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Joined on: Sunday, 23rd December 2001, 02:26, Last used: Friday, 6th September 2013, 05:47

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About this user: 13.5 stones of wit

This user has posted a total of 13675 messages. On average, since joining, this user has posted 1.9 messages a day, or 13.27 messages a week. In the last 30 days, this user has posted 30 messages, which is on average 1 messages a day.

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RE: [VIDEO] Brexit

Still waiting for that queue of countries begging to trade with us to show up. The US was supposed to be at the front of the queue, I was told

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-58646017

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RE: [VIDEO] Old

Firstly, it's a chore to sit through, and painful to watch. not because of the content on screen, but due to the frankly baffling cinematography choices on display, that will have you gasping in exasperation the fifth time a particular camera movement makes itself evident.

The plot is simple. A family arrives at a lush paradise resort, where everything is laid on & every whim catered for. The host of the resort recommends a small private beach as a day trip, and our family is joined by a few others for the outing. It's soon evident that there are little hints that while the setting might be paradise, the familial units here assembled are little less so.

Watch the trailer, and you'll get the idea of what happens next. As the day progresses, the small children grow and age from scene to scene (Although a reason was found to keep Thomasin in a Bikini for the longest time - funny, that). Ailments are accelerated & amplified. Pregnancy is swift, painful, and... sorry, no spoilers.

Narratively, it's just so episodic & disjointed. One thing will happen - resolution. Another thing - move on. There's some foreshadowing with a couple of characters, particularly Rufus Sewell, but you have barely enough time to absorb one scene ending before having to deal with the possible implications of the next, which sometimes go nowhere or are so suddenly inconsequential you wonder why they were there in the first place.

Now, some are complaining about the 'twist'. Having read the source material I kind of welcomed it. The original ended with no explanation or resolution, but there was a hint that something more nefarious was going on. This retelling throws the audience a bone, and while it not might be entirely credible or plausible, it's an explanation, albeit not a wholly satisfying one.

It's not great. He's done better. It's passable, watch it once. Try not to throw something at the screen the 15th time a tracking dolly shot is used, or when the camera slowly rotates to stare at a cliff wall for no reason, for the 20th time. Honestly, it's like he's regressed to his art school phase, if he ever had one.

5/10.

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RE: Mad Cow Disease Back :(

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It said that there have been five confirmed cases of BSE in the UK since 2014 and all have been in animals which were not destined for the human food chain and posed no risk to the public.
Realistically, there's a lot of cows in this country, for only 5 to have caught Bovine Spongiform Encephalitus since the initial 'burning legs in the air' outbreak, that's pretty good going. 

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RE: RIP: Sir Clive Sinclair dies aged 81

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marksparks999 says...
"Panama Jack, Track and Field, Hungry Horace goes skiing etc"

Bruce Lee never left the tape deck. Then there was the free cassettes you got with the magazines. I remember one came with a map-based game that my dad & I got obsessed with and were determined to finish. Sadly the tapes were of such poor quality that they only worked once before the tape ate itself. 

5 copies of the same magazine we bought that month. Can't remember what the game actually was, I only remember that on 2 occasions, you had to look at something closely.

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RE: RIP: Sir Clive Sinclair dies aged 81

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Robee J Shepherd says...
"We got our own soon after, and then a 16k rampack!"

held on with an elastic band as the pack was too heavy for the circuit board, and if you moved it even slightly, you lost the hour's worth of BASIC you were just working on

A gentle genius, will be sadly missed

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RE: Michael Barrymore, 2 other men, arrested on suspicion of Stuart Lubbock`s murder

Terry Lubbock, Stuart Lubbock's father, dies from cancer having never found out what happened to his son

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RE: [VIDEO] The Afghanistan abandonment

Honeymoon's over

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Supporters of two rival factions reportedly brawled at the presidential palace in the capital Kabul.

The argument appeared to centre on who did the most to secure victory over the US, and how power was divided up in the new cabinet.

