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Title: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on October 10, 2018, 08:28:02 PM
I was genuinely surprised at something the other day.
I recall Richie's housing problem and the rent levels he has to pay .

Scotland have built more council houses since 2013 than England has, despite being 1/10th of the population.
It's so surprising that even The Sun felt fit to report it (very briefly): https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/7457338/snp-nicola-sturgeon-council-houses/


This is not a political dig, but the mismatch is dramatic.
Why can we finance a tenfold council house build than England can manage?
Something isn't right.

These aren't Tory 'affordable housing' that you need to get a (£100k+) mortgage for I think, they seem to be  genuine council houses.  :shocked:


Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on October 10, 2018, 08:43:12 PM
Is Brexit still happening?

Haven't heard anything about it for two days.
Still....I think it's probably something that's now happening to us and not really by us.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Glamdring on October 10, 2018, 09:45:30 PM
It's been that way since the day after the vote.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on October 10, 2018, 10:28:35 PM
Welcome to the club.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on October 11, 2018, 08:54:53 PM
Bob Rogers aka Baron Lisvane of Blakemere was on the news earlier to speak about his new bill to update the Act of Union, but the first words out of his moth were a lie.
He said that the bill is being proposed by members of all political parties and none, but the second largest party in the UK doesn't nominate anyone for the House of Lords and haven't been consulted.
Poor bloke probably needs some help to pull his head out of his arse.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: [PCF]Falcs on October 12, 2018, 11:03:25 PM
They may be building more but how much is it costing the taxpayer?
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on October 12, 2018, 11:19:22 PM
Not a vast amount. I think the cost to the taxpayer is actually £0.
The councils borrow the money to build the houses and pay it back from the rent (it's not like the country is short of potential tenants).
https://news.gov.scot/news/scottish-council-housing-income-and-expenditure-statistics-2015-16 (5th paragraph Total HRA)

How much has it cost us to subsidise private housing so far?
£32Bn as of last year: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/affordable-housing-spending-private-tory-government-a7945616.html

-edit- I see the rent in my area will go up by 2.7% for six years to help subsidise the builds here (they're getting rid of most of the tower blocks as they're getting beyond economic repair), so an extra couple of quid a week.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: richietog on October 13, 2018, 10:46:33 AM
I was genuinely surprised at something the other day.
I recall Richie's housing problem and the rent levels he has to pay .

Scotland have built more council houses since 2013 than England has, despite being 1/10th of the population.
It's so surprising that even The Sun felt fit to report it (very briefly): https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/7457338/snp-nicola-sturgeon-council-houses/


This is not a political dig, but the mismatch is dramatic.
Why can we finance a tenfold council house build than England can manage?
Something isn't right.

These aren't Tory 'affordable housing' that you need to get a (£100k+) mortgage for I think, they seem to be  genuine council houses.  :shocked:

I don't normally read that rag, but it's interesting if true. My bruv was saying that if the inevitable happens with Brexit, then rents will go down in London. I can only see that happening if people do leave the country and the economy does go shit state
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on October 13, 2018, 11:28:31 AM
Some reckon that property prices could drop by 10-20% in London/SE post-Brexit, so it'll depend on how landlords react I suppose and also how many properties become available.


It wouldn't surprise me if Westminster bails out those 'poor' homeowners again as well.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: richietog on October 13, 2018, 11:52:16 AM
I know what you mean by 'poor' homeowners
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: richietog on October 15, 2018, 01:05:27 PM
Apparently, two have admitted to having sex, or IVF treatment after their marriage in May

Can never understand that kind if announcement to the world, but there you go

 :cheesy:
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on October 16, 2018, 08:41:30 PM
Brexit negotiations continue to go as well as expected before we voted.
There's still a chance for the rabbit to make an appearance from the magic hat though, so it's going brilliantly in that respect.

This still isn't a UK decision, it's a half arsed, ill contrived and jingoistic English Independence movement.*


*(.....if I conveniently forget about the million Brexit voters in Scotland.....but they're a' dafties.)

Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on October 17, 2018, 06:02:51 AM
Blue Passport?
Bugger that, I want a Golden one.  :wink:
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/analysis-and-features/golden-passports-explained-visas-oecd-tax-dodging-investors-a8587051.html
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Glamdring on October 17, 2018, 08:57:37 AM
I read that. One of the weaknesses of the EU. But if you're rich you can do almost anything.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on October 17, 2018, 10:48:36 AM
Apparently it's a global thing.
It's like registering ships.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on October 17, 2018, 03:42:38 PM
I heard this further example of being out of touch on the radio the other night and didn't know who it was.


Andrew Bridgen MP (you'll know him, he the one that's always on TV saying he has enough signed letters to force a vote of no confidence in May) appears to think that anyone from England  (he didn't expand the claim to include Wales or Scotland) can pop over to the Republic of Ireland and pick up an Irish passport, no questions asked.
It's obvious bollocks but it didn't stop him arguing his case, until a news break gave him the opportunity to hang up.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/irish-passport-england-uk-andrew-bridgen-tory-mp-brexit-border-eu-a8587286.html
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on October 17, 2018, 08:52:26 PM
Gov needs to come up with £1.7Bn to correct benefits underpayment.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-45892109

It's not like they weren't told there was an issue..years ago.

PIP should be up next for scrutiny, given reports that many people who were approved for the payments had their assessments 'audited' at a later date.
These 'audits' generally consisted of unticking every box that would have approved a candidate for the benefit, in order to deny them the benefit.
That's not an audit, it's a burn order.
http://www.thenational.scot/news/16982423.mp-marion-fellows-in-call-for-answers-over-impact-of-anonymous-benefit-claim-audits/


So, according to the Hunchback of Westminster "Austerity is over" which, if true, will cost an extra £19Bn, they have £1.7Bn to pay out over this part of the benefits fiasco and the Brexit bollox is costing us around £500m per week (according to recent sources), with worse to come.

On a positive note......
I'm single with no debt and happy to pay the slightly higher taxes we have here (it helps pay for stuff people rely on).
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Glamdring on October 17, 2018, 11:20:20 PM
PIP was always a system to save money and was prompted by the vigorous media reports of fraud, not all of which were false, of course, but that reassessment is downright Stalinist. He'd have been proud of them. So would Putin.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on October 18, 2018, 12:00:10 AM
Only a few days ago the Gov announced they were going to stamp down on fraudulent prescriptions in NHS England, which is very similar to the justification for PIP.

It'll save £250m per year, they say, but the pharmacists are already up in arms about it because they're expected to police it and many are genuine mistakes on repeat prescriptions that haven't been updated.
Understandably people in England are a bit riled since we get free prescriptions in Scotland, as do the Welsh (not sure about NI).

Anyhoozles, the Scottish Tories had been banging on since the free prescriptions were introduced here about reintroducing them, and the Scottish Gov did a feasibility study.
It turns out that bringing them back is more expensive than the free system, so the Tories wound their necks back in.

btw, £250m is less than a quarter of 1 percent of the NHS budget in England, and while any saving could be a good thing, is it really worthwhile if it really is the case that most of them are down to administration errors?
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Glamdring on October 18, 2018, 10:41:39 AM
I suspect this will quietly disappear. Whoever invented it was likely a Tory 19yo with a bow-tie who has never been in a chemists.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on October 24, 2018, 08:12:46 PM
See this?
https://twitter.com/erikgeddes/status/1055121401647194113/video/1 (I don't do twitter either)

She's saying that people on benefits should not be allowed to have as many children as they like while people who have to work need to make decisions about how many they do have.
(.......I don't know...she's moaning about public expenditure..)

