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1) Message boards : Politics : Society's Role in Education (Message 1592032)
Posted 13 hours ago by Profile Chris SProject donor
Well that has put me in my place then hasn't it. Now, I have two options here, either crawl away in disgrace as a non-person or fight back. I will think upon it for a couple of days and then decide.

2) Message boards : Cafe SETI : TLPTPW #223 My, it was the fashion (Message 1592015)
Posted 13 hours ago by Profile Chris SProject donor
Oi Nick! In my social circle in those days it was only the girls that sat in the bath for the drainpipe look. Us blokes were still in flares ...
3) Message boards : Politics : Cannabis use & Smoking (Message 1591834)
Posted 22 hours ago by Profile Chris SProject donor
but should not the car manufactures theses days build into the car a way of stopping people from driving in the first place .

Breath test or mouth swab, I'm shore we can do it , still no excuse for drink , drug, driving .


I understand Betregers point and agree with it, but driving while stoned on Cannabis is not much different to driving through excess alcohol, so the effects of Cannabis in that situation is somewhat relevant to this thread.

There are/were moves to introduce inbuilt breath analysers before a car could be started and driven. But it was pointd out that the drunk driver could get any passenger or passer by to take the test leaving them free to drive under the influence. OK it would mean collusion, but it was wide open to abuse. Some pubs and clubs used to confiscate the car keys of drunk patrons, but there was a problem in law because it was technically stealing, whatever the good intentions were.

The police do not help sometimes. There are occasions where a driver realises that they are unfit to drive, pull over, and sleep it off in the back seat. But the police will still prosecute because technically the person is still deemed to be in charge of the vehicle.

The only answer is to either educate the general public on the dangers of driving under the influence of drink or drugs, so that it becomes socially unacceptable, or make the penalties stiffer. Many people might agree that if anyone is caught behind the wheel under the influence of drink or drugs, then it is a mandatory £1000 fine, a suspended 1 month prison sentence, loss of licence for a year, and the vehicle impounded. That might be a deterrent, but it would be seen as too draconian and never get agreed.

But, have you ever tried to get a cab home after closing time? The price rockets and that is even if you can get a cab in the first place. Local Councils could help by providing a scheme for subsidised transport at those times of night, but how would it be funded? It has to come down to personal responsibility at some point, and I see less and less of that in the 21C.
4) Message boards : Politics : Against ALL women - Infanticide, Slavery, Rape, Trafficking... (Message 1591821)
Posted 23 hours ago by Profile Chris SProject donor
Judge wrote:

He said Sutton was a "jealous, paranoid and controlling man".

That is unfortunately an apt description of far to many police officers.

I would agree that even 1/2 a dozen like that was far too many, but I hope you weren't suggesting that there are a significant number? There most certainly aren't in the UK, and I would think not in the States. May well be different in Africa and the Middle East.
5) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The train thread (Message 1591816)
Posted 23 hours ago by Profile Chris SProject donor
Actually it's all down to those pesky coalminers, because of what they were up to!!

Up/Down
6) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Retro: tv,movies,radio, CS,etc. (Message 1591798)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Chris SProject donor
Sometimes the chimney breast that the fireplace is in, is classed as a structural wall, so all you can do is to block it off with an air brick left in for ventilation. A lot of people then put a wall mounted electric fire there. Sort of rather defeats the object of blocking it off in the first place really, but we also did it!
7) Message boards : Politics : Against ALL women - Infanticide, Slavery, Rape, Trafficking... (Message 1591531)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Chris SProject donor
First of all, Walmart in the USA is as much hated as Tescos are in the UK. Next we know that Walmart own Asda, but Asda is pretty much liked over here. But if they are operating an unfair wages policy that does not pay commensurate wages to men and women doing the same job, then they need to be brought to book, and in court if need be.

But we need to be clear on this. Is this a policy of the British Management, or imposed upon them by the American owners?
8) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The train thread (Message 1591522)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Chris SProject donor
A most appropriate solution to the current dilemma being experienced.
9) Message boards : SETI@home Science : UFO lights over Phoenix Arizona, real or not? (Message 1591520)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Chris SProject donor
You just wait until she grows up :-)))
10) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The train thread (Message 1591503)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Chris SProject donor
Sigh. That is not what you are supposed do with a beer.

I do intend to imbibe said beer after it's furrowed brow medicinal properties have been efficacious.
11) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Retro: tv,movies,radio, CS,etc. (Message 1591502)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Chris SProject donor
In the B/W days announcers wore pink shirts not white ones, as they didn't show properly.
12) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The train thread (Message 1591499)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Chris SProject donor
I had a muse today *wears bemused expression* about maps and trains. Well you do from time to time don't you, you know how it is. Anyhow it sorta goes like this.

When you have a map on the wall, traditionally North points up towards the ceiling, and South points down to the floor. So, taking the UK as an example, I would travel down to London from Birmingham, and travel up from London to Birminhgam. Similarly I would travel down from London to Brighton, and travel up from Brighton to London. Hence the phrases going up or down to London for the day. In the case of East to West or vice versa we would say going across, e.g. from Edinburgh to Glasgow or vice versa. OK got that bit?

But then come along the railways and confuse things a bit further *furrowed frown*. You see in their world, they have major stations and terminals and minor stations and terminals. They say the the Down train travels away from the major station to the minor station, and the Up train travels away from the minor station to the major station. With me so far? Ooops you were lulled into a false sense of security because read on.

Looking at our previous examples, we would now go down to Brighton on the down train, and up to London on the up train. Fine. But we would now be going up to Birmingham on the down train, and down to London on the up train. Edinburgh and Glasgow are equal so lord knows what train we would take to go across there.

I'm going for a lay down with a cold beer on my forehead ......
13) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Rocky's Original Cafe - restocked & opened 27/7/2014 (Message 1591488)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Chris SProject donor
14) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Retro: tv,movies,radio, CS,etc. (Message 1591483)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Chris SProject donor
Correct dress
15) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XX - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1591322)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Chris SProject donor
Its worth noting that pre-fabricated houses are virtually all timber framed, and assembled on site from flat panels. If you want a traditional bricks and mortar house that has to be built on site from scratch. We don't see many timber framed houses in the UK, but you do in Canada and America.
16) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Cats (Message 1591320)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Chris SProject donor
Hi Alex, gorgeous cat!

Cat flaps
17) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Retro: tv,movies,radio, CS,etc. (Message 1591317)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Chris SProject donor
50 years ago the fireplace was always considered the focal point in a room, and furniture was arranged to face it. But you couldn't move a fireplace! Modern flats and houses these days tend not to have fireplaces any more, so the TV has become the focal point, which is easier to move.
18) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Retro: tv,movies,radio, CS,etc. (Message 1591301)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Chris SProject donor
I watched the funeral of King George VI and the Coronation in 1953 on a neighbours b/w set. We got our first tv in 1956, a 19" b/w 405 line one. 625 line colour came in 1967. And yes I prefer the 4:3 aspect ratio sets to the 16:9 ones of today, but to be fair they are more true to life as you have better peripheral vision left to right than you have up and down. My new 40" flat-screen is so slim you can hang it on the wall like a picture, that is the only advantage that I can see, a 40" CRT set would need scaffolding!!
19) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Europa and Jupiter and Saturn (Message 1591264)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Chris SProject donor
When people talk about ET they usually mean from outside our Solar System, although the terrestrial bit comes from terra firma - Latin for earth. But anything not on this planet is regarded as Alien.
20) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Beer Drinkers thread part 20 (Message 1591263)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Chris SProject donor
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