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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: August 06, 2020, 02:23:26 PM »
Reading Pans labyrinth a good start but I kind of know what to expect.
Finished Clarial and To Hold The Bridge ad reading Goldenhand now.
Read Tales of the Folly good but too short for the money and mostly available elsewhere.

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Not a quote, which is why I didn't use the insert quote symbol but never mind.

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For context from your post.

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I think we end up with mob justice because it's often the only form of justice coming their way. And so many women are just so effing tired of this constant stream of bull we get from everywhere.

I think the HR wonk did not follow company policy then. For the last 20 years pretty much every firm has a step by step grievance procedure to follow in such cases. You get a copy by law. Ask @Lady Ty  about working in the 70's if you think harassment at work is bad now.

So Twitter, a private company that a small section of humanity uses should be the moral arbiter for the twenty-first century? I really hope that we are not that stupid.

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I will try to keep it short. I will not work alone with a woman or out of sight of others at work my interaction with women is minimal. This is for my protection and the protection of my job. As a man I can assure you my word at nearly every job I have worked would have been given less weight than that of any woman making an accusation. Why would I put myself in that position?

Oh and BTW I have also experienced sexual harassment at work from both a woman and men. My female manager and 15 years my senior (I was 23) told me "she only hired me to fuck me" There had been a lot of inappropriate touching prior to that So I wasn't actually surprised and had been looking for another job. A guy senior to me would get handsey ever time we had to travel by car. I took it to my boss who said it was my word against his and I needed to be careful before slandering a married man. I refused to work with him and took it further and was out of a job by the end of the week. Another guy made suggestive comments and I told him I wasn't interested. He spread it round the business that we were having an affair. I was living with someone and some kind soul phoned her up to let her know. I did actually go to HR over that and was offered relationship counciling at the firm expense and an apology.

Two years ago I was accused of racism by someone who had just started  contracting at the company. While this was patently untrue it led to a formal investigation and is now on my permanent work record. Probably the reason I am still in the job is word got out and a number of people said this was not the case. Despicable behaviour from a despicable person who was looking to further themselves at my expense.

@Nora mob justice is not justice in any way shape or form. If someone has broken company rules report them to HR. If they have broken the law go to the police. I understand your experience was not good but did you refuse to sign off on their course of action? Did you try and take it further or did you accept it?

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General Discussion / Re: Free speech (or not) - and some tea
« on: August 02, 2020, 02:22:12 AM »
A frank exchange of opinion is a good thing as far as I am concerned.

Edit: Oh OK seen something on this. GRRM refuses to apologize to twitter hate mob wishing death on him like the kind compassionate, inclusive and well-balanced individuals they are.

AS a 'cishet' old white man of course he is a racist, misogynist, sexist, a transphobe  and probably kept slaves as well from wherever he colonized.

In fact because a few on Twitter say so lets burn all his books.

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Fantasy Movies, Comic Books & Video Games / Bill & Ted 3
« on: August 01, 2020, 01:46:02 PM »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhYjGcrG1DA

Many here will have been too young to have seen Bill & Ted. You need to see them.

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Everything Discworld by Terry Pratchett

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https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-53589897

So the woke puritans strike again. The biggest mistake is to kowtow to them on Twitter they don't buy what you are selling.

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MIT has a Molten Salt reactor. I would like the UK to build one of these. They are not terribly efficient and are not cheap, but they have an ability that fast breeder reactors don't.

In the UK we pay £114 Million a year to store nuclear waste, much of it in insecure metal containers in concrete bunkers. This is not really future proofed.

A molten salts reactor would cost 2-4 billion to build. It would burn caesium, which is a waste product in Uranium mining and is essentially free. The yield from burning caesium is poor, only about 12% but this can be enriched by adding nuclear waste and even weapons grade plutonium and uranium to the salt and all material is burnt through twice. They still produce waste but at a greatly reduced level of radioactivity. So you reduce your waste problem and costs get electricity and hot water and get rid of weapons grade material that is a security risk and problematic to store.

As for Fusion great they are looking, but they're counting on an energy in to out issue that nobody in the last 70 years has a theoretical solution for.

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If you meet the criteria you get the funds. There is (thankfully) no morality policing in the UK yet.

That said if this was a male led enterprise the BBC angle would be entirely different.

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Glad to hear it now get well soon

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General Discussion / Re: The Virus thread
« on: July 23, 2020, 02:21:19 PM »
And don't pull them round your neck where they are not mandatory. This of course is too sensible

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It was a fantastic read but it is hard work. The world building is vivid and delightful as is the characterization.

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Finished the Unlikely escape of Uriah Heep. It redeemed itself towards the end but was a bit flat in the middle.
Maybe its Lit aspirations were too subtle for me. I guess it was Ink heart for grown ups.

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On a scale of none to Gormenghast

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