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  1. Umberto Eco RIP

    I love Baudolino! It is one of the funniest books I have read... more Semiotics
  2. UK Politics - a new thread for the new board

    Would you like UK agriculture with out the CAP though? If I was to crudely suggest what that might be like it would be suggest that there'd be no hill farms outside the charitable sector and one giant wheat farm covering the whole of East Anglia and adjacent counties in so far as they were flat enough. And there'd be no hedges. Subsidy regimes by their very nature tend to be conservative and to keep things by and large as they are - are we ready for an agricultural sector governed purely by market forces, or, and this is what I suspect would often be the case, a UK parliament outside the EU would end up doing much the same as a UK Parliament inside the EU for soft systems thinking reasons - ie it makes political and cultural sense to Parliamentarians. With regard to the Euro I recently read a book on German politics which pointed out that much the same occurred during the pre-Euro recession in the 1990s too. This isn't purely a reflection of a single currency, more of linked and in the case of the PIGS, vulnerable economies. For me this is a big point against Brexit and a huge one in favour of ever closer union - our current political units are far too small to deal with the problems we're confronted with, whether economic, environmental, military, or diplomatic. Ok one can confront any and all of these bilaterally - its just a hell of a lot of work compared to opting to into a bunch of broadly similar thinking states and doing it collectively. Its the same argument as in 1707. And while sharing sovereignty, and with a mess of largely Catholic countries at that, is an awkward prospect to my mind it is easier and better than the alternative (which after all, in the form of EFTA, we have tried)
  3. UK Politics - a new thread for the new board

    As far as I am aware the UK is not sentient, and so is unlikely to want anything, except perhaps a bit of a sit down, a quick fag, and maybe a glance at the freebie newspaper someone's left lying around. Was it awkward at all though when George Galloway was giving Nigel Farage's testicle a tender squeeze and Michael Gove walked in asking if there was room for a third in the bed?
  4. Umberto Eco RIP

    How lucky we are that he lived and wrote! More than a fistful of decent books (unless you have expectionally big hands) Not an exciting obituary, quite like the one from the Torygraph, amused to see how his personal history made it in to the novels in different ways. Also I read something about the publishing business in France which was uncannily similar to the publishing set up in Foucault's Pendulum with the fake prizes as part of its marketing mix. So little love here for Baudolino, all of you too honest to enjoy a lie?
  5. UK Politics - a new thread for the new board

    To be fair to the former Hulture secretary, he hasn't got that much of a choice other than to impose contracts if he doesn't want to compromise on the normality or otherwise of Saturday working. On the other hand I'm not quite sure what the point is other than to avoid loosing face, admittedly something whose importance can hardly be underrated for a politician. If you want a 24/7 or even a 16/7 or an 8/7 health service its not just about normalising Saturday working for Junior Doctors as part of their rotas, it also requires Sundays and the same for all the ancillary health service workers, and social care. I'm not convinced the government wants to raise the money for that or has the stomach to fight it's way through.
  6. U.S. Election - Because we know better than you do

    the facile nature of my comparison is acknowledge and accepted but I'm still interested in the voters with their waves of hope and disappointment - or maybe like believers in the imminent end of the world they rationalise their way from candidate to the next?
  7. Feminism - Distractingly Sexy Edition

    What strikes me is the amount of defensiveness, or maybe insecurity, or even ignorance (because occasionally I can do a bit of the old broad-mindedness) in reactions to Dworkin's statement. One could just as easily admit that maybe she was right, but that we will rarely be able to see ourselves from a sufficiently objective standpoint to realise this for ourselves. We can only speak for ourselves, and we only get to temper our own experience by listening to other people, and listening I understand that there are people for whom all sex is rape (say for example in some cases victims of sexual abuse, particularly in childhood) - that is simply the result of their experience, the product of their lives. There Dworkin told us something profound about her life. If that isn't somebody-else’s experience - well good for them. The degree of defensiveness and insecurity that one can see in reaction to comments like those of Dworkin really says something about the power of, I don't know, the dominant social narratives maybe, that Feminism is in opposition to (loosely speaking) in the sense that one can look at the world differently.
  8. U.S. Election - Because we know better than you do

    Something that struck me, and no doubt is a completely unoriginal observation, is that Trump and Sanders both look to be in a similar position as to Obama in '08 (it was '08 wasn't it?), that you've got a person standing for office on a vague promise of change, tapping into a sense of disillusionment among a good slice of Americans about where the country is and where it is going to, but that this can only end in disappointment because the US political system is structured, what with that whole separation of powers business, in favour of deal makers and compromisers and against change.
  9. It's quiet around here... too quiet.

    Maybe I need some spiritual advice If, hypothetically speaking, I had 'a friend' (as I believe they are called these days) who was stranded at a small town station between trains and discovered that the station cafe had sold out of 2cl bottles of brandy and plainly through the grossest of mismanagement said cafe had grievously and vexatiously failed to restock, would the best course of action to be: (i) to select one of the other 2cl bottles of either whisky or gin (ii) buy a 33cl bottle of brandy (iii) discuss appropriate stock management and reordering procedures with the cafe staff with reference to Kanban and just in time techniques (iv) any combination of the above (v) risk becoming a teetotaller
  10. It's quiet around here... too quiet.

    Me personally? No. More to the point maybe the shower beer can only be discovered once? But then again the impact of hilliness on the surface area of the Ottoman Empire is something that always has to be learnt anew? Glad to be of service
  11. It's quiet around here... too quiet.

    This is because, I suspect, as previously demonstrated, the average age on General Chatter is older than the rest of the board. So such we tend to drop off more and are less excitable so long as young people aren't standing on our lawns and they turn down that goddamn racket that they call music nowadays. Unfortunately the logical outcome of all this is that in ten years time fifty percent of all general chatter posts will be made by Ser Scot and in twenty years time that trend will have continued to the point that over ninety percent of posts will be made by Ser Scot who will be arguing with himself in a furious, yet genteel manner.
  12. UK Politics - a new thread for the new board

    Just look at old that poor old woman is being abused, these barbaric headdresses must be banned now.
  13. I'm listening to some modern music for a change, specifically some Chopin etudes. Anyhow this reminds me that some time back I woke up in the middle of the night. Couldn't get back to sleep. So I turned on the TV and channel hopped until I fell upon a documentary about how playing Chopin had impacted upon the lives of a Japanese woman who had survived a natural disaster and a Scottish student who woke up blind one day.
  14. Oregon militia almost killed me

    Bah! Plagiarists! Where is my legal team!
  15. Merry Christmas Everybody!

    Happy Christmas, the lot of you! Best wishes to those you post here who are working today (unlike me! )