IS Forum
Forum Index Register Members List Events Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read Help

Go Back   International Skeptics Forum » Search Forums
 


Welcome to the International Skeptics Forum, where we discuss skepticism, critical thinking, the paranormal and science in a friendly but lively way. You are currently viewing the forum as a guest, which means you are missing out on discussing matters that are of interest to you. Please consider registering so you can gain full use of the forum features and interact with other Members. Registration is simple, fast and free! Click here to register today.
Showing results 1 to 50 of 500
Search took 6.39 seconds.
Search: Posts Made By: The Don
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 5th August 2022, 04:33 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 236
Posted By The Don
Which will fail because the electorate there will...

Which will fail because the electorate there will be happy that there are now 10 food banks when under Labour there wasn't a single one. :rolleyes:
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 5th August 2022, 02:26 AM
Replies: 2,899
Views: 91,455
Posted By The Don
Yes, but they're still grinding on westwards on...

Yes, but they're still grinding on westwards on the Eastern front taking a village or two every day on their way towards the major cities.

It also looks like they might be about to breach the well...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 5th August 2022, 02:17 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 236
Posted By The Don
Inflation is spiralling out of control. The...

Inflation is spiralling out of control.

The economy is likely to slip into recession later this year.

People are getting poorer.

The NHS is prostrate.

Strikes are affecting the majority...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 5th August 2022, 02:04 AM
Replies: 2,899
Views: 91,455
Posted By The Don
Yes there are plenty of petrochemical reserves...

Yes there are plenty of petrochemical reserves there but they will take years and billions of dollars to exploit, longer and more investment if they are to be exported by pipeline.



Are you...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 4th August 2022, 01:12 PM
Replies: 2,899
Views: 91,455
Posted By The Don
That's certainly the perceived wisdom. Do...

That's certainly the perceived wisdom.

Do you need experienced soldiers or an effective officer corps if your plan is just to reduce everything to dust using inaccurate artillery?
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 4th August 2022, 01:06 PM
Replies: 2,899
Views: 91,455
Posted By The Don
I guess the key question is whether we're in 1939...

I guess the key question is whether we're in 1939 here or 1944.
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 4th August 2022, 01:05 PM
Replies: 2,899
Views: 91,455
Posted By The Don
Yes they do, which is why they are falling back...

Yes they do, which is why they are falling back on their considerable stocks of Soviet era artillery and munitions.
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 4th August 2022, 10:55 AM
Replies: 2,899
Views: 91,455
Posted By The Don
Yes, because he still has considerable foreign...

Yes, because he still has considerable foreign currency inflows and the ability to print money.

Like Nazi Germany, the "wartime" economy bears little resemblance to the "real" one. Meanwhile the...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 4th August 2022, 10:51 AM
Replies: 2,899
Views: 91,455
Posted By The Don
The UK inflation rate is half that of Russia.

The UK inflation rate is half that of Russia.
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 4th August 2022, 10:37 AM
Replies: 2,899
Views: 91,455
Posted By The Don
The UK economy might shrink by 1% over that...

The UK economy might shrink by 1% over that period.

The Russian economy is forecast to shrink by more than 15%.

I can see why Putin wants the sanctions to end
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 4th August 2022, 04:05 AM
Replies: 179
Views: 5,334
Posted By The Don
Read the report. These were not independent...

Read the report. These were not independent international observers, they were "useful idiots" invited by the Russians.



Who knows what the local people say when the referendums were not free...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 4th August 2022, 03:46 AM
Replies: 2,899
Views: 91,455
Posted By The Don
I cannot begin to estimate how many members...

I cannot begin to estimate how many members Corbyn drove away from the Labour Party. :mad:

He has never left the 1960's sixth-form common room debating society. His "solutions" don't seem at all...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 3rd August 2022, 11:47 AM
Replies: 2,899
Views: 91,455
Posted By The Don
Wink To paraphrase Lady Bracknell, to lose one supply...

To paraphrase Lady Bracknell, to lose one supply train is unfortunate, to lose two suggests carelessness....
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 3rd August 2022, 07:52 AM
Replies: 2,899
Views: 91,455
Posted By The Don
I suppose it depends on what you mean by the long...

I suppose it depends on what you mean by the long run.

Decades ? Definitely not.

Could they keep it up for a year or two ? Well they certainly have a huge stockpile of low accuracy ammunition...
Forum: Economics, Business and Finance 3rd August 2022, 02:29 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 1,322
Posted By The Don
And it's hardly magic, if our experience is...

And it's hardly magic, if our experience is anything to go by.

As they got older, the annual costs of insurance for our cats rose until we felt that they were prohibitive. We self-insure for our...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 3rd August 2022, 02:12 AM
Replies: 2,899
Views: 91,455
Posted By The Don
Will the EU, UK and USA be willing to plough in...

