* Posts by Claverhouse

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Stinker, emailer, trawler, spy: How an engineer stole top US chip designs, smuggled them to China to set up a rival fab

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Re: "aggressively investigating and prosecuting these crimes"

Well, Trump's implementation of a six-month H-1B work visa ban has certainly stirred up the business friendly press, plus the usual suspects of progressives and libertarians who want no borders, but the IT workers who were screaming for action on H-1B abuse have been muted.

Or is it that Google does not show views it does not approve of ?

US govt: Julian Assange tried to recruit hacker to steal hush-hush dirt and we should know – the hacker was an informant

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Re: Did I miss something?

If the gentleman was committing a crime, false welfare claim, the authorities could either stop that claim instantly or prosecute him for that. It has nothing to do with the Assange business, and to use it as a threat makes them utterly despicable.

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Pirate

Under threat of losing his children, he turned informant after being collared

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I thought only the bad guys threatened like that.

The state of OpenPGP key servers: Kristian, can you renew my certificate? A month later: Kristian? Ten days later: Too late, it’s expired

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Mushroom

Abdul Abulbul Amir

I wonder what would have happened if the Americans resuscitated Abdul Razeeq and he had then immediately transferred .af to the Russians.

Who are widely known to be conniving unscrupulous villains in the Western mindset.

US starts sniffing around UK spaceports – though none capable of vertical launches actually exist right now

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Happy

Film

Wasn't there a mild Peter Sellers film where at the end, he as a priest, goes up in a British rocket from Ultima Thule, here a Scottish island ?

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We had more confidence in British technology back then.

Hey NYPD, when you're done tear-gassing and running over protesters, can you tell us about your spy gear?

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Re: Liar, she hit a traffic light

Poor little gentle protesters

Maybe Liar, she hit a traffic light could be their matching euphemism for the old cops' phrase of Falling down the stairs.

Police and NHS urge British public not to call 101 and 111 non-emergency numbers after behind-the-scenes kit failure

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Stop

Well, well, well, what's all this then ?

How do you run a military court over Zoom? With 28 bullet points and a ceremonial laptop flunkey, of course!

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Sort of... The Mafia was down to the infernal stupidity of the Whig [ radical but Establishment: his pa was the Whig prime minister, the Duke of Portland ] Lord William Bentinck, utterly determined to castrate Sicily's monarchy and replace it as in England with a fake monarchy and a 'constitution' * with the local aristocracy ruling in reality; just like England. **

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After that the barons crushed the peasantry and hired 'security': these latter became Mafia groupings, and crushed the peasantry on their own behalf. The lack of strong regal power meant neither the barons nor the mafia could be crushed. Then the mafioso flourished under the new liberal Italian regime kicked off by Garibaldi --- a strong contender for biggest bore of the 19th century himself --- through the Democrazia Cristiana to within living memory. ***

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[ In sharp contrasdiction to the neo-Jacobite Lord Nelson, who knew what to do with Neapolitan-Sicilian rebels. ]

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* 19th century Britons talking about the British Constitution were just as boring and inane as modern Americans boasting about their wretched thing.

* * When he ruled Sicily once he exiled the Queen: he then found the barons insufferable and withdrew his concessions. Shades of idiot Cromwell...

*** If you are older than the century.

The incumbent President of the United States of America ran now-banned Facebook ads loaded with Nazi references

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Meh

Apathy Rules

Don't care.

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a tell-all book by a former advisor this month claimed the President once said journalists should be "executed,"

Even a broken clock is right twice a day...

We cross now live to Oracle. Mr Ellison, any thoughts? 'Autonomous self-driving computers eliminate human labor, eliminate human error'

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Re: AI optimized for what?

The AI will sign off on orders.

Windows Server to require TPM2.0 and Secure boot by default in future release

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Re: not THAT hard to argue against this...

Now... if the requirement to BE ABLE TO DISABLE IT is included with secure boot "by default", then I won't object to it.

But one can't disable anything unless one knows about it already. Most people will just go with the flow...

It looks like you want to browse the internet with Chrome. Would you like help? Maybe try Edge? Please?

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They've been hiding parts of the URL a long time --- and obviously Firefox copied them, sedulously as is Mozilla's wont. What sort of suspicious paranoid wants to see where they are on the web ? Trust Mother Google: Google knows best...

