Grant

Grant

  • Commented on The gathering crisis
    Saw the Johnson / Truss transition described as : From dipso to dipstick. Sounds about right, I've encountered pond weed that could out-think those two....
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    As Wellington is officially a windy city, how come the place isn't surrounded by wind farms?...
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    Thats interesting about Hawaii. Can you give a reference to that please? Have never heard that....
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    I had noticed the parallels between the Imperial Dynasties and Communism in China but the postings were long enough already... Lets just say the lifestyles of the party members are rather better than those below them. But with obvious costs:...
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    I wasn't trying to say why the UK kicked off an industrial age, but merely suggesting a reason - restrictive social structure - why China did not. The fact I see the Chinese social structure up until communism as a...
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    I think one of the things that held China back was its social structure. People were often locked into a caste. If your parents were slaves, sex workers, merchants or other of lowly status, that was where you stayed. Also,...
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    “Actually there's massive evidence that the West is different and nastier.” Really? Sounds to me like the Teasure Fleets were a clear case of intimidation, extortion and aggression. Because a fleet of 200+ ships with 27,000 men on board says...
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    You refer to The Enlightenment as if it was some predesigned process or a person. It arose from the writings of a disparate group of writers and philosophers who thought the world could be a “better” place. As you would...
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    As a pointless aside, there has been orangery at Hampton Court for a very long time. Yeah, its under glass but it does survive......
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    "Neither relativity nor quantum mechanics are reasonable." I'm missing something here. What does the word reasonable mean in this context? Both make predictions that are born out by experiment. I understand that they are not simple and non-intuitive, but who...
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    Several of the UK teams were deliberately disbanded and older members given "wheelbarrows of money" to retire early. I think QMC lost its department of Nuclear Engineering in the late 80's. The pool of expertise in the UK is now...
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    When will the first bank crack under the strain of defaulted mortgages?...
  • Commented on The ends of education
    You really think London is worse than other UK locations? I lived there 32 years and, after moving way, cannot say I have noticed any improvement in any of the 4 counties I have lived in....
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    Boris Johnson? I give it 2 years before his next divorce. Living in a smaller home, no staff running around after him, 2 young children, diminishing fame. Yep, he will be out looking for the next girlfriend as an ego...
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    "What can Labour possibly have to lose by pointing out the problems?" The next election for a start. The Tories only need to win 30-40% of the vote to stay in power and theres a lot of people out there...
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    Yeah, I sometimes wish I had done it. Though getting to the end of my 3 score and 10 and thinking "What Did I Achieve?" might have been problematic. On the other hand asking that question during you second month...
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    "Many can "earn" a four year degree and still be fuckin' idiots." Where do you think middle management comes from? Ours is populated with people who were crap at "the job", but first rate at schmoozing the Group Leader. The...
  • Commented on Crimes against Transhumanity
    And anyone taking methotrexate for arthritis (or anything else) has a similar problem....
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    Yep, The Shropshire Bedlams are Border. A pleasure to watch. Fanny Frail and the candle song are great ear worms and Maidens Prayer certainly shocks some people. Have not yet seen any of the Dark Morris sides, but they do...
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    Nice stick work. You could have done with more space to dance on. I was brought up 3 miles from Chingford and never even knew they had a Morris side. But moved to Shropshire and found this lot... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0sl3vzJpcI&t=187s...
  • Commented on Books I will not write: BIGGLES!!
    I didn't see much ref to PhDs in that report but, having had a couple of kids go through the UK system, I would say they seemed happiest when they were taught by someone how was 1, kind and caring,...
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    I would go along with this. For a fast and dirty demo Python is fine. But, its slow, poorly typed, does not have native multidimensional arrays and the lists gobble memory like theres no tomorrow. I had a piece of...
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    From memory, my 4 NHS covid injections have been AstraZeneca x2 followed by Pfizer x2. My wife, who is slightly less vulnerable, had AZ x2 and Pfizer x1. We're in the south of the UK. As I recall, my brother-in-law...
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    Sorry, I'm being a bit dense here. When you watch a sunset - I have watched lots looking for "the green flash" - its obvious that the Sun is still apparently moving across the sky. Sunsets and sunrises are not...
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    I'm really not sure I see whats wrong with the Sun ruling the day and the Moon ruling the night statement. The Moon does indeed appear during the day, but it certainly does not rule it as its a lot...
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    RE: 1628 and the alleged Ardeer incident. Hansard refers to one in 1937. https://hansard.parliament.uk/commons/1937-06-21/debates/b3fe2f7b-78c0-4976-97f8-5a821040ecfd/ExplosionArdeerAyrshire...
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    The whole temperature conversation is fun. I've seen C used in the same way as K without complaint. So, the temperature here yesterday would be shown as 31.3C - presumably because the context was obvious and no one thought Coulombs...
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    Most the twits in the Upper Class Twit of the Year Show from Pythons were relatively harmless. This lot of talentless sociopaths are malicious and spiteful, and, if not corrupt themselves, are certainly moving in circles where some of those...
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    Yes, Major was a shit - just ask his wife - but not totally bat-shit insane puts him head and shoulders above the vile wombles currently showcasing their wares....
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    Isn't Sajid Javid the one who occasionally reads out loud from Ayn Rand books to his wife? Looking at that list, is there one of them that looks like a rounded, intelligent person who will work for the country rather...
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