I don't have any kids (insert usual 'as far as I know'  :wink: implication here)   :cheesy:

Anyway.
I have absolutely no problem paying for children's welfare and education through the taxes I pay.
The circumstances under which they were born is not their fault and they should be given every opportunity to do as well as they can...or not (there's always some dafties.    (I was one for about....err 'some' years) :grin:
If circumstances dictate that it'll cost me an extra penny in the £ to continue these public obligations, I'll pay it...it's a non-issue (as long as the cash raised goes to the areas it was raised for.)

...but here you have a Tory (wearing a Chanel Suit) espousing the Socialist China ideal of the Two-Child system.

What a total c*nt.....
I probably helped pay for her kids education as well...if she has any (didn't check)
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Glamdring on October 24, 2018, 09:33:17 PM
An old argument I've always hated. Just spouted to attract the bigots.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on October 28, 2018, 12:45:35 AM
I rote a pome in response to the stuff about the lass who shot a stag on Islay.
It's not very good and no-one liked it.  :cheesy:

Oh Noble Red Stag,
Non native species of levels approaching vermin
Bark stripping deforester of our native saplings
Why did you need to die so quickly, by the gun of a hunter
And not slowly of a busted pelvis, in a ditch, at the side of the road
with a VW logo stamped on your munter


I'm not that fussed either way, but the 'outraged' responses get on my tits.
One of these days I'm going to find a vegan homeopath, an arsehole so rare that it's an arsehole trapped within an arsehole.  :laugh:
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Glamdring on October 28, 2018, 10:07:27 AM
Hmm.
Quote
Six species of deer exist in the wild in the UK: red and roe deer are the only native species; though fallow deer are now normally considered part of our natural heritage, having been introduced in the 11th Century and possibly before. Sika, muntjac, and Chinese water deer were all introduced within the past 150 years.
My bold.

Think back a couple of years to that moronic dentist from, oh where was it? Gosh, America who shot that protected lion in Africa. I'm shocked he's not drawn more than ire down on himself.
Now we have an hysterical response to an equally moronic American over here. This time what she did was legal, but shouting about it, posing so publicly with a big 'I Am' Facebook page, as if the goat had any chance in the fight. You're eating the grass happily and now you're suddenly dead.
Yes, hunting is a legal sport and I don't particularly object to it but it's not done here, in Britain, to be so brazen, so shouty about how good you are in killing something from hundreds of yards away.
She's a cocky Yank who needs to go home.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on October 28, 2018, 11:00:10 AM
It is done here, regularly, and there are so many deer that we have to cull them to keep the numbers down.
Dead deer lining the ditches with bits of car and lorry parts nearby are also a fairly common sight.

Also, if you get into the hills you might run across some of the sheds where gralloched deer are hung (dozens at a time).
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Glamdring on October 28, 2018, 05:14:20 PM
Yes I know. My point was the unseemly glory she took in it. I'd shoot one if I had to. I prefer to subcontract to a butcher.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on November 02, 2018, 06:31:27 PM
https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/luton-airport-wheelchair-paraplegic-sues-flight-justin-levene-a8615086.html
Hmm..

They offered what was available and he preferred to make his own way, so why is he suing?
(iirc they have the high back chairs because they fit into the aisles on planes and he was possibly happy to use one getting on the flight, and why isn't he suing the taxi company for failing to provide him independent access from the taxi to his house?
Also....who fetched his bags for him? Are they still on the carousel?)

Handiflake?  :smiley:
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on November 05, 2018, 11:18:15 AM
Channel 4 tonight
Brexit: What the nation thinks

Taking part are:
David Gauke - Tory MP for South West Hertfordshire
Barry Gardiner - Labour MP for Brent North (London)
Caroline Lucas - Green MP for Brighton Pavilion
Nigel Farage - UKIP MEP for South East England.

That's right, they're all from the SE of England, again.

Whit a load of shite.  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Glamdring on November 05, 2018, 04:55:36 PM
Agreed. Load of rubbish.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on November 06, 2018, 11:10:05 AM
What were the Grenfell Effigy burners thinking?

Everyone is entitled to be an arsehole, but don't fucking record it and post it in public.  :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: [PCF]Falcs on November 06, 2018, 02:02:30 PM
Daft idiots!!!!
But then you get people burning effigies of Boris Johnston and Theresa May!!! yet that is deemed acceptable! Personally i think not!
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Glamdring on November 06, 2018, 05:23:13 PM
I'd really burn Boris!
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: richietog on November 07, 2018, 02:22:35 PM
Trump apparently has lost the HoR, bit the GOP still retains the Senate from the mid-term elections

Basically meaning his policies might not go through, while he can annoint anyone in the Supreme courts
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on November 07, 2018, 03:15:38 PM
I think it's dead mans (or womens) shoes for their Supreme Court appointments.

It's interesting to see far more diversity in the HoR, with quite a few 1sts in the demographic, actually making it live up to its name.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on November 07, 2018, 06:14:25 PM
What were the Grenfell Effigy burners thinking?

Everyone is entitled to be an arsehole, but don't fucking record it and post it in public.  :rolleyes:

The Tories appear to have flipped this idea around:
Story was broken by The Times, but they're paywalled, so : https://www.thenational.scot/news/17206855.grenfell-tower-experts-banned-from-criticising-theresa-may/
What should be released to the public has been kept private.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Glamdring on November 07, 2018, 06:28:30 PM
I was hoping for a more clear cut result against Trump. Seems not enough have learned.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on November 07, 2018, 07:21:55 PM
The Senate elections are every 6 years and they're not all up for re-election at the same time.
This time round there were only a few Republican Senators up on the block, but a lot of Democrats.

Their House of Representatives have elections every two years, Presidential every four.

(It's designed so that they have at least one functioning arm of government at all times)
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on November 07, 2018, 08:24:59 PM
I see Trump has sacked his Attorney General, Jeff Sessions,.
He's the guy Trump appointed to disable most of their justice system...and (coincidentally) investigations into Trump's alleged affairs/influence with foreign agents, but promptly had to recuse himself from said investigations, because he was in a position liable to influence by some of those under investigation (Donald Trump being one).

He's probably had to react, since the HoR now have the power to investigate far more of his personal details now that it's under Democratic control.

He's flapping.  :cool:
i.e. The US voters have never seen his tax records, despite his assurances that they're all in order and he'll make them public.
The HoR now has the power to have them released.

