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>> No. 33825 Anonymous
30th May 2021
Sunday 1:47 pm
33825 Coronavirus #4
Thread #2 was over 1,700 posts long; thread #3 (>>27266) is now close to 2,800 replies and no longer loads on my phone at work. Let's have a new, hopefully final thread.

The current situation:
Everything is expected to reopen on the 21st of June 2021.
It might not, because cases are rising from the lesser reopenings and the dreaded Indian variant.
Vaccination is going well in rich countries. UK deaths are ~10/day.
Speculation is starting again that the virus might have escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, because it's such an intriguing coincidence, but reasonable people do not currently believe it was a deliberate Chinese conspiracy.
India is currently the country with the worst COVID-19 horror stories.

Will Dominic Cummings give any more evidence about the ineptitude of government handling, or has he said everything he wanted to say now?
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>> No. 36108 Anonymous
29th November 2021
Monday 11:49 pm
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I can't answer your general question but when it comes to the bulk of NHS reform I wouldn't primarily put it down to corruption. Maybe a few friends of friends or loyal party people wound up on NHS trusts but, for Blair and Major the push was definitely ideological. A sort of belief that if you could just get NHS managers to think about the health service the way that Tesco's managers think about supermarkets, and for patients to choose their hospital the way they choose where to shop, then you'd get a virtuous circle where hospitals compete to deliver better performance in new and innovative ways that planners would never think of. A radical centre ground between An America-style market system and the old top-down NHS!

Now sure, the catch is that it didn't really work - but it was tried with much purer motivation than that for say, PFI, which had a similar "markets are magic!" ideological justification but was practically just about hiding debt off the government's balance sheet at the cost of getting effective interest rates worse than if you did everything on the PM's credit card. Perhaps still not corrupt, but stupid and dishonest.
>> No. 36111 Anonymous
30th November 2021
Tuesday 12:48 pm
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Is the booster different to the original shots? I thought it was just an extra helping (even if you'd had AZ).
>> No. 36112 Anonymous
30th November 2021
Tuesday 1:08 pm
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It is just an extra helping, though it may help more if your booster shot is different to whatever you received originally. Though if it's a vaccine that depends on producing spike proteins, it may have a tough time priming the immune system to respond to Omicron. That said, we don't know enough about the outcomes of Omicron, though if it's been spreading in isolation it likely hasn't been killing people, so it's possible that this is the "ideal" variant that spreads like nobody's business but doesn't do much damage.

It's worth remembering that around one-fifth of common colds are caused by Coronaviridae, so high-R low-damage is certainly a possibility.
>> No. 36113 Anonymous
30th November 2021
Tuesday 4:38 pm
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This is something that I don't think it's getting enough airtime, although I understand that if it were more common knowledge then it would encourage complacency a bit. There's been a lot of talk about Omicron potentially being highly transmissible, and with a few ways to evade immune response, but if all it amounts to is a cough for a week then we might be out of the woods.

Ultimately, the virus doesn't want to mutate to kill its hosts, it's much more beneficial for it to be able to live and spread undisturbed.
>> No. 36121 Anonymous
1st December 2021
Wednesday 2:32 am
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I think the selection pressure argument is overplayed. In severe cases, there's still a significant incubation period of milder illness that allows for community transmission. Hospitals are a pretty efficient vector for spreading the disease, especially if you're very ill and producing huge amounts of aerosol.

The virus doesn't "know" that we're trying to control it, the evolutionary advantage just goes to whichever strain can spread most effectively. The selection pressure could equally be in the opposite direction - masks, social distancing and vaccines make it harder for a milder virus to spread, so there could be an evolutionary advantage to making someone really sick.

>> No. 36109 Anonymous
30th November 2021
Tuesday 9:56 am
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Fishermen blocked RNLI boat rescuing migrants, caller tells James O'Brien

Zoe in Hastings said: "On Saturday my boyfriend and I were just on the beach and we heard the lifeboat station opening up and thought 'oh they have a call' and started watching. There was a group of fisherman pulled up, gutting fish on the shore, and as the boat station opened up we heard the fisherman start shouting things like 'don't bring any more of those home, we're full up', 'that's why we stopped our donations', and that kind of really horrible stuff. It was really upsetting, and you could hear the hatred in their voice", she said.

"The lifeboat crew pulled the boat out and were going to go into the water and some of the fishermen deliberately came out with their buckets and stood directly in the line of the boat so the boat couldn't be put in the water."

