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    As far as I can see, the atheists on here are winning the argument....
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    I have no idea what you are trying to say here. If you can define god as whatever you like, that leaves things a bit uncertain....
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    The internet (To which you also have access), suggests that some lawyer thinks it contravenes human rights legislation; seeing as you can find lawyers who will say anything about anything or anyone, that isn't saying much. It only matters if...
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    Actually, re. science, it's more complicated than that. The fun and useful thing when doing science is that it builds upon work which other people did before, even if that work is wrong. The implications of one piece of research...
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    Nope, you're going to have to stop asking questions and start making statements before I can properly understand what you are saying....
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    Ah, but you're getting confused again. Re. putting people back to work, I'm talking about right now. And then when their jobs get taken away by automation, which is not a right here and now you're all going to lose...
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    I agree with Greg here; the things Charlie listed are in some cases reactionary, in others easily distinguishable by anyone except a raving fundamentalist....
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    I don't actually see what your second paragaph has to do with what I typed. You are just describing mass market consumerism, but seem to think it's a bad thing for some reason. To which I would agree, and I...
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    Yes it is a bit complicated, but economists have been studying it all for decades now, and I feel it necessary to point out that the austerity viewpoint has bugger all evidence for it, whereas the more neo-keynsian/ whatever you...
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    I'm pretty sure that has been suggested before, but anything that takes time and money and effort away from Charlie's central purpose, which is to write SF/ horror/ fantasy and using this place as a discussion zone of related topics,...
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    Only we've got over a million people out of work in the UK who could be doing that pulling up of invasive species, and we're already paying a good percentage of their living costs. Only a few billion more, less...
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    Re. fees, what I was told by people who have an interest in HE is that the universities all started at 9k because the funding system was so fucked up and unclear that they reckoned they had to extract the...
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    Actually we switched en masse from coal to gas and electricity for heating back in the 1950's and 60's, driven by clean air acts, improving tech and building of new modern public housing. Better windows came out in the 20th...
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    I'm in the UK, aircon is irrelevant for most people. Also you didn't read it properly; is the current crop of people in their 20's going to have better housing and aircon than 15 years ago? Okay, so healthcare is...
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    Something to get you angry, if you can stop and think- the current generation of youngster in the UK and elsewhere are the first in 250 years or so who have/ will have a lower standard of living in certain...
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    An interesting thing is that wages in China have risen the last decade or two such that parts of China are now more expensive to employ people than in Mexico, where wages haven't risen at all... Of course a Mexican...
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    That's avoiding the question entirely. You don't need to make 100% of the population unemployable to see some deleterious effects. WE're already in a crisis of lack of wages and underemployment leading to under consumption, not specifically due this time...
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    Or to put it another way, why should you care as long as you are getting your salary and bonuses and your company share price is high? Someone else will sort it out, right? Or perhaps you could point to...
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    Noticing that their workers don't have enough money to buy stuff that everyone else makes would require hitherto rarely seen amounts of empathy, care or just sheer broadminded intelligence. All sadly lacking in today's hyperfinancial capitalism. People should remember that...
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    The current student loans setup was a mess from the start, and the government were told so, but still carried it out. Now they are talking about changing the loan terms so that the threshold of repayment might be lowered...
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    It's also that they want as many poorer sorts to pay as much tax as possible, yet it also makes them feel rich. "Hey, I'm in the top tax bracket, I must be rich". Except they aren't....
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    I think the Fermi paradox is a useful starting point for questions. What is a load of bollocks is the Drake equation....
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    Just as a social data point, I recall in Scotland in the 1980's seeing the carcases hung up at the side of the butcher's shop that we used, only about a yard away from the customers....
  • Commented on Brontosaurus BDSM, Werewolf Marines, and Serious Social Issues: Self-Publishing in the Wild
    Here's an actual report on working in Amazon warehouses in the USA: http://www.mcall.com/news/local/amazon/mc-allentown-amazon-complaints-20110917-story.html#page=1 It's much worse than in the UK, and shows what happens when corporations have greater freedom and power than their employees. The Tory wet dream in other...
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    I too have experience of working in Amazon. They are keen on health and safety, but then the UK is still a somewhat civilised country with laws and suchlike, so it isn't worth the hassle involved in breaking workers and...
  • Commented on In which I am crabby about viral archery videos.
    From memory, yes, the ozone hole means more IR escapes or something like that, I forget the details. Search Realclimate for more information about it. I can find loads of papers re. CFC's and the greenhouse effect using google scholar,...
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    That reminds me of a book I read in primary school, which was one of those 1900-1910 books for boys, sort of Percy F. Westerman, but I can't recall the title, just that it involved airships that could move pretty...
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    Last I knew they were greenhouse gases. If Realclimate is lying to us who do we trust? http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2013/10/the-evolution-of-radiative-forcing-bar-charts/ "These updates added land use/land cover changes to albedo, decadal trends in volcanoes, and (in 2000) made the subtle point that the...
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    I've never read of any that meet your rather strict criteria. As for CO2, it get mentioned a lot because 1) the media are shit, 2) communicators like to keep it nice and simple, 3) it and methane are the...
  • Commented on Let's Talk About Running A Successful Kickstarter Campaign
    I feel obliged to point out that authors need money to live on, so yes, in a way they are doing it for the money. If they have no money, they starve to death somewhere or die of a preventable...
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