" having a big pile of cash of one’s own...
"...gives one an advantage when running for political office"
Didn't work very well for Ross Perot
6821 posts • joined 19 Jan 2007
But I dilligently shared that message that said he was giving it all away with all my friends...
Concorde had the famous "Droop snoot" which allowed the nose to hinge downwards to enable the pilots to see to land. Unless this has cameras in the nose, that snoot would have to be *very* droopy to let this happen.
PS Concorde: The only operational civilian passenger aeroplane with afterburners!
And pray that there's intelligent life somewhere up in space,
Because there's bugger all down here on Earth!
- Monty Python - The Universe Song.
(Thumb icon because there's no Foot one ;-) )
> how many of Trend Micro's obviously highly skilled multilingual analysts took the opportunity for a slight change of career path
If you can't be a good example, you can always be a terrible warning!
Mostly these hearings are about those asking the questions making sure they look good for the cameras and, if possible, getting a good soundbite on the news so they can say to their voters "Look, see, I'm doing stuff for you!"
Often it seems they spend so much time making speeches that they have bugger all time left to ask questions at all!
Very very rarely I will switch off my ad blocker if there's a site I *need* to use and can't access it without, but more often I switch to another browser that doesn't block, but which clears history, cache, cookies and so on as soon as I exit.
You mean what *we've* wanted for years because of their annoying/ intrusive/ loud/ slow/ malware laden adverts which force us to use uBlock etc to allow us to browse in peace?
See icon for details...
Well they couldn't call it DROW because they'd be sued by Wizards of the Coast...
"...for local authorities and government departments to share citizen data without breaching the Data Protection Act"
And the easiest way to do that is to weaken the protections the plebs already have! Trebles all round!
> perhaps you missed the proposals to opt out of the European Convention on Human Rights
Ironically, Cameron is campaigning to stay In, even though this would actually make it *more* difficult for him to dump the ECHR and introduce his "You have the Rights we *say* you can have, provided they're not too inconvenient for us" British Bill of Rights.
*Provided* the ads aren't irritating and intrusive, I would generally agree.
However when it's flashing "You have ONE new message!" or "Your Phone May Be Infected, Scan Now!" in an extremely annoying manner, you'll find that this user prefers to uninstall that app and find one that doesn't piss him off!
Just as long as you've got plenty of cute yellow Minions ;-)
... the design was based on a '60s psychadelic poster!
... basically none of the things that our politicians are using to scare us into accepting that they should have the ability to snoop on everything we do and every website we visit and everyone we talk to and...
(Need a Big Brother slapping forehead icon!)
If you are doing something which is visible from the public highway then there is *nothing* that says that someone cannot take a photograph of you.
If they are on private land, then you are entitled to ask them to stop taking photographs and leave, but if you are not taking reasonable steps to preserve your privacy (cf the aforementioned "curtains") then you can complain all you like, but they are not breaking the law.
Yes, photographers should be reasonable in their actions, personally I dislike the Papparazzi using mega long lenses to take photos of "celebrities" on boats or from boats to the beach etc, but they are not committing an offence.
In any case, this is well away from the point, unless you think that the photographer was invading the privacy of the PoT!
Trouble is, Slander (defamation by speech) is a civil offence, not criminal and you have to prove that you suffered loss or damage because of it, something which is difficult to do without expensive Barristers.
> What offence has been committed?
Common Assault, contrary to section 39 Criminal Justice Act 1988
An offence of Common Assault is committed when a person either assaults another person or commits a battery.
An assault is committed when a person intentionally or recklessly causes another to apprehend the immediate infliction of unlawful force.
A battery is committed when a person intentionally and recklessly applies unlawful force to another.
> smoke and mirrors do the work of the former shadows...
They're saying "Look, see all this? Look how open and transparent we're being! Oh don't worry about the man behind the curtain or the person looking over your shoulder or picking your pocket or spying through your window or listening to your phone calls, they're not important because we're being open, honest...!"
That is not dead...
... which can eternal lie...
... has Judgement Day been postponed...?
Once the box is open, you can never get what it contains back inside. So who's next to tell Apple that they must use this software/ write another custom version for them for an equally "good" reason?
Until Wikileaks published the a partial draft text of the TPP, it would have been a bit difficult for anyone not involved to even be aware of this!
And what crime was he charged with...?
(Of course if he'd been a higher rank, he'd probably have just been given 6 months paid "Gardening Leave"...)
