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>> No. 92282 Anonymous
12th February 2021
Friday 8:11 pm
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Perhaps the problem with Labour wasn't actually Jeremy Corbyn?
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>> No. 96658 Anonymous
16th August 2022
Tuesday 6:09 pm
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Well let's say the existing sea wall is insufficient. Do you really think they're just going to abandon dozens of billions of pounds to the sea or do you think maybe they might just extend the wall?
>> No. 96659 Anonymous
16th August 2022
Tuesday 6:24 pm
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If you look at the bit north of Cambridge, it's flooded in 2030, and the flooded area doesn't change until 2080.
Since it's not flooded now, we're fine 'til then, yeah?
>> No. 96660 Anonymous
16th August 2022
Tuesday 7:01 pm
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>Do you even have the faintest clue how much electricity that means we'd need to store?

Yes. The average grid load is about 38GW, with typical peaks of around 47GW and typical troughs of about 28GW. Modelling by the Grid 2025 project indicates that an all-renewable grid would have a peak annual deficit of about 54GW, occurring at about 5PM on a windless day in January.

Assuming we don't use any kind of demand management, assuming we develop just enough renewable generation capacity to cover our annual consumption and assuming no further efforts to reduce consumption, we'd need about 53TWh of storage capacity to get us through the winter. That is a gargantuan amount of energy, but it's an extreme worst-case scenario because of those very pessimistic assumptions.

One of the simplest remedies is over-provision. Renewable generation capacity is relatively very cheap and there are very few periods in the year that are both extremely dark and extremely windless. Putting in a lot more generating capacity than we need gives us a great deal of flexibility, it insures us against the risk of climate-related demand increases in summer due to air conditioning and gives us a surplus that we can flog to Europe. I'm hoping (perhaps vainly) that the last few years have taught us all about the perils of running essential services on a just-in-time basis and the benefits of having a margin of safety.

We already have tens of TWh of storage capacity that doesn't look like storage capacity. With a sensible implementation of existing demand management technologies, we can (for instance) ask all of the industrial chillers in the country to ease off for an hour or two, or ask all of the plugged-in electric cars to stop charging and start feeding energy back into the grid.

Above all, there are still massive efficiency savings that could hugely reduce our demand. Decarbonising domestic heating will move a lot of demand from gas to electricity, but that process shouldn't be a straight switch - we have some of the oldest and leakiest housing stock in the developed world, so nearly 90% of the energy we use for heating is needlessly wasted.

Developing a renewable grid is a big and expensive task, but so is building nuclear generation capacity. Renewable infrastructure has the benefit of being inherently subdivided into lots of smaller projects, which makes it far harder for the government to totally fuck up. Hinckley Point C was originally pitched with a strike price of £24/MWh, but the current effective strike price of over £110/MWh is ludicrous and will continue to increase steeply because it's inflation-linked. I'm not anti-nuclear, I think that small modular reactor technology is hugely promising, but our current approach to procuring nuclear generating capacity is unreasonably expensive and I just don't think it makes sense to expand our nuclear capacity beyond our already-agreed commitments.
>> No. 96661 Anonymous
16th August 2022
Tuesday 7:08 pm
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Overprovisioning supply and insulating (poor peoples') homes sounds like the sort of thing a government would need to do. They're both long-term investments in the country, so, err, well, this demand management stuff, that sounds cheap and immediate. Best crack on with smart meters and creative billing instruments.
>> No. 96662 Anonymous
16th August 2022
Tuesday 9:06 pm
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>A leaked audio recording has revealed Liz Truss said British workers needed "more graft" and lacked the "skill and application" of foreign rivals.

>The Tory leadership frontrunner was chief secretary to the Treasury when the conversation with officials was recorded five years ago.

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>> No. 96261 Anonymous
8th July 2022
Friday 10:25 pm
96261 Tory Leadership Breakdown (2022)
Who's gonna' win? Who's gonna' lose?

