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Banner and Message
at 07:29 27 Nov 2020

I obviously made my position quite clear over the summer when I called for Lambert to be replaced.

I think the BA message reads well - talking about a reluctance and outlining the reasoning for the call.

But then that banner, written like a teenager trying to make a point. Why be rude and write "Shambo". It is petulant, unnecessary and a disconnect to the tone you look to strike with the message. It devalues the message.
Chargeback Success
at 16:22 18 Oct 2020

- Booked a flight 8 months ago.
- KLM cancelled it 6 months ago.
- KLM refused to give me a refund on my original method of payment.
- I refused their voucher
- I issued a chargeback through Monzo.
- KLM took their full 3 months and then disputed my evidence.
- This meant MasterCard had a further 3 months to make a decision
- Today they ruled in my favour and I was credited to full amount of money.

If anyone is going through something similar, then I can share info that helped my case. Just DM me.

Note; Help is help, not legal advice or representation.
Next Few Games
at 12:22 18 Oct 2020

When we played Accrington Stanley they started the game in sixth and we ended up with a comfortable result.

Doncaster (away - seventh), Lincoln (away - third) and Gillingham (home - eighth) are up next. What are people expecting from these games?

I'll be disappointed if we don't beat Gillingham. But I'm not so sure what to make of Lincoln and Doncaster.
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"Visual Table"
at 17:09 17 Oct 2020

16 Ipswich
15 Hull

13 Lincoln
12 Peterborough
11 Sunderland, Plymouth
10 Doncaster, Gillingham
9 Accrington
8 Portsmouth, Wimbledon, Bristol Rovers
7 Crewe, Fleetwood, Charlton
6 Shrewsbury, Swindon, Wigan
5 Milton Keynes
4 Blackpool, Burton, Northampton, Rochdale
3 Oxford

Laptop Advice
at 22:02 16 Oct 2020

Thinking of getting a laptop soon as mine is pretty old and has a few issues.

Been looking around but I believe most reviewers could find fault in a £10k machine.

I'm looking around £1-1.5k.

I want it to have
- Windows OS
- 16gb memory
- In built webcam

I'd like it to have
- good cooling system
- no number pad
- metal build
- something that will last

- My work applications require 8gb memory for applications, but I feel like 16gb would give a better performance
- My personal uses include moderate gaming - eg Fall Guys, rather that a CPU sapping shooting game.
- I'd use it for travelling when work picks up again, so I play films on it from time to time and then normal useage.

I don't want
- A Mac or chromebook as applications I use are sub-optimal on them.
- Something cumbersome/heavy

Any help would be really appreciated.

Pet Peevs
at 12:46 9 Oct 2020

I hate it when people post the same threads. What's yours?
at 18:27 19 Sep 2020

We continue this form:
- We will finish top
- Accumulate 138 pts
- Score 92 goals
- Concede 0 goals.

Looking at the positives:
- We're top of the league
- We've won every game
- We've scored at least 2 goals in every game
- We haven't conceded

It's not all rosey though:
- We're only 6 points above the relegation zone
- The teams we have beaten are all in the bottom 5 with a combined points total of 1
- We've scored less goals than Wimbledon in 16th
- We've conceded the same amount of goals as Portsmouth in 17th.
Cash out
at 08:32 2 Aug 2020

Who uses cash?

- Old people
- Drug dealers and users
- Tax Dodgers

Why is cash an issue

Cost: Believe it or not, it costs money to make money. Mining metals, minting coins, designing pictures, testing quality, fraud prevention, fraud detection, printing and on and on.

Environment: The environment is harmed in many ways. Mining, supply chain impacts like transportation, electricity at ATMs, felling trees.

Health: aside from the obvious - pollution put into the atmosphere, waters and soil. Money is great for transferring viruses and bacteria. Many, many people touch the same coins and notes, which touch other coins and notes.

Drug Industry: Drug dealers don't use cards to buy and sell drugs. They operate in cash. A typical deal will have huge wads of £20 notes.

Tax Evaders: Paying in cash gives the recipient the ability to not declare actual earnings, reducing their tax liabilities, meaning you, yes you, end up paying more tax as the loss of revenue is factored into government taxation either knowingly or unknowingly.

How does the removal of cash reduce these issues

- No money means no investment in making money.

- No money means the environmental damage is stopped.

- Ceasing the circulation of money ceases the health risks associated with money

- Stopping the ability to pay for drugs without a trail will make it more difficult to distribute drugs on scale.

- Having all transactions through card will reduce low level tax evasion.

How to implement

- Instantly cease production of all new coins and notes.

- Give a one year period for everyone to return all coins and notes to banks.

- After one year make all notes and coins illegal tender.
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Book Restoration
at 16:23 14 Jul 2020

I'm in the London area and had a family book from the early 1800s returned to me by a randomer via a family tree website. It was out of the family for a good 40-50 years and has been returned in poor condition, so needs proper care and attention.

Has anyone done this? Can anyone recommend a place from personal experience? I feel somewhat out of my depth!

... Already use google, so don't need a lmgtfy!
Top 10 Political Theorists
at 22:27 19 Jun 2020

So there was a top 10 Political leaders the other day and I found it interesting to read who other people found to be the greatest - particularly when reason are given.

So I thought I'd start one for theorists. Who has inspired you? What was it that captured your imagination? Why do they hold such importance to you?

Pyotr Kropotkin - Unsurprisingly Kropotkin is top of my list. Dubbed the Anarchist prince, he gave up his royal title at the early age of 12, setting a president of practicing what he preached.

