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by Deep_Thought
Fri Sep 14, 2012 2:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Dutch election results
Replies: 7
Views: 2127

Re: Dutch election results

But PVV losing a few seats is overall a good thing, right? (Ignorant Englishman)
by Deep_Thought
Fri Sep 07, 2012 7:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Homeopathy and the NHS
Replies: 66
Views: 9097

Re: Homeopathy and the NHS

Are we? I thought after what happened on Today Health Minister was the only safe place for him. OK I admit I am refusing to take this seriously. I think it may be a defence measure. The Department of Health is a safe place? For anyone? I'd have thought DCMS was a paradise compared to Health. If you...
by Deep_Thought
Thu Sep 06, 2012 3:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Homeopathy and the NHS
Replies: 66
Views: 9097

Re: Homeopathy and the NHS

Please don't blame the British Public for Jeremy Hunt. I think we're all pretty mystified by his appointment as Health Minister. I suspect no-one else wanted the job. Andrew Lansley was so catastrophic that he managed to lose the professional confidence of just about everyone who works in the NHS, a...
by Deep_Thought
Sat Jul 28, 2012 6:27 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Dark Knight Rises
Replies: 245
Views: 35224

Re: Dark Knight Rises

Yeah, the whole of Gotham not spotting the links between Bruce and Batman isn't that believable either. Especially when rookie cops can apparently work it out from a smile ;-) That's another reason I got fed up with the 8 years, it's too long for people not to start asking questions...
by Deep_Thought
Sat Jul 28, 2012 7:31 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Dark Knight Rises
Replies: 245
Views: 35224

Re: Dark Knight Rises

Fair enough if you enjoyed it. It's one of those things where I walked out thinking it was okay but there are enough things that bugged me about it to keep thinking it over, and when I do it makes even less sense! I suppose I enjoyed this one merely because Batman is one of my favorite heroes ever a...
by Deep_Thought
Fri Jul 27, 2012 8:40 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Dark Knight Rises
Replies: 245
Views: 35224

Re: Dark Knight Rises

@freakish777 True, but remember that Talia had the detonator . If any part of the plan goes wrong, just press the damn button! A better explanation would possibly be to further torture Bruce/Batman by making him believe his love in trapped in Gotham. But given how horrified he is when her treachery ...
by Deep_Thought
Thu Jul 26, 2012 10:04 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Dark Knight Rises
Replies: 245
Views: 35224

Re: Dark Knight Rises

I agree the money bit can be hand-waved, and that money can buy influence, it's just that I'd expect a sophisticated society hostess who can afford to throw away money into Bruce's "Save the World" project, and then be immediately accepted onto the board of a major company to ...
by Deep_Thought
Wed Jul 25, 2012 3:57 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Dark Knight Rises
Replies: 245
Views: 35224

Re: Dark Knight Rises

Bane's dialogue annoyed the hell out of me. There were a couple of lines that were unintelligible, but also the levels were all kinds of wrong. Particularly in his first scenes his voice just seemed to leap out of nowhere in a fairly disconcerting manner. I also disliked the design of his mask, beca...
by Deep_Thought
Wed Jul 04, 2012 1:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.K. Coalition Proposes Constitutional Changes
Replies: 39
Views: 7505

Re: U.K. Coalition Proposes Constitutional Changes

Why on Earth not? They're just one person. I wouldn't be bothered either way though.
by Deep_Thought
Mon Jul 02, 2012 8:34 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.K. Coalition Proposes Constitutional Changes
Replies: 39
Views: 7505

Re: U.K. Coalition Proposes Constitutional Changes

On the attendance, debates in the Lords appear (though based on just what I have seen on TV etc.) seems to be better attended than in the Commons. At any rate my point was I don't want to see Lords turning up just to vote when they didn't take part in the debate, just because a party figure told th...
by Deep_Thought
Fri Jun 29, 2012 4:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.K. Coalition Proposes Constitutional Changes
Replies: 39
Views: 7505

