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Anna B

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  1. Yes, I saw this. Very enlightening. Everyone who thinks this government is 'doing a good job' should watch it.
  2. Maybe it's time for the Labour party to split. The Labour MPs that undermined the general election can start their own party, or join the Lib Dems, like the Gang of Four did many years ago, and then the real Labour party 'for the many, not the few,' can get on with redressing the balance back towards the welfare of the people of this country, rather than the big Corporations and Ultra Capitalists.
  3. Please could you explain what you mean by this? Who are the majority you refer to? Why do you not include yourself in this majority? What is it the majority deserve, and what do you think they have done to deserve it? All genuine questions. I'd like to understand your point of view. Most of the rest of your full post I tend to agree with, except paragraph 2. In this matter we have no more rights than any other country. By the same token I could ask why you think our lives are worth more than poor third world people who reliably get the sticky end of every disaster going, through no fault of their own.
  4. Could someone please explain why, despite matching all the criteria, the government removed Covid 19 from the official list of 'High Consequence Infectious Diseases' on March 19th 2020, just as it was hitting the UK? Could it be because the government knew, right from the start, it was unable to fulfil the legal requirement to provide "an enhanced individual, population, and system response to ensure it is managed effectively, efficiently, and safely," thus cleverly sidestepping any legal obligation to do so, which might be used against them in any future court battle? I really can't think of any other reason, can you?
  5. Yes I agree. The government seem to be knee jerk reacting to criticism rather than planning a proper regime with the joined up thinking required. As I understand it, testing is supposed to go alongside rigorous contact tracing, otherwise a very important element is lost. Tracing hasn't even started yet. They've had months to get this in place, but it isn't due to start for yet another 2 weeks. Testing, testing, testing, (and tracing) as recommmended by all the medical experts was imperitive right at the start of the UK leg of the epidemic, and should have been up and running as soon as people were becoming ill, when numbers were small. They'd had since January to prepare for it.
  6. Because it's supposed to be. It's designed to be a 'hostile environment' to 'encourage' people back to work. Therefore it's as frustrating a process as it could possibly be with built in delays and failures. And it's not enough to live on anyway. This government targets the most vulnerable people because they know they can't fight back. Unfortunately the unemployed now encompasses a great many of the middle class who are about to fiind out what a punitive regime this is.
  7. Considering what an utter farce this gvernment's approach to testing has been, we really are stumbling around in the dark. Peter Hitchens, a writer I frequently disagree with, in this case, puts it exactly right: "The government's attempt to put us all under house arrest is the first attempt in history, to quarantine the healthy rather than the sick." Of course the missing link in all this is that without 'testing, testing, testing,' we don't know who the sick and the healthy are. Those countries who have employed the testing and tracing technique are in a much better position now, with some countries ready to open up again, (if they ever closed,) with far less long term economic damage. We have yet to fully grasp the ramifications of an extended lockdown, but they will be huge, and probably encompass at best, severe austerity, unemployment, poverty and an even greater loss of life. Make no mistake, in our case the fall out from the cure will be worse than the disease.
  8. Rule number 1 from the scientific community was the importance of 'Testing, testing, testing.' This rule was repeated long and often, by various medical and scientific sources, and has been followed by most countries, but most notably, not by us. So when this government has the audacity to say it is 'following the science,' it seems it can flagrently break this rule when it suits, with devastating consequences. And then there's still the ongoing farce with the issue of PPE. for frontline workers. Yes, I'd say there was plenty of room for criticism.
  9. Lack of British workers picking fruit and vegetables has nothing to do with coronavirus. According to a report on TV News programme, the main cause is lack of transport, (many poorly paid British workers do not have cars, and farms and fields are often in remote areas not served by public transport.) And accomodation; foreign workers often arrive for the season, and live on site or together in digs where they can be picked up daily, and taken to the fields in vans. British workers on the other hand, have rent or mortgages and council tax to pay, which doesn't stop when they are working away from home and also having to pay for onsite accomodation. The pay is not good, particularly when set against the British cost of living. For British workers it is simply not a viable option.
  10. I think the stats are confusing, but added to that is a sense of the government's embarrassment over the figures which are abysmal in anybody's book, and an indication of how badly they've handled things, starting right from the beginning with their lack of 'testing, testing, testing.' So as far as they're concerned the more obtuse they are, the better.
  11. If we don't have free will we become more robot than human. I'd say it was one of the defining characteristics of being human, to be able to make our own choices, ultimately between good and bad. But having been given that freedom to make our own choices we have no right to expect God, benevolent or otherwise, to bale us out when we screw up. Sadly Auschwitz in not an exception, there have been plenty of other examples of man's inhumanity to man, both large and small, but also many exceptional and wonderful examples of bravery, altruism, kindness and love. We just have to decide which side we're on.
  12. I don't think they're meaningless questions. They are the sort of questions that drive us on.
  13. People can be either good or bad or a mixture of both. I don't think it depends on religious beliefs, but I do think quite a lot depends on conscience, and an inner sense of right and wrong. Where does that come from?