The Taliban have officially denied the reports.

The group seized control of Afghanistan last month, and have since declared the country an "Islamic Emirate". Their new interim cabinet is entirely male and made up of senior Taliban figures, some of whom are notorious for attacks on US forces over the past two decades.

One Taliban source told BBC Pashto that Mr Baradar and Khalil ur-Rahman Haqqani - the minister for refugees and a prominent figure within the militant Haqqani network - had exchanged strong words, as their followers brawled with each other nearby.
Hopefully they'll all kill each other off before xmas



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RE: [VIDEO] The Afghanistan abandonment

Heard about that, and was immediately reminded of abused wives always going back to their husbands.

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Some in the audience held babies, who occasionally cried during the speeches, while others were young girls clearly too young for university.
Yep.

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RE: [VIDEO] The Afghanistan abandonment

No. It came across as singling out two women of power feigning outrage at the Taliban's inherent misogyny when  it should be the default for everyone.

Plus, what's going on with the medically unsupported and dangerous abortion laws in Texas and the medically encouraged Vaccine mandate is as obvious a false equivalence as it's possible to make.



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RE: [VIDEO] The Afghanistan abandonment

Next time, say that first.

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[VIDEO] Dont look up

It's been a few decades since the last plethora of Asteroid-related disaster movies, so let's have another one, but let's let the guy who wrote Stepbrothers & Anchorman write it, and stuff it full of A-listers so it'll come off like Mars Attacks.

Hoo-boy



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RE: [VIDEO] Implanted

Looks like a mish-mash of Eagle Eye, Upgrade, with a touch of Venom. Looked interesting until the 'People like you' line, which is lifted straight from T2 with no edits. Possibly worth a watch, but while the premise looks intersting, the execution looks a little slap-dash.

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RE: [VIDEO] The Afghanistan abandonment

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Si Wooldridge says...
"the likes of EVERY DECENT HUMAN are up in arms over this..."

FTFY. Funny how you phrased that sentence as if finding this kind of statement reprehensible is solely the domain of vocally liberal female world leaders, akin to, 'whoop, here comes those Liberals again!' I know that wasn't your intent, that's just how it came across. 

There isn't a decent person on the planet who would find any excuse for treating women in this way, and it's of no surprise that every word they said once they sat in the comfy chairs was a tissue of lies, and that any protest is being broken up with birch twigs & bullet fire.

Wonder how long the powers that be will leave it. besides, they also lied when they made that statement. They don't want the women to have children. They want them to have male future soldiers and female future male soldier factories.

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RE: [VIDEO] Matrix Resurrections… Pick a pill…

I dunno, NPH is kinda taking me out of it slightly. I'll have a better watch later

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RE: [VIDEO] The Afghanistan abandonment

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Si Wooldridge says...
"Let me just remind you though that he ceased being POTUS over 8 months ago and that responsibility for the withdrawal sits with the actual sitting POTUS."

And I'll also remind you of my post a couple of pages ago where it's quite clearly written that Biden's hands were tied. If he'd gone back on the deal the troops on the ground would have been slaughtered.


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RE: RIP: Girls Aloud star Sarah Harding dies aged 39

I'd heard she was very ill, and had been told earlier this year not to expect to make it to xmas. Still incredibly sad, and so young.

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RE: [VIDEO] The Afghanistan abandonment

Bit of a stretch on both those elements there. The Taliban would consider ill-gotten gains as property, including those 'national assets' they're bleating about, which were anything but. They consider themselves as rightful owners of everything in the country, including the tactical equipment given to the local *cough* army, so to them, destroying equipment instead of bringing it home is destroying property they consider rightfully theirs.

Nowt to do with any 'promises' from Biden. I know you hate to be reminded of this, but the only peace deal struck with these idiots was signed off by his predecessor.

