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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Yeah, because I really want a bloody great box sat outside the front door.
  4. 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.
  5. 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).
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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).
  9. 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.
  10. 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*.
  11. 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.
  12. There's a question! I'm not sure what the rest of the world reaction to that would be either.
  13. No, but it would be extremely dangerous, unachievable, and wouldn't hurt those actually responsible anyway.
  14. As would everyone apart from Putin and his band of sycophants. I'd expect support from elsewhere for Ukraine would dry up if they ended up going for revenge.
  15. Still bloody worrying though and grossly irresponsible. Very much likely sabre rattling, trying to scare people off, but with someone off his rocker like Putin you never quite know. Any idea what the actual plan might be for Putin? Grab what he can by May 9th and hope he can persuade Ukraine to stop at that point, with those threats as the incentive to get Ukraine to agree?
  16. Still think it seems a bit crazy to start a second front against another country, although as was pointed out expecting logic from Putin's a bit much.
  17. When they're already having enough trouble with Ukraine? It would be a bloody stupid move indeed (not that that's stopped Russia so far).
  18. Trading one dystopian vision for another.
  19. That drop started before the end of free testing, and there's no sign of an obvious change in the rate that could be attributed to free testing. IMO that most likely indicates that the end of free testing has not had a sudden effect on the numbers, so it's quite hard / impossible to quantify how much of the current rate of change is due to the end of free testing and how much due to declining cases. Declining hospital admissions strongly suggest that a large proportion of the decline in detected cases is real, but it's hard to say how much. It will but in that particular case I'd be rather surprised if the number of people dying outside hospital is statistically significant. The point is that the number of people dying who get tested will not have changed by anywhere near as much as the wider population. The end of free testing and the continuation of automatic testing in hospitals (my assumption - does anyone know?) means that the percentage of tests likely to be positive has increased, the testing is actually now more targetted at people likely to have Covid.
  20. Anything Musk describes as a "future worth getting excited about" is probably a vision that makes me hope for an early grave.
  21. They won't suddenly plummet. There are a couple of possible reasons. Firstly even though free testing ended then plenty of people seem to have a stockpile of tests. So the level of testing will fade rather than fall instantly. The second possibility is that I'm guessing hospitals still test everyone who turns up anyway, and if most people die in hospital then they'll mostly be getting tested. It'll result in fewer (people who arrived in hospital today after a test four weeks ago), but not a massive sudden drop.
  22. Reminds me of their protest in Manchester where they were using diesel generators - their explanation was that they'd looked in to alternatives but they were too expensive. And still the penny hasn't dropped.
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