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>> No. 27146 Anonymous
26th August 2020
Wednesday 10:54 pm
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I suppose it's time for a new thread seeing as the previous one is almost at 1,700 posts.

It's been kicking off in America (again) after the police have shot a black man (again). A couple of protesters/rioters have been killed after they were driven by the police towards an alt-right militia, with this planned in advance.
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>> No. 28093 Anonymous
28th September 2020
Monday 1:38 am
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>>28088
I think your frog's starting to look a bit warm.
>> No. 28094 Anonymous
28th September 2020
Monday 1:50 am
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>>28092
The idea that someone as awkward as Starmer is thoroughly electable is pretty funny. He's in with the slimmest of chances if Bojo keeps fucking up as badly as he is now for the next 4 years, but if the Conservatives ditch him like they did May then I don't see them doing any worse than they did in 2015 when they were up against the thoroughly unelectable centrist Ed Miliband.
This isn't about his policies: It's superficial. He doesn't actually look and sound like a prime minister (The media say so now while he's got the easy job of not being the one fucking up the Coronavirus response. Let's see them say the same in 2024 when that's in the past.), and looking and sounding the part is one of the best predictors of whether or not you'll be picked to play it.
>> No. 28095 Anonymous
28th September 2020
Monday 2:53 am
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>>28092
Explain to me how putting socialism on the same footing as white nationalism or ISIS is not going to have a chilling effect within schools? I'm also completely confused as to why you launched into a full-throated defence of Starmer when I never said a word against him.
>> No. 28096 Anonymous
28th September 2020
Monday 8:16 am
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>>28094
Starmer is a leader for now. Given a substantial majority, and a significant chance they'll lose it if they go to the country, the Tories aren't going anywhere soon. So in the meantime the best anyone can do is try and hold their feet to the fire. Which, incidentally, is something a prosecution barrister is generally very good at. Corbyn's "People's PMQ" was a nice idea, which worked well when his team picked the right issues for that week, which they frequently didn't.

Let's see what he does for local elections next year (assuming they happen). If his campaign game isn't great, replace him sometime in 2023 when an election is on the horizon. For now, he's doing a decent enough job of making sure the Emperor can be seen to be stark bollock naked.
>> No. 28098 Anonymous
28th September 2020
Monday 10:58 am
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>>28094

Does this mean Johnson looks and sounds like a prime minister?

Horrifying.

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>> No. 27266 Anonymous
28th August 2020
Friday 5:21 pm
27266 Corona thread #3
Right, now that the last corona thread is over 1,700 posts long, maybe it's time for a new one.

How long do you think it will be until we're fully back to normal?
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>> No. 28069 Anonymous
27th September 2020
Sunday 12:30 am
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I'm almost looking forward to seeing how Covid will be represented on bonfire night. Or rather, the inevitable BBC picture article on the topic that I will read on a slow afternoon.

Will they opt for those virus teddy-bears or have a go at burning a box of tissues? Is Batman close enough?

>>28064
>It's a glorious melting pot of subclinical mental illness

It's almost laudable how they've also brought the rest of society together in this difficult time.
>> No. 28070 Anonymous
27th September 2020
Sunday 12:31 am
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>>28065
Perfomative protesting. It'll do his brand/relevance the world of good, and think of the videos he'll be able to make as a result. See also: Piers Corbyn.
>> No. 28077 Anonymous
27th September 2020
Sunday 4:12 pm
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>> No. 28078 Anonymous
27th September 2020
Sunday 4:23 pm
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>>28077


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>> No. 28097 Anonymous
28th September 2020
Monday 9:14 am
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>> No. 27223 Anonymous
28th August 2020
Friday 9:27 am
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Push to get staff back to offices amid warning of UK's 'ghost towns'

Workers will be encouraged to return to the office as part of a major media campaign to be launched by the government next week. The television and newspaper messages will promote the government’s aim to reduce the number of employees working from home amid fears that town and city centres are becoming ghost areas as workers stay away.