One could do some about:config stuff to undo it; but I got sick of having to do manoeuvres simply to restore a once perfect normalcy, so junked [ my once beloved ] Firefox.

Pale Moon on Linux has surpassed even the last good Firefox. Particularly with Classic Theme Restorer to eradicate the last infections of modernism.

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WTF?

World-Beating

Master Hancock:

"We have seen incredible, innovative uses of technology throughout the NHS during the COVID-19 pandemic and this new deal with Microsoft will pave the way for that to continue by ensuring we get the basics right."

Don't a lot of people start with 'The Basics' ?

Russia drags NASA: Enjoy your expensive SpaceX capsule, our Soyuz is the cheap Kalashnikov of rockets

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Which country abolished the death penalty 25 years ago, and which country still executes people ?

Logitech Zone Wireless: Swanky headset means business, but that also means it comes with a hefty price tag

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Meh

Their plain black Dell-like keyboards are just fine.

Wouldn't pay £175 for one, though.

ZFS co-creator boots 'slave' out of OpenZFS codebase, says 'casual use' of term is 'unnecessary reference to a painful experience'

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Re: @batfastad - Holocaust is also

Shoah was the traditional form.

Now you've done it: Cyber attack targeted Australian brewery 'n' dairy biz Lion

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Re: The Damned Things

I barely drink any alcohol [ family history + I dislike the tastes ]: but I only buy stuff as much as possible from firms who are not part of conglomerates. For instance, if you buy T-Shirts from Fruit of the Loom, that's owned by Warren Buffett. If you buy from The Gap it makes George Soros richer.

Why should all of human creativity be funneled into the possession of a few large entities ? I would prefer millions of small businesses.

Besides, your 'solution', some of the individuals refusing the offerings of mega-corps by making their own, is wholly inconsequential and wouldn't even be noted by the villains, just as my individual self using Linux makes no difference to Microsoft.

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Mushroom

The Damned Things

Just another instance as to why greedy monopolizing conglomerates are awful.

Amongst the giants that concentrate on collecting rivals instead of just making their own stuff well, around 10 of them hold most of the market and are nearly as vile as Microsoft in trampling out competition.

Those above around $10 sales:

Anheuser-Busch InBev: US$56.4 billion (Belgium) up 23.7%

Heineken Holding: $24.7 billion (Netherlands) up 7.4%

Asahi Group Holdings: $19.4 billion (Japan) up 23.6%

Kirin Holdings: $16.6 billion (Japan) down -13.1%

Diageo: $15.7 billion (United Kingdom) up 3.3%

Suntory Holdings: $11 billion (Japan) up 21.3%

Molson Coors Brewing: $10.9 billion (United States) up 122.4%

Pernod Ricard: $10.2 billion (France) up 5.2%

Carlsberg: $9.4 billion (Denmark) up 1.1%

Kweichow Moutai: $8.5 billion (China) up 70%

http://www.worldstopexports.com/major-export-companies-alcoholic-beverages/

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Just one of them shows how they gobble up brands:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AB_InBev_brands

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Only when a similar mishap/disaster happens to the last man standing and no beer nor wine flows, will there be concern at their insatiate dementia: most of the world could survive with only local industries.

What could possibly make a cranky crocodylomorph more terrifying? How about one that chases you on its hind legs?

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Happy

The Greatest Game

Deinosuchus, thought to be the largest crocodile relative in history, measured up to 12 metres or about 39 feet. After hunting in what is now the United States, it died out 73 million years ago.

I'm not a fan of disturbing wild life, live and let live, but I would watch those wallies who molest crocodilians --- no doubt to the latter's surprise --- wrestling these chaps for sport and glory.

As UK Parliament heads back to in-person voting, select committees are told they can continue working via Zoom

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Re: 15th June

It's almost like Boris's strategy all along has been make it up as you go...

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Mushroom

As A Jacobite...

I wholly approve our elected masters shoving their heads in lions' mouths.

Scottish cops dangle £6m for help understanding 160TB treasure trove of structured and unstructured data

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WTF?

'Police Scotland' sounds like 'Team America '.

Germany to fund development of edge CPUs as part of 'tech you can trust' plan to home-brew more kit

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Re: US pulling troops out of Germany

It will be excellent to have Europe, and Germany in particular [ as the most stable ] rowing away from the dying ship of America --- not that bad for America either --- kind of a pity Great Britain has magnified her insignificance by losing all influence in Europe...

