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|>>|| No. 92904
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>being a slave in a time where torturing slaves to death was called entertainment.
I'd not agree, though I know a bit more about Rome than I do Django's America. It's much more of a lottery in the classical era, but from what I recall this wasn't exactly commonplace, any more so than lynchings. Slaves were property, which meant the slaves of the powerful had power. The flip side is that you were property, so your owner could do anything. Not sure if that differs from America, but generally you'd have a lot more daily freedom than an American plantation slave.
You'd also have a realistic opportunity to pay for your freedom, or be freed through an act of public kindness. The biggest factor would be the racism. You'd have a much easier time integrating in Rome than Alabama, free or not.
|>>|| No. 92907
That's how people describe their weekends on MS Teams meetings nowadays. Maybe not socialising with our peers, and only consuming American media is making us adopt these terms at an accelerated pace.
|>>|| No. 92908
>Even if you want to be optimistic and say the tendency is for things to get better
If you do want to be that optimistic, I'd say you're naive and overall quite ignorant.
History has had its ups and downs many times over the years. Civilisations have risen and fallen, and the people left in the dark age after the collapse had only crumbling, mysterious precursor ruins to remind them that someone was once there before. Imagine what it must have been like to be a British peasant in 300AD, living in the shadow of these mysterious ghost towns left by some long lost precursors, while barbarian warlords fight for control over what's left. What was it like to be one of the ancient Babylonian, Mesopotamians or early Greeks, when those budding early civilisations were snuffed out by an invading force even today we can't identify, known only as "the sea peoples".
The Dark Ages were called the Dark Ages for a reason, they're the period of decline after the fall of a great empire, a world order which the people living under must have assumed would carry on forever. European history as we know it is pretty much just a chronicle of our climb back out of that period. There's no reason it couldn't happen again. What would Europe look like if Rome never fell? Would we be having this conversation about imperialism and slavery today, and who would we be pointing the finger at if we were? It's impossible to say, but that illustrates the point in a way.
Change is the only constant in the world.
|>>|| No. 92909
>Slavery was pretty chill
Yeah, you tend to chill out when they cut your dick and balls off.
|>>|| No. 93012
But this is exactly what I've been calling for. What an excellent tweet. It's not self-righteous (I assume you posted it because it's such a mad opinion) and it's not even offensive because of the plausible deniability that comes with saying something so crazy. There's no message that you need to be ashamed to be white, or that the reader is personally responsible for slavery and must be punished accordingly, but it still plants these ideas in people's heads, so they can be discussed by people who are not that extreme. She has sacrificed herself, and her credibility, for an idea more noble than she herself can ever be. Given her total lack of credibility based on other tweets in this thread, that sounds like a bargain to me.
|>>|| No. 93018
A single person taking home £400 a week is in the top 5% of earners globally. A £40k net salary puts you in the top 1%. MPs take home £56k plus expenses.
Calling for your own abolition is an interesting political stance.
|>>|| No. 93019
It worked for ARE NIGE. Soon Claudia could be getting £75 a pop to do videos on Cameo too:
|>>|| No. 93020
I know you're just being a smart arse here, but moving the goalposts by using absolute wealth instead of relative wealth in order to trick ordinary people into thinking they're the ones in the firing line and personally responsible, and therefore reject the idea, isn't changing the truth of the matter.
Even disregarding that, your assumption is that people are incapable of acting selflessly or holding selfless beliefs. I'd happily surrender my global 5%er super wealth (lmao) if it meant the Earth wasn't going to burn to a crisp over the next few decades. If a fairer distribution of wealth globally also saves the environment I'm more than in favour of it.
Anyway let's stop playing silly buggers. The fact is a person earning minimum wage in a first world country can't help the fact that they're technically part of the global super elite, and there's often little they can do to reduce the emissions contribution that comes with merely existing and going about necessary life tasks in the first world. By "abolishing" these people, and the actual elites above them, what you'd really be doing is fundamentally restructuring the economy and slashing the cost of living, and you'd probably leave them better off in real terms despite the fact they earn less in absolute terms.