A report in the Telegraph said the campaign would push the emotional and mental health benefits of mixing with colleagues but also said that ministers would warn that those working from home could be more vulnerable to being sacked.


https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/aug/28/media-blitz-to-get-workers-back-to-offices-amid-pandemic

Fuck off. Fuck off. Fuck off. Fuck off. Fuck off.
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>> No. 27995 Anonymous
24th September 2020
Thursday 7:14 pm
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>>27993
Depends on how much of a cunt he's being. There's a lot we don't know about that poster seeing as we're going off a paragraph and a bit of information.
>> No. 28000 Anonymous
24th September 2020
Thursday 7:28 pm
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>>27995
>a lot we don't know about that poster

We learnt that he's a pandemic denying cunt, his partner is a money grabbing cunt, and his mother-in-law is a mercenary cunt if she's threatening to kick them out.

Sounds like they all deserve each other to be honest.
>> No. 28031 Anonymous
25th September 2020
Friday 7:40 pm
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>>27703 here again.

Apparently it was 'only a suggestion' that those still WFH work an extra hour and not something they had to do.
>> No. 28032 Anonymous
25th September 2020
Friday 9:05 pm
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>>28031

Unpaid overtime can only ever be a suggestion, certainly.

I have some suggestions of my own for whomever suggested it.
>> No. 28033 Anonymous
25th September 2020
Friday 9:34 pm
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>>27993

>but kicking your partner out mid-pandemic specifically after they've lost their job

Probably not the best timing, but if a relationship is already on its dying breath, then what is the point of keeping it up just because there's a pandemic. Your partner will find a new flat and job.

One of my mates got dumped by his girlfriend eight weeks into his cancer diagnosis. That was some proper shit. She told him she already wasn't sure about the relationship anymore right before he got the diagnosis, but that it "wasn't fair on anybody" to keep up the relationship just because of the new situation.

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>> No. 27994 Anonymous
24th September 2020
Thursday 7:14 pm
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Police confiscate 345,000 recycled condoms in Vietnam

Police in Vietnam have confiscated an estimated 345,000 used condoms which had been cleaned and resold as new, state media reported.

Footage by state-owned Vietnam Television (VTV) this week showed dozens of large bags containing the used contraceptives scattered across the floor of a warehouse in the southern province of Binh Duong. Police said the bags weighed over 360kg (794 lbs), equivalent to around 345,000 condoms, according to VTV.

The owner of the warehouse said they had received a “monthly input of used condoms from an unknown person”. A woman detained during the operation told police the used condoms were first boiled in water then dried and reshaped on a wooden phallus before being repackaged and resold.


https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/sep/24/police-confiscate-345000-recycled-condoms-in-vietnam

Urrrrrgh!
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>> No. 27997 Anonymous
24th September 2020
Thursday 7:23 pm
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>>27994
I almost posted the same story.

Just BLEUEURGHRGHGH

Where did she get them all from?
>> No. 27998 Anonymous
24th September 2020
Thursday 7:25 pm
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Typical lefty media, always whinging about the environment then moaning whenever someone takes the initiative. Sad!
>> No. 27999 Anonymous
24th September 2020
Thursday 7:25 pm
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>>27997
Probably a side hustle for prostitutes.
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24th September 2020
Thursday 8:10 pm
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>> No. 28011 Anonymous
24th September 2020
Thursday 9:32 pm
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It's not easy being green.