Will the EU, UK and USA be willing to plough in $100bn-$200bn a year for the next 5, 10, 15 years while Ukraine rebuilds at the same time that UK and EU economies are suffering because of Russia's...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 3rd August 2022, 12:57 AM
Replies: 2,899
Views: 91,455
Posted By The Don
Thank you for the comprehensive response. I'll...

Thank you for the comprehensive response. I'll try to keep this to a manageable length.



The thing is that we've been told for a considerable time now that they're expending forces at a and...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 3rd August 2022, 12:35 AM
Replies: 2,899
Views: 91,455
Posted By The Don
I'm sure that there are *reasons* why this is not...

I'm sure that there are *reasons* why this is not a counterattack :rolleyes:

These might include:


Reports of Ukrainian gains on the Kherson front are fake news, Russia is holding its...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 2nd August 2022, 08:04 AM
Replies: 2,899
Views: 91,455
Posted By The Don
I admit that I made a mistake in materially...

I admit that I made a mistake in materially responding to your first post. :o

I shall not do so for a second time in case the thread gets completely derailed in a predictable way.
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 2nd August 2022, 06:53 AM
Replies: 2,899
Views: 91,455
Posted By The Don
True, in which case the result of that sporting...

True, in which case the result of that sporting contest would be a victory for your opponent.

The message in the mainstream Western press, and promoted by Western intelligence, is that the Russian...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 2nd August 2022, 04:10 AM
Replies: 3,119
Views: 90,194
Posted By The Don
Maybe pensioners should get a lower pension if...

Maybe pensioners should get a lower pension if they live in a low cost area. :rolleyes:

Maybe a Tory MP should get less if they represent a "Red Wall" constituency :rolleyes:
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 2nd August 2022, 12:18 AM
Replies: 2,899
Views: 91,455
Posted By The Don
Russia has reportedly doubled their forces around...

Russia has reportedly doubled their forces around Kherson to around 25k to repel the counteroffensive (which would apparently never happen).

They continue to slowly advance towards Bakmut.

For...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 1st August 2022, 06:01 AM
Replies: 179
Views: 5,334
Posted By The Don
Were those referendums carried out in a free and...

Were those referendums carried out in a free and fair way ?
No, there was mass voter intimidation

Did the results of those referendums reflect the actual votes cast ?
Who knows, there was no...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 1st August 2022, 04:22 AM
Replies: 3,119
Views: 90,194
Posted By The Don
At the moment, almost all people have equity in...

At the moment, almost all people have equity in their houses so if they do end up defaulting after interest rates rise, in the short term the banks are covered because for a while there won't be so...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 1st August 2022, 03:04 AM
Replies: 3,119
Views: 90,194
Posted By The Don
I can't possibly see a downside in rental...

I can't possibly see a downside in rental payments being included in mortgage calculations. :rolleyes:

What the UK housing market needs is more financially marginal mortgage lending decisions,...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 29th July 2022, 11:53 AM
Replies: 2,899
Views: 91,455
Posted By The Don
The Eurasian Times reckons HIMARS is overpriced...

The Eurasian Times reckons HIMARS is overpriced and overhyped

https://eurasiantimes.com/himars-is-the-third-weapons-platform-along-with-the-javelin-m777/
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 29th July 2022, 11:49 AM
Replies: 3,119
Views: 90,194
Posted By The Don
I failed to get into Oxford to study physics but...

I failed to get into Oxford to study physics but at least I did better at the entrance exam than my physics teacher. I was the only Oxbridge candidate from that year, and the only one from the late...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 28th July 2022, 11:12 PM
Replies: 3,119
Views: 90,194
Posted By The Don
In the UK there aren't Catholic parish schools or...

In the UK there aren't Catholic parish schools or more accurately the Catholic parish school would be an RC state school.
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 27th July 2022, 01:52 PM
Replies: 179
Views: 5,334
Posted By The Don
Speaking a language does not correlate with...

Speaking a language does not correlate with wanting to live under the rule of that country - ask people living in the US
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 27th July 2022, 01:43 PM
Replies: 179
Views: 5,334
Posted By The Don
Nope,. If they do then Russia will salami slice...

Nope,. If they do then Russia will salami slice and ethnically cleanse their way across the country.

But you are a fan of it happening in the 30s and 40s so it's no surprise that you are a fan of...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 27th July 2022, 04:17 AM
Replies: 3,119
Views: 90,194
Posted By The Don
:confused: They may have kompromat on Boris...

:confused:

They may have kompromat on Boris Johnson but the man himself isn't



https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kompromat
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 27th July 2022, 03:45 AM
Replies: 3,119
Views: 90,194
Posted By The Don
A decent summary, but for the likes of Boris...

A decent summary, but for the likes of Boris Johnson, I'd say that they get a 50, 60, 70 or 80 metre start.

Meanwhile poor children from sink estates whose parents are unwilling and/or unable to...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 27th July 2022, 03:20 AM
Replies: 2,899
Views: 91,455
Posted By The Don
A brief search online seems to indicate that...

A brief search online seems to indicate that Wagner Group mercenaries are paid in roubles because the pay is denominated in roubles first and then the equivalent USD value is given.

