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by Octavious
Fri Oct 23, 2020 11:54 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Vote wait times (comparison)
Replies: 51
Views: 1169

Re: Vote wait times (comparison)

Continue as you are and you'll find out soon enough.
by Octavious
Fri Oct 23, 2020 8:38 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: No Deal Brexit
Replies: 24
Views: 591

Re: No Deal Brexit

I'm saying that whether they did or not doesn't matter. Very few people read the papers, and of those who do most skip the politics. Find me evidence that what Boris has said made any significant difference to public opinion. It is not the topic of conversation on people's lips. People are talking a...
by Octavious
Fri Oct 23, 2020 7:35 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Election Countdown Tracker
Replies: 41
Views: 2178

Re: Election Countdown Tracker

How on earth does data on returned mail ballots by party registration get around the exit polling rules?
by Octavious
Fri Oct 23, 2020 6:38 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Why did God create Covid-19?
Replies: 79
Views: 1611

Re: Why did God create Covid-19?

And Justin Bieber... Swings and roundabouts...
by Octavious
Fri Oct 23, 2020 5:30 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Election Countdown Tracker
Replies: 41
Views: 2178

Re: Election Countdown Tracker

flash2015 wrote:
Fri Oct 23, 2020 5:18 pm
The democrats though are running up huge advantages in early voting
What’s the evidence of this? Does the US allow exit polling of people who have voted early prior to the election proper even starting?
by Octavious
Fri Oct 23, 2020 3:46 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: No Deal Brexit
Replies: 24
Views: 591

Re: No Deal Brexit

:lol: So in what sense, Peter, do you believe that the situation is different to what it was a few weeks ago before ora started this thread? The British public are perhaps more ready to blame the EU for no deal when it comes. While Johnson deploys some plausible deniability. What do you base that o...
by Octavious
Fri Oct 23, 2020 2:02 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: No Deal Brexit
Replies: 24
Views: 591

Re: No Deal Brexit

But you are largely right that the issue of state aid is the final significant sticking point, and once the UK gives ground on that in exchange for slightly more favourable terms in other areas the deal will be done. The UK will ultimately give ground on it, of course, because rules on state aid don...
by Octavious
Fri Oct 23, 2020 1:49 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: No Deal Brexit
Replies: 24
Views: 591

Re: No Deal Brexit

:lol:

So in what sense, Peter, do you believe that the situation is different to what it was a few weeks ago before ora started this thread?
by Octavious
Thu Oct 22, 2020 11:31 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Why did God create Covid-19?
Replies: 79
Views: 1611

Re: Why did God create Covid-19?

No, I've never actually believed. I'd quite like to, there's no feeling within me that the idea of a God is impossible that would prevent it, I have a lot of affection for the CofE and what they try to do, and I imagine that people with such a belief benefit from it in various ways, but I just don't...
by Octavious
Thu Oct 22, 2020 10:24 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Why did God create Covid-19?
Replies: 79
Views: 1611

Re: Why did God create Covid-19?

The ones that say God loves you do so because, I assume, they feel a profound sense of love. The ones that say God wants this or that probably attribute God to their instinctive morality, and I dare say some are just using religion to control others.
by Octavious
Thu Oct 22, 2020 10:16 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Why did God create Covid-19?
Replies: 79
Views: 1611

Re: Why did God create Covid-19?

So what you're after, Jamie, is a description of the ineffable plan? Maybe you want someone to argue that the Coronavirus was created for the sole purpose of bringing two medical researchers together so that they get married, have children, and the child's great grandson invents the device that save...
by Octavious
Thu Oct 22, 2020 7:45 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: No Deal Brexit
Replies: 24
Views: 591

Re: No Deal Brexit

It seems not
by Octavious
Wed Oct 21, 2020 11:55 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Why did God create Covid-19?
Replies: 79
Views: 1611

Re: Why did God create Covid-19?

Perhaps it would help you to ponder different and yet fundamentally connected questions. Why did God create you with the ability not to believe in Him? If you accept that God has, for the sake of argument, the ability to turn off the virus at will, you must also accept that, for this particular view...
by Octavious
Wed Oct 21, 2020 7:33 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Why did God create Covid-19?
Replies: 79
Views: 1611

Re: Why did God create Covid-19?

On the contrary, the population of humans who have a belief in God in 2020 is at an all time high. To delude yourself into thinking otherwise is a remarkable triumph of your faith over fact. And, as any student of history or indeed any scientist can tell you, science and religion are not divorced fr...
by Octavious
Wed Oct 21, 2020 7:00 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Why did God create Covid-19?
Replies: 79
Views: 1611

Re: Why did God create Covid-19?

I'm happy to discuss the OP with anyone who isn't just here to troll me. :lol: Your hypocrisy has reached new heights. My sincere congratulations, I never suspected it was possible! You started this thread with the sole purpose of giving an airing to your frequent hobby of Christian bashing, but ha...
by Octavious
Wed Oct 21, 2020 6:09 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Why did God create Covid-19?
Replies: 79
Views: 1611

Re: Why did God create Covid-19?

No, but as you clearly have no interest in any meaningful discussion it seems pointless carrying on.

No doubt your belief that it is the cool mindlessness of a random uncaring universe that leads to children dying of disease brings you great comfort :smirk:
by Octavious
Wed Oct 21, 2020 5:58 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: No Deal Brexit
Replies: 24
Views: 591

Re: No Deal Brexit

In case anyone hasn't been paying attention, the trade talks are officially restarting tomorrow. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-54637128 As I said, nothing of significance has changed. I trust those of you who spent the last week thoroughly over excited and talking utter balderdash about no ...
by Octavious
Wed Oct 21, 2020 5:44 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Why did God create Covid-19?
Replies: 79
Views: 1611

Re: Why did God create Covid-19?

It sounds like your thought process never went beyond the superficial. Consider the alternative. A universe in which nothing bad would happen as God would interfere and prevent it. Your entire existence would never develop further than your average infant. Everything is safe, none of your decisions ...
by Octavious
Wed Oct 21, 2020 3:26 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Why did God create Covid-19?
Replies: 79
Views: 1611

Re: Why did God create Covid-19?

The problem of evil. You can say it has been answered many times. But to claim that any of those answers are satisfactory is entirely an other matter. That’s very much down to the individual I guess. I find myself satisfied, so to not claim any of the answers to be satisfactory would be impossible.
by Octavious
Wed Oct 21, 2020 3:25 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Why did God create Covid-19?
Replies: 79
Views: 1611

Re: Why did God create Covid-19?

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