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(BBC-US)   "Insulate Britain" protests block port, thus stopping importation of insulation   (bbc.com) divider line
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2021-09-28 1:53:43 PM  
To be fair, those council houses are notoriously lacking in insulation.  Just ask any pensioner.
 
2021-09-28 2:19:38 PM  
I was sure this was some sort of stupid Brexit, fuel shortage, or anti-vaxx protest.  I did not have "home insulation" on my bingo card.
 
2021-09-28 3:05:34 PM  
They're handling it asbestos they can
 
2021-09-28 3:07:06 PM  
Aren't they already insular?
 
2021-09-28 3:07:50 PM  
What are they even trying to accomplish? Just arbitrarily stop all traffic??

That's not how we solve this.
 
2021-09-28 3:09:23 PM  
Well, what are the diabetics going to do?
 
2021-09-28 3:12:03 PM  

RasIanI: What are they even trying to accomplish? Just arbitrarily stop all traffic??

That's not how we solve this.


Don't you get it?  The ships arriving at the port might have FOREIGNERS on them!
 
2021-09-28 3:14:37 PM  
I assumed "Insulate Britain" was about keeping out the foreigners, now I'm somewhat relieved to learn that "Insulate Britain, which is calling for government action on home insulation, said: We are blocking Dover this morning to highlight that fuel poverty is killing people in Dover and across the UK."

So ... they don't want people to die, nor do they appear to want all the foreigners to leave. Whew.

Maybe "Keep Britain Warm" would be a better way to go. Just a suggestion.
 
2021-09-28 3:15:47 PM  

Psychopusher: To be fair, those council houses are notoriously lacking in insulation.  Just ask any pensioner.


Ackshually...

Council houses built in 80s offer far more draught protection than much of the private stock they replaced, much of built in the Edwardian era and barely updated since. If you've ever lived in a period flat in a British city centre you know the pain.

Now, what you have to watch out for in those council flats is the cladding. "Looks can kill"...literally.
 
2021-09-28 3:19:59 PM  
Insulate Britain, which is calling for government action on home insulation, said: "We are blocking Dover this morning to highlight that fuel poverty is killing people in Dover and across the UK.


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2021-09-28 3:20:38 PM  
Insulate Britain

ok - you're ugly and your food sucks


/what?
 
2021-09-28 3:21:17 PM  
I love the hot take from the MPs. 

"People should be able to protest, but not in a way that we can't easily ignore."
 
2021-09-28 3:26:39 PM  
So they want to isolate themselves from the world now?  Do what Japan did before Perry showed up to open them up or something?
 
2021-09-28 3:28:47 PM  

Smelly Pirate Hooker: I assumed "Insulate Britain" was about keeping out the foreigners, now I'm somewhat relieved to learn that "Insulate Britain, which is calling for government action on home insulation, said: We are blocking Dover this morning to highlight that fuel poverty is killing people in Dover and across the UK."

So ... they don't want people to die, nor do they appear to want all the foreigners to leave. Whew.

Maybe "Keep Britain Warm" would be a better way to go. Just a suggestion.


Did their statement actually make sense to you? Calling for government action on home insulation because of ... fuel poverty? And then protesting the trucks that could be bringing in insulating materials or fuel? I thought they just pulled it out of their collective asses.
 
2021-09-28 3:32:27 PM  

Arkanaut: Smelly Pirate Hooker: I assumed "Insulate Britain" was about keeping out the foreigners, now I'm somewhat relieved to learn that "Insulate Britain, which is calling for government action on home insulation, said: We are blocking Dover this morning to highlight that fuel poverty is killing people in Dover and across the UK."

So ... they don't want people to die, nor do they appear to want all the foreigners to leave. Whew.

Maybe "Keep Britain Warm" would be a better way to go. Just a suggestion.

Did their statement actually make sense to you? Calling for government action on home insulation because of ... fuel poverty? And then protesting the trucks that could be bringing in insulating materials or fuel? I thought they just pulled it out of their collective asses.


