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41) Message boards : Politics : Tesco's latest PR blurb (Message 1588268)
Posted 17 Oct 2014 by Profile The Simonator
Tesco Guide Dogs

How's this for first class PR?

There's an echo in here.
42) Message boards : Politics : Middle East Timebomb (Message 1588265)
Posted 17 Oct 2014 by Profile The Simonator
Next escalation

Looks like we'll have to build that wall a lot higher!

The service ceiling on a MIG 21 i believe is about 55,000 feet.
43) Message boards : Politics : Cannabis use & Smoking (Message 1588256)
Posted 17 Oct 2014 by Profile The Simonator
Supply the stuff legally, with accepted minimum quality levels, and you cut down on the associated crime.

Organised crime in the supply chain maybe yes, but NOT petty crime to fund peoples personal habits. I can't supply figures, although I am sure that there are some if I searched hard enough, but I would suggest that not all Class A and hard drug users can comfortably afford their addiction. They will likely steal to fund it or beg.

Here is case in point. There is a local park, and quite often you will see some bedraggled and unkempt guy in his twenties skulking behind the gates. An equally scruffy woman walks up and down the road accosting passers by for money saying she has broken down in her car and needs to get home to her kids, or some such story. If she gets enough, there is a phone call from the local telephone box, and 5 minutes later a beat up old car arrives outside the park, with Asians in it, and things change hands. The pair of them then shuffle off up the road to god knows where.

They have been reported to the police many times (just once by me) and they get moved on, yet they are still around for about 2 years now. He is obviously on the heavy stuff and uses his girlfriend to beg to fund it. How do you deal with that then?

You're still using an illegal supplier as a comparison point.

If the stuff were available in shops; the price would probably be lower (i said probably), there would be less harmful substances mixed with it (drain cleaner, sodium bicarbonate, brick dust, who knows) and the purity would be higher so less would be needed overall. Plus, one could supply clean needles or whatever paraphernalia is necessary thus reducing secondary infections and other complications.
44) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (#3) (Message 1588251)
Posted 17 Oct 2014 by Profile The Simonator
You have to look at it on a bigger scale Ian, it affects us all, our grand and grand grand children and so forth...

Nothing you can do in your current life but HELL So mote be it!

Maybe it's me, but i read his comments as a sarcastic response to the weather getting colder.

I hear it often at this time of year. People arrive in the lab bound up shivering in duffel coats decrying the lack of global warming. Not to be taken seriously.
45) Message boards : Politics : Cannabis use & Smoking (Message 1588250)
Posted 17 Oct 2014 by Profile The Simonator
Well, if it wasn't available everywhere you wouldn't get your hands on it.

That is not a realistic comment. There will always be a black market and under the counter dealings for any commodity that there is a demand for, whether it is in short supply or illegal. It ranges from drugs to guns to almost anything you want to name. If it can be produced it will be. It would be physically impossible to wipe out and destroy every type of Cannabis plant in the world, such that it never grew again. If people want heroin or cocaine, or LSD etc it will always be available at a price, just maybe a bit more difficult to get hold of at times. How do you think that the Continent of South America funds it's existence?

That's true, and banning something often leads to the creation of a black market for it, with all associated risks such as adulteration, extortion, theft, etc.
Supply the stuff legally, with accepted minimum quality levels, and you cut down on the associated crime.
46) Message boards : Politics : 7: The Torch is Lit (Message 1587811)
Posted 16 Oct 2014 by Profile The Simonator
Surely someone expected to deal with an obesity crisis should have some experience of obesity.

Otherwise it'd be like employing a chancellor who couldn't count...okay, bad example.
A health minister who believed in homeopathy...nope, wrong again.
47) Message boards : Politics : Cannabis use & Smoking (Message 1587189)
Posted 15 Oct 2014 by Profile The Simonator
The tabloid press are all over this, as you would expect. They couldn't give a monkeys that it costs the NHS £5 Billion a year to treat smoking induced diseases, all they want to do is to stir up the debate to sell more newspapers.