He was fiercely academic, spanning many disciplines. Inspired by Darwin, he wrote Mutual Aid the articulately argued that cooperation, not competition, led to the greatest success in nature. Those that could cooperate were greatest in number. Be it insect or mammal, carnivore or herbivore, those that cooperated were better off.

Cooperation is left wing, competition is right wing. This book underpins why I favour cooperation over competition, why I favour left over right.

He also wrote The Conquest of Bread, which was another hugely influential book for me. It stripped politics right down to the basics. As Norman Borlaug puts it "Without food... all other components of social justice are meaningless.

Ludwig von Rochau - I'm sure we all have people who have influenced us so much, yet we've never picked up their works. It was actually learning about Otto van Bismarck and his unification of Prussia on Realpolitik theory.

It was very much the catalyst to challenge my viewpoints and ground them in reality. Sure, I have a huge district of the state and I truly believe that humanity can exist with different and better decentralised power structures. But was is possible? If it isn't possible, then assess the best course of action to make something possible. Place your theoretical ambitions within reality.

Thomas Robert Malthus, David Ricardo and Karl Marx - I've grouped these three together because I actually read about them at the same time. I read their economic theories as part of a history of the economics of politics and it framed them all so well. It was less about right vrs left and more about these theorists approaching politics from an angle that makes a huge difference to people's lives. They were all trying to solve massive economic problems.

I feel I should note that I don't agree with Marx's solutions, but his economic evaluation of capitalism was massively important and not the source of people's disputes with him whether they are from the left or right.

Henry David Thoreau - His essay On the Duty of Civil Disobedience really resonated with me. Civil Disobedience, so scorned and loathed by the state as antithetical to democracy was actually promoted as a necessary duty to protect the state from the tyranny of those who abuse and pervert it for their own ends.

It flipped the logic of the state as this system which protects and executes the will of the people, to one that can, and often is, corrupted by those who have vested interests.

Albert Einstein - What's this guy doing on the list? He's a scientist! He also wrote an article on socialism and his 16th paragraph was eye opening. It highlighted the vulnerability of our institutions and exposed their weakness to private capital. I feel to truly understand this paragraph is to truly understand why so many eatablished democracies are in a poor state around the world.

John Stuart Mill - By the time I picked up On Liberty I had pretty established political ideas and I didn't expect this book to be so fascinating. But it really is a well-written piece.

Henri de Saint-Simon - Again, I came to him late and honestly haven't really engaged in him that much, aside from understanding his ideas. The reason why I still find room for him on my list is that he was a big building block for many of the people on my list. Without his contribution, would the others have established theirs? I'm not sure the ideologies would be as robust without him.

Ralph Waldo Emerson - My last one was a real struggle. I weighed up putting in Proudhon, Reclus, Kant and Darwin. I think Emerson's essay on Self-reliance was more striking for me at the time than the others.

So there you have it, 10 Political Theorists that have inspired me and the reasons why. I look forward to seeing others, even if you drop in one or two names.
I’m going on the offensive with this one
at 14:54 10 Jun 2020

So Paul Lambert thinks “we had a bad couple of months before we stopped and we have paid for that” and the supporters are meant to sit here and allow the club to rewrite the season.

No, we had an extremely fortunate start in which we played 11 games and got 27 from a possible 33. That was eight wins, three draws and zero losses. We scored 21 goals (third highest) and conceded just five (lowest). We had a GD of 16 (best) and were four points clear with a game in hand over second.

Since the 7th October 2019 we accumulated 25 points from 25 games. That puts us 19th in a division of 23 with just one point per game (ppg). Shrewsbury in 20th actually performed better in ppg (25 from 23). Tranmere in 22nd performed the same (23 from 23).

In fact, only Bolton (23 from 25) and Southend (15 from 24) performed worse on a ppg basis. That means we had relegation form over our past 25 games. We need to wake up to the fact that if we maintain our current management team relegation is currently a statistically backed likelihood.

Lee O’Neill said it was “disappointing... not get an opportunity to see out the season” as if he somehow hasn’t witnessed what we have produced since the beginning of October. It really is hard to under emphasise the disaster that followed our great start. But let me try and contextualize it for him.

We obtained two more points in our first 11 games than we did in our last 25. We scored 21 goals in our first 11 games and just 25 goals in our final 25 games. We conceded five goals in our first 11 games and 31 goals in our final 25 games.

This is not a “bad couple of months”. This is completely unforgivable and sustained poor performance over the majority of the season. The club needs to sufficiently explain this, as currently it has only been done with delusional comments.

Lambert thought that “we had to win about six of [our remaining] games to get into the play-offs” which is what we managed over the previous 25 games. This should bring into sharp focus what they were pinning their hopes on.

After this dreadful season’s campaign had ended we found out from O’Neill that “our target was to try and make the play-offs this year”. Excuse me? That should have been the bare minimum, as evidenced by the start of our campaign. If you aren’t targeting the top two as a relatively financially stable club, then you don’t have the correct winning mentality.

Sure, a reasonable and objective supporter would look at last season's relegation campaign and say they would accept failure at the play-off stage. But none can sanely say that this should have been our target. There should be repercussions for not achieving this.

What’s more, O’Neill has already said that “Paul and his staff are a part of the club’s plans going forward”. That’s right, there is no end of season assessment, nor reflection time and no consequence for finishing 11th in division three.

And the gall to use a word like “forward” after around two decades of going backwards. A significant reason for that is that we consistently appoint PR people, like O’Neill, who clearly know nothing about football, into positions that influence the direction of our club. It is a scandal that needs to be rectified.

In short, O'Neill and Lambert need to go.
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