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by shoebox
Wed May 05, 2010 7:19 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The perfect world- can a democratic and fair world exist
Replies: 55
Views: 6566

Re: The perfect world- can a democratic and fair world exist

Do you want a democratic world or a fair one? People can't agree on the what the definition of the ends, let alone the means to an end. Then there is the complete static nature of many of these solutions - there is constant and hugely complex change happening all the time - even if you got to year z...
by shoebox
Wed May 05, 2010 6:56 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why should Ireland own Northern Ireland?
Replies: 12
Views: 3126

Re: Why should Ireland own Northern Ireland?

It might have been more precise to say propertied classes, maybe. In any case the Irish Parliament would have largely been made up of Anglo-Irish. They would have some sort of long established link with Ireland and so weren't purely English nobility in that sense. The Irish Parliament certainly wasn...
by shoebox
Tue May 04, 2010 8:41 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why should Ireland own Northern Ireland?
Replies: 12
Views: 3126

Re: Why should Ireland own Northern Ireland?

JayAr wrote:I want the lecture! I want to know the hundreds of years of detail! :D
EDIT: I think that it should be given to the country which can support its people the best in the year 2025!


Uumh - bit busy - detail soon........ promise.........
by shoebox
Tue May 04, 2010 6:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why should Ireland own Northern Ireland?
Replies: 12
Views: 3126

Re: Why should Ireland own Northern Ireland?

Interestingly, doesn't that mean that the island was only unified under British rule... I mean it was the only time that there was one government for the whole island? Not exactly - there was an Irish Parliament from the 13th century until the Act of Union in 1801. It was subject to England and so ...
by shoebox
Fri Apr 30, 2010 10:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why should Ireland own Northern Ireland?
Replies: 12
Views: 3126

Re: Why should Ireland own Northern Ireland?

What I do not get is why we think that we have the right to own N. Ireland just because it's on the same landmass, we never owned Ireland in the first place and our leaders agreed that the English could keep the North in exchange for our independance. It wasn't because it was the same landmass - it...
by shoebox
Sun Mar 14, 2010 11:04 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What does the world hate about America?
Replies: 346
Views: 34012

Re: What does the world hate about America?

Also, why is holding a prominent position automatically makes you unlikable? Plenty of people like Barrack Obama, and he is pretty damn powerful. It doesn't but arrogance does - don't think Obama is perceived as arrogant. Also if it helps plenty of nationalities don't like the British either - but ...
by shoebox
Sun Mar 14, 2010 9:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What does the world hate about America?
Replies: 346
Views: 34012

Re: What does the world hate about America?

I would have thought it was something less noble than indignant reactions to war or social injustices - isn't it just the perception of a 'U.S.A U.S.A' attitude that America thinks that it's the 'best' country and so other people who value their own national cultures feel a little bit miffed at this?
by shoebox
Fri Jan 15, 2010 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What **should** you be doing right now?
Replies: 1272
Views: 108267

Re: What **should** you be doing right now?

putting my shoes on
by shoebox
Fri Jan 15, 2010 6:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: And here's to you, Mrs. Robinson Jesus loves you more...
Replies: 11
Views: 2332

Re: And here's to you, Mrs. Robinson Jesus loves you more...

Even as an Irish Catholic, I can't seem the Robinsons agreeing with my world view but I do feel sorry for Peter Robinson (based on the evidence so far). I just can't find it in my heart to have much sympathy with Iris - her homophobic comments last year were truly disgraceful and in fact some of the...
by shoebox
Sat Jan 09, 2010 11:45 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What made you feel incredibly stupid?
Replies: 551
Views: 63128

Re: What made you feel incredibly stupid?

