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General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: February 28, 2019, 01:49:05 AM »
Wow lets make this sound as though Scotland had no part in this whatsoever, and it's an Westminster English conspiracy
Sadly if the reserves were managed the way the Dutch or Norwegians do things it would have been better but the UK has always put profit before people. But it will always be the fault of perfidious Albion.

This is not news, not hidden anymore and not a conspiracy but application of bias and fact checking would have shown the report was first published in full in 2005 and that the National is pro selling papers then pro independence.

Assume that the oil will default to an Independent Scotland and those few people on Shetland and Orkney are not going to use the precedent of a breakaway Scotland to breakaway themselves as they sit 0n 85% of the oil reserves and are a mite tired of it's revenues benefiting Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Now if the referendum had fallen the other way you realise that the $100 dollar drop a barrel in the price of Oil would have left an independent Scotland bankrupt (again) and in need of bailing out. Basing your economy on a volatile revenue source is not prudent fiscal planning.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: February 27, 2019, 10:38:24 AM »
after a Marathon session I have finished The Winter Road. A gripping, intense read in Adrian Selby's incredible world. Another 5* read.

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General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: February 26, 2019, 05:58:30 AM »
I am fairly sure you don't appreciate me calling you out on this and I am acutely aware of the irony of doing so.
Had we been discussing a dictatorship in Africa I still maintain you wouldn't have made the distinction had they have been black. I am aware you are correct but I don't believe you are right.





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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: February 25, 2019, 09:43:07 AM »
Finished The Feed a solid 5 star read and started The Winter Road by Adrian Selby.

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General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: February 25, 2019, 09:41:23 AM »
Or a wave of presidential pardons will ensure business as usual.

BTW Eric you keep referencing 'white' I don't think you would do this if they happened to be black. There is no such thing as reverse racism, just racism. While I have no love for the people you are labelling as such I feel it detracts from your arguement.

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A stunning picture of Beverly brook in Richmond park.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-47277662

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General Discussion / Re: Member birthday calendar
« on: February 23, 2019, 08:01:05 PM »
Never ever use genuine information for security questions. Fake information is far more secure.

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ahh but an open sewer isn't contained in a pipe above ground. Usually its a gutter in the road or just the road itself.

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John I wish I had the words to make the slightest difference, but whatever happens it will be a horrible helpless path. Your Father, Family and Self are in my thoughts and the comfort that your father and family can take is that they are surrounded by good people who love and care for them.

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Not sure we have or had such a thing in the UK. The Romans did a fine line in buried sewers by medieval times open sewers(with some notable exceptions) were back, often the street. In Victorian times we were back to buried sewers. What the Americans would term storm drains  also exist here but are below ground these are designed to take rainwater into rives and away to prevent flooding. In cities these often follow the path of smaller rivers and streams that have been covered over by streets or buildings.

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Just watched Odd Thomas. Not how I remember the book.

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General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: February 22, 2019, 09:35:14 PM »
It is very rare to see anything on this site devolve into a flame war and I am certainly not looking to take anyone's faith and try and deny or damage it, possibly not always true of their beliefs, religious or not.

I totally agree about using a fake university as entrapment for a sting operation as being inexcusable. I find it immoral. It is more likely to target the victims of a very long-standing fraud than the criminals running it. Sadly education and organised crime become linked at the point that education is monetised. It seems a very heavy handed approach and targeting the wrong people. That said if they were to look at higher education in America it would have to be considered a racket and the UK is following Blythely in their footsteps.

Within the UK there is an ongoing investigation into educational fraud that has resulted in a number of collages literally having their students locked out as the courses were not actually delivering what they were charging for or were faking students or taking cash for qualifications. Bear in mind this is business as usual in much of the world.

For your consideration

https://thepienews.com/list-private-colleges-lost-tier-4-licences-home-offices-crackdown-student-visa-fraud/

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General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: February 22, 2019, 12:53:16 PM »
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I don't want to drag out the religion thing further, but I've never thought of faith as 'belief without proof'. That's a fairly recent idea and one I consider pretty harmful. It encourages people to never question their beliefs.

Please expand on this.

I think people regularly fail to comprehend what they profess to believe and will largely go to great lengths to avoid actually admitting that they have faith but not proof of what they believe in usually using terms like know and proof when actually they believe and faith means they don't require proof.

I am totally in favour of questioning everything, but then I am an ancient sceptic who has had the optimism beaten out of me and takes very little at face value.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: What are you currently reading?
« on: February 21, 2019, 06:56:19 PM »
About a 100 pages into The Feed by Nick Windo Clark. This a beautifully written book. while I am a fan of dystopian futures this one leaves me without much hope a damn scary book.

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General Discussion / Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world
« on: February 21, 2019, 06:50:00 PM »
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Secondly, the belief that faith is belief without proof isn't universal to all religions.

A statement not an opinion, faith is exactly that. A belief without or not requiring proof to the believer. This is not a good or bad thing it just is. I am happy if you find comfort in religion of any flavour so long as it judges itself and not others.

There is a trollish arguement that whatever you believe or don't believe you don't actually know, which kind of makes us all agnostic really. Atheists tend to argue the hardest about this.

Personally I would consider myself a lazy atheist pushed more towards the not believing the more polarized various religions and sects get in meddling in the lives of others.

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