September 5th, 2009

Pure Capitalism


Access to clean water is one of the most pressing problems the developing world faces at the best of times. In the video above you can see an amazing British solution for disaster zones.  At over £100 a bottle to produce 6,000 litres it is expensive now.  If DfID only spent a small bit of their multi-billion budget on this in readiness for the next disaster, instead of on filming videos of Dougie Alexander watched by a dozen people,* it would save countless lives.  It would also drastically reduce the unit cost with large scale production runs.

This amazing LifeSaver bottle can literally put clean pure water in the hands of disaster victims as fast as a cargo-plane can fly to the disaster zone.  The bottle was developed by one British entrepreneur, Michael Pritchard, using nano-technology and without a single penny of state subsidy.  Capitalism works…

*Why is DfID wasting money producing videos of Dougie Alexander in Bangladesh wishing Happy Ramadan (at the time of publishing this) to all of 12 viewers?

Hat-tip : Brian Micklethwait


358 Comments

  1. 1
    Anonymous says:

    damn fine effort by that man

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      Harriets Rabbit says:

      what a superb invention.

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        Anonymous says:

        Do not be stupid. 10 years ago I sailed around the world with a RO unit that produced water more cheaply than that. It fit in a small locker and made 60 litres an hour. That is off sea water with is much harder than just dirty water.

        Normal sea water large scale plants get it below 1USD/1000 litres.

        As for allowing a population to grow in areas of no water resources. That is just criminal. To facilitate the increase in a population were there is not even the water to grow crops is nuts. If an area has the ability to grow crops then there are easy natural ways to clean water.

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          Anonymous says:

          Yeah I’m kinda perplexed by this, high tech filters are nothing remotely new.
          I don’t get how disaster relief is improved by everyone getting their own personal filter bottle to fight over. But capitalism has already provided many solutions like this:

          There are a crapload of solutions like this:

          http://www.sportsimportsltd.com/porwatfil.html

          A different kind of solution comes from MSR’s MIOX http://cascadedesigns.com/msr/water-treatment-and-hydration/expedition-water-treatment-and-hydration/miox-purifier/product

          Which requires only batteries and salt to work & so isn’t forcing people to be reliant on expensive proprietary replacement filters. I mean really ‘failsafe’ so you mean if the nice western government doesn’t buy you a new filter you get to drink fully contaminated water rather than less than perfectly filtered?

          \o/ yay product sabotage!

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          Mr Jabberwock says:

          errr no – I think you will find that a reverse osmosis unit has a materailly higher capital cost, requires a power source to generate a few hundred PSI of pressure, often requires pre treatment of the water and the RO process does not deal with viruses (not many in sea water so you were OK).

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          MI6 says:

          Guido if you like this check this out. http://www.reevu.com another UK first

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          Anonymous says:

          Jabberwock: salt water and dirty water are completely different. Without the salt the pressures/energy required is much smaller. Most system use energy recovery measures. The pre-treatment, which is simply filtering, occurs in this device too. That is why it only makes 6000 litres.

          The imperfections in a membrane that allow viruses through are also present in this toy. Nothing is perfect.

          As for capital costs. Have you thought how many of those bottles you would need. Are you going to share them! If so better send some cups too. How about accidents/damage/contamination. You are filling something where the “clean end” is below the dirty water pouring end!

          Then what about all that plastic contamination in areas unused to plastic disposal. The filters will be heavily contaminated with all those nasties you do not want people to drink and will be a fertile growing medium. in a hot climate they are themselves a massive health hazard.

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          Mr Jabberwock says:

          Annonymouse

          RO of non-saline water may require less power but is still requires a power unit of some sort, generator, solar. wind. So it has to be delivered and it is a massive difference that is will be under the control of an official agency (governement/NGO/or worse). It is not a unit that can be just given away and put in the hands of the needy. It does result in camps, where disease spreads. Where selected groups can be granted or denied access.

          Most RO units do seem to use chemical pre-treatment not just filtering (but I was talking rubbish about the viruses though – RO will deal with them fine).

          RO is a fine method but not practically distributable qucikly enough, cheaply enough or, critically, freely enough.

          At the moment the first response to disaster is to send plastic bottled water so this solution would result in a fraction of the plastic contamination.

          Strangely enought you will find that people who have the misfortune to be the subject of a disaster do already have access to cups so no need to send those! They were were drinking out of them last week?

          If everyone gets there own bottle they won’t have to fight over it will they, it is when someone controls access to water that the fights and injustice start.

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      • 167
        grobdj says:

        How to make a small fortune under this Government:

        Start with a large one

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    • 37
      Dippy ness says:

      Staggering we manage to invent so much stuff considering. Wind up radio etc.

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    • 41
      chronic says:

      If he can invent a similar product that can turn urine into wine he will be onto a winner.I have already perfected a system that can turn wine into urine.

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    • 65
      Phil O'Pastree says:

      The solar powered torch is my favourite.

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    • 115

      Guido

      1,000 Hairdressers trained by the DfiD to sell womens condoms

      In 2006, 1.38 million female condoms were sold; a 50% increase on 2005 and 90% of them were funded by the UK. Many were distributed through a network of 500 hair salons and 1,000 hairdressers trained through a DFID-funded programme run by Population Services International. Hairdressers in low income areas have been trained to talk with their clients about how to negotiate the use of female condoms with their partners, and to demonstrate how to use them correctly and consistently.

      Together, we’re helping vulnerable women to get life-saving messages about female condoms.

      http://www.dfid.gov.uk/Documents/publications/departmental-report/2007/DFID-AR07-Chapter2.pdf

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    • 322
      Minekiller says:

      DfiD stands for DUMB FUCKERS IN DEVELOPMENT

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  2. 2
    SPLODEGNESS says:

    Wouldn’t it be a welcome change for a Govt dept to actually spend our taxes to help real people (Not bankers – silent W).

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  3. 3
    Cynic says:

    Because Wee Dougie wants to see a return on the millions DIFID is spending – that is a return in terms of profile and publicity for Dougie

    Look on the bright side….the more days we get Labour ministers away from the office the less damage they can do…financially it may therefore be worth it

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    • 56
      UK Fred says:

      I thought it was because Moron McSnot-Gobbler was afraid of wee Doogie’s sister. Apparently getting “Wendied” is worse than being on the receiving end of a tirade from Shrieky Shriti.

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        Mrs Broon (No Relation) says:

        I think he is afraid of ALL women!

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      • 102
        Anonymous says:

        No getting “Wendied” is just a spoilt brat of a woman being allowed to tantrum because of her connections. She should simply be told to shut the fuck up if she starts !

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        barefootcontessa says:

        Sorry to say, his sister has the mouth of a Scots fish wife. Though, in defence of Scottish fish wives they worked excessively hard and were strong and doughty women. They had to shout loudly to sell their wares, and that’s what the wendy is so good at, shouting loudly, and in rather a coarse manner.

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        • 202
          The Ghost of Christmas Past says:

          Not with a size 12 hobnail boot in her letterbox she wouldnt.

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          Dr Carnivore says:

          Scottish fishwives would seem to need less defending than English ones:

          “London’s traditional fish market was frequented by such types who were known as “the wives of Billingsgate”. “They dressed in strong ‘stuff’ gowns and quilted petticoats; their hair, caps and bonnets were flattened into one indistinguishable mass upon their heads. … They smoked small pipes of tobacco, took snuff, drank gin and were known for their colourful language.”