Of course, that's just a neat way to tie basic human dignity and equality to the concept of environmentalism- The truth is economic activity itself, in the modern, industrialised world, is harmful to the environment. I suppose if you're so inclined there could plausibly be a solution that allows the global elite to retain their disgustingly disproportionate wealth except they recycle everything and go vegan, but I sincerely doubt it. I think in reality the plan is just to start again on Mars, because you know. Right wing types are better at facing up to their mistakes, rather than leaving it for somebody else to fix, aren't they.
|>>|| No. 93022
I'm not being a smart-arse. Money doesn't emit carbon. Average and below-average earners in Britain still produce vastly more emissions than their counterparts in the developing and middle-income world. Climate change isn't being caused by a rich elite, it's being caused by billions of people who are producing grossly unsustainable levels of CO2.
>there's often little they can do to reduce the emissions contribution that comes with merely existing and going about necessary life tasks in the first world
That's absolutely untrue. The three biggest sources of carbon emissions are heating, eating and transport, with everything else being pretty much negligible. Heating and transport do require state-level action to make GSHP and BEV technology affordable (much of which is already being undertaken), but there's no green solution to flying other than "don't fly" and there's no green solution to eating meat other than "don't eat meat". Our per-capita meat consumption continues to rise and we're absolutely hooked on cheap flights. Someone can earn thousands of times more than the average person, but it's pretty much impossible to emit thousands of times more CO2 unless you spend all your time dropping napalm on a rainforest from your personal B52.
>The truth is economic activity itself, in the modern, industrialised world, is harmful to the environment.
Nope. Some economic activity is grotesquely detrimental, while other activity is neutral or positive. Elon Musk is currently the second richest person in the world, having built his fortune on electric cars and solar panels. Tech entrepreneurs make up a huge chunk of the world's billionaires and that industry is rapidly moving towards net zero.
A new iPhone results in about the same carbon emissions as a leg of lamb, Google and Facebook are investing billions in renewable energy and Amazon have placed orders to replace their entire delivery fleet with electric vans. They're all on target to hit net zero by the end of the decade. The idea that it's only possible to get rich by burning loads of stuff is hopelessly outmoded - the value of fossil fuel companies is collapsing because the cost of sustainable energy is dropping so rapidly.
There's a separate argument to be had about the social impacts of wealth inequality on a national level, but in environmental terms "rich" simply means "rich enough to drive, eat meat for most meals, go on foreign holidays and have AC or central heating". Whether you feel poor is irrelevant to the climate.
"Abolish the rich to prevent climate change" is just lazy sloganeering, the left-wing equivalent of blaming everything on Brussels or Muslamics. There's a lot of unfairness in the world, but your average British person is absolutely complicit in that unfairness. If everyone in the world received an equal share of global GDP, we'd get £2800 a year each. Nobody in this country actually wants fairness, they just want to couch their self-interest in the rhetoric of egalitarianism. We are rich, we are part of the problem and blaming it all on billionaires is just a distraction.
|>>|| No. 93029
I think it's bollocks to assign pollution from an industry to the people who consume that industries products. The pollution that comes from a factory farm or an airliner is the fault of the food and airline company, not the average person eating the end product or the passenger. If you want that pollution to go away, take a legislative stake to the heart of those industries rather than going "that's your fault, that is" and then leaving everyone to it.
There's a high minded element to this (focus on structural problems, not individual culpability) but equally there's a more intuitive approach, one that says: Yes, I am responsible for the pollution generated by driving my car - I am the one doing that - but I can hardly be blamed for the pollution someone else did just because they did it in the assumption it would give them something to sell me.