"Are you sure?" James asked.

"I'm absolutely sure, the police were called," she replied.


I was the radio on last week and every BBC news bulletin was led with "WE'VE ALREADY HAD THREE TIMES AS MANY MIGRANTS CROSS THE CHANNEL IN SMALL BOATS THAN WE HAD LAST YEAR" and illegal immigration is now one of the biggest concerns amongst a large swathe of voters. It seems to be in the news almost every day as one of the lead stories.

What is to be done about it? Priti Patel only seems concerned with sabre-rattling and looking tough.
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>> No. 36116 Anonymous
30th November 2021
Tuesday 6:59 pm
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>"Are you sure?" James asked.
>"I'm absolutely sure, the police were called," she replied.

Is it usual for LBC to type like this? It reads more like a fiction than a news article.
>> No. 36117 Anonymous
30th November 2021
Tuesday 8:38 pm
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It's the author's first job since he graduated from his masters at Cardiff uni last year. I don't even know why I looked this up.
>> No. 36118 Anonymous
30th November 2021
Tuesday 9:14 pm
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I know democracy is hyped up, but the unelected members of the House of Lords really seem to be much better at basically everything than the House of Commons. It seems like not having to worry about appealing to imbeciles frees them up and lets them talk a lot more sense.
>> No. 36119 Anonymous
30th November 2021
Tuesday 10:12 pm
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hear, hear.
>> No. 36120 Anonymous
30th November 2021
Tuesday 10:56 pm
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According to footage on Twitter, there was one solitary fisherman blocking the boat.


>> No. 27146 Anonymous
26th August 2020
Wednesday 10:54 pm
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I suppose it's time for a new thread seeing as the previous one is almost at 1,700 posts.

It's been kicking off in America (again) after the police have shot a black man (again). A couple of protesters/rioters have been killed after they were driven by the police towards an alt-right militia, with this planned in advance.
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>> No. 36039 Anonymous
25th November 2021
Thursday 10:04 am
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>Instead of toning the bill down, the Home Secretary has made it vastly more dangerous, adding several aggressive new provisions.

>Now police can deploy stop and search to avoid “serious disruption” or a “public nuisance”. They can be initiated “whether or not the constable has any grounds for suspecting that the person… is carrying a prohibited object”

>Anyone found guilty of obstructing a stop and search during a protest faces a jail term “not exceeding 51 weeks”.

>Amendment 319C criminalises “wilful obstruction of a highway”. Amendment 319D criminalises the obstruction of “major transport works”, including roads, rail lines or airport runways. Amendment 319A creates an offence of “locking on”, or carrying equipment which might facilitate it. It targets anyone who attaches themselves to “a person, to an object or to land”. These all come with a potential 51 week prison sentence.

>There is no definition of the term “attach”, so it could equally be applied to protestors who link arms during a sit-down protest, or even hold hands. It could apply to someone found with superglue while walking past a protest, or to the disabled activists who chained their wheelchairs to traffic lights over benefits cuts.

>the most far-reaching and alarming part of the legislation is called an SDPO, or Serious Disruption Prevention Order... you do not even have to have been convicted of a crime. You do not even need to have caused disruption. It’s enough that you might have... Once the order is imposed, it eradicates your rights to freedom of speech and freedom of assembly. Those under an order can be forced to report to the authorities whenever the courts demand it, as often as they demand it. They must “present themselves to a particular person at a particular place at… particular times on particular days”.

They can also be prohibited from being at a certain place, or possessing certain items, or participating in certain activities, or socialising with certain people, for up to two years. They can be blocked from using the internet to “encourage” people to “carry out activities related to a protest”. Someone who used their social media account to promote a demonstration could be found in breach of the order. The SDPOs are a full-scale assault on the individual’s human rights. And they can apply even if they’ve never been convicted of a crime.
>> No. 36040 Anonymous
25th November 2021
Thursday 10:19 am
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What's that got to do with this thread?
>> No. 36041 Anonymous
25th November 2021
Thursday 10:31 am
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The policing bill has been part of this thread for the past seven months. Keep up.
>> No. 36042 Anonymous
25th November 2021
Thursday 11:04 am
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It was originally a poem by Rudyard Kipling, which was similarly mediocre to the TV series (and the law enforcement authorities).
>> No. 36043 Anonymous
25th November 2021
Thursday 11:08 am
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>"locking on", or carrying equipment which might facilitate it.
Well I wouldn't need to own a bike lock if the police did their bloody jobs when my bike gets stolen. But seemingly that's not important.

