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by Octavious
Wed Jan 23, 2019 11:48 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Government Shutdown
Replies: 46
Views: 439

Re: Government Shutdown

Now be fair, and compare like with like, how are the young male migrants crime rates compared to the young male non-migrants? To be fair, if the illegal immigrants had been deported then none of the crimes they committed would have happened. Telling a victim of crime caused by an illegal immigrant ...
by Octavious
Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:05 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: Government Shutdown
Replies: 46
Views: 439

Re: Government Shutdown

That would be surprising. The experience of Germany is that migrants are indeed behind an increase in crime rates. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-42557828 The reasons given are pretty logical. Migrants, illegal and legal, tend to come from age demographics more likely to commit crime, and a...
by Octavious
Sun Jan 20, 2019 11:09 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Condemning violence in NI
Replies: 4
Views: 46

Re: Condemning violence in NI

It shows how far we've come that such events have become shocking again.
by Octavious
Sun Jan 20, 2019 12:34 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: New Site User Agreement
Replies: 17
Views: 228

Re: New Site User Agreement

The idea is a good one. One small suggestion. From an English as a second language perspective, it may be worth replacing the word subvert with something a little more common.
by Octavious
Sat Jan 19, 2019 10:47 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: New Site User Agreement
Replies: 17
Views: 228

Re: New Site User Agreement

Does not rule 3 make rule 4 unnecessary? And does "friend" in rule 4 include people you've met via this website and get on well with, or is it purely offsite friendship? And I assume the respect rule applies only to the forum? I could feasibly fake respect even for complete prats like scientologists...
by Octavious
Fri Jan 18, 2019 7:34 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Why are Conservatives boycotting shaving cream?
Replies: 11
Views: 129

Re: Why are Conservatives boycotting shaving cream?

For people who know about this sort of thing, does aftershave ever go off? I have a bottle that an old girlfriend bought me a decade or so ago (pre-webDip) and I was curious if it was still usable as anything other than weed killer?
by Octavious
Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:27 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Brexit
Replies: 27
Views: 204

Re: Brexit

If the EU have any sense they'll make extending article 50 conditional on there either being an election or referendum or something of that magnitude. Extending it just so that Parliament can faff for a few more months doesn't seem likely. If May tries to push through the no deal option then enough ...
by Octavious
Wed Jan 16, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Brexit
Replies: 27
Views: 204

Re: Brexit

That's an interesting use of words. "About 3 in 8 people died or emigrated". The difference between dying and emigrating is massive, and lumping them together seems a tad odd. What is more true of the English than of the other nations of the British Archipelago ( ;-) ) is that we are more of mix of ...
by Octavious
Wed Jan 16, 2019 8:33 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Why are Conservatives boycotting shaving cream?
Replies: 11
Views: 129

Re: Why are Conservatives boycotting shaving cream?

My understanding is that Gillette have decided to use the MeToo movement as a platform to sell toiletries, much like Schweppes is using it to sell drinks.

It's all a little distasteful, but advertising generally is.
by Octavious
Wed Jan 16, 2019 7:56 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Brexit
Replies: 27
Views: 204

Re: Brexit

Wait, clearly they are British? See over here, we consider Britain to be this large island, so all the Welsh, Scots and English are British (and of course the Cornish...). The second largest island is Ireland, so anyone from it would be Irish. Ah, I see your confusion. The collection of islands in ...
by Octavious
Wed Jan 16, 2019 10:11 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: Brexit
Replies: 27
Views: 204

Re: Brexit

Really? Clearly they are British, but I never knew that whether or not they were Irish was part of the debate. You do do things strangely on your side of the sea.
by Octavious
Tue Jan 15, 2019 9:32 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Brexit
Replies: 27
Views: 204

Re: Brexit

Bit of a crazy thought, but May may be tempted to engineer a defeat so that Corbyn can "force" a general election. She can then campaign for a second referendum with her deal, WTO rules, and a no Brexit on the table. It will be the only option for hard Brexiters, and there are plenty of people who l...
by Octavious
Tue Jan 15, 2019 9:23 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Brexit
Replies: 27
Views: 204

Re: Brexit

So far so predictable. Tomorrow is far more uncertain. On the face of it May should win. The Irish will back her against Corbyn, and Tories have many faults but shooting themselves in the head generally isn't one of them. Corbyn would have to throw a particularly juicy bone in order to get Tory rebe...
by Octavious
Tue Jan 15, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Government Shutdown
Replies: 46
Views: 439

Re: Government Shutdown

And why aren't the streets full of government workers protesting against this crap? If the government in the UK tried it there'd be marches through every city every day. If the government in France tried it there wouldn't be a working speed camera or government building without smashed windows withi...
by Octavious
Tue Jan 15, 2019 4:06 pm
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: Negotiating in-game based on our-of-game player scoring
Replies: 12
Views: 253

Re: Negotiating in-game based on our-of-game player scoring

Sum of Squares scoring This kind of scoring is often used by face-to-face tournaments, because it allows for more distinction between players, encourages going for solos rather than cutting out surviving players, and doesn't drag games on just to get that last elimination. There is no skill or fun ...
by Octavious
Mon Jan 14, 2019 10:39 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Brexit
Replies: 27
Views: 204

Re: Brexit

May's problem has always been trying to balance her belief that Europe provides the UK with many benefits with her belief that it's her duty to deliver the referendum result. The result of which has been the hash of a deal that manages to be unacceptable to most of Parliament. I dare say May hoped t...
by Octavious
Mon Jan 14, 2019 6:47 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Brexit
Replies: 27
Views: 204

Re: Brexit

I assure you, ora, there's no-one in the UK eagerly awaiting intervention from the Queen, or God for that matter. The situation is really quite simple. The people elect politicians to make decisions, and in this case the politicians decided that the situation was of such importance that the people s...
by Octavious
Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:15 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: Gun control
Replies: 7
Views: 100

Re: Gun control

I genuinely have no idea who would win with a car like license and insurance system for guns, other than insurance companies. You say that we don't just let anyone drive, but the reality is that we pretty much do. The tests are not overly challenging, and can be taken time and time again until they'...
by Octavious
Mon Jan 14, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: Government Shutdown
Replies: 46
Views: 439

Re: Government Shutdown

Whenever this nonsense crops up I'm always amazed that no one had the gumption to change the system after previous national humiliations. Whether government employees are paid or not is a risk you'd expect Trump to be willing to take, but how the hell have we gone through Obama, Clinton, the Bushes ...
by Octavious
Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:36 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: Brexit
Replies: 27
Views: 204

Re: Brexit

I'm a little confused as to the intention behind this. I don't understand how it would appeal to anyone who doesn't already agree with you.