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  1. Quality of life? Having work shoved in to your private space, private life, that sort of intrusion is quality of life? Gee, people must have very shallow, unfulfilling trite lives if they've so little value for their own home that that doesn't bother them. Stupidly long commutes are an issue but working from home is a bloody lousy answer to them, and it just shows how badly broken and fecked up so many people are these days that there's a drive for it, a drive for work intruding in to your private life and a never have to get off your arse stay in your home 24 hours a day, 7 days a week type of existence. I suppose it keeps you away from that scary outside world with other human beings, and that's the most depressing part of all - how desperate people seem to be to remove their fellow human beings from their day to day life. I'm not even a very sociable person but the idea depresses me extremely. But it does reinforce my views about how contemptible so many are.
  2. Amazon's if anything's killing the out the out of town shopping centres. It's those shopping centres that did most of the killing off of the high street before Amazon really entered the scene.
  3. When you should be blaming the ivory tower out of touch arseholes. But too many Remain-obsessed fools prefer to bury their heads in the sand and blame people for turning away from them rather than make any effort to understand why people turned away. When the "mainstream" sits in place milking it and sneering at anyone who dares disagree with them whilst they rake it in, effectively shutting out any reasonable alternatives this is exactly what you get. Get out of touch and arrogant enough, piss on people enough, and they'll start turning to any alternative. And in the long run rightly so, since it's the only real option even if it causes short to medium term issues. You reap what you sow.
  4. Yeah, because I really want a bloody great box sat outside the front door.
  5. Because all those "hassles" are really rather negligible, whilst getting stuff delivered can be quite a faff if you're not permanently housebound (I realise that that appears to be some weirdos idea of a great life). And I'd rather keep a healthy society going - where possible. The short-term seeming "convenience" (and cheapness from economies of scale and tax dodging) have however killed enough off that the real reason for not going to the high street is that there's sod all left there now. I've nothing but contempt for the fools who don't recognise this as a seriously negative change to society though.
  6. It can vary significantly from person to person, although I agree there's definitely a strong element of that in most people (and one people fail to appreciate - it's part of my dislike of the march of automation).
  7. That's why they're a poor complement to just about any form of generation; really you need something large-scale for the base load, which wind and solar can't provide, and something rapidly controllable that they can't provide either (hydro is the only renewable that can do that). The only reliable way we've got with existing technology for minimising CO2 is nuclear baseload and gas top up. You can through a few renewables in I suppose that might reduce the amount of gas required if the peaks happened to align. I think that's an unduly pessimistic view of fusion. Progress in it appears to be accelerating quite rapidly. It won't come online in the short term but it I expect it within my lifetime at least (fingers crossed that I live an average lifetime that I'm roughly half way through). Better still just to not plaster everywhere in the wretched things, anyone who doesn't have a problem with the massive scale industrialisation of huge areas that a wind farm really is needs their head examining.
  8. It sounds like (as someone else has suggested) that if the pound's not falling against the Euro then it's more a case of the dollar becoming stronger than the pound getting weaker.
  9. No-one wants to believe they're on the side that's being murderous scum, which is why the propaganda machine is running full tilt in order to keep them believing that they're not. That's a big part of the point of propaganda, when people won't get behind what you're really up to. If they would there'd be no need for it. The amount of lying coming out of the Kremlin can only be because Putin fears Russians knowing and believing the truth (although I suppose there's a possibility that he's come to believe his own rhetoric too, which is always a problem when building yourself an echo chamber).
  10. I suppose we have to assume that a lot of Russians don't really agree with what's going on otherwise Putin wouldn't have to be piling up the propaganda and complete and utter nonsense to absurd levels for domestic consumption. He clearly doesn't want them to know what's really being done in their name.
  11. Oh there's no doubt that she played a big part in kicking it all off, but that's history now. There's been plenty of time to move on and change things. She's a big part of the history that lead to where we are now but she's not responsible for the situation *now*.
  12. Pretty much, which is why I don't use my real name anywhere (well other than personal emails) but don't go to any greater effort to hide. Another rather sad step further in to dystopia though. Never bothered with Twitter anyway.
  13. There's a question! I'm not sure what the rest of the world reaction to that would be either.
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