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Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 08 August, 2019, 08:32:19 pm »

Sorry, vB - I didn't mean anything by it. There's a Mormon church in Chorley and, once it was completed, they opened it up to anyone who wanted to take a look before it got sanctified. It was magnificent and the Mormons seemed pretty cool at the time. I had no inkling of their past so I was intrigued to find out if they really were racist and I did a quick Google to find that website. Seems they have had their share of racist problems in the past but it looks like they're trying to set things right.

I'm not into religion myself so I'm neither condoning or condemning them. Nothing against you either, VB - I thought you might like to know what I found, is all.


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General / Re: Does 2000 AD need another 'Judge Dredd'?
« on: 07 August, 2019, 08:31:30 pm »

The Orville seems to be doing okay going back to the Trek monster/problem of the week episodic format - whilst Discovery's series-long infinite plot arc really turned me off.


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General / Re: Does 2000 AD need another 'Judge Dredd'?
« on: 07 August, 2019, 07:15:36 pm »
As someone who doesn't believe in IP, I'm available... Shit, but available.

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Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 07 August, 2019, 07:00:57 pm »

It's a bit overcast in the Mutara Nebula.


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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 07 August, 2019, 05:28:32 pm »


Haven't listened to it yet, but...

I'm always a bit suspicious of those types who love to trumpet that they say things that they're not allowed to say.  Not being allowed to say things involves secret police kicking in your door and arresting you, not being made to explain yourself using hard evidence and being ridiculed if you can't.




He generally interviews people the msm wouldn't touch with a barge pole. One of his best, imo, was with sex worker activist Maggie MacNeil (no relation, I expect), which really opened my eyes to the plight, and the power, of women. He's not a shock-jock, saying controversial stuff just for the Hell of it.

In the episode I linked to above, he covers several of the topics we've been covering here recently, from education to attitudes towards immigrants. You may not agree with everything he says but he's a reasoned and intelligent guy and I find most of his interviews to be quite engrossing.


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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 07 August, 2019, 12:24:42 pm »

I'm with Jim on this one.


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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 07 August, 2019, 10:19:22 am »

Yes, I think that's right. Consider everything because, by so doing, reasonable solutions will probably emerge. Thesis, antithesis, synthesis.


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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 07 August, 2019, 06:37:18 am »

There's already a privacy aspect (emails, private chat rooms and so on) and I think that's important too. I like my privacy as much as I like my public loudmouthery.

Facebook's and Youtube's algorithms may not be perfect in burying certain things yet but they're getting there. These censorship tools are part of their drives to become state-sponsored monopolies, with places like China serving as ideal test beds.


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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 06 August, 2019, 11:36:06 pm »

I think that free speech is vital. It means I can talk about babies starving to death in Yemen and our government tacitly supporting that by not raising all kinds of Hell about it and by allowing Made in GB weapons to be sold to Saudi Arabia, the perpetrator of this vile state of affairs (amongst others, such as beheading people for homosexuality).

The dark side of free speech is obvious - but speech is not action. If I were to call for others to perform some criminal act then that would be deplorable and I'd deserve to be banned from whatever privately owned forum I used to spread that call and maybe even prosecuted alongside anybody dumb enough to do my bidding.

Individual platforms are free to ban whomever they like. A judge, whose name I can't recall, once said that anyone was free to make any argument they wanted in their court and be given a fair hearing, but that doesn't mean they can come into his home and expect the same treatment. Speech is only as free as a particular forum allows.

The danger is that governments complicit in atrocities (which is just about all of them) will use the relatively few terrible incitements to institute blanket bans on free speech all over the net, with the "side effect" of throwing the starving babies out with the bathwater.

We are all responsible for our own words and actions, and that - in my view - has to be the bottom line. Yes, it's dangerous to let some tub-thumping nutter call for unlawful activity in public (where they can at least be contradicted, argued with and laughed down) - but to drive them underground to preach to their own twisted choir in private is even worse.

All personal freedoms are indivisible from personal responsibilities, and freedom of speech is no different.


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Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 05 August, 2019, 05:08:01 pm »

JBC - the Trivium is, very basically, teaching people how to learn based on the way that the mind works. The three cores are Grammar (learning the specific words and meanings of any given subject and how they fit together), Logic (understanding how a subject's contents fit together and relate, and resolving any inconsistencies, misunderstandings or contradictions), and Rhetoric (learning how to present or apply what has been learned in a clear and coherent manner). In modern computer parlance it's Input, Processing, Output. That's the basics. It's how the later Greeks taught their citizens (but not their slaves).

The Quadrivium (which combines with the Trivium to compose the original Seven Liberal Arts) is composed of Arithmetic (the basic meanings and operations of numbers), Geometry (numbers in space), Music (numbers in time), and Astronomy (numbers in space and time).

I wish I'd learned this at school!

TJM - no probs, Man - I probably should have been clearer in my original post, proving that my own eddykayshun was, and continues to be, woefully inadequate!


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