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Comment Re:So? (Score 1) 292

Oh, I understand why people might not want a nuclear armed Iran.

I just don't think any informed person is basing that opinion on paranoid fantasies like yours,

I mean, seriously? A nuclear armed state giving its weapons to another country, let alone a non-state actor like Hezbollah. You must be joking.

And the idea that Bashar would use nukes inside his own country? It's just silly.

Comment Re:So? (Score 1) 292

Which is why they shouldn't have a nuclear bomb. The fact is they control Syria


and Lebanon

Even more nonsense.

A nuclear Hezbollah bombing Israel,

paranoid fantasy. You don't bomb countries that can bomb you back.

nuclear Syria bombing its civilians

If Bashar wanted to use WMD's on his own territory he'd be a lot more likely to use his huge stock of chemical weapons - less mess to clean up afterwards,

and Iran nuclear bombing Saudi citizens rather than trying to gun down their ambassador in DC could be a very frightening situation than anyone imagined.

Big on imagination aren't you.

Comment Re:Not daft? (Score 1) 139

M. Hollande is old school ENA (Ecole Nationale d'Administration) which turns out highly-educated senior French bureaucrats and politicians, who, whatever else they may be, are not daft.

Not Daft? They why is he pursuing austerity, a policy which has always led to economic depression and increased debt? It is nice he restrained to blow education, but then why blowing everything else?

Uh, because of the fucking Germans.

Comment Re:will Massive Online Courses control college cos (Score 1) 139

I really hope it hasn't - at £5000/year full time, it's tuition fees are considerably lower than the £9000/yr everyone else seems to be charging for an undergraduate degree. When you take into account the student loans that everyone here takes out to pay them, lower tuition fees seem like a good way to reduce our reliance on credit.

And please never forget that the people who voted for those fees didn't pay them themselves, instead they were paid to go to university.

(AFAIR I used to get about GBP 1000 a year, not a lot even then, but I left university with a a debt of only GBP 200. <yorkshireman>Try telling that to the kids of today</yorkshireman>).

Comment Re:Compare the costs of social programs to researc (Score 1) 139

You have to understand how deeply in the hole some of these countries are

Public debt as a percentage of GDP:

Japan: 208.2% (2011 est CIA)
USA 104.1% (2011 est CIA)
France: 86.5% (2011, est Eurostat).

(Similar figures from IMF).

So, some of these countries are in a pretty deep hole. Maybe not the ones you were thinking of.

Comment Re:Still Wrong (Score 3, Insightful) 926

What's your alternative "solution".


No man is an island,
Entire of itself.
Each is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thine own
Or of thine friend's were.
Each man's death diminishes me,
For I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee.

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