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    Frank Hovis got a reaction from Carl Fimble in Heroin boosted by solar powered   
    I would say that the rise in obesity has been mirrored in reverse by the decline in smoking.
    People who smoke a lot are usually thin because it suppresses the appetite; and at a time when cigarettes were cheap and widely used you are going to have a lot of smokers and a lot of thin people.
    If you look at this graph smoking only really started to decline from 1975; which marks the start of the rise of obesity.
     

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    Frank Hovis reacted to PatronizingGit in Home office ditches the £35,800 minimum salary to settle in the UK   
    Yet was easily achieved for over 30 years between 1962 to 1997. And has been by numerous countries - including our next door neighbour France, over the last 20 years. 
     
    The tories saying they cant reduce immigration is like a central banker saying he cant control inflation without even trying to raise interest rates or curtail money supply growth.
    But then, when we have an anti-nativist media, business and political establishment, who will even ask why they never tried.
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    Frank Hovis got a reaction from Conniption in Companies doing free school dinners for kids   
    For a window into where this money goes one local newsagent has a sign up saying "no scratch cards"; the reason being that the same people were visiting the shop three or four times a day to buy scratch cards which they didn't think appropriate during the lockdown restrictions.
    You can just see it: "Feed the kids or another scratch card?  Scratch card!"   
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    Frank Hovis got a reaction from Happy Renting in TV Licence letters - checking co-ordination   
    Whilst that is the effect upon vulnerable elderly people they are cleverly written.
    The one about the court appearance saying what will happen, what you need to bring for your trial etc. starts with an "If" before taking you through all of these details.
    It is exactly the same thing that good old Auntie Beeb's programmes like Watchdog and You and Yours bravely investigate: scare tactics.
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    Frank Hovis got a reaction from Van Lady in TV Licence letters - checking co-ordination   
    There is a reason for my non-contact - they have to pay out to harass me despite it having no effect.
    My estimate is that it costs 10% of a licence fee so if ten people go no contact that's like eleven non-payers.
    Why assist somebody whose first and ongoing assumption is that you are in the wrong and that they have the moral high ground?  I don't need a licence.  I don't watch or record broadcast TV or watch iPlayer.
    The police don't assume that I have a cannabis farm in my capacious loft and send me threateningly letters to demand that I tell them that I don't have such.  They also don't follow this up with a visits to check that my declaration is correct.  Their starting point is that I don't have a cannabis farm in my loft unless they have reason to believe otherwise and that should be the same starting point for the BBC licence team: if someone doesn't have a licence then they should start with the presumption that they are honest and law abiding and don't require one unless they have evidence to the contrary.
    If they are going to falsely assume that I require a licence and refuse to buy one - as their letters make plain - then I will continue to ignore them and cost them money.
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    Frank Hovis reacted to DocH in The Presidential Election, Trump-Biden   
    That's a very bizzarrely photoshopped image - what was she holding between her right arm and her waist?
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    Frank Hovis reacted to Nippy in TV Licence letters - checking co-ordination   
    Does crossing out the address and writing "Return to sender" cost them extra money? I hope so.
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    Frank Hovis reacted to Lightly Toasted in Home office ditches the £35,800 minimum salary to settle in the UK   
    Presumably it didn't have much effect because of EU FoM. Now that that's passing, they need to re-jig the rules to make sure there are enough people here, what with the labour market in the UK being so tight and all.
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    Frank Hovis reacted to Melchett in England no longer expects....   
    Sadly the tyranny of the state will simply be replaced by the worse tyranny of people like BLM. The last few Months in the US have show us that, surely?
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    Frank Hovis reacted to Bandit Banzai in England no longer expects....   
    The Globalists are winning. It might take Russia to save us from ourselves
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    Frank Hovis reacted to jm51 in TV Licence letters - checking co-ordination   
    I've lived here for 20 years and have lost count of how many letters they have sent.
    A few actually used my name, so why the fuck are the rest of them addressed to the legal occupier?
    There was a spate of letters that said 'Will you be at home on xyz date?' Yeah I was, every time, and no fucker called.
    I've had 2 callers. First was when I'd been here a few years. I let him come in for a look. As he was leaving, he said: 'We won't be bothering you again.' Lying twat. I started getting letters from them within 6 months. The last one was 5 or 6 years ago. 'Can I come in to check?'...No. He then looked sheepish and buggered off.
    The scare tactics do work on some, mainly women. A woman I knew was as safe as could be from any snoopers. A flat above a shop and the only access was via the back alley which had a locked gate. When visiting her, it was phone her when outside and she'd throw down the key to the alley gate. She got scared by their letter and bought a license.
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    Frank Hovis reacted to BWW in TV Licence letters - checking co-ordination   
    Isn't that quote from the email received by underwhelmed also false?
    I guess there are more channels that you could be watching live but it claims there are MORE on-demand platforms.
    AFAIK You only need a license to watch iplayer if watching programmes on demand and this hasn't changed in the last couple of years [before which iplayer was allowed without a license].
    The thing I find most annoying about crapita are that they're allowed to get away with demanding money under false pretences on such a huge scale and with the support of the authorities. Is that not a crime as well?
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    Frank Hovis reacted to Alonso Quijano in Companies doing free school dinners for kids   
    FFS!

