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  1. 3 hours ago, IMHAL said:

    Brexiteers voted for the 'oven ready deal'. They just have a problem accepting that the only reason the GFA was possible was because we were all in the single market and CU. No borders was what made it all possible.

    Mrs May took away those menu options early on. All Brexit options on the table meant a border somewhere. 

    Bit rich blaming remainers for something that they claim the leavers in the country wanted and voted for at the referendum and in the general election. 

    True, but remainer MPs voting against the May deal was a high risk strategy to try and force another referendum, which didn't pay off in the end. In retrospect, given the hard Brexit we got, it would have been a good "cut your losses" strategy to vote for that deal and then start laying the groundwork for a future EEA accession or something.

  2. 18 minutes ago, yelims said:

    You claim I’m viewing things thru a binary lens and proceed to view everything through the same lens dismissing the road to fascism being taken in uk with a flippant “whatabout others”

    No! other western countries are not turning to fascism, most of them even surround the UK, hell even the US stepped back from the brink with Trump now gone

    brexit was a thin wedge with a Mussolini type figure now in charge of uk 

    no, no please don't get so strident. I am sure we don't disagree that much, in fact I am sure I agree with a lot of what you say. Let's just leave it at that.

  3. 17 minutes ago, yelims said:

    forgetting and not learning from history is a worse route to follow 


    Brexit is just the first step on a path that these neo fascist Tories are taking you, they already moved into dismantling rights such as peaceful protest.

    first, there is no need to view things through a binary lens. Acknowledge and learn from the evil actions in our history and celebrate the good. second, I am not British and may well not be living in the UK in a few years' time. my view is that nowhere in the West is on a good trajectory right now and the Blukip Tories are just one manifestation of this.

  4. 1 hour ago, telespy said:

    From what i've read, Sinovac is only about 50% effective, whereas AZ is about 70% and Pfizer about 90%. So that may be another reason for Chile having problems despite high vaccination rates

    doesn't bode all that well for the UK then, given that AZ is the main vaccine being used here...

  5. 6 minutes ago, dugsbody said:

    Yes, the libs are to blame for being too pushy, right. Libs, blacks, gays, young.

    If only there was a political party filled with conservative people like minded to you, who you could elect and who could run the country for most of its history. That would surely make everything better and then these libs wouldn't be making you have to be the way you are.

    I have some sympathy for both sides of this debate. True, the history is horrendous, but I am not sure that means we should chuck out 2000 years of Western civilisation (with all the amazing advances that it has brought). And before you say that this is a straw man, it does sometimes seem that some on the left do wish to effect some kind of cultural revolution (btw see where that got China) and wipe the slate clean. Oh for a bit of centrism!

  6. 50 minutes ago, yelims said:

     hate to break it to you and I understand if your history books airbrush things but UK was built on back of racism, colonialism, war, subjugation by what today would be considered as war crimes,

    the whole of human history is based on racism and warfare. for the past couple of hundred years, Europeans (yes, Europeans, not just Brits, look at e.g. the atrocities committed in the name of empire building by the likes of Belgium in Africa) have been in the ascendancy, looting and pillaging, but in the past the boot has been on the other foot. personally not going to walk around self-flagellating here, the legacy is a mix of bad and good.

  7. 9 minutes ago, Si1 said:

    And that's what they may try to do, leading to a worse inflation problem down the line. Of course, to a degree, falling currency and rising inflation are tautological, I would think.

    yes agreed, but I think a sudden jolt would be more likely to galvanise action (isn't this what happened in the last crash with the UK being ejected from the ERM?)

  8. 3 hours ago, Huggy said:

    Excellent news. Is that 420k people who have left the UK and settled in Ireland? We can add them to the 1.2m due to COVID from last year in another article, and so we're pushing quickly towards 2m now.

    I think if someone wants to live in the EU, and prefer the EU to the UK, they should be given the freedom to live there. I'm very much a believer in self determination with no obstacles :)

    depends who is leaving right? if it is loads of high skill people then bad, if it is min wage cohorts, not so bad...

  9. On 26/03/2021 at 12:37, Badhairday said:

    If someone is able to completely work from home, there is no reason that job can't be shipped out to India instead.  Also, I can see it leading to more depression as people lead more and more isolated lives.

    i guess if that is the case, then employers have had a year to figure which employees are in that category. no amount of presenteeism after lockdown will change that, so may as well grab as much wfh until such time as all our jobs move east.

  10. 19 minutes ago, zugzwang said:

    It's not at all straightforward.

    Some of the suppliers of key or interesting parts for the iPhone 5S, 6, and 6S and where they operate, included:

    • Accelerometer: Bosch Sensortech, based in Germany with locations in the U.S., China, South Korea, Japan, and Taiwan
    • Audio chips: Cirrus Logic, based in the U.S. with locations in the U.K., China, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, and Singapore
    • Battery: Samsung, based in South Korea with locations in 80 countries
    • Battery: Sunwoda Electronic, based in China
    • Camera: Qualcomm, based in the U.S. with locations in Australia, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, and more than a dozen locations through Europe and Latin America
    • Camera: Sony, based in Japan with locations in dozens of countries
    • Chips for 3G/4G/LTE networking: Qualcomm 
    • Compass: AKM Semiconductor, based in Japan with locations in the U.S., France, England, China, South Korea, and Taiwan
    • Glass screen: Corning, based in the U.S., with locations in Australia, Belgium, Brazil, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan, The Netherlands, Turkey, the U.K., and the United Arab Emirates 
    • Gyroscope: STMicroelectronics. Based in Switzerland, with locations in 35 countries
    • Flash memory: Toshiba, based in Japan with locations in over 50 countries 
    • Flash memory: Samsung 
    • LCD screen: Sharp, based in Japan with locations in 13 countries
    • LCD screen: LG, based in South Korea with locations in Poland and China
    • A-series processor: Samsung 
    • A-series processor: TSMC, based in Taiwan with locations in China, Singapore, and the U.S.
    • Touch ID: TSMC
    • Touch ID: Xintec. Based in Taiwan. 
    • Touch-screen controller: Broadcom, based in the U.S. with locations in Israel, Greece, the U.K., the Netherlands, Belgium, France, India, China, Taiwan, Singapore, and South Korea
    • Wi-Fi chip: Murata, based in the U.S. with locations in Japan, Mexico, Brazil, Canada, China, Taiwan, South Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, India, Vietnam, The Netherlands, Spain, the U.K., Germany, Hungary, France, Italy, and Finland 

    Actually what this suggests is that Taiwan (and basically TSMC) is the strategic asset. which is quite scary given China's intentions towards them.

  11. 20 hours ago, MonsieurCopperCrutch said:

    It's Dail Hate so I've not read the article. Just surprised people on here would support jingoistic claptrap of a country that has done little for them in return. 

    evolution has hardwired a desire to be part of the collective? much like a gamma chimp will probably still have loyalty to its clan (but on a way larger scale, of course)

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