          The Scottish fishwives of Newhaven had quite a different reputation, being noted for their beauty and industry, and celebrated by royalty — George IV and Queen Victoria. They were hard-bargainers though, and all the fisherman of the Firth of Forth brought their catches to Newhaven for the fishwives to sell in Edinburgh. The fishwives wore distinctive costumes of blue duffle coats covering layers of colourful striped petticoats with a muslin cap or other similar headdress.”

          Unfortunately for Nu Labor it is the English type of fishwife who they are likely to inflict on themselves as leader after the looming Brighton conference disaster.

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          barefootcontessa says:

          That’s interesting, I have a lovely original mid 19th century photograph of two Newhaven wishwives wear ing that stripey petticoat you mention. One is sitting, I think on stone steps in the Cowgate. Their skirts are ‘kirtled up’ – if that’s the right expression, exposing the ?red and white petticoat underneath. I know their costumes are greatly sort after.

          Striped petticoats have wandered a long way off course from Wendy Alexander! It’s a shame Scots fish wives have been associated with her, but it’s only an expression after all.

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  4. 4
    Sukyspook says:

    Guido, don’t you get it yet? ‘They’ don’t want to save humanity – we’re a bothersome virus to ‘them’. However, if ‘they’ can make a few bucks as we ‘go down’ then we’ve not been entirely ‘useless eaters’ have we!

    Remind me who is reported to have said:

    “In the event that I am reincarnated, I would like to return as a deadly virus, in order to contribute something to solve overpopulation.”

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      deeznuts says:

      yep…buy thed ont understand , that if there is no “us” there is no “them” as without “us” thier money is useless….who would make all the stuff “they” like to splash teir cash on

      but this guy is a genius, he was on dragons den last week , he invented something that does away the need for co2 in airosol sprays, making them all work off pure air

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    • 17
      Ivor Schwartzporsche says:

      Sukyspook-I believe that was said by HRH The Duke Of Edinburgh.

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      • 95
        Sukyspook says:

        Yes Ivor #17 – indeedlydoodly it was.

        If the inventor guy has indeed invented something that might get us ‘off the grid’ – watch for him meeting with some kind of accident – like accidentally cutting himself in the wrist with a small penknife whilst opening a packet of painkillers and holding a bottle of water on a country walk…

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  5. 5
    roystonvasey says:

    2 -Oh, you’re so right. Everyone I know has personal experience of being failed by one arm of government or another. It’s more often than not more to do with targets, complacency etc rather than the lack of hard cash. Will be in touch with various people to put pressure on re this excellent geezer.

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    Man With a Very Hot Bladder says:

    Brilliant!

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      Dick the Prick says:

      Absolutely awesome. Could fix people’s lives with a rucksack. My ghast is completely flabbered. $8 billion dollars – less than 3 days QE.

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    That's Absolutely Totally Brilliant Damian says:

    Wasn’t he on Dragons’ Den, he looks familiar.

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  8. 8
    Reevo says:

    MP’s = spongers on the state.

    They produce nothing worthwhile whatsoever.

    Except laws to produce high taxes, to waste and loot!

    Fannying about on a freebie its their style!

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  9. 11
    Some can see and are preparing says:

    Whenever you have a currency that is fiat you do not have capitalisim because ther capital is fictional. Id explain the rest but since these blogs act like episode of eastenders for the psudo intellectual ill let you all go bact to your fiction.

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  10. 12
    Andy says:

    Hey it’s that guy from Dragons Den. He should have showed them this instead of his stupid spray thing!!

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    • 15
      deeznuts says:

      they still invested in him.

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      Susie says:

      He did show them the water purifier — about 18 months ago I recall. I thought one of them invested as well. It was probably one of those things where it was dependent on gov cash and the government fucked up the deal.

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  11. 13
    bandersnatch says:

    We had something similar to make stream and pond water potable at camp in the Girl Guides… another complex technological process involving several layers of muslin and a sieve… and then you boiled it… Ah the heady days before the health and safety police… And we caught rainwater in a looped tarpaulin thingey and…

    Nurse! Nurse! Is it time for my tablets yet?

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  12. 13
    deeznuts says:

    and to think that all those “lefty crusties” that are/were glueing them selves to banks doors, and playing bongos in their “climate” camp, think that they are the ones saving the world, and want to eradicate capitalism

    fucking have a bath, and think of stuff like this to save peoples lives

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  13. 18
    Men who wear tartan skirts are gay says:

    Because “Wee Dougie” is yet another fucking useless jock Hunt festering in OUR Government. Piss off back to Scotland and take all the other jock wankers with you.

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      A man waiting for the day he can shit on Brown's grave says:

      Do you honestly think “Wee Dougie” reads this blog? Or put it another way, do you think “Wee Dougie” can read at all?

      Like his McPals, he’s too busy engorging himself on English and Welsh taxpayers’ money to bother reading stuff.

      They should enjoy it while they can.. after the next election, their pale, tearful, shallow haunted faces will grace the pages of our newspapers. By the time Labour get back into power, 15 to 25 years from now, Scotland will be a barely remembered independent land of no significance and their little pygmy MPs will never again disgrace Westminster.

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      • 40
        Reg511 says:

        Like Tweety Pie at the Banksy exhibition

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      • 93
        nell says:

        G*d forbid! I’m hoping they are going to be so emasculated at the next GE that they are never electable again.

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      • 180
        Call me Infidel says:

        Douglas Alexander had some drivel in the Telegraph a few months back. It was absolute bilge, a twelve year old schoolboy could have done better. Such are the intellectual giants that run UK Plc.

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    • 71
      Mrs Broon (No Relation) says:

      Can I return all the load mouthed English folk that pervade my supermarket? Cause they’re useless too. Oh and I will tell you who is pretty useless as well, like all of the English members of Gordon’s cabinet.

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    • 108
      Anonymous says:

      It the fault of those English wankers I tell you Prescott, Blunkett, Hoon,Harman,STraw mandleson FFS ! You are as thick as pig shit and probably a neanderthal racist to boot. Prick !

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  14. 19
    Ivor Schwartzporsche says:

    There’s more cash in making weapons

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    Cogito Dexter says:

    Somebody give Michael Pritchard a medal. And a position in government.

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  16. 22
    Anonymous says:

    The NGOs will not like this, it would shut down their multi billion dollar empires overnight. Making people independent is NOT their aim.

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    • 26
      Ivor Schwartzporsche says:

      Hey. We could swop these water purification bottles for earth metals? Buggerit, we get them anyway.

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  17. 23
    Abolish the Licence Fee says:

    Nanotechnology and drinking water?? You’ll get the conspiracy theorists going with that concept, Guido.

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  18. 28
    Trinny says:

    If capitalism worked, this bottle would not still cost £100 a go.

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    • 42

      As demand grows economies of scale kick in and prices come down, mobile phones cost £25 quid whereas as 20 years ago they cost £2500. Capitalism works.

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      • 63
        Anonymous says:

        Capitalism works, but the patent system, a relatively rececent system under which government grants a monopoly to whichever near-simultaneous inventor happens to have the best lawyers, has been and continues to be a huge choke on innovation – while being nice for the monopolist of course! This may seem surprising to anyone not personally involved in industry but see http://www.dklevine.com/general/intellectual/againstnew.htm for a good account.

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        • 339

          This is incorrect. As without the patent system there would be no incentive to invest in ideas as the large corporations would just copy them. The great thing about the patent systems is that it is a deal with the inventor and the state. The state grants an exclusive monopoly to the inventor for 20 years. In return for this the inventor then after 20 years, grants the state and the world free use of the idea for ever. A good agreement don’t you think?

