* Posts by Bernard M. Orwell

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'Turn to nuclear power to save planetary ecology from renewable BLIGHT'

Bernard M. Orwell

Re: Dunno about warming

A downvote? Someone doesn't like evidence.

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Bernard M. Orwell

Re: Dunno about warming

"do not point Fukushima at me"

Yeah, this annoys me too when it gets cited as a reason we shouldn't use nuclear power.

Fukushima is an example of success, not failure:

The six reactors were built to withstand massive earthquakes and are marvels of modern engineering and architecture. The tsunami and earthquake that they experienced were unheard of in terms of magnitude for that area. Three reactors suffered a meltdown the cause of which is attributed to failings in the manual shutdown process that the operators used. Only one reactor suffered a crack, and the amount of radiation that leaked was phenomenally low....

....oh yeah, and no one, to date, is listed as a casualty of the meltdown.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fukushima_Daiichi_nuclear_disaster

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Pirate Bay admins 'couldn't care less' about police raid

Bernard M. Orwell

Re: But... But... But...

Because nooooo...there are never, ever dodgy conspiracies and deals done, are there?

LIBOR, Watergate, Iran-Contra, Toxic Debts, asbestos marketing, CoIntelPro....

No...it's fine we can trust the big media companies and a bunch of dodgy pirates to be telling us all the absolute truth. Yep. Ok.

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Furious GTA V gamers seek similar ban on violent, misogynistic title: the Holy Bible

Bernard M. Orwell

Well said Trevor, but you should not underestimate the human capacity for extremism. Even if we did away with all religion forever, the spectre of patriotism is lurking close by....

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Bernard M. Orwell

Re: Re:

Four downvoters there had a sense of humour and/or irony failure.

I chuckled.

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EVIL US web giants shield TERRORISTS? Evil SPIES in net freedom CRUSH PLOT?

Bernard M. Orwell

Re: Hmm...

Wow... just wow.

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Bernard M. Orwell

Re: What is terrorism ?

"There is no recorded instance in history of the state giving itself more and more powers over it's people that hasn't ended - eventually - with the guillotine working overtime, or the bodies swinging from the lamp-posts."

Very good point to which I will only add the thought that it was, in both your examples, the leaders of society who most notably suffered those punishments. Perhaps there is yet hope.

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Bernard M. Orwell

Re: A Turing Test for the 21st century

"Terrorist Discussion" ~ any dialogue, in any media, that the state deems as a terrorist discussion.

Pretty easy to find when defined in such a manner, no?

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EU law bods: New eCall crash system WON'T TRACK YOU. Really

Bernard M. Orwell

Article needs some edits...

“It will be illegal to use eCall to track a driver’s movements or to misuse location data, which must be sent only to the emergency services..." .... Which will include the security services, of course, and anyone who pays us sufficient 'donations' to be redefined as an emergency service.

"Nor is any of the data gathered allowed to be passed on to third parties without the explicit consent of the person involved".... which will involve checking a tiny opt-out checkbox clause on page 79 of the agreement. Besides, selling data to selected partners is different to just passing it on, right?

I know we've all been promised before that data will be anonymised, used for a specific purpose and never, ever, ever passed on to third party interests, but this time its true, honest. And no, I can promise you that no one will be able to slurp the "metadata" because we've made it illegal to do so.

Whats that about those that don't learn from history?

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Star Wars: Episode VII trailer lands. You call that a lightsaber? THIS is a lightsaber

Bernard M. Orwell
Coat

Re: People are griping about the practicality of a "light sabre"?

yeah, but consistency is a weird thing. Lots of fans have been expressing their disappointment that Episode VII doesn't follow the "canon" laid down in the extended universe books.

One of the main characters in those novels is called "Lumiya" and she, I believe, uses a "Force Whip". Yep, that's a whip version of the lightsabre. Now, if you want silly I would say there it is.

Further, there is precedent in the movies for customised lightsabres. Dookus' custom hilt is the obvious one, shaped into a traditional cavalry sabre grip for fencing, but Yoda's is little more than dagger sized to just about everyone else.

Still further, if you extend the canon into the supporting games you will see lots of references to various combat styles employed by force wielders, often depending on the type of hilt/sabre in use and the physical abilities of the Jedi/Sith in question. Compare and contrast Yoda, Obi Wan and Vader for example.

