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by anaconda
February 12th, 2015, 9:30 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: 'New' atheists and atheism as a world view.
Replies: 8
Views: 2276

'New' atheists and atheism as a world view.

It's something of a pet hate of mine to see atheism discussed or analysed in any context other than the simple non belief in a deity. More and more I'm reading about atheism as a world view or as a philosophy. Understandably religios will create an imaginary and simplistic set of atheist values for ...
by anaconda
February 11th, 2015, 2:05 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: The future of Government (if any)
Replies: 3234
Views: 221583

Re: The future of Government (if any)

If the Tories or for that matter any govt. don't know what banks are doing with such large sums of money then they aren't doing their job. And you think governments would be the best regulators? The very governments, in Britain and abroad, caused the crisis in the first place? Despite your robust d...
by anaconda
February 11th, 2015, 12:50 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: The future of Government (if any)
Replies: 3234
Views: 221583

Re: The future of Government (if any)

Poor pay higher overall % in tax and rich pay less tax than in 1970s (I'm surprised you don't know this) : http://www.theguardian.com/money/2014/jun/16/british-public-wrong-rich-poor-tax-research Oh dear. You are confusing 2 things. The rich are paying a higher contribution as a percentage of the o...
by anaconda
February 11th, 2015, 8:49 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: The future of Government (if any)
Replies: 3234
Views: 221583

Re: The future of Government (if any)

Head up arse time again Nick Poor pay higher overall % in tax and rich pay less tax than in 1970s (I'm surprised you don't know this) : http://www.theguardian.com/money/2014/jun/16/british-public-wrong-rich-poor-tax-research http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/oct/24/1percent-pay-tax-rate-...
by anaconda
February 10th, 2015, 6:35 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: The future of Government (if any)
Replies: 3234
Views: 221583

Re: The future of Government (if any)

I hope HSBC lands at Cameron's door, and serves as a warning to that dick Ed Balls. It probable will, seeing as it happened on his watch, while he was at the Treasury. It makes my skin crawl but I doubt much will come of it. Torys protect their own. Layers of beaurocracy and process giving distance...
by anaconda
February 9th, 2015, 11:09 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: The future of Government (if any)
Replies: 3234
Views: 221583

Re: The future of Government (if any)

I hope HSBC lands at Cameron's door, and serves as a warning to that dick Ed Balls. It makes my skin crawl but I doubt much will come of it. Torys protect their own. Layers of beaurocracy and process giving distance from cause or blame. A sacrificial director or two perhaps. Mud and stodge Milliband...
by anaconda
February 8th, 2015, 12:55 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: The future of Government (if any)
Replies: 3234
Views: 221583

Re: The future of Government (if any)

Owen Jones , Chavs....."At the beginning of the book Jones describes a meeting he and other young journalism students had with a Tory grandee who tells them: "What you have to realise about the Conservative Party… is that it is a coalition of privileged interests. Its main purpose is to defend that ...
by anaconda
February 7th, 2015, 7:24 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: The future of Government (if any)
Replies: 3234
Views: 221583

Re: The future of Government (if any)

Tsk, tsk... Tories spend £100,000 a month on Facebook In an attempt to build the party's social profile in the run-up to the 2015 election, the Tories were billed £122,814 by Facebook in September 2014, including £25,000 for Facebook 'likes'. Another invoice from November 2014, obtained by Politica...
by anaconda
February 7th, 2015, 7:19 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: The future of the NHS (if any)
Replies: 1748
Views: 147981

Re: The future of the NHS (if any)

Oh FFS :headbang: I'm darn cross. On Home Care: with zero hr contracts, pitiful wages, inadequate training, no travelling time or mileage these greedy bastards can't provide a service and "grow the business" :sick: It's not a business it's a fucking service. Now if the govt really wanted to do some...
by anaconda
February 7th, 2015, 6:48 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: 2015 UK General Election
Replies: 776
Views: 35163

