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Simon Kirby
Posted on: Jun 25 2017, 07:59 AM


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QUOTE (TallDarkAndHandsome @ Jun 25 2017, 03:28 AM) *
Yep. Run us over. Blow us up. And we'll ask you to please stop...

Certainly there is a subtlety to nonviolent civil disobedience, but the alternatives are either to accept tyrrany or take up arms, and I have the deepest admiration for people brave enough to take a stand without adopting violence - it's always the tyrants that get bronze statues in the high street while the martyrs get forgotten, but the justice and dignity of their protest can't be ignored.
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Simon Kirby
Posted on: Jun 24 2017, 09:38 PM


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QUOTE (TallDarkAndHandsome @ Jun 24 2017, 08:30 PM) *
"Stand ye calm and resolute...

Not sure what to make of that!
Is it a call to arms to overthrow the government "rise like lions" or a pacifist saying you can kill us all and we will just take it? 😮

It's neither TDH. Shelley wrote this after the Peterloo massacre and it supports non-violent resistence to injustice.
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Simon Kirby
Posted on: Jun 23 2017, 09:13 PM


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Rather than sending a spaceship we could just shine a laser on neighbouring stars and any orbiting planets and see if anyone shines back - we might not be able to get there but we could at least make contact.
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Posted on: Jun 23 2017, 08:59 PM


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QUOTE (spartacus @ Jun 23 2017, 08:01 PM) *
Well it would need the 'Starchip' to be powered by dilithium crystals. Thought Einstein boiled down to anything with mass couldn't travel faster than the speed of light...

Einstein's Special Relativity prohibits anything passing the light-barrier because of how the apparent mass increases as you get to relativistic speeds, but travelling faster than the speed of light is actually fine - it's just getting there that's the problem. That might sound like a quibbling distinction but quantum effects can allow just that kind of trick, though not for anything as big as a spaceship, even a tiny one.

The problem with faster-than-light travel is more fundamental that Einstein because of how it violates causality, though that's not necessarily a barrier, it would just make faster-than-light travel really really weird.

Anyhoo, the plan is to accelerate the micro-spaceship to a quarter of the speed of light so not through the light barrier. There'd be a relativistic inrease in mass, but I guess it could be done. I've no idea if anything like it has been tried - accelerating a microchip to a quarter of the speed of light and sending it six light years away on a trip taking 25 years powered only by photon pressure from an earth-born laser all sounds pretty bleeding-edge to me, but if you can keep the beam from diverging and keep the chip in the beam and heading in the right direction then I guess it would work if the beam doesn't just evaporate the chip! Whether the camera and transmitter would work after 25 years exposure to cosmic rays and such, and whether it would have the power to send its images all the way home again is anyone's guess.
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Posted on: Jun 23 2017, 06:53 PM


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QUOTE (blackdog @ Jun 22 2017, 10:15 AM) *
Someone commenting on the Queen's Speech yesterday noted that the Tory plans on Business Rate Retention were not mentioned - implying that this means that they won't go ahead.

Bad news for West Berkshire if this is the case.

Very good point.
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Simon Kirby
Posted on: Jun 23 2017, 06:44 PM


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QUOTE (spartacus @ Jun 22 2017, 05:56 PM) *
It's a piece of piddle. All you need to do is change all the dials on existing spacecraft to show 'Warp Speed' and Bob's your uncle.
If Einstein says it can't be done then it can't be done.

As far as I can see there's nothing in what's being proposed that contradicts anything Einstein said.
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Posted on: Jun 15 2017, 08:03 AM


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QUOTE (newres @ Jun 15 2017, 08:00 AM) *
That was my take on it too. He certainly wasn't hounded out. Perhaps he'll join the DUP?