As for the China connection. That article seems to have as much basis in fact as yer average tabloid 'scoop' about which celeb is banging who. 'The Taliban claim'. They 'hope'. The Taliban 'has said'. Treat every single word that comes out of their mouths as a lie first ('taquiyya' again), then wait for secondary verification. Taking them at their word is like believing Tucker Carlson or Sean Hannity whenever their lips start flapping.

While I've said in the past my money's on Putin & his buddies as the ones who will profit the most from this clusterf***, China could come a close second. While they'll probably never publicly support the Taliban in so many words, you just know they're p***ing themselves as they revel in the seemingly global humilation of the US's & allie's wasted efforts there.

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RE: [VIDEO] Boris the not-a-spider

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Robee J Shepherd says...
"nobody seems to care."

least of all, the voting public, which is the most depressing part.


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RE: [VIDEO] The Afghanistan abandonment

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Si Wooldridge says...
"why on earth would you as POTUS not pause, review and re-plan the withdrawal process?  What was the rush to withdraw and reverse 20 years of (albeit limited) progress?"

See my post on the previous page where it's explained why Biden's hands were tied. 

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So when Biden came to office, the Taliban was at its strongest since its defeat in 2001 and US and NATO forces were slated to leave Afghanistan in 3 months. The Taliban had been degrading Afghan forces and preparing a major offensive after foreign troops had been withdrawn.
If Biden had reneged on the Trump deal, the Taliban would've resumed attacking US forces from a position of strength.

I daresay it would have been wholly possible to flood a foreign nation with US troops at great expense, but Biden's been against an occupying force in another country for years, and vocally opposed Obama deploying more troops out there. 

As for progress, turns out there wasn't any from a home-grown defence point of view. The second it came to standing on their own two feet they didn't. Might have been something to do with not getting paid, and not actually giving a fudge about the country as a whole.

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Si Wooldridge says...
"And "the world is watching"?  What is that supposed to mean?"

Possibly something to do with not believing a word that comes from the mouths of those murderous scumbags, despite their assurances of protecting the rights & safe passage of Afghans still in the country. It'll be less than a month before rumblings to get back out there start. 



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RE: [VIDEO] Free Guy

Glad I wasn't the only one who picked up on the things I picked up on. It really was refreshing that not only was it a story that made you care about its outcome, but also respected its audience from start to finish. I could recommend this movie to the point that someone accuses me of being on Disney's payroll

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[VIDEO] RE: The Afghanistan abandonment

Not on point at all, a rather ridiculous false equivalence, seeing as which President flooded the country with arms in the first place (Bush) and which President set in motion this course of events (Trump)

Funny, just did a reverse GIS on that pic and it seems the only people sharing that image on twitter are Trump/Jesus loving anti-vaxxer gun nuts.




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RE: The Afghanistan abandonment

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Si Wooldridge says...
"A couple of Americans amongst the casualties as well by all accounts, which will do Biden no good at all..."

Currently, yes. But lest we forget who started this clusterf*** (as explained on the previous page). If anyone's responsible for the seemingly sudden escalations in the country it's his predecessor. 

But the Taliban will deny all responsibility, and all eyes will be on the Western leaders to see what happens next.

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RE: The Afghanistan abandonment

The warnings were right. Possible suicide bomber outside Kabul airport after severe warnings of an impending terrorist attack.

Wonder who could possibly have been behind that then?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/world-58279900

A Taliban spokesman has claimed that several of their guards were also wounded in the attack. Casualties of war and all that.

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RE: Reminiscence..

Shhh... watching this weekend

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RE: Gunpowder Milkshake

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Si Wooldridge says...
"Is this a female John Wick?"

Yes, yes it was. Even down to the clandestine underground machinations behind seemingly respectable establishments. Not a hotel this time, but a diner & a library. Although anyone checking one of the larger books out mind find large gaps in the stories.

