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  1. 3 hours ago, Morpheus said:

    This notion of over population is nonsense. We could fit the entire worlds population in the state of Texas, quite easily and still have plenty of space. The world is bigger than you have been told it is. 


    We are not running out of resources and we are not running out of space either. This is nothing but lies. God, I hate these fuckers. 


    3 hours ago, EnigmaticWorld said:

    We're obviously not running out of space, but westerners do consume more than most on average. More specifically America, because they consume nearly a quarter of all the worlds resources, at least last time I checked. Resource scarcity is probably still exaggerated like you say though, because America is still taking plenty of people in.


    I agree, there are plenty enough resources to go round and support/sustain everybody.


    Rather than point the finger at specific countries and their peoples though, I would blame the multi-national corporations who are practically raping the planet for their own financial gain.


    "Consume" is also a pretty loaded word - resources (food/produce/crops etc) are being taken from all over the world so these globalist corporations can mass-produce groceries and other products, but how much ends up going to waste?


    So much food and produce ends up being thrown away because it has gone 'out of date', in many cases often before it has even reached 'consumers'.


    A one litre carton/bottle of milk is enough for me to last a week. A bigger size bottle might work out "better value" cost wise, but it is more than I need - I buy milk for £1.20 per litre carton, a 2 litre bottle might cost "only" £1.59, but what is the point if I end up throwing half of it away because it has "gone bad"? That extra 1 litre of milk could have gone to someone else who needed it as well, but instead they're denied it.


    That's the bigger problem that many people overlook, not so much consumption, but 'wastage'.


    People in some countries are starving or having to do without, just so their produce can be chucked away elsewhere, instead of them being able to use it themselves.


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  2. Matt Hancock and Kwasi Kwarteng discussed fees with fake firm


    Matt Hancock and Kwasi Kwarteng agreed to work for a fake South Korean company for £10,000 a day, footage from a campaign group appears to show.

    In a sting operation set up by Led By Donkeys, the ex-health secretary and ex-chancellor discussed rates to advise the sham firm, the Observer reported.

    MPs are allowed to have second jobs, and there is no suggestion of parliamentary rule-breaking.

    Mr Hancock's spokesperson said he had acted properly and within the rules.

    Mr Kwarteng has been contacted for comment.

    From: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-65077273


    This is nothing new, to be honest, MPs and ministers have been doing this for years.



    In edited footage, Mr Kwarteng is seen saying he does not need to earn a "king's ransom", adding he "wouldn't do anything less than for about 10,000 dollars a month", later clarifying he meant pounds sterling.

    When told the company was considering a rate of £8,000 to £12,000, he replied: "We're not a million miles off, yeah, I mean eight to ten thousand a day, that's fine".

    Mr Hancock is shown suggesting a daily rate of £10,000, and in a separate clip, an hourly rate of "around fifteen hundred".

    Also appearing in the footage, Sir Graham (Brady), who is chair of the Tory backbench 1922 Committee, suggests an annual rate of "something like £60,000", adding "if you think that's far too cheap, let me know".

    The basic annual salary of an MP will rise to £84,144 a year, from April.


    It might be the case that MPs are 'allowed' to have second jobs, and that 'no rules have been broken'.


    But in the minds of the electorate, we elect these people to represent us in the House Of Commons, and for the salary that they earn, that should be a full-time job.


    Now of course we must remember that there are a good number of MPs who DO treat this as a full-time job, and devote most of their working time to representing and working for their constituents.


    But there will always be a number of slimy shysters who are only motivated by greed, and once they find themselves on the "gravy train", it's not enough for them, so they have to find ways of "supplementing" their income by whoring themselves out at any opportunity.


    This 'sting' involved the clever setting up of a 'fake company', but in reality, just how many MPs and ministers are on the payroll of actual 'real' companies doing the same shit?



    There are no rules banning MPs from holding other sources of employment, and many do. Under the Code of Conduct, MPs cannot lobby for those companies in Parliament.

    That may be true, but I'm sure that many do, probably more indirectly. 'Buying' MPs may not give you direct influence in Parliament, but it does give you access to 'insider knowledge' ahead of your competitors.



  3. Laughing gas ban ‘will not stop young people using it’, say experts


    A laughing gas ban will not stop people using it and risks driving it into criminal hands, an expert has said.

    As part of a wider crack down on anti-social behaviour, ministers are looking to clamp down on the sale of nitrous oxide, despite an assessment by the independent Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) concluding it would be disproportionate to bring in an outright ban.

    The Drug Science Scientific Committee is among the groups criticising the “same old tired drug policy” by the Government.

