a statement declaring they have lost confidence in him and urge him to resign he would be gone within the hour.
                                  Isn't that what they did on Saturday?

                                  Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Tánaiste Leo Varadkar have asked Phil Hogan to "consider his position", heaping pressure on the EU commissioner to resign over his attendance at an Oireachtas Golf Society dinner that has outraged the nation.

                                  In a statement to the Sunday Independent last night, a Government spokesman confirmed: "The Taoiseach and the Tánaiste did speak with the commissioner today and asked him to consider his position.

                                  "They both believe the event should never have been held, that the commissioner's apology came late and that he still needs to give a full account and explanation of his action."
                                  "Consider your position" = politics-speak for "resign you fuckwit"
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                                    Originally posted by Denny Crane View Post
                                    Look how the association worked, the headline is Trump mocks disabled reporter, people make that association in their head, assume the disability and assume that that's what Trump was mocking. I'd imagine no one assumed that he had arthrogryposis.
                                    seriously?! They knew each other for decades.

                                    “Donald and I were on a first-name basis for years,” Kovaleski told the Times in November. “I’ve interviewed him in his office,” he added. “I’ve talked to him at press conferences. All in all, I would say around a dozen times, I’ve interacted with him as a reporter while I was at The Daily News.” In particular, Kovaleski covered the launch of the Trump Shuttle, spending the day with Trump in 1989 when the airline launched with typical Trump brashness.
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                                      Originally posted by Iago View Post

                                      ...an acquaintance of mine, otherwise healthy guy in his 30’s went from being fine, to having covid to recovering and being told that the lung damage he suffered has left him with a maximum 3-5 year life expectancy. That shit doesn’t happen with the common flu.

                                      now I get that there are other economic and developmental factors that need to be taken into account but playing down the potential health impact of covid is very premature at this stage imo.
                                      I may have mentioned it before, but three of my colleagues based in Toronto contracted COVID in May, two shook it off quickly enough, but one of them (I believe wasn't the fittest maybe and is a smoker), in his early 30s I'd guess, is still completely floored by the aftermath of it. As in, unable to work and is in and out of hospital.

                                      Don't know a single person in Ireland to have gotten it but from the knowledge I have of it from a bit of distance, it's definitely something to be very wary of, no matter your age, as you rightly point out we just don't know enough about it.

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                                        Originally posted by ionapaul View Post

                                        I may have mentioned it before, but three of my colleagues based in Toronto contracted COVID in May, two shook it off quickly enough, but one of them (I believe wasn't the fittest maybe and is a smoker), in his early 30s I'd guess, is still completely floored by the aftermath of it. As in, unable to work and is in and out of hospital.

                                        Don't know a single person in Ireland to have gotten it but from the knowledge I have of it from a bit of distance, it's definitely something to be very wary of, no matter your age, as you rightly point out we just don't know enough about it.
                                        You've just made me realise that eoghan104 hasn't been seen here since his Cheltenham covid episode. Anyone know if he is OK?
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                                          Sent an email to MM re golfgate and leadership.(not that it will be read)

                                          Outlined that it shows either almost criminal levels of poor judgement or contempt for the rules for a public servant to attend such a function and how that is being perceived by the public these so called leaders are supposed to serve. One look at the seating arrangements should have raised an alarm bell if not for the fact that it would be unsafe but at least for political self preservation.
                                          It should be a top priority for all public servants to be cognizant of the rules regarding Covid at all times and to be seen to be obeying these rules to serve as a good example to the public.

                                          Reminded him that he is a public servant and that we require leadership in these difficult times. Queried would he have the resolve and determination to make the difficult decisions of making people resign.

                                          Clusterfuck.





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                                            Originally posted by Hitchhiker's Guide To... View Post

                                            seriously?! They knew each other for decades.
                                            I mean the people reading the headline, seeing the screenshot.