>> No. 26516 Anonymous
27th July 2020
Monday 9:48 am
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...It is important to state that it is not communities that commit crimes but individuals. Those convicted are squarely Henry Long, Albert Bowers and Jessie Cole, not thousands of innocent people who share their heritage. Tarring all Travellers with the brush of these men’s callousness is as unfair as tarring all Catholics for paedophile priests or all eskimos for daft militant wog attacks.

Yet to completely ignore the cultural context of this crime is wrong. Henry Long, the ringleader, was removed from school at the age of 12; he followed his father and grandfather into the thieving “trade”. Albert Bowers left school at 11 and before the trial had already picked up three youth convictions. These young men could not read or write. For years they had not known school or structure. Their education was in petty crime.

Such problems do not solely beset Travellers but they are far more prevalent among Traveller communities. If we want to be a country where all are treated the same, where all live by the same rules and where the state does its best to furnish each with a decent chance in life, we have to end the squeamishness that prevents open talk about Travellers. This squeamishness is down to two fears. First, the fear of retribution. After the verdict on PC Harper’s death it emerged that the judge, Mr Justice Edis, brought the first trial to a temporary halt over an alleged potential plot to intimidate jurors. Extra security measures were brought in. Jurors were referred to by number not name. One juror was dismissed for acting oddly in court, mouthing pleasantries at the defendants. Whether she was motivated by misplaced friendliness or fear of someone up in that public gallery we do not know, but most will not be shocked by revelations of intimidation.

The fear of the bullet, the knife, the burnt-out car; this helps the lawless elements of Traveller culture maintain a certain power, and gives the law-abiding majority of Travellers a terrible name.

The second fear is that of being labelled racist. Since the Equality Act 2010 recognised Gypsy, Roma and Travellers as ethnic minorities, race has been used to shield this culture from due scrutiny. Sensible questions about why those within these groups are more likely to be in prison, more likely to be illiterate or more likely to suffer domestic violence prompt cries of racism. In April a Channel 4 Dispatches programme titled The Truth About Traveller Crime was dubbed “dehumanising” by activists and investigated by Ofcom. Desperate not to offend, the authorities turn a culturally sensitive blind eye.

The fears hush most into silence, and the silence means the stand-off between Travellers and the rest of society continues uneasily. Many feel disquieted to see the mobile homes rolling on to a local beauty spot, a portent too often of littering, mess, anti-social behaviour. Meanwhile those in Traveller communities are hardly “living their best lives”. Travellers die about ten years earlier than the rest of us. They have higher rates of chronic illness. Their suicide rates are six times higher.

You might argue that they choose to live like this, but the babies born into that life don’t. Many are destined to repeat the same pattern: leave school in your early teens, drift into a life of odd jobs and petty crime, never move beyond the circles you were raised in. As long as the culturally sensitive force-field exists around Travellers, these children are abandoned to a fate that should not be tolerated in 21st-century Britain.

It is a scandal that some Gypsy and Traveller children are taken out of school at primary age; that some start work as young as ten; that about 65 per cent of Traveller children are persistently absent from school; that they have the lowest attainment of all ethnic groups throughout their school years and are far more likely to be excluded. Are we to be surprised when they choose crime?
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>> No. 36023 Anonymous
24th November 2021
Wednesday 4:00 pm
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It's mainly people getting shot or ran over.

>> No. 36027 Anonymous
24th November 2021
Wednesday 9:49 pm
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The article states that the officer was "caught in a strap", which suggests an accident. Indeed the robbers were cleared of murder (which requires intent), and convicted of manslaughter (which does not).

Would this new law have prevented his death? Would the quad bike raiders have stopped to consider the possible life sentence before carelessly driving away? I see no evidence to suggest this.

Is it not a foundational principal of our society that the same laws apply to everyone, including agents of the state? Not in the mind of our home secretary.
>> No. 36028 Anonymous
24th November 2021
Wednesday 9:55 pm
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Agents of the state being allowed to murder and rape while undercover is still in the bill, I believe. Or was that one already passed? It's hard to keep up.
>> No. 36029 Anonymous
25th November 2021
Thursday 2:05 am
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How broadly is "lead to" construed as?
if someone shoplifts and the police are called, and the policeman responding is hit by a bus while crossing the road from the car park to the shop is there a chance the shoplifter could find that they're going down for life because a contrived "well if you hadn't done that, this wouldn't have happened" interpretation is possible?
>> No. 36034 Anonymous
25th November 2021
Thursday 5:52 am
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Depends on whether they're a proper white or not.

