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    Joe. reacted to Uptherams in The Politics Thread 2019   
    WTF 🙄
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    Joe. got a reaction from sheeponacid in The Politics Thread 2019   
    With your already chlorine washed pre packed fruit/veg/salads/potatoes
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    Joe. reacted to Uptherams in The Politics Thread 2019   
    Apparently consumers only care about one thing and that is price 😂 
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    Joe. got a reaction from sheeponacid in The Politics Thread 2019   
    Most of that isn't relevant to what I typed though. I'm not talking about whether the us model is better - I don't care either way as our food production is farm assured under red tractor
    I'm not suggesting we can/should be producing more cheaply, its cheap as it is. I was pointing out that if we needed to expand it wouldn't be difficult in that particular sector. If we needed it be more self sufficient we absolutely could be, currently we aren't because we don't need to be.
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    Joe. got a reaction from bigbadbob in The Politics Thread 2019   
    Don't personally think we will see the collapse of one industry. I grow veg so see tremendous staff turnover and well aware of the struggle getting labour , but we will find people, we always manage to.
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    Joe. got a reaction from bigbadbob in The Politics Thread 2019   
    Most of that isn't relevant to what I typed though. I'm not talking about whether the us model is better - I don't care either way as our food production is farm assured under red tractor
    I'm not suggesting we can/should be producing more cheaply, its cheap as it is. I was pointing out that if we needed to expand it wouldn't be difficult in that particular sector. If we needed it be more self sufficient we absolutely could be, currently we aren't because we don't need to be.
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    Joe. got a reaction from bigbadbob in The Politics Thread 2019   
    Fastest, cheapest and most efficient meat to produce.
    We also already produce quite a high % of the chicken we eat, and poultry probably the simplest (and quickest) sector of the agricultural industry to increase production in.
    No matter how much of a doom mongerer you are with regards to brexit, people will still buy food, if there was a recession people don't stop eating but they may change their eating habits, you drop more expensive meats, steak etc, and eat more cheaper white meat.
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    Joe. got a reaction from Ghost of Clough in The Politics Thread 2019   
    Fastest, cheapest and most efficient meat to produce.
    We also already produce quite a high % of the chicken we eat, and poultry probably the simplest (and quickest) sector of the agricultural industry to increase production in.
    No matter how much of a doom mongerer you are with regards to brexit, people will still buy food, if there was a recession people don't stop eating but they may change their eating habits, you drop more expensive meats, steak etc, and eat more cheaper white meat.
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    Joe. got a reaction from alexxxxx in The Politics Thread 2019   
    Be honest though, if £350 million a week was your main motivator for voting it's likely they could have put any number there and they would have voted the same way
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    Joe. reacted to Carl Sagan in The Politics Thread 2019   
    I come on here and see there's a thread on the NHS with rubbish like this. There's only ever been one report that says the NHS is a world-leading system, the "Commonwealth Report" and it's what statisticians call a complete outlier. It had favourable ratings because it was based on public perceptions of it. Even in that report the NHS came next to last in actual healthcare outcomes, with more people dying under the NHS than in other developed nations.
    One issue is that 1.5 million people in the UK work for the NHS!!!!! That's 2.3% of the entire population including children and the elderly. We simply do not have the structures and know-ho to run such a crazily oversized organization. It cannot and isn't run well. It's about the largest workforce in the world. Another issue is the bizarre religious-style attachment to it. Then there are the continual straw man arguments by its supporters who seem to think the only alternative to it is to go with an American-style system.
    What should matter is having the best healthcare outcomes for UK citizens for the money spent. And that should be the only thing that matters. I've spoken privately with MPs across the political spectrum who all acknowledge that everywhere in the West has essentially free healthcare at the point of use and most have better outcomes than us, but it's politically untenable to ever criticize the NHS because of the crazed fanaticism of people incapable of opening their eyes.
    Rant over.
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    Joe. got a reaction from Norman in The Politics Thread 2019   
    Yes but if the popular vote won in the us they could campaign in about four states and win
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    Joe. got a reaction from Norman in The Politics Thread 2019   
    I agree, surely it's got to be NATO that has kept peace in Europe rather than the EU
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    Joe. got a reaction from sheeponacid in The Politics Thread 2019   
    I agree, surely it's got to be NATO that has kept peace in Europe rather than the EU
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    Joe. got a reaction from GenBr in The Politics Thread 2019   
    I agree, surely it's got to be NATO that has kept peace in Europe rather than the EU
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    Joe. reacted to Mrs Cone in Alternative to cake   
    So today is Josh's 17th birthday.  I ask him what sort of birthday cake he wants.....me being a baker thought he might go for an elaborate chocolate cake or a nicely decorated Victoria sponge!
    NO!! He wants a cake made out of mashed potato. Not just mashed potato, it must also have some sort of meat, Yorkshire puddings and gravy!🙈
    Not an easy task but he's very happy with the end result, here's a pic!
    So sweet or savoury guys? Have any of you lot had cakes that are a bit different or is he just being awkward? 🤪