    Meanwhile, the National Police Chiefs’ Council said it backed the move, as it would give them “the ability to seize and dispose of nitrous oxide”.

    from: https://www.expressandstar.com/news/uk-news/2023/03/26/laughing-gas-ban-will-not-stop-young-people-using-it-say-experts/


    I agree, this stuff is already regulated and these canisters are already illegal for those under the age of 18 to buy.


    The small metal 'bullet' canisters people will often see scattered around on the streets are meant to be used in ice-cream whippers, those that caterers use.


    It's the same with most other things, kids under the age of 18 aren't able to buy cigarettes, alcohol or knives from shops.


    Yet many kids smoke, drink and carry knives. So it begs the question of how they are able to get hold of this stuff?


    "Banning" doesn't solve the problem, as we can clearly see. It would be unfair on those who buy and use this product legitimately.


    There seems to be a "naive expectation" in this country that banning something, or making it illegal, will make people stop doing it. 🤪


    But if such laws are then either never enforced, or perpetrators given 'soft' sentences, its all utterly pointless.


    It is illegal to use a mobile phone while driving - many people still do.

    It is illegal to smoke on a bus - many people still do.

    It is illegal to carry a knife in public - many people still do.

    It is illegal to exceed the speed limit on roads - many people still do.


    I could go on, but you get the idea.





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  4. On 3/15/2023 at 4:48 PM, k_j_evans said:

    But, I ask, where are they going to build the things I find essential: bank with ATM, post office, library, leisure centre, chemist, junior and senior school, food shops, DIY/hardware shop, gardening shop, doctor, vet, pet shop, all flavours of takeaway - and how am I supposed to get to work? And all those cyclists are a danger to pedestrians, esp those like me who can't hear them coming.

    In "their" twisted imagination, those things you describe will all be "online", in particular from Amazon, the online retailer that seems to have it all and can deliver to your front door, so there would be no need to travel far afield to go and things you 'need'.


    It's already happening with doctors/GPs, where most appointments are carried out over the phone. And the Covid lockdown was a great way to 'trial' doing away with physical school buildings and having 'online lessons' instead. Oh, and it showed many big corporate companies how they could have their workforce working remotely from home, so there's less need for big office spaces.


    Amazingly despite the so-called "cost of living crisis", many people still seem to have plenty of money to be able to regularly afford takeaway meals, which again will be duly delivered to your door by Just Eat or Deliveroo drivers.


    Luckily for me I live out in the leafy green suburbs of south Birmingham, so there's less of this nonsense going on round here, and to be fair, apart from work that I have to commute to, I do have pretty much most of what I need within a 15 minute walk from my home. But there's no way I'd want to live in the city centre.


    I just want to save as much money as I can and bugger off to a nice little cottage in some rural village on the coast, get as far away from this madness as I can...

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  5. 23 hours ago, Bombadil said:

    In fairness, there are far more important issues to resolve worldwide than people’s health😂. Gary Linekar issues resolved so now they need the next distraction


    It's exactly what Common Purpose thrives at doing, creating a 'toxic' workplace culture - "toxic" only for those who aren't "part of the club" and refuse/are unwilling to go with the 'agenda' - and blaming or scapegoating others for their failings.


    The biggest 'problem' with the NHS is highlighted in one of the photo captions on that BBC article:


    UHB has an annual turnover of £1.6bn and is one of the largest teaching hospital trusts in England

    The NHS is no longer a 'public service', it is a corporate behemoth, but its revenue stream comes directly from the UK taxpayer.

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  6. 18 hours ago, Anti Facts Sir said:

    Imagine being so wound up and full of anger that you actually kick a snowman's head in.


    I've seen the video that the Express & Star shared on their Facebook page. What you don't see apparently is the car pulling up across the road, then the guy gets out, walks quite calmly across the road, then up the driveway. He pauses for a moment, then walks up to the snowman, kicks it, and then shouts something before walking back off.


    Doesn't look to me like anyone with any anger issues or being wound up, I suspect there was someone else filming this as 'a laugh' for some silly TikTok video, and it just happened to get captured by this Ring doorbell device.

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  7. 20 hours ago, Dagon44 said:

    Landslide or majority or minority

    Labour win?

    To be honest, I don't know, and I'm past caring now.


    Whatever happens, we won't have a Conservative government. (One could of course argue that we haven't actually had a 'conservative' government for several years now)


    As history tends to repeat itself - yet not much changes - it will probably be another landslide Labour victory, as we saw with Tony Blair in 1997.


    Failing that, we could end up with a Labour government propped up in coalition with the SNP.

