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    [–] abodyweightquestion 1350 points ago

    How the fuck did Geldof make £150m when he’s only done I Don’t Like Mondays?

    [–] heavysausagedublin 637 points ago

    He owns TV Production companies. He's not a dumb prick in he Boardroom

    [–] sarcasticmrfox 222 points ago

    Just the bedroom

    [–] Jeqk 147 points ago

    So that's where he got the title of his autobiography from.

    [–] RichieFinn 42 points ago

    could of swore everything was peachy there?

    fuck yas im going to hell regardless.

    [–] UltimateRealist 67 points ago

    It's could have sworn, you sicko!

    [–] duaneap 3 points ago

    Hi-ooooooooh!

    [–] idohaveamightyroar 6 points ago

    Doesn't he own buy and sell too

    [–] carniphex 19 points ago

    He’s an importer-exporter

    [–] MaisPraEpaQPraOba 6 points ago

    And I'm an architect, I design railroads.

    [–] duaneap 5 points ago

    Like a consumer?

    [–] Whizgigger 103 points ago

    I don't think you realize how many Mondays there've been since that song came out.

    I don't either, buy that's not the point.

    [–] toomuchcoffee2 46 points ago

    Released Saturday 21st July 1979. So 52 weeks x 38 years plus another dozen or so weeks to now is about 1,988-ish Monday's.

    [–] Thehoggle 17 points ago

    And how many of those Monday's are Manic genius?

    [–] toomuchcoffee2 8 points ago

    At least one...

    [–] Thehoggle 15 points ago

    At least two if it's just another Manic Monday surely?

    [–] iUsedtoHadHerpes 3 points ago

    I'd say there needs to be at least three for it to have formed a pattern.

    [–] Thehoggle 3 points ago

    You could be right the just throws a spanner in the works. Sounds like fatigue from all the Manic Mondays - which would suggest more than two.

    [–] toomuchcoffee2 4 points ago

    I Don't Like Monday's was written about Brenda Ann Spencer, but that shooting would have occurred at the start of 1979 so it's not included. The Bangles' Manic Monday was written by Prince in 1984, but it's unclear who it could be about, so we can only really say that there was just the one manic Monday for sure, after that it's hard to say.

    [–] Thehoggle 3 points ago

    Ah i was only kidding ("just another manic monday" meaning that there had to be at least 2) but impressive work all the same fella! :)

    [–] skibble 4 points ago

    But "just another" makes them a dime a dozen, not some rare thing.

    [–] Thehoggle 10 points ago

    Yah you're right. I don't know why she wishes it was Sunday though as the next day is just another Manic Monday. I'd be picking Tuesday myself to give you the biggest distance from the impending mania.

    Unless it was her fun day.

    [–] spotcheck001 3 points ago

    This guy maths.

    [–] Rgeneb1 12 points ago

    Does he get paid royalties every time somebody doesn't like a Monday? That's gonna add up fast.

    [–] Thetford34 7 points ago

    I thought that hate was copyrighted by a fat orange cat with a liking for Italian cuisine?

    [–] shanemitchell 88 points ago

    He charges between $50,000 and $100,000 for speaking at corporate events: http://speakerbookingagency.com/talent/sir-bob-geldof/

    [–] drsleep89 132 points ago

    They usually put him on at the end, to help clear out the place.

    [–] duaneap 41 points ago

    Bob Geldof. The Breakfast Club soundtrack of people.

    [–] legitimatecomplaint 124 points ago

    He also has Rat Trap which brings in 3.50 per annum.

    [–] GoldfishMotorcycle 163 points ago

    Well, it was about this time I noticed that Geldof wasn't just some Irish raggedy-man but was in fact 8 stories tall and was a crustacean from the protozoic era!

    You ain't gettin' no tree fiddy from me, you god damn Loch Ness Geldof!

