Smoking Robot (graphic design students Lewis Gray & Esra Guldal) say:
Obsolete tells the story of a robot starting work in a decrepit toy factory. Trapped in the factory all its life it is curious about the outside world, watching a bird through the factory wall each day. When it mistakes a toy on the production line for the bird one day it sets the robot’s escape in motion.
McCain: #Apple has negotiated a tax rate in Ireland of less than 2pc (something Irish foreign min Eamon Gilmore this afternoon denied)
— Tony Connelly (@tconnellyRTE) May 21, 2013
AOI, Apple’s Irish subsidiary has not paid corporate tax in last five years, Apple FD concedes. Looking v uncomfortable
— lisa o’carroll (@lisaocarroll) May 21, 2013
Tim Cook Apple CEO (above) has confirmed it has negotiated a special corporate tax rate of less than 2%.
But the Department of Finance says:“We do not have a special extra low corporation tax rate for multinational companies. Ireland’s tax system is statute based so there is no possibility of individual special tax rate deals for companies.”
The report suggests the Irish government is taxing profits made by Apple and other companies at rates below the 12.5% standard.
But the Department of Finance says: “All companies in Ireland pay the standard 12.5% rate on their trading profits arising in Ireland and reports of lower effective tax rates appear to arrive at their figures by running together the profits earned by group companies in Ireland and in other jurisdictions and incorrectly suggesting that Irish tax does or should apply to both,”
Earlier: Meanwhile, In Cork (Via Elsewhere)
Actually a (brilliantly) poorly-animated and appropriately unhinged video by Australian artist Isaac Moore illustrating the epic 8-minute proposed plot synopsis of the next Star Wars movie offered last month by Parks and Recreation actor Patton Oswalt.
(Top: a earlier tribute by Jef Castro)
Ballroom Luminoso – a series of six LED-lit chandeliers made from structural steel and ‘medallions’ recycled from bike sprockets. Designed by artists Joe O’Connell and Blessing Hancock, the chandeliers are currently installed, and lit by night, beneath an overpass in San Antonio, Texas. The artists say:
The medallions are a play on the iconography of La Loteria, which has become a touchstone of Hispanic culture. Utilizing traditional tropes like La Escalera (the Ladder), La Rosa (the Rose), and La Sandía (the Watermelon), the piece alludes to the neighborhood’s farming roots and horticultural achievements. Each character playfully rides a bike acting as a metaphor for the neighborhood’s environmental progress, its concurrent eco-restoration projects, and its developing cycling culture.
French Canadian folk singer Alexis Normand makes a cringeworthy bags of the American National Anthem before the 2013 Memorial Cup game between the Portland Winterhawks and the Halifax Mooseheads.
Thinking she’d memorised the Star Spangled Banner correctly, she went wrong after the third line, filling in with gibberish to bridge to the finale.
Afterwards, mortified, she took to Twitter to apologise, the pet.
I’m embarrassed and deeply sorry. I wish I’d had more time to learn the American anthem. Thanks so much for the crowd’s help! #memorialcup
— Alexis Normand (@Alex6Normand) May 19, 2013