Posts by Rich Lock

  • Hard News: Fentanyl: it's here, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Things used to be a lot simpler, put it that way.

    Yeah, about the only thing my peer group had to worry about was being sold cheap and nasty speed masquerading as Ecstacy.

    Obviosly, it was a bit more complicated than that, but we didn't generally have to worry about stopping breathing.....

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  • Hard News: The next four years, in reply to Joe Wylie,

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  • Hard News: The next four years, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    military supply flights

    Military personnel will apparently be expected to continue to serve without being paid.

    I'm sure that that will end well, if this drags on.

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  • Hard News: Trump 2018,

    The monster in Mary Shelley's original book was pretty sympathetic and misunderstood, albeit in a teen emo 'nobody understands me' sort of a way.

    Bannon, is possibly more of a more of a wight or ghoul.

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  • Hard News: Trump 2018, in reply to TracyMac,

    Trump has been fairly ineffective so far, other than passing that disgusting tax bill, and signing executive orders for things like slicing up national parks and denying climate change at a rate 80% greater than Obama's.

    ....and appointing a whole bunch of manifestly unqualified idiots to lifetime-job federal judge positions.

    For example, Matthew Petersen, who was nominated to fill the empty seat in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

    And if the grand jury returns an indictment against Donald Trump, Jared Kushner or any of the people being investigated by special counsel Robert Mueller’s FBI investigation, that case will be heard in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. What. A. Coincidence.

    Here he is being quizzed on his qualifications for the job in question:

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  • Hard News: Abroad and Home, in reply to Kumara Republic,

    Theresa May could well become this century's Anthony Eden.

    Neville Chamberlain, maybe?

    Scene: an airport in London. Prime Minister Teresa May climbs out of aeroplane just landed from mainland Europe.

    TM: I have in my hand a piece of paper...

    Arlene Foster: Not so feckin' fast there, Teresa, ye wee feckin' gack.

    Some random MP as yet to be cast: Speak for England, Keir Starmer! (note to editor: line may be cut depending on ability to find MP with actual guts).

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  • Hard News: Abroad and Home,

    For those who want an update, the British Prime Minister Teresa May has just had her legs kicked out from under her by the DUP, a bunch of swivel-eyed religious loons who would rather cut out their own tongues than think the word 'compromise'. These are the same nutcases she bribed with a £1billion bung to prop up her minority government after she managed to lose a working majority by calling a snap election and then spectacularly stuffing it up.

    Specifically, she came back from negotiations with the EU a couple of days ago with some sort of progress (literally the first progress in 17 months since the referendum), only to have them blow a fuse and essentially veto what was a done deal between the UK and the EU, because it would have meant, crudely speaking, keeping Northern Ireland in the EU in all but name and effectively shifting the Republic of Ireland/UK border into the middle of the Irish Sea.

    The leader of this fringe group, who, it cannot be emphasised enough, are utterly and rabidly fucking nuts (they firmly believe the earth is less than six thousand years old, and are essentially the front group for a loyalist terror organisation), is now publicly and pointedly humiliating the Prime Minister by refusing to take her calls. Let that sink in for a second.

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  • Hard News: Abroad and Home, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    Unemployment will increase, probably to the point where the government will be no longer able to pay benefits.

    My 'best case' thinking at the moment is that we'll get a return to something like the '80's - mass unemployment, sporadic inner city unrest, etc.

    However, I suspect a more realistic outcome is that we'll get that, but turned up to 11, plus the return of 'The Troubles'.

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  • Hard News: Abroad and Home, in reply to Tom Semmens,

    the path to Brexit started ten years ago

    No, far earlier than that. The notorious 'bendy banana' stories first appeared in 1994, for example, and the Murdoch press's antipathy was well established by that point. I personally remember a TV ad for The Sun which ran around the same time (maybe a little earlier - late '80's, perhaps) which contained the song line: "they'll standardise your sausage, to meet the regulations", over footage of a cleaver hacking the end off a sausage which had a british flag stuck in it (gosh, I wonder what point they could possibly have been trying to make?).

    The leavers have been laying the groundwork for this for 25+ years - UKIP was founded in 1991.

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  • Hard News: Abroad and Home, in reply to Asinius,

    While pragmatism may mean that the whole of Kent doesn't actually get turned into a lorry park with traffic backing up the M20 all the way to London, there are multiple other issues that are nowhere near being resolved.

    For example, the open skies agreement will lapse when the UK crashes out, making it illegal for commercial aircraft to fly to and from the UK and mainland Europe. They will be grounded.

    Apparently, airlines are refusing to sell tickets past the deadline, because at present, no-one knows how this will be resolved (if at all).

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