>> No. 15041 Anonymous
10th May 2018
Thursday 5:43 pm
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>Drag queens banned from performing at Free Pride Glasgow event over fears acts will offend trans people


>The organisation said in a statement that it hopes to create a safe space for all members of the LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex, asexual) community, and that while the decision may "disappoint" some people "the needs of the most marginalised groups within our community come first."


>Free Pride Glasgow said: “It was felt that it [drag performance] would make some of those who were transgender or questioning their gender uncomfortable. It was felt by the group within the Trans/Non Binary Caucus that some drag performance, particularly cis drag, hinges on the social view of gender and making it into a joke, however transgender individuals do not feel as though their gender identity is a joke.”

Life rarely takes the piss out of itself like this. It almost sounds like the plot of a South Park episode.
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>> No. 36004 Anonymous
22nd November 2021
Monday 11:38 pm
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Watch out lads, historical materialist lad has arrived. Can you handle his insightful analysis of 'well it doesn't really mean that'?
>> No. 36007 Anonymous
23rd November 2021
Tuesday 2:37 pm
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>> No. 36017 Anonymous
24th November 2021
Wednesday 7:30 am
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I was talking with my kids yesterday and they know quite a few people at their school who are openly gay. It blew my mind a little bit because when I was at school nobody came out for fear of getting their head kicked in.
>> No. 36018 Anonymous
24th November 2021
Wednesday 9:41 am
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My friends mum has worked in a comprehensive school for decades now. She said these days that if anyone is being discriminatory/racist they get their shit kicked in.
>> No. 36044 Anonymous
25th November 2021
Thursday 11:39 am
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I think at my school in the noughties there was an odd halfway-house. Gay and queer were used as mildly insulting terms and so on, but I think if anyone actually did come out as a committed bumder, that was on the whole respected.

>> No. 21124 Anonymous
29th January 2020
Wednesday 6:15 pm
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>ITV News presenter Alastair Stewart is stepping down from his role following what ITN called "errors of judgment in Alastair's use of social media".

>In a statement, the veteran broadcaster, 67, said: "It was a misjudgement which I regret." ITN said he had breached editorial guidelines, but did not elaborate on the reasons for his departure.

>The newsreader's Twitter account has now been deactivated.


What's he done? He's either offended some group or been caught trying to shag a young lass.
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>> No. 35330 Anonymous
16th September 2021
Thursday 11:52 pm
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Remember Squarials? Murdoch does. He murdered it, with great big barrowloads of newspaper money and a Luxembourgish satellite.
>> No. 35952 Anonymous
19th November 2021
Friday 1:53 pm
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>Andrew Marr is to leave the BBC after 21 years to "get my own voice back", he has announced.

>He joined the broadcaster as political editor in 2000 and has presented a Sunday morning programme since 2005. He will join media company Global, which owns radio stations including LBC, and write for newspapers.


With Andrew Neil gone, Marr going and even lightweights like Kuenssberg stepping down it seems rather thin on the ground at the BBC at the moment.
>> No. 35954 Anonymous
19th November 2021
Friday 3:28 pm
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Yeah, the Beeb’s really gone down hill since Neil stopped hosting that rubbish political show in the afternoon and the rubbish political show in the evening.
>> No. 35955 Anonymous
19th November 2021
Friday 3:42 pm
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They're all hinting that they have some epic vermilion aspirins to drop that the BBC won't allow, but then they largely fade into obscurity as soon as they're out the door. Maybe they should be applauded for sticking up for what they believe in, but in many cases, when someone leaves the BBC, I barely get a chance to find out what they truly believe. Are these reporters all just trying to sound cool as they quit for another reason? Are they just grumpy geriatrics fed up that they can't go full Daily Express on the telly? Is it money? Or, most radically, are there shadowy interests that torpedo the careers of any journalist who threatens to expose the truth?

A French journalist named Romain Molina, who is supposedly hugely respected, is going HAM on Twitter right now, exposing secrets about football sex crimes and corruption. He's not naming many names, but if this isn't what Andrew Marr is quitting to do, then he can do one.
>> No. 35956 Anonymous
19th November 2021
Friday 3:51 pm
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Reading through his claims, one of them is that 80% of players smoke shisha. Next to everything else on there, this seems incongruous.

