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    dgul got a reaction from Turned Out Nice Again in Brexit Betrayal thread - Part 3   
    I don't believe this.  I think the mess we're seeing is a result of the EU putting every block it can think of to disrupt the process.
    As a 'trivial' example -- the Galileo project (ie, EU GPS system).  The EU announced that the UK could no longer be part of this, as it is EU only.  They make the rules, they could modify the rules to allow for ex-EU members to join -- there is no need to be inflexible about this.  The truth slipped out at one point in this (or might have been EU arrest warrant, or anti-terrorist stuff, or aircraft airworthyness, etc, etc -- they're all the same) -- 'the UK has to realise that there's going to be consequences' -- that's what all this is about, that there are 'necessary bad consequences' of leaving.
    The process could be easier.  There could have been a reasonable way forwards.  But the EU has blocked every 'reasonable' outcome. 
    What gets me is that the media don't want to know.  It is all about how the UK government / leadership is crap.  IMO 90% of the problems have been caused by EU hegemony.
    And to those that say 'the UK were the ones that voted to leave without knowing what it meant' I'll add 'the EU were the ones that started it by included a 'you can leave' clause in the membership rules, without defining what it meant.
  2. Agree
    dgul got a reaction from LC1 in Amusing or interesting local news stories   
    Quite.  There's clearly more to this story than meets the eye:
    Fixing satellite dish at midnight.  Why not just go to bed?  (unless it is a special porn satellite dish for older 'can't do internet' folk). Crossbow -- it was a full moon, but even so a bit dark to make it an easy shot. Middle of no-where (strange neighbours?) Why a crossbow?  If you wanted to annoy the chap you'd use an air-gun, at least. I'm filing this one under -- it'll all make sense once they tell us what actually happened.
     
  3. Informative
    dgul got a reaction from The Generation Game in Should I buy a diesel car ?   
    The cost benefits of diesels aren't obvious -- sure, they're lower tax and higher mpg, but otoh they're usually more expensive to buy and will have higher maintenance costs.  
    I'd say just look for a car you like (which in my book equals 'rich person getting rid of well maintained car that they bought for wifey but she didn't like the colour' (etc)) and don't worry about petrol vs diesel.
  4. Agree
    dgul got a reaction from one mile two pence in Extinction rebellion?   
    Thompson has now made a statement:
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-47991377/dame-emma-thompson-if-i-could-fly-cleanly-i-would
    I didn't realise that this was a legitimate defence.  Now I know that it is an acceptable logic, there's so much I can do that were denied to me before this revelation.
  5. Agree
    dgul got a reaction from maudit in Sri Lanka 25 plus dead, 280 injured   
    This is important.  It is the bit missing from analysis about 'nasty people'. 
    See, it is easy to become a lone wolf mentally ill person -- just get your gun/knife/whatever and cause mayhem.  But you'll find that if you talk to anyone you know about your plans they'll look at you in horror and say you're mad, then after the conversation call the police.  It'll be incredibly difficult to get a single helper, let alone a dozen of you to go out and kill.
    Yet there are sub-populations where it appears relatively easy to get a gang together to go out and kill.
    There needs to be far more conversation about this.
  6. Agree
    dgul got a reaction from swiss_democracy_for_all in Should I buy a diesel car ?   
    The cost benefits of diesels aren't obvious -- sure, they're lower tax and higher mpg, but otoh they're usually more expensive to buy and will have higher maintenance costs.  
    I'd say just look for a car you like (which in my book equals 'rich person getting rid of well maintained car that they bought for wifey but she didn't like the colour' (etc)) and don't worry about petrol vs diesel.
  7. Agree
    dgul got a reaction from whocares in Amusing or interesting local news stories   
    Quite.  There's clearly more to this story than meets the eye:
    Fixing satellite dish at midnight.  Why not just go to bed?  (unless it is a special porn satellite dish for older 'can't do internet' folk). Crossbow -- it was a full moon, but even so a bit dark to make it an easy shot. Middle of no-where (strange neighbours?) Why a crossbow?  If you wanted to annoy the chap you'd use an air-gun, at least. I'm filing this one under -- it'll all make sense once they tell us what actually happened.
