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11) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Transportation safety 2 (Message 1627689)
Posted 15 days ago by Sirius B
I think you'll find that the last two separate digits is the number of times the license has been issued (mainly change of address)
12) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Transportation safety 2 (Message 1627673)
Posted 15 days ago by Sirius B
I wonder how many people know that the UK Driving Licence number which is in the form of XXXXX123456XXXXX gives your date of birth as in 45/23/16 therefore all these women driving about, so conscious of not giving their age away, are not aware that any policeman can tell just by asking to see their driving licence :-) Also the first 5 letters are the first 5 of your surname, and the last 5 letters are the postcode of the town where your original licence was first issued.

Yep, that always makes me smile when I hear women say that a guy does not ask a lady her age, "do you drive?" "yes" "Can I see your license?" :-)
However, if what you say is 100% correct, then that makes my license weird because the 1st five is my full name & the number of my home when I got it. The last 5 is certainly not a post code as the 1st two are my first 2 initials leaving the remaining ones to ponder.

As for the main number, it is my full dob in the correct format. Another problem with my license is that whenever I get stopped by the old bill, they always query my license - all categories show the same date :-)

I have to explain that I did an army driving course & all pass certificates were processed on the same day :-)
13) Message boards : Politics : Middle East Timebomb (Message 1627654)
Posted 15 days ago by Sirius B
Many people know that Sirius and I strongly disagree on a range of topics, but never let it be said that I don't give credit where it is due. Therefore I am happy to give a public thank you to him for his endorsement of my post 1627563.

It was a genuine pleasure to agree with it. We both spent the same time period in London, with myself actually working on London Underground shortly after leaving Reader's Digest[7-10 Old Bailey) the following year.

Also in the early 80's worked at the Royal Mail in Central London. To be frank about it, it was worrying with the bombs going off all over the place, but Londoners have a spirit that is very difficult to break.

Just like Chris, 5 minutes earlier on 7/7 & I would not be here typing this - If I had not stopped for a coffee at the last drop but one, I would have been caught in the Tavistock Square bomb as I had to go through there to reach the last drop of the day which was Hunter Street. I still have a copy of my tachograph & run sheet for that day - quite scary.

To paraphrase an old War Office film...

...Londoners can take it :-)
14) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Transportation safety 2 (Message 1627644)
Posted 15 days ago by Sirius B
I assume then that British lorry drivers would have to learn to read and speak the the languages of the countries that they drive in Europe.

Most that I know & worked with have more than sufficient knowledge to do so. I have no idea as to what the current situation is, but I gained all my licenses through the army. Before I could drive in Germany, I as well as others who needed it, had to take a test to show that we understood the roads signs in that country.

Regarding driving tests, I would like to see all drivers who have been banned from driving, take the extended driving test before getting their licenses back.

Already in effect for PSV/HGV, not sure of cars though. Get a DD10 on your license or driving without insurance, you cannot drive lorries for 4 years & depending on how severe the system sees it, you may have to take a retest, & that will be a lot tougher than your original test. I know several drivers who never regained their HGV's.

Some road signs in Antwerp :-)

15) Message boards : Politics : Exploitation of Humans (Message 1627633)
Posted 15 days ago by Sirius B
Shouldn't the thread title just say Exploitation? After all, humans exploit everything under the sun, including each other.
16) Message boards : Politics : Middle East Timebomb (Message 1627628)
Posted 15 days ago by Sirius B
I was working in London in the days after the tube bombings, some said I was mad and they wouldn't go on the tube, I did.

So did I and many thousands of others. I worked in central London, West End, Mayfair, Old Street, Liverpool Street, Barbican, Islington, from 1975-1997. I missed the Green Park Tube bomb in 1975 by 30 minutes as I worked a bit later that night. Had I gone home at my normal time I might not be here typing this. Airey Neave in 1979 at Parliament, Hyde Park 1982, 1990 London Stock Exchange, 1991 Downing St mortar attack, the Baltic Exchange in 1992.

I lived and worked all through all of that, and I traveled up to London on public transport every day regardless of my own safety, as we all did. It was like a blitz spirit, you don't give in to terrorists, the same as we didn't bow down to the Nazis in WWII and their London night bombing raids. So don't you dare tell me that I don't know what it was like. And we have some youngster still wet behind the ears, having the gall to accuse me advocating a society like Nazi Germany.

Terrorism is evil, what happened in Paris is evil, but if we loose our freedoms because of terrorism, and fear to live our lives then they have won.

In principle yes, but there are too many people that are playing the ideological ticket of "suppression of civil liberties and personal freedom" as if its a dastardly establishment plot to brainwash the populace. They've probably read 1984 by Orwell too many times, and check for reds under the bed before they go uneasily to sleep each night.

What a lot of people here seem to have lost sight of, is that it is worth losing some, not all, of our personal freedoms if it helps to make the streets of our cities safer for people to go about their lawful business, without being indiscriminately killed in the name of some extreme religion or latest fad cult. The day the people of this planet let religion in any of its forms, rule the world, in any way, is the day that human civilisation is lost.

Some people here are hastening that day.




The Old Bailey Bombing in March 1973 & lets not forget 7/7.
17) Message boards : Politics : Je suis CHARLIE (Message 1627620)
Posted 15 days ago by Sirius B
Yes, its a problem. But its a problem we should be able to deal with. Tracking a few thousand people shouldn't be that hard for agencies that are tracking the entire internet.


The point was that if a government agency can monitor everyone on the internet, then surely it should be a walk in the park to monitor only 5000 people. After all, it seems a lot easier to track 5000 people as opposed to 500 million people.

