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  1. I think itís often good to take a break from...

    I think itís often good to take a break from threads, sites, activities in general from time to time...well I know it is for me.

    But hope you re-appear in due course.
  2. I suspect itís almost inevitable that large...

    I suspect itís almost inevitable that large majority of focus is on US politics. And my own experience of equivalent UK sites is that a very similar bias operates there...practically all the...
  3. Our hourly rate is set at a very similar...

    Our hourly rate is set at a very similar level...8.91 pounds, equivalent at present exchange rates to about 12.3 dollars. But realistically exchange rates fluctuate so much that effectively the...
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    I really like practically all his fantasy novels....

    I really like practically all his fantasy novels.

    I’d place Legend as mid-table in my own league table of Gemmell books...but much better than most fantasy from other writers.

    I was going to...
  5. Itís more than academic studies that indicate a...

    Itís more than academic studies that indicate a minimum wage works fairly well.

    It was first introduced in UK back in 1998. And has worked out so well that no UK political party (including the...
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    It’s there by inference, I think. In “For the...

    It’s there by inference, I think.

    In “For the Man who has Everything” the dream of Kyrpton was going “wrong” towards the end, his spirit was rejecting the idea of a Kryptonian utopia...it was that...
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    Jim, Thanks for giving the full Feiffer quote,...

    Jim, Thanks for giving the full Feiffer quote, interesting.

    I much prefer the take Alan Moore took in those two great stories “For The Man who has Everything” and “Whatever happened...”: that...
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    Your prose is better than mine 99 percent of the...

    Your prose is better than mine 99 percent of the time!

    The thing I thought awful was “He’s mocking regular human beings...”

    Maybe awful is wrong. Let’s put it this way, that would be a...
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    Wow, beyond awful.

    Wow, beyond awful.
  10. Think from memory that last time WestPP tallied...

    Think from memory that last time WestPP tallied up the number of commandments The Donald had probably broken, he estimated nine of the ten.

    I assumed at first the one the Donald hadn’t broken was...
  11. Isnít it time a different acronym was found for...

    Isnít it time a different acronym was found for Republican Party...ĒgrandĒ is sort of over-flattering?

    Iíd suggest COP
  12. “Ron Johnson is using his questioning time during...

    “Ron Johnson is using his questioning time during the Capitol security hearing to promote a conspiracy theory that the January 6 insurrectionists weren't actually Trump supporters, but were...
  13. See the Donald has got to hand over his tax...

    See the Donald has got to hand over his tax returns to prosecutors.

    This is going to be interesting.
  14. But..of course..total population back then was...

    But..of course..total population back then was only around 31 million, so impact was proportionally much worse.
  15. I think thatís done routinely by all sorts of...

    I think thatís done routinely by all sorts of people in all sorts of circumstances. (ďIím doing it for the familyĒ covers a multitude of selfish behaviour.) Itís regrettable, but not, I think vile.
    ...
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    EU has got a wonderful PR machine...the focus is...

    EU has got a wonderful PR machine...the focus is always on the handful of rich prosperous, comparatively tolerant members. Less successful, less tolerant members are conveniently overlooked.

    UK...
  17. I think it would be a profoundly bad idea because...

    I think it would be a profoundly bad idea because of the long term consequences.

    Elected officials have to be accountable to the public for what they do. That would be undermined if on key votes...
  18. Guess being Trumps sidekick is up there with...

    Guess being Trumps sidekick is up there with being Draculaís girlfriend in the danger stakes...if youíre risk averse donít apply for the role.
  19. The thing about giving the money to people that...

    The thing about giving the money to people that actually need it is that the money actually gets spent. Businesses get the money, the money flows through the system and gets spent again. It’s the so...
  20. I know that conditions vary between UK and...

    I know that conditions vary between UK and US..but all the people I know in UK who have stayed in jobs throughout the pandemic have actually been financially better off than iusual.

    That’s been...
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    Agreed. Itís ďhorses for coursesĒ. What Iím...

    Agreed.

    Itís ďhorses for coursesĒ. What Iím primarily looking for when I read mainstream super hero comics is a well written action piece where the established characters act consistent with their...
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    Times cryptic crossword clue today: “Times has...

    Times cryptic crossword clue today: “Times has often run leaders as The Thunderer” (4 letters)

    (Take first letters of the first four words.)
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    Mead, of course...I’d forgotten Mr Aaron’s...

    Mead, of course...I’d forgotten Mr Aaron’s obsession with strong drink...I try to blot out the 40 issues I read.
  24. I’m extremely sceptical whether she’s a spy or...

    I’m extremely sceptical whether she’s a spy or not.

    I actually think it’s pretty unlikely. Ask yourself how likely it is that she’d been allowed to reveal that in open court if she was.

    Far...
  25. There is..of course..a US/UK extradition treaty....

    There is..of course..a US/UK extradition treaty. But yes..I understand that most countries are reluctant to send their citizens abroad to face justice.

    In some ways Iím far more baffled why being...
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