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41) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Amazon Prime (Message 1644049)
Posted 11 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.
42) Message boards : Politics : Against ALL women - Infanticide, Slavery, Rape, Trafficking... (#2) (Message 1644037)
Posted 11 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'.
43) Message boards : Politics : Society's Role in Education (Message 1644034)
Posted 11 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.
44) Message boards : Politics : Against ALL women - Infanticide, Slavery, Rape, Trafficking... (#2) (Message 1643872)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile The Simonator
It is getting better though, and so it should, but unless we wipe India and the Middle east off the map, nothing much will really change in reality for most of the world's women.

Go to Defcon 1, severe handbagging alert

That seems a little harsh, even though i understand what you mean.
45) Message boards : Politics : Society's Role in Education (Message 1643871)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Its not just a case of CBA, some parents feel really uncomfortable talking about this to their kids.
That comes under CBA.
Some may have religious reasons for wanting to keep their kid ignorant,
That's not a valid excuse!
and some might not know enough themselves to do it properly.
Might be how they ended up with a kid in the first place. :)

So how do you break the cycle?

Remember, we are taught to parent by our parents.


then government may as well step in.
Not necessarily the option i'd like. But when it comes to education, they are ultimately in charge.
46) Message boards : Politics : Against ALL women - Infanticide, Slavery, Rape, Trafficking... (#2) (Message 1643752)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile The Simonator
As i've said before; People should be allowed to go into whatever career they want, without discrimination based on gender, colour, etc, provided that they have the necessary aptitude for that career.

Some people are very good at calling out sexism as a default response, often where it didn't exist. If sixteen men and four women apply to a job, without any other considerations there's still an 80% chance the job will go to a man. Some would call that sexism, i call it statistics.

If less woman than men want to be a 'Job A', and more women than men want to be a 'Job B', then it stands to reason that Job A will be mostly men and Job B will be mostly women.

Anyone who wants to argue with the above can go hang.

In the UK, 87% of primary school teachers are women (stats). Why might that be?
Maybe (controversial idea alert) it's because more women than men want to be primary school teachers.
47) Message boards : Politics : Society's Role in Education (Message 1643734)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Its not just a case of CBA, some parents feel really uncomfortable talking about this to their kids.
That comes under CBA.
Some may have religious reasons for wanting to keep their kid ignorant,
That's not a valid excuse!
and some might not know enough themselves to do it properly.
Might be how they ended up with a kid in the first place. :)
48) Message boards : Politics : Against ALL women - Infanticide, Slavery, Rape, Trafficking... (#2) (Message 1643733)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Perhaps less women want to be pilots than men. You can't force them into a career they don't want just for the sake of equality.
49) Message boards : Politics : Against ALL women - Infanticide, Slavery, Rape, Trafficking... (#2) (Message 1643379)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Back on topic, What are your views about this FGM business?

Ouch!

A barbaric practice that should be eliminated, regardless of protests by some about it's cultural importance.

Those men who insist on having it done to women should have their chap sliced open to see how they like it.
Woman who insist on having it done to other women need their heads examined.
50) Message boards : Politics : Society's Role in Education (Message 1643378)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Whatever next?

The Commons Education Committee's inquiry was launched after Ofsted found more than a third of schools were failing to provide age-appropriate SRE.

Very important qualifier there.
I'm presuming they won't be trying to teach 4-year olds how to put on a condom.
Chris is right, someone has to teach the kids about the birds and bees, that someone should be the parents, but if they CBA, then government may as well step in.
51) Message boards : Politics : Je suis CHARLIE (Message 1643376)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile The Simonator
The British 'Fire Bombed' German Civilian City's during WWII? Correct?

Yes, but they started it.
52) Message boards : Politics : Against ALL women - Infanticide, Slavery, Rape, Trafficking... (#2) (Message 1643291)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Two things we know for certain about Jesus Christ.
1. He wasn't called Jesus
2. He wasn't called Christ

1. Through translation and transliteration through several languages, the original name Joshua became Yehoshua which became Yeshua which became Iesous which became Iesus which became Jesus.

