john.wb


  • I’m coming late to this thread – sorry if everyone else has moved on, but I feel I need to say a few things. I learnt something new from this post. It was not, I can say, something I particularly wanted to learn […]

  • john.wb posted a new activity comment 3 years, 10 months ago

    @22 rocket

    Once there’s a single system mandated to cover everyone, then there has to be losers and winners

    US citizen living and working in Canada here. I think you have it backwards. It is free enterprise that produces winners and losers – I think that’s basically the point. Now I have no problem with “winners and losers” if it means the w…[Read more]

  • john.wb posted a new activity comment 3 years, 10 months ago

    The ACA is a mess anyway. When Trump repeals it, barring anything else in place, these things will happen:

    i) insurance premiums will go down for young, healthy people

    ii) for older / sicker people their premiums will rise if they can even get coverage

    iii) meanwhile millions of poorer Americans who gained health insurance under ACA will lose…[Read more]

  • john.wb posted a new activity comment 3 years, 10 months ago

    If there is one thing we have learned from the election process it’s that things go in cycles. It’s rare for a party to keep power after 8 years in control. The difference this time is that Republicans will control both houses of Congress and the Presidency, (though in the latter case “control” may be somewhat of a misnomer – who knows, we shall…[Read more]

  • john.wb posted a new activity comment 3 years, 11 months ago

    @11

    I think you are making a great mistake in believing that Clinton will promote the cause of free science and religious openness

    Climate change is an urgent threat and a defining challenge of our time – Hillary Clinton

    The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive -…[Read more]

  • john.wb posted a new activity comment 3 years, 11 months ago

    Mr Trump has stated that, as POTUS, he would appoint a supreme court justice in the mould of Scalia. He’s also said that women who have abortions should be prosecuted (though he later backed away from that one).

    This is music to the ears of the religious right. On no other issue are they so united and so vehement as their opposition to abortion.…[Read more]

  • john.wb posted a new activity comment 4 years ago

    “When people say the climate has changed before, these are the kinds of changes they’re talking about” …

    http://xkcd.com/1732/

  • john.wb posted a new activity comment 4 years ago

    Mutually Assured Destruction. For most of the last half century this policy is all that’s stood between us and nuclear annihilation. I have not, yet, been burnt to a cinder, and I’m here to write this post, because of MAD. But MAD only works when sane people are at the controls. In 1980 we elected Ronald Reagan and put the lunatics in charge of…[Read more]