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Support For Legalizing Marijuana Grows To Highest Point Ever In Gallup Poll

Support For Legalizing Marijuana Grows To Highest Point Ever In Gallup Poll

Commented Oct 23, 2013 at 19:49:52 in Politics

“Please explain then why at nearly 70, I still teach GMAT to students wanting an MBA? And I am a moderate user (last 50 years...)”
Harriet Harman: Online Pornography Decision 'Broken Promise'

Harriet Harman: Online Pornography Decision 'Broken Promise'

Commented Dec 16, 2012 at 13:24:55 in UK Politics

“More like Saudi Arabia. Sharia law under another banner.”
Starbucks' Tax Letter Starts Reputation Damage Reversal, Say Experts

Starbucks' Tax Letter Starts Reputation Damage Reversal, Say Experts

Commented Dec 7, 2012 at 12:16:25 in UK

“I am an ex-customer now. Enough said.”
One Direction To Get Armed Guards In Mexico

One Direction To Get Armed Guards In Mexico

Commented Nov 4, 2012 at 10:38:49 in Home

“They are the biggest boyband in the world.
- - Hahaha, never heard of them, thank heavens.”
Cannabis Use Could Lead To Schizophrenia-Like 'Cognitive Breakdowns'

Cannabis Use Could Lead To Schizophrenia-Like 'Cognitive Breakdowns'

Commented Nov 3, 2012 at 13:51:33 in UK

“The conclusion seems to be the opposite of what most logical people would deduce.”
Brighton And Hove Council Suggests Axing 'Mr And Mrs' Labels As It 'Offends Transgender' People

Brighton And Hove Council Suggests Axing 'Mr And Mrs' Labels As It 'Offends Transgender' People

Commented Oct 25, 2012 at 12:59:03 in UK

“Is there something strange in Brighton's water supply? I think there must be.”

oatc on Oct 26, 2012 at 00:22:32

“Nah, its the sea-fret. Makes the town often seems all at sea.”
Fears Over Ford's UK Transit Van Factory In Southampton

Fears Over Ford's UK Transit Van Factory In Southampton

Commented Oct 25, 2012 at 00:39:36 in UK

“Great! Let's invite the whole world over!”

Paul Wagland on Oct 25, 2012 at 03:09:01

“Note the word 'currently'.”
Fears Over Ford's UK Transit Van Factory In Southampton

Fears Over Ford's UK Transit Van Factory In Southampton

Commented Oct 25, 2012 at 00:36:13 in UK

“Does the diff still howl like a banshee? In the 70s they were underpowered noisy and generally horrible.”
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Youth Unemployment Scheme Will Pay EU Youths To Get Jobs In Britain

Commented Oct 21, 2012 at 12:52:26 in UK

“Agreed. If you can't get on in the UK, emigrate. I did.”
Andrew Mitchell Resigns As Chief Whip Over 'Pleb' Rant At Police

Andrew Mitchell Resigns As Chief Whip Over 'Pleb' Rant At Police

Commented Oct 20, 2012 at 02:02:40 in UK Politics

“Great post, thanks”
Jon Cruddas: Some Of My Friends Vote BNP.. I Understand Their Concerns

Jon Cruddas: Some Of My Friends Vote BNP.. I Understand Their Concerns

Commented Oct 1, 2012 at 20:16:22 in UK Politics

“I agree. We need a new party not controlled by the rich.”

SecularAdvocate on Oct 3, 2012 at 07:54:05

“And where's the money to pay for that going to come from?”
Facebook Under Fresh Scrutiny Over UK Corporate Tax Affairs

Facebook Under Fresh Scrutiny Over UK Corporate Tax Affairs

Commented Dec 23, 2012 at 17:22:47 in UK

“the moist countries? Leave the Netherlands out of it!”
The Autumn Statement: The Squeeze for Families Is Here to Stay

The Autumn Statement: The Squeeze for Families Is Here to Stay

Commented Dec 7, 2012 at 12:12:38 in UK Politics

“"One of the main difficulties families face right now is the cost of childcare."
Directly as a result of government - I cannot recall which, the legislation was passed in the 1980s I believe - that radically reduced the number of children that one carer could look after. Repeal that legislation, fix the problem. Simple.”
Let's Make the Most of the Young Unemployed, and Stop Squandering a Potent Natural Resource

Let's Make the Most of the Young Unemployed, and Stop Squandering a Potent Natural Resource

Commented Oct 21, 2012 at 19:21:52 in UK Universities & Education

“UK society as I see it is broken so badly that it is almost impossible to see how to fix it.
Examples:
* obese people now an epidemic, must mean the food supply system is hopelessly wrong.
** alcohol consumption out of control, people in their twenties dying of cirrhosis: must mean the alcohol vendors have way too much influence and are out of control.
* No jobs: need to rebuild the manufacturing base and shrug off the stupid ideas of Thatcherism.
** Single parents like the ones mentioned in the article can hardly survive: the UK has lost its values, the family is the natural unit for a strong society, make efforts to rebuild it by making single parenthood absolutely undesirable.”
Rolling Stones Fans Fume At Concert 'Tour' Ticket Prices