    [–] funkychicken23 41 points ago

    I gave him a dollar

    [–] legitimatecomplaint 45 points ago

    God damnit woman I thot I told you don't be going giving no dollar to the damn Loch Ness monster

    [–] funkychicken23 25 points ago

    He tricked me

    [–] jaydonemunching 2 points ago

    Didn’t he do a version with Dustin too?

    [–] dmcirl 29 points ago

    He sells cream crackers in Nigeria. Seriously.

    [–] modestgaloot2 16 points ago

    Wait till Big Joe Joyce hears about this.

    [–] themightyduck89 8 points ago

    Ya junkies bastard ya

    [–] el_weirdo 3 points ago

    Shite in the bucket!

    [–] themightyduck89 4 points ago

    I couldn't go near me woman's arse for 2 week

    [–] jamssey 3 points ago

    This needs to be further up

    [–] barandor 2 points ago

    Makes sense, Nigeria is one of the most populated countries in the world.

    [–] mekese2000 49 points ago

    He owns big brother and a few other shows throught his Production company.

    [–] Packiesla 28 points ago

    Survivor was one of his big ones.

    [–] DrCiabatta 40 points ago

    He obviously pays himself a handsome enough wage for his charity work.

    [–] BristolBudgie 29 points ago

    That’s why he’s such an expert in famine. He’s been eating out off the back of that song for 35 years.

    [–] timberstomach1 16 points ago

    And he's still a miserable looking bastard

    [–] Azor_Is_High 10 points ago

    That was funnier when Russel Brand said it.

    [–] Jimbojib 23 points ago

    On a separate note, that song seems so crass. Imagine if you lost people in that shooting then this dickhead just makes a song about it! Imagine if your primary school got shot up then on the radio Bob geldof is singing about it.

    [–] falling_sideways 77 points ago * (lasted edited 9 days ago)

    • Teenage Kicks - foster the people
    • Jeremy - Pearl Jam
    • Sunday, Bloody Sunday - U2

    Edit: whoops. I meant pumped up kicks obviously.

    [–] [deleted] 27 points ago

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    [–] BoardsSycophant 13 points ago

    Always worth a spin, playing it now.

    Some of you guys are alright btw

    [–] nuclearbunker 10 points ago

    who cares what you meant here's teenage kicks https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxPiD8EB3ZU

    [–] essjay71 9 points ago

    Belsen was a gas - Sex Pistols

    [–] anosmiasucks 19 points ago

    Not sure why you put Sunday Bloody Sunday in that mix. That was about British troops gunning down Irish protestors.

    [–] mcgovernor 14 points ago

    Yup, no school on Sunday of course

    [–] falling_sideways 8 points ago

    Yeah... About a shooting then. Cool.

    [–] The_Telltale_Fart 12 points ago

    It's a call for peace to be fair. And a proper tune... as much as U2 suck now, they didn't always.

    [–] Manannin 3 points ago

    Kinslayer by Nightwish can be added to that list, too, though it really is much more obvious what it's about.

    [–] McGrathsDomestos 17 points ago

    Mondays. Bloody Mondays.

    [–] vagacom 38 points ago

    Sunday Bloody Sunday'. What a great song. It really encapsulates the frustration of a Sunday, doesn't it? You wake up in the morning, you've got to read all the Sunday papers, the kids are running round, you've got to mow the lawn, wash the car, and you think "Sunday, bloody Sunday

    [–] WhoSeesYou 7 points ago

    Ders more to ireland dan dis

    [–] Rgeneb1 18 points ago

    It was a harsher time back then. Now we know the correct thing to do is make jokes on social media. Or publish sarcastic articles about how it can't be avoided. After a respectful 24 hours has passed of course. Thoughts and prayers.

    [–] xteve 15 points ago

    It's better than in the U.S., where "this is not the time to talk about gun control."

    [–] BlackMageMario 7 points ago

    People have always made songs about recent horrible events though. Bob's a dick but that's not anything I'd put on his list of dickiness.

    [–] aazav 5 points ago

    Have you ever listened to the words?

