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  1. Xann

    Change

    Big things and little things to make a better World.
  2. I know there are many posts in different threads about this, and I'm not asking mods to spend time collating them all here, but it does seem best to have a thread for this. Here's something from the Greens. From an email, not a website.
  3. Think this needs his own thread, as the bloke is getting a bigger and bigger following as time goes on. I've seen old friends radicalised by him, sharing his crap multiple times a day. He's still doorstepping his critics:
  4. It's been mentioned a lot in many of the Politics topics but our national broadcaster is becoming a disgrace when it comes to it's political content. I've always been a supporter and realise that slight biases will always be apparent in a service that has an obligation to be fair and unbiased but I do feel it has crossed the line from the unconscious bias programmes always showed (both ways) into an area where it's overt bias is now becoming very apparent and destructive to both itself and the country. I'm still a proponent of the licence fee but something really needs to change at the BBC, their political content is shockingly biased and seemingly they aren't even trying to hide it. I came across this story today and it highlights how ludicrous the situation has become. I'm a supporter of neither the Unionist or the SNP The National
  5. There was some discussion of this in the Labour Party thread, in the context of II's attempts to smear Corbyn, but the activities of the group are rather wider than just that, so I thought I'd start this for anyone interested. Tim Hayward has a blog here which is regularly updated, giving links to articles about this operation as well as links to all the downloads of leaked documents. It's useful, since the mainstream media are blanking the story, I don't know whether because there's a D notice out, or because so many of their own staff are listed as being involved and are using their position to suppress coverage. Be careful about downloading the documents, though - it seems there are attempts to infect them, to discourage people from getting them.
  6. I don't think we've got a thread for the Liberals, or the Liberals that are hoping there will be a new sort of Liberal Party with a bunch of peeps from the middle bits of the other parties. So I started one. Anyway, let's all enjoy Vince's erotic spasm.
  7. My mgf's son just told me about a man in Scotland being in jail for teaching his dog to heil every time he says "Sieg heil!" as a joke to annoy his gf that loves the dog. He himself calls for free speech. I call bad sense of humour. If this story is true. Anyway, GF's son is an intelligent young man but he's spending to much time on the internet listening to too much bs without really looking out for the credibility of the sources, and for a time now he's heard and been quite convinced that the laws of the free speech GB are getting ridiculously hard and that you can get sentenced for next to nothing when it comes to that. That's not the experience I've got but I've got nothing to back it up with, really. So, therefor I'm turning to you guys to either confirm him or give me some backup, depending on who's right nd who's wrong. Or maybe it's a grey area.
  8. I figure a catchall thread would be good for this part of the world. I'm starting one now because one time hero Daniel Ortega is now a murderous tyrant as 70% of the roads in Nicaragua are currently blocked by protesters who want him to resign. The heady days of the Sandinistas seem a long time ago. Ortega's armed forces are shooting to kill and are killing. He's got a civilian paramilitary carrying out most of it. I wouldn't be surprised if Trump sends the marines in there, it would be an easy win and he can rouse his base with it as the midterm elections near. Reagan invaded Grenada, Bush Sr. invaded Panama. If Bush Jr. didn't invade Iraq, I think he would have invaded Venezuela. It's a cynical quick fix for American presidents.
  9. Media reporting Trump has informed Macron that he’s pulling the US out of the JCPOA and reimposing sanctions on Iran.
  10. The predictions thread had me thinking a lot about UBI. Automation and technology is going to make many jobs obsolete but we live with an incredible amount of abundance in the world. We also currently live in capitalism which allows whoever owns the systems to profit themselves into untold wealth. However UBI is a concept which has reasoning from both sides of the traditional political spectrum, so please discuss: and for those who aren't familiar here is a wiki. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basic_income