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                                              Originally posted by Raoul Duke III View Post

                                              You've just made me realise that eoghan104 hasn't been seen here since his Cheltenham covid episode. Anyone know if he is OK?
                                              Last online (whatsapp) an hour ago so presumably not pushing up daisies just yet.
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                                                Originally posted by Raoul Duke III View Post

                                                You've just made me realise that eoghan104 hasn't been seen here since his Cheltenham covid episode. Anyone know if he is OK?
                                                He played the couple of werewolf games we had after the move, so he's been on in June anyway.

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                                                  Originally posted by dinekes View Post
                                                  Sent an email to MM re golfgate and leadership.(not that it will be read)

                                                  Outlined that it shows either almost criminal levels of poor judgement or contempt for the rules for a public servant to attend such a function and how that is being perceived by the public these so called leaders are supposed to serve. One look at the seating arrangements should have raised an alarm bell if not for the fact that it would be unsafe but at least for political self preservation.
                                                  It should be a top priority for all public servants to be cognizant of the rules regarding Covid at all times and to be seen to be obeying these rules to serve as a good example to the public.

                                                  Reminded him that he is a public servant and that we require leadership in these difficult times. Queried would he have the resolve and determination to make the difficult decisions of making people resign.

                                                  Clusterfuck.


                                                  The hotel as well should be raked over the coals for that as well.

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                                                      Originally posted by Raoul Duke III View Post

                                                      You've just made me realise that eoghan104 hasn't been seen here since his Cheltenham covid episode. Anyone know if he is OK?
                                                      Murdrum fell off the planet back in April also, he was great for the Covid updates.
                                                      This too shall pass.

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                                                        Originally posted by dinekes View Post
                                                        Sent an email to MM re golfgate and leadership.(not that it will be read)

                                                        Outlined that it shows either almost criminal levels of poor judgement or contempt for the rules for a public servant to attend such a function and how that is being perceived by the public these so called leaders are supposed to serve. One look at the seating arrangements should have raised an alarm bell if not for the fact that it would be unsafe but at least for political self preservation.
                                                        It should be a top priority for all public servants to be cognizant of the rules regarding Covid at all times and to be seen to be obeying these rules to serve as a good example to the public.

                                                        Reminded him that he is a public servant and that we require leadership in these difficult times. Queried would he have the resolve and determination to make the difficult decisions of making people resign.

                                                        Clusterfuck.

                                                        I still think you're missing the practical point here (I'm repeating myself a bit, but I really hate all this tabloidisation of society). If you turn up at a hotel function and your thought is 'hmm, I didn't think this was allowed at all', your second thought, guaranteed, is 'oh well I presume someone has checked and its fine'. You don't walk into a room with 90 people seated and 20 waiters hired and think "you're all making a terrible mistake" and then turn tail and leave. Thats just not how we work as social animals. No one, literally no-one, would be like that. There's blame on the organiser, there's blame on the hotel, there's just simply not blame on the individual invitees. No-one is reasonably expected to wonder if every building they walk into is abiding by the safety codes and then be held responsible if the building has fucked up. So we're really talking about canceling people's livelihoods for not abiding by a standard that no-one would realistically abide by.
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                                                          Originally posted by Hitchhiker's Guide To... View Post

                                                          If you turn up at a hotel function and your thought is 'hmm, I didn't think this was allowed at all', your second thought, guaranteed, is 'oh well I presume someone has checked and its fine'. You don't walk into a room with 90 people seated and 20 waiters hired and think "you're all making a terrible mistake" and then turn tail and leave. Thats just not how we work as social animals. No one, literally no-one, would be like that.
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                                                            Originally posted by ComradeCollie View Post

                                                            Do you think Enda is aftertiming then? https://www.independent.ie/world-new...-39471964.html
                                                            I think he's a retired person who has a lot more time on his hands to think about these things. I'd imagine Big Phil is a wee bit busier and less able to think through every little decision he makes.

                                                            That story doesn't quite hold up either, which is probably why it was all anonymous sources. Presumably the meal was turned down a few weeks in advance of the event when the invites were sent out - and he seemingly turned down the event on the knowledge of regulations that weren't yet in place at the time he turned them down. If he was really unhappy with it for public safety (rather than, say, wanting to be back home at a reasonable hour), he would surely have expressed this to the organisers when he was invited.
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                                                              Originally posted by Hitchhiker's Guide To... View Post

                                                              I think he's a retired person who has a lot more time on his hands to think about these things. I'd imagine Big Phil is a wee bit busier and less able to think through every little decision he makes.

