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by Tony.Williams
Sun Apr 15, 2018 7:08 pm
Forum: Politics, Economics and Law.
Topic: Political superiority complex?
Replies: 1
Views: 50

Re: Political superiority complex?

Hmm... well, it doesn't surprise me that people think their views are superior - after all, if they didn't, they'd presumably believe something else, would they not?

I suspect that social confidence is a factor. Those who lack confidence may be more likely to keep quiet about their beliefs.
by Tony.Williams
Sat Apr 14, 2018 10:12 am
Forum: In The News.
Topic: Mystery over village in Devon rising 2cm every year
Replies: 4
Views: 103

Re: Mystery over village in Devon rising 2cm every year

As I understand it, no-one knows what was happening before the current radar studies began - maybe it was rising, maybe it was sinking, maybe it just stayed the same. Until the reason for the change is understood, it's anyone's guess. This study of micro-geomorphological change (to coin a snappy ter...
by Tony.Williams
Sat Apr 14, 2018 1:05 am
Forum: Music And Literature.
Topic: Respect
Replies: 2
Views: 87

Re: Respect

A fair point. I would generally put the second meaning under "politeness".
by Tony.Williams
Fri Apr 13, 2018 10:32 am
Forum: In The News.
Topic: Stoned mice
Replies: 1
Views: 42

Stoned mice

Would it be unreasonable to feel a tad sceptical about this explanation? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-43738022 Investigators discovered 540kg (1,191lb) of marijuana missing from a police warehouse in Pilar, north-west of Buenos Aires. The city's former police commissioner, Javier Sp...
by Tony.Williams
Fri Apr 13, 2018 9:17 am
Forum: Music And Literature.
Topic: Respect
Replies: 2
Views: 87

Respect

I see that knife crime in London is up again, for all of the usual stupid testosterone-driven reasons involving "disrespect". It reminded me of this: Why should I respect you? What have you done, that I should respect you? Have you won some award, which needed much work and skill? Have you written a...
by Tony.Williams
Fri Apr 13, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: In The News.
Topic: Mystery over village in Devon rising 2cm every year
Replies: 4
Views: 103

Re: Mystery over village in Devon rising 2cm every year

It seems to be genuine, to do with satellite measurements rather than anything that's visible on the ground: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-43721223 "Probably the weirdest example we've come across is the 2cm per year uplift at a place called Willand in Devon. It's a small place on th...
by Tony.Williams
Wed Apr 11, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: Music And Literature.
Topic: Book launch
Replies: 0
Views: 58

Book launch

Those of you who enjoy reading science fiction - especially the classic sort - might wish to note this: https://www.waterstones.com/events/sci- ... er-street
by Tony.Williams
Wed Apr 11, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: In The News.
Topic: Practising ‘factfulness’
Replies: 2
Views: 88

Re: Practising ‘factfulness’

I think that ties across into something else I read recently: that emotionally, we react much more strongly to losing something that we have, than when we fail to gain something of equal value that we don't have. In other words, we are much more sensitive to threats and loss than we are to improveme...
by Tony.Williams
Wed Apr 11, 2018 11:20 am
Forum: General Discussion Area.
Topic: visits to site
Replies: 5
Views: 243

Re: visits to site

In recent times a first post typically got only half-a-dozen views, and I was worried that the forum was scarcely worth continuing, but over the past week or so some first posts have experienced 50-60 views. Quite a change!
by Tony.Williams
Wed Apr 11, 2018 8:57 am
Forum: General Discussion Area.
Topic: visits to site
Replies: 5
Views: 243

visits to site

I have noticed very recently that the number of views of posts seem to have gone up by an order of magnitude - even if there are no more people posting (so far). What's happened? :con
by Tony.Williams
Tue Apr 10, 2018 8:50 am
Forum: Scams and Hoaxes.
Topic: "Buzz Aldrin saw alien UFOs in space."
Replies: 1
Views: 189

Re: "Buzz Aldrin saw alien UFOs in space."

What is The Indy? :con :roll:
by Tony.Williams
Tue Apr 10, 2018 8:47 am
Forum: Politics, Economics and Law.
Topic: Ian Dunt on "illiberalism".
Replies: 1
Views: 150

Re: Ian Dunt on "illiberalism".

I agree that all of the elements he lists are present - and probably always have been, and very likely could be found anywhere - but I think that he overstates his case. I have seen nothing to suggest that anti-semitism is more tolerated by society than it was, or is significant beyond the extremes ...
by Tony.Williams
Mon Apr 09, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: General Discussion Area.
Topic: Bathroom Scales
Replies: 4
Views: 149

Re: Bathroom Scales

Such an esoteric topic is well beyond my professional competence, but I am of course prepared to make an authoritative guess :ang If the scales are mechanical rather than electronic, then they will be calibrated so that the gravitational pull on the weighing surface compresses the spring just enough...
by Tony.Williams
Sun Apr 08, 2018 10:30 am
Forum: Conspiracy Theories.
Topic: There's something about conspiracy theories...
Replies: 0
Views: 207

There's something about conspiracy theories...

An article in ShortList magazine (a freebie given out with a local paper) which is worth a read IMO. I see they have it online: https://www.shortlist.com/news/conspira ... cke/352536

Might be worth bookmarking for sending to the confused... :???:
by Tony.Williams
Sun Apr 08, 2018 2:38 am
Forum: Politics, Economics and Law.
Topic: "New party gets £50m backing to ‘break mould’ of UK politics."
Replies: 2
Views: 111

Re: "New party gets £50m backing to ‘break mould’ of UK politics."

I await developments with interest but profound scepticism.

Any national party will almost certainly have its support spread over the constituencies rather than concentrated anywhere in particular, and in our electoral system it's the concentration of votes that's needed to get elected.