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Topic: Serious Discussion / Hog the outside lane

Are you a policeman?

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Confederate Flag and Civil Liberties

So why don’t you tell us about America in its heyday? When was that, and what was so wonderful about it?

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Do you agree with this quote? "History is written by the victors" - Winston Churchill

It’s true up to a point, but too simplistic. Some of the losers got their say too. Much of our knowledge of the barbarian invasions comes from the Romans, who were eventually overwhelmed by them.

Churchmen were one of the few literate groups in medieval and earlier times, and their output would have been biased in favour of the orthodoxy of the day. Other versions of events would be told from the point of view of the ruling classes; the peasants were all illiterate, so we know a lot about what they did, but next to nothing about what they thought. Yet more versions of history were written by charlatans like Geoffrey of Monmouth, who much of the time made it up as he went along. Better sources are things like official government documents (like the Domesday Book) which can be achingly dull but generally deal in bald facts.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Should corporations be allowed to marry?

James, here’s a couple 1….2 about the US. I am aware that regulation is a dirty word for you Americans, but you will see no end to these kinds of abuses until industries are regulated vigourously. I know I’m drifting away from the OP, but this subject may have a bit more meat on it.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Should corporations be allowed to marry?

James, you really need to stop thinking in purely American terms. Child labour is still very widespread.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Should corporations be allowed to marry?

They already can, it’s called a merger. If one is more butch than the other, it’s called a takeover.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Identical Universe survival.

On top of all that, if you turn up with just the clothes on your back you are a homeless person begging for his next meal. Nobody’s going to believe you’re a genius, no employer will give you a second glance.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / which marriage will "progressives" "fight" for next?

It doesn’t affect me at all – I’m thousands of kilometres away. But sham weddings do happen, the Africans seem to be particularly fond of this route to citizenship. With Las Vegas style weddings and quickie divorces, you could find it happening to you too. It’s cheating the system and illegal, but that won’t stop them trying.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / which marriage will "progressives" "fight" for next?

Marrying Mexicans so they can claim US citizenship.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / If somebody fails to notify the buyers of a house of 'the crazy neighbor who harrases anyone liveing there', can the buyers of the house sue?

IoD, I know every country’s different, but over here the job of the estate agent (realtor) is to find a buyer for the property and bring about a meeting of minds over price and terms and conditions. It’s a solicitor’s (lawyer’s) job to make all the enquiries, which includes any ongoing disputes with neighbours. They start with a standard questionnaire and ask as many additional questions as they want. It gets very tiresome, but does offer a degree of protection from unforeseen circumstances.

Weird neighbours are twopence a bucketful, but if a solicitor failed to discover the police had been involved, I think you would have a very strong case to go after him via the Law Society, their governing body. Do you not use lawyers to do all the legwork in America?

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / 3D-print a human... INTO SPACE!

I see. I thought you meant we launch a 3D printer across space on some rocket or something, and have it land on a planet and start working.

That’s how I understood it too. Shipping people out in digital format would obviate the need for expensive and problematic life support systems if trips were likely to last hundreds of years. The pioneers would be as fresh as the day they stepped on board.

And we can’t guarantee to get our machines back to recoup some of the losses of the operation if the machines are damaged (weather or just simply lack of maintenance).

If each 3D printer was identical, only one would be required to arrive in good working order. It could then build everything necessary to get the project underway. Even if it took years to get to the stage of recreating the human element it wouldn’t matter.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Hyperthetical: The Musical Reversal

Just as a matter of interest Pete, what conclusions do you draw about me on the strength of my musical tastes? (60s Rock, jazz and blues from the 1920s and Bach’s organ music spring to mind as particular favourites).

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / If you could live in a different time period...

But WHERE would you like to live? I did live in the 1950s, in London, and it’s not an experience I would want to repeat. It was a land of bomb sites, little spare cash and not much to spend it on anyway. And it was dull. The country was so busy trying to rebuild itself that there wasn’t much time to do anything interesting.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Misrepresenting Race

This reminds me of Mezz Mezzrow. Despite being white, he decided that he was black, lived in a black neighbourhood, married a black woman at a time when that would have shocked much of America, and even had himself put in the black wing in jail, where he went after being caught supplying marijuana (his ability to supply that commodity was legendary in the Jazz world). He was also, IMHO, as mad as a box of frogs. His strangeness was no impediment in his chosen profession, as he could blow a clarinet like few others.