Oh yeah, and calling themselves "climate activists" and complaining about a lack of fossil fuels.
 
2021-09-28 3:34:09 PM  
If I was them, I would be wrapping my local MPs car in rockwool every time it is spotted out in public.
Minimal disruption, maximum impact on the person who needs to know.
 
2021-09-28 3:38:06 PM  
The Technologies will solve everything.
 
2021-09-28 3:43:52 PM  
That would make a pretty good glue ad.
 
Juc
2021-09-28 3:45:26 PM  
How do you not insulate?
Sounds like miserable winters with exploded pipes, and frozen people.
even in a place that's always hot wouldn't you want insulation to keep the cold in?
 
2021-09-28 3:49:58 PM  

Arkanaut: Oh yeah, and calling themselves "climate activists" and complaining about a lack of fossil fuels.


*sigh*

Let's take it step by step here.

• People are suffering from fuel poverty because they are buying too much heating gas at too high of a price.
• If they have better insulation insulation in their houses, they won't use so much gas.
• Using less gas will cost people less money (reducing fuel poverty) and also help the environment.

It's a sensible solution, especially compared to subsidies and price caps, both of which just encourage further over-consumption rather than fixing the underlying problem.
 
2021-09-28 3:57:03 PM  

Shaggy_C: People are suffering from fuel poverty because they are buying too much heating gas at too high of a price.


I assume you don't mean the same people.
 
2021-09-28 4:05:06 PM  
Apparently it's extremely easy to bail on any sort of cooperative treaty so as to stick it to your neighbor countries, and much harder to make sure your constituents are kept warm and provide jobs to local businesses.

Who knew that governing was such a chore?
 
2021-09-28 4:05:57 PM  

Short Victoria's War: Insulate Britain

ok - you're ugly and your food sucks


/what?


I've never gotten the hate for British food. They created tikka masala, jalfrezi, and korma. Their various pies and pasties are delicious. Bangers and mash is excellent and you can have what is basically a slightly scaled down equivalent of a US Thanksgiving feast any Sunday at a typical pub.

Somehow everyone focuses on fish and chips, which is fast food most of them don't eat unless stumbling home from the pub at midnight.
 
2021-09-28 4:08:44 PM  

Arkanaut: I assume you don't mean the same people.


Fuel poverty is defined "as when a household's required fuel costs are above the median level, and if they were to spend what is required, then the household would be left with a residual income below the official poverty line. "

It refers both to people who can't afford enough to heat their homes as well as those who spend so much on fuel that they are effectively impoverished.

A reduction in the absolute amount of fuel needed would help both groups.
 
2021-09-28 4:19:21 PM  

Don't Troll Me Bro!: Short Victoria's War: Insulate Britain

ok - you're ugly and your food sucks


/what?

I've never gotten the hate for British food. They created tikka masala, jalfrezi, and korma. Their various pies and pasties are delicious. Bangers and mash is excellent and you can have what is basically a slightly scaled down equivalent of a US Thanksgiving feast any Sunday at a typical pub.

Somehow everyone focuses on fish and chips, which is fast food most of them don't eat unless stumbling home from the pub at midnight.


Fish and chips done well is awesome and is eaten for lunch and dinner. Your thinking more of kebabs, especially doner kebabs, which are perfect food for the post pub stumble home.
 
2021-09-28 4:24:33 PM  

Stavr0: Aren't they already insular?



Absolutely.

I had a European History professor that ripped off a lecture from whoever taught him English History when he want to college. First day of class, the original guy would make a big show of setting up his notes and materials, stand up in front of class and loudly proclaim "Britain is an island". Then, he'd pack up all his shiat and walk out of the classroom for the day with no explanation. The point being, the students would learn on day 2, that for the rest of the semester, he'd be framing all English History around how the insular geography determined events. My class got ripped off though because our guy only faked walking out of class for a sec, turned back, told us about the lecture he was ripping off, and went on to do a full class. I never forgot that Britain was an island or that my professor got our hopes up for a free period, and then took that away. Jerk.
 
