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    Roachmill reacted to Fjool in Counterfeit Notes   
    I find it hilarious that someone would go to the trouble of producing fake notes with a spelling mistake on them. How terrible a crook do you have to be to screw up the easiest part?
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    Roachmill reacted to Muckle Oxters in Covid 19 / Coronavirus   
    Slowing da course o a virus was tae prevent health services being overwhelmed (and buy time whilst vaccines and treatments wir developed, and yis, herd immunity was potentially achieved). Dat is whit kept da mortality rates doon, and on da statistical whole dat wis relatively successful. Once folk had da 'rona, da treatments dat were given oot wir relatively simple, but dir is a limit tae how many folk da health services can look after at wance. When da health services were stretched, mortality rates geed up. Simple stuff. I ken plenty o folk who work in health services, and a few folk dat wir very ill we da 'rona, and dat is da story dey tell me too. I'll tak dir testimony at face value afore I listen tae keyboard virologists.
    I don't recall ever hearing fae anybody we ony understanding o the 'rona that the health services advice wis in place to 100% contain it or dat dir widna be variants or new viruses in future - it wis tae slow da spread, which it did.
     
    I'd be interested tae see ony evidence tae back up dy theory dat slowing da progress increases da chances o variants developing. I'm nae virologist either but it sounds lik a lot o dirt! Surely da mair a virus spreads, da mair chance dir is o mutations.
     
    On wan hand du's saying dat "keeping a distance from other people and minimising transferrance from handling anything anyone else had handled" wis sensible. I agree, and dat was da core message fae da health authorities.
    But den du says dat "the evidence all points everything they've said and done to having been wholly ineffective."
    Dat wid seem tae be a contradiction
     
    Du's throwing oot phrases lik "the potential to come with a far more lethal twist in its tail than anyone's worst nightmares could dream up." den saying "Isn't it time for a little perspective, and a little less mass hysteria."
    Again, dat wid seem tae be a contradiction
     
    And as for comparing the 'rona tae da good old day o da bubonic plague and Spanish flu, when understanding o sanitation, hygiene, germs, viruses and da lik were either non-existant in dir infancy..... Mibee we're aa joost a bunch o modern pansies and we should ignore what was learned fae those global pandemics, ignore da health professionals current advice and joost knuckle doon, get on we it, and let millions die needlessly.
    I'm happy tae social distance, wear a mask, and wash me hands when needs be if it'll save even wan life.
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    Roachmill got a reaction from George. in NHS [England] Data Grab   
    I'm finding diddly on Google or the NHS Scotland site about that but that could be down to bad google-fu. The NHS Scotland site doesn't make it obvious how to access information about what data they hold on you and what's done with it either *cough* GDPR.
    NHS England is well aware that news of this data thing is out there. They have their own "mythbusting" page to show for it. While it tries to cover there being no opt-out deadline, it fails to address that once they have your data you cannot have it removed from their systems. It also states their data won't be handed over or sold unless, "it is safe, ethical and legal to do so". They go on, "We do expect organisations who receive data to cover the cost of producing the information they request.". Sounds to me like they fully expect organisations outside of the NHS to, not surprisingly,  buy the data. I'm sure said organisations are all above board and will all only have our best interests at heart. 'Merikan big business won't try and shoehorn themselves into qualifying categories by lobbying (paying) or making a strong case (no trade for you if you don't hand it over) to get it either.
    That's me drained of sarcasm for today.
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    Roachmill got a reaction from Capeesh in NHS [England] Data Grab   
    I'm not sure just what to make of this but it sounds decidedly dodgy. From the linked article:
    If you know folks registered in England, they can opt out but IDK what the ramifications of doing just that are... but not getting targeted by American "medical" organisations could be one perk 
    On the one hand I'm relieved it's only England and not completely not surprised it's happening under a Tory government on the other.
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    Roachmill got a reaction from George. in NHS [England] Data Grab   
    I'm not sure just what to make of this but it sounds decidedly dodgy. From the linked article:
    If you know folks registered in England, they can opt out but IDK what the ramifications of doing just that are... but not getting targeted by American "medical" organisations could be one perk 
    On the one hand I'm relieved it's only England and not completely not surprised it's happening under a Tory government on the other.
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    Roachmill got a reaction from Evil Inky in Scottish Independence Referendum 2021   
    And he wasn't much liked there either even back then. Slimy little toad that he is.
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    Roachmill reacted to Urabug in Scottish Independence Referendum 2021   
    And of course the immigrants !!!
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    Roachmill reacted to XAM7102 in Scottish Independence Referendum 2021   
    Only a matter off time until Wills makes up the difference. 
     