And the government rakes in £9.7 billion p.a. in tobacco duty plus another £2.6 billion from the VAT. Total: £12.3 billion.
12.3 - 5 = £7.3 billion left over.
I think the NHS can easily afford to treat them.

(figures)
48) Message boards : Politics : Cannabis use & Smoking (Message 1587187)
Posted 15 Oct 2014 by Profile The Simonator
There was a time when this was a free country...

Oh please don't be so melodramatic.

If you wished you could go to Hyde park Corner in London, and wear a placard that proclaimed "Down with the Government!". Provided that you were not causing a public affray or disturbance, you would be "free" to do so. Now, go try doing that in North Korea, China, Russia, or any typical Eastern European country, and see how quickly you get imprisoned for a crime against the State. Oh, and we might add South America and a lot of Africa to that list as well.

The UK probably has more Civil Liberty than any Western world country, but if you are unhappy living here, and think that there is somewhere else that would be better for you, then you know where the port of Dover is, and we wish you Bon Voyage! You come across like an ex left wing student with a chip on their shoulder against the establishment, if that is not the case and you would like to change things for what you would see as the better, then lets hear some proposals.

That things are worse elsewhere is not an excuse for eroding civil liberties here.

I want the Government to stick to fixing roads, making the trains run on time, catching criminals, and other such administrative duties.

What i object to is them micromanaging every aspect of our lives, don't do this, don't do that...
Lets stick to big things like don't knife people or do 130 mph past a primary school after drinking a bottle of scotch.
When they get down to nitty things like what i want to put into my own body, that should be up to me and no-one else.

I wouldn't say we don't need a government, that would be ridiculous.
I would say we don't need as much government.
But this is getting off topic.

In the meantime the Surgeon General and the government have come up with some suggestions as to the way forward regarding smoking, and safeguarding the nations health, which is their responsibility to do.
They're welcome to suggest that people should smoke less.
When they start bringing in laws prohibiting stuff, that is beyond suggesting, that is curbing freedom.

Next they'll be "suggesting" that people don't leave their house at night to reduce public disturbances; then bam, curfews.

I'm worried about this being the thin end of the wedge.
49) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1587114)
Posted 15 Oct 2014 by Profile The Simonator
Simon you do realize you said that in a public place and now anybody that stays at you place is going to ask you to disinfect the shower and insist they shower first .

People that prudish aren't invited to my house.
50) Message boards : Politics : Society's Role in Education (Message 1587112)
Posted 15 Oct 2014 by Profile The Simonator
realise that if you want to play with the big boys and be in government, it often means taking unpopular decisions, and at times these decisions can come back to haunt you. Name of the game old son.
No. If you make promises, keep them, or people won't trust you in the future.
Never mind the "government is a tough job" excuses.
Clegg pledged to do one thing, and then did another. That is (simply put) a lie, or another way to put it is an abuse of trust. We students (i was one at the time) trusted Clegg to keep his word, he then broke that word, ergo we won't trust him again (at least I won't).

but the Lib Dems knew full well that they had a pre-election promise not to raise student fees.
Clegg must be a fairly clever man to have made it to where he is, but if he didn't see that breaking his word over such a clearly defined issue would overshadow all the 'good' he's done, then he's not a very sharp politician.
51) Message boards : Politics : Cannabis use & Smoking (Message 1587107)
Posted 15 Oct 2014 by Profile The Simonator
Perhaps in principle, the ban would be a good thing, but it would be totally unenforceable over 20,000 acres in practice. Although in 2011, New York introduced a ban on smoking in Central Park's 843 acres and all of the city's other parks and beaches. How is that working?

There was a time when this was a free country...
52) Message boards : Politics : Society's Role in Education (Message 1586760)
Posted 14 Oct 2014 by Profile The Simonator
Oops, it seems like this government's interference with students will come back to haunt them...

Exempt foreign students from net immigration

Hmm.
The ex-deputy prime minister said non-EU students should be left out of official immigration figures to avoid the risk of damaging UK universities.

