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  1. Out of interest, which Christian values do you agree with that you feel are in opposition to the values of other religions? (from my understanding, most religions are based on very similar core values) And what is preventing you from voicing your opinion? Is that not what you're doing here?
  2. You haven't answer my question @Urabug, but is it fair to say that you believe anybody should be able to say whatever they want wherever they want to whoever they want unless it is illegal, and then it's up to an individual claimant to take legal action? And by extension, do you believe all Have Your Say websites should be completely unmoderated? I don't want to have a go at you directly, I'm just wondering if you think there's a middle ground somewhere.
  3. In theory, would you expect the moderators to 'censor' someone on Shetlink if they started spreading misinformation about you on the forums? And in principle, would you support such 'censorship' or not?
  4. Apologies for going off topic again..... Every social context has rules, whether explicit or assumed, about what is acceptable. A conversation in the Thule Bar will have different social rules to a conversation at the family dinner table. In this case of Shetlink, we are all responsible for setting the tone of the discussions - not just the moderators. I for one am grateful that the tone is generally constructive, respectful, and rarely personal. But it seems to me that some folk on here are in a cob after being asked to mind their language at the family dinner table. Cla
  5. https://www.shetnews.co.uk/2021/03/22/rspb-adds-to-concern-over-spaceports-potential-impact-on-birds/
  6. Maybe in Western Europe, but many areas of the world has patchy or no mobile / internet coverage. According to some statistics only about half the world's population has internet access.
  7. Th latency is indeed an inherent problem, but the new communications satellites tend to be small and in a low earth orbit so there's less physical distance for signals to travel. Fibre will likely still be the preferred option for cities and urban areas, but for many areas installing or improving physical connections are challenging (i.e. remote areas, areas with difficult terrain, or countries with unstable governments where infrastructure developments are problematic) As mentioned, on the whole newer satellites are quite small (e.g. shoebox size), relatively cheap and are in
  8. Hello there. It sounds like a really interesting business, and I hope you do well in Shetland. Shetland is relatively pricey for accommodation so you might have to look for somewhere outside Lerwick for something of the size you need in that price range. But compared to the much of mainland UK, the commute tends to be short and scenic! There are properties listed here https://www.njord.market/accommodation/1 and you can post wanted ads. I believe there are Facebook pages for local accommodation too (but I don't use FB so can't provide a link)
  9. Presidents can be voted in and out through democratic processes as a result of their abilities, performance and/or popularity. The Royal Family can't be voted in or out and are the classic example of inherited wealth and privilege that is in no way linked to their abilities to perform the limited 'duties' royalists claim the royal family perform.
  10. There's about 2,500 satellites currently in various earth orbits. The majority are for communications, and there's currently a push to launch thousands more to provide global high-speed wireless internet access (much cheaper than running fibre optic) There are several international organisations who 'license' satellite launches and orbits, in particular to avoid collisions. Low earth orbits are quite strictly policed as there are so many operational and defunct satellites in orbit that collisions are becoming more common, and the collisions themselves produce more debris which in turn ca
  11. To be pedantic, it's not just the 'common man' who contributes to the Sovereign Grant, it's every individual, organisation or company that pays taxes.
  12. They do cost us money. That's a fact. They get grants and expenses every year. Whether or not there's a quantifiable net benefit to the economy that may trickle down and/or offset some of the taxpayers investment, and whether the unquantifiable benefits such as feelings of national unity, international diplomacy etc, is worth the taxpayers' money is what is open for debate. Fair enough, but that's whataboutery. Just because some schemes have been poorly managed doesn't justify taxpayers money going to the Royal Family.
  13. I fear you're looking for a simple answer to a complex question - it depends on what is included in the calculations, and who you ask. Royalists will make the case that they're net contributors to the economy, anti-royalists generally consider them to be a net draw on taxpayers. Each 'royal' has multiple incomes - almost like a mini economy of their own. Higher ranking royals are supported through a 'Sovereign Grant' (essentially tax payers money), most royals inherit extensive estates and earn taxes and rentals from their land, they have business interests that benefit from royal associa
  14. It's not a simple calculation, and much of the costs relate to the maintenance and renovation of properties which would likely be funded by the government anyway. But here's a nice graph from https://www.statista.com/chart/18569/total-cost-of-the-uks-royal-family-by-year/
  15. This amused me https://www.thedailymash.co.uk/politics/politics-headlines/monarchy-in-crisis-because-there-is-no-fking-point-to-it-whatsoever-20210309206008 "Basically the monarchy is in perpetual crisis whenever anything goes wrong because the country notices it, realises what a complete waste of money and time it is and wonders how hard it would be to get rid of."
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