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    Reply to: Election Doorstep Propaganda part 2 – what’ve you got?

    I’ve got a really classy Tory one which flat out refuses to name Joanna Cherry as the sitting MP- it’s “Nicola Sturgeon’s candidate” all the way through. Really just rude tbf but it’s nice to know how terrified they are of my MP- queen remainer and princess of popping prorogations.

    And a completely demented one from the Lib Dems pretending that they’re the main challenger to the SNP in this seat, when in fact they’re a distant fourth. Also insists that having a second referendum on independence is outrageous after the people of scotland spoke last time, while saying that overturning brexit is just totally different man. They’re going to be fourth, again, but they’ve basically pitched their entire campaign as an attack on the SNP (and as above mentioned, the single person who’s achieved most in opposing brexit), and they just might manage to get a Tory in instead. Yay.

    SNP one was pretty straightforward. “Hi, you know me, I kicked Boris Johnson’s arse. Want me to do it again? Me too. It’s a choice of me or a tory in this seat, so you know what to do”

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    Reply to: Innerleithen to get £19 million for MTB bikepark

    It shouldn’t happen, but tbh it’s not that surprising, there’s more traffic on that road than ever before (outside of races, but there’s less bikes on the road during races). This is one thing that BPW really does well, they’ve done a lot to separate bikes and vans.

    There’s a few ways to tackle it well but none of them are free. Me, I think it’d tie in well with a general “improve the uplift road”

    If nothing else it’d be a good idea to put signs up at conflict points, for both bikes and drivers. I think a lot of people just don’t expect to see vehicles at all

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    Reply to: Grenfell Tragedy – Firefighters Conspiracy Theory.

    Somewhat agree with Poly tbh, I don’t really see how she could have acted differently re the fire but some of the response afterwards really opened her up for criticism. I don’t think that should be enough, frankly, but it seems like the chink that was used.

    But yep, so far the only people who’ve lost out are residents and her. That can’t stay the case.

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    Reply to: Cheap 3d printer kits – Experiences?

    Nope. It was supposed to be out last month but I think they’re still clearing stock of the original one so it’s been pushed back a bit.

    I think this is about the most info that’s up there. https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=533635217206187. More of a big update than a new printer but still enough to be a big deal

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    Reply to: 2019 General Election

    kerley

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    Of course they won’t but around 45 is the tipping point where more than 50% are Tory. Once past that age it just gets worse and worse.

    You realise the graphic you posted disagrees? At 40-49, more people vote Labour.50-59 is where the tipping point is. And getting older, interestingly.

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    Reply to: Elron Musk defamation.

    I don’t get it tbh. I think I’m OK with the jdart defence, I’ve done that myself and accidentally caused a lot of offence without meaning to. But he didn’t retract, did he? He repeated it at least 2 other times. “stop defending child rapists” So

    “Alex Spiro, Mr Musk’s lawyer, argued that the “pedo guy” tweet was an offhand comment made in the course of an argument between the two men, which no-one could be expected to take seriously.”

    Seems like bullshit tbh. You don’t make an offhand joke, regret it, then repeat it.

    Same time, I think that Unsworth and his team played it very badly, it’s like they smelled blood in the water and decided to go for the biggest possible win, and ended up undermining the whole thing.

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    Reply to: The French

    joshvegas

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    Northwind have you been on strike the last few weeks?

    Nah, I’m in Unison not UCU and we got a majority for strike action but not enough to pass the legislation change limit.(I think I’m allowed in UCU now but I wasn’t when i first started)

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    Reply to: Jeremy Corbyn

    boomerlives

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    What does the collective think about the rumours that Corbyn had had a stroke?

    I think people should be less obvious about nicking ideas from the Trump campaign.

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    Reply to: Faith No More tickets

    Was it eeee eee eee aaayy ahya eeee saaaayyhyhy?

    ChrisL came up with the goods for me, cheers feller! I never got to see them first time round but caught them twice on the reunion tour, everything I’d hoped for really. Shame it’s at the glasgow academy, it’s a bit of a crappy venue

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    Reply to: Those of you who suffer depression

    I was a happy kid, but not confident- I think people thought I was quiet but really I wasn’t, I just was a bit afraid of drawing attention I think. That’s definitely carried on into adulthood and my anxiety/depression. Also probably why I was always a wee bit more drawn to drink and weed and pills than I ought to be- though tbh it’s never done me much harm.

    I’m still basically a happy person, just that now I’m a depressed happy person!

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    Reply to: The French

    I think maybe there’s a balance to be struck somewhere between the two tbh

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    Reply to: Gigs 2019-2020

    Marin

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    Wonderstuff last night. Good fun indiepop night out.

    I sort of blundered into their show at Camden Rocks this year, only really knew the hits… What a bloody amazing gig that was. Not least because of falling in love with the violinist.