His call was backed by Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg, who said the net targets did not "make any sense".

So, Clegg is in favour of not damaging UK universities...

Remember when you signed this piece of card Nick?

We students do!
53) Message boards : Politics : Chimps... Are they people too? (Message 1586759)
Posted 14 Oct 2014 by Profile The Simonator
The issue over whether Chimps/Bonobos, Orang-Utans etc are our closed relatives is open for debate anyway. The statements often bounded about as too how close we are genetically is a moot point, we are only around 6% different from earth worms and only about 8% different from flowering plants, yet we are 4% different from the Great Apes, so percentage of genetic different is not and should not be a deciding factor in any decision with massive implications for society.

Again, no.

We have about 98% commonality with chimps, about 44% with a fruit fly, 26% with yeast and only about 18% with plants.
54) Message boards : Politics : Chimps... Are they people too? (Message 1586758)
Posted 14 Oct 2014 by Profile The Simonator
If such proteins become to similar with our body's own proteins, there may possibly become a misunderstanding between the food you are eating and the elements of your body and you may risk ending up with the possibilty of unwanted mutations and other similar things.

Erm, no.

The reason why we share so much DNA with other creatures (98% with a chimp, 92% with a mouse, generally >90% with all mammals) is because we're all built from the same proteins. Keratin in a mouse or cow or fruitbat is exactly the same as the keratin in a human. Same for collagen or elastin or the many other proteins that make up an organism.
55) Message boards : Politics : Cannabis use & Smoking (Message 1586756)
Posted 14 Oct 2014 by Profile The Simonator
In this case. What is Legal and Illegal, is purely artificial.

Especially when something is illegal because of a campaign run against it by a media mogul to protect his interests in the timber industry, because hemp is a cheaper raw material than wood for making paper.
For reference, see William Randolph Hearst.
56) Message boards : Politics : Cannabis use & Smoking (Message 1586754)
Posted 14 Oct 2014 by Profile The Simonator
After you have read these http://scholar.google.com/scholar?q=double+blind+Cannabinoids+study&btnG=&hl=en&as_sdt=0%2C5&as_vis=1 then maybe you will have enough knowledge to comment in this thread. Otherwise all I see here is reefer madness.

As to use, I'm Libertarian. Let them smoke, or use anything else. Just comes with a couple of catches. First you get a users card which you have to show to buy and the purchase is recorded. Second that users card is a DNR order. Third that card in an organ donor card, if a Doctor thinks any part of you isn't too drug addled to be of use to another, they cut it out. Fourth, you can't refuse a blood test if you are ever given a traffic ticket or involved in a motor vehicle accident. Fifth, if you have a drivers license, you are required to carry 5 times the regular liability and your insurance company has to have a users endorsement. Oh, don't get caught using and not have a card.


You're the most fascist 'libertarian' i've ever come across.
57) Message boards : Politics : Lump of rock or artwork? (Message 1586271)
Posted 13 Oct 2014 by Profile The Simonator
Art?

It's about time someone renamed the Tate Modern the Tat Modern!


I agree, seven lines of explanation necessary, ergo not art.
58) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: Solutions #2 (Message 1583963)
Posted 9 Oct 2014 by Profile The Simonator
As any climate change will affect the supply of water, here's a novel way of saving it. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-29552557

I must admit i already do.

I'm considerate enough to not pee in other peoples showers, but in mine it's my rules.
59) Message boards : Politics : The UN and its Vetos (Message 1583538)
Posted 8 Oct 2014 by Profile The Simonator
Nations are not that much different.

One assumes that you would advocate the same approach to Palestine and Israel then?

If they're going to fight over it then neither of them can have it!
60) Message boards : Politics : Climate Change, 'Greenhouse' effects: DENIAL (#3) (Message 1583453)
Posted 8 Oct 2014 by Profile The Simonator
Simon so what did the person say to you after that ?

WTF is that guy on drugs or something hehehehehehe

He is also a chemist, so wasn't in the least surprised.


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