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About Sciatika

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  1. Media / Press

    Probably. I was making the point that protesting about the use of physical force by US police officers fails to speak to the issues of UK people.
  2. Media / Press

    One of the problems we have in the UK is that too many of our kids imagine that our problems, which there are many, are the same as the problems in the US. They aren't. We very rarely see deaths on our streets as a result of police actions. In the last ten years, 163 people have died in police custody in England and Wales according to the IOPC. Of these 163 deaths: 140 were white, 13 were black and 10 were from other minority groups. However, for blacks, the rate-per-1000 of the population is about twice as high as it is for whites although it is still quite low. We do see a lot of behaviours that seem to target black communities such as stop and search (or, at least, they are perceived as such). One of the reasons for this is that blacks tend to live in poorer, urban communities with a greater prevalence of the crimes that are associated with it.
  3. Leicester City 0 Chelsea 1

    There must be something wrong with me. Every time I see the third (black) kit, I am reminded of Victorian bathing costumes.
  4. Media / Press

    I wonder how many Chelsea fans were in Liverpool to cause all the trouble there.
  5. New Stadium Plans

    What's "normal"?
  6. New Stadium Plans

    I expect he will evaluate his options as a businessman. What will it cost in capital outlay? Can I ease those costs by spreading them over time or finding a partner? What extra revenue will I get in return? Can the extra revenue make a significant difference when attempting to increase the value of the club as an asset? and so on.
  7. Aston Villa 1 Chelsea 2

    Just beer in the house (except the slug beer!)
  8. Media / Press

    So apparently, a Norwich player was tested on Thursday/Friday and played a friendly against Spurs (4 x 30 minute quarters). Subsequently, when the results of the test came back, it was positive. This means the Norwich player had the virus while playing and has to self-isolate. All players he has come into contact with should also self-isolate. That should be all the Norwich and Spurs players in the same area of the pitch at the same time. We would expect that to be mostly Spurs players because players on the same side avoid occupying the same space. However, the PL/Spurs have decided that the contact was less than 15 minutes and therefore does not count. According to Spurs, “Close contacts been defined by gvnmnt as being within 2m of confirmed case for 15mins or more. Norwich player in question confirmed he had no ‘close contacts’ with our team + our squad has also verified this”. So if the players say he did not come into contact they simply accept it. How is a player on the pitch and not have 15 minutes contact with someone? What is he doing on the pitch if he does not? Farce.
  9. Coronavirus COVID-19

    Mark Blyth (the political economist) did a youtube video on this recently. I am not a big fan of his, but I can't argue with his analysis. As he says, almost all government borrowing is ultimately resolved through growth making the value of the debt smaller rather than straight repayment especially in the "mustang" economies (eg US, UK). Without being depressing, the biggest problem we have (both nationally and internationally) at the moment is the lack of growth and the "big" issues will be those that have a detrimental impact on growth for the next 20 years or so and how we respond to them. These are not things like the virus, these are things like global warming, globalisation and so on. But, we have to separate what is urgent and what is important. The most urgent thing is to get people back to work as soon as possible to get the economy moving again. People need to understand that economic decline will reverse many gains made in the last 20 years (which, despite the complaints are, globally, huge). The decline will kill many more people than the virus (actually by factors of magnitude). We have to try to avoid that. That means getting people back to work. Hiding in our homes will make it worse, not better. So, for instance, the whole thing about opening schools is to make it possible for parents to work. School children are unlikely to suffer too much if they catch it, there is no evidence apart from anecdotal, that children give it to adults. On the downside, many children are being damaged by lack of interaction with their peer groups (this is important in socialisation) and there is the issue of children from less wealthy backgrounds missing out entirely because the quality of teaching is very inconsistent across socio-economic groups. However, the key driver is getting the parents back to work to create growth. The tax they pay is helpful in keeping things ticking over but its the growth that whittles down the value of the debt. We don't need to be stupid about it - we need to target the most important risks like shielding the vulnerable (which are mainly the elderly), keep the infection rate low so our health systems can cope and so on. I think there will be a push to change the 2m rule to a 1m rule soon to make it easier for small businesses, especially those in hospitality, to get back to work. 2m was always a bit arbitrary from science. Measures like track and trace and the quarantine will be dropped because of lack of compliance. We have a quite different culture which rejects these kinds of impositions. Our response to be nuanced, regional/local and so on. Put another way, we need to "box clever".
  10. Favourite Chelsea Matches

    McNulty is always more interested in the "iconic moments" that appeal to his emotional side rather than being weighed down by what actually happened.
  11. Transfer Talk Topic

    The offer may not have changed but the context has, I suppose.
  12. Transfer Talk Topic

    I have been watching a lot of old games. I have always rated Kane as decent but not outstanding. Watching these games, it seemed obvious that Kane wasn't as brilliant as being made out maybe because of the England connection. But these were old games from when he first broke into the Spurs side. The 24-year old Kane of 2018 is a far better player than the 22-year old Kane of 2016. Maybe my opinion of Kane is a consequence of my opinion of him when he was very young.
  13. Media / Press

    According to a BBC interview, Harry Redknapp would like to buy a football club. How does a man who, in order to avoid prosecution for tax evasion, relies on evidence in court that he is both dyscalculic and dyslexic pass a test that he is a fit and proper person to own a football club?
  14. Coronavirus COVID-19

    Loaf in the Time of Corona
  15. Coronavirus COVID-19

    I should have said... You should see flour beginning to turn up in most stores now. The problem is not lack of flour itself. The panic rush to buy flour left us short of small denomination packages. The milling industry was not ready for that. But they have been working on it and the shortages should be easing off now. I checked a few stores and flour is becoming more readily available, both British and Canadian flour (I.e. the strong flour you need for breadmaking). I don't really do cakes and that.