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  1. Dr Simone Gold, Alex Jones, Alex Belfield and Donald Trump….. all losers and liars. There will be others to join the list. Not because there is a conspiracy, but because they are stupid I hope that has cleared that one up
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    A voice of reason?

    Today it was another hot day in Western Europe with peaks over 42C is Spain,41.1C in France,36.6C in Switzerland (Geneva),36.1C in Germany.Tomorrow it will be near record heat in some parts of Germany and Switzerland.Very hot also in Turkey,yesterday 46.9C at Silopi.
  3. Births and deaths in Scotland https://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/files/statistics/births-marriages-deaths-quarterly/22/q1/quarter-1-22-report.pdf
  4. Well you got there in the end I was going to say you need to spell it out very slowly for Dean. But I doubt even that would help much
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    A voice of reason?

    The seasonal decline in Arctic sea ice extent from mid-July onward has proceeded at a near average pace. Extent is currently well below average, but above that observed for recent years. Extent is particularly low in the Laptev Sea sector, but ice extends to near the shore further east. Depending on weather conditions, the southern route through the Northwest Passage may become open. An area of low concentration ice persists over the central Arctic Ocean, extending to near the North Pole, and Antarctic ice extent is still at a record low.
  6. Just to put this graph up https://www.statista.com/statistics/1115077/monthly-deaths-in-england-and-wales/
  7. Alex Jones the Covidiot loon and his lawyer….. https://www.thedailybeast.com/alex-jones-damning-texts-accidentally-sent-to-sandy-hook-lawyer
  8. Here are the comparison figures for heart attack deaths from 2019-2021. Not much to see there. In the younger age groups they have actually reduced https://www.ons.gov.uk/aboutus/transparencyandgovernance/freedomofinformationfoi/heartattackdeathsin201920202021and2022
  9. And you know the health and vaccine status of all these hundreds of acquaintance ? And have seen th DC's of the 6 that died ? Just asking, bcause blood clots and heart attacks were known before the vaccine came out and were associated with Covid infection before....
  10. Can you actually tell us how many people suddenly died annually in the decade before Covid ? If you are trying to tell us you have the basic knowledge to make a judgement, then i guess you can. If you can't, you are just being played by internet 'stuff'
  11. iris123

    European Union - In Or Out?