    65 Days of Static just announced a tour, way out next May. Been a while, definitely want to get to that one.

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    Reply to: Innerleithen to get £19 million for MTB bikepark

    moonsaballoon

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    Just out of interest does anyone know roughly how high and big BPW is compared to caberston forest ? I haven’t been to BPW but is that the kind of thing we’re talking about here ?

    Surprisingly similar. But they feel pretty different just because of how they tend to use the hill (I’m pretty certain that Caberston is a steeper hill.

    It really depends what you do with it. FOD’s van uplift is on a fairly pathetic hill, but it still works fantastically as an uplift venue. I used to think you needed a big hill, before I rode there, most runs deliver more than an equivalent run at BPW.

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    Reply to: Talk to me about tyre… inserts

    I’m not sure it’ll do what you want tbh. If you’re bashing the rim often the foam will get cut up and lose effectiveness.

    TBH I’m totally on the fence. On the one hand, I got a front end flat about 5 minutes from the end of the megavalanche that would have been a total pain in the arse without the foam. But on the other, I’m reasonably sure it would have sealed, if not for the foam- it was a wee cut right beside the foam and it was stopping sealant getting to the hole! I’ve still got one in the rear of the big bike, mostly because fixing punctures in winter is horrible.

    I really do think the correct answer is tougher tyres. Kind of assuming you’re on an Exo, which frankly do tend to be pretty flimsy. Not sure if they do a DD in your size but there are similar tyres- dhr2 frinstance- that can be tougher without sacrificing too much. If you can still find a Supergravity rock razor then they’re a brilliant combination of fast and tough, and work surprisingly well in the wet… Or WTB have a pretty good range too. Specialized Somethingorother Grid?

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    Reply to: NATO and climate change

    timbog160

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    Their carbon footprint will be horrific, but there are compelling reasons for the military to reduce this, and I’m sure they are working on this, just not for any altruistic reason. For example, if your bomber can fly further on a single load of fuel, or with fewer air to air refuels, then you’ll be able to strike your enemy further away. If your tank can travel further without refuelling then it won’t have to stop as often thus making itself vulnerable to enemy attack.

    Not even close to the biggest impact tbh. The real reason- desertification, crop failure, sea level rises and loss of access to fresh water will cause wars the like of which we don’t know how to fight any more. The best way to save money on the military is not to have to fight the next war.

    The joint chiefs usually seem to take climate change more seriously than the entire rest of the US government put together.

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    Reply to: No Time To Die – Trailer

    It just makes me think Hey Dr Jones, No Time For Love

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    Reply to: Sounds of Cycling – what makes you smile?

    The schrumpffffff of tyres in a compression or berm

    The sliding door of an uplift bus

    My own ridiculously girly giggle when I get away with things

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    Reply to: Winter gloves… What you got then ?

    13thfloormonk

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    I don’t understand the construction of most winter gloves, why have the waterproofing BENEATH the insulation?

    Yup, this. I had some Fox Antifreezes which were very good, but were a windproof softshell outer glove with a separate waterproof liner. That just makes no sense.

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    Reply to: 2019 General Election

    boomerlives

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    Momentum needed a puppet, and he was the easiest target for them to stick their hand up inside.

    Yes, such is the power of Momentum, that despite being formed after Corbyn became leader of the labour party, they reached back in time and made it happen. Momentum are a reaction to Corbyn, not the cause.

    There’s just something about Momentum that seems to suspend disbelief. This is barely the most ridiculous thing I’ve heard about them despite being demonstrably false. As if 40000 lefties could take over a political party of 400000 people- getting 2 lefties to get their shit together is hard enough, getting 20 out to protest outside a Barclays is miraculous. But they’re treated like this unstoppable force. I guess some people want a bogeyman? It’s like those right wingers who still think their £3 vote made a difference, when actually it just subsidised the Labour party.

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    Reply to: Lesser known Christmas films?

    Sneakers. I’ve no idea why- there’s some snow scenes, I suppose, but it is pure Christmas to me.

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    Reply to: 2019 General Election

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    All that matters from the Lib Dems perspective is that enough people vote tactically in winnable seats in the South East to take seats off the Tory’s.

    They’re running hard in my seat, 100% positioned against the SNP – literally got a flyer through the door today with a dodgy graph (of course) based on the EU elections suggesting that “last time” they were second and the tories were 4th, so you can safely vote lib dem instead of SNP.

    Actually, “last time” the SNP were first, the tories only 2000 votes behind, and the lib dems got 4%.

    This as I mentioned is Joanna Cherry’s seat- so they’re running against one of the most important remainers, who is part of the biggest remain party, with a campaign that will see them be 4th, just conceivably 3rd, but might be enough to flip the seat to the Tories.

    This is a seat that tactical voting could make bombproof safe, but they’ve chosen instead to do this mental bullshit. Like I say, it’s nice to think that it’s remain first and foremost for them but it’s clearly not.

