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March 12, 2020

David McWilliams Podcast EP48: Corona goes global ... The effect on the US, plus Russia v Saudi oil


With markets collapsing, oil prices plummeting and the West about to be put in lockdown, we examine the dramatic consequences of Corona for economics and politics. Plus in geo-politics what the showdown between Saudi Arabia and Russia over oil means for all of us. Hope you enjoy it!

or Stitcher podcast download


March 12, 2020

Ireland : ALL Schools, colleges, childcare facilities to close over Covid-19 until March 29

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said the country's schools, colleges and childcare facilities are to close in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

From 6pm today, schools, colleges and childcare facilities will close.

In relation to cultural institutions, indoor gatherings of more than 100 people will not be permitted and a maximum outdoor gathering of 500 people will be allowed. The restrictions will stay in place until 29 March.

Where it is possible to work remotely people should do so, he said, adding that we need the public and businesses to take a sensible approach to coronavirus.

Mr Varadkar made the announcement in Washington DC where he is visiting as part of the St Patrick's Day celebrations, much of which have been cancelled in light of coronavirus.


There has been one death in Ireland of a person with Covid-19 out of 43 confirmed cases of coronavirus.

Around 80% of cases of Covid-19 will be a mild to moderate illness, close to 14% have severe disease and around 6% are critical.

Generally, you need to be 15 minutes or more in the vicinity of an infected person, within 1-2 metres, to be considered at-risk or a close contact.

Oh the irony....

March 4, 2020

If Bloomberg were to drop out, and he follows through with his financial support commitment, how

does he achieve that, without crossing campaign donation rules ?

1. Superpac ? But if he is to offer his existing campaign staff/offices/data team etc, that means no contact with the Biden campaign ?

2. By "Suspending his campaign" can he just give all of the above to work for Biden ?

3 By not suspending his campaign (but not campaigning), he can spend as much as he wants, on whomever he wants ?

February 20, 2020

Comedians are back at the WHCD !!! Two of them !


There's only so much historians they can take, as WHCA find their courage, finally ! Minaj did a great show 3 years ago, looking forward to this.

New York(CNN Business)With a presidential dust-up over dinner hour entertainment in the rear view mirror, the White House Correspondents' Association is returning to form and inviting a comedian to roast the president and the press at an annual awards gala this spring.

Hasan Minhaj, who performed at the dinner in 2017, will return for this year's event on Saturday, April 25, 2020.

The association also announced a comedian as the host for the evening: Kenan Thompson.
February 15, 2020

Brexit : Some of them still don't get it. Don't be a Colin.

Absolutely disgusting service at Schiphol airport. 55 minutes we have been stood in the immigration queue. This isn’t the Brexit I voted for. https://t.co/QcSne9d4qW


Many of the replies are priceless



January 30, 2020

Ireland:The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Bridge named in honour of the mother of President John F Kennedy

The new road includes Ireland’s longest bridge, at 887m, crossing the River Barrow between counties Wexford and Kilkenny.

It is named the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Bridge in honour of the mother of President John F Kennedy.

The opening was performed this afternoon by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with Rose Katherine Kennedy Townsend, a great-granddaughter of Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy and grand niece of the late president.



Chairman of Kilkenny County Council Peter Cleere described the bridge as "an engineering wonder", which will attract visitors to the area.

Chairman of Wexford County Council Michael Sheehan said the opening marks "a new chapter" and means the region is "now ripe for a new era of investment, industry and interest".

The Kennedy family homestead at Dunganstown is less than 2km from the new bridge and it was the late president’s sister Jean Kennedy Smith who suggested naming it after their mother.

January 30, 2020

David McWilliams EP42: The Giant Global Housing Swindle...... (Fantastic explanation) Recommend

From Davos to balance sheet recession this week is all about economics. Join us as we explain how the wealthy get rich in bust economies and how regular people become poor in boom economies

I would seriously recommend this to DU members, McWilliams has such a great way of tying stuff together.

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