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(El Pais)   Bono addresses European People's Party congress, advocates buying Spanish goods and services in order to save Spain's foundering economy. "Perhaps U2 should make a flamenco album. Well, maybe not"   (elpais.com) divider line 45
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2014-03-10 09:39:32 AM  
Anything that justifies gorging on Iberico ham by turning it into an act of economic humanitarianism is okay by me.
 
2014-03-10 09:56:26 AM  
Yeah yeah yeah yeah!!!!
 
2014-03-10 10:04:35 AM  
Or he could just sign them over the rights to some of his clever advertising jingles.
 
2014-03-10 10:08:20 AM  

Plissken: Yeah yeah yeah yeah!!!!


Catorce!
 
2014-03-10 10:14:48 AM  
Does he advocate moving to a foreign country to avoid paying your fair share of taxes? You know...  like he did?
 
2014-03-10 10:23:02 AM  
i245.photobucket.com
 
2014-03-10 10:24:19 AM  
They SHOULD do a flamenco album.

There is really no way it could suck huge donkey cock more than Zooropa.
 
2014-03-10 10:28:30 AM  
Maybe they should address the reason for the crisis?
 
2014-03-10 10:29:31 AM  

Psylence: Does he advocate moving to a foreign country to avoid paying your fair share of taxes? You know...  like he did?


Splitter!
 
2014-03-10 10:30:53 AM  

Whatchoo Talkinbout: Maybe they should address the reason for the crisis?


People's Party of Europe?
 
2014-03-10 10:39:06 AM  

Psylence: Does he advocate moving to a foreign country to avoid paying your fair share of taxes? You know...  like he did?


Neo Socialists don't have to follow the same rules they preach to others. See Al Gore, Tim Geithner or the myriad of tax cheats in the Democrat Party.
 
2014-03-10 10:40:47 AM  

LewDux: Psylence: Does he advocate moving to a foreign country to avoid paying your fair share of taxes? You know...  like he did?

Splitter!


th01.deviantart.net
 
2014-03-10 10:48:20 AM  
Europe is getting their economic advice from musicians?  Well THERE's yer problem.
 
2014-03-10 10:51:11 AM  

LewDux: Whatchoo Talkinbout: Maybe they should address the reason for the crisis?

People's Party of Europe?


Sounds Communisty and stuff.
 
2014-03-10 10:52:35 AM  

Buggar: Europe is getting their economic advice from musicians?  Well THERE's yer problem.


I don't think he's giving advice, which he would suck at, but more appealing to decency of the fellow EU citizen.

I'd buy something Spanish. But the only Spanish thing you can get is Chupa Chubs. All the ham is either German or Italian.
 
2014-03-10 10:59:42 AM  
Another artiste explaining the solutions to all the world's problems.  Who the fark gives these blowholes a seat at these forums?  The moment I see one of these attention whores involved, I dismiss the whole group as a bunch of idiots.  You have some mope, with no qualifications there, because, "they help draw attention to the problem".  The type of people who require someone like Bono, to "draw their attention" to the fact that "world hunger is bad", are the ones who really can't provide any help, because they're too farking stupid.  "Wow, I never realized that world hunger was bad until Bono spoke about it! (yawn) I think I'll take a nap."
 
2014-03-10 11:07:09 AM  
Stop fookin' clappin'.
 
2014-03-10 11:07:37 AM  

spawn73: Buggar: Europe is getting their economic advice from musicians?  Well THERE's yer problem.

I don't think he's giving advice, which he would suck at, but more appealing to decency of the fellow EU citizen.

I'd buy something Spanish. But the only Spanish thing you can get is Chupa Chubs. All the ham is either German or Italian.


The type of people who require Bono to give them advice on the problem, will go out and buy a sombrero, because, "That will help those Spanish guys."
 
2014-03-10 11:11:01 AM  
Wasn't U2 the band that had thier money in offshore carribean secret accounts so the EU couldn't tax them ??

If they really want to help Spain... they can move thier money into Spanish banks.   Talk all the world celebrities into banking in Spain and donating any 'extra' millions in cash directly to Spains treasury to use as needed.

Because charity is good.  People need help.    Like Africa.

Wait... this isn't charity.   He is talking about just buying Spanish goods.     But if everybody switches from German and Italian goods to Spanish then doesn't that mean Germany and Italy will then have a problem...

Hey...I don't think Bono has thought this through very well.
 
2014-03-10 11:20:22 AM  

netcentric: Wasn't U2 the band that had thier money in offshore carribean secret accounts so the EU couldn't tax them ??


the story i recall is just a few years ago they moved quote / unquote "U2 Inc." (whatever corporate entity formed to represent the band) from Ireland to I think the Netherlands;  I'm fuzzy on the details but it was either the foreign country gave far more favorable tax treatment or Ireland was poised to enact more taxes on corporations, some shiat like that.