...that the best way of getting a good deal for customers is to allow Big Business to write the rules for themselves and arrange nice oligarchic deals to make sure that they pay lip service to the idea of "competition" to keep the regulators happy, whilst not rocking the boat too much which would reduce profits...
... but none the less I fart...
- The Spanish remake of Romeo and Juliet Act 1, Scene 1...
> I always tell the nosey cow that it is a dildo
The ladies at my local Post Office already know that I sell Leather BDSM gear and sex toys, so they don't even bother asking :-)
(If I ever go to another Post Office I just pre-empt the question by saying "It doesn't contain batteries, perfumes, aerosols or anything explosive or illegal...)
Here you go, now, whilst you're nicely woozy and not thinking straight, please sign this bit of paper that makes me the sole beneficiary of your will.
Now let's up that morphine again - 1000% should do it...
"In his student days, he had won several retrieval championships, racing against the clock while digging out obscure items of information on lists prepared by ingeniously sadistic judges. ("What was the rainfall in the capital of the world's smallest national state on the day when the second largest number of home runs was scored in college baseball?" was one that he recalled with particular affection.)"
- The Fountains of Paradise
... "Full and final settlement" or words to that effect? Because if it did, they're going to have to find something which was definitely *not* included in the original agreement...
> And the basis for impugning Chris Vickery's motives are, aside from a desire to misdirect the attention of observers, what, exactly?
Obviously, if you shoot the messenger who brings you bad news, it deters others from doing the same...
> As long as the inlets aren't too close to the chemtrail outlets...
And don't forget the extra-thick tinfoil hat because you're closer to the Orbital Mind-Control Lasers...
... Gravy Train a-rollin'!
I'd pretty much assumed it's guaranteed!
The first question you should ask when told something is "Free" is "What is this actually going to cost me...?"
Do people still play that?!
> doesn't follow a foreign religion
You mean not one that comes from the Middle East...?
... however a look at the ideology of the Alternative for Germany party, they're centre-right Conservatives, oppose gay marriage and have been accused of using language that is very similar to that of the far-right.
So it seems that he's another "do as I say, not as I do" hypocrite.
Oh and a couple of little corrections for Kieren McCarthy: BDSM is comes from Bondage and Discipline, Dominance and submission and Sadism and Masochism and as for "Basically, if you're watching someone in leather tied up and being sexually humiliated, you've found BDSM", that's a very narrow generalisation of what is an incredibly broad topic which involves a lot more than just leather or sexual humiliation.
Tin of Baked Beans!
Call Me David and Treasonous May have signed copies.
Unfortunately they didn't get the joke...
In a sentence part like this, omit the word "you" and see if it still sounds right: "cold volcanic activity to I". If it doesn't, use the word "me" instead (unless you're from the West Country)
PS Interesting article, though :-)
I think you've mistaken this for the Daily Mail comments page...
... checked their Campaign Contributions...?
"...and then use that information to suggest how a company health plan could ensure that exclusions for these conditions are added when employees join to make sure that profits aren't affected..."
Sorry, couldn't resist.
Excuse the tangent, but when people say they're worried about robots/ computers/ immigrants "taking their jobs", what they actually mean is that they can see their income stream disappearing.
Under the current neo-liberal capitalistic setup, those who run the businesses are on a race to the bottom, driving down their business costs by getting the cheapest labour to maximise their profits which are then distributed to their share holders, meanwhile those who have lost their income have to rely on State Benefits (if there are any) or scratch out a living on a minimum wage job whilst a few at the top of the pile get richer and richer.
Douglas Adams summed this up nicely with the Magarathean Planet Builders who catered for the extremely rich "But this was perfectly natural and nothing to be ashamed of, because no one was really poor - at least no one worth speaking of." Of course it ended up with so much wealth being concentrated in so few hands that the economy collapsed...
Naturally some (TW comes to mind) would argue that people are "better off" because goods become cheaper, but they don't become cheap enough to counterbalance the loss of income and, meanwhile, the wealth still flows upwards and does not "trickle down" to the people who will actually spend it, rather than salting it away in lucrative (for them) tax avoidance schemes.
So arguing about "professional classes hollowing themselves out" or their jobs being taken over by AIs is a bit of a red herring, what's important is whether money can be made to flow back down from the top such that the economy keeps running. If that doesn't happen, the rest of the argument is merely academic.
Teresa May is an idiot!
[PURGE] [PURGE] [PURGE]