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Microsoft, on the face of it, bloody good show
at 19:10 16 Jan 2020

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-51133811

Proof of the pudding, etc., but does raise the bar a bit, beyond the usual blather. Are we seeing a genuine effort by more companies now, and will this snowball catch up some governments too?

Gotta stay positive!
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How many on here are unfortunate enough to be represented by Matt Han,cock? (n/t)
at 18:33 15 Jan 2020

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Overly cautious language?
at 13:52 14 Jan 2020

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-51094919

Can informed scientists be too cautious in their choice of language, and how much of that is an over-reaction to the tendency of the uninformed to proclaim with absolute certainty upon things which they evidently understand very poorly - my cautious perception, lol!

As 'researchers said' here, it's '"common sense" that human-induced heating is playing a role', but the increased thermal energy in the global system is certain (not cautious) to be influencing every component of the system, not necessarily in obvious ways, and is therefore likely to be triggering events which are currently, cautiously, attributed to 'natural' causes.

I understand the need to be cautious with specifics, otherwise you just provide ammunition to individuals and vested interests who will seize upon ways to challenge the numbers to try to shoot down the bigger argument, but I think perhaps that caution has spread too much into the general message with statements like '"This (the fires) would have happened naturally but we can be confident that they have been made hotter because of man-made climate change," said Prof Betts.'. We certainly can't be sure that all of the fires would have happened naturally, nor that they would have been of the same scale.
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Royal Mail opt out
at 10:40 11 Jan 2020

I should have done something about this years ago.

The postie put five pieces of unsolicited marketing crap through my letterbox this morning, nothing addressed to me, or even to 'The occupier'. Just had a look at their website which says, to paraphrase, "if you tell us to stop delivering this crap, we'll also can't deliver (unaddressed) 'material from Central and Local Government and other public bodies'".

I'll do it anyway, but are there any 'important' things I can't think of that might be unaddressed? Cheers.
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At last, some good news for democracy (one month late)
at 16:19 9 Jan 2020

https://www.theshovel.com.au/2019/12/10/breaking-russia-cleared-to-compete-in-20
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Straight talking
at 15:50 2 Jan 2020

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-50973232

Listen very carefully at 0:50 for a typical bit of Aussie forthrightness (and accuracy). Not sure the BBC are quite attuned with their content checks.
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Perseverance and determination
at 20:59 30 Dec 2019


I have just tipped, tapped, wrung and squeezed every last drop out of my Christmas brandy bottle
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Heisenberg lives!
at 18:43 23 Dec 2019

The giveaway is the colour of the paint on the superstructure of the dhow.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-50894670
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Pimp my bog
at 14:39 18 Dec 2019

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-50835604

This is the slippery slope to end all slippery slopes.

A better idea might be to have an internal concealed speaker that makes a the sound of swirling water and the noise of a hungry croc after 4 minutes. This would perhaps also be beneficial to the constipated, or as the manufacturer puts it 'ease queuing congestion'?
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Channel 4 to host single topic leaders' debate on Climate Change.
at 22:22 22 Nov 2019



Missed the announcement of this yesterday. If the Mr Johnson doesn't turn up to this its arguably the most meaningful statement he could make in this GE campaign.

Good on Channel 4.
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'F***ing magpie'
at 09:26 15 Nov 2019

For anyone who thinks all the dangerous animals in Australia slither, creep or swim...

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-11-14/magpie-attack-on-ryan-priestly-leaves-him

And you'd think an intelligent Corvid would be encouraging the stupid humans to stay out of their cars...

'"I've given up on the ride now, I'm just going to drive," he said'
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IAAF dropping events to fit in with TV schedules
at 10:48 7 Nov 2019

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/athletics/50324540

Wunch of bankers.
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'...looking the other way is no longer an option.'
at 22:25 5 Nov 2019

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-50302392

A relatively rare reference to the elephant in the room, addressing human population levels, in the last paragraph.

'... and one of the more positive things that we've pulled out of this data is that there is now a slight decline in birth rates at a global level.' - that's good to read.
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A proper marathon record, good egg
at 18:06 13 Oct 2019

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/athletics/50035304

Not like that manufactured tosh the other day.

And as for 'overseas recruits' in 'national' sporting teams what a load of old ballocks...

[rant, rant, rave, rave, grumpy old git fades out..........]
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