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  1. You stated in one post that you'd lived in Seattle for 3 years but now state you didn't live here after all. Now you've realized you've been caught out and quickly change your story. I knew you were lying when you said you'd lived here because of you have no idea what the weather is like, apart from relying on website information about rainfall. I hope that is clear to you in your made up world. So your imaginary brother lives in Oregon and he knows best about the weather in a completely different place; a place that is surrounded by mountainous terrain that affects weather. Who is he, Stevie Wonder? He too cannot feel the 1000 hours of extra sunshine compared to Manchester and the 2C average temp difference. You can venture all you like. I've ridden motorbikes across most of Europe, backpacked for 2 years around the world, and lived and worked in 4 countries. The difference between you and I is that my experiences are real and not googled from my parent's spare bedroom. May is collaborating with the EU. It's painfully obvious for all to see. I realize it's dark in Manchester, with the reduced sunlight, but even you must be able to see that.
  2. Do you actually read my posts? I've stated infrastructure more than once. Why do you keep quoting 93%? You cannot build on all the land. Where did you live in Seattle? So you're telling me you lived here for 3 years and never noticed the sunshine, that big glowing thing hanging out above you from June through until October? Manchester has a 1000hours of sunshine and Seattle has over 2000hours. So you think Manchester's weather is better even though there's 50% less sunlight. Nowhere in England has more sunshine hours than Seattle, but you never saw any sunshine and you lived here 3 years. Well, well. Your imaginary brother also lives here, but why do we need him to comment, when you lived here, in your imagination for 3 years. During these 3 years you managed to avoid over 6000 hours of sunshine. Meanwhile you managed to get the perfect tan in Manchester over the last 3 years with 3000 hours of sunshine. Facts huh? Don't let facts get in the way. Now who is being disingenuous. Next you'll be stating that your aunt Flo lives in Queen Anne and needs a boat to go shopping, on account of the rainfall. Do you have any other imaginary relatives I might never meet in Seattle? I guess I'll see them all hanging out between June and October under umbrellas. Yep, right. So most people think I'm a bigot because I use the word Quisling. Are you using the word to mean racist? It seems that most people haven't got a clue what it means, so it's doubtful most people would be able to comment.
  3. Yes, totally agree. I have darker skin than most of the new arrivals, because I spend so much time outdoors. Most immigrants, I've met in England, are polite, and some are well educated and employed below their optimal level. I think only a dimwit would take their frustration out on the individuals; my frustration has always been with the deliberate government policy. The government and big business (same thing) wanted cheap labour. I think the British are amongst the most tolerant people on the planet. They have put up with high house prices, wage suppression, unprecedented immigration levels and a continual drip feed of political BS from the BBC. I don't think the tolerance would be reciprocated elsewhere.
  4. Yes, I did state the irony; just read my original post and stop being lazy. The UK is one of the most densely populated countries in Europe. You cannot expand populations dramatically because it places stresses on infrastructure, which is exactly what has happened since the unprecedented influx. Seattle is known for having the best summers in the whole of the USA. They are perfect and wonderfully consistent. There is almost no rain in the summer. Our rain appears in November but Miami and other cities get way more rain than we do per annum. It hardly ever gets cold here. Please state where your brother lives. Washington State is about the same size as Britain and has extreme climate differences. If your brother lives near the temperate rainforest he may experience 120+ inches of rain, which is like the south west portion of New Zealand's south island; if he lives in the desert regions (yes, desert) then he may receive 7 inches of rain or less. If I want snow, in winter, I can drive up to the mountains and go skiing. I know what Quisling means and already covered that topic and have successfully established that it wasn't a Hogwart's sport. Maggie Thatcher was ousted by Conservative pro Europeans; my opinion is that the very same Conservative party will do all it can to prevent Brexit.....and here we have a Remainer in charge of the wonderfully planned exit strategy...or not.
  5. I can agree about the homelessness problem. Seattle's response is to throw more and more tax money at the problem without dealing with the underlying issues. Seattle, like LA and New York, has good homeless services, which attracts some of the homeless people to the city from out of state. From anecdotal evidence I see mental illness and drug abuse as the main problem; the drug users need to be removed from the source of the drugs i.e the city. I was more surprised about the homeless in Vancouver, Canada. A drug user tried to get into my 4x4 while it was moving, which wasn't a good idea. I agree that you don't want to be poor here, although my experience of the UK, which is purely subjective, is that I was rejected for benefits when I needed help, just because I had 10 grand in the bank. They wanted me to drain my nest egg before giving me any help. I would have lost my home. It was about the same time that Blair came on TV and stated "It is likely that British people will lose their jobs due to offshoring". I even had to pay for my NHS visit when I was unemployed; I could either wait 6 months or pay and get immediate treatment. It's all about our subjective experiences in life.
  6. I think people are using the word, in this thread, to mean someone with racial prejudices. i.e. if you are for Brexit you are racist. If you are a Remainer you are a wonderful human being, living a world of unicorns and glitter. Then again, there seems to be confusion between Quisling and Quidditch. I can imagine Theresa May flying around on a broomstick, so I guess it's not a massive leap.
