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Mr Jones on the 4-day week
at 18:34 9 Nov 2018

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/nov/09/britain-stressed-overworke

Some valid points around productivity in there but he hasn't explained how it will work so thought I'd ask the TWTD collective if they had any ideas/knowledge.

So does a 4 day week mean 80% the take home pay? Or are businesses and the public sector expected to pay 5 days for 4 days work and then another 1 day for the other days work which he wants to "redistribute":

"But a shorter working week would enable us to redistribute hours from the overworked to the underworked"

If it's the first one could most people get by on 80% their income? Could most businesses and the public sector get by with an extra 20% outlay?

It seems very light on actual facts and ideas, hence the questions to the board.

SB
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This seems incredibly harsh from Monbiot
at 10:04 8 Nov 2018

Not for the first time I guess but he's having a right pop at Attenborough here:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/nov/07/david-attenborough-world-e

I think it's pretty harsh, sure the documentaries aren't wall-to-wall pictures of environmental destruction but they spend a good amount of the time highlighting environmental issues and habitat loss.

Seems most of the comments don't agree with him either.

SB
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Ate this whilst in Singapore
at 17:35 7 Nov 2018

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/11/07/indonesian-passenger-plane-grounded-

Sure, it was a bit smelly and I didn't much care for it but I didn't think it was anywhere near as bad as people make out. They even had signs on the Metro saying it couldn't be taken on.

SB
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Any thoughts?
at 10:11 5 Nov 2018

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/anthony-ekundayo-lennon-black-wh

SB
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Kepler is dead
at 11:09 31 Oct 2018

Well, he's been dead for 400 years but now the space telescope bearing his name is gone as well:

https://www.space.com/41363-kepler-exoplanet-hunting-telescope-dead.html

With Hubble on it's last gyro they really need to get the James Webb up there but it keeps getting significantly delayed.

SB
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This is very unfortunate
at 11:03 31 Oct 2018

http://uk.businessinsider.com/rhino-horns-and-tiger-bone-trade-china-south-afric

Unfortunately whilst there may be a grain of truth in some TCM remedies, many don't work at all which is bad for the rhinos and tigers.

SB
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Video of Hoddle training at Swindon
at 21:14 30 Oct 2018

Hoddle training Moncur at Swindon. Great stuff with Moncur looking more and more perplexed as Hoddle continually scores whilst he doesn't.



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Not sure this is the route the democrats should take
at 09:03 30 Oct 2018

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/hillary-clinton-20

Possibly a non-story but certainly didn't rule out running.

SB
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Football Weekly
at 08:59 30 Oct 2018

Barry Glendenning getting stuck into Ipswich fans in the football league part of the show. Seems some of our fans have been rather rude on social media.

Went as far as hoping we get relegated.

SB
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Celebrities promoting wellness fads
at 11:25 29 Oct 2018

This is becoming a real issue now with entire brands like Paltrow's Goop doing very well with claims that are scientifically untrue.

This seems to be the latest one - alkaline water:

https://www.theguardian.com/global/2018/oct/29/alkaline-water-cure-bs-science-be

At least this one isn't dangerous, just totally pointless.

SB
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The Museum of Curiosity
at 14:41 28 Oct 2018

Graeme La Saux is pretty interesting on Radio 4's The Museum of Curiosity.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/b0bpr5mn

SB
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Homes or fields?
at 20:09 27 Oct 2018

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/oxford-cambridge-arc-expressway-

Hard one really, we need more houses but the CPRE have a point on the countryside.

This quote from the CPRE shows the issue though:

"CPRE said with current capacity for around 50,000 houses on previously developed land in the region"

So even they concede brownfield sites aren't enough but don't want more homes in their back yard.

Thoughts?

SB
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Bowie at Glastonbury 2000
at 23:32 26 Oct 2018

BBC4.

First time shown I believe.

SB
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WTO trade rules you say?
at 12:41 25 Oct 2018

Maybe not:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/russia-moves-to-block-uk-s-vision-for-world-t

I can't read the whole article and only other source I can see at the moment is the Daily Fail.

SB
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More on the Uighur situation in China
at 10:42 24 Oct 2018

Obviously the source will be unacceptable to some given the reaction to the Syria report the other week.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/China_hidden_camps

SB
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Interesting article on Italy and the Euro
at 15:55 23 Oct 2018

It's fairly high-level but gives an interesting primer into what the Italians are thinking about doing and why the EU has even bigger things to focus on that Brexit:

https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/italy-budget-crisis-brexit-eu-economics-pub

I think sometimes the British press and even the people forget the EU has other things to worry about except us leaving.

SB

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Oldest shipwreck discovered
at 08:26 23 Oct 2018

Very cool, 2400 year old Greek trading ship.

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/oct/23/oldest-intact-shipwreck-thought-

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Nick Clegg, the face of Facebook
at 16:22 19 Oct 2018

Couldn’t make it up, someone famous for not keeping their word (OK, tricky circumstances) is now head of global affairs and communication for Facebook:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/facebook-hires-nick-clegg-head-of

SB
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Do the TWTD hive mind think this is sexist?
at 09:47 18 Oct 2018

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/waitrose-gentlemans-roll-sexist-sandwic

It's certainly nothing like the advertising I saw the other month in Australia which declared new McCains ready meals now available in "mansize".



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Detailed Panorama report into chemical attacks in Syria
at 09:57 16 Oct 2018

I think last time we had a thread on the forum with regards to chemical attacks in Syria there were quite a few people who dismissed the various findings and insisted Assad would not gain from it and that it was a false flag attack.

Panorama have now completed a detailed report on chemical attacks in Syria and have concluded there have been 106 attacks between 2014-2018, of which at least 51 were launched from the air which rules out rebel fighters. 3 were determined to have been launched by IS but as of yet the JIM, OPCW and the BBC haven't found evidence of any other rebel groups conducting attacks.

There is an interesting timeline around the Douma attacks and how chemical weapons were used to strategically drive the opposition out of areas allowing conventional forces to move in. A few people said this would never happen strategically as Assad wouldn't gain from it.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-45586903

I fully understand that people who don't trust the JIM or OPCW reports are highly unlikely to trust a BBC investigation so it won't stop people stating attacks as false flags but there is a lot of information and it's an interesting read.

SB
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