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  1. Making the news today....

    I think the irony bypass is on the other foot. If you research the history of Apple you will find it is one of the best examples of how successful government intervention in the free market can be.
  2. Making the news today....

    TBF I never said electric cars are fossil fuel free. In France fossil fuels contribute 8.6% of the electricity mix.
  3. Making the news today....

    Banning the sale of new petrol/diesel cars in 2040 will be as practical as banning the sale of VHS recorders in 2017. However does send a big message to the industry and I'm sure more countries will follow. Shell is still basing its long term strategy on petrol cars still being all the rage in 2080, I can imagine some of its investors beginning to question that. Once the cost and performance of electric cars overtakes conventional ones then market forces will see the end of fossil fuel cars overnight I think (this is not too far away). How many people who buy new cars would buy a petrol car when it would cost more to buy, cost more to run, cost more to maintain, has a lower range, and lower performance? Maybe some of the Jeremy "I love the smell of the internal combustion engine in the morning" Clarksons, but no way enough for the demand needed to run the production, R&D, etc required. This also applies to HGVs, when you see what the likes of Volvo and Scania are doing.
  4. Making the news today....

    That's a fair enough opinion. I just believe anyone who disagrees with the overall outcome should focus on the decisions made closer to home.
  5. Making the news today....

    The ECHR didn't rule to turn off life support. They decided not to intervene, upholding the judgement of the British courts saying that it is “not for the court to substitute itself for the competent domestic authorities”. It was the British courts who decided it lawful to withdraw life support. I don't see how on one hand you can be disgusted by the ECHR for not intervening and overturning the British courts decision, and on the other hand not want the ECHR to intervene in British matters?
  6. French Election

    When did Macron say that quote in your image? Or is this more fake news?
  7. Making the news today....

    You've missed his point, deliberately or not. He is referring to the reaction of the police in the event of an attack. He is saying that the security services in London should be prepared in the the event terrorists attacks. And that security services should be watching out for potential threats. How you are arguing against those statements is baffling, are you saying that the police in London should not be prepared or watch out for terrorist attacks? "I’m not going to speculate as to how the police in New York should react. What I do know is part and parcel of living in a great global city is you gotta be prepared for these things, you gotta be vigilant, you gotta support the police doing an incredibly hard job, you gotta support the security services. And I think speculating, when you don’t know the facts, is unwise." Whether you think they "need" to be is obviously a different matter and not at all what he was talking about (as much as you can try to twist his words).
  8. Making the news today....

    No, the claim in the image is a deliberate misquote used by those of a far right affiliation. If you actually read what he said in context he was referring to being prepared and vigilant is being part and parcel of living in a big city; “part and parcel of living in a great, global city is you’ve got to be prepared for these things, you’ve got to be vigilant, you’ve got to support the police” This thread should have a fake news button.
  9. Trump Petition

    As someone who has lived in Sweden for several years now and has worked on Syrian and Eritrean refugee projects whilst here, in my opinion the posts on this thread by the 'arb-right' (see what I did there?) offer a completely distorted view of reality over here. The desire by those back in the UK to see the Swedish system fail in order to in some perverse way justify their views is abhorrent. The fact that Sweden had to in effect take on the responsibility of the UK and other countries, putting immense pressure on the system (which a lot of the issues can be attributed to) and now we have the audacity of those in the UK to criticise the actions of Sweden for not being able to handle the situation perfectly. Sweden is a great country that didn't lose faith in humanity and did the right thing.
  10. Jap Knotweed...consience v 'walk away'.

    Interesting to hear about how easily it spreads My local botanical gardens are proudly growing both Japanese Knotweed and Giant Knotweed, both right next to major paths and park entrances/exits. There is no information on show regarding the invasiveness or impacts either. I did FB them to ask about it, esp seeing as they are only use organic methods. They just said they pride themselves is growing species from around the world. The botanics are in the town centre as well.
  11. Help please with ident.

    From the rate of growth on the new shoots the third one could be goat willow.
  12. A novel way of cutting and splitting logs in one go without any saw blades or rams. No way perfect as you can see from the logs jamming and irregular splitting but a bit of re-engineering could be close to being fully automated.
  13. Could perhaps just be leaf spot as there are several fungi that can cause these on copper beach trees. I think some start off as purple before going darker. They are not considered serious to the health of the tree
  14. Euro 2016

    Wales have already taken NI out of Europe twice this week
  15. Hand cutters for hardwood thinning

    I think the lack of good cutters could also why employers are reluctant to pay piece work. There are a lot of inexperienced cutters who will see the pound signs and rush the job at the expense of safe working to fell as many in a day.


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