Elderly Cynic

Elderly Cynic

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    Yes, and it's nothing to do with queuing theory. It might be part of the psychology of drivers, but I have suspicions about the people who produced it and, if so, they use bogus methodology to justify their dogmas. It...
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    Actually, it's not. Even if you assume a complete braking distance between vehicles, it's just under twice. If you assume only reaction time, it's slightly less. Unless, of course, there is a mixture of automotive and horse-drawn traffic :-)...
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    Wrought iron works better for suvh chains, anyway, and I don't see why it wouldn't be viable - as you say, it's the depth and not the width that matters....
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    He got sick of being abused, and gave up....
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    I get the impression that he is a politically capable knuckle-dragger, both in stronger form than otherwise identical opponent, which is going to be 'interesting'. We were on course for a SF victory next year which, courtesy That Bliar, would...
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    Yes. But we still haven't dealt with the problems caused by fast communications and (later) automated trading, which supercharged various long-standing abuses related to speculation. The former is over half a century old, and the latter about half that....
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    That is NOT a situation where you don't know where the next option will be, or whether it will be available!...
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    Yes. I think that people who will expend 10 quid on running costs and often the best part of an hour to save 5 quid are insane. The main argument about topping up often is if you are in a...
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    Yes, but you don't belong to the True Cladist sect :-) The distinction between a tree and a shrub or woody climber is extremely murky, though .... To Greg: many tropical legumes are trees, including the huge tribe of acacias,...
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    No, because they were (and are) not companies....
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    The point is that our legal and social systems developed such controls to limit the abuses of money, in the ways that it was used before modern telecommunications. But the latter (and secondarily automatic computation) meant that new abuses were...
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    So? My point stands. As I say, I remember such things in the UK. No, I am not arguing against higher taxes (and I already pay 40% on some of my income) to increase public funds from those who can...
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    As I have pointed out before, that sort of thing has been tried before and it does not work; all it does is cause truly epic evasion and (as Greg says) harms the innocent. A much more radical solution is...
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    Many years ago, if I was bored, I answered such people on their own terms. As I knew the bible better than they did, and was better at technical debate, it could be amusing .......
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    The first two categories are the original use of money, though (once coins had been invented), it was used as a STORE of value and, to a letter extent, value that could be rented out. However, what large amounts of...
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    I don't have any suggestions but, for a long time now, I have been saying that we need to abolish Money - not as a token of exchange, but as a tradeable commodity. In other words, I entirely agree, but...
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    Yes, I know that is off-topic, but it is the first remotely plausible way that I have heard of to sell the turkey that was the Itanic. Congratulations....
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    I think that string theorists are suffering the fate of Henry King....
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    The evidence I have seen is that they reduce reinfection probabilities by only about 70% - nothing to be sneezed at (!), and enough to keep current variants under control (if enough people are vaccinated) but a long way from...
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    Quite likely. But I am deeply suspicious of the way that antibody levels are used as a proxy for resistance, given that there is some evidence that T cells are more important against COVID....
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    Yes, I know, but what I said stands. My point was that there is nothing magical about very fast projectiles, and the effects of such things are well understood....
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    Actually, the effect of high-speed projectiles hitting an amorphous mass is well understood, as are the properties to stop the consequences getting out of hand. Whether those properties are practically deliverable is another matter. What you need is a spongey...
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    Er, no. Neutrinos are a bad example, true, but their existence was based on a speculation (i.e. that certain decays obeyed certain conservation laws). We have since discovered that not all conservation laws are as invariant as was originally believed....
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    Yes. In my worst school (a CofE choir one), I was taught not to question and to ignore inconsistencies, with very much a 19th century interpretation. But that does not mean that I am going to damn the whole CofE...
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    Your political views are as off-beam as your theological ones. For the Nth time, please stop personalising issues. Bozo and Sturgeon are symptoms of the politics in their country (as are Netanyahu and Putin and was Trump) and NOT the...
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    Indeed. I am not even surprised, however. I had been expecting it for over three decades, and it definitely fits your last paragraph. No, the people behind it were NOT the politicians, but they control much of our politics and...
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    On another topic, I am predicting that the Queen's speech will contain a requirement for photographic voter ID, probably of restricted forms (to discourage the underclasses), and change all English elections to FPTP (to prevent a repetition of the West...
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    No way. The Anglican church has never been as vicious as Maoism - even in the days when it persecuted Roman Catholics, it was far more muted. And, of course, for much of that time, the Vatican's organisation really was...
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    Well, I think that I count, on those criteria :-) Which is NOT to say that I don't have my own prejudices!...
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    He is a lot more restrained in writing than in speech; I have heard him say what I said on television (yes, all three points), and was so disgusted that I added him to my 'mute immediately' list. I have...
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