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21) Message boards : Politics : Religion - is one better than another? (Message 1598039)
Posted 21 days ago by Profile The Simonator
HuffPost - Half Of Brits Say Religion Does More Harm Than Good, And Atheists Can Be Just As Moral

Christianity is on the decline in Britain, with In the 2011 Census finding 33.2 million people identifying with the religion, a decrease of 4.1 million from 2001, from 72% to 59% of the population.

Islam is on the rise, with the number of people identifying as Muslim growing from 3% to 5% of the population within a decade. But the 2011 census showed a huge increase in the number of people with no religion, currently 14.1 million people, an increase of 6.4 million since 2011, which is a growth of 10%.

In the HuffPost poll, Christians and Jews both expressed negative opinions on the role of faith in society. Around 45% of Christians thought religion was, on balance, a negative force in modern life, with around a third believing it does more good.

Jews view religion even more negatively, with 70% saying religion does more harm than good, and 27% believing the reverse.

Muslims were most likely to described themselves as very religious, around 20% of those surveyed. Almost 50% of Jewish people surveyed said they were not religious at all, compared to just 7% of Muslims.


Excellent news. Looks like we might finally be ready to join the 21st century.

How's this for an idea, since religion is on the decline, we undo the damage caused by primarily but not exclusively the catholic church, and put some solid R&D money into the sciences! This is space year 2014, by now we were supposed to have flying cars and be living on the moon!
22) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (#3) (Message 1598037)
Posted 21 days ago by Profile The Simonator
I don't know if you were breast fed but probably not.

Now, there's no need for that!
23) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (#3) (Message 1597745)
Posted 22 days ago by Profile The Simonator
That sounds like you quack like a troll.

Don't trolls grunt rather than quack?
24) Message boards : Politics : I have been slimed.. (Message 1597177)
Posted 23 days ago by Profile The Simonator
You are what you eat and drink...


So that means I'm a beer! Cool! (kidding Martin;)

Guess I've turned into a Scotch :)

I'm currently a peanut butter Kit-Kat.
25) Message boards : Politics : Society's Role in Education (Message 1596531)
Posted 25 days ago by Profile The Simonator
True or False?

"Given my poor record, I was cheered to read an article in Wired saying we make typos not because we are dim, but because we are clever"

Typo's & spelling mistakes don't matter

ducks behind sofa as spelling & grammer police come out in force :-)

Can't tell whether you did that deliberately.
26) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (#3) (Message 1596413)
Posted 25 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Same for all organisms. Evolution has the most profound effect when that organism is under stress.
Probably because the stakes are higher, if the organism is more likely to die out, any improvements that happen due to random chance (which is of course the modus operandi of evolution) are more likely to stick around.
27) Message boards : Politics : Middle East Timebomb (Message 1596377)
Posted 25 days ago by Profile The Simonator
When do we start building that wall?
28) Message boards : Politics : Against ALL women - Infanticide, Slavery, Rape, Trafficking... (Message 1596017)
Posted 26 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Name change

I have a cousin who went one better.
She kept her name and he changed his surname to hers.
There were reasons for this, she has qualifications and papers under her name (she's a geneticist), and he didn't like his family much.
29) Message boards : Politics : Middle East Timebomb (Message 1594864)
Posted 28 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Have a safe trip Simon:)

Thanks.

It's the same area i've been to for the last six years, never seen any sign of trouble, even while Egypt's government was imploding (twice!).
Tourism is the only industry they have in Sharm-El-Sheikh, without it the whole area would go bust, so they're not going to risk harming it.
On the upside though, most people don't want to go there as they think they'll be beheaded on the internet, so it's cheap, really cheap! 10 days, 5 star (ish) hotel, all-inclusive food and drink, taxi transfers and flights all in: £248 per person. Beat that!
30) Message boards : Politics : Society's Role in Education (Message 1594860)
Posted 28 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.
31) Message boards : Politics : North Korea. (Message 1594480)
Posted 29 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.
32) Message boards : Politics : Middle East Timebomb (Message 1593819)
Posted 29 Oct 2014 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.
33) Message boards : Politics : Are humans born evil? (Message 1593814)
Posted 29 Oct 2014 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:
34) Message boards : Politics : Ebola and Infectious diseases Part Two (Message 1593006)
Posted 27 Oct 2014 by Profile The Simonator

I'd tell you to lay off the strong cheese at night.
35) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1592985)
Posted 27 Oct 2014 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?
36) Message boards : Politics : Cannabis use & Smoking (Message 1592975)
Posted 27 Oct 2014 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.
37) Message boards : Politics : Cannabis use & Smoking (Message 1592931)
Posted 27 Oct 2014 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?
38) Message boards : Politics : Cannabis use & Smoking (Message 1591334)
Posted 24 Oct 2014 by Profile The Simonator
However Chris i'm not so shore your as smart as Red is though IQ.163

Oh the irony.
39) Message boards : Politics : Religion - is one better than another? (Message 1591331)
Posted 24 Oct 2014 by Profile The Simonator
I only go to church if there's a jumble sale on.
40) Message boards : Politics : The reassertion of whiteness in Canada (Message 1590641)
Posted 23 Oct 2014 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.


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