     
  8. Agree
    dgul got a reaction from MrPin in Extinction rebellion?   
    I wonder how they all got to London.
  9. Agree
    dgul got a reaction from The Idiocrat in Brexit Betrayal thread - Part 3   
    I don't believe this.  I think the mess we're seeing is a result of the EU putting every block it can think of to disrupt the process.
    As a 'trivial' example -- the Galileo project (ie, EU GPS system).  The EU announced that the UK could no longer be part of this, as it is EU only.  They make the rules, they could modify the rules to allow for ex-EU members to join -- there is no need to be inflexible about this.  The truth slipped out at one point in this (or might have been EU arrest warrant, or anti-terrorist stuff, or aircraft airworthyness, etc, etc -- they're all the same) -- 'the UK has to realise that there's going to be consequences' -- that's what all this is about, that there are 'necessary bad consequences' of leaving.
    The process could be easier.  There could have been a reasonable way forwards.  But the EU has blocked every 'reasonable' outcome. 
    What gets me is that the media don't want to know.  It is all about how the UK government / leadership is crap.  IMO 90% of the problems have been caused by EU hegemony.
    And to those that say 'the UK were the ones that voted to leave without knowing what it meant' I'll add 'the EU were the ones that started it by included a 'you can leave' clause in the membership rules, without defining what it meant.
  10. Agree
    dgul got a reaction from the gardener in Brexit Betrayal thread - Part 3   
    I don't believe this.  I think the mess we're seeing is a result of the EU putting every block it can think of to disrupt the process.
    As a 'trivial' example -- the Galileo project (ie, EU GPS system).  The EU announced that the UK could no longer be part of this, as it is EU only.  They make the rules, they could modify the rules to allow for ex-EU members to join -- there is no need to be inflexible about this.  The truth slipped out at one point in this (or might have been EU arrest warrant, or anti-terrorist stuff, or aircraft airworthyness, etc, etc -- they're all the same) -- 'the UK has to realise that there's going to be consequences' -- that's what all this is about, that there are 'necessary bad consequences' of leaving.
    The process could be easier.  There could have been a reasonable way forwards.  But the EU has blocked every 'reasonable' outcome. 
    What gets me is that the media don't want to know.  It is all about how the UK government / leadership is crap.  IMO 90% of the problems have been caused by EU hegemony.
    And to those that say 'the UK were the ones that voted to leave without knowing what it meant' I'll add 'the EU were the ones that started it by included a 'you can leave' clause in the membership rules, without defining what it meant.
  11. Informative
    dgul got a reaction from The Generation Game in Brexit Betrayal thread - Part 3   
    I don't believe this.  I think the mess we're seeing is a result of the EU putting every block it can think of to disrupt the process.
    As a 'trivial' example -- the Galileo project (ie, EU GPS system).  The EU announced that the UK could no longer be part of this, as it is EU only.  They make the rules, they could modify the rules to allow for ex-EU members to join -- there is no need to be inflexible about this.  The truth slipped out at one point in this (or might have been EU arrest warrant, or anti-terrorist stuff, or aircraft airworthyness, etc, etc -- they're all the same) -- 'the UK has to realise that there's going to be consequences' -- that's what all this is about, that there are 'necessary bad consequences' of leaving.
    The process could be easier.  There could have been a reasonable way forwards.  But the EU has blocked every 'reasonable' outcome. 
    What gets me is that the media don't want to know.  It is all about how the UK government / leadership is crap.  IMO 90% of the problems have been caused by EU hegemony.
    And to those that say 'the UK were the ones that voted to leave without knowing what it meant' I'll add 'the EU were the ones that started it by included a 'you can leave' clause in the membership rules, without defining what it meant.
  12. Agree
    dgul got a reaction from Lone Lurker in Brexit Betrayal thread - Part 3   
    I don't believe this.  I think the mess we're seeing is a result of the EU putting every block it can think of to disrupt the process.
