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Manchester arson
at 21:54 24 May 2018

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5766711/Two-men-petrol-bombed-home-killi

Not really a fan of capital punishment, but I'd happily push this lot off a cliff.
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Ripping, digitally remastering a cassette tape?
at 23:07 15 May 2018

I don't know the terminology, but is there a way/company who can convert an audio cassette to digital and improve the quality? I appreciate this may be relatively simple, but I'm inept!
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Jos Buttler
at 19:24 13 May 2018

Fifth fifty in a row in the ipl since he's moved to opener. Third mom in a row. Last two innings 95* and 94*.

Amazing.
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Where's the press conference?
at 22:47 10 May 2018

I was looking forward to it.
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One of the saddest things
at 22:05 8 May 2018

Cardiff were a basket case, but their owner learnt his lesson.

We were held up as the answer, but our owners thought they knew better.

Sad.
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Russian influence on the last election
at 18:35 29 Apr 2018

INSIGHT INVESTIGATION
Exposed: Russian Twitter bots tried to swing general election for Jeremy Corbyn
Robot accounts rooted for Labour and attacked Tories

Insight
April 29 2018, 12:01am, The Sunday Times

Jeremy Corbyn saw support for the Labour Party rise from 25% of the electorate to 40% over the course of last year’s election campaign
Jeremy Corbyn saw support for the Labour Party rise from 25% of the electorate to 40% over the course of last year’s election campaign
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The first evidence of Russian attempts to influence the result of the general election by promoting the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, has emerged in a ground-breaking investigation into social media by this newspaper.

Our research, in conjunction with Swansea University, discovered that 6,500 Russian Twitter accounts rallied behind Labour in the weeks before last year’s election, helping supportive messages to reach millions of voters and denigrating its Conservative rivals.

Many of the Russian accounts can clearly be identified as internet robots — known as bots — that masqueraded under female English names but were in fact mass-produced to bombard the public with orchestrated political messages.

Academics say the fake accounts identified by this newspaper are just the tip of the iceberg and called on Twitter to investigate fully the true scale of Russian meddling in British politics.

Our investigation found overwhelming support for Corbyn and Labour from the Russian social media accounts with nine out of 10 messages about the party promoting its campaign. Conversely, nine out of 10 tweets about the Conservatives were hostile.


We found that 80% of the automated accounts had been created in the weeks before the vote on June 8 and swung into action at key points during the campaign. There was evidence that Russian social media accounts:

• Piled in with retweets praising Labour and deriding the Conservatives in equal measure on May 18 — the day Theresa May launched her party’s manifesto

• Retweeted publicity and support for Corbyn’s rallies around the country which became a phenomenon of the campaign, drawing unusually large crowds

• Helped Corbyn turn the Manchester Arena bombing into a campaigning point by amplifying tweets criticising May for cutting police numbers while she had been home secretary

• Retweeted attacks on May for her refusal to engage in television debates with Corbyn, while criticising the media for being too harsh on the Labour leader

• Brought their campaign to a climax on polling day — when the UK media is not allowed to report — with a series of messages urging Labour supporters to vote.

The election proved to be an extraordinary success personally for Corbyn, who saw his party’s support rise from 25% to 40% over the course of the campaign — the largest surge in support during a modern election.

Matt Hancock, the digital and culture secretary, called on Twitter to reveal the scale of the problem and act to prevent it from happening again. “These new revelations are extremely concerning,” he said. “It is absolutely unacceptable for any nation to attempt to interfere in the democratic elections of another country. The social media companies need to act to safeguard our democratic discourse and reveal what they know.”


Russia has already been accused of using such tactics to back Donald Trump in the 2016 American presidential election. This is the first time, however, that such Russian cyber-tactics have been documented in the 2017 UK general election, which saw Corbyn defy all predictions.

The Labour leader has faced repeated criticism for his reluctance to strongly condemn Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, over the Salisbury nerve agent attacks last month.