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>> No. 27669 Anonymous
14th September 2020
Monday 5:11 pm
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https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/hitler-youths-using-instagram-to-recruit-children-xfgnglklv
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>> No. 27887 Anonymous
21st September 2020
Monday 10:50 pm
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>>27869
The unions are over-blamed for Britain's pre-Thatcher malaise. Yes, they were chaotic bastards in the 1970s - but that was the nature of the period. The narrative that has stuck now is that in the 1970s we took a radical swing left and it all went to shit, which is practically the opposite of what actually happened.
Why was inflation so high by the mid 1970s? Unions? (They did bring down Heath after all) Not quite. Britain was running a highly inflationary economic policy under Heath to grow the economy in preparation for joining the EEC, while bank lending had been deregulated with the implementation of Competition and Credit Control. The result was that when the 1973 oil crisis hit and sent prices skyrocketing for everyone, Britain did particularly badly out of it.
The Miner's strike that brought down Heath was hardly union intransigence: They were some of the worst paid people in the country, they could've been given a raise in accordance with the government's pay guidelines, and on the eve of the election even the pay board was saying as much. Heath was the one who fucked up there.
So Labour came in offering the unions a fair deal: You keep down your pay demands, we'll up public spending so that your standard of living goes up, and everyone's happy. (This strategy actually worked very well for Australia in the 1980s.) Then Labour went back on that promise while expecting the unions to keep up their end of the bargain.
There's the famous IMF loan, which is usually imagined as a sign of national bankruptcy when it was really built on a succession of misunderstandings. The problem was never that we couldn't afford the domestic public spending deficit (measured in Pounds), the problem was that we calculated we'd import too much foreign goods without exporting enough of our own (the trade deficit), which meant we'd need a loan in dollars to make up the difference to stop the pound going down in value. The treasury at the time was operating with an economic model that says if the pound goes below a certain value, it'll go into freefall. We now know that to be untrue. On top of that, the treasury had miscalculated the cost of our imports in any case, so the loan was unnecessary. (Since about 1987 we've run a trade deficit every single year, for reference)
So Labour signed up to an IMF loan it didn't need and which demanded punitive public spending cuts, which understandably pissed off the unions. They were further pissed off when an election which was widely expected to happen in 1978 didn't. (Again, a miscalculation.) By the time the Winter of Discontent happened, the public sector unions had plenty of legitimate reasons to be upset with the government, and the private sector unions had plenty of legitimate reasons to demand their employers pay them more than the government's guidelines allowed.
But carrying on like this was never on the ballot paper: Setting aside the miners, the big reason for strikes was pay and conditions. Pay wasn't keeping pace with prices. This is a problem that would (world economy and non-implosion of the UK economy allowing) always have become less significant with time.

Britain doesn't exist in a vacuum. Almost every first world country suffered similar instabilities and changes of government through the 1970s. Many of them even tell themselves the same story of their pre-80s reform world. (New Zealand also likes to play up how they were the most controlled economy outside the USSR for example) What made ours sting particularly badly was that it came at the tail end of decolonization, when we were already in the mood to feel like we were in permanent decline. Relative to our European competitors, we were actually doing better on inflation, growth and unemployment in the 1970s (as the sick man of Europe) than we were in the 1980s. But because the 1980s were a much more stable decade, the popular memory is that the tough medicine was working even as our GDP slipped behind that of Italy (a position we'd not recover from until 1997), that powerhouse of good economic management.

>>27875
British Leyland is a good example for the general precedent of British failures. Setting aside our government, our private sector management isn't very good either. Both in the 1970s, and echoed again after Brexit, you can see a recurring problem of laziness and complacency on the part of our management. When the pound drops in value, you can reliably expect British companies to pocket the extra profits by increasing their prices rather than using the fact their goods are now cheaper to expand into new markets and make themselves more resilient in the future.
The government agency that acquired British Leyland had actually been designed to buy a slice of successful British companies and help them with long term planning, etc, as well as to support organizations like co-operatives. That was one of the actual left-wing ideas of the 1974 Labour manifesto. But the Labour right were dominant in cabinet at the time and had no real interest in that sort of thing, so instead it wound up being used to save companies that it would be too politically costly to let die. (There's an excellent quote somewhere about how the National Enterprise Board went from "socialist maternity unit to capitalist nursing home" or something.)

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>> No. 27889 Anonymous
21st September 2020
Monday 11:25 pm
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>>27887
You need a hobby, possibly in writing political blogs.
>> No. 27891 Anonymous
22nd September 2020
Tuesday 12:04 am
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>>27887
This is great. Long, but great.
>> No. 27892 Anonymous
22nd September 2020
Tuesday 12:25 am
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>>27887

>British Leyland is a good example for the general precedent of British failures. Setting aside our government, our private sector management isn't very good either.

British Leyland suffered from attempted, and miserably failed central planning of operations and workflow between its constituent companies. At its worst, it was run like a government entity, and not like a private-sector conglomerate. Building cars isn't just about boshing together a few body panels with some nuts and bolts, you need to have people who ensure that factory A receives parts from factory B that are needed, when they are needed, and of adequate quality. Somebody trained in production logistics needs to be in charge of the big picture. Not politicians and government clerks. If you have them calling the shots, then you will run any private company into the ground, because their way of thinking just isn't compatible with running a private-sector, for-profit company. No matter if you've got a Labour or Tory government at the helm.
>> No. 27895 Anonymous
22nd September 2020
Tuesday 3:34 am
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>>27891
I agree. Long political posts are great because they let you co-opt opinions about things you care nothing about, thereby fooling people into thinking you're more worldly than you really are.