That isn't...
Forum: USA Politics 27th July 2022, 02:37 AM
Replies: 160
Views: 4,598
Posted By The Don
tbh, the UK seems to be heading that way rapidly...

tbh, the UK seems to be heading that way rapidly :o
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 27th July 2022, 01:24 AM
Replies: 3,119
Views: 90,194
Posted By The Don
The thing that beggars belief is that a...

The thing that beggars belief is that a significant proportion of the British electorate will be convinced that it was all the fault of:


The Labour Party
Remoaners
The Last Government -...
Forum: USA Politics 27th July 2022, 12:29 AM
Replies: 917
Views: 45,848
Posted By The Don
The other sort ;) In my experience, the more...

The other sort ;)

In my experience, the more extreme the sect, the broader the definition of "The other sort".
Forum: USA Politics 27th July 2022, 12:27 AM
Replies: 917
Views: 45,848
Posted By The Don
Why ? Whatever she answers won't make a...

Why ?

Whatever she answers won't make a shred of difference to the people who vote for her (75% of the electorate) - heck it might even enhance her chances.

People who vote for the likes of MTG...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 27th July 2022, 12:21 AM
Replies: 3,119
Views: 90,194
Posted By The Don
Interesting to see that Rishi Sunak has changed...

Interesting to see that Rishi Sunak has changed tack and is now promising to cut some taxes - specifically VAT on energy:



https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-62309017

Whilst hardly a...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 27th July 2022, 12:16 AM
Replies: 2,899
Views: 91,455
Posted By The Don
At the moment, the Russian economy is pretty...

At the moment, the Russian economy is pretty closed. For sure cash is coming in from commodities sales but sanctions have meant that outflows have slowed to a trickle.

Tight control of currency...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 26th July 2022, 10:59 AM
Replies: 2,899
Views: 91,455
Posted By The Don
They may have invented it but like the English...

They may have invented it but like the English with football (soccer) they're not very good at it any more it seems.

If logistics were bad in ideal summer conditions then I don't see them improving
Forum: USA Politics 26th July 2022, 09:35 AM
Replies: 917
Views: 45,848
Posted By The Don
Has she said it again or is it a reply of what...

Has she said it again or is it a reply of what she said a week ago?
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 26th July 2022, 09:14 AM
Replies: 2,899
Views: 91,455
Posted By The Don
Indeed it could be argued that, having been...

Indeed it could be argued that, having been through the loop once, the Russians will be far better prepared and equipped thanks to the $150bn they have received from the EU since the start of the...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 26th July 2022, 07:57 AM
Replies: 684
Views: 21,184
Posted By The Don
How would the law be enforced ? Would those...

How would the law be enforced ?

Would those enforcing it be armed ?

If not, they how would they compel large groups of armed people (including national armies) to give up their weapons ?
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 26th July 2022, 07:24 AM
Replies: 3,119
Views: 90,194
Posted By The Don
Interestingly the "anti-government" BBC is...

Interestingly the "anti-government" BBC is choosing to lie about what Boris Johnson said.


...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 26th July 2022, 05:28 AM
Replies: 2,899
Views: 91,455
Posted By The Don
Looks like the EU has agreed to reduce energy...

Looks like the EU has agreed to reduce energy consumption:



https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-62305094

It's not all good news though :(
Forum: USA Politics 26th July 2022, 05:11 AM
Replies: 1,717
Views: 88,463
Posted By The Don
Generally I agree, but I think the legacy will...

Generally I agree, but I think the legacy will last far, far, longer.
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 26th July 2022, 03:28 AM
Replies: 2,899
Views: 91,455
Posted By The Don
Meanwhile, according to ISW, Russia continues to...

Meanwhile, according to ISW, Russia continues to make tiny gains in the East and dig in elsewhere expecting a Ukrainian counteroffensive.

IMO counteroffensives will have to start happening...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 26th July 2022, 03:18 AM
Replies: 3,119
Views: 90,194
Posted By The Don
True, but compared to her old Etonian chums, she...

True, but compared to her old Etonian chums, she was on the breadline. :rolleyes:
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 26th July 2022, 01:08 AM
Replies: 3,119
Views: 90,194
Posted By The Don
IMO the reason why the grammar system is so...

IMO the reason why the grammar system is so popular with Conservatives is because it helps to maintain inequality and keep the proles in their place.

The reason why they hate the comprehensive...
Forum: USA Politics 26th July 2022, 12:23 AM
Replies: 917
Views: 45,848
Posted By The Don
Good people on both sides. ;)

Good people on both sides. ;)
Showing results 1 to 50 of 500

 
Forum Jump

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 03:54 PM.
Powered by vBulletin. Copyright ©2000 - 2022, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

This forum began as part of the James Randi Education Foundation (JREF). However, the forum now exists as
an independent entity with no affiliation with or endorsement by the JREF, including the section in reference to "JREF" topics.

Disclaimer: Messages posted in the Forum are solely the opinion of their authors.