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christianSpaceman

Member since Jun 2009 • Last active Feb 2020

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    Blimey - that looks in a state of undress. What are your plans?

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    I put a Sport Tuned in it - same as in my Egress.

    I was toying with putting something silly / brushless in there but people online commented that it just destroys the car if you go over the top and I wanted to keep it as something that would always run without much care once a battery was slapped in it.

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    Protonmail are a privacy centric, switzerland based email provider that we use.

    I tried to switch to them a year or so ago but gave up in the face of massive faff. I might try again soon

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    Also - that little Yaris looks really good. I bet those stickers were a pain to put on!

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    This is exactly what I did - use that one for bashing with the kids around and chasing dogs down the park; although it's turned my Egress into a bit of an ornament.

    I don't think Tamiya's have much of a reputation for being particularly strong, but so far my Dark Impact has been bombproof.

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    Early on as a book seller - you're likely right. They were way more agile, and put themselves in a position where they could just eat their competitors lunch.

    ridiculously good subscription buying services (Prime)

    Personally I don't think tax avoidance enabled this

    Prime at least is physical delivery, which makes it easier to follow (for me at least). To deliver this they've taken advantages of roads and other infrastructure , educated workforce, educated and skilled customer base etc, but not paid for any of it through taxes.

    They wouldn't be able to offer their service without it all being in place, but they've contributed nothing towards it.

    I imagine you could make a similar claim for their IT side. They seem to set up their data centres in countries with decent infrastructure and skills to exploit (Ireland, Luxembourg), but which also conveniently behave as tax havens.

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    I don't really follow the 'projects' of the super rich. I suspect they do them for various reasons, some presumably a vainglorious legacy polishing (Gates, Buffet), some probably with more dubious reasons (Bezos).

    I guess it's better that their some fraction of their wealth stockpile is spent than not, but it's the arbitrary direction of it. The choice of the direction of funding should be made in a more democratic manner rather - or 'tax' if you will.

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    Yeah - I'm not sympathetic to her at all, and I give her no credit for anything she's achieved. The interview was a car crash, but the attention shouldn't have been wholly on that phrase.

    She couldn't string together a sentence as her objective in the interview was just to keep talking to limit the questions that could be posed to her, all the while saying nothing and making no actionable statement. It's that evasiveness, and her (and other ministers mindset) that that's how the job should be done that should be better challenged.

    The actual misspeak - I (personally) think it's unlikely she doesn't know the difference, and I don't think that's as big a deal as the world made out. Focusing on it was pretty funny, but probably a diversion.

    Can you imagine the headlines (beyond twitter) if Diane Abbott had made that gaff over, and over again.

    Yes, it would be all over the place, but we'd be defending her by saying it was an accidental phrase that had got stuck in her head over the course of the interview, which is the simplest and most likely explanation. There's no denying that the broadcasters (and audience) have double standards.

    Edit: I've just read her comment on the floods in the News thread:

    "The whole of government is working and empathising with the
    individuals that rightly have been affected."

    She's a really bad speaker.

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    She doesn't understand the difference between terrorism and counter terrorism

    This is overblown - that's just a phrase that she misspoke the first time, then it got stuck in her head- it's happened to all of us.

    I can't actually remember what she said in that interview apart from that, I believe it was a studious exercise in avoiding the question or making a statement. The press should have hounded her for her evasiveness, but that seemed to go relatively unremarked upon.

    (I'm not saying she's not a halfwit - she might be, or more likely someone else's useful idiot as I find it unlikely that anyone could navigate their way to Home Secretary without some form of intelligence or awareness).

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    I imagine it's something to do with being able to prove Scientifically! (it's got numbers!) that they're better / more deserving than some other group. Or that the other group is definitely worse, more likely.

    I assume this announcement today is just to get a favourable headline to racists for the day. They're not going to be able to do without migrant workers - the UK is already at the lowest unemployment level in decades (and I vaguely remember from economics classes that full employment is a unicorn anyway).

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