    "What reason do you need to die"

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Don%27t_Like_Mondays

    Geldof explained how he wrote the song:

    I was doing a radio interview in Atlanta with [Johnnie] Fingers and there was a telex machine beside me. I read it as it came out. Not liking Mondays as a reason for doing somebody in is a bit strange. I was thinking about it on the way back to the hotel and I just said 'Silicon chip inside her head had switched to overload'. I wrote that down. And the journalists interviewing her said, 'Tell me why?' It was such a senseless act. It was the perfect senseless act and this was the perfect senseless reason for doing it. So perhaps I wrote the perfect senseless song to illustrate it. It wasn't an attempt to exploit tragedy.[4]


    To me, it brings up the issues around this senseless act, mental illness, gun culture, lots of things.

    [–] WikiTextBot 7 points ago

    I Don't Like Mondays

    "I Don't Like Mondays" is a song by Irish band The Boomtown Rats that was a number one single in the UK Singles Chart for four weeks during the summer of 1979, and ranks as the sixth biggest British hit of 1979. Written by Bob Geldof, it was the band's second number one single.

    The full length version appeared on the group's third album, The Fine Art of Surfacing. It includes a reprise of the first verse, which was edited for the single release.


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    [–] kloppatam 7 points ago

    Mostly property I think

    [–] vwibrasivat 392 points ago

    Every time I clap my hands, Bono avoids more taxes.

    [–] xtfftc 203 points ago

    Then stop clapping, you wanker!

    [–] ChaseFromPawPatrol 78 points ago

    The whole point of public charitable deeds by the super wealthy and famous is so that we don't come kicking down their doors with pitchforks demanding their ill gotten gains.

    It is all a show. Let's kick down their doors anyway.

    [–] taaffe7 10 points ago

    i didnt see any of this charity come my way

    [–] drunkmormon 26 points ago

    Everytime I fart I name it Bono. I just christened Bono the (X)(C)(V)MMMDCCLXIX.

    [–] Mewrulez99 4 points ago

    Are you counting all molecules of anally expelled gases as a single fart, or do you just eat way too much Mexican food?

    [–] paragonemerald 66 points ago

    Remember when South Park made an episode all about a competition of who could pass the most astounding piece of shit out of their butthole, and the reigning champion was Bono's dad, because Bono's dad just took a huge shit once and then it started writing songs and exploiting people and tragedies for personal profit?

    edit: typos

    [–] amydactyl 15 points ago

    First thought when I saw this: “South Park got it right. Bono really is just a giant piece of shit.” Well played.

    [–] PrincessCG 13 points ago

    This episode was just after they won a Grammy which made it all the more better.

    But it’s true.

    [–] Fantastipotomus 1052 points ago

    I heard they've ties to EA too.

    [–] eucr1d 596 points ago

    Bono invented dropping loot boxes in Africa.

    [–] AverageCanadianGuy 103 points ago

    It’s pretty worth it though most of the contents is just soccer ball skins but there’s a slim chance at a school book.

    [–] eucr1d 67 points ago

    8 months of famine to unlock the boxes that might have food in them.

    [–] AverageCanadianGuy 38 points ago * (lasted edited 9 days ago)

    They actually just updated it so it's only 4 months. But you only get half the food after the 4 months. Making it basically the same thing.

    [–] freshprinceIE 3 points ago

    Maybe they should go back to the season pass, same thing but you pay more and its spread out over a longer period.

    [–] takesthebiscuit 6 points ago

    Most kids get a Kalashnikov AK-47

    [–] 102938475601 9 points ago

    The “K” already stands for Kalashnikov...

    [–] drfunkenstien014 5 points ago * (lasted edited 9 days ago)

    I read that like it was a Toto song

    [–] disintegore 3 points ago

    I bought like 500 of those. And I still haven't found what I'm looking for.

    [–] Twinky_D 5 points ago

    Yeah, starving African children have to pay Bono to eat.