Every former cabinet bod is running by the looks of it. I heard the 1922 Committee wanted to set some rules to make sure that didn't happen, but Kemi Badenoch just announced her bid so I think that ship's sailed.
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>> No. 96611 Anonymous
8th August 2022
Monday 3:55 pm
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As far as I can tell he didn't say it out loud, but it's on a Tweet about "reviewing" laws we've inherited. I assume it's just stuff like "you're not allowed to 'smoke out' tenents from properties you own" and "cadmium may not be added to food stuffs even if the COO of Kraft Heinz says it's super yummy and nice".
>> No. 96612 Anonymous
8th August 2022
Monday 3:56 pm
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*inherited from the EU.
>> No. 96613 Anonymous
8th August 2022
Monday 9:12 pm
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>> No. 96614 Anonymous
9th August 2022
Tuesday 12:34 am
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>> No. 96615 Anonymous
9th August 2022
Tuesday 8:51 am
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Liz loves a bit of wife waff

>> No. 90725 Anonymous
6th October 2020
Tuesday 5:49 pm
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>Mr Johnson also channeled the spirit of Thatcher's 1980s revolution by pledging to save the dream of home ownership for a new generation, with the government underwriting 95 per cent mortgages for around two million first-time buyers.

>The government has yet to give details, but it seems some of the 'stress test' rules imposed on banks after the 2008 financial crisis could be relaxed to facilitate long-term fixed rate mortgages at 95 per cent of a property's value. The government could instead accept some of the risk through a guarantee scheme - although this would leave the taxpayer on the hook for potentially huge sums.

https://www.If I post a link to this website again I will be banned..co.uk/news/article-8810043/Boris-Johnson-sets-vision-post-Covid-Britain.html

Let's overheat the housing market further by softening the measures brought in as a result of the financial crisis. What could possibly go wrong?
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>> No. 96579 Anonymous
1st August 2022
Monday 8:02 pm
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>It'll only come to bite them when their fixed term runs out and they're suddenly faced with double or triple the payments.

A 30 year mortgage for £200,000 at 2.5% would come to £790 per month. If that goes up to 5% then that'd go up to £1,074 per month, so up by about 35% but that's completely ignoring the fact that you should be in a lower LTV band and have access to better rates.
>> No. 96581 Anonymous
1st August 2022
Monday 8:26 pm
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>> No. 96583 Anonymous
1st August 2022
Monday 8:48 pm
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>we were at a point again where people were financing homes who weren't normally in a financial position to buy property in the first place

Were we though? Who were these people? Because I don't know any of them. I only know people for whom getting a mortgage has always been perpetually just out of reach, and keeps on staying that way as prices rise directly in line with their ability to save for a deposit.

None of the people I know who couldn't really afford a mortgage have ever been given a mortgage, because they couldn't afford one. The banks have never exactly walked around handing out mortgages like lollipops.

Now, I know a fair few people who probably got a bigger mortgage than they should. And I know a couple of people who have one or two more mortgages than they probably should have (interest only at that.) Is that perhaps more what you mean?
>> No. 96588 Anonymous
1st August 2022
Monday 10:43 pm
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>Question is, does that mean now is the last chance to buy and save yourself from a lifetime of renting? Or is it the worst possible thing you could do, wasting a shit ton of money and then getting fucked in the collapse? Or, frankly, both?
My offer has been accepted and the mortgage is set up, but it's all gone a bit quiet. So I really am right on the precipice. If the sellers pull out, I'll be frustrated but hopefully more houses will become available and they might be nicer than the grim shithole I've bought. If they don't pull out and the house is mine, house prices never go down so I should be all right. And after the interest rate panic that's currently happening, they will drop down again to rock-bottom to stimulate the economy once my fixed-rate mortgage expires. Hopefully, hopefully, I'm the king of the world and not actually fucked beyond belief.
>> No. 96589 Anonymous
1st August 2022
Monday 11:42 pm
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It shouldn't surprise anyone, but I'm not really approaching this from a position of sympathy for people on mortgages. It's more a question of buying votes - if people are on mortgages they can't afford, why not bail them out, or at least delay the inevitable until it's Labour's problem? If people have started voting Tory because their not-so-viable mortgage makes them feel richer, why not keep them on side? Their inability to pay might only be a problem at the end of a fixed term, but you'd think there'd be a plan sitting there for when that happens.

