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Upcoming Conventions & Book Releases / Re: Bristol Con
« on: October 19, 2018, 11:42:30 AM »
Look forward to seeing you there. May I ask you to sign my copy of Darksoul?

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General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: October 18, 2018, 01:00:25 PM »
For the last few years extreme pressure has been put on the UK government that any trade deal with the USA cannot exclude the health service. For everyone here this is unwanted. we can only describe your health system as fucked up and have no wish to see further buy ups of our safety net by American firms. Deriving profit from illness is not moral, and the fear of bankruptcy through sickness are not something we need to add to our woes.

However we have an unlikely source of help. Nothing unifies like an outside dishonest broker and Trump is definitely that.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-42943768

From my perspective the issues we have with our NHS have largely been caused by growing the population while cutting services. I feel the EU took the fall for what was actually UK government policy.

I would expect any petition against Trump to have a similar effect. Unifying Americans in support of their international embarrassment being counter productive.

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You need pampering and babysitting ;D

He needs to be sent to bed at a sensible hour. No good will come of all this staying up late...

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well that's me told. I am suitably abashed.  ;D

Good luck with the poetry reading TGC your work deserves a voice and definitely an audience.


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Probably better to detail your plans for getting into a fist fight with the Ex Icelandic PM.

BTW are you planning on translating your Autism leaflet into English?

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Bea you will have to create six profiles and argue with yourself. Then ban one of them to create some controversy. That will get the post count up.

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Ok I slept. Will rejoin humanity next week

So how many years is now we have been telling you to find a job that actively doesn't try to kill you?
Anyways sleep more work less.

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The good news, practicing swords and punching in my yard has led to the politest neighbors ever

Yeah decades back I lived in the rough end of Lancaster and would take the nicks out of my swords by putting a steel plate on the wall at the front of the house and hammering them back in or filing them out if that didn't work. Never burgled in the five years I was there unlike most of the street.



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General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: October 16, 2018, 01:26:06 PM »
Ok I will amend my statement to education being a vital component in the process and argue against your third statement as time allows.
With regard to Republicanism/Democracy they are in no way mutually exclusive and my thoughts were based on European examples from the 5th and 6th centuries BC. Nothing whatsoever to do with America in this case.

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Lot of wind but nothing dramatic

I am sure there are tablets for that!

Glad to read you made it through ok.

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General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: October 15, 2018, 10:39:50 AM »
Without education how is an informed choice possible? Knowledge and understanding do not hinder the process and pretty much ensure people will have different opinions and ideologies.

Since when have democracy and republicanism been mutually exclusive? Democracy being a system created to ensure a few rich and powerful slave owning men to be equally unhappy with any political outcome. Needless to say it has moved on a little. Republicanism being the a system created to allow a few rich and powerful slave owning men to be equally unhappy with any political outcome, but without a monarch to take the fall for said outcome.

The definition of universal suffrage is here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_suffrage

Are you aware that from a European perspective there is no left in American politics and the people we are worried about have similar policies to your two main parties?

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: October 14, 2018, 08:00:25 PM »
I thought the intro chapter was poor but the writing excellent in the first book.

Still reading Grey Bastards and finding it problematic....

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General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: October 14, 2018, 07:39:51 PM »
Democracy is vaunted as the best political system and we pretend to live in one. That said the first wold is significantly freer than the rest, has a greater number of people actively employed and with a beyond subsistence incomes along with social programs such as healthcare, education and infrastructure.

Democracy never meant universal suffrage until quite recently.

The right to vote should be protected even for those people who are not competent to do so. Eventually you get to a place where only the people who vote for you are the only ones allowed to vote.

Education is key but you cannot get those uninterested to comprehend or those with fundamentalist beliefs to accept.

Europe is largely safer than the UK or USA as coalitions are common and temper the worst of governmental policy. However the right is growing in popularity throughout Europe and Scandinavia. We easily see our own little Americas here.

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General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: October 14, 2018, 02:45:34 PM »
I concur. The other thing that will happen from a worldwide petition is you will polarize Americans into defending the system that put him there from the outside world. May not supporting Trump will not tolerate outside interference.

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General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: October 14, 2018, 12:37:55 AM »
Read this thread a page or two back....

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General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: October 13, 2018, 10:00:59 PM »
Yeah the thought police are alive and well in the UK.

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