He's a Farage...an Arron Banks, bullshit artist.  :undecided:

Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Glamdring on November 07, 2018, 09:48:38 PM
 :cheesy: :mad:
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: richietog on November 08, 2018, 11:26:03 AM
Jeff Sessions fired as AG

Trump goin mad at a press conference (nothing unusual abot that), after a journalist was quizzing him about the Russian collusion investigation
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Glamdring on November 08, 2018, 02:13:15 PM
The reporter didn't touch her. The Republicans will claim he stripped her on stage and ravished her, despite what the video clearly shows.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Glamdring on November 09, 2018, 07:13:26 PM
I note Trump is getting together with his mates to try and get us to abandon our food standards so we have to import and eat their crap, chicken washed in chlorine, and all sorts of other nasties.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: richietog on November 11, 2018, 02:21:11 PM
A headmaster in China fired after using school property for bitcoin mining
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-46150107

No wonder why the gfx cards are so damn expensive
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on November 12, 2018, 10:34:02 PM
I see Stan Lee has pegged it.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Glamdring on November 12, 2018, 11:01:09 PM
Yep. Left a decent film legacy.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: richietog on November 13, 2018, 12:13:40 PM
All those Marvel movies will have “In loving memory of Stan Lee”, or something similar
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on November 13, 2018, 03:58:42 PM
I'll miss his wee cameo's.  :cool:
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: richietog on November 16, 2018, 08:13:56 PM
The Beast from the East is about us again apparently
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on November 16, 2018, 09:25:19 PM
There wasn't a lick of snow on the Cairngorms, that I could see.
That's unusual for this time of year.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Glamdring on November 16, 2018, 09:34:49 PM
Very mild but I'm sure winter will arrive just when it's most inconvenient.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: richietog on November 17, 2018, 09:42:26 AM
There wasn't a lick of snow on the Cairngorms, that I could see.
That's unusual for this time of year.

I heard it will arrive on Monday
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on November 17, 2018, 11:31:34 AM
I don't see any forecasts for here showing minus temps here in the next few weeks.
It's unseasonably warm if anything.
https://www.accuweather.com/en/gb/wishaw/ml2-7/november-weather/325034

Tabloid pish?
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Glamdring on November 17, 2018, 12:53:15 PM
The TV Beeb had icy weather coming in from the south east next week on the forecast this morning. The Netherlands and Northern Germany was blue on the map. Not another Beast but a lot colder than this week.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: [PCF]Falcs on November 19, 2018, 10:05:29 AM
GB Weather on facebook were spouting off about it been snowy and freezing from the end of this week all last week (everyday almost) however not a word from them over the weekend or today obviously got there forecast wrong and are keeping stum about it now!
they also did a long range forecast back in September apparently we should be knee deep in snow by now (although when i commented on there page they denied saying it lol
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on November 19, 2018, 04:19:48 PM
I think three or four days in advance is about the limit.  :azn:
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: richietog on November 19, 2018, 08:16:34 PM
As soon I saw the Daily Express had mentioned, and it was some tine after I had said that it was coming. I knew it wasn’t going to be true

But it is a lot colderthan of recent weeks, just not extremely cold
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on November 19, 2018, 08:37:03 PM
The Express have vested (and other types of thermal underwear) interests in winter scare stories , given most of their readers are pensioners.   :wink:

Like the old joke
What's blue and fucks grannies?
Hypothermia.  :azn:
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: richietog on November 20, 2018, 09:14:15 AM
I like the pun  :cheesy: :cheesy:
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on November 28, 2018, 06:52:39 PM
https://www.uswitch.com/broadband/news/2018/11/new_caps_to_be_imposed_on_118_charges_ofcom_announces/

"The UK's most popular directory enquiry service is 118 118, which charges users £11.23 for a 90-second call."

Robbing bastards.
That's why they've been doing loans for years. They're rolling in dirty cash.
(apparently there's one that charges £18.50 for a 90 second call as well)

Who's idea was that anyway?

p.s. I'm sure Falcs mentioned their charges a while back, but it's gone up a good bit since then.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Glamdring on November 28, 2018, 11:20:00 PM
Utter cynicism on their part.
I note too that the UK's highest paid woman is the head of Betfair or whatever. £45m a year at least.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Glamdring on December 01, 2018, 07:29:27 PM
I would expect nothing else from her. She's a waste of space.
https://order-order.com/2018/11/28/camden-police-slap-dianes-bonkers-moped-comments/?fbclid=IwAR3-BjDZH8qZc2uwT26nRHbNMzY8b3Mxoj4FQhxykdD1CCP_JfVcziKjBKY
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on December 01, 2018, 09:03:38 PM
What was her Tweet?

...I'm not defending her but I'd like to know what she said.

Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Glamdring on December 02, 2018, 11:09:36 AM
Quote
“Knocking people off bikes is potentially very dangerous. It shouldn’t be legal for anyone.

“Police are not above the law”.
Whereas in this case, with highly trained traffic officers, it's entirely within their legal  remit.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on December 02, 2018, 04:06:13 PM
Aye, she's a clown. 
I'd run over them.  :cheesy:
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on December 07, 2018, 07:13:27 PM
Bit of a cheap shot, but I can't get it out of my head that David Lidington's head looks a bit like a bollock.  :smiley:


=48
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Glamdring on December 21, 2018, 11:25:44 AM
I can't figure the map out. There don't seem to be any commonalities amongst the dark red areas, other than in the dark dreich days of winter the Scots are against everything!
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-46543874
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on December 21, 2018, 07:43:13 PM
It'll be mostly sectarianism in Scotland and mostly in west central Scotland but all lumped together into one region (as per usual for the BBC).
NI isn't shown because they don't do a red dark enough to reflect the sectarianism there.   :wink:
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on December 28, 2018, 07:28:36 PM
The sudden increase in refugees trying to make the channel crossing is probably seasonal (better chance of getting through when more guards are on holiday, on both sides of the channel), but I'm wondering if/when European guards will start to turn a blind eye to future attempts with a muttered bon voyage, regarding them as something the UK can deal with itself, and as a wish granted.

The oft cited belief, by some, that the channel can save Britain from European and World problems just shows the levels of home grown dimwittery we're dealing with.

If you think I'm being overdramatic, just wait.
The Daily Mail are probably already looking into the feasibility of 'crop dusting' the channel with pork rinds to thwart the Muslim hordes massing in Europe.  :cheesy:
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Fambly Guy on December 28, 2018, 09:46:40 PM
Sounds about right...and good on them, it's a hard job but, by Jove they're the right sorts to do it and keep us all safe.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on January 01, 2019, 12:43:29 PM
Have Westminster breached the terms of the 1707 Act of Union?

https://www.thenational.scot/news/17324705.has-the-act-of-union-not-been-breached-already-by-england/
(The concern about Scots Law is the most relevant point)

https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2018/12/18/scottish-parliament-does-have-right-withdraw-from-act-union.html?fbclid=IwAR36AdEm1kbQ5F48WbG3EHSwdxZJsEO6EdTb8VJpFLGQnhZNt9ByEU_wku8
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Fambly Guy on January 01, 2019, 03:52:47 PM
That is a concern.
It's political assimilation of one country by another. It is in effect invasive political indoctrination of a people.

Sleekit.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on January 01, 2019, 04:40:07 PM
Aye...it's not trivial.
Scots Law isn't perfect, but it's the backbone of the deal and for the Scots to judge on its application and amendments.

The fucking Brexiteers keep bleating about the ECJ and undermining our laws at the same time.

Pisses me right off.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Glamdring on January 03, 2019, 01:24:56 PM
Quite some achievement of the Chinese to park on the far side of the moon. I wonder when there's be factories up there.

And Ultima Thule is a snowman. Now we really know were Santa lives!
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Glamdring on January 08, 2019, 06:52:53 PM
So, Fat Eck is innocent. Well, if he is he is. I'd love to see him done for something else.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on January 08, 2019, 07:21:16 PM
Not yet.
What happened today was the court found that the civil servant in charge of the Scottish Governments investigation made an arse of the process (she's under Mundell's remit as Scottish Secretary).

