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  1. Built-in or at-will obsolescence is just one way that the idea of pursuing short-term quick gain over long-term stability and growth manifests itself. That idea - that the future or people beyond one's line of sight somehow do not matter - and the various ways that presents itself all over the world, is the real problem. Unfortunately there's not much of a solution to that forthcoming so long as the belief persists that humans are "hardwired" beyond certain very specific situations and use that as an excuse for the status quo to proceed. NB, Population arguments are something that do need to be brought to the table but there's also zero doubt that such arguments have also been co-opted by groups that are nothing more than eco-fascist for their own purposes.
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    Corona Virus

    I can see the argument there, but there are still some decent people caught in the crossfire who deserve at least an effort to help - even if that help is stymied by the ignorant. Certainly by comparison to their counterparts across the pond, it would seem.
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    Corona Virus

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-52795447 Good to see that the UK isn't alone when it comes to self-defeating behaviour on a Bank Holiday weekend.
  4. leicsmac

    Corona Virus

    Agreed. On a scale of 1 to 10 in terms of damage a disease could potentially cause to the fabric of society, this likely rated somewhere around a 5 or 6 IMO. It is good nothing stronger came along instead. Though speaking of "something stronger" and being prepared, this deserves a repost:
  5. leicsmac

    Corona Virus

    I think this will all make a macabre but rather fascinating study in epidemiology for future researchers, to be honest. There's so much we don't know about how this particular virus has spread, but given the wealth of data we're going to have when it's all done, perhaps what we can analyse from it will help going forward.
  6. https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-52788432 The era of manned private spaceflight - even if right now it's "merely" a taxi service - is about to begin.
  7. Hello Mark. I'm not sure if it's the case, but I believe I am not longer allowed to post in GC too. First time that's happened, though there's a first time for everything, evidently. I'm not quite sure why it happened - I didn't violate the rule in the CV thread recently, did I? Or did I do it somehow in response to someone? It'd be nice to get some insight to make sure it doesn't happen again.
  8. Good enough for me! Evidently the 1945 electorate thought Attlee could rebuild in other areas too and better than Churchill could.
  9. I'd be interested in reading a source that proves Churchill would have set an NHS or something like it up as official policy if one can be found? It might have been interesting to see how Churchill would have handled it alongside having to withdraw from India given how deeply he felt about that particular corner of the British Empire.
  10. And where would we be without hobbies? I'm not sure about the amount of memorable memorabilia being produced as a result of this election but I'm pretty sure it isn't going to be predictable.
  11. I guess it depends on your own point of view but the sheer amount of life and suffering the NHS has saved over the last several decades has to put Attlee near the top for me too - he did have a pretty important role in making it happen, too. I don't think Churchill would have done it - especially at the expense of committing to leaving India in a terrible mess as a corollary. Blair is an interesting one - Iraq of course will always be the big thunderstorm pissing on his legacy (due to the contempory foreign policy relationship with Dubya) but I'm not sure there was an awful lot else he got wrong domestically and he was able to do it because he was frankly a master of the art of electioneering.
  12. Good to see you doing your bit to help his re-election, Matt!
  13. TBH if Sony are keeping the usual suspects busy with generating this kind of outrage it's actually something of a public service because it keeps the aforementioned suspects - or some of them at least - away from their usual pastimes of harassing and (sometimes) murdering women who anger them.
  14. I hope not - one of the key lessons that might be learned from this crisis is thinking that the status quo of the world will persist for a while is foolhardy. When that happens, isolationism doesn't usually end well for a lot of involved parties - history is pretty clear there. I guess we'll see if humanity has learned anything from the past in that matter soon enough, though. The next "shock" to the comfortable status quo by nature might not be so small.
  15. Those polls make me hopeful (Trump needs Florida and at least one other from those six) but quite frankly given the year so far goodness only knows what the situation is going to be in November when voting day actually comes round. The only hope I have right now is that the Repub efforts at voter suppression of certain demographics are addressed with the seriousness they deserve and as such the outcome is at least fair.
  16. https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-52740857 Good stuff!
  17. leicsmac

    Corona Virus

    And if we do that, at the very least we buy ourselves time to adapt which may be critical.
  18. leicsmac

    Corona Virus

    Agreed, which is why adapting to it as well as seeking sustainable living is so bloody important.
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    Corona Virus

    TBH this is all why we should be looking to just slow the increase down and adapt to what such a temperature increase is going to do rather than looking to arrest the increase totally - it would be difficult to the point of impossible to do so. As an aside, the potential disruption caused by climate change would make what we've encountered this year look like a pleasant memory.
  20. I'm going to blame the Republicans for the things they have done once elected more, but yeah - I'd have thought carrying out illegal or quasi-illegal activity to get elected, no matter what party, would be the concern of anyone with any interest in the integrity of the electoral process? Unless it's being given a pass because it's somehow necessary and essential to subvert the political process to stop the other guy from getting in because....reasons. That being said, the Dems do need to do better - that's pretty self-evident. I was going to respond to this but the replies above have done my talking for me re funding model leading to problems like this and other states not recognising Taiwan either. The only thing I'll add is to repeat that I certainly don't mind criticism of such organisations but when they come from dyed-in-the-wool nationalists like Trump with no real concrete solutions attached, such criticisms are hollow and entirely self-aggrandising and for political capital, which is of no actual practical use whatsoever to solve the problems themselves. Long story short, as is the case anywhere, criticism that isn't constructive is only for the benefit of the critic, not the subject of the criticism.
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    Corona Virus

    He and Jair are cut from the same cloth.
  22. https://www.thedailybeast.com/jane-roe-confesses-anti-abortion-conversion-all-an-act-paid-for-by-the-christian-right
  23. leicsmac

    Corona Virus

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-52733220 Well, that's one way of looking at it, I guess.
  24. Oh, and another point on a similar thing: another rather brilliant move by Trump and his supporters pretty much since the beginning, showing their nous when it comes to importance and utilisation of social media, was the tactic of concern trolling (fake account with a rainbow flag on Twitter going "well, I'm gay and liberal, but maybe we're wrong about...") and gaslighting (similar account going "well, we've been told we're the biggest problem and maybe they have a point, so we must be...") in order to get US lefties fighting among each other and sowing doubt and subsequent lack of cohesion come election day. Of course, such aid to start the fighting was and is often not needed due to the propensity for such infighting in the first place and it only affects those actually on social media, but it's sure helped.
  25. ...is this where this is going then, focusing on what the party specifically not in power should have done and should be doing rather than the actions of the ones that do in fact have the power? This is written as if Trump and his administration are somehow blameless for all the stuff they have done because the Dems dropped the ball on electability horribly and lack self introspection. NB. Voter suppression in the electoral system is a thing, that's been made clear in this thread and others, don't downplay the shenanigans that have been attempted in the past and are likely to be attempted in the future.
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