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      • 112
        Abolish the Licence Fee says:

        Capitalism would be working a hell of a lot better without Big Government and Big Banks. The parasitic drain on entrepreneurs under the current system is completely crippling real wealth creation.

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        • 156
          Ivor Schwartzporsche says:

          Abolish the licence fee- so true. The risks, tax, rules and regulations, tax, tax and tax if you make it a success. Tax. Because you are taxed you need to sell shares in your idea and hard work to raise money and then you ‘give away’ your reward and are taxed again and so are your shareholders. Its all such bollocks ain’t it?

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      • 185
        dirtyden says:

        I didn’t know you were an economist.

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      • 270
        Trinny says:

        Economics 101, very good. Eventually people with money realised mobile phones were useful, demand increased etc etc. Unfortunately the same can’t be said for this. People with money don’t need one (unless you happen to do a lot of vacationing where there is not drinkable water (France, maybe?)). So it needs a customer…step forward the government….

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        • 321
          Anonymous says:

          Trinny-the government could give one free with every AK47 or whatever sold at this weeks Weapons Fair in London

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    • 131
      stilyagi_air_corps says:

      Trinny – is that why you pay millions of pounds for the intel processor in you PC, innit?

      Try not to knock something until you’ve either tried or understand it, hunh?

      Bless.

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    • 329
      Suzannah says:

      You go girl!
      We need to invent a new cheaper solution!
      What we need is socialist think tank!
      I’ll go and tell Gordon to start raising taxes to pay for it, you can start thinking about what colour the new invention should be!

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  19. 29
    Anonymous says:

    Ok, so it filters out very very small particles but what about chemicals mixed with the water?

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    • 43

      Did you actually watch the video or follow the link?

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        bandersnatch says:

        I’m ashamed to say I’m one who didn’t watch it all the way through, hence my jokey Girl Guide water-cleaning reference, a process which only goes half the way, so we still had to boil and cool it before drinking. If that invention is kosher it is dead brilliant… Never mind saying ‘capitalism works’… Whatever the preferred ideology, if the gizmos work as described they are fully worth supporting and promoting… The jerry can producing 25,000 litres and all… Lateral thinking…

        It uses the same principle as the filter beds at a sewage farm, and I have seen people demonstrating the safety and effectiveness of that filtration process to visitors by drinking the newly purified sewage water… but this is made small and portable… Stunning, assuming it works as he says it does…

        The most amazing bit is the amount produced before renewal of the filter…but that too is like the sewage farm filter beds come to think of it… How many times are they dug up or new ones instigated… not often…

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      • 81
        Anonymous says:

        ep sure did. Saw no mention of chemicall filters or such but would suppose he has thought of that.

        Actually his filtration system is not unique, it is the portability that is.

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        • 224
          Phil O'Pastree says:

          Most Third World situations don’t have a problem with “chemicals” – it is natural contaminants that are the problem ie untreated human shit getting into the supply.

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        • 237
          Abolish the Licence Fee says:

          I still don’t see how this thing can deal with toxins. I’m happy to accept that the filter pores are so tiny they even keep viruses out – that’s remarkable. But poisons of molecular sizes can still get through, along with water. It strikes me this system is fine for organic pollutants but not chemical toxins. And in so many disaster situations, industrial toxins can easily end up mixed with surface water.

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        • 267
          Phil O'Pastree says:

          It isn’t intended for disaster situations. In most of rural Africa and Asia people cannot get clean drinking water. The women often have to walk 5 or 10 miles to the nearest clean supply – every day – and even then it isn’t really clean. There are no chemicals out there because there is no industry nor can the farmers afford fertilisers since they can rarely afford even the seed.

          When you raise such questions I wonder if you ever been outside of Europe.

          My only concern about these bottles is that if they were given out they wouldn’t be used, but sold down the market.

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          Axe The Telly Tax says:

          They would be easy to convert into a Molotov cocktail

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        • 314
          Abolish the Licence Fee says:

          Phil, I for my part wonder if you even watched the video. The man himself makes a great show about how this device is invaluable in the case of disaster relief. He explicitly brings up the cases of hurricane Katrina and the Asian Tsunami for example. In both these cases but Katrina in particular, we know the flood waters were contaminated with chemical toxins. Please WTF video before casting aspersions about where I have and haven’t been.

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        • 315
          Abolish the Licence Fee says:

          Oh and Phil, you didn’t even read the intro let alone watch the video, it seems:

          “This amazing LifeSaver bottle can literally put clean pure water in the hands of disaster victims as fast as a cargo-plane can fly to the disaster zone.”
          Do try to keep up at the back.

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    bolony says:

    Typical snake oil salesman,it’s about how many units he can sell ,screw how many people he can save,what does he do for an encore go around the High Street shops giving demonstrations amongst the perfume counters or have a stall outside a Tesco superstore,would you buy a used car from him,I wouldn’t.

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    • 34
      Anonymous says:

      What?

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    • 44

      Would it really matter if he was only in it for the money? (I suspect he isn’t.) It works.

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    • 48
      righteous-rage says:

      Twat

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    • 50
      Ratsniffer says:

      You’re taking bollocks…of course he has to demo it….and putting shit in a tank and then drinking it is a perfect way of showing what it can do. I hope he makes millions.

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    • 57
      Anonymous says:

      lol

      Why does a farmer grow food? To make money. Yet without him we all starve. The profit motive is the best.

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    • 58
      Bill D'Sarse says:

      Probably cos you couldnt fucking afford one on benefits, eh?

      Bet if it turned water into Carlsberg Spesh you’d be interested though.

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    • 78

      If people didn’t do things for a profit, they’d do things for a loss.

      Losses (should without state extortion)make the organisations that create them disappear.

      Profits are a sign that there is demand for what the you do with the time you are spending in the economy.

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      bolony says:

      It’s easy to wind you twonks up,just because I may or may not agree with you,to me he appears to be selling as if he was on a avert tv in Morrisons,one other thing how does it shape up with a disaster by the sea,does it get rid of the salt as well as garbage in the water.

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      • 106
        Sukyspook says:

        Capitalism obviously works – but in the hands of selfish individuals it becomes and creates something else…

        There’s nothing wrong with making a profit at all imo – but look around you for the effects of making a killing rather than making a living.

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      • 136
        stilyagi_air_corps says:

        No, it’s because you gob off about things you obviously don’t understand. Ever heard of cholera, typhoid and wells? Groundwater?
        Nah.

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    • 181
      barefootcontessa says:

      Hope he’s got himself well patented!

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    • 310
      Scipio Africanus says:

      How true. Only the organs of the state can really be trusted not to lie or deceive in any way. Everything should be controlled by those paragons of virtue who work for and run state organisations.

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      elguapo says:

      Adam Smith explained it 300 years ago, please try and keep up.

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  21. 31
    A lying, grasping, energy sapping parasite, says:

    We can’ae alloo tha’ tae happ’n – ut beparsus ma’ State control – an’ nae boxes orr tuck’t !!

    Mind ye, – nuthn’s ma fult ye ken!

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  22. 33
    Yarnesfromhorsham says:

    “Why is Dougie ……” cos its Scottish job for Scottish wee boys

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    • 77
      Mrs Broon (No Relation) says:

      Not everyone from Scotland wants to be in England, nor do we want your jobs. These people are a complete set of Traitors and do with them what you want, hang them, shoot them, I really do not care.

