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Everything posted by enrieb

  1. It's a red herring because it's an arbitrary meaningless event that does not have any relevance to house prices rising 100 times since 1952. It would be better to just say since 1952, rather than use a event which distracts from the follow up question "Why have house prices risen 100 times?" or "why has the currency lost so much value?". One might as well use the headline, since Agatha Christie's murder-mystery play The Mousetrap opened at the Ambassadors Theatre in London house prices have risen more than 100 times. Of course they don't say because but they use the word since which can imply that there is a relationship between the two. They smear the facts together in a way that media organisations know full-well has a seeding effect in the mind of the general public. Saddam Hussain, Osama Bin Laden, WMDs, 45 minuets. A more accurate story would be to write about how much value the currency has lost since 1952. The story is simply a bullish article about how well property has done over the long term, as long as you price it in pounds, if you price property in gold, oil or copper it will tell a very different story, Most people won't question why the currency has lost so much value they will just start thinking about the coronation, jubilee, queen, street parties etc.. while the EA propaganda slips into their subconcious. The figures come the wiki, it references this book as the source. Do you have a source as a basis for your doubts? The Oxford History of the British Empire: The Twentieth Century ISBN 0-19-924679-3 http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=CpSvK3An3hwC&hl=en
  2. The coronation is a red herring, it's more to do with the post world war 2 decline of the british empire, the winds of change, suez, bretton woods, sterling area etc... Between 1945 and 1965, the number of people under British rule outside the UK itself fell from 700 million to five million, three million of whom were in Hong Kong.
  3. I was going to protest against apathy, but I couldn't be bothered.
  4. I hear they've started campaigning against 'sweeping generalisations' now.
  5. It could be good idea for the government to give a tax incentive to landlords who let out property to emergency services workers, in areas like central london, but then again once the government get involved such a scheme would probably be abused.
  6. Congratulations on your first kill. It sounds a shame that some kids had to be taken out, but at the least you got to collect some bonus adults souls, in addition to the EA you 'retired' a property developer. It's hard to make that decision in such a short time, but sometimes you have to go with your instincts. Generally it's considered best practice not to post online about your kills, but it was your first one, so I understand your need to question your decision. I was just as surprised as you were, when I killed my first EA. Upon dismembering the body, I discovered that they are in fact, made entirely of c nut s. This is why they must die.
  7. I was just reading the story on the BBC skimming down the page quickly to get to 'the thread of hope' they always offer in the face of the undeniable fact that house prices are falling and set to fall further. Dear Mr Gaddafi, we regret to inform you that all 95% of your military vehicles have been destroyed by NATO bombing raids, however on the plus side military fuel supplies are now projected to last significantly longer.
  8. Yes, they had higher rates of building houses, but in the UK what happened was that many home owners chose to convert lofts, cellars, and out buildings into spare rooms. Many former 2-3 bed homes are no longer available as entry level homes for first time buyers, they have now become 3-4 bedroom homes which, at current prices, puts them out of the market of anyone who isn't already an owner of a 3-4 bedroom property. Did these homeowners increase the number of rooms as part of a business plan in the hope of renting them out to 'overcrowded Britain'? nope they did it to 'put value on their homes' so that they could borrow more money to buy cheap crap from China. If you look in most city centres the capacity has gone right up over the past 15 years, vast amounts of flats where churned out, almost all city centre buildings have the upper floors converted into flats. Former Mills, Pubs, Industrial buildings and offices blocks all were converted on mass. There's plenty of supply, but all at kept at artificially high prices by government subsidy via the inflation tax. Of course you can always buy a home if you are foolish enough to take out a massive loan, but that's only for as long as the credit markets see Britain as a leper with the least spots.
  9. You could apply for the enterprise allowance scheme for setting up a business. http://www.dwp.gov.uk/adviser/updates/new-enterprise-allowance/
  10. JJB have allowed some of their empty stores to be let out by 3space for charities/community projects. Here's a video about Manchester's Circus House in which my friends built a Parkour Park. There are other building available throughout the country. http://3space.org/
  11. It does sound like they are lining you up for something more that just advice, why else would they want you to attend. I'm guessing that when the mortgage lender tells them that they will need to put down a deposit to get the best mortgage deal they will say "where are we going to get 5000 pounds" and then all eyes will fall on you.
  12. A couple of good documentaries from the past.
  13. Why would anybody even care whether you took them seriously or not?
  14. Well thank god for the daily heil, where would we be without their reactionanary half truth headlines. Maybe we should set up a 'Dads Army' kind of defence organisation to repel the hordes of foreign invaders, an excellent tactic would be to switch the signs of the UK Border Agency and replace them with the signs from the Benefits Office, that way we capture johnny foreigner as he tries to steal our hard earned printed money.
  15. http://www.clicker.com/tv/commanding-heights/ I remember watching this series of videos just before the 2007. Commanding Heights, it's a three part 6 hour long documentary about the history of economics and trade starting with the keynes vs hayek debate, leading into the great depression, WW2, communism capitalism, regain, thatcher, russia's financial collapse, etc.. eventually it comes right up to the 2007 bubble where all the people interviewed are smugly proclaiming that they have created the greatest economic system ever. It's a rogues den of the guilty.
  16. Thanks for posting these, i've just started listening, it's really excellent stuff.
  17. That's a good summary of most of the options that are on the table, but there's one tried and tested solution that you forgot to include...
  18. Pop quiz, hotshot. There's a debt bomb on the economy. Once the economy goes 50 miles an hour, the bomb is armed. If it drops below 50, it blows up. What do you do? What do you do? Aha, very good. There are rules, Jack, and I want you to get this right. No one gets out of the housing market. You try to take anyone out of the housing market, I will detonate the economy. I want my money by 11 A.M.
  19. You are Jeremy Clarkson, and i claim my five pounds. I am however slightly amused by your sweeping generalisations of Johnny Foreigner.
  20. Ahh yes that may be so, but in the mind of an idiot, borrowing even more money to buy a larger house is ok because the bigger house will go up in value even more.
  21. So electrocution with tazers, chemicals agents, physical beating, are all acceptable methods of dealing with non violent protest (as long as there's no permanent damage) basically anything thats listed as torture by the Geneva convention and UN convention against torture,(as long as it causes no permanent damage) the sort of things we criticise China, Iran, Iraq, Burma, Uzbekistan for are all acceptable methods of dealing with non- violent democratic protests. Remind me again who actually voted for this sort of expansion of the governments ability to violently put down protests. You don't think Pepper spray is a weapon that causes harm? perhaps we should decriminalise the stuff and free the people who have been wrongly convicted of using it, after all it causes no permanent damage. I noticed you ignored the glaring hole in your vision for a civilised society, because when you give these sort of powers to a government to use via the police force how do people protest against government policy or against a government that then uses methods that do cause permanent damage. The order you crave is the sort seen in totalitarian dictatorships, and that is something for which you will find little support for on these forums and amongst the general public.
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