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  • smith posted a new activity comment 4 months, 2 weeks ago

    Ban them on what grounds? Caffeine is legal, sugary crap is legal and drinks in cans are legal. I understand the sentiment but I’m not sure how you’d define them in law, and as someone against the criminalisation of most drugs I’m not sure how you could justify banning something that contains entirely legal substances when the likes of alcohol and tobacco are both legal and freely available too.

  • smith posted a new activity comment 4 months, 2 weeks ago

    Have you got a link to that ONS report, I’ve had a quick google, I’m struggling to find anything that matches your assertion.

  • smith posted a new activity comment 4 months, 2 weeks ago

    That sounds an ideal solution.

    • Not really as there is a big chance that they could be released/broken out in Syria which is after all a very unstable war torn country. Best to send them to Guantanamo bay never to be seen again.

  • smith posted a new activity comment 4 months, 2 weeks ago

    As I understand it citizenship was given to these two individuals by the government so I don’t see why they can’t take it away.

  • smith posted a new activity comment 4 months, 3 weeks ago

    Being able to be rude to or joke about the prime minister is free speech. Joking about the mass deaths of a large number of people due to their heritage isn’t in my opinion.

    I don’t agree with what’s happening in Turkey, but I don’t think it is the same.

  • smith posted a new activity comment 4 months, 3 weeks ago

    Youtube, control what you can and can’t say on their platform. We should be, and generally are, free to say pretty much what we want, but no one is required to provide us with a megaphone with which to broadcast our views. And if you own the megaphone, then it’s your choice who to give it to.

    The state has, I think, responsibility to ensure that we have unimpeded access to diverse views, and so should obviously not control the media and internet. The state also has some responsibility to ensure that the media and internet aren’t used to harm those who can’t fight back or to undermine democracy and the rule of law. I tend to find arguments about free speech often ignore the balance that I think needs to be struck – if everyone’s free to broadcast whatever they want then we…[Read more]

  • smith replied to the topic Best website hosting? in the forum General Chat 5 months ago

    soHost are really good and reasonably priced. I’m pretty sure they offer a service to transfer your old WordPress site to their servers and add the domain name.
    If you decide to go with them and get stuck transferring the site feel free to PM me, I’ve done it a few times

  • smith posted a new activity comment 5 months ago

    Looking in hindsight will make you go crazy. I felt guilty for a long time after (as a rather wayward teenager) getting into a car and directing two women and a guy to the red light district in Sheffield (they obviously didn’t know the city), my intuition told me they just wanted to get there after a long drive and I would be safe, which turned out to be true, and with an edge on the word ‘looking’, told me they were looking for somebody. Then walking past roughly the same area an hour or 2 later, I came across a lady who might have been described as being dressed like a prostitute who was in a traumatised state from having been beaten up, and was asking me the way to the train station.

    I spent quite a long time wondering if I’d unwittingly led to her being beaten up by the…[Read more]

  • smith posted a new activity comment 5 months, 4 weeks ago

    When our kid graduates in a few years time with a £60,000 debt at the age of 22, accruing interest at 6.1%, of course she won’t have to pay it off if she doesn’t earn more than £25,000 pa for the next 30 years.

    Then when she does exceed the limit, that’s money she can’t put into her pension, and she’ll be paying more tax as a higher earner.

    • I’m sorry, but what you’ve written is (a) not clear to me and (b) doesn’t apparently address my point that a student who repays £0.00 before their loan is written off does not pay anything for their degree and therefore isn’t eligible for a “refund”.

      My simple point is that a “refund” to the student is not justifiable as some students will never pay a penny for their degree, and that a reduction in their loan is fair and defensible.

  • smith posted a new activity comment 6 months ago

    No electrical input, but just to make you aware that some agents have been known to recommend tradesmen who are willing to give them a cut of the job over those that might do a better price. I wouldn’t assume the agent has got your interests at heart.

    Personally I’d ask for 3 quotes and cut the agent out if you can.

  • If it’s a decent brand, get in touch with them.. they’ll likely swap it out for nowt.

  • smith replied to the topic Continuing headache in the forum Health 6 months, 1 week ago

    Thanks all for comments. I went with her today, and was very happy with the advice etc. Doesn’t seem anything too serious.

  • smith started the topic Continuing headache in the forum Health 6 months, 1 week ago

    Hi. My wife has had a headache which coincided with her catching a virus on the 1st of January. We expected the headache to go but now a month and a bit later, and after more or less continually taking paracetamol, which has helped, she still has a headache which is no better this morning. The doctor she saw 10 days ago said to come back if nothing has changed. What might the next step be? We are visiting Dr again this morning. Is he likely to say kept taking the pills or offer anything like a scan? Thanks.

  • smith replied to the topic Non jobs in the forum General Chat 6 months, 1 week ago

    I think you can make a valid argument for a heart surgeon. But I find it harder to justify the enormous wages and importance of someone who works in the city making money , in itself a pretty abstract concept, in an artificial way that will likely never enter or benefit the real economy.

    @songbird Yes, I am also struggling with people in positions like my own. Having worked hard and spent 8 years studying with ongoing training, I now spend my time studying genome maintenance in some obscure parasites. Admittedly, there is a slim chance that I might discover something that makes a valid drug target, thus improving the lives of numerous people in the tropics, but realistically that chance is exceedingly slim. Am I “worth more” somehow than the person who collects my rubbish or…[Read more]

  • smith replied to the topic Cataract Surgery in the forum Health 7 months, 3 weeks ago

    The cyclodiode bit I don’t really understand, but it’s something being done to a bit of your eye called the ciliary body (this produces the aqueous humor that’s causing the pressure (IOP) to be too high, which is effecting the function of the optic nerve and causing the changes to your visual field). Presumably it’ll reduce the rate of aqueous production, bringing the pressure down. The “phacoemulsification + IOL (1steye) under LA” is just normal cataract surgery on your “1st eye” under local anesthetic (LA), getting rid of the old lens and putting a plastic lens implant (an intra ocular lens, IOL) in its place. Which’ll be great as it’ll be lovely and clear unlike a natural one that eventually goes all brown and cloudy (cataract).

    @sar he needs to have phacoemulsicfication…[Read more]