The police investigation is still pending.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Glamdring on January 08, 2019, 09:38:52 PM
Ah, okay.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on January 08, 2019, 11:22:39 PM
In saying that, he's not been charged and convicted of anything yet, so it's still only an allegation.
The cops still have to find out if he has charges to answer to and the PF has to decide if they'll stand up in court.

It weird in that it's not often the administrative side of a government (civil servants) end up in the limelight like this, but the implication is that some might have found that it was too good an opportunity to miss and acted illegally in their eagerness for it to come to fruition.
So if he does have charges to face, they're now tainted by the allegations of bias.
(Quite a lot of information relating to the investigation was leaked to the press as well, again the allegation being that it was from the civil service side.)
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: richietog on January 12, 2019, 12:22:59 PM
Not good to have a president (or any leader) who blackmails people into submission by blocking their pay because he wants to build a wall. Maybe he should convince them by saying that he would foot the bill by putting up wallpaper along the wall when its built.

But the alternative would have brought us into a potential WW3 if she had her way with wanting to invade Iran. This is the problem with nations with thousands of nukes at the ready, they think they can do anything they like

I just hope they have a better alternative to the current one in the near future, one that doesn't interfere with British politics like Trump and to some degree Obama did
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on January 21, 2019, 06:48:34 PM
https://www.thenational.scot/news/17374330.nuclear-powered-submarine-in-near-miss-with-a-1300-capacity-ferry/

That's at the north end of Beauforts Dyke, so a particularly bad place to have a ferry and an nuclear sub crashing.
Could have been worse though, the Cairnryan Ferry skirts the top end of it, but the Birkenhead one goes right over the top of it.
Giving the sub crew the benefit of the doubt, if there was an issue with the navigation systems, at least they waited.
(But you'd think they'd have a copy of the ferry timetables on a bit of paper somewhere)  :smiley:

Hey...it might not even have been one of ours.  :wink:
What's more embarrassing: One of ours getting too close, or someone else's?  :cheesy:
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on January 21, 2019, 10:52:51 PM
...that link might not work, the site is either getting DDoS'd to buggery, or becoming more popular than the bandwidth they've paid for.  :cheesy:
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: [PCF]Falcs on January 22, 2019, 10:06:28 AM
Worked for me yesterday when i read it no problems
your right though probably dont have the bandwidth!
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on January 22, 2019, 08:25:42 PM
I see Dyson is upping sticks and moving to Singapore, the fucking prick.

He's one of the shyster billionaires that bankrolled Brexit and now that it's looking like a total fucking shitfest.....he's off.
It's probably because his company won't have a market in the UK or Europe after Brexit.
His shit is already expensive and likely to become far more expensive in the domestic (UK) market, and if they're still based in the UK it's looking like WTO regs for exports...

He's made a mug of the 52%  :cheesy:


Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Glamdring on January 22, 2019, 09:29:59 PM
I agree. He says only two jobs will be transferred, the rest will stay. He says. I can't imagine how much dearer his machines would be made here than they are made in SE Asia.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on January 24, 2019, 09:43:29 AM
Glams favourite politician (Alex Salmond) has been arrested.  :grin:

Also, The Daily Mail aren't happy about being regarded as trustworthy as Russia Today by the MS NewsGuard filter:
http://www.digitaljournal.com/tech-and-science/technology/newsguard-plug-in-rates-the-daily-mail-as-untrustworthy/article/541580
 :cheesy:
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Glamdring on January 24, 2019, 10:58:25 AM
I read that. Wonder what he's done. I was talking about this on another forum and a Scot, keen on Independence, was a friend of Wee Eck's cousin. She regarded him as a bit 'moist'.

The Mail is in good company with two US papers, one far right and a Russian one.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on January 24, 2019, 11:04:36 AM
Accused of having done.  :wink:

-edit- Not anything trivial.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: richietog on January 30, 2019, 11:14:15 PM
Belgium bans in-game currencies aka loot boxes in this particular game FIFA points
https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/47057859

Children are buying FIFA points to use for to get packs, in most cases, the packs don't contain the "cards" they all hope it contains i.e. they are hoping packs contain players of extremely high ranking

I hope I make myself clear on this

I have been playing this game (FIFA 19) for the last three months, and I have stuck to the motto of not buying FIFA points. It is reputed by Forbes that EA Sports are raking in a profit margin of $800 million per yer on in game currencies, enough you might say to have the game itself for nothing. It costs around £50 on Amazon for consoles (not so for PC)

When I first started playing FUT (part of the game in FIFA 19), I had no idea of how to play it properly, I couldn't fathom out Squad Build Challenge, couldn't beat a team in Squad Battles, I didn't play online when I was playing it on the PS3 and never had the network pass on the PS4, albeit I do have now

I am on EA's forum, and I keep seeing people complain that their child had spent their pocket money on FIFA points. I mean, how can a company allow this to happen? They should at least give the game with that kind of profit margin, for free
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Glamdring on January 30, 2019, 11:17:19 PM
World of Tanks has something not entirely dissimilar, or had, last Christmas. You bought boxes to get goodies, hoping for the one tank everyone wanted.

I, um, got one.  :angel:
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on January 31, 2019, 02:46:46 AM
My nephew spent hundreds on FIFA lottery tickets a few years ago.
He was 9 years old.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: richietog on January 31, 2019, 10:19:38 AM
World of Tanks has something not entirely dissimilar, or had, last Christmas. You bought boxes to get goodies, hoping for the one tank everyone wanted.

I, um, got one.  :angel:

The difference between WoT, the game is free, while FIFA isn't, yet they still have micro transactions in-game. I see that a lot of people literally cry on FIFA forum berating EA for giving them packs with lower league or lower rating players. Thank goodness I don't even risk a dime further than I've already paid for. If I win, good....if I lose, its because the other players online are far better than me
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on February 27, 2019, 09:25:29 PM
Cohen didn't hold back in sticking the boot into Trump.

Watching the House Oversight Committee they didn't really conduct themselves with any great dignity....well, the Republican side didn't.
Questions by Democrats mainly concentrated on Trump, questions by Republicans mainly concentrated on rubbishing Cohen himself, with the strange sight of an easel bearing various slogans behind them.....even Cohen himself questioned the dignity of it.

For me, he seemed quite penitent about lying to Congress and willing to take his lumps (3 years in jail).
Some Republicans seemed to think that was quite a sweet deal, given he'd be coming out to book deals etc. but three years in jail is still three years in jail.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on February 28, 2019, 07:17:21 PM
Weird thing.

The husband and wife who run the shop across the road are both of Pakistani heritage.
The wife went to school with me (ScotPak?   :azn:) and her husband is from Pakistan (mild mannered wee guy, loves ranting about Trump)

Anyhoo, in the shop this afternoon and Kawser was saying how her mum and dads flight from Pakistan had been cancelled on the back of the shenanigans in Kashmir (auld Mohammed and his wife lived here since the 60's, but moved back in the last few years to see out their days out back home).

