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Mike the Boilerman

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  1. Don't worry, Higgs doesn't really understand the concept of debate, were someone makes a point and someone else counters it using a logical argument.
  2. Yes good point. A law saying prices may not be raised during "times of emergency" declared by a government, say. There was a news item doing the rounds yesterday where someone sold their bag of flour on ebay and got £50 for it. Should they be prosecuted?
  3. Presumably you mean "exploitation", rather than "exploration". So can you suggest a way to differentiate between "making a fair profit" and "exploitation"? I certainly can't. They look the same to me.
  4. Well that one is easily explained away Tony. Profiteering is fully legal and permissible here in The West and is the foundation of any free market economy. That's why no action is being taken to stop it. If you want it stopped, you (as in the electorate) needs to elect a far left government. Whilst morally reprehensible, trying to draft a law to stop it immediately runs into the sand because MPs need to define how much profit is legal make, and were in the sand the line must be drawn. Even figuring out how much profit is really being made is near impossible once you look into the accountancy principles involved. Example (probably poor): Say a company with fixed overheads of £1m a year decides it can sell packs of paracetamol for £1000 each and make a fortune. It manages to sell 100 packs then went bust because they sold so few. Where was the profit?
  5. You might not but everybody else does. How much progress had been made in reducing CO2 emissions by aviation until last week? NONE. Also illustrates how ineffective her messages were.... then The Gaia Principle stepped in to fix the problem.
  6. The neatest plate I've ever seen on a car was simply H1, on a black Merc the used to fly past me on the M4 into London each morning during a project up there. It just seemed cheery to see a car saying "Hi" to you, as it went by. I always suspected it belonged to the head honcho at Hibernian Insurance, which had an office near Chiswick flyover at the time.
  7. Take it away and there would be an avalanche of protest from Mr Normal Boater.
  8. People use it as a proxy for the speed at which they are cruising along. You see it all the time in threads on here. "I normally cruise at 1,600rpm, but if I cruise at 1,800rpm the temperature starts to rise", sort of thing.
  9. I first became aware of personalised plates when taken by an uncle who was some sort of technical big cheese at ITV's Elstree studios for a tour of the place one Saturday morning. I was aged about 10 I guess. One of the first things he pointed out was the Rolls Royce we parked next to, with the number plate COM 1C, and explained it belonged to Jimmy Tarbuck. We all thought it vaguely amusing and got on with the tour.
  10. Not really, I'm as questioning of the official narrative as anyone. More so, probably. Masks are a good example. WHY are the govt ignoring all the great reasons to tell everyone to wear masks in public? What I'm not doing is posting unattributed and unsupported assertions here and promoting them as true. I can explain all the reasons that masks would be making such a difference to the spreading of this virus if you like.
  11. “Private plate” is a misnomer if ever I saw one. They are clearly public, one being required to be displayed on each end of the car.
  12. Aren’t we supposed to have stopped boating?
  13. What are your views on climate change and landing on the moon? I bet you think they are both hoaxes too! And vaccination. I have you down as an anti-vaccer. Am I correct?
  14. One good thing is Boris has caught it. The downside is it proves the virus has done another species jump, from human to whatever Boris is.
  15. The people wearing masks are usually the best informed regarding risk. It is widely known amongst the statisticians that mask-wearing affords the mask wearer little protection against catching it, but a LOT of protection against the mask-wearer infecting others. This is a particular risk with C-19 as the incubation period before symptoms show up is 5 days approx, during which time the person is infectious.
  16. That nice Dominic Cummings has C-19. He was last seen "running through the corridors at No.10" two days ago, apparently. Presumably started running when that nice Mr Boris was diagnosed.
  17. The OP was almost immediately outed when he first started posting as having previously posting here as "Ricco". For some reason, the mods don't seem to mind.
  18. Absolutely yes. We know this is the case because here in England for example, we only test admissions to hospital. Germany attempts to test everyone with symptoms. Even Scotland and Wales do it differently AIUI.
  19. Ah ok. Alan has a track record of willfully misunderstanding. Is that what you mean?
  20. You have misunderstood Post 120. "They" does not refer to the NHS, but to them as won't stay at home.
  21. Masks. They wear masks in public. That's the difference. Or one difference, more accurately.
  22. That was the case with the old RCD, but AIUI the scope of the new RCD in 2017 extended to cover alterations to existing boats regardless of whether you plan to sell them. Hopefully I'm wrong but ISTR satisfying myself that the new RCD prevented me installing a vintage engine in any boat I might own, regardless of my future plans for the boat. The OP would be well advised to read the RCD for himself rather than rely on guesses on internet forums.
  23. As title, I'm not sure how this is all expected to end. The media today is full of forecasts that lockdown will continue for another 3 or 6 months, but what happens after that? How is it expected to play out? I just don't know and no-one seems to discuss it. The closest we have is the Imperial College report which suggests lockdown will cycle on and off for a couple of years until a high enough proportion in the population have had it and enough people have developed immunity to depress the R rate below 1.0. The other possibility is we will have to wait until the vaccine testing has finished and a mass vaccination programme completed. Also a couple of years. Very much at odds with what the media is filled with. There is an interesting page about the locking down that happened in the USA during the Spanish flu' epidemic. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/history/2020/03/how-cities-flattened-curve-1918-spanish-flu-pandemic-coronavirus/
  24. Good list, but I think this is what should happen, not what will happen. I'd add less air travel (less spreading of virus)
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