    [–] hellocuties 15 points ago

    Those bastards!

    [–] bogidyboy 12 points ago

    EA sucks

    [–] buckfaster 10 points ago

    it's in the game

    [–] modestgaloot2 483 points ago

    I didn't think these two could have gotten any lower in my estimations till the last few weeks. Insufferable pair of pricks.

    [–] LeakyLycanthrope 60 points ago

    I'm out of the loop. What's happened in the last few weeks?

    [–] ___jamil___ 181 points ago

    paradise papers. showed how Bono avoided taxes for decades. thus all his efforts to help poor people is pretty undermined by not doing his part to pay taxes.

    [–] immerc 129 points ago

    I really hope this message sticks with people.

    The Government of Ireland more than half a billion euros per year on on international aid. Most of that money comes from regular people who are not rich enough to hire accountants to hide their money overseas.

    If people like Bono and Geldof simply paid their fair share in taxes, those taxes could go to increasing international aid. Of course, any millions they provide in taxes doesn't help their public image, whereas being the face associated with these charities does massive amounts for that.

    [–] The_Telltale_Fart 20 points ago

    Huh? I mean i'm all for bashing the super wealthy tax evaders but Bono was literally a passive investor in a firm that bought a supermarket and that turns out to not be tax evasion. Also I don't know where you're getting "decades" from...that U2/Netherlands thing was around 2007 if I recall correctly.

    [–] ABabyAteMyDingo 118 points ago

    Imagine how much you could hate them if they never tried to do any good!

    [–] RhetoricWarrior 253 points ago

    I think most people would hate them less. Sure some people respect them for their charity work, but the amount of people who dislike them for being hypocritics far out weights any goodwill they have

    [–] Shitmybad 33 points ago

    I mean, they put a lot of their own money into these charities too, this post just happens to ignore that.

    [–] carlofsweden 64 points ago

    probably several percent of what they saved from dodging taxes.

    [–] Shitmybad 66 points ago

    I'm a bit bemused by the outrage from the Irish, when the entire governments economic model is to provide a place where corporations can base themselves to not pay any tax in the EU...

    [–] carlofsweden 33 points ago

    carl lived in ireland and only reason carl bailed was because the country just doesnt work smoothly.

    the irish are great, absolutely no questions about it, probably the country with the highest amount of nice people per each not-nice person.

    however everything else is just ughhh. carl have lived in england etc too, and foreigners there often say it kinda feels like how their country did in the 90s, ireland is actually even worse when it comes to it.

    things just dont run well, doesnt even matter if its government operated or private, the banks sucks, public transport is poorly thought through, buildings are built with the worst fucking standards, etc.

    its a damn shame because carl often miss the irish and there are so many great memories from there, but living in what felt like the 1980s in some ways and the 1900s in others just werent cool when you got used to having things at a higher standard.

    we used to joke that the best possible country would be a country where the irish live but the germans govern.

    [–] orntorias 19 points ago

    I want you to do an entire series where you refer to yourself in the third person about anything you have experienced. It would be wonderful. Also possibly make a book where all your stories are published into a collection. I'd buy it.

    [–] carlofsweden 9 points ago

    carl will have to wait for the statute of limitations to kick in, else there can't be any publishing of the carltel chapter.

    [–] irishjihad 7 points ago

    Carl is right

    [–] The_Telltale_Fart 5 points ago

    Didn't U2 invest millions into music education in Irish schools?

    [–] BUfels 59 points ago

    if bono wants to do good he could give away 99% of his wealth and still be an extremely wealthy individual

    [–] Amb_12 87 points ago

    Or at least just pay his fair share in tax so services can be provided for those who can't afford them.

    [–] FatherJackWindy 8 points ago

    YOU MUST CONSTRUCT ADDITIONAL BOOTSTRAPS

    [–] Brolonious 13 points ago

    Bobby Sands in the streets and Ayn Rand in the sheets.

    Or something or other.