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      • 174
        UK Fred says:

        Come on now. Hanging, even without a drop, is too quick for them. Shooting even more so. The English should think “William Wallace” and deal with McSnot-Gobbler and his cronies from both sides of the border, and further afield like South Africa too, the way their forebears dealt with Wallace. Slow, painful, and final, oh and did I say painful. But do ZaNu Lie Baaah former MPs count as mammals? Can we bring out the hounds for them and let the hounds chase them to exhaustion (bet Prescott wouldn’t make 20 yards) then tear them to pieces.

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          barefootcontessa says:

          ‘Sir, let me tell you, the noblest prospect which a Scotchman ever sees, is the high road that leads him to England! ……Samuel Johnson 1763. I’m not in complete agreement with him on that one, though.

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  23. 36
    Anonymous says:

    A water purification system called Pur, developed by Procter and Gamble at their Newcastle laboratory, does a similar job and is already supplied to disaster relief agencies worldwide at a fraction of that cost. Google it.

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    • 68
      Sarah says:

      I had a look at the site, and the product does look very impressive. But I have to raise a question about “fraction” of the cost. As far as I can see Pur is a consumable, once you use the pack, that’s it. There’s nothing on the site about re-capture and re-using the product. Nor anything about disposal. One pack does about 10 litres, which sounds like a good ratio. But that’s only one flush of a toilet here.
      I realize that pur was primarily intended for drinking water only, but it’s still a non-renewable one-use product. While great for emergencies I still think that Pritchard’s multi-use filter is a much more appropriate technology.

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      Mr Jabberwock says:

      PUR is a purification system (rather than a filtration system) that involves adding chemicals to the water to kill the bacteria – not sure if it will deal with viruses? Claims to costs about 10c a day so 20 times as expensive.

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    Ratsniffer says:

    Guido, this is a fabulous invention but the title of this thread gives the reason why this stupid, bone headed marxist Government of ours will never pay for it: “pure capitalism.”

    Far better to spend billions on idiology rather than practicality. Same as in this country; create a population dependent on state handouts and welfare and you can control them, and adopt the paternistic, patronising high ground.

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      barefootcontessa says:

      Newlabour would sell out to anyone who would give them a little cash, look what the gorgon did with our gold reserves. Monsanto’ll be sniffing around.

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    mad fred 2 para says:

    Happy Ramadan.

    They are so desperate for the Muslim vote that they appease & squander & surrender anything to get it.

    Labour are, & always have been, traitors.

    When push comes to shove comes to civil disobedience & strife these times will be remembered.

    Labour, the BBC, the Guardian et al should know that a heavy price will have to be extracted from them for their abject treachery.

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    • 69

      Wonder if wee Dougie popped in to visit Baroness Udders while he was there?

      And no, I’m not going to watch his bloody video to find out ;o)

      The problem with the aid agencies etc. is that they like to set up disease ridden camps in disaster areas – it’s what they are geared up to do and it gives them both a sense of control and a sense of self-worth. Distributing these filters would remove the need for the majority of aid agency staff, and would seriously damage their wealth.

      I found the video quite inspirational – the next stage would be to license the technology to those countries most likely to benefit from it, and set up manufacturing facilities over there, providing real benefits for the locals as well as clean water for all. That’s real foreign aid, and could be done without the involvement of Doug Weegie and his army of leeches.

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    • 144
      Captain Haddock says:

      ‘Ere Fred .. re @13 .. do you remember “Millbank” bags ? …

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    mad fred 2 para says:

    And the only fair trade is free trade.

    Close DFID.

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  27. 49
    Anonymous says:

    Didn’t he say it was good for 6000 refills rather than the 4000 quoted in the lead article?

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  28. 51
    Anonymous says:

    Guido,

    silly point for such an issue, but I think he says it will do 6,000 litres, not 4,000 as you state.

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    Ratsniffer says:

    One thing he didn’t mention..how do you clean out all those shit particles though? I would imagine that if you’re taking water from muddy, stinking rivers it soon clogs up…can you simply rinse it out?

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      Anonymous says:

      Good question actually…

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    • 60
      Ivor Schwartzporsche says:

      One needs to replace the canister when full. To rinse it out would use good water which is in short supply if you don’t have a device for making it. Used canisters are then mailed to labour MP’s at christmas.

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        Ratsniffer says:

        Good point but I was slightly incredulous that it can hold the scum and particulates from a throughput of 6000 ltrs of shitty, muddy water, without needing a scrape now and then! I guess I am thinking of the punishment my underpants take, really.

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          Anonymous says:

          It concrentrates the crap from the water you put in.

          These systems are designed with the idea that there’s plenty of crappy water around. So you rinse out the fill compartment with crappy water, then fill it. Clean water comes out one side, and ‘even crappier water’ is left in the other.

          Rinse. Repeat.

          As the level of crap in the water builds up, the rate at which clean water is produce is reduced, hence rinsing it out.

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      Anonymous says:

      FFS you filter it through the missuses burkha first to get the big bits out, then for good measure filter it through her smalls before pouring it into the gizzmo.

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    Ivor Schwartzporsche says:

    Mr Fawkes. If all the shite water can be turned into usable water then the water will run out, especially where there is little water to begin with like in the film where it showed just a little stream.

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      Ratsniffer says:

      Why will it run out? if people drink it, they also piss it out. It gets recycled.

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      No Ivor – the little stream full of shite is what the locals drink now.

      Removing the shite will still leave the same amount of water for the locals to drink, but without the health hazards.

      What will happen, though, is that without the infant mortality caused by drinking shite, the local population will increase, which will in turn lead to water shortages.

      Still, that’s no reason not to try to clean the water up – perhaps the foreign aid do-gooders could be retrained to deliver contraception (or maybe we could add contraceptives to the filter… but no, that would smack of eugenics which is A Bad Thing). The population question should be addressed separately from the question of clean drinking water.

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      • 129

        Well actually people have lots of children because so few survive.

        The best contraceptive is wealth.

        The U.K. population would be falling (a good thing*) without the government subsidising immigration(a bad thing).

        * More space per person.

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      • 162
        Ivor Schwartzporsche says:

        Oh, err, I see. I had another thought too: If they scooped out the sediment they could dry it into bricks and tiles and make a swimming pool.

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    • 88
      streamfisher says:

      Give a fisherman a net and he will be able to feed his family, old Oxfam add, but not based on the real world.

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    John says:

    The main problem is that it is too easy.
    There are millions of people making good livings out of other people’s disadvantage.
    These people have a vested interest in not making this workable because they will be out of a job.
    Just look at Bob Geldorf. He’s a pop singer WITHOUT a smash hit. He has made his money [about £45 million] off the backs of the poor & suffering.
    It is just so easy to tell other people to give their money and then rake it in yourself.
    Do you hear Geldorf offering his millions? No! And I bet he won’t support this either because he is a hypocrite who made his wealth out of this sort of water poverty & his nasty mouth.

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    BBC= Pure Anti-Capitalism.

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    Anonymous says:

    Not to downplay the role that Pritchard played, but it’s a bit disingenious to suggest it was done entierly on his own.

    It’s an example of reverse osmosis technology, something that arose out of basic science and development work done at UCLA in 1959. Government sponsored research that was, in essence, given away, to be part of the common good.

    Were is not for the large pool of basic reasearch that’s freely available, this, and many other, examples of ‘pure’ capitalism would never have happened.

