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Old 06-08-2005, 01:10 PM   #46
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Drop what you're doing, run, don't walk, to the nearest bookstore and buy a copy of Jefferey Sachs's book, "The End of Poverty." I always admired the guy but have to admit, I used to think he was blowing a lot of hot air most of the time. Boy, did his book--and his relating of experiences--turn my head like Linda Blair. I used to sound like most of you.

I hope the mod could re-post my comment in the News thread about the Bush press conference. Just the paragraph about Kenya, (the other stuff was a rant about the bungling by politicians, and I don't want to get personal.) I think the Kenya stuff was relavant to this discussion. I"m in a hurry and have to get off for today. Back tom night. But how would YOU respond to the Kenyan Health Minister?
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Re: Re: Is aid really the solution to Africa's problems?

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So, you're saying you're in favor of repealing Ireland's tax breaks for artists? If so, please state so. Just want to make sure I'm reading you right.
I'm in favour of limiting or restricting the tax breaks, certainly.

Should multi-millionaires like U2 and the Corrs be allowed not to pay tax? That doesn't sit well with me, TBH. I don't have a problem with a more limited scheme aimed at people earning only small sums of money from the arts.
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Drop what you're doing, run, don't walk, to the nearest bookstore and buy a copy of Jefferey Sachs's book, "The End of Poverty." I always admired the guy but have to admit, I used to think he was blowing a lot of hot air most of the time. Boy, did his book--and his relating of experiences--turn my head like Linda Blair. I used to sound like most of you.


This book is AMAZING.
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Theroux's book is excellent. Michka Assayas asked Bono about it as well. I know that many people will be chagrined by some of his comments, but they do have a basis in fact. Wonderful, heartbreaking novel.
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I think it's because artists don't have to pay taxes.

I'm sure U2 bring enough tourism to Ireland to make up for their exempt status.

cool, my parents being from ireland, i had never heard of that. you learn something new everyday....
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Indeed. All artists are exempt from taxation in Ireland, because, generally speaking, it isn't very profitable, at least not in the short term. "Starving artist" comes to mind, and I think Ireland made them exempt from taxation to promote artistry, in spite of it being a generally unprofitable profession.

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For the average artist, it's a bitch to make a living as an artist. I work part time in a library, and alot of other artists work outside of their art to pay the rent. Both of my younger sisters in New York are in the arts, and they both work. My sister who's a dancer works as an exercise instructor, and the other one works as a cosmetologist. As for U2, they've done so much for Ireland, bringing so much money into the counotory wityh the tourist industry and such, they've earned their tax exempt status.
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