The weird thing was how she reacted.
She said (and I quote), "It's those stupid Paki's causing bother again!" (bearing in mind we are talking about two nuclear armed countries here, with about six or seven million armed personnel between them)  :grin:

I had to agree, but in these times of PC it's weird to hear someone of Pakistani heritage referring to it's people as Paki's...which they are (and she is not), in the same way that the Turkish are Turks, or Cockneys are Cocks.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Glamdring on March 01, 2019, 10:27:55 AM
It is odd. I've heard things like it on telly but maybe not quite so extreme. I don't know any I meet regularly. Most medical staff.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Splinter on March 01, 2019, 02:04:22 PM
I see Dyson is upping sticks and moving to Singapore, the fucking prick.

He's one of the shyster billionaires that bankrolled Brexit and now that it's looking like a total fucking shitfest.....he's off.
It's probably because his company won't have a market in the UK or Europe after Brexit.
His shit is already expensive and likely to become far more expensive in the domestic (UK) market, and if they're still based in the UK it's looking like WTO regs for exports...

He's made a mug of the 52%  :cheesy:
So, Dysons are the iPhones and Electrolux are the Androids?
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on March 01, 2019, 09:53:34 PM
They're good 'hoovers', don't get me wrong.  :grin:
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on March 04, 2019, 02:45:40 PM
Keith Flint has topped himself.   :sad:

One of the best gigs I ever went to was a Prodigy gig.  :cool:
One of my mates nephews tagged along, even though he was an Oasis fan, dressed in a parka...it's fair to say the The Prodigy was a right eye opener for him.  :grin:
We lost track of him up the front after he climbed over me and went crowd surfing, parka and all... :laugh:

We found him outside after the gig looking like a bunny caught in the headlights (I think he'd managed to snag some E's on his travels)
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: richietog on March 05, 2019, 12:41:55 PM
Its really tragic to hear that people kill themselves, let alone musicians and the like
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Glamdring on March 11, 2019, 04:04:05 PM
Makes me feel slightly sick.
https://order-order.com/2019/03/11/corbyn-held-another-minutes-silence-ira-fighters-1984/
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: richietog on March 14, 2019, 07:12:25 PM
Quite unbelievable that most things these days reqiure a software update. Next thing that would require an update in the near future is governments around the world

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-47567039
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Glamdring on March 29, 2019, 09:37:12 PM
"Do you remember that row twenty years ago when we sat down and wrote down each others faults?" I said to my wife.

"Oh God yes, I still have mine somewhere, " she said with a giggle.

"I've just finished," I replied.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on March 29, 2019, 09:56:55 PM
I suspect that would be the other way round.   :azn:
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on April 03, 2019, 11:53:59 PM
Impasse starts with an I
Westminster and southern media types like it to start with an O

Ompasse.

Does my tits 'on'.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Glamdring on April 04, 2019, 10:30:31 AM
It's French, so 'au'.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on April 04, 2019, 06:05:05 PM
In French it would be ampasse.

Au is covered by au (au revoir for example).  :azn:
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on April 05, 2019, 07:37:16 AM
Not one to miss out on an opportunity for some publicity, Yuri Geller claimed he was responsible for bursting the pipes that led to the water leak in the HoC yesterday.

It was the leads that were leaking though, no pipes were involved. (fekin clown)  :cheesy:
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: richietog on April 12, 2019, 03:34:44 PM
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-47911040

Never knew who he was. Died almost the same way as Tommy Cooper
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on April 12, 2019, 05:15:46 PM
Mr Bird said dying on stage would have been the way the veteran comic "would have wanted to go", "except he'd want more money and a bigger venue".

That's golden... :grin:
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on April 12, 2019, 06:20:39 PM
Illegal Schools?
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-47899473

Is there anything you won't commoditise? 
WTF are you doing England?
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Glamdring on April 12, 2019, 11:32:09 PM
It infuriates me that. They're finding the tiniest loopholes to stay open, ever since the government announced free school. Not when they make me Education Secretary they won't.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Glamdring on April 15, 2019, 10:07:42 PM
Notre  Dame. What a bloody shame. I was only  in it once, before I was old enough to appreciate it. I remember it as dark and foreboding. The French don't renovate their paintings in the way we choose to do.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on April 16, 2019, 08:07:26 AM
It's going to be the contractors again, isn't it?
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: [PCF]Falcs on April 16, 2019, 09:51:31 AM
Nope Quasimodo left the iron on!
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on April 19, 2019, 09:20:44 PM
Assange being accused of smearing shit on the walls by the Ecuadorian's, smells whiffier than Assange actually smearing shit on the walls.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Glamdring on April 19, 2019, 09:49:32 PM
Surely they'd have thrown him out the same day if he'd done that. Is he mad?
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on April 19, 2019, 11:13:51 PM
That's the point, they would have.

Hilarious as it sounds, it's probably a smear campaign. :grin:

Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Glamdring on April 20, 2019, 09:57:13 AM
 :cheesy:
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on April 26, 2019, 08:20:11 AM
Port Talbot explosion:

This used to happen every few years at Ravenscraig (the local glazers were happy) when tipped molten slag hit a pool of water.
Maybe someone left a cupola in the rain.  (that's almost a song)  :cheesy:
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: richietog on May 02, 2019, 12:44:02 PM
“Go Huawei and shut up” reads a headline, referring to a former minister’s most infamous speech to the Russians
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on May 02, 2019, 05:27:51 PM
 :cheesy:

How cringey was that comment at the time.
Someone should have belted his lug and kicked him off the podium.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: richietog on May 02, 2019, 05:47:31 PM
I almost choked with laughter

How about telling a country with military might far greater than us, to “go away and shut up”. People in the Kremlin must have been in stitches
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on May 02, 2019, 06:22:44 PM
He was speaking for the country, so he embarrassed us all.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on May 03, 2019, 06:17:26 PM
BBC bias in action again.

Apparently the local elections (in rUK) were bad for the Tories and Labour, but that line isn't accurate, is it?
It's been catastrophic for UKIP and only slightly less so for the Tories.

UKIP, once the darlings of the right wing BBC propaganda machine have almost been wiped out and are now down to a handful of councillors, but that's barely mentioned in their reports.
Instead they concentrate on the Tory/Labour story, but the results aren't really comparable, in that the Tories have lost about 1300 seats so far and Labour about 100.

p.s. Here's a good one.
This is a headline from the Telegraph last month.
"Tories on course to lose control of councils across country as Ukip 'returns from dead' in Brexit backlash."

Well, they were half right.  :cheesy:
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: richietog on May 03, 2019, 07:18:16 PM
Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew has died
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Glamdring on May 03, 2019, 09:57:26 PM
BBC bias in action again.

Apparently the local elections (in rUK) were bad for the Tories and Labour, but that line isn't accurate, is it?
It's been catastrophic for UKIP and only slightly less so for the Tories.

UKIP, once the darlings of the right wing BBC propaganda machine have almost been wiped out and are now down to a handful of councillors, but that's barely mentioned in their reports.
Instead they concentrate on the Tory/Labour story, but the results aren't really comparable, in that the Tories have lost about 1300 seats so far and Labour about 100.

p.s. Here's a good one.
This is a headline from the Telegraph last month.
"Tories on course to lose control of councils across country as Ukip 'returns from dead' in Brexit backlash."