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      Anonymous says:

      This is not reverse osmosis that is used for desalinatin. This is filtration to remove particles albeit very small ones. What makes this one different is that small personal filtration units can be quickly distributed to the people, rather than the people find their way to large scale purification plants having acquired waterborne diseases either waiting for the plants or on their way there.

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      Anonymous says:

      Whilst being an advocate of capitalism I have stopped watching Dragons Den since it has become a smug fest for the dragons. That Greek knicker salesman is particularly smug and seems to delight it breaking things handed to him to sample. He will go as far as to jump up and dowm on something until the enivitable happens and he crys see its rubbish. I suspect when he does this he has identified a product which may be a threat to something he has on the go.

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      • 128

        It’s just the BBC attacking the Venture Capital Industry.

        DD is a joke to anyone who runs a business.

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          Scrobs... says:

          I enjoyed Trevor Baylis telling everyone that his wind up radio/torch was doomed by the civil servants – the very people who haven’t a clue about commercial enterprise.

          He has a letter which says that his invention wouldn’t ever wotk; written by some faceless wonder in a dusty corridor somewhere in London presumably.

          You can buy these in Sainsbury’s now.

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          barefootcontessa says:

          I know I’d be chucked out straight away, even though I’ve run my own successful business for 20 years! I hate their smug faces. The programme is all about their vanity and not the struggles of enterprising folk trying to start up their own businesses.

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      Dick the Prick says:

      A bit tenuous dontcha think? The lad knocked it up in his shed

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    Airey Belvoir says:

    The Dragons backed a similar device, a rolling barrel with a handle that let you bring a useful amount of water from a distant well, filtering as you rolled it. Never been seen since. Truly, the backing of one of those smug pillocks is the kiss of death.

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    (yes I am a cunt / no I am not nu labour) says:

    This is very poor logic, Guido.
    I don’t see how you can draw the conclusion that this is a direct result of capitalism (rather than, say, the guy’s personal ingenuity).

    It is just as silly as writing ” Look! Proof that balding men will save the earth” –or–
    some Labour schill could claim “this happened under a labour gov. proving that Gordon brown is an innovator and genius”.

    Very poor thinking, but obviously good enough for the plankton that read yer blog though.

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      dundalk says:

      If you’re a сunt, you must be nu labour.

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      Anonymous says:

      Yeah come to think about it your absolutely right I mean what has a strong free capitalist society like say The USA ( WITH ALL ITS FAULTS) and to a lesser but still significant degree ourselves got to do with progress and technological advancement I mean after all think of all those wonderful advancements which have come out of North Korea in recent years. !!!

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        Phil O'Pastree says:

        Precisely my argument, the only thing these commie societies produce either explodes or is painted green. Everything else is a piss poor copy of something invented in the capitalist west.

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      Anonymous says:

      Well said that man.

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      stilyagi_air_corps says:

      Which makes you…

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    fewqwer says:

    The figure given in the video was 6000 litres per bottle, not 4000. And 25000 for the jerry can.

    The ‘other videos’ advertised at the end included an unwelcome reminder of Gordon Stinky Brownstuff’s pitch for a UN sinecure, in which he essentially promotes the concept of a world government (with ‘someone like’ himself as president, of course).

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    Eau dear eau dear

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  38. 104
    nell says:

    Look I appreciate all this fascinating stuff about capitalism and the science of producing pure water – but how much has this militwit and dougie trip to India and Bangladesh cost the taxpayer?

    And what have they achieved by going?

    I hope they travelled economically and press ganged the baronessU to offer them cut price B&B at her British taxpayer funded marble palace.

    But I still don’t understand why they had to go at all.

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      Ratsniffer says:

      It’s part of their post imperial handwringing guilt trip. Dripping wet marxist lefties.

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      streamfisher says:

      Nell, Nell, poor Nell, time out from visiting
      To this end, they join forces with Quilp, who knows full well that there is no fortune, but sadistically chooses to ‘help’ in order to enjoy the misery it will inflict on all concerned. Quilp begins to try to track Nell down, but the fugitives are not easily discovered. To keep Dick Swiveller under his eye, Quilp arranges for him to be taken as a clerk by Quilp’s lawyer, Mr. Brass. At the Brass firm, Dick befriends the mistreated servant maid and nicknames her ‘the Marchioness’. Nell, having fallen in with a number of characters, some villainous and some kind, succeeds in leading her grandfather to safe haven in a far off village.

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      • 230
        nell says:

        Poor Dickens he had as depressing an outlook on life as our gordon.

        I think what we need to follow this depressing period of gordon’s jurisdiction is a James II moment.

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    • 126
      Anonymous says:

      You need to see a doctor. Mention the words “obsession” and “fixation” to him/her though I suspect thirty seconds with you would send anyone running in the opposite direction.

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    Och, whassa poont av sending that nobby mineral wutter too theez poor Africans? They canna afford noomal wutter let alone toffy-noosed Evian.
    Iss like, what yoos send them next ta eat? Flaming lobster an’ caviare, like?

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  40. 110

    Is like all wells and goods drinking this spring wa’er like innit, but like how do I like make my drachma cut like?

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  41. 111
    The Beast of Clerkenwell says:

    Complete fucking scam
    google “Berkey”
    You can get the same thing for a fraction of that price.

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  42. 117

    [...] Guido has shared this great video about a water bottle that can almost instantly purify [...]

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  43. 119
    Silent Bob says:

    ­­ ­ ­

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  44. 122
    The Beast of Clerkenwell says:

    Guido cough the job
    You have shares in that company

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    Donut Hinge Party says:

    “At over £100 a bottle to produce 6,000 litres it is expensive now. If DfID only spent a small bit of their multi-billion budget on this in readiness for the next disaster, instead of on filming videos of Dougie Alexander watched by a dozen people,* it would save countless lives. ”

    “Capitalism works…”

    Erm, you seem to be saying that if only the government would get involved THEN pure free trade Capitalism would work.

    Contradiction?

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    bandersnatch says:

    This topic has really got inside my head. I’m now thinking that the water filtering bottle sounded a bit too good to be true… like the alchemist’s magic box that turned dross into gold… but that was probably because of Pritchard’s showman’s presentation and the audience gasping in wonder… Likely he has to do that spiel to get the dudes with the cash interested too…

    I’m still wondering about the removal of crud from the filter… if it is going to do all those litres… and also thinking of naturally occurring chemical pollutants as found over great chunks of South India, and cyanide in runoff into water sources as in mining etc…

    Nonetheless, it still sounded bloody worthwhile, and the contrast with the appalling useless waste of money with Dougie Alexander’s ‘Have a happy Ramadan’ vid was stark. He could have been standing in the Fens in the initial shots. Whatever good was it supposed to do?

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      Engineer says:

      A pretty useful general rule of engineering (and, indeed, life in general) – if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

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      Phil O'Pastree says:

      Yeah, yeah South India is ankle deep in cyanide.

      Fuck me, where do you people get your information?

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        bandersnatch says:

        No need to be rude Phil. No need to show your ignorance either. There are plenty of medical research papers online. ‘You people’ is not a suitable way of addressing someone you don’t know, either.

        I did not say South India is ankle deep in cyanide. Mining industry runoff in parts of Africa: eg Ghana and Mali, in connection with gold mining, can contain cyanide compounds. It sometimes contaminates rivers and then people cannot fish, let alone drink the contaminated water.

        The naturally occurring poisonous chemical in South India (mostly in West Bengal and over the border in Bangladesh too) is arsenic. It causes a variety of chronic health problems.

