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  1. Well at work one guy has started wearing a surgical mask. He says that there have been 2 more cases or something in the building. Same guy said that a Facebook nurse he knows had said there was more chance of winning the lottery than catching. Then went on about how masks do more harm than good. Now he is the only person I've seen wearing one at work (one cleaner was wearing one but that is it). Hopefully your right and it's over, probably a sign if this guy is now taking seriously it is over πŸ˜…
  2. Dogtania

    Let's BRAG

    Maybe I've missed something it's a long thread but see Kylie mentioned quite a bit but no mention of donovan (Jason) does he not count nowadays as he's like a washed up performer? Could be busking nowadays idk but would think a lot more chance someone meeting him than a Lister Kylie. My first album I think were him and Kylie, looked like they were going to get married in real life I thought
  3. Dogtania

    Let's BRAG

    Does she still run around and have long flowing hair that the wind blows around? Oh and do you not have Mr David ickle close by too . Is he a character or more likely just a normal good neighbor?
  4. Dogtania

    Let's BRAG

    All this famous people meeting... Scratching my head not sure I can think of one maybe meeting some band members from carter the unstoppable sex machine when young and high on cheap cider. Also met a supposedly semi famous Scottish footballer when I was maybe 8 years old remember everyone else getting excited and getting an autograph so I did too fuck knows who he was πŸ˜… Oh and since I traveled to exotic country once and had the prayer time on PIA before takeoff. A week later I got to shoot an AK-47 in the arms market of Peshawar (just a dusty market stall not exactly a shooting range.. Luckily had a big burly pashtun tribal guy that was local and there to look out for me. Nobody hurt I don't think any of the falling shells landed on other people)
  5. Many years ago flew PIA into Islamabad (sorry in advance for trumpeting exotic countries visited πŸ˜›) was 17 and they did the whole prayer thing at the start which was novel but yes kind of disconcerting. Think BA was was the best but cheapest state owned PIA. Iirc back then any Pakistani flying was forced to use PIA for the first flight of every year. When I arrived, tried, bewildered and slower than normal which is slow enough some guy on the terminal connecting bus cornered me fast talking into carrying one of his cases. Can't remember why he wanted me to I probably said no initially but he kept talking and I ended up with an extra suitcase. A few minutes later I looked at said case and thought nah no way am I taking that through customs for him. He found me again in the lounge asking for his bag.... I probably said it was too heavy or something and maybe it was still on bus - he wasn't happy but ran away to no doubt bribe some official in getting bag back. Dodged a bullet possibly with that one πŸ˜‚
  6. I don't know how I ended up following this professor on Twitter. He is meant to be a tax expert and is a campaigner for tax justice and against evasion etc which sounds good to me. He is also very political in one of those nasty snarling ways. I have learnt a lot reading here but tbh a lot still needs to be beaten into me πŸ˜… and it's a very much a work in progress. Especially the last couple of months I have read a lot (not neccassarily aprops to this thread but nevertheless similar to how I feel about reading the below) that just doesn't add up to me. Except these are so called experts, have had long careers and sometimes even longer letters after their name. So who am I to argue/question? Richard Murphy came out with this a few days ago regarding the printing of money and how it is the panacea we need and not dangerous at all. I think DB has said before that this is really the only option for govs/ Central Banks going forward - although I think they are completely different after that. Here we talk of end of one macro cycle, end of money being pushed in a zero rate economy towards the consumer economy and likewise end of zombie companies who have survived thanks to these conditions. Murphy seems to think government debt is a magic money tree that is there to be shaken to help the government and populace when needed. And no inflationary risk involved!! Am I missing something with the below? Seems like big mental gymnastics going on or just no common sense. If it was so easy to just keep printing why not take it to the extreme and just let everyone live in luxury. https://www.taxresearch.org.uk/Blog/2020/05/22/thank-goodness-for-the-governments-ability-to-create-money/ I have just put out the following Twitter thread to address some of the nonsense being said about inflation risk today, and other comments that show incomprehension about money. And yes, I know som MMT quibbles could be raised - but this is seeking to reach a wider audience with ideas they will bot be familiar with: The usual ridiculous claims about inflation risk are whirling around the media because the government is borrowing more, and some of that is being paid for with quantitative easing (QE). So it’s time for an explanation 1/ First, gov’t debt in the UK right now is low: net of QE it may be just 57% of GDP right now, which is insignificant in the grand scheme of things. 2/ Second, despite Β£575bn of QE in the last decade the government and Bank of England has dismally failed to deliver inflation that we require. That suggests we might need more QE to create inflation and not less, and inflation is no bad thing. 3/ Third, government debt is made up of three things. They are notes and coins; National Savings including Premium Bonds, and gilts, which are, in effect, National Savings for banks, pension funds and companies. Can anyone give a good reason why we should get rid of all of them, including our money? 4/ Fourth, if big savers what to save with the government because they do not trust commercial banks (which is what is happening) should we force them to take the risk of losing their money in commercial banks? If so, why, especially when smaller savers are protected? 5/ Fifth, shouldn't we instead see this move to save with the government as a vote of confidence in the government's ability to provide economic security and instead worry about why commercial banks are not as safe, and do something about that? 6/ Sixth, government has never repaid the national debt, or ever really tried to do so since it began in 1694. Why should we plan to do so now? What's the reason for changing a policy now that's worked for more than 325 years? 7/ Seventh, if the national debt is going up it's because the private sector is failing, and not that the gov't is. If we demand that the debt be repaid who are we repaying it to? Wouldn't we just bailing out the private owners of wealth? Why should we do that? 8/ Eighth, if 'repaying the debt' would really be about giving private owners of wealth back the money they're lost in preference to providing jobs for people who'll need them and tackling the climate crisis which we should be doing, what's the justification? 9/ Ninth, weren't those in the private sector who've lost as a result of this crisis aware that they were taking risk when investing in private business? When was it that the state gave them an undertaking to underwrite their losses, which repaying the debt would represent? 10/ Tenth, anyone who claims we cannot repay ignores the fact that the government can buy back its own debt any time it likes: it has had the Bank of England create Β£575bn of new money via QE to do this over the last decade and none of that has to be repaid because the gov't owns the BoE 11/ Eleventh, it's vital the Bank of England does do this money creation. Right now, government loans apart there's almost no new money going into the economy and given that all the money we use is created by borrowing if the Bank of England was not creating new money right now no one would be 12/ Twelfth, in that case without the injection of new government-created money that is happening right now into the economy it would literally grind to a halt. Would anyone prefer that to this new money creation which will be used to clear a large part of this so-called debt? 13/ Thirteenth, or would people prefer that we kept as much as possible of the economy going right now, knowing that the only cost of doing so is the Bank of England technically eventually being owed quite a lot by the government, which it never need repay? 14/ Fourteenth, and if in doubt about this, think how hard you'd find it to repay your borrowings if you owed them to yourself, which is what will happen with much of the new so-called government debt that's going to be created by this recession, but which will be owned by the BoE 15/ Fifteenth, so let's not panic. The amazing thing about modern money is it can be made on demand by the Bank of England to keep our economy going, to clear government debt and to create the cash we need to keep finance going all at the same time 16/ Sixteenth, so there's nothing to worry about - because if the worst comes to the very worst all this debt will just be owed by the government to itself - and that's just fine because what's left over after that is something you really like - new money that makes your world possible 17/ And because that new money simply replaces that which would normally be created by commercial bank lending which isn't happening right now there is no chance it will deliver inflation. Instead it just keeps is going. Thank goodness for gov't and its ability to create new money in that case, I say End/
  7. Gooseberry, strawberries, rubarb plums. No shortage in the summer. Get global some more global heating and we'll be making getting into viniculture πŸ˜›
  8. Totally agree too regarding MSM advice. Maybe doesn't make such a good headline but then the gov don't seem to be doing so either. I guess if some advice would be meted out it would be window dressed and trussled up in some kind of condescending vague tone. Yes politics would probably get in the way and no doubt if there is a conflict of interest (like Trump happening to preempt something similar) then maybe dilute it down or confound the simple advice.
  9. I thought quite a few posters here stocked up on masks early on... Maybe it was only a handful though but still assumed others maybe did too but didn't post. Nobody really seems to be wearing anyway at the shops. For some reason I notice a lot more walking down the street but not in the supermarket. Anyway going forward if this returns pretty pointless as a whole wearing if less than 1 in 10 are using. I may not bother either if nobody else is ... Take me chances and all that. Still have a load of random n95s never used but wear a cycling pollution type thing in the supermarket still from habit. As I say if nobody else cares maybe I should just throw
  10. Yeah I never thought about the cross contamination aspect. You would want to trust the specialist to do things correctly but then again one of them told a colleague of mine nothing to worry about anyway as only hangs about the air for a few hours. Colleague then asked about surfaces being contaminated and apparantly was just brushed off with nah not really πŸ€”
  11. I did watch one of those I believe or at least I remember thinking similar when he just blindly ordered any. Can't be a beer snob or maybe they all taste the same. I definitely recall thinking I would have at least looked up online the different choices.
  12. Where I work there was apparently a positive case of the virus by a staff member. It's a big building that can normally house I'm guessing over 1k but probably less than 200 now working on site. Some kind of specilized cleaning team were hired in to clean all the areas the staff member had been in, full hazmat style I believe. Staff still working or having to move around as the cleaners did their job too superannuation apparantly (exiting or through ways). I imaging it's one of these things the company needs to be seen doing to avoid future potential grievances etc. Can't see it being practical going forward for each and every positive surely. Or by that time everyone sequestered away working from home. This is a large organisation btw so guessing they are not the only ones proceeding this way. Slightly surreal all the same.
  13. Dogtania

