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PeanutButter

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  1. The question I ask myself is: Do I trust this government to do as well or better for the country in every micro deal, and every negotiation? And the answer of course, is No. I do not trust them not to put their own interests first. I do not trust them to understand the economic complexities they’re faced with (no matter how many underlings patiently brief them). And above all, I do not trust them to negotiate well.
  2. If the only web presence a business has is a facebook page I tend to ignore them as a business. A Wix site or similar isn’t difficult and projects a far more serious image. Interesting article on the weird products flogged via facebook and instagram. And how they harvest our details. https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/01/the-strange-brands-in-your-instagram-feed/550136/
  3. How do you know someone’s quit facebook? They tell you they’ve quit facebook. I quit years ago and don’t miss that stalker site one iota. All social media changes human behaviour. Everything becomes Performative, even distress, sadness, anger. Matt Haig’s made a career out of Admitting He’s Sad. Other people are hell, and allowing other people’s projections into your waking thoughts is asking for problems.
  4. Well you know I'm a hysterical ecogedden prepper so when I go off-grid I don't expect Harrods vans will even reach me. And yes, they will try to keep the system going by adding more and more people to it.
  5. Alas, am trying to shed some pounds. Perhaps the cat wants a new snakeskin diamante collar.
  6. FOREIGN BUYERS OF ISRAELI PROPERTIES: ARE THE GOOD TIMES OVER? https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Foreign-buyers-of-Israeli-properties-Are-the-good-times-over-549505 Israeli govt cracking down on the tiny 5% of foreign property owners.
  7. Ah yes, flogging our finite resource of land to foreign interests. Now That's What I Call Taking Back Control 2018 Perhaps he can grab a newspaper and a football team while he's at it.
  8. I tried searching but it eggtimered out. MODS can delete?
  9. The concept of welfare has been distorted. It used to be for working people who've paid in their whole lives, or for those down on their luck temporarily. Increasing average lifespan combined with importing vast numbers of people to permanently use the system has broken it. The rich continue to get richer because heaven forbid we actually tax our masters, and the poor are ground down on housing waiting lists and sanctions. Meanwhile the government has continually ignored the complaints of UK citizens until they erupted in Brexit fury. I've never had to claim UK benefits and voted remain, but if you actually stop and talk to average Brits outside of London there is a dogged 'we'll teach em' sentiment which I do not underestimate for a moment.
  10. The eternal question. Why do we have 120,000 children without permanent homes in the UK in 2018? Humans are really astonishingly fecund and many are unable or unwilling to imagine or plan for the future. (NOW is good so why bother about THEN?) The generally accepted answer is to focus on educating women and giving them access to contraception - which they already have here. So there is no answer.
  11. For a long while now I've suspected that priced-out workers are just blowing their disposable income because no matter what they save it's a drop in the ocean. Can you really save for a deposit by ditching coffee and avocado toast? I tried to find out How reliant is our economy on young workers not bothering to save? Their main investments seem to be brunch, pugs, personal trainers, holidays, botox, yoga detox, alcohol, drugs, coffee, ubers, and iphones. BTW this woman got MAULED for being this honest.
  12. Think I’ve reached “peak stuff”. Got a Harrods gift voucher from work and there’s nowt I want with it. It’s all just overpriced tat for Middle East and Chinese tourists.
  13. “from 26 per cent to 10.5“ So at one stage London had 26% foreign landlords?! Dangnabit that’s high.
  14. Yeah but Amazon sucks now. Free Prime shipping is the only thing keeping me using them and then only in extremis. Beyond all the tax avoidance and dodgy labour practices - it’s simply very badly designed. Marketplace sellers know how to game it, and Amazon makes money directing customers to sponsored products. Meanwhile reviews are fake and most things are Chinese tat. It’s a hell website and needs burning.
  15. Who'd have thought chaotically leaving the EU would put off foreign buyers looking to bunk away great wodges of (ill)begotten gains?!
  16. Many economists also believe in infinite growth on a finite planet...
  17. *extremely crash voice* But surely ONLINE RETAILERS won't be affected...??? Asos shares plunge by 40% as profit warning rocks retail sector - business live https://www.theguardian.com/business/live/2018/dec/17/asos-profits-warning-retail-sector-sales-november-business-live
  18. No deposit mortgages. https://www.money.co.uk/mortgages/no-deposit-mortgages.htm
  19. All I needed to hear was “China slowing” and I felt a chill in me ole bones. As ever, my question is how to mitigate, how to prep, and how to outlast. Storm ahead? Here’s how to prepare for a financial crisis As the IMF warns a downturn could be coming, we examine how you can protect yourself https://www.theguardian.com/money/2018/dec/15/storm-ahead-heres-how-to-prepare-for-a-financial-crisis
  20. VC injections for short term profits and massive expansion have diluted the sector. Uber Eats and Deliveroo + supermarket meal kits also play a part. “Hot” eateries in London still have stupid no-bookings and queues but the chains are hardly buzzing. It all feels pre-recession to me. I monitor a specialist second hand item market at auctions and online and assure you that people are not spending anything like they were two or three years ago.
  21. Tick tock Global economy fears rise as manufacturing growth slumps in China https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/dec/14/global-economy-fears-rise-as-manufacturing-growth-slumps-in-china Fears are growing about the state of the global economy after a slump in Chinese manufacturing output growth and a dramatic slowdown in business activity across Europe and the US. Stock markets sagged on Friday as China‘s government said industrial production and retail sales slowed in November. Traders were also spooked by surveys that showed French business activity contracted this month and the US economy slipped to its lowest growth rate for 18 months in December.
  22. You should probably never visit Japan, it's an absolute hell hole. Traffic jams everywhere, huge pollution problems, roving gangs of marauding elderly ninjas, expensive travel, extremely dangerous. They definitely need a lot of foreign migration to fix such a broken country. I barely made it out alive last time.
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