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vlad the impaler

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  1. I just chucked a grenade into one of those Mumsnet threads. What a bunch of whining, self-centred, arrogant f*cking t*ssers, They represent so much that is wrong today: " I have read up on it with Dr Google, so I am not qualified to make medical judgements" " I don't care if my carrier child kills a child with cancer undergoing treatment - that ain't my problem." " You can't trust anyone nowadays - unless they are certifiable, or an evil quack trying to sell you their patent "alternative vax made out of koala bear gonads; only $1999 + tax!" I wish I could transport them back 50 years and
  2. I saw her being torn to pieces by Andrew Neil yesterday on that Sunday politics show. - Absolutely clueless about where the money comes from to finance their ideas: "It's all in our manifesto". - Contradictory ideas and statements. "We will discourage imports, and stop making arms". So, how will you arm the defence force then? "well, there are plenty of arms in the world". Yes, but you can't import them can you? "Errr... it's all in our manifesto!" Absolutely frightening set of ideas - a clueless Trotskyite in a green jacket. Green party thinking is not alone in seeming to be the pres
  3. Ah ha ha ha.... One stupid example...silk boxer shorts. I like silk boxers, very comfy. I discovered 'Thomas Nash' Debenhams silk boxers in 2009, almost exactly 4 years ago. The occasional visit we make to Debenhams allows me (for the want of anything better to do whilst waiting for the O/H) to go check up on the latest price of these very 'special' items. In 2010, they were £8 a pair. A lot of money for boxer shorts - I started buying them elsewhere when they got to £12 in 2011. 3 days ago they were £25. Debenhams put their prices up often, and in the process always seem to miss one
  4. I noticed that there is no mention of the fact we have privatised anything and everything we can. Nothing is sacred, nothing cannot be sold to the highest bidders, The French and German state owned utilities must think it wonderful that they can sit and milk us year after year to enrich their own governments. There is a reason why energy prices are dropping in the Eurozone, and rising by 10% here. We are paying into the rest of Europe through a totally disfunctional and bent 'market' and equally disfunctional and bent regulators. We pioneered nuclear energy. Now we have to pay the f*cking
  5. I have a pet theory about this sort of thing. Back in the day (whenever that was), most people were employees. Comparitively few employers, and most of them 'knew' the risks/rules/pitfalls of running a business. You are going to get stung sometimes, you have to be careful, and B2B deals have basically no consumer type protection from the law. Nowadays loads of us are 'business owners' of one type or another. We sell things on Ebay as a sideline (or not just as a sideline). If you were lucky (and dumb enough to not understand the massive, massive risks you were taking), you could build
  6. Zero hours are not quite the clear-cut case of 'evil employers' as you may believe. I work in Care - an industry where zero hours contracts are basically everywhere. The reason for this is that by far the largest purchaser of care (Local Authority aka LA) now operate a 'zero hours' contract to purchase from care providers. This migration from 'block' purchases which used to allow my employer to use 'block hours' employment contracts has happened over the last couple of years. In essense, if the LA decides for whatever reason to not buy so many hours this week, any provider that has to pay
  7. A simple choice. If yopu don't like it, don't use them. Ryan will change his tune as quickly as Starbucks start paying more taxes if enough consumers show their displeasure. They won't however - we all love a bargain don't we! One other possibility that Ryan and anyone who loves to 'stick it to the man'. He had better hope he never has a fatal accident on his hands. Regardless of if it was Ryanair's fault or not, a great many people in the press and other places he has p*ssed off would tear him and his company to pieces, rightly or not. This is why I always believe being accomodating is
  8. It has ever been thus. Alexis de Tocqueville observed back around 1800:
  9. I have been following this bubble in the classic car market for a while. The same old tired 'its different this time' b*llocks being trotted out by VIs, but with modern twists such as about 25 'price indexes' for classic car model xxx etc. This is once again a gigantic game of musical chairs in which lucky early adopters will win big time, and the ones at the end when the music stops will lose their shirts. Everone with access to the internet and can read is suddenly a 'canny investor', and they all pile in expecting something for nothing like the spivs they are. It is thoroughly depressin
  10. Spot on. If it looks like a business, acts like a business, remunerates like a business and bids for work like a business, but evades 22% corporation tax then it is of course a charity. It was this that turned me against charities and me me realise what utter scum the vast majority of them had become. Scope closed the special schools it funded to save a bunch of money 'promote better integration' of those with physical disabilities. In other words, throw the poor kids to the dogs in state schools, and keep the loot to spend on trebles all round 'raising awareness of the challenges faced
  11. Well of course with that money, I would buy myself a really BIG turnip in the country..... Excellent!
  12. Hey, we got a new road to bypass the total b*llocks that was the only route into and out of Weymouth since the invention of the automobile. In fact, it was the only route in and out of Weymouth when George III used to come to town, and i'll bet his carriage got stuck and delayed even then. This total joke of an A road was finally bypassed only because of the Olympic win - so as it has affected me personally very well (I no longer chew the steering wheel when waiting the 40 minutes to travel 2.5 miles that I used to), then I think it was well worth the £10b it all cost!
  13. Oh dear..... Having seen this 'festival' up close - I can see why it closed. It is a fenced off car park full of stalls selling overpriced crap. And they wanted £5 to get in!?!? That rapidly dropped to £1 by last Monday, but the damage was done. Will this be a lesson about greed? Maybe to the poor sucker stall keepers. LOCOG and the assorted corporate shills, hangers-on and piggies were never going to lose of course. The tax-payer, lottery fund and assorted corporate mugs will do them alright.
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