I put a (heavy) mug under the fridge water dispenser and then went into the other room to pick something up but got my belt stuck on the door handle - amazing how much an overflowing mug can flood a kitchen in the time it takes to untangle a belt.

just finished mopping up.......sigh
by shoebox
Thu Jan 07, 2010 9:00 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The problem with asynchronous communication
Replies: 12
Views: 3489

Re: The problem with asynchronous communication

The reciprocal of that, shoebox, is that when arguing about an "idea" it's easy to forget that that idea is actually a person. Or that what you're discussing does have real world applications, and consequences. By that I mean, sometimes I find that people will discuss things dispassionate...
by shoebox
Thu Jan 07, 2010 7:56 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The problem with asynchronous communication
Replies: 12
Views: 3489

Re: The problem with asynchronous communication

I think it is possible to have a worthwhile discussion but this is more likely to be serendipity in operation ! A narrowly formed topic, well informed people (or people who know they're not well-informed) and posters willing to listen would all help. However I quite like the anonymity and never thou...
by shoebox
Thu Jan 07, 2010 7:39 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Women in Comedy
Replies: 91
Views: 8891

Re: Women in Comedy

The idea that biology or genetics plays a significant role in comedy seems very strange to me. Humor is almost entirely dependent on social structures and expectations. There is no objective capacity or trait that we can identify as correlating with being funny. Sure, some people may be natural tal...
by shoebox
Tue Jan 05, 2010 9:51 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Women in Comedy
Replies: 91
Views: 8891

Re: Women in Comedy

You're still treating this as a static problem, when it's clearly dynamic -- there are now more female comedians than there were 10/20/30 years ago, but biology isn't changing that fast. Sure, uneven participation in fields like pediatrics and gynecology can be easily explained and accepted, now th...
by shoebox
Tue Jan 05, 2010 9:19 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Widespread inconsistent beliefs
Replies: 59
Views: 9387

Re: Widespread inaccurate beliefs

I suspect that adherence to ideas that are associated with social self-identity are 'protected', in a sense, by that social self-identity. Adherents to such ideas engage not through a strictly intellectual approach (oriented towards a purpose such as solving a problem), but instead engage with the ...
by shoebox
Mon Jan 04, 2010 10:08 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Women in Comedy
Replies: 91
Views: 8891

Re: Women in Comedy

I think that the answer is that men truly are funnier, but only because of the deep-seated gender roles that are at play. . In other words, men are funnier, but only because humor is defined by society. I'd feel a little more comfortable about this assertion if it said that men are funnier - based ...
by shoebox
Mon Jan 04, 2010 9:39 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Women in Comedy
Replies: 91
Views: 8891

Re: Women in Comedy

I'd be amazed if there were any studies that showed that women didn't like comedy as much as men. I suppose since comedy is a very particular type of communication, it wouldn't surprise me if men and women tended to enjoy different types of comedy. I do think men like straight-forward jokes more whe...
by shoebox
Mon Jan 04, 2010 9:08 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Widespread inconsistent beliefs
Replies: 59
Views: 9387

Re: Widespread inaccurate beliefs

okay - from the church keeping the peasants under control for socio-economic reasons, now the idea is that getting the 'peasants' out from church control will be preferable for socio-economic reasons. It's not that these tactics haven't been used before and with many mechanisms but it's interesting ...
by shoebox
Sun Jan 03, 2010 11:51 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Widespread inconsistent beliefs
Replies: 59
Views: 9387

Re: Widespread inaccurate beliefs

But what makes slavery unChristian? There's always a pragmatic interpretation of an ambiguous situation (and generally a reason to consider any situation ambiguous). There's also the risk that the identity you hope is the primary identity is the secondary identity; if they have to choose between Ch...
by shoebox
Sat Jan 02, 2010 6:20 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Widespread inconsistent beliefs
Replies: 59
Views: 9387

Re: Widespread inaccurate beliefs

I think that best chance of making someone change their mind about something is to work out how to suggest a re-examination of this which is not damaging to their identity. I think that the main reason people hold onto an inaccurate belief is that acceptance that it's wrong would leave them unanchor...
by shoebox
Thu Dec 31, 2009 1:07 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90216
Views: 9231950

