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    dgul got a reaction from sarahbell in Sellers to pay stamp duty?   
    There'll be an uproar about double payments -- They'll have to have an exemption re. 'if you paid on the way in'.
    Other than the potential double-spend problem, it is a good idea.  
    [ie, it is usually easier to tax people when they've got the money, rather than when they've got none]
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    dgul reacted to Frank Hovis in Retire at 75   
    Yep, playing people as numbers on spreadsheets without considering what is the right and proper way to behave.
    I genuinely used to believe the idea of "doing your bit" because the state did indeed honour the social contract up to the point where Tony Blair, who is about as left wing as was pension-thief Robert Maxwell, became Prime Minister.
    1997 was when the social contract was torn up, mass immigration began, and we became the slaves of the banks, the EU and (surprisingly) the US.
    Cool Britannia my arse.
    Brexit is the first tiny step of ascent out of that pit of despond.
    And we may even get it.
     
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    dgul reacted to 201p in Retire at 75   
    Kick the can down the road - let me tell you something. By the time I get to 75, (about 35 years time) you won't recognise the "pension" system as we know it.
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    dgul reacted to crashmonitor in Retire at 75   
    The slighty annoying thing about all this is if they didn't pay bennies to working age people then evetybody could get a decent SP at a reasonable age.
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    dgul got a reaction from Great Guy in Retire at 75   
    75 is probably the same point of 'life impairment' as 60ish was in the 50's when this was all invented.  
    There's no real point where anyone owes anyone else time off.  I know that we've got a crazy welfare system, but that's the anomaly.  If you want to retire at 60 just work harder and save better.  
    The real thing I'm worried about is 'the disabled' -- we're at a point now where you can look after yourself and be a fit-ish 75 year old with a few good years left to run, or just live a bad life and 'retire on disability' at 55 -- that needs to be resolved.
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    dgul got a reaction from Long time lurking in Buying a big tent   
    People often buy this stuff out of an excess of enthusiasm over (their) reality, and the richer they are the more enthusiastic they get -- they're great people to buy this sort of stuff off.
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    dgul got a reaction from Great Guy in Buying a big tent   
    People often buy this stuff out of an excess of enthusiasm over (their) reality, and the richer they are the more enthusiastic they get -- they're great people to buy this sort of stuff off.
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    dgul reacted to Carl Fimble in Buying a big tent   
    Weird, did you manage to work out what his intent was?
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    dgul got a reaction from Carl Fimble in Buying a big tent   
    People often buy this stuff out of an excess of enthusiasm over (their) reality, and the richer they are the more enthusiastic they get -- they're great people to buy this sort of stuff off.
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    dgul reacted to Barnsey in Credit deflation and the reflation cycle to come.   
    Passive ETF selloff 
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    dgul reacted to Bus Stop Boxer in Lord Mountbatten - Nonce according to the FBI   
    Well Harry will probably marry again.
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    dgul reacted to One percent in Lord Mountbatten - Nonce according to the FBI   
    I’m surprised all the stories about the royals and their sexual preferences are being aired in the British legacy media. Something seems to have changed....
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    dgul reacted to DurhamBorn in Credit deflation and the reflation cycle to come.   
    Going to blow my own trumpet here.
    When this thread started one of the key themes was how well US treasuries would do,especially for sterling investors.I didnt see any other calls out there for that to be part of someones portfolio.
    We have spent a lot of time on gold and the miners lately,rightly so as they have made fantastic profits,and a lot of work was put into that.
    However
    https://www.hl.co.uk/shares/shares-search-results/i/ishares-iv-plc-usd-treasury-bond-20-year
    Thats a fantastic return.Remember when the call to buy was made almost everyone was saying the bond bull was over and and they would collapse.
     
    Now so far we have done very well,profits have far exceeded losses as we slowly enter inflation shares.BUT the next year is going to be very very dangerous,.The job now is to ensure families wealth isnt wiped out.There is nothing clever about losing our money last,that just means we join the end of the queue at the soup kitchen.
    A key question i see now is this.When we get the hit and the likes of Experian shares go down 75%+,Burberry 80%+ etc as mentioned in the thread,do the likes of BT and VOD,Imperial and BAT,SSE etc also go down another 50% or do they turn?.When the builders collapse do people rush to buy utility like companies on PEs of 7 or do they sell them as well?
    With sterling turning will UK cyclicals also turn,even in the teeth of a US market going down the pan? (US will likely see a last big jump as the Fed starts to ease,but too late to stop the debt deflation).
    So far we have done a good job and earned ourselves a Nana nap on the sofa,but we cant sleep easily at all.
     
     
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    dgul reacted to Fischer in Owen Jones   
    I'll echo this.
    His videos are comedy gold and cheer me up no end.
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    dgul got a reaction from Fischer in Owen Jones   
    I hope the guy is okay and recovers well -- there's no space for violence like this in our cities.
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    dgul reacted to spygirl in What's going to collapse next...   
    You need some variety/seperation i lefe/work.
    Ive worked from home a lot.
    DOnt get int othe dafty idea or blurring home n work.
    The best way to handle home work/distance work is to:
    - go for a 30m walk before starting work. I do my walk, have a shower, then start working. I need the separation between home-home and home-work.
    -Get a cheap pay by the day  office space. Most councils offer them for a few quid day - £50/week. I used these when I needed a lot of spration and low distractions.
    -Make use of coffee shops and the like, esp mon-fri day time. They are empty and you can get a quiet corner for ~3h for the price of a coffee.
    Or the library. Use your phone data connection. I an do a *lot* of remote admin, half way roudn the world with android phone,bluetooth kbd and a shh terminal.
     
