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General Discussion / Re: LGBT Education row in UK
« on: November 15, 2019, 09:27:50 PM »
The only thing to add is this isn't about pushing one 'truth' over another or saying faith cannot be taught. What should be happening is kids are taught to question everything, examine the evidence and make informed choices as a result. If someone says this is evil, intolrable or against god then they should be prepared to justify why, as should those who rally to denounce them as a bigot and homophobe.

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General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: November 15, 2019, 08:29:21 PM »
Blaming Poor people and immigrants is traditional. When Goats need to be scaped they will be top of the list. So long as this is not the feeling you get from your social interactions I would compartmentalize it as a media thing. While it may be of no conciliation I remember anti immigrant  feeling being far worse in the mid seventies.

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General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: November 15, 2019, 05:13:47 PM »
Bea is your perception coming solely from media? Perhaps avoiding Fox News, the Express group papers, The Sun and any others not fit to wrap chips in.

The business of newspapers is not to report news but sell papers. Do not participate in their business if it affects your happiness. While I can't speak really for tevevision as i don't have one i tend to avoid watching all TV news channels as real news (indispersed with opinion pieces and humorous non news) tends to be very much dumbed down on how it was reported even 20 years ago.

Nothing on Immigrants/immigration on the BBS website yesterday or today which is where I tend to check for news initially.


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General Discussion / Re: LGBT Education row in UK
« on: November 15, 2019, 04:58:23 PM »
And to highlight the point

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-50434370

Strangely enough the Government who allowed free/faith schools was warned that faith based education would diverge from UK and European law, fail to educate and increase division. Who would have thunk it.

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General Discussion / Re: Friday Night Music Thread
« on: November 11, 2019, 04:53:21 PM »

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General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: November 11, 2019, 06:50:42 AM »
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Where do you live in US, Xiagan?

I think its Berlin MA

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General Discussion / Re: Member birthday calendar
« on: November 11, 2019, 06:47:54 AM »
Happy birthday @Eli_Freysson Have a great day and best of luck with the new book.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: never Heard of this award before
« on: November 03, 2019, 03:09:59 PM »
The reason I have mixed feelings is

The prize, which is in its second year, recognises thrillers in which "no woman is beaten, stalked, sexually exploited, raped or murdered". OK I am not a great believer in censorship of books by either law or social pressure. I choose not to read certain books within the SF and fantasy (most of what I read) genre due to rape and torture being a plot device.

One of the shortlisted books is about a 15th century murder of a man. Does this not make it hypocritical? I think I would have more time for this if it was no one instead of no woman.

I note the article also has a number of dubious statements about equality and that most violence is against women in fiction. I can totally Agree with Bridgette Lawless about the depiction of rape within film and understand that what is often a harrowing scene in the book winds up a pornified scene in the film (which is a far worse medium fo sexual violence). I don't think there is a need or demand for another exclusive award, but it does no harm to keep questioning


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General Discussion / Re: LGBT Education row in UK
« on: November 01, 2019, 11:31:05 PM »
I have no problem with religion but a real problem with fundementalism.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: November 01, 2019, 07:36:08 PM »
Swarm and Steel and a Tor anthology on Kindle

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13.1 miles I believe  ;) Although some of those extreme runners probab ly have just for bragging rights.

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@xiagan  I'm really curious about this shaved gorilla

I used to work with a stategically shaved gorilla called Nigel. Useful for moving really heavy stuff.

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General Discussion / Re: Motorbikes
« on: November 01, 2019, 04:14:41 PM »
It's actually a bit scary as I have to learn the bike again. The riding position and set up do not feel natural after 6 months not riding it.

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General Discussion / Re: LGBT Education row in UK
« on: November 01, 2019, 04:12:34 PM »
I take no one seriously who describes Harry Potter as satanism. Nor do I believe they are capable of reasoned thought  let alone debate and should be kept away from education with a pointy stick.

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