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General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: May 28, 2020, 11:29:31 AM »
Emily Maitlis has been removed from presenting tonight's edition of Newsnight by the BBC, simply for stating, correctly, that Dominic Cummings broke the lockdown rules.

This seems to be the way things are inexorably going under this Tory government, alright.

BBC have been in the pocket of the Torys since Dave Cameron put a load of mates in high ranking positions when he was PM.

Maitlis and a few others, mostly females kinda row against their editorial line and get their wings clipped every once in a while.

Yet another car crash by Boris yesterday in front of a commons select committee, even the Torys on it were cutting holes in him, but he's still the man to "get Brexit done" and that's all that matters it seems.

Hancock is spectacular at the minute asking people to do their civic duty if called upon to isolate for 14 days and in the same breath say that Cummings did nothing wrong.


General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: May 27, 2020, 03:22:59 PM »
Coronavirus: Why did Dominic Cummings say he predicted it?

The internet archive Wayback Machine, which tracks the changing versions of publicly available websites, shows that the blog was edited some time between 9 April and 3 May this year (after the pandemic started) to insert the reference to coronavirus and Chinese labs. This was first pointed out by a data scientist Jens Wiechers on social media, and can be seen here.

It is in the form of a new quote from an article already linked to in the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists. It was not in the original blog.

And the sitemap of Mr Cumming's blog corroborates this, showing that this post was indeed edited at 20:55:20 on the evening of 14 April this year, still available here. This happens to be the day Mr Cummings returned to work from his Durham trip.

It is a mystery why he felt the need to burnish his credentials as a coronavirus sage so much that he pointed to having explicitly warned about something that was only added to his blog after the event.

There is no other reference to coronavirus or Sars or Mers on his blog. There is a page on the mathematics of pandemic modelling and "herd immunity" in a long essay written on the education system in 2013, but no references to coronaviruses.

It is difficult to see why editing a year-old personal blog would have been on any list of priorities for any No 10 official on a day like that - in the middle of the period where hospital deaths had peaked the previous week, but care home deaths were still mounting.

But Mr Cummings clearly felt the need on Monday to point to examples of prescience on this specific issue.

Full house of sociopathy and egomania. How is this guy not just an actual politician?

He can't mask his abject lack of empathy or any other emotion as well as some of the other gobshites doing the media rounds at the minute trying to defend the indefensible.

GAA Discussion / Re: GAA Response to Coronavirus
« on: May 26, 2020, 04:23:13 PM »
Walking tracks are open, are they not?

No, but that decision is to be reviewed by Croke Park on the 7th of June IIRC.

General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: May 26, 2020, 02:28:29 PM »
No CV-19 deaths reported in NI today.

That's a positive.

General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: May 26, 2020, 02:23:04 PM »
The simplest explanation, Cummings had to go into quarantine with his family and decided to get out of dodge and travel up north.

The palatable truth in a few words, the spinning of the lie took forever, fabrication from start to finish. As somebody quipped, about as convincing as Dick Van Dyke's cockney accent in Mary Poppins.  I think his throat dried up after 5 seconds and when he had to leave the script to answer questions, he made all these strange grumblings while trying to find the script in his head.

However, Tripadvisor have rumbled Cummings, all his reviews of his family's experience at Barnard Castle on the occasion of his wife's birthday, have been deemed false and removed.
Message from Tripadvisor: Due to a recent event that has attracted media attention and has caused an influx of review submissions that do not describe a first-hand experience, we have temporarily suspended publishing new reviews for this listing.

Except he travelled back down to London half way through and went back up for his wifes birthday.

He's a lying hoor, no shocker there and the British people will get over it, but what I find interesting is how reliant Boris and the cabinet are on him.
Boris is a lazy good for nothing, not into detail and relies on Cummins to do the spade work for him. Cummins is pulling the strings it seems and the verbal gymnastics the likes of Gove were getting into this morning beggars belief.

They've no backbone at all.

General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: May 26, 2020, 01:44:52 PM »
He made an error of judgement as a parent. I wouldn't be for throwing the man to the wolves over that.

Nah, sorry, not having that.

If it were Dominic Pleb and the wife & child who made the same journey, he'd be happy enough seeing them prosecuted.

People the length of the country were facing those difficult decisions, indeed, some facing far more difficult decisions.

Being a parent had fck all to do with his decisions, it was his wife's birthday the day he drove to the Castle and inbetween him being at deaths door according to an article his wife wrote about that time period.

Image being so sick that you're eyesight was a bit ropey you'd plop your 4yo kid and wife in the car and go for a drive to see if you were OK.

