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by Ted Harvey
March 11th, 2008, 1:12 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: The Germanic attitude to sunbeds
Replies: 15
Views: 2167

Re: The Germanic attitude to sunbeds

Firebrand I agree with a lot of your observations. I particularly agree with your point about stereo types and how they can be harmful or harmless (they can be an awfully useful short-hand in life between friends!). All of these things are of course very subjective and anecdotal… but I have to admit...
by Ted Harvey
March 10th, 2008, 12:27 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: The Germanic attitude to sunbeds
Replies: 15
Views: 2167

Re: The Germanic attitude to sunbeds

There is something deeply sad and puerile about the way the British (I suspect really the ‘English’) just cannot help ‘mentioning’ the war. They regularly mention it, followed by ‘Oh, better not mention the war!’. It is an infantile curiosity, a bit like the propensity for ‘Carry On’ innuendo. It’s ...
by Ted Harvey
March 9th, 2008, 1:42 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Government consultation "Face-to-Face and Side-by-Side"
Replies: 6
Views: 944

Re: Government consultation "Face-to-Face and Side-by-Side"

Alan M I will be finding out more this coming week and I'll let you know what I find out
by Ted Harvey
March 9th, 2008, 9:46 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: Govt rejects petition to abolish church repair liability
Replies: 2
Views: 507

Re: Govt rejects petition to abolish church repair liability

To be fair I have to say that in Scotland I am aware of a body of activists within the Church of Scotland that strongly believes in and pushes the line that their Church should hold as little wealth as is practical with maintaining their organisational needs (the Roman Catholic Church could learn so...
by Ted Harvey
March 9th, 2008, 9:18 am
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Government consultation "Face-to-Face and Side-by-Side"
Replies: 6
Views: 944

Re: Government consultation "Face-to-Face and Side-by-Side"

Alan H this is really good; authoritative without being over-bearing, carefully weighted on what some will see as the 'sensitive' bits and strongly evidence-based. The latter means that it cannot reasonably be dismissed as mere lobbying or subjective opinion. Well done all concerned, this is the kin...
by Ted Harvey
March 4th, 2008, 3:27 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Fairtrade
Replies: 28
Views: 7924

Re: Fairtrade

I've just learned that the March 2008 edition of Which magazine is covering 'Is Fairtrade Fairtrade?'!
by Ted Harvey
March 4th, 2008, 9:14 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Fairtrade
Replies: 28
Views: 7924

Re: Fairtrade

Can I just say, keep the debate on this thread up! As someone involved in social enterprise and the not-for-profit sector I’m finding what you are all posting to be really relevant, useful and helpful with thinking this all through :thumbsup:
by Ted Harvey
March 3rd, 2008, 6:51 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Churches continue to harvest public resources
Replies: 13
Views: 1457

Churches continue to harvest public resources

UK magazine ‘Regeneration & Renewal’ reports another of those examples of nauseating exploitation of public trust and public coffers by evangelizing Christian Churches. What is striking in this case is that the church, Kingston International Christian Centre, had already built up a ‘reputation’ befo...
by Ted Harvey
March 3rd, 2008, 4:33 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: What the loony left believe.
Replies: 10
Views: 1658

Re: What the loony left believe.

Fullerwiser I think you’d like the presentation I’ve been periodically doing around poor urban communities in Central Scotland on the theme of ‘You cannot choose whether to have culture’. The thrust is that every community, neighbourhood and workplace we live or work in creates its very own culture....
by Ted Harvey
March 2nd, 2008, 10:34 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: 'Harry' in Afghanistan
Replies: 40
Views: 3003

Re: 'Harry' in Afghanistan

Nick, now that's a very telling point - proof positive evidence of... well... em... something :puzzled: However, and sadly, back on the serious front. Given the tidal wave of coverage and adulation over the current 24 hours there surely is no doubt now that this has all been a ‘conspiracy’? David Pl...
by Ted Harvey
March 1st, 2008, 5:19 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: 'Harry' in Afghanistan
Replies: 40
Views: 3003