  7. You seriously thought that a commonly used word was contrived by JK Rowling? That's hilarious.
  8. Yes, because LA is representative of the whole USA, like London is representative of the UK.
  9. In my original post I stated it was ironic I emigrated due to immigration. Before sniping, I would urge you to read. As I have clearly stated, immigration is not a bad thing; the unprecedented numbers are the problem. This policy was deliberate. What could possible go wrong allowing without infrastructure planning on a tiny island? The weather in Seattle is superb. I'm assuming you've never lived here? If you did you'd know that the summers are amazing. What has being white got to do with the price of fish? You are bringing out the race card. Why? My anecdotal evidence is that most of the recent immigrants are Caucasian. The Indian post office manager, in my old UK town, is the most vocal Brexiteer I've met. I guess he's white too? Colour has nothing to do with unprecedented immigration.
  10. Your 'virtue signalling' is another form of government mind control. You call me a bigot because I think Theresa May is a quisling? If someone has a difference of opinion to you they must be a bigot? Yes, very logical and part of the reason the country is sinking. I'm not sure I understand your logic, probably because you're unable to use logic. The people voted for Brexit but the exit is being deliberately butchered by the EU's lackey. Theresa May was a Remainer, so it's no surprise. I left the UK and adhered to rigorous US immigration law and paid for the privilege. I have assimilated and respect my new home. I hope you're correct about the UK.
  11. Immigration control, including criminal background checks, are the only sensible approach. It allows for proper assimilation. Blair's divisive policies have alienated Britons. Merkel's reckless policies are sowing the seeds for civil war.
  12. Spot on, it does feel like 2005/2006 all over again. i.e. just before all hell broke loose. Perhaps Gordon Brown will save us all again?
  13. Yes, Tony Blair and Nu Labour started this. Unprecedented immigration is a fact. I guess it's useful if you want your Porsche cleaned at Waitrose though. I never mentioned Muslims but you, being mind controlled, assumed that's what I meant by religion. Britain does not have free speech. Trump and Obama are controlled by the elites; they are all cut from the same cloth. I would have preferred that the UK hadn't been disfigured by unfettered immigration. There's nothing wrong with immigration; the UK needs immigrants but the UK didn't need unfettered immigration. It destroys jobs for Britons, raises house prices and places huge demands on infrastructure. Brexit is a consequence of cynical policy. No sane person would allow their country to be deluged, in such a short period of time. Everything in the UK is not crap, as you put it, but how many can say life is better now than 1997? My anecdotal evidence tells me that life is very difficult in the UK. If you are enjoying post Nu Labour UK then that's good.
  14. I'm well aware that the elites run the whole show, and I didn't emigrate to paradise, but Seattle has worked out well for me over the last 10+ years. I was unemployed in Britain for a long while and was refused benefits, whilst Blair was cynically filling the country up with immigrants at unprecedented levels. If I lose my job, here in Seattle, the unemployment insurance kicks in at 500 pounds a week. Yes, I know that the British consider the USA to a violent place, with no healthcare, etc. My experience is very difference. I work hard, get paid well, get health insurance, don't have to queue in supermarkets, and have never experienced the violence I experienced in Britain. The people here are friendly, optimistic and educated. I cannot moan about my lot. I still have an affection for Britain. The countryside is still amazing but it's not the place I grew up in. I was unhappy and did something about it. If this city stops working for me I'll move to New Zealand.
  15. I left the UK over 10 years ago because the Blair government's cynical destruction of wages and jobs via unprecedented immigration. It was ironic that I felt forced emigrate because of immigration. The Brexit result filled me with some hope, because I still have friends and family in the UK and fear for their future. What I'm currently seeing is the deliberate frustration of Brexit by the government, or more precisely, the government puppeteers. Theresa May must either be stupid or an EU quisling. The elites sneer at the British public and control every move; they give the impression that votes matter, just to placate the masses. The current fawning over the 'royal' couple is another clear example of that same mind control. The UK needs more than a Brexit; the elites need to be mothballed, starting with the House of 'Lords'. When I returned to the UK last year all I see is a nation obsessed with house prices. Nothing else matters or so it seems. Wages are stagnant. Jobs are temporary. High streets are soulless places full of coffee shops, charity shops and little else. I'm not exactly sure how unfettered immigration has benefitted the average Briton. Free speech is now illegal and you dare not talk frankly about religion. Fortunately you can still mock Father Christmas and the tooth fairy though without being clapped in irons, although that will soon change. What started in 1997 will continue until the Britain I grew up in is destroyed. Suck it up.