Re: Fleeting/Random/Thoughts (Random like the plague)

Me too! (in Ireland). I really love fireworks............
by shoebox
Thu Dec 31, 2009 11:42 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90216
Views: 9231950

Re: Fleeting/Random/Thoughts (Random like the plague)

I'm going to make sauce in a saucepan now - It's cool to use a utensil so appropriately.
by shoebox
Thu Dec 31, 2009 11:38 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Myers-Briggs Psychological Testing
Replies: 270
Views: 109129

Re: Myers-Briggs Psychological Testing

ENTJ
- seems about right, though apparently I'm not as 'fluffy' as I thought I was - still slightly scared that Margaret Thatcher was also supposed to be ENTJ.
by shoebox
Sun Dec 27, 2009 9:52 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: we brag to each other what we got for Christmas.
Replies: 55
Views: 8462

Re: ITT: we brag to each other what we got for Christmas.

A thing of beauty in handbag form, money, books, book vouchers, a china owl and other bits and pieces
by shoebox
Wed Dec 23, 2009 9:49 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Anyone else stuck in an airport?
Replies: 3
Views: 1248

Re: Anyone else stuck in an airport?

my husband - and if he doesn't land soon, I'm going to bed and he can get a blinking taxi home!!
by shoebox
Tue Dec 22, 2009 10:33 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What made you feel incredibly stupid?
Replies: 551
Views: 63128

Re: What made you feel incredibly stupid?

Today, yesterday, 1965, whenever you felt stupid, tell us why. I'll go first.. I was incredibly bored at work 10 minutes ago and was aimlessly staring at my keyboard. After 7 minutes of staring, I saw it. The reason Qwerty keyboards were named as such... :-/ I heard someone being told that a passwo...
by shoebox
Tue Dec 22, 2009 10:26 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Math Rock
Replies: 30
Views: 7229

Re: Math Rock

Foals - maybe? but Battles definitely!

Also Rolo Tomassi,The Dillinger Escape Plan. I've also heard Slint referred to as math rock but I wouldn't classify them as that myself.
by shoebox
Tue Dec 22, 2009 10:14 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What made you feel incredibly stupid?
Replies: 551
Views: 63128

Re: What made you feel incredibly stupid?

- Walking into doors (more than once) purely because I forgot to open them - trying to delete what turned out to be a speck of dust on the screen with my mouse - realising that 'state of the art' made a lot more sense than the phrase 'state of the ark' that I used well into my adult life - jumping o...
by shoebox
Tue Dec 22, 2009 9:47 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Modern Politics - Democracy?
Replies: 13
Views: 2412

Re: Modern Politics - Democracy?

I think the whole meritocracy debate is a bit of a red herring. Regardless of the academic rights and wrongs of any issue, the over-riding reason for any person's viewpoint is self-interest and this applies to specialists in their field as well. Doesn't modern democracy 'work' because by being tempe...
by shoebox
Sun Dec 06, 2009 3:23 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should Society Force Some People to Have Less Kids?
Replies: 44
Views: 5965

Re: Should Society Force Some People to Have Less Kids?

I think that there seems to be a lack of emphasis on women's role in this. Generally I think if women are in control of their own fertility then they will have less children, if women are given opportunities for control in the workplace and better education, then they will have less children. Theref...
by shoebox
Sun Dec 06, 2009 2:10 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Irish music anyone?
Replies: 31
Views: 3955

Re: Irish music anyone?

Well obviously there's a difference between a purely tradtional Irish folk band which uses traditional instruments and rock/punk bands from Ireland. But lots of these modern bands use fiddles and bodhrans and 'souped up' sections of traditional music which gives them (I think) a pretty legitimate cl...
by shoebox
Sat Dec 05, 2009 6:46 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Irish music anyone?
Replies: 31
Views: 3955

Re: Irish music anyone?

Stiff Little Fingers and The Undertones

(but it's all about The Horslips and 'Dearg Doom' really)

- more folk? Has to be Christy Moore

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