>> No. 35677 Anonymous
24th October 2021
Sunday 4:54 pm
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What's all this about then

>Women and girls are "terrified" to go out due to "sinister" means being used to try to attack them, an MP has said. Anna McMorrin, Labour's shadow minister for victims and youth justice, spoke out following reports of women being injected and having drinks spiked.

>Home Secretary Priti Patel has asked police forces for an update following a number of cases of women reporting being spiked by needles in nightclubs. A boycott of clubs is being planned in some cities, including Cardiff, on 29 October. Ms McMorrin said her eldest daughter, who is a university student, told her she and friends were taking extra precautions as they were "scared to go out at night". "Dealing with the perpetrators, that is the issue, and that is doing things like making misogyny a hate crime - that begins to change the culture," said the MP.


Am I wrong to see a connection between what has been over a year of vaccination paranoia and the emergence of needle spiking incidents? It seems odd to me why someone would go out and manage to inject people like that without them noticing or the needle breaking.
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>> No. 35947 Anonymous
18th November 2021
Thursday 8:11 pm
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Clearly it was Owen Paterson doing it as a second job.
>> No. 35948 Anonymous
18th November 2021
Thursday 9:20 pm
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Say what you want about the scum man, he gets results.

We should probably have someone look into his wife's "suicide" given this fresh information.
>> No. 35949 Anonymous
19th November 2021
Friday 12:27 am
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Has it? What do you think it was that solved it?
>> No. 35950 Anonymous
19th November 2021
Friday 3:43 am
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There was a bit more to it than "having Ring doorbells outside their house".

>> No. 35951 Anonymous
19th November 2021
Friday 7:24 am
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They're still being reported, just at a local level rather than national.

Four alleged needle spikings in Watford last weekend.


Two reports in Cheltenham last week.


Seven people in Doncaster last weekend.


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>> No. 35887 Anonymous
11th November 2021
Thursday 10:43 pm
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>Insertion of foreign objects into the rectum is a well-described phenomenon and not an uncommon referral to the general surgeon on call. Although usually not life-threatening, there can be consequences following migration of the object or perforation of the large bowel. This study looks at the incidence of removal of foreign objects from the rectum over the last decade and the financial burden it presents to the NHS.

>A total of 3,500 rectal foreign bodies were removed over the course of 9 years. Males accounted for 85.1% of rectal foreign bodies whilst 14.9% were females. This equates to 348 bed-days per annum. Admission peaks were observed in the second and fifth decades of life.

>This study shows that the incidence of rectal foreign bodies is higher in men and has been increasing over the period studied. Most foreign bodies can be removed trans-anally with the use of anaesthesia, with only a small proportion of patients requiring hospital stay over 24 hours (mean length of stay = 24 hours). Nearly 400 rectal foreign body removals are performed each year with an annual cost of £338,819, illustrating the effect this has on NHS resources.


Stop losing things up your bum, lads.
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>> No. 35908 Anonymous
12th November 2021
Friday 9:03 pm
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I'm not familiar with that particular brand, but sodium polyacrylate can absorb several hundred times its weight in water. Swallowing it would be a Very Bad Idea, partly due to the risk of bowel obstruction and partly due to the risk of extreme dehydration.

>> No. 35909 Anonymous
12th November 2021
Friday 9:11 pm
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I think they're best known for some daft French cunt using them to fuck up the plumbing in his locality.

>> No. 35910 Anonymous
12th November 2021
Friday 10:08 pm
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I had some sympathy until he started sticking his hand into sewers and then I realised he was too dumb to live.

Also I'm now confident you could take out London with coordinated Orbeez strikes in the right locations. Forget dirty bombs or a smallpox attack, these little spheres of doom are much scarier.
>> No. 35913 Anonymous
14th November 2021
Sunday 12:49 am
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>Realised he was too dumb to live

It's a fake video.

>> No. 35914 Anonymous
14th November 2021
Sunday 9:45 am
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Serves me right for trusting a Frenchman, a German speaking Frenchman at that.

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>> No. 35582 Anonymous
14th October 2021
Thursday 10:10 pm
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>Britain's chicken king says the 20-year binge on cheap food is over

>Britain's 20-year binge on cheap food is coming to an end and food price inflation could hit double digits due to a tidal wave of soaring costs that are crashing through the supply chain, Britain’s biggest chicken producer said. As it emerges from the twin crises of Brexit and COVID, the world's fifth largest economy is facing an acute shortage of truckers, butchers and warehouse workers that has exacerbated global supply chain strains.

