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  1. From what I've seen, they are pretty much facts, regardless of whether RT reports them. What is your recommended source of accurate information about the situation in Ukraine and Russia?
  2. Am I really looking at a topic where people are openly advocating voting Green? You do realise that the Green party long ago stopped being about protecting the environment, when it was infiltrated by hard-line leftists using "the environment" as a smokescreen for introducing a totalitarian state. No, you probably didn't did you, you just think they sound like nice people who want to help the planet. The Green party is almost as bad as labour!
  3. These stats always make no sense to me. I would have said it's perfectly normal for an 18-year-old to be living at home, even a 21 year old and several years into the 20s. If there is a significant percentage of people aged 30+ still living at home, that is a stat I would like to see. Saying "over 18" makes no sense, without knowing what proprtion of those are in the younger section of this age bracket. What's also interesting is the number of people in their 20s, and even 30s who are supposedly "independent" but are actually being bankrolled by mum and dad.
  4. The problem is really single people being utterly screwed by the current system. Aside from the well-above-average earners, it takes two salaries to buy a house these days. This is because there are so many dual income households competing for the same, artificially restricted housing stock. If a couple has kids, then they get tax credits, hence boosting their income and enabling them to compete for the same homes as single, reasonable earners might buy. I can't see much sense in a statistics about 20-34 year olds living at home, though. I would have thought it was really quite usual for a 20 year old to still live at home (in fact I'd hazard the majority do). If there is a sizable number of 34-40 year olds at home still, then this really does show that there is a big problem.
  5. ...And me too. I started a masters with the OU a few years back, got about a quarter through but put it on hold owing to change of focus. Went to pick it up again a few years later, scratched my head at why the costs for each module had more than doubled, thought what I actually got for it and thought "you can **** right off!". How the OU can justify thousands of pounds for so little is beyond me. It used to be accessible higher education for all. Not so sure now.... Seriously, the amount they are charging, I'd expect a one-two week residential school, fully inclusive, for each module.
  6. I get the distinct impression that messrs Keizer and Neil don't particularly like each other. I'm not much of a fan of Neil either - he never asks the questions that need asking, just allows the guests to spout their usual propaganda.
  7. Russell Brand seems to me to be a sincere bloke who genuinely think he has the answers. Unfortunately, he comes across to me as lacking real insight. He is useful to the BBC as he gets men's appreciation as a "down-to-earth honest bloke" and has than effect on women where they simultaneously want to both look after him like a son and have sex with him. As a result he can be the token freedom fighter, playing to the gallery, longing for a better world, but providing no real legitimate opposition to the status quo.
  8. If you have to drive, there is one simple solution to the utter tedium - get an automatic. Preferably the semi-auto (or "robotised manual") variety like the VAG DSG because that's much easier on the fuel. It amazes me how many people are happy to sit there going up-down up-down on the clutch whilst stuck in traffic for half an hour. I have to drive to work and getting an automatic was a life saver. It doesn't bother me if I'm not going anywhere fast now - I just put some music on and relax. The little bit of extra "fun" you get from a manual on an open country road isn't worth the hassle it makes in the daily commute.
  9. Oh dear, oh dear. Whilst Dave and George may be completely disingenuous, it is the above statement that renders this petition completely and utterly ridiculous, making it look like it was written by a Labour PR drone. I would rebut this by saying it's an affront to people's intelligence to expect us to believe that we won't reap the fallout from the devastation created by labour for several decades. The very problem with politics in this country is short-termism - people thinking that you can affect change overnight. Many of the things that labour did, such as the immigration flood and the effective state employment of large-family-producers are just a catalyst for problems that will occur over several decades. If people can't see any further than the next few days/months, they will get the government they deserve.
  10. Am I alone in really not giving a monkey's about having multiple TV channels, better cars, internet etc etc. Yes I will use them because they are there, but would much rather have a decent roof over my head, affordable on a single average salary, than any of that. On that basis, I would rather be the age I am now in the 1970s. Children's toys might be better, but seriously, children were able to entertain themselves for thousands of years before mass toy production. I'm sure most kids would be better off with a mum (or dad) at home for them when they get home from school than an ipad and a Facebook account. Power cuts, unreliable cars, they were all trials, but these days we just have different trials, with the disadvantage that they seem to separate people from family life. In my view, probably the best era in recent times was the early 80s.
  11. Absolutely. This hits the nail on the head re constant "you can earn six figure salaries in xxxxx" statements. No one can really predict where things will go. Some people end up on a path to nowhere and a downward career spiral whilst others find themselves in receipt of enormous sums through no particular prescience. Ironically, neither position necessarily has anything to do with hard work, dedication or qualifications. Go and train in oil and gas now and then by the time you have the necessary qualifications and experience (7 years?) find that you're surplus to the industry's requirements, having been displaced by people with x skill from y place. Sure the jobs market is global, but not everyone is cut out for globetrotting, it's a mindset that not everyone finds so easy. I hope no impressionable 18 year olds fall for this "shortage of engineers" nonsense, just like they don't think that dedication to the Raspberry Pi is their path to untold riches in the software industry. What an industry means when it says "more people need to go into...." is that it needs a million lambs to the slaughter so it can get to pick the cream and pay the rest a pittance. Young people should choose engineering because they love engineering, not because they think it's a path to riches. That's something you can only hope for and certainly not plan ahead on this basis
  12. It's what I've said many times on this site before. Average wages being proportional to average house prices is a total misnomer when everyone who has managed to spawn a life-form is effectively taking home the equivalent of a single person on £40k+. Until the legs of this ridiculous Marxist tax credits ******** are kicked way, wages themselves are a meaningless measure of housing affordability. The shafted are the single with no children. Apparently, in New Labour world, only breeders had a right to a decent roof over their heads. There's something incongruous about doing everything to help children (e.g. supposedly "lifting them out of poverty"), but ensuring that a large proportion of them will be shafted once they reach 18. But then politics isn't about values anymore, it's about control and manipulation of the masses.
  13. Britain could have been at the forefront of thorium research, but the government wouldn't fund it. Better I guess to pay tax credits to "hard working families" so they can keep paying their over-inflated mortgages. Heaven forbid the UK should actually be at the forefront of something that could revolutionise global energy usage....
  14. But how far do you take that? Ultimately, you would be talking about things on an atomic and sub-atomic level. But I think any understanding of binary and instructions/processing is something everyone should understand in (basic) theory. They should also have a basic understanding of how a car engine or television works. What's so crazy about that?
  15. From my perspective, advantages of having Ipads in schools:- - Pupils can browse the web at their desk and use on-line educational materials - There are various educational apps which may help learning - They can be used as e-readers for commercial and school-produced materials, hence cutting back on books/paper. - The pupils become accustomed to the use of technology as a daily practice (as it is in the workplace). Although, the correlation with the real world of work might be dubious. - The pupils feel "special" and "valued", because they're under the misguided impression that if people buy them things, it makes them this way.. They might therefore be more motivated. - It adds some variety, rather than just listening to a teacher talk or writing on paper. Disadvantages:- - They are probably not locked down and they will instead be messaging each other, making videos/photos of each other and the teachers and playing games (possibly multi-player games with each other) - They will get broken regularly - They are very expensive and it's doubtful the savings on books/paper would offset this. - The pupils become prime mugging targets - They are useless for actually doing any text-based work on, unless you enjoy hammering away on a screen with no tactile response while hunched over a desk. - You are pandering to materialistic stupidity by thinking you have to give them expensive gadgets for them to feel "valued" Can't say I'm sold on the idea!
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