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A word of advice TS, don't stampede into other people's conversations with a loose grasp of facts and no grasp of context. Well, no actually.  But the word is democratic, not democracy.  They mean different things.  Besides which, the point was that just the other day someone on a rant was complaining how the EU was unelected and undemocratic (which I disproved).  And today the EU is democracy gone mad (it isn't).  Seems like talking about the EU turns people into rabid...
  They're definitely good.  Quite possibly the best overall.  But the "BEST" in "any category"?  No way.
You really cherry picked your way around that response didn't you?  How about the bit in the middle?  That's the sham, the working around the spirit and intention of the deal.  Whether Ireland was allowed to give the tax break (aka "state aid", as alleged) is a matter between Ireland and the EU, albeit with Apple as a potentially illegal beneficiary.
^ I think force may be a strong word, but the EU, and/or EU states have certainly strongly encouraged some mergers, and used what political leverage they have to push them.  Dailymotion and Orange was one I was reading about recently, which was a merger encouraged for protectionist (or local interest, depending on which way you see it) reasons within France.
^ Getting lithium out of its raw states can be a pretty environmentally unfriendly process, mainly (with the brine process) in the amount of water it consumes and rarely puts back into the ecosystem.  But that can be remedied with good management, and once the lithium is out it's very recyclable.  Seeing obstacles and insta-decrying the proposition is lacking imagination.  
^ Ireland made a tax deal that it wasn't really allowed to make in order to encourage manufacturing jobs into the country, which Apple then leveraged to bleed into Ireland intellectual property revenues that should logically have gone to the USA, and corporation tax that should have gone to local Apple subsidiaries across Europe and other parts of the world.  From that they were able to pay almost no tax on a large part of their worldwide operations.  Of course that's a...
What opinion have you expressed that I have not responded to?  You think that companies should re-invest more of their accumulated capital as a rule.  I broadly agree, certainly in preference to money hoarding, but I think that returning capital to shareholders may also be worthwhile because shareholders are consumers, and pension funds, and endowed charities, and other institutions that are also likely (not universally, that's what context is for) to use money that is...
Are you claiming that no one was lowly paid before food stamps were introduced? You do realise that people in poverty don't have the luxury of turning up their nose at a job because "it doesn't pay enough", right?
I don't agree, but since you seem to have stopped saying anything, I'd say we're at an impasse.  You, with absolutist principles (with acknowledged potentiality for not being wholly true that apparently isn't relevant), or me, with a flexible approach based on multiple avenues for investment and no specific judgement either way.  Sorry, but I prefer my way.  And I don't see that I insulted you any more than you patronised me.   Toodles.
^ Black and gold would look like Apple were sponsoring the New Orleans Saints.
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