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Tory MPs Urge Burka Ban, Death Penalty And Abolition Of Nick Clegg (Vote On 'Tory Taliban' Bills)

Tory MPs Urge Burka Ban, Death Penalty And Abolition Of Nick Clegg (Vote On 'Tory Taliban' Bills)

Commented Jun 23, 2013 at 12:51:01 in UK Politics

“Most of these are what the majority want to prevent our country becoming overburdened with people who escape proper justice here or abroad and/ or who contribute nothing to our life except more overcrowding, more violence and more nationa ldebt.”

xrh796 on Jun 23, 2013 at 15:43:51

“Nice one chasbagnal, dead right.”
Tony Blair Urges Syria Intervention: 'The Cost Of Staying Out May Be Paid At Higher Price Later'

Tony Blair Urges Syria Intervention: 'The Cost Of Staying Out May Be Paid At Higher Price Later'

Commented Jun 19, 2013 at 17:47:35 in UK Politics

“As virtually everyone has written, this weirdly driven man should never ever be given a voice in the media again. He believes himself the messiah of the West. Perhaps that is why he chose to make his speech in Jerusalem. What values has he that our soldiers should defend with their lives? I don't know how he can live with himself but then he is not lacking in megalomania.”
National Trust To Stage Burlesque Dances To Attract New Visitors (PICTURES)

National Trust To Stage Burlesque Dances To Attract New Visitors (PICTURES)

Commented Jun 13, 2013 at 13:38:40 in UK Lifestyle

“The core attraction of the National Trust - and this holds true for the thousands of foreign visitors who play a huge part in maintaining NT profitability- is a nostalgia trip into the past. More than a decade ago visitors to a famous Cornish house were over 200,000 a year. Nothing done by NT in the last few years to 'get up to date' has altered the core attraction of a time warp. It is precisely in proportion to the successful portrayal of the past of each specific property that visitors arw drawn to them. Outside of this, NT can try to raise money as and how it wishes but to pretend that by these means the trust is modernizing its true appeal is
nonsense created by misguided members of the NT Board.”

Olana on Jun 13, 2013 at 21:41:33

“I don't see where it says it's modern. Obviously burlesque is not. She said that it's new and exciting, that they've not tried anything like it before. I think she meant a new approach for the NT, not a new art.”
Michael Gove Attacks Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Series, Says Children Should Read Middlemarch

Michael Gove Attacks Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Series, Says Children Should Read Middlemarch

Commented May 9, 2013 at 13:23:15 in UK Universities & Education

“Despite the protestations of many, Gove is correct in pointing out the rubbish that the Twilight books peddle. Those who think that a child reading this nonsense can graduate naturally up to far more challenging literature are woefully misguided. The intellectual demand of the utterly unreal vampire fest is so low and basic that its only virtue is that it gives the intellectually lazy a little romantic titillation. Gove is about the only Minister of Education in the last fifty years who has had the courage to say there are intellectual standards and that if we aim low the outcome for the children will be low. Does anyone think that a diet of written trash can produce aspiring adults?”

Wakmaggot on May 9, 2013 at 15:41:59

“Really? I think you might need to revisit some pretty famous works by Mary Shelley & Bram Stoker. I enjoyed them both but I would suppose that as they're "proper" literature then I'm not being "intellectually lazy" am I? This is just another case of Gove refusing to accept that times change and that his idealised vision of the past never existed.”

