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Re: In the News
« Reply #240 on: April 11, 2014, 03:05:34 PM »
That's old news. :P

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Re: In the News
« Reply #241 on: April 29, 2014, 10:24:48 PM »
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Re: In the News
« Reply #242 on: May 01, 2014, 06:22:34 PM »
Humorous. What exactly is arbor day?

Also, apparently Britain is armadillo http://www.opendemocracy.net/ourkingdom/adam-ramsay/scotland-isnt-different-its-britain-thats-bizarre

I guess I'll go and cry now about how crap my country is.

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Re: In the News
« Reply #243 on: May 01, 2014, 09:42:31 PM »
Something about trees, I don't know. :P
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Re: In the News
« Reply #244 on: May 01, 2014, 09:53:46 PM »
Alcohol and Calculus don't mix. Never Drink and Derive.

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Re: In the News
« Reply #245 on: May 01, 2014, 09:56:39 PM »
At least he got him. We seem to have a thing with shoes, and GWB had Matrix avoidance skills and Hillary's attacker had terrible aim. :P
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Re: In the News
« Reply #246 on: May 01, 2014, 11:56:08 PM »
Also, apparently Britain is armadillo http://www.opendemocracy.net/ourkingdom/adam-ramsay/scotland-isnt-different-its-britain-thats-bizarre

Damn commies with their perverted views on how to run a country. Scotland can stay the hell away from us and sell itself to France in a couple of years. People aren't alike, yeah we look alike and have the same basic instincts but that's about it, otherwise why even have countries? Might as well just have the United Earth Directorate and be done with it.
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Re: In the News
« Reply #247 on: May 02, 2014, 12:29:35 AM »
I think it's an excessively negative view of modern Britain and an overly rosy view of the continent, which lord knows has enough of its own problems. I hope Scotland sticks with us, I like the place a lot... but that said, I agree with some of the stuff in the article (like taxpayer funded higher education and not having such a bad wealth gap). In many cases I'd advocate a different way of getting there to classical European social democracy though.
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Re: In the News
« Reply #248 on: May 02, 2014, 12:27:05 PM »
I think it's an excessively negative view of modern Britain and an overly rosy view of the continent, which lord knows has enough of its own problems. I hope Scotland sticks with us, I like the place a lot... but that said, I agree with some of the stuff in the article (like taxpayer funded higher education and not having such a bad wealth gap). In many cases I'd advocate a different way of getting there to classical European social democracy though.

I do wonder whether an independent Scotland could keep up the free higher education. In the past it used to be a clear gap between pre-degree and post-degree salaries, so the extra taxes you paid would effectively 'pay back' your education fees. But now we've got more people than ever going to university and a high amount of graduate unemployment, so I'm not convinced it's a stable position.

I'd be quite surprised if the Scots do vote for independence, there are so many unknowns that mean it's not clear what Scotland would be like post-independence.

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Re: In the News
« Reply #250 on: May 20, 2014, 10:37:24 AM »
I do wonder whether an independent Scotland could keep up the free higher education. In the past it used to be a clear gap between pre-degree and post-degree salaries, so the extra taxes you paid would effectively 'pay back' your education fees. But now we've got more people than ever going to university and a high amount of graduate unemployment, so I'm not convinced it's a stable position.
Well if they were to use our system it wouldn't help them at all, we still don't actually require graduates to pay their debts unless they can afford to and unemployed graduates definitely can't afford to. Keeping higher education free but restricting places (particularly to those degree options with low employability) would be a more practical solution. And I think they have had to do that up here already to some extent.
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Also how the fudge do the EU elections work?

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Re: In the News
« Reply #251 on: May 28, 2014, 07:44:18 PM »
This isn't depressing at all: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-27599401
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Re: In the News
« Reply #252 on: May 28, 2014, 08:24:16 PM »
What they don't say in this study is what they class as racial prejudice. Some pyschologists suggest that the majority of people have an innate racist response, which may well be 'pre-programmed' or could be a product of soceity. Ultimately though, if it's a subconscious response there's nothing you can do about it except make an effort not to act on it.

If however they mean people will act on their prejudices then it's a heck of a lot more worrying. That being said we're still far better than, say, 50/60 years ago.

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Re: In the News
« Reply #253 on: July 07, 2014, 08:44:33 PM »
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-28199066

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Afghanistan's Ashraf Ghani leads in early vote count

Former Afghan Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani is leading the race to replace Hamid Karzai as president, according to preliminary results.

Mr Ghani won 56.44% of votes in the 14 June run-off, election officials said. His rival Abdullah Abdullah had 43.56%.

Mr Abdullah, who fell just short of an outright majority in the first round, rejected the result.

Both men have alleged fraud in the election. Votes are being re-checked at more than 7,000 polling stations.

They represent nearly a third of centres where votes were cast and correspondents say recounts could significantly alter the result.

Here we have it. Hard to know how much fraud there's been, I just really hope we end up with a result that the Abdullah camp will accept so we get a confirmed, decent resultat the end of this.
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Re: In the News
« Reply #254 on: July 07, 2014, 10:49:40 PM »
Allahu akbar!
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