>"The days when you could feed a family of four with a 3 pound chicken are coming to an end," Ranjit Singh Boparan, owner of the 2 Sisters Group and known as the "Chicken King" said in a statement. "In relative terms, a chicken today is cheaper to buy than it was 20 years ago. How can it be right that a whole chicken costs less than a pint of beer? You’re looking at a different world from now on where the shopper pays more."

>Boparan, who produces around a third of all poultry products consumed in the United Kingdom, said he didn't think the British government could fix all the problems or control inflation. He said the constriction of labour supply would lead to wage inflation and that he would invest in automation. "Less labour means less choice, core ranges, empty shelves and wage inflation, and this isn’t going to change," he said. "Right now I need to be honest about what this means for the consumer as inflation could reach double digits.”

>Prime Minister Boris Johnson has repeatedly said that Britain's economy must kick its addiction to cheap imported labour and that it is positive that wages will have to go up. Johnson's government has denied that Brexit is responsible for the strains on the economy, though no other European economies have faced the same scale of supply chain disruption."I feel confident that there will be good provision of goods for everybody, and we are working our way to remove blockages where we can," Johnson's finance minister, Rishi Sunak, said in Washington.

>Boparan outlined a cost tsunami: feed costs, supplements, veterinary costs and wages have risen 15-20%; an acute trucker shortage; energy and carbon dioxide costs rising more than 500% from last year; and packaging up 20% in six months. 2 Sisters, founded by Boparan in 1993, sells poultry, pizza and pies. It processes 10.4 million birds a week and owns more than 700 farms. Ronald Kers, the chief executive of 2 Sisters Food Group, advised people to shop normally for Christmas and said the company would do everything it could to ensure supplies of festive turkey. Food prices rose by 0.2% in annual terms in August, according to official consumer price data, breaking a nine-month run of declines.


I'm already noticing creeping inflation everywhere. Even my barbers have increased prices which is playing havoc with my budgets, I'm having to make minor adjustments.
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>> No. 35843 Anonymous
8th November 2021
Monday 6:36 pm
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The popular meal replacement shake that is nutritionally complete.
>> No. 35844 Anonymous
9th November 2021
Tuesday 9:49 am
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>but it makes me slightly horny every time I see it

Right you are.
>> No. 35851 Anonymous
9th November 2021
Tuesday 2:27 pm
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Why do they wear those glasses, lads. It's like the fashion accessory version of doing that 'hilarious' smeagol voice.
>> No. 35852 Anonymous
9th November 2021
Tuesday 2:48 pm
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They wear them to make me hard.
>> No. 35869 Anonymous
10th November 2021
Wednesday 3:30 pm
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Big glasses make your face look smaller by comparison. Bloaty face or moonface = wear big bold glasses to separate your features a bit.

>> No. 9430 Anonymous
26th January 2016
Tuesday 10:09 pm
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Huddersfield charity shop finally says goodbye to a shutter which lasted 26 years


That's it. That's literally it. A charity shop has replaced one of its roller shutters after having the same one for 26 years. It's all go in Huddersfield.

I challenge you lads to find a more pointless news story than this.
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>> No. 35639 Anonymous
15th October 2021
Friday 8:00 pm
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Might have been a derelict shell or shithole replaced with an actual house though.
>> No. 35640 Anonymous
15th October 2021
Friday 8:05 pm
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It's more than half the average nationwide house price back then.
>> No. 35664 Anonymous
18th October 2021
Monday 9:51 pm
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'Dec and Ant' - Ant and Dec spotted 'wrong way round' at Newcastle v Spurs match

>> No. 35665 Anonymous
18th October 2021
Monday 10:53 pm
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>"Dad is absolutely livid that ant and dec are sat the wrong way round at the Newcastle game," posted @absjcx

We laugh but this could be any of us.
>> No. 35793 Anonymous
3rd November 2021
Wednesday 2:55 pm
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Arrest after man in Gosport spotted 'having sex with dog at home with curtains open'


>> No. 35743 Anonymous
29th October 2021
Friday 8:09 pm
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>NASA alert warns huge solar flare will make 'direct hit' with Earth this weekend

>A major solar flare that erupted from the Sun on Thursday, October 28, will batter the Earth over the weekend. The flare, which experts at NASA have dubbed as a "significant solar flare", has fired off the Sun in one of the strongest storms of the current weather cycle.