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>> No. 9430 Anonymous
26th January 2016
Tuesday 10:09 pm
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Huddersfield charity shop finally says goodbye to a shutter which lasted 26 years


http://www.examiner.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire-news/huddersfield-charity-shop-finally-says-10780879

That's it. That's literally it. A charity shop has replaced one of its roller shutters after having the same one for 26 years. It's all go in Huddersfield.

I challenge you lads to find a more pointless news story than this.
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>> No. 27550 Anonymous
7th September 2020
Monday 11:07 pm
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>> No. 27876 Anonymous
21st September 2020
Monday 7:27 pm
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Poverty, aggression and £120 profit: My day at Walton Street Market

When I mentioned to people I was thinking of doing a car-boot sale at Walton Street Market they all said exactly the same thing to me. I was warned - on more than one occasion - to prepare myself for the other traders pouncing at the start. It’s a well known fact they take the best of your unwanted items to then sell them for a profit on their stall. This actually sounded alright to me – if I could off-load stuff as soon as we arrived, so what if the professionals made a few quid out of them? I just wanted rid.

We arrived and I thought I was prepared, but nothing could have prepared me for the vultures who surrounded the car as soon the engine was turned off. I had taken an old wallpaper pasting table and sticky labels for the price tags and had visions of getting everything set up nicely for people to peruse – oh how naive I was. A group of about eight people practically fought each other to see what we had. Not even the likelihood of catching a deadly virus during a worldwide pandemic could stop them clambering over each other to paw at my children’s old books, toys and general household junk.

You would think I was giving out £10 notes the way the crowd surged. It’s almost like the crowd attracted a crowd. People saw people and probably thought it must be a good loot, and in turn that drew more people in. I’d taken a lot of it in boxes and as soon as we started unloading the car they were rifling through them – sometimes two or three people looking through the same box. Few of them were wearing masks.

A guy who was clearly a trader suddenly noticed a box – still in the back of the car – full of my children’s old shoes and shouted at me, demanding I got the box out. He starts going through them. “How much?” he grunts. "I’ve no idea, £1 a pair?” I said, and with that he starts pairing them up, with two other men also trying to grab the shoes. They were all mixed up and he wasn’t happy if he couldn’t find the matching shoe immediately. In the end I asked my partner to deal with him because I just found him far too aggressive. I would have given him the entire box for free at that point, just to get him out of my face.

At the start you needed eyes in the back of your head. There was two of us, but we could have done with another pair of hands as people grabbed our stuff. I’m sure at the beginning people would have easily been able to pocket some of our smaller items without us noticing. There was just too many people to watch. We didn’t get a breather for what felt like ages. I was amazed at what was selling as I’ve thrown away better things in the past.

The oddest sale was probably a monkey teddy to a pensioner. You naturally assume it’s for a grandchild or something, but his wife confessed he collects monkeys. Apparently he’s got a wardrobe full of them. Obsessed he is.


https://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/news/hull-east-yorkshire-news/my-day-walton-street-market-4531793
>> No. 27877 Anonymous
21st September 2020
Monday 8:54 pm
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>>27550

I really, really want to explore Kate Beaton's bumcave.
>> No. 27882 Anonymous
21st September 2020
Monday 9:52 pm
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>>27876
>You naturally assume it’s for a grandchild or something, but his wife confessed he collects monkeys. Apparently he’s got a wardrobe full of them. Obsessed he is.
Own up, lads.
>> No. 27884 Anonymous
21st September 2020
Monday 10:14 pm
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>>27882
What sensible man doesn't keep a sizeable collection of monkey (and great ape) related products?

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>> No. 27658 Anonymous
13th September 2020
Sunday 11:15 am
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Locked
So.

(A good day to you Sir!)
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>> No. 27659 Anonymous
13th September 2020
Sunday 11:18 am
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A picture of a headline and a 2 letter word is a shitty start to a thread expecting a proper conversation.
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13th September 2020
Sunday 11:25 am
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>>27659
So?
>> No. 27661 Anonymous
13th September 2020
Sunday 11:44 am
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>>27660S

It is likely to either die quickly or immediately go off topic because there is not enough information to engage the subject.
>> No. 27663 Anonymous
13th September 2020
Sunday 12:00 pm
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>>27661
Ok lad.

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>> No. 18574 Anonymous
13th March 2019
Wednesday 5:59 pm
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>A passenger says she was left "shaking and upset" when she was told to cover up on a flight.