                                                              That story doesn't quite hold up either, which is probably why it was all anonymous sources. Presumably the meal was turned down a few weeks in advance of the event when the invites were sent out - and he seemingly turned down the event on the knowledge of regulations that weren't yet in place at the time he turned them down. If he was really unhappy with it for public safety (rather than, say, wanting to be back home at a reasonable hour), he would surely have expressed this to the organisers when he was invited.
                                                              you are doing a lot of heavy lifting for him here.
                                                              You would imagine the ability to think through decisions is a core skill for someone in his role
                                                              He has shown an amazing lack of judgment at every stage in this debacle and more than a passing imitation of this guy
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                                                                Hitch I admire your commitment to what is a completely crazy take. Don't forget he nipped back to Kildare and was caught texting and driving all on the same crime spree!

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                                                                  Originally posted by Hitchhiker's Guide To... View Post


                                                                  I still think you're missing the practical point here (I'm repeating myself a bit, but I really hate all this tabloidisation of society). If you turn up at a hotel function and your thought is 'hmm, I didn't think this was allowed at all', your second thought, guaranteed, is 'oh well I presume someone has checked and its fine'. You don't walk into a room with 90 people seated and 20 waiters hired and think "you're all making a terrible mistake" and then turn tail and leave. Thats just not how we work as social animals. No one, literally no-one, would be like that. There's blame on the organiser, there's blame on the hotel, there's just simply not blame on the individual invitees. No-one is reasonably expected to wonder if every building they walk into is abiding by the safety codes and then be held responsible if the building has fucked up. So we're really talking about canceling people's livelihoods for not abiding by a standard that no-one would realistically abide by.
                                                                  You are 100% wrong on this one I'm afraid. I'm not sure why you are so dogged on it. There is absolutely some blame on the individual and for me it's where the blame ultimately lies - Yes, you can blame the organisers and the venue, but ultimately you have final say on whether you stay there or not.

                                                                  I think you are thinking with your Chinese commie party hat on whereby all the sheep just do as they are told without having a brain to think for themselves

                                                                  Since lockdown came in in March, I have been very aware of my surroundings and have left several places, both indoor and outdoor as I felt that there was too many people there or there wasn't enough social distancing. If something doesn't feel right, go with your gut, it's a basic thing that applies to pretty much everything in life.

                                                                  Big Phil is not too busy thinking of super major important things while sipping on a few drinks and eating food to be not able to realise that the whole set up there wasn't right and he shouldn't have been there - that's just a nonsensical argument.

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                                                                    All this commotion about those guys at the golf dinner. If the rules had stated a 2 stroke penalty most of them wouldn't have done it
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                                                                      I'm happy to accept there is a collective stupidity going on and I'm on the wrong side of that for trying to approach it sensibly.

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                                                                        Just got the approval on the DeGiro account. They seem to be accepting clients again now as they were closed for a while to new signups.

                                                                        If you could temporarily set aside the 'collective stupidity' comment above (which was aimed at everyone else and not the person who answers this question) and help me out with a basic question: would I be right in thinking that Irish stocks are best bought through Frankfurt rather than Dublin - at a higher transaction fee in Frankfurt, but I guess avoiding stamp duty?
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                                                                          @Hitch I ave just discovered French tacos are a thing, and appear to be a great after pint snack, can you confirm they are great?
                                                                          airport, lol

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                                                                            Originally posted by eamonhonda View Post
                                                                            @Hitch I ave just discovered French tacos are a thing, and appear to be a great after pint snack, can you confirm they are great?
                                                                            They are woeful and everywhere!

                                                                            Its this type of deal. A sealed kebab roll with normally chips, cheese, mince / kebab inside it. Tastes of failure and bad life decisions.