    Spiralling inflation, crops left in the field and travel chaos: 10 reasons Brexit has been disastrous for Britain ‘The UK is an increasingly lonely, sometimes downright odd presence on the world stage.’ Illustration: Steven Gregor/The Guardian As small businesses crumble, shelves get emptier and the care-worker shortage intensifies, life outside the EU is having a dire effect on many of us. Why aren’t politicians talking about it? John Harris @johnharris1969 Wed 3 Aug 2022 06.00 BST 565 When British politicians talk about Brexit and its consequences, they tend to adopt rictus grins and assure us that, by some miracle as yet unexplained, everything is going to be OK. The Labour leader Keir Starmer, who only a few years ago was a passionate advocate of a second referendum on our exit from the EU, now has a five-point plan to “make Brexit work”. Meanwhile, as the Tory leadership contest grinds on, both the candidates are at pains to claim that life outside the EU is going wonderfully well, or soon will do. No matter that leaving the EU has tangled up businesses in form-filling, fees and a new world of unbelievable complexity: Rishi Sunak says he wants to “go further and faster in using the freedoms Brexit has given us to cut the mass of EU regulations and bureaucracy holding back our growth”. Liz Truss sounds even more zealous: she now wants to scrap all the regulations in UK law that are there as the legacy of our time in the EU by the end of next year, to “make the most of our newfound freedoms outside the EU”. Six years ago, Truss – unlike Sunak – enthusiastically campaigned for remain, but she is now more than happy to eat her words. “I was wrong and I am prepared to admit I was wrong,” she recently told the BBC. “Some of the portents of doom didn’t happen and instead we have actually unleashed new opportunities.” That “some” is a very telling use of language. The peace process in Northern Ireland and the power-sharing arrangement it created – perhaps the greatest achievement of post-Thatcher British politics – have been severely destabilised. The UK is an increasingly lonely, sometimes downright odd presence on the world stage. Most of Europe, indeed, seems to think we have gone collectively mad. And then there is the impact on our everyday lives. In the face of Westminster’s mixture of silence and forced optimism, Brexit is having a measurably dire effect on just about all of us. A recent survey done by the opinion pollsters Ipsos showed that the proportion of Britons who think the UK’s exit from the EU has made their daily life worse has gone up from 30% in June 2021 to 45% now, a figure that includes just under a quarter of people who voted leave. Amid the aftershocks of our national lockdowns, these mounting problems are becoming ever more obvious. And so, by way of filling the informational gap left by our politicians – and, indeed, most of the media – this strange, baking-hot summer seems like a good time to set out just some of Brexit’s apparently endless downsides. Starting with … 1 Labour shortages Nadra Ahmed, chair of the National Care Association. Britain in 2022 is a country of long waits, spiralling queues and that omnipresent feeling that not nearly enough people are being employed to keep everything running. Our shortage of workers extends from pubs to hospitals: one of the most worrying examples is what is happening to adult social care, which is already reeling from the pandemic. To state the blindingly obvious, despite its self-evident importance, care is a low-paid, low-status line of work, which tends to have high rates of staff turnover. As the number of older people increases, so does the prevalence of often chronic health conditions, which means we need more and more care workers. But Brexit has pulled an already struggling part of our social fabric into even greater crisis. It’s been devastating. We’ve lost a lot of our European colleagues. They felt unwanted, unsafe and undervalued Nadra Ahmed, National Care Association “It’s been devastating,” says Nadra Ahmed, the chair of the National Care Association, which represents small and medium-sized care providers. “It’s made an already declining situation, much, much worse. We’ve lost a lot of our European colleagues. They decided they no longer wanted to stay. They felt unwanted, unsafe, undervalued.” Two years ago, she tells me, 5.2% of those starting new jobs in adult social care were foreign nationals; now, that figure is less than 2%. Under pressure from care employers, the government recently relaxed stringent restrictions on visas for care workers, but staffing problems continue to mount. To make things even worse, Brexit-related labour shortages in other fields of work are pulling people away from care in increasing numbers, with obvious consequences. In May 2021, the vacancy rate in adult social care was 5.9%. In April this year, it reached 10%. For people who need residential care, the effects can be grim. “A lot of providers have stopped taking people from hospitals who are high-need, because they don’t have the staff to cope,” says Ahmed. “Or they’ve closed a percentage of the beds in their services. If you’ve got a 30-bed service, you might bring it down to 25 beds, so you’ve got the right ratio of staff.” And what does that mean for people who need care? “Well, they’re often stuck in hospital, which is why you hear about all issues in the NHS with that awful term ‘bedblocking’. That’s people sitting in NHS hospitals who are medically fit for discharge, but they can’t be placed anywhere because no service can deliver the care.” 2 What Brexit means for British food-growers Ali Capper inspects the blossom on her apple trees at her farm in Worcestershire. Photograph: Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP Britain is seemingly short of food, hunger is an increasingly visible problem, and