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    Originally posted by Gimmeabreak View Post

    This Thursday in the Bonnington, a Start of Month (First Thursday) for 250e or so
    Who running the event? Can't see anything online.
    No beast so fierce but knows some touch of pity, but I know none, therefore am no beast.

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      Originally posted by Hitchhiker's Guide To... View Post
      We seem to have had essentially no winter this year.
      Although if you look across the pond on our latitude, it looks completely different. Very weird.

      I think I might be offered a move in that direction: 'shit weather' would definitely be in the top 3 reasons not to go.
      "We are not Europeans. Those people on the continent are freaks."

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

        Hmm. I'm not sure that's the only ethically correct way of viewing such disputes. That's just how Western business people wrote up the laws - that shoplifters get jail, and scammers through a business get mediation talks in a five star resort.

        I prefer our system overall, but it's a perfectly valid legal approach to view these matters as criminal.

        Plus, these media stories all tend to be fed from one sides legal team, rather than well thought through both-sides analysis. You see it all the time in the UK, where every single legal system in the world, when someone is "banged up abroad" - its always that the innocent Brit who was duped into shoving ten kilos of coke up his ass and shitting it out on the statue of a national diety is the victim of the overseas people who don't know what they are doing.

        There tends to be almost no journalism involved in these stories. It's exclusively local lawyer fed.

        You can see that with the Iranian-Brit person (an overall tragic story) locked up in Iran, where it has already been admitted she was a British agent to promote underground journalism, yet that is never reported in current stories - its all about the unfairness of Iran. But whatever about the individual tragedy, every country clearly has the right to lock up foreign subversive.
        Just to be clear: are you saying that detaining people for years in a business dispute without either charges or trial is a perfectly OK thing to do?
        Anywhere.
        "We are not Europeans. Those people on the continent are freaks."

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          Originally posted by coillcam View Post

          For handicap bandits, well you understand their miserable behaviour but it does get annoying when big comps come around. One 12hc lad at my club was cut 3 shots for shooting a level par winter comp (granted it was 15 holes non-counting). Amazing the miraculous imorovements some lads make in winter ​​​​​​.

          The one I don't understand is a guy who's desperately trying to hold onto his 10hc and now only returns half of his cards after comps. I've played twice with him and both times he asked me to stop marking on the front 9. I was also told by an experienced member to "mind my handicap" before Christmas to have a chance of making an inter-club team.

          In general 9/10 people I end up playing with are not like any of the above examples whatsoever. It does amuse me when people go on about the good sportsmanship and ethos of the game.

          The new handicap system sorts this out to a decent extent although it does still rely on people putting in cards/scores.

          Lads who sandbag are so much worse than lads who have the ego cap.

          Nature of the game, and nature of humans means that unless you play straight up it’s very hard to ever calibrate people’s true handicap.

          Over here, all competitions are flighted and you play straight up in your flight, so +’s to say 2cap are in Champ flight. 2-8 in A flight. 8-14 in C. And then the rest in D. Is it not something similar back there?

          This may or may not be an original thought of my own.
          All efforts were made to make this thought original but with the abundance of thoughts in the world the originality of this thought cannot be guaranteed.
          The author is not liable for any issue arising from the platitudinous nature of this post.

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



            You can see that with the Iranian-Brit person (an overall tragic story) locked up in Iran, where it has already been admitted she was a British agent to promote underground journalism, yet that is never reported in current stories - its all about the unfairness of Iran.
            Do you have a source for that? Or are you referring to a statement Boris made that was afterwards retracted?

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              Originally posted by Lazare View Post
              Had a dream last night that Shrap had a pet monkey and I was marvelling at how cool a dude he is.
              LOL! Would love a pet monkey!! Dreams with IPBers are always strange (especially when you dream about some of the ones you've never met!).


              Originally posted by coillcam View Post

              For handicap bandits, well you understand their miserable behaviour but it does get annoying when big comps come around. One 12hc lad at my club was cut 3 shots for shooting a level par winter comp (granted it was 15 holes non-counting). Amazing the miraculous imorovements some lads make in winter ​​​​​​.