        I agree I know more than some about this, but then I have worked in biomedical research in the past.

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  47. 139
    streamfisher says:

    G20

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      Sukyspook says:

      Priceless!! I was visiting the old folks home the other day (aka parliament – lolol – not – but I can dream). There was an all-star cast on that ‘Murder She Wrote’ prog and lo and behold – the Mr Ed ‘man’ was in it!! After donkey’s years (sorry Mr Ed) – how likely is that to happen!!

      Empty Feed Bags at the G20 cause the feckers have filched it all for themselves and their pals….it’s nowt less than a fookin mafia.

      Where’s an honest policeman when you need one?

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    The Beast of Clerkenwell says:

    Ramadan is like lent not Christmas
    Stupid PC fuckwits
    Muzzies celebrate Eid.
    Ramadam is all about sacrifice and spirituality.

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      To show my respect of The Great Paedophile, I am feasting throughout the whole of Ramadingdong.

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      slobbering with anticipation says:

      Where do the 72 virgins come in it? And when they’re no longer virgins, do they ship another lot in?

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    • 183
      Anonymous says:

      Merry Ramadan everyone!
      Did we all get nice presents from Santa Khan?

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    • 272
      Phil O'Pastree says:

      Having worked in two muslim countries it is noticeble that the locals actually put on weight during Ramadan. Most sleep all day then gorge all night. It is not a fast – they can eat as much as they like from dusk till dawn.

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        bandersnatch says:

        Doh… It is a fast during the daytime… A total night and day fast for food and drink for Ramadan and your kidneys would start packing up… around six days… then pretty soon after multiple organ failure, and goodnight Vienna, or Islamabad, or Oxford as it might be. A bit pointless for the faithful.

        I’m looking over the road to see if my muslim neighbours curtains are still drawn. No. Surprise surprise… and the car has gone. I’d say they have gone to work.

        And sureley you’re not confusing fasting and slimming… or are you…?

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  49. 141
    The Beast of Clerkenwell says:

    PS
    The Muzzies venerate both Jesus and Mary , unlike these sneering Marxist
    c unts that claim to govern us.

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  50. 148
    Jimmy says:

    So this product being pitched not at its intended customers but at DFID and aid agencies is evidence that capitalism works?

    Certainly a novel argument.

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      Phil O'Pastree says:

      The fact that such a product exists is the evidence. The only thing socialism produces either explodes or is painted green.

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  51. 158
    Anonymous says:

    Off subject I know but young jonathan over on ConHome has had a major political bowl movement because he’s upset about Conservative attitudes to the Berc.How a little free thinking does upset some control frieks.

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    anon says:

    This blogs not as good as the Beeb blog – I hate the Beeb

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  53. 170
    Fux News says:

    I hate the Beeb more than you! I hate the Beeb more than Hitler & the Yorkshire ripper !!

    Do I win a prize ?
    There seems to be a very funny hysteria competition on this blog at the moment.

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    • 176
      Lil Olmey says:

      How do you know that Hitler and the Yorkshire Ripper hated the Beeb ? Were you personally acquainted with them ?

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    • 178
      Sukyspook says:

      I bet I hate the Beeb more than any of you – whilst working there since 30+years, I met and married my hubby who also worked for them – he left when Maggie ‘did’ for the media and Beeb in particular…pity the Son of the Manse is back in bed with Auntie (eeeooowwwww – get that thought out of there).

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      wee duggie says:

      I agree, they’re no worse than any other Marxist state run media outlet that we’re all forced to pay for on threat of imprisonment.

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    gildedtumbril says:

    To hell with Dougie Alexander, the BBC and also Africa. We owe Africa bugger-all.
    Stuff ‘em. Cleaning water is easy, BOIL THE BASTARD.

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    • 179
      Sukyspook says:

      I’m still curious as to what wee Dougie was allegedly doing in the US of A in the run up to 911…

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      Captain Haddock says:

      In full agreement .. except I’d add .. we owe the “Third World” bugger-all ..

      This was just another cynical stunt to make ZanuLieBore look all “warm and fuzzy” , to ingratiate themselves with the Muslims and to encourage further mass immigration to UK ..

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    Odds Bodkins says:

    Awesome presentation. Engineers are the real wealth creators.

    Would like to see any super-annuated civil service box-ticker come up with anything remotely as useful.

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    • 206
      Ratsniffer says:

      They do a good line in clipboards….

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      Ivor Schwartzporsche says:

      Odds Bodkins- well, of course you are absolutley right; just looking at the subject of sewerage purification in this thread leads one to admire the engineering involved in the machines which turn these bottles out.

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    • 223
      Anonymous says:

      Engineers are NOT the real wealth creators.

      To give you proof consider the microchip revolution and the consolidation over the last few years. Now a few companies control the whole of our lives.

      Think about it. No credit cards, cash machines, cars, telephones, internet. All could be stopped in a day if they wanted. Looking at the equipment used to create these microscopic miracles is even more a monopoly.

      However they are all run by Engineers that sell designs to their customers for less than the on/off switch in the product. In one case, the main processor sells for less than the product packaging.

      Engineers are dumb gits that could rule the world if they were actually salesmen.

      Thankfully they pride themselves in creating “enabling” technology. Sod the profits. In today’s climate the bankers could be held to ransom tomorrow if the Engineers actually woke up to reality.

      (An Ex Engineer. I renounced the religion)

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        Odds Bodkins says:

        I’ve got to disagree. And you got to agree it’s the humble engineer that actually gets things done. Engineers got the first rocket to the moon, scientists analysed the moon samples.

        But you are right, engineers are not bigged up nearly enough, whether it is for cars, phones, computers, medical imaging, the internet, household appliances, lasers, fibre optics, the jet engine, refridgeration, nuclear power, the pacemaker, the iPod, the DVD, the airbag, cash machines, smoke detectors, the electric chair (hmmm maybe not), email, kevlar, photocopying, remote control, respirators, virtual reality….

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          Ivor Schwartzporsche says:

          The lock that locks the war criminal cell door?

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        • 311
          Anonymous says:

          Who actually built Washington DC? I don’t see a list of their names in the history or see their large estates bought by the profits. The labourers will forever labour.

          Engineers are just the slaves of so called technology progression.

          Moore’s law is just one marketing/management tool that has kept the engineers in check for many years now.

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  56. 191
    Odds Bodkins says:

    Or Dougie Alexander for that matter.

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  57. 198

    Very impressive!

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    Fred Goodwin's Duck Palace says:

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      Bulla says:

      Shamefully the Brown broadcasting Corpopration has totally ignored this.

      Well apart from here

      Straw admits Lockerbie trade link

      Justice Secretary Jack Straw says trade with Libya was considered
      Trade and oil played a part in the decision to include the Lockerbie bomber in a prisoner transfer deal, Jack Straw has admitted.

      http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/8239572.stm

      And on all it’s bulletins tonight. But it’s still clearly biased!

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      shelling-out says:

      He had to admit to it because his lies and deceit had been found out.

      If this hadn’t made national TV, none of us would be any the wiser.

      The people of Lockerbie deserve better. It just goes to show how little government care care about lives, and how much they care about money.

