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statsguy

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Medical statistician. Foodie. Gardener. Cebollista. Political views: reality-based.

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Miriamm, to random
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This morning Ireland officially recognised Palestine as an independent state. Our history of struggle and oppression has taught us the value of freedom and justice, and we always stand unwaveringly with the oppressed. I’m very proud to be Irish today
🇮🇪🇵🇸✊🏾 https://news.sky.com/story/ireland-and-norway-recognise-palestine-as-independent-state-13141083

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@Miriamm You are right to be. I just wish we had politicians like that over here.

statsguy, to Cybersecurity
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I've noticed that several websites where I've been happily using 2FA with them sending me an SMS message for years seem to want me to switch to using an authenticator app instead.

Is that really more secure? How? And if so, is that level of security realistically needed for anything a normal person might do except banking?

#cybersecurity

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@tshirtman Thanks!

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@tshirtman Thanks, I'll check it out

RickiTarr, to random
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The most ridiculous thing about cop procedural shows is when they ask where a person was, and what they were doing at a specific time the person always has perfect and immediate recall. I'd be desperately trying to remember what day of the week that was, and trying to open my phone calendar. If I was the cop, I'd immediately be suspicious of the person who remembered exactly where they were and what they were doing.

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@RickiTarr I hope I never walk from my living room to my kitchen and unexpectedly find a cop there who asks me "what did you come in here for?"

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Good grief. Whenever I think British politics is fucked up beyond repair, I see that someone from across the pond is standing there saying "hold my beer".

What next: are they going to ban hand washing? Condoms? Seat belts in cars?

https://www.wral.com/story/nc-senate-votes-to-ban-people-from-wearing-masks-in-public-for-health-reasons/21433199/

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“When I see people say Eurostar is shrinking it drives me crazy, because it’s really not true,” says CEO Cazenave to the FT

https://www.ft.com/content/97f7a39b-0536-40e2-bbdd-e1d755418804

Yeah, because you merged with Thalys - so, surprise surprise, you transported more people

Passenger numbers London - Paris/Bruxelles are still down on the last pre-pandemic year, not least because Eurostar now no longer serves Ebbsfleet and Ashford

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@jon One thing I've noticed since I've started doing my European trips by rail instead of air is how much more expensive it is.

I'm sure Eurostar numbers would increase if someone could sort out transport taxation and subsidies so that train travel wasn't such an expensive option (or air travel wasn't so cheap).

But I guess I'm preaching to the choir here :)

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@jon Ah OK, fair enough. I'm sure you've looked into this in way more detail than I have. But either way, it seems that some sort of government action is needed to make prices competitive with flying, right?

And am I right in thinking that one of the constraints on Eurostar capacity is the time it takes for all the additional passport checks after Brexit?

RickiTarr, to random
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What is the thing(s) that attracts you to a person romantically or otherwise?

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@RickiTarr Kindness and a sense of humour

RichardJMurphy, to random
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The Greens were the biggest winners in the local elections, so why aren’t they getting fair air time? https://www.taxresearch.org.uk/Blog/2024/05/07/the-greens-were-the-biggest-winners-in-the-local-elections-so-why-arent-they-getting-fair-air-time/
Proportionately, the Greens won most seats at the recent local elections, but they are denied airtime, and we get Reform instead. Why?

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@RichardJMurphy Oh, I know that one.

It's because they're the only mainstream left-wing party in the UK at the moment, and the ruling elite will not allow us to vote for a left-wing party.

See also: Corbyn.

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@Wen @RichardJMurphy Sorry, not with you. We were talking about the Greens, not the SNP

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Happy Star Wars Day to all who celebrate

fkamiah17, to USpolitics
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“We are not an authoritarian nation where we silence people and squash dissent"
Joe Biden at a press conference this afternoon.

I'm sure I don't need to add pictures of BU, New Hampshire, Georgia, South Florida, Austin or UCLA at this point.

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@fkamiah17 Despite that, Biden is still a million times better than Trump, but if he loses to Trump this November he will have only himself to blame.

