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    Coffee

    The most important drink of the day. Just had some Ethiopian coffee, wonderful stuff. What's everyone else drinking?
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    Joe Gomez

    Needed a thread of his own.
  3. Finnish basic income pilot improved wellbeing, study finds Jon Henley 7-9 minutes Europe’s first national, government-backed basic income experiment did not do much to encourage recipients into work but did improve their mental wellbeing, confidence and life satisfaction, according to the first big study of a Finnish scheme that has attracted fresh interest in the coronavirus outbreak. “The basic income recipients were more satisfied with their lives and experienced less mental strain than the control group,” the study, by researchers at Helsinki University, concluded. “They also had a more positive perception of their economic welfare.” The study comes as the devastating economic fallout from the coronavirus crisis - including soaring unemployment worldwide - sparks renewed interest in basic income schemes. The pope suggested in his Easter address that “this may be the time to consider a universal basic wage”. The Spanish government said last month it aimed to roll out a basic income “as soon as possible” to about a million of the country’s poorest households, with the economic affairs minister, Nadia Calviño, saying the Socialist-led government hoped a universal basic income would become “a permanent instrument”. Scotland’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, said this week the virus and its economic consequences had “made me much, much more strongly of the view that [universal basic income] is an idea that’s time has come”. Finland’s two-year scheme, which ran in 2017 and 2018 and attracted widespread international interest, paid 2,000 randomly selected unemployed people across the country a regular monthly income of €560 (£490), with no obligation to seek a job and no reduction in their payment if they accepted one. Aimed primarily at seeing whether a guaranteed income might encourage people to take up often low-paid or temporary work without fear of losing benefits, the scheme was not strictly speaking a universal basic income trial because the recipients came from a restricted group and the payments were not enough to live on. But it was watched closely by other governments who see a basic income not only as a way to get more people into some form of work, but also as a route to reducing dependence on the state and cutting welfare costs. The idea has gained traction amid predictions that automation could threaten up to a third of current jobs. The researchers, who conducted 81 in-depth interviews with participants in the scheme, concluded that while there was significant diversity in their experiences, they were generally more satisfied with their lives and experienced less mental strain, depression, sadness and loneliness than the control group. The researchers also noted a mild positive effect on employment, particularly in certain categories, such as families with children, adding that participants also tended to score better on other measures of wellbeing, including greater feelings of autonomy, financial security, and confidence in the future. “Some people said the basic income had zero effect on their productivity, as there were still no jobs in the area they were trained for,” said Prof Helena Blomberg-Kroll, who led the study. “But others said that with the basic income they were prepared to take low-paying jobs they would otherwise have avoided. “Some said the basic income allowed them to go back to the life they had before they became unemployed, while others said it gave them the power to say no to low-paid insecure jobs, and thus increased their sense of autonomy.” The scheme also gave some participants “the possibility to try and live their dreams”, Blomberg-Kroll said. “Freelancers and artists and entrepreneurs had more positive views on the effects of the basic income, which some felt had created opportunities for them to start businesses.” It also encouraged some participants to get more involved in society, by undertaking voluntary work, for example. “Some found the guaranteed income increased the possibility for them to do things like providing informal care for their family or their neighbours,” said one of the researchers, Christian Kroll. “The security of the basic income allowed them to do more meaningful things, as they felt it legitimised this kind of care work. Many of the people who performed such unpaid activities during the two-year period referred to it as work.” Kroll said the results of the study could support arguments both for and against basic income. “But as we’ve all learned in the early part of 2020, insecurity is not a good way to live,” he said. “While basic income can’t solve all our health and societal problems, there is certainly a discussion to be had that it could be part of the solution in times of economic hardship.” https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/may/07/finnish-basic-income-pilot-improved-wellbeing-study-finds-coronavirus
  4. China’s reeducation camps for Muslims are begining to look like concentration camps The government is buying cattle prods and police batons to use in Xinjiang. By Alexia Fernández Campbell@AlexiaCampbellalexia@vox.com Oct 24, 2018, 4:10pm EDT SHARE A woman takes part in a rally urging the European Union to pressure China to close its reeducation camps in Xinjiang, where nearly 1 million Uighur Muslims are detained. The rally was held in Brussels on April 27, 2018. Emmanuel Dunande/AFP via Getty Images The Chinese government recently admitted that it’s forcing religious minorities into “reeducation camps” as part of its crackdown on extremism — but new details show that these centers have a lot more in common with concentration camps. Thousands of guards carrying spiked clubs, tear gas, and stun guns surveil the government’s “students,” who are held in buildings ringed with razor wire and infrared cameras, according to a report published Wednesday by the French news service Agence France-Presse. AFP journalists who reviewed more than 1,500 publicly available government documents also describe disturbing purchases made by government agencies that oversee the so-called education centers: 2,768 police batons, 550 electric cattle prods, 1,367 pairs of handcuffs, and 2,792 cans of pepper spray. These descriptions are a far cry from Chinese government propaganda that claims these centers in Xinjiang, the autonomous region in northwestern China where most Uighur Muslims live, provide “free” education and job training to counter the spread of terrorism and religious extremism. In one of the government documents, officials argued that to build new, better Chinese citizens, the reeducation centers must first “break their lineage, break their roots, break their connections, and break their origins.” The new report supports what human rights groups and journalists have been saying for a while now: China’s authoritarian government has grown increasingly brutal, and its detention and torture of Uighur Muslims amounts to crimes against humanity under international law. China recently legalized the “reeducation centers” Earlier this month, the BBC reported that Chinese authorities in Xinjiang had revised a law designed to promote the use of detention centers “to carry out the educational transformation of those affected by extremism.” As Vox’s Jen Kirby notes, China has previously tried to deny or downplaythe existence of these centers. But human rights groups, witness testimony, and media reports have shown Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in the region being detained and tortured in mass numbers, and forced to undergo psychological indoctrination — like studying communist propaganda and giving thanks to Chinese President Xi Jinping. A United Nations human rights panel estimates that Chinese authorities have imprisoned as many as 1 million Uighurs. But a Hong-Kong based human rights group puts the number even higher: between 2 million and 3 million. Members of Congress have been pressuring the Trump administration to take action. The bipartisan Congressional Executive Committee on China, led by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), released a report earlier this month outlining China’s serious human rights abuses and its campaign of “state-sponsored repression.” Here’s one of the most chilling paragraphs in the committee’s report: Rubio and Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), who oversee the committee, proposed a bill earlier this month called the Xinjiang Uyghur Human Rights Act of 2018. The proposed legislation would give the US State Department resources to work with the UN to develop a response, leading to potential targeted sanctions on Chinese officials and broader economic sanctions against China. “These are detention camps, these are reeducation camps, where people are killed, where they are tortured and they are brutalized in so many, many ways,” Smith said during a press conference announcing the committee’s findings earlier this month. A State Department official told reporters back in April that the administration was considering sanctions against China in response to the camps, but six months has passed and the administration has done nothing. President Donald Trump hasn’t even publicly acknowledged the fact that the camps exist. Meanwhile, Chinese authorities are rounding up entire villages in Xinjiang, according to interviews conducted this summer by Chinese Human Rights Defenders, a coalition of Chinese and international human rights groups. Here is just one alarming quote from a Chinese business executive, who is not an ethnic Uighur but who has lived in the region for decades: “Entire villages in Southern Xinjiang have been emptied of young and middle-aged people — all rounded up into re-education classes,” he said. “Only the elderly and the very docile are left in the villages.” The organization urged the United States, the European Union, and other nations “to sanction top Chinese officials responsible for mass extrajudicial incarceration, discriminately targeting Uyghur Muslims and other ethnic minorities in Xinjiang.”
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    The 30 Year Wait