I assume there's a flip side where the banks won't like it and they might not give you campaign funds and directorships if you annoy them too much, but equally I assume they'd rather be stuck breaking even or taking a slight loss to getting stuck with devalued houses in a buyer's market.

>> No. 95589 Anonymous
14th April 2022
Thursday 7:43 pm
So the genius plan to stop asylum seekers applying to live in the UK crossing into the UK illegally and dangerously when there are so many safe and legal routes they could take instead, we are going to pay a country halfway across the world to take them off our hands and dump them in one of their huge overcrowded refugee camps, from which people are already desperately trying to get out of and find routes back to Europe.

What could possibly go wrong?

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>> No. 95631 Anonymous
24th April 2022
Sunday 1:32 am
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>>95602 Perhaps you could ask your MP and then let us know? Maybe you could also ask why our Home Secretary is a cross between Indira Modi and Rita Repulsa?
>> No. 96511 Anonymous
24th July 2022
Sunday 12:44 pm
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Refugees pour into Ireland as Dublin blames Britain’s Rwanda policy

Britain’s Rwanda policy has triggered a surge in refugees arriving in Ireland, Dublin said on Saturday, in a seeming admission that the deal to deport asylum seekers to central Africa is deterring people from coming to the UK.

Senior figures in the coalition government, including the Irish prime minister, have blamed Britain’s new migration measures for an increase in people seeking asylum in Ireland instead, causing an accommodation crisis that has forced Ukrainians to be put in tents.

>> No. 96520 Anonymous
24th July 2022
Sunday 10:30 pm
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If someone who has debased themselves by creating an account on the Telegraph's site could screencap this I'd be interested in seeing just how much bullshit is in this article.
>> No. 96523 Anonymous
24th July 2022
Sunday 10:42 pm
96523 Refugees pour into Ireland as Dublin blames Britain’s Rwanda policy
An increase in people seeking asylum in Ireland is causing an accommodation crisis that has forced Ukrainians to be put in tents

Britain’s Rwanda policy has triggered a surge in refugees arriving in Ireland, Dublin said on Saturday, in a seeming admission that the deal to deport asylum seekers to central Africa is deterring people from coming to the UK.

Senior figures in the coalition government, including the Irish prime minister, have blamed Britain’s new migration measures for an increase in people seeking asylum in Ireland instead, causing an accommodation crisis that has forced Ukrainians to be put in tents.

Home Secretary Priti Patel’s Rwanda policy aims to deport illegal immigrants to the African country in a bid to deter people making dangerous and unlawful Channel crossings to Britain.

The Home Office refused to comment on the accusations by Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Eamon Ryan, leader of the Greens, one of his two coalition partners.

“Recent policy changes in other jurisdictions, including the UK, as the Taoiseach referred to, may be creating the perception of a less welcoming immigration and international protection environment, leading to secondary movements of applicants,” an Irish government spokesman told The Telegraph.

“One can see, and maybe sense that that policy announcement, which I thought was a wrong policy announcement by the UK, a shocking sort of initiative in my view, to be doing some agreement with Rwanda, clearly may have motivated people utilising the Common Travel Area to come into the Republic – yes, I think it is one of a number of factors,” Mr Martin said last week.