Precisely.
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Posted on: Jun 15 2017, 07:57 AM


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QUOTE (Turin Machine @ Jun 14 2017, 11:51 PM) *
"During the campaign, he was asked repeatedly in media interviews to clarify his views on gay sex"

What he stumbled on was being asked whether he thought gay sex was sinful which isn't so much asking for his views as asking him for God's thoughts on the matter, and while Paul may have filled half the New Testament with his prurient judgementalism Farron would have done better to remind the reporter that a person's righteousness is between him and his Creator.
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Simon Kirby
Posted on: Jun 14 2017, 10:35 PM


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QUOTE (Turin Machine @ Jun 14 2017, 10:53 PM) *
Well, he's gone. Hounded out of office by a baying media who are or at least seem to be, anti-Christian. A politician who has done more than almost any other to promote the rights of the lgtg lobby but made the mistake of being a Christian. I've said it before, if a candidate came forward from the Muslim community I wonder if the same fate would befall him?
Didn't agree with his take on Brexit or to be honest many of his proposals but I'd go for a pint with him anyway!

Farron wasn't "hounded out of office" for being a Christian, he stood down from leadership of his party because his prurient religious fundamentalism was so painfully incompatible with leadership of a party that positions itself as tolerant and liberal. It's a funny old thing, but Farron obsess over that verse in Matthew about marriage in the Old Testement tradition being between a man and a woman and he feels so very strongly about how other people should be living their lives in response to that passing comment by Christ, but he doesn't appear to have taken any personal responsibility and given all of his possessions away and that was the thrust of what Christ was saying.

Is that shirt polycotton?
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Simon Kirby
Posted on: Jun 10 2017, 10:52 AM


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QUOTE (Andy Capp @ Jun 10 2017, 07:51 AM) *
Corbyn is a conviction politician: play the argument, not the man.

Quite.
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Posted on: Jun 8 2017, 10:15 PM


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QUOTE (je suis Charlie @ Jun 8 2017, 11:06 PM) *
Seemed a bit defeatist, wish I had now. This country's going to bleed. It won't be safe to go out. The missus has been going on about buying abroad, this may be what kicks me into gear.

I hear Saudi Arabia can be very pleasant.
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Posted on: Jun 8 2017, 09:41 PM


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Last week I called it as "the Conservatives will win a majority, but a reduced majority".

BBC exit polls suggest that May might win 314 and Labour 266 - that's 12 seats shy of a Majority for May. That's broadly what YouGov were suggesting two days ago, saying Conservatives on 304 seats, Labour on 266 seats, though at close of play today they'd closed the gap to Conservatives on 302 seats, Labour on 269 seats.

Election Calculus closed the day suggesting that Benyon would win with 38,517 votes, Labour second with 8,712 votes, and Lib Dems third with 7,967 votes.

It would certainly be a surprise if Richard Benyon didn't get in so the Conservatives winning is not that interesting, but it would significantly alter the political landscape of Newbury if Labour took over from the Lib Dems as the party of opposition in local government, and a third place for the Lib Dems would make that a definite possibility.
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Posted on: Jun 8 2017, 07:13 PM


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QUOTE (newres @ Jun 8 2017, 07:15 AM) *
Or we could just stop bombing them.

Quite.
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Simon Kirby
Posted on: Jun 7 2017, 09:02 PM


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QUOTE (newres @ Jun 7 2017, 09:25 PM) *
Some of those tweets are diabolical. It may be that the stuff in th press isn't overtly racist, but it's feeding people's hate and many of the hateful tweets are based on her race. There's some loathsome people around.

Indeed.
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Posted on: Jun 7 2017, 09:01 PM


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QUOTE (Andy Capp @ Jun 7 2017, 09:13 PM) *
Voting Lib Dem. I don't like them, but I am not voting for a fox hunter.

Last I heard Bunting was saying that she had not dismissed the possibility of abstaining on a vote. Has she said more definitively that she opposes fox hunting? Labour's Skirvin is very much opposed to fox hunting, as is Field, the Green candidate.
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Posted on: Jun 7 2017, 08:12 PM


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Yes, read that earlier, it gives some useful perspective doesn't it.
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Posted on: Jun 7 2017, 08:08 PM


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QUOTE (Turin Machine @ Jun 7 2017, 05:14 PM) *
Anyway, the die, as they say is cast, I shall as always have a very late night on Thursday and before I go I would like to wish you all, no matter which side of the political spectrum you vote for the very best of luck. May it all turn out for the best and whatever you do, don't forget to vote, have a good night, sit back and enjoy the political process.