Well, they were half right.  :cheesy:
The point they made about Labour was that Labour had done badly at the last elections so had far fewer seats to loose in comparison. I'm delighted UKIP did badly, less pleased the Greens did a touch better.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on May 03, 2019, 10:26:17 PM
That's not the case at all, they were drawing a direct comparison between the two parties, where there was no comparison to make.
Conservative lose 1200 seats
Labour lose 81 seats

How can that possibly be construed as major loss for both parties?
And still they barely mentioned UKIP's losses, which should have been a major point of note.

Farage himself appeared on BBC QT over 30 times, possibly more times than anyone else in the history of the show (despite his party never having an elected MP) and their representatives appeared on almost a quarter of the shows since 2010 , but their devastating losses are swept under the carpet today?

Any shred of credibility the BBC had has evaporated in my opinion.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Glamdring on May 04, 2019, 10:56:34 AM
The thing is that the elections were town and county councils only, not the huge usuall Labour-run metropolitan boroughs like Doncaster with a large number of Labour councilors to lose when our elections come round. Mostly the counties and towns are Tory controlled, or independent or Lib-Dem, a few of them.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on May 05, 2019, 11:32:50 AM
I have to say that SKY were just as bad, so there appears to be a common narrative between these two organisations, ignore the liberal parties, attack the left, and play down the failings of the right (where possible).
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Glamdring on May 07, 2019, 05:42:16 PM
Should we take a collective chainsaw to our wind turbines? From Forbes

https://qr.ae/TWIWss
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on May 07, 2019, 06:49:49 PM
He's pro nuclear.

Biggest problem with renewables is storage but they should get the finger out and start developing Thorium Reactors.
The primary reason for going with Uranium in the 1st place was to to produce weapons grade material (which you don't get with Thorium), so no-one is willing to foot the bill for an untested system (India and China are dipping their toes in the water).
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Glamdring on May 07, 2019, 09:37:38 PM
I have no problems with nuclear, and as they improve them, so much the better.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on May 08, 2019, 06:09:33 PM
In a bold stroke the royal bairn has been called Archibald.  :huh:

That's a blast from the past for me, the old mans side of the family has loads of them and I reckoned it would be a dead name.

Archie is the obvious shortening but Baldy (pronounced Ba'aldy with a flat A) was also common about 50 years ago.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Glamdring on May 08, 2019, 07:19:14 PM
Archie is the British name, Harrison, the American. Everything equal in that household.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on May 08, 2019, 07:26:09 PM
It's Harry's Son (Scandinavian/Icelandic)

Archibald Harry's Son.

-edit- I wonder if they'll do the same with a female by going with 'something' Meghansdottir. :azn:
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on May 10, 2019, 01:19:33 PM
It's official, Nigel Farage has now appeared on BBC Question Time more times that anyone living or dead, 33 times to be exact.

Referring to Danny Bakers idiocy, someone tweeted: "We have fired this person for doing a racist thing, but don't forget to tune into question time tonight where Nigel Farage will be talking to Nigel Farage about how Nigel Farage is Nigel Farage"

It's no wonder Dimbleby left.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Glamdring on May 10, 2019, 07:33:11 PM
I gave up on QT ages ago, more to do with audience bias than any particular panellist, though I agree with you.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on May 10, 2019, 08:33:00 PM
The demands from the BBC coming through the door these days come in red envelopes, addressed to The Occupier.
(threatening all sorts of things that don't apply here)


In all honesty, the only thing I've watched on BBC this year is Frankie Boyle and a few repeat documentaries (that date from the last time I paid...several years ago).

You can cancel Netfilx or Prime any time you like, but the Beeb is an annual tax (in some places), for what value?
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on May 10, 2019, 10:22:10 PM
There's one thing everyone could do

Get out and vote for anyone except the brexit party in the EU elections.

..unless you're into his brand of populist shite, that is. :wink:
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on May 14, 2019, 01:17:06 PM
The fact that Boris is due to appear in court today, in a private prosecution that could have a major impact on what claims politicians can make in future, would be newsworthy you'd think, but apparently not.
Only The Times, The National and Huffington Post have picked it up here.
https://www.thenational.scot/news/17637239.boris-johnson-in-the-dock-can-he-survive/

Specifically he's been taken to court over his claims in the run up to the Brexit vote.

WHY IS THIS NOT NEWS?  :shocked:
It's almost as if most of the media would be happier if it wasn't happening.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: richietog on May 14, 2019, 01:45:16 PM
A guest on the Jeremy Kyle killed himself. And calls for the show to be cancelled permanently coming from MPs

Should have been cancelled even before it began

And a viewer is claimed to have said onlne “what will I do with all this time?”

Shows you how crass some people are
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on May 16, 2019, 11:56:01 PM
Talk about Porkies.  :rolleyes:
From Ruth Davidsons Scottish Tories today:
The SNP is about to ban prison sentences of less than a year, which would let almost 10,000 serious criminals back out onto the streets, potentially endangering the public. It's time we stood up against their soft touch approach to justice.

1. Serious criminals don't get sentenced to less than a year.
2. The Tories in England announced the same policy today.
3. There's only 8000 people in jail here.  :cheesy:

Also, in England (under the Tories) the crime rate has gone up by 9% in a year and you have 14% less police officers.
In Scotland we have 6% more police officers and the crime rate is at it's lowest in 41 years, so who's policy's are the more effective?
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on May 23, 2019, 06:05:36 PM
You get the feeling that there's a spade and a gallon of petrol sitting at the back door of Number 10 Downing Street.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on May 28, 2019, 07:13:28 PM
Oooh, anti Semitism investigations again for Labour, how convenient.
Yaxely-Lennon stood on an anti Semitic ticket and they barely made a peep about it.
May's policies regarding immigration were anti Semitic, Farage is notoriously anti Semitic...still no big deal apparently.

I don't even like or vote for Labour, but it smells a bit funny that the media keep driving at this for one party while ignoring it in others.

Thinking about it there are eight basic types of anti-Semitism.
Anti Jewish
Anti Muslim
Then the political Right Wing, Left Wing and Moderates for each of the two.


So there's your eight basic stances.
Then you have the religious differences that exist between and within these groups (Jews who detest other Jews, Muslims who detest other Muslims...and so on.).

Many UK politician struggle to understand the differences between the Unionist and Republican positions in Northern Ireland, which is quite basic in comparison to the complexities of the Middle East.

i.e. The Tories made Karen Bradley the Northern Ireland Minister last year and she didn't know why Nationalist (predominantly Catholic) communities didn't vote for Unionist (predominantly Protestant) parties and vice versa.
Honestly WTF?
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Glamdring on May 29, 2019, 11:00:14 AM
Interesting thoughts.
Regarding Yaxley scumbag, nothing he says deserves a millisecond of air time.
If you nip into Sheffield Brightside (little Karachi) and yell 'You're all Semetic' you'll not make it out alive. But... not many Muslims are Semitic. Only those who live and speak the Semitic languages of the Middle East. The fact Islam spread to the Far East doesn't make those people Semitic, only Muslim.  They're Muslim Indians, Muslim Sri Lankans, etc. Not Semitic.

