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  1. soccop

    Polexit?

    A Polish Constitutional Tribunal has said "some EU treaty articles were incompatible with Poland's constitution." This all has its roots in the ruling Pis (Law and Justice) Party effectively wanting to appoint it's own judges and gerrymander the court system. All of that , it seems, is a...
  2. soccop

    Catholic Church child sexual abuse scandals.

    From Australian country towns to schools in Ireland and cities across the US, the Catholic Church has faced an avalanche of child sexual abuse accusations in the last few decades. High-profile cases and harrowing testimony given to public inquiries have continued to keep the issue in the...
  3. soccop

    Biden announces new defense pact with UK, Australia AUKUS.

    On Wednesday UK Australia and the US formed a new security pact AUKUS. This has caused fury in a couple of places most notably France,who had a contract to supply submarines to Australia cancelled unilaterally,and China who accuse the AUKUS members of intensifying the arms race...
  4. soccop

    Americas Cup to cost 200m€, is it worth it?

    The Minister for FA as you might expect is all in favour. I'm against as 1. It'll be disastrous for local housing. Tenants evicted to make room for an air bnb killing? No public housing built? 2.It will pull resources away from much more worthy issues healtt, housing, transport and indeed more...
  5. soccop

    Political History including election literature.

    Cane across this recently haven't had time to read it yet😌 I'd be interested in any old posters, leaflets, articles etc. from any country.
  6. soccop

    Texas law banning most abortions takes effect

    Ultimately, somewhere in the developed world, there was bound to be push back against the availability of abortion and I guess Texas, home to wealthy Evangelicals, was a likely place for this to occur: Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law Wednesday a measure that would prohibit in Texas abortions...
  7. soccop

    TÚSLA/ Vulnerable children thread.

    https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/tusla-service-in-kerry-was-in-crisis-with-staff-under-extreme-pressure-1.4612373 To start a thread in the present day just reading the above report in the Irish Times shows how little resources are put into child services in the Kerry area I’m...
  8. soccop

    OECD recommends Water and Congestion Charges.

    I tend to agree; both charges are necessary to moderate behaviour.. Is there any way they can be introduced in an equitable way and without fear of privatising (further)public services?
  9. soccop

    Amazon paid no corporation tax on its operations in Europe in 2020 despite enjoying record sales income of €44 billion

    This is morally reprehensible imv. Also https://www.irishtimes.com/business/technology/amazon-fights-250m-bill-over-luxembourg-tax-arrangement-1.4193867 All these Californian companies are experts in not paying what Joe Biden calls "their fair share" Thoughts.
  10. soccop

    Elections from around the world that possibly don't need a separate thread.

    Israel in an ongoing state of stalemate: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/mar/24/israel-election-netanyahu-looks-to-far-right-as-early-count-deadlocked Holland: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/2021_Dutch_general_election The classical liberals win again! There's plenty of others...
  11. soccop

    Communicor sold to large German Media entity Bauer

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.rte.ie/amp/1199240/ Bauer want to get into the Irish market as they see the untapped opportunities. Denis O'Brien is apparently relieved to get out of the media business, per RTÉ News at 1.
  12. soccop

    POTUS Joe Biden.

    https://www.standard.co.uk/news/us-politics/joe-biden-kamala-harris-inauguration-b900482.html?amp One wonders will it be a new day or more of the same old corporate Democrat schtuff. On the one hand it's great to see the back of the current incumbent, on the other Iraq and Syria are about to...
  13. soccop

    XXXX Xmas -what are the great break up songs?

    This is my nominee for#1
  14. soccop

    Medical Breakthroughs.

    From time to time one reads or sees an article or programme about developments in medical science and technology it might be of interest to post here. Personally I'm very interested in mental health. That said I came across this which seems to be hopeful...
  15. soccop

    Eu to ask Government for answers regarding mother and baby homes.

    I'm sure most people have followed the Mother and Baby homes scandal to some degree. The scandalous revelations in Tuam. And the Government's attempts to limit and retard any investigation leading to widespread criticism no less than from Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of...
  16. soccop

    The Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict.

    I'm no expert but feel this is worthy of some discussion. Violence flared up in a longrunning conflict on Europe's eastern edge last month as Armenia and Azerbaijan clashed over the embattled region of Nagorno-Karabakh. The ongoing fighting has left more than 100 dead so far — the most serious...
  17. soccop

    Archaeological Sites of note.

    Vast neolithic circle of deep shafts found near Stonehenge Exclusive: prehistoric structure spanning 1.2 miles in diameter is masterpiece of engineering, say archaeologists https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/jun/22/vast-neolithic-circle-of-deep-shafts-found-near-stonehenge It is...
  18. soccop

    Climate Change.

    Has to be a thing: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/20/wine-cooler-global-heating-helps-swedens-vineyards-to-success Swedish wine? “It’s really quite clear,” said Hansson, 68, a former financier who planted his first vines on the south-facing slopes of what is now the Hällåkra...
  19. soccop

    2020 Pres. Election US, Trump v Biden.

    I think it’s pretty inevitable that Biden seals the deal for the Democratic Nomination soon enough. Both candidates are at even money with the bookies. There are a number of questions a. Are either both of these guys healthy, as in not suffering from dementia? ( Trump is “mad” in the way all...
  20. soccop

    Memorable Quotes.

    Hohohoho, Mister Finn, you're going to be Mister Finnagain! Comeday morm and, O, you're vine! Sendday's eve and, ah you're vinegar! Hahahaha, Mister Funn, you're going to be fined again! James Joyce, Finnegans Wake.
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