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  1. Well I think that's stretching the word "violence" to breaking point but other than that I thoroughly agree.
  2. Being ridiculous has never stopped people. Most of what's called "progress" and is enthusiastically grabbed by a large proportion of the population is ridiculous. People love ridiculous to the point of thinking it's not.
  3. It's something that's used to indicate that a poster thinks they're being clever and making a cutting remark but is only repeating an empty piece of popular nonsense.
  4. The old had many things better and frequently expect the young to keep those going because they can't afford to themselves, whilst the young won't get anything in return. Meanwhile I find any visions of the future most of the young seem to want my idea of a dystopian nightmare that can only be achieved by trampling over what I actually like about the world (a process that's already far too far gone). In short, all generations are a-holes.
  5. I think you failed to recognise the sarcasm, the reality seems to be criticising those effectively treating them as sub-human. Now I'm not in the slightest anti-vax and I find the majority of people who are bonkers (i.e. all those who believe it's a conspiracy, who think it's far, far riskier than it is etc., leaving only those who just accept the low level of risk of not having one and are happy with that as not being bonkers) but the effective sneering at them when they die is pretty disgusting, and far too common.
  6. Irrelevant question, because it's simply not doable no matter how much of a mess you make of all those buildings and how much money you throw at it.
  7. That's misusing the analogy. The UK does not "have domain" over them, they are all part of the UK. It isn't a devolved issue. A vote in Scotland is just the same as a vote in England. It makes no more sense to complain that the village of Little Puddlington voted Remain so should stay in. Everyone in the UK is a member of the same household as far as UK-wide issues are concerned.
  8. Hardly. Er, no. Such a political union would require rules about when dinner is eaten. When the lawn is mown, and what is grown in the flower beds. What time you should go to bed. And so on.
  9. Well yes, numbers are still increasing, so going on about "record" every time at the moment is a bit ridiculous. It's the rate of change that's more interesting. Also that large number is partially down to catchup over the New Year period, Northern Ireland didn't report any on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd and Wales didn't on the 1st and 3rd; England's numbers (which have been reported every day) are actually lower than a couple from last week, although there'll be an element of bank holiday lag (since they're really referring to yesterday). The overall picture appears to be past the most rapid rate of change but not peaked yet (although London very much looks like it has).
  10. The UK voted to leave the EU. Whether any particular vote came from England, Wales, Scotland, or Northern Ireland isn't relevant.
  11. As has been pointed out distance doesn't seem to play that well in terms of how well countries get along with each other. Most neighbouring countries have a long history of kicking the crap out of each other. Anyway why can't we get along with other countries without being welded in to a political partnership with them? If we're to follow the neighbours analogy I get along very well with my neighbours without any of us having any say in how we do things in our own houses, although we agree to help out on things from time to time. I wouldn't regard a neighbour who had a sulk because I don't want us all to dictate meal times and content as a good neighbour.
  12. Brexit's the one worthwhile thing he's done, and we only ended up with Boris Johnson in charge because of the refusal of the rest to be willing to try to do that job properly (too much sticking fingers in their ears and refusing to accept Brexit is a reality, one that might make things a little less cushy for them). Looking at some of the Covid responses in the EU I'm glad we're out on that front too.
  13. Nothing is going to be done about the real problem so let's keep making the problems worse isn't an argument I can get behind. Ditto with keeping building houses for the same reason. All it leads to is everything going further down the drain, so why have any patience for it at all? The impact of ever more development and ever more intensive farming worry me far more than climate change, and have already done far more damage in this country, but it's largely populated by people who couldn't give a sh1t about their surroundings as long as they can spend a life doing as little as possible, surrounded by distractions.
  14. A few weeks ago it there were peaks in cases among school-age children and age groups about right to be the parents of them. Haven't looked to see if that's still the case (the graphs don't let you rescale the colours and I've been too lazy to dig out the raw data and plot it myself).
  15. And guess what? People managed to get on with their life with smallpox still in existence, it wasn't spreading like wildfire and killing everyone. There was plenty of selective pressure for Covid to become milder because people were avoiding each other and contacts. Under those circumstances a variant that barely showed up at all would have quite the advantage. Just because it's most infectious earlier on doesn't mean there weren't any changes in behaviour that would've made it harder to spread. Put flu's death toll in to the perspective of the overall population and it's misleading to describe it as "high". That's a function of a lot of people, the risk is not high.
  16. Personally I'd much prefer to take the low chance of dying than live in that sort of country.
  17. Ridiculous? Although building far too much is the most obvious sign of over-development the damage of intensive agriculture has also seriously scarred and damaged the UK. Yes, it's hopeless that we're nowhere near independent on food, the combination of both just points to why this country is dreadfully over-populated and why the long term goal has to face the facts that that's our biggest problem.
  18. There are also a minority of posters who seem to think "you should put up with any old nonsense as long as it's not a major inconvenience."
  19. In which case, living in NW England, I'm part of a reduction in heating, because heaven knows enough H20 leaves the atmosphere around here.
  20. Venus is an extreme example of which there's no reason to draw parallels with on Earth. There's the potential for serious consequences but not wiping out all life. The Industrial Revolution is history, we're not responsible for what people who died long before we were born did. The UK has already made a lot of steps, at no small cost to itself. That's why it's pretty low down on the list per capita amongst industrialised countries, I'd say our contributions are too high because of too many people, not the amount per person (e.g. my earlier comparison with France, roughly the same population but twice the size, so a considerably larger country that's thus about half the emissions per area - it's not as if large amounts of France are uninhabitable wasteland either).
  21. Yet ahead of us - from that perspective the UK really has done considerably more than most (often via means that I find distinctly objectionable). And our total would be even lower if we weren't so overpopulated. Very nuclear-based France is still lower than us per capita though, nuclear's still the way to go (it's also about twice the area and the same population, which paints the UK in a worse light).
  22. Can't see hospitilisations peaking until a week after cases. The hope is that the case:admissions ratio is low enough with vaccination and Omicron being less serious that that's manageable; after all last January managed on much higher hospital figures, but only by the skin of the teeth. Looking at at the numbers I think there's some reason to believe cases may not be far off peaking but there are many uncertainties in that so I wouldn't say it with high confidence; it could be due to holidays impacting the reported figures (despite trying to make allowances for that) or limitations of testing capacity.
  23. Well generally the time between peaks in cases and peaks in hospitilisations has been about a week. Not sure where there's much in the way of good evidence to tie back further to infections, since it's rather hard to know with any sort of confidence when someone was initially infected. There are factors that'll push both ways (people not testing until they're feeling bad on the one hand, and people routinely testing and picking up before symptoms really get going on the other, although that still needs some time after infection to show in a test).
  24. Well I don't really regard electric cars as an upgrade but don't really see any reason why not either (other than my intense dislike of all new electronic-filled cars, but that's new ICE ones too), so that's enough to go for one.
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