empty shelves in supermarkets are now an ingrained part of everyday life – but we are also throwing away tonnes of produce. Ali Capper is the owner of a farm in Worcestershire that grows apples and hops. When harvests peak between late August and mid-October, she needs about 70 temporary employees. “We’re pretty small-to-medium in that respect,” she says. “There are soft fruit growers who’ll employ 1,000 to 1,500 for the summer, and vegetable growers who need more like 2,500 to 3,000.” Since 2017, getting enough workers has been an annual headache. “If you haven’t got labour, you can’t harvest your crop, and you don’t have a business,” she says. “It’s as simple as that. And we’ve had two years when we’ve had to walk past crops: that’s how we describe it. You have to start prioritising. You leave the less good, or the marginal, or the second-pick: the crop that might not get you the highest return.” What proportion of her produce has been thrown away? “I’m not going to crystal-ball this season,” she says. “But in previous seasons, we’ve probably left behind up to 25%. That’s really painful.” Where does it leave the business? “Well, I would say that in fresh produce, many businesses are questioning their sustainability.” Since the referendum, the makeup of her workforce has drastically changed. It used to be split between people from Poland, Romania and Bulgaria, many of whom would come back three or four seasons running, and become expert pickers. Now, workers come from such countries as Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Ukraine and Russia – and convulsive recent events in the latter two countries have meant more people only coming for a single period, which has led to a drop in productivity. There is also, Capper says, a rising issue with some of the export companies she deals with, as evidenced by a Worcestershire-based hops merchant she knows who is about to set up a new warehouse in Poland. “Hops is an international business,” she says. “If he brings hops in from Australia or America, and he wants to package them up with hops from the UK and send everything into Europe, he’s paying double duty. The only way of avoiding that is directly importing hops into Europe. So we’re going to see merchants with a focus on Europe rather than here. And that means UK hops will get forgotten.” https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2022/aug/03/spiralling-inflation-crops-left-in-the-field-and-travel-chaos-10-reasons-brexit-has-been-disastrous-for-britain
  12. As we have shown on numerous ocassions before, yes it does happen all the time No idea who this guy is, as you don't give any info on his age, health or vaccine status etc, but here are some facts (from 2014), which you have before and will again ignore, because you have a closed mind. So if he was very fit and under 35 then these stats will apply. If he wasn't so fit and over this age group then he had more chance of course of collapsing..... Someone in the prime of their life -- a professional sports star, teen athlete, marathon runner, or other seemingly healthy person -- isn't supposed to collapse and die from heart disease. But it occasionally happens, making sudden cardiac arrest front-page news. The rare nature of sudden cardiac arrest among the young is precisely what makes it so attention-grabbing. According to the Cleveland Clinic, sudden cardiac death kills 1 in 100,000 to 1 in 300,000 athletes under age 35, more often males. Among the most publicized cases: U.S. Olympic volleyball player Flo Hyman in 1986; college basketball player Hank Gathers in 1990; and professional basketball players Pete Maravich in 1988 and Reggie Lewis in 1993. https://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/features/sudden-cardiac-arrest-why-it-happens
  13. Don't think these so called 'wokes' have anything to do with it We have had NIMBY's for decades. Plus it is just a lack of support and finances. Although that could be an advantage, in that the sport is a minority sport, and could capitalise on that aspect
  14. iris123

    A voice of reason?

    Three million people in the UK will be under a hosepipe ban this month after Kent and Sussex announced emergency drought measures. South East Water said it had “no choice” but to restrict the use of water in its area from 12 August, citing demand this summer breaking “all previous records” amid extreme dry conditions. Last week, Southern Water announced that just under a million people in Hampshire and on the Isle of Wight would be under the same ban from this Friday, because rivers in the area were running dangerously dry. Thames Water and Welsh Water have also warned customers that water restrictions could be on the cards, which could plunge a further 14 million people into restrictions. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/aug/03/south-east-water-announces-hosepipe-ban-kent-and-sussex
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    A voice of reason?

    One of the hottest weeks ever on the Pacific coast, and a couple of firsts
  16. Birth rates shooting back up again in Germany......how can that happen after the vax ? https://www.rbb24.de/panorama/thema/corona/beitraege/2022/07/pandemie-geburtenanstieg-berlin-brandenburg.html
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    Joe Biden

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    'the Donald' Trump

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    'the Donald' Trump

  20. iris123

    A voice of reason?

    July 2022 was the driest July for England since 1935, and the driest July on record for East Anglia, southeast and southern England, according to provisional statistics from the Met Office
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    A voice of reason?

    Belgium's rainfall !!!!!
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