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1) Message boards : Politics : Forms of Government (Message 1659246)
Posted 7 hours ago by Profile Chris SProject donor
It does prevent that other kind of tyranny, the tyranny of the minority. Look at the US, its currently ruled by what is essentially only a fraction of the people. State elections have horrible voter turnout rates, like literally less than half of the people show up. That half is then roughly divided in half as well with one half being a bit bigger than the other. So that basically means that 25% of the people get to rule the other 75%.

The above is about correct. In the UK there is a 60% turnout rate for General Elections. 2010 was a hung parliament and 2015 looks like following suit. That in effect means that 1/3 don't care, 1/3 lost, 1/3 won. Rule by the minority. Local elections 25-30% turnout, 3 candidates, close fight, 10% of the area decides the winner in a first past the post system. Truly representative?
2) Message boards : Politics : M E T Two (Message 1658984)
Posted 23 hours ago by Profile Chris SProject donor
Well it's a start

Or will it be ineffective like the UN?

Probably, but let's give it a chance.
3) Message boards : Politics : Close the Politics Forum? (Message 1658983)
Posted 23 hours ago by Profile Chris SProject donor
This is pretty much it. Fred has a view of what he/she thinks moderation should look like and chooses people who have shown that they can fit into that ethos.

ES99 is about right. As far as I understand it, anyone that specifically volunteers is not considered, but eyes are "kept open", by more than one, for people that are demonstrating by their demeanour on the boards that they are level headed under pressure, don't over react, and can be objective in their judgement. Someone who would make a good team player. I dislike the term "fit into that ethos" that sounds like the masons i.e. you'll only be let in if you are thought to be one of us.

The present Mod team has a good mix of female/male mods, compared to some years ago when it was mainly all male. I may disagree with the way that they are directed at times, but I have no angst with them.
4) Message boards : Politics : Close the Politics Forum? (Message 1658901)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Chris SProject donor
I have it on good authority that nobody is gonna be messing with the forums or much else anytime soon.

We all know that Mark, but good to question the status quo at times.

Hey, jigsaw, good idea, like it :-))
5) Message boards : Politics : Close the Politics Forum? (Message 1658896)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Chris SProject donor
All views are welcome on any of the individual threads in the Seti boards, or indeed in the Politics forum, and in a democracy, why on earth shouldn't they be? Whether the views that are expressed are going to attract any controversy is another matter of course.

All I have done is to highlight a certain forum that seems to me to be more trouble than it is is worth. But so far the majority of people disagree with me. It was expected, and it is accepted, but nevertheless I still think that the question was a reasonable one to ask.

What I see is someone who wasn't doing very well in the politics forum and decided not only to pick up the ball and go home, but to burn down the pitch on their way out as well.

I am going to print that out in A3, and treasure it :-))
6) Message boards : Politics : Close the Politics Forum? (Message 1658888)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Chris SProject donor
All views are welcome.
7) Message boards : Politics : Close the Politics Forum? (Message 1658884)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Chris SProject donor
A good post Akio, thank you for your input. As Bernie says, all views are welcome.
8) Message boards : Politics : Close the Politics Forum? (Message 1658874)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Chris SProject donor
Do you feel better now?

No, do you? You've certainly been active this weekend.

Do you have a particular question that you would like to ask, or point that you feel that you want to make?
9) Message boards : Politics : Monotheism (Message 1658868)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Chris SProject donor
Yep, certainly do with some people Gary :-))
10) Message boards : Politics : Close the Politics Forum? (Message 1658863)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Chris SProject donor
Or mis-spell it like the O/P does often enough, for example: -

"Bollix"

Sigh .......

All of us educated people know full well what the correct English spelling of that word is. I am not sure if that is allowable here in this forum or not. The variant bollix is allowed as an official Scrabble word which I have first used not more than a few days ago. I would think that "often enough" is yet again an exaggeration for theatrical effect.

Minor point but can you reduce this post to 50 words? I thought so. Some post on politics are hard work. I open up the text editor and spend several days on a single post before posting sometimes.

