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High Weirdness / Re: Monkey Copyright Ownership
« on: August 08, 2017, 10:10:44 am »
Smart simian to settle

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High Weirdness / Re: Monkey Copyright Ownership
« on: August 03, 2017, 03:12:43 pm »
Wow! That's one of the stupidest things I've ever heard. PETA makes Trump supporters look lucid.

And you are just a monkey on the internet. So what was your point?

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Gove is planning on pulling the UK out of the common fisheries act to "take back UK waters for UK fishermen". This same insane promise was pushed by UKIP so I really didn't think anyone would take it seriously, the bottom line is that act allowed the UK access to an area streching up towards Iceland, down to Spain and up past Norway and vice versa, European countries in UK water.

While technically it means that the UK will have exclusive fishing rights to it's own area, where previously a lot was given away to other countries, it's greatly reduced area means all UK fishing vessles will be competing in a very small area.

But it also doesn't take into account that certain kinds of fish are seasonal and regional, if there is a really good salmon batch down by spain or west of Ireland it just wont have access, and never mind if you wanted to pick up something exotic like swordfish or octopus.

The bottom line is, keeping the existing rules protected UK fishermens livelyhoods, and kept fish costs low... Lets hope the Brexit negotiations succeed on import/export duties because if it defaults to WTO taxation of 21% in/out a lot of people are going to lose their jobs.

It seems to be a given that no matter what the looneytunes in power do an awful lot of people are going to lose their jobs and a whole lot more people are going to have a degraded standard of living. In self defence I have decided that the best approach to this is to stop giving a flying fuck and to pimp out my handcart because we surely seem to be headed to hell on the fast track.

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Or Kill Me / Re: Look both ways before you cross
« on: June 29, 2017, 09:19:02 pm »
Yeah shit is fuckin awful here right now.

Its pretty shit over this side of the pond too. In no small measure because of the staggering political ignorance of the vast majority of the electorate.

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h2g2 - Golgafrinchans

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Bring and Brag / Re: WEIRDOVERSE
« on: June 19, 2017, 04:11:31 pm »
AKA

                                              What?
                   Is the question to which life is the answer



[/discordiandisruption]

also
This series is rocking

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Literate Chaotic / Re: Consistently Overcast Skies
« on: June 13, 2017, 11:27:55 am »
Plants that grow in shade are not a completely fair comparison. It wouldn't just be the overcast but also the lower temperatures that would cause a problem. If you can handwave a reason for the temperature to stay within similar ranges as now then you could use shade loving plants as a baseline but plants are in shade because the sun which generates the heat to enable plant growth isn't falling on them directly, not because it is permanently blocked. Just a thought.

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Well one bright spot today:
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Katie Hopkins sacked: LBC staff broke into ‘massive cheers and applause’ when controversial radio presenter fired

and the Mail online are refusing to comment . . .


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Quote from:  newsfeed?
If we could figure out how to make butthurt turn a turbine, we'd never have to worry about powering our cities again.   

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Last SNL made me think about this [turn off at 3:53 to avoid commercial bullshit]
https://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=z0NgUhEs1R4

Actually it looks like the Japanese solved this problem years ago
http://www.spoon-tamago.com/2015/01/07/he-gassen-japan-edo-period-fart-scrolls/

edit: fixed quote

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Of course, it's worth noting that under May, 17,000 police officers have left the service, at least some of that due to budget cuts and the general Tory attitude towards the police.

We've seen this before, with the Environment Agency, "let's use the Army to plug the gap in vital services we've underfunded".  The Army itself is underfunded, btw, but since they have to follow legal orders...

Anyway, all I'm saying is that we wouldn't need to call in the Army, at a time when we're debating going back into Afghanistan in force, if we didn't cut police budgets.

There are other things you can do with your police and Armed forces though, Katie Hopkins just said so:-
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‘We need a final solution,’ British columnist tweets — then deletes — after Manchester bombing
Katie Hopkins of Mail Online later said the tweet was a “typo."
  :horrormirth:

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So here's a cute and compact PSA delightfully linking Agent Orange with Dunning-Kruger -

http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2017/05/14/stephen-fry-perfectly-summed-up-why-donald-trump-is-a-problem/

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The UK is truly divided. Not only are we not terribly 'united' anyway, being a cobbled together amalgam of four, yes four, nations into a land mass slightly smaller than Oregon but there is increasing exidence of the disturbing  divide that catapulted us into Brexit; the current exemplar of this being our relationship to the Eurovision Song Contest.

YouGov ran a poll on whether UK people wanted to leave the Eurovision Song Contest and the results were telling
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"Broadly speaking, the Brexit dividing line runs through the results. Those groups that were more likely to vote for Brexit were more likely to want to pull out of the Song Contest: 81% of those who intend to vote UKIP, 78% of 65+ year olds and 76% of Leave voters. Likewise, those groups most in favour of staying in Eurovision are those who intend to vote Liberal Democrat (70%), 18-24 year olds (69%) and Remain voters (65%)."


YouGov didn't ask the important underlying question of whether people wanted to leave the European Broadcasting Union but it would have been interesting to know since the EBU is the premier cheerleading group for public service broadcasting in a large part of the non-american world. [Yes Australia competes in Eurovision]. I would suggest that Brexit voters are likely to also be the sort of people who want to see the BBC turned into the Imperial Broadcasting Service, showing film of the coronation on loop, patronising documentaries of the happy, smiling, faces of our colonial workforce [in their own damn countries, of course] and interminable re-runs of George V at the Delhi Durbar in 1911. Yeah, the thought of the IBS makes my bowel creep, too.

All of which, however interesting, is a pretext for this silly graphic that made me snirk this morning



and I can't even complain to my local MP because he is the Master of the Local hunt!

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This made me chuckle. Very short, short story by Chas Stross. Topical. Amusing
http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2017/05/rejection-letter.html

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As far as I can tell, trident serves the following purposes:

1 - Jobs in largely labour areas.(The main reason orbyn got so much grief from his own party is down to this)
2- Allows the UK to keep feeling important as a "nuclear power"
3 - Err, that's about it.

1 is a little silly as you could easily turn the workforce to other much more productive things at a fraction of the cost.

2 is pants on head retarded as there is nowhere on earth that you could justify deploying a nuclear strike at. Russia, China and North Korea are not awake at night in fear of 3 submarines. I would doubt that ISIS or similar even know about them and wouldn't give two shits about them either, even if they do. So who does it keep in line? Argentina? Pakistan? Iran? The EU? I'm seriously asking, what nation or group are they supposed to deter?

I think the historic answer to that has been "Anyone the Americans want us to deter", because it isn't as if we really have any genuine level of control over the damn things anyway.

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Now the BBC is asking if Corbyn is a pacifist. 

Never mind Theresa May affirming a first strike nuclear policy, and thus batshit insane.

I remember that. What's worse is that every other pm, including Thatcher, directed that there should be no retaliatory strikes in the event of a nuclear attack on the UK that resulted in a loss of command and control. Mainly because nuclear weapons are barbaric. Which leaves trident as an utterly pointless waste of resources.

Yes, what is the point of having a weapon which you can't use? [/notTrump]

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