He certainly had the cultural qualifications to claim he was at least an honorary black man, but none of the racial qualifications. He was a white Caucasian, and no amount of pretending was ever going to change that. He lived in a world where being an odd ball could be a positive advantage, but I don’t think the same can be said of the woman you are wanting to discuss. I think she needs a bit of help to bring her back to reality.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Hyperthetical: Prison Culture

If he went to trial, he could claim he was just bullshitting for attention and/or money. His lawyer could put up a pretty good case that society turned him into the shitbag he became. He has already spent 25 years in custody.

Charging him would likely prove to be an expensive waste of time.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Hyperthetical: Euphoria Forever

1. Favourite meal perfectly prepared would be a waste of the chef’s time. After 48 without eating, even a plateful of boiled cabbage would go straight down without touching the sides.

2. Only 12 hours? 12 hours is for wimps. It would take at least 18 to make me ready for bed!

3. The best pleasures are the simplest ones. This is a really good feeling.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Hyperthetical: The Musical Reversal

I can think of only one reason that it might make me unhappy. If I no longer thought that Hot Club of France was the greatest band that ever lived and preferred Glenn Miller’s orchestra, I see no reason for unhappiness, as I would still be sharing my passion with a mainly mature audience. If, on the other hand, I suddenly found myself raving about Justin Birber’s band, I would be somewhat perturbed to find myself in the same company as a bunch of 14 year old girls. Not exactly unhappy, but certainly perturbed.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Hyperthetical: The Musical Reversal

Well why would I be unhappy? I don’t really understand the premise here. If I woke up one morning and found I didn’t like any music at all, I still wouldn’t be unhappy. In that case I wouldn’t like music so I wouldn’t miss it.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Tech, Society and Law: Challenges of Literal Thought Seeing

What would I need to read your thoughts? A brain implant, a discreet bit of kit up my sleeve, or something the size of an MRI scanner where you could not possibly be unaware of what was going on?

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Trying to Start reselling Collectibles for a Profit. Need Some info/advice

Are you interested in collecting anything for your own pleasure and satisfaction, or do you regard this as purely a money making exercise? It makes a big difference.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Trying to Start reselling Collectibles for a Profit. Need Some info/advice

I’ve dabbled in buying and selling antiques at auction, and that’s the place to go to learn about prices. Register with a few and turn up on the day. You are not obliged to buy anything, and sometimes you can pick up a real bargain. Try to go in person as you will get a much better idea of the condition of the items you are interested in. You will also learn what sells and what doesn’t.

This won’t work with cards or comics, but for other kinds of collectibles a little cleaning and restoration can work wonders when you resell the item. Be patient and don’t get auction fever!

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / If you could live in a different time period...

Living in the book is not the same thing as living in the 1880s. The book is about people living a relatively comfortable existence. Would you still want to live in the 1880s as the wife of an unskilled labourer, living on the edge of poverty with no fallback position in case of financial disaster other than the workhouse?

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / If you could live in a different time period...

As far as living in the future, I’m with Stan on that. I would especially like to find out whether we make it to the stars.

I have a great interest in the rise of industry and Victorian inventiveness, so I would love to go back and visit earlier times. But I have absolutely no interest in spending my remaining years in Victorian squalor surrounded by abject poverty, disease and a total absence of a welfare state.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Interesting source: People Killed By Cops (US)

I looked at 20 or so of their little stories at random, and a few more because of the age of the victim. Now while a fair number were clearly dangerous and violent people with criminal records, others appear to have been shot for being a bit gobby and waving a blade at the police. Our police have to deal with similar incidents too, but don’t even carry guns; they still manage to deal with the problems such people present.

Was it really necessary to kill an 83 year old schizophrenic with a machete? There was no mention of any attempt to disarm him first. It does rather suggest American police lack the basic training required to do their job. I realise that shoot first and ask questions later is the American way (in some states anyway), but I am getting the impression that the police are sometimes as mindlessly violent as the criminals.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Topic of the day: lookup

As long as there is discussion value in them, keep them coming. Some topics will be ignored, some will be well chewed. That’s just the nature of SD.