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General Discussion Area / Re: Thomas Cook no longer trading.
« on: 25 September 2019, 23:28:22 »
Heard a travel correspondent this evening state that the industry is talking about all this costing the Government, then you and I, up to 500,000 million! This is the expected cost of all the aircraft hire charges, fuel, staffing, and paying compensation to all the hotels, and others like coach companies, who should have been paid by TC by now for holidays going back up to 90 days, that they will not be able to do.

Apparently the Aptol funds, to cover this type of holiday company failure, are being wiped out which will have to be replenished by way of extra insurance being paid by holiday makers when they book future holidays.

And the directors received bonuses on top of their million pound salaries ! >:( >:(

No surprises here where the travel industry has always had more than its fair share of barrow boys, spivs & fly-by-nights as founders, owners and directors so no surprises here. :-X I worked as a contracting programmer for a several years in the noughties for several travel agents and saw a few go bust one of which cost me a bad debt of circa 10k. :(

General Discussion Area / Re: Parliament is not prorogued
« on: 25 September 2019, 20:17:56 »
We are now effectively ruled by the politicians in the Supreme Court, who unlike the Supreme Court judges in the US who have to place themselves under public scrutiny in the Senate (HoL), but are subject to being elected by elected politicians. In the UK they are appointed. IMV we are now ruled by an 11 person #SupremeCourtJunta. The only parallel I can think of is the 1967-74 rule by the 3 colonels in the #GreekMilitaryJunta where they installed themselves in a coup to save the people from themselves.

IMV the trashing of our unwritten constitution which has trashed our democracy has been done at the government level so we can no longer consider the UK a democracy or a constitutional monarchy :-\, where the Queen was not required to give her Royal Assent to it:

1. The speaker & the Tory rebel MPs overturning SO40 where it is the elected government that decides parliament's business, not the minor parties, this trashes centuries of constitutional president & makes governments & our democracy unworkable.
2. The fact the 'impartial' speaker introduced this and is no longer 'impartial' trashes centuries of president for our unwritten constitution & make him now the most important arbiter on deciding parliament's and government's business.
3. An important part of our former democracy is anybody can apply to the courts to have a decision made over a point of law & many governments have had to improve laws as a result, but judges cannot and must not ever make new laws on the fly (that is parliament's job), to suit their political views and then apply them retrospectively to make something illegal. IMV this firmly puts the #SupremeCourtJunta in the territory of despots who run banana republics.
4. The LimpDims / CaMoron fixed term act is a disaster & means that once a government is a minority it can be kept as a zombee government for as long as the minor parties think they can't win a GE or the 5 years is up. We could end up with no effective government (other that Ginia Miller & the #SupremeCourtJunta) until May 2022. The only other country that has for years had no functioning government is that paragon of law abiding virtue, Somalia which we are now going to unfortunately be compared to.

I knew with May's undermining and trying to set aside of the 17.4m #Brexit leave voters that anti-democratic forces were being unleashed. Corbyn & his cabal have been maneuvering with their 'short term unity government' to use it to set up his Marxist dictatorship & I can't see the how or why this is going to end or when, if ever, & if or how a working democracy will be restored?

A general election won't solve anything not due to where the country is split, but because if it is the remain parties that lose (and they probably will) they will never accept the result & decocracies can't work if the losers never concede defeat. Where elections are like modern sports reasonably civilised rules based contents, like democracies but both are also brutal winner takes all contests. By politicians replacing democracy, we all know what comes next, real no rules, blood sport gladiatorial contests. Like I said previously in hot civil wars we all have to pick a side as fathers & sons, mothers & daughters & brothers & sisters all end up split & end up fighting on different sides, it is classed as the most divisive, brutal & bloody type of war there is. :(

Does anybody know any ultra-remainers? If so, please can you get them to explain to me the attraction of being a colony of the foreign Brussels' dictatorship, beyond the promise of the reward of 30 pieces of silver from the EU and changing your name to Judas? Franco would have been proud during the Spanish civil war where he was attacking Madrid with four columns with a fifth inside. The EU's fifth column within the UK is much bigger. >:( >:( >:(

General Discussion Area / Re: Thomas Cook no longer trading.
« on: 24 September 2019, 22:32:34 »
Airlines, holidays companies & trains have much in common where profits are largely non-existent unless you are very fleet footed & keep firm control of costs, especially advertising. Most national carriers have had numerous bailouts from their governments where they are seen as prestigious icons for that country & where overall they have never made a profit. The profits they make in the boom times are more than wiped out during recessions.

September to December is always the peak time for holiday companies & travel agents going bust, where they use the forward cash flow where you pay before they incur the travel costs to keep staving off the inevitable but where most holiday companies & travel agents slow down rapidly in September from the summer peak & make losses in their two quietest months of October & November often relying on bank overdraft support, if the banks don't like the look of a poor balance sheet & the risk, they withdraw support, so the company goes bust.

General Discussion Area / Re: India .....and that Smoking thing
« on: 20 September 2019, 20:10:26 »
Trump and the USA are moving to ban flavoured vapes.

Is the banning maybe to do with it being easy to use vaping for addictive drug intake?

