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  1. 11 of 'em, BM? Well ... (a) Train them up as a football team and find a Russian billionaire; ( Teach them to play music and tour as ... (i) two string quartets and a trio or perhaps ... (ii) the BigMouth BigBand; © Rent them out to other benefit claimants (don't declare the income from this, obviously); (d) Become a banker yourself - great money, no useful skills required; (e) Or of course, there's always Jonathan Swift's "Modest Proposal" ... which one looks tastiest? As for sensible suggestions ... errr ... join the revolution? (PS - Sorry if (e) means you never see your c
  2. Given the deafening silence of the mainstream media on the subject, you may not have heard of the recent resignation of Professor Hal Lewis from the American Physical Society. The Society's stance on AGW is his reason - you can read his whole resignation letter on the Watts Up With That page about it. He describes AGW as "the greatest and most successful pseudoscientific fraud I have seen in my long life as a physicist" (he was a member of the society for 67 years), and says of the "Climategate" leaked documents "I don’t believe that any real physicist, nay scientist, can read that stuff w
  3. Well, I decided not to spend my declining years learning "THE most complex thing ever invented" (­© enkelt skapninger 2010). Instead, I cheated. I've got an *oldish copy of Take Command, which for a MS user is a command line on steroids (or, for *x users, just another script interpreter, except it's for MS systems). As it has plenty power, I just wrote myself a TC batch file to filter the huge unfiltered output text files which were my original problem. I blush ( ) to admit that I just wrote my filtering requirements straight into the batch file, rather than designing an INI file solution -
  4. Tsk, tsk, Gib. You were doing so well without mentioning "The Jews" and you go and spoil it. There was I, thinking this thread was about the EU. We need something like Godwin's Law. OK. Given that "people like me" believe in the truth of the Douglas Adams quote I mentioned above, there's really not much chance of finding "people like me" running "countries like yours" (which happens also to be mine, btw), is there? "People like me" would prefer to see a system under which the governments of the countries of the world (not just the EU) actually represent the wishes and interests of the people
  5. Para, there must be better ways of passing the time. But you could submit the idea to TV, now Big Brother's finishing.
  6. Touché, mon vieux parptifoo! Makes you wonder, though ... what on earth can their next campaign be, after infinity? Some sort of Cantorian hierarchy of infinities, perhaps?
  7. I know the theory of it, Gibber. It's the practice that scares the hell out of me.
  8. Good grief. A real life Darwin Award winner. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ge9VfALthLI&feature=player_embedded
  9. The Race to Infinity? Mathematically speaking, that's going to take a very long time ... [/pedantry]
  10. Having done a fair bit of school bus driving in my time (and believe me, that knocks all the "boy racer" out of you!), I've seen plenty of illustrations of why 20mph limits seem to make little difference. Far too many people seem to think that because they're "experienced drivers" they know better than anyone else what's safe. "20mph? Nah, perfectly okay to do 35 along here." The attitude appears to be that just being behind that wheel gives them automatic total understanding of everything that goes on outside. Even when they're parents themselves, they forget that children, no matter how well
  11. I agree with you there, though it didn't make me laugh so much as weep for the civilised country we used to live in. There's a similar sort of "Stasi for kids" scheme starting up in the US. Neighbours looking out for neighbours - ok, good. Anonymous snooping on everyone everywhere - seriously not ok.
  12. Note that it was Ghostrider not Ghostdriver who posted the video. Didn't see any motorbikes getting caught!
  13. There seems very little to choose between having people like those you mention running individual countries and having them running the whole of Europe. In fact, handing them power over even larger areas of the world is probably the worst possible option. "To summarize: it is a well known fact, that those people who most want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it." - Douglas Adams, "The Restaurant at the End of the Universe" One of the truest political statements ever made.
  14. I hadn't spotted this thread - well done khitajrah for reviving it. I'm another one who suffers from depression, and who knows very well that it really isn't just "feeling low" - you really can't just "keep a stiff upper lip" and "pull yourself together". On a good day, and they do occasionally happen, you can seem quite normal to those around you, but on a bad day you can just sit without moving for an hour or more because just moving to get up is out of reach. When you do finally manage to get up, you realise that your mind has only an hour of blankness there. It's horrible. It feels as if h
  15. Barroso describes the EU as "an antidote to democracy". Okay. Where's the antidote to the EU, please?
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