Arkleson on May 9, 2013 at 15:28:11

“I started reading the pirate books from when I was 6 years old....different colour pirates for higher stages. Didn't do me any harm. Arrrrrgh, matey!”

nimeataur on May 9, 2013 at 14:30:33

“so you spent your time reading trash”
Stephen Hawking: We Should Colonise Mars But Encountering Aliens 'Will Not End Well'

Stephen Hawking: We Should Colonise Mars But Encountering Aliens 'Will Not End Well'

Commented Jan 9, 2012 at 06:51:43 in UK Tech

“Bulldog,
Sorry to disappoint your irony or sarcasm whichever but I did clearly understand from the very beginning that you were referring to colonization of that freezing desert planet Mars. Have you considered what the economic cost, let alone the practicalities of colonizing such a place would be? It may have water but it has no breathable atmoshphere etc ec. What sort of life would be possible and who would want to live there? You are right that colonization of any planet would be impossible given the present state of our earth but even then there is no manned spaceship that can leave human nature behind.
Let us agree to differ.”
Stephen Hawking: We Should Colonise Mars But Encountering Aliens 'Will Not End Well'

Stephen Hawking: We Should Colonise Mars But Encountering Aliens 'Will Not End Well'

Commented Jan 8, 2012 at 12:19:29 in UK Tech

“Dear Bulldog,
Why should you believe we can do better on some other other planet when you think it unlikely we can ever be content to work with rather than against this wonderful earth? You have faith only that somewhere else can change our natures.
I have seen the space station pass overhead in a dark sky several times and I am always amazed and enthused by human ingenuity but it has its limits when confronted by the unconceivable distances of space and the incredible lengths of time . It IS nice to dream of a new eden but it 's better to face reality here and try hard to improve it.”
Stephen Hawking: We Should Colonise Mars But Encountering Aliens 'Will Not End Well'

Stephen Hawking: We Should Colonise Mars But Encountering Aliens 'Will Not End Well'

Commented Jan 7, 2012 at 11:18:25 in UK Tech

“Bacteria or virus neither have any intelligence. To talk in terms of wise and fool in relation to such entities is not wise nor sensible.
As for Bulldog's comment: I admire your faith but where have we ever colonized anywhere as harsh as Mars? The tops of the Himalayas?”

Chasbagnal on Jan 9, 2012 at 06:51:43

“Bulldog,
Sorry to disappoint your irony or sarcasm whichever but I did clearly understand from the very beginning that you were referring to colonization of that freezing desert planet Mars. Have you considered what the economic cost, let alone the practicalities of colonizing such a place would be? It may have water but it has no breathable atmoshphere etc ec. What sort of life would be possible and who would want to live there? You are right that colonization of any planet would be impossible given the present state of our earth but even then there is no manned spaceship that can leave human nature behind.
Let us agree to differ.”

Chasbagnal on Jan 8, 2012 at 12:19:29

“Dear Bulldog,
Why should you believe we can do better on some other other planet when you think it unlikely we can ever be content to work with rather than against this wonderful earth? You have faith only that somewhere else can change our natures.
I have seen the space station pass overhead in a dark sky several times and I am always amazed and enthused by human ingenuity but it has its limits when confronted by the unconceivable distances of space and the incredible lengths of time . It IS nice to dream of a new eden but it 's better to face reality here and try hard to improve it.”
Stephen Hawking: We Should Colonise Mars But Encountering Aliens 'Will Not End Well'

Stephen Hawking: We Should Colonise Mars But Encountering Aliens 'Will Not End Well'

Commented Jan 6, 2012 at 17:26:33 in UK Tech

“Very sadly Stephen is guilty of wishful thinking brought about by despair about his own and humankind's durabiity. Even Mars would present extraordinary technological and technological challenges for human survival. The idea of going beyond the solar system and surviving over millenia before encountering somewhere habitable is just nonsense.
Stephen's belief that nuclear war of lethal virus release might be valid but there are many other scenarios not least of which are climate change, over population and conflict over diminishing resources.”