Some of the unregulated flavourings are causing rapid respiratory failure in the US (we are taking 1000s of cases) and quite a few deaths, hence the rapid decision to ban them. I don't disagree with this ban. Anybody that does vape in in uncharted territory on the long term health implications as they haven't been around long enough for anybody to know. :o

General Discussion Area / Re: Impressive turnouts for climate change
« on: 20 September 2019, 19:58:03 »
The world is still about 2oC cooler than the global average for the last 1 billion years, found through the analysis of sedimentary rock cores, & more recent values also from ice cores & tree ring samples, where we are still recovering from the last ice age in this current interglacial period where the polar ice caps formed a mere 33 million years a go.

140 million years a go during the most fertile era on this planet in terms of the explosion in the number and varieties of plant & animal life, CO2 was 3000 ppm. CO2 has gradually dropped since then from the locking of carbon in the formation of fossil fuels. Cellulite (wood) plants evolved about 140 million years a go & when the trees died there were no wood eating bugs, funguses or bacteria around to break them down (as there are now) which as they were buried under layers of rock through heat and pressure created coal seems. Sea custrations evolved to have a carbon based hard shell armour and depending upon conditions these locked up carbon as they died & decomposed to form oil & gas or just their hard shells survived to form calcium-carbonate or chalk.

With CO2 continually dropping over that last 140 million years we were about 2 million years from an ice age CO2 low point of it dropping below 120ppm (in the last ice age it dropped to 150ppm) so 85% species of C3 plants die out & planet B Earth so it then looks like planet A Mars. The other 15% are C4 plants that can survive with much lower CO2 levels but their photosynthesis requires much higher energy levels so they are limited to equatorial plants. The good news was humans by burning CO2 & raising CO2 are actually saving the planet until the politicians & anti-Westerners realised that Western civilization is build on a plentiful supply of cheap energy & those who control the energy supplies (politicians & governments, rather than the people through their businesses) control the people with their imaginary bogeyman clear, tasteless, inert, CO2 which is vital for plant life & our entire planet B Earth eco-system.

Stalin told us if you repeat a lie often enough people will believe it & virtually everybody in the Western world believe, including most on here, that rising CO2 levels are a problem & to be 'good' citizens we all need to work to reduce them. Religions, Communist & NAZIS et al all knew that if you want to brainwash a population, you start with the easily influenced & converted, the children, hence the children's globally coordinated school strikes today.

None of this is going to end well for the planet or Western societies.

General Discussion Area / Re: Statins
« on: 20 September 2019, 18:43:17 »
Different tablets have different side effects on different people. Long term my digestive system can't cope with the type 2 diabetes drug Metformin. I put up with gradually getting worse for about 5 months until I thought I can't take these any longer and was put on the slow release version, which was fine until they doubled my dose and the same thing happened again. :( I'm now taking two completely different class of drug which are fine. :y

Vaccines are generally x1000s safer than the disease they are trying to prevent, they are very safe, but always remember, not totally safe as I found out to my cost & ending up partially sighted. Any faulty drug is reported using a yellow notice which was done by the hospital treating me for blindness where I got uveitis in both my eyes which is virtually unheard of except as the result of a faulty flu vaccine. :o >:(

Flu vaccines cause life changing problems in about 1 in a million to 2 million doses which equates to 10 to 20 people per year in the UK where the benign version of the virus used boosts your immune system against that variety is bred in vats of egg whites, occasionally a virus will mutate into something nasty & cause a problem, which is what happened to me. :(

I've been advised never to have this type of flu vaccine again & won't but I have had the anti-pneumonia one since then with no complications. :y

General Discussion Area / Re: A deal might be done
« on: 20 September 2019, 10:15:16 »
The Benn law where it was rushed through Parliament is full of holes.

If Boris tries:

1. To get a deal & it is rejected by the EU he can probably get away without asking for an extension.
2. If May's BRINO is re-voted on and rejected he can definitely not ask for an extension.
3. If May's BRINO is re-voted on and passed, PM prerogative is not to complete the ratification and again he needn't apply for an extension.
4. Whether Boris can be forced to seek an extension with contempt proceedings is open to question under the Bill of Rights and also the 1947 Act that specifically excludes crown v crown legal action.
5. All this has got to be decided , appealed & judged by the Supreme in under 2 weeks or we leave.
6. Finally the nuclear option is for the crown to concede the Robin Tillbrook legal action that the extensions were illegally passed by PM May, so we actually left on the 29th of March.

The reason that Remainers are currently having a meltdown is that by the 1st November, it is odds-on we will be out of the EU.

Expect the last 2 weeks of October to be a 'living in interesting times' event, the likes of which, we are unlikely to ever see anything like it again in our lifetimes. :o :o :o

General Discussion Area / Re: Statins
« on: 20 September 2019, 09:00:01 »
If so then you'll have had a double benefit as I assume you'd cut out beer too  :y

Absolutely, only now drinking a few wines at the weekend.