    As a 'trivial' example -- the Galileo project (ie, EU GPS system).  The EU announced that the UK could no longer be part of this, as it is EU only.  They make the rules, they could modify the rules to allow for ex-EU members to join -- there is no need to be inflexible about this.  The truth slipped out at one point in this (or might have been EU arrest warrant, or anti-terrorist stuff, or aircraft airworthyness, etc, etc -- they're all the same) -- 'the UK has to realise that there's going to be consequences' -- that's what all this is about, that there are 'necessary bad consequences' of leaving.
    The process could be easier.  There could have been a reasonable way forwards.  But the EU has blocked every 'reasonable' outcome. 
    What gets me is that the media don't want to know.  It is all about how the UK government / leadership is crap.  IMO 90% of the problems have been caused by EU hegemony.
    And to those that say 'the UK were the ones that voted to leave without knowing what it meant' I'll add 'the EU were the ones that started it by included a 'you can leave' clause in the membership rules, without defining what it meant.
  13. Agree
    dgul got a reaction from Talking Monkey in Sri Lanka 25 plus dead, 280 injured   
    This is important.  It is the bit missing from analysis about 'nasty people'. 
    See, it is easy to become a lone wolf mentally ill person -- just get your gun/knife/whatever and cause mayhem.  But you'll find that if you talk to anyone you know about your plans they'll look at you in horror and say you're mad, then after the conversation call the police.  It'll be incredibly difficult to get a single helper, let alone a dozen of you to go out and kill.
    Yet there are sub-populations where it appears relatively easy to get a gang together to go out and kill.
    There needs to be far more conversation about this.
  14. Agree
    dgul got a reaction from Kilham in Sri Lanka 25 plus dead, 280 injured   
    This is important.  It is the bit missing from analysis about 'nasty people'. 
    See, it is easy to become a lone wolf mentally ill person -- just get your gun/knife/whatever and cause mayhem.  But you'll find that if you talk to anyone you know about your plans they'll look at you in horror and say you're mad, then after the conversation call the police.  It'll be incredibly difficult to get a single helper, let alone a dozen of you to go out and kill.
    Yet there are sub-populations where it appears relatively easy to get a gang together to go out and kill.
    There needs to be far more conversation about this.
  15. Agree
    dgul got a reaction from Chewing Grass in Sri Lanka 25 plus dead, 280 injured   
    This is important.  It is the bit missing from analysis about 'nasty people'. 
    See, it is easy to become a lone wolf mentally ill person -- just get your gun/knife/whatever and cause mayhem.  But you'll find that if you talk to anyone you know about your plans they'll look at you in horror and say you're mad, then after the conversation call the police.  It'll be incredibly difficult to get a single helper, let alone a dozen of you to go out and kill.
    Yet there are sub-populations where it appears relatively easy to get a gang together to go out and kill.
    There needs to be far more conversation about this.
  16. Agree
    dgul got a reaction from Rowley in Sri Lanka 25 plus dead, 280 injured   
    This is important.  It is the bit missing from analysis about 'nasty people'. 
    See, it is easy to become a lone wolf mentally ill person -- just get your gun/knife/whatever and cause mayhem.  But you'll find that if you talk to anyone you know about your plans they'll look at you in horror and say you're mad, then after the conversation call the police.  It'll be incredibly difficult to get a single helper, let alone a dozen of you to go out and kill.
    Yet there are sub-populations where it appears relatively easy to get a gang together to go out and kill.
    There needs to be far more conversation about this.
  17. Agree
    dgul got a reaction from Bedrag Justesen in Sri Lanka 25 plus dead, 280 injured   
    This is important.  It is the bit missing from analysis about 'nasty people'. 
    See, it is easy to become a lone wolf mentally ill person -- just get your gun/knife/whatever and cause mayhem.  But you'll find that if you talk to anyone you know about your plans they'll look at you in horror and say you're mad, then after the conversation call the police.  It'll be incredibly difficult to get a single helper, let alone a dozen of you to go out and kill.
    Yet there are sub-populations where it appears relatively easy to get a gang together to go out and kill.
    There needs to be far more conversation about this.
