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    [COVID-19] General Discussion

    Likely its coming from university students. Up here, there is a large tendency for students to travel back to their parents over the weekends. Obviously, this is a disaster for containment of a contagious virus. Drunken students spreading the virus among themselves during the week in Belfast...
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    [COVID-19] General Discussion

    So nothing has changed since:
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    Cheetahs and Kings booted from pro 14

    Feel for the Cheetahs - they definitely added to the league on the pitch - although their massive stadium always looked like a ghost town.
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    A History Thread

    I'm really pushed for time right now, so this is not exactly the detailed reply I would like. Based on? Sending John Bryans to Germany to undermine Hitler? Anyway, even if we take that rather large leap and assume that parliament bowed to one man and swung from a policy of appeasement to war...
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    A History Thread

    Once upon a time Ulster were very good. The best of the 4 provinces. It didn't matter that on the world stage the best of the 4 provinces were muck 'cos we were the best. Then in the late 90s a bunch of upstart kids in Dublin started becoming quite good. Even though the European Cup found its...
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    A Political Thread

    The solution (at least limited to here) is competent policing.
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    A Political Thread

    No surprise the wee squaddie refuses to look beyond his foxhole. There were approx 3 times more German divisions in the Soviet Union compared to France, and those that were in France were mostly reserve, youth or undergoing refit.
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    A Political Thread

    If you compared the deployments on Eastern and Western fronts - in terms of the army - it was almost a distraction. However, the impact of the US' precision (relatively) bombing campaign on the factories was something that made a significant difference. But anyway, continuing this sideshow...
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    A Political Thread

    The Soviet Union "won the war". Between 65-80% of all Nazi casualties occurred on the Eastern Front. The war would not have been dramatically extended - the main difference might have been the Iron curtain starting in Calais, not Berlin. Oh, no - not saying he'd no effect on civilian morale -...
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    A Political Thread

    Not really. He was a c**t before WW2. He was a c**t during WW2. He was a c**t after WW2. You folks need to set aside the hype around him - and really ask the question - aside from a few over-hyped PR pieces that had little material effect (civilian moral is overrated) - what did he actually...
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    [COVID-19] General Discussion

    I think we're saying the same thing from different directions. I'm saying the UK govt cannot use the excuse that the reason its so bad here compared to New Zealand is due to low population density - as other places with higher population densities did better. Exactly. No matter what way Boris...
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    [COVID-19] General Discussion

    Unfortunately, any and all natural factors still hinge on competent leadership. The key difference between the UK and New Zealand in COVID results is not because of population density. Nor is it proximity to other large population centres. Comparing to Singapore and South Korea proves that...
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    [COVID-19] General Discussion

    Ignore function?
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    [COVID-19] General Discussion

    Problem will be Arlene and her "precious union". She'll want to remove any blockages to movement very quickly - far quicker than would be rational.
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    [COVID-19] General Discussion

    On the running averages, around 15% of those MPs that were in the house of commons might expect to be contacted and asked to submit themselves for testing. But its a world class system. :rolleyes:
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    [COVID-19] General Discussion

    The thing that really gets me is - these people treat the electorate with contempt, construct manifestos they have no intention of fulfilling, ignore peaceful protests when they are elected, then are left "shocked and bewildered" when folks' frustrations result in demonstrations becoming riotous.
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    A Political Thread

    Switching gears a bit... more of the ol "project fear": https://edition.cnn.com/2020/06/03/business/nissan-brexit-sunderland/index.html
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    [COVID-19] General Discussion

    The briefings are a waste of time. They won't actually answer questions and they don't present accurate information. The media are not roasting them for their behaviour so why continue doing it? If they continue to call a "posted test" a "completed test", call them liars. That is what it is -...
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    A Political Thread

    Indeed. If he wanted evidence of how sh* t happens when people are oppressed by security services and only lip service is paid to the problems by those in charge, maybe he could do with looking a couple hundred miles up the road the stupid c** t. Maybe in profitius' world the Bloody Sunday...
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    [COVID-19] General Discussion

    Yep. Govt are lying through their teeth. edit: Last sentence was factually incorrect, we are at 2 new deaths, 4 new cases, not 0/0.
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