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1) Message boards : Politics : Other independent candidates for U.S. President... (Message 1819750)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile The Simonator
How come Clinton's middle name is given in full but Trump's isn't?

I couldn't vote for someone named after a fart!
2) Message boards : Politics : America's Shame (Message 1818306)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile The Simonator
So once every smoker on the planet has given up, either voluntary or because of the hefty costs, what will governments tax heavily to replace all that lovely lost revenue?

Or everyone's turned to the black market. I visited Pripyat last year and found that a pack of 20 cost about 35 pence*. Although given the setting the health risk from smoking isn't really the dominant issue.

*10 units of Ukranian currency, which i have no idea how to spell or pronounce.
3) Message boards : Politics : America's Shame (Message 1818275)
Posted 10 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Increasing the tax on tobacco doesn't stop people smoking, it just stops poorer families from buying fruit.
4) Message boards : Politics : America's Shame (Message 1817937)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Oh dear.

Taxing women, just because they're women

At least your Northern neighbours had the right idea :-)


"The so-called tampon tax is a sales tax on feminine hygiene products which are used to absorb menstrual blood."
Thanks for that, I thought they were a type of kettle drum!

The reason we still have 5% VAT on tampons and in the UK is because the EU deems them a 'luxury item'. Maybe that's one thing that will change for the better post Brexit.
5) Message boards : Politics : Athelets and Celebrities anthem protests (Message 1817935)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile The Simonator
This guy couldn't miss the point further if he fired in the wrong direction and the point was in a different county!

Rep. Steve King wonders if Colin Kaepernick is “sympathetic to ISIS” because his girlfriend is Muslim

The latest comes from Rep. Steve King (R-IA), who asserts that Kaepernick, a player for the San Francisco 49ers, protested racism because his girlfriend, MTV’s Nessa Diab, is a Muslim during a Monday interview on the conservative talk show The Steve Malzberg Show, Salon reported.
6) Message boards : Politics : Society's Role in Education 2 (Message 1817931)
Posted 11 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Instead of sorting out education, they prefer to fight.


I'm all in favour of more Grammar schools.

Cards on the table: I went to a Grammar school and rather enjoyed it.
For me it seemed the 11-plus wasn't so much about picking the top half as weeding out the bottom half, those children who don't want to be at school so just muck about and disrupt the class, get rid of them and the remaining children who do want to be there and learn can thrive.

I'd like to see a moratorium on the phrase 'social mobility' with regard to this debate. It keeps getting thrown in as a catch-all answer when the person being interviewed clearly can't think of anything better to say.

They say it will benefit the wealthy, that's a fallacy, it benefits the intelligent, that's the whole point.

Heard someone on the radio yesterday saying we "can't give a good education to a few and an average education to the rest". Seems to me the alternative is giving a rubbish education to everyone...well, I suppose that's fair.

Here's my theory. Let's assume for the sake of argument that the middle-class will benefit from this system, that implies that the children of affluent people are more intelligent than the children of the poor...
I see no reason for that not to be the case, intelligent people are more likely to be affluent because they're intelligent so work harder, have better jobs, earn more money, etc. And intelligent parents produce intelligent children.
If someone's poor because the only job they're capable of getting is stacking shelves at Lidl, then they'll produce less intelligent children.
(I'm speaking in general terms here, you get the occasional genius from a council estate and dullard from the Cotswolds, but they're anomalies.)

My father is a company director and my mother is an accountant, they're both intelligent people, so they produced an intelligent child, me. (I have the doctorate to prove it!)
Therefore, I would (and did) benefit from a Grammar school education. I don't think I'd be as successful today had I gone to the local comprehensive.

That's it from me and you are now free to begin throwing chairs.
7) Message boards : Politics : Who has been the best U.S. President in your lifetime? (Message 1817531)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile The Simonator
The first US president i was really aware of was Bill Clinton.
As a pubescent teenager at the time at school the Lewinsky affair was much discussed, and not in a mature way. The stories of Monica under the desk on her knees while he was conducting important phone calls... it may be politically unsound, but President Lad Icon is in the building!

Compare that to our PM at the time, John Major.
Clinton used his position of power to seduce a series of hot young interns.
Major was leapt on by the Commons' bike, and was too weak to say no.
8) Message boards : Politics : The Way Ahead (Message 1817529)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Sturgeon: Second independence referendum could be next year

Oh dear Mr Snark definitely a fish out of water

Since whoever wrote that article thinks that Braveheart was William Wallace, I wouldn't be too confident about any of its other assertions.
9) Message boards : Politics : Monarchy v Republic (Message 1727593)
Posted 21 Sep 2015 by Profile The Simonator
Because we went to war with the last chap who marched across Europe forcing them to change driving sides.


Yes, I'm sure it was which side of the road people drive on that was on the bloke's mind.

There were many things on his mind, that was only one of them.

I think we're getting rather off topic.
10) Message boards : Politics : Monarchy v Republic (Message 1727563)
Posted 21 Sep 2015 by Profile The Simonator
Technically GB is a constitutional monarchy nothing like the kingdoms of old when a king or queen had absolute power. Personally I have no problem with the system as it exists today. I just wonder when they will realise the error of their ways and start driving on the right side of the road :)

We do drive on the right side, you lot drive on the wrong side!

