bigmouth

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    • #1006

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      Surely it must have occurred to many people that Trump is probably working on a way to become President for Life. I doubt if his malformed personality can cope with the idea that the likes of Putin et al, whom he so admires, see him as just another “here today, gone tomorrow” democratic leader.

      I’d say that the second term will be shamelessly rigged. Further progress would be more problematical, but to a man who holds the norms of responsible, moral and decent behaviour in contempt, the suborning of the Constitution of the United States wouldn’t be out of the question. There are plenty of people who’d support him, even if they were to regret it later, when it would be too late.

    • #854

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      Whats funny about e-Democracy and online voting is that most IT security experts are dead against it, but lots of vendors, managers and politicians love it.

      There are only a handful of people capable of designing a secure, verifiable and trustworthy online voting system (don’t get me started on Mobile!); so far, most systems are not even open sourced which would be a prerequisite to check the legitimacy of the results.

      I think one would need an open voting standard (similar to encryption standards); with the Best of the Best of the Best winning, unfortunately, that is unlikely to happen in the current worldwide political climate.

    • #476

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      Evidence is still a bit shaky cos they’ve only been around a few years, but if you’re inhaling nicotine there’s a good chance they will cause gum disease and make your teeth drop out jus’ like good ol tabaccy.

    • #452

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      In my opinion anyone that hunts for pleasure is a psychopath and I am always mindful of this because it affects their behavior in all other aspect of their lives.

    • #443

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      I know my parents were the same, but I think if you put the youth of today in a similar position they would rise to the challenge.

    • #405

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      The method works, as does the same if you bet on the favourite horse in every race until you won your desired amount.

      @funny Nope, it would only work if you had infinite money and time and the bookie/casino would accept infinite stakes.

      It’s simply a form of low-odds betting, where you risk a large amount for a high (but not certain) probability of winning a small amount.

      It’s negative value – people doing it lose money on average (though many get lucky).

    • #390

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      Somewhere in the recesses of my mind, I seem to remember plantar fasciitis being called “policeman’s heel” from the old days when bobby’s did a lot of beat walking so it’s definitely not a new invention.

      Mine improved after throwing away one particular pair of wellies and losing a bit of weight.

    • #386

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      I’d like a little notice. Make sure the dog is sorted out and make sure’s she’s got someone to feed her

      Then there’s making sure my will is out of its hiding place. (and the odd porn video I think is still lurking somewhere). The lawn will need cutting and I’d best make sure the washing is done – don’t want folk thinking I’m a scruffy old man.

      There’s a few family possessions i’ve been meaning to give to other family members I’m not sure my daughter will remember to hand on.

      Upstairs I’ve got a nice bottle of whiskey I’ve been keeping from my self for the last six months – I”ll need a bit of advance notice to get that down my neck. And I’ll just pop out for some Hamlet cigars – giving up took an effort but who cares now?

      Oh, cancel the papers as I won’t be paying the lass who owns our local shop. Oh, I’d better label all the ruddy keys other wise that lot will be a muddle to sort out.

      And make sure I’ve got some clean underwear on too!

    • #287

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      Communism gets a bad reputation, but actually the idea behind it is great, it’s jus that people are greedy. I’d suggest that some sort of Scandinavian model with higher taxes is probably the most sustainable, but I am no economist!

      On the medical story that you linked, surely the idea of an NHS or something similar is that most people won’t cost the system such massive amounts as these guys did, so shared amongst the whole population it is affordable (if the governement actually funds the system rather than trying to run in into the ground!). Also, to what extent are American medical costs inflated by the drugs and insurance companies? This is a genuine question, maybe they are not, but I am suspicious that they might be! Whether they are or not, what a good advert for why we must fight tooth and nail for our NHS!!

    • #279

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      “I don’t mind the idea of genuine short-term help to a small number of people who want it but what annoys me is the sense of entitlement they seem to think they have. We can’t have a situation where anyone living in a country with a bit of conflict rumbling on”

      @dave Syria for example? There seems to me to be more than ‘a bit of conflict’. If I was living in a war zone, I would do anything to keep myself and family safe, including running half way across the world to a foreign (in every senses of the word) country. Wouldn’t you?

      “or with a government we’d consider a bit authoritarian ”

      Again…Syria/Assad? Is his regime ‘a bit authoritarian’?

      to then effectively have a worldwide free travel pass to go settle in any country of their choosing and be treated to a free ride for life. It’s all very well offering help and aid and all the rest of it, but the sheer number of people who could in theory claim that status would be enough to overwhelm most of Europe, never mind the UK.

    • #833

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      We don’t need them – some lab animals are raised perfectly healthily in a microbe free environment.

      But – and its a massive but – if we are to live with bacteria, we really need to live with the right ones.

      I don’t think it’s wild to speculate that the next two decades will see a slew of discoveries and treatments based around an understanding of our interaction with our resident microbiota. Most of which can’t (yet) be successfully cultured in a lab for proper study…

    • #787

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      I doubt it.

      As evidence I remind you of the occasion when the IDF were using phosphorous shells to hit hospitals in Gaza. Any comeback on that? Nope.

      The civilised world needs to organise a boycott of Israeli goods, sporting events etc. This country needs to be ostracised in the same way South Africa was.

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