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by Joan
September 2nd, 2011, 1:50 pm
Forum: Positive Humanism
Topic: Petition to retain the ban on Capital Punishment in the UK
Replies: 15
Views: 4129

Re: Petition to retain the ban on Capital Punishment in the UK

What is the point? Under EU rules no member is allowed the death penalty.

I cannot believe that such barbarism is even being debated. What is wrong with people?
by Joan
September 2nd, 2011, 1:47 pm
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Grammer and phrases wot is irritating
Replies: 388
Views: 78261

Re: Grammer and phrases wot is irritating

I literally turned to stone, I felt like I could of died, but I decided to lay down until I felt good again. Later, Fred came and sat with my friend's and I, and soon he had took us home. Hopefully I'll get better at grammer soon......
by Joan
February 15th, 2010, 6:24 am
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Do Human Rights transcend Cultural Relativism?
Replies: 40
Views: 8344

Re: Do Human Rights transcend Cultural Relativism?

Then the only solution is a world without borders - people who have been denied the human rights they want in one country, could then move to a more advanced, egalitarian country. Ha ha - dream oh, eh? Some do make it out of repression into freedom of course - others simply don't know there is a bet...
by Joan
February 14th, 2010, 5:58 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: "Outrage as vicar urges women to submit to husbands"
Replies: 7
Views: 1186

Re: "Outrage as vicar urges women to submit to husbands"

I just can't understand why they keep saying the bible is 'God's word' when there are so many contradictory statements in it. People who advocate daft stuff like that, should explain why they want to take such passages about wifely submission as literal, but ignore passages about stoning adulterers ...
by Joan
February 14th, 2010, 5:46 am
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Do Human Rights transcend Cultural Relativism?
Replies: 40
Views: 8344

Re: Do Human Rights transcend Cultural Relativism?

In short - Yes!!! During a meeting many years ago of a local anti-racist group, I mentioned that as both a feminist and an anti-racist I found some conflict in the fact some cultures treat women appallingly. How could I accept such a culture without complaint? Would my objections be racist? In the e...
by Joan
January 28th, 2010, 9:49 am
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Something Wonderful Happened Today....
Replies: 111
Views: 17030

Re: Something Wonderful Happened Today....

My husband is having a terrible time with virus protection problems on his PC. He keeps muttering about trojans and whatnot. He has had terrible problems with Vista and can't decide whether to stay with it now that it is mostly sorted, or move to Windows7. he is forever cleaning the thing out, and r...
by Joan
January 25th, 2010, 9:23 am
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Monarchy and attitude towards monarchy
Replies: 69
Views: 6956

Re: Monarchy and attitude towards monarchy

I'm indifferent to the monarchy per se, but they are the tip of the class system in Britain, and that is what I loathe - the way your accent and where you live can define you more than your achievements and ability. All this Lord and Lady stuff is nauseating when they have done nothing to earn it ex...
by Joan
January 23rd, 2010, 12:40 pm
Forum: Culture Club
Topic: Being Human
Replies: 31
Views: 4652

Re: Being Human

The werewplf character is good - I remember that actor in' The History Boys', an Alan Bennett play made into a film. Now here's something very weird: in The History Boys there was a character with the exact same first name and surname as my oldest son. Both studied history at university, both were l...
by Joan
January 23rd, 2010, 4:06 am
Forum: Culture Club
Topic: Being Human
Replies: 31
Views: 4652

Re: Being Human

I watch it online, and I love it - but only because I'm very fond of non-mainstream weird, I think. Looking back, most of my favourite entertainment is a bit eccentric, or science fiction. In spite of liking Being Human, I don't generally like the growing vampire genre.
by Joan
January 19th, 2010, 11:34 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: The wearing of full face veils
Replies: 138
Views: 17498

Re: The wearing of full face veils

I accept all the complications about legislation, and the different principles involved - but my problems with full-face veils (niqabs and burkas) is that wearing the things is just plain stupid on many levels. The women who wear them in western societies know that this is how they are seen - well t...
by Joan
January 15th, 2010, 9:40 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: General election
Replies: 200
Views: 13694