              The one I don't understand is a guy who's desperately trying to hold onto his 10hc and now only returns half of his cards after comps. I've played twice with him and both times he asked me to stop marking on the front 9. I was also told by an experienced member to "mind my handicap" before Christmas to have a chance of making an inter-club team.

              In general 9/10 people I end up playing with are not like any of the above examples whatsoever. It does amuse me when people go on about the good sportsmanship and ethos of the game.
              can't stand the people who try and keep their handicaps high to win comps. pretty sad tbh, although as Theresa says, we now have divisions to minimise the effect of this. in the winter, division 1 often has a winning score of around 39, division 2 is usually won with 45 points.

              problem is with the new system, you need to play at least 20 comps before it starts to stabilise. i started off at 24, then shot a 90 in comp (won it) handicap went down to 18, and now it's back up to 21, simply because i don't play enough comps for it to stabilise. i probably should be around 19

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                Originally posted by pokerhand View Post

                Who running the event? Can't see anything online.
                Nick O'Hara & Brian Lannon.
                They run festivals like the iPO regularly.

                Have struck a deal with the Bonnington Hotel to run weekly tournaments & cash games
                every Thursday through Saturday.
                It kicked off this week and
                they've been getting 60ish runners nightly.

                There's a WhatsApp group with all the details
                called Bonnington Poker info.

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                  Originally posted by Hitchhiker's Guide To... View Post
                  Hmm. I'm not sure that's the only ethically correct way of viewing such disputes. That's just how Western business people wrote up the laws - that shoplifters get jail, and scammers through a business get mediation talks in a five star resort.

                  I prefer our system overall, but it's a perfectly valid legal approach to view these matters as criminal.
                  Perflectly valid legal approach? You going to have to explain how that’s the case.

                  Im not sure the eastern/western card flies here. That’s applies to people caught with drugs in Bali and banged up for life.
                  But just because the totalitarian regime allows kidnapping, doesn’t make it ethical.

                  Plus, these media stories all tend to be fed from one sides legal team, rather than well thought through both-sides analysis. You see it all the time in the UK, where every single legal system in the world, when someone is "banged up abroad" - its always that the innocent Brit who was duped into shoving ten kilos of coke up his ass and shitting it out on the statue of a national diety is the victim of the overseas people who don't know what they are doing.

                  There tends to be almost no journalism involved in these stories. It's exclusively local lawyer fed.

                  You can see that with the Iranian-Brit person (an overall tragic story) locked up in Iran, where it has already been admitted she was a British agent to promote underground journalism, yet that is never reported in current stories - its all about the unfairness of Iran. But whatever about the individual tragedy, every country clearly has the right to lock up foreign subversive.
                  This is all waffle to distract from the fact you dodged the question.

                  It was a simple question. What was his crime? The individual who was detained for 3 years? You’ve claimed he was a criminal, should be easy to state his crime.

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                    Originally posted by Raoul Duke III View Post

                    Just to be clear: are you saying that detaining people for years in a business dispute without either charges or trial is a perfectly OK thing to do?
                    Anywhere.
                    I don't know, but Canada thinks its okay. And there wasn't an absence of charges in this case, it was decided by the courts, similar to the Huawei CFO, who was placed under house arrest. It's also a fairly standard part of bail conditions in the US where there is a flight risk that they have to surrender their passports.
                    "We're not f*cking Burundi" - Big Phil

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                      Originally posted by Mellor View Post

                      It was a simple question. What was his crime? The individual who was detained for 3 years? You’ve claimed he was a criminal, should be easy to state his crime.
                      I didn't claim he was a criminal anywhere? He was suspected of being involved in a criminal enterprise.
                      "We're not f*cking Burundi" - Big Phil

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                        And its not 'kidnapping', lol. Its preventing people leaving a country while they face criminal investigation, which is standard in many countries. Including Ireland.
                        "We're not f*cking Burundi" - Big Phil

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                          Originally posted by Hitchhiker's Guide To... View Post
                          And its not 'kidnapping', lol. Its preventing people leaving a country while they face criminal investigation, which is standard in many countries. Including Ireland.
                          Can't wait to see Kayroo's takedown of this one.
                          "We are not Europeans. Those people on the continent are freaks."