General Discussion Area / Re: Statins
« on: 19 September 2019, 19:56:19 »

General Car Chat / Re: Decided to keep the Tata... for now
« on: 19 September 2019, 19:52:12 »

and if you are looking for live examples in the flesh, I can suggest a titty bar in Holborn. :-X

General Discussion Area / Re: Statins
« on: 19 September 2019, 19:16:39 »
Been on statins for about 6 years with no issues. Where my weight has been creeping up & I had put on 3kg over the last 12 months I had worsening lower joint pain & my Type 2 diabetes control has been worse. I had over the last 6 months been cutting out carbohydrates like potatoes & rice, but could not face going without brown bread, but after being told if my weight & insulation resistance were not better controlled long term I would probably end up having to inject insulation, it was time to take action. Four weeks a go I started a very low calorie & carb diet which meant totally cutting out bread, but also eating plenty of protein so I don't lose muscle bulk. Within 3 days my lower joint pain had gone so there is obviously something in wheat that my body doesn't like that I was previously unaware of.

I've personally found it the easiest diet I've ever been on, where hunger is a dull ache rather than run out of short energy boosting carbohydrates cravings & in the 4 weeks, I've lost 5kg. Daily, it consists of meat, fish, eggs, nuts, non-root vegetables, salads & small quantities of lower sugar & carbohydrate fruits like strawberries, blackberries & blueberries. The only disadvantage I've found is where it contains less fibre I'm not so regular, so I'm now taking a Psyllium husk & Inulin fibre supplement which is helping. If you want a weekend alcoholic drink, high carbohydrate beer is out where it is made from malted barley & likewise cider from its high sugar content. Dry white & red wine are fine & where I like pint sized drinks, white wine & carbonated water is an acceptable substitute.

This is the book I found most useful for setting up a low carbohydrate diet: "The Real Meal Revolution by Professor John Noakes

and this one recommended by my diabetic nurse for fast safe weight loss: "The Fast 800" by Dr Michael Mosley.

and if in the future (I don't yet & I'm very happy with the current diet) if I want to make some very low carb bread (about 10g a slice) I've now got a couple of recipe books for this. The only thing is that wheat flour substitutes like almond flour are expensive, so you are looking at 3 a loaf in ingredients even when buying in reasonable bulk quantities.

Where there are two types of cholesterol, HDL is fine, it is LDL that is the problem & from what I've read, when on a low carb diet you can't make much of this. I've got a fasting blood test in November & will keep you posted on any improvements.

General Discussion Area / Re: Any swimmers?
« on: 18 September 2019, 18:37:20 »
I normally let about 250 million loose twice a week with the missus. ::) ::)

General Discussion Area / Re: Rise of the Nazis
« on: 18 September 2019, 17:35:31 »
You can't have a functioning democracy if the losing side in any vote never accepts the result which is the situation we have in the UK. Once the losing side use their power in trashing your democratic institutions with 'one off' exceptions in trying to trash, the result they don't like, then your democracy is over, which is where we are now in post-democracy UK. I'm not sure what is going to happen next in the UK but Corbyn & his cabal can sense opportunity with their current political maneuverings to form a 'limited time unity government' with Corbyn in charge, once he gets hold of the levers of power and find they 'need limited time emergency powers' (who does this remind you of in 1933?) then they will then turn the UK into a one party Marxist dictatorship, with all property & businesses nationalized as they plunder all of our wealth for their own personal benefit. >:(

One off undemocratic exceptions are so dangerous as they then become the norm as we have seen in the US with the increasing use of Presidential executive privilege to bypass Congress & the Senate & we are now seeing similar things in the UK. Personally, I would put Western civilization falling in the next 20 years at 60-70%, where nobody seems to much care about preserving it as it's a given that life with or without democracy will stay the same, believe me it won't & you will being quickly wishing you had taken better care of it. >:(

At the end of WWII French Monet, the driver of the EEC which morphed into the EU disliked and distrusted democracy and was a big fan of the Soviet Union which is why the EEC/EU is modelled on this. Luckly, they haven't an army, police & border force swearing allegiance to the EU because once they have do, they can then go the full hog to complete their dictatorship. Oh err, their about to. >:(

Is is less than 30 years since the STASI (escentially the German Gestapo) was finally disbanded in 1991, we had the return of European death camps & genocide in Yugoslavia just over  20 years a go, these dark forces have finished their short rest & are on the march again as winter is coming for all of us unless we all proactively stop it happening. Climate Fraud shows how easily people are duped & manipulated, especially the brainwashed young, where schools are no longer about teaching children "how to think" but "what to think" with the UK common purpose teachers amongst the worst in the world. >:(

I was fortunate when I was at school that we had an exceptional Cambridge graduate with a masters degree in history, who should have really been teaching at a much higher level. Other pupils loss was our gain & I did get a top grade 1 O'Level in the subject. :y :y :y

General Discussion Area / Re: Health updates.
« on: 16 September 2019, 16:22:23 »
I'm going to see nurse Dracula in half an hour, then we can have our annual 'discussion' about statins.
Done, I'll wait for the phone call to tell me I'm not very well and I should take some nice statins.

I'm sure your Gristlers pasty & palm oil filled shortbread were just the top up your LDL cholesterol needed to keep you as unfit as a fiddle. ::)

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