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>> No. 96542 Anonymous
25th July 2022
Monday 3:28 pm
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you can also just push the site through an archiver

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>> No. 91916 Anonymous
15th January 2021
Friday 1:42 pm
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Has there been one single actual advantage of Brexit yet?
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>> No. 96089 Anonymous
30th June 2022
Thursday 12:06 pm
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It'd help if you spelled Futanari correctly.
>> No. 96090 Anonymous
1st July 2022
Friday 7:04 am
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Thanks fellow economistlad
>> No. 96508 Anonymous
24th July 2022
Sunday 11:43 am
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Liz Truss doing some of the finest Post-Brexit gaslighting I've seen yet.
>> No. 96512 Anonymous
24th July 2022
Sunday 2:37 pm
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Even if she's absolutely right, I still don't give a shit and think it's hilarious. Perhaps the French should just not have anyone on the border and make all English visitors come in via Rwanda?
>> No. 96515 Anonymous
24th July 2022
Sunday 3:03 pm
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I don't think this is the kind of controversy negative Jimmy remoaners want it to be. What kind of unpatriotic traitor wants to go to France anyway? And if you do, serves you right, I don't see why we should guarantee you getting back in.

Brick up the Eurotunnel as fas as I'm concerned, if we'd had any sense we would have built it to the southern coast of Spain instead.

>> No. 90436 Anonymous
25th August 2020
Tuesday 2:30 pm
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Rishi Sunak is going to be Prime Minister next year and it's going to be fucking awesome.
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>> No. 95975 Anonymous
7th June 2022
Tuesday 1:12 pm
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BBC News again full of pro-Boris vox pop.
>> No. 95976 Anonymous
7th June 2022
Tuesday 2:02 pm
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Sooz Kempner is the one with cracking norks who does standup shows about retro gaming.
>> No. 95977 Anonymous
7th June 2022
Tuesday 10:23 pm
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She looks like a lass I used to know who was a serial online slag, which is quite satisfyingly as it takes me back to being 19 and watching her flash her tits on webcam. Kids these days are spoiled when it comes to sexting, back in my day you had to find a gem.
>> No. 95981 Anonymous
8th June 2022
Wednesday 4:39 pm
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I do miss the days of AoL Chat, MSN Messenger and the like.
>> No. 96087 Anonymous
29th June 2022
Wednesday 11:00 pm
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>Senior Labour MP Harriet Harman will lead an inquiry into whether Boris Johnson deliberately misled Parliament over parties in No 10 during lockdowns. The cross-party Privileges Committee, made up of seven MPs, issued a call for evidence after meeting on Wednesday. It said it would be seeking "witness information and evidence" and that hearings would begin in the autumn.

I think the important question on all our minds is will ARE SOOZ do a follow-up top? Followed by which is her favourite clan on VtMB.

>> No. 51753 Anonymous
11th November 2013
Monday 11:24 pm
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Switzerland will hold a vote on whether to introduce a basic income for all adults, in a further sign of growing public activism over pay inequality since the financial crisis. A grassroots committee is calling for all adults in Switzerland to receive an unconditional income of 2,500 Swiss francs ($2,800) per month from the state, with the aim of providing a financial safety net for the population.

Under Swiss law, citizens can organize popular initiatives that allow the channeling of public anger into direct political action. The country usually holds several referenda a year. In March, Swiss voters backed some of the world's strictest controls on executive pay, forcing public companies to give shareholders a binding vote on compensation. A separate proposal to limit monthly executive pay to no more than what the company's lowest-paid staff earn in a year, the so-called 1:12 initiative, faces a popular vote on November 24.



I'm not entirely sure what to make of these. I reckong that if they tried the 1:12 thing over here then the lowest paid members of staff in some large organisations would end up being made redundant and replaced with contractors.
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>> No. 93682 Anonymous
16th May 2021
Sunday 6:30 pm
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Because of their scarcity - the weather also plays a big part in the variability of food prices.
>> No. 93683 Anonymous
17th May 2021
Monday 8:20 pm
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The great economist Abba Lerner actually put forward a similar idea to this, in response to the stagflation of the 70s.

>> No. 93684 Anonymous
17th May 2021
Monday 10:52 pm
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Surely if wage stagnation would arrest inflation then the past 10 years would've proved it, if not been part of a long-trend of multi-decadal deflation. Unless it's all been counteracted by the government giving free money to people with connections and property 'investors'. Oh dear I've made myself angry.
>> No. 93685 Anonymous
17th May 2021
Monday 11:31 pm
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Theoretically, maybe, but it presents a huge co-ordination problem. One of the key catalysts of the Winter of Discontent was the imposition of pay increase controls in an attempt to limit inflation.

