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  • Commented on Yet another bad idea
    But every political ideology on the planet fulfils those rather broadly defined and very contingent on the language used, thoughts of yours....
  • Commented on Yet another bad idea
    No Greg, it isn't, any more than any other political ideology....
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    No, I mean 19 or 20 years ago. Ooops....
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    Even I, as a teenager some 24 years ago, came up with the idea of swapping battery packs from cars, or maybe I stole it. Either way it was clearly such an obvious solution, and is technically not that hard...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    You've seen the documentary on a previous attempt at sprucing up Detroit, right? It's called "Robocop"....
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    Your advice on criminals and estates doesn't make sense to me. I thought the issue within the estates was too many points of access making it easy for criminals to escape from the police or others, and precisely how many...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    Have you looked into money, where it comes from, debt, and borrowing? The bank of england admitted recently in some sort of public education document that money is created by borrowing*, but failed to mention the need to find more...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    Nope, the house builders already own large chunks of the green belt. They are ready and waiting for the destruction of it, so that they can control the market more to suit themselves. If you got rid of all greenbelt...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    I think you'll find that isn't the topic under discussion. See discussion about minimum basic incomes etc etc upthread....
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    I think Charlie's a bit fond of a yes vote in August......
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    And in Scotland at least we are getting another pumped storage power station with enough capacity to put out hundreds of MW for a day or more. I read years ago in Scientific American of an entire plan to turn...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    I think it clear that there's no good reason there will be difficulties feeding everyone. After all a third of the worlds food production is lost or wasted, so there's room for greater efficiencies there. The difficulty is going to...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    Except that not that many children in fundamentalist families stay within the fundie churches. Okay, it's a random internet link, but this suggests 2/3 of them that go to college leave the Evangelical church they were brought up in http://www.democraticunderground.com/102150...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    Yes, you probably are some kind of fascist then, the term is somewhat elastic, although the concept overlaps with other not actually fascistic ideologies. I look forwards to seeing your rouse the youth up in rebellion....
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    Except that back in real countries with real welfare systems, crime is falling, the youth are no more revolting than previously (Possibly less so, video games are good for some things), and the actual periods of crime and violence co-incide...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    I think there would be some interesting research done on the amount of time wasted and how recruitement is made harder by the applicaiton fetish of the government. Forcing people to apply for 2 or 4 or 10 jobs a...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    I'd be for some sort of basic income, or other method of helping people live. There's so much more to life than working, and when unemployed I have done a variety of things which have contributed to teh greater good....
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    But you're missing the feedback loops which connect political rhetoric and the lies newspapers tell. And the drip drip effect of propaganda on people who read it. I have been long term unemployed, and know well that many people will...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    That's a simplistic way of looking at it. Rather, it's a matter of "How can I get the other businesses/ government/ people to pay for stuff, whilst stiffing my own workforce?" See for instance the AMerican prison system and healthcare...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    The statistics indicate that there's more people self employed than ever before, but they aren't doing that well at all, or at least no better than before they became self employed....
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    Oh yes, I recall now, we are bombarded with reports etc which claim that the UK is a low skill country, that it needs to be a high skilled country, that we need more people in higher education. But if...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    I'm ill so can't make much of a point, nevertheless, 1) Osborne's definition of full employment is different from all over previous, widely accepted reality based definitions of full employment. Thus, he is a grandstanding numpty. 2) You can't get...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    Or maybe the murder wasn't intentional; the relatives of 200 people and 5 or 6 governments can cause you a lot of trouble, whereas if you'd followed the original plan and landed at a remote airfield, wrecking the 777 in...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    But that's getting a bit silly, you seem to be reasoning from the presumption that this involves Iran, when surely they would know that any such obvious operation would be immediately traced back to them and thus render the whole...
  • Commented on A hypothesis
    What a lot of people's comments are missing is simply that this is a ridiculously public and inefficient way to smuggle stuff or people. It's simply too big and public an operation to expect to get away with over time....
  • Commented on Dear Google, am I pregnant?
    Oh look, PA consulting have form: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/7608155.stm A company which lost the details of thousands of criminals held on a computer memory stick has had its £1.5m contract terminated after an inquiry. Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said PA Consulting had...
  • Commented on Dear Google, am I pregnant?
    I'm afraid that, re. the police, on the police blogs before they were shut up/ leant on/ retired/ gave up in disgust, it was made clear that the only chance you have of an armed response squad being nearby is...
  • Commented on Schadenfreude
    That sounds like a deliberate challenge to the English language....
  • Commented on Tragedy as Comfort Fiction: On Death, Drama, Disaster & Saving the World
    I've been getting that impression which is why I'm likely to never finish reading it. Might end up with the complete set, but the last 2 or three will be in pristine condition. On the topic of the post, I...
  • Commented on Beer, Brooklyn NY, this Thursday
    Here in central Scotland the grass is still growing and the daisy's are out too. All the frost was last November, hardly any this month, and the daffodils are growing nicely, only 2 months ahead of their usual date....
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