Re: 'Harry' in Afghanistan

Lifelinking and Alan let me rush back to acknowledge that one always needs to be careful about ‘humour’ on the internet! My ‘simplistic and silly’ was of course self-targeted humour and no offence was taken from what you said Lifelinking and we do agree on critical thinking – and AlanH the non-deliv...
by Ted Harvey
March 1st, 2008, 1:50 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: 'Harry' in Afghanistan
Replies: 40
Views: 3003

Re: 'Harry' in Afghanistan

I for one looked at the evidence before my eyes (once we were ‘allowed’ it) and I certainly see conspiracy – and I’m not too concerned if that makes me “simplistic and silly” :) . Our collective media lied on instruction on a monumental scale to us. Have we seen such blatant Establishment censorship...
by Ted Harvey
February 29th, 2008, 1:47 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Humanist Charitable Organisations
Replies: 19
Views: 4384

Re: Humanist Charitable Organisations

This feature in todays Guardian could not have been more timely for this thread -at long last so-called faith groups are be called to account on evidence that their activities are truly 'charitable':

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/feb/29/religion
by Ted Harvey
February 28th, 2008, 8:25 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Are you aware..........?
Replies: 16
Views: 2084

Re: Are you aware..........?

Good grief, what a rip-off, and wasn’t BT just in the past few days forced to withdraw its excessive charges for customers making service calls? (i.e. you pay to phone them to tell them about a problem with their equipment). If what you say about Orange stays true, I'll be following you there :wink:...
by Ted Harvey
February 28th, 2008, 10:06 am
Forum: Culture Club
Topic: King Lear and the break-up of the UK
Replies: 2
Views: 793

King Lear and the break-up of the UK

Lucky me to be free at home this morning so that by chance I listened to Melvyn Bragg’s In our Time on BBC R4 on King Lear (seemingly some revival on just now). I not the greatest fan of King Lear – why enjoy an evening when you could spend it at a performance of Lear sort of thing. However, I have ...
by Ted Harvey
February 28th, 2008, 9:54 am
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Humanist Charitable Organisations
Replies: 19
Views: 4384

Re: Humanist Charitable Organisations

xman I see where you're coming from and it is tempting to agree. However, for myself I need to beware of being hypocritical. I express objections to religious people, especially Christians, who exploit charitable works to brand and promote themselves - in the way of the example you cite. For me such...
by Ted Harvey
February 26th, 2008, 10:51 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: National DNA database
Replies: 45
Views: 8089

Re: National DNA database

FloatingBloater your scatter gun history is very selective and partial, moreover it evidences nothing. On a number of matters you are plainly just wrong – Pakistan was not created as ‘a direct result of terrorist actions’. It was created ‘as a direct result' of the inept way and indecent haste with ...
by Ted Harvey
February 26th, 2008, 5:30 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: National DNA database
Replies: 45
Views: 8089

Re: National DNA database

FloatingBoater I meant it and I had very much in mind the managed hysteria over the so-called War on Terror' as an excuse to remove freedoms and liberties. Twin Towers had absolutely nothing to do with Iraq. But the neo cons in the USA were not interested in concentrating the true source of the (tem...
by Ted Harvey
February 26th, 2008, 4:57 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: What the loony left believe.
Replies: 10
Views: 1658

Re: What the loony left believe.

I admit I’m humour-challenged on these kind of things – they just come across as self-blinding, justifying irrationalism and perpetuating general bigotry all round (office bullies love regurgitating them, 'only for a laugh' needless to say). Of course, for a demonstration of their absurdity you can ...
by Ted Harvey
February 25th, 2008, 10:03 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Spirituality
Replies: 78
Views: 8583

Re: Spirituality

I am getting a wee bit bemused as this intriguing thread goes on… and goes on… The very length of it and the derivations within it, are the clearest possible demonstration that ‘spirituality’ is either such an ambiguous and/or loaded and/or outright religious term and carries such considerable ‘bagg...