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Best factoid of the day
at 23:22 25 Jan 2020

The Lincoln striker Tyreece John-Jules (on loan from Arsenal) is the nephew of Red Dwarf legend Danny John-Jules.

I think to honour the fact it's time for some cat:



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Trump obviously a Star Trek fan
at 11:26 25 Jan 2020



Bizarre.

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Seems the Saudi crown prince has picked a fight with Bezos
at 21:21 21 Jan 2020

Just been announced that Amazon have high confidence that Bezos phone was hacked by the crown prince and that this lead to data being stolen including the data which came out about his private life.

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2020/jan/21/amazon-boss-jeff-bezoss-phone

I suspect Bezos might start to make things rather uncomfortable for the prince, especially around the Khashoggi killing.

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This is pretty depressing with regards to global food output
at 14:17 21 Jan 2020

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2230525-our-current-food-system-can-feed-on

So essentially, the current global food system can feed 3.4bn people sustainably. If we rework to 100% optimals which is clearly impossible then it could feed 10.2bn people sustainably. That includes a large shift away from eating meat.

In 2050 the projected world population is 10bn people. It's hard to argue that population growth isn't the single biggest issue the world faces but it also an incredibly hard one to discuss given the implications. One has to remember that it's not just food, energy requirements scale pretty linearly as well I would think.

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Two astonishing things in this article
at 13:33 20 Jan 2020

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-51171495

Firstly that they thought it was acceptable to make a pig bungee jump for advertising and secondly:

"Animal cruelty is not punishable by law in China."

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The Goop Lab on Netflix
at 11:53 17 Jan 2020

Shame on them for allowing this bastion of pseudoscience to access a huge audience:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2230459-the-goop-lab-on-netflix-shows-how-e

The writer pretty much nails why it's an awful idea:

"These kinds of alternative therapies might seem harmless, but when people rely on them to treat serious illnesses it can be deadly. People with cancer who use complementary therapies tend to reject conventional treatment and so can be less likely to survive their disease than those who don’t. The show states at the beginning of each episode that people shouldn’t take it as medical advice, but the impact of a 10-second disclaimer seems tiny compared with half an hour of beautiful Californians saying how awesome they feel."

"Like a car-crash unfolding in front of me, once I started watching The Goop Lab I couldn’t look away. In fact, it is so bad it is good – a masterclass in how to defend pseudoscience with a few logical fallacies, non-sequiturs and bit of cherry picking.


I am aware this is pseudo-promoting it to people on here but lets face it, come the 24th it'll be the first thing everyone sees when they turn on Netflix and the auto-trailer begins and by then it'll be too late.

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This is good from Microsoft
at 10:48 17 Jan 2020

They have pledged to be carbon negative by 2030 and to remove all the carbon that the company has ever produced from the environment by 2050.

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

Both long term goals but hopefully they stick to them and other companies follow suit and go past carbon neutrality.

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For astronomy fans - Betelgeuse
at 10:29 17 Jan 2020

Not the film but one of the stars in Orion which has dimmed more than 50% from its usual magnitude. It’s a massive star, in our solar system it would take up all the space out to Jupiter and has dimmed before but not to such a large degree. It’s expected to go supernova anytime in the next 100,000 years and would outshine the moon in the sky. Most scientists think this dimming is just the star acting weirdly rather than it about to explode but it would dim in this way when it’s ready to go bang.

Can you imagine looking up at Orion and one of the main stars no longer being there? It’s the one in the top left which makes up the hunters body and is already noticeably dimmer than usual.





https://www.space.com/dimming-star-betelgeuse-red-giant-could-explode-supernova.

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That was a really good half
at 15:49 11 Jan 2020

Basically playing like Sheff United, assists from Wolf and Chambers both surging into the opposition box. The forwards laying it off first time to surging midfielders.

It's nothing like we've seen us play this season. Huws looks good controlling possession and Jackson is pulling their defence all over the place.

Hopefully we can keep it up.

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Interesting information coming out of Reuters
at 00:04 9 Jan 2020

Report being cited on Newsnight from Reuters saying that Soleimani held a meeting and told his militia to step up attacks on Americans to provoke a military response. It's quite a compelling narrative.

From 25 minutes:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000d2d2/newsnight-08012020

Seems he might have got what he wanted, except the dying part. Either that or Reuters have it wrong.