So yeah, don't knock the crossguard too much, it might just be a sign that the wielder has an alternative style which could be quite fun to watch.

Anyway. Falcon. 'nuff said.

I'm going now....

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Anonymous ‪hacks the Ku Klux Klan after Ferguson‬ threats

Bernard M. Orwell

Re: Do any of you realize...

"Follow the rules or get caught up in the legal system. Those are the choices available to you."

No. If the laws are unjust or are applied unfairly, then there are two other choices open to you.

Refuse. Resist.

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Woman who stung Tinder with sex-pest sueball stings again – with rival Bumble app

Bernard M. Orwell

You've gotta be nuts...

....as a bloke, to sign up to one of these sites.

Right now, the media, and especially it's wife, are up in arms and hatred against any man they can find who might have been offensive, creepy or sexist in any manner by any definition that they may think of in that precise second.

Being signed up to a dating site makes you a "creep" in their books immediately.

My advice? stop interacting with women; it's never going to work out in your favour!

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MYSTERY Russian satellite: ORBITAL WEAPON? Sat GOBBLER? What?

Bernard M. Orwell

Re: @ Yet Another Anonymous coward -- or...

Don't even bother with explosives. Couple of magnets, few ball bearings.... job done.

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Bernard M. Orwell

Re: or...

What? The X-37 series automated shuttle never happened? I beg to differ....

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Bernard M. Orwell
Alien

Re: or...

Interesting thing about the X-37; it's wings are oversized compared to fuselage dimensions. Now, why would you need bigger wings on something that only needs them on re-entry? Why, so that it can carry a bigger payload....

....a bigger payload BACK from space. It doesn't need wings during launch at all.

Now, we don't know exactly how big the cargo bay of the X37 is, but it has the capability to open and close just like its big, manned siblings.

It would be a crying shame if a non-existent spy satellite was grabbed and brought back for analysis at a base that doesn't exist by a militarised space shuttle that doesn't exist, wouldn't it?

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Virgin Media CUTS OFF weekend 'net surfers after embarrassing smut-filtering snafu

Bernard M. Orwell

Good heavens!

Colour me shocked! And it's available right here in Cardiff too?

Sold!

:) thanks very much chaps.

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Bernard M. Orwell

Re: Hmmm

Must admit, the people complaining about a temporary outage and then suggesting the downtime is an indication of incompetence remind me of some people I know involved in IT...

....the end users.

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Bernard M. Orwell

Coo!

Who's your provider? Is that a corporate lease-line or into your home? Do you pay £35 a month for it? If it's, as I suspect, the bandwidth used by your business, I certainly have you beat in my workplace. If its into your home and a reasonable price then I'm allllll ears.

Just tried a few of those "blocked" sites....yeah, didn't take long to reach those either, not that I ever use torrents. Those are for n00bs.

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Bernard M. Orwell

So, all you folks enjoying a little schadenfreuder at the expense of a few inconvienienced VM users; a question: What sort of speeds do your providers peak at? 2mb? 10mb? a whopping 50mb maybe?

My VM runs solidly at 152mb. I like that.

Find me an ISP with a comparable speed that *never* has such issues and I will swap to them today.

Otherwise, TTFN haters.

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Murder suspect charged after pics of strangle victim posted on 4chan

Bernard M. Orwell

I know we're all condemning this guy, as is probably right and proper, but is it only me that is detecting the note of something deeply tragic beneath the surface story?

What he wrote on the wall? The waiting for the police to arrive so they'd shoot him? The understanding that he'd done something terrible and that he would be no more soon? The fact he turned himself in, ultimately?

I don't think we have the whole tale yet.

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New GCHQ spymaster: US tech giants are 'command and control networks for TERROR'

Bernard M. Orwell

"When I see a copper, I don't try to hide or run away covering my face since:

1) I've done nothing wrong (that I know of)

2) I trust them (within tolerances) to protect my interests. And my pancreas. You get it."

hmm...