Speaking of which, it's pretty thin. Karen plays a hitman, who is hired to kill a guy who stole a ton of money, but he stole it to pay the ransom for his daughter, so karen does the exchange instead, but the hostage taking bad guys destroy the money, even though the first lot of bad guys who wanted the daughter's dad dead wants their money back. Cue two hours of track zooms, dolly shots, slow-motion gunfights all to carefully chosen music and overbearing lighting choices. All the while looking after the daughter & reuniting with her estranged mother.

It's no Tarantino, although everything in this genre seems to be trying to be 'the next...'. Karen really isn't that suited to a leading role like this, not yet. The other ladies (Bassett, Gugino, Yeoh) also lay the sass on a little thick. It's barely enjoyable. Teenage girls might get more out of it, but as someone who this movie obviously wasn't made for, this just didn't do anything that didn't come off as 'trying too hard to be original', while looking like 20 films before it.



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RE: [VIDEO] Kate

Mary Elizabeth Winstead is looking more like an Alien-era Sigourney Weavery with every movie.

That said, this format is getting kinda tired. After Bourne & Wick, someone had the idea of leapfrogging from Nikita & back into the female unstoppable hit'man' genre. Atomic Blonde, Gunpowder Dynamite, this. Style over substance only works when there's heart behind it, and this looks a bit formulaic.

That said, Mary's fighting style seems a lot more visceral and realistic than past efforts from Theron & Gillan, rather than going for slo-mo & arty angles, it's just bottles-in-the face from a profile shot, which is nice.

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RE: The Afghanistan abandonment

Agreed. She came across with someone who felt entitled to express her opinion as she's from the country, but clearly knows very little about what's been going on there for the last couple of decades, at least no more than the rest of us.

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RE: The Afghanistan abandonment

In reponse to the first 30 seconds of that (also read the comments under the video to see how well her little soapbox waffle has gone down)

https://twitter.com/IvoHDaalder/status/1430296057083318273

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There's a big fallacy behind the criticism of Biden's decision to withdraw from Afghanistan--which is that the alternative to withdrawal was the status quo (as McConnell and other critics maintain). That's simply wrong



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The situation McConnell describes, of a stable Afghanistan maintained by 2,500 troops and no US casualties in a year, was about to change as a result of the February 2020 agreement between Trump and the Taliban. 2/x
Under that agreement, the Taliban agreed not to attack US forces so long as those troops (and all civilian contractors) left by May 1. In the intervening months, the Taliban had strengthened its position (in part because Trump had forced the Afghans to release 5,000 Taliban. 3/x
So when Biden came to office, the Taliban was at its strongest since its defeat in 2001 and US and NATO forces were slated to leave Afghanistan in 3 months. The Taliban had been degrading Afghan forces and preparing a major offensive after foreign troops had been withdrawn. 4/x
If Biden had reneged on the Trump deal, the Taliban would've resumed attacking US forces from a position of strength. To continue to support the Afghan government and security forces, the US would therefore have had to increase its military presence significantly. 5/x
So the choice facing Biden wasn't between withdrawal or an ideal status quo of keeping a few thousand troops who had suffered no casualties, as the critics maintain. It was between withdrawal or a major surge of troops to fight a strengthened Taliban. 6/x
Given that Biden had opposed the Obama surge in 2009 because he didn't think sending more troops would bring stability, let alone transform Afghanistan into a viable democracies, no one should have been surprised that he opted for withdrawal. 7/x
While Biden owns the consequence of his decision, which are now playing out, his critics should own up to the fact that the real alternative would have been a major escalation of a war that most Americans had long come to oppose. 8/x
To govern is to choose, as they say. Let's not pretend that the choice Biden and the government faced in Afghanistan was an easy one.




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RE: [VIDEO] The Biden Presidency 2021

Oh, it's still there, even more so lately, but it seems to have quelled because there isn't attention-seeking man-baby at the helm screaming when no-one looks at him for 10 seconds.

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This item was edited on Sunday, 22nd August 2021, 19:37