I'm not saying I'd be overjoyed to find that I can't gorge myself on cheap sausage rolls anymore, but the most insufferable nonsense in the world is this idea that you can do "something to help" with your own personal consumption choices, a task that (if you approach it seriously) quickly exceeds centrally planning the economy of Russia in terms of logical impossibility, put forward by a coalition of those who're overinvested in legacy industries, actual idiots, and those who'd rather be the personally most morally virtuous prick on a dead planet than just another guy on a live one where the government stepped in.
|>>|| No. 93030
If we're going to outlaw meat or jet aviation, we're going to need a critical mass of people who would support it. We need a culture change where those things are broadly regarded as unacceptable. A democratic government won't impose that change from the top down, the electorate need to demand it from the bottom up; individual and collective action are two sides of the same coin.
|>>|| No. 93031
That depends on how necessary the product is. It's easy enough to forgive you buying food which you need to eat to live, but flying is almost never genuinely necessary.
|>>|| No. 93039
France has just voted to ban short haul flights where railway links exist. (Though for all I know it'll die in their senate.) The idea that politicians can't act in a top down fashion is one I find hard to believe. Politicians impose top down change that nobody wants all the time, and I'm not sure there's been a manifesto in living memory that has accurately reflected what the public actually want. Our government's in a particularly lucky position: It's the party of the right. What're voters going to do if they ban non-essential flights tomorrow - vote Labour, who'll be under substantial internal pressure to adopt an even harsher policy, and who'll bleed a few votes to the Greens if they don't?
Even when flying for completely unnecessary reasons, the airline industry is good at yield management. If you don't buy the seat they'll doubtless find someone else, and even if they don't they'll fly the plane empty if they have to since the plane still has to move to where it's going to be next. It really is something to be dealt with at the airline or government level, not the consumer level.
Someone ought to go out and do a report on how we could substitute the airline route network. Until France's vote I was quite worried that the main approach of governments would be taxing emissions properly so as to not interfere with the market too much, which sounds all well and good until you remember that the most hard to replace routes are usually more economically marginal - remote communities and such - while some of the least necessary flights come from those with the greatest ability to pay (the entire existence of private jets)
It would be much better to have a report that could rank each route by its necessity, alternative transport links, etc, to give a clear look at the prospects for shrinking the industry. Staring with routes that can immediately be scrapped, then moving on to routes that can be scrapped with some marginal changes to current transport policy (say, introducing more trains on a given route), then those that can be scrapped with a more co-ordinated view of things (say, building a high speed rail link), then those which can be scrapped with some difficulty (such as flights to the Scottish Islands), and then finally those which would be the least desirable to cancel (Which from my impression would be flights to remote pacific islands, perhaps not too relevant for British officials.)
Perhaps in a prior life I was a central planner...
|>>|| No. 93041
out of interest can anyone show me what proposals the environment movement have for mitigating the loss of jobs and business which will result if their proposals are implemented
|>>|| No. 93042
That's a bit like asking "can anyone show me what proposals the fire brigade have for mitigating the water damage from extinguishing my house fire". Whatever the answer is, you still need to put the fire out ASAP.
Climate change is expected to reduce global GDP by somewhere between 5% and 20%. Transitioning to an economy with net-zero emissions will cost about 2% of global GDP. Whether we invest in new industries, create make-work jobs or just put people on the dole is a matter for the government and really a secondary concern, because the impacts of climate change will be utterly catastrophic. We are absolutely confident that doing nothing or acting too late will be far more costly than acting quickly and aggressively to curtail our emissions.
|>>|| No. 93044
>It would be much better to have a report that could rank each route by its necessity, alternative transport links, etc, to give a clear look at the prospects for shrinking the industry.
The problem with this is that you'd end up with data that suggests you should shut down some of the least impactful routes. Yes, oil rig workers can get a train to Aberdeen but the usual Jetstream and Embraers that fly them there use less fuel to get there than a 777 uses just taxiing out of terminal 5 to the far end of the runways (this is not an exaggeration!).
