Monday, 14 July 2014

MPs Need Ethics Training In Honesty And Accountability, Standards Committee Says

MPs Need Ethics Training In Honesty And Accountability: Standards Committee

Commented Jul 14, 2014 at 04:46:17 in UK Politics

“Good idea, considering the British culture they come from. Perfidious Albion has internationally famous for centuries as a people who play fast and loose with truth and honesty.

Add in the culture of "yer on yer own, mate" from the eighties and nineties and the culture of "me-I-mine" from the noughties and teens, and we see that a dishonest politician is a true refelection of oursleves.
Israel Warns Residents In Northern Gaza To Leave Their Homes Ahead Of Heavy Strikes (LIVE UPDATES)

Israel Warns Residents In Northern Gaza To Leave Their Homes Ahead Of Heavy Strikes

Commented Jul 13, 2014 at 01:07:19 in UK

Good advice. Now watch Hamas encourage them to stay, so as to build more martyrs to the cause.

Hamas know that their rockets are almost totally ineffective, so the ONLY reason to continue them (even if we were to grant that they are self-defence) is to keep the parties away from the peace table, while more Palestinians become martyrs to the cause.

Hamas know that the Israeli government is too stupid to stop as long as the rockets continue and is particularly hoping for more dead Palestinian women, children and old people to use as a "moral weapon."
We Should Give Up Encouraging Girls To Do Science, Says Glasgow University Professor Dr Gijsbert Stoet

We Should Give Up Encouraging Girls To Do Science, Says Glasgow University Professor Dr Gijsbert Stoet

Commented Jul 13, 2014 at 01:03:13 in UK

“Uh Oh, this guy is going to be pilloried by the equal-results people who want women to be 50% of all jobs, professions and careers.

Sadly, he is correct: young girls are not that interested in math and science and they are not all that good at it.

The primary reason: they have been given permission to be not all that good at it - both by their parents and by their teachers.

The countless counter-examples cited in many of the comments on this article are women who etiher 1) did not get that permission or 2) chose not to accpet it.
Cheney Is STILL Trying To Find A Link Between Saddam And Al-Qaeda

Cheney Is STILL Trying To Find A Link Between Saddam And Al-Qaeda

Commented Jul 13, 2014 at 00:56:43 in UK

“Clear links do exist between Saddam and Al Qaeda

1) Both were Sunni

2) Both grew in power from being funded by the USA - in both cases this funding was open and above board, not a secret. The US wanted their help against Iran and Russia respectively.

2) The Bush-Cheney war deposed Saddam with no credible government to replace him, then removed any competent Baathists (mostly Sunni) from the government and the army, leaving a power vacuum for Al Qaeda to take hold in Iraq and a disaffected Sunni minority to support them.”
George Galloway Doubles Pay Packet With Appearances On Russia Today And Al-Mayadeen

George Galloway Doubles Pay Packet With Appearances On Russia Today And Al-Mayadeen

Commented Jul 12, 2014 at 02:30:43 in UK

“How is Russia Today a "dubious" state broadcaster?
Or does "dubious" just mean "we don't like their message?"Permalink
George Clooney Issues Scathing Rebuke Of Daily Mail's Apology For 'Fabricated' Story

George Clooney Issues Scathing Rebuke Of Daily Mail's Apology For 'Fabricated' Story

Commented Jul 11, 2014 at 04:37:59 in UK

“"... to exploit religious differences where none exist, is at the very least negligent and more appropriately dangerous."
"...the idea that someone would inflame any part of that world for the sole reason of selling papers should be criminal.”

Mr Clooney appears to understand modern journalism well:
Is it true?
Does it harm some innocent?
Does it damage our society and make our world a worse place to live?
Who cares; all we want to know is "does it sell newspapers?"
Should We Be Offering Thousands More People NHS Weight Loss Surgery?

Should We Be Offering Thousands More People NHS Weight Loss Surgery?

Commented Jul 11, 2014 at 04:29:29 in UK

The question, simply put, is: should the rest of us pay for the bad habits of others.

Option 1: Make it conditional: if they hold a strict diet and exercise regime for 6 months with no improvement, it is probably a systemic health issue that needs surgical correction on our nickel. If they cannot do this, they hold contributory negligence and should pay at least part of the cost.

However, has anyone done a cost benefit analysis on the cost of treating complications arising from obesity? At what point does this surgery save the NHS money?
Hijabs: University's Last Taboo? Muslim Students On Stereotyping And Discrimination

Hijabs: University's Last Taboo? Muslim Students On Stereotyping And Discrimination

Commented Jul 10, 2014 at 15:46:42 in UK Universities & Education

“Well, of course it makes you "stick out" in a secular, gender-equal culture. Thus it is contrary to the teachings of the Qoran: it is immodest to call attention to yourself in this way.”

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