I certainly agree about the idiocy of policicians. It's a sine qua non of the job, no?
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on May 29, 2019, 05:14:37 PM
I see the judge has decided that Boris has a case to answer.
Excellent.  :cool:

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/may/29/boris-johnson-appear-court-eu-referendum-misconduct-claims
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Glamdring on May 30, 2019, 09:51:05 AM
I'm delighted but don't expect much to come of it.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Glamdring on June 03, 2019, 11:05:43 AM
So we've let him in. Only for three days. It's embarrassing having him here.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on June 03, 2019, 11:02:11 PM
I deliberately avoided the news today.  :grin:
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on June 04, 2019, 09:33:32 AM
I see UFO's are coming back into the news: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/26/us/politics/ufo-sightings-navy-pilots.html
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Glamdring on June 04, 2019, 11:21:11 AM
I never know what to make of footage like that. They may be UFOs but they're not alien. Probably an April Fool joke.

-
I think I've changed my mind about Trump's visit, at least so far. I was listening to the BBC's American editor on R4 this morning and it's clear the whole Trump entourage, the US civil servants as well as the Trump cronies, were utterly delighted by the whole pomp and majesty of it, and of actually meeting HM, which seems to be an aching need of most Americans.
And HM told Trump off. She really did. It was a great speech, one of those where you don't know you've been insulted until the next day when you think back. i do admire the Queen. One of the best we've ever had in the thousand year history. She may not have conquered Spain but she's fulfilled her role brilliantly.

Emily Thornbury - Labour's putative Foreign Secretary if they win the next election, came across quite poorly under interview. She had no real answer to the question of why they boycotted the banquet. Other than, well we don't like him. Especially when they'd not boycotted the Chinese Ambassador's banquet, when China is a nasty totalitarian state visiting horrors on its people for no good reason.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: richietog on July 11, 2019, 04:21:32 PM
Good ole Boris knows what to do best, and stab the ambassador in the back regarding what he said about the Trump administration

Any other countries would have stood up for their ambassadors, but not good ole Blighty. We do stabbing in the back the best. And I thought it was the Italians that were experts in that field
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Glamdring on July 12, 2019, 02:20:18 PM
This was interesting.
BBC News - The moment a US Coast Guard raided a submarine
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-48965005

39,000lbs of drugs recovered.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on July 12, 2019, 04:14:02 PM
In normal numbers that's around 17.5 tonnes.

Impressive haul.  :cool:
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on July 15, 2019, 07:33:38 PM
There's some complaints that 100-150,000 members will dictate our next PM....but

Most media organisations steer whole swathes of public opinion with a fraction of those numbers.
I did some work for a media company recently where it became apparent that not very many people are actually involved in the process.....probably less than a couple of hundred at a local level (it was in London though), all involved in their different aspects of what we call News.

It wasn't the BBC, but we can only assume that they'll probably be on the same scale or less, given the range of countries they cover (which is a problem in itself, since even fewer people will be driving opinion).
And you'd expect the BBC to at least be impartial, but that's far from the case in my opinion.

Anyone who's followed politics has seen it 1st hand.
UKIP and Farage were all over the News for years, despite having no MP's and only a handful of MEP's.
Farage himself has appeared on Question Time more times that any other politician...again, despite having no MP's etc. and he's still appearing.

This is not BBC bashing (they can go fuck the horse they rode into town with as far as I'm concerned) but it's not difficult to see why there's a lack of trust with a Media presence that they, of all organisations, should have been rising above.
We know that the Telegraph and the Mail is biased toward the Tory position, the Guardian is kind of left leaning and the Sun will back any horse that sells papers, but the BBC is becoming more like English State TV every week.

If it's a Tory story (which it practically always is) it's about Brexit or the leadership, Labour story, it's about anti-Semitism....and that's about it.
You don't see the Liberals about much, the SNP (despite being the 2nd largest party in regard to membership) or any of the Welsh or Northern Irish parties represented very much, if at all.
...in saying that you don't see a great amount of news from around the English regions mentioned either.

So in that respect, you'd be as well watching Euro News, or France 24....


I think I went off on a tangent there, upshot is, the news you're fed is mostly the output of a minority of people, all of them with their own personal biases. (They're only human)

It's not 'fake', but it can be a bit slanty.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Glamdring on July 15, 2019, 09:50:37 PM
I think most of us have known that for years.
I had a news push from the Chinese Morning Post this morning. No idea how I got on their list. Quite sensible, really. They had it we'd apparently identified the ambassador's leak-ist, though  didn't name him. Their report was factual and didn't name anyone or make any other point.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on July 21, 2019, 11:20:27 AM
I see that they've started to figure out that seizing an Iranian oil tanker in Gibraltar might not have been the best idea when we have a Navy about the same size as the Swiss.  :azn:
Somebody pointed out that each one of our functional warships could have it's own Admiral.  :cheesy:
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Glamdring on July 21, 2019, 11:57:36 AM
True, but it wasn't all our idea. The US demanded it and the EU too. What that ship was doing was against EU law. It also flouted the laws of Gibraltar, which isn't ruled by us.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on July 21, 2019, 04:11:32 PM
Aye, it's a complex situation.
I hear we knocked back an offer by the USA to supply protection as well.

It's also a bit weird that the Iranians boarded a Scottish operated tanker and let it go.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Glamdring on July 22, 2019, 09:18:31 AM
An offer of a lifetime supply of lorne?
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on July 22, 2019, 09:33:37 AM
I'd have thought they'd be more into haggis.  :azn:
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on July 23, 2019, 06:18:52 AM
Has anyone else noticed that Jeremy Corbyn's front door opens cack handed?
It opens outward, which means you could knock out the hinge pins and bypass the lock.  :wink:
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Glamdring on July 23, 2019, 12:07:54 PM
Oh bloody hell. I'd have preferred my dustbin man, whoever he is.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on July 23, 2019, 12:34:06 PM
This could be the Tories last shake of the bag for a long while.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: richietog on July 24, 2019, 10:10:33 PM
Ooof, just imagine a clown now in charge of the country?

Though I must say that at least as far as we know, that he isn't a racist clown, like the one over the pond
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on July 25, 2019, 09:21:45 AM
No, not racist at all.  :rolleyes:  :cheesy:
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/07/23/africa/boris-johnson-africa-intl/index.html
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on July 25, 2019, 04:32:52 PM
 :grin:

The National (Scottish Online/Newspaper) has gained 500 subscribers since yesterday.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: richietog on July 25, 2019, 07:39:53 PM
I did not see that
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on July 26, 2019, 12:43:45 AM
Guy's a prick
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Glamdring on July 26, 2019, 07:08:23 AM
I woke at 8.15 this morning, got up and by the timer for I'd done the usual and made my way into the kitchen, thinking it was a touch cloudy, I glanced at the clock. 6.50. I'd got up at 6.15. Bugger.
Overnight the living room temperature has dropped by a whole half degree. Double bugger.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Splinter on July 26, 2019, 01:35:35 PM
As for media bias, it's so easy to spot with the BBC, especially their anti-Trump position. But what irks me the most about the BBC is their nauseating, nannying, political correctness.
On the other hand, the media in Argentina is unashamedly and bare-faced biased, for which they make no apology. In fact, it's got to the point where it's simply party political propaganda verging on preaching from a pedestal.
It's nauseating stuff, so I don't watch it and it will get much worse as the general election approaches in October.
Cutting the cable helped too.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Glamdring on July 26, 2019, 02:15:12 PM
Anti-Trump bias? I thought that was the only position allowable if one had more than two brain cells in functioning order.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Glamdring on July 28, 2019, 03:34:58 PM
This is truly scary.
https://nypost.com/2019/07/25/raw-chicken-breast-crawls-off-restaurant-table-in-horrifying-video/
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on July 28, 2019, 04:42:06 PM
Now that's fresh to plate.
The only thing that'd beat it is them handing you a live chicken and a hatchet.   :grin:
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: richietog on August 02, 2019, 12:23:06 PM
The dam wall in Derbyshire was so bad that they evacuated the nearby town. Top that up, they now have to get rid of most if not all of the 300 million gallons of water before they can even think of repairing it
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Glamdring on August 02, 2019, 05:26:40 PM
One can't help feeling sorry for the population. That dam is 200 years old. It's been fine until now, and has been upgraded a bit since.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: [PCF]Falcs on August 02, 2019, 07:05:51 PM
Unfortunatley the repairs they make will never be as good as the original dam it lasted 200 years the repairs will probably last 10 max
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: richietog on August 04, 2019, 01:18:31 AM
When will the US ever learn from the new mass shooting? inIn matter of days, that its clearly not for its intended use as the 2nd Amendment suggested the right to bear arms was ever intended for
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on August 04, 2019, 09:14:50 AM
Never.