>Emily O'Connor said cabin crew told her what she was wearing - a crop top and high-waisted trousers - was "inappropriate" and "caused offence".

>She said the manager of the Birmingham to Tenerife flight and staff surrounded her, saying she must put a jacket on.

Phwoar!

Also I'd like to know gs's resident I'll-shag-anything-lad on this.
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>> No. 18943 Anonymous
10th April 2019
Wednesday 6:51 pm
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>>18942
>hasn't had a reply in a day or two
... or twenty-something. I mean, I don't think anyone would have minded had it actually been funny.
>> No. 18944 Anonymous
10th April 2019
Wednesday 6:57 pm
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>>18943
Bickering about it is obviously much better and isn't shitting up the board.
>> No. 18945 Anonymous
10th April 2019
Wednesday 7:26 pm
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>>18944
This is .gs, it's one of our proudest traditions.
>> No. 27626 Anonymous
10th September 2020
Thursday 9:27 pm
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TOO MUCH TEETEE.

https://twitter.com/jeavnne/status/1303648509846061056
>> No. 27627 Anonymous
10th September 2020
Thursday 9:29 pm
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>>27626
I think they just didn't let her in because she is too attractive rather than under-dressed.

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>> No. 15041 Anonymous
10th May 2018
Thursday 5:43 pm
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>Drag queens banned from performing at Free Pride Glasgow event over fears acts will offend trans people

[...]

>The organisation said in a statement that it hopes to create a safe space for all members of the LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex, asexual) community, and that while the decision may "disappoint" some people "the needs of the most marginalised groups within our community come first."

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>Free Pride Glasgow said: “It was felt that it [drag performance] would make some of those who were transgender or questioning their gender uncomfortable. It was felt by the group within the Trans/Non Binary Caucus that some drag performance, particularly cis drag, hinges on the social view of gender and making it into a joke, however transgender individuals do not feel as though their gender identity is a joke.”


Life rarely takes the piss out of itself like this. It almost sounds like the plot of a South Park episode.
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>> No. 27619 Anonymous
10th September 2020
Thursday 2:36 pm
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>>27612
The obvious suffix for gender-neutral Spanish (and I presume Portugeuse, which I am less familiar with) is -e. Why @? That's ridiculous.
>> No. 27621 Anonymous
10th September 2020
Thursday 5:06 pm
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>>27608
>maybe we just take people at face value (no pun intended) when they say they're an ethnic minority

Most people would. It's not a black vs. white issue as they try to frame it; it's more to do with the nebulous concept of "wokeness" and there being so much hubris surrounding it. This is a prime example of how much of a liberty you can take with it and how far you can bullshit until someone actually calls you out on it.
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10th September 2020
Thursday 6:58 pm
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>>27619
In Portuguese you would normally write e.g. Latino(a) or medico(a) instead of Latino/Latina, medico/medica etc. As the @ symbol looks a bit like an 'a' inside of an 'o' it's becoming fairly common (in informal usage, amongst younger people) to use it instead of the o(a) notation: Thus medico(a) becomes simply medic@.
>> No. 27623 Anonymous
10th September 2020
Thursday 7:00 pm
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>>27622

And like I said I do think it's a bit silly but it's a damn sight better than writing fucking 'medicx'.
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10th September 2020
Thursday 7:21 pm
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>>27623
All of which are much less silly than German's "(m/w/d)" thing.

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>> No. 23797 Anonymous
7th April 2020
Tuesday 1:24 am
23797 ITZ 48K - 8 Bit Edition
Bozza dead by next week, bet your house on it.
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>> No. 27141 Anonymous
25th August 2020
Tuesday 6:15 pm
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>>27139
>Unless that is, you're a nut farmer I guess.
So purp will be out of pocket this year then
>> No. 27142 Anonymous
25th August 2020
Tuesday 6:36 pm
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>>27141
Hahahahaha
>> No. 27143 Anonymous
25th August 2020
Tuesday 6:46 pm
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>>27141
That's good - but I think of it more as a sanctuary rather than a farm.
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25th August 2020
Tuesday 7:00 pm
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>>27141
POTY nomination.
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25th August 2020
Tuesday 7:48 pm
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>>27139

In that case my local Indian can bring their pasanda down from eight fucking quid then can't they, robbing bastards.

