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  1. We've been paying for our bags in Wales for a while now, never seen anyone stupid enough to do that... Just take them with you or dig deep for the 5/10p and not make a scene because someone's following legislation. It's like rolling on the floor and having a strop because someone's asked for your ID before selling you alcohol/cigarettes.
  2. I'm surprised that I didn't find a several hundred comments deep thread about our dear leader today. It seems that one snub too far has led an old uni 'friend' to spill the beans on DC's actions whilst at uni and it's fair to say that the bacon has hit the fan. Is this something that can be spun into obscurity or has Mr Cameron just watched his credibility and mandate walk out of the door?
  3. Ha ha, my mind is in the gutter... Anyway, yeah - to carry anything 'worth' carrying then you're into massively expensive and complex multicopters and in all honesty even then a poorly aimed shotgun shell would drop it. Every part of them is 'flight critical' so if one part fails, it's all going down unless you've built in some serious redundancy at that's where you eat into payload, flight time and complexity. You're honestly better putting whatever it is you want to deliver in a box and sending it via Yodel...
  4. To be fair, the payload restrictions are such that you'd struggle to carry anything of consequence. There are far more effective ways of delivering death and destruction than a few hundred pounds worth of hobbyist drone. If I were so inclined, I'd use a good old fashioned RC plane, multicopters just seem to be the media's latest obsession. They're also prodigeously noisy, if you've not seen/heard one in flight then imagine 4/6/8 food processors going at full tilt and you're almost there. There's nothing subtle about them and you could lob a coat at one and floor it.
  5. There's a bit of nostalgia in all of this, governments have ALWAYS carried out acts of war in our name, even to the extent of breaking arbitrary laws. WW2 was as dirty as can be imagined, the Falklands, Iraq, Afghanistan et al - the first casualty is innocence. I'm a keen amateur drone (quadcopter/hexacopter) pilot, we're already buzzing around in serious numbers, it's just a case of the govt. weaponising them effectively. As you can probably tell, I've no problem with the perpetrators of these acts of terror getting what's coming anywhere we choose. It's not like the 80's where at least the IRA would have the courtesy of warning people first before the detonated their bombs. I'm wary of going so far as to call these people animals, that dehumanisation led the way to the holocaust where people were seen as untermensch, nah - these are murderous, genocidal idiots who deserve what's coming in any form wherever they stand.
  6. Well, do you honestly expect the government to share intimate details of the threat? No, of course not. The definition of criminal vs. enemy combatant is perhaps more pertinent.
  7. It's just a matter of time, CitB. I'm hoping there are a few more ex-british citizens with a crick in their necks looking for the circling reaper.
  8. I think it's relatively simple, you point your gun at us then we're going to reciprocate. I don't care where you are or where you're from. Cross the line and you can expect the consequences and they ought to be dire. I can read the post in six months time following the attack on British soil and the collective outrage when it becomes apparent that we had two of those responsible within our reach and did nothing. And, as we hose out the ruins of whatever their next target is, the same cry will sound. "Why didn't we nail them when we had the chance, look there's the footage from the drone and the anonymised account of the special forces operator who was so close he/she could smell their deodourant yet we were to wrapped up in legislation to do what needed to be done." I'm sorry for their families, but once you cross into a war zone to fight for the enemy you don't then get to start wailing when there's an 18 stone SAS soldier monitoring your every move and guiding in a missile to ensure you're no longer a threat. Could we be surprised or shocked if they'd caught our soldier and metered out their 'punishment', no; so why are we suprised now?
  9. So is cutting someone's head off, but who's counting? (sorry, just being facetious)
  10. Book the day off, tell him you're going for a (insert deeply personal medical sounding procedure here) and smile sweetly. Or, when he asks, tell him it's personal / none of his business and walk away, alternatively a glass of heavily salted water and deposit your breakfast on his desk. He's your manager, not your keeper.
  11. No, that was changed in 1998 - the maximum penalty is now life imprisonment. However, as these two had declared themselves as no longer British and weren't in Britain the application of our law becomes a little less certain. Did we simply act as a proxy for the Syrian state? I'm sure Bashar didn't mind.
  12. I think the idea of a declaration of war is a movable feast on this one. We, I seem to remember, declared war on terror many years ago. I don't recall that declaration being rescinded nor the war on terror being declared as over. People get killed at war. I wonder if ISIS afforded their victims the luxury of a formal announcement?
  13. The difference between presenting the threat of democratic change and asking some difficult questions at PMQ's and joining a fundamentalist islamic terror organisation whose only democratic tendencies are to ask whether you'd prefer to use diesel or petrol in torching your perceived enemies is too great to take any comment to the contrary seriously. For the absence of doubt: Asking difficult questions and putting the conservatives on rocky ground = likely to get you a few interesting headlines in the gutter press. Indiscrimately killing people who don't agree with your version of a religion and posing a threat of death and destruction to your own country = likely to get you sodomised by a hellfire missile while the SAS look on to make sure it's done it's job.
