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  • Commented on Thoughtcrime
    One wee correction - I don't think it was the ultra-right, rather the right wing of the ruling and officer classes. Calling it ultra-right suggests a small and uninfluential part of society, rather than a large chunk of the ruling...
  • Commented on Thoughtcrime
    Oops, I forgot and got confused by name similarity....
  • Commented on Thoughtcrime
    On Saville, unlike the tabloid headlines, the actual reports are fairly thin reading: http://annaraccoon.com/2015/03/04/the-buried-truth-more-savile-allegations/ http://annaraccoon.com/2015/04/29/savell-on-savile/...
  • Commented on Thoughtcrime
    Of course it makes a 'certain' kind of sense. But presumably you are unaware of the history of the last 50 or so years re. human rights, racism and the supression of free speech in this country?...
  • Commented on Thoughtcrime
    You could ask, failed in what way? In what way have the govenrnments of the last 30 years failed to defend freedom of speech, democracy, rule of law and equal righs....
  • Commented on The Ultimate Tech Frontier: Your Brain
    The financial crisis and ensuing global depression was caused to a large extent by lots of greedy intelligent people. If they'd been greedy stupid people they'd never have managed to get things so well arranged to benefit themselves. Thus, suggesting...
  • Commented on The Ultimate Tech Frontier: Your Brain
    You might like to find some evidence connecting IQ levels with social improvements......
  • Commented on The Ultimate Tech Frontier: Your Brain
    No there isn't. What holds them back is the desire to make as much profit as possible. There's even an initiative from the EU now called the Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative to make up for the way Pharma companies...
  • Commented on The Ultimate Tech Frontier: Your Brain
    Which sounds like a tautology. It is clear to me that a drug which had actual anti-ageing effects would rapidly become available, whether licenced or not. Or as a food supplement. The barriers to a new succesful drug are often...
  • Commented on The Ultimate Tech Frontier: Your Brain
    Charlie might have had him as a guest author because he liked his work in terms of SF being the literature of ideas and often about discussions of the social and cultural effects of technological advancements....
  • Commented on Aftermath
    Hey, I don't expect you to needle guides on holiday (Although I did irritate one in Dunfermline abbey when I pointed out that the sword held by the engraving of Bruce on the brass place on his grave/ memorial wasn't...
  • Commented on Aftermath
    Do you have a reference for the Trondheim pens being attacked with tallboys etc? I can't seem to find such a thing online....
  • Commented on Aftermath
    In fact, reading more, it seems he pled guilty. Someone wasn't advising him very well......
  • Commented on Aftermath
    The headline writer should be shot. It wasn't Jessops, it was the policemen who decided that the immediate defence wasn't good enough and proceeding, and the CPS for thinking there was any sort of case. As long as the knife...
  • Commented on Aftermath
    You do of course have some workings to back up your statments? Maybe some figures about how much it costs to build roads and the different cost factors involved? Or are you being sarcastic?...
  • Commented on Aftermath
    The vote share change chart on the BBC suggests that most lib-dem voters went tory/ ukip, which is odd, or suggests that some people's attachement to a more liberal society was not very strong....
  • Commented on Aftermath
    At the moment, according to the BBC, 15 seats to go, and tories are at 320, versus 228 Labour. Also the radio scotland phone in is getting a bit acrimonious....
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    The last few days I've been listening to radio Scotland, and the phone ins have given me the impression that people are generally more turned on, interested and intelligent than the MP's and professional politicians! On the other hand I...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    I don't undersatnd why the tories did so well, given many (Yes, not all) ukip voters are tory voters. Lets say it's half, yet that still means more people voted tory, despite their bonkers economic policy and harassing of the...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    I wonder what the English turnout was versus the Scottish turnout?...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    Edinburgh and the rest of Scotland are well aware of alcohol fuelled violence. A lot of it is and was segregated by class, so you don't hear about it unless it hits the city centre. And yes, Lothian road was...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    Nothern nationalism, as an identification of say everywhere north of Sheffield- Manchester as THE NORTH doesn't exist. Richard Gadsden describes a decent anmount of localism, which is not conducive to having a full on region. Besides it is important to...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    I thought that was the point, the latter part of it being phoned in from A&E....
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    That's an impressive list of nonsense right wing talking points you have there. Shame if anything happened to it....
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    R.e. Scotland and energy, this website has a nice roundup: http://www.scottishrenewables.com/scottish-renewable-energy-statistics-glance/ I'd agree that renewables would make up the biggest % of electricity for Scotland within the lifetime of the next parliament, but I think the issue will be, can...
  • Commented on The Scottish Political Singularity, Act Two
    Curiously, a google search finds only 3 instances of the word "b├╝roismus", one of them being on this blog, the other 2 on a blog called Scrivener's error, so I can only conclude that it is a made up word....
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    Re. Brownian motion, I happen to have here a 1948 edition of "An introduction to the kinetic theory of gases" by Sir James Jeans. It says that Brown had discovered the peculiar dance of pollen suspended in water in 1828,...
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    Thermodynamics has to do with everything, so why are you saying it has nothing to do with perfume etc?...
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    That's the great thing about science, you can change your mind and people won't think worse of you for it....
  • Commented on Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction?
    That comment does make you sound like either a gullible new ager or someone who doesn't like to seem to lose. A smiley doesn't change how it looks....
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