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                                                                              Hey folks been awhile since I've checked in hope everybody has been keeping well

                                                                              As the majority of you will know I found photography through doing live updates on IPB and been fortunate to have worked steady for the last number of years, I had some worked lined up for the year but Covid put the kibosh on the world. I'm not sure when live poker events are going to be on the go for me over the next while. I've reached out to a few people privately about trying to stay in the poker world be it in customer service or whatnot.

                                                                              It's been years since I've done up a CV or even had to interview, does Richie still post here often? Is he still in recruitment?

                                                                              I should've really diversified myself from poker events and I'm not too sure trying to pivot to something else in the middle of a pandemic is the right time. If anybody has any tips or pointers, help, whatever please do drop me a line.
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                                                                                Originally posted by Hitchhiker's Guide To... View Post


                                                                                I still think you're missing the practical point here (I'm repeating myself a bit, but I really hate all this tabloidisation of society). If you turn up at a hotel function and your thought is 'hmm, I didn't think this was allowed at all', your second thought, guaranteed, is 'oh well I presume someone has checked and its fine'. You don't walk into a room with 90 people seated and 20 waiters hired and think "you're all making a terrible mistake" and then turn tail and leave. Thats just not how we work as social animals. No one, literally no-one, would be like that. There's blame on the organiser, there's blame on the hotel, there's just simply not blame on the individual invitees. No-one is reasonably expected to wonder if every building they walk into is abiding by the safety codes and then be held responsible if the building has fucked up. So we're really talking about canceling people's livelihoods for not abiding by a standard that no-one would realistically abide by.
                                                                                First thought is

                                                                                I dint think this is allowed so better be careful here

                                                                                Second thought should be..

                                                                                Think I will do a count of the number of people on the seating chart..hmmm...about 80...not good

                                                                                Third thought
                                                                                It's a clear breach of safety rules which have just been made public. I should make my excuses and leave as it's not safe and I dont really want to take a chance of catching Covid and passing it on family or friends etc or even I should make my excuses and leave as it ever got out I would look really bad for attending.

                                                                                This is what leaders should do, they lead by example and should have the cop on and judgement and the strength of character to go "I dont think this is safe so I am going to pass"

                                                                                This isn't some private individual making a mistake its a public representative and the damage done by this is far far greater as it has and will be perceived as a them and us attitude.

                                                                                There will be x % of the population who will just go fuck it I'm having a party or whatever or wont bother wearing a mask on the bus etc = more deaths ultimately.

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                                                                                  Originally posted by dinekes View Post


                                                                                  This isn't some private individual making a mistake its a public representative and the damage done by this is far far greater as it has and will be perceived as a them and us attitude.

                                                                                  Well maybe not. Maybe the general public will close the them and us gap and also give up their jobs if they breach any regulations. No mask in the supermarket? Give up your banking job. It's not really about the same standards its about much higher standards. The general public are told to cop on if they make a mistake, public servants are told to make themselves unemployed. If we want to close the gap between them and us we should hold ourselves to the same standards as we hold them.
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                                                                                    I see Amazon are probably going to have next day delivery in Dublin by Christmas, thus making Prime the gift for all your loved ones this yuletide season. It does feel kinda insulting that 25% of adults in Ireland order from Amazon.co.uk on a regular repeated basis and they can't even price their stuff in our currency.
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                                                                                      Originally posted by Hitchhiker's Guide To... View Post

                                                                                      Well maybe not. Maybe the general public will close the them and us gap and also give up their jobs if they breach any regulations. No mask in the supermarket? Give up your banking job. It's not really about the same standards its about much higher standards. The general public are told to cop on if they make a mistake, public servants are told to make themselves unemployed. If we want to close the gap between them and us we should hold ourselves to the same standards as we hold them.
                                                                                      They are in a position of far greater power than the average citizen so their actions or inaction have far greater consequences than me seeing my neighbour not wearing a mask.

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                                                                                        Old joke but resurfaced .

