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  • Commented on Oh dear
    Actually, with LED's, we will see the end of the light "bulb" and enter the realm of many interesting and varied shapes, strips, circles, spheres, multiple pointillistic dots etc etc. No more huge lampshade in the middle of a room....
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    I think what they are moaning about is the unsurprising requirement that 2nd hand electrical goods be safe: http://www.rospa.com/homesafety/adviceandinformation/product/secondhand-goods.aspx Which translates into having an actual electrically trained person go over the goods, rather than someone who may or may not...
  • Commented on Oh dear
    Same old same old. They've been talking about doing that for years and years now. Not so much has happened. I predict more difficulties with the authorities. As for Kansas, start here: http://delong.typepad.com/sdj/2014/03/lessons-for-other-states-from-kansas-massive-tax-cuts-live-from-the-roasterie-cxxx-march-31-2014-1.html and you can find more by searching...
  • Commented on Oh dear
    So you reckon we'd get 15-20% inflation by paying of government debt with debt free money? I'm not sure about that, but it's probably worth a try. At the very least we can create enough money to make up for...
  • Commented on Oh dear
    Brett - and how do you get 6-7% a year economic growth? Sure, lots of corporations are holding onto money until they think they can invest it well, but in a mature economy like the UK, I think half the...
  • Commented on Oh dear
    Yup, we could do with some inflation, but not simply the sort that comes from higher oil and food prices, because without accompanying wage inflation that will make people worse off. However it is important to remember that before the...
  • Commented on Oh dear
    Actually, it's more like one dollar one vote. I'm sure you could do some calculations and work out how much money equals what number of votes. Come to think of it, that doesn't matter since the actual politicians doing the...
  • Commented on Oh dear
    What definition of inflation are you using? E.g. here in the UK we still have inflation, due to rising house prices and increased costs of other things, slightly offset by falls in oil prices....
  • Commented on Oh dear
    That's easy. First, if I were in charge, I wouldn't have started from there. I noticed we were in a housing bubble in 2005, and if I were in charge would have done things to deflate it safely beforehand. Of...
  • Commented on Oh dear
    What, now Fraser fucking Nelson is taking the side of the poor? He's a well known writer of nonsense, so I presume his ideas to help the poor involve more markets in everything that can and can't be marketised?...
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    I'll just leave this here: http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/S4_Bills/Children%20and%20Young%20People%20%28Scotland%29%20Bill/b27bs4-aspassed.pdf "The functions referred to in subsection (1) are— (a) subject to subsection (5A), doing such of the following where the named person considers it to be appropriate in order to promote, support or safeguard...
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    Greg, you stupid fuckwit, comparing SNP plans to those of a fascist repressive regime determined to wipe out those who don't fit their ideals is insulting, nasty and all the rest of it. Stop it with the fuckwitted comparisons....
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    The thing is you could reduce the number of civil servants if you reduced the amount of paperwork and pointless stuff like hassling the unemployed. The latter requires offices full of people to organise and carry out the harassment, but...
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    Ah, you mean other members of your family refuse to believe that the rest of the world exists and does studies on healthcare outcomes etc? Reminds me that studies into death by guns from an epidemeological and medical viewpoint have...
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    Sure, but that's my point - there is plenty of evidence for what works and doesn't work with regard to health and healthcare and so on, it's just that politically things aren't being worked on in the way that most...
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    That's odd, because the first page of google scholar results for such a banal search string as "effects of charging visit doctor" give a result like this: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=932025 from 2006, which says "Copayments in the German Health System: Does it...
  • Commented on Unwelcome reality excursion
    I think your bit: "(although various Chief Constables have tried and failed to replace them with the PC in a car)" is a gross over simplification. Patrols in cars started in the 1920's or 30's, in response to the simple...
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    "What has the system really gained from skilled care staff being transferred to private employers?" That's simply, the pension stuff gets dealt with by someone else, there's less moochers on the public payroll, they have worse working conditions and rights,...
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    The antibiotics problem is an example of market failure, to which the old remedy was public funded research in universities and the like, only with 30 years of neoliberalism, that route is ignored. See also the destruciton of that plant...
  • Commented on Unwelcome reality excursion
    Here's something else that's worrying - one of the lego playsets I have seen recently features "Super Secret Police" with lots of gizmos and a snazzy mobile HQ. Are they softening us up?...
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    It could be argued that the SNP has more experience of government than the Lib Dems had before coalition. Moreover the SNP is certainly more on the curmudgeonly side than the lib dems and less likely to knuckle under. Even...
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    Actually, I find: "Now that the Industrial Age is over, the old style nation state no longer works in the modern Information Age." to be laughably wrong. The old style nation state still exists and works well for those whom...
  • Commented on Unwelcome reality excursion
    That depends on the criteria applied to the idea of fashionable etc....
  • Commented on Unwelcome reality excursion
    Actually, given Browns background I wouldn't expect him to be in finance, more the area to do with history and propaganda. As for the question in the OP, I would say that there simply wouldn't be much difference, except that...
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    More that re. NEwton and alchemy, it was pointedly ignored for 200 years as the later 18th century scientists tried to get away from all the weird stuff of the past and bolster their social position. UNfortunately what happens nowadays...
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    I have never claimed that it is a new idea. It is however one that I agree with, based on my own integration of observations, theory and reading of history....
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    Indeed, I thought it was obvious that sort of comment (Not mine but I agree with it) was political. POlitics is about who controls and gets the resources in society or a given group of humans, thus issues of education...
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    And there's this: http://coppolacomment.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/bifurcation-in-labour-market.html "But job insecurity and robots are only half the problem. The other half is skills. Businesses are constantly moaning that they can't get the skills they need, and blaming the education system for failing to provide...
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    ON what's happening re. jobs and the recovery (hint - normal people are stuck in the mud), this blog has a nice round up: http://flipchartfairytales.wordpress.com/2014/10/22/lost-decade-we-used-to-dream-of-a-lost-decade/ What confuses me is that there's allegedly going to be an increase in demand for...
  • Commented on The Curse of Laundry
    When we talk about the upper class nowadays, although I often use the term "Owning class", we/ I mean the ones who actually have the money, power and influence. Sure, (in a hypothetical example) your grandfather might have been a...
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