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  1. Comment on The Simpsons Pulled an Episode Featuring Michael Jackson. That Was a Mistake. in ~tv

  2. Comment on The Simpsons Pulled an Episode Featuring Michael Jackson. That Was a Mistake. in ~tv

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    The Simpsons is very much part of history. It may be "just" entertainment but it's a strong part of popular culture and has an incredible amount of influence beyond entertainment.

    The Simpsons is very much part of history. It may be "just" entertainment but it's a strong part of popular culture and has an incredible amount of influence beyond entertainment.

    5 votes
  3. Comment on Recommend me some podcasts! in ~talk

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    Some good stuff there! Thanks!

    Some good stuff there! Thanks!

    2 votes
  4. I'm trying to get onto the podcast bandwagon, and so wondered if anyone can recommend any? Tech podcasts are certainly interesting to me but anything geeky (tech, gadgets, science etc. as opposed...

    I'm trying to get onto the podcast bandwagon, and so wondered if anyone can recommend any?

    Tech podcasts are certainly interesting to me but anything geeky (tech, gadgets, science etc. as opposed to cartoons, comics, pop-culture - have no interest in any of those topics) would be ace.

    Thanks!

    17 votes
  5. Comment on Facts Alone Won’t Convince People To Vaccinate Their Kids in ~misc

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    True but at some point you have to resign to the fact that there's no convincing some people and they simply have to be told what to do.

    True but at some point you have to resign to the fact that there's no convincing some people and they simply have to be told what to do.

    5 votes
  6. Comment on Obscure no-deal Brexit group is UK's biggest political spender on Facebook in ~tech

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    Apparently these idiots who are pushing for a no deal exit know things that top financial forecasters don't. I have absolutely no doubt that pensioner Stevens has an in depth understanding of...

    Apparently these idiots who are pushing for a no deal exit know things that top financial forecasters don't. I have absolutely no doubt that pensioner Stevens has an in depth understanding of economics which qualifies him to say it's all "scaremongering". :-/

    2 votes
  7. Comment on I barely enjoy television anymore, and it's really tiring me out in ~tv

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    I don't remember the last time I saw a TV programme that I didn't think was a waste of my time. I remember watching Walking Dead and quite enjoyed that for the first two series. And then I got...

    I don't remember the last time I saw a TV programme that I didn't think was a waste of my time. I remember watching Walking Dead and quite enjoyed that for the first two series. And then I got onto the third and thought "Hang on, this is exactly the same as the first two but in a different location". The same stories were being regurgitated with very slight differences. I felt a bit cheated actually, so stopped that one. I suspect my attention span suits movies more than series after series of TV programmes and find that the way TV programmes are written frustrates me as the protagonists always seem to have such bad luck so as stretch out story longer and longer.

    Now I think about it, Black Mirror was one I did enjoy. One story per programme with a vague running theme throughout and then you're not left hanging at the end.

    I don't have much desire to involve myself in a TV series for years on end. Give me a story for an hour, let it conclude and then I can get on with my life or dip into another story later if I so wish.

    4 votes
  8. Comment on For The Few Who Heat Homes With Coal, It's Still King in ~life

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    I also burn coal to heat my home. I'm somewhat jealous of the low cost of coal that the guy in the article pays for his coal. 400lbs for 56$? Crazy. I pay £11.50 for 25 kg. I live on a boat,...

    I also burn coal to heat my home. I'm somewhat jealous of the low cost of coal that the guy in the article pays for his coal. 400lbs for 56$? Crazy. I pay £11.50 for 25 kg. I live on a boat, however and so it's one of the few options I have for heating. Fossil fuels are all I can use, I would love to find an alternative but with restricted electricity and limited room, coal is pretty much the only real option.

  9. Comment on YouTube bans comments on videos of children in ~tech

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    I'm going to get that extension installed. I think it'll do wonders for my mental state.

    I'm going to get that extension installed. I think it'll do wonders for my mental state.

    1 vote
  10. Comment on YouTube bans comments on videos of children in ~tech

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    I'm a little bit torn over this. It seems a little bit like using a sledgehammer to crack a walnut but not really sure what else they can do. It's clearly a problem.

    I'm a little bit torn over this. It seems a little bit like using a sledgehammer to crack a walnut but not really sure what else they can do. It's clearly a problem.

    7 votes
  11. Comment on United Methodist Church votes to maintain its opposition to same-sex marriage, gay clergy in ~humanities

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    I feel like this liberalisation of the church is the church grasping at straws to remain relevant when they know full well that their time is up. Probably not in my lifetime but I suspect not far...

    I feel like this liberalisation of the church is the church grasping at straws to remain relevant when they know full well that their time is up.

    Probably not in my lifetime but I suspect not far beyond that, we'll grow up and move on from, for want of a better word, the idea of a theological church, ie. a church that believes in and worships a divine being.

    I wonder if perhaps "churches for atheists" may become a thing in the future.

    4 votes
  12. Comment on Looking for Eagles-style rock recommendations in ~music

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    Not exactly the same as the Eagles but not a million miles away: Calexico The Sadies Wilco

    Not exactly the same as the Eagles but not a million miles away:

    • Calexico
    • The Sadies
    • Wilco
    3 votes
  13. Comment on Dollars on the Margins - $15/hr minimum wage as a public health measure in ~health

    welly Link Parent
    Wow. That is an incredibly narrow minded view. You're saying that people who work minimum wage jobs are lazy? It's amazing that anyone could possibly come to that conclusion.

    Wow. That is an incredibly narrow minded view. You're saying that people who work minimum wage jobs are lazy? It's amazing that anyone could possibly come to that conclusion.

    6 votes
  14. Comment on Web developers - What is your stack? in ~comp

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    PHP, with mainly Drupal, occasionally Symfony. And the usual front end rubbish (scss, jquery). Nothing modern whatsoever, but stable and reliable. Been using this stack for over 10 years,...

    PHP, with mainly Drupal, occasionally Symfony. And the usual front end rubbish (scss, jquery). Nothing modern whatsoever, but stable and reliable. Been using this stack for over 10 years, previously I dabbled in Rails and a few other PHP frameworks (Cake, Zend) but have settled on Drupal for the vast majority of work.

    I was a Microsoft developer for 10 years prior to all this and am glad to see the back of it.

  15. Comment on Shamima Begum: IS teenager to lose UK citizenship in ~news

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    The crowd are baying for blood or revenge. The home office have given them what they want. Typical Tory tactics.

    The crowd are baying for blood or revenge. The home office have given them what they want.

    Typical Tory tactics.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on Shamima Begum: IS teenager to lose UK citizenship in ~news

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    Good on Bangladesh. Javid is playing populist politics again.

    Good on Bangladesh. Javid is playing populist politics again.

    2 votes
  17. Comment on Shamima Begum: IS teenager to lose UK citizenship in ~news

    welly Link Parent
    She's still only 19 and having heard her speak, she's not the sharpest tool in the shed. Her lack of remorse is clearly not going down particularly well but she's clearly immature and has been...

    She's still only 19 and having heard her speak, she's not the sharpest tool in the shed. Her lack of remorse is clearly not going down particularly well but she's clearly immature and has been very much groomed to think the way she has expressed.

    The issue I have with her being stripped of her British citizenship is she's going to be Bangladesh's problem, who have nothing to do with this whole situation. I'd be interested to see what they have to say about it.

    3 votes