Irish politicians were pretty upset as, at the time, Ireland was in a pretty dire financial situation and it iddn't play well; not a good look when the home sons abandon the country and take money out of the coffers.

ehhh.  i guess i can't balme them for making a sound business decision but yeah, they took a measure of shiat for that.
 
2014-03-10 11:25:38 AM  

rickythepenguin: netcentric: Wasn't U2 the band that had thier money in offshore carribean secret accounts so the EU couldn't tax them ??

the story i recall is just a few years ago they moved quote / unquote "U2 Inc." (whatever corporate entity formed to represent the band) from Ireland to I think the Netherlands;  I'm fuzzy on the details but it was either the foreign country gave far more favorable tax treatment or Ireland was poised to enact more taxes on corporations, some shiat like that.

Irish politicians were pretty upset as, at the time, Ireland was in a pretty dire financial situation and it iddn't play well; not a good look when the home sons abandon the country and take money out of the coffers.

ehhh.  i guess i can't balme them for making a sound business decision but yeah, they took a measure of shiat for that.


Huh,   so U2 was saying to the Government

Taxed
Enough
Already

...when it came to thier money.     How about that.
 
2014-03-10 11:33:40 AM  
 
2014-03-10 11:33:57 AM  

spawn73: Buggar: Europe is getting their economic advice from musicians?  Well THERE's yer problem.

I don't think he's giving advice, which he would suck at, but more appealing to decency of the fellow EU citizen.

I'd buy something Spanish. But the only Spanish thing you can get is Chupa Chubs. All the ham is either German or Italian.


Saffron?  Paella rice?
 
2014-03-10 11:35:59 AM  

brap: Anything that justifies gorging on Iberico ham by turning it into an act of economic humanitarianism is okay by me.


Done in one. My first thought as well. My belly and I are ready to do our part.
 
2014-03-10 11:38:29 AM  
Bono...

stoppedreadingthere.jpg
 
2014-03-10 11:40:59 AM  

StreetlightInTheGhetto: spawn73: Buggar: Europe is getting their economic advice from musicians?  Well THERE's yer problem.

I don't think he's giving advice, which he would suck at, but more appealing to decency of the fellow EU citizen.

I'd buy something Spanish. But the only Spanish thing you can get is Chupa Chubs. All the ham is either German or Italian.

Saffron?  Paella rice?


No, she's English
 
2014-03-10 12:00:27 PM  
Maybe he could buy that 50k pound sterling village of Las Plagas we had a thread about yesterday
 
2014-03-10 12:14:28 PM  

rickythepenguin: In a wide-ranging Q&A with Britain's Observer, the Irish rock star had this to say in response to an interviewer's question about avoiding taxation:

"...Was it not hypocrisy for you to try to hold the Irish government to account for its spending while going through fairly exhaustive efforts to avoid paying into the Irish exchequer yourself?"

"It is not an intellectually rigorous position unless you understand that at the heart of the Irish economy has always been the philosophy of tax competitiveness. Tax competitiveness has taken our country out of poverty. People in the revenue accept that if you engage in that policy then some people are going to go out, and some people are coming in. It has been a successful policy. On the cranky left that is very annoying, I can see that. But tax competitiveness is why Ireland has stayed afloat. When the Germans tried to impose a different tax regime on the country in exchange for a bailout, the taoiseach said they would rather not have the bailout. So U2 is in total harmony with our government's philosophy.

netcentric: Taxed
Enough
Alreadyuhhh.....what?

"So U2 is in total harmony with our Governments philosophy"


Well, absolutely.    That seems clear.
 
2014-03-10 12:21:20 PM  

netcentric: When the Germans tried to impose a different tax regime on the country in exchange for a bailout, the taoiseach said they would rather not have the bailout. So U2 is in total harmony with our government's philosophy.


this is the part of that doublespeak i don't get;  is he saying when Germany tried to impose a tax regime on itself (i think that's what he means) in exchange for the bailout, that the Taoiseach - by defininition the Irish head of state -- said Ireland would rather not have the bailout?  Or, is the quote meant tthat Germany's equivalent of the Taoiseach (merkel, i guess) said "we'd rather not have the bailout"?  I'm no international politics expert but pretty sure Germany can't impose a tax on Ireland.

Unless he is referring to how Germany ended up being the point country for the EU bailouts, which when i think of that quote now, i guess that makes sense.  When Ireland was in dire straits I guess Germany offered a bailout in exchange for a tax regime and the Taioseach said no thanks.  I recall Germany riding Greece pretty hard re that bailout.

but even if that's what he means it still seems disingenuous on some level.  but that's just bono being bono.
 
2014-03-10 12:23:59 PM  
Yup, he's a lying tax cheat who has learned how to doublespeak well enough to convince himself that he isn't a piece of tax dodging shiat.

But please give your hard earned money to whatever charity I ask you to!


...farking hate celebrity trash like this.
 