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    Roachmill got a reaction from Wheelsup in Scottish Independence Referendum 2021   
    Indeed, socially distanced harassment doesn't quite work as well! A small bonus.
    While I think you and I may be voting differently it has been refreshing to see someone not in favour of independence (I think) not name calling, claiming being shouted down when trolling or asking questions only to ignore some perfectly reasonable answers - all acts which only further cement opinions for *insert tongue in cheek* FRRREEEEEEEDOOOOMMM!!!!
    The independence thing does need put to bed one way or the other. Personally I don't see Scotland being such a rattle of poop that it's unable to pull itself through tough times and come out bigger and, better and in charge of itself. I'd like to see it's political spectrum devoid of the SNP, being able to vote for parties and policies and actually get what the majority decided with no hands tied (yes, I know some powers are devolved ATM!) by who England voted for.
    However, I suspect the way the Conservatives seemingly wanting to hang on to us so badly means there's money to be made. They'll fire up their media machine to spread fear (e.g. their pension lies from last time around did them immense favours by terrifying the older demographic) and we'll end up staying put.
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    Roachmill reacted to Davie P in Scottish Independence Referendum 2021   
    Depending on who you ask, and it's probably not a hugely useful comparison, but... Westminster (including the Commons, Lords and whatnot) cost £552 million in 17/18. The Scottish Parliament cost £99 million in the same year (source). So Westminster costs about 5.5 times as much as Hollyrood but has a lot more 'legislative throughput'
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    Roachmill got a reaction from George. in Scottish Independence Referendum 2021   
    I see Holyrood as giving us some [but not enough] isolation from dubious policies emitted from Westminster e.g. the epic levels of cronyism and billions going to mates pockets in private contracts for this, that and the other only for things to go chesticles-up. The SG is not perfect in getting everything right but the overall impression I get is one of trying to do the right thing by the country rather than themselves.
    Are any of your happy English friends in the medical / care professions? Are they happy about the Boris Boat, Boris Jet, the inability to give them more than a 1% pay rise or even the Boris Camo Couch? Come to think about it... Boris and Trump have more in common than casual racism, extreme narcissistic disorders and problems with basic language skills; they both have gawd-awful taste in decor.
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    Roachmill got a reaction from Capeesh in Scottish Independence Referendum 2021   
    Indeed, socially distanced harassment doesn't quite work as well! A small bonus.
    While I think you and I may be voting differently it has been refreshing to see someone not in favour of independence (I think) not name calling, claiming being shouted down when trolling or asking questions only to ignore some perfectly reasonable answers - all acts which only further cement opinions for *insert tongue in cheek* FRRREEEEEEEDOOOOMMM!!!!
    The independence thing does need put to bed one way or the other. Personally I don't see Scotland being such a rattle of poop that it's unable to pull itself through tough times and come out bigger and, better and in charge of itself. I'd like to see it's political spectrum devoid of the SNP, being able to vote for parties and policies and actually get what the majority decided with no hands tied (yes, I know some powers are devolved ATM!) by who England voted for.
    However, I suspect the way the Conservatives seemingly wanting to hang on to us so badly means there's money to be made. They'll fire up their media machine to spread fear (e.g. their pension lies from last time around did them immense favours by terrifying the older demographic) and we'll end up staying put.
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    Roachmill got a reaction from Evil Inky in Scottish Independence Referendum 2021   
    Indeed, socially distanced harassment doesn't quite work as well! A small bonus.
    While I think you and I may be voting differently it has been refreshing to see someone not in favour of independence (I think) not name calling, claiming being shouted down when trolling or asking questions only to ignore some perfectly reasonable answers - all acts which only further cement opinions for *insert tongue in cheek* FRRREEEEEEEDOOOOMMM!!!!
    The independence thing does need put to bed one way or the other. Personally I don't see Scotland being such a rattle of poop that it's unable to pull itself through tough times and come out bigger and, better and in charge of itself. I'd like to see it's political spectrum devoid of the SNP, being able to vote for parties and policies and actually get what the majority decided with no hands tied (yes, I know some powers are devolved ATM!) by who England voted for.
    However, I suspect the way the Conservatives seemingly wanting to hang on to us so badly means there's money to be made. They'll fire up their media machine to spread fear (e.g. their pension lies from last time around did them immense favours by terrifying the older demographic) and we'll end up staying put.
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    Roachmill reacted to Wheelsup in Scottish Independence Referendum 2021   
    This current election , just like the last one in 2016, has come to be all about independence.  It is sidelining the important issues, such as Scotland's slipping education standards.
    Really the sooner we put independence to bed, one way or another, the better. Then perhaps we could elect a  competent government.
    At least, with covid, there shouldn't be a flag-waving, chanting mob at my local poll station this time.
    There has been no daily visits from the campaigners, which has been wonderful.
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    Roachmill reacted to Capeesh in Scottish Independence Referendum 2021   
    There’s a small country who found oil at the same time and have extracted around the same amount of oil as us a few hundred miles away.
    Norway now has a trillion dollar sovereign wealth fund, the UK spent the lot.
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    Roachmill reacted to Capeesh in Scottish Independence Referendum 2021   
    I agree, our representatives are wasting their breath there, instead of being ignored, ridiculed and treated with contempt they should come home and help Scotland run its own affairs as an independent country.
    Brexit Britain’s going backwards.
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    Roachmill reacted to Muckle Oxters in Scottish Independence Referendum 2021   
    It’s kinda lik da difference between splittin da bill or aabody buyin dir own denner. When a group o folk split da bill dirs always some folk dat end up disgruntled because dey think dey’ve paid mair than they expected, (especially if dey didna hae wine or a starter!) but if aabody buys dir own denner dey get whit dey want and whit dey can afford.
    I dee da HS2 rail link and Trident lik Scotland payin fur England’s wine and starter. Scotland might no be able to afford da steak and truffles, but we can still get a good feed fae da Harbour Cafe!
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    Roachmill got a reaction from George. in Scottish Independence Referendum 2021   
    Jeezo. If you're expecting someone to completely educate you on this forum you're expecting too much. Wheels Up has given you the headlines but that's not enough. And you insult folk yet again. You must be a blast at parties.
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    Roachmill reacted to Wheelsup in Scottish Independence Referendum 2021   
    I’m no fan of BJ and his pals, but I can’t help but wonder if their bullish behaviour on acquiring early vaccines has not been a godsend. I also wonder if an independent Scotland would have had the a)resources b) the will to go against EU advice.
    As GR said the fat lady is still to sing.
     