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    caesars wife says:

    The product is an emergency measure , sounds similar to the water straw , particulary good after tropical storms/hurricanes when useually all ground water has been contaminated , but then again you may still need to ship in bottled water , be a bit pointless if you ended up doing both .
    As the boxing day tsunami showed when the roads are gone it is very hard to get aid in without helicopters depends, not much good in a drought .

    capitalism does have the capacity to improve living standards by wealth creation , it can also remedy its errors , but we havent got captalism have we , nu labour are hell bent on creating artifcial markets that full fill either a political or book cooking excercise , Eds pledge is prime example “help us to cut emissons” yet they still plan to go ahead with runway 3 . They are having a go at scaring everyone into GM foods as prices will go up if we dont , utter rubbish , the only reason food price inflation is already in the pipe line (and its time to grow your own) is beacuse labour have sytematically used the supermarkets to force the farmers into ever more intensive and chemically dependent methods of farming , being as most of these chemicals and the intensive use of tractors require oil , bound to go up , but that bit of information was strangely missing , same goes for using animal feed grains for Bio fuels .

    Labour cranking the markets till they break and then blaming somthing else , given manufacturing has been eroded , funny how they now want to only trade in new unproven technologies like GM .

    CW advice get RHS book on vegitable growing , dispose of lewellan bowen LSd trip in stainless steel and lureid orange , buy a good load of quality compost and start making your beds for next year , may make a few quid to boot next year

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      Now Is The Winter Of Our Discount Tents says:

      I’m already stocking up on tinned food and have an open fireplace with a back boiler

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      nell says:

      Even Michael White is having his digs at gordon now.

      It’s the slippery slope for gordon when the guardian doesn’t even support you. I wonder at what point mandy is going to depart the sinking ship?

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        A Pensioner says:

        Good point Nell. Mandy has been quiet in the last week. Or maybe he still has his arse in a sling?

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        Dr. Strangehoon says:

        Mandy`s already on the U boat to Argentina while Brown cowers in the bunker, yelling at his gang of goons; his mind having collapsed when he realised everything he`s touched has gone tits up.

        I wonder how many directorships Mandelson is lining up for himself while he can still do the deals ? He`ll be following Blair`s example and lining his pockets when out of office.

        Realising that their stinking careers will come to an end soon the whole foul crew of rats will be trying to future proof their meal tickets.

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    James1st says:

    As to the 72 Virgins we might well be able to stop the suicide bombings if we show ‘em what a Virgin looks like – Susan Boyle.

    Surely even a mad Mulla would think twice if he thought 72 Susan Boyles were waiting to get their hands on him

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      nell says:

      Susan Boyle has the voice of an angel.

      mad hatty, margaret B*ckett ,jacqui, the carrot topped one, yvette, Margaret M*ran, BaronessU, that woman that was in charge of the NHS, the wendy scottish person, and let’s not forget Mrs Mills,

      Shrill Voices – or what??!!

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  62. 226
    Right Bastard says:

    Mark Oaten eats shite and seems to thrive on it.

    So the answer must lie in persuading the natives to adopt his disgusting habits, thereby eliminating the need for purification machines. A little flossing of the teeth afterwards will prevent bacteria from breeding.

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  63. 227
    James1st says:

    And whilst we are on the subject are female bombers Lesbians? Are they after the 72 virgins too?

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    • 235
      nell says:

      Well kevan what is this about lesbian bombers? –

      I thought our problem in Afghanistan at the moment was IED’s being planted by ‘insurgents’, at least it is according to gordon.

      According to our military, IED’s are proliferating because they don’t have enough helicopters and enough men to cover the ground they are supposed to be defending.

      Methinks you have been brainwashed by mad hatty to believe rubbish.

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        Bulla says:

        Having more Helicopters will win the War and stop the Taliban planting IED’s.
        simples

        Putting more men into the meat grinder will of course save more men from dying while ensuring it is far easier to stop the War and get the soldiers home
        again, simples

        If only Brown could see this instead of twatting on about terrorsits over here and being flatly contradicted by his bumbling Defence Ministers private Aide

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    Hugh Bristic says:

    There is no doubt that capitalism works, but governments can reduce its effectiveness by intervening.
    For example, many small companies are financed by “business angels” who are private individuals who will risk their capital to get the company off the ground. Dragon’s Den is a dramatised version of what goes on.
    However because of increased tax rates, business angels are leaving the UK in droves to go where they don’t have to see there money pissed away by Gordon Brown. Watch as our inventors are forced to go abroad to try to get financing for their ideas ,while massive amounts of capital are swallowed up by zombie nationalised banks.
    There are plenty of good ideas in this country, what is in short supply are people of independent means who have the will and business acumen to commercialise them

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      shelling-out says:

      Ah, but government need money desperately and the only way to get that immediately is to tax the rich to oblivion.

      There are plenty of people who have brilliant ideas, but they are not going to see a financial reward for anything they’ve worked their backsides off for – Gordon and Alastair haver seen to that.

      We will end up with no new entrepreneurs – they’ll all be somewhere else and we’ll be left with the people who want to draw dole money and do nothing for it in return.

      That’s why we’re leaving the UK.

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    Has anyone see Mike Hunt says:

    *Why is DfID wasting money producing videos of Dougie Alexander in Bangladesh wishing “Happy Ramadan“ (at the time of publishing this) to all of 12 viewers?

    Sir it is because he is a hoon

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    freddie flintoff says:

    guido as its captilisam can i shamefully plug my foundation ?

    http://www.affoundation.co.uk/

    anything you can donate will be gratefully recived ( unlike labourlist that refuse to print the link ) .

    cheers all and guido if he lets this through

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  68. 251
    barefootcontessa says:

    Can’t concentrate on that water thingame with the Beatles on the tele,…….’ ‘That Boy……..uhhu…..

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  69. 252
    Agent 99 says:

    A Labour plot to smear the new head of the Army, General Sir David Richards, because of his daughter’s ‘crime’ of working for David Cameron was exposed last night. The threat to target the General, who took up his new job just nine days ago, was one of the real reasons that Labour MP Eric Joyce resigned as an aide to Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth last week.

    Daily Mail

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      freddie flintoff says:

      got a link lad ?

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      Ivor Schwartzporsche says:

      Cripes! I also read in the DT that Cameron has advice to privatise the highways. Ok-we’ill privatise the government why don’t we?

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    • 257
      stilyagi_air_corps says:

      As from 11 pm, September 5th 2009, it would appear that the Parliamentary Labour Party is now in a state of war with the United Kingdom, her people, her allies and her interests. It’s the only explanation.

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    • 285
      A Pensioner says:

      stilyagi: they are Marxists persuing the classic Marxist method of destroying from within. Job done.

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  70. 258
    Article 38 says:

    Very, very interesting item:
    ESTABLISHMENT ‘COLLUDING IN PLIGHT OF SICK MAN BROWN’

    http://www.notbornyesterday.org/brownhealth.htm

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    • 280
      Moley says:

      Interesting link but;

      I assumed that Brown was wearing body armour under his shirt on his Afghan visit.

      IF the facts are correct, the Conservatives know full well that attacking Brown over his mental health would do them an appalling amount of damage with the electorate.

      If there is any truth in the rumours, responsibility for action lies with colleagues in Government, not the Conservative party.

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      • 292
        albacore says:

        That’s a fascinating speculation, Moley, and I’m not knocking it.
        It implies, with corroborative evidence all around, that the majority of the electorate, let alone Brown, has gone stark, raving bonkers.
        Ah well, I’m off to get one of those water purifiers, dump all the fluoride toothpaste and watch “Dr. Strangelove” again – while reminiscing about the most terrifying reality TV ever: the Cuban Missile Crisis, 47 years ago.