So answer this: -

"It is also worth noting, he added, that the men involved in the Paris shootings were known to the authorities and had been under surveillance until it was deemed that the threat from them had lessened.!
18) Message boards : News : Status Update (Message 1627238)
Posted 16 days ago by Sirius B
C'mon then, why so long this week???

Have you stolen the Tardis by any chance?

7 minutes after your post, I seem to see something about lapdogs & running...
19) Message boards : Politics : Je suis CHARLIE (Message 1627227)
Posted 16 days ago by Sirius B
To deal with terrorist its seems more needed from now on that you also need military force beside police force.
Terrorists are upsizing their military capacity.

Hardly. ISIS is the only terrorist organization that has some tradtional military capacity, but still not nearly enough to be a threat to Europe. Secondly, terrorists like the ones that attacked Charlie Hebdo, well the military is just not the organization to deal with them. And that is not because our armies lack capacity.

& as seen from the following 2 links, neither are the police & security services...

3,000 to 5,000 Europeans now a potential terrorist threat

Can governments ban encryption?

"It is also worth noting, he added, that the men involved in the Paris shootings were known to the authorities and had been under surveillance until it was deemed that the threat from them had lessened.

"The security forces need better resources not more powers."

"Encryption is mathematics, not technology. It can't be suppressed by law," Mr Bloch told the BBC."
20) Message boards : Politics : Je suis CHARLIE (Message 1627188)
Posted 16 days ago by Sirius B
Well, at least someone else is seeing what is happening.

Yes, they already have!
21) Message boards : Politics : Je suis CHARLIE (Message 1627182)
Posted 16 days ago by Sirius B
Is that really how far we have fallen?

Al-Queada, ISIL, Boko Harem, Hezbollah etc says yes!

So you want to let non European terror groups that hardly even operate inside Europe to make that decision for us?

They already have!

We aren't like Russia yet thank god.

So explain the 10,000 soldiers on the streets of France!
22) Message boards : Politics : Je suis CHARLIE (Message 1627174)
Posted 16 days ago by Sirius B
Is that really how far we have fallen?

Al-Queada, ISIL, Boko Harem, Hezbollah etc says yes!

So you want to let non European terror groups that hardly even operate inside Europe to make that decision for us?

They already have!
23) Message boards : Politics : Je suis CHARLIE (Message 1627169)
Posted 16 days ago by Sirius B
Is that really how far we have fallen?

Al-Queada, ISIL, Boko Harem, Hezbollah etc says yes!

Edit: Btw, there is an error in that post - I should have stated USSR & not Russia.
24) Message boards : Politics : Middle East Timebomb (Message 1627153)
Posted 16 days ago by Sirius B
Ahmed Aboutaleb, Moroccan-born Mayor of Rotterdam tells fellow Muslims who do not appreciate the 'freedoms' of living in the West to 'pack your bags and f*** off' on live TV

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2907941/Moroccan-born-mayor-Rotterdam-tells-fellow-Muslims-not-appreciate-freedoms-living-West-pack-bags-f-live-TV.html

FINALLY!!!!!

Already saw that but being the Daily Mail & seeing some posters intense hatred for that paper & my views, I left it for others :-)
25) Message boards : Politics : Double standard on violence #2 (Message 1627152)
Posted 16 days ago by Sirius B
Absolutely sickening - Just what are you Yanks teaching your kids?

You don't have Crazy Individuals in ALL Country's?

Acceptable reply, but a 12 month old child with a gun?
26) Message boards : Politics : Je suis CHARLIE (Message 1627150)
Posted 16 days ago by Sirius B
Janne, be aware that some posters have political reasons for wanting the UK to withdraw from the EU. That of course has nothing to do with Nato as you point out.

Speak for yourself! How is it that whenever someone makes statements as mentioned here, people like you always come up with that answer? Why does there always have to be a "political reason?"
27) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The joke thread Part 4. (Message 1627147)
Posted 16 days ago by Sirius B
I can't claim credit for this one, that honour belongs to Steven Emerson's "error of judgement"...

"In Britain the weather switches between Sunni and Shi'ite"

...then again, it could have gone in the weather thread :-)
28) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Transportation safety 2 (Message 1627144)
Posted 16 days ago by Sirius B
I want to see a UK law that says that anyone behind the wheel of a PSV or HGV has an IQ test first. That would get rid of quite a lot of them. Then I want another law that says that International lorry divers will not be allowed in the UK without a bare minimum standard of English, both spoken and reading.

Sorry, but you're talking out of the wrong end again. A PSV/HGV test is nothing like what you've experienced when you took your car test. It is a lot tougher that what you THINK!

Secondly, the major problems experienced here in the UK is not always down to foreign drivers, we have just as many stupid drivers.

Here's a better idea, how about doubling the length of the Car Test as well as trebling the cost & at the same time, treble the cost of lessons, Maybe that will resolve some issues on how to drive!

The best example I've seen (& couldn't stop laughing) was an English driver dropping a loaded trailer & picking up an empty one - fool forgot to drop the legs...

...I wished I had a camcorder that day! Just wondering how many hits it would have got on youtube :-)
29) Message boards : Politics : Je suis CHARLIE (Message 1627139)
Posted 16 days ago by Sirius B
Also, one has to ask, what exactly would that accomplish? How is an European army going to stop terrorists any more effectively than a national army?
Because the terrorists operate in all European countries.
It's better to have one organisation than perhaps 20.

Maybe, but it'll have 20 political masters & therein lies the problem, especially where Europe is concerned.

But that problem will always be there since EU is divided in so many nations and political agendas.
And cultures:)

Which makes that one organisation ineffective :-)
30) Message boards : Politics : Double standard on violence #2 (Message 1627133)
Posted 16 days ago by Sirius B
Absolutely sickening - Just what are you Yanks teaching your kids?


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