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  1. He must be one of the most high profile people to die from Covid in the US.
  2. I do think a lot of people, including me, underestimate the money made from running a few McDs franchises. I know a few friends of friends who work in that world and they make absolutely massive profits. A friend of mine's partner does the books for a guy who runs several, he makes literally hundreds of thousands a year from them.
  3. Yeah I see the kind of parallels between what both describe. The issue I have with pieces like those is that while they are insightful they can bleed over into making sweeping generalisations about very large and varied groups of people. That said, the article you shared did remind me a lot of growing up in Inverness, there were a few rich people and families in the town and now as I get older its all being handed over to the people I was in school with. The UK is a very different environment to the USA though and Inverness itself is different to a lot of other places in Scotland. For full disclosure I probably come from a family like that, or at least I would've if my dad hadn't sold up all his businesses and retired rather than handing any of it to his kids
  4. I see that Robin Thicke has been accused of inappropriate behaviour with women. It's always the people you least expect isn't it.
  5. Someone retitle the thread "Tunnocks Caramel Wafer Challenge Cup Joint Winners Derby"
  6. Read this interesting article, made me think of this thread. I have a few issues with the article and it’s obviously about the USA so doesn’t translate directly to the UK. https://www.vox.com/the-goods/22673605/upper-middle-class-meritocracy-matthew-stewart
  7. Prof Sarah Gilbert, Covid vaccine creator: Now let’s take on 12 more diseases https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-58898085
  8. The Scottish Conservatives are generally a rural party. The Scottish seats they hold in Westminster and Holyrood are all either in the Borders or the North East, with the exception of one seat in Glasgow I think? Seems fairly unlikely that all these places are teeming with the Orange vote.
  9. https://thehill.com/opinion/national-security/575741-the-2001-anthrax-attacks-were-the-catalyst-for-todays-covid Twenty years ago the US anthrax attacks began, with a lasting impact on the pandemic response n the US.
  10. 25 year old is a British national of Somali heritage, apparently.
  11. The Telegraph are apparently reporting the 25 year old man arrested is from Somalia.
  12. Owen Jones was pretty brutally assaulted for his political views a couple of years ago.
  13. It's safe to say that the real fault for this incident that I don't know the details of lies with the people who I hate.
  14. Yeah, google says that was attributed to the far-right. I can't find any murders of MPs in France in recent years. In Italy the Sicilian mafia murdered a number of politicians during the period of the late 1970s to the early 1990s, as well as judges. Aldo Moro, a former PM, was murdered by the Red Brigades in 1978. Pim Fortuyn was murdered in Rotterdam in 2002. ETA has murdered a number of SPanish politicians during their campaign.
  15. Has any comparable country had two members of Parliament murdered in the last five years?
  16. Amess published a book a year or so ago that had this passage about the murder of Jo Cox.
  17. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_serving_British_MPs_who_were_assassinated
  18. Police have detained someone and say that there is no wider danger to the public.
  19. MP for Southend West David Amess has reportedly been stabbed multiple times during a constituency surgery. No real details at present but reports on Twitter say armed police are on the scene. Obviousiy the reports bring the mind the murder of Jo Cox in 2016. There have also been attacks on MPs in recent years at surgeries - Stephen Timms, MP for East Ham, was stabbed by an al-Queda supporter at his office in 2010 and Andrew Pennington, a case worker for Cheltenham MP Nigel Jones, was murdered when a constituent of Jones attacked both men with a samurai sword.
  20. Google says that he is worth $90m - he’s been a top NBA player for a decade and will have been paid hundreds of millions of dollars in that time frame, both in salary and endorsements. Still, there is no shortage of super rich American sportsmen who have gone bankrupt. AlsoIrving is an absolute moon howler,
  21. I didn’t realise that Claudia Webbes predecessor as MO for Leicester East was Keith Vaz. Out of the “buying drugs for hookers” frying pan into the “threatening women over the phone” fire. Tories came within 6,000 votes in 2019. I’m sure there’s been talk of growing support for Conservatives among the Indian community specifically, who make up a large percentage of the population in Leicester East. Going to keep an eye for my by-election gambling streak.
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