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    • 308
      Axe The Telly Tax says:

      “He’s also binging on junk food late at night – you can see he’s gaining weight”.

      Sounds like he’s been having late night pie eating contests with Prezza

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  71. 260
    freddie flintoff says:

    guido last time i promise

    http://www.affoundation.co.uk/

    thanks for the platform guido

    please visit this site lads and help if you can .

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  72. 261
    The Beast of Clerkenwell says:

    McMental is going to star in a new film
    “Im a poove actually”
    Richard Curtis has written the screen play and Little Lord fondleboys will be the love interest
    Its not a “rom com” more of a “Hom con”

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  73. 265
    Peter says:

    I see the conservatives are going to sell the BBC.
    Maybe they could sell it to Fox News.

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  74. 282
    caesars wife says:

    ONS are due to release debt stats on sept 19th that include banksters bailout , figure may be as much as £2.5 trillion , I wonder what proportion can be attributed to the fantasy ecnomics of Nu Labour .

    And news yet again of a new smear on head of army , I thought the ruin had put a stop to that .

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  75. 286
    A Pensioner says:

    CW – didn’t they start off in profit, so its 2.5T and counting down to ZaNu. And that’s just the official number, so its bound to be higher. No accounting for the economic cost of future opportunities foregone, future debt repayment, or the cost of having fucked-up most people’s minds and made them terminal cynics.

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  76. 290
    AnonyMousse says:

    pure capitalism indeed:

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/politics/article6823265.ece

    are they all bloody crooks?

    why has no one been arrested?

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    • 330
      Chaim Alumberajaque says:

      Anonymousse-I don’t know that she is a crook but it stinks all the same and is an affront to the vast majority of decent and fair minded people I would think. It’s not jealousy but akin to having someone fart deliberately in your homespace.

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  77. 291
    Steve Expat says:

    What a bloody good invention! Well done that man and I hope he makes good sales of his worthy invention.

    Offtopic, are the BBC about to give airtime to the unmentionables?

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/politics/article6823364.ece

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    • 293
      albacore says:

      Nick Griffin on Question Time?
      Holy cow – Darling and Straw don’t seem able to push Brown over the edge but that’ll do it, if the Great Leader doesn’t declare a panic, pre-emptive election first.
      Plus, it’ll be the first time that QT, even with the usual packed audience, will have been worth watching.

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    • 302
      shelling-out says:

      Funny how the BBC can extend their impartiality to the B&P, but not to the Conservatives.

      It’s rotten to the core.

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      • 324
        Anonymous says:

        The Bee-Enn-Pee is essentially more of threat to the Labour “working class” core vote in areas such as Stoke;Barnet etc than the conservative one and so it’s obvious that the Labour Party Propaganda Arm(aka the BBC) will want to give maximum exposure on the assumption that Griffin et al can be shown to be complete “fucktards” – although I’m not too sure how many of the target C2 & D voters would watch “Question Time although any “fuck ups” by Griffin will be played endlessly thereafter on the news etc – Well – that’s the plan anyway although knowing Brown and Labour’s tendency to turn everything they touch to a crock of shite” it’ll probably guarantee at least 3 MPs for the far right party in the elections

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    • 316
      Abolish the Licence Fee says:

      Perhaps Pravda are at last becoming able to see themselves as others do and have started to recognize their partiality problem.
      More likely they’ve seen all the good people on this blog who want to destroy the Corporation and string up its executives as a result of their blatant and unrelenting bias. Another victory for Guido.
      PS: I hope Griffin tells them to fuck off with their offer. They ain’t worthy.

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  78. 295
    Anonymous says:

    So
    The Lockerbie bomber’s medical evidence was fixed by the British Scottish and Libyan governments.

    Gordon does not want Libya to compensate IRA victims.

    Would it be asking too much for Andrew Marr to give the Government in particular one Gordon James Brown mega dollops of shit this mornng?

    (I wonder if Mandy is still offended)

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  79. 305
    Scallywag says:

    It’s up to 250 now, but probably only because you provided the link thereto.

    As for wee Dougie’s pathetic performance, I rest happy in the knowlege that he, along with all the other nulab fuckwits, will soon find themselves in the political midden for the rest of their rotten little lives.

    As for Michael Pritchard and his invention, it clearly works and he’s a hero in waiting. Trouble is he may have to wait a long time for any government agency to allow their spending habits to be disrupted by something they meets the world’s needs so obviously.

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  80. 318
    Anonymous says:

    Pure Captialism = Slavery
    Socialism = Slavery
    Nationalism = Slavery

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  81. 319
    Anonymous says:

    Pure Captialism = Slavery
    Socialism = Slavery
    Nationalism = Slavery
    Oops…forgot to say great post! Looking forward to your next one.

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  82. 325
    Anonymous says:

    These bottles are a hazard,

    You pour the water in the bottom, and the clean end gets contaminated by spills.Notice how the drinking end lid cover is designed for upright safety but it is filled upside down!

    They concentrate the nasties in the filtering system and form a wonderful medium to grow even more deadly nasties. The most important rule of mebrane or filter systems is not to let them stand unused in a warm environment.

    These concentrated biological time bombs need to be thrown away. So where do they end up? In water courses where they first fail to work!

    Then there is the sheer numbers. Obviously, it is one per person, as you are not going to fill any tanks with that unit and walk it back. Not off a piddle like that. So all the people must be in easy distance to the water source. This means the water source will be contaminated by sewage even more.

    There is a reason that people “walk” to water sources. It is essential, as all those that live at a limited surface sources die!

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  83. 332
    Bottle Fed Triplet says:

    Wee Dougie’s video. Dog whistle to the Bangladeshi vote in the UK?

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  84. 342
    Anonymous says:

    CDC – a fine example of capitalism helping the third world. Oh wait.

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  85. 345
    Anonymous says:

    We could do we some of that here in the Severn Trent region.
    Waters harder than granite!

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  86. 352
    Dan Taylor says:

    Hello. I am a young blogger writing pieces on domestic and international current-affairs. I write from a right-of-centre standpoint and offer insightful, original and at times, controversial commentary on contemporary political developments. Please do have a read if you get the opportunity on my blog, ‘A Right Perspective':

    http://ddtaylor88.wordpress.com/

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  87. 354
    Anonymous says:

    If capitalism works why are people drinking dirty water, surely theres a demand for clean water everywhere, why isnt the market providing it?

    Also, its a bit rich siting this invention as a triumph of capitalism, and then demanding that the government finance it.

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  88. 357

    Actually whenever they get sent north of the Limpopo to do dodgy deals with demented dictators, Conglomerated Unobtainium’s executives get given a host of injections and a small survival kit. One element of this kit is a “magic” drinking straw which, with perfect safety, apparently allows one to slake one’s thirst from a Congolese lavatory.

    I have no personal experience as to whether they actually work, but since we haven’t yet lost a director to any of the horrible lurghies one finds in the real Africa, I guess they must.

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  89. 358
    Ned says:

    ‘Capitalism works’. WTF?

    If your point was that innovation doesn’t always require state intervention, then I doubt you’ll find anyone to disagree with you.

    However, watching the video, it appears he’s done something marvellous, but unremunerated, that he won’t be able to sell at a profit, hence he needs government or philanthropic support. That doesn’t sound very rational economically. Perhaps he’s not operating from a profit motive?

    Now, if the people who needed it could afford it and he could sell it profitably, then you might have a point, Guido. Otherwise this looks like another great idea for improving humanity held hostage by market failure.

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