And obviously this approach would almost always suggest that nobody should be flying to Spain for their holidays, which personally I find little reason to disagree with but I don't think the average person (more importantly the average voter) will ever be convinced to take a train to Tenerife. There's also the question of what you do with cargo flights, or airlines that do pax and cargo combined - is that more efficient? If it is all you're doing is encouraging more airlines to use bigger airframes.
Tax won't work either, not when most british airlines have overseas hangars and bases already - you'd have to convince every country to match your penalties and that would have been hard even when we were in the EU. Taxing jet fuel (currently tax free) might help a little, but only in as much as we'd just tanker up in cheaper countries, making for less economical takeoffs as you'd want as much as you could carry to bring back over.
There's already a built in cost incentive to build or buy more and more economical engines, obviously. But I would say a way to encourage that development further would be the least worst approach a government could take right now. Whether it be tax relief based on how efficient your fleet on average is, or a boost to the aerospace engineering sector or what, I don't really know. But even then the cost of building and upgrading aircraft is hardly environmentally cheap.
|>>|| No. 93045
Is that really such a problem? The real-world trade-off is surely that you either scrap the Jetstream to Aberdeen now and wait a bit to kill the LHR-JFK 777s, or you scrap neither. The same with bigger airframes in some circumstances - while obviously it varies by distance and other factors, in some situations you'll surely get less emissions per passenger doing low frequency flights with a big plane than high frequency flights with a smaller plane, even if customer preference currently forces airlines to go for frequency.
Now that we're out of Europe there's surely got to be more we can do to regulate airlines operating into and out of Britain? I assume there's still a pile of bilateral treaties with fun acronyms that say we can't do this or that, but surely we're getting away from the sort of situation where every airline can just buzz everything through an Irish subsidiary if they don't like our rules? What barrier is there to going back (if we so wished) to the sort of regulated environment of the 1960s where if an airline wants to operate a route to Britain it'll need the approval of 3 ministries and still never start service because the deputy undersecretary to agriculture vetoed their right to use airspace over British farms? That would surely resolve any issues with tax avoidance and so on at a stroke. (Making the bold assumption that none of the ministers are crooks in the pocket of our national carrier.)
Unless we hit something like electric planes, regulate, or just stop constructing and upgrading airports to lock capacity at current levels I'm not sure how you avoid Jevons paradox, where more efficient engines just make more and more flights viable until you're back where you started. I'm all for supporting their development all the same (we're probably always going to need some aeroplanes, might as well make them the most efficient ones possible) but I feel like something more forceful is needed to counteract "what the market wants".
|>>|| No. 93046
>create make work jobs or just put people on the dole
And where is the finance from that coming from? I'm not suggesting climate change doesn't need radical change but there doesn't seem to be a workable economic route map.
My belief is there isn't one and basically we are utterly boned
|>>|| No. 93047
This is misconstrued. All projections show switching to renewable industries to create jobs, not put people out of them.
|>>|| No. 93057
Can you link to these projections please.
I just don't see, for example, the millions of people employed by the airline and aircraft industries finding work in renewable industries. Some yes but a large proportion will be left unemployed if the reduction in flights necessary to combat climate change happens.
I'll say it again, either we short circuit the global economy or accept global economic catastrophe - either way we are boned and does explain the relative lack of action on climate change
|>>|| No. 93058
Not him, but a huge amount of air industry jobs are entry level or minimum wage. Even the bloke responsible for calculating or planning your plane's weight and balance is probably paid less than a McDonald's employee, if they're using a third party handling agent.
And quite frankly, what you described has already happened. Swissport laid off about 70% of ground staff in 2020. There are already pilots delivering your Tesco shop because they got cut loose from their airline. I'm the last person who wants to see the industry die but I don't think it would have the impact you assume it would.
|>>|| No. 93059
Good points but I was using the airline/aircraft industries as an example.
Factor in the restrictions necessary to reduce climate change, ie personal vehicles, shipping vast amounts of unnecessary shit from china, getting people to accept changes many would see as a reduction in life style, the whole picture in other words = to me us boned.