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    Joe. got a reaction from jono in Pets   
    farm pug helping me

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    Joe. got a reaction from Mrs Cone in Pets   
    farm pug helping me

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    Joe. got a reaction from David in Sky   
    They're only doing hd from 1st of October I think we had a letter about it, our subscription is SD but is going up £2/month from our October bill because they are only broadcasting HD sky sports
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    Joe. reacted to Carl Sagan in Japanese asteroid landing   
    Another thread for the space lovers.
    JAXA, the Japanese Space Agency, has sent the Hayabusu2 spaceship to an asteroid called Ryugu and last night approached to within 80 metres to drop two little (mninerva) robots which are currently on their way down to the surface, very much like the European Space Agency's Philae probe from a few years ago. But these landers will deliberately hop over the surface, with leaps of 15 metres at a time in the low gravity, and with cameras on each allowing us to produce stereo images from the surface of an asteroid.
    It's an incredible mission. In last night's approach you could see the shadow of the main spaceship projected onto Ryugu as the appraoch happened with the Sun behind.
    What times we live in.
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    Joe. reacted to Van der MoodHoover in What happens when a match is abandonded?   
    This is true. Mind you, an abandoned days play at the cricket gives potential scope for much greater damage to be done, following the same logic.
    I can attest to this as Mrs Hants looked at me particularly steely-eyed as I lurched through the door a few years ago having seen 40 minutes play at the Oval followed by about 6 hours boozing 😀
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    Joe. reacted to Carl Sagan in Dear Moon   
    From a "veil of ignorance" point of view, your best chances come through being born today. Surely you see that? Yes there are bad places in the world, but they're becoming ever fewer. 
    You talk about an accelerated rate of extinction. I think that's partly a selection effect, in that it's only now we have the ability to observe and measure such things and so can see what's happening. But there probably is a real effect too.
    As a species we've taken a gamble that, as I've shown, has proved immensely beneficial. As you're trying to show (I think), that gamble is unsustainable. And I agree that's the case if we remain Earthbound. In those circumstances civilization will collapse and there will be insufficient resources to provide ever greater wealth for everyone. And because of our use of fossil fuels and the like, the game's then up. 
    But the gamble came with good odds in terms of the potential benefits to humanity in becoming a spacefaring species. We simply have to stay true to the course and lock in the glorious future by making it happen as soon as we can, before anything snatches it away. 
    Then we can turn Earth into a beautiful environment with all the heavy industry off-world if that's what future humans choose. 
    We're going round in circles but, even if you choose not to see it, I hope others will realize the case for space stacks up. And should be a global priority. As should be ending extreme poverty, but because it's about the entire future of our species, space is the even more important priority. By your reasoning we can do without space and I agree that will also end extreme poverty, but only because there are no humans left - we'll have gone extinct. 
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    Joe. reacted to Carl Sagan in Dear Moon   
    If you look at Unicef's own stats
    https://data.unicef.org/topic/child-poverty/
    they say 9.2% of the world's adult population live in extreme poverty (the figure I gave) but 19.5% of the world's children, which is obviously terrible and I didn't know it was so much higher. 
    22,000 kids a day dying is terrible, but it's a vast improvement in recent times. In 1960 global child mortality was 18.3%. By 2015 it had fallen to 4.3%. Unicef is working to bring it under 5% everywhere by 2030. What incredible progress that is. Let's keep it up.
    As I've said, it's by far the best time to be alive in all of human history. 
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    Joe. reacted to Carl Sagan in Dear Moon   
    Confess I'd missed this and only had time to skim, but I did think it misrepresented the effective altruism movement. It's absolutely not only about financial donations and a capitalist society to create wealth to make those donations more effective. It's about living good and worthwhile lives, re-evaluating priorities.
    In terms of eliminating extreme poverty, the strides since the industrial revolution have been incredible. Here's a graph that indicates to me that it is industrialization and technology that means 7 billion people today do not live in absolute poverty and, despite the rise in world population, the number of people in extreme poverty (not just the proportion) has also fallen markedly. Advancing space exploration is one of the main drivers that will enable this to continue as it what will lead to wealth acquisition and growing the economy.
    EDIT: couldn't embed image so have captured it instead.

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    Joe. got a reaction from Carl Sagan in Dear Moon   
    The next logical step for humans has to be moving into space doesn't it? 99% of all species that have existed have died out, best chance of survival has to be to spread? Not to mention the technological benefits we are likely to gain from trying.
    Plus if we can do it why wouldn't we?
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    Joe. got a reaction from Norman in Pets   
    farm pug helping me

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