    Looks like that tweet has been deleted:
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    The Unbearables

    I know there are numerous other threads but thought one just for the salty reactions and never-ending celebrations. Old Trafford: https://streamable.com/clewt6 Woodison:
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    The 30 Year Wait

    I'm so happy.
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    Jurgen Norbert Klopp

    Build him a fucking statue.
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    Other Football - 2019/20

    CHAAAMMMMPPIIIOONNNNSSSSSSSS!!!!
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    Other Football - 2019/20

    3 minutes + ET
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    Other Football - 2019/20

    This is the fucking night isn't it?
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    Gloves

    xx
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    Gloves

    Wearing gloves is a terrible idea for those with health anxiety or those who would never condone using any form of PPE that hasn't been approved or scientifically reviewed by TK421. How's that for a good ole shoehorn? Please refer to your GP for further guidance* * just in case Lifey wakes up on the wrong side of the bed again.
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    Gloves

    Sad to see this thread go the same way as the other one, with jokes and GIFs of Arnold Schwarzenegger. Such a strange attitude we have to PPE in western society, something that could genuinely make a difference and save lives. Sometimes I think we deserve to be allowed to discuss important topics on a football internet forum without distraction or childish humour.
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    Gloves

    Amazon do some fantastic washable gloves for about £23. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Disney-Mickey-Mouse-Padded-Gloves/dp/B009ARE45G
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    Gloves

    You all should be ashamed. Apparently they started shooting people in the Spanish Flu. Time to cleanse TLW, TK.
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    Gloves

    I guess 5. 5 was the number of posts before TK came in and corrected your decision to even discuss this topic without approval.
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    The NHS

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2020/05/12/exclusive-treasury-blueprint-raise-taxes-freeze-wages-pay-300bn/ If anyone has a minute or two, it'd be great if you could write to your MP about this. Just a note on the public pay freeze: Hitting those who are already on poor standards of pay is a really sour way to recoup that money. The Office of National Statistics shows the UK Average Salary 2019 (full-time) was £36,611. The average frontline salary ranges from approximately £20,349 per year. They've been living under the average for a number of years and pay freezes have been a constant argument. This will only push more people further into debt and create serious mental health problems. Edit: The National Health Service (NHS) pays its employees an average of ₤26,343 a year. Your registered nurse will be somewhere between 20-31k (probably more around the 26-28k with a good few years experience). A few other professions will be towards the lower end of that figure. It's really fucking annoyed me this. Further reading: https://www.ft.com/content/c78c6b82-2c61-11e8-9b4b-bc4b9f08f381
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    Coronavirus

    https://twitter.com/AVMikhailova/status/1260311767948951557 #ClapForNHS
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    Racism

    Happy middle ground really.
  21. I heard BoJo said parades are counted under the unlimited exercise conditions as long as social distancing measures are enforced. This means that the parade will probably need to be extended to Manchester and behind to ensure all fans can exercise safely.
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    Man City - the new bitters?

    https://forums.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk/threads/liverpool-thread-2019-20.340822/page-1535
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