Info and forum posts by 'alfie noakes'
Joined on: Saturday, 29th December 2001, 21:40, Last used: Friday, 6th September 2013, 13:54
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About this user: Calm down girls... he ugly.
This user has posted a total of 4481 messages. On average, since joining, this user has posted 0.67 messages a day, or 4.66 messages a week. In the last 30 days, this user has posted 43 messages, which is on average 1.43 messages a day.
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"hmmmmnn, back in April:
Twitter have already said that Trump is a 'special case', where what he says is of 'public interest' and so is not liable for usual rules of censure. Make of that what you will.
It is useful to note (see Jon Ronson et al) that Google, Facebook, Twitter make considerable advertising and search revenue from the increased traffic that 'outrage' stories generate. It is in their financial interest to allow the publication of fake news (the real fake, entirely made up stuff) and anything particularly controversial like 'pile-ons' and conspiracies, because you get vasts amounts of traffic from the believers and the outraged.
Have heard some (admittedly anecdotal) stories of hospitals being told to gear up for 2nd wave in July. Don't think anyone would fall off their chair having heard that though.
I mean, where are we going with this? What's the big plan?
I hear that there's only around 24 new cases in London but we're still getting 8000 new cases a day overall in the UK.
To use a crappy football analogy, it feels like we've gone 3-0 down after 10mins of terrible defending and somehow we still have to turn it round to win the game.
"there's been some "nice" videos as well, where you see police acting like normal human beings to protesters"
Yeah I've seen those too. The nice doesn't make up for the bad unfortunately.
There's also footage of police deliberately targeting press with rubber bullets when they were nowhere near the protests.
The police there just seem to be incredibly antagonistic (to put it mildly)
"'Moon' is about a guy on a fixed term contract harvesting helium 3 for a big corporation back on Earth, but with a twist. Worth seeing. Sam Rockwell is the main actor."
...and directed by Duncan Jones, MAJOR TOM'S SON.
It'll be a relief to finally get to the moon.
Si Wooldridge says...
"I get that frustration and understand it, but rioting only damages their own neighbourhoods - and they will have to live within that wreckage once it's over."
Pretty much Killer Mike's speech
The Killer Mike speech doing the rounds is good on the riots (he's not a fan and comes from a police family)
Riots are pretty much always bad of course, but I can see the genuine frustration of the powerless seeing the same things happening over and over again with absolutely nothing done about it.
I'm going to recommend the latest Click again for their segment on how Taiwan handled the epidemic. They learnt their lessons from the SARS outbreak and again make our handling of cv look like wilful stupidity.
If the numbers of infections goes up the economy will fail anyway. Its not an either or situation. If we don't control it we're screwed both ways.
This item was edited on Saturday, 30th May 2020, 11:20
I think that if you're in the police you just have to treat everyone with equal respect, even if it's a total prick doesn't really deserve it.
Equally if it's a white working class bloke on a building site, he's not your mate, and you're not really making a 'special connection' by pretending you're on his level.
I find it really grating when someone who doesn't naturally walk around calling people 'mate', drops the mate bomb on me.
Australians do have special dispensation, however.
Perhaps if they re-named coronavirus 'twitter' he might actually try to fight against it.
The way she starts calling him 'mate' in that immediate 'talk to them like you're from the endz' manner. 'Sir' would have been better... just pretend he's a middle-aged white man in a suit.
Thank God we're not like that in this country...
Sadly Grimesy accidentally deleted this tweet. Butterfingers! (he's not great at filling in forms to be fair)
Marina Hyde's take on the "Superdry Gollum*"
I wrote last year about the dangerous folly of whipping up people versus parliament narratives, and how quickly those who imagine themselves on the side of the people can suddenly be reclassified as an enemy politician... The thing about playing to angry mobs is that eventually they get angry with you. They came for Robespierre in the end, too.
The thing about Johnson is that he desperately wanted to become prime minister, and he desperately wanted to have been prime minister. It’s just the bit in between he struggles with.
This is actually a simple story: man with no ideas is too terrified to sack his ideas man. Or to put it in the complex intellectual terms it deserves, some street heckler once shouted at David Hasselhoff: “Oi! Hasselhoff! You’re nothing without your talking car!” Cummings is the talking car to Johnson’s Hasselhoff.
*courtesy of The Bunker podcast
This item was edited on Tuesday, 26th May 2020, 17:43
In continuing to back Demonic Cummings to the hilt, Boris Johnson has now completely blown the lid off lockdown.
Basically, if you think that your breach of lockdown is justifiable to somehow benefit your family (you are free to make up whatever story you want here), you can come and go as you feel fit. That includes if you think you are ill.
Lockdown is over folks!
They talked about this on on More Or Less on R4 last week, but it's now coming out in the press more but basically, if Boris Johnson had instigated the lock down 1 week earlier, WE WOULD HAVE HAD A QUARTER (1/4) OF THE DEATHS WE HAVE NOW
I'd highly recommend listening to More Or Less, because it also bursts the bubble on the real number of tests the UK has actually performed - many are counted twice, 2 swabs are counted as 2 tests, etc.
The UK has never actually carried out more than 69,000 individual tests in one day.
Edit: un-paywalled Times piece: http://archive.is/qbvY7#selection-611.0-611.79
This item was edited on Sunday, 24th May 2020, 19:24
My feeling for some time is that treatments against the effects of CV-19 will be our saving grace long before a vaccine is found (if ever), rather like there is no cure for HIV, but retro-viral drugs mean that no one need die of AIDS anymore.
So much for common sense. Just hope we don't get a spike. If we don't destroy the country with CV19, we've still got brexit.
alfie noakes says...
"Wonder if anyone can list every film here"
I got (not necessarily in right order)
Alien, Worlds End, Terminator, T2, The Mist, The Birds, Twin Peaks?, I Am Legend, The Thing, Night of the Living Dead, World War Z, The Shining, Sean of the Dead, Jaws, They Live, Rosemary's Baby, The Fly, Life Force?, Poltergeist, Cabin in the Woods? (a fleeting Chris Hemsworth)
There's a few I couldn't put my finger on.
Robee J Shepherd says...
"If you don't like this, you are probably on the forums for the wrong site. :)"
Wonder if anyone can list every film here - no googling :-)
I've actually enjoyed watching a number of the virus themed films and documentaries, which seems odd for someone who was very anxious about all this.
There's a good series on Netflix, Pandemic (although only a couple of episodes in). Watched Contagion again (so prescient) and that excellent BBC documentary about the Spanish Flu. Surprising how much they knew back then - even using mathematical models to track the contagion. Unsurprisingly, there were also terrible decisions made by idiots, which aided the death toll possibly reaching 100 million worldwide.
The Horizon doco last night (part 2 of 2 I think?) was also a real eye opener.
I collected some bags of manure in the back of my car yesterday. Social distancing not a problem. Good times.
Or a quick VE Day knee's up with conga line.
Even fox news put a warning out not to take this stuff because, quote "it will kill you". Here's hoping (although I don't believe he's taking it).