KthCastell on Jan 7, 2012 at 05:01:24

“Er, a light problem here; a virus will never wipe out the human race as a virus always spares a few of its targets so it can continue to live and spread. A bacterium now; well that's quite another matter!”
White British Children Outperformed By Ethnic Minority Groups

White British Children Outperformed By Ethnic Minority Groups

Commented Mar 24, 2013 at 11:35:30 in UK Universities & Education

“I appreciate your point. Nor do I want mass immigration to continue in Britain. My criticism is against those who bawl loudly about historical traditions and know virtually nothing about British history - by which I mean the history of all parts of this island and Ireland. Too many shout 'Britain' when they mean ';England'. These loud-mouths are probably partly responsible for the sad fact that in much of the hotel sector foreigners are preferred by management to natives who have lost the work ethic.
I would also remind you that the greatest harm done to Welsh culture was done by imposition of the English education system which taught nothing but English history and values in English. My own grandfather had to wear a placard round his neck shaming him for insisting on speaking Welsh. Until the 1960s little had changed and it took an enormous effort to secure Welsh radio, TV and schools.
The best English- and there are many- should not allow ignorance, prejudice and downright bullying to dictate national policy.
Thank you for your comment.”

hilaryhalliwell on Mar 24, 2013 at 12:47:35

“Hi, I totally understand where you're coming from and I think it was terrible to shame your Grandfather for speaking Welsh his native language. My brother is Welsh! Yes I know that sounds strange but we were both adopted out of our birth family and he was adopted to a Welsh family, we met after fifty years appart! And I am not anti Welsh at all I can assure you. I consider Wales to be part of my country, the British Isles, as it is. I just get cross when I see comments putting the 'English' part of the UK down. As for my feelings on immigration from countries outside of the Britsh Isles, it's just a question of numbers, and we can't sustain our own, health, schools, benefits, jobs and we have to close our shores before it is too late - if it isn't allready! As for English, Welsh, Scots, Irish, in my eyes we are all one nation end of. I personally have found Welsh peopel to be among the nicest and most welcoming in the UK.”
White British Children Outperformed By Ethnic Minority Groups

White British Children Outperformed By Ethnic Minority Groups

Commented Mar 23, 2013 at 12:43:17 in UK Universities & Education

“Only goes to prove why you are being outperformed.”
White British Children Outperformed By Ethnic Minority Groups

White British Children Outperformed By Ethnic Minority Groups

Commented Mar 23, 2013 at 11:51:55 in UK Universities & Education

“It's amusing to hear all these English patriots ranting on about British culture. The Welsh had their truly British culture suppressed by English law, education, immigration and economic exploitation. Just to remind the ranters-- the English came from Germany and stole Britain from the native Brits. Perhaps it's only justice now you feel threatened. And note- the Welsh have survived even if changed in the process.”

hilaryhalliwell on Mar 23, 2013 at 19:35:41

“Yes this is true, by lots of Welsh seem to like living across their boders too! So, we can't be all that bad can we? And how many years ago was all this taking place?”

watchme1987 on Mar 23, 2013 at 13:42:46

“stop smoking that stuff, its making you confused. silly person.”

jmt432p on Mar 23, 2013 at 13:00:04

“Totally outdated facts - it looks like you need to go back to school.”

wincanton man on Mar 23, 2013 at 12:14:39

“. . and we all know where the money to run Wales comes from too, don't we.”
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2011's Last Viral Lie About Health Reform

Commented Dec 31, 2011 at 13:45:45 in Politics

“What can possibly motivate people to circulate vicious lies about a badly needed but incomplete healthcare reform?
It is one thing to objectively comment upon the inadequacies of a reform and quite another to spit venom onto the very humanitarian principles behind the reform. The venemous people are the ones who really require treatment even if, unfortunatley, there is no cure for their sikness.”

Jennie R on Jan 2, 2012 at 07:07:09

“Usually, it's a mix of financial kickbacks and blatant idiocy that perpetuate this brand of callous behavior. And not realizing that it could severely lower standard health care rates which are overinflated at present.

Right now, the dwindling number of people with the ability to pay for hospital care are covering the shortfall from people who default on their bill or have to do "creative financing". Most people don't realize that it could save them buckets of money to change things up a little. The ideas in the reform have been suggested for oh... ten years now. Most of it's strongest supporters have been conservative republicans. Up until the pissing contest with the democrats started, that is.

I wish I was making this crap up.”