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About deciphermonkey

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  1. It's a shame but it seems like leaving the UK is the only way forwards these days. At least you won't have to fund the massive pension deficit or the government bail out if you pick your destination carefully. I have quite a few friends from school / university that have already left the country for a variety of destinations. I left a few years ago too. For a long time i felt quite embarrassed about our reputation aboard mainly based on the behaviour of our football fans however now I think that I’m more ashamed of our government. Given the government and BOE economic response of the last ye
  2. It seems like the more time you spend looking into the news the more contrived it appears to be. Watching some of the reports yesterday on Sky and BBC they only seemed to focus on a couple of bits of violence and not on the masses of people peacefully protesting. Anyone not taking the time to look behind the scenes will believe the main stream press because the public sees anyone who doesn’t believe them as head cases. The internet seems to be helping some people to see this but not very quickly. Lets face it, if you are young and have bought a house in the last 5 years then you are not going
  3. Breaking the law and then bragging about it on a public forum? Well done. Way to command respect from people. It would seem that you are no better than the people that you were hitting then?
  4. That’s hilarious. If the anarchists give you a good kicking-in the police will for being such a tw@t! If only you didn’t just say that you worked in the City I would believe you but sadly you are probably full of ...it.
  5. I find this aspect of outsourcing and I.T. fascinating. Due to the nature of the work it can often be so easily outsourced by managers (consequences aside). The only conclusion that I have come to is that there will be a global rate for salaries for people who work as developers which I suppose is why in the UK these people are getting a similar rate now as they were 5 years ago. Managers on the other hand get paid more and more. Does this mean that all development work in the UK will dry up in the future as it is cheaper to do it else were? Like most the other careers where people actually ma
  6. I totally agree. It was / still is outrageous that so many people were protesting about the war and nothing was done. I'm not sure that once we were in Iraq that pulling out immediately would have been the best solution but the fact there was not a public enquiry into the reasons for going to war disgusts me. I would be quite happy if Blair / Bush and all the other people involved were put in prison for their part. They should be but short of a revolution it’s not going to happen. What the protests did show is the government are scared. They banned protests outside parliament and they hid d
  7. I’m not sure that I explained the point I was trying to get across well enough but it was essentially that if you have the majority of the people on your side then you win. In the case of the French they had a very clear majority of the people agreeing with each other that the monarchy was corrupt. Therefore they won. Once the public acted as one, the monarchy didn’t have a hope in hell of being able to control the situation. From what I see about the current situation there are still lots of people (generally middle class baby boomers) who are still doing pretty well and really can’t (or ch
  8. It’s you that doesn’t get it. With small and medium sized companies there is someone to point the finger at when bad decisions are made and things go wrong. There is responsibility and accountability. Within the world of globalised multinationals there is no accountability. I’m sure that Cassano is equally sure that what he did was for the greater good of the company, it wasn’t illegal after all. The problem seems to be that no one is responsible at least in the eyes of the government and the law. P.S. it was 'the good people’ (actually ‘the best people’) that created the mess that we are
  9. The state reacts to violent protests by whatever means it deems necessary to keep power, either greater violence or a few token law changes. The general public reacts to violent protests by demonising the protestors or at least being susceptible to their demonization through the media. If you think that you can change the state you are only being played by them. If you change the thinking of the majority of the population so that they believe in your message then you have done something useful. This is the method that the government uses and is why they are so keen to divide and conquer.
  10. I agree that it’s ridiculous that you and I can’t take a photograph of the police. I’m sure that 90% of the population would agree. Given the number of CCTV cameras silently and continuously breaking the law I can’t understand how they could justify it either. Still after Guantanamo Bay the government doesn’t seem to have to justify how it behaves. The only difference between the media and the population is that it’s much easier to control the media than the general population as is being shown today. The more you have to lose (work, operating licence etc) the more you will cooperate. The unf
  11. It was the English establishment that Gandhi was protesting against though. If it had only been Gandhi that had burnt his identification papers, he would have been arrested and probably never heard from again. But since 1000’s of identification papers were burnt I guess that there was less options available. Put them ALL in prison or just give them a slap on the wrist and ignore it. In this case what could any police force do about it?
  12. Gandhi was the pioneer of resistance to tyranny through mass civil disobedience. Someone mentioned that taking photos of the police is now illegal. I suppose what he would do then is organise peaceful demonstrations and make sure that everyone takes a camera and takes as many photos of the police as possible. The police would then be faced with either arresting tens of thousands of people and making themselves look like class A prats, or letting people get away with breaking the law.
  13. lol, a little ;-) As far as anecdotal evidence goes then what I see is the following; FTB are being wiped out. After years of saving to get on the housing ladder, now they are facing negative equity and collapsing house prices. Basically they seem to have been sh@fted on mass. Pensioners (I’m talking here about the ‘Silent Generation’) some of which fought for our country and generally weren’t responsible for the mess we are in today, are being directly affected since bank interest rates are now so low that they have to spend their capital bases (if the government has not already taken th
  14. OK fair point about the source however you don’t seem to qualify your 90% / 10% ‘stats’ at all? Without some sort of qualification of where those figures come from you don’t seem to actually have an argument. If you have a source I would be interested to know. I can believe that some boomers are starting to struggle however as a generation they have seen house prices explode beyond imagination. If they have failed to accumulate a significant amount of equity when their house prices have shot up by approx 300% in 30 years then I don’t see why it’s down to me to bail them out. I don’t think
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