>Solar flares are divided into categories according to their strength and the one that was fired off yesterday was an X1-class solar flare predicted to enter the atmosphere on Saturday or Sunday, causing widespread power outages and communication failures. It has already caused a temporary, but strong, radio blackout in parts of South America, according to the U.S. Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC).

>The one currently headed towards Earth is an X1 flare which despite being the least intense of the X-class flares is likely wreak havoc by interfering with radio and satellite communications.


Any of you Northern-lads going to capture the light-show?
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>> No. 35744 Anonymous
29th October 2021
Friday 8:22 pm
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Should we pack are devices [into Farraday cages]?
>> No. 35745 Anonymous
29th October 2021
Friday 8:38 pm
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Are solar flares visible? I thought they just wiped out all technology worldwide and sent us back to the Stone Age. And that's unlikely to happen, or the news would be shouting about it more. So it's just a question of whether I'll see it and whether my telly will go off. It's likely to be cloudy over the weekend, so I assume there will be no exciting armageddons (armagedda?) this Sunday.

I remember seeing a list of "things that can destroy the world that nobody is talking about", probably around 2014, and I remember thinking a pandemic sounded really boring and I hoped we got a solar flare or the Yellowstone volcano instead. I was right about the pandemic; it was dull as shit. So fingers crossed it's the end of technology instead.
>> No. 35746 Anonymous
29th October 2021
Friday 9:00 pm
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There's a whole hysterical panic from the usual folk that the Earth's magnetic field is low at the moment but really, the 1989 storm was an X15. This is X1.

The aurora borealis is visible. Although since 1989 the threat was obvious and been largely addressed.

>And that's unlikely to happen, or the news would be shouting about it more.

You'd think the BBC would at least have it as their lead story on the science page. That should be a worrying sign in itself.
>> No. 35747 Anonymous
29th October 2021
Friday 9:08 pm
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>Are solar flares visible?

Not without a solar telescope. The Aurora Borealis are caused by charged particles from solar wind interacting with the ionosphere.

The Mirror are hyping this up out of all proportion. There was a moderately large coronal mass ejection yesterday, but nobody will notice other than seafarers, pilots, astronomers and radio nerds. There might be minor disruption to some niche communications systems for a few hours or days, but it won't affect your mobile phone or anything like that. Anyone who relies on the HF systems that are affected by solar flares is trained to deal with them, because they're a frequent occurrence.

Solar weather operates on an 11 year cycle of activity and we're currently at the quietest part of that cycle. This X1 flare is of interest to those handful of people it does affect because it suggests that solar activity might be picking up, but it's completely irrelevant to 99.999% of people. We had a number of flares 10 to 30 times larger than this one during the peak of the solar cycle between 2000 and 2003.
>> No. 35787 Anonymous
31st October 2021
Sunday 4:17 pm
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>I thought they just wiped out all technology worldwide

>Anyone who relies on the HF systems that are affected by solar flares is trained to deal with them, because they're a frequent occurrence.

All of this. Those of us who are also secretly radio nerds like solar flares because it enhances propagation - I'll be able to communicate with countries I usually can't reach.

>> No. 31683 Anonymous
10th March 2021
Wednesday 7:27 pm
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Almost all young women in the UK have been sexually harassed, survey finds

Virtually all young women in the UK have been subjected to sexual harassment, according to a survey from UN Women UK, which warns that most women have lost faith that the abuse will be dealt with. Among women aged 18-24, 97% said they had been sexually harassed, while 80% of women of all ages said they had experienced sexual harassment in public spaces.


Should we, as a gender, be doing more to tackle sexual harassment?
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>> No. 35782 Anonymous
30th October 2021
Saturday 6:48 pm
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>Your point here essentially just hinges on not believing otherlad is telling the truth and that he knew exactly what he was doing.

Because it's such a blatant cop out. As the otherlad says, he knew exactly what he was doing in the hope she'd eventually give in. If he feels so remorseful about it then why is most of what he's posted trying to downplay his actions, shift the blame away from him or getting mad that he's admitted he sexually assaulted her but doesn't like people pointing out that he committed sexual assault? He's clearly wanting people to validate his own worldview and nothing else.