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>> No. 26171 Anonymous
28th June 2020
Sunday 8:02 pm
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Millennials throw away 633 meals a year because they don't know how to reheat leftovers

Millennials throw away 633 meals a year because they don't know how to reheat leftovers. Those who took part in the poll said they would rather bin food than re-heat it, admitting good food is going to waste.

Researchers found the amount of food millenials confessed to throwing away adds up to more than 1,700lbs. The poll, conducted by cookware brand Pyrex, found millennials - aged 18 to 34 - waste more than three times as much as people aged above 34 who throw out the equivalent of just 186 plates of a food a year - 225 kilograms or 493 lbs. And the millennial food waste mountain is more than double the average food waste in the UK of 300 plates of food - just over 800 lbs per household.

Almost a quarter of millennials (23%) admitted they do not know how to deal with leftovers. By comparison just six per cent of people aged over 55 said they did not know what to do with leftover food.

A further 18 per cent of millennials said they eat out instead of eating the food they have at home leading to even more waste. Just four per cent of those aged over 55 said the same.

A fifth of millennials (21%) said they create yet more waste because they get bored eating what they already have at home compared to just seven per cent of those aged over 55. One of the other main reasons good food is thrown out is because 38 per cent of people fear they will get sick if they eat it after its 'best by' date.


https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8468257/Millennials-throw-away-633-meals-year-dont-know-reheat-leftovers-poll-finds.html

Millennials!
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>> No. 27127 Anonymous
24th August 2020
Monday 12:54 pm
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The Telegraph is behind a paywall so I can't read it to see whether some 'expert' has actually said they're intimidating.
>> No. 27128 Anonymous
24th August 2020
Monday 1:00 pm
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>>27127
"I can't see what they actually said so I'm going to make up my own version to be shocked at".
>> No. 27129 Anonymous
24th August 2020
Monday 1:05 pm
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>>27128
What?
>> No. 27130 Anonymous
24th August 2020
Monday 1:17 pm
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>>27129
Don't worry, just pretend I said whatever you feel like responding to.
>> No. 27131 Anonymous
24th August 2020
Monday 1:22 pm
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>>27130
Okay? Whatever floats your boat.

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>> No. 26516 Anonymous
27th July 2020
Monday 9:48 am
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...It is important to state that it is not communities that commit crimes but individuals. Those convicted are squarely Henry Long, Albert Bowers and Jessie Cole, not thousands of innocent people who share their heritage. Tarring all Travellers with the brush of these men’s callousness is as unfair as tarring all Catholics for paedophile priests or all eskimos for daft militant wog attacks.

Yet to completely ignore the cultural context of this crime is wrong. Henry Long, the ringleader, was removed from school at the age of 12; he followed his father and grandfather into the thieving “trade”. Albert Bowers left school at 11 and before the trial had already picked up three youth convictions. These young men could not read or write. For years they had not known school or structure. Their education was in petty crime.

Such problems do not solely beset Travellers but they are far more prevalent among Traveller communities. If we want to be a country where all are treated the same, where all live by the same rules and where the state does its best to furnish each with a decent chance in life, we have to end the squeamishness that prevents open talk about Travellers. This squeamishness is down to two fears. First, the fear of retribution. After the verdict on PC Harper’s death it emerged that the judge, Mr Justice Edis, brought the first trial to a temporary halt over an alleged potential plot to intimidate jurors. Extra security measures were brought in. Jurors were referred to by number not name. One juror was dismissed for acting oddly in court, mouthing pleasantries at the defendants. Whether she was motivated by misplaced friendliness or fear of someone up in that public gallery we do not know, but most will not be shocked by revelations of intimidation.

The fear of the bullet, the knife, the burnt-out car; this helps the lawless elements of Traveller culture maintain a certain power, and gives the law-abiding majority of Travellers a terrible name.

The second fear is that of being labelled racist. Since the Equality Act 2010 recognised Gypsy, Roma and Travellers as ethnic minorities, race has been used to shield this culture from due scrutiny. Sensible questions about why those within these groups are more likely to be in prison, more likely to be illiterate or more likely to suffer domestic violence prompt cries of racism. In April a Channel 4 Dispatches programme titled The Truth About Traveller Crime was dubbed “dehumanising” by activists and investigated by Ofcom. Desperate not to offend, the authorities turn a culturally sensitive blind eye.