Thanks, I hoe the result brings peace and happiness.
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Posted on: Jun 7 2017, 07:22 PM


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QUOTE (Andy Capp @ Jun 7 2017, 07:26 AM) *
So in the recent NWN Q&A Benyon believes more foxes have suffered since the hunting act was introduced and he would vote to repeal the act.

What a terd.

Fox hunting needs to be consigned to history.
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Posted on: Jun 7 2017, 06:55 PM


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QUOTE (CharlieF @ Jun 7 2017, 11:47 AM) *
No Simon. That poll doesn't mention either Dave Yates or the Apolitical Democrats as an option - which is a complete swizz!

I agree Charlie, it should have entioned Dave Yates by name, but as there's only one independent candidate I thought is was reasonable to put Dave's name against it.
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Posted on: Jun 6 2017, 09:29 PM


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QUOTE (je suis Charlie @ Jun 6 2017, 10:26 PM) *
Yes, but that was satire, do it with Ms Abbott's head and it's a hate crime.

Fair enough.
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Posted on: Jun 6 2017, 09:14 PM


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QUOTE (TallDarkAndHandsome @ Jun 6 2017, 09:55 PM) *
I do think that racism was a big problem in the 80s. But we have thankfully moved on a **** of a lot since then. Abbott is incompetent and you do wonder if she has only got so far because of political correctness. I would hope people are promoted on ability.. and nothing else.

Abbott has been pretty dreadful, but so too has Amber Rudd, yet Rudd hasn't been pilloried. I don't think Abbott has been attacked just because she is an out-spoken powerful black woman, but she's certainly been attacked for being a somewhat inept out-spoken powerful black woman in a way that a somewhat inept powerful white bloke wouldn't have been. I think there are better candidates for the job of home secretary.
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Posted on: Jun 6 2017, 07:56 PM


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QUOTE (Turin Machine @ Jun 6 2017, 08:19 PM) *
Will do Captain my Captain.

You passing Walt Whitman's work off as your own now? wink.gif
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Posted on: Jun 6 2017, 05:36 PM


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QUOTE (je suis Charlie @ Jun 6 2017, 06:26 PM) *
And Labour play the race card! (well, it is Labour)

"Labour supporters today dismissed criticism of Diane Abbott over her shambolic media performances as down to 'racist and sexist abuse'.

Singer Lily Allen hit out after the shadow home secretary was ridiculed for another car crash interview.

Ms Abbott was left floundering on Sky News when she was asked to discuss the Harris Report, released last October, which made several recommendations on beefing up security in the capital.

But after being questioned by Dermot Murnaghan on specific aspects of the report a desperate Ms Abbott was unable to come up with answers and even had to be corrected by the interviewer."

Heres a tip LILY, Its not because its racist, and its not because its sexist, ITS because she can't hack it!! Supposed to be shadow Home Secretary for Gods sake. Get a spine.

*coughs* Daily Mail
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Posted on: Jun 6 2017, 04:49 PM


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QUOTE (TallDarkAndHandsome @ Jun 6 2017, 05:35 PM) *
The silent majority never say who they are going to vote for.... We shall see on Friday morning.🇬🇧

Sure, but it doesn't matter whether the majority of people are disinclined to express a voting preference because you only need a sample in a poll. What does make a difference to the accuracy of the poll is how representative the sample is if the population, and you need the sample size to be large enough so that the statistical error is acceptably small.
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Posted on: Jun 6 2017, 04:42 PM


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QUOTE (Turin Machine @ Jun 6 2017, 05:09 PM) *
A, thats Yougov, considered to be unreliable.

Do you have a reliable source for that? I thought is was relatively reliable, though yes, it is just a poll. Wikipedia tells me that Stephan Shakespeare, the firm's CEO, once stood as a Conservative candidate for Colchester, so if there's bias it might be expected to favour the right. As I say, we'll soon see.
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