Dena makes a valid point, but I was pleased to see someone not so resolutely "in" to this politics forum, making their views known. So I think we could excuse the verbosity on that occasion.
11) Message boards : Politics : Monotheism (Message 1658856)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Chris SProject donor
Barkeep! A pint of whatever Dull is on, thanks much :-)
12) Message boards : Politics : 50 days to go (Message 1658854)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Chris SProject donor
Q. Have politicians & their cronies committed sexual harassment & worse? Yes or No?
A. A small number have, yes, it cannot be denied.

Q. Have bureaucrats covered up massive child abuse? Yes or No?
A. It is beginning to appear that a small number have, yes.

Now we know who writes Millibands soundbites at PMQ, only a matter of time before it came out.

Not something to be ashamed of I would have thought.

That shows your way of thinking more than anything I can ever say.

Yep, it certainly does. Got a problem with that?

"Plantations in 16th and 17th century Ireland were the confiscation of land by the English crown and the colonisation of this land with settlers from England"

Rather had to really, or leave the place to go to rack and ruin.

& you did the same with the US. Whatever happened there?

After New Orleans we gave it up as a bad job and left you lot behind to build their railways.
13) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : New light bulb? (Message 1658840)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Chris SProject donor
Graphene
14) Message boards : Politics : Close the Politics Forum? (Message 1658836)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Chris SProject donor
Will do Gary, look forward :-))
15) Message boards : Politics : 50 days to go (Message 1658834)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Chris SProject donor
Ah, so you condone: - Child abuse, sex gangs, fraud, abuse of power etc etc. Why don't you come straight out & say it: -

Don't be be so ridiculous and melodramatic, you're worse than a pantomime dame! You can goad, troll, and bait me as much as you like, it won't have any effect.

You're against all that denigrates your "Glorious British Empire".

It was not "my" Empire neither was it in many ways "Glorious" either. But it is worth noting that

At its height, it was the largest empire in history and, for over a century, was the foremost global power. By 1922 the British Empire held sway over about 458 million people, one-fifth of the world's population at the time. The empire covered more than 33,700,000 km2 (13,012,000 sq mi), almost a quarter of the Earth's total land area. As a result, its political, legal, linguistic and cultural legacy is widespread. At the peak of its power, the phrase "the empire on which the sun never sets" was often used to describe the British Empire, because its expanse around the globe meant that the sun was always shining on at least one of its territories.

Not something to be ashamed of I would have thought.

Just who do you think created your (the) Empire? The English on their own

Pretty much yes, we and the Scots certainly sorted out your homeland.

Plantations
16) Message boards : Politics : Close the Politics Forum? (Message 1658808)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Chris SProject donor
Bernie is one of the seven Moderators here Janne. Did you seriously not know that???

Bernie
17) Message boards : Politics : Close the Politics Forum? (Message 1658796)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Chris SProject donor
I'll probably not have enough in a few years to have one either :-))

But Bernie did make a good point.

Please lets not degenerate into a name calling contest.

The discussion up to now has been useful in my opinion, lets keep it that way.
18) Message boards : Politics : Close the Politics Forum? (Message 1658778)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Chris SProject donor
There is no losing end here Clyde, everyone is free to express their views. I have simply called into question it's validity. Some people here quite clearly want it to continue for their own personal agendas and reasons. I don't care if the politics forum goes or stays, makes no odds to me, one way or the other. But it is interesting to see who those are in the group who are advocating it staying.

Nah I leave bad hair to the Beckham types.



19) Message boards : Politics : Close the Politics Forum? (Message 1658772)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Chris SProject donor
All replies of whatever nature are appreciated, and are useful feedback to the administrators here. Please continue to give your opinions.
20) Message boards : Politics : Close the Politics Forum? (Message 1658757)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Chris SProject donor
"What would you do every day if the boards where shut down completely?"

Perhaps die.

I was just going to say the same! Maybe not die but I'd be very sad..

Nobody would be happy with all the boards being closed down, and I really cannot realistically see that happening, and I for one would fight against it, if that was proposed. But there is nothing wrong with calling into question the validity of one particular forum that seems to be causing a disproportionate amount of attention to manage. We are already seeing a fairly clear opinion from a small group who think it should continue. If the Administration here are willing to expend their resources on such a small portion of their supporters then fair enough. Their project, their rules.


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