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                            Originally posted by Hectorjelly View Post

                            Do you have a source for that? Or are you referring to a statement Boris made that was afterwards retracted?
                            It's not published information, no. These things tend not to be for obvious reasons. But I suspect that is the case. Particularly from the Boris mistake. Why would he have had that thought in his head, given his foreign minister role at the time, or close to then, if it wasn't the case. A foreign minister doesn't accidentally believe someone is working for the British government.
                            "We're not f*cking Burundi" - Big Phil

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                              Nadal back from 2-0 down to take it to a fifth set v Medvedev. Eurosport.

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                                Originally posted by Raoul Duke III View Post

                                Can't wait to see Kayroo's takedown of this one.
                                And the Huawei CFO detention takedown as well!

                                But sure, I eagerly await his explanation of how this is actually kidnapping.
                                "We're not f*cking Burundi" - Big Phil

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

                                  I didn't claim he was a criminal anywhere? He was suspected of being involved in a criminal enterprise.
                                  Therefore he is, by definition, innocent. I'm sure you agree with the fundamental precept of innocent until proven guilty.

                                  They didn't even try to prove him guilty. They just kidnapped him and demanded a ransom, doing what dictatorships do.
                                  "We are not Europeans. Those people on the continent are freaks."

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                                    A country is fully entitled to their own legal proceedings, and their own interpretation of what is civil and criminal law. We are probably too soft on categorising a lot of business scams as civil matters, primarily because politicians and business people move in the same social circles. Its not morally wrong to categorise this as a criminal matter, its a case of choices.

                                    "We're not f*cking Burundi" - Big Phil

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                                      Originally posted by ArmaniJeans View Post
                                      Nadal back from 2-0 down to take it to a fifth set v Medvedev. Eurosport.
                                      Both of them look knackered. I think you would have to shoot Nadal to get him to lose from here though. Probably with an elephant gun.
                                      "We are not Europeans. Those people on the continent are freaks."

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                                        Originally posted by Hitchhiker's Guide To... View Post
                                        A country is fully entitled to their own legal proceedings, and their own interpretation of what is civil and criminal law. We are probably too soft on categorising a lot of business scams as civil matters, primarily because politicians and business people move in the same social circles. Its not morally wrong to categorise this as a criminal matter, its a case of choices.
                                        So, if it's a criminal matter, should there not be, you know stuff like actual criminal charges. A trial maybe? Due process?
                                        "We are not Europeans. Those people on the continent are freaks."

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                                          Originally posted by DeeBrown View Post

                                          Nick O'Hara & Brian Lannon.
                                          They run festivals like the iPO regularly.

                                          Have struck a deal with the Bonnington Hotel to run weekly tournaments & cash games
                                          every Thursday through Saturday.
                                          It kicked off this week and
                                          they've been getting 60ish runners nightly.

                                          There's a WhatsApp group with all the details
                                          called Bonnington Poker info.
                                          Thanks, would you mind sharing details? Buy in/start time/stacks etc?
                                          No beast so fierce but knows some touch of pity, but I know none, therefore am no beast.

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                                            After midnight in Melbourne. I wonder if playing that late has any impact on athletes.

                                            How do you train for that?
                                            "We are not Europeans. Those people on the continent are freaks."

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                                              Originally posted by Raoul Duke III View Post

                                              Therefore he is, by definition, innocent. I'm sure you agree with the fundamental precept of innocent until proven guilty.

                                              They didn't even try to prove him guilty. They just kidnapped him and demanded a ransom, doing what dictatorships do.
                                              And a lot of countries, including Canada as in the case of the Huawei CFO, restrict the movements of people who are presumed innocent, but under investigation suspected of criminal acts. The Huawei CFO wasn't convicted of anything either, yet was detained for years. Millions of currently innocent people in every country spend time on detention while criminal proceedings are underway for them. Its a fundamental part of any criminal system. And to describe it as kidnapping is just bizarre.
                                              "We're not f*cking Burundi" - Big Phil

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

                                                It's not published information, no.
                                                Ok, so we've gone from it's been admitted, to you suspect. Which is quite a jump!

