rob

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  • rob posted a new activity comment 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    I would imagine there are, like how would you maintain currency if you don’t fly for over a year?

    I think I just view the word ‘encouragement’ differently.

    What they should first be looking at is if the female and male pilots with similar experience are paid the same. This is a gender pay gap.

    What this survey highlights are career path…[Read more]

  • rob posted a new activity comment 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    Why do you need to encourage any women to be pilots? You make sure you provide equal opportunities, going right back to school and selecting the right subjects etc.. and then let women decide for themselves.

    It might be that is some sectors due to maintaining currency etc.. that career breaks are not easy or even possible. So a proportion of…[Read more]

    • Again you’re missing the point. The question should be “Are there gender-specific pressures that discourage women from wanting or applying to become pilots”?

      • I would imagine there are, like how would you maintain currency if you don’t fly for over a year?

        I think I just view the word ‘encouragement’ differently.

        What they should first be looking at is if the female and male pilots with similar experience are paid the same. This is a gender pay gap.

        What this survey highlights are career path…[Read more]

      • I’m an engineer and have worked in the oil and gas industry for twenty years and while things are slowly improving in terms of women entering the industry we are a long way from parity. My company works closely with several local schools in terms of arranging work experience, attending career fairs or giving presentations to pupils in a bid to…[Read more]

  • rob posted a new activity comment 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    In principle if you aspire to citizenship of a country and you then commit acts of terrorism against your host, the country which has protected, educated and sheltered you, you should be made to face the justice system of that country. In this case I can only think that a deal must have been struck with somebody who desperately wants to get their…[Read more]

  • rob posted a new activity comment 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    No I think he was being a @#$&.

    Posting it on YouTube makes a mockery of his claims it was just a joke between him and his mates.

    Meanwhile in Scotland antisemitic attacks are up.

    • I’m kinda torn, what he’s done risks making a joke of what happen to the Jews, which isn’t on at all, and possibly makes light of antisemitism, but I don’t know if he should go to jail? The context in which he’s said what he did, wasn’t one in which he was promoting antisemitic views, ie ‘the Jews are like this, and taking advantage of xyz, and…[Read more]

    • I agree he “was being a @#$&.” but I also think he should not be jailed. Training the dog to respond to “gas the jews” is tasteless and makes me feel very uncomfortable , but I do not feel it is criminal. That said, maybe I am just as bad… in isolation, I would probably have laughed at a dog being trained to respond to “Seig Heil”. To me,…[Read more]

    • No, it really doesn’t. YouTube is a perfectly convenient way of sharing video content with a group of friends. For every famous new-media celebrity getting millions of views, there are thousands of low-profile people using the platform to share things with a handful of mates.

  • rob posted a new activity comment 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    “Gas the Jews” Hilarious. Ffs.

    Free speech doesn’t include hate speech.

    It was only a joke isn’t a defence against hate speech or antisemitism.

    • Do you not think that he was taking the piddle out of the pug and the Nazi’s simultaneously?

      • No I think he was being a @#$&.

        Posting it on YouTube makes a mockery of his claims it was just a joke between him and his mates.

        Meanwhile in Scotland antisemitic attacks are up.

        • I’m kinda torn, what he’s done risks making a joke of what happen to the Jews, which isn’t on at all, and possibly makes light of antisemitism, but I don’t know if he should go to jail? The context in which he’s said what he did, wasn’t one in which he was promoting antisemitic views, ie ‘the Jews are like this, and taking advantage of xyz, and…[Read more]

        • I agree he “was being a @#$&.” but I also think he should not be jailed. Training the dog to respond to “gas the jews” is tasteless and makes me feel very uncomfortable , but I do not feel it is criminal. That said, maybe I am just as bad… in isolation, I would probably have laughed at a dog being trained to respond to “Seig Heil”. To me,…[Read more]

        • No, it really doesn’t. YouTube is a perfectly convenient way of sharing video content with a group of friends. For every famous new-media celebrity getting millions of views, there are thousands of low-profile people using the platform to share things with a handful of mates.

    • No, you’ve completely missed the point. Jonathan Pie is absolutely spot on (as usual). Hilarious as well. Goose stepping outside the court – brilliant

    • I don’t find the original video funny either, and definitely not as funny as he thinks he is. But do you think he has committed a crime, because in the context of a stupid video he repeats an offensive statement? Or even do you think the crime so bad that he deserves to go to prison?

      I don’t.

    • >”Gas the Jews” Hilarious. Ffs.

      The issue isn’t whether or not it’s funny, it’s whether it should be a crime.

      >Free speech doesn’t include hate speech.

      Freedom of speech is certainly a qualified right, and those who try to justify spreading hatred with “free speech, innit” are prats. There are a lot of them around.

      I haven’t seen the video,…[Read more]

      • I understand your point and yes, there are a lot of idiots out there spouting toxic crap but if you make people afraid to express themselves through fear of legal sanction then they just retreat to the internet, their likeminded friends or their extremist churches. The end result is that their views are reinforced instead of challenged and they…[Read more]

    • “Free speech doesn’t include hate speech.”

      “Hate speech” is a very vague term, and if we accept that “free speech doesn’t include hate speech” then we’ve lost free speech because anyone can shut down any speech just by claiming that it is hateful to them.

      Indeed, that’s how the term “hate speech” functions these days, it’s the modern version of…[Read more]

      • I agree with the thrust of what you’re saying, but you’re being vague. What do you mean by the boundary of free speech? Do you mean what should be legal to say at all, or what should be accepted on youtube for anyone to access?

        I think that there is very little that should be illegal to say; but there are lots of public situations (and almost no…[Read more]

    • Free speech doesn’t include hate speech? That’s a very odd statement. Stopping people saying they hate something doesn’t stop them hating it (anymore than stopping them saying they love something would stop them loving it). Given this, it’s surely better to let them speak and know where things stand and manage matters accordingly?

  • rob replied to the topic Space and time in the forum General Chat 1 month, 4 weeks ago

    In our current understanding time very much does exist. It’s a dimension almost exactly like the spatial ones. The weirdness of time compared to the others comes from the fact that there’s a minus sign in one of the entries on a matrix that we call the metric (this is simplifying a bit as it’s more complicated and not exactly just a minus sign…[Read more]

  • rob posted a new activity comment 1 month, 4 weeks ago

    “As the Universe may not have a physical edge, there is no sense in the idea of an ‘absolute’ position. Hence, it is meaningless to think of the ‘centre’ of the Universe; something of infinite extent has no ‘centre’ as the point at which it began is also meaningless.”

    That seems a bit casual. Take the integer number line, it is infinite in…[Read more]

    • I’ve arbitrarily decided that the centre of my number line is at -83.24. But you stick with 0 if you like. I actually think it has no centre.