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heavisides

Member since Jun 2010 • Last active Jul 2020

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    okay, good to know it's probably not the boiler itself - the other common issues i've come across is the pressure differentials between mains cold water (higher pressure), and the stuff that gets sent through the boiler to be heated up - that or the feeds are connected back to front (but then that'd have to have been done on the bathroom sink taps; the shower; and the kitchen sink taps - so hopefully not..!)

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    Plumbing! My new (gas) boiler works in such a way that when i open the taps (mixer) it's either on and hot, or off an cold - there's no in-between/regulation tap-side.

    Is this likely due to not having a thermostatic valve in the taps?
    Or is this inherent to a certain kind of boiler (this one, it's in Polish, sorry)

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    on the subject of isolation, i'm looking for some pads to go under my speakers, as they'll be sitting on a TV bench/cupboard (Ikea Malsjo, if it makes a difference).

    are there any great differences regarding brands here?
    just looking at getting one of the cheaper sets on gear4music at the moment, something like this

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    So far, yep! We've not properly moved in yet (just finishing off re-doing the whole flat - sofa due next week sometime), so time will tell...

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    although i didn't do it myself - recently had QuickStep LVT put down in the kitchen - floor was leveled, but also used a layer of 2 or 3mm cork roll on top, which should help with any slight inconsistencies (exactly how much, i'm not sure, though!)

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    it does yep - which itself is about 10mm or so - so purely from the cupboard backs to the front of the legs, it'd be 490mm.

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    500mm for me, from the back of the wall, as once you've hung them on to their little rail there's a few mm extra they can sit off the wall.

    would wait for someone else's confirmatory measurement, though!

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    I don't think anyone is arguing that he's a full on neo nazi

    I mean, there's been numerous dedicated instagram pages set-up to say exactly this (with a good few local news articles using it as clickbait), and it was spray painted on the front of his shop in massive letters, with the locks super-glued.

    RE: the apology, there's never going to be a perfect one- every action that's been taken over the last few days has been used as apparent 'proof' the allegations are true. To be honest, I don't think at this stage anything could change some people's minds here (edit: not directed at you).

    I also think he all-too-well knows the gravity of the situation and honestly does recognise the major issues people have with some of his work (e.g. tattoos of gollywogs/caricatures of black people is never, ever, going to be a good look).

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    Yes and no.

    Do i think there's a good list of times he's crossed a line with things like this - yes. Not entirely sure what the caption was meant to mean, being charitable i'd suggest it was an attempt at dark humour or some kind of 'religion controlling the masses' statement, but it's obvs completely off, anti-semetic, and not at all cool.

    Do i think that is clear evidence he's a neo-nazi white supremacist - no, not at all.
    Problematic behavior and/or selected bad takes from decades of online presence is, for me, not this cut-and-dry evidence of someone's political views, especially something so extreme.

    He has a record of supporting good causes that are antithetical to right wing politics, be that via tattoo benefits, doing flyers for punk benefit shows, or even the donuts in support of BLM that kicked this whole thing off.
    I know you can posit that these are all acts 'performative wokeness' (and online other have done so) - but having a number friends and acquaintances that have know him for years and years and can only report his politics as being on the left - I just think the chances of him having secretly harboured such horrible views are slim to none.
    And I can't stress enough that folks close to him I've chatted with since are similarly gobsmacked that the accusations have been made against him - and acted on in a fairly major way (doxxing, business vandalised). It's not that I/they don't see where the people that are angry are coming from RE: the optics, I'd say their hearts are in absolutely the right place - but that the conclusions drawn about Simon are just not true.

    I'm also aware that 'plausible deniability' is a thing - but for me, selected bad takes and questionable imagery (as others have said - it's not like he's hidden his affinity for this stuff) do not automatically a neo-nazi make, at all, whatsoever. Folks can disagree with that, and about the validity of using symbols the nazi's used - but ultimately if you don't know the dude personally, it's all assumptions being extrapolated upon.

    I mentioned in the vegan thread that theoretically if you didn't know me, someone could piece together old photos of me with a Burzum tattoo (granted, now covered), questionable band shirts, and shitty jokes made on facebook 10 years ago - and make similar absolutist accusations, which is a bit terrifying as a lifelong lefty.

    Really hope this doesn't all come across as hand-wringing, or dismissive of the wider issues of racism/shitty politics. Especially, as @ltc mentioned, this stuff seems to be completely over-shadowing the more important issue of a member of staff having been racially abused by another a couple of years back - and figuring out what went wrong then that it wasn't properly addressed, and how to make amends to whatever extent is possible at this point in time.

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    I mean, I can only say as much as I know of the guy directly and through good friends, and that’s that he’s not at all a neo-nazi.

    It seems almost beyond parody that this has started over the last few days in response to Temple doing a benefit donut for BLM..! (not their first benefit for good political causes too)

    Absolutely agree that the racist bullying from another member of staff is wholly unacceptable and that definitely could have dealt with that waaaay better. Their apology posted seemed to get that (social media pages now deleted - but quoted in a local Leeds paper).

    But ultimately this seems to be a wilful conflation of taste in imagery/interests with someone’s political stance - and I can’t get behind that, especially when none of these people know the person they’re accusing. And double especially because there’s some really spurious connections going on (e.g. Black Sabbath logos using the pointy S’s) - reminds me of the satanic panic in the 80s!

    It’s one thing to constructively criticise a small business’ HR practices or someone’s personal bad taste; but another to embark on a character assassination that leaves their doors plastered with ‘nazi scum’ graffiti, whole online presence brigaded with 1 star reviews, and their survival up in the air.

    I think a lot of my strong feelings on this come from seeing myself hypothetically liable for the same accusations by way of a (now covered) Burzum tattoo, shirts, a load of other BM records of questionable taste, and ’edgy’ humour as a younger person - all the while having been a total lefty. Might have been a dick/fool, but certainly wasn’t a nazi.

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