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  1. Things You Don't "Get"

    The question is that when you consider the accumulated atrocities which have been done in our name in pursuit of economic advantage across the globe, on which were built the foundations of white privilege, should we feel quite so smugly virtuous for buying a bag of fair-trade bananas and refusing to buy Nestle coffee?
  2. Irreverentad's Relationship Advice Thread

    Sex is all well and good but have you passed the fart-barrier yet? It is definitely an awkward watershed in every relationship and the right timing is crucial. Then there is the dreaded floater.
  3. What is your experience of mental health?

    It sounds like you had a terrible time of it and you are still working through the process of recovery. It is possible that you repressed your feelings at the time, just so you could cope with your situation, and they have now re-emerged. Such delay is not uncommon and I am sure your counselling will help you a lot. Most of the time we don't know what we feel until we hear ourselves say it and the counselling process usually helps to achieve such understanding. All the best.
  4. Irreverentad's Relationship Advice Thread

    Trying to talk people out of their more self-destructive impulses must count as one of life's futile endeavours.
  5. London attack March 2017

    It is the same. Trump is judged by his opinions. Trump judges Muslims by the extreme opinions they reveal when they answer polls about whether they think honour-killings and killing civilians is sometimes justified. The polls reveal that in predominantly Muslim countries, a majority or a substantial proportion of the population think these things are sometimes justifiable. Ultimately, the question is whether people should be judged by their opinions or not.
  6. London attack March 2017

    They had the same problem as ordinary Muslims who are supposed to explain terrorism. They were asked to explain but in reality were only allowed to unequivocally condemn it and were not allowed any caveat which might explain the historical perspective. So they kept quiet and no one learned anything.
  7. London attack March 2017

    It is thoughts like that were such a comfort to my uncle Albert, when he was returning home after bombing Dresden in 1945.
  8. London attack March 2017

    Remember that joke back in the day: Come home to a living fire; buy a cottage in Wales.
  9. U.S. Politics

    A graph showing those who would gain through the lowering of their healthcare premiums would be more enlightening.
  10. Paddy's "Things that cheer you up"

    How very Lardy-da!
  11. U.S. Politics

    Which is exactly the explanation I've heard the economist Mark Blyth outline many times. The Left these days offer no solutions and just seem to spend their time minting their tribal shibboleths of fear and loathing. As Blyth also says, the bottom third have been abandoned by all parties and no more so than the Democrats and the British Labour Party.
  12. Scottish Independence

    Xenophobic is probably the wrong word. Ethnocentric or racist would probably be more accurate.
  13. But it definitely involves taking money from one person, at gunpoint if necessary, and giving it to someone else.
  14. Scottish Independence

    Which is something you couldn't accuse the Scottish of. When you consider the number of Scots who combined to bring about the hellhole which is Britain today, you have to say that the secret Scottish cabal of Blair, Brown and Cameron combined beautifully to bring this country to its knees, of which we have yet to face the full and fatal consequences. John Smith was even willing to die to ensure that Labour would surf to power on a tide of sentiment. Blair gave the Scots their own parliament, Brown bankrupted the country, and Cameron pulled the pin on Brexit to send the country down the tubes. Now after they did all that, the Scots want out.