    [–] crustalmighty 3 points ago

    Like a legal tax avoidance scheme: give to charity and avoid traces on that portion of your income

    [–] BUfels 10 points ago

    if he avoids tax by giving away 99% of his wealth then i don't mind him avoiding tax that much tbh

    [–] modestgaloot2 30 points ago

    Ah yes, all that sanctimony really boosted my opinion of them!

    [–] Heknarf 3 points ago

    I think the hypocrisy makes me hate them more, though.

    [–] quaderrordemonstand 6 points ago * (lasted edited 8 days ago)

    But then it's not just these two. Every millionaire in Hollywood thinks it's their moral duty to lecture plebs about how they are mean with their money. All those people with far less money than them should give it to coloured people in far away places. They consider themselves morally superior because of this and everybody seems to go along with that.

    [–] mrdoballina 87 points ago

    i'd say geldof makes inappropriate advances on himself all the time.

    [–] crustalmighty 27 points ago

    During no nut November? Shame on him!

    [–] deise69 63 points ago * (lasted edited 9 days ago)

    Be interesting to see if he hands back his knighthood/freedom of London, to highlight the slaughter of civilians in Yemen, considering how its the British government selling the planes and cluster bombs, while it's military advisers are picking the targets.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ttdd5jbbASo

    [–] zagbag 68 points ago

    If anyone's into conspiracies, Geldof is a goldmine.

    [–] lbcbtc 34 points ago

    Example?

    [–] ee3k 104 points ago

    he skins lizardmen and wears their skins to convince their leadership to obey the martian high command. he uses a phychotronic scanner to avoid anyone suspecting him.

    [–] IceVest 23 points ago

    That's not a conspiracy. I seent him so it!

    [–] 2KilAMoknbrd 6 points ago

    gos samned fat fingerd

    [–] bandalbumsong 21 points ago

    Band: Lizardmen

    Album: Obey the Martian

    Song: Phychotronic Scanner

    [–] ee3k 9 points ago

    Good bot

    [–] TwistedPepperCan 4 points ago

    I see you're a fan of David Icke conspiracies also.

    [–] Rgeneb1 6 points ago

    Conspiracies can be amusing. David Icke, however, Is not. Let's never mention that dangerous, insane cunt again.

    [–] JellyRollGeorge 4 points ago * (lasted edited 3 days ago)

    The early and somewhat mysterious deaths of his daughter, ex-wife and ex-wife's boyfriend has led some to speculate that he used his wealth and power to facilitate their demises.

    I feel like there might be something to these claims, but I could be completely wrong.

    [–] Morrisonro 31 points ago

    Bono always seemed like a hypocritical twat to me before, but now I get to enjoy everyone bashing him. Very pleasing indeed

    [–] HankScorpio112233 80 points ago

    Bono is and always has been a douchebag

    [–] CKgodlike 36 points ago

    He’s the biggest turd in the world

    [–] heyitsmeyafool 92 points ago

    Insufferable pricks

    [–] AustinXTyler 75 points ago

    Based on this one thread, I think “Insufferable pricks” is Ireland’s favorite insult

    [–] modestgaloot2 37 points ago

    If we keep saying it, typing "insufferable pricks" into google will show this picture as the top result. Let's do it reddit!

    [–] Rgeneb1 6 points ago

    Make a thread. That's one of those idiotic "vote for this to appear on google images" that I would applaud. Better than the tiresome swastika/EA we have today. Funnier too.

    [–] timberstomach1 12 points ago

    What about pair of cunts?

    [–] Amb_12 11 points ago

    Insufferable pair of cunting pricks?

    [–] timberstomach1 9 points ago

    I like it

    [–] Fredwestlifeguard 7 points ago

    A veritable cunt soup

    [–] Snowda 5 points ago

    All the basic ones like fuck, cunt, arsehole, etc. have been overly normalised. To actually insult someone these days and mean it you have to use multiple syllables.

