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Total recall
at 23:45 17 Sep 2019

A prime example of why they should stop doing remakes.

The original is great, especially for it's time. Still the same now. The remake is trash.

Seems there are rumours of a back to the future remake. I can't think of anything worse.

Great result tonight.

SB

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A depressing read on the growth of healing crystals
at 09:34 17 Sep 2019

It's a long article. It's about the cheap and exploitative mining in poor countries with awful and dangerous conditions often with child labour so that wellness sites like Goop can sell "healing crystals" at ridiculous prices to people.

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/sep/17/healing-crystals-wellness-m

Some tidbits:

"Believers say crystals conduct ambient energy – like miniature phone towers picking up signals and channelling them on to the user – thus rebalancing malign energies, healing the body and mind."

"After all, he said, if uranium could kill you, why shouldn’t lithium quartz be able to help cure your depression? And when you broke it down to an elemental level, he said, people are mostly minerals and water anyway. “You’re hydrated mineral powder,”"

"Trinchillo estimates that high-end dealers now account for about $500m in annual sales. Include the lower end, he said, and you are talking about a highly profitable, multi-billion dollar industry."

It's so depressing. People exploited and billions of dollars generated (for the few) on something that literally does nothing at all but is fueled by the click of the like button on social media.

SB
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Purdue Pharma files for chapter 11
at 09:36 16 Sep 2019

Couldn't happen to a more deserving bunch. I am sure the Sackler family have enough squirreled away in untouchable places that it won't affect them too much personally.

It looks like through the bankruptcy process a lot of people will get some of the help they need. Lets hope so anyway.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-49711618

SB
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Hong Kong protests
at 14:09 13 Sep 2019

Did anyone see the protesters being interviewed on Newsnight last night? They all had passed on letters in case they were killed in the protests - they are obviously expecting an escalation.

This is quite interesting as well:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/sep/13/volunteers-protecting-hong-kong-pr

Older people in HK putting themselves between the youth and the police so the youths can escape and protest another day.

It seems to be edging towards only two possible outcomes. Either full autonomy with their own laws outside the Chinese system or a military intervention which would likely meet more violent resistance from the protesters than what was seen in 1989.

Given that China are staunchly against option 1 and the protesters are becoming more entrenched, better organised and supported it's looking worryingly like option 2 might happen at some point.

Hopefully I'm way off and they come to an agreement going forward.

SB
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US Camp Century - Greenland
at 10:07 13 Sep 2019

Did anyone see this on Channel 4 news last night? The section on the US camp called Camp Century is below:

https://www.channel4.com/news/greenland-ice-melt-cold-war-camp-and-its-hazardous

Absolutely shocking from the US. The images of tens of thousands of rusting oil drums laid out in front of a pristine fjord are awful. The US should be there spending whatever is required to clean up their mess.

SB
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Interesting read about life in the lower levels of the tennis circuit
at 09:25 13 Sep 2019

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/tennis/49675123

SB
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Just like buses
at 15:40 12 Sep 2019

You wait forever and then two interstellar visitors come along virtually at once:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-49676757

SB
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For anyone travelling from Heathrow tomorrow
at 11:45 12 Sep 2019

They are saying there shouldn't be disruption but I can't see how there won't be if the drones get off the ground within the exclusion zone.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-49666644

SB
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It's a shame this can't be stopped
at 10:40 12 Sep 2019

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/sep/12/they-are-barbaric-turkey-prepares

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Everything you know about European history is wrong
at 14:56 10 Sep 2019

Or at least this "scholarly" group claim:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/mandarin-chinese-english-shakespea

At least we know bonkers ideas and fake news are a global phenomenon and not just a product of the West:

SB
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Some serious anger management issues here
at 14:08 10 Sep 2019

Especially since the cyclist was totally in the wrong:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/sep/10/police-hunt-cyclist-who-headbutt

SB
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The Lib Dems are going all in
at 23:34 9 Sep 2019

Looks like they are thinking about campaigning on a revoke article 50 ticket for any general election.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/sep/09/liberal-democrats-poised-to-bac

Certainly clear on their position if they do but will make any coalitions difficult.

It's bold.

SB
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Brexit extension powerplays
at 19:19 8 Sep 2019

If France do decide to veto the extension then doesn't that take it totally out of the hands of parliament anyway? In that case surely Labour will agree to an election in mid-October?

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/sep/08/france-threatens-to-veto-furthe

It would be a rather ironic position to have had MPs taking back control of the process via parliament as they have labelled it only to have it all negated by an outside factor.

The French won't do it of course but it highlights the real lack of power the UK has in this process with regards to timing, something that the Tories try hard to play down.

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Some of the umpiring....
at 15:50 8 Sep 2019

Not only did Overton smash the cover off the ball and was given LBW but it wasn't even in line.

Farcical.

You know it's clearly a shocker when McGrath thinks it's not out twice.

SB
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Nice to see the democrats with some sensible candidates for 2020
at 13:43 5 Sep 2019

How hard can it be to find some sensible candidates?

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/hurricane-dorian-m

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Hurricane Dorian
at 21:37 1 Sep 2019

Hopefully if anyone knows someone in the Bahamas they have gone to the shelters and are safe, Dorian has strengthened to the strongest Atlantic hurricane on record with gusts of 220mph and sustained winds of 185mph.

The damage looks awful in the videos here:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-49541485

It's only going to get more common unfortunately as higher sea temperatures provide more fuel for these monster storms.

Hopefully people have been sensible and heeded the advice to evacuate.

SB
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The legend of Fatty Foulke
at 20:23 30 Aug 2019

This is great:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/49392889

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The Thing
at 08:34 24 Aug 2019

I found this interesting, hadn't heard of this episode of the cold war:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-48859331

Typical of the Russians to put their best scientists in prison camps, they did the same with their rocket designer who was a genius and put them far ahead of the US.

The Chief Designer:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sergei_Korolev

SB
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It was always going to be thus
at 20:35 20 Aug 2019

It's been poor, Donacien and Kenlock have no quality unfortunately and every attack is slowed whilst they figure out what to do.

It's difficult though, Wimbledon have men back and then play percentages into areas. It's something we need to learn to break down though.

I still think there is something in it for us in the second half but needs to improve, probably needs to go 2 up top with Jackson on.

SB
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Stamp duty reversal
at 09:28 17 Aug 2019

Does anyone think this will make any difference to the housing market? I would have thought sellers would just factor the stamp duty they had to pay into the price.

It does seem sensible that the person likely making money on the property should pay the tax rather than the person trying to own the property although there are virtually no details to go on at the moment so hard to say.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/aug/16/sajid-javid-refuses-to-rule-out

He might not even get a chance to do anything if a unity coalition is sorted out quickly.

SB
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