Re: General election

The age is 18. Preferential voting means you vote 1 for your favourite, 2 for the next preference. 3 for the next etc. If the candidate with the most votes gets less than 50%, 2nd preferences are counted. Any candidate who gets over 50% wins, and preferences are ignored. Being forced to vote works b...
by Joan
January 15th, 2010, 7:31 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: General election
Replies: 200
Views: 13694

Re: General election

I believe that transfering faith based schools to the State system has been done in the past. I went to St Pauls junior school in Mirfield in the 1950s, and it was part of the normal system, in spite of its name. I read Michael Cain's autobiography, and when he passed his 11+ he was sent to the near...
by Joan
January 15th, 2010, 7:12 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: "Pact With the devil caused Haiti earthquake"
Replies: 25
Views: 3194

Re: "Pact With the devil caused Haiti earthquake"

One of the right-wing religious nutters was always going to say something like that after the Haitian quake. It was just a question of which one. I had imagined it would be someone a little less high profile.... Once, at work, we accidently got on the mailing list of a new right wing, praise-the-Lor...
by Joan
January 15th, 2010, 7:05 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: The wearing of full face veils
Replies: 138
Views: 17498

Re: The wearing of full face veils

I agree with banning full face coverings on security grounds. After all, the cops would soon be on to someone going around in a stocking mask or even a ski mask. You have to wonder why they are hiding their faces, while able to see all the faces around them. It is a bad imbalance. Of course, I find ...
by Joan
January 6th, 2010, 10:20 am
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Do you believe in god?
Replies: 76
Views: 7023

Re: Do you believe in god?

No 'God' seems to be an invisible friend to many people - a product of their imagination, put there by religious teachings and texts. Because the establishment in many countries encourages belief in this invisible friend, and because fellow believers share the same invisible friend, 'God' maintains ...
by Joan
January 6th, 2010, 2:44 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: That's what I call punishment
Replies: 7
Views: 1158

Re: That's what I call punishment

I bet they put him there on purpose! Remember Hannibal the Cannibal in 'Silence of the Lambs'? The sadistic prison governer piped fundamentalist bible-ranting TV into his cell to torture him.

Or maybe in this case the prison boss wanted to torture the bible-basher....
by Joan
January 4th, 2010, 9:53 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Assertiveness Training
Replies: 43
Views: 3354

Re: Assertiveness Training

Yes - debating the god-botherers who are bothering you can be fun. I have an advantage: I'm not very assertive myself - more of a peacemaker usually, but I'm a Yorkshirewoman living a long way from Yorkshire, and I still have a strong accent: for some reason the accent makes people think I'm tough. ...
by Joan
January 4th, 2010, 7:24 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Assertiveness Training
Replies: 43
Views: 3354

Re: Assertiveness Training

I'm not the most assertive of individuals myself, though probably in the past four years I've at least improved somewhat. Still, I can't afford to be too assertive because I could lose my job (EVERYone in my department, including my boss and even the CEO are fundamentalist Christians). But when app...
by Joan
January 4th, 2010, 7:04 am
Forum: Culture Club
Topic: Top 10 Favorite Films
Replies: 40
Views: 5919

Re: Top 10 Favorite Films

Brassed Off Educating Rita Shirley Valentine Billy Elliot V for Vendetta Star Trek (the one where they come back in time for whales) Star Trek (the current one) Love Actually (I use it to cure the miseries when I'm a bit depressed) Across the Universe Shawshank Redemtiom I also love Rome, the one wi...
by Joan
January 4th, 2010, 6:46 am
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Judge John Deed
Replies: 9
Views: 5767

Re: Judge John Deed

I like most things Martin Shaw is in. When he was young he did a cop show - 'The Professionals' I think it was. Anyway, I did like that short series George Gently - one part of each episode that really freaked me out was when they showed the convicted murderers being hanged (it was set in the period...