I hope I'm wrong and that's why I've asked a few times for links to serious studies showing a route map for change without economic melt down. To me the changes required at the pace required are not economically feasible. Simple statements put forward by some such as 'we need to fix the climate first and worry about the economy later' ignore the fact that screwing the economy is just as dangerous to the global population as climate change.
To use a crude example and using the third world as shit tends to effect the third world more than any others - if a third world farmer is starving to death the mechanism of why is largely irrelevant - be it he has been forced off his land by rising sea levels or the market for his product has gone, the poor sod is still staring to death
|>>|| No. 94737
An MP accused of threatening to release naked videos of a woman who had been meeting her boyfriend has claimed she was concerned the woman was breaking lockdown rules, a court has been told.
Claudia Webbe, the MP for Leicester East, allegedly made silent calls to Michelle Merritt before threatening to throw acid at her. She was jealous of Merritt’s friendship with her boyfriend, Lester Thomas, a Chelsea football club scout, Westminster magistrates’ court was told. She told the court that Thomas had been her boyfriend since 2017 and although she was unaware that he had previously dated Merritt, 59, she was not jealous of their continuing friendship. Webbe denies calling Merritt “a slag”, threatening her with acid and saying she would send naked photographs and videos to her daughters during a Mother’s Day call in March 2019.
“I have never sworn in my life, I don’t use expletives, I would never treat women like that,” she said. “I spent my lifetime campaigning for the rights of women, for challenging this type of behaviour and this is not something that is in my character.”
After Merritt contacted police an officer told Webbe not to call Merritt again. Webbe said that she contacted Merritt in April last year to ask why she was continuing to meet Thomas. In a recording of the call, Webbe shouted: “Why are you still butting in and getting with Lester? Why, why?” Webbe continued screaming: “Get out of my relationship. I’ve seen all of your posts, I’ve seen all of your naked pictures, I’ve seen all of your relationship with Lester. Get out of my relationship. Otherwise, I will tell all of your family and I will show them all of your pictures.”
Webbe told the court that Thomas believes Covid is a hoax and was visiting Merritt because, he said, she “needed” him. “The conversation between Lester and I became heated,” she said. “I attempted to call Michelle twice on this day to understand why she had repeatedly breached lockdown with Lester.” The MP denied threatening to disclose intimate photographs of Merritt. She said: “This was a comment directed at Lester because he had been physically violent.”
|>>|| No. 94739
I'm both happy she's been outed as an utterly nutterly, and disappointed about how this will reflect on Labour. But then maybe it should, she's a stain.
|>>|| No. 94849
>An MP who threatened to throw acid at her partner's female friend and send naked photos of her to her family has been found guilty of harassment.
>Claudia Webbe, 56, also made threatening phone calls to Michelle Merritt because she claimed "we were in a national crisis and lockdown had to be adhered to strictly".
>Some of the phone calls had their number withheld but some did not as Webbe had dialled "121" before Ms Merritt's number instead of "141", which withholds the caller's number.
Again, no sign of her standing down and nothing anyone can do.
She'll face a recall petition if she gets a custodial sentence, and only when her appeal options are exhausted.
|>>|| No. 94850
>Some of the phone calls had their number withheld but some did not as Webbe had dialled "121" before Ms Merritt's number instead of "141", which withholds the caller's number.
What a fucking clown.
It'll be interesting to see how Labour fuck this up next. They should never have parachuted her in just because she was Corbyn's crony, particularly as the replacement for Keith Vaz after all the sordid shit he got up to. If there is a by-election I'm expecting Galloway to throw his hat into the ring.
|>>|| No. 94868
It's good to see him with his pal, Russell-Moyle. The same member who (allegedly) released the unredacted internal report into antisemitism in the Labour party containing the names and personal details of whistle-blowers. The same one who threatened to 'rout out' the Tories in his constituency, remarking that he knew where they live.
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