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leicsmac

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  1. TBH the past couple of years have pretty much proven just how much of a nightmare direct democracy can be on an emotive issue. Can't quite understand someone looking at the aftermath of the Brexit referendum and thinking, "well, putting this decision to a direct vote was a great idea considering how it turned out, let's do it more often!"
  2. That being said, it's only six points and I'm not sure England can actually be worse when the ball is slow than they have been this half.
  3. The scrum has been a shitshow thus far. Giving Garces far too many excuses to put his arm out.
  4. Good to see that the UK government is more willing to listen to data produced by its scientific thinktanks than governments elsewhere. https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-50264797 Some more good news, too.
  5. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-50258947 Well....ugh.
  6. I learned something new today. Thank you both! In other news: https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-50092540 It's interesting that both sides want to solve the problem but approach it from different directions - tbh I'll take whatever one is proven to be effective. Not so interesting to see so many neo-Malthusians going "too many people" in the comments, though.
  7. If only more people thought like that Alf - not from just UK policy, but encouraging the UK to talk to the rest of the world to follow suit, too.
  8. I'm of the opinion that any trade agreement the Trump administration would reach with the UK would be as damaging to the poor as tariffs in the long term anyway tbh - such an agreement would be by definition lopsided massively in their favour. His whole foreign policy is based on the idea of "no friends, only enemies or subordinates" - the UK can only merely decide which of those it wishes to be. That of course, is going nothing into entering trade agreements with countries with dodgy human rights records in the first place - of course, the UK has previous with China an
  9. Yeah, either both are ok or neither. Tbh being at the "back of the queue" when it comes to trade with the administration in charge right now might not be a bad thing given their policy decisions. (That's depending on if it actually *is* the same administration and not one under President Warren/A N Other as of next November.)
  10. Thank you, I'll check it out given the time. In the meantime though I'll answer with one quick point: with the greatest of respect to those who suffered...those who suffer often wish to die, but I'm betting that those who suffer and then die wish to live again more often. And this still doesn't take away from the idea that far too many people only consider disasters wrought by other humans worthy of that algebra of necessity.
  11. Good to see the old realpolitik argument being talked about again. A couple of observations: - ask the dead what they think of what cause they supposedly died for and if it matters to them now. I doubt you'll get much of an answer, though. - it's odd how so many people consider taking lives to save lives in a time of human against human warfare, but utterly balk at the idea of societal changes that might cost lives but would defend against natural changes that could cost a great deal more. That's pretty inconsistent IMO - it's like the only threat worth dyin
  12. Well, calling the guy as mad as a box of frogs (though to be fair, you're dead right on that judgement of most climate change ignorers) somewhat speaks for itself on that score IMO, but fair enough. Though I'm going to moderate myself at this point because I know that regarding the data itself you're not as much of a skeptic now as you used to be based on recent posts - I'm kinda glad about that.
  13. Clearly not a lot of women involved in this lawmaking process, then. Or even blokes with even the vaguest amount of understanding towards women.
  14. Oh, so we're all on board with giving climate change deniers a hard time *now*? That's interesting. Whatever happened to "you can understand why people are skeptical, Mac"?
  15. On the topic of preserving future lives I'm not sure I understand how anyone can be against restructuring the way humans generate energy, use transportation and process resources worldwide so as to stave off a much larger cost in money and lives later on...but here we are. Forgive me for interrupting you giving Oz a kicking, but I seem to remember you were quite keen on freedom of choice when it was suggested that governments should use legislation to clamp down on emissions and restrict eating of meat products Matt .
  16. Your freedom of choice ends at the point when you put another person in direct harm or even the possibility of direct harm and so impinges upon theirs.
  17. I don't think it's dissonance to not trust a government that acts in the shadows with little oversight but then do trust the same government when they have solid scientific backup from the scientific community.
  18. Something like that is an example of why I believe words as well as deed to be important. If people watch stuff like that and then are motivated directly by such sources to make political decisions that mean bad consequences for a great many people later on, then those speaking the words in the first place share responsibility for inciting. If the vaccines are approved and not doing so would present a clear and present health danger to a great many people around you in public (immunocompromised people being highest on that list), then yes. Which they are, and
  19. I wish it wasn't so as goodness only knows that there are more pressing issues, but I think it will be decidedly single issue, yes. And I think that will be the case until either the Brexit issue is resolved or the UK among other places has a billion climate refugees hammering on the door or somesuch.
  20. It is unfortunate. But look.on the bright side, at least it's not as bad as shows that actively endanger many many lives through public health crisis or inaction either now or in the future - yes, "Vaxxed" and "The Great Global Warming Swindle", I'm looking at you.
  21. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-50223635 ...and the latest. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-50223637 "As we have stated before, the State's objective is to advance our case to the US Supreme Court where we intend to submit evidence that supports our argument that Roe and Casey were wrongly decided and that the Constitution does not prohibit states from protecting unborn children from abortion." Alabama - paragon of womens rights, huh? https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-50229787 While any backhand of Er
  22. ...is there a party that will prioritise scientific co-operation and lobbying other countries to sort their houses out re emissions without adopting Green Party neo-Luddite options and actually not play by the rules of stupid realpolitik when it comes to international relations? ...damn, never mind then. I'll probably not get the chance to mail in a vote anyway.
  23. Right...however, even though this is a thread for stating opinions, there's an awful lot of stuff that looks like facts-stated-as-opinions too due to the way they're stated and (while this isn't a problem on this thread mostly, more on other threads) that gets wearing. Actually taking the time to qualify remarks helps and clarity of communication is always important. Also, I'm a shameless fvcking pedant and accuracy in as many matters as possible is something I like. (That last bit is probably an unpopular opinion in itself.)
  24. Scientific issues in general and that in particular, really. Unfortunately, as right as you are it's a minority viewpoint.
  25. I have one - Carmen Ali, and she's very much local London level rather than big time. That being said I think most stand-up, lads or girls, tends to be rubbish anyway as it relies a lot on cringe comedy which I personally cannot stand. I'm answering the question out of courtesy, but I'll point out it's an ad hominem anyway - my own opinion on female stand-ups has absolutely zilch to do with whether or not other people find them funny and as such whether or not humour is subjective.
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