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21) Message boards : Politics : Open Message to Russia (Message 1646031)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile The Simonator
WTH is a non-lethal weapon?

Something that doesn't kill the recipient. Next...

It is sometimes preferrable to incapacitate your enemy.

Ever have an Enemy Soldier(s) try to Kill You?

Your 'Thinking' may change.

He said sometimes, not always.

To save YOUR life: YOU will chose the MOST Lethal Weapon available.

This explains much about the US.
22) Message boards : Politics : Cannabis use & Smoking (Message 1646024)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Seems to me that most of the world is on pot which would explain the state of the world today.

Those of us that aren't will soon be forced to take over ......

Alaska is The World?

It is not even the USA.

BTW: There is not really a USA, Internally.

I think Chris was talking in more general, grumpy-old-man terms. Not everything is about the USA!
23) Message boards : Politics : Open Message to Russia (Message 1646022)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile The Simonator
WTH is a non-lethal weapon?

Something that doesn't kill the recipient. Next...

It is sometimes preferrable to incapacitate your enemy.

Ever have an Enemy Soldier(s) try to Kill You?

Your 'Thinking' may change.

He said sometimes, not always.
24) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Cooking for real (Message 1645977)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile The Simonator
I need to eat more green leafy food.

My throat constricts at the very thought of that. Spinach in ice cream? No thank you sir.
25) Message boards : Politics : Open Message to Russia (Message 1645975)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Am I missing something here?

WTH is a non-lethal weapon?

Something that doesn't kill the recipient. Next...
26) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Rocky's Original Cafe - restocked & opened 22/12/2014 (Message 1645598)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Captain, Sah, may I remind you that you have been in that bath for over three years?!

Jinnan tonix all round then!
27) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Linguistic fun... (Message 1645597)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile The Simonator
I love cunning linguistics!

In my early teens i had elocution lessons to get over a lisp and a labialised R (think Jonathan Ross). In the process my native Lancashire accent largely disappeared, though it does occasionally re-emerge at times of indignation or under the influence of alcohol.

Upon going to a prestigious university in the south, my 'corrected' accent probably helped me to fit in among the public-school types who made up much of the student body.

My sister, who was born and educated in Yorkshire since by that time my parents had crossed the Pennines, still has a fairly strong Yorkshire accent, but the only thing she's really found struggling to understand her is Siri on her iPhone.
28) Message boards : Politics : It is time..... (Message 1645596)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Talk about a topsy turvy world

It's sure is

Are you implying there's a link?
29) Message boards : Politics : Society's Role in Education (Message 1644449)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile The Simonator
One way to solve this problem would be to force the travel companies not the take the mick when it comes to half-term pricing. Parents complain that it's not fair, and they're right, about the ridiculous price-hikes imposed during the only times they're allowed to go on holiday. Not sure how one would go about fixing this without interfering with the free market though.

Perhaps another option would be for schools to move their half-terms around a bit.
30) Message boards : Politics : Open Message to Russia (Message 1644448)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Air Commodore Andrew Lambert, who commanded Allied forces in northern Iraq in 1999, said: ‘If the Russians turned up the heat, we would struggle badly. ‘If Putin wanted to attack, he would not send a pair of bombers, he would send the lot and saturate our defences; we couldn’t cope.

That seems unlikely, it'll be salami tactics.

Yes Prime Minister put it better than i could, and that was thirty years ago. This scene. It's primarily about the nuclear deterrent, and slightly out of date (East and West Germany are no longer a thing), but the general scenario described seems to hold true today.
31) Message boards : Politics : Je suis CHARLIE (Message 1644447)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Yes of course we were grateful to the USA for their involvement, but it might have made it easier if their Officers had insisted that the men read this, which they were all given. Must read

I like that. Much of it still holds true.
32) Message boards : Politics : Society's Role in Education (Message 1644085)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile The Simonator
I don't know how much knot-tying, pioneering, catapult-building, fire-lighting, bivouacking, backwoods cooking, etc, you did "in the home as part of a normal upbringing", but i did them with Scouts (still do) and enjoyed it immensely.

Excuse me, laddie, read my back posts. Cubs from 8-11, Scouts from 11-15, Senior Scouts from 15-17. Camped at Frylands Wood, Walton Firs, and Bentley Copse. I would have joined the Rover Crew but we didn't have one. In any case Women were on the scene and knobbly knees in shorts was not condusive to ones intentions :-))

We didn't have any girls in Beavers, Cubs or Scouts while i was there. The first girl to join my Scout Troop was my younger sister. She'd been through Rainbows and Brownies, took one look at the Guide section programme and promptly joined the Scouts.

It's a bit all namby pamby these days compared to what it was when boys were boys and girls were girls. Bit blurred these days it seems to me. I repeat "surrogate parents".

You may have a point. At one troop i helped at a few years ago we had more of a problem with parental interference.

Case in point. Nice summers evening. We take the Scouts to a local patch of spare land (happens to be next to a small river) and teach them how to light fires and cook on them. Perfectly normal stuff for Scouts yes?