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                                                  Originally posted by Raoul Duke III View Post

                                                  So, if it's a criminal matter, should there not be, you know stuff like actual criminal charges. A trial maybe? Due process?
                                                  Now you are just making stuff up. There were, of course, criminal charges against him. He constantly appeared in court over the years as these criminal charges proceeded against him. Thats how he was refused an exit visa - by the courts.
                                                  "We're not f*cking Burundi" - Big Phil

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                                                    Originally posted by Hectorjelly View Post

                                                    Ok, so we've gone from it's been admitted, to you suspect. Which is quite a jump!
                                                    Sure. I consider the Boris statement as being the admission. These things tend not to be widely publicised.
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                                                      So, to summarise:

                                                      The Shanghai courts, like courts in many countries, decided there was a sufficient case to be answered, and revoked his exit visa.

                                                      This is a standard procedure in most countries of the world where there is a possibility of a flight risk. Including many prominent and high profile cases in supposed better legal jurisdictions like the US, Canada, UK.

                                                      He remained on bail while the investigation proceeded against him.

                                                      There was almost certainly criminal actions by the particular company. The open issue was the extent to which he was culpable.

                                                      Its a weird form of kidnapping that seems to only apply in his particular case and not the other countries where it is also a standard procedure. The very fact of using the word 'kidnapping' highlights the flawed logic.

                                                      Going back to my original point, that's why these national news stories, that are almost exclusively fed by the local legal team, are often a poor interpretation of the underlying story. Indeed, the UK versions of these stories, largely feed on xenophobic views of the world.
                                                      "We're not f*cking Burundi" - Big Phil

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                                                        Found more 'kidnapping' cases in errant legal systems.

                                                        The judicial kidnapping of Julian Assange

                                                        Arrest of Huawei top executive Meng Wanzhou likened to kidnapping





                                                        Courts Can Take Debtors’ Passports to Block Flight


                                                        CHICAGO (CN) - Federal courts may confiscate the passports of debtors who are believed to be a flight risk, the 7th Circuit ruled.

                                                        After Pethinaidu and Parameswari Veluchamy defaulted on $39 million in debts owed to Bank of America, a federal judge ordered them to turn over financial records showing their assets.

                                                        The couple delayed for three months, asserting protection under the Fifth Amendment. The judge rejected their defense and ordered them to comply with the citations.

                                                        The court soon discovered that the Veluchamys had transferred about $20 million of their assets to India. The couple had also diluted or transferred ownership of their nonmovable U.S. assets.

                                                        Bank of America requested an emergency order compelling the Veluchamys to produce the funds that they had transferred overseas. The court obliged and also ordered the couple to relinquish their passports until the assets were reclaimed.

                                                        US pretrial detention

                                                        Nearly half a million people in the U.S. are currently being detained pretrial – in other words, they are awaiting trial and still legally innocent.


                                                        My point is not that these are acceptable, necessarily, just that it is standard procedure to detain or restrict the movements of people before trial, while criminal proceedings proceed against them. So, the idea that this is some sort of Chinese exceptional thing is clearly wrong.
                                                        Last edited by Hitchhiker's Guide To...; 30-01-22, 12:32.
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                                                          Originally posted by Hitchhiker's Guide To... View Post
                                                          It's also a fairly standard part of bail conditions in the US where there is a flight risk that they have to surrender their passports.
                                                          Bail conditions apply to people charged with crimes.

                                                          Originally posted by Hitchhiker's Guide To... View Post
                                                          A country is fully entitled to their own legal proceedings, and their own interpretation of what is civil and criminal law..
                                                          A country is entitled to make whatever laws they want,
                                                          and whatever legal process they want? Lmfao.
                                                          You’ve literally described every human rights violation in history.

                                                          Originally posted by Hitchhiker's Guide To... View Post
                                                          I didn't claim he was a criminal anywhere? He was suspected of being involved in a criminal enterprise.
                                                          You literally described his actions as criminal multiple times. That’s claiming he’s a criminal. Don’t think we need to pull up the definition.

                                                          But you’re still trying to dodge.
                                                          What was he personally suspected of? The disputed deal occur before he worked at the company.

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                                                            You suspect the Chinese could have applied their normal due process i.e. put a bullet in the back of the poor fella's neck, and Hitch would be the first to applaud it.
                                                            "We are not Europeans. Those people on the continent are freaks."