>> No. 96081 Anonymous
28th June 2022
Tuesday 3:13 pm
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Wales basic income: Pilot will give care leavers £19,000 a year

A £20m experiment offering a basic income to young people leaving care will launch in Wales on Friday.

From 1 July, the Welsh government will offer about 500 18-year-olds £19,200 a year before tax - no strings attached.

One care leaver said the cash would be a "safety blanket" and others hope it will help give the 18-year-olds a good start.


>> No. 51150 Anonymous
8th October 2013
Tuesday 9:23 pm
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Young adults in England have scored among the lowest results in the industrialised world in international literacy and numeracy tests.

A major study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) shows how England's 16 to 24-year-olds are falling behind their Asian and European counterparts. England is 22nd for literacy and 21st for numeracy out of 24 countries.

Unlike other developed countries, the study also showed that young people in England are no better at these tests than older people, in the 55 to 65 age range. When this is weighted with other factors, such as the socio-economic background of people taking the test, it shows that England is the only country in the survey where results are going backwards - with the older cohort better than the younger.


Cue lots of finger pointing and nothing changing.
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>> No. 96076 Anonymous
27th June 2022
Monday 7:53 pm
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I think people should study what they want to study so they learn and reach fruition as a person. People love to whinge about Blair but people getting an education is a fundamentally good thing and I don't think forcing the arty lad into a career he never wanted is the right idea. If anything it feels like a plaster on more fundamental problems with the education system.

>Training an AI to perform routine clerical work

Truly reaching for the starts there aren't you.

>In a broader sense though, what I'm saying is: Where do you think that classism comes from? It gets drilled into you from somewhere. Some of it is from background social osmosis, TV, films, the like, but in terms of straightforward career prospects, the majority of it is school. When you actually stop and think about the way our "education" system works, the main thing it actually teaches you is your place.

Having done both I think it's fair to say that a lot of people working 'hands on' jobs are cunts. People who have only ever been a corporate drone are also cunts but it's more of that bitchy aspect.
>> No. 96077 Anonymous
27th June 2022
Monday 11:43 pm
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Quite right that getting educated is a fundamentally good thing, but we do need to draw the distinction between that and getting an education, especially nowadays when any cunt can download a copy of Ashcroft and Mermin from libgen and teach themselves solid state physics at their own pace, probably to greater effect than most universities could. I'm saying this as a career academic, higher education is little more than a qualification-printing service and most of the genuinely smart people I've known in science and in life have been self-taught.
>> No. 96078 Anonymous
27th June 2022
Monday 11:55 pm
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It's a good thing universities teach how to learn, think critically and research then.
>> No. 96079 Anonymous
28th June 2022
Tuesday 3:50 am
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>Truly reaching for the starts there aren't you.

Most people who work in an office are engaged in routine clerical work. They might not think that it's routine clerical work, but they're basically an algorithm in an easy-iron shirt. You have to go a long way up the org chart before you find people who actually have meaningful autonomy; practically everyone else just turns a predictable set of inputs into a predictable set of outputs.


>It's a good thing universities teach how to learn, think critically and research then.