The excrement flew fanwards later that night and the next morning, five complaint phonecalls the scoutmaster received, about how dangerous this was, what if one of them had fallen in the river, got food poisoning, been abducted by aliens, etc? One parent even wrote a letter to the local paper complaining about how irresponsible we were. (It wasn't published though.)

To be clear, none of the Scouts had fallen in, got food poisoning, been abducted, or been adversely affected in any way. From what i could see they had a great time. It was the overprotective parents who overreacted to a perfectly normal evening activity. We actually lost three Scouts as a result, not of their own volition, the parents wouldn't let them go any more. (Shame to see them go, but we had a big waiting list so didn't lose too much sleep over it.)
33) Message boards : Politics : Your patience levels? (Message 1644056)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile The Simonator
You are not the only one. Just because you have a 4 wheel drive vehicle dosent mean you can stop any faster than two wheeled one. Plus the faster you go means you have less control when you do hit that big ass slush pile in your lane, Or crossing into another lane.
I have a saying when a 4 wheel drive vehicle passes me at high speed. I will see you in a ditch later on.

Slow and steady gets you home safe and sound.

I used to have a Ford Orion RS (front wheel drive, no driver aids at all, 190+ bhp after some fettling), fitted with good winter tyres from around October to March, never once had an issue with getting stuck or losing control, and only mild sliding on occasion. But then i did do a winter driving course about seven years ago which taught me a great deal.
People get too reliant on technology, they think that just because they have ABS, traction control, etc, they can drive around with impunity whatever the weather. Then they only realise at a point four feet from the tree and closing fast that this is not the case. Then they blame the council for not gritting the road properly.

I remember an episode of Top Gear several years ago where they discussed driving in Finland. Training starts at 15 and it takes a minimum of 3 years to gain a full license. Part of that training is six sessions on a skid-pan. I don't have any statistics for crash rates and fatalities in Finland, but i'd surprised if it wasn't a single figure percentage of that of the UK.
34) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Recipes and Food (Message 1644054)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile The Simonator
flambé

Hell, I do that all the time in our kitchen.....


Burnt offerings to the GODS don't count. Lol.

To use the old Scouting euphemism when on camp, it is 'definitely cooked'.
35) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Cooking for real (Message 1644053)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile The Simonator
I don't think i've had fish fingers (as fish sticks are known in the UK) for about fifteen years, possibly longer.
Might have to buy a box on the way home tonight, see if they're as good as i remember.
By around 8pm tonight i'll either be elated or depressed.
36) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Rocky's Original Cafe - restocked & opened 22/12/2014 (Message 1644052)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Don't worry Chris, i got the joke.
37) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The car Thread (Message 1644051)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile The Simonator
FORD is back for 2015, with a new GT40 Descendent, the FORD GT...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMvpVR7qT38
Bugatti Territory!

Of course some will see this car for the longest time, from this angle...

Now that's a CAR to drool over...


Looks like it's already been through a crusher.
38) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Amazon Prime (Message 1644049)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Quite few people up in arms about Prime membership it seems.

MSE: Been charged for unwanted Amazon Prime? Here's how to cancel

When i signed up for the Amazon Prime free trial (i got a six month trial rather than the usual 30 days for being a 'student') it was perfectly clear to me that after the allotted time i would be charged unless i'd cancelled beforehand. As it was, i liked the extra features so didn't cancel, but just shows how many people don't read what they're clicking, and then try to blame someone else.
39) Message boards : Politics : Against ALL women - Infanticide, Slavery, Rape, Trafficking... (#2) (Message 1644037)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile The Simonator
We want more real leaders like Boadicea, Elizabeth 1st, Thatcher etc

Agreed. A good female leader will advance the cause far more by not being a 'good female leader', but simply a 'good leader'.
40) Message boards : Politics : Society's Role in Education (Message 1644034)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile The Simonator
In terms of State education i.e. full time age 5-16 schools then yes, but "Life Skills" should still be taught in the home. Not only are parents NOT teaching Sex, Relationships, and citizenship, there are now outfits offering "Life Skills" courses, and Life Skills Centres. Won't be long before some enterprising company offers a certificate in how to tie your shoelaces, or change your underwear every day, with an endorsement for teeth cleaning. Actually we are almost there now, look at this list of Girl Guide badges you can get Guide badges How many of those used to be taught in the home as part of a normal upbringing? The Scouts aren't much different, is there a badge for getting up in the morning?

Now now, mock politics and education all you like, but i won't have you bashing the Scouts and Guides. Fine organisations both.
They're about expanding your horizons and skill sets among your peers, under guidance from adults of course, but learning with and from each other and expanding one's horizons, making lifelong friends (+ other such buzzwords).

I don't know how much knot-tying, pioneering, catapult-building, fire-lighting, bivouacking, backwoods cooking, etc, you did "in the home as part of a normal upbringing", but i did them with Scouts (still do) and enjoyed it immensely.


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