Still, Trump will get in and doesn't need any tricks or use of powers: the Democrats can always do that for themselves. And it is to be noted Trump's continuation of Obama's hatred of Nordstream 2 has trapped the Dems+Media into supporting the slimy gangster tactics this last week by the ever-ridiculous Congress, since their McCarthyite embrace of the demented Russiagate thing locked them in...

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Personally I really doubt presidents effect that much change to America's course; and at least with this one,

Prince, who is the brother of Trump Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, met earlier this year with a top official of Russia’s Wagner Group and offered his mercenary forces to support the firm’s operations in Libya and Mozambique

there's a comforting feeling of being in one of those godawful long-running American TV daytime soaps.

Smart fridges are cool, but after a few short years you could be stuck with a big frosty brick in the kitchen

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Re: Never understood this

I'm all for buying locally and/or securing British jobs; but I make it a point never to go with any seller who includes a Union or any other National Flag on their merchandise or advertising.

Apart from giving the impression of being Essex spivs * selling dodgy knocked-off goods on the streets of London Town [ no offence to your Brexiter person ] such jelly-bellied flag-waggers trading off a dubious sort of tearful patriotism just aren't the sort of people we wish to meet, nor contribute to.

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* To our American friends, substitute New Jersey for Essex. as usual. **

** Though maybe you don't have spivs.

TsoHost swings axe at 'legacy' DIY website builder MrSite, giving customers a month to find alternative arrangements

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WTF?

Do The Right Thing

I can't begin to imagine why the dying business can't at least wrap up all the components of a website and offer each as a zip/rar to it's owner.

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On several disks I have complete back-ups and databases and files with their directories ready to be sftp'ed, to recreate my ancient WordPress blog --- though I shall probably not keep it as WordPress --- When The Stars Align; and on a tiny forum I maintain, even uncomplex CPanel offers wrapped back-ups to move the site to another server [ not to restore via CPanel [ or partial back-ups of such things as databases or directories.

It doesn't seem that difficult for them to achieve as a host...

Some Brits reckon broadband got worse after lockdown – but that's just what happens when you're online 12 hours straight

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Holmes

C'est La Vie --- Or Not, For Some People

When I switched to Vodafone Fibre last year I got about 36Mbits; then upgraded it to about 64Mbits for a very reasonable --- compared to 3Mbits from Sky etc. for around £18 --- £23 a month.

I mostly got that until the early Spring : now I get 18Mbits. Plus extra-bonus random drops in service.

So, yeah I do think the virus had a detrimental effect --- with no doubt a few other reasons like Brexit and general governmental inefficiency, and even the providers deciding to provide less... --- but it seems caviling to complain whilst people are dying, and it's still adequate... just disappointing.

No more installing Microsoft's Chromium-centered Edge by hand: Windows 10 will do it for you automatically

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Re: Everyone has it as default

Most Windows users are not sophisticated enough to deal with the effort that would be necessary to download and install a browser from scratch, not using a browser-based interface to find and download a new browser - because that's a Catch-22, needing a browser to find a browser in order to switch to said, new browser.

That sounds fair, particularly the first 6 or 7 words; however, for anyone who previously used a computer it would be a few seconds to copy over a .exe browser file [ say, to make it hard, Opera or Brave ] from a disk of some sort saved from another install, and click the .exe file.

I'm not suggesting this should be the preferred method, or even an optimal method, merely that installing a browser to download a browser is not the only way.

There's even using SFTP, or downloading a .exe via the terminal. Sometimes with WGET...

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Re: I like it

The hate is not for the browser, which I am sure is no worse than any other Chrome Blink engine crap browser, but for Microsoft's endless slimy tactics in making sure everyone has it as default.

An analogy might be the Washington Post's inane manoeuvering to overturn the GDPR they loathe and force one to take their damn cookies; not even giving the choices offered by other more reputable sites to decline personalization.

Fortunately, with Cookies Exterminator I can now merely accept all, and then watch them being destroyed as soon as the page is closed: alas, there is no Windows Exterminator...

Repair store faces hefty legal bill after losing David and Goliath fight with Apple over replacement iPhone screens

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Maybe Apple consumers only learn of these 'practices' once they have bought an Apple product and been bitten.