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This is interesting from Monbiot
at 09:48 8 Jan 2020

He's not usually one to push technological fixes to the environmental and food issues we face but he's gone all in with this one:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jan/08/lab-grown-food-destroy-far

Sounds very interesting and if it's anything like he's saying then very promising as well. Some factoids:

- the bacteria can be modified for meat, milk eggs etc
- at least 10x more efficient than photosynthesis
- 20,000x more land efficient
- 10 times cheaper than animal protein by 2035

It sounds amazing if it can be realised and he is claiming it will end the argument on plant vs meat diets as we won't be eating either.

Seems quite a bold prediction and I think many might not be too keen given the often irrational distrust of science many people have but if it can work it sounds brilliant and would allow most farmland to be rewilded.

He does also say that people need to shift to a more plant based diet until the technology is matured and I think that is something many people are doing anyway.

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This really needs to be stopped
at 09:36 7 Jan 2020

The government need to make legislation to stop these types of places opening and operating:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-51006333

The Autism Regenerative Centre, in London, however, is currently offering stem-cell treatments for autism for children over the age of two.

Bone marrow cells are taken from the child under general anaesthetic and re-injected into a vein or their spinal canal, according to its website.

Up to three treatments, each costing £9,500, may be prescribed.


Apparently re-injecting the stem cells into the spinal cord "resets" the brain. That is both nonsense and insulting to the kids being treated.

So they perform a process on young children, under general anaesthetic, for which there is absolutely no evidence it works and they charge the parents up to 30,000 GBP.

This is simply preying on the uninformed and really shouldn't be happening in this day and age.

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Bishop has been very good
at 16:28 4 Jan 2020

It's noticeable the difference it makes when someone's first instinct it to look forwards when they get the ball. Both his passing and dribbling have been excellent.

Best player on the pitch. We need him fit - a big ask I know.

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One for the Sci-Fi fans
at 14:39 3 Jan 2020

Let's hope that Amazon don't mess this up.

New trailer for Star Trek: Picard, out on the 23rd Jan:



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Judge
at 15:48 1 Jan 2020

Playing in his assumed best position and he's offered absolutely no creativity at all. Most of the time he's 40 yards from the front two he's supposed to be supplying. He's barely looking to pass it forward.

At one point he passed to Downes and pointed for him to go back to the defence. Downes ignored him and drove forward.

He's either really down on confidence or he just doesn't have it anymore. Maybe he will prove me wrong second half.

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Nowhere near harsh enough
at 10:39 1 Jan 2020

Alex Jones has been ordered to pay 100k USD for the misery caused by his promotion of the Sandy Hook conspiracy theory nonsense.

Nowhere near enough for the total misery that the families have been subjected to and pain caused.

Total scum.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/dec/31/alex-jones-pay-sandy-hook-conspi

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Thai cave rescuer dies of illness
at 07:23 28 Dec 2019

A Thai navy seal has died from an illness contracted during the rescue:

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2019/dec/28/thai-navy-seal-dies-of-infection-fr

Doesn't go into much detail but a sad story of the facts are as reported and highlights the risks people took to free the trapped kids.

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Boeing not doing too well with spacecraft either
at 13:51 20 Dec 2019

After the total farce around the 737 Max and the stopping of production next month they also seem to have had a bit of an issue with their Starliner:

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/boeing-starliner-

Really not a great time for the company, mostly through their own actions.

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Interview with Keir Starmer
at 09:45 18 Dec 2019

The Guardian have a decent interview with Starmer today:

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/dec/17/keir-starmer-labour-leadership-

He's respectful but makes quite a few digs:

"He said Labour must now return to being a “broad church” and praised Momentum as well as “people who might self-identify as Blairites”. “It can’t be a fight for one side to obliterate the other,” he said."

"Starmer was given few opportunities to speak for his party during the election campaign as Labour strategists sought to dodge the fraught question of Brexit. But he believes he could have made a better job than Corbyn of criticising the central claim of the Tories’ campaign. I don’t think we tackled the ‘get Brexit done’ slogan strongly enough,” he said. “We should have taken it down. Frankly I’d have liked the opportunity to have done it.”

"He also echoed the view that the Labour manifesto represented a “policy overload”. “We had important things, housing and public sector pay rises, but you couldn’t see the wood for the trees,” he said."

"He also criticised the “baggage” Labour took into the election campaign. “We didn’t deal with antisemitism and that became a question of values and a question of competence,” he said, blaming “factionalism” for the failure to tackle the issue."


Do people think he's a realistic challenger for the leadership or will be not be left enough for Momentum?

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“Resign, you disingenuous plopcarpet”
at 11:21 16 Dec 2019

Not an insult I've heard before. Very creative. Aimed at the much mentioned Kuenssberg.

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/mathew-horne-laura-kuen

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