Our team of researchers found 16,000 Russian bots had been tweeting on British politics since April last year. We narrowed our study, however, to a sample of 20,000 tweets from Russia collected by Swansea University and posted in the four weeks before the general election so that we could assess each individual message’s political slant.

The academics from Swansea say the sample reflected only a fraction of social media content on the election and therefore believe the stark findings are evidence of an attempt to influence British politics on a grander scale.

Professor Oleksandr Talavera, the Swansea University economist who collected the data, said: “The samples provide evidence that Russian-language bots were used deliberately to try to influence the election in favour of Labour and against the Conservatives.

“The data represents just a small random sample and therefore the Russian-language automated bot behaviour we have observed is likely to be only the tip of the iceberg of their general election operation.”

Our researchers were able to establish that the messages were broadcast by thousands of automated bot accounts created in the months before the election.

Hundreds of the Twitter accounts were created simultaneously and displayed clear identifying factors. One of the most common was the use of 15-character alphanumeric user names with a false western woman’s name attached — even though they listed their first language as Russian.

At times, they tweeted the same messages in unison. Many were retweets from Labour Twitter accounts including Corbyn’s own and those of Labour-supporting unions and the grassroots campaign group Momentum in an apparent attempt to amplify the party’s message.

The bots were quick to leap to Corbyn’s defence when needed. When Corbyn was criticised in the campaign for failing to know the cost of one of his key policies, a gang of 34 accounts masquerading as women retweeted the same message simultaneously saying the media should respect the Labour leader.

Damian Collins, the Conservative MP who chairs the culture, media and sport select committee, said he would challenge Twitter on the findings as part of his committee’s inquiry into social media disinformation.

“Any Russian interference in the politics of the UK is a breach of our election law and something we’ve got to act to stop,” he said.

In response to our story, the Labour Party suggested that the Russian government had supported the Conservative Party during the election. A spokesman said: “Labour’s proposed crackdown on tax dodging, failed privatisation and corrupt oligarchs is opposed by both May and Putin’s conservative philosophy and their super-rich supporters.

“The Labour Party’s people-powered election campaign attracted huge levels of public support online. We were not aware of any from automated bots, categorically did not pay for any and are not aware of any of our supporters doing so.”

Twitter said its work to fight malicious bots “goes beyond any one specific election, event, or time period”. It had spent years working to identify and remove such accounts and was continuing the improvement of its internal systems “to detect and prevent new forms of spam and malicious automation”.
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No mention of penalty decision
at 23:25 28 Apr 2018

On MOTD.

Not seen it, but on the live text Gabbidon said it was a stonewall.

Was it a pen, or at least worthy of discussion on MOTD?
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Andres Iniesta
at 13:13 27 Apr 2018

Leaving Barca.

Go get him Huw!
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Eric bristow
at 21:49 5 Apr 2018

Rip.

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Wet Spam
at 08:36 30 Mar 2018

Sooner they're gone the better.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/43584859
[Post edited 30 Mar 9:52]
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Australia
at 22:44 24 Mar 2018

Bastion of fair play

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/43526870
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The violent Left
at 09:33 20 Mar 2018

*Takes cover*

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5520657/Troubled-kids-likely-favour-radi
[Post edited 20 Mar 12:24]
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South Africa's a lovely place
at 12:14 7 Mar 2018

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/triathlon/43313998
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Not seen this before
at 16:01 6 Mar 2018

A video of Carlos' analogies.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/43279343
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Arsenal
at 20:43 22 Feb 2018

Hehehe
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Federer
at 20:19 16 Feb 2018

New (and oldest ever) world no one.

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4-1 up
at 20:55 6 Feb 2018

Swans fans moaning like feck.
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Nasri
at 18:58 31 Jan 2018

Had his contract terminated, available on a free.

Match winner.

Too much trouble?
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GOAT
at 11:40 28 Jan 2018

Take a bow Roger. 20th grand slam title.
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Tandy
at 22:55 22 Jan 2018

Gone
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