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  1. Cameron knew this when he put out a referendum on the Alternative vote instead of PR. It's called Conservatism Syndrome. https://www.psypost.org/2017/07/scientist-conservative-syndrome-exists-across-countries-49279
  2. Just had to search to see who is shadow education minister. Now I'm certainly not saying that it's ridiculous to put education into the lap of someone who left school at 16, but wouldn't someone who has been through education have a better understanding of its value? PS congratulations to her, just read she became a granny at age 37 too. (Not judging, I've got close family who've done the same.)
  3. I once had a conversation with a deputy head who didn't see a problem with a 16 yo writing 'Reguards' in a thank you letter. 'Well you knew what she meant, didn't you?' Half the trouble seems to be everyone just wants to avoid conflict and be fwends with kids. Wouldn't want to embarrass the poor things by telling them they're wrong.
  4. Canadian crypto exchange QuadrigaCX says it cannot repay most of $190 million in client holdings after its 30-year-old founder Gerald Cotten, the only person who knew the passwords to its “cold storage,” unexpectedly died in India in December 2018, Coindesk reported on Friday. https://gizmodo.com/crypto-exchange-says-it-cant-repay-190-million-to-clie-1832309454 Bummer
  5. I've said it before but it bears repeating. The average adult reading age in the UK is 9, and it's getting worse. We are getting dumber as a country. The trouble is, an ill-educated populace is easier to control. Unable to grasp complex concepts, they prefer simple binary options and baulk at or blot out anything requiring finer reasoning. And until now we've been able to import well educated people to compensate.
  6. Perhaps, when there were many billions fewer humans in the world it was a sane strategy. Now it feels as if we are reaching our limits, or rather, the limits of the natural world to tolerate our incessant pillaging. You are right. Being consumers, being producers, fitting into the capitalist paradigm doesn't make for a happy world.
  7. I wonder if a nice oil war would help distract the world from this process?
  8. The government of criminal buffoons lie?! I can hardly believe it.
  9. When was inequality lowest? What were the identifiable factors involved in creating that situation? What has changed? Are we just talking about inequality in the UK or in all developed countries or across the world? I spoke to my teacher friend again. All the teachers he knows buy food/small items for certain students. There are children from poor families who don't need this service and there are children who do. The ones who do often come from homes where a parent simply doesn't care about them. How do we make people care for their children?
  10. Many fake things seem better than the real ones. Nike pays wages and pays taxes and answers to the public in a way that fakes do not. They can be punished for wrongdoing. People make choices how to spend their money. I would rather not spend mine on untraceable fakery but understand why people like buying cheap things. We're all raised to want to buy as much stuff as possible.
  11. Absolutely. Undermining western IP has been a key policy of North Korea for years (I only found out about supernotes recently). They use China to disperse the goods. It's funny that when landlords and millionaires evade tax they're held up as pariahs, but most people are happy to smoke fake cigarettes (that undermine the NHS), and wear fake brands (that undermine western companies).
  12. Agreed. Hence why I question the crowing over “we’ll have cheaper food post brexit” concept. Cheap always comes at a cost. https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/fake-designer-boots-are-churned-out-226638 Lots of people love fake goods. The ability not to question why or how they’re cheap is a skill I haven’t acquired. Tax evasion, child labour, zero worker rights, animals stipped of their skin while alive (google chinese raccoon dogs + uggs). Theres always a cost but we in the west don’t tend to pay it. At least High Street labels have boards to answer to when their third world sweatshops collapse.
  13. I tangentially touch on IP at work too. There are territories that our IP is continually being stolen - Russia, China, Turkey - and we have zero recourse. I’d love to see them brought to heel. Whenever people brush off counterfeits I recall the incident of the boy whose unearthed gameboy charger (from ebay via china) electrocuted him to death. Their disregard for human life in pursuit of profit (remember the infant milk melamine debacle?) never ceases to astound me.
  14. More people disconnected from nature. More children growing up without seeing where their food comes from first hand. Screens aren’t enough. Humans aren’t meant to live our lives in hard grey boxes. We evolved in nature, a part of it, and the further we “rise” away from it the less likely we are to honour and respect it. Megacities just sound like depression vortexes to me.
  15. 47C in Adelaide last month. And having lived there when it hit 45C I can safely say it is hellish. Aussies seem to be in denial about a lot of things. 1. It will get hotter and hotter every decade. 2. Sucking in great numbers of immigrants only boosts the economy temporarily. You can’t keep doing it forever.
  16. Jonathan Adcock, 33, on how he saved to buy a house – and how his finances have changed since he became a parent
  17. Clearly not. We were talking about immigration and its part in leave voters choice. I mentioned school places. When talking about why people voted leave (and I didn't) and minimising EU immigration (such as Poles) it made sense to me to mention the two highest immigrant birth rate groups because the one other, Pakistanis, is completely unaffected by leaving the EU. Do you understand now or would you care for further explanation?
  18. Yes they are. We may even see a resurgence of a UKIP-style party, since the underlying issue (feeling usurped in one's home country) has not and will not be addressed.
  19. This is so true and what I think a lot of remain voters simply cannot comprehend. They only see the benefits of immigration, or are able to ignore the small negatives. Do your relatives go into specifics or would you say it's a general animosity towards anyone who isn't white British? The two populations having the most children in the UK are Poles and Pakistanis. One EU, one non-EU. Edit to add that Poland has a negative birth rate (presumably because they're all having children in other countries).
  20. Goodbye Oddbins. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-47085479
  21. I voted remain but I'm interested in the disconnect between my London bubble and the reality of the rest of the country. There's a Gary Yonge piece today about how people voted against their own benefit - https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/feb/01/poorer-brexiters-worse-off-working-class-leavers which got me thinking. Making arguments about the financial return on immigrants holds no water with people who voted leave because of immigration. They don't care about being poorer, I honestly think they're willing to be poorer in order to achieve the social change they want to see - which is a reduction in the total number of foreigners in the UK. Again, I don't think their approach is fine-toothed enough to say 'Oh not these ones, not those ones because they contribute more than they take out,' it is simply they want to stop feeling usurped. I don't have children but can easily imagine the frustration of people being told there are no school places (because of demand), or that I can't join an NHS dentist (because of demand), and that the rent has gone up (because of demand). And where is this demand coming from? Of course, it's external. I benefit from immigration hugely. Immigrants make my flat white and wash my car. If I want they'll clean my house. They fill the jobs I don't want to do. But all this benefit to me has prevented me from seeing how others may feel marginalised and forgotten.
  22. Some interesting analysis. Everyone on both sides knows it was about immigration. http://csi.nuff.ox.ac.uk/?p=1153
  23. Surrre. He’s also an antivaxxer, flatearther and wants everyone to know the truth about chemtrails (soros is behind them)
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