2. Christ is derived from the Greek Christos, which is translated from the Hebrew Meshiakh, meaning 'the anointed one', also transliterated in English as Messiah.

Edit: This is starting to get off topic
53) Message boards : Politics : Against ALL women - Infanticide, Slavery, Rape, Trafficking... (#2) (Message 1643263)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile The Simonator
I believe that you are about right. Certainly she was in her late teens when Joseph, a much older man got her pregnant. In a small town like Nazareth at the time, that sort of thing was not acceptable. They had to leave town because of the shame, so it was rather useful that he had to report back to Jerusalem for the census at the time. After the birth in Jerusalem they did get married and returned to Nazareth some years later as man and wife.

And two millennia later, one couple's illicit bonk has grown into a multi-billion dollar industry.
54) Message boards : Politics : Against ALL women - Infanticide, Slavery, Rape, Trafficking... (#2) (Message 1643257)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile The Simonator
I am in two minds about this. Yes, on the one hand it will maybe prevent some unwanted under age pregnancies. But on the other hand it will encourage inquisitive 13 year olds to experiment with sex even more than they naturally do anyway. The level of Chlamydia and other STD's in the UK is worryingly rising.

It should not be left up to the schools or the NHS to provide sex education or protection, that should be down to responsible parents. But as 90% of parents in this country seem not to be fit to breed, the State has to bumble about trying to do the best it can.

I would advocate putting something in the public water supply, at least around here, to render all people sterile, then apply for an antidote and a licence to have kids. That would save quite a few million in current plans to build new schools. But of course meanwhile local jewellers are going out of business because nobody is getting married any more, and not buying rings, but the buggy makers are doing rather well.

Not helping


‘It’s worrying that the adults in charge of health authorities don’t seem to realise it’s against the law for children to have underage sex,’ said Simon Calvert of the Christian Institute. ‘Rather than helping them to have underage sex they need to be focusing on protecting them from it. Let kids be kids.’

He seems to have forgotten Mary was twelve when she was betrothed to Joseph. Christians live very much in a glass house on this issue.
55) Message boards : Politics : Your patience levels? (Message 1643251)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile The Simonator
I'm a very patient person when driving in the snow, but there are some people who just want to show-off their 4-wheel drive and go around everybody, which often leads to accidents. :~(

True, but am i the only one who gets a warm feeling of smug satisfaction when i observe that the Range Rover which overtook me a mile previously is now wrapped around a telegraph pole?
56) Message boards : Politics : Your patience levels? (Message 1643250)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Fascinating :-) But of course complete completely anti-social! So one nerd with the app hold up the whole shop while he scans every box for double yolks, and completely wrecks the display? If I was a store manager I would put up a notice banning its use.

That's not very liberal of you. And how big a queue are you expecting next to the eggs?
57) Message boards : Politics : 100 days to go (Message 1643249)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile The Simonator
There was a fantastic Op Ed piece in the Telegraph a week or so ago.

Ed Miliband knows all about politics but nothing about life

I think she has a point. Politics is all Ed Miliband can talk about, every interview, every Q&A, whatever the question, he always comes back round to politics within half a sentence.
58) Message boards : Politics : Cannabis use & Smoking (Message 1643248)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile The Simonator
A lovely "Made in England" product :-)


BBC


Snap!
59) Message boards : Politics : The price of oil (Message 1643244)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile The Simonator
What is clear is that oil is getting harder to extract, which is reflected in rising prices. A barrel worth $10 in 1998 now costs over $135.

Must be an old article, when i checked last week crude was trading at $53.65 a barrel.
60) Message boards : Politics : Against ALL women - Infanticide, Slavery, Rape, Trafficking... (#2) (Message 1643240)
Posted 13 days ago by Profile The Simonator
It made no mention of what she had to write in said letters.

Dear Jason
I wish you dead!
Yours sincerely
Natalie

I agree that it makes no sense as it has been presented in the Mirror, i can only assume there is more to the story, or that some details have been twisted to make for a more lurid headline.


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