The fears hush most into silence, and the silence means the stand-off between Travellers and the rest of society continues uneasily. Many feel disquieted to see the mobile homes rolling on to a local beauty spot, a portent too often of littering, mess, anti-social behaviour. Meanwhile those in Traveller communities are hardly “living their best lives”. Travellers die about ten years earlier than the rest of us. They have higher rates of chronic illness. Their suicide rates are six times higher.

You might argue that they choose to live like this, but the babies born into that life don’t. Many are destined to repeat the same pattern: leave school in your early teens, drift into a life of odd jobs and petty crime, never move beyond the circles you were raised in. As long as the culturally sensitive force-field exists around Travellers, these children are abandoned to a fate that should not be tolerated in 21st-century Britain.

It is a scandal that some Gypsy and Traveller children are taken out of school at primary age; that some start work as young as ten; that about 65 per cent of Traveller children are persistently absent from school; that they have the lowest attainment of all ethnic groups throughout their school years and are far more likely to be excluded. Are we to be surprised when they choose crime?
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>> No. 27101 Anonymous
23rd August 2020
Sunday 10:33 pm
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>>27099
I'm not sure we need even more laws to make police a special protected class.
>> No. 27102 Anonymous
23rd August 2020
Sunday 10:46 pm
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>>27101
If you ask me he took one for the team to misdirect black lives matter public opinion into feel sympathy for his fellow filth.

I mean he obviously didn't but the Police PR teams must be as happy as, well, pigs in shit, with this turn of events.
>> No. 27103 Anonymous
23rd August 2020
Sunday 10:52 pm
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>>27099
I think there should be a law against calling proposed legislation SoAndSo's Law. I always feel for the families that propose this kind of thing, I get it they feel helpless and want to do something but it's a futile displacement activity.
>> No. 27104 Anonymous
23rd August 2020
Sunday 11:45 pm
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>>27103
>it's a futile displacement activity.

I don't know, the current government seem like the sort who will legislate based on knee-jerk reactions to recent events if they think it'll be good PR for them.

I can kind of see why she's doing it. There's been a lot of suggestions that the only reason the killers didn't go down for murder is because gypos influenced the jury.
>> No. 27116 Anonymous
24th August 2020
Monday 12:06 pm
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>>27099
I wonder how such a law would have played out during the recent riots in America, or even the protests in Belarus?

It would be surely better to crackdown on the negative influences involved in the case rather than whitewash all after it.

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>> No. 18914 Anonymous
9th April 2019
Tuesday 5:38 pm
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Department store Debenhams has officially gone into administration after the shop rejected plans by Sports Direct's Mike Asheley to save it.

FTI Consulting has now been appointed as administrators for the chain, whose shops will continue trading for now. Debenhams is expected to close 50 of its 165 stores in the future, but no timescale has been announced yet.


https://www.mirror.co.uk/money/breaking-debenhams-enters-administration-50-14268573

How come it seems like almost every high street shop is either in administration or on the brink of it?
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>> No. 27038 Anonymous
16th August 2020
Sunday 4:48 pm
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>>27036
>White Lesbians

I'm trying to decide if this is a biker gang, a political activist group or an itinerant ethnic minority.

>>27037
I read newspapers. Have you tried doing a crossword on your phone? Beyond grim.
>> No. 27043 Anonymous
18th August 2020
Tuesday 1:06 pm
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Not relevant to the conversation but hopefully Mike Ashley is sweating at the moment.
A huge Amazon warehouse is opening just down the road from his Shirebrook sweat shop and Amazon are offering a lot more pay.
Talking to some people who work at Ashleys warehouse nearly the entire staff is looking to revamp hopefully forcing him to offer better pay and shock horror an actual contract
>> No. 27044 Anonymous
18th August 2020
Tuesday 1:08 pm
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>>27043

Revamp = revamp

Dam autocorrect
>> No. 27045 Anonymous
18th August 2020
Tuesday 2:09 pm
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>>27044

You okay mate?
>> No. 27046 Anonymous
18th August 2020
Tuesday 2:16 pm
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>>27043
Amazon is a great company to work for, as long as you're not in one of the warehouses. Your friends might get paid more, but they're about to learn the meaning of "work hard".

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>> No. 27007 Anonymous
13th August 2020
Thursday 12:45 pm
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In summary:

Current "president" of Belarus has been in since 1994, using fairly brutal oppression to keep his grip on power.

