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Water Cooler / Re: Quarantine Reading (Buckworks)
« on: January 14, 2023, 05:00:29 PM »
What I've learned the most from Harry's book is that so many of the headlines don't have a shred of truth in them.  It's not like some of it has a little bit of truth to it and was taken out of context.  It's flat made up.

>but Megan is still being toxic. 
Toxic?  Really?

Grnidone, not going to get into this an further, as I did not intend to upset you,  except to defend my use of the word toxic... yes, to the Royal Family. Unfortunately.
I also understand that his book is being fact checked. His memory is also flawed, as all our memories are. I am quite sure they are inadvertent, but do prove the fallibility of any memory.  Those picking them out are likely just trying to discredit him, which is sad.
He was once a Favourite Royal. He still could be.
I will repeat.  We all know the press lie? Why on earth do we read it! NOTW died in 2011. It was an appalling rag. No better than the internet today.  I do believe that some new sources are starting to be held more accountable.  But still not all.

Thx for the Sanderson tip.

Water Cooler / Re: Quarantine Reading (Buckworks)
« on: January 13, 2023, 05:59:11 AM »
Listening is when I drive... 6 hours yesterday.

I think we all know the Press lie, as we know it. Interesting about RM in particular. Maxwell did  not shower himself with glory either (or some of his family)

Perhaps a good will come from the book. Maybe the more who read it and learn about the press the better.  I feel there is too much acceptance of what is read. Perhaps Friendface is a better place to get news .  (Only half kidding)

Water Cooler / Re: Quarantine Reading (Buckworks)
« on: January 12, 2023, 07:08:52 PM »
You might find this interesting ... comparing some of Kate's and Meghan's media coverage for similar things. IMHO the double standards are wildly unfair and absolutely toxic.

That list has been standard fair for some time.  The answer is see how Kate got hounded before Megan came along. The Press are horrible.  No one is denying that.  Its how they are dealt with that important.

  I have started listening to the Spare.  Much against Sues principles. :) The Firms line is not to answer back... on the basis it pointless.

The general view over here (Big general, not absolute) is that Harry would be welcome back, but Megan is still being toxic.  Trouble is He loves her.  "What Megan wants Megan Gets"  (Its a good mantra for a good husband)

Not knowing them, and knowing how toxic (if I can use the word again) the press are it difficult to know what to believe.

Buckworks... YOU are to blame for me bothering to listen to it  ;) :) :o

Water Cooler / Re: Quarantine Reading (Buckworks)
« on: January 12, 2023, 08:49:52 AM »
I started listening to Prince Harry's book Spare as soon as I was able to download it yesterday.

I've enjoyed it so far (first third). The writing is good (helped by a ghostwriter) and Harry is an exceptionally fine reader.

One thing is clear to me ... what some of the media gossips are saying about (projecting onto!) the book is wildly different from what it actually says.

... which kinda reinforces one of his major themes ...

Which bits? Because over this side of the pond they are seen as self obsessed and whiny, and M does not understand duty, or how to treat a family .

It does all seem a bit "all about me".  How he hopes to get back with his brother and Dad I really don't know.  If he does, it shows true understanding from them.

I am guess thats from the media then :)

Water Cooler / Re: Quarantine Reading (Buckworks)
« on: January 11, 2023, 09:45:57 PM »
I’ve just finished the 17th book of the Harry Dresden “Dresden Files” series.  A lot of fun about Chicago’s only Wizard Private Investigator.

I’m not usually into fantasy, but this series is funny and not so “out there” you can’t keep up.

Ah Brad put me onto those :) Good eh?

The problem is with who holds onto and manages that information.

Well yes, but no one is going to trust it. As you say its bound to go wrong sometime. 

If its going badly for you if your are found out, don't go there, or be more creative (VPN)
Or borrow a mates who is not worried about it. 

But they are right to do something.

"You need to prove that you are following the law. Our job is to create the law and enforce it, not build a system that handles compliance for you."

I do think you are right here.

There are things that should be state run, Things that should be state controlled.

I am not a fan of a big state, but equally the very small state is toxic too.  It seems to me that most politicians have lost the balance.

I get your answer LM, except for the bit where they prove they are 18.  The Drivers licence seems like a simple solution. Its not perfect, it possible to steal Dads drivers licence, but it cannot be a credit card (I would not trust that industry), a passport would cut out most customers in the US I am guessing, so how else?

I am sure it will be hacked, and a list of State Governors will be posed somewhere, but so what? They should be accountable.  If they believe its fine, then they have the podium to say so.

In the UK, I suspect a minister would be sacked at the moment, but they might not. In France no one would bother.

Ergo, I agree with your assessment, I just don't see this as a fix.

But better than nothing.  and thats the alternative.

What would be a better fix?


Its no different to walking into a shop or a betting shop. Buying weed or alcohol in most places.  you have to prove your age. 

So there is no reason for online to be different. 

Complete change of heart. I vote yes. Its not something that parents can control.

wow, is that Louisiana in China then?

Thin end of the wedge.

 Why Louisiana?
I see they have a law now, but what is special about them? 

imho it the parents job, are they having a particular  difficulty?

Very un American.

I struggle with that Bacon comment.... :P  love it sooo much.

Water Cooler / Why do the rich get richer — even during global crises?
« on: January 02, 2023, 06:21:43 PM »

Inequality is a political choice

After World War II, countries started following progressive taxation policies and took steps to address monopoly power, Ahmed said. And while many nations reversed that approach during the pandemic, a few bucked the trend. Costa Rica increased its highest tax rate by 10 percent and New Zealand by 6 percent in order to redistribute wealth.

“There are examples of countries doing the right thing. And it reminds us that inequality is not inevitable. It’s a policy and a political choice,” Ahmed said.

Hardware & Technology / Re: Everyone is using Google Photos Wrong
« on: December 29, 2022, 08:08:59 AM »
They make it hard to delete don't they.

This was a nudge to get rid of a few hundred screen shots, and it is surprisingly difficult to select image "like"

They have a fancy engine that can find "Similar shots" to play back to you, but selecting all images by device is no longer possible.

Or even whatsapp images seems difficult. I get images with whatsapp written on them.


Consider that the world’s richest 10 percent account for 50 percent of fossil fuel burning and carbon emissions. Consider that climate reparations, for which the Global South won acknowledgment but little more at last month’s COP27 climate talks, can’t be funded at scale by tweaking wealthy countries’ hidebound taxation-as-usual. Consider that carbon emissions pricing, an indispensable policy tool for shrinking fossil fuel demand, can’t be made politically palatable in the U.S. — even with worthy “dividend” schemes — so long as middle- and working-class families must witness the superrich lording and polluting at will.

I think most of the west is in the top 10% of wealth in the world.

But it does highlight the wealth extremes again. Ah read on Rupert:

In the Netherlands, 8 percent of the population takes 40 percent of flights. Worldwide, the difference is even more stark: One percent of the population is responsible for 50 percent of pollution due to aviation, making air travel a textbook example of how pollution by the rich leads to consequences and injustices for those who have not caused the climate crisis.

I completely missed this, anyone else?  It was on the 5th Nov 2022.

Its not obvious on the BBC, Reuters, but it was in the Guardian. and financial times.

Water Cooler / Re: News aggregator rates article sources; right-center-left
« on: December 28, 2022, 06:27:14 AM »
They say I am balanced, so I have the same bias as they do :)

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