Re: Saint Isidore of Seville
So the Spanish Inquisition / Holy Church of Rome effectively invented Human Resource Department outsourcing then?
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My respiratory distress in urban environments is such that I need to wear PPE to avoid medical problems, officer. Oh, and it's sunny out. Hence the shades. Thank you for your concern, officer. Keep up the good work.
My twopenneth regarding the scene:
The lad's within his rights to wear whatever the hell he wants but in fairness to 'plod, he was being a bit of a gobby twat. Plod don't like twats, particularly gobby ones. I'm trying to bear that in mind with my elaborate ruse.
.22"LR has approx 140 Joules muzzle energy.
In a "real world" context that's similar energy to a 10lb bowling ball dropped from a first floor window. Added to which it is concentrated to a point as sharp as a dog's tooth and spinning like a food blender. BPV or no, I don't want to be downrange of that if I can possibly help it, thanks.
I could understand being freaked out by wasting those first two hours just out of good old fashioned curiosity, but to do it all over again, knowing full well how much of a waste of time it will be simply smacks of masochism. Nevertheless, your username has inspired my utmost admiration. Respect.
Manufacturing of consent covers most of this quite nicely already, just transpose from broadcast media to mass targetting and there you go.
The new bits relate to social media analysis tech giving faster feedback on success of chosen techniques and generally quickening the tempo of political campaign messaging.
Fascinating stuff really.
What's to blame? Access to the internet? Really?
Not austerity, lack of hope, lack of purpose, lack of social cohesion, alienation, isolation, suspicion, paranoia, exploitation, hateful and divisive everything at all times wherever you go.
Hanging is the most common method used (was according to 2015 stats).
Government's response: Introduce a new Rope Tax.
The proposals suggested for farting around banning websites here and there, besides A: being unworkable and B: being censorship, are simply ineffectual to the point of being beneath parody.
Having lead us up the strait of Messina to the waters directly between Scylla and Charybdis, our brave captain declared "It's all the fault of the helmsman!" and promptly abandoned ship as the rest of us were drawn into the maelstrom.
It's not just Cameron though. The whole bloody government should be tried for treason for putting the country in harms way like this.
I can't help thinking that there was a deal reached along the lines of:
"Hey Kraftwek guy, we'd like to use a sample off one of your records. That okay?"
"Yah, sure bro. Hey, I've got an idea. If your track doesn't get much airplay / downloads, we could file a copyright suit against you and, hey presto! A bunch more people will know about it."
"Man, that's big of you. What about the legal bills?"
"It's okay. Mate of mine's a judge and it's all deductible anyhow."
"Tidy! Cheers dude."
You're quite right. Given a large enough audience, such heinousness is a simple, sad statistical inevitablity. I think it is incumbent upon the social media industry to give users the option to automatically mute / ignore / delete any messages without traceable provonence. If you're coming in from an anon proxy or similar, we as users should be able to choose to assume that you're up to no good and automatically ignore any (potential) bile that might otherwise come our way.
The human part of me can't help but feel sorry for the poor saps that got fubared by these shysters, but if you're going to stick a needle into yourself for non-medical reasons, you're asking for trouble.
For those who haven't figured it out already,
the "secret" hangover cure formula is as follows.
It is taken orally, no needles required.
Follow this up with 1500g H2O to be sipped over the course of the next hour or two.
You'll be right as rain, (well, you will feel a boatload better).
Have to admit to rolling my eyes over that rather contrived meta-acronym.
Widefield ASKAP L-band Legacy All-Sky Blind Survey
would be WASKAPLLASBS
but then they're not quite so cute and furry, are they?
Wouldn't want to imply they're
Widefield ASKAP Near Ku-band Epiterrestrial Receiver Systems
for such japery. glass houses, stones etc...
So, 20.4million corp tax implies around 52million profit which is around 1.3% of the quoted 3.8billion turnover. Turnover sufficient to keep f#ckloads of people employed, profit enough to keep the shareholders happy, tax enough to keep the exchequer on side. Don't know what the fuss is about. Yeah thanks for the £130mil bunce, it'll come in handy right about now. Don't do it again though, otherwise keep up the good work.
I was scratching my melon for a bit over the diagram... Looking NorthEast??? Rising right to left??? Then I read on ... blah blah Australian blah blah... oh, okay. Got that. Moving on. HEADLINE NEWS: PLANETS APPEAR MORE OR LESS LINED UP ON THE ECLIPTIC!!! errr... yeah, generally they would wouldn't they? Ho hum.
..but if you don't have the book, then you don't have the celestial body position data so you can do all the spherical trig you like, you'll be missing a third of the data you need to calculate your position line.
Since you need the almanac data somewhere, why not include the sight reduction cheat-sheets in the same volume?
I suppose you can get an approximate fix from a noon-sight of the sun provided you've got a reliable timepiece. That'd be good enough for trans-oceanic intercontinental nav, but good luck if you're aiming for a fly-turd speck of an island somewhere. You're gonna need a taller lookout mast.
Get a PAYG SIM from Manx telecom. Isle of Man based network, roams all of the mainland UK networks. Same cost* as a mainland PAYG calls and texts.
*except folks phoning you on that number probably won't get to use their inclusive minutes, but you're only using it for outgoing calls anyway.