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by Octavious
Thu Dec 09, 2021 12:01 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: Flum has cooties
Replies: 5
Views: 39

Re: Austen causes tedium

The mods have largely lost interest in policing the politics forum now that it's hidden away from the membership and starved of anything interesting. I don't think anything's been censored for yonks
by Octavious
Wed Dec 08, 2021 11:57 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The Ashes 2021/2022
Replies: 3
Views: 51

Re: The Ashes 2021/2022

Good Lord... Just looked at the weather for the next few days...
by Octavious
Wed Dec 08, 2021 8:41 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The Ashes 2021/2022
Replies: 3
Views: 51

Re: The Ashes 2021/2022

Ha! Australia have fallen into our trap. With Covid-19 being used as an excuse to destroy England's preparation the first innings was always going to be a painful affair, but not content with this advantage you conspired to put it in the Gabba as well. Australia may walk away from this with a victor...
by Octavious
Sat Dec 04, 2021 4:10 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: new cold 'war'?
Replies: 23
Views: 169

Re: new cold 'war'?

That's some pretty impressive lack of commentary there :lol:

Must be fun in your office when we're in purdah :razz:
by Octavious
Fri Dec 03, 2021 11:13 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: new cold 'war'?
Replies: 23
Views: 169

Re: new cold 'war'?

The EU has many heads and many arms, and whilst some are indeed very vocal about the benefits of competition others are rather more protectionist. A favorite tool elements of the EU uses to limit foreign competition is via regulation. A fairly well known case being the prevention of chicken products...
by Octavious
Fri Dec 03, 2021 8:31 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: new cold 'war'?
Replies: 23
Views: 169

Re: new cold 'war'?

It's far easier to keep money in the EU economy simply by spending it within the EU economy. If your primary goal is generating a bit of economic heat and reviving the fortunes of some struggling corporations you just need to build another bridge to nowhere or unnecessary tunnel under the Alps or so...
by Octavious
Fri Dec 03, 2021 12:14 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: new cold 'war'?
Replies: 23
Views: 169

Re: new cold 'war'?

orathaic wrote:
Fri Dec 03, 2021 11:16 am
flash2015 wrote:
Thu Dec 02, 2021 9:27 pm
Won't this just be a backdoor subsidy to big European companies (e.g. Alstom, Siemens etc.) to build this infrastructure?
That would make sense...
Would it? I don't suppose you could explain how?
by Octavious
Thu Dec 02, 2021 4:31 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: new cold 'war'?
Replies: 23
Views: 169

Re: new cold 'war'?

Ok then, if your definition of a cold war is just two large powers competing economically then yes, it's a cold war. However I rather suspect that most people would be surprised by such a definition, and as the EU and China have been competing since the EU's creation I'm unclear how you see it as new.
by Octavious
Thu Dec 02, 2021 10:29 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: new cold 'war'?
Replies: 23
Views: 169

Re: new cold 'war'?

Yes, but all nations compete with each other. Ireland's low corporate tax policy of recent decades was based upon competition with the rest of Europe, but you wouldn't describe that as a cold war regardless of how many quotation marks were available.
by Octavious
Wed Dec 01, 2021 9:20 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: new cold 'war'?
Replies: 23
Views: 169

Re: new cold 'war'?

Will this increase economic influence, or does that require publishing debt to extract value and hold leverage over others? European countries are extremely bad at using debt as leverage. What inevitably happens is that it builds up large enough to become a problem, then the Europeans experience a ...
by Octavious
Wed Dec 01, 2021 9:12 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: new cold 'war'?
Replies: 23
Views: 169

Re: new cold 'war'?

Projects had to be of high quality, with a high level of transparency and good governance, and had to deliver tangible results for the countries involved A first time for everything, I guess. A damned shame they never applied these principles within the EU. Out of curiosity, in what sense is this a...
by Octavious
Sat Nov 27, 2021 11:56 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: USA, a fascist state? Confirmed
Replies: 56
Views: 452

Re: USA, a fascist state? Confirmed

As for the UK law, it was based on the principle that provides the foundation for all law. To protect the weak from the strong. The danger was that certain undesirable groups of people had the potential to become much stronger than had previously been possible, so the law was introduced to protect e...
by Octavious
Fri Nov 26, 2021 10:04 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: USA, a fascist state? Confirmed
Replies: 56
Views: 452

Re: USA, a fascist state? Confirmed

So, in theory at least our second amendment was to protect the people from the government, and your Firearms Act was to protect the government from the people? Nah, at best your second amendment was just a continuation of English law. You don't paint yourself in a good light if the first thing you ...
by Octavious
Fri Nov 26, 2021 7:09 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: USA, a fascist state? Confirmed
Replies: 56
Views: 452

Re: USA, a fascist state? Confirmed

The history is fairly recent, as these things go. The right to bear arms was pretty ancient (pre-USA anyway) but it was never really a right that was widely exercised. Guns were used by farmers and hunters for the most part, with the concept of them being used as a weapon outside of the military lar...
by Octavious
Thu Nov 25, 2021 5:58 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: USA, a fascist state? Confirmed
Replies: 56
Views: 452

Re: USA, a fascist state? Confirmed

Great is perhaps too strong a word for it. I guess you can argue that it's good that the judge is resolutely defending the rights of the people, but it's damned crazy that that right exists in the first place. Much in the same way that in a more sane nation both Rittenhouse and the chap he shot who ...
by Octavious
Tue Nov 23, 2021 2:47 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: USA, a fascist state? Confirmed
Replies: 56
Views: 452

Re: USA, a fascist state? Confirmed

So, in this particular location, what the defendant did was to bring a tool of self defence to a place where there was a significant risk to his person. You seem to he missing my point. The point isn't that he had a gun, the point is he intention ally decided to go somewhere to use the gun to shoot...
by Octavious
Tue Nov 23, 2021 12:13 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: USA, a fascist state? Confirmed
Replies: 56
Views: 452

Re: USA, a fascist state? Confirmed

How and Ever, when you bring a gun to a protest in order to shoot people, you are actively choosing violence. That is not self-defence And here you have the problem with your argument. Your culture is alien to the defendant and the community where the incident took place. In the US guns are indeed ...
by Octavious
Mon Nov 22, 2021 6:43 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: USA, a fascist state? Confirmed
Replies: 56
Views: 452

Re: USA, a fascist state? Confirmed

On one side we have Octavious who seems oblivious to the concerns about the judges impartiality. If Octavious had followed the case AT ALL, he would have heard about them even if he didn't agree with them. Especially given his ignorance, I would argue that claiming that people that had concerns abo...
by Octavious
Mon Nov 22, 2021 3:41 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: USA, a fascist state? Confirmed
Replies: 56
Views: 452

Re: USA, a fascist state? Confirmed

And whether legal or not, his actions are morally reprehensible (i would argue his actions we're not self-defence, but he instigated the situation). That is, I believe, the argument that the prosecution used. This argument lost. I am curious, however, why you believe that your judgement, as a perso...
by Octavious
Mon Nov 22, 2021 3:31 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: USA, a fascist state? Confirmed
Replies: 56
Views: 452

Re: USA, a fascist state? Confirmed

He illegally transported a deadly weapon he was not entitled to own in the first place, to a scene of ongoing public disorder No he didn't. By all means provide evidence that he did, but my understanding is that the law restricting gun use to minors in that part of the USA does not include long bar...