Do not piss off all the students if you rely on young people to get elected.

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@fkamiah17 He could indeed. I doubt he will.

I was talking to an American colleague last week who seems to think it's pretty much nailed on that Trump will win now.

So the big decision my colleague needs to make next is whether to move to Canada or Europe. He is not minded to stay in the US if Trump wins. I imagine he's not the only one.

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@fkamiah17 That's just one person's opinion, so he could be wrong, but it sounds plausible to me. Biden's stand on Israel is seriously pissing off people who would otherwise vote for him.

Just checked the betting odds. 11/10 on Trump, and the same on Biden. So I guess the bookies at least think it's not a done deal yet.

I think I got about 3:1 when I bet on Trump, so glad I placed my bet when I did. And I'm still hoping my unfailing talent for losing bets will keep Trump out.

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@fkamiah17 I've bet on the Tories to win the next GE here as well.

Trust me. I always lose my bets.

lauren, (edited ) to random
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Will Trump spend any time in jail or prison? This includes any brief periods for contempt of court, etc.

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@lauren Sadly, the rich and powerful always seem to find a way to escape justice, so I suspect he will get away with all his crimes.

I really hope I'm wrong.

GottaLaff, to random
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Via Angry Staffer:

…Project 2025 ..

  • would let red states monitor & prosecute women who get abortions

  • won’t commit to defending NATO nations

  • wd fire attys who won’t prosec his political opponents

  • suspend posse comitatus & deploy the military on US soil

  • wd end pandemic preparedness office

  • wd fire 1000s of civil servants

  • pardon all J6 rioters

  • try to make law enf officers immune from prosec

If this doesn’t scare the living shit out of you, you aren’t paying attention.

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@TCatInReality @benroyce @GottaLaff That's fair. I am deeply disappointed with Biden's stance on Israel, but he has a helluva way to go before he even comes close to Trump in terms of being dreadful.

fkamiah17, to UKpolitics
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When the Reform Party lose Julia Heartless Bastard.
from Talk TV last night

JHB: "You would leave asylum seekers to drown in the channel?"

Ben Habib: "Absolutely"

JHB: "That is not a policy that a civilised country should endorse"

BH: "Why is that uncivilised?"

JHB: "Because we don't leave people to drown.. I don't want these people here, but I wouldn't leave them to drown.. I don't think anyone in the border force or Royal Navy that would do that"

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@fkamiah17 Well it's a business trip, so the amount of fun is a bit limited, but on the plus side it does mean that when we go out for dinner this evening not only will the food be good, but also someone else is paying

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@fkamiah17 That must have been a fantastic experience going to uni there. I kind of regret never doing anything like that when I was a young thing.

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@fkamiah17 Indeed. Before covid I did a lot of business travel, and it could be a bit of a chore.

Though right now, at least it has novelty value again: it was very slow to come back after covid, and I only did my first business trip of the covid era in January this year. Though now it's back it seems to be properly back. This is my third trip this year.

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@fkamiah17 I guess Paris has advantages and disadvantages much like any other big city. But I think it is one of my favourite big cities.

My favourite place to visit in France is Epernay, mainly because of the nice fizzy drinks they do there.

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@fkamiah17 I have enjoyed many a bottle of that. Yes, I really must make the effort to go and see it in its natural habitat sometime.

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@fkamiah17 My post covid travel resolution is to do all my travel by train if at all possible. I've only flown once since covid, and that was to Riga, which is a bit of a bugger to get to by train.

I've been to Berlin, Prague, and Lausanne by train, and although it takes longer than flying, it's so much more pleasant.

Off to Valencia next month, also by train.

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@fkamiah17 I'm not a port drinker other than in exceptional circumstances. Even a small amount seems to give me the hangover from hell.

But I am keen to go to the SW of France sometime before too long to meet Adeline, whom I have adopted.

https://domainejones.com/adopt-a-vine/dddf51d0-5424-45d3-b6df-4d17fa37e399

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