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>> No. 420674 Anonymous
28th September 2018
Friday 5:39 pm
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Weekend thread: low sun being a cunt edition.
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>> No. 421156 Anonymous
11th October 2018
Thursday 3:26 am
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>>421154

Mate this is a fantasy I had when I was thirteen, I was hardly poring over Jane's figuring out exactly what kind of firepower I could purchase from Africa in order to sink Japanese fucking ships in what would probably be a literal war crime / crime against humanity.

I assumed big men with beards and endless supples of Fishermen's Friends would deal with all that and all I'd have to do would be to load myself up with explosives and nut the smeggers to oblivion.

I was a simple lad, albeit one with latent psychological issues.
>> No. 421157 Anonymous
11th October 2018
Thursday 6:34 am
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>>421150>>421156
FUCK YOU WHALE.
>> No. 421159 Anonymous
11th October 2018
Thursday 2:33 pm
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>>421157

Can you really blame them for hating them?
>> No. 421160 Anonymous
11th October 2018
Thursday 6:15 pm
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I'm going to Alton Towers for the weekend. Any decent pubs/restaurants in Crewe?
>> No. 421161 Anonymous
11th October 2018
Thursday 6:20 pm
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I'm back at uni and it's so full of attractive girls it's really distracting. I just want to bury my face in their arses. I can't focus on lectures because I'm just constantly fantasising about women.
>> No. 421162 Anonymous
11th October 2018
Thursday 6:32 pm
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>>421160

I changed trains at Crewe a few times on my way to Liverpool. In fact once I had to wait so long for my connecting train that I managed to get half pissed at a little bar/cafe place right there on the Platform. Talk about convenient.
>> No. 421163 Anonymous
11th October 2018
Thursday 6:58 pm
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>>421157
>> No. 421164 Anonymous
11th October 2018
Thursday 9:03 pm
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>>421162

I'm halfway convinced that Crewe is just an elaborate hoax. I've been through Crewe station on dozens of occasions, but I've never actually met anyone who has lived in Crewe. I think it's just a railway terminus pretending to be a town.
>> No. 421165 Anonymous
11th October 2018
Thursday 9:30 pm
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>>421164
I often wonder whether or not Cheltenham is real or just a front for GCHQ.
>> No. 421166 Anonymous
11th October 2018
Thursday 9:51 pm
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>>421164

Maybe Crewe is our version of the Bielefeld Conspiracy.

Go on, google it. You know you want to.
>> No. 421167 Anonymous
12th October 2018
Friday 12:46 am
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I am from near Crewe and spent many an afternoon hanging about in the town centre as a teenager, I can confirm it's real. It's no Northwich, but it's definitely there.
>> No. 421168 Anonymous
12th October 2018
Friday 12:52 am
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>>421166

I come to Britfa.gs for long and erudite posts about an area of knowledge nobody should really have that much concern for, not to google it myself and read the flavourless Wikipedia version. You have let me down tonight.
>> No. 421169 Anonymous
12th October 2018
Friday 2:00 am
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>>421168
Sorry, lad. Crewe is that flavourless in real life
>> No. 421170 Anonymous
12th October 2018
Friday 2:22 am
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>>421165

I know people who at least pretend to work at Microsoft's Cheltenham office, and others who have made trips to the doughnut. No one I know claims to have actually seen anything resembling a town.

Then again, when I went to Oxford all I saw was a ring road. The lads at the company I was visiting promised that the "real oxford" was on the other side of the river, but I didn't have time to check.

I also don't recall if Oxford had a bar right on the platform because I dropped two banging Es right as I left their offices and to be honest I was just trying to do my best to find the train station before I turned into a gurning idiot.