  14. It might. Let's wait and see.
  15. I've always said that what the Tories say they are doing and what they are actually doing are two different things. It was true before the crisis and it's true now. I'm genuinely glad that Boris is out of hospital and recovering, but he's managing to avoid all the flack by keeping a low profile. Why am I reminded of his 'no show' on the pre-election interview with Andrew Neil, a man with all the facts and figures at his fingertips who can cut through Boris's incomprehensible bluster?
  16. Actually, they are used, all the time, in the disciplines you mention. 'Probability' is actually a branch of mathematics, and frequently informs science. Much science is based only on theory rather than fact, maybe you've heard of theoretical physics? And scientists don't always get it right either, theories are changing all the time, and being replaced wholesale when a new theory comes along. I'm in no way disparaging what they do, I am a great admirer, but it may surprise you to know that a number of highly respected scientists have professed a belief in God. I don't quite follow your last sentence. The death camps were most decidedly built by humanity, all be it just a small section of them, and the harm they did was out of all proportion to their number. God had nothing to do with it, it was racist genocide, and it was evil. Most evils in this world are the result of man's inhumanity to man, so why would God interfere? If Men caused it, let them sort it out. 'Freedom of will' remember. As for your 'beliefs' and bets, there must have been a tiny part of you that believed in the possibility of a win, otherwise why bet? That's all I'm saying, - I believe we should be open to the possibility of a God, or a force that is so far unknown but far bigger than ourselves. Better luck with the gambling next time. 😉
  17. Why would you think that faith in humanity is not compatible with a faith in God? You can have faith in both. I agree it was humanity that rescued the people in the German camps, but it was also humanity that created the camps in the first place, and visited the most appalling evils upon the people incarcerated there. It was a belief in God that sustained many of them while they were imprisoned, in the face of the most appalling testing of faith, (they have testified to that fact,) and God that freed them in death and took them to a better, more glorious and incorruptable place. I see you believe in extraterrestrial life on other planets in the Universe, (as do I,) but there is no proof of that is there? Only supposition and belief. I don't know which is the most awesome; to think the Universe is full of life, some of it such as us, or that we are all alone in a cold dark void.
  18. We have to have a purpose or we become nihilistic, and life loses its meaning. That can be a personal purpose or a universal purpose, but a purpose nevertheless. It appears to be essential to our mental wellbeing, Ever since we came down out of the trees we have had a burning curiosity to search, discover and learn; about life, the universe, everything. This is far more than idle mental musings, we are prepared to spend billions on it, Astronomy, Space, the Hadron Collider, without any obvious rewards other than scientific exploration. What drives us? Why are other animals seemingly incapable of it? Why are we the only creature to sense our own mortality? Or that something lies beyond? In spite of years of science there are many things/questions that defy explanation, that is what I mean by beyond. What happened before the Big Bang? Where does matter come from? How many dimensions are there? What is the purpose of 'Dark' matter? What makes us Human? What is consciousness? Do we have a soul/ spirit / connection to something bigger than ourselves? Why are some are profoundly aware of it and others not? What is the power of the mind, and where does it come from? What about all things psychic, paranormal and supernatural: (taken seriously enough to be investigated by the military,?) What happens after death? It's strange to think that by the end of the Victorian era they thought that scientific investigation was at an end; they knew everything. Yet in reality the answers really just gave rise to more and more questions. We now know that we know next to nothing. To me, it seems a bit arrogant to close your mind to all sorts of other possibilities. Including the possibility that the simplest answer might be a divine plan, or universal creator.
  19. I know someone who swears by it as a form of meditation. Therefore good for mental health. But I suppose if one person does it, no harm done, but if loads more do it, you have a problem.
  20. It wouldn't be the first time this government have covered up embarrassing figures would it?
  21. Ever since the first caveman looked up into the night sky and wondered at its awesomeness, he has believed in something greater than himself, and searched for meaning. That still continues. The same basic fundamental questions have not been answered. Who or what created the Universe? What is our purpose? What lies beyond? Science has not provided the answers. Mystics have tried but cannot provide proof. Maybe the answers lie somewhere between with with Quantum physics. I believe there are certainly dimensions we haven't even begun to explore yet.
  22. Joe Public needs to know how to make them as well. Is it that difficult?
  23. Yes, OK, you have a point with regards 'back' to God. I should have left out that word, (crikey, you have to be so careful...) Although, and this is purely a personal view, I believe we are born with a spiritual nature, and a number of scientific studies have tried to prove it, with different degrees of success. I disagree that God has to take responsibility for the 'mess' we're in. We're more than capable of cocking things up all by ourselves.
  24. Have you tried asking them? They are quite easy to chat to, especially if you go armed with a sandwich and hot cup of tea or coffee.
  25. IMO Religion is the controlling influence (please see my post 903) not God. God (if you believe,) gave us freewill to decide what we believe and how we live our lives. The rest of your post I agree with.
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