    And this isn't politics?
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    Frank Hovis got a reaction from Lipid in trans madness   
    This to me is like feminism and any other -ism which you care to name where the original intention has been achieved but you still have a movement and people depending upon that movement for their livelihood so they keep pushing on to insanity and beyond.
    When I was at school, 80s, homosexuality was so frowned upon that there were no out gay men or women and several of the "probably gay" boys got married very young in order to demonstrate that they weren't gay.  You had to feel sorry for their wives; munters all who couldn't believe that they had found true love and marriage. Well they had found marriage anyway. 
    There must have therefore been some time in 90s or 00s where it was perfectly acceptable to come out as gay at school but that wasn't good enough for the professional activists and now you have what Roger notes - three eleven year olds claiming to be trans.
    These kids will lead blighted and short lives and medical professionals and therapists will make a lot of money out of their confusion.
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    Frank Hovis got a reaction from Carl Fimble in TV Licence letters - checking co-ordination   
    There is a reason for my non-contact - they have to pay out to harass me despite it having no effect.
    My estimate is that it costs 10% of a licence fee so if ten people go no contact that's like eleven non-payers.
    Why assist somebody whose first and ongoing assumption is that you are in the wrong and that they have the moral high ground?  I don't need a licence.  I don't watch or record broadcast TV or watch iPlayer.
    The police don't assume that I have a cannabis farm in my capacious loft and send me threateningly letters to demand that I tell them that I don't have such.  They also don't follow this up with a visits to check that my declaration is correct.  Their starting point is that I don't have a cannabis farm in my loft unless they have reason to believe otherwise and that should be the same starting point for the BBC licence team: if someone doesn't have a licence then they should start with the presumption that they are honest and law abiding and don't require one unless they have evidence to the contrary.
    If they are going to falsely assume that I require a licence and refuse to buy one - as their letters make plain - then I will continue to ignore them and cost them money.
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    Frank Hovis got a reaction from mattydread in TV Licence letters - checking co-ordination   
    Whilst that is the effect upon vulnerable elderly people they are cleverly written.
    The one about the court appearance saying what will happen, what you need to bring for your trial etc. starts with an "If" before taking you through all of these details.
    It is exactly the same thing that good old Auntie Beeb's programmes like Watchdog and You and Yours bravely investigate: scare tactics.
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    Frank Hovis got a reaction from mattydread in TV Licence letters - checking co-ordination   
    I always open them because I rip up any paper going into the bin which has my name or address upon it.
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    Frank Hovis got a reaction from mattydread in TV Licence letters - checking co-ordination   
    This thread isn't about the wider TV licence but rather to check if I'm correct in thinking that everyone is on the same cycle of letters or whether it is regional (I'm in Cornwall) or purely based upon the date of receipt of your first letter.
    To take out a possible random element in the first year of receipt can I ask that only those people who have been licence free for several years respond?  Though I accept that the thread will run as it will.
     
    Today I received - dated October 2020:
    "Act now to stop an investigation."
    I think that this is the first in the cycle because it's reasonably unthreatening at this stage and suggesting that you might need to buy one but have forgotten.
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    Frank Hovis got a reaction from maynardgravy in Companies doing free school dinners for kids   
    For a window into where this money goes one local newsagent has a sign up saying "no scratch cards"; the reason being that the same people were visiting the shop three or four times a day to buy scratch cards which they didn't think appropriate during the lockdown restrictions.
    You can just see it: "Feed the kids or another scratch card?  Scratch card!"   
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    Frank Hovis reacted to Virgil Caine in TV Licence letters - checking co-ordination   
    Apparently some people who still had valid licenses but had cancelled their direct debit got these letters. 
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    Frank Hovis got a reaction from One percent in TV Licence letters - checking co-ordination   
    Whilst that is the effect upon vulnerable elderly people they are cleverly written.
    The one about the court appearance saying what will happen, what you need to bring for your trial etc. starts with an "If" before taking you through all of these details.
    It is exactly the same thing that good old Auntie Beeb's programmes like Watchdog and You and Yours bravely investigate: scare tactics.
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    Frank Hovis got a reaction from Great Guy in TV Licence letters - checking co-ordination   
    Whilst that is the effect upon vulnerable elderly people they are cleverly written.
    The one about the court appearance saying what will happen, what you need to bring for your trial etc. starts with an "If" before taking you through all of these details.
    It is exactly the same thing that good old Auntie Beeb's programmes like Watchdog and You and Yours bravely investigate: scare tactics.
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    Frank Hovis reacted to HolyCow in Companies doing free school dinners for kids   
    But the US is still very generous when it comes to tax. It will be a 62% rate for someone earning hundreds of thousands if not millions I imagine in comparison to our 40% tax rate (not including NI) for anyone earning over £50k or whatever it is here. Most people pay very little tax there.
    And everyone complains about having to pay health insurance but it's basically a few thousand pounds a month which is the equivalent of what most people here earning over £50k have to pay in tax/NI for our supposedly "free" NHS so US health insurance isn't so terrible. Of course the NHS is free if you aren't paying any tax and you are getting free prescriptions, eye tests, dental treatment but for any UK taxpayer not only are you paying for the NHS through high taxes and NI but you are also paying for all the little things that you get for free on benefits as listed above. 
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