“"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.”
Oct 21, 2012 at 19:21:52
UK Universities & Education
“UK society as I see it is broken so badly that it is almost impossible to see how to fix it.
* 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.”
Oct 18, 2012 at 19:00:10
“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....”
“"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.”
“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!”
“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.
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.”
“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.”