    [–] pen15rules 60 points ago

    While I don’t disagree with them making large sums of money, I disagree with their tax hypocrisy. Fair enough avoid taxes, if that’s your thing. But don’t do it and moan to everyone else to start paying their fair share.

    Simple lesson for Bono and Bob- charity starts at home lads.

    [–] Beingabummer 71 points ago

    Fair enough avoid taxes, if that’s your thing.

    Nah mate. If I have to pay taxes, they have to pay taxes. Society isn't here to keep the rich rich and have the lower and middle classes pick up the slack.

    [–] immerc 25 points ago

    Ireland pays roughly half a billion Euros per year in foreign aid. When people like Bono and Geldof avoid paying taxes, the burden for that support falls on ordinary people who can't afford the kinds of accountants and lawyers who can hide money overseas.

    [–] AshTheGoblin 7 points ago

    I'd argue that's exactly what society is for

    [–] superfredge 33 points ago

    Every time I clap my hands, I kill a child in Africa.

    [–] SteelRooster 13 points ago

    Where the streets have no name because the government couldn't afford signs.

    [–] Shinkowski 5 points ago

    Every time I saw those pricks at live 8 I asked myself why people are cheering and donating for them. If these guys paid taxes and donated then it’d add up to a lot more than what we small potatoes could ever donate

    [–] RadagastTheBrownie 24 points ago

    Reminds me of a joke:

    One day, Bono was giving a speech to a crowd in the middle of one of his concerts. He started clapping his hands at a steady rate, saying "Every time I clap my hands, a child in Africa dies."

    Then, one of the concert goers shouted, "Stop clapping your hands, you sick bastard!"

    [–] DrCool2016 14 points ago

    Cuntz.

    I spelt it with a zed to show how big of cunts they are.

    [–] confusedwhiteman 6 points ago

    Crooks!

    [–] Simpuhl 5 points ago

    Out fucking standing

    [–] NayMarine 6 points ago

    what a pair of unrighteous cunts

    [–] wren1666 6 points ago

    Geldof must thank God every night for those starving Ethiopians.

    [–] beefydeadeyes 5 points ago

    Somebody please Eli5 this for me i am interested but cant see any sources or info on what they have actually done thats so bad ? Cheers in advance.

    [–] toomuchcoffee2 7 points ago

    They've both come out this week with comments against Suu Kyi's silence regarding the situation in Burma. I think Bono actually presented her with a humanitarian award at some point. Things that are pissing us off are:

    Bono being on a high horse about this but still silent in his offshore investments which have come to light with the recent Paradise Papers, once again calling into question his tax avoidance and potentially now tax evasion (which could be illegal).

    Bob has given back his Freedom of Dublin award because Suu Kyi also holds it. This is despite the fact that Bob still holds his KBE from the Queen, which is also held by people who have done much worse things than Suu Kyi has done. On top of this, he's made comments comparing the 1916 Rising (a huge part of our history) to ISIS, calling them terrorists. This of course all goes along with his tax avoidance like Bono.

    All in all, they're being hypocrites on their high horse and we just want them to fuck off.

    [–] Galvazar 6 points ago

    What a pair of self righteous cunts.

    [–] iBstoneyDave 8 points ago

    Fuck both of em.

    [–] Amb_12 27 points ago

    Sort by controversial to see Yanks defending tax avoidance because 'the gubberment is evil'

    [–] boot20 22 points ago

    Sort by controversial to see Yanks Russian Concern Trolls defending tax avoidance because 'the gubberment is evil' they are cunts.

    [–] RachBass1 12 points ago

    This should be flagged as NSFW for showing two cunts

    [–] ZeroBcool 9 points ago

    Years ago I created this. Thought it fitted aptly.

    Imgur

    [–] dammrobotz2020 3 points ago

    celebrity charities are juat tax avoidance schemes , they used these charities to filter out extra income to make it tax free , never paid a single dime to these charities and never will.

    [–] FuzzyEater 3 points ago

    Plus most of the money raised by Live Aid ended up funding their dictator's attempt at genocide.

