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21) Message boards : Politics : U.S. Presidential issues questionnaire (Message 1724618)
Posted 11 Sep 2015 by Profile The SimonatorProject donor
There are good points in most failed leaders.

So?

Edit: I would leave out Buchanan, Wilson and Andrew Johnson.

Nothing good about them.

I have no point to make, it just seemed appropriate.

If Trump wins the election, by 2017 America may well be missing Obama.
22) Message boards : Politics : U.S. Presidential issues questionnaire (Message 1724616)
Posted 11 Sep 2015 by Profile The SimonatorProject donor
Found this picture and thought of this thread:



(Had to censor it slightly)
23) Message boards : Politics : Ephebiphobia (Message 1724590)
Posted 11 Sep 2015 by Profile The SimonatorProject donor
They are not qualifications. They are proof of membership. Next.

I have AMRSC after my name (Associate Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry) for which i needed a post-graduate degree at merit or distinction, so the two aren't mutually exclusive.
24) Message boards : Politics : Ephebiphobia (Message 1724584)
Posted 11 Sep 2015 by Profile The SimonatorProject donor
I thought teachers were not supposed to make assumptions?

I assume that lorry drivers are allowed to though ...

Within the Classroom that may be generally correct, but occasionally you have to have to make judgement calls as a lesson progresses and amend it on the hoof. But as you very well know I retired 4 years ago, so why you keep bringing this up is food for thought to all others here. No work today? Or just bored?

Bringing what up? I'm passing comments on what is being said. Aren't I allowed to do that?

You continue to denigrate my employment. Let's see, how many professions have you stated you worked in? Are you qualified in all of those?

Very nice example you're setting for the youth on this thread "Praise the lord & pass the ammunition".

I see some things don't change.
25) Message boards : Politics : Monarchy v Republic (Message 1724575)
Posted 11 Sep 2015 by Profile The SimonatorProject donor
And that's good, because it gives us as a nation an anchor of stability, rather than lurching from one political philosophy to another with successive governments.

Same goes for the House of Lords, paradigm shifts of governance often don't end well, so with the House of Lords acting as moderators for the House of Commons, things keep ticking by quite nicely.

Obviously it's not perfect, no system is, but Britain seems to be doing reasonably well on it.

I believe it also helps reduce corruption, in other countries governments offer bribes and favourable legislation, whereas in Britain we just give someone an Ermin gown and an archaic title and they're happy.
26) Message boards : Politics : Jesus (Message 1724548)
Posted 11 Sep 2015 by Profile The SimonatorProject donor
Two things we know for certain about Jesus Christ, if he existed:

1. He wasn't called Jesus

2. He wasn't called Christ
27) Message boards : Politics : U.S. Presidential issues questionnaire (Message 1724547)
Posted 11 Sep 2015 by Profile The SimonatorProject donor
At the time the 2nd Amendment was made in 1791, there waere two real fears in Amera. Firstly that there could be a national invasion by another country,
Predominantly us i believe. :D
and secondly that some politicians were corrupt and needed to be removed by physical force. Therefore it seemed sensible to arm the people to be able to deal with those eventualities.
A bit 'sledgehammer to crack a nut'.

"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."
Adherence to the second and third words of that line could be where the problem lies.
You would never ever be able to change that because too many red necked Americans would never stand for it. For over 200 years they have had the right to carry guns, it is as natural to them as breathing.
That's not an excuse to not do the right thing. Plenty of people resent paying tax only to see the government piss them away on causes we don't agree with, but does that mean they should stop paying or storm government buildings firearms in hand?
Whether it is relevant to the 21C
It isn't
is a matter of opinion. The USA has probably the strongest military in the world, and a dodgy President is not likely to be marched out of the White House by a gun toting mob, however much a few people here would like to see it happen to Obama! There is Impeachment which has happened in recent times referred to before, to deal with that.
All he needs to do is learn the saxophone and appear on a few talkshows, worked for Clinton.
28) Message boards : Politics : Monarchy v Republic (Message 1724545)
Posted 11 Sep 2015 by Profile The SimonatorProject donor
The Queen is nominally in charge of parliament and the government, in practice though she does not intervene; at least, not in a way that we know about.

I believe the official line is that she 'advises', and with 63 years experience, she seems ideally placed for the role.
29) Message boards : Politics : Monarchy v Republic (Message 1724347)
Posted 10 Sep 2015 by Profile The SimonatorProject donor
Well perhaps American Presidents are more badly thought of than the British Monarchy and consider themselves at more risk of attack??

My point exactly.
30) Message boards : Politics : U.S. Presidential issues questionnaire (Message 1724340)
Posted 10 Sep 2015 by Profile The SimonatorProject donor
2. The Magna Carta was fine for its time when it was written, so was the USA constitution, both need to updated for the 21C.

Indeed, neither (to coin a phrase) is set in stone.
As evidenced by the fact that the most controversial bit is itself the 2nd amendment! A fact forgotten by many gun-toting thugs who cite their precious constitution as justification for owning more weapons than IQ points.

Also, were it not for the 19th amendment, women wouldn't be able to vote!
31) Message boards : Politics : 5 year Political future for the UK (Message 1724275)
Posted 10 Sep 2015 by Profile The SimonatorProject donor
Intelligent people didn't care in the first place! Labour is finished for a long time in the UK.

Shame, they did have some good ideas...
I think...
Can't bring any to mind just now...
32) Message boards : Politics : U.S. Presidential issues questionnaire (Message 1724273)
Posted 10 Sep 2015 by Profile The SimonatorProject donor
And KFC isn't all that good food either!!!

Way too expensive for what you get. I'll take Popeye's anyday(besides you can get red beans and rice as a side!).