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  8. 5 minutes ago, k_j_evans said:

    We had less than an inch and every day it was mostly gone by lunch time. Amber weather warning, too. Nothing on Saturday and 12 degrees warm on Sunday. I remember when we really had snow. They panic over nothing these days

    It was quite remarkable here in south Birmingham, when I got up on Friday morning, the snow was coming down quite heavy and my garden looked like Antarctica - by 4pm the sun was shining and most of the snow had gone.

  9. 7 minutes ago, Nemuri Kyoshiro said:

    Big difference. I can remember when I was a kid, there was a Polish family and a Hungarian family living close by. They were called displaced persons (DPs) because their own lands had been occupied by the Soviets and they had no home. They were displaced.  An illegal immigrant - to the best of my knowledge - is someone after the economic benefits of living in another country and has entered that country by illegal means. Call them what they are.

    Sorry, you're right, it was something like "undocumented migrant" rather than 'displaced', but I think you get what I meant.


    By changing the language or the wording, it does nothing more than 'soften' or gloss over the actual truth - in the same way that 'they' prefer paedophiles to be referred to as "minor-attracted persons".



  10. 6 hours ago, Truthblast said:


    A lot of news outlets worldwide seem to be just going through the motions of news reporting.


    It looks and sounds like news.


    But they are not really reporting what they know.


    Jusy some airy fairy little summary of what happened.


    And then they usually let the story go and nothing further is investigated.


    "Everything we know so far about..."


    As other people have pointed out before, they are not 'reporting' on the news, they are just 'repeating' what other people have already said.


    Repeaters, not reporters.


    Most 'local' news stories now are just 'embellishments' on what the local police/fire/ambulance services are already posting on Twitter.


    The 'national' newspapers mostly carry the same headline stories, and usually just parrot each other.

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  11. 4 hours ago, Observations said:

    Joan Salter, who was awarded an MBE for her work on Holocaust education, told Braverman that using words like “invasion” and “swarm” reminded her of the kind of language used by pre-war Nazis to demonise Jews. She then asked the pertinent question: why does she feel the need to use words like that in the first place?


    Because that is exactly what is happening! There is a slow invasion taking place on the south-east coast, with thousands of fighting age men (very few in the way of women or children) swarming across France and the rest of Europe, and NOBODY has any real desire to stop this happening, in fact there are groups facilitating this, and our own government is being far too soft by letting them in and putting them up in fancy hotels.


    Yes, the language used might 'remind' her of pre-war Nazis, but the situation is completely different. And that is the same mistake that Mr Lineker made.


    Genuine refugees and asylum-seekers would have found refuge or sought asylum in the first 'safe' country that they came to. Why travel across Europe - via a multitude of 'safe' countries - unless you're an 'economic migrant'? Also it was reported earlier this year that the majority of people arriving on boats from across the Channel were actually Albanians, from a country that is NOT a war-zone.


    I don't like using these labels as such, but the 'woke leftists' are just doing what Orwell described in '1984' with regards to 'newspeak', alter the language, make people think about what they are saying, and word it in a way so as not to 'offend' people.


    In the same way that they're trying to remove the words "illegal immigrant" from the vocabulary, to be replaced with some nonsense term like "displaced person".

  12. Watch as doorbell camera catches man from passing car kicking nine-year-old girl's snowman into pieces

    Footage captured the man kicking down the Dudley family's snowman


    A Dudley family were left gobsmacked by footage from their doorbell camera.

    When they looked out to see their large and lovingly-made front garden snowman had suddenly disappeared on Saturday – the family rushed to check what had happened.

    And when they watched the footage, they could barely believe their eyes. The snowman hadn't just melted, it had been kicked into pieces by a passerby from a car.

    The Ring doorbell camera captured what appeared to be a grown man get out of a car, walk across the road and high-kick the snowman into pieces.


    The mum of the family, who live on The Broadway in Dudley and did not wish to be named, said: "I am so angry. The three of us made this snowman but it was mainly my nine-year-old daughter who is now really upset that someone could this.

    from: https://www.expressandstar.com/news/local-hubs/dudley/2023/03/12/doorbell-camera-catches-man-from-passing-car-kicking-nine-year-old-girls-snowman-into-pieces/


    (This is also currently the 'top story' on the Birmingham Mail website, must be a slow news day)




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  13. I'm pretty sure it is all indeed a 'massive distraction'.


    Gary Lineker is an overpaid tool, he's been spouting his biased 'opinions' on Twitter for years, yet only now what he has said is a 'problem'?


    The BBC has always been a 'government mouthpiece', it is a state-funded 'public broadcaster', just like RT is in Russia.


    Gary Lineker may criticise the UK Government, but this Conservative party currently in power is just as 'left-leaning' as he is, they merely 'pretend' to be right-wing.


