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41) Message boards : Politics : Cycles (Message 1515939)
Posted 75 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Seriously? You are comparing abortions to the systematic, industrial mass murder of Jews, gays and gypsies by one of the vilest regimes in human history. Do you have any clue how incredibly offensive that statement is? Well, what am I saying, of course you don't have a clue or else you wouldn't have made such a terrible comparison.

It seems he is. Guy is a master of non-sequitur comparisons.

I remember being shouted down a couple of years ago when i suggested that charities should provide free vasectomies to poor Africans alongside their aid packages of grain etc. Surely preventing excess people from being born is a better option than having them starve to death. But no, apparently that was infringing human rights, i'm a fascist, i want to kill all Africans, etc.
42) Message boards : Politics : Against ALL women - Infanticide, Slavery, Rape, Trafficking... (Message 1515924)
Posted 75 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Bit less extreme but there's an element of this in some British education too. I went to Catholic primary and middle schools and we repeatedly had it instilled into us that sex outside marriage was wrong, bad, we'd go to hell, fire, brimstone, eternal damnation, etc, and that even 'touching ourselves' would lead to the same result.
Fortunately i escaped to a state Grammar school when i was 13, which gave proper sex education so the damage was repaired. Teaching children the facts so they can make informed sensible decisions rather than trying to scare them with religious dogma has to be the better option.
43) Message boards : Politics : UK Food Warning (Message 1515921)
Posted 75 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Back on the topic of the thread:


The random Muslim scare story generator: separating fact from fiction
Halal meat is on every menu; sharia law is taking over; the niqab is undermining the nation. Ever noticed how often the same old stories keep appearing about Muslims in Britain? Here's the truth about these and other media myths

Good article. I work with many of the Islamic faith at the university, and it soon becomes clear that they're not 'Muslims', they're just people.
44) Message boards : Politics : UK Food Warning (Message 1515409)
Posted 76 days ago by Profile The Simonator
I've eaten dog in Morocco. Bland and tasteless, not recommended.

Was it placed in boiling water alive? Dog gourmets say the more they suffer the better they taste.
No idea, it was in chunks on a plate.

The French also have an unusual way of prepairing a bird dinner.
Even by French gastronomic standards the method of preparing the prized – and increasingly rare – ortolan bunting for the table seems somewhat extreme. Vaunted for its delicate flesh and bones, the sparrow-sized bird is eaten whole after being drowned in armagnac.

I have also tried that (it's technically banned, but when did that ever stop the French?) whilst visiting a university friend in Rochefort a few years ago when i was still an undergrad, and it's extremely nice!
45) Message boards : Politics : UK Food Warning (Message 1514966)
Posted 77 days ago by Profile The Simonator
I've eaten dog in Morocco. Bland and tasteless, not recommended.
46) Message boards : Politics : Where are the Asians? (Message 1514963)
Posted 77 days ago by Profile The Simonator
You do know that America isn't the centre of everyone's world?

You mean there are other countries? Surely not! Do you mean Mexico, where the farm workers come from?

Seriously though. This project is quite US centric, and pretty much everything associated with it (forums etc) is in English, so i'm not surprised that Asian countries haven't really taken an interest, English is quite common as a second language in the west but far less so in the east.

Distributed computing certainly exists in the east though, have a look here.
47) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions (Message 1514962)
Posted 77 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Do you heat and air condition your home. what kind of car do you drive.

No, no, and an LPG Powered 20-year old Ford Orion.

Your move.
48) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, acceptance (Message 1513177)
Posted 81 days ago by Profile The Simonator
If the west leads the way, China will follow, since they copy all our technology regardless.
49) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions (Message 1512842)
Posted 82 days ago by Profile The Simonator
This project intrigued me:

Massive Arizona energy tower will dwarf every building in the USA



To be constructed by a company called Solar Wind Energy, the Solar Wind Downdraft Tower is a pretty simple in concept. Cool water is pumped to the top of the massive tower, where it is sprayed as a fine mist over the opening. The hot dry air absorbs the moisture, which causes it to become denser and fall into the top of the tower. By the time it reaches he bottom, the air is moving at high speed, and can be diverted into a cluster of wind turbines grouped around the base.