  18. Agree
    dgul got a reaction from Great Guy in Sri Lanka 25 plus dead, 280 injured   
    This is important.  It is the bit missing from analysis about 'nasty people'. 
    See, it is easy to become a lone wolf mentally ill person -- just get your gun/knife/whatever and cause mayhem.  But you'll find that if you talk to anyone you know about your plans they'll look at you in horror and say you're mad, then after the conversation call the police.  It'll be incredibly difficult to get a single helper, let alone a dozen of you to go out and kill.
    Yet there are sub-populations where it appears relatively easy to get a gang together to go out and kill.
    There needs to be far more conversation about this.
  19. Agree
    dgul got a reaction from One percent in Sri Lanka 25 plus dead, 280 injured   
    This is important.  It is the bit missing from analysis about 'nasty people'. 
    See, it is easy to become a lone wolf mentally ill person -- just get your gun/knife/whatever and cause mayhem.  But you'll find that if you talk to anyone you know about your plans they'll look at you in horror and say you're mad, then after the conversation call the police.  It'll be incredibly difficult to get a single helper, let alone a dozen of you to go out and kill.
    Yet there are sub-populations where it appears relatively easy to get a gang together to go out and kill.
    There needs to be far more conversation about this.
  20. Agree
    dgul got a reaction from Roger_Mellie in Fisker batteries and the death of Tesla?   
    It is all a nonsense.
    If you've got a game changer technology in an extremely established market you don't try to replicate the competition's entire production chain to get your tech out there.  That would cost gazillions and would bankrupt you.  Or, if you took it slow, would give an extraordinarily low return on the value embodied in the tech.
    You'd just sell the patent to the highest bidder (from the established market) and go and live a life of luxury without any risk/pain.
  21. Agree
    dgul got a reaction from gilf in Sri Lanka 25 plus dead, 280 injured   
    Charity is complex.  Plenty believe that the obligatory charity (Zakat) can't be distributed to non-believers.  A good proportion of the rest believe that it's okay so long as it might result in some converts.  There is a school-of-thought that everyone destitute is eligible, but this isn't that common.
    IMO zakat is a fairly good idea.  The problem comes with a) it only being spent on Muslims (or likely converts), b) there being a complexity regarding state taxation (and welfare) and zakat*, and c) it being voluntary**.
    [* eg, if the state had a mandated wealth tax of 2.5% of all wealth above £250 but then they went and spent it on Christians and homosexuals (amongst other things), does the Muslim need to donate an additional 2.5%?]
    [** ie, the wealthy define their contributions differently than other people]
     
  22. Agree
    dgul got a reaction from Option5 in 12345 once i caught an oaps bank account live..   
    I'm not sure.
    I remember the whole 'people are sifting through your trash -- shred everything!' times.  I'm convinced now that this was actually the banks haemorrhaging personal data through poor internal security*, and using the 'ah, but you didn't shred before chucking that letter' as their cover.
    This is probably the same -- dodgy site security and appalling control systems, so they've invented the 'password not good enough' as the excuse for all the problems.
    [* probably related to offshoring, but there are plenty of native scum that would steal the data]
  23. Agree
    dgul got a reaction from Bedrag Justesen in Extinction rebellion?   
    Thompson has now made a statement:
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-47991377/dame-emma-thompson-if-i-could-fly-cleanly-i-would
    I didn't realise that this was a legitimate defence.  Now I know that it is an acceptable logic, there's so much I can do that were denied to me before this revelation.
  24. Agree
    dgul got a reaction from whocares in Extinction rebellion?   
    Thompson has now made a statement:
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-47991377/dame-emma-thompson-if-i-could-fly-cleanly-i-would
    I didn't realise that this was a legitimate defence.  Now I know that it is an acceptable logic, there's so much I can do that were denied to me before this revelation.
  25. Agree
    dgul got a reaction from twocents in Sri Lanka 25 plus dead, 280 injured   
    Oh, they're always strong on community work.  Sometimes they even do good outside of their own community.  Charity is, after all, the third pillar of Islam.
    [The question is, what else does the sect believe in.  Belief, praying, charity, pilgrimage and fasting are fine with me.  Killing apostates isn't]