Re: 2015 UK General Election

Regarding companies having head quarters in foreign countries - no problem with it EXCEPT when they are doing it to avoid paying tax that helps pay for the roads, schools, hospitals, etc, etc that help this country function efficiently and ensure their business can thrive. Indeed. And when they are...
by anaconda
January 21st, 2014, 10:46 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: The future of Government (if any)
Replies: 3234
Views: 221583

Re: The future of Government (if any)

Addicted to Comfort - George Monboit

http://www.monbiot.com/2014/01/20/addicted-to-comfort/

...and typically strong on the rotten core of government, here on double stitched, spot welded corporate influence:

http://www.monbiot.com/2013/11/11/why-politics-fails/
by anaconda
December 23rd, 2013, 3:10 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: The future of Government (if any)
Replies: 3234
Views: 221583

Re: The future of Government (if any)

Amongst the steady stream of punches thrown at the weakest and poorest in society, my mind goes back to the reduction of the 50p tax rate. The vacuous and misleading claims that not enough revenue was being collected, therefore it wasnt worth retaining. The thousands paid back to the richest whilst ...
by anaconda
November 11th, 2013, 8:42 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Should we leave ill alone?
Replies: 17
Views: 2549

Re: Should we leave ill alone?

I suspect you are a victim of your culture, a culture that fears and abhors death. Pants, I live with the possibility of death every day. My implant gives me some (but not total) protection against a fatal arrhythmia. My medication gives me some (but not total) protection against thrombosis. My lif...
by anaconda
November 11th, 2013, 8:30 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Don’t Do It Like Dimbelby!
Replies: 15
Views: 1569

Re: Don’t Do It Like Dimbelby!

I agree with the main thrust of the OP. The now traditional approach (well, probably the past thirty years or so) of slippery journals trading verbal diarroea with even more slippery politicians is so dull. Adversaries who have more interest in trying to catch someone out, force a contradiction (jou...
by anaconda
November 7th, 2013, 9:38 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: The future of Government (if any)
Replies: 3234
Views: 221583

Re: The future of Government (if any)

http://www.scriptonitedaily.com/2013/11/06/dear-media-a-global-uprising-took-place-last-nightwhere-were-you/ Good numbers attended yesterday. "Good" numbers, anaconda? Just what solution is being proposed? It comes as no surprise that Guy Fawkes has been completely misunderstood. He wanted to blow ...
by anaconda
November 7th, 2013, 8:59 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: On being a Godparent
Replies: 17
Views: 2446

Re: On being a Godparent

Wearing my Humanist Celebrant hat I've worked with some great families creating Naming ceremonies. I've often married the parents too, sometimes in the same ceremony. Or buried their Grandma. It's mightily rewarding to be a families Celebrant. The best equivalent to godparent I've come across so fa...
by anaconda
November 7th, 2013, 8:56 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: On being a Godparent
Replies: 17
Views: 2446

Re: On being a Godparent

It seems that the ceremony and catholic paraphernalia were more important than actually giving any thought to what this meant. Maybe I shouldn't have been surprised. Yes, I think that's quite common. In my experience anyway... Anyway I attended the ceremony, avoided all religious involvement, which...
by anaconda
November 7th, 2013, 2:36 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Who do e-books really benefit?
Replies: 37
Views: 2259

Re: Who do e-books really benefit?

I used one as a 'make do' table tennis bat on holiday last year. Its poorly designed as the slightly raised outer bit makes the ball fly at unpredictable angles. For this reason i prefer books.
by anaconda
November 7th, 2013, 11:31 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: On being a Godparent
Replies: 17
Views: 2446

Re: On being a Godparent

It's my understanding too that the role of the godparent is to take care of the spiritual and religious well being of the child, in the absence of the parents. There's plenty of room for interpretation of meaning and in how you might apply 'taking care' there! I was asked to be godparent to my niece...