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13 hours ago, NewBornBairn said:

Well, yes and no. That's someone putting the worst possible interpretation on things for whatever reason of their own they may have.

 

Concentration camps were, at the time, an accepted tactic in fighting a mobile guerilla force. The Spanish had used them in Cuba before the Brits and the Americans before that against the Native Americans. Where a guerilla army lives off the land, stealing from farmsteads and threatening small villages to give them supplies and shelter, it makes sense to deny them that by concentrating the civilian population in guarded settlements and burning down the villages and fields. This also means any civilians sympathetic to the guerillas can't help them even if they want to. 

 

The deaths in concentration camps were primarily due to malnutrition and disease, caused by the complete inabiity of the British to maintain decent logistics. But this applied to the British Army too - 21000 soldiers died in the Boer War, about 8000 to enemy action and 13000 to malnutrition and disease - the same things killing civilians in the camps, dysentery and typhoid. Typhoid was common in the UK, caused by poor hygiene it was what killed Prince Albert. 

 

Victorian Britain was shockingly bad at looking after large numbers of people concentrated in small spaces, but it wasn't due to any malign intent, just incompetence and ignorance of the causes of diseases. 

I don’t really know what point JRM is making though? Just that those concentration camps weren’t as bad as the Nazi ones?

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21 minutes ago, Honest_Man#1 said:

I don’t really know what point JRM is making though? Just that those concentration camps weren’t as bad as the Nazi ones?

That living in Glasgow was just as bad. I'm sure things have improved though.

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Well, yes and no. That's someone putting the worst possible interpretation on things for whatever reason of their own they may have.

Aye, concentration probably weren’t that bad...
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30 minutes ago, Honest_Man#1 said:

I don’t really know what point JRM is making though? Just that those concentration camps weren’t as bad as the Nazi ones?

Haven't seen the whole thing but he seemed to be reacting to the woman beside him who was saying Britain invented concentration camps and they were set up to kill people - both false and part of a touchstone for some political types who want to draw a connection with British right of centre politicians and Nazis.

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On 2/12/2019 at 00:10, tongue_tied_danny said:

Every single person with the name "Rob" is an absolute fucking melt.

 

 

"Rog" is even worse.

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On 15/02/2019 at 15:44, NewBornBairn said:

He gets a lot of flak but the posh boy JRM is spot on here -

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-politics-47247835/jacob-rees-mogg-comments-on-concentration-camps

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The usual measurement is of deaths per 100,000 population, and on that measurement camp deaths were an astronomical 24,000/100,000 – more than 10 times that of Glasgow at the time, at 2,124/100,000.

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/17438410.is-rees-moggs-claim-that-the-death-rate-in-glasgow-was-the-same-as-boer-war-concentration-camps-true/?ref=mr&lp=3

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4 minutes ago, tongue_tied_danny said:

Speed is better than cocaine.

Doubt most people who thought they'd bought cocaine would know if they hadn't. I include myself.

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Amy Winehouse wasn't that great. 

Thank you. When she was at her peak popularity it was like not liking Oasis in the 90s.

My turn: Oasis were crap.

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7 hours ago, paranoid android said:

The TV series Hannibal is actually terrible, and the main culprit (aside from the director, obviously), is Mads Mikkelsen. 

I didn't think it was terrible but don't think it came anywhere near its potential.

I binge watched the first 6 or 7 episodes before realising there was something like 18 in the first series alone.  I stuck with it but it became a slog. They dragged it out to f**k with so many pointless filler storylines.  If it stuck to the main storyline for maybe 8 episodes a series it would have been so much better IMO.

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