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by grammar king
June 5th, 2010, 3:11 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Are liberals and atheists smarter?
Replies: 36
Views: 2419

Re: Are liberals and atheists smarter?

Nick wrote:All UK bank notes are unsupported by gold, and have ben so since the 1930's. The attempt to return to the Gold Standard (by Winston Churchill of all people) led to the General Strike and exacerbated the Depression.
Only think I know about that is what I learned off Harry Enfield.
by grammar king
June 4th, 2010, 9:37 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Science and the people that make it.
Replies: 2
Views: 610

Re: Science and the people that make it.

The other ones that are well worth watching are the Derren Brown Investigates. 4OD and iPlayer don't work outside the UK, but here's the YouTube link for the first part. It's about Joe Power, a Liverpool medium who's had a run-in with the Merseyside Skeptics, where he compared skeptics to paedophile...
by grammar king
June 3rd, 2010, 8:32 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Flotilla attack = assassination of Duke Ferdinand?
Replies: 5
Views: 702

Re: Flotilla attack = assassination of Duke Ferdinand?

It's significant, but I don't think it'll be the start of a war. As far as I can tell Israel has noone fighting their side. There have been a lot of things leading up to this, the report on the 6 day war finding both sides probably guilty of war crimes, the Israeli snub of Joe Biden by expanding the...
by grammar king
June 1st, 2010, 10:45 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: They're taking the piss - Irish abuse
Replies: 9
Views: 1016

Re: They're taking the piss - Irish abuse

I'll be by your side Alan but I don't know if it'll be in Edinburgh or Glasgow. He's apparently coming (coming... listen to me talking like I'm there) to Parliament to meet the Queen or something, but I think the main part of his Scottish invasion will be spent in Glasgow. I hope the Orange Order pl...
by grammar king
June 1st, 2010, 10:15 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: They're taking the piss - Irish abuse
Replies: 9
Views: 1016

Re: They're taking the piss - Irish abuse

Oh yes, I wrote a piece on the Pope's letter a while ago.
by grammar king
June 1st, 2010, 9:08 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: They're taking the piss - Irish abuse
Replies: 9
Views: 1016

They're taking the piss - Irish abuse

Guess who's going to be heading the Vatican investigation into the Irish abuse cases? None other than Cormac Murphy-O'Connor . What a slap in the face. In case you don't know, the most Irish-named man in history was involved in his own bit of scandal when it was revealed he'd moved Michael Hill, a k...
by grammar king
June 1st, 2010, 5:41 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Justice is done!
Replies: 15
Views: 1428

Re: Justice is done!

I read about the wiretapping, and it's worrying. There are many high profile corruption and other criminal cases which would have fallen if wiretapping wasn't allowed. I understand this includes mafia cases like Bernardo Provenzano or Salvatore Rina . It's all very well using a privacy argument but ...
by grammar king
May 30th, 2010, 5:24 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Selling Humanism
Replies: 14
Views: 2746

Re: Selling Humanism

I've heard all kinds of people claim that humanist/atheist morality 'depends on the Christian moral/cultural framework to survive'. It's a load of old tosh of course. I was, some time ago now, at the Edinburgh Creation Group (comedic purposes only - it was actually one of the first posts I made on m...
by grammar king
May 30th, 2010, 4:29 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Selling Humanism
Replies: 14
Views: 2746

Re: Selling Humanism

Incidentally, the pope thundered recently on the TV that "Humanism is a distorted form of Christianity"; alas, we don't have an equivalent powerful voice to counteract this statement :angry: Well, he's about 500 years out of date but technically he'd be right if he said 'was' instead of 'is'. I don...
by grammar king
May 28th, 2010, 3:04 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: MMR The Facts NHS leaflet. Fact or conjecture?
Replies: 55
Views: 4803

Re: MMR The Facts NHS leaflet. Fact or conjecture?

Yeah, like kudos or something.
by grammar king
May 27th, 2010, 5:07 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: I thought the implication of this will make it ridiculous...
Replies: 8
Views: 1440

Re: I thought the implication of this will make it ridiculous...

Blogpost on this here . The mosque will indeed form only part of an islamic community centre (2 blocks away from Ground Zero), which will apparently also include a swimming pool. The feller running it seems quite liberal and this can quite easily become a symbol of respect for diversity which isn't ...
by grammar king
May 26th, 2010, 5:05 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: Draw Mohammed Day
Replies: 21
Views: 2555

Re: Draw Mohammed Day

Of course!
by grammar king
May 25th, 2010, 11:12 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Draw Mohammed Day
Replies: 21
Views: 2555

Re: Draw Mohammed Day

Good idea Lifelinking. In fact so good that I did it myself.
by grammar king
May 25th, 2010, 12:40 am
Forum: Education
Topic: "Educated" men
Replies: 19
Views: 4452

Re: "Educated" men

Welcome kaIanus, It's interesting how words can have significantly different meanings in different languages. For example, mal educado , which literally means 'badly educated' in Spanish, is used to mean 'rude' or 'ill-mannered'. You gave an insight into the second word but what baggage does the fir...
by grammar king
May 24th, 2010, 11:17 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Draw Mohammed Day
Replies: 21
Views: 2555

Re: Draw Mohammed Day

I did take part (it actually took place on the 20th), although not in the in your face kind of way a lot of others did. I certainly didn't like the militant tone Thunderf00t took throughout the whole thing. My picture was a quick sketch of a guy with a beard and 'my name's Muhammed, and I support fr...
by grammar king
May 23rd, 2010, 7:44 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Texas schools board rewrites US history
Replies: 18
Views: 2208

Re: Texas schools board rewrites US history

I think it's partly to do with logistics Alan. The US is a huge country, they can't control everything centrally. In such a big country there are regional differences, political and cultural, so some things need to be more local (even by those standards, however, it's not at all local. Most of the s...
by grammar king
May 22nd, 2010, 10:24 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: General election
Replies: 200
Views: 13464

Re: General election

Really makes you think, especially when the Daily Mail claims that 'Middle England' earns £50,000.
by grammar king
May 21st, 2010, 7:57 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Synthetic Genome
Replies: 9
Views: 1564

Re: Synthetic Genome

Kirsty whatever her name is on Newsnight was pretty critical, first accusing him of playing God (something that, as Dr Venter himself said, comes up far too often in advancements of all kinds), then implying that they're selling this technology off and that it would be dangerous in the wrong hands,...
by grammar king
May 18th, 2010, 10:36 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Texas schools board rewrites US history
Replies: 18
Views: 2208

Re: Texas schools board rewrites US history

Some good news, California is resisting the Texas curriculum entering into their public school textbooks.