At that point Apple doesn't care.

Brit MP demands answers from Fujitsu about Horizon IT system after Post Office staff jailed over accounting errors

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Re: Any chance

'...labour luvvies' ?

By now that sounds positively Edwardian in antique abuse.

Barmy ban on businesses, Brits based in Blighty bearing or buying .eu domains is back: Cut-off date is Jan 1, 2021

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A sensible club would allow you to use the course if you paid visitors' green fees, knowing that you'd spend money in the bar afterward as well, and would welcome reciprocal playing agreements on your course. The EU just threw up a fence around the course, while those outside spend their money elsewhere.

What the poor old Brexiteers still can't get their heads around, is that by leaving we didn't only become proud ex-members, but deliberately made ourselves competitors to our now rivals.

By competition's nature they have no choice but to try to win, just as we shall try in return --- we were the ones who rejected co-operation. The odds of our beating them and not becoming poorer as a nation are barely existent.

Vae Victis

Legal complaint lodged with UK data watchdog over claims coronavirus Test and Trace programme flouts GDPR

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Re: So what's the problem?

They intend to retain the data for 20 years! Why?

Going by form, reaching back beyond WWI's DORA, the British government's mode engaging with data --- Official Secrets Act ! The 100 Year Rule ! --- is to hug it close and never let it go.

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In practice though, they will need to hold on for the initial 20 yrs to safeguard us all from future viruses, then reset for another 20 yrs whenever each 20 year span is up.

Lenovo certifies all desktop and mobile workstations for Linux – and will even upstream driver updates

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Re: Vendor support is one thing...

Oh, I got *another* down vote with no reply. Such a shame.

Pro Tip:

If you are too busy to tell people why you disagree with them you are better off just ignoring what they have to say. Then they can't make arguments about you being a lazy git down voting because you have some other sock puppet account you are busy with.

Personally I upvoted your original; however the idea of further posts to every internet comment comment in the world, ad infinitum explaining each upvote or downvote, like or dislike, forever, opens up new vistas of Hell.

'5G for Five Eyes!' US senator tells Parliamentarians the world would be better without Huawei

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Happy

Tom Cottontail

There is nothing more lowering or distasteful than mocking someone's name --- particularly foreigners' names.

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However...

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Doesn't 'Tom Cotton' sound like some old buck with a shock of snow-white hair who acts as an advertising shill for those Mississippi gambling paddle-steamers; acting as a greeter and barker on the entrance all lit up with sparkly many-coloured lightbulbs, wishing good luck to each eager rube ?

Tor soups up onion sites with bountiful browser bump: No more tears trying to find the secure sites you want

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Unhappy

Beauty Is All

I gave up on installing TOR when they decided to base it on the modernistic new Firefoxes.

No way am I going to use a fugly browser.

Plus, unlike Pale Moon etc., one is not supposed to use anything like Classic Theme Restorer to make it sane; because apparently any individuality makes one a subject of interest to such actors as the NSA and the Office of Naval Research.

If you bought a CRT monitor, TV 13+ years ago, hold on a little longer, there may be a small check for you

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Mushroom

Articles of War

LaCie Electron22blueIV Monitors were glorious.

Had a bad weekend? Probably, if you're a Sectigo customer, after root cert expires and online chaos ensues

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Stop

Bug-Killer to the Stars

Sectigo is the worst name ever.

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That is all.

UK.gov dangles £100m for service slingers for back office 'transformation' that'll kill off bespoke systems

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Mushroom

A Fish Lots From The Head Down

"...The lotting structure of this framework will be determined as a result of the market engagement,"

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This is a new one on me --- and whilst there's a refreshingly old-fashioned naive Thatcherite engagement with *M*a*r*k*e*t F*o*r*c*e*s and the power of combining the keen Can-Do competence of Major Businessmen and Advertising wonks to shake up the fuddy-duddy reactionary ways of a complacent, set in its ways, slow Civil Service [ as per Thatcher, Blair and Cummings, to name our most recent Blue Sky Thinking prime ministers ] --- would this be a brave challenging way of saying 'allotting' ?

'Beyond stupid': Linus Torvalds trashes 5.8 Linux kernel patch over opt-in Intel CPU bug mitigation

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Re: El Reg faux pas

And everyone is the world is familiar with 'Fire Hydrants' * and has a deep fascination with traffic lights.