  14. Hi Tahmina, I thought I'd pop a quick response here too from a GP surgeries' perspective. I'm very glad that you've decided to go to see your GP, I'm a practice manager in a GP surgery and I hope I might be able to help a little. When you call up for an appointment I think it's important that you ask for an emergency appointment with the first available clinician, ideally within the next 24 hours. Even if it's the practice nurse they will listen to you and speak with the on-call GP. Feeling the way you explain is exactly the reason we have emergency appointments, so please don't be shy in asking for one. You have my absolute word that you won't be judged or reported by anyone in the practice. We come to work each day to help people and even though not all of us are clinically qualified we do whatever we can to play our part. If you find yourself with a 'difficult' receptionist please just ask to speak with the Practice Manager and don't be afraid of explaining how you need them to help you. Your GP is geared up entirely for this, please explain everything to him/her and don't be afraid. By telling them everything then they'll know how best to start to help and don't worry they really have heard and seen it all before so please don't hold anything back or be shy. It's their job to help, not judge. Good luck and take care of yourself. TAI
  15. I'm as guilty as the day is long. It's just I don't wave AK47's and post pictures of the people I've killed on Twitter. As such I don't purport to be innocent, I just don't publish evidence to the contrary on social media. Besides with my back the way it is I'd be no use to them, I can only just pull up my own socks save pull the pin on a grenade.
  16. I've a deep seated dislike of the Daily Mail but they seem to list the reasons you seek, Toby. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3232742/ISIS-jihadis-killed-drone-gave-away-phone-call.html
  17. Hmm, those who burn / rape / behead / murder at will because someone reads the 'wrong' book. They are, they are the real savages. These people aren't religeous, they're murderous genocidal maniacs whose allegiances are as mobile as my 'phone.
  18. Yet they seem to hold that so dear. A right to life, but they're happy to hog tie people who don't subscribe to this week's version of the teachings of a radical preacher and set fires beneath them, or to behead those like Alan Henning who genuinely wanted to help. The sword is dual edged. It's all wrong, no two wrongs make a right. But, it seems this is a bit like a playground fight, 'I'll stop hitting you if you stop hitting me...' be that by mutual consent or knockout...
  19. Interesting question, I often find myself thinking the same. I wonder if the current tactics are 'light touch', a not so gentle reminder that we can, if we so choose, bring hell to bear. I wonder why, when it's well documented where ISIS are (by just about every news channel as you so rightly say) why we can't just flatten Al-Raqqua which seems to be their seat of power and then spread out from there. The metaphorical beheading of ISIS by destroying their command and control might just start a shockwave across the region. So, the big question is why not? I think it's down to a reluctance to engage in what would be a full-blown war. Airborne strikes are, for us at least, minimal risk which we can pick and choose to suit our agenda. Put troops on the ground and it's a different story. I shudder at the thought of what the western military are truly capable of, until now we've seen only long reach, soft touch action. Even in Iraq / Afghanistan post 11th September 2001, it's been measured and targetted. The thought of NATO going all out sends me cold. I think that a ground war would need that level of fighting to be fought well. There's no public desire for a full-blown conflict, there's distance between 'us and them' and so we can sit and discuss from the comfort of our homes and workplaces and offer opinions - that distance affords that safety. When it gets close to home, when we can can identify tangible threats, when our own people travel there to fight on the 'other side'; that's when we get edgy. That's when public opinion sways in the direction of action. There is no case for Cameron to answer for now, the majority of people in the UK read that two traitors had been killed and quietly said 'good', not concerned about the legality or morals attached to the act. Killing those two people re-established that distance from 'us' to 'them'. in some respects, with a few good people on the ground, finding two people is easy. Killing them is easier still. But, waging all out war is different. What puzzles me the most is a point that's for another thread. There was greater outrage in the press about the destruction of the Palmyra temples than in all of the humanitarian issues before. Since the little boy lost his life and washed up on a beach it seems different but will that increase the appetite for full blown assault?
  20. Matt, I'd be tempted to put that to them. Constructively, of course, you don't want to get someone's back up to the point that they mandate you in every other day just to prove a point - we know that it's not beyond some advisers/coaches to do that. But, whenever I had a client who could do all of the above then I'd quite happily set monthly/six weekly catch-ups. There's little point teaching someone to suck eggs but if you land a bit of a posterior of an adviser/coach they're likely to throw it back at you and ask why you're there if all of the above is true. Go about it gracefully and you'll find yourself nicely parked in the 'I don't need to do anything for this guy, he's got it sorted' pile, get it wrong and you'll be in the 'I can get this guy in work tomorrow and meet my target for this month so I'll get him in every other day' pile. Good luck!
  21. No one has, from what I've read on this thread, even insinuated that 'all Muslims are enemies of the state' as you put it. There's no doubt that ISIS are about as far from being true Muslims as I am from being vegan. The very purpose of this thread is to discuss the strike on the two former British citizens in Syria. There's also no doubt that most, if not all, of us realise the true horror of what's happening there but that's a whole different conversation from the specific case we're discussing.
  22. I think there's a certain amount of 'message sending' here. If you want to wave your AK47 in our general direction then we reserve the right to reciprocate. Think back to the Falklands where we sent a Vulcan bomber literally half-way around the world to bomb our own runway, the actual act had minimal impact, one crater rendered the runway temporarily out of action. But the message was far more powerful, if we can reach Stanley then we can reach Buenos Aires. It was political and military willy-waving at it's most audacious and I've no doubt that the message sent by these two being nailed by a drone in what they felt was a safe place to be will carry a message too. ISIS are what they are, I'm REALLY struggling to find an iota of sympathy for these criminals.
  23. So how do we compare this with a police officer shooting someone who presents a clear and present threat? Honest question, not digging/scoring points.
  24. Cameron has gone against the wishes of the vast majority of people in the UK, I'm sure the few people he shares workspace with are of equal inconsequence to him.
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