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                                                              Originally posted by Hitchhiker's Guide To... View Post
                                                              I didn't claim he was a criminal anywhere?
                                                              Within an hour...

                                                              Originally posted by Hitchhiker's Guide To... View Post
                                                              There were, of course, criminal charges against him.
                                                              They do say it's the mark of a first-rate mind to be able to hold two opposing viewpoints simultaneously.
                                                              "We are not Europeans. Those people on the continent are freaks."

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                                                                Originally posted by Raoul Duke III View Post

                                                                Both of them look knackered. I think you would have to shoot Nadal to get him to lose from here though. Probably with an elephant gun.
                                                                Fuck me, some contest. Medvedev showing balls of steel.

                                                                Spare a thought for Novax?
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                                                                  Originally posted by Gimmeabreak View Post
                                                                  any schedule out there for the Norwegian Poker Champs yet?
                                                                  https://www.poker.no/wp-content/uplo...2-Schedule.pdf

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                                                                    Originally posted by Raoul Duke III View Post

                                                                    Fuck me, some contest. Medvedev showing balls of steel.

                                                                    Spare a thought for Novax?
                                                                    Physically, they look exhausted! Come on Nadal, finish him!

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

                                                                      Now you are just making stuff up.
                                                                      The irony.

                                                                      Let's examine this:

                                                                      Originally posted by Hitchhiker's Guide To... View Post
                                                                      There were, of course, criminal charges against him. He constantly appeared in court over the years as these criminal charges proceeded against him.
                                                                      This is either wilful ignorance or just a flat-out lie.

                                                                      O'Halloran was never charged in the Chinese courts.

                                                                      The Journal succinctly and correctly describes the reality:

                                                                      There are no allegations of wrongdoing against O’Halloran, but Chinese authorities have refused to let him leave the country while a financial and legal solution is worked out.
                                                                      So does the Indo.

                                                                      Mr O’Halloran was never accused of any wrongdoing or charged with any crime but he endured endless court appearances, hours-long police interrogations
                                                                      Truth matters. If you literally make stuff up (and then, irony of ironies, accuse others of doing the same thing), then your entire argument on this, and pretty much any topic, is completely undermined.
                                                                      "We are not Europeans. Those people on the continent are freaks."

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                                                                        Originally posted by Raoul Duke III View Post


                                                                        Within an hour...



                                                                        They do say it's the mark of a first-rate mind to be able to hold two opposing viewpoints simultaneously.

                                                                        I'll let you ponder your ability to read by reflecting on that comment.
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                                                                          Originally posted by Raoul Duke III View Post


                                                                          This is either wilful ignorance or just a flat-out lie.

                                                                          O'Halloran was never charged in the Chinese courts.


                                                                          This is an interpretation based on our legal system. He was the subject of court proceedings. Exactly when, in that point, formal charges are presented differs by country, but he was certainly in that process.
                                                                          "We're not f*cking Burundi" - Big Phil

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


                                                                            This is an interpretation based on our legal system. He was the subject of court proceedings. Exactly when, in that point, formal charges are presented differs by country, but he was certainly in that process.
                                                                            No, according to, eh, you, he was charged.

                                                                            Originally posted by Hitchhiker's Guide To... View Post
                                                                            There were, of course , criminal charges against him. He constantly appeared in court over the years as these criminal charges proceeded against him.
                                                                            So what were these charges then? Seeing as they 'of course' existed.

                                                                            What was he charged with? A reliable link to the dates and courts in which these charges were laid please.

                                                                            (Hint: it starts with 'no' and ends with 'thing')
                                                                            "We are not Europeans. Those people on the continent are freaks."

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                                                                              Originally posted by Hitchhiker's Guide To... View Post
                                                                              This is an interpretation based on our legal system. He was the subject of court proceedings. Exactly when, in that point, formal charges are presented differs by country, but he was certainly in that process.
                                                                              A few posts back you said he was absolutely charged.
                                                                              Bit of a backpedal there. Not unlike describing him as a criminal, then claiming you didn’t.

                                                                              Still haven’t been able to state what he was personally suspected of in order to justify detaining him for 3 years without charge or trial.