  11. Would you knowingly destroy another person's business if you could increase your own sales by 50%?
  12. Sorry to the admins that we took over that other thread, not my intention at all. To continue our discussion I've made this thread. Last discussion point: Posted 49 minutes ago (edited) · Report post That's a silly cop out. You're never going to be able to have identical people and situations to compare in any situation. Yes, simple averages are not going to tell an in-depth and complete story but if you want a more in-depth appreciation of things then you look at those other factors and adjust for them. What you said in your post was: In response, from the article you provided a link to: ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I never said there wasn't any wage gap between men and women, I said that the 80% gap is as untrue as it gets. I've discussed this with a lot of both male and female economists and they put the percentile at around 98%. With all the added risks that mostly men take in hard labour I don't know if 2% is much of an issue. Here are some other stats that go the other way: Men are 25% less likely to graduate from our university in Winchester than women - does anyone make noise about this? The system is clearly favouring one gender since first grade where boys are put on pills if they are "boisterous" because feminine behaviour is the benchmark that all students should work to. Studies show that men are just as likely to experience abuse as women, by their father, brother, mother, sister, wife or partner. Men just don't speak about it. Women have charities, government funding, government boards and a minister for Women and Equality. Why is there even Women in her title? When men report abuse by their female partners they are more likely to be arrested than their partner. For the same crime a man serves 60% more time in jail than a woman. Men are 4 times more likely to be homeless than women, have you ever heard the term "man's shelter", because I've heard the term "woman's shelter". Men make up 80% of suicide victims in Western Europe and America, 92% of workplace deaths across the globe, 97% of the deaths in combat and close to 80% of homicide victims. The pendulum needed to be swung back in the 50's, but the sense from older feminists and people who experience these new age feminists every day is that they are arguing for points that are getting more and more obsolete. New Age Feminists don't discuss equality, they discuss women. The waters get muddled by young women that have no clue what they are protesting or arguing about, it's hard for the other students to make up their own minds when they are constantly dealing with people like below who will ban people from different viewpoints to hold talks and events. It's a great discussion anyhow. Exclaimer: I just think it's a very important discussion to have because as an employee at a university I see this kind of thing very often and it's really started to irk me lately when certain people with differing views to the student organisations (mainly the left leaning ones) get barred and banned from talking.
  13. So the first one of three key general elections is today, with voting in the Netherlands already begun. Here's a breakdown of this elections. (Courtesy of Reddit) Mark Rutte | Current leading party. Together with D66 part of ALDE in the EP. Supportive of the free market: focusses on tax and allowance reduction and international trade. The party recently stressed the strengthening of the national security. Campaign leader Mark Rutte is currently attempting to win back voters who have defected to the PVV with a though stance on immigration and recently wrote an open letter calling on troublemakers in the society to 'act normal or leave'. PvdA | Partij van de Arbeid (Labour Party) centre-left, social democrats Lodewijk Asscher | Oldest secular party currently represented. Part of the current coalition with the VVD. Popular support for the PvdA fell into a gradual decline in the recent years and could lose up to 70% of the seats, mainly because of the cooperation with the VVD. PVV | Partij voor de Vrijheid (Party for Freedom) anti-immigration, Euroscepticism, conservative right-wing populism Geert Wilders | Started with Geert Wilders' departure from the VVD in September 2004, because of their positive stance towards Turkey's possible accession to the European Union. It technically has Geert Wilders as its sole member, making the party odd in the Dutch parliament. Wilders has made a career of speaking out against the Islamisation of the Netherlands and lives under permanent armed guard because of death threats. SP | Socialistische Partij (Socialist Party) left, left-wing populism, soft Euroscepticism Emile Roemer | Has roots in the former Dutch Communist Party and Leninist movement. Beside its socialist manifesto, it calls to reintroduce a collective healthcare system and to bring back the retirement age to 65 years. It used to hover around on the sidelines, but its support surged under the current leader Emile Roemer. CDA | Christen-Democratisch Appèl (Christian Democratic Appeal) centre to centre-right, christian democracy Sybrand van Haersma Buma | Merged from three Christian-democratic parties in the seventies and eighties. The party and its predecessors have been part of almost every coalitions since 1918, though popular support for the CDA has been in a gradual decline. The Bible is seen as a source of inspiration rather than a diktat. Politically, the CDA is viewed as middle of the road and socially conservative D66 | Democraten 66 (Democrats 66) broad centrist, liberalism, eurofederalism Alexander Pechtold | D66 was independently formed in 1966, describing itself as a progressive, socially liberal party and focusses on eduction. Unique issues: favours a Federal Europe and abolishment of the monarchy (reduction of the monarchy to a ceremonial monarchy). Although it never had more than 24 seats, it has been part of 5 coalitions since its formation. Current leader Alexander Pechtold has been winning plaudits for his opposition to the rhetoric of anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders. CU | ChristenUnie (Christian Union) centre to centre-right, social conservatism, christian democracy, soft-Euroscepticism Gert-Jan Segers | Relatively yonug merger (2001). Holds socially conservative positions on issues such as same-sex marriage, abortion and euthanasia, is Eurosceptic, while maintaining progressive stances on economic, immigration and environmental issues. GroenLinks (GreenLeft) left, left-wing, green politics, green liberalism Jesse Klaver | Merger of Communist Party of the Netherlands, Pacifist Socialist Party and two minor radical parties in 1989. Describes its basic principles as green, social, and tolerant. Strongly gained popular support after electing the new young party leader Jesse Klaver. Has not been part of any coalition since its formation. SGP | Staatskundig Gereformeerde Partij (Reformed Political Party) christian right-wing, orthodox protestant conservatism, dominionism Kees van der Staaij | Oldest political party in the Netherlands in its current form, and has for its entire existence been in opposition. Holds calvinistic and orthodox social positions and believes women should not play an active role in politics. Mostly a testimonial party and receives most votes from the Dutch 'Bible Belt'. PvdD | Partij voor de Dieren (Animal Party) left-wing, environmentalism, animal liberation, green politics Marianne Thieme | Founded in 2002. Among its main goals are animal rights and animal welfare, though it claims not to be a single-issue party. 50PLUS (50PLUS) pensioners' interest, populism Henk Krol | Founded in 2009. Tries to lower the retirement age to 65 again. Minor parties without a seat in the last parliament, but have a chance of getting one or two seats this year: DENK (THINK / BALANCE in Turkish) multicultural / Muslim immigrant populism VNL | Voor Nederland (For the Netherlands) anti-immigration, classical liberalism, Euroscepticism PP | Piratenpartij (Pirate Party) digital pirate politics FvD | Forum voor Democratie (Forum for Democracy) direct democracy, Euroscepticism, intellectual populism Other parties: Ondernemerspartij, Nieuwe Wegen, De Burgerbeweging, Vrijzinnige Partij, GeenPeil, Artikel1, Niet-Stemmers, Libertarische Partij, Lokaal in de kamer, Jezus Leeft, MenS/Basisinkomenpartij/VR, Vrije Democratische Partij Total number of parties: 28
  14. It is time for the race for the first West Midlands mayor to begin. The campaigns are ramping up and the various candidates have hit twitter with everything they have. For those unaware, the candidates are: Green: James Burn UKIP: Pete Durnell Liberal Democrat: Beverley Nielsen Labour: Siôn Simon Communist: Graham Stevenson Conservative: Andy Street Will they improve the fortunes of the region? Will they be utterly ineffective? Will they act as a voice for the West Midlands or just toe the party line? Will they get on with Dr Tony and his grand plans for Birmingham?
  15. maqroll

    Transgenderism

    Obviously a hot button issue these days...today I read an article about a high school wrestler who is a male that identifies as a female, and he's destroying the competition, sparking some debate about if he/she should be allowed to compete against girls. IMO, it's an honest question, and with merit, but nowadays you'll get crucified for even questioning it. I support transgender rights, but where do you draw the line? In a case like this, in sport, it's so obviously unfair to the girls. What about their right to compete on a level playing field so to speak?
  16. Well we have to accept it, either begrudgingly or in ecstatic fervor, Donald Trump is going to be the President of the United States of America. Regardless if you’re on the “good, the world of politics needs a shake up” side, or in the “ WTF, OMG aaaarrrghghgbsuhckluhdfjnjdfeil!! we’re all doomed” side, I thought that this demanded it’s own thread. So feel free to post thoughts & observations of the orange, spray-tanned monstrosity here and I guess I’ll see you in the camps after he wins the election for Emperor of the World in 2018, (alongside his Vice-Emperor Farage.)
  17. Thought it was probably time for a thread specific to the 'kippers and their quest for a new leader. Fact is, they clearly have millions of supporters and some of them must be on this board, I guess. This shouldn't just be about the smug posting of clippings proving they are all nutjobs. Though I suspect approximately 92% of the content will be precisely that...
  18. As the original thread was a poll (coming over here, fixing our plumbing...no sorry that's Poles) it expired. So here's a new topic to discuss ever closer union in which we all have to speak Lithuanian / a return to the 1950s where Britannia was best at everything.
  19. Apologies all round. I appear to have inadvertently deleted the old thread, instead of a single post. (Hopefully it can be recovered by a less incompetent mod, but meanwhile, please carry on here.) Anyway, so, overpriced nuclear power stations, pig's heads, lies and incompetence... The thread on the condem gov't is here
  20. To quote It has been drafted in secret, but many of those that are party to its creation, whilst sworn to secrecy on its contents, have major misgivings about the powers that it seems to hand to big business. As far as lobbying goes - For every meeting involving public interest groups, there were 20 funded by big business. No wonder they want to keep it quiet. However word has got out. An unholy alliance including UKIP, the Greens, the likes of Vivienne Westwood and parties from across the political spectrum have united to try stop TTIP's progress. Online pressure groups such as Sum Of Us and 38 Degrees have been encouraging the public to question those with the powers to stop TTIP. A vote on TTIP was suspended in the European Parliament today. Then this happened.
  21. A lot of organisations seem to have got behind this. The local Green Party is having a bash to garner support this evening. Difficult to know for sure, but this looks like it might even attract the interest of the BBC. Even if it doesn't, you just know Russia Today will be there Reckon I'll be there too.
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