If they're actually trying to do that, then they're failing miserably. Everyone I know who uses scientific literature as a resource has a very poor opinion of academia due to the incredibly poor signal-to-noise ratio of supposedly prestigious journals. It's very rare to find a paper that is actually replicable. At best, no more than 5% of papers contain even a crumb of useful data - the rest are just concoctions of bad statistics, undocumented methodologies and outright fabrication that serve no purpose other than to produce an impressive-looking abstract and a line on someone's academic CV. The literature is drowning in bullshit, because the incentives to publish vastly outweigh the incentives to verify. Given how low the standards are in the hard sciences, I shudder to think of the absolute bollocks they must be churning out in the humanities.
>> No. 96080 Anonymous
28th June 2022
Tuesday 12:22 pm
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I feel like you wind up with a problem where a bullshit humanities paper might always have a higher value than a bullshit scientific paper. If you bullshit a paper about chemistry or physics then your rocket isn't going to work. The use of the thing is tied directly to practical application. By contrast if you bullshit a paper about philosophy or even about politics or history, you might still have written something interesting and novel that can be built upon in some way.
It feels like the kind of thing that someone would usually say to attack the validity of the humanities as a whole, but I'm viewing it as an entirely neutral difference. I've nothing against paying people to write nonsense without any practical application if they're writing interesting nonsense. Nobody should have to write filler, though. Filler is boring.

>> No. 92607 Anonymous
23rd March 2021
Tuesday 3:26 pm
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You know it's local election time when councillors you've never heard of start creeping out of the woodwork again.
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>> No. 96038 Anonymous
24th June 2022
Friday 4:00 am
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Labour take it with a majority of 5k.

ARE JAYDA got 23 votes, and wasn't even on the stage for the declaration. Lib Dems lost their deposit.
>> No. 96039 Anonymous
24th June 2022
Friday 4:26 am
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>best cheesy chips
A bold claim for any place where chip spice is not the norm.
>> No. 96040 Anonymous
24th June 2022
Friday 4:31 am
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Lib Dems take Tiverton on a majority of 6k. 30% swing.

Swing to Labour in Wakey is around 12%.
>> No. 96041 Anonymous
24th June 2022
Friday 4:18 pm
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These by-election results have driven Oliver Dowden to resign as party co-chairman. That's the best news. He is a seriously ugly motherfucker with a permanently sneering face, a bit like Priti Patel's smirk. I hate to look at him. What excellent news that he hopefully won't be on the telly for a bit.
>> No. 96042 Anonymous
24th June 2022
Friday 6:13 pm
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So far the only political refugee to leave England for Rwanda is Boris Johnson himself.

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26th May 2022
Thursday 11:27 pm
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>> No. 95928 Anonymous
27th May 2022
Friday 1:27 am
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Can't decide whether I should spend me £650 on a new guitar or a gender bending prostitute.
>> No. 95929 Anonymous
27th May 2022
Friday 2:27 pm
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Why not both? Get a sensibly priced Classic Vibe Squier, then get your dirtbox wrecked by a chick with a dick.
>> No. 95930 Anonymous
27th May 2022
Friday 9:18 pm
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If you adopt a pet Ukranian, you could push it to PRS SE money and have money left over for the prozzie.

I got one last year (a PRS I mean, not a ladyboy prozzie) and after dropping some new pickups in (reproductions of the ones what Jimmy Page had in his Les Paul, allegedly) I can comfortably say it'll be the last guitar I ever buy*. Feels nicer than some top end Gibsons I've tried over the last few years, and you don't have to be reminded it's a knock-off every time you look at the headstock like with a Squier/Epiphone.

(*It definitely won't, but you know what I mean. It could be, if I had anything else to spend my disposable income on, like a social life or a family)
>> No. 95931 Anonymous
28th May 2022
Saturday 12:05 am
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Why not get the guitar and roger yourself with the neck.
>> No. 95932 Anonymous
29th May 2022
Sunday 3:57 pm
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If I get myself a Ukrainian then I don't need the prozzie.

I already have three good electrics so this is more of a bout of mindless consumerism and chasing after the "one" than any genuine need.

I'm sure PRS's are great but I can't get over the bird inlays most of them have.