                                                                                        . We didnt have a lot of money but my dad gave a lot of money to sick animals . He didnt know they were sick until after he backed them

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                                                                                          Originally posted by dinekes View Post

                                                                                          They are in a position of far greater power than the average citizen so their actions or inaction have far greater consequences than me seeing my neighbour not wearing a mask.
                                                                                          Its not really 'far greater power', is it, if making a simple mistake means you lose your job because people on twitter have demanded it? You and me have far greater power than that - in that we wouldn't lose our jobs if we did something like that - as its against employment protection laws.
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                                                                                            Originally posted by dinekes View Post

                                                                                            They are in a position of far greater power than the average citizen so their actions or inaction have far greater consequences than me seeing my neighbour not wearing a mask.
                                                                                            the word you are looking for is 'leadership'. Possibly adding the phrase 'by example'.
                                                                                            "We are not Europeans. Those people on the continent are freaks."

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                                                                                              Covered that in original post I think.

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                                                                                                Originally posted by Hitchhiker's Guide To... View Post

                                                                                                Its not really 'far greater power', is it, if making a simple mistake means you lose your job because people on twitter have demanded it? You and me have far greater power than that - in that we wouldn't lose our jobs if we did something like that - as its against employment protection laws.
                                                                                                But it wasnt just a simple or unimportant mistake was it.

                                                                                                We have been in lockdown for months, businesses closed, jobs lost, sacrifices made.

                                                                                                They should lose their powerful public representative position because they showed either an arrogant disregard for the rules or appalling lack of judgement in a time when it is most critically important that they show leadership (by example) and good judgement, not because Twitter demanded it.

                                                                                                Literally critically important.

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                                                                                                  Originally posted by Raoul Duke III View Post

                                                                                                  You've just made me realise that eoghan104 hasn't been seen here since his Cheltenham covid episode. Anyone know if he is OK?
                                                                                                  I am still alive and in lockdown in Kildare! Since last week the urge to comply with the Kildare lockdown is low though and I have been to Dublin for golf a few times.

                                                                                                  It is interesting to hear the stories of long term affects of Covid. I was right as rain after a couple of days helped I think by a dose of steroids my doctor friend sent me. Since then I have noticed some issues.

                                                                                                  1. Loss of sense of smell. This is an odd one as it is only in certain circumstances. I haven't noticed anything around taste or smelling food. I can no longer smell (I have to be crude here) farts or shites! It is the maddest thing. My own or somebody elses. The wife would be nearly jumping out the window with the smell and I smell nothing. It might sound like I am making light of it but it's crazy and I can't explain it. She also has this special air dispenser smelly yoke that I can no longer smell.

                                                                                                  2. When I speak for a long time my voice goes ridic croaky. In my job I do a lot of presentations for potential clients that are two hours long. Never an issue before and now they are torture. By the end I am struggling big time and though there is no pain associated it's very annoying.

                                                                                                  3. General out of breath feeling. I am no runner or gym goer but I've noticed my breathing affected on say a hilly golf course when I woudn't have had a problem before. My mate that was affected worse than me and was sick for a week has been badly hit with the breathlessness/lung capacity. He was as fit as anyone I know and would go on long runs and all that. He says now he basically can't go for any reasonable length run since Covid.

                                                                                                  We are just hoping this will pass but as mentioned above no one knows. Anyone that is saying this is a common cold or flu is mistaken. I have been as pissed off as anyone with this golf dinner debacle and the message it sends out to everyone. Fully agree that heads should roll because they are either too stupid to do the job or arrogant cunts.

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                                                                                                    Quite the comprehensive wikipedia page already for the golf scandal https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oireac...ociety_scandal
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                                                                                                      Could maybe GAB run the odds book on which heartless fucker will be insensitive enough to point out the incongruence of starting a post talking about personally breaking quarantine to play golf and then ending the post by saying that people who broke quarantine to play golf should be fired?
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                                                                                                        Gave that kmwine crew a spin. Pleasantly surprised to see free, next day delivery and no sign of any exchange rate rapeage or indeed duty. ty GAB

                                                                                                        Still no Tar magic French site though.
                                                                                                        "We are not Europeans. Those people on the continent are freaks."