It's not a grey area. If a girl wants sex with you but changes her mind that's a black and white no. Trying to take matters into your own hands, literally, by trying to pressure her into sex by repeatedly fondling her in the hope she'll give in despite the fact her body language says otherwise is clear sexual assault.
>> No. 35783 Anonymous
30th October 2021
Saturday 7:34 pm
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He literally said he opposite of that though.
>> No. 35784 Anonymous
30th October 2021
Saturday 7:58 pm
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If you take him at his literal word, maybe. But if you take his actions as described, he clearly knew what he was doing.
>> No. 35785 Anonymous
30th October 2021
Saturday 8:23 pm
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That's why they didn't have sex.
>> No. 35786 Anonymous
31st October 2021
Sunday 1:28 am
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I get that people want to "have a conversation" about this, but I was reminded recently by someone that we should be careful not to get so deep into the weeds examining the grey areas that we lose sight of and give space to people doing harmful things in the dark.

No means no. Sure, we can have a discussion on the ins and outs of that and the different things that can be expressed that way, but that discussion must start from the simple absolute and evolve from there.

>> No. 35732 Anonymous
29th October 2021
Friday 6:29 am
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Man goes on trial in Germany accused of castrating men on kitchen table

A man has gone on trial in Germany accused of murdering one man and mutilating several others by performing illegal operations on their genitals.

The 66-year-old electrician told a regional court in Munich that he performed the procedures at the men’s request. The defendant, whose name was not released for privacy reasons, claimed he initially offered sexual services on sadomasochistic websites in order to earn money to pay off debts.

Later, the man allegedly began performing operations on his kitchen table in the town of Markt Schwaben, telling his victims he was a trained medical professional, the German news agency dpa reported. The defendant told the court he castrated or partially amputated the genitals of eight men between July 2018 and March 2020. But he denied responsibility for the death of one man, who died several days after a procedure. The dead man’s body was found in a box by police three weeks later.


Why is it always the Germans?
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>> No. 35739 Anonymous
29th October 2021
Friday 1:37 pm
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Roughly the same reason the Japs are such raging perverts, they just manifest differently. Whereas Japan's is rooted in the humiliation and trauma of total defeat by nuclear weaponry, Germany's is more or less pure holocaust guilt self-loathing.

>> No. 35552 Anonymous
14th October 2021
Thursday 2:19 pm
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>Kongsberg: Five dead in Norway bow and arrow attack

>Four women and a man were killed and two others wounded when a man used a bow and arrow to attack them in Norway.

>Police first received word of an attack in the town of Kongsberg, south-west of the capital Oslo, at 18:12 local time (16:12 GMT).

>A Danish man aged 37 has been arrested and questioned for hours overnight.

>daft militant buggery, and that
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>> No. 35659 Anonymous
18th October 2021
Monday 6:34 pm
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>We have a socially acceptable narrative of mental illness along the lines of "I was feeling bad, I asked for help and now I'm better" that is totally at odds with the experiences of people with severe and enduring mental illness.

That is kind of true, like if you're going in to have a broken leg fixed or a tooth straightened.

What if that leg just keeps breaking or that tooth keeps getting back out of alignment somehow. Neither is likely, but if we assume that mental illness is a one-time thing like a broken leg or a wonky tooth, then we also ignore just what you're saying, that mental illness isn't like that and can come back. It should really be treated more like recurring cancer. On the other hand, that is then a slippery slope in its own right, because assuming that somebody with a history of mental illness will at some point just slip back into it, a bit like a ticking time bomb, isn't fair to anybody who was able to put that mentall illness behind them for good.

That said, the most ludicrous thing is what happens in America, where at least for a while it seemed that going into sex rehab was more about the ritual than it was about learning to control your urges or channel them in a healthy way. It's like for some time, every B movie actor who got caught getting a blowie from a prostitute in his car in a back alley went to sex rehab. And probably more to save their own career than to better control their sexuality. Because harmful sexual tendencies are a lot more difficult to cure than many types of depression, which probably every paedo can attest to.
>> No. 35660 Anonymous
18th October 2021
Monday 6:48 pm
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According to reports, nobody actually was killed by the Bow & Arrow, but they were all stabbed.
>> No. 35661 Anonymous
18th October 2021
Monday 7:14 pm
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The only part you're wrong about is it being the CIA, but in terms of the establishment in general, we have definitely developed into an attitude where a mental health problem is a faulty cog that needs only the requisite amount of repair to fulfil its function in the machine.
>> No. 35662 Anonymous
18th October 2021
Monday 7:20 pm
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Stabbed by an arrow. The same way you get hole punched by a bullet, I guess.
>> No. 35663 Anonymous
18th October 2021
Monday 8:17 pm
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Did they fall madly in love with the first person they saw? Does that make it technically a sexual assault?

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