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by Zeff
April 11th, 2017, 5:42 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: In or out?
Replies: 3936
Views: 288642

Re: In or out?

..Has it not occurred to you that the pound may have been over-valued? ... Lol! And Scotland is cutting its throat by separation from the UK but the UK will be better off leaving its biggest market bloc. My concern is that if increased separatism and economic barriers don't look expensive to Englis...
by Zeff
April 11th, 2017, 5:30 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: In or out?
Replies: 3936
Views: 288642

Re: In or out?

Apparently the UK will owe between £20bn and £60bn on leaving the EU to cover our commitments. The amount may be debatable but Farage called people "Gangsters" for asking us to cover our commitments and suggested the Europeans "plucked the figure" from the air. This is the guy who travelled in the b...
by Zeff
March 28th, 2017, 5:09 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: In or out?
Replies: 3936
Views: 288642

Re: In or out?

"Agreeing on a comprehensive trade deal would be miraculous." Without a trade deal at all the UK relies on WTO rules. Pro-Brexiteers might argue that is better than EU membership, so I'm not sure lack of a deal will move us closer to the EU. The other problem is that despite my watching the £ fall f...
by Zeff
March 21st, 2017, 4:42 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: LGBTIQ
Replies: 1
Views: 3634

LGBTIQ

I think it is important to keep up with the latest term or terms as people are being open about their gender, identity and sexuality as never before. I think the Australians have it right in their official designations of Male, Female and Other....
http://acronyms.thefreedictionary.com/Lgbtiq
by Zeff
March 21st, 2017, 4:38 pm
Forum: Social Club
Topic: International Mortals Meeting!
Replies: 3
Views: 4210

Re: International Mortals Meeting!

The trouble with getting any info out to Humanist, Atheist, Skeptic, Freethinker, Brights and other groups of non-believers is that there are just so many of them now....
http://www.atheismuk.com/forum/?minglef ... pic&t=1295
Even British Quakers have humanist members.
by Zeff
March 21st, 2017, 4:27 pm
Forum: Positive Humanism
Topic: How would you choose between these three choices/doctrine
Replies: 2
Views: 3761

Re: How would you choose between these three choices/doctrine

Fia wrote:1, as It's concise and informative.
2 is long lists
I agree with Fia. I could hardly bother to read the lists.
by Zeff
March 14th, 2017, 3:59 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: In or out?
Replies: 3936
Views: 288642

Re: In or out?

...I would like to take the broadcaster Julia Hartley-Brewer as a "typical" Brexiter - not in some statistical sense, because she is far more articulate than most of the 15 million who voted Out on June 23, but because she passionately expresses a faith in something of which she can have no knowled...
by Zeff
March 10th, 2017, 11:30 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: In or out?
Replies: 3936
Views: 288642

Re: In or out?

... should you not have written "because lower taxes", not "despite" ?... No, despite, or maybe a bit of both. The lower taxes in the USA don't necessarily save them money. If the environment is protected and workers had the mobility and security of a health plan unconnected with their work (as pen...
by Zeff
March 9th, 2017, 11:48 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: In or out?
Replies: 3936
Views: 288642

Re: In or out?

We urgently need another referendum before Article 50 is invoked. Brexit has been expensive enough but Scots feel much the same way about the UK and Westminster as Brexiteers talk about the EU and Brussels. Back to price inflation, endless trade deals, a lower valued £Sterling, faith schools - we're...
by Zeff
March 3rd, 2017, 8:22 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: The future of Government (if any)
Replies: 3234
Views: 233349

Re: The future of Government (if any)

As an observer, this would be a better conversation without the pedantry. The Independent article is perfectly comprehensible and, relative to other relative points, a certain relative point might be referred to as absolute. It might be aimlessly argued that a better word could be found since a numb...
by Zeff
March 2nd, 2017, 11:20 am
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Critical thinking/conspiracy theories
Replies: 19
Views: 7087

Re: Critical thinking/conspiracy theories

From the context, my guess is that TOK stands for Theory of Knowledge? You might like to give a talk at the Humanist Society Scotland (HSS) or Glasgow Skeptics if you're up this way, please. Speakers don't get much but they may pay travel expenses. (The Skeptics meet in a pub :-) Maybe the Glasgow ...
by Zeff
March 2nd, 2017, 10:57 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: Why are we allowing the pope to judge criminals???
Replies: 4
Views: 1963

Re: Why are we allowing the pope to judge criminals???

.. I've seen it in several news agencies from several countries, and I think the facts are ... There isn't usually a problem finding one or two hundred sources of a particular "report". (Journalists now openly call them "stories" and they are often on what's called the 'Newsfeed' so are routinely r...
by Zeff
February 28th, 2017, 6:15 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Why are we allowing the pope to judge criminals???
Replies: 4
Views: 1963

Re: Why are we allowing the pope to judge criminals???

You're quoting the Daily Mail, which can be wildly misleading. Always check the facts with another source, especially if original source is the UK's Daily Mail. Virtually all UK newspapers (with the possible exception of the Financial Times) seem to do a poor job of separating reporting from editori...
by Zeff
February 14th, 2017, 6:08 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Caledonian Humanist Association
Replies: 10
Views: 5585

Re: Caledonian Humanist Association

But let us not let that small minority obscure, as Athena describes on her blog: "..I want to say that I have the utmost respect for the good people in the Humanist Society of Scotland [ I think applies to BHA and others ] and for the excellent work they do, especially in providing ceremonies. Havin...
by Zeff
February 14th, 2017, 5:57 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Critical thinking/conspiracy theories
Replies: 19
Views: 7087

Re: Critical thinking/conspiracy theories

From the context, my guess is that TOK stands for Theory of Knowledge?
You might like to give a talk at the Humanist Society Scotland (HSS) or Glasgow Skeptics if you're up this way, please. Speakers don't get much but they may pay travel expenses. (The Skeptics meet in a pub :-)
by Zeff
February 12th, 2017, 5:39 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Caledonian Humanist Association
Replies: 10
Views: 5585

Re: Caledonian Humanist Association

there may be independent celebrants in England and Wales.... Indeed, there's an abundance of them but they don't band together under titles like 'English humanists', 'humanism in England' etc, thereby giving the impression of rival organisations, which is what I find saddening..... Good point, but ...
by Zeff
February 12th, 2017, 2:41 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Caledonian Humanist Association
Replies: 10
Views: 5585

Re: Caledonian Humanist Association

Thank you, Zeff. I'm saddened there are so many groups instead of uniting under one banner. It's not a good look for such a wee country when nothing like this seems to have happened to the BHA. It really doesn't have to be viewed like that. As I tried to explain, the basis of each group is the cele...
by Zeff
February 11th, 2017, 8:54 pm
Forum: Humanism, secularism, freethought...
Topic: Caledonian Humanist Association
Replies: 10
Views: 5585

Re: Caledonian Humanist Association

My understanding (which may be defective in some respects) is that the Humanist Society Scotland (about 15,000 members and nearly 200 celebrants) dwarfs all the other Scottish humanist groups in terms of membership, number of celebrants and ceremonies completed, such as namings, funerals and wedding...
by Zeff
February 10th, 2017, 5:12 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: The future of Government (if any)
Replies: 3234
Views: 233349

Re: The future of Government (if any)

Sorry this is non-sequitur but see title of thread... Another topical point worth mentioning now seems to be: young people not voting and questions asked as to what can be done about it. From: http://www.economist.com/news/international/21716023-democracies-are-risk-if-young-people-continue-shun-bal...