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Rushen Spy

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  1. We'd never see a penny but it would be interesting to see a financial expert put together an itemised bill to send to Communist China for damages.
  2. Wow, somebody got up out of the wrong side of bed this morning. The "subjective bit" can mean you're not eligible for specific benefits, or the ones you are eligible may be significantly reduced to the point that the assistance is not adequate. The appeal process is not guaranteed to go your way and it is not going to help with immediate financial needs. Even during normal times, you'd be waiting some time. I imagine they'll now have an influx of cases and there will be limitation due to the current circumstances. No, by non-payment I did not mean class 2 self-employed. Self-employed people will already be familiar with NI requirements that relate to them specifically. I meant people who are normally employed, normally have ITIP and NI automatically deducted by their employer, and are now unemployed and living on savings. That is a different situation. However, even with class 2, it can be complicated by numerous factors at this exact moment in time due to individual circumstances. All I am saying is, people currently out of work should be mindful about NI payments.
  3. As commendable as that is, I'd be careful when it comes to national insurance contributions. If you're not still paying NI and you find things go on for too long and eventually do end up needing financial support from the government, you may find (ironically) that the non-payment of NI will be factored against eligibility. That may not be relevant to your own situation but generally-speaking it goes for anybody in the position of not having an income and opting to live on savings instead of support from government -- they should be mindful of that. I think they go by contributions in the last year or so and it makes no difference if you had previously been paying NI without stop for decades, which is rather strange. I wonder if anybody has successfully appealed that and obtained support based on historical contributions?
  4. Life's a bitch, and she's back in heat!
  5. Could Rob please stop using that bright red picture of a virus in so many posts. It is starting to give me anxiety whenever I see it and I am sure there are many others who are getting distressed by it. What is the relevance or need for it beyond screen clickbait?
  6. I always liked Buster. He didn't take any nonsense from anybody, including any of you lot.
  7. I can't think of a better time to give up alcoholism. That being said, I am very concerned about the spike in domestic abuse/violence incidents, as the problem will be much higher than is being reported. It's a catch 22: alcohol is a factor in a lot of domestic abuse, while removing alcohol from these scumbags would probably also lead to domestic abuse. This possible consequence is the only reason why I would genuinely hesitate to stop all sale of alcohol. P.S. I can't respond to any further posts until tomorrow as I am restricted to three posts per day. Even common sense is now subject to rationing orders due to limited supply.
  8. There is sufficient supply[1] in their warehouses; there just isn't sufficient storage space in each individual store, leading to more pressure to re-shelve. Emptying the alcohol aisles would solve that problem, or at least reduce it. [1] There are some exceptions, but that doesn't extend to the entire range of goods being restricted.
  9. SERIOUS OPINION /QUESTION HERE: Alcoholic drinks are not essential items. I know, I know; I love a glass of wine as much as the next person. That being said, should the supermarkets stop selling alcohol and start using those aisles to stock items currently restricted to 2 or 3 per customer, so they can increase it to 3 or 4 per customer? Seems a little crazy that I am restricted to three little sweet and sour stir fry sachets but Karen and Becky can buy whole trolley loads of Rosé wine.
  10. Ah, yes, I'd never heard of Patrick Henry until today. lmao.
  11. That's now two separate sources which directly allude to his military activities, two sources you clearly didn't even read before linking to them here; and you clearly haven't fully read-up on exactly what those activities entailed.
  12. They're only testing 30 people per day and the rest isn't even reliable or specific to covid-19. The whole thing is ridiculous. These numbers are meaningless. We should re-open the island's internal economy by the end of May at the very latest. We have to be calculated about this: how many will die of covid-19 if we open up the internal economy VS how many will die of covid-19 and the direct and indirect consequences of economic recession caused by continuing to keep the economy closed. A lot of people die every year due to factors that relate to living in poverty or economic uncertainty, a lot more people than will die from covid-19 even if we go with the worst case estimates.
  13. No, but unlike you I am not just reading Wikipedia and you can't even do that right because the very same entry makes references to some of his military activities.
  14. Wikipedia may say he didn't lead troops into battle but that is utter sh1te.
  15. You must not follow the news. In South Korea, they've confirmed that patients are getting the virus again and that it's not due to being re-infected but is the virus coming back.
  16. No, meaning you lack the background education for me to waste my time even discussing the subject with you.
  17. No, but he put his money where his mouth was. Like other leaders of the American Revolution, he led his troops into battle.
  18. I do have it but I'm now recovering. It seems like the worst of it is now thankfully over, but this is the second time I've had it after recovering so I'm being extremely cautious about leaving self-quarantine.
  19. Complex subject. Not a fair comment. But also not relevant to this topic so no point getting into it.
  20. If you think I was melodramatic, take a look at the paragraph of Patrick Henry's 1775 speech that I was quoting from: "It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace-- but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!"
  21. I'm willing risk dying a free person with covid19 rather than continuing to live as a prisoner in this grotesque orwellian society we're morphing into. As somebody once said: give me liberty or give me death.
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