Rolling Stones Fans Fume At Concert 'Tour' Ticket Prices

Commented Oct 18, 2012 at 19:00:10 in UK Entertainment

“OK, 1974, saw them live in London, the cost was about ten quid.
Today, 1000 quid. That's 100 times more, time period = 38 years.
That's roughly 13% compound interest over 38 years.
Seems the Stones don't worry too much about inflation....”
Let's Also Hope That the Labour Party Can Begin to Find its Voice Again

Let's Also Hope That the Labour Party Can Begin to Find its Voice Again

Commented Oct 9, 2012 at 14:51:33 in UK Politics

“"We now learn that these new planned cuts will further impact young people aged under 25, whose access to housing benefit is likely to be axed."
- and I certainly hope so. Can you name another country, preferably not in Europe, that gives free taxpayer's money to those who have not yet earned the right to it? I never got "housing benefit" I had to sleep in my car when I couldn't afford anywhere. Young people today have an absurd sense of entitlement. As for the "Labour" party, I do recall there being such a thing in my father's time, but it died with Harold Wilson. What we need today is a NEW political party, one for the 90% in the UK who aren't rich.”
How We Will Live In 100 Years

How We Will Live In 100 Years

Commented Oct 1, 2012 at 20:29:29 in UK Tech

“Blade Runner will pretty much sum it up, I believe.”
What's Really Underneath the 'Burqini' Controversy?

What's Really Underneath the 'Burqini' Controversy?

Commented Aug 20, 2009 at 10:27:44 in World

“The writer: "Is banning them from practicing their religion regardless of why they are doing so also not a violation of their basic human rights?"
- It is NOT a case of banning them for 'practicing their religion'. Show me a passage in the Koran that says a woman has to wear those awful clothes. You will not be able to; I have a copy and I know it.
It IS a case of banning them to PROTECT WOMEN from domineering, insecure, men.
The whole thing about burkas and so on is nothing more than blatant control of women by men. Women need to stand up for their rights and declare themselves free of male control.
In your own article it is plain to see how indoctrinated you had become in Iran, and I suspect you are still largly controlled by your early programming. Deprogram yourself!”
huffingtonpost entry

Why "Self-Publishing" Is Meaningless

Commented Aug 18, 2009 at 10:07:02 in Media

“The problem with most efforts like the comment above - not necessarily the one above, but like that - is, most would be authors believe that their work is simply wonderful. They don't believe that it needs independent editing.

I note the person who commented believes that Word can do a good job of making a book. It can not. It does a nearly-OK job. Readers don't want nearly-OK they want a book that is nicely written, edited to be perfect, properly typeset in a good book font, with a professional front and back and spine.
They don't want to end up spending good money on a poorly-set (often in ragged right edge or poorly justified, with white rivers in the text) book in Times New Roman, just about the worst font imaginable for a book,

And that is why bloggers and other reviewers will not review books published by Lulu, iUniverse, and the like. 95% of them are badly written, unedited, full of spelling, grammar, and syntax errors, not properly typeset, and with some God-awful "template" cover.

If you really believe your work is good enough then for heaven's sake join a serious peer-review group, have it properly edited, have the cover properly done, have it properly set using an industry-standard package such as Adobe Indesign. Otherwise you are just wasting your and your reader's time and money.

- Citiria”

hp blogger Hugh McGuire on Aug 18, 2009 at 21:18:43

“Hi Citria, I think -- hope -- that as the integration of the web, and book writing continues that we'll see more kinds of editor-writer relationships evolving.

But there's no doubt there will be bad books out there, certainly.

Still, Lulu published 180,000 books last year, iUniverse published 20,000.

So ... if you're right in your stats, that's 190,000 bad books ... but 5% or 10,000 good ones, far more than I could read in a good number of years.

But really the number doesn't matter - the point is some of them will be good, and the web will, one hopes, make us better at making AND finding the good ones.”
Man Carrying Semi-Automatic Assault Rifle And Pistol Outside Obama Event (VIDEO)

Man Carrying Semi-Automatic Assault Rifle And Pistol Outside Obama Event (VIDEO)

Commented Aug 17, 2009 at 22:01:18 in Politics

“Considering what has happened in the past to some of the best men the USA has ever produced, anyone seen carrying a firearm at an event where the President is at risk, should be shot on sight by secret service sharpshooters. No question of it. I have an awful sense the USA is hovering on the edge of the pit of horrors right now.”
huffingtonpost entry

Rogue Detention in Connecticut

Commented Aug 14, 2009 at 14:34:25 in Politics

“Kidney transplants are common these days. May I ask why your brother did not receive one? Was he put on dialysis?”
County Commissioner Brings Swastika Sign To US Rep. Schauer Health Care Rally

County Commissioner Brings Swastika Sign To US Rep. Schauer Health Care Rally

Commented Aug 14, 2009 at 14:29:50 in Politics

“Duckham should go to Germany with his swastika sign. They would lock him up. It's Duckham - obviously one of society's gilded rich - who's the Nazi.”

Oonagh on Aug 14, 2009 at 15:10:24

“I can tell you where they will put Duckham and his sign .... and he won't like it.... in jail with the common criminal.”