The plot thickens.
>> No. 421171 Anonymous
12th October 2018
Friday 3:06 am
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>>421168
I'm not sure why you bother. These days we don't have much time for shedposting, what with all the Corbyn discussion, guilty woulds and constant cunt-offs about sexual assault.
>> No. 421172 Anonymous
12th October 2018
Friday 7:49 am
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Fucking hell, lads. First I've got a sore throat, then the weather's gone to pot and now this. Next thing you know Crewe won't be real and...
>> No. 421173 Anonymous
12th October 2018
Friday 10:32 am
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>>421172
I don't know if there's any more room for further heartbreak after Judge Rinder and his husband split up earlier this year.
>> No. 421179 Anonymous
12th October 2018
Friday 5:50 pm
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Well lads, there is a town claiming to be Crewe approximately where you would expect it to be. However, it's basically just a great big industrial estate so I'm still suspicious.
>> No. 421180 Anonymous
12th October 2018
Friday 6:07 pm
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>>421179
It's definitely real, a local takeaway got a mention on The Guardian Football Weekly. Why, I ordered a fisherman's breakfast from them just the other week.
>> No. 421181 Anonymous
12th October 2018
Friday 6:53 pm
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>>421180
I don't think I'd ever get a fisherman's breakfast from a takeaway; you'd probably end up shitting out a lung.
>> No. 421182 Anonymous
12th October 2018
Friday 7:23 pm
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>>421180

That could all be part of the plan of making people believe that Crewe exists.

A takeaway shop isn't that difficult to set up. Those who seek to perpetuate the Crewe conspiracy will certainly not stop at such a simple thing.
>> No. 421184 Anonymous
12th October 2018
Friday 8:03 pm
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I've had vintage red leicester cheese for the first time today. Fuck me, it's delicious. I'd written off red leicester as a bit bland and nothingy, but I've been wrong all this time. It's making me wonder which other cheeses I'm missing out on from only trying supermarket/brand versions.
>> No. 421191 Anonymous
12th October 2018
Friday 11:45 pm
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>>421184
Where did you get it?
>> No. 421192 Anonymous
12th October 2018
Friday 11:46 pm
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>>421191
The cheesemongers.
>> No. 421193 Anonymous
13th October 2018
Saturday 1:11 am
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>>421184
I reckon supermarket red Leicester is basically just mild cheddar with dye in it. Proper red lezza has a nutty quality to it.
>> No. 421194 Anonymous
13th October 2018
Saturday 7:31 am
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>>421193

>Proper red lezza has a nutty quality to it.

I find most lezzas a bit nutty.
>> No. 421202 Anonymous
13th October 2018
Saturday 8:04 pm
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No matter what I'm watching on YouTube at the minute it's always recommending Weezer & Weird Al's cover of Africa by Toto.
>> No. 421207 Anonymous
13th October 2018
Saturday 10:08 pm
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>>421202

Somehow lately I always get recommended age old videos by Lazy Game Reviews, Techmoan or the 8 bit guy.

They're all very good youtube channels, but why does youtube recommend videos by them that are five years old?

Speaking of Techmoan, if you don't know him, he does slightly more than mildly funny puppet sketches at the end of some of his videos.

See from about 12:25 -


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMu-BoECblE
>> No. 421208 Anonymous
13th October 2018
Saturday 10:29 pm
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>>421207
Five year old videos have the most views so obviously they're the best/most popular
>> No. 421209 Anonymous
13th October 2018
Saturday 10:38 pm
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My current favourite YouTuber is Paul Sellers. He does traditional woodworking with hand tools. His videos are quiet and gentle and oddly comforting, like a shed-based Bob Ross. I'd like to nominate him as the honorary granddad of .gs.


>> No. 421210 Anonymous
14th October 2018
Sunday 8:18 am
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The number of friends who've tried to kill themselves is getting close to a dozen. Some successfully, most not. Is this an abnormal amount?
>> No. 421211 Anonymous
14th October 2018
Sunday 10:06 am
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>>421210

I guess for one thing it depends how many friends you have and how old you are.

As far as I'm aware only my grandmother succeeded in drinking herself to death. But I've seen some spectacular failures, a cousin tried to blow his brains out and is now blind. I'd say around Half my friendship group suffers some form of depression and at one point or another circles the drain.
>> No. 421212 Anonymous
14th October 2018
Sunday 12:12 pm
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>>421210
In a healthy society, yes, that would be highly abnormal. Under neoliberalism, this is what we have to expect.