  16. Seattle is reasonable value, in my opinion, and we've already had our severe correction. Most of the new jobs are 6 figures. Most of the companies are household names: e.g. Boeing, Amazon, Costco, Starbucks, Expedia, Microsoft. Everyone and their dog wants to have an office here to take advantage of the techies. Housing inventory is extremely low and demand is extremely high. During the recession there were 300 houses for sale in my desirable neighbourhood; there are a couple of dozen now. We have Chinese buyers moving demand south from Vancouver and Californians moving north; many have cash. I don't think one measly rate rise will do anything to dampen demand for too long. Might see a dip in prices next year but that would be expected and quite welcome. When I look at the pathetic salaries back home in England and the high house prices it makes me laugh. You'd have to be a GP back there to earn anything like a mediocre software developer here. In my opinion the British housing market will be in more peril, should the Fed raise rates; Britain will end up either importing even more inflation or face having to raise its own rates.
  17. I was one of those lucky 2 million. In 20 years Britain will become a museum for the Chinese. The few remaining real Britons will be put in a zoo to keep Cockney alive. The zoo will finally be outsourced to Mumbai.
  18. It's taxed because it's income. It's not meant to be nirvana. It's meant to help you get back to work. If you earn more you pay in more and usually have more outgoings. There are all sorts of tax credits for the poor. Britain penalises the middle classes. When I couldn't find work in Britain I was told my savings were too high for me to collect any dole money. It was the only and last time I bothered to ask the country for a bean before I emigrated for good. It deprived me of savings and made me realise Britain is not a fair country. I paid in more than my fair share of income tax, VAT and council tax but was denied any rebates when I was unemployed. There is a much stronger work ethic here but Obama is trying to make the country Socialist, just like Blair and Brown did. At the time I was unemployed the Labour government were busy filling the country up with unwanted immigrants and outsourcing all the work. The Labour government could have regulated immigration, regulated outsourcing and given one of their own (me) a helping hand. They did nothing so I transferred my entire wealth to the USA at $2 to the pound. If people like me keep leaving Britain is going to be really screwed.
  19. $604 is maximum This isn't some impossible figure to attain either. I know several people who are collecting $580+ a week. Everyone pays into unemployment insurance and it's fairly dished out pro-rata. It's a much better system than in the UK. It allows people to keep their heads above water until another job comes along.....and it's for single people, married people and those with kids. As I say it's a better system for workers not spongers.
  20. You cannot judge the US without knowing all details. It depends on visa status, if he was PAYE and what State he was registered as living in. The USA doesn't like freeloaders very much. Most immigrants have to agree to support themselves until they become a permanent resident or citizen. Britain could learn a thing or two, rather than handing out benefits to all and sundry. It might help stop economic migrants.
  21. Depends on the State you live in and if you're self-employed or not. In my case I would get about $600 a week because it's pro-rated on my wages and I'm beyond the top tier, so get the maximum. It would last at least a year and would possibly get extended. In Britain I would get sweet FA because of my savings. I'm better off in the USA whichever way you cut it. Workers are better off here. Working hard is noticed and rewarded.
  22. Exactly. You've got to admire his tenacity. Top bloke in my book.
  23. I emigrated to the USA and would never dream of coming back to live in the UK. If, for reasons unknown, I needed to go back I would expect the UK to look after me. I never drew a bean in benefits from the UK and paid higher taxes than the majority. I'm happy to lose my citizenship and British passport in exchange for an agreed payment from the British government. The fact is I've paid more into Britain than most my age even though I left 6 years ago. Personally I couldn't think of anything worse than returning. It's a sign of abject failure of the worst order. At least this bloke can take a hard knock. I'm tough but doubt I could live in a park in the filthy cesspit that is Croydon; Croydon is like a foreign country in its own right.
  24. You are correct. People are very lazy. Tonight I made up 12 curry dinners for next to nothing in a couple of hours. The nutrition is excellent: olive oil, chicken breast, chick peas, black eye peas, brocolli, tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, garlic, ginger, brown rice, lime, low-fat yoghurt and spices. Freezing will probably deplete the nutritional benefit somewhat but at least I know what went into the meals. I eat them when I'm too tired to cook at night. Do the schools even teach kids about the nutritional benefits of foods like kale, spinach, turmeric, olive oil, brocolli and blueberries? Even if I lived in a crappy dole bedsit the worst thing I'd eat would be baked beans on toast and oat meal for breakfast. Oats are very cheap and filling. It's only lack of intelligence that prevents people eating a good meal; it's the same lack of intelligence that prevents people keeping clean and tidy houses.
  25. If you don't want to get mugged in London it's also important to be aware of the statistics. You'd have to be an idiot to ignore what type of people are most likely to kill you. In Britain 50% of all gun crime is committed by one group of males. Shocking statistic. The big difference between America and Britain is that people think twice before mouthing off to complete strangers. Britain's thugs might find themselves terminated by the most unlikely members of the public. They will also get a prison sentence that equals the crime. That is probably why I have never had to defend myself on an America street. I never get abuse when passing a bus shelter at night. The Seattle police are visible and will remove them. Britons are terribly aggressive. On my last trip to England a Range Rover drove at me because I crossed the road too slowly. Why? Britain has a horrible violent undercurrent running through it and it get worse each year and it infects and affects everyone.The country has no justice system. Everyone on here wants a cheap house but look at the environment you have to live in when you achieve that goal.
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