2014-03-10 12:27:01 PM  

trappedspirit: Bono...

stoppedreadingthere.jpg


This.
 
2014-03-10 12:31:44 PM  

unchellmatt: They SHOULD do a flamenco album.

There is really no way it could suck huge donkey cock more than Zooropa.


You have to know more than five chords to play flamenco.
 
2014-03-10 12:33:41 PM  
3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-03-10 12:35:43 PM  
So Bono is sort of supporting the Broken Window economic stimulus model, go spend money in Spain and that is good.
 
2014-03-10 12:39:49 PM  

Psylence: Yup, he's a lying tax cheat who has learned how to doublespeak well enough to convince himself that he isn't a piece of tax dodging shiat.

But please give your hard earned money to whatever charity I ask you to!


...farking hate celebrity trash like this.


Remember, it's not being a selfish scumbag when "we" do it.
 
2014-03-10 12:41:53 PM  
However, the article didn't address the most important question in all this, Did Bono ever find what he was looking for? I understand that he was searching where the Street Have No Names, on Sunday. Bloody Sunday! I think it had to do with a Bad Desire for the Sweetest Thing that he lost after The Unforgettable Fire on New Years Day. I guessing he did not, because it sounds like he is trying to enlist the help of as many Spanish Eyes as he can get. Good to know his Pride didn't get in the way of asking for help.

/Sorry, I guess I'm Stuck In A Moment I Can't Get Out Of. It was a Beautiful Day and I was Staring At The Sun until we had an Electrical Storm. I asked Miss Sarajevo to Stay Until The End Of The World, but now she's Gone. I miss her Mysterious Ways and I guess I'm feeling kind of Numb. Oh well, it isn't like this is The First Time that has happened.
 
2014-03-10 12:43:39 PM  
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Bono addressing congress is old news.
 
2014-03-10 12:47:19 PM  

LewDux: StreetlightInTheGhetto: 

Saffron? 

No, she's English


Plus I think she's going by Bridget now or something.

/Regularly does his part for Spain by buying a few bottles of Tempranillo
 
2014-03-10 12:57:36 PM  
soundslikeshark.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-03-10 01:01:20 PM  

Buggar: Europe is getting their economic advice from musicians?  Well THERE's yer problem.


Hmm, maybe Europe should get a member of the Ayn Rand Collective to set economic policy for a couple of decades?
 
2014-03-10 02:13:55 PM  
I always laugh when the ultra rich make speeches about helping out those in need.  Hey Bono, you have a shiat ton of money why don't you go feed the people of Africa and bail out Spain?  The rest of us are working our asses off just to make ends meet.
 
2014-03-10 03:57:21 PM  
And what about the economies of those countries they suddenly won't be buying from?
 
2014-03-10 08:34:00 PM  

rickythepenguin: netcentric: Wasn't U2 the band that had thier money in offshore carribean secret accounts so the EU couldn't tax them ??

the story i recall is just a few years ago they moved quote / unquote "U2 Inc." (whatever corporate entity formed to represent the band) from Ireland to I think the Netherlands;  I'm fuzzy on the details but it was either the foreign country gave far more favorable tax treatment or Ireland was poised to enact more taxes on corporations, some shiat like that.

Irish politicians were pretty upset as, at the time, Ireland was in a pretty dire financial situation and it iddn't play well; not a good look when the home sons abandon the country and take money out of the coffers.

ehhh.  i guess i can't balme them for making a sound business decision but yeah, they took a measure of shiat for that.


If KISS did something like this to avoid taxes, I wouldn't have a problem with it. AFAIK, Gene Simmons has been very upfront about acquiring money...( and he doesn't lecture me about how I spend mine)

/ KISS, more honest that U2...
 
2014-03-11 09:56:32 AM  

Forbidden Doughnut: / KISS, more honest that U2 everyone...

 
2014-03-11 10:26:52 AM  

Forbidden Doughnut: rickythepenguin: netcentric: Wasn't U2 the band that had thier money in offshore carribean secret accounts so the EU couldn't tax them ??

the story i recall is just a few years ago they moved quote / unquote "U2 Inc." (whatever corporate entity formed to represent the band) from Ireland to I think the Netherlands;  I'm fuzzy on the details but it was either the foreign country gave far more favorable tax treatment or Ireland was poised to enact more taxes on corporations, some shiat like that.

Irish politicians were pretty upset as, at the time, Ireland was in a pretty dire financial situation and it iddn't play well; not a good look when the home sons abandon the country and take money out of the coffers.

ehhh.  i guess i can't balme them for making a sound business decision but yeah, they took a measure of shiat for that.

If KISS did something like this to avoid taxes, I wouldn't have a problem with it. AFAIK, Gene Simmons has been very upfront about acquiring money...( and he doesn't lecture me about how I spend mine)

/ KISS, more honest that U2...


This.  U2 is the Al Gore, of musicians.
 
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