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* So delightfully 1920s, with winsome dead-end kids frolicking in the spray. **

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* * During the hot summer months rather than a NY January presumably.

Western Digital shingled out in lawsuit for sneaking RAID-unfriendly tech into drives for RAID arrays

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Meh

In the wake of the issues, Seagate and Toshiba also confirmed some undocumented use of shingled magnetic recording in some of their drives.

What a stupid way to gift future business to a rival.

Indeed, all of Western Digital, Seagate, and Toshiba's many, many competitors as hard disk manufacturers must be rejoicing.

It's not every day the NSA publicly warns of attacks by Kremlin hackers – so take this critical Exim flaw seriously

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Meh

All Things Decline

The GRU is a lot less fearsome now.

Embrace and kill? AppGet dev claims Microsoft reeled him in with talk of help and a job – then released remarkably similar package manager

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Angel

Abholos --- The Devourer in the Mist

' A grey festering blob of infinite malevolence, described as the lesser brother of Tsathoggua or spawn of Cthulhu, born from his bile and tears'.

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Never change, Abholos, never change.

Linus Torvalds drops Intel and adopts 32-core AMD Ryzen Threadripper on personal PC

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Re: New PC

Very nice --- though I'm rather bored with black for design [ particularly most cabling being black... ] --- but looking them up their English website was far too modishly confusing.

Almost impossible to compare the numerous options.

Forget BYOD, this is BYOVM: Ransomware tries to evade antivirus by hiding in a virtual machine on infected systems

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Angel

Well, even if the local machine's backups are deleted by this process, most companies have little to fear since for important data they no doubt take frequent off-site backups to other dedicated machines, from which quick restoral to one of the clean backups can be fast achieved.

Could it be? Really? The Year of Linux on the Desktop is almost here, and it's... Windows-shaped?

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Re: Is there a fly on the Windows?

Microsoft has detected a different OS on your system and has deleted it for your safety.

BoJo buckles: UK govt to cut Huawei 5G kit use 'to zero by 2023' after pressure from Tory MPs, Uncle Sam

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Re: Build it here

If any haven't noticed that the Conservative administrations --- including New 'Welfare To Work !' Labour, which did it from Neo-liberal free market beliefs, and the SNP in Scotland --- from Lady Thatch on, and slightly preceding her with the Callaghan government, have deliberately degraded the Welfare State so that it does not help the lazy undeserving poor but is concentrated on the deserving 'Those in Genuine Need Only along with rising TB rates and other Victorian Values, I would think them remarkably oblivious.

It is what they promised from Lady Thatcher through Cameron, and continue to promise, and achieved together with the destruction of most of the post-war nationalizations, and is what they are most proud of.

They have nothing else to congratulate themselves on.

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Apart from Brexit and romping hand-in-hand on the bright sunlit uplands of tomorrow.

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Re: Trump is gone

...look at the improvised attack on Bernie Sanders, "Putin wants Bernie to win", is the best they could fabricate quickly, slip shod and clearly unprepared. Indicating they knew who the DNC's candidate would be long before the primaries. Biden.

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To be fair, they had seen how the Media fell for the Russiagate dementia, leading to a plethora of dumb wishful thinking 'Trump will be out in a month' scenarios --- in addition to the host of domestic 'Trump will be out in a month' theories --- and realised tapping the deep-seated well of anti-Russian xenophobia amongst the American Democratic hordes is a certain win.

Dread Vlad also wanted Tulsi Gabbard to win: according to the old loony Trumpo defeated --- surely the most embarrassing shame in history, that one was of such a calibre one lost to Trump --- Tulsi was just like Donnie, a Russian Agent of Influence, groomed by KGB Vlad.

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Re: What a plonker. Couldn't organise a piss up in a brewery springs immediately to mind.

Grim old gent, wasn't he ?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Cooper_Penrose-Fitzgerald

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Apparently his nickname was 'Rough'.

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Re: Is it wrong to be in favour of this?

https://www.breitbart.com/tech/

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First article off the block: U. of Kentucky Cheerleaders Defend Coaches Fired over Nude Hazing Rituals.

Microsoft claims it has spun up a top-five AI supercomputer for its pals at OpenAI – but won't reveal the full specs

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Coat

My rocket ship's in the garage.

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