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  • Commented on Excuses
    You do assume a lot, are you 16? Our grid does pretty well. It was set up from the start to be fairly robust and played an important part in keeping the country running despite German bombing. We get 80mph...
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    Come on, turning Greg's houe of using insulated wire cutters requires real meat space visiting, which then makes you vulnerable to witnesses etc. Much easier to do it from another country using the internet. Whose blog do you think you...
  • Commented on Excuses
    Yes, that's true as well. The reserve army of the unemployed grows ever larger. But can any of them pick fruit, enquiring minds want to know. Certainly one outcome of hard brexit is work gangs of prisoners being trucked to...
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    I have often remarked on the similarities between bringing up children and dogs. Greg- that's good, maybe we can roll back the privatisation of the parole service, which as predicted, is going badly, as is the private prison thing....
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    Ah hah, seems many of our questions have been answered in various ways. See here for a report on 1993 - 2012 prison population rise: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/218185/story-prison-population.pdf The explanation given in it is: * * * "The numbers in prison serving...
  • Commented on Excuses
    My understanding, from the usual sort of articles, blogs etc avaible to all, is that rehabilitation is something we know how to do, but it takes time and resources, which politicians and a section of voters feel is better spent...
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    Exactly. Things are usually not as simple as they might initially appear. I do recall periodic campaigns to not imprison people for minor offences, especially women. Then there is the huge increase in offenses on the books over the last...
  • Commented on Excuses
    Actuallly I wish to rescind that comment and instead say "The system cannot make a mistake". If the system goes down the privileges some have are under threat. Other people are so wedded to the system and it's way of...
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    It's an interesting question as to how much they are all related. Not my area of expertise. That said, there are some other interesting points. One is that the level of crime recorded by the police in the UK has...
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    Yup. The elite cannot make a mistake....
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    Greg, you are such a romantic dreamer. In 2002, the UK prison population was 75,517 http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/1799864.stm In 2016 it was 84,857 https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/prison-population-figures-2016 Apparently it was 42,000 in 1990: https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2002/dec/10/ukcrime.prisonsandprobation Of course there are some financial constraints upon governmental use of...
  • Commented on Excuses
    But how many deaths are due simply to the fact that cars are large masses of metal travelling at high speed? Can we compare deaths and accidents per cyclist and per car driver, in such a way as to filter...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Well that's where it gets confusing for the rest of us, because you clearly and definitively stated "Just wondering in general why European history doesn't have more mercenaries in it - during any era." as if you had actually read...
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    Yup, mercenaries played a major part in all important conflicts in Europe throughout the entire medieval period. Clearly you need to read some older SF which mentions all this sort of thing. I recall it comes up in Gordon R....
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    Pardon? Which period exactly are you talking about?...
  • Commented on The World of Tomorrow
    More spam here!!!...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    From comments on facebook, there appears to be a shortage of proper swimming tuition in Australia, but also in other places in the world. Greg #540 - you'll have to be more explicit about when and where the idea of...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    You'll definitely cause a commotion with Scottish pound notes, since they were withdrawn from circulation decades ago. (I know, you meant bank notes)...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Your naievete is striking. Ridley's mish mash of nonsense exists to give the right wing nutters talking points, and for the right wing press to point to and claim, wrongly, that scientists doubt AGW. Publishing an opposing book of articles...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    A slight correction - you put their phone on pay as you go so it can be integrated I to pocket money and more importantly, to avoid getting bills for multiple hundred pounds of voice and data usage, as happened...
  • Commented on A bright and shiny hell
    Rather like a number of American bishops, who were up in arms at the new Pope actually talking about the poor and saying things needed to be done about them, rather than praising the Bishops for donating some money to...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Oddly enough lots of nonsense comments (slagging off climate change, making silly claims or advice and bringing pro-gop politics into it etc) started at around 5am UK time, i.e. when the Russian morning shift would be coming into work.......
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    A distinct possibility, thanks for the ideas. Meanwhile, Americans are being a bit silly: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7ld45pUueQ&app=desktop This is the southernmost point of FLorida webcam. Every couple of minutes som suicidal morons come by and take selfies and such. There's already been...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    Certainly Florida property prices crashing makes excellent sense, but so far the history of land speculation in Florida suggets that they may not....
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    So what is our resident filter feeder's opinion of the new flat earth movement, which was featured in an article by the mail in July as: "Inside the world of Flat Earthers: Growing 'global' movement counts more than 40,000 as...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    The daughters of the confederacy were responsible for many of the statues. A lot were erected between 1920's and 1950's, precisely to dominate the public spaces against the uppity blacks, a permanent reminder of their superiors....
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    What I've not seen discussed yet, although I think the scientists will be doing so, is what is different this year. Previously, the lack of massive hurricanes in the last decade or so has been put down to increased wind...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    It does get better, with exciting descriptions of insane dam building and failure and various other things. The sheer volume of problems, corruption etc is of course a bit dull to get through, but hammers home how ethically, morally, socially...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    A passing fam iliarity with Pakistan history would tell you someting. I am not an expert by any means, but it stands to reason that stamping on them now would be the best way to ensure that nukes find their...
  • Commented on Houston: what are the long-term consequences?
    How early marches are you talking about? The nazi party was pretty weak and useless after the Munich Putsch, and only got going again as a tool of parts of the ruling class against the communists....
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