    I’m no fan of Scottish Independence either, but I have no doubt that Scotland has the potential to run itself financially, given Good governance.
    Scotland has(assuming Shetland stays in it)
    A huge fishing and fish farming industry, which properly managed will be sustainable.
    A very valuable whisky industry.
    World leading financial and legal services.
    Vast potential in renewable energy, Hydro alone supplies much of England.
    Land for successful farming and forestry 
    Tourism, Oil, still probably 100 years worth and will always be required for lubrication and plastics if not burning.
    theres a start
     
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    Roachmill got a reaction from Muckle Oxters in Driving in Shetland   
    Let's not be too hard on ourselves and, at least, be thankful we're relatively competent at roundabouts. I say "relatively" compared to this horror show from Kentucky (roundabouts are a rarity in the USA apparently). Buckle up as it's quite a ride:
     
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    Roachmill got a reaction from Evil Inky in Scottish Independence Referendum 2021   
    His own brother resigned saying, "In recent weeks I’ve been torn between family loyalty and the national interest”. Make of that what you will... His own sister had a go when Boris blurted out a show stopper about Jo Cox and Brexit, "It is particularly tasteless for those who are grieving a mother, an MP, a friend, to say that the best way to honour her memory is to deliver the thing which she and her family campaigned against". That's just his own family.
    For yet more examples of his straight talking, have a look at this compilation:
    And we've done the "all politicians lie" nonsense to death already. I believe it transpired that certain members feel it's OK when they lie about something they agree with but they should be strung up when they don't.
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    Roachmill reacted to Evil Inky in Scottish Independence Referendum 2021   
    ^ If you think that a spat between Boris Johnson, who was sacked from The Times for making up a quote, later sacked from the Shadow Cabinet for lying about an affair, and who won't even confirm how many children he has, and Dominic Cummings, who claimed he took his family on a trip to Barnard Castle in order to test his eyesight, is going to be the source of any "realism and straight-talking", I really don't know what to say. 
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    Roachmill reacted to Capeesh in Scottish Independence Referendum 2021   
    Surely an independent Scotland could manage things better than this, lets be honest here, they’ve set the bar pretty low, especially when you compare with small independent countries like New Zealand, pop 5 million.

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    Roachmill reacted to Wheelsup in Scottish Independence Referendum 2021   
    At least when we are independent we will no longer be able to whinge and moan about Westminster! Although some will continue to blame them, for a generation or two.
    If the next indyref fails, then that will be it  for a generation. The fallout and recriminations will take years to mend. I suspect that is why the SNP leadership have been so canny. However the diehards are nipping at their toes and forcing another showdown. The sooner we have a referendum and put this to rest the better. 
    The power struggle at Holyrood is doing nothing for Scotland.
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    Roachmill reacted to Capeesh in Scottish Independence Referendum 2021   
    Lets just look at the last year for a few examples of bad governance from London...
    One of the worse covid responses in the world, we’re sitting in the bottom 5 with USA, Brazil, Mexico and India.
    Hard Brexit. For those who, like myself, worry about trade, the UK government has just erected trade barriers with a market of 500 million relatively rich Europeans living on our doorstep.
    Serious corruption with Billions of £££ of public money going to chums who have the PM’s personal number on speed dial. 
     
    Lies and misconduct from the UK government has become commonplace, there’s been multiple ministerial code breaches with no repercussions.
     
    An embarrassing oaf representing us on the world stage.
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