Typical British snobbery. We are right, everybody else is wrong ;)

Japan, Australasia, India and a large chunk of southern Africa agrees with us.


Why is that?
Why are you not mentioning closer, European countries?
:)

Because we went to war with the last chap who marched across Europe forcing them to change driving sides.
11) Message boards : Politics : Racist? [yes you are] (Message 1727546)
Posted 21 Sep 2015 by Profile The Simonator
It so happens that kids like explosives.
I for one.
We did a lot of experiments and tools to make it happen.
Once I found plastic explosive (Dynamex) and ignators.
We used a scooter motor to trigger it and it was quite spectaculary.
This was done in a remote area of course.

Me too.

Wonder what they'd make of the flamethrower i built from a super-soaker with a metal nozzle and a bbq lighter...

Those where the days we didn't know what rascism and terrorism is...

That was while i was still a student, less than a decade ago!

Two years ago i made a big batch of fake crystal meth (actually lemon brittle dyed blue*) for the finale of Breaking Bad, then crossed town on the bus with it sealed in little plastic bags. I'd like to see what the police would have made of that if i'd been searched.

*Real crystal meth is white, but it was blue in the programme.
12) Message boards : Politics : Monarchy v Republic (Message 1727544)
Posted 21 Sep 2015 by Profile The Simonator
Technically GB is a constitutional monarchy nothing like the kingdoms of old when a king or queen had absolute power. Personally I have no problem with the system as it exists today. I just wonder when they will realise the error of their ways and start driving on the right side of the road :)

We do drive on the right side, you lot drive on the wrong side!

Typical British snobbery. We are right, everybody else is wrong ;)

Japan, Australasia, India and a large chunk of southern Africa agrees with us.
13) Message boards : Politics : 5 year Political future for the UK (Message 1727540)
Posted 21 Sep 2015 by Profile The Simonator
Nothing like a good back-stabbing to move on the political debate.

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/sep/21/piggate-hameron-twitter-react-david-cameron-pig-head-claims

Ah, the old Lyndon B Johnson ruse, "carnal knowledge of his own barnyard sows".
14) Message boards : Politics : Racist? [yes you are] (Message 1727514)
Posted 21 Sep 2015 by Profile The Simonator
It so happens that kids like explosives.
I for one.
We did a lot of experiments and tools to make it happen.
Once I found plastic explosive (Dynamex) and ignators.
We used a scooter motor to trigger it and it was quite spectaculary.
This was done in a remote area of course.

Me too.

Wonder what they'd make of the flamethrower i built from a super-soaker with a metal nozzle and a bbq lighter...
15) Message boards : Politics : Monarchy v Republic (Message 1727513)
Posted 21 Sep 2015 by Profile The Simonator
Technically GB is a constitutional monarchy nothing like the kingdoms of old when a king or queen had absolute power. Personally I have no problem with the system as it exists today. I just wonder when they will realise the error of their ways and start driving on the right side of the road :)

We do drive on the right side, you lot drive on the wrong side!
16) Message boards : Politics : Racist? [yes you are] (Message 1726261)
Posted 16 Sep 2015 by Profile The Simonator
Oh no, i've just found a bomb in my lab!



Ahmed Mohamed
17) Message boards : Politics : Society's Role in Education 2 (Message 1726260)
Posted 16 Sep 2015 by Profile The Simonator
16/20 for me :-(

So did I:)
Without using Googles.
I liked the question Who defeated the Vikings?
It must be important to know that if you are British citizen.

Oh yes, vital!
Hardly a day goes by when i don't need that piece of information.

And
How many members does a jury have in England, Wales and Northern Ireland?
I thought that Scotland is a part of the UK:)

It is, however it has a separate (though very similar) legal system known as Scots Law. One of the differences is that Scottish juries have 15 members.
18) Message boards : Politics : 5 year Political future for the UK (Message 1726239)
Posted 16 Sep 2015 by Profile The Simonator
Snip

And I don't just mean his attire which is slovenly.

Looks smart enough here

Now that's more like it! This new style of PMQs is a massive improvement.
19) Message boards : Politics : Society's Role in Education 2 (Message 1726236)
Posted 16 Sep 2015 by Profile The Simonator
I have said before that in the UK we are reaching the stage where the average parent is not fit to breed.

Yes, you have said that before. I am interested in your answer to the question posed here should I ever decide to have children.
I've already told my parents that they'll have to look to my sister for grandchildren.

When you look at why we have to have "Citizenship" classes", "Life Skills" coaches etc etc it does make me question how long it will be before it happens for real.

I don't know how many British citizens (of any age you care to mention) would actually pass the citizenship test designed to trip up immigrants - but I suspect many wouldn't. More to the point though - I would have thought obligatory citizenship classes would please you. Perhaps you're worried it might lead to the voting age dropping to 16?
There's a little sample quiz here, i got 20/20, they're not difficult questions.
20) Message boards : Politics : 5 year Political future for the UK (Message 1726232)
Posted 16 Sep 2015 by Profile The Simonator
So Jeremy Corbyn didn't sing the national anthem... so what? He's been scatter gunned across the media for the past 5 weeks in a multitude of contradictory stories, why should this be different?
He'll never be prime minister anyway, why does it matter?


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