• martin replied to the topic Well done Donald! in the forum Banter 1 week, 2 days ago

    It is a mess. And there is no reason for it. There is no real connection between the embassy and the situation in Gaza. But Hamas is making a connection, by denying that Israel has any right to exist and that there should be only an Arab Palestine from ‘the river to the sea’. Everything else flows from this proposition. Gaza is an economic bas…[Read more]

  • mule replied to the topic Well done Donald! in the forum Banter 1 week, 2 days ago

    I really think (and I am of course generalising) that we in the West just don’t understand the Arab/Muslim mindset when it comes to life and death. It’s not that life doesn’t matter, I think it’s that they believe that death is just a transition rather than THE end, and this affects their whole attitude to everything.

    I don’t think this is…[Read more]

  • fishface replied to the topic Well done Donald! in the forum Banter 1 week, 2 days ago

    I think that criticism on this is ok, without it having any Anti-Semitic overtones.

    I do have some points to make though.

    1. I don’t think we as outside observers can really understand why the troops open fire unless we’re standing there on their side.

    2. Having said that, this whole situation was known about, the protest was “advertised” in…[Read more]

  • dommy replied to the topic Well done Donald! in the forum Banter 1 week, 2 days ago

    If you’re wondering why a Palestinian in the prime of their life would throw stones at soldiers carrying automatic weapons loaded with dum dums knowing they were probably going to get shot then it’s worth reading this article:…[Read more]

  • mo replied to the topic Well done Donald! in the forum Banter 1 week, 2 days ago

    Despite Trump’s braggadocio I hope he feels lonely and small in the wee hours as he contemplates the consequences of his words and deeds. But I doubt it.

  • irk replied to the topic Well done Donald! in the forum Banter 1 week, 2 days ago

    Like all chess Grand Masters, Israel is several moves ahead of stopping this. Anybody who even thinks of saying something contrary or negative towards what Israel is doing, immediately has the Racist Card thrown at them. And Israel has the Trump Racist Card with its own showstopping title anti-zionist.

    Who’s going to raise their head above the…[Read more]

  • chris replied to the topic Well done Donald! in the forum Banter 1 week, 2 days ago

    You would think a nation state built to protect a people following the holocaust would understand what suffering is caused when a group of people are persecuted and perhaps refrain from doing it themselves.

  • nick replied to the topic Well done Donald! in the forum Banter 1 week, 2 days ago

    The civilised world needs to organise a boycott of Israeli goods, sporting events etc. This country needs to be ostracised in the same way South Africa was.

    My MP keeps telling how important it is for both sides to come together and stop the violence!!! FFS!

    “It’s a tricky situation, and how the UK should redouble their efforts to gain…[Read more]

  • bigmouth replied to the topic Well done Donald! in the forum Banter 1 week, 2 days ago

    I doubt it.

    As evidence I remind you of the occasion when the IDF were using phosphorous shells to hit hospitals in Gaza. Any comeback on that? Nope.

    The civilised world needs to organise a boycott of Israeli goods, sporting events etc. This country needs to be ostracised in the same way South Africa was.

  • irk replied to the topic Well done Donald! in the forum Banter 1 week, 2 days ago

    Until I saw the news late last week, I was blissfully unaware of the atrocity that was unfolding on the border.

    I think, we’ve hit a watershed moment that as always only happens at the cost of bloodshed.

  • mule replied to the topic Well done Donald! in the forum Banter 1 week, 2 days ago

    What is the US and Israel’s agenda? Are they trying to provoke a violent response from the Arab world backed by Iran, so as to give them an excuse to bomb Iran’s nuclear facilities?

  • nab replied to the topic Well done Donald! in the forum Banter 1 week, 2 days ago

    Most of the deaths some 100 yards from the border fence, so there’s not even the excuse they’ve been trying to use of “protecting” against invasion.

    Horrific isn’t the word, not simply the deaths but 1,000 have been shot in the legs and are crippled.

    All for what?