>> No. 95867 Anonymous
17th May 2022
Tuesday 5:51 pm
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This man is going to be the next Prime Minister of Australia and it's going to be fucking awesome.
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>> No. 95876 Anonymous
21st May 2022
Saturday 10:41 pm
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God I wish we had AV over here. I don't know much about Aussie politics but by the sounds of what I heard on the radio, it at least makes elections a lot more interesting. None of this endless hung parliament gerrymandering shite like we get over here.
>> No. 95877 Anonymous
21st May 2022
Saturday 11:09 pm
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One thing I have found out, and like, about Aussie politics during my passing interest with this election is that they have a ban on politicians employing spouses and relatives. It never occured to me you could just stop it like that. I'd never have to hear about £60,000 a year of public money being laundered through some oafish MP's missus.
>> No. 95878 Anonymous
21st May 2022
Saturday 11:26 pm
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What I find, being from Yorkshire, real Aussies will speak their mind. Call you a cunt until you put in the yakka. Metro Melbos fucked it.
>> No. 95879 Anonymous
22nd May 2022
Sunday 4:43 am
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ABC coverage was available to stream on YouTube. You'll see the legend that is Antony Green talking through the numbers from time to time. He's like John Curtice but less academic and more techy.

A couple of years ago I met him and he described how it all works. The AEC decides in advance who the top two candidates are going to be. Ballots are counted at polling station, and they initially report the first preference totals and the two-candidate preference totals. If it turns out they guessed wrong or there's a closer run for second place than expected, then they stop reporting 2CP and just report out the full count, which takes longer as they need to wait for all the stations to count each round individually. They were waiting days for a result in 2016 because the AEC got a lot of their 2CP calls wrong, and so both sides were stuck in the 60s with a dozen full counts to do.

Green's evaluation of the UK going to AV was that we would need to be prepared to give up election night if we insisted on bringing all the ballot papers to count centres and only putting out numbers when complete rounds of counting were completed. He's able to make projections after a few hours only because numbers are available for individual locations.
>> No. 95904 Anonymous
24th May 2022
Tuesday 5:14 am
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>7 seats in doubt

Count faster you lazy fucking convicts.

>> No. 94260 Anonymous
2nd July 2021
Friday 5:59 pm
94260 Back to Basics, you say?
I've a funny feeling we're going to need this thread.

This man is not going to be the next Prime Minister, and that is quite awesome.
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>> No. 94423 Anonymous
29th August 2021
Sunday 8:05 pm
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>A statement from clubnight, Pipe, said: "Thanks to all the amazing people, and Michael Gove..."
>> No. 94424 Anonymous
30th August 2021
Monday 12:10 am
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Good to see that Gove is handling his divorce with dignity.

TBH I wouldn't be surprised if this was some sort of guerilla marketing campaign to put people off going to nightclubs.
>> No. 94425 Anonymous
30th August 2021
Monday 4:35 pm
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Apparently he tried to get out of paying the entry fee by saying he's the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.

This is his attempt at creating a 'Boris' style public persona, isn't it? GOVEY, WHAT A LEDGE.
>> No. 94426 Anonymous
30th August 2021
Monday 9:45 pm
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There's absolute no way that any reasonable human being wouldn't/shouldn't attempt to get away with skipping a five quid entry fee by using that particular aspect of their arsenal.

"But mate, I'm a knight of the realm, can you give us 2 for a fiver"
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11th May 2022
Wednesday 9:18 am
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>> No. 95694 Anonymous
29th April 2022
Friday 1:13 am
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The Policing Bill has passed.

Some say it's mearly a boring formalisation of Public Nuisance law when it comes to protests, others say that any protest that's too loud is now VERBOTEN.

Given we already have laws about protesting near parliament, ( plenty of old buildings worth preserving near there) and given there was satire about those draconian laws. Given we had no genuine problem with protesting, when people were doing it in a peaceful way. And that it's now nearly as hard as getting an FAC as it is getting a license to demonstrate. Can we roll back some of the "let me shout" laws?

I'm going to make a sign saying "Fried eggs are better than boiled" and wear it with pride. If that falls fowl of the law, the law is broken.
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>> No. 95763 Anonymous
3rd May 2022
Tuesday 9:18 pm
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I think the properly evil ones do have just as, if not more of a toxic work culture, it's just that they put so much effort into brainwashing their staff we never hear about it.