It's not even newsworthy any more.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: richietog on August 04, 2019, 09:47:06 AM
As we speak, another mass shooting

I agree, its not newsworthy  anymore
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: richietog on August 06, 2019, 09:41:10 AM
The things is, that we only hear of the ones that have 5 or more fatalities. According to wiki, there have been over 200 shootings involving more than one getting injured as a result of these shootings. Terrible toxic country

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_mass_shootings_in_the_United_States_in_2019
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on August 06, 2019, 11:36:14 AM
It's not guns that cause these though, it's violent video games apparently.
So some are proposing tighter controls on video games, but not on guns.  :cheesy:
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: richietog on August 06, 2019, 02:52:42 PM
It's not guns that cause these though, it's violent video games apparently.
So some are proposing tighter controls on video games, but not on guns.  :cheesy:

I remember the famous Daily Fail headlines that a violent movie caused a person to kill, the media would fall for the tricks of the lawyer of the defendant in that case. I mean, I've watched tonnes of violent movies since then, not one has made me want to go out and kill another person, even if they really annoyed me.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: richietog on August 06, 2019, 05:23:19 PM
What on earth is this world coming to, when someone tips a fridge on the cliff and laughs about it?
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-49248764

 :laugh:
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on August 06, 2019, 06:02:59 PM
A cracking and entirely justified fine as well.  :cheesy:
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on August 09, 2019, 05:46:04 AM
https://www.thenational.scot/news/17825682.david-pratt-yes-movement-must-avoid-toxic-negativism/?action=success#comments-feedback-anchor
That's my mate in the picture.  :cheesy:

He's not an extremist, he just doesn't take any pish from the Unionist headcases who turn up at these things.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Glamdring on August 09, 2019, 09:47:58 AM
Interesting. I tend to agree with him, though I'm not in any way for independence.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on August 09, 2019, 05:21:56 PM
Someone mentioned that they're holding out the shitty stick of Federalism now.
Before the last Indyref I'd have said yes, but not now. Any affiliation is way too toxic.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: richietog on August 12, 2019, 06:23:47 PM
The causes of those collision of the USS Fitzgerald is down to......wait for this...touch screens

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-49319450

Just shows an over reliance of technology in the US military :cheesy:
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on August 12, 2019, 07:33:03 PM
That's a bit bizarre.
Imaging having touchscreen controls in your car, it'd be fucking horrible.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Glamdring on August 12, 2019, 10:18:57 PM
They do, a lot of them. I don't fancy it. Give me clearly labelled buttons and switches like in the old days.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: richietog on August 12, 2019, 11:38:02 PM
I know that to launch nukes, you need a genuine authorisation, but imagine if that wasn't the case and they were intending to press something else on a touch screen. Mutually Assured Destruction would have taken place. Just as well they need genuine authorisation and a two physical key access to them nukes
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on August 13, 2019, 09:09:26 AM
They do, a lot of them. I don't fancy it. Give me clearly labelled buttons and switches like in the old days.

Steering controls, I'm talking about.  :wink:
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: richietog on August 28, 2019, 11:30:27 PM
Trump has allegedly said that he wants to nuke a Hurricane. Absurd as it is, it is right up his street to say something like that
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: richietog on September 12, 2019, 10:54:59 PM
A man remains have been found 20 years after he went missing. Found by google earth
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/09/12/remains-missing-man-found-google-earth-20-years/

Full satellite map
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Moon+Bay+Cir,+Wellington,+FL+33414,+USA/@26.6250173,-80.2276275,24m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x88d92598b56f512d:0x1674a1e0c3779780!8m2!3d26.6262507!4d-80.2265756

Now I hope the Brexiters brains can be found anytime soon by the same technology, but I'm not holding my breath for that to be honest
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on September 13, 2019, 09:34:26 AM
I think the definition is too low for that, you'd maybe need Google Microscope.  :azn:
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: richietog on September 13, 2019, 10:06:08 AM
They only found out because someone was searching the area where they used to live
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Glamdring on October 23, 2019, 09:59:43 AM
I found this interesting.
BBC News - Poor toilet hygiene behind E. coli superbug spread
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-50140871
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on November 10, 2019, 09:35:23 AM
That thing that some politicians do with their thumb (like a fist with the thumb pressed on top) when they're making a point, does my tits in.

I don't know why, but it only seems to be pricks who employ it.  :undecided:
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Glamdring on November 10, 2019, 11:57:34 AM
Like a power stance? Utterly pretentious.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on November 10, 2019, 05:26:44 PM
Effete passive aggressiveness.

It's not a good look.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: richietog on November 17, 2019, 12:16:44 AM
Labour want to give us free internet
Don’t know what may happen to the retail shops in the high streets
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on November 17, 2019, 11:09:23 AM
State run internet.
What could go wrong?
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: richietog on November 18, 2019, 12:02:09 PM
Things are getting serious in Hong Kong

Yeah, I agree with you there Wooster, state run internet
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Glamdring on November 18, 2019, 04:05:07 PM
They can do the selling of better kit.
My hospital free High Speed WiFi is 100Mb up and down.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on November 18, 2019, 07:56:26 PM
You could have only dreamed of that speed a short few years ago.  :azn:
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: richietog on November 23, 2019, 01:16:47 AM
The cyber truck so called unbreakable glass was tested, but it broke

The car looks fugly to say the least
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Splinter on November 23, 2019, 04:07:18 PM
I'm having fun with a GoPro (Hero 5 Black) and shooting 4k videos on my bike, whilst hairing around the Argentine roads.
I'll also be asking Santa to bring me a 128GB SD card, if I'm lucky.
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: richietog on November 23, 2019, 09:12:48 PM
Splinter, nice news
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: richietog on November 29, 2019, 05:35:07 PM
Another attack on London Bridge, two years after the first attack

As per usual, 24 hour rolling new channels have got rid of their usual programming
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: Wooster on November 29, 2019, 06:23:56 PM
I thought it looked familiar.
I was surveying the NewsUK building a few months ago, which looks down on the bridge. (So The Sun and The Times staff had a birds eye view.)

I see they're not sure if it's terrorism or just a nutter yet. :(
Title: Re: Generalities
Post by: richietog on November 29, 2019, 08:17:47 PM
Two people have so far lost their life because of the attack