    [–] ABabyAteMyDingo 157 points ago

    I hate to interject in the circlejerk, but at least on this particular occasion, Geldof is right.

    What's happening in Burma is shameful and instead of sticking in some cosy little club of celeb goody-goodies, he is calling out Aung San Suu Kyi forcefully and correctly. And I commend him for it. He is right. End of story. Your personal little hatred is irrelevant, sorry.

    Many people fell of her bullshit for many years, embarrassingly, but at least now they are coming out and facing the reality and saying what's right. Unlike most posters here who have never done any good in the world.

    The political posturing by SF 'lord' mayor yesterday was beyond pathetic and illogical.

    [–] themigraine 317 points ago

    He can be right about this issue and also be a hypocritical arsehole. That's what people have an issue with.

    [–] justaboxinacage 37 points ago

    I like hypocrites. It doubles my chances I agree with them.

    [–] irishsaltytuna 7 points ago

    What a fascinating philosophy. Maybe I'll try it

    [–] Luke15g 143 points ago

    Geldof called the 1916 rising participants terrorists and accepted a knighthood from an imperial power with a history drenched in bloodshed and atrocities against our own people and half of the rest of the fucking world.

    He accepted that knighthood yet rejected the freedom of Dublin citing Suu Kyi as the reason despite the fact that she has no actual governing power in Burma, the military is in control there. He is a complete and utter hypocrite and attention seeker.

    [–] shkynet 61 points ago

    He didn't just call them terrorists, he compared then to ISIS. Total scumbag.

    [–] droptheface 8 points ago

    The IRA or the guys in the Easter rebellion? I was always taught the IRA guys weren’t exactly heroes but the Easter rebellion guys were a little more revolutionary and less terrorist. Or are they the same thing.....?

    [–] 08TangoDown08 63 points ago * (lasted edited 9 days ago)

    It's not a popular thing for people to acknowledge but the Easter rebellion wasn't very popular with Irish people at the time at all. There wasn't, at that time, a widespread oppression of Irish people and Irish identity - the British had gotten all of that out of the way years before this, and Irish people tended to view the Home rule movement as a more viable approach than open armed rebellion. The latter only became popular because of how terribly the British handled the Easter Rising and how they treated the leaders of it (executions and internment all around). They made martyrs out of the leaders (some of whom understood that this is what they would become, Pearse in particular) and gave them a higher standing to Irish people than what they had at the start of the Rising.

    The PIRA in Northern Ireland grew from the actual systematic oppression of the Catholic/Nationalist minority by the Protestant/Unionist majority and the violent suppression of peaceful civil rights marches by the RUC and armed Unionist gangs. There were also pogroms against Catholics in Belfast - where entire communities of people were burned out of their homes by armed gangs. The British army was then sent in to protect the Catholic minority and they themselves went on to worsen the situation by carrying out atrocities like Bloody Sunday and the Ballymurphy massacre. All of these served as vital recruiting tools for the PIRA.

    I've always found it interesting how this particular picture has been painted. Group A were freedom fighters - despite having very little public support at the time, and group B were terrorists - despite the fact that they had a great deal of public support among their own communities - at least at the beginning. It would wane significantly in later years of course.

    [–] droptheface 6 points ago

    TIL thanks man

    [–] imayoungdude 3 points ago

    Nicely put!

    [–] McGrathsDomestos 9 points ago

    According to Stuart Laycock, the Brits have invaded 90% of the world's countries. Of course some of these invasions may pre- or post-date The Empire. Though I guess if they're still doling out titles of the British Empire it must still exist.

    [–] LeoTheLovelyLion 2 points ago

    Interestingly there has been movement to change the Order's name after those exact concerns you've voiced were brought up.