>But the individual in himself is not sufficient as an end for himself. He is too small a thing. Not only is he confined in space, he is also narrowly limited in time. So when we have no other objective than ourselves, we cannot escape from the feeling our efforts are finally destined to vanish into nothing, since that is where we must return. But we recoil from the idea of annihilation. In such a state, we should not have the strength to live, that is to say to act and struggle, since nothing is to remain of all the trouble that we take. In a word, the state of egoism is in contradiction with human nature and hence too precarious to endure.
Durkheim
>> No. 421213 Anonymous
14th October 2018
Sunday 1:12 pm
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>>421212
That doesn't sound like a political problem but one of pure over population. Like we've entered the behavioural sink.
>> No. 421214 Anonymous
14th October 2018
Sunday 1:17 pm
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>>421213
Oh look, it's the 'highlight "overpopulation" and offer no answers' bloke, how totally useless as ever.
>> No. 421215 Anonymous
14th October 2018
Sunday 1:37 pm
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>>421213

Neoliberalism is absolutely a valid target for criticism, in fact it's been shown repeatedly that the 'free market' philosophy or 'market fundamentalism' (as it's been called) has a causal relationship to worsening health indicators, and may extend to violent behaviours and other social problems: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0277953614008399

Though this is more correlative, fiscal austerity policies in Greece following the 2008 financial crisis coincided with a dramatic rise in suicides: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0277953614002433

Even globally, the idea of 'over population' is open to debate. I'd highly recommend looking up the work of Swedish doctor and statistician Hans Rosling on this:


>> No. 421216 Anonymous
14th October 2018
Sunday 1:44 pm
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>>421211
As I made that post I was wondering if gs was really the right place to ask what normal is.
>> No. 421217 Anonymous
14th October 2018
Sunday 2:03 pm
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I'm after a new mechanical keyboard and I've fallen down the nerd rabbit hole of agonising over which sort of switches I want.

I've only ever used blues, which are nice, but loud, and I honestly don't need a clicky key as I really don't mind hammering on the keyboard like a madman and bottoming the keys out anyway.

Anyway I'm thinking about the reds now, maybe even the silent ones, to lessen the chances of my girlfriend leaving me.

But I'm starting to suspect that the anorak hysteria around which keys are the best is akin to audiophiles and their speaker cables. Ultimately they're all going to feel and perform excellently, aren't they?

I might end up ordering one of those samplers.
>> No. 421218 Anonymous
14th October 2018
Sunday 2:06 pm
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>>421210

Statistically I believe the national average for suicide attempts is around one in nine, so unless you have a couple of hundred friends that does seem excessive.

I can think of maybe two of my 30-ish close friends who have attempted and two who succeeded.
>> No. 421220 Anonymous
14th October 2018
Sunday 2:25 pm
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>>421215
>Income inequality and health: A causal review

I think it is a false comparison to say Neoliberalism = Income inequality or to even label our society as Neoliberal because it isn't we have a very large state. Plenty of other systems will promote income inequality in the system.
look at these 2 lists.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_income_equality
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_suicide_rate#List_by_other_sources_and_years_(1985%E2%80%932017)
You would presume based on your assumption that a country with low inequality would have low suicide but that simply isn't true. Slovenia has the lowest income inequality of any country in the world, but has the 6th highest suicide rate. Hungary has the 2nd lowest income inequality and the 8th highest suicide. I’m not saying it doesn’t have an effect on suicide but there are other factors that are clearly more significant.

>The impact of fiscal austerity on suicide: On the empirics of a modern Greek tragedy
That has really nothing to do with neoliberalism and everything to do with a society being broke. Another system wouldn't allow them to conjure resources they don't have or not over borrow.
>The Overpopulation Myth
I'm familiar with Dr Hans Rosling, I haven't seen him ever properly explain that over population isn't a social problem before only that global population is stabilizing, I haven't watched that particular documentary I promise I will.
>> No. 421221 Anonymous
14th October 2018
Sunday 2:32 pm
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>>421217

Reds are definitely better for gaming, but they're less than ideal for typing. Mechanical switches actuate about halfway down the key stroke, so the tactile bump has a functional purpose - it lets you know that you've actually pressed the key. If you do hammer like a madman and bottom out hard, you totally negate the noise benefits of having no tactile bump.

If you want a quiet all-round keyboard, I'd recommend Gateron browns (they're smoother than MX browns) with o-rings. The o-rings make a big difference if you habitually bottom-out. Look for a keyboard with a thick aluminium backplate, because keyboards with plastic or pressed steel backplates tend to be more resonant and rattly.
>> No. 421223 Anonymous
14th October 2018
Sunday 3:20 pm
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>>421220

Your point about income inequality not directly meaning neoliberalism is well taken, but at the same time it can be shown pretty conclusively that neoliberal policy increases income inequality. The evidence for this is everywhere, but here's an example of the IMF, of all organisations, making this connection: https://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/fandd/2016/06/ostry.htm

That said, you have given me some pause for thought, I'll go into more below...