I always think it's a giant red flag if a company has things like those open plan kitchen areas in the office, pool tables, football tables, and tells you you're "free to take a break whenever you like", because "they value happy, motivated staff!" or some such bollocks. Because you just know, it's not real. It's definitely one of those Lacanian social taboos like Slavoj Zizek always talks about, where there are rules you're allowed to break, and permissions you are absolutely forbidden from actually using.

Just the fact Google has the motto "don't be evil" has always seemed to me self evident proof that they are unquestionably the most evil business in operation today.
>> No. 95764 Anonymous
3rd May 2022
Tuesday 9:40 pm
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Further to this I would imagine charities and other such good causes attract a lot of narcissist god-complex headcases. Much like if you take a look through the supposedly tolerant, liberal, progressive parts of the internet, you'll invariably find nothing but a cesspit full of bullies and their sycophants, it's just such an easy environment for such people to take advantage of.

I work in the NHS and our department has a truly revoltingly toxic habitual bully, who they (i.e management) simply can't shift. All she has to do is play the victim every time she gets dobbed in, make a bit of noise about bringing in the union, and get a sick note for "stress" for good measure, and they're effectively powerless to sack her. She knows the rules inside out, so she knows exactly what she can get away with.

On a larger scale, when you have a lot of people like that in an organisation, the only way anything ends up getting done is when it boils over into a nasty press expose that requires a big performative house-cleaning to salvage their PR.
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3rd May 2022
Tuesday 9:41 pm
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>Just the fact Google has the motto "don't be evil" has always seemed to me self evident proof that they are unquestionably the most evil business in operation today.

Good news:

The most famous phrase in Google’s corporate philosophy, “Don’t be evil,” has been almost entirely removed from the technology giant’s code of conduct.

Google, which is now a subsidiary of Alphabet after a corporate restructuring in 2015, previously included the phrase “Don’t be evil” at the very start of its code, and another two times within the first two paragraphs.

The simple language was replaced by vague and less specific wording such as “ethical business conduct”.

>> No. 95766 Anonymous
3rd May 2022
Tuesday 10:48 pm
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I am pretty sure they did this a long while back. Why is it news now?
>> No. 95767 Anonymous
4th May 2022
Wednesday 7:53 am
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It isn't, his post is responding to someone else who hadn't realised it had happened, slowlad.

>> No. 95169 Anonymous
6th January 2022
Thursday 2:04 am
95169 Angela Rayner
Boris is looking completely lost, Keir is a bit of wet rag and I'm unsure of her connections to the Corybnista loonies. But that said, Boris is over and done now - I like her very much, and she will probably be the next Prime Minister and it's going to be fucking awesome.
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>> No. 95752 Anonymous
2nd May 2022
Monday 2:49 pm
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Can you clarify what you mean by "semi-socialist"? I feel that might shed some light on the answer to your question.
>> No. 95753 Anonymous
2nd May 2022
Monday 4:26 pm
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Partially because she's not a proper socialist, and partially because they hate the working class. The crisis for a certain segment of the left in modern times is that they want to represent a working class, just not the working class we actually have.

I don't mind her. It's hard to say I like her, because I suspect she's about as principled as any of them, which is to say not at all. But she's certainly one of the best of a bad bunch.
>> No. 95754 Anonymous
2nd May 2022
Monday 4:27 pm
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damned if I know. I went to her website, to see what values she espouses. I am none the wiser. This is about as close as I got:

“From the beginning of my working life I’ve always stood up for working people, first as a Trade Union rep representing care workers and then as a regional union official. Now I use the skills I’ve developed to represent the communities of Ashton, Droylsden and Failsworth.”

It's a remarkably content-free website. Maybe that's best.
>> No. 95755 Anonymous
2nd May 2022
Monday 4:46 pm
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It's always sad to see how trade unionists fall into this. Imagine how daft and ineffectual it must all feel.

>> No. 95758 Anonymous
2nd May 2022
Monday 5:44 pm
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Phwoar. This Neil Parish story is getting pretty intense.

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