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  1. With previous incidents, I gather it took a while to establish what had happened and how. Your claim rests on people already knowing what happened, and choosing to cover it up. In other words, you posit a conspiracy, in order to suggest that other people believe there is a conspiracy. Apart from the logical fallacy, circular reasoning and straw man, I wonder why you feel the need to do this?
  2. The general view is that the markets are the most likely. However, you'd be foolish to discount possible leaks from the facilities where these things are developed. Perhaps you know that SARS is reported to have escaped from labs on six occasions, four of them in China. And foot and mouth is reported to have escaped some years back from a Pirbright lab, which would help explain why they are very quick to refute any suggestions of a connection between this and their current work. Mistakes happen, even at places dealing with the deadliest things, where the need for the highest levels of
  3. Perhaps you have misread what I wrote, and conflated it with something you have read elsewhere. As I said, the Pirbright patent was an example of people developing coronaviruses, in that case of a type different to the one in the news. The point was simply to illustrate that people are developing viruses in various places for various reasons, in support of the notion that the one in question may have been developed and have somehow escaped. To present this as being a suggestion that the Pirbright one is the same, or the cause of the current epidemic, is a distortion of what I wrote,
  4. There is a conspiracy theory doing the rounds, ie that it was developed as biowarfare. That is very different from what I said. Presumably the PIrbright thing refers to that. The Wuhan research centre does research on viruses which can cross from bats to other animals, I gather, among other things. It is the most biosecure facility in China, and therefore works on the more dangerous things, including things that can cross to humans. It's not a great leap of the imagination, nor a conspiracy theory, to think that some failure in security procedures may have allowed something to escape
  5. There are suggestions that the virus was developed deliberately, perhaps as a treatment for something, and that something went wrong. For example, here is a patent taken out a year ago for presumably a different coronavirus, developed to treat bronchial disease in poultry.
  6. That tool Levy, again. Incomprehensible that any management figure, in any occupation, would behave in this way to his/her staff. Ever. If you ever work for such a person, leave, asap.
  7. Maradona's pretty wide these days, and probably available?
  8. And the hair all over everything, and wanting pre-shredded mozzarella, and the way she says "posta". She speaks like she's sedated. I guess she'd be even more smug otherwise. But on the bright side, it gives me an idea for a video about cooking with someone from an Edinburgh housing estate: Cooking With Harris Pilton.
  9. It's only Canada as far as I know. I'm interested that the reality of customer preference, at least there, doesn't fit the impression we are given that these things are much in demand. Avoiding these products and having a plant-based diet are in no sense incompatible or contradictory, but the corporations would have us think that eating plant-based means buying their (very profitable) sludge.
  10. More on pretend burgers: Tim Hortons removes Beyond Meat offerings from remaining locations I've never tried them, and never will, but it's interesting that the customer demand which has been much talked up recently doesn't seem to be present in these locations. It would be good if people who want to avoid meat would eat plants, and stay away from extruded sludge churned out in factories, like a tribute act to the very worst (wurst?) sausages.
  11. That vaguely rings a bell, but I'm not at all sure. Any such request should be turned down. Especially in light of the further emails reported today, which are more damning and suggest that several people were very well aware of the dangers.
  12. I wasn't commenting on the pay, and I agree the issue is the difference with the curators' pay - must be demoralising for the people doing the core work without which no-one would be dropping by for a coffee. It's the up-itself way of expressing it that I was looking at. Like a more hipster version of the worst corporate drivel.
  13. Don't do it. They're full of artificial factory shite. If you want a non-meat burger, just make one. Mushrooms, onions, garlic, green or brown lentils, spices, egg to bind. The factory shite won't be better than you can make, but it will contain more bad stuff.
  14. Saved, for future use. Bound to come in handy.
  15. Truly, it is the end of days. I can't quite tell if it's real, or an amusing parody of themselves as a form of sending up post-structuralist, gender-non-conforming, woke narcissism. But I fear it's real.
  16. You must say three Our Fathers, and three Hail Marys, and your sin shall be absolved.
  17. This utter moron is his lawyer, apparently. I've heard stronger and more intellectually rigorous arguments from three-year-olds, admittedly not on the same issue.
  18. I imagine the HSE will want to establish whether any presumptions and miscalculations were bad enough to constitute criminal negligence. This must override any consideration of getting them to speak to the inquiry.
  19. It's not obvious from the very brief excerpts I've seen that they knew the panels were lethal in the event of fire. They may claim they knew the panels would fail, but that failure would take the form of falling away harmlessly, not creating a giant torch. Detailed investigation should inquire what was known in the professions about this, and what people employed in these professions should reasonably be expected to have known if they were exercising an acceptable level of care, diligence and professional expertise, and the case for criminal prosecution should be determined on that basis
  20. The people involved in selecting and installing the cladding are now reported as demanding protection against prosecution if they are to give evidence to the inquiry. Looks like the inquiry needs to ignore them, and the HSE and police should instead proceed energetically to establish whether criminal offences have occurred.
  21. Some quite shocking correspondence now coming out.
  22. Why is there a picture of Yoda on his stomach?
  23. Having seen some of your other posts, I'm inclined to think you might actually believe that, and yet have the capacity to understand you're being lied to. Weird.
  24. It's a massive social issue in France, and it's not being reported here. The reason for that doesn't seem to be based on news values. In the comparison with the way a tiny and transient protest in Iran was covered, the issue is laid bare. The Iran protest involving a couple of hundred people for an hour or so, had absolutely no impact on or relevance to British people. So the motive for coverage is not how far it affects Brits. It was covered because doing so furthers the agenda which the UK media have been assiduously following, and not for the reasons which their profession would cl
  25. More interesting reporting, with a massive protest against US occupation of Iraq being reported as hundreds of people. To be fair, there must have been a point in time at which the protest consisted only of hundreds of people, and another point in time at which it consisted of 17 people, or 49 people. But it's not how any objective report would cover it.
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