1. You know *all* the laws then? Are you certain that the copper does too? If he says he can do X, do you know that you have the right to Y? Do you know the difference between a criminal infraction and a civil offence even? Let me assure you, you are probably about as skilled in such things as the coppers are themselves and if they decide they are going to "get you" for whatever reason, they will find something you've done. If nothing else they will find that you have "made obsence images" on your home computer which they found using RIPA and took using PACE. You will be held for 20+ days under S. 44 and S. 45. Am I right? Wrong? do you know? You going to argue that out with the coppers throwing you to the floor because you are black and in the wrong kind of car? Think that doesn't happen?

2. They don't trust you. They are told not to. They are trained not to. You are the enemy. They are not your protectors, your bobby or even your police. They belong to the state and the state wants to own you, your thoughts and your proclivities because those are saleable commodities. Not certain? Go take a look at the nature of the City of London Police Force. Not the Met., the City of London. They don't answer to the judiciary, but to an entity known as "UK PLC" - you can thank Gordon Brown for that. Still unsure? Take a look at the newly formed NCA - our very own secret police, answerable to the Home Office and set the task of hunting down TerrorPedos everywhere.

Still think you've done nothing? You're safe? Really?

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Bernard M. Orwell

Re: Easy Solution

I broadly agree with everything you've said in your posts so far, but let me take this up for a second as I don't hold with the "right to bear arms" thing as an expression of liberty. (Incidentally, thats the word we should be using in this thread instead of the word freedom. Worth looking up that rather subtle distinction.)

A gun only has one function: to kill. Especially automatic assault weapons. These are not suitable for hunting.

Other forms of infrastructure, such as the postal service, cars, fertilizer and alarm clocks *may* be used for acts of violence by imaginative persons, but guns *will* be by their nature and purpose. The two are not comparable.

If someone sold alarm clocks on the basis that they are the very best alarm clocks for timing explosives, or an ISP sold its services based on fast, secure bandwidth for the discerning terrorpedo shopper then I might well, if I were the Authorities, question the motivation of that reseller and the nature of his customers. In fact, I may well agree that probing that relationship with electronic surveillance might well be prudent.

If someone is selling automatic weapons, rocket launchers and phospherous ammunition then I'm not going to give them an automatic pass on the basis that its "probably ok".

Thing is, the persons selling that sort of kit to the terrorpedos happens to be our own governments. There's almost no law regulating the international arms trade but these clowns want to regulate my internet usage? If something needs to be investigated, probed and surveilled (watched?) then it's there we need to be looking. Not my internet history.

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Citizenfour: Poitras' doco is about NSA and GCHQ – NOT Snowden

Bernard M. Orwell

Re: RE: AC Suckerdog Looking forward to seeing this

Do you really think the CIA has no relationship with the NSA?

Naïve.

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Bernard M. Orwell

Re: RE: AC Suckerdog Looking forward to seeing this

I note that you haven't refuted this yet, MB. Why not?

Surely you have some opinion about how many children we're allowed to kill before its not ok? Or some argument that they aren't really children?

Or perhaps you're going to fall back to that idea that those who aid "terrorists" are just as bad as the "terrorists" and need to be killed? Doesn't matter if they aren't cooperating willingly or they've been herded into buildings you consider to be "military/viable targets" does it?

They're just terrorists getting in the way of killing more terrorists.

Not children. Not victims.

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Bernard M. Orwell

Re: One sided

Did you know she was a borderline atheist when she died?

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Bernard M. Orwell

Re: RE: AC Suckerdog Looking forward to seeing this

"When those drones are used they are striking at real terrorists and I have zero problem with killing them or the 'innocent bystanders' they are being assisted by." ~Matt Bryant, 2014.

Here are my replies to that, MB.

http://www.thebureauinvestigates.com/2011/08/11/more-than-160-children-killed-in-us-strikes/

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/8695679/168-children-killed-in-drone-strikes-in-Pakistan-since-start-of-campaign.html

http://tribune.com.pk/story/229844/the-day-69-children-died/

You fucking sicken me, MB.

More children have been killed as a result of the US war on terror than died in the 9/11 event and all other "related" events. How many more children have to die to support the way of life you espouse? Before you and your demented thinking tells you you've "won" the war on an abstract concept?

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Bernard M. Orwell

Re: @Matt Bryant - Suckerdog Looking forward to seeing this

"Of course *you* have never been personally affected by Ebola or the beheading of hostages, so from *your* perspective you have nothing to worry about, do you?"