2021-09-28 4:29:50 PM  

Don't Troll Me Bro!: Short Victoria's War: Insulate Britain

ok - you're ugly and your food sucks


/what?

I've never gotten the hate for British food. They created tikka masala, jalfrezi, and korma. Their various pies and pasties are delicious. Bangers and mash is excellent and you can have what is basically a slightly scaled down equivalent of a US Thanksgiving feast any Sunday at a typical pub.

Somehow everyone focuses on fish and chips, which is fast food most of them don't eat unless stumbling home from the pub at midnight.


All true, but stereotypes are fun.  Sooory bout that.
 
2021-09-28 4:38:13 PM  

Arkanaut: Smelly Pirate Hooker: I assumed "Insulate Britain" was about keeping out the foreigners, now I'm somewhat relieved to learn that "Insulate Britain, which is calling for government action on home insulation, said: We are blocking Dover this morning to highlight that fuel poverty is killing people in Dover and across the UK."

So ... they don't want people to die, nor do they appear to want all the foreigners to leave. Whew.

Maybe "Keep Britain Warm" would be a better way to go. Just a suggestion.

Did their statement actually make sense to you? Calling for government action on home insulation because of ... fuel poverty? And then protesting the trucks that could be bringing in insulating materials or fuel? I thought they just pulled it out of their collective asses.


The statements of most protestors don't make sense to me. Just saying, I assumed they were white supremacists telling dirty foreigners to stay out of England (LOL, anybody in England telling foreigners to stay out) then read the article and apparently they're just your standard "we want something relatively reasonable" protest types.

Unless "insulation" is code for "Operation Mind Control begins at midnight" or whatever.
 
2021-09-28 4:49:18 PM  

Smelly Pirate Hooker: The statements of most protestors don't make sense to me. Just saying, I assumed they were white supremacists telling dirty foreigners to stay out of England (LOL, anybody in England telling foreigners to stay out) then read the article and apparently they're just your standard "we want something relatively reasonable" protest types.

Unless "insulation" is code for "Operation Mind Control begins at midnight" or whatever.


I still think the best name for a protest group in England is "Plane Stupid," which is against Heathrow Airport expansion.
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2021-09-28 4:52:01 PM  

Juc: How do you not insulate?
Sounds like miserable winters with exploded pipes, and frozen people.
even in a place that's always hot wouldn't you want insulation to keep the cold in?


Miserable but not generally cold enough to blow pipes in the South. Real deep freezes happen in Scotland, places near the coast, etc, but they're an aberration when they do in the proper South, with certain exceptions. And, obviously, only the South matters and should be considered. But not Cornwall, never Cornwall.

It's the kind of cold that just predisposes you to mold and constant calorie drain, worsening any illnesses you might have. But, you know, there's the convenience of leaving milk on the windowsill as a refrigerator. Also, it's unpleasantly hot in summer in most of those styles of building.

But, you know, it's the UK, so fark the poors. They should learn to decamp to a country estate like reasonable people.

/ considered moving there for advanced degree stuff
// when it was still in the EU, and I was able to go to school
/// not worth it then, not worth it now
 
2021-09-28 5:17:44 PM  
If only the anti-Brexiteers were that committed.
 
nbt
2021-09-28 6:04:15 PM  
Both my grandparents' houses in the UK (1 council, 1 Edwardian) had external plumbing.  Pretty freaky for a kid visiting from Canada.
 
2021-09-28 6:07:42 PM  
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Just like in our country people were warned. People were told what would happen. Much of the media ignored it. And now everyone's farked.
 
2021-09-29 10:48:29 AM  
Well, THAT is a take on climate change that I wasn't expecting? Insulation ? They are protesting over insulation? Not pipeline methane leaks? Not fossil fuel exploration? Insulation?
 
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