     
     
     
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    dgul got a reaction from one mile two pence in PC Keith Blakelock part II   
    I really want there to be an investigation into whether any of these 10 men (or their direct families) have been investigated by the police in the past, and what results there were.  I want to know about stupid reasons why investigations were dropped, such as crazy name difficulties or family based alibis.  I want to know about any non-investigations even where they were identified by local individuals or their victims.  I want to know about 'under the counter' arrangements where people are left alone because they have created a no-go area. 
    I believe that this murder could and should have been avoided by the miscreants being brought before the law many times before until they weren't in a position to behave in this way -- and I want the people who have allowed this situation to have occurred to be shamed before the nation.
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    dgul got a reaction from Bobthebuilder in What's going to collapse next...   
    And then you go mad and start looking forwards to having a conversation with the postman.
    It can be important to have some of the social interaction that comes with 'an office'.  But the Wework thing is bonkers expensive compared with what is actually needed.
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    dgul got a reaction from Van Lady in Greta   
    Exactly.
    Or if they need 'presence', then use of of those non-holographic, 'holographic' virtual meeting things (actually Pepper's ghost tech).
    This would have been an excellent way to push this alternative tech -- say 'of course Greta wants to be there, but that would be a crazy waste of resources, and this new tech is amazing'.  It could have really made a difference.  Instead of that they've gone down some weird non-generally applicable, statement ridden crazy route, which doesn't say anything other than 'oh, look at me!'. 
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    dgul reacted to The Generation Game 🙌 in Greta   
    Clearly the most environmental way for this conference to be run was to get everyone to RSVP and then work out the optimum location for the conference based on least miles travelled. If that just happened to be in the middle of the Atlantic, not a problem. Or just have a conference call that the whole world can attend. 
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    dgul got a reaction from whocares in Greta   
    Is it true that the crew (or at least 6 of them) will be flying back to Europe as soon as they get in to America?  . instead of two people there and back (4 man-journeys) there's 6 people back (6 man-journeys).
    [Sure, you could argue that the boat was going to America anyway, but you could equally argue that the plane is flying there and back anyway]
    [The problem I have with Greta's journey, just like most eco-stuff, is that they only bother to consider direct effects -- electric cars!  No petrol! (embodied energy, other pollution from cars, pollution from electricity generation), plastic bag tax!  no plastic! (plastic consumption for bin liners and underused bag-for-life increases), etc.  In this case, you have to consider the embodied energy in making the boat (enormous), the impact of crew (largish), the impact of time (she can't be doing other eco-stuff while on the journey)]
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    dgul got a reaction from steppensheep in Greta   
    Is it true that the crew (or at least 6 of them) will be flying back to Europe as soon as they get in to America?  . instead of two people there and back (4 man-journeys) there's 6 people back (6 man-journeys).
    [Sure, you could argue that the boat was going to America anyway, but you could equally argue that the plane is flying there and back anyway]
    [The problem I have with Greta's journey, just like most eco-stuff, is that they only bother to consider direct effects -- electric cars!  No petrol! (embodied energy, other pollution from cars, pollution from electricity generation), plastic bag tax!  no plastic! (plastic consumption for bin liners and underused bag-for-life increases), etc.  In this case, you have to consider the embodied energy in making the boat (enormous), the impact of crew (largish), the impact of time (she can't be doing other eco-stuff while on the journey)]
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    dgul got a reaction from crashmonitor in Greta   
    Is it true that the crew (or at least 6 of them) will be flying back to Europe as soon as they get in to America?  . instead of two people there and back (4 man-journeys) there's 6 people back (6 man-journeys).
    [Sure, you could argue that the boat was going to America anyway, but you could equally argue that the plane is flying there and back anyway]
    [The problem I have with Greta's journey, just like most eco-stuff, is that they only bother to consider direct effects -- electric cars!  No petrol! (embodied energy, other pollution from cars, pollution from electricity generation), plastic bag tax!  no plastic! (plastic consumption for bin liners and underused bag-for-life increases), etc.  In this case, you have to consider the embodied energy in making the boat (enormous), the impact of crew (largish), the impact of time (she can't be doing other eco-stuff while on the journey)]
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    dgul got a reaction from sarahbell in Greta   
    Is it true that the crew (or at least 6 of them) will be flying back to Europe as soon as they get in to America?  . instead of two people there and back (4 man-journeys) there's 6 people back (6 man-journeys).
    [Sure, you could argue that the boat was going to America anyway, but you could equally argue that the plane is flying there and back anyway]
    [The problem I have with Greta's journey, just like most eco-stuff, is that they only bother to consider direct effects -- electric cars!  No petrol! (embodied energy, other pollution from cars, pollution from electricity generation), plastic bag tax!  no plastic! (plastic consumption for bin liners and underused bag-for-life increases), etc.  In this case, you have to consider the embodied energy in making the boat (enormous), the impact of crew (largish), the impact of time (she can't be doing other eco-stuff while on the journey)]
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    dgul got a reaction from Libspero in Female snowflake sues Cambridge Uni because of unwanted text msg   
    The 'unpleasant truth' (for some) is that while we all walk around like civilised folk, have meetings, whatever -- at times males and females (and sometimes other combinations) get together and rut like animals.  And we are programmed to do this, and to engineer situations that make the rutting like animals more likely.  It is 'clearly bad' when people in positions of power use that power to get their end away*, but if it is a case of some young guy on the other side of the student/staff barrier then it is just humans being humans.  
    [* otoh, the several girls that I know who've gained an easy promotion by sucking off the boss might consider the sex-for-perks deal to be rather acceptable]