Bit of a shame that. Of course, it may be that he has experienced one or both of the above, but got better.

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Martha Lane Fox: YEUCH! The Internet is MADE by MEN?!?

Bernard M. Orwell
Joke

Re: Bah!

A womans place is in the kitchen....a mans place is in the wrong.

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Lights off, nappies on! It's Alien: Isolation and The Evil Within

Bernard M. Orwell

Re: As one of my friends used to joke

Agreed. Having played this through, I felt the alien was a little too "Humanoid" both in its stance and its movements. There was also something human about its behaviour, especially its search patterns.

There was some indefinable element of the original Alien that was somehow lacking.

That said, with the Oculus Rift hack it was one harsh experience....I may be scarred for some time.

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'MYSTERIOUS PYRAMID STRUCTURE' found on COMET beyond Mars: Landing planned

Bernard M. Orwell

Re: Can someone tell me...

Space is not particularly colourful by nature. NASA adds colour to images to represent different variables; distance, spectronomy, mass, age etc.

NASA has a dept. dedicated to photshopping pictures and often spend months on such before they are released to the public. They even tinted early pictures of Mars red because the public *expected* them to be red. The actuality is that the sky of mars is a very similar tone to Earths skies and the ground isn't actually that red.

Sounding like a conspiracist? Not at all. These are verifiable facts from NASA itself. Draw your own conclusions...

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/27/nasa-photoshop-images-video_n_841187.html

http://www.planetary.org/explore/space-topics/space-imaging/data.html

http://www.ominous-valve.com/martian_sky.html

http://astronomy.wonderhowto.com/how-to/nasas-secret-colorful-space-photos-from-hubble-plus-create-your-own-0132340/

http://www.goroadachi.com/etemenanki/mars-hiddencolors.htm

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Britain’s snooping powers are 'too weak', says NCA chief

Bernard M. Orwell

Correction...

“Some of our thinking is challenged. Very significantly challenged,”

There. Fixed that for them.

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Apple, Google mobe encryption good news... for TERRORISTS – EU top cop

Bernard M. Orwell
Coat

"It sure is funny that whenever the government wants to justify its massive snooping into its citizen's lives, they always mention 'child molesters' and terrorists; the latest key buzzwords."

I sum it up with "Fire the TerrorPedos!"

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Bernard M. Orwell

"Suggesting they will remove human rights is clearly a way to loose the next election, they must see that?"

Alas, no. The government (of any flabour or stripe) has been weaving a narrative, supported by certain elements of the press, that Human Rights only serves to protect criminals who would otherwise have been convicted. It's on this platform that the right (ConKip) has been steadily building public concensus towards getting out of the EU.

Once we leave the EU (which is looking fairly inevitable at the moment) we will lose not just the HR protections we have, but *all* oversight that prevents our government from enacting just about any measure they want.

For some examples of things the EU, ECHR and ECJ have protected us from look back over the last four or five Home Secretaries careers and look at the various plans that have been scuppered by Europe saying "Non!" and "Nein!" at our leaders; Identity Cards, Stop & Search, Centralised DNA database, Camera surveillance in homes (Yes, they did try that one) and many others.

Unfortunately, the stupid part of our nations population has come to believe that to get rid of the TerrorPedos, Brown People Next Door and Spongers(tm), we have to give up this oversight...but it's all ok, because Cameron will write a nice, new British Charter that will protect all the "Proper Brits", won't he?

Please, when the referendum comes up, consider this before voting away our last line of defence.

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FBI boss: Apple's iPhone, iPad encryption puts people 'ABOVE THE LAW'

Bernard M. Orwell

Re: Gaz AC @Matt Bryant

Pot. Kettle.

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Bernard M. Orwell

Re: Biter Bit

Didn't realise ISIS were in the house.

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Oi, London thief. We KNOW what you're doing - our PRECRIME system warned us

Bernard M. Orwell

Re: More like…

It's a reference to "WatchDogs", but your definition is close enough, Irony.

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Bernard M. Orwell

More like...

...CtOS than Minority Report...?

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Israeli spies rebel over mass-snooping on innocent Palestinians

Bernard M. Orwell

How About...

.... we make Jerusalem an independant city state, like the Vatican City....