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                                                                                                          Originally posted by Hitchhiker's Guide To... View Post
                                                                                                          Could maybe GAB run the odds book on which heartless fucker will be insensitive enough to point out the incongruence of starting a post talking about personally breaking quarantine to play golf and then ending the post by saying that people who broke quarantine to play golf should be fired?
                                                                                                          Think you just did that
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                                                                                                            Originally posted by Denny Crane View Post

                                                                                                            It's possible to search how many times derivatives of that word have been used on this site, and it's never been by me. I took it as him representing a flailing wind-up toy, someone flustered under pressure. He's been doing that for years. No one made reference to the impressions when they related to himself, a flustered Ted Cruz or generals.

                                                                                                            Look how the association worked, the headline is Trump mocks disabled reporter, people make that association in their head, assume the disability and assume that that's what Trump was mocking. I'd imagine no one assumed that he had arthrogryposis. Take away the reporter, and the association stays, in people's heads he was mocking cerebral palsy. Trump certainly isn't doing himself any favours, but I think his motives and intentions are far less vindictive and dark than you're assuming. I think it's just another McGuirk effect, your priors determine your interpretation of the event far more than the actual event does.

                                                                                                            Nah, not buying that. You show that clip out of context to any 100 reasonable people and a huge majority will see a clear impression of spasticity or palsy.
                                                                                                            Remember that insightful Penn Jillete interview where he talked about him never ever laughing in any context except when laughing at or mocking someone.

                                                                                                            Interesting interview with Newt Gingrich today on R4, I missed bits of it but the thrust appeared to be more or less the line I they will be holding to is that character doesn't matter as long as the stock market is ticking ever upwards he's the man for the job.
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                                                                                                              yea, I must admit when I first went through the site I was concerned it was a scam as it was so keenly priced with no skullduggery. I stopped and went and did a bit of searching about it before returning to complete a purchase.

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                                                                                                                Originally posted by Raoul Duke III View Post
                                                                                                                Gave that kmwine crew a spin. Pleasantly surprised to see free, next day delivery and no sign of any exchange rate rapeage or indeed duty. ty GAB

                                                                                                                Still no Tar magic French site though.
                                                                                                                it's beer offering seem akin to rapeage
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                                                                                                                  Originally posted by ComradeCollie View Post
                                                                                                                  Quite the comprehensive wikipedia page already for the golf scandal https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oireac...ociety_scandal
                                                                                                                  A few names there that you'd have to be disappointed with showing up at any club that Noel Grealish is captain of
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                                                                                                                    Originally posted by Hectorjelly View Post
                                                                                                                    Hitch I admire your commitment to what is a completely crazy take. Don't forget he nipped back to Kildare and was caught texting and driving all on the same crime spree!
                                                                                                                    Nipping into Kildare to pick up items for work isn't any breach of the letter or the spirit of the regulations.

                                                                                                                    Not having bluetooth and voice to text working while being someone in the public eye that could do without being pulled up for it and it inevitably making the papers is just monumentally stupid and careless.


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                                                                                                                      Originally posted by Strewelpeter View Post

                                                                                                                      Nipping into Kildare to pick up items for work isn't any breach of the letter or the spirit of the regulations.

                                                                                                                      Not having bluetooth and voice to text working while being someone in the public eye that could do without being pulled up for it and it inevitably making the papers is just monumentally stupid and careless.

                                                                                                                      Nipping in? He's been living in the K Club for the last several weeks. I don't know how it's been kept under wraps but I presume it'll be in the news before long.

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                                                                                                                        Good article on how blockchain remains, a decade of hype later, a solution waiting for a problem

                                                                                                                        https://thecorrespondent.com/655/blo...99980-95473476

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                                                                                                                          Originally posted by Hitchhiker's Guide To... View Post
                                                                                                                          All the other delivery people give you a two hour slot on the day of delivery, but An Post sent me a text this morning saying my parcel would be with me 'in the next two days'.
                                                                                                                          I'll assume you mean delivery companies in France? Received an email today from DPD at 13.27, telling my package would be delivered between 13.25 and 14.25. The package had arrived before the email was sent.
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