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                                                                                Originally posted by Mellor View Post
                                                                                Still haven’t been able to state what he was personally suspected of in order to justify detaining him for 3 years without charge or trial.
                                                                                He can't answer that question because Hitch is, to be charitable, wrong.
                                                                                "We are not Europeans. Those people on the continent are freaks."

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                                                                                  I'm losing the arguments on the semantics rather than the overall idea. You both approached this with a politically (I'll use the charitable term) charged perspective with 'kidnapping' and 'bullet to the back of the head' view of China. I haven't been correct on some terms used, but I have pointed out how the process is broadly the same as in other countries. That there are many countries where if you are subject to court proceedings, you might have your right to exit a country stopped.

                                                                                  I gave the example of this in the US, where a higher court claimed it was acceptable in even commercial debt proceedings in the US.

                                                                                  The reason we feel comfortable talking about a case like this in China with emotive exaggerated terms, is because of how news is reported locally around 'banged up overseas' cases. Its all fed by the local lawyers and often relies on xenophobic views of the world to win 'its side' of often complex arguments.

                                                                                  I saw it for ten years in the UK - every 'justice' case abroad was used to hammer home how every country outside of the UK simply hadn't a clue whenever a Brit did wrong. It fed the nation's xenophobia, and ultimately was one of those many small factors leading to Brexit.

                                                                                  Whenever you see cases like this, as I said in my original post as my main point, its worth considering that the stories are being tried in the local media by one side only, and playing on our baser instincts.
                                                                                  "We're not f*cking Burundi" - Big Phil

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                                                                                    Just tell us what multiple criminal offences he was charged with. Should be very easy for you given how definitive you are:

                                                                                    Originally posted by Hitchhiker's Guide To... View Post
                                                                                    There were, of course, criminal charges against him. He constantly appeared in court over the years as these criminal charges proceeded against him.
                                                                                    "We are not Europeans. Those people on the continent are freaks."

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                                                                                      Here's a thought exercise:

                                                                                      1. A young Chinese national in Dublin is arrested on suspicion of involvement in money laundering.

                                                                                      2. A Chinese PhD student in Chicago is accused of obtaining secret national information on space missiles from the lab he is studying at.

                                                                                      3. A British politician is claimed by The Telegraph to be 'in bed with the Chinese' after a Chinese company wiped a €400,000 debt he had built up with them over a failed export agreement.


                                                                                      To what extent, in each case, are you allowing the nationality of 'Chinese' to influence how you view the guilt or otherwise of the associated person?
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                                                                                        Vogue time again, just in case anyone happened to forget about her.

                                                                                        Out of curiosity I actually read the whole "article" - how does it work, does she pay them to write these so she can cream whatever extra she earns from sponsorships etc?





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                                                                                          Originally posted by Hitchhiker's Guide To... View Post
                                                                                          We seem to have had essentially no winter this year.
                                                                                          Definitely winter in the mountains...very strong wind and rain...beautiful.(when you have the proper gear, people up here in soaked jeans!)
                                                                                          Third hike this week 2 hours, 3 hours, and 2 1/2 hours respectively. Plenty of gradient to get the lungs and leg muscles working.
                                                                                          Even incorporated a jog on the flat bits.

                                                                                          Sitting in the car eating my sandwich glad I didnt waste a day.

                                                                                          Committed to 3 good hikes a week now and building the jogging back up. All part of the physio for my back.


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                                                                                            I feel my perspectives have been fairly consistent over the 12 years on here. First seeking a bit of evenness around Muslims when they were accused of being an innately flawed collection of people on here (by Roaul coincidentally). Then Russia, when its return to the limelight happened (by Raoul coincidentally). Then China, as Trump ramped up the anti-Chinese rhetoric (by Roaul coincidentally). It will inevitably next be India as their economic power grows. If we were here in the 1990s it would have been detailed discussions around the innate flaws of the Japanese. In the 1980s and 70s it would have been the threat from leftist ideologies in South America, as they sought to self-determine themselves.

                                                                                            "We're not f*cking Burundi" - Big Phil

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                                                                                              Vogue is our generations Twink. She probably makes a fortune on Insta promotions, and this pushes people to her Insta? I don't know, but there has to be some commercial aspect.
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                                                                                                Originally posted by Opr View Post
                                                                                                A new Korean Zombie apocalypse show from Netflix just dropped called 'All Of Us Are Dead'. It is getting great reviews.