I'd rather make it myself, the only thing i buy premade is fish and chips.
33) Message boards : Politics : U.S. Presidential issues questionnaire (Message 1724246)
Posted 10 Sep 2015 by Profile The SimonatorProject donor
I'm not a US citizen (as you've probably noticed) but i got:
86% Bernie Sanders
79% Joe Biden
79% Hillary Clinton

I confess i've no idea who Bernie Sanders is, wasn't he the chap who makes the fried chicken?

Hitting the compare answers button opens with our agreeing on much stricter gun control and decriminalising various drugs.
34) Message boards : Politics : Monarchy v Republic (Message 1724230)
Posted 10 Sep 2015 by Profile The SimonatorProject donor
Various estimates put the cost of the Monarchy to the UK at around the 50p/person mark.
In the grand scheme of taxes, that really doesn't register.
Having a presidency instead (which many republicans advocate) would cost far more, in security at least. The royal family don't need huge amounts of security because the public are at worst ambivalent to them, whereas a portion of the populus would develop a hatred for a president.

Case in point, i met Princess Anne a few years ago, she presented me with my Queen's Scout award, a vicarious experience for her i expect.
At the (public) ceremony and subsequent (semi-private) dinner she had two bodyguards present, and left in a single car (Jaguar XJ12, memory serves). No police escort, bullet proof screens, helicopters, or anything else that one might expect a president to require.

Vivat stirpem regiam!
35) Message boards : Politics : 5 year Political future for the UK (Message 1724229)
Posted 10 Sep 2015 by Profile The SimonatorProject donor
Now that the poll for leadership of the Labour party has closed, I hope we see fewer stories about it in the media, I have long since ceased to care!
36) Message boards : Politics : Against ALL women - Infanticide, Slavery, Rape, Trafficking... (#3) (Message 1694852)
Posted 23 Jun 2015 by Profile The SimonatorProject donor
The comments were along the lines that women are nuisance in labs because they keep falling in love and cry when they are criticised (which does make me wonder how he talks to people if it makes them cry). I'd say that was pretty undermining and offensive to female scientists.
Doesn't take much, there are a few in my lab who burst into tears at the slightest provocation.
That's not sexist, it's a fact. They're the exception rather than the majority, but as it happens, we're exactly gender balanced at the moment (19 of each), and i've yet to see any of the men crying.
People need to be more thick-skinned.

..and the GollyWog was always considered offensive by those it was mocking.
The original golliwog character (from 1895, The Adventures of Two Dutch Dolls and a Golliwogg) was a friendly and kind character, it wasn't until 1983 that the Greater London Council decided it was offensive.
37) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Happy Father's Day!! (Message 1694661)
Posted 22 Jun 2015 by Profile The SimonatorProject donor
plus a new Fanny Pack

Oh dear USA speak can be so um, well, ambiguous at times :-)))

I believe they find our nomenclature, bum-bag, similarly amusing.
38) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Transportation safety 2 (Message 1694659)
Posted 22 Jun 2015 by Profile The SimonatorProject donor
There of course is an HGV sat nav

Halfords HGV Sat Nav

Of course it also is about 3 times the price I just paid for my new Tom Tom.

Unless the company supplies it I suspect most HGV driver will use a standard one

Also if you are in an HGV and find you are travelling up a narrow country lane, then how do you turn around. You just have to keep going and hope it gets wider.

The driver in most cases has decided to ignore road signs saying things like narrow road, narrow bridges, some with weight limits, double bends, etc. etc.

Ah, the wonders of the modern age, what bliss

From many of these incidents on this thread all show one thing in common...

...failure to use an old technological standard...

...the Mk 1 Eyeball.

On a few of the country lanes round here where they meet the main road there are fitted some concrete barriers which are about seven feet apart, they don't inhibit cars and pickups but lorries are physically unable to get onto the lane, seems to work quite well.
39) Message boards : Politics : Against ALL women - Infanticide, Slavery, Rape, Trafficking... (#3) (Message 1694645)
Posted 22 Jun 2015 by Profile The SimonatorProject donor
Would you take the same stance if these scientists were making racist jokes or wearing shirts with racist caricatures such as a GollyWog while making an important global announcement?

Depends on what exactly they said.
Obviously i can't respond to such generalised questions in any meaningful way.
If it was something like; "my lab has quite a few Arabic students, it can get hard to concentrate with them all shouting at each other", than that's low level and doesn't really merit a response.
Were it more like; "there's too many black people in here they make me sick to look at them", then that's more serious and warrants some action.
The difference is clear, the second statement is actively offensive, the first is merely one that someone might take offence to, which is not the same thing.
If a statement is not intended in a malicious way, then one should consider one's position carefully before kicking up too big a fuss about it.

As for the GollyWog issue, considering them offensive is a recent phenomenon. Should i have the right to clamour for a ban on leprechauns because they have red hair?
40) Message boards : Politics : Against ALL women - Infanticide, Slavery, Rape, Trafficking... (#3) (Message 1694619)
Posted 22 Jun 2015 by Profile The SimonatorProject donor
...

Oh well, that's this thread shot down then...
"I believe in the right not to be killed for something I say, but I don't believe that I have the right to insult whomever I please."

The "intolerance of intolerance" brigade chalks up another win

So you really think this guy should be in a position of authority over women with this attitude?

I think everyone concerned needs to damn well calm down and look at this with a cool head.
1. It was intended as a joke.
2. Some didn't take it that way.
3. He apologised.
That should be the end of it. Those who shout for his resignation and public lynching are just doing it out of misguided self-righteousness because it makes them feel important.
They belong in the same camp as Mary Whitehouse, "i don't like this, it must be banned!".
If they want to be taken seriously then this isn't the way to go about it.
For reference, see also shirtgate.


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