Re: Old News
Well thats great that you learnt about it from Greg Ferro, but that doesnt necessarily mean everyone knows it.
100 posts • joined 17 Nov 2010
You might want to have a try at reading it. Its more to do with having a raving lunatic in the Whitehouse, political meddling in the middle east, fear of imminent apocalypse, strikes, etc etc.
I dont think people are offended by sexist/racist jokes, but they do make you look lazy, stupid and/or racist/sexist.
Smoking in confined public places is just rude and a pain in the arse for the majority of people who, guess what, dont smoke.
CCTV - hmmm, yes theres lots and its of questionable value, but I've never felt its impact really and I believe its still illegal in residential areas
Not wearing a seatbelt, bit stupid really innit? some laws are there to protect imbeciles. If you're caught speeding, youre caught speeding. tough titties, take it like a man.
Has anyone ever sued the council for grazing a knee? Sue a surgeon for leaving a scalpel in you yeah.
You seem to be living in Daily Mail land?
the cable was great... let down massively though when I moved to a non cable area. I originally intended to leave and was hit with a disconnection bill of £120 (no one mentioned I would be hit with this during the call where i asked to leave). Despite paying for one package and one cable, the £120 was because they make three disconnection charges (tv, phone and bb). This is compounded further by the fact I'd had the service for about 2 yrs but recently upgraded the TV from M to L, this of course (though no one mentioned at the time) reset my 12 month contract.
Eventually agreed to continue with virgin copper bb (with very patchy WiFi modem), until the contract expired when I move to Be Broadband (which provides a much quicker and reliable service). (Also worth noting Virgin continued charging me and tried to blame BE for not using the MAC correctly?!)
This is why, despite their excellent cable service, i will always think twice about using them again
"Julie Bindel's assertion that foreign women working in London brothels was evidence of sex slavery" - I dont know the content of the original article, but given that prostitution in itself is illegal, by definition all prostitutes employers (pimps if you like) are therefore also illegal, this means the pro's have no employment rights and are more vulnerable to being taken advantage of (if you'll excuse the pun)
"Jeremy Leggett has told us that solar cells will be price-comparable with coal-fired 'leccy in a couple of years thus we must throw lots of subsidy cash at solar right now: wouldn't it be better to wait until they actually are price-comparable, and then install them?" - Presumably the point here is that the photovoltaic industry needs customers and investment to become cost-effective... that isnt going to be acheived by everyone sitting on their hands. (the fact that solar in the UK is a bit silly is by the by)
if the TV channels decide to show crap or go out of business then TVCatchup will find itself in trouble.
TVCatchup is parasitic, but it is (as you say) only offering a service that the Channels should be offering.
Given we (the licence paying public) own at least some of those channels, I think it should be ruled illegal.
When you say 'the NHS', which bit are you referring to?
GP practices are private firms set up much like solicitor practices. They are funded by NHS tariffs is all.
Hospitals are all either funded like universitys (again NHS tariffs) or on route to be funded in this way.
PCT's which commission the services and calculate the tariffs are being scrapped to be replaced by consortia of GPs.
SHA's which provide some sort of guidance and manage direction from DoH, also being scrapped.
The NHS as an entity you can blame doesnt really exist anymore.
Yes, it shows financial prudence and objectivity. If someone is betting their house and kids on a business they're an idiot. It's cheaper and safer to bet with other peoples money (the banks).
It's all arse about tit anyway, if a bank isnt willing to invest in you, theres probably something wrong with your business plan.
There is an American physicist (Ronald Mallett) who has developed a machine that in theory could bring things here from the future. So time travel would be possible but you could only go back to when the machine was turned on. or something.
Anyway, were travelling through time now at the rate of 60 mins per hour. (Slower when moving faster)
...smoking does have negative externalities other than on the users health. For instance cleaning up of ciggy butts or enforcement of bans/legal age of purchase. Also arguably the VAT should not be included in the comparison as this is applicable to most goods and contributes towards a society in which people have money/means to buy ciggys.
People should be able to take whatever substance they like, but should be taxed at an appropriate level that the state can afford to pick up the pieces.
Currently we pay to keep narcotics illegal (massively when it comes to police, customs etc) and then pay to pick up the peices when people abuse them.
Make them legal, clean and tax em.
Cost: £5bn per yr.
Revenues received: £10.5bn
Turns out you smokers are doing the rest of us a favour. Cheers.
I'm quite glad all that nasty tar and crap in your artery's is doing something productive.
Have a pint on me.
Would you put the manager of a finance dept in charge of the HR dept? Would you put the manager of a hospital trust in charge of a car factory? Would you put Alex ferguson in charge of the England Rugby squad?
In the same way you have managers who specialise in different areas of business or different entire industries, you can have people who specialise in managing change. Is that so difficult to grasp?
It's the same with journalist surely, being a 'Journalist' does not qualify you to write about any subject.
It's never going to be certain one way or the other, however, if we act and man made climate change is wrong then all we will have done is saved some energy, created some new sciencey industry, possibly found new fuel sources and generally increased effeciency/reduced wastage all round.
What happens if no one does anything and man made climate change turns out to be real?
"The NHS" does not exist, it is merely a wrapper to identify something currently made up of thousands of small organisations (GP's, hospitals) grouped under 150odd PCT's and 10 SHA's. There is no 'one' NHS desktop environment or standard. They generally play it their own way to some extent, which may explain the enormous expense and complexity of the NPfIT.
You're perhaps playing a bit fast and loose with those numbers, the £12.7bn is over 10 years, it has also been reduced, it was down to at least £12.1bn by the end of the Labour Gov't and I presume it is lower still now. It is also not just being spent on the health records, for that money we get electronic x-rays (widely hailed as a triumpth), electronic prescriptions, choose and book, 1 internal mail system, NHS Spine network thing... etc etc.
Increasing the healthcare spend per person is a different argument. I presume this figure is calculated based on how much the average person requires anyway. Do people get turned away because a care provider has run out of money?
Personally, I'm quite happy money is being spent to modernise the NHS, the patient records system makes sense, it is logical that their should be a standard health record that can easily be transmitted between care providers when I move or need care whilst not being at home.
My understanding is the delays in implementation of certain elements can be put down to the fractured nature of the NHS (12 SHA's and 125 PCTS) of course with 3-500 GP consortia in charge this will improve Im sure.
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