                                                                                                Watched the first 2 and I know they like to overact a bit but it made the latter seasons of TWD look good.

                                                                                                Ill watch a few more before giving up to be sure.
                                                                                                This too shall pass.

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                                                                                                  I'm off to Italy next week to deliver a course on their Executive MBA*. Sat down yesterday to plan it, and started by looking up if their EMBA is any good. Call up the FT rankings and its ranked 6th best in the world - 6 places better than Oxford. The average salary of the students is $290,000 after completing the EMBA, a whopping 93% increase on their salary at time of commencing the programme. Tuition fees are €69,900. No pressure there then.



                                                                                                  * EMBAs are different to the likes of Harvard in that they are part-time, with the executive continuing in their jobs, while Harvard does a full-time MBA so isn't on the same list.
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                                                                                                    Originally posted by Hitchhiker's Guide To... View Post
                                                                                                    I'm off to Italy next week to deliver a course on their Executive MBA*. Sat down yesterday to plan it, and started by looking up if their EMBA is any good. Call up the FT rankings and its ranked 6th best in the world - 6 places better than Oxford. The average salary of the students is $290,000 after completing the EMBA, a whopping 93% increase on their salary at time of commencing the programme. Tuition fees are €69,900. No pressure there then.



                                                                                                    * EMBAs are different to the likes of Harvard in that they are part-time, with the executive continuing in their jobs, while Harvard does a full-time MBA so isn't on the same list.
                                                                                                    Meanwhile the president of Hitch's college has been laundering money through virtual land dealings. Italy decide to hold Hitch captive indefinitely until the university sign over the lease to the virtual plot of land next to Snoop Dogg's e-mansion.

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                                                                                                      Originally posted by Hitchhiker's Guide To... View Post
                                                                                                      I feel my perspectives have been fairly consistent over the 12 years on here. First seeking a bit of evenness around Muslims when they were accused of being an innately flawed collection of people on here (by Roaul coincidentally). Then Russia, when its return to the limelight happened (by Raoul coincidentally). Then China, as Trump ramped up the anti-Chinese rhetoric (by Roaul coincidentally). It will inevitably next be India as their economic power grows. If we were here in the 1990s it would have been detailed discussions around the innate flaws of the Japanese. In the 1980s and 70s it would have been the threat from leftist ideologies in South America, as they sought to self-determine themselves.
                                                                                                      Mmmhmmm.

                                                                                                      Deflection Post #7. This might be a record Hitch!

                                                                                                      We'll ask the question again: What criminal charges were you referring to?

                                                                                                      Originally posted by Hitchhiker's Guide To... View Post
                                                                                                      There were, of course, criminal charges against him. He constantly appeared in court over the years as these criminal charges proceeded against him.
                                                                                                      "We are not Europeans. Those people on the continent are freaks."

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                                                                                                        Originally posted by Raoul Duke III View Post

                                                                                                        Deflection Post #7. This might be a record Hitch!

                                                                                                        We'll ask the question again: What criminal charges were you referring to?
                                                                                                        This is classic operating procedure from you! Start losing the argument and focus on only an aspect of that argument to deflect from the main points. Your next step is to declare a win on dubious grounds. I'm not going to repeat my arguments, but they make perfect sense to my mind. On practice in other countries, meaning this isn't an anomaly, and on the fact that these local news stories don't give the full perspective.

                                                                                                        "We're not f*cking Burundi" - Big Phil

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                                                                                                          On another note, I'm filling out a salary form for a UK university that seems to not acknowledge that IBANs exist. Have they ditched IBANs in the UK, the complete gobshites, or was that ever only a euro thing?
                                                                                                          "We're not f*cking Burundi" - Big Phil

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

                                                                                                            This is classic operating procedure from you! Start losing the argument and focus on only an aspect of that argument to deflect from the main points. Your next step is to declare a win on dubious grounds. I'm not going to repeat my arguments, but they make perfect sense to my mind. On practice in other countries, meaning this isn't an anomaly, and on the fact that these local news stories don't give the full perspective.
                                                                                                            You based your entire argument on a contention that O'Halloran was facing criminal charges.