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Virgin Media blocks 'wankers' from permissible passwords

Bernard M. Orwell

Re: "at a company i used to work at"

I believe its entirely possible that I've not long finished working for that company, and yes, they did encrypt everything. I don't recall a message about "top management" however, but they were certainly big enough tossers to do something like that.

It was clear, each and every day, that they trusted management, demanded results without resources and wanted to reduce technical headcount constantly.

A**s....sorry, *they* were deeply stupid as a company and that probably explains why they've been losing contracts hand over fist of late and are not long for the UK market.

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GCHQ protesters stick it to British spooks ... by drinking urine

Bernard M. Orwell

Re: Fed the scum?

Is that troll I scent? :D

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Rickety rock deemed unworthy of Curiosity's drill

Bernard M. Orwell

Re: A stone?

...they'd say it was clearly for ritual purposes. It's what they say when they don't know.

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Video of US journalist 'beheading' pulled from social media

Bernard M. Orwell

Re: Western morality

There is no greater evil than wilful ignorance.

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Bernard M. Orwell

We go to war for many reasons....

...but usually for unjust ones.

"..a convert to Islam who describes himself as "anti-democracy, loyal to the Caliphate, harsh on kuffar".

In other words, a complete idiot, poorly educated, gullible and misled. A worshipper of sky-fairy #117, a murderer, unrepentant for his crimes and willing to commit more unless his personal demands are met.

You want an enemy? Here it is. A war worth fighting or we will all be consumed by its mad-dog philosophy.

Israel? Hamas? More sky-faires. Just as bad. We need to stop respecting religion and treat it like the wasting sickness it has clearly become.

It needs to be excised and cured.

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MPs to sue UK.gov over 'ridiculous' EMERGENCY data snooping law

Bernard M. Orwell

Re: Boring Bernie Erroneous Cowherd Contempt

I'm not debating with you, Matt, for precisely the reasons I have stated elsewhere. Instead, I am planting a warning for others who might think it's worth their time engaging with you.

As I have gone to quite some lengths to explain, I don't call you a troll because you have opposing views to mine on many subjects, but because you are verbally abusive to everyone who disagrees with you, or even to those who agree with you but whose posts you have failed to comprehend.

As I have said, elsewhere, I value well considered and researched opposing views; they assist in refining my own thinking. You, however, are deliberately and consistently abusive in your debating, therefore you are a troll.

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Bernard M. Orwell

Re: Conspiracy Theory

"There is actually an extensive, ongoing, developed monitoring of a specific known threat. Why else would ALL parties agree to this rushed legislation."

Yes, it's called The Public.

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Bernard M. Orwell

Re: Erroneous Cowherd Contempt

"I am a British voter that was quite content to see the bill passed, if you think I am in some tiny minority then it seems the majority of MPs from all three parties did not."

Don't feed the troll.

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NSA man: 'Tell me about your Turkish connections'

Bernard M. Orwell

Salient Lesson....

....don't bother going to America unless you have to. They hate our freedoms.

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NSA dragnet mostly slurped innocents' traffic

Bernard M. Orwell

Re: Boring Bernie Roominant Anon Cluetard Roominant

"gat a real" - I don't know what that means.

I shall clarify; unlike some I am always prepared to listen to reasoned argument and examine evidence. If swayed, my opinion will change. I have no place for "faith" in my thinking. I would be interested in hearing more from you, but only when, and if, you stop being personally abusive to anyone who disagrees with you. In the meantime I won't debate with you at all.

Act like a reasonable adult, or be ignored.

I trust that is clear enough this time.

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Bernard M. Orwell

Re: Boring Bernie Roominant Anon Cluetard Roominant

No, I won't.

Because you are self-righteous, arrogant and offensive in manner.

If you look back, you will find posts from me praising your ability to uncover information and provide argument backed with citation. You have often caused me to review and even revise my opinions, but only when you are being civilised in your discourse.

I don't have a problem with your point of view, though I feel it is misguided and almost certainly the acitivity of a habitual troll, but I do have a problem with how you address people in general.

When you are able to debate in a grown up fashion, I may reconsider.

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Bernard M. Orwell

Re: Boring Bernie Roominant Anon Cluetard Roominant

My post wasn't intended for you, Matt. I am uninterested in your opinion and will not engage with your abusive manner.

TTFN.

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