  • mule started the topic Well done Donald! in the forum Banter 1 week, 2 days ago

    Trump may have eased the tension over N Korea, although I suspect, reading between the lines, that has more to do with Xi having lent on Kim rather than Trump’s influence, but he really has ignited things in Gaza/Israel by moving the US Embassy.

    Over 50 Palestinian shot dead today and thousands injured by the Israeli Army.

    Horrific

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  • nab posted an update 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    Question about working at 2 different jobs!

    So my issue is pretty straight forward, I have been working for MWR (Morale, Welfare, and Recreation) on the Navy base for going on 11 years in the Officers club, as a dishwasher, but lately the hours have been really bad (1 day every 2 weeks) and besides a whole host of other issues that are not…[Read more]

    • Sounds like you handled it well. Unless you’re the only guy she has and now she’s stuck with no one to work.

      • No, I’m no longer the only dishwasher, that is part of the other issues I’m having, suffice it to say my being or not being able to work at the drop of a fine is the least of the issues any longer. I am, however, the only dishwasher who has stuck it out through thick and thin, and I’ve been the only dishwasher at least 3 different times, so I…[Read more]

    • Just tell your current supervisor that your current job does not fulfill you financial needs. You tell her that you will continue to work there and have no plans on quitting but you have to attend these training days. From the sounds of it, you have always been there to provide your job with help when needed (sick calls, no-shows and what not) and…[Read more]

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  • chris90 posted an update 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    Currently in the news, with the BBC reporting the following:

    “The German system is estimated to have cost about £600m (726m euros) as an initial set up, and about £700m (793m euros) annually for maintenance.

    The British Plastics Federation estimates it could cost £1bn to set up a scheme in the UK, and another £1bn a year in running cos…[Read more]

    • The deposit system in Germany started in 2003 but in it´s present form 2006 so 20-30% higher setup costs seems reasonable, those machines that take your bottles aren´t cheap and take a fair amount of valuable retail space up.

      The operating costs depend on the way your drinks market works and how the reycling is going to be done, we have three c…[Read more]

    • maybe because our-way is to try and get it administrated by countless shops, small and large. If the recycling points were situated on streets like litter bins then the administration would be straightforward. But everything is private enterprise these days and therefore way more expensive than it could be under central government ownership.

      • In sweden for money back on bottles and cans the machines are only in the entrance to bigger supermarkets. For all other waste our local tip is 10miles away and only opens from 2-7pm 2 days a week. The streets are still clean. It’s the attitude of the population that keeps streets clean, not the facilities available.

    • “Why so much extra in the UK – inflation perhaps in set up costs (when was Germany set up) but running costs shoudl be comparable?”

      Because the average UK resident will have to be forced to adopt it, just comparing the rubbish on the roadside verges of the two countries shows the different attitude to litter in general.

    • Energy costs in Britain will be much higher for a start.

      I don’t get why they are going straight for the recycle option though. They should be pursuing the Reduce and Reuse first.

      I really don’t get why people need to buy bottles of water in this country. Apart from maybe for the journey home from Glastonbury!

    • I’ve been wondering for years how you could reduce the numbers of cans and bottles thrown out of vehicles but I’ve also been wondering how you could make a secure system. For example how much cash will the machines contain and how easily will they be broken open?

      I’ll put money on the system working for a few months then some clever barsteward…[Read more]

      • A good start might be to make the registered keeper of the vehicle liable for the littering, as with parking offences and such. It would then be much easier to enforce fines for littering, no need to stop the car nor necessarily to identify the individual responsible. Photographic or video evidence (decent dash-cam footage perhaps?) would be enough.

      • I really don’t understand this problem. I can’t grasp what sort of Fuxxwit thinks it’s acceptable to pitch an empty bottle or can out of the window. You have brought it from somewhere and put it in your car, how difficult is it to take the empty out of the car and bin it once back home again? The one that really surprised me was the jam I was in…[Read more]

      • Err, in all the countries I know with a deposit scheme and automatic scanners you get a credit note which is paid out at any till. Otherwise it´s just done by the cashier anyway, I just throw the crate on the heap and the shopkeeper credits me.

        Because the German system was set up by the industry, not some half-wit in a ministry it´s infinitely f…[Read more]

    • Rip-Off Britain?