                                                                                                            So, for time #8, what were these charges?

                                                                                                            This is pretty basic stuff. If you either feel the need to make up your own 'facts' or if you are unaware of the actual facts, then your argument is nullified.

                                                                                                            So again, what charges are you referring to below?

                                                                                                            Originally posted by Hitchhiker's Guide To... View Post
                                                                                                            He constantly appeared in court over the years as these criminal charges proceeded against him.
                                                                                                            What charges?
                                                                                                            "We are not Europeans. Those people on the continent are freaks."

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                                                                                                              Originally posted by pokerhand View Post

                                                                                                              Thanks, would you mind sharing details? Buy in/start time/stacks etc?
                                                                                                              Wed & Fri are €100 buy-ins for a 20k stack with 20 minute blinds and one re-entry for the 1st level.

                                                                                                              Saturday is a €125 buy-in for a 50k stack with 20 minute blinds & unlimited re-entries for 6 levels.

                                                                                                              Thursday's are only cash
                                                                                                              except the 1st of the month
                                                                                                              when they have a €250 tournament
                                                                                                              but I've no other details on that.

                                                                                                              The structures are on the quick side,
                                                                                                              last night played down to a winner by 1:30.
                                                                                                              On the upside they're really well run
                                                                                                              and generate a decent prize pool
                                                                                                              with the winner getting over €2k.
                                                                                                              There's plenty of banter at the tables,
                                                                                                              bordering on "shouty", but in good spirit.
                                                                                                              Probably helps that there's a girl on the floor
                                                                                                              taking and delivering orders from the bar.
                                                                                                              Parkings a nightmare as the hotel sold
                                                                                                              their car park to developers but I'm nit picking.
                                                                                                              Speaking of nits I was the only one around
                                                                                                              most other players could be classed as "creative".

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                                                                                                                Ireland women leading Aus in the 7s final in seville. impressive! 5 minutes to go

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                                                                                                                  Originally posted by shrapnel View Post
                                                                                                                  Ireland women leading Aus in the 7s final in seville. impressive! 5 minutes to go
                                                                                                                  jeez, they messed that one up badly. should have won but lost the plot. Aussie win it when the clock was in the red. Great experience for the future

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                                                                                                                    Originally posted by oleras View Post

                                                                                                                    Watched the first 2 and I know they like to overact a bit but it made the latter seasons of TWD look good.

                                                                                                                    Ill watch a few more before giving up to be sure.
                                                                                                                    I did similarly and feel similarly about it. I don't think I will bother with any more of it. The zombie stuff has never really been my bag and only ever watched a season or so of TWD before binning it. Seems the hype train just flowed into this from Squid Games.

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                                                                                                                      It must be some craic being a dog.

                                                                                                                      The amount of enjoyment you can knock out of a walk in the park must be equal to us humans taking a week in Vegas. Scents! Squirrels!! Other dogs!!! Rubbish!!!!

                                                                                                                      If hotspur is correct about Everything (and I see no reason to doubt him), then I want to stick in my reincarnation request now.
                                                                                                                      "We are not Europeans. Those people on the continent are freaks."

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                                                                                                                        Originally posted by Raoul Duke III View Post
                                                                                                                        It must be some craic being a dog.

                                                                                                                        The amount of enjoyment you can knock out of a walk in the park must be equal to us humans taking a week in Vegas. Scents! Squirrels!! Other dogs!!! Rubbish!!!!

                                                                                                                        If hotspur is correct about Everything (and I see no reason to doubt him), then I want to stick in my reincarnation request now.
                                                                                                                        Dogs have good craic all the time because they are stupid. Would you like to be reincarnated as a moron?

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                                                                                                                          Originally posted by Raoul Duke III View Post
                                                                                                                          In fairness to Dominic Cummings, you really wouldn't want him as an enemy. Does grudge-bearing rather well.
                                                                                                                          Yikes.

                                                                                                                          The prime minister’s former chief adviser called his former boss a “complete fuckwit” whose only preoccupations were “Big Ben’s bongs” and “looking at maps” to “order the building of things” in his honour.
                                                                                                                          "We are not Europeans. Those people on the continent are freaks."

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