Greg. Tingey

Greg. Tingey

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    People act rationally in choosing their religion Total non sequteur ... I mean raligion is, by definition irrational mumbo-jumbo, so you use REASON to pick one? Aslo, religion is usually forced on you by your surrounding society & parents. See...
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    It also means that any real attempt to reform it involves slashing health spending by half; not the easiest platform for any politician. Err, no - spending the same amount of money, but actually spending it on, you know real,...
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    Only too familiar with: "... and in that sate of natire, no ..." indeed. But, like all political prescriptions it is not, & never will be a perfect "solution". A modern interpreation, might be a state without a government of...
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    QUESTION [ And for anyone else, especially from the US(S)A on the same subject. ] Why do US citizens hate & distrust each pther? The underlying assumption in "Specialist's" post is that everyone will automatically want to steal everything &...
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    Oh dear. You do relise that the "hereditaries" are currently a tiny minority in the "Lords" don't you - & are due to vanish anyway? Effectively the Lords is an entirely APPOINTED chamber - appointed by "the Establishment". As for...
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    The filigree Asian purebreds are pretty dull though. Oh dear - you've obviously never been owned by a Birman, then. The current incumbent, Ratatosk is UNSPEAKABLY CUTE ... but his rodent-count is impressive (5 squirrels that I know of, 2...
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    I was afraid of that, in spite of myself .... As in "Perfect" communism,/christianity/islam/lunacy-of-choice....
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    No, I don't know. Sounds a bit like bad Wagner written by a demented follower of Olivier Messian - i.e. total trash & not worth even one nanosecond of anyone's time ..... or was there more to it than that?...
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    I really don't understand either the first question, nor Charlie's answer .... Could someone explain, please? Oh & this should really be on the previous thread ... but why do people keep on making the same mistakes, or repeating already-known-to-be-wrong...
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    I hate to tell you this, but: Didn't we have a little war so that we could ignore these people? is almost entirely wrong. Actaully, the really rich "owners" in the pre-USA could see the long-term effects of a very...
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    Martin @ #223 & Sasquatch @ #226 Err, strange attractor - Schlieffen plan. One (the main?) reason it failed is very little-known. Not only did the Belgians resist, which slowed things down, but the SNCB (Belgian railways) staff were deliberately...
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    Google; "Union of Kalmar" Gives you some interesting insights....
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    All dependant upon "piped" electricity, actually, are they not? Which cahnges the most imprtant invention to "Dynamos" (so to speak) & electric motors. The rest follows....
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    Almost Actually, the "Brits" were giving up their Empire - in fits & starts & with many mistakes. India should have had independance about 2-3 years later & as a single state, f'rinstance. ~The US was determined to destroy said...
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    Oh bum, even "previewing" it ... Let's try that again ... Homo sapiens sapientes Africanus...
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    AND All other commentors on this sub-thread. Hint: When asked for "race" or ethnicity" in any survey, this is what I do, if I can ... I put "other" & fill in the appropriate box. Homo sapiens spaientes Africanus. Which...
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    In contrast, I voted "yes" to Scottish Independence and I'm a member of the Scottish Greens, who are to the right of the Scottish Socialist Party but to the left of the Scottish Nationalist Party, who in turn are to...
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    Just dipped into a bit of "Classical" history agai .. which reminded me. Up until approx 80BCE, Rome was a republic, priding itself on its' citizens "liberty" (Fuck the slsves, but never mind ... ) Then came Marius, Sulla civil...
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    One thing we know Westerners are masters of is grandiose abstractions used to lay claim to the future (and justify conquest); there was .... And the Han, or for that matter the Nipponese are not? The "Central Heavenly Kingdom" (of...
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    and after his death, childless ... err... no, wrong ... "Eldarion" So even more cobblers....
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    U K le Guin ( & many others) Oh, and ... "what is it like to be the other. ?? Like, err .. intelligent, literate, capable of asking awkward questions ... (?) Tell me ( & everyone else ) about...
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    YUCK! No, obviously, I haven't ... but, couple that with Dirk & Jay's comments @ # 451/452 & it is not a pretty picture. Another strike against a progressively-improving Whiggish futre, I'm very unhappy to say..... Curious, isn't it, that...
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    Oops, sorry. However ... That got me thinking - what "social controls" will we see in future for "unacceptable behaviour" from those in power/authority positions? I mean, I've mentioned the mob coming up the drive of "the big house" with...
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    Second thoughts Bad individuals such as estate owners can be pursued & vilified in the press & harassed (etc to the point of lanp-posts & ropes ) How does one carry out that sort of protest against a corporate or...
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    Not total bollocks. Most of the really big estates have been "corporate vehicles" long since & are therefore immune. Now, you may want to change this, but the present legislation won't do it. It's the "Big" small farmers who will...
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    My bad Try http://www.shiantisles.net/ For much more information....
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    That document is very interwsting - (probably) lying by only telling part of the story ... but then it is a SNP politician talking. Wtat happens to the Shiant Islands, now? (see below) What happens to a farmer, who actually...
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    If you're having more than 1 male child per family then after a while inherited farm sizes don't work as they just keep getting smaller and smaller. COBBLERS The answer to that is called ... primogeniture. Alternatively, you can...
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    hetermeles DOUBLEPLUS SUPERGOOD Almost worthy of starting a new thread ??...
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    Oh what a wonderful wish! But it's fulfilment may be deleayed a little: The number of theocracies is dwindling, we're fresh out of god-kings, I can't think of any true monarchies any more, and Communism is nearly defunct now that...
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