    This is all part of the 'social engineering' project to manipulate people into voting against the Tories at the next election, which will see Labour take power:


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  14. It does have its uses, following on from what I posted in the 'New Tech Thread':



    I'm fairly 'tech-savvy' but I can't code for shit, not anymore like I used to, back in the days of using BASIC on my Commodore Plus/4 as a child, or using STOS The Game Creator on my Atari ST as a teenager!


    This ChatGPT does have its limitations, it wouldn't code an entire PHP script to create a full ecommerce website from scratch for example, but I like how it is able to come up with code to perform certain tasks and routines.


    It did provide me with a PHP script for updating stock from a CSV file running on our webserver, which was great and did work, but was limited by our VPS itself.


    I then asked it for an equivalent Visual Basic (VB) script, that I could run on our own local server - a nifty little Windows PC we have at work - and it duly came up with a VB version.


    I could maybe have achieved this myself with a lot of Googling and 'trial-and-error', but I couldn't have coded anything like this myself.


    Is it cheating? Maybe yes. Has it saved us money instead of hiring freelancers to do the coding/scripting for us? Of course it has.



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  15. On 12/4/2022 at 5:25 PM, EnigmaticWorld said:



    Makes me so angry. AI for art or code should not be allowed.


    Edit: Don't worry, I blurred the dodgy bit.


    I didn't realise this.


    On 12/4/2022 at 11:43 PM, webtrekker said:

    I tried  asking some coding questions of my own and the Javascript it produced worked ok but was probably not the way I would have written it myself.


    I'm pretty impressed. I've been struggling for sometime to find a way at work to update product stock levels on our website, which doesn't involve expensive or rubbish Wordpress plugins.


    After a bit of trial and error, its come up with a PHP script that reads data from a CSV file then uses the Wordpress API to update the product stock levels accordingly.


    ChatGPT was also able to give me some 'tweaking' recommendations for the PHP configuration to make the script run more efficiently.



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  16. 13 hours ago, alexa said:




     He said that he has been bailed until June and that his bail conditions include no longer sharing online content about the case or publicly discussing it and that he does not enter Lancashire.


    Maybe he can go back to concentrating on his hairdresser/barbershop business in Kidderminster?


    Does 'social media commentary' really pay that well?

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  17. 12 minutes ago, Greenhulk50 said:

    U2 will do the usual shit where in the middle of the song the Edge the little bald guitarist who has worn a beany hat for 30 years will start to strum his guitar slowly doing a solo and Bono will talk over the top of the guitar solo talking Bollocks about Ukraine waving a Ukraine flag in a phoney American Irish accent, it's all been done before and it's fucking boring.


    So predictable really, we should make this one of those 'drinking games', I guarantee we'd all be pissed within the hour! 🍻

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  18. Just to add to the above, yes, I do think that most 'local journalists' are nothing more than 'bloggers', based on some recent examples I've seen on my local Birmingham Mail 'news' site.


    I tried Primark and Marks & Spencer gym wear - and one wasn't even fit for a work-out



    I tried washing powder from Tesco, Aldi, Sainsbury's and Asda and one made my house smell like a perfume shop



    I mean, is this really 'news'? Or just 'distraction fodder'?



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  19. 2 hours ago, Truthblast said:

    But I think that their real Achilles hell is the shit quality of today's news reporting and "journalism":


    1) Today's journalists come across as ignorant and uninformed

    2) They swoon over obvious frontment like Gates and Musk

    3) They don't report or investigate anything that is in the public interest

    4) Everybody is a "Conspiracy Theorist" to these screen-blocking turds

    5) They have no problem lying about the fact that they know exactly and in great detail what is really going on in the world

    6) They have the actual nerve to call what they are doing "news journalism" - Ha ha ha, yes, and I'm Santa Claus!


    I tend to agree with you, the problem with most internet news websites now is that they are just chasing clicks for ad revenue.


    I wrote a couple of articles on my website last year with my thoughts:

    Media is just the bits in between the adverts



    The Decline Of Local Journalism (or “How To Be A Reach Journalist”)




    Those are both from over six months ago, and it would seem to me that the standards of journalism are getting even more worse.


    Even the BBC - though it does not carry advertising on its news website (not in the UK at least) - is becoming more like a typical Reach site, with 'click-baity' headlines.


    They all just 'parrot' from each other. And as we saw recently with the Nicola Bulley 'case', the lack of detail and investigative reporting just leads the reader to start 'speculating', due to all the unanswered questions, and I think sometimes this is all intentional.


    The clue is always to look at the news stories where comments are actually allowed and haven't been 'turned off'.

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