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  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    And I'd better stop there before Charlie invites me to get my own blog....
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    Worryingly, the UKIP leaflet is perhaps closest to your average voter. It has a grab bag of policies nicked from everyone else and usually mutually contradictory: "Put job creation and the economy first Keep scottish taxes in line with the...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    Anyway, since we're now on the whole politics in Scotland thing (and past 500 posts), the SNP is able to get away with things because, as has been pointed out, there isn't a very good opposition. You're never going to...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    Also, on the subject of politicisation, the Police everywhere have always been politicised, insofar as they follow orders to uphold the status quo of the ruling class/ political party of the day. All that means is that the centralisation makes...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    PLus it's funny watching you lose your shit over something a long way away from you. Meanwhile, the stories a homeschooling mother I know has from her circle of friends about everything from midwives to social workers and inbetween wanting...
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    It's more that we all know we're under surveillance, and it'll take a lot more than this to break out of it....
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    Come now, no single parent has been trusted to look after their children for decades. This is just regularising it somewhat. Many will think it going a bit far, but some familiarity with social work issues across the country will...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    What would be useful would be comparing the amount of legislation that the HoL passed, and how the voting split on it, with the amount of legislation blocked completely. Bear in mind that in the game of politics a defeat...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    Indeed it can, but that's only a bit less amazing than the fact teh Queen can just not sign some legislation she doesn't like. From the outside it might look like there is a lot of argy-bargy, but most of...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    Indeed. This Guardian article helpefully points out that part of the issue is the forcing housing associations to take part in the expensive and discredited "right to buy" stuff, and it says: "Since housing associations are private charities a forced...
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    Yes, I know all that. So I don't really see what you are on about. You seem fixated on the HoL having real power, when it hasn't had that since 1910 or so. Which doesn't mean it has no power...
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    Indeed, relatively they are better off than you or I, but in practical terms, they have no more power than some scummy businessman with no blue blood....
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    No, I'm not, because I'm not ignoring them. Last year's plutocrat is this years aristocrat, and vice-versa. You probably aren't familiar with the large number of relatively impoverished aristocrats- in medieval times there were something near a thousand aristocratic families,...
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    I think you misunderstand. The aristocrats are a minority in the current house of lords, which has been dominated by placemen, ex-politicians and plutocrats for a decade or two by now. The HoL has a little influence, but can be...
  • Commented on The unavoidable discussion
    Yes, I've been saying for a while that we're basically choosing between two or more lots of elites with their own specific concerns and ways to maximise profits. Which set is more reality oriented or less likely to crush the...
  • Commented on Rise Of The Trollbot
    Well yes, that's the point I'm making. It's like health and safety. Often abused by power hungry maniacs and lazy managers, "oh, we can't do that because of health and safety", when there's no actual h&s case been made at...
  • Commented on Rise Of The Trollbot
    So the point is, do you just stop doing something because it is misused, or try and deal with the misuse in a sensible manner? (See the history of just about everything ever that has been misused, whether an object...
  • Commented on Markov Chain Dirty To Me
    Great mninds think alike......
  • Commented on Some notes on world building
    Surely the Britons travelling to join Daesh is just a continuation of the old British practise of travelling abroad to kill foreigners?...
  • Commented on Rise Of The Trollbot
    I expect you would see contrary bots, the question is, who is controlling them and the echo chamber? We have already seen how useful it is to have an army of willing volunteers to shout down any opposition and anyone...
  • Commented on Rise Of The Trollbot
    People still reading previous threads might note more info suggesting that "Hadil Benu" et al are very close to the sort of bot that is being discussed in this thread....
  • Commented on Rise Of The Trollbot
    One parcel delivery company I moaned about on twitter contacted me an hour later to ask for details about my poor experience. Still took them two days to get all relevant details from me, and they never managed to deliver...
  • Commented on Rise Of The Trollbot
    Yes, I found the ending totally out of connection with the rest of it, vergin on the silly....
  • Commented on Some notes on world building
    Sure, but as far as I am aware no evidence has been found for mud huts in the UK, rather shelters made of branches and greenery of various sorts, or turf supported by timber as the Irish folk are making....
  • Commented on Markov Chain Dirty To Me
    Indeed, it isn't always an either or, but it's a bit late to point that out 15 years or so after said organisations were shut down and their expertise and work lost. POinting that out doesn't remove the issue I...
  • Commented on Rise Of The Trollbot
    I see also the Kindle Unlimited thing with lots of fake books being used to farm money, sort of: http://www.annchristy.com/ku-scammers-on-amazon-what-you-need-to-know/ So how long before that can all be automated and the bots earn themselves money? Outbidding advertisers for my clicks...
  • Commented on Rise Of The Trollbot
    Firstly, I seem to recall a short story or such set in a few decades time, which dates the internet from 198? to 2020 or something, before it all went horribly wrong and people couldn't have the internet anymore. Seecondly,...
  • Commented on Some notes on world building
    You are right about hunter-gatherers needing a larger range, but the 'fairly solid' camps is rather vague and handwavy, given what we know about the use of caves, the evidence for temporary shelters in northern europe etc. Bear in mind...
  • Commented on Some notes on world building
    He's clearly wrong, as a good look at history would show. E.g. China, not a democracy, a bit looser now than it was, and growing nicely. Or Stalinist Russia, or suchlike. Growth and trading and technological innovation are not intrinsically...
  • Commented on Markov Chain Dirty To Me
    I recall reading, re. GM, that what was happening back in the late 90's and early 00's, was the progress of neo-liberalism- basically a lot of developed/ developing countries had gvt and donor sponsored plant breeding programs run to help...
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