Re: U.K. Coalition Proposes Constitutional Changes

I really find it hard to imagine once established making any changes that reduce the number of elected Lords, even if the Lords looses most of its benefits such as cross bencher's and a generally more civilised debates. Even though there's quite a few Lords who are calling for reforms now? A more a...
by Deep_Thought
Thu Jun 28, 2012 9:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.K. Coalition Proposes Constitutional Changes
Replies: 39
Views: 7505

Re: U.K. Coalition Proposes Constitutional Changes

Yes, the House of Commons is also dominated by white middle-class males. I wish it wasn't. But despite that it's still more diverse and representative than the Lords. I don't see how the current system does anything but entrench that problem. But my main point was that hopefully it might introduce a...
by Deep_Thought
Thu Jun 28, 2012 5:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.K. Coalition Proposes Constitutional Changes
Replies: 39
Views: 7505

Re: U.K. Coalition Proposes Constitutional Changes

Thanks to joek and ElWanderer for correcting my history of the Parliament act. I am clearly getting mixed up with the Defense of the Realm Act. This is one of my pet peeves, governments being unwilling to put things to a referendum as the people might give the wrong answer. I also see the issue with...
by Deep_Thought
Wed Jun 27, 2012 10:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.K. Coalition Proposes Constitutional Changes
Replies: 39
Views: 7505

Re: U.K. Coalition Proposes Constitutional Changes

I have awoken from my deep slumber of non-posting. No, the answer is not 42 this time. This long post has been cut down as originally it was the mother of all quote-snipes. It's still pretty bad, I apologise. Too many points in wam's post to respond to. The 15 years fixed terms seem utterly stupid t...
by Deep_Thought
Tue Apr 10, 2012 9:20 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "Just A Minute" in India
Replies: 22
Views: 4749

Re: "Just A Minute" in India

O.K. BBC people; Do you have super powers? Does BBC allow you to look at archives? Unfortunately, not really. There is a BBC Archives web page, but it's by far not complete (plus themed, and unsearchable. Ugh). You might have some luck looking in the BBC World store or through the DVDs on Amazon, b...
by Deep_Thought
Mon Apr 09, 2012 8:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "Just A Minute" in India
Replies: 22
Views: 4749

Re: "Just A Minute" in India

Giles is married. Not that that always means a great deal.
by Deep_Thought
Sun Apr 08, 2012 4:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "Just A Minute" in India
Replies: 22
Views: 4749

Re: "Just A Minute" in India

jpk wrote:I would assume so, considering she's on the panel. Paul Merton is the only heterosexual allowed to play the game, isn't he?

Nah, Marcus Brigstocke and Giles Brandreth are both allowed to play as well.
by Deep_Thought
Fri Apr 06, 2012 9:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "Just A Minute" in India
Replies: 22
Views: 4749

Re: "Just A Minute" in India

Meh, Fry tends to be disappointing on JAM in my experience. He's too competitive to be a truly gracious loser.

jpk wrote:(hubba hubba) Sue Perkins

I am straying into a territory bounded by many, many assumptions but you are aware she's a lesbian, right?
by Deep_Thought
Fri Mar 16, 2012 4:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The War on Women
Replies: 96
Views: 13858

Re: Ongoing attacks on modern medicine, and half of all peop

Arrian wrote:for example neuroimaging results are generally portrayed as much more cut and dry than they actually are.

I could talk with you about this topic for hours. But it's a bit off-topic, so I won't do it here and now.
by Deep_Thought
Fri Mar 09, 2012 11:00 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: New UK Anti-Rape PSA
Replies: 88
Views: 10022

Re: New UK Anti-Rape PSA

About the Tube ad (Spoilered, because it's dragging the thread back a bit): Rugby ball, if you want to indicate some is tough, then Rugby is the sport to do that with in the UK. Even though football (soccer) is the more popular sport. Just as until recently there was an attitude of cricket b...
by Deep_Thought
Fri Mar 09, 2012 10:44 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "Yoga is a Sex Cult" - NYT
Replies: 58
Views: 10065

Re: "Yoga is a Sex Cult" - NYT

Wait, wait, wait. That is so cute. I don't check the board for a week and addams starts posting one line responses? Is everything alright mate? ;) I'm sure that these (American sex tourists) exist, but I've never heard that it was endemic to the US. Is there any evidence that this is more of a probl...
by Deep_Thought
Mon Feb 27, 2012 1:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: A new Australian PM by Monday?
Replies: 23
Views: 3134

Re: A new Australian PM by Monday?

