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  1. Unpaywall

    Might be of interest - an add-on that locates free versions of academic papers that charge for access, if there are any available. http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2017/04/04/announcing-unpaywall-unlocking-openaccess-versions-of-paywalled-research-articles-as-you-browse/
  2. Viewing / Buying a house

    Well, all I can say is that I would never buy new build, unless the magic fairy propelled me into the income bracket where you can buy a decent nb property. For the vast majority of us, nb is a very poor shout. To any of my family, friends, or anyone I cared about, I would say never buy a new build property. Unless the architect is a personal friend and can personally guarantee standards - possibly. Even then, I'd be wary.
  3. Viewing / Buying a house

    As a generalisation, new build houses have poor space standards, poor storage, and are often shoddily built. Don't buy new build, is my advice. You will get a much better deal with an older property, on average.
  4. Redistribution doesn't need to involve any spending. It could for example take the form of differential taxation. But your point shows that you are locked in the idea that spending must be funded by taxation. It needn't, and it isn't.
  5. Lots of sunshine in Scotland. Lower angle than further south, but present all the same. And many more palm trees than Birmingham.
  6. U.S. Politics

  7. This is all pretty exaggerated in my view. Here in Scotland we have plenty of turnips, and oats. We can easily feed ourselves, and it is but a small step for one of our many entrepreneurs to start exporting turnip champagne, oat trousers, turnip and oat energy bars, oooh, all sorts of things. You can take your Peruvian avocados and stick 'em where the sun don't shine.
  8. U.S. Politics

    It does seem a bit like a society that's forming a circular firing squad...
  9. U.S. Politics

    The resolution isn't good enough for me to tell, but I hope they have "falling wardobes" in there as a category of death, given that more people in the US die from furniture each year than from Islamic terrorists. And of course "being shot by your own toddler, with your own gun" would be up there as well.
  10. No. Tax is not spending. It is withdrawing resources from selected groups of people on fhe basis of (for example) income, wealth, location, or consumption choices. Spending is allocating resources. In the special case of being a currency issuer, one is not dependent on the other.
  11. Tax is there for redistribution, and the management of economic demand by withdrawing some spending power from the economy. Government spending occurs by crediting bank accounts, not by collecting cash in order to spend it like in mediaeval times. If the government chose, it could levy no tax next year, and still spend as normal. It wouldn't be advisable, but the reason for that is not because the government would then have "no money". Which is why when the govermment decides to do something it hadn't planned, like launch a war or bail out the banks, it doesn't need to raise tax in order to do so. The idea that spending comes from tax is a fiction, designed to make people think that government spending is a bad thing which must be curtailed. Propaganda genius, but utterly false.
  12. NI doesn't fund healthcare. Tax doesn't fund government spending. It's just told that way to make it more palatable, or understandable, or maybe acceptable.
  13. U.S. Politics

    He also looks like he's wearing those trousers with the crotch at knee level.
  14. Scottish Independence

    Well of course she is more concerned with Scotland than the other countries in the union. She is a Scottish nationalist, and opposed to unionism. It's the core principle of the party she leads. What else would you expect? And why would it be a point of criticism, rather than an unremarkable fact, that someone who opposes the union cares more about her own country than the union?