Solar Wind Energy says that the tower will produce about 1,200 Megawatts during the hottest months, which is more than all but the very largest nuclear power plants.


Ingenious!

Link with video explaining concept.
50) Message boards : Politics : Society's Role in Education (Message 1512814)
Posted 83 days ago by Profile The Simonator
It's fun being a teenager today...

No morals whatsoever

...ain't the Internet grand!

How hard can that be to trace?

Idea 1, I'm assuming Tumblr logs IP addresses of whoever posts to it, they can be traced via the ISPs to the user, then the police go and knock on the door.
(I'm assuming these people aren't clever enough to post via anonymous proxies or some form of IP mask like TOR.)

Idea 2, if the photos were taken with a camera phone, they often log the GPS coordinates into the picture file (mine does by default, though i've disabled it), if so, they'll be even easier to trace.
51) Message boards : Politics : Double standard on violence (Message 1511841)
Posted 85 days ago by Profile The Simonator
That depends. Britain and the Netherlands are not Federal systems, they do not consist of smaller states.

Doesn't Britain or now the United Kingdom consist of different countries?

Yes, though we still have an overarching government meaning the UK can be treated as a single entity despite containing four countries, or possibly three after September.
52) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (#2) (Message 1511835)
Posted 85 days ago by Profile The Simonator
... Experts say there are different factors behind the rise in landslides in the region.

Gravity is the cause of landslides.

Gravity is the mechanism of landslides, but not necessarily the cause.
53) Message boards : Politics : Malayan Boeing B777-200 missing (Message 1511833)
Posted 85 days ago by Profile The Simonator
I really think we need a another box that comes to the surface to mark the area in question. it sure would make it easier in finding them with a homing device.

Certainly one that came to the surface and immediately began reporting its GPS coordinates to somewhere might be useful. Just coming to the surface might not help as currents would carry it far from the crash site quite quickly.
54) Message boards : Politics : Linux hits the world (cont #2) (Message 1511407)
Posted 86 days ago by Profile The Simonator
To get Linux into the homes & having a market share such as Microsoft's will entail Linux geeks leaving forums such as these and become the "Jehovah Witnesses" of the I.T world.

Finally, you and Chris agree on something.
55) Message boards : Politics : It is time..... (Message 1511236)
Posted 87 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Legislation needs to be carefully planned and all its wider implications discussed and considered, rather than rushed through as a knee-jerk to one tragic incident.
Although, given that the previous link went to the Daily Mail, i wouldn't be surpised if Clegg was actually in favour, wasn't on the committee, had discussed the idea, and Chris Grayling hadn't proposed any new legislation.

On a side note, don't David Laws and Danny Alexander have terrible handwriting...
56) Message boards : Politics : It is time..... (Message 1510825)
Posted 87 days ago by Profile The Simonator
My opinion on trade unions is a matter of public record (stop going on strike when i'm trying to get home!)
If someone throws an egg at me they're getting a smack in the mouth.
57) Message boards : Politics : It is time..... (Message 1510819)
Posted 87 days ago by Profile The Simonator
No need to apologise and poor old Nigel is not the first & will not be the last I'm afraid.

At least Prescott didn't just run back to his car.
58) Message boards : Politics : Malayan Boeing B777-200 missing (Message 1510685)
Posted 88 days ago by Profile The Simonator
In which case, it would make more sense to concentrate on locating the recorders asap. At least it will solve the mystery of it's disappearance

I'm sure they've considered that, but consider that the recorder's sonar pingers will have long since died, they're looking for an object the size of a largish briefcase, possibly buried under something, several thousand feet down, in an area of water larger than Europe. No mean feat.
59) Message boards : Politics : Malayan Boeing B777-200 missing (Message 1510280)
Posted 88 days ago by Profile The Simonator
I believe it was Annie Hacker in Yes Prime Minister who said "sometimes you have to do things that don't make economic sense if you want to live in a civilised society." She was referring to using the army to rescue an 8-year old girl's pet dog from a minefield, but the principle is the same.
60) Message boards : Politics : Double standard on violence (Message 1509958)
Posted 89 days ago by Profile The Simonator
Look, if you want to make the argument that an armed citizenry is somehow going to protect you from a tyrannical government, you will need to provide evidence to support that argument.


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