    killing vipers

    Lol, that's quite rough. The bit I visited where I went swimming was amazing for nature but could be brutal too. It was quite a special zone being a meeting point of different types of habitats. Wetlands, Savannah etc. I remember seeing a sign up saying beware of sharks, hippos and sharks all in one vista. Crocodiles were my biggest fear but think it's rare people get chomped as most people sensible. Hippos the big danger (iirc cause the most fatalities in southern Africa). The lazy brutes came out there paddling pools at dusk and wandered about the small town. I was round at someone's house one night where the back garden led straight into the bush but there was a pool in between. The pool was not chlorinated and the hippos lumbered up for a drink. I didn't feel comfortable but had the house behind me - the hosts had a very lassiez faire attitude though. Mostly they just get a shock if your interrupt them.. one guy opened his front door a year or two pervious bit drunk and the hippo bit his leg off I believe.
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    killing vipers

    Maybe jaws got an unfair rap in their role of demonizing sharks I totally agree sharks scary. Something about being in the vast body of open water and danger of something biting. I've only swam once for a few minutes out at sea (off a boat) and I really felt insignificant and possibly at risk. Also did some seaside swimming off the South African Kwa Zulu natal coast (Indian Ocean). It was home to lots of Zambezi sharks that are meant to be pretty nasty. They don't have good eyesight so tend to only hunt when sea cloudy (or so locals said) so everyone kids and all swimming happily in water if clear bit as soon as gets cloudy (sift or whatever) everyone gets out. More jaws and less baby shark I say
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    killing vipers

    Will add TMT to watch later love me a bit of weird Southern Americana every so often