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Keep an eye on this.  If there's no local authority or Parliamentary intervention on this, expect it to be done elsewhere

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-42726315

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Residents of a privately-owned London tower block with the same cladding as Grenfell Tower may be forced to pay up to 2m for replacement panels.

Citiscape in Croydon was one of 228 buildings across the country to fail fire safety tests set up in the wake of the disaster which claimed 71 lives.

With 95 flats affected, each household share could be between 13,300 and 31,300, to be paid in instalments.

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Apple Talk / Re: Help me get banned! Win prizes!
« on: January 13, 2018, 03:05:18 pm »
tl;dr

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Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Free Russian Orphans with Every Purchase
« on: January 13, 2018, 12:41:22 am »
Ah, OK.  Obviously "squealing to the mods" is some new addition to the debate rules.

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Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Free Russian Orphans with Every Purchase
« on: January 12, 2018, 05:36:28 pm »
Will do. Must have missed this drama too, so will look for that as well

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Techmology and Scientism / Re: Windows 10
« on: January 12, 2018, 12:30:27 am »
I have good news from technical support about your problem!

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Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Free Russian Orphans with Every Purchase
« on: January 12, 2018, 12:28:54 am »
What comes out of crockpots doesn't count as chilli.

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Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Free Russian Orphans with Every Purchase
« on: January 11, 2018, 08:15:30 pm »
Crockpots: for when everything needs the consistency of gruel, and all the flavour of a mishmash of leftovers.

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Apple Talk / Re: Hopeful but realistic ten-year scenarios
« on: January 11, 2018, 11:22:56 am »
That we have a regulated international agreement which will stop the planetary temperatures from increasing more than 3C, plunging the world into a nightmare scenario of food and resource wars, mass migration, nativist politics, depopulation via austerity politics and increasing authoritarianism.

It's not going to happen.  But it could.

Okay, I fully agree, so in one sense that's an optimistic but unrealistic scenario. It is unrealistic not because of physical feasibility, but because of human nature. So what's your optimistic but realistic?

World treaties to mitigate climate change are unrealistic, but

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a planet teeming with humans who begin to move around freely as is their birthright, and a healthy and strong opposition to the ubiquitous surveillance panopticum that will surely still be on offer from the 1-percenters and possibly their machine buddies.

isn't?

OK.  Have fun with your masturbatory thread.

PS: "Human nature" isn't an argument. But you already knew that.

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Apple Talk / Re: Hopeful but realistic ten-year scenarios
« on: January 11, 2018, 08:13:40 am »
That we have a regulated international agreement which will stop the planetary temperatures from increasing more than 3C, plunging the world into a nightmare scenario of food and resource wars, mass migration, nativist politics, depopulation via austerity politics and increasing authoritarianism.

It's not going to happen.  But it could.

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High Weirdness / Re: Chicken grows face of dinosaur
« on: January 10, 2018, 04:39:32 pm »
I'm pissed because they decided not to hatch the damned thing.

This is indeed the darkest timeline - the one where people learn from watching endless low budget horror films.

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Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Free Russian Orphans with Every Purchase
« on: January 09, 2018, 11:26:30 pm »
City Manager sounds like my job, only with old people.  So, uh, have fun?

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: January 09, 2018, 08:18:09 pm »
The Fusion GPS testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee has been released, over the objections of the Republicans (I don't especially like Feinstein, but she's never been the shy and retiring type).

http://apps.washingtonpost.com/g/documents/politics/read-the-full-transcript-of-glenn-simpsons-senate-testimony/2700/

It's 312 pages, so make sure you're sat somewhere comfortable with a nice drink before starting.  Because this is a doozy.  Among other things:

- the FBI had an informant in the Trump campaign, who directly contacted them regarding their concerns
- according to Fusion GPS, one person involved with the dossier has been killed as a result of it
- Trump knew of Felix Sater's criminal connections in Russia
- Steele broke off cooperation with the FBI because he believed that the Trump campaign was influencing the investigation

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RPG Ghetto / Re: Unified Vidya Games thread
« on: January 09, 2018, 02:08:26 am »
I'm on PC so I have a few more options, but I'm essentially relying on Ordinator's perk overhaul system as the defining element.  Sneak, Illusion and Pickpocket are the major skills, with minor in Restoration (great for controlling undead before you get the perk to cast Illusions on them..turn undead around traps highly effective), Lockipicking, Alteration and Light Armour.  Oh and enchanting and alchemy, for defensive purposes.

I have used a dagger, but only to apply paralysis poison to a very angry bear.  I also used a bow to whittle down the boss of Bleak Falls Barrow, before kiting him into a bunch of swinging axes.

Now at level 17 I have returned the Dragonstone, offered moral support to the Whiterun Guard in defeating a dragon and am well on my way towards getting Nightingale status and armour, which will make the game a whole lot easier from a stealth and illusion POV.

Edit: I'm thinking that, with the right skills, it would be very possible to become Harbinger of the Companions without killing a single person.  Something to test once I'm done with the TG and College of Winterhold (both of which I know are doable).  Then will come the real test - the Dork Brotherhood.  I reckon I can probably do everything up to killing the Emperor...but killing him does present a problem.

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RPG Ghetto / Re: Unified Vidya Games thread
« on: January 07, 2018, 02:35:58 am »
So, it turns out playing like a pacifist in Skyrim sometimes borks the AI.

Level 6, no kills, joined the Thieves Guild and over 5k in gold.  No kills includes undead and animals though according to the game stats, butterflies don't count.  Apparently this freaked out the first two hostile guys in the Ratway so much they're now freely letting me pass by.  Just as well, since I cannot calm them yet.

Summons and companion kills count for the purposes of the stats, using Frenzy and environmental kills (shouting people off mountains, setting traps off next to them) do not.  So the plan: power level Illusion for silent casting, steal everything of value in Riften.  Train with light armour, go to Bleak Falls Barrow, kill everything via the swinging axe traps, retrieve the Dragonstone and let Irileth kill the dragon while I chill in the tower. Go to the Greybeards, stealth through Ustengrav, get the horn from Delphine, get the final word of Unrelenting Force.  Proceed to kite every single enemy in Skyrim up the Throat of the World and Shout them off, declare victory.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: January 07, 2018, 02:25:19 am »
I mean, we're all  going to feel kinda bad when it turns out he has Alzheimers and spent most of the last 24 months sundowning while watching Tivo'd Fox and Friends.

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