Only a moron buys that one.

General discussion / Re: TV Show recommendations
« on: May 26, 2020, 09:14:25 AM »
Went to college in Belfast with a lad who played basketball for Dungannon back in the late 80's. I think they played in that league also.

Are those teams still on the go?

Hurling Discussion / Re: Hurling Needs a heavier sliotar
« on: May 26, 2020, 08:26:21 AM »
Watching the older games more closely, it looks like the sliotar hasn't changed that much after all. Keepers like Ger Cunningham or Niall Patterson could virtually hit the ball the length of the field 30 years ago. Outfield players could drive it far at various times.
The biggest change has been the hurleys. The 'sweet spot' is bigger now. In previous years the hurley was shaped more to suit ground hurling, which lead to far more mis-hits and poor connections out of the hand. This is the biggest reason there was lots of 30 and 40 metre clearances. Under any pressure at all, a player generally hit the ball but didn't get great purchase on it.

Add to that, players are technically better and fitter nowadays. Far less one-sided players, in game fatigue not such a factor, players more likely to move the ball to a spare player instead of striking under pressure. Everyone numbered 5 to 15 is expected to pop it over the bar from half way if they get a look at the posts.

If you want to increase the ball-in-play time and reduce everyone shooting on sight, simply introduce negative scoring. A team gets docked a point for every 4 wides they hit.

Agree its more to do with technique and hurleys than sliothar weight. But for me its the man in space that will put the ball over the bar from the other end of the field not the man under pressure. And the hand pass has been perfected to the point that delivering to a man in space is a lot easier than 30 years ago. Reducing the number of handpasses would reduce that opportunity and give the opposition a better chance of defending the pass and the score. More stick passing would be more attractive too.

The pitch in Croke Park is longer now than it was back then, almost 10 metres longer IIRC.

Back then the ball was made of a cork core wrapped in cotton thread which in a dry day was dead on but in the wet was a tonne weight.

General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: May 22, 2020, 01:42:47 PM »
Someone noted on facebook this morning that they're talking about a mass vaccine for a disease that they have trouble devising a proper mass test for.

The test will be available 6 months before the vaccine and  will help control it in the meantime.

Boris and his mates will have the test available in just over a week so that the English schools can open.

Hope its better than the current 100K a day tests where they double count taking your nasal swab and the throat swab even though both are needed for confirmation.

Gangsters and Charlatans.

General discussion / Re: China Coronavirus
« on: May 22, 2020, 10:08:20 AM »
I've an awful itch at the bottom of my back and above my legs. Does anyone know if this is a sympton ?

Give it a scratch then stick said finger in your mouth.

If you can't smell or taste anything then your in bother as that's now a symptom.

Let us know how you get on.

General discussion / Re: Sinn Fein? They have gone away, you know.
« on: May 21, 2020, 08:54:56 AM »
SF leading from the front would say within 15 years border will be gone imo.Conor Murphy is a top class Finance Minster who is looking after the disadvantaged.Deirdre Hargey has been even more impressive with the speed she has managed to get on top of her brief.

JC goes to get popcorn....

I would have done alright  ;D

Skeog must be a shinnerbot  8)  (Need to get a balaclava emoji)

General discussion / Re: Sinn Fein? They have gone away, you know.
« on: May 20, 2020, 01:58:01 PM »
Jim Wells and Gavin Robinson trying to rewrite GFA at the minute, saying any Irish identity or citizenship someone born in the North has is merely in addition to their Britishness.

Whilst the DUP weren't ever there at it's inception.

Speaking of Barna, love the name Cois Fharraige used by the local GAA clubs Barna and Spiddal when the amalgamate for hurling.

General discussion / Re: Sinn Fein? They have gone away, you know.
« on: May 20, 2020, 08:58:52 AM »
11+ plus, supervised it many a time, didn't really agree with it in principal, as its alot of pressure on children at a young age, but u don't dispose of sthing until the new procedure is up and running. Now children do multi exams and not even in their own school environment. That lies solely at Sinn Feins door as they forced through doing away with the test and didn't give a shit if a new process was in place or not.

No, it doesn't. SF made a recommendation after the Burns report. The test was removed by the Labour education secretary Jane Kennedy at the time because she felt the same way.

You're wasting your time redhand, I've provided the links to all the information and it's still the Shinners fault.

The thing is you're right in saying Kennedy did remove the 11+ and then subsequently Ruane tried to introduce profiling but was gerrymandered in her attempts at Stormont.

Was always told that Ballyhackamore was the townload of the big bum...

Not sure if true.

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