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by anaconda
January 9th, 2013, 9:18 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Something nasty happened today
Replies: 17
Views: 1858

Re: Something nasty happened today

Good grief that's a bit rough without sedation of any kind. I've had two scopes both with a decent belt of Valium beforehand. Glad there were no surprises.

Still the ' side effect ' of an impressive nurse appears to have been a distraction. I wonder if she does all the non sedation jobs?
by anaconda
January 9th, 2013, 9:02 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: The future of the NHS (if any)
Replies: 1748
Views: 147600

Re: The future of the NHS (if any)

Slightly off the point but I recall a customer survey towards the end of theLabour administration showed high lebels of individual satisfaction with the quality and speed of care/treatment, but also concern regarding the general level of care within theNHS. The suggestion here was that unrepresentat...
by anaconda
December 27th, 2012, 9:41 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: The future of the NHS (if any)
Replies: 1748
Views: 147600

Re: The future of the NHS (if any)

by anaconda
December 27th, 2012, 9:19 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: The future of the NHS (if any)
Replies: 1748
Views: 147600

Re: The future of the NHS (if any)

The NHS is under considerable threat. I've not read all this thread but Alan's links have provided further confirmation and bolster what hat many people have felt about this. The interests of an ageing nation cannot be met through market based competition and in particular privatisation. The emphasi...
by anaconda
December 24th, 2012, 7:50 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Atheists. Why. . .
Replies: 46
Views: 5924

Re: Atheists. Why. . .

Thundril, thanks indeed that's very helpful. I'm thinking too longitudinally!

Happy holidays (spoken in a George Dubya accent for maximum effect) :wink:
by anaconda
December 24th, 2012, 2:07 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Atheists. Why. . .
Replies: 46
Views: 5924

Re: Atheists. Why. . .

... is there something rather than nothing? Why does there necessarily need to be an answer to that question? We would only be able to attempt to answer it in human terms anyway, which, given our consmic insignificance, would tend to suggest that we are quite likely to get it wrong anyway. While we...
by anaconda
December 24th, 2012, 10:47 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: Atheists. Why. . .
Replies: 46
Views: 5924

Re: Atheists. Why. . .

I don't think you are understanding what I am arguing. First, to discuss the reality of God one must define God. The usual question is, Does God exists? However, this question implies that God is somehow distinct from existence. Pantheism identifies God with Existence, at least mine does. So the qu...
by anaconda
December 24th, 2012, 1:24 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: Atheists. Why. . .
Replies: 46
Views: 5924

Re: Atheists. Why. . .

Is a definition of God as Being or Existence warranted? Indeed it is, on the basis of the incomprehensibility of the vastness and complexity of the cosmos. How many electrons are there in the known universe? What is the temperature of the heat of all of the known stars? It is scientific knowledge t...
by anaconda
December 22nd, 2012, 1:09 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Mayan Apocalypse 2012: Five doomsdays that never happened
Replies: 28
Views: 4415

Re: Mayan Apocalypse 2012: Five doomsdays that never happene

I recall that JWs also predicted 1984 as the end of the world.

Is it too cruel to bring these matters up when they come 'a knocking'?
by anaconda
December 17th, 2011, 12:46 am
Forum: Religion
Topic: we are a Christian country
Replies: 188
Views: 13521

Re: we are a Christian country

What a self-serving load of Tory shite. Of course, for the sake of balance, we must include that "one-eyed Scottish idiot" son of the manse, and , likewise, the one and only, Mr. Tony "We don't do God, but I'm actually a spineless Catholic" Blair. Purely in the interests of political balance. At le...
by anaconda
December 17th, 2011, 12:38 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Christopher Hitchens
Replies: 32
Views: 3081

Re: Christopher Hitchens

Very sad to hear of his death this morning. I got into him after reading God is Not Great and was quite taken by his expressive use of language and vigour. I also loved his debating style and humour. A genuine loss to those who bother to think about the issues that affect us all, and the importance ...
by anaconda
September 26th, 2011, 11:27 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Modern economics
Replies: 1408
Views: 95838

Re: Modern economics

So the government and financial institutions are both to blame. We can debate over the percentage distribution of vicarious liability. Also responsible are private equity cock ups not solely dodgy mortgages. Here the financial institutions got gobsmackingly greedy. Yes greedy. They may have been ope...
by anaconda
September 26th, 2011, 11:03 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: Modern economics
Replies: 1408
Views: 95838

Re: Modern economics

....an interview on the beeb with an american trader who, depressing though it (and he) is, provides a challenging assessment from his industrys position. This may make you wince.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aC19fEqR ... ture=share
by anaconda
September 17th, 2011, 1:51 pm
Forum: Social Club
Topic: Rugby World Cup
Replies: 5
Views: 1438

Re: Rugby World Cup

Y Sorry to hijack with my quadrennial whinge about ITV RWC coverage... Commentaters seem to forget we can actually see whats going on. Less is more? I tend to watch on the lap top with the sound down. Give me Richie Benaud anyday. Enjoyed the game this morning though. Good to see the mighty souther...
by anaconda
September 16th, 2011, 11:33 pm
Forum: Club Soda
Topic: Interview the person below you.
Replies: 2007
Views: 162594

Re: Interview the person below you.

Lounging around on a campsite in the dordogne next to the river, with a bottle of red. Perfect. Smells?...a bit obvious but walking downstairs in the morning and smelling a real christmas tree instantly brings back happy childhood memories..... not that we have a tree you understand, except at xmas....
by anaconda
September 16th, 2011, 11:20 pm
Forum: Religion
Topic: Muslim Educational Centre of Oxford
Replies: 3
Views: 503

Re: Muslim Educational Centre of Oxford

Nick wrote:
I might ahve gone to their inter-faith barbecue,


So which faith is first for the eternal charcoal?
by anaconda
September 16th, 2011, 11:17 pm
Forum: Culture Club
Topic: 16th September 1977
Replies: 7
Views: 2166

Re: 16th September 1977

I read an interview with Rowland and his mother. They were talking about how hard it had been when people around assumed that were part of the rock family and supposedly had all the wealth that came with it, when in reality they were as skint as anyone else on low income. They talked about how one o...
by anaconda
September 15th, 2011, 9:42 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: High frequency trading
Replies: 32
Views: 3797

Re: High frequency trading

"in fact in some countries democracy is beginning to look like the system by which electorates decide which politician gets to implement what the markets dictate." It's frequently one of the most annoying things on the UK news, when after a budget, election, interest rate change/freeze etc, virtual...
by anaconda
September 15th, 2011, 9:24 pm
Forum: Sciences and pseudo-science
Topic: High frequency trading
Replies: 32
Views: 3797

Re: High frequency trading

How depressing. Id rather economists modified their everyday trading and create a position where it's impossible for them to screw the countrys economy. Why should the risky actions of a few have the potential for such large scale negativity. It wasnt always thus. Robert Pestons analysis is utterly ...
by anaconda
September 11th, 2011, 3:39 pm
Forum: Humanist Ethics & Morality
Topic: Free Speech in America...LOL!
Replies: 8
Views: 3345

Re: Free Speech in America...LOL!

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God bless Kansas!

........the Family Guy take on evolution/creationism, with special allowance made for Kansas.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHex9GDQ2S0