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79 seems to be the number the press is going with, but I've heard reports of up to 150 dead.

I've noticed since Lammy spoke up some outlets are now writing "at least 79" dead.

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Times cartoon today:


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David Lammy is suggesting there has been an effort to coverup or play down the number of deaths in Grenfell Towers, to avoid a public riot.  He may be right.

What's definitely a criminal conspiracy is how this cladding, despite being illegal, is so widespread in its usage.  Someone, somewhere, knows why this is the case.  It's not like all these companies independently decided to chance it with the regulations, all at once.  Someone said this was OK or said they wouldn't investigate.

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As Chancellor, Hammond knows that no deal is, except in ludicrous exploitative circumstances invented in the heads of feverish UKIP members, worse than a deal with the EU.

And I see our "internal ID cards for EU members" will not go down well.  As I'm sure you all remember, the UK argued strongly against the implementation of an EU-wide system of ID.  Of course, there's nothing to stop the UK from doing so, but putting it out like that almost seems like it was designed to raise hackles and play to the home crowd.  If you really want IDs, make a vague mention to a system of registration in the deal, then introduce the legislation once the ink is dry.

Not that I like the idea itself.  I had to carry my ID papers everywhere I went in Switzerland, and I didn't like that.  But the Swiss authorities are quite a cut above the UK ones, and the Swiss leadership hadn't been whipping up xenophobia against legal foreign workers in the way we do here.

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Richard Nixon's glittering half-life sarcophagus / Re: Film Flam
« on: Yesterday at 11:12:00 am »
Anyone else watching twin peaks?

I keep meaning to, but haven't yet had the time.

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Too Strong And Stable for the public to handle.  But truthfully, she's basically a control freak.  So she didn't trust anyone outside her small circle of sycophants with anything, and, surprise surprise...

Supposedly Tory rebels are considering the Chancellor as a potential replacement for May, which isn't entirely terrible.  Hammond has all the charisma of a dead squid (so roughly May's equal), but he's actually not insane and competent, in a mildly technocratic fashion.  He's also surprisingly realistic on Brexit, for someone who is still in the Cabinet. 

Personally, I'd like to see a Tory Party run by Dominic Grieve.  It would mean potentially turning over the Intelligence and Security Committee to some lunatic, but otherwise, he's probably the best hope the Tories have right now.

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It was 39-42 to the Tories, with several close calls in key voting districts.  The UK's gerrymandered too...not to the extent the US is, but the actual polling figures show that the gap between Labour and the Tories is only a few thousand votes, over the entire country. 

And you have to remember, when the election started, the Tories had a 20 point lead. 

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Only listening to poor people when they bash the EU and immigrants.  Poor people, complaining that their building is a deathtrap?  Pffft, what do they know.  Poor people, complaining about the EU?  Clearly geniuses in touch with the country's true feelings. 

We've pretty much mastered a political system where if you don't have money you only get heard when your opinions flatter Fleet Street Barons or the politicians who fellate them.  If you dare complain about actual issues with a real impact, you'll be ignored and left to die.

Incidentally, Labour is 46 to Tories 41 in national polls right now.

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Pretty much.  I mean, I hope you weren't expecting the councils to pay for them to be made safe.   :lulz:  Local authorities are so cash-starved even Tory councils are protesting government spending cuts.

Now, even without a government I'd like to think most of Parliament would probably agree having entire buildings be fire-based deathtraps probably isn't great.  But...well, there's only room on the government agenda for Brexit.

So we'll just have to hope there's no fires between now and March 2019.

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Every single tested building in the UK so far has failed the cladding fire tests they have been put through.

Meanwhile, still no government.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Spooks!
« on: June 26, 2017, 03:33:22 am »


I appreciate Stirner more as an influence than as a thinker in and of himself.  Rational egoism is very easy to claim, by a devious enough mind, as a reason for almost anything if one's self-interest is broadly enough defined, making it somewhat useless as a concept.

I do share his scepticism regarding social institutions, but I also think he doesn't take it far enough, by stopping with the individual ego.  I also think that while those concepts are certainly false, their outcomes are, at least in some cases, more preferable than anything that would come out of his own prescriptions.

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Well, I still have my Mystery Meeting with the law firm to attend to (I'm putting the percentages as 50% on a beatdown by MI5 trainees, 25% on a small sum of cash and 25% on introducing me to people who might offer me a job).

And come September, I'm looking into going into the fast-track civil service program.  Obviously the civil service isn't for anyone who wants to get rich, but some of the programs I'm interested in have higher starting pay than my current job, assuming I get in.

My co-worker wants to go into police support.  She used to work at a pretty fancy nightclub, but she got sick of dealing with Albanian gangsters fucking the place up every weekend.  Pay was good, tips were better, but it was a lot of bullshit to handle.   For now though she's doing this because it allows her to pay her Uni tuition fees upfront (which is pretty much the reason I took this job...).

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My company has essentially exactly the oppposite policy.  You can see how this works out with regards to my co-worker.

My co-worker has done insane amounts of overtime.  In April, she took maybe 3 days off in total.  She's done 24 hour shifts, 12 nights of shifts without a break.  All voluntarily, but she's done a lot for the company.  Last year, she was practically running the building throughout the summer, on her own.

In return, she asked for two things.  1, to move on site, as the option is available to nightworkers.  2, she went for a job opening which would see her promoted to senior (my staff level).

She was told "hahaha, no.  Maybe next year" and she was passed over for the senior position by someone who is an old friend of the head of department.  So you know what she does now?  Exactly what is required by her job, and nothing more.  She has, like me, learned that there is no benefit to sticking your neck out for this company.  The overtime pay isn't even really that great, and accounting often mess it up, requiring more work to resolve it.  In return, you're taken for granted.  She's not motivated to try any harder than she needs to here any more, and if she needs money she'd rather pick up part-time work elsewhere than cover shifts here.

Work to rule. Some companies basically force you to do that, such as yours.

At least neither of you are at the point where you are actively sabotaging... *cough*

Only because the company does it to itself well enough to make the effort pointless.

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My company has essentially exactly the oppposite policy.  You can see how this works out with regards to my co-worker.

My co-worker has done insane amounts of overtime.  In April, she took maybe 3 days off in total.  She's done 24 hour shifts, 12 nights of shifts without a break.  All voluntarily, but she's done a lot for the company.  Last year, she was practically running the building throughout the summer, on her own.

In return, she asked for two things.  1, to move on site, as the option is available to nightworkers.  2, she went for a job opening which would see her promoted to senior (my staff level).

She was told "hahaha, no.  Maybe next year" and she was passed over for the senior position by someone who is an old friend of the head of department.  So you know what she does now?  Exactly what is required by her job, and nothing more.  She has, like me, learned that there is no benefit to sticking your neck out for this company.  The overtime pay isn't even really that great, and accounting often mess it up, requiring more work to resolve it.  In return, you're taken for granted.  She's not motivated to try any harder than she needs to here any more, and if she needs money she'd rather pick up part-time work elsewhere than cover shifts here.

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My facebook feed today: but whatabout AMURRICA?!?

I'm talking about the UK, so I don't really give a shit about America.  Sorry.

That's a great time to use the "For my next trick, I will turn this conversation into a conversation about ME!" meme.

I noticed someone beat me to that  :lol:

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