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Everything posted by Rayvin

  1. I've given up on the world anyway - as Alex said earlier, if the world is going to burn either way, we may as well win something while it does.
  2. If they're paying the full extent of the state sanctioned taxes on top of the charity work, then I could come around to agreeing with you. No Cayman Isles, no fucking around with tax returns, just directly what they owe. If they aren't, then their charity work is just PR. But let's not make this a politics thread - happy to have that discussion in the appropriate place but you're not going to change my rather extensive views on this with one off the cuff post I was broadly inferring that they've benefitted from a broken system rather than any personal implications anyway.
  3. Was referring to Stavely and the Reubens tbf
  4. Did he not steal Apple's GUI? Admits himself he should have paid more tax than he has, etc.
  5. Also, as a general point about Ashley here - a year (or was it two?) ago, he turned down £250m from Staveley, holding out for £300m. Now he's managing to sell for £340m to broadly the same people. He's played a long game here, presumably aware that their interest was serious, and has potentially made himself £90m for two years of patience. I think he'll take it.
  6. This. As far as I know, anyone who has managed to become a billionaire has done so through exploitation of a failing system and by standing on a great many others. That being said, Saudi Arabia is a broadly deplorable country and almost on par with the USA in terms of general psychotic behaviour. But whatever the situation here, this is football and not politics - they're gonna buy someone, it may as well be us.
  7. If the government won't, and these guys will, it's hardly the worst outcome surely? Decent statement in favour of globalism too.
  8. PL Owners Survey

    That's a reasonable view in most clubs maybe, but there's a solid contingent of non-plastic and non-fair weather fans who refuse to buy season tickets for NUFC these days. Well into the thousands. I would also suggest that you haven't perhaps factored in the economics of some people's situations, and that your research might be skewed a bit in favour of better off fans (who can afford to up-front a season ticket/have the job stability to commit to ongoing payments - and who may indeed be plastics despite this). At least it's worth noting down as a consideration. Either way, I suggest that with our club, you'll struggle to find anyone outside of Sunderland who doesn't think the owner is a cunt. Good luck though.
  9. Valentino Lazaro

    If we don't, I think it points to the Joelinton deal not being dodgy. Instead, it suggests that it was sheer incompetence, that no one involved is prepared to accept the hit to their ego on.
  10. General Random Conversation..

    You're gonna be busy with that, I reckon. Good subject to have taken.
  11. General Random Conversation..

    What is the MSc in? Congrats!
  12. Recommend me something to watch!

    It's on everything I think. I played it on PC - not sure how well it fares on switch, look up some reviews on that first. I like the Switch but I would have thought the Witcher 3 might be pushing its capabilities. And only go for it if you're prepared to legitimately drop about 60-80 hours finishing it (which should assist in justifying the cost). It took me two attempts if I'm honest, and I'm not quite as bowled over by it as many seem to be, but it is undeniably well executed. Suffers from weird video game nudity and sex though. Never works, don't know why anyone ever bothers with it - but the Witcher has it in spades.
  13. General Random Conversation..

    6 cases of Wuhan Coronavirus in the UK now. And one in France as a result of a Chinese woman being aware that she had it, lowering her symptoms before pre-flight screening through use of medications, and flying anyway - before promptly boasting about it on social media. I personally think that's heading on for terrorism.
  14. Recommend me something to watch!

    I mean it's true, but it's also because you're supposed to have room to project yourself onto him in the video games. I think they get away with it but then I'm appreciating it through a slightly different lens to the uninitiated, I suppose
  15. Recommend me something to watch!

    Well yes and no. The games are based on a fairly well renowned series of books - and the series sticks closer to the plot from the books than the games. But Geralt is modelled and styled on the game. Right down to the voice.
  16. Recommend me something to watch!

    Aye, one thing I found difficult in the early episodes was the unannounced flashbacks which are just not obvious enough that the viewer doesn't take a period of time to figure out what's going on. Truthfully it's hard for me to say how the story holds up without the games for context. Having said that, the overall arc to keep track of in particular is Geralt and Ciri. That's the main story.
  17. Recommend me something to watch!

    I just finished The Witcher series recently, and I genuinely enjoyed it - much to my surprise. For those who aren't sure, it has the benefit of significant screen time for Anya Chalotra, and quite a bit less screen time for her wardrobe.
  18. General Random Conversation..

    It did. Was just reading that the main reason this happens is because of their dedication to warm meat and wet markets. They don't chill their meat, disease passes far more easily as a result. Their populace determinedly sticks to it.
  19. General Random Conversation..

    Yeah just read up myself - apparently the CCP had been pretty indifferent to it for about a month, so the idea that this is precautionary seems doubtful. I suspect many more than 17 have died and in fairness, quarantining an entire city is fairly extreme. It is absolutely not beyond the Chinese government to level the whole city if it feels it has to, so we'll see how things develop i suppose.
  20. General Random Conversation..

    I'm hoping it's just precautionary by the Chinese. As in, it's better to overreact in case it suddenly becomes more potent, than to risk it remaining relatively benign. Alternatively, official death toll is much higher than is being reported and it's a full blown crisis.
  21. Europe --- In or Out

    In fairness I've been doing ok ignoring it. But my phone pushed a news report or tweet by Kuennsberg and then obviously I had to read it and there we go. I'll go back to trying to avoid it again.
  22. Europe --- In or Out

    Yeah I guess they need to make a big thing of it. The most depressing point of all of this for me is that I don't even feel British anymore. Curious that leaving Europe in such an embarrassing and humiliating way could achieve that.
  23. Hard to fucking argue with this. But what possible dodgy deal could it be? How does Ashley benefit from being out £40m that he won't recoup?
  24. Europe --- In or Out

    This next week is going to be painful. The triumphalism from the Brexiteers is goìng to be relentless..

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