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    Reply to: 2019 General Election

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    ‘This site’ recommends nothing though, does it…

    I’d say that it does recommend courses of action- not their own, but they’re recommending these other listings. And while I half agree on them usefully drawing together sources, they’re recommending specific sites for specific reasons. In this case, brexit.

    I think a lot of people will be looking at this sort of thing for the first time, so it’s a bit of a worry when some of the guidance is almost exactly the opposite of what you should do.

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    Reply to: 2019 General Election

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    https://comparethetacticals.com/

    OK, I know national political stuff tends not to understand Scotland… but my seat is SNP, with the Tories a worryingly close second, and Labour a little further afield at third- giving the idiots at Scottish Labour a real chance of hurting the SNP and handing the seat to the Tories, so it’s pretty important.

    Oh and that SNP MP is Joanna Cherry, who was responsible for the overturning of Johnson’s fake prorogation. She is literally the most effective anti-brexit candidate in the election.

    But this site includes a recommendation that if I want to stop brexit, I should vote Green. They didn’t run last time, but teh time before they got 3%.

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    Reply to: 6 bolt and centerlock rotor question

    Ashima do a good adaptor, if your wheel doesn’t come with one.

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    Reply to: Gigs 2019-2020

    ****ing hell, literally just saw Frank Turner and he’s announced another tour

    Also just got tickets for Brass Against in Glasgow, and Idlewild on Hogmanay- Idlewild were basically dead to me after they turned into Happy REM but they supported Biffy at hogmanay a few years back and unexpectedly rocked the **** out. So it seems appropriate.

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    Reply to: 2019 General Election

    Being lied to doesn’t make you thick. Believing people that you think ought to be trustworthy, like prime ministers and such, doesn’t make you thick. You can lie to smart people, stupid people, as long as you use the right lie anyone can be fooled.

    Voting for things that will directly harm you, if you know and believe that they will, is stupid. But fooling people into voting for things that will harm you is bread and butter to Tories, it’s literally the only way they win elections, they have all the tools and all the backup and they’re very good at it. (not restricted to them of course, but them in particular- they’re a party of the minority that needs the votes of the majority, it’s the only way they can play it)

    Being fooled forever probably does make you gullible, but smart people can be gullible too.

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    Reply to: 2019 General Election

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    again not entirely true

    German (& other) creditors took 70-50% ‘haircuts’ (wtf is it called that?) on greek debt, which was the biggest loan restructuring ever IIRC

    Yup. Which is a damn sight better than the total default that otherwise was heading their way.

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    Reply to: Winter gloves… What you got then ?

    Pogies on the fatbike, they’re ace, and thematically appropriate.

    I love my Glacier Perfect Curves though. 100% waterpoof, and warmer than any other bike glove I’ve ever used. I have slightly poor circulation- been a diabetic for 34 years, it’s probably that- and even the gloves that everyone else says are super warm, barely keep me functional. But these almost always keep my fingers not just working but comfortable and dextrous.

    They do get sweaty, and they make your hands smell like they’ve been inside something really awful, which they possibly have. And the fat neoprene feels odd on the grips- I get used to it, I’m sure some people would hate it though.

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    Reply to: BPW goes green for gentler top to bottom ride… Awesome !

    No idea why people still go on about chairlifts/gondolas, Antur basically proved that buses can do the job and ever since then it’s been daft to look at anything else. FOD, BPW, Flyup417, Innerleithen at last, minibuses are the way. Or TRACTORZ.

    (BPW’s uplift could be faster, just like Inners, with a better road. And it could start at the bottom, that’d be good. But what it does not need, is a chairlift. If anyone out there would rather spend money on that than on trails, they’re just a bit simple imo.)

    As for value for money- every year we drive from scotland and spend a week doing Welsh/west English uplifts. WE never ride anything you couldn’t ride to the top of, but the uplift means all the time and energy goes into the fun bits. You can’t buy time, usually. I push or ride up at Inners because it’s local and I’m not wasting holidays that way, but even then sometimes you just want to ride a shitload of trails in a day. Worth every penny.

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    Reply to: McRae vs McRae

    pistonbroke

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    That takes me back! I helped Colin win his one and only world championship in 1995. I’d ridden into the middle of Kielder and was watching the longest stage of the rally. It was a really remote spot and there was only me and a couple of marshals there. Colin came into view with a puncture that was rapidly destroying the wheel so he stopped to change it right by us.

    Heh, we were somewhere a little bit earlier in the stage, still remember him coming slurring down the straight before our corner, car obviously unsettled, spotted the flat, then he just nailed it through the corner faster than most of the field, and then wobbled off down the next section, though wobbling isn’t the right word at these speeds… just one of those things that your brain can’t quite understand, I crap myself if I lose 5psi! I remember someone saying that he was only a few seconds adrift til the wheel started to break up.