I'm amazed and impressed that Australia can get something like this done so quickly. Do the other parties have similar leadership election schedules? Over here in the UK each party has their own Byzantine method of leadership election, and to my knowledge none of them can be completed in a weekend :(
by Deep_Thought
Fri Feb 24, 2012 10:23 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Can there be a resolution to the Falklands/Malvinas issue.
Replies: 151
Views: 25011

Re: Can there be a resolution to the Falklands/Malvinas issu

I concur with you. However, just to give a bit of context, the BBC has a couple of institutional problems that lead to articles like the above linked one more often than they should. The main one is that as they are state-funded they go out of their way to appear neutral, especially since the Dr. Da...
by Deep_Thought
Wed Feb 22, 2012 10:34 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Choose-your-adventure, Greek Debt Crisis edition
Replies: 30
Views: 3698

Re: Choose-your-adventure, Greek Debt Crisis edition

Seraph wrote:if he retired at 65 and stayed employed

Can you clarify this bit please? Retiring usually means you stop being employed (mostly).
by Deep_Thought
Mon Feb 20, 2012 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Choose-your-adventure, Greek Debt Crisis edition
Replies: 30
Views: 3698

Re: Choose-your-adventure, Greek Debt Crisis edition

PS I liked that the advisor was called Maynard. Although I was imagining Maynard Keenan, not Keynes ;-)
by Deep_Thought
Mon Feb 20, 2012 9:50 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Choose-your-adventure, Greek Debt Crisis edition
Replies: 30
Views: 3698

Re: Choose-your-adventure, Greek Debt Crisis edition

Exactly. Greece has essentially been bankrupt for years, but everyone only noticed after the Financial Crash of 2008. It's taken this long to find even a half-baked solution mainly because no-one had even half a clue how a default inside the Euro would work, let alone what the consequences would be....
by Deep_Thought
Fri Feb 17, 2012 6:10 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Can there be a resolution to the Falklands/Malvinas issue.
Replies: 151
Views: 25011

Re: Can there be a resolution to the Falklands/Malvinas issu

The British government alleges corruption and therefore can remove the government?... The British government did not allege corruption. Other people alleged corruption, and then the British government held an enquiry which upheld the allegation. How would more policing have helped? The enquiry was ...
by Deep_Thought
Fri Feb 17, 2012 3:19 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Can there be a resolution to the Falklands/Malvinas issue.
Replies: 151
Views: 25011

Re: Can there be a resolution to the Falklands/Malvinas issu

A long time ago, but that doesn't make the allegation go away. It might not make the history or allegation of eviction go away, but time does make the legitimacy of a territorial claim fade. If it didn't, the whole of Europe would spend all day arguing over the last 1500 years of who owns what, and...
by Deep_Thought
Fri Feb 17, 2012 9:28 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Can there be a resolution to the Falklands/Malvinas issue.
Replies: 151
Views: 25011

Re: Can there be a resolution to the Falklands/Malvinas issu

Of course Argentina will say it wasn't an invasion, but I think Yakk was trying to argue it objectively wasn't an invasion? I think he was going more with sarcasm. As in, of course it will be an invasion but Argentina will claim something totally different. Just like plenty of countries have done t...
by Deep_Thought
Thu Feb 16, 2012 4:08 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Can there be a resolution to the Falklands/Malvinas issue.
Replies: 151
Views: 25011

Re: Can there be a resolution to the Falklands/Malvinas issu

Obviously they can vote for local representatives, but they have no say in the general elections of the UK, a country they feel they are part of. If I am a British citizen living on British soil, I want a say in how Britain is run. While in principle I agree with you, unfortunately our relationship...
by Deep_Thought
Thu Feb 16, 2012 2:16 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Can there be a resolution to the Falklands/Malvinas issue.
Replies: 151
Views: 25011