      • Damned right, watch the cost of everything go up. and what mutt says in his post.
        Personally, it’s going to be a pain in the neck.
        All my cans and bottles go in the recycle bin, but with this scheme, I’m going to have to pay more and then have the hassle of saving everything then lugging it all down to a cash-in centre to get my money back.

    • While waiting for a train in Germany last week, I noticed how much cleaner their stations and tracks are than ours. Litter bins in Germany quite often have sections for paper/plastic/waste/metal.

      £1 bn seems quite cheap. Just £16 / person / year to reduce waste. And much of the £1 bn will grow the economy (more jobs, etc).

      To put into pe…[Read more]

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  • chris90 posted an update 2 months ago

    Fat could soon be the new smoking! https://news.sky.com/story/obesity-could-soon-be-the-new-smoking-cancer-risk-study-shows-11300817

    When this happens and obesity is killing more people than smoking related diseases, should we then expect pictures of obese people bed ridden or unable to move or with amputated limbs on all of our chocolate bars…[Read more]

    • mule replied 2 months ago

      I like the idea of people being locked up for dealing Curly Wurlys.

    • Except fat doesn’t make you fat. The new tobacco is highly refined carbs and especially sugar.

      • timo replied 2 months ago

        That’s true, but I think the title refers to being fat rather than fat as a food stuff.

      • irk replied 2 months ago

        And that point is being lost. People are still obsessed with calories, which in the form of mono unsaturated fat is completely different from same calorific content of glucose.

        Look how popular low fat yoghurts are. YeoValley low-fat yoghurt 7.5 g sugar 56 kcal / 100g. YeoValley normal yoghurt 5.6g sugar and 82 kcal / 100g.

        So on a calorie…[Read more]

    • Well, to be in keeping with the smoking campaigns then it should be a picture of clogged arteries, rather than actual people. We don’t victimise smokers by puting pictures of actual people dying of cancer on the packets, but rather the pictures of their lungs.

      Surely we need to ban people buying unhealthy food before they become fat, rather than…[Read more]

    • The solution is activity levels as much as diet. Driving short distances has to be made less attractive than walking and can only really be done through cost. Easy in theory, tough in reality.

      • mo replied 2 months ago

        Activity doesn’t burn many calories in many of us. I am more hungry when I have exercised, but I don’t need any more food. I got fatter when I was training for my winter mountain leader assessment. 5 days a week winter mountaineering and I got more flabby. I ate a tiny fracture more than normal, but really only a tiny bit more. It wasn’t that I…[Read more]

        • Whilst there might be something in extreme events, sleep deprivation, etc.. triggering different reactions in the body to store more. Plus varying metabolic rates. I doubt these effect more than a few percent of the population and don’t remove the fact that if you don’t eat it, you can’t store. We are genetically cut out for having so much food…[Read more]

          • mo replied 2 months ago

            They reckon that as few as four nights of reduced sleep (I think they said 6 hours or less) has a significant impact on weight. In our fast paced, 24/7 world this is a serious problem.

            Yes, you are right that if you don’t eat it, you can’t store it. Hence why food is so much more important than exercise! The studies on sleep deprivation causing…[Read more]

          • “I doubt these effect more than a few percent of the population and don’t remove the fact that if you don’t eat it, you can’t store.”

            It is easy to say this until you have been in a situation where something unusual for you impacts on your appetites…Steriods being a common example.

            I gained significantly more weight than I should have when…[Read more]

        • Eating 100kcals of sugar and sitting on your butt, will force your body to store fat just the same as 100kcals of slow release carbs and doing nothing. There is a greater chance you’ll move in the 3hr hours after a pile of pasta, so even for the most lazy some of pasta might not be converted to fat. The sugars and their boost/ subsequent slump…[Read more]

    • nick replied 2 months ago

      It seems like there need to be some big shifts in society, I think. I think we can’t continue with being sedentary for much of the time, and the levels of salt and sugar and refined carbs that are being consumed by many. In the UK certainly, I think we’re going to break the NHS with obesity and diabetes related health problem, and maybe alc…[Read more]

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