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    Reply to: 2019 General Election

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    The only businesses not affected are large organisations that can afford to use arcane offshore structures to stop paying any corporation tax at all.

    And most small businesses, because most small businesses don’t pay corporation tax. I think we did this a couple of weeks ago? Sole traders and partnerships don’t pay corporation tax, as they’re not corporations. They amount for 2/3ds of all companies in the UK and of course that’s heavily biased towards small companies.

    Some people either don’t understand how corporation tax works, or want to misrepresent who has to pay it. Or like Boris Johnson, can only make their argument by lying about it.

    Of course, the Labour policy is simply reversing the cuts of recent years to where we were in 2011, 26%. It wasn’t high then, and it wouldn’t be high today- in fact it’s bang on the EU average, and under the world average. UK businesses will still benefit from a lower rate of corporation tax than Germany, France, Portugal, Belgium, Italy, and Greece. And Japan, and Mexico, and pretty much the same as the USA.

    For some reason the Tories say that to compete, we have to compete on corporation tax with Lithuania, rather than our european industrialised peers. Never quite understood why so many conservatives think the UK is somehow inferior to Germany and France and can only compete by undercutting them massively. (because even with Labour’s hikes, we will still undercut them, just not by as much.)

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    Reply to: rebuilding old carbon rims onto new hub

    Less likely than with alu rims ime- they’re more likely to still be straight.

    But if there’s a convertor, obviously it makes sense to do that. Me, I’d take the opportunity to upgrade to DT Swiss but I know some folks like the Kings

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    Reply to: Attempted break in / securing up and over garage door

    If you never use the front door, you can just block it- I put a shelf unit across ours, it can move about 1 inch before it gets totally stuck. More storage space for me, too.

    CCTV’s not as useful as people assume but the police are still very keen for it- even clothes, build etc is useful info. (they very nearly got the guy who nicked my Soul, based purely on that info but I was lucky to spot him). Livestreaming CCTV is also useful in that you can check the garage from the house, or get push alerts if it detects motion (handy during an actual breakin, also handy in a false alarm) Blink XT2 is dirt cheap just now…

    The last breakin attempt we had was foiled because of a cheap alarm and the blink alert. They’d spent at least 10 minutes or so in the garden disabling our security lights, so a camera would have detected all that and let us call the police earlier, or just chased them off before they started damaging the door or took down all the lights.

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    Reply to: Choosing a power tool brand (bare tools/battery)

    I went Makita 18v And Their Knockoff Friends, basically because I got a killer deal on a drill, charger and battery, and simultaneously found a “compatible with makita” grinder and battery for peanuts on aliexpress. Added some other stuff- a fan, portable light, cordless vacuum. (oh my god, the cordless vacuum- I’ve had rechargable dustbusters and they’re crap tbh, this thing is a weapon, I love it)

    Still haven’t got the impact wrench that I was really looking for, because I have a cheap silverline impact that actually does the job pretty well. I’ll upgrade when it dies. But I added another cheap “compatible with” ie knockoff brushless impact, which doesn’t have half the power it should but is still pretty convenient to have as it’s small and light.

    And I’ll add a strimmer or brushcutter next spring I think for stealthier trail clearance- got a 2 stroke one just now but it’s a bit <obvious>

    Only downer I’ve found really is that they don’t do a power ratchet, those are really useful. Ryobi and Milwaukee both do. I think if it wasn’t for those good deals I’d have gone Ryobi tbh but I’m still pretty happy.

    (I discounted bosch, I know the blue stuff is a different quality level but every green bosch tool I had let me down- failed batteries, failed chargers- and they made every warranty claim a pain)

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    Reply to: 2019 General Election

    “Do the public agree with Jeremy Corbyn who will say today that “the actions of successive governments have fueled, not reduced the threat of terrorism” ?”

    The US State Department and MI5 both agree with him too, those dirty terrorist sympathisers.

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    Reply to: Stem bolts help please…

    Different stems use different size bolts, there’s really no way to know other than to take out the old ones and measure (or find someone else who’s done it with your stem)

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    Reply to: Anti Semitism and Labour

    outofbreath

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    So this week Ivan Lewis, a Jewish guy who left the Labour party a year or so back makes a FB post. Within a couple of minutes Unite’s Chairman Tony Woodhouse comments with ‘Juju’. (He claims his account was hacked.)

    Also OOB:

    And yet right wingers hardly ever mention it, look up this thread. Links after link from left wing sources like the Canary keeping the thread going. A succession of left wingers posting to keep this thread going.

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    Reply to: 2019 General Election

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    Wrong again.

    Well congratulations- you just tried to correct a nurse, who was explaining to you about how evidence based practice works in nursing, with a wikipedia article. Had enough of experts…

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