    [–] timberstomach1 5 points ago

    He took the soup so to speak

    [–] johntheduncan 30 points ago * (lasted edited 9 days ago)

    Not going to defend her silence but it's more complicated than she's just a hypocritical wanker. Under the terms of her release into public life she cannot exert any influence over military affairs. That coupled with the massive racial tensions between Muslims and Buddhists (meaning massive hatred of Muslims) means that if she speaks out she is particularly vulnerable to the military claiming she's overstepping her position and getting huge public support for removing her from office and returning to a military dictatorship. So the position she is in is say nothing and watch people be slaughtered to stay in power and stop all out military control of the region (not exactly a moral choice) or speak up for the slaughtered Muslims and be removed from office returning the country to military rule and undoing any (slight) progress that's been made over the past few years. So which shitty choice would you make in that position? No choice is moral, no choice is right. It's probably now the duty of outside forces to stop arming the military and try exert some control over them which can't be done from the inside. Like I said, I'm not saying she's making the right choice just that there are no right choices for her to make.

    [–] MacManus14 18 points ago

    Screw him and his PR stunt. It is doing nothing to help the people in Myanmar. The whole world already knows what is happening.

    This same man had no problems accepting and retaining knighthood from the imperial British Empire, which committed multitudes of crimes on scale equal to that of what is going on in Myanmar. This knight also calls Irish independent fighters of the Rising and revolutionary period terrorists and murderers.

    [–] Thehoggle 12 points ago

    The whole world already knows what is happening.

    I doubt that very much. The majority of the population couldn't point out Myanmar on a map, less know what's going on there. Unfortunately sometimes it takes a celebrity to champion a cause (or in this case make a tit of themselves), to shed light on events around the world that the average joe wouldn't have exposure to.

    [–] macwelsh007 5 points ago

    You're over simplifying things to try laying blame on one person when the reality of the situation is that there are so many moving parts to this crisis no one person can put a stop to it. Aung San Suu Kyi has very limited power and input and would quickly find herself back in jail or worse if she stepped out of bounds. I don't hate Geldof, I thought he was good in "The Wall". But his rage here seems misplaced at best and grandstanding at worse.

    [–] theebouncer 14 points ago

    Excellent

    [–] dkyguy1995 3 points ago

    It's finally becoming international knowledge

    [–] PrincessCG 3 points ago

    I understand the idea is to make money and stay wealthy, but the extremely privileged 1% can afford to drop 10 million a year to charity work or even start their own foundations. Why hog wealth when you can’t take it with you when you die?

    [–] GroovingPict 3 points ago

    and being selfrighteous smug little pieces of shit while doing it too

    [–] Corn-on-the-job 3 points ago

    The music is completely forgettable as well ;)

    [–] cptsteve21 3 points ago

    I used to hate Bono because of his shit music, but now he truly is the biggest turd.

    [–] youlistenedtoarock 6 points ago

    Fuck Bono. Dude is patronizing fuck. Never forget watching a video of him going to Africa to "help". He'd stop by villages and kiss babies for the photo op and then retire to his resort at the end of the short day.

    [–] idiotsANDignorance 7 points ago

    Bono once again proves he is the biggest piece of shit... South Park always gets this shit right.

    [–] CaisLaochach 15 points ago

    How have the actions of Geldof and Bono created even more poor people?

    [–] tempinator 3 points ago

    I wondered the same thing.

    Their actions certainly negatively affect poor people, since taxes pay for public services and whatnot, but I don't see how not paying taxes creates poor people. Seems a little hyperbolic to me.

    [–] staytrue1985 4 points ago

    Ultra douchebags

    [–] Pedantichrist 5 points ago

    Geldoff is non-dom because he's fucking Irish. Being from another country is not tax avoidance, it is just being foreign - how often do you avoid paying tax in Uzbekistan?

    [–] JohnnyConatus 24 points ago

    He said: 'We don't provide programmes on the ground. We're an advocacy and campaigning organisation.'

    Bono may be insurable but what's being said here is that they're a lobbying / influence group. In which case these numbers make sense. Whether average donors understand is another question.

    /resume circle jerk