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21) Message boards : Politics : Society's Role in Education (Message 1594860)
Posted 21 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Have they only just worked this out?

Lavish praise from teachers 'does not help pupils'

Why tell failing students that they're doing brilliantly, where's their incentive to change.

Only a couple of weeks ago, i was told i wasn't allowed to mark students' work in red pen because that can seem too aggressive.
I told the Athena Swan representative to go a long walk off a short cliff at that one.
22) Message boards : Politics : North Korea. (Message 1594480)
Posted 22 days ago by Profile The Simonator
And he looks such a jolly fellow...

He gets more like a Bond villain with every story. If he ever appears with a white cat we're in big trouble.
23) Message boards : Politics : Middle East Timebomb (Message 1593819)
Posted 23 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Egypt joins the fray...

...how long before it becomes a Melting Pot?

..& dragging Gaza & Israel into the pot?

I'm going to the South Sinai desert on holiday in six weeks, i'll let you know how things are there.
24) Message boards : Politics : Are humans born evil? (Message 1593814)
Posted 23 days ago by Profile The Simonator
and djee... those comments...

This one particularly amused me:
Ok, so now we know they can't be fixed, so lock them up for good once they committed the crime. Or maybe try some brain surgery cutting out the bad bit.
We used to try that:
25) Message boards : Politics : Ebola and Infectious diseases Part Two (Message 1593006)
Posted 25 days ago by Profile The Simonator

I'd tell you to lay off the strong cheese at night.
26) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1592985)
Posted 25 days ago by Profile The Simonator
For my local council we have two bins. One for recyclable stuff (all of it, paper, plastic, glass, etc; all in one bin) and one for non-recyclable (food waste, garden waste, etc).

The non-recyclables have any 'non-organic' matter (plastic, glass, metal, etc) mixed into it extracted by magnets, fans, etc; the remainder goes into a large fermenter where it produces biogas. The biogas is collected and runs turbines to generate electricity thus powering the entire plant and the surplus is sold to the grid. The leftovers from fermentation are used as fertiliser.

That green enough for you?
27) Message boards : Politics : Cannabis use & Smoking (Message 1592975)
Posted 25 days ago by Profile The Simonator
The word 'motorhome says it all Simon:)) I don't think a car is a dwelling place...

If only the law were that simple.
28) Message boards : Politics : Cannabis use & Smoking (Message 1592931)
Posted 25 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Thought experiment:

I've been to the pub and am 'well refreshed'.
I walk back to my motorhome, get in the back and go to bed.
I am now drunk and asleep inside a motor vehicle. Would i be deemed 'in charge' of this vehicle should the police come knocking?
If not, how does being asleep in the back of a motorhome differ from being asleep in the back of a car?
29) Message boards : Politics : Cannabis use & Smoking (Message 1591334)
Posted 28 days ago by Profile The Simonator
However Chris i'm not so shore your as smart as Red is though IQ.163

Oh the irony.
30) Message boards : Politics : Religion - is one better than another? (Message 1591331)
Posted 28 days ago by Profile The Simonator
I only go to church if there's a jumble sale on.
31) Message boards : Politics : The reassertion of whiteness in Canada (Message 1590641)
Posted 29 days ago by Profile The Simonator
BBC News

I could've tried asking for a white taxi driver when i lived in Birmingham, but i'd end up waiting months for them to find one.
32) Message boards : Politics : Is conflict needed for human advancement? (Message 1590623)
Posted 29 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Can be James, but this guy really exists and evetho they didn't grant his wishes, he had them.

Given that the story appeared on Nordpresse, a satirical website written by Vincent Flibustier, i think it very unlikely that he exists.
33) Message boards : Politics : Ebola and Infectious diseases (Message 1589704)
Posted 21 Oct 2014 by Profile The Simonator
I'd be surprised if no one is working on a way to mass produce larger quantities of this experimental serum as we speak.

The reason they ran out is quite simply that it was an experimental serum, complicated to make and, at the time, untested.
Laboratory conditions are only useful for manufacturing very small quantities of substances (maybe up to gram scale) . Working out how to produce things on a larger scale (kilograms) takes time, as laboratory equipment doesn't scale very well.

The anti-fungal drugs i work with are an example.
Normally i produce small quantities, as biological tests only require a few milligrams.
Now, let's say there's an outbreak of a disease that one of my experimental drugs (i'll call it NK134) has been shown to be effective against. 2000 people are affected by this disease.
The IC50 of NK134 is 1.4 mg/kg. So an 80 kg human would require 112 mg to treat them.
I have (i've checked) 51 mg of NK134 in the freezer. Less than half the amount required to treat a person.
It took me 7 months to develop this drug, through the various stages of testing, modification and refinement necessary.
My final variant, takes minimum 11 days from starting materials to pure product. In that run, i produced 60 mg.
The equipment in my lab could probably produce around three times this amount in one process, so i could make 180 mg in 11 days.
Or, simply put, enough to cure 1 person a week.

Those 2000 people are going to take some time.
34) Message boards : Politics : Society's Role in Education (Message 1589701)
Posted 21 Oct 2014 by Profile The Simonator
It appears that such schooling works for those people who want to learn. They will thrive.

Those who don't want to learn won't thrive. But then those same people don't do too well in the normal education system either.
Sure, it might beat the ability to read and write into them, just. But if they don't want to succeed in exams and such they won't, and don't.
35) Message boards : Politics : Society's Role in Education (Message 1589686)
Posted 21 Oct 2014 by Profile The Simonator
Sounds like it worked for Brian keating and Martin Christie
36) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (#3) (Message 1589226)
Posted 20 Oct 2014 by Profile The Simonator
i read his comments as a sarcastic response to the weather getting colder


You Sir may be very dangerous.....



What do you mean 'may'?

37) Message boards : Politics : Society's Role in Education (Message 1589225)
Posted 20 Oct 2014 by Profile The Simonator
Well she's not taking a child out of school is she...

While she may not be technically doing anything wrong, i can see why it would go down badly with the parents of children at that school who can't do it, and she should have foreseen this.

It might take a little coordination, but i think it would be funny if most or all of the parents at that school also arranged a holiday during that same week (doesn't necessarily have to be to the Caribbean, the timing is the important thing), if/when the school issues fines, then all refuse to pay (strength in numbers).
What's the school going to do, prosecute all of them? (Unworkable.)
38) Message boards : Politics : Are scientists crooked? (Message 1589224)
Posted 20 Oct 2014 by Profile The Simonator
While i wouldn't use such strong words as Jim, i must also disagree with our Dutch friend.

Scientists who stick to their pet theories after they've been proven wrong tend to lose credibility quite quickly, and with that credibility goes their likelihood of having their papers published, and without that one is no longer really a scientist.
39) Message boards : Politics : Cannabis use & Smoking (Message 1588285)
Posted 17 Oct 2014 by Profile The Simonator
That did raise a giggle.
40) Message boards : Politics : Cannabis use & Smoking (Message 1588272)
Posted 17 Oct 2014 by Profile The Simonator
Or i could beat myself over the head with a paddle and get much the same response.

MPs don't like having their opinions challenged, and drugs have had so much propaganda as life-destroying evil things that must be eradicated, they won't back down now.


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