>or to even label our society as Neoliberal because it isn't we have a very large state

Here I totally agree with you, the United Kingdom has a massive state. The rhetoric about 'free markets' is only selectively applied. Where our government chooses to spend is a matter of policy -- it has provided massive subsidies to areas such as high-tech industry and simultaneously cut public services for decades. Particularly relevant to the point about suicide is cuts to mental health services: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-38852420

>You would presume based on your assumption that a country with low inequality would have low suicide but that simply isn't true.

This is a pretty interesting observation, but you're also right in pointing out that there are certainly other factors involved. I would be willing to bet, though, that better income equality probably mitigates suicide.

I will concede to you here that maybe income inequality isn't the best example of how neoliberalism specifically increases suicidality. A better way of arguing my point may be that neoliberal policy increases a large number of the factors definitely are known to result in increased suicidality: unemployment or precarious employment, social isolation, personal debt, and as already mentioned, cuts to public services.

Researchers like Ted Schrecker and Clare Bambra annoyingly don't have much in the way of their published research online, but they have an excellent book, Neoliberal Epidemics: How Politics Makes Us Sick that draws a far more convincing causal relationship than I've been able to here.

>That has really nothing to do with neoliberalism and everything to do with a society being broke.

Here I disagree again. Fiscal austerity is directly related to neoliberal policy -- not just in terms of how to handle an economic crisis when it hits, but also in being a direct cause of economic crises. Your explanation about Greece being 'another system that wouldn't allow them to conjure resources' seems a bit like handwaving, and I'd argue that the effect is very much observable in a wealthy country like the UK.
>> No. 421224 Anonymous
14th October 2018
Sunday 3:25 pm
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>>421216
I think it's been a while since anything odd or depraved has been posted to remind me what a bunch of robot moon ovens you are. If anyone starts a confession thread, we haven't had one in ages, then I'll immediately lower the tone by mentioning what I did to those toothbrushes again.
>> No. 421225 Anonymous
14th October 2018
Sunday 4:28 pm
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I'm sat on a train with those fancy window shutters. The sun's being a cunt. Except I can't do much about it because it's a reflection off two tables down across the aisle.
>> No. 421227 Anonymous
14th October 2018
Sunday 7:00 pm
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I've just had my arse stroked by an old-ish woman in Tesco Express.

I was bent forward looking at the reduced stuff and I felt something on my arse. I looked up and she apologised for knocking into me and she was holding her basket in a really funny way. It was definitely a hand that touched me rather than the basket and it was almost the entire way across my arse rather than accidentally bumping into something and immediately moving off.
>> No. 421228 Anonymous
14th October 2018
Sunday 7:16 pm
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>>421227

You should have winked and invited her back to your place, then had some tea and scones with her. You thought I was going to say "and then piss in her arse" didn't you? You sick fucks.
>> No. 421229 Anonymous
14th October 2018
Sunday 8:01 pm
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>>421228
>You thought I was going to say "and then piss in her arse" didn't you?
Well, no, because it goes without saying, doesn't it?
>> No. 421230 Anonymous
14th October 2018
Sunday 9:09 pm
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>>421221

>Reds are definitely better for gaming, but they're less than ideal for typing.

I've read this a lot, but my question is, is it still better for typing than a standard cheapo dome keyboard by miles, even on reds?

As it happens my research did lean me towards (MX) browns with o-rings. I'll look into Gateron, for sure.

This is all very exhausting. I'm convinced whatever it is I'll get used to it. If I can type on a Macbook Pro chiclet I can type on anything.
>> No. 421239 Anonymous
15th October 2018
Monday 12:11 pm
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>>421207
I got recommended something called buzzfeedblue once.
I would have ignored it and moved on if not that fit brunette lass they have.
I'd buzz her blue, aye.
>> No. 421246 Anonymous
15th October 2018
Monday 9:43 pm
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>>421239

Their true crime stuff is quite entertaining.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLVAvUrL_VQiPeLg4qvBFnsdW4KBESD3Xt

It does provoke the recommendations algorithm to recommend you a load of other Buzzfeed shite though.

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