Re: Can there be a resolution to the Falklands/Malvinas issu

By the way, what benefits from being part of the UK do Falklanders get other than military protection? As far as I know, they pay taxes but don't get a vote, which seems fucked up. They get British Citizenship, and hence a British passport. That actually counts for quite a bit. As to taxes, a quick...
by Deep_Thought
Thu Feb 16, 2012 9:38 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Can there be a resolution to the Falklands/Malvinas issue.
Replies: 151
Views: 25011

Re: Can there be a resolution to the Falklands/Malvinas issu

And now the Argentinians are claiming that a visit by MPs to the Falklands counts as further "militarisation" of the region . They do realise that the average MP couldn't fight their way out of a wet paper bag, right? Especially now John Prescott has left the commons. I know that these par...
by Deep_Thought
Wed Feb 15, 2012 1:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Dallas school district spends $57k sending *boys* to a movie
Replies: 49
Views: 6510

Re: Dallas school district spends $57k sending *boys* to a m

From that position, it's too easy to blame the organizers for taking a male-oriented movie about men doing manly things, and then show it to boys. They're mostly going along with a flow that we are shaping together. I agree that this particular action was probably misguided and incompetent, rather ...
by Deep_Thought
Wed Feb 15, 2012 9:33 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Tool
Replies: 124
Views: 24889

Re: Tool

Yup, that sounds like the usual stuff! The last time I saw them I wasn't amazed either, but then again that was at Wembley which has dire sound and I was half a mile from the stage. It was much more fun when I saw them at Hammersmith (much smaller venue). That time they had a big light display in th...
by Deep_Thought
Tue Feb 14, 2012 1:10 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Replies: 41
Views: 10069

Re: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Just finished the second book and started the third one. 400 more pages to go and then I can watch the Swedish versions, after that the Fincher one and then I will finally be fully qualified to post in this thread :D
by Deep_Thought
Tue Feb 14, 2012 1:08 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Tool
Replies: 124
Views: 24889

Re: Tool

TIL: Tool's roadies wear lab coats, and the concert isn't really worth the money. It was good, but not much better than the cds. That's a shame, especially if there was no new material. Did they put on the usual visuals? They've never moved around a great deal on stage, so they can get a bit dull t...
by Deep_Thought
Sat Feb 04, 2012 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Protest against US actions against Iran
Replies: 139
Views: 8552

Re: Protest against US actions against Iran

If Syria is any indicating, a good bombing run shouldn't be too problematic. Syria is no indication whatsoever about a bombing run on Iran from Israel. The Economist had a very, very, in depth assessment of the feasibility of such a run a couple of years ago. First up you have geography against Isr...
by Deep_Thought
Thu Feb 02, 2012 5:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Protest against US actions against Iran
Replies: 139
Views: 8552

Re: Protest against US actions against Iran

Funny story: Iran owns 10% of France's enrichment facility , the Shah paid them a fortune in the 1970s and would get money and uranium in return. Once again Zamfir stuns me with his esoteric knowledge! You never know. When the UK breaks apart, their missiles and submarines will be in the hands of t...
by Deep_Thought
Thu Feb 02, 2012 1:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Protest against US actions against Iran
Replies: 139
Views: 8552

Re: Protest against US actions against Iran

But distantly gesturing at a bomb gives them a fair bit of the status, at far lower risks. I'm not sure that building your enrichment facility deep into the side of a mountain counts as "distantly gesturing" ;) They're gesturing a bit closer than that. Said gesture probably involves less ...
by Deep_Thought
Wed Feb 01, 2012 6:34 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: uh, thats jacked up (disturbing books)
Replies: 162
Views: 42865

Re: uh, thats jacked up (disturbing books)

Someone brought up Naked Lunch (Over three years ago). I'd say that would be true, if the cut-up style of the book made it incredibly hard to tell what was going on a lot of the time. A literary-minded friend of mine leant it to me at Uni, I couldn't get more of a third of the way through, due to t...

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