In the most recent election, the results seem obviously falsified. Massive protests in the streets, pretty much all foreign media has been expelled, sites censored, police dropping grenades on protestors.

What do we think, lads? One of the last remaining Soviets finally going to bite it?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-53748748
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>> No. 27026 Anonymous
16th August 2020
Sunday 1:03 am
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The theory is that he would want to put down any kind of "will of the people" revolution on his own doorstep, because it would encourage similar in his own country. I don't think he's in the least bit worried tbh.

Putin will turn up if the revolution involved Dutch/Polish tanks rolling in; while its very much a "will of the people" - and it really seems to be - I don't think he can do anything. What's really striking is that there have been no counter protests (by the mythical 80% who voted for Lukashenko), and when you have literally the workers of the Minsk Tractor Works going on strike, change is coming.
>> No. 27027 Anonymous
16th August 2020
Sunday 1:31 am
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>historically Belarus has resisted any kind of Russian influence

That's a very short history you seem to be working with there. Lukashenko went as far as to discourage even the Belorussian language and the school curriculum teaches Soviet history - even today the Belarusian flag is repressed as far-right symbolism while the official symbols are Soviet imports. To add to this Russian subsidies petrochemicals can still be considered THE economy as Belarus gets cheap oil, refines it and sells it on.

This only started to change after Crimea where it became obvious that having your citizens deeply identify with Russia is a bad idea. Then came the cuts to Russian subsidies which is what really spurred on the recent rapprochement with the West. At least until last week Belarus was serving a purpose for everyone as a middleman under heavy Russian influence but which could broker peace in Ukraine.

But yeah, money's on Russia won't intervene because whatever comes after will still be heavily pro-Russia out to sheer necessity. Putin doesn't need to bail out Lukashenko and at any rate it's unaffordable at the moment. It's a very different situation to what happened in the Ukraine and I'm sure even the protesters are conscious that the new boss will be same as the old boss.
>> No. 27040 Anonymous
16th August 2020
Sunday 10:57 pm
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>>27025

>that Putin is a sort of Scooby Doo Soviet dictator in disguise

No scooby doo stuff involved. If you look at how Putin has altered Russia's constitution and legal frameworks just to benefit himself and enable him to stay in power almost indefinitely, then he's at least not somebody we would lightly call a good democrat.

That said, I think there is plenty of exaggeration going around at the moment. Putin didn't take Crimea for the sake of stealing land from a foreign country, but because it is the headquarters of the Russian Black Sea fleet. The pro-Western, pro-American revolution in Ukraine was a serious threat to Russia's unhindered access to its own naval bases in the area.

Russian politics tends to be crude. If there had been an anti-Western revolution in some Central or South American country where the U.S. has major military bases, then the Americans probably would have used all their clandestine political might to sabotage the revolutionaries. Putin did a quite probably massively rigged referendum to annex the whole Crimea peninsula. Same effect, different means.

But to think that Putin would send troops to Belarus is just nonsense. For what? To what end? This isn't the Soviet Union anymore that sent tanks into Prague in 1968. Putin may be an autocrat, but I am sure he's not stupid enough to come to the aid of a fellow autocrat who could be facing expulsion if there's really going to be a revolution.

At the end of it though, I think a lot of the protest against Lukashenko is secretly instigated by the West. The Americans are probably doing a similar job as they did in Ukraine in 2012-2013 and are heavily supporting the protesters and equipping them both with money and manpower. Except you won't read that in Western newspapers.
>> No. 27041 Anonymous
17th August 2020
Monday 12:41 am
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>>27040

Nobody's calling him a democratic leader, he's an old fashioned oligarch baron plain and simple. Only the charade feudalism of neo-liberalism permits such figures to pretend to be democratically elected.

As such his aims and motivations are largely the same as any other country would be in the same situation. None of them involve getting your hands dirty to prop up a failing dictator, when at the end of the day you can just sub in one of your guys anyway.

>The Americans are probably doing a similar job as they did in Ukraine in 2012-2013 and are heavily supporting the protesters and equipping them both with money and manpower. Except you won't read that in Western newspapers.

No surprises there. They just always drop the ball immediately after the money shot.
>> No. 27042 Anonymous
17th August 2020
Monday 6:46 pm
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The clips of him (Lukashenko) speaking today are quite incredible. Defiant doesn't even come close to it.

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