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You aren't stuck in traffic. You are traffic. 86% Posted Jun 2018

You aren't stuck in traffic. You are traffic.

Comment: 8 hours ago

No, you're not at home, you are home.

Emirates to trial 86% Posted Jun 2018

Emirates to trial "windowless" planes

Comment: 7 days ago

I bet Ryanair will project adverts on the "windows" unless you upgrade to ad-free.

Komodo dragon chases a deer 86% Posted Jun 2018

Komodo dragon chases a deer

Comment: 7 days ago

Smart deer: runs behind the tourists.

The urgent need to tackle climate change NOW! 92% Posted May 2018

The urgent need to tackle climate change NOW!

Comment: 21 days ago

Hmm... Two comments and a follow-up:

1) Where do I accept I didn't make a point? Either read more closely or stop making things up. (Ideally both.)
2) I'm glad you accept that my "point wasn't blown out of the water."

Anyway, stepping back, my original point was that no matter how much evidence some people are presented with about climate change, there's a group who insist on "business as usual" and I think they're misguided.

I've posted elswehere that the evidence for climate change is either "real" or a glitch and we should either act on it or not. This gives 4 options: we act (and it's real or a glitch); we don't act (and it's real or a glitch). If we act and it's a glitch, humanity generally loses nothing; if we don't act and it's real, humanity will lose a lot. The smart money should be on to act: we'll either minimise the effects or it's a glitch and we've lost nothing.

Here's a bag of snakes: they may or may not be poisonous. Option 1 is put your hand in, option 2 is don't put your hand in. What's the safest option?

 

The urgent need to tackle climate change NOW! 92% Posted May 2018

The urgent need to tackle climate change NOW!

Comment: 24 days ago

Your suspicion is absolutely right; let me help you firm up on it. Sarcasm is not a point at all, it's a literary and rhetorical device that is meant to mock.

The urgent need to tackle climate change NOW! 92% Posted May 2018

The urgent need to tackle climate change NOW!

Comment: 24 days ago

You win. You've totally blown my point out of the water. There is no climate change. I can't think what I was so worried about.

Virgin Galactic's second supersonic test flight 87% Posted May 2018

Virgin Galactic's second supersonic test flight

Comment: 25 days ago

Hype

The urgent need to tackle climate change NOW! 92% Posted May 2018

The urgent need to tackle climate change NOW!

Comment: 25 days ago

It's just a glitch, there's no proof, America didn't get where it is today by not burning fossil fuels, we need more fracking, who needs climate agreements?

Oh is that an iceberg up ahead? I'm sure this ship is big enough to take it on. You there: go and rearrange the deck chairs.

Family chased by cheetahs 87% Posted May 2018

Family chased by cheetahs

Comment: 40 days ago

I've just learnt the Dutch for "WTF"

Top 10 climate change myths 96% Posted Apr 2018

Top 10 climate change myths

Comment: 56 days ago

Well, that's the sensible position.

Unfortunately there are people who think, "I'm going to be dead before it's a major problem for me. In the interim I can make loads of money by trashing the environment of future generations for whom I care nothing."

5 awkward moments at Facebook hearing 87% Posted Apr 2018

5 awkward moments at Facebook hearing

Comment: 74 days ago

Gosh, that was tough. They really gave him a grilling there! Now Zuck has ticked that box, I expect he'll change his whole business model and way of operation

What happened to hovertrains? 87% Posted Apr 2018

What happened to hovertrains?

Comment: 77 days ago

If you get a train to Peterborough you can see the UK prototype out of the window

What makes a great leader, and why Putin is so good at it 87% Posted Mar 2018

What makes a great leader, and why Putin is so good at it

Comment: 94 days ago

You've certainly been challenged, but please show us where you've been "attacked."

"This site doesn't allow me to post links" Oh really? To paraphrase, "You can even copy and paste. I thought you'd be smart enough to figure out how to use an account and log in."

What makes a great leader, and why Putin is so good at it 87% Posted Mar 2018

What makes a great leader, and why Putin is so good at it

Comment: 95 days ago

Right - your YouTube video from the "Alltime conspiracies" channel is also based on Madhusree Mukerjee's book, so we're looking at the same source. Still.

And even so, your video states the Official Famine Enquiry Commission found the Bengali government deliberately overestimated the anount of food produced in the 1942 harvest. For political reasons they calculated there was too much food - so they didn't put any aside in case of any crisis. That crisis happened due to bad weather. The problem was exacerbated by the devolved democracy of India's provinces which discouraged provinces from exporting food to each other.

So, the local government lied about production and made no provision for a natural disaster which later occurred. The neighbouring provinces didn't help Bengal.

I'm not seeing a lot of Churchill here, but I am seeing someone with an axe to grind.

I gave you a link to some examples of genocide to help you understand the difference between the Bengal Famine and systematic extermination. Native Americans was just one example (interesting you chose to focus on that rather than Armenia, the holocaust, Cambodia, Rwanda or Bosnia also documented on the "End Genocide" site. Guilty conscience?)

The Bengal Famine was not genocide. Natural disaster? Some. Local incompetence? Some. Wartime expedience? Some. Racist attitudes? Some. Churchill pursuing a policy of systematic extermination of Bengalis? Come off it.

Stop relying on a single source (which other local historians dispute). Stop pretending four reviews of the same book, then the video version of it on the Alltime Conspiracies channel is anything like evidence.

If you have any real evidence of systematic externination of the Bengalis by Churchill's policies then put it up. Otherwise, to quote your president, it's fake news.

 

What makes a great leader, and why Putin is so good at it 87% Posted Mar 2018

What makes a great leader, and why Putin is so good at it

Comment: 95 days ago

Can't get your "link" to work. Does it provide evidence that Churchill was pursuing a policy of extermination in India?

Yes, he could be a shit, yes he was a soldier in colonial wars, and yes, like generals and presidents since time immemorial, he made decisions that sacrificed one group over another. I get that you don't think he was a hero but until you can provide evidence that Churchill was pursuing a policy of systematic extermination in India, your use of "genocide" is inaccurate and hyperbole.

Here are some examples of systematic extermination. http://endgenocide.org/learn/past-genocides/native-americans/

Where is your evidence that Churchill was similarly pursuing a policy of systematic extermniation that would count as "genocide"?

 

What makes a great leader, and why Putin is so good at it 87% Posted Mar 2018

What makes a great leader, and why Putin is so good at it

Comment: 95 days ago

Your four attempts at links all point to reviews of the one book by Madhusree Mukerjee, so there's no variety of source: they're all reviews of one person's interpretation.

You've also been very selective. Even one of the reviewers you quote in an attempt to bolster your argument says, "History is rarely a closed book, however, and Churchill’s role in Bengal is fervently debated by experts."

You also omit from the book-reviews you're citing another Indian historian with a more balanced perspective. Professor Janam Mukherjee (the author of the 2015 book Hungry Bengal and working at Toronto’s Ryerson University) says, “Churchill has a definite responsibility. He certainly did block imports to India, But there is a lot of responsibility to go around. So as a historian, the argument of inordinate blame on Churchill makes me uncomfortable … It’s also a convenient way of understanding a very complex historical event rather simply.” (My emphasis)

This is bascially all we're saying here. Churchill was a man with flaws, attitudes to race and empire which would be unacceptable these days. As P.M. his main aim was to preserve Britain and defeat the threat that was 20 miles away across the Channel and bombing the country to buggery.

But if you are claiming he was pursuing a policy of deliberate extermination, please point (and try to link) us to some evidence that is not four reviews of the same book by one author.

What makes a great leader, and why Putin is so good at it 87% Posted Mar 2018

What makes a great leader, and why Putin is so good at it

Comment: 96 days ago

"first post here"? Blimey, it must be the result of infinite monkeys writing in the same style.

Anyway, here's the link you asked for https://richardlangworth.com/churchill-bengal-famine

Can you give us a link to your claim that "Churchill refused to allow Canada and the USA to feed people in India"?

 

Enjoy Vladimir Putin's extraordinary alpha male walk 94% Posted Mar 2018

Enjoy Vladimir Putin's extraordinary alpha male walk

Comment: 96 days ago

I doubt the people of Crimea, Georgia, Ukraine, Syria would agree with you.

Putin seems to be an old imperialist, pushing to take back Russia's traditional sphere of influence - and he's playing his hand very well. The West is fragmented and doesn't know how to deal with him.

I also don't think the socialist/capitalist descriptors are valid. Notionally, Russia is socialist, but the reality is not about ownership of the means of production so much as having access to and control of the means of production. The Russian state may notionally own the gas which is sold, but it's only an elite who have access to most of the benefits the sale generates.

While I admire Putin's game and his grasp of realpolitik, I think he's a dangerous and destabilising influence on the world.

Luxury two-pool house 86% Posted Mar 2018

Luxury two-pool house

Comment: 101 days ago

Lovely place but... large panes of glass next to a golf course. What could possibly go wrong?

Water wheel pumps water over a mile without electricity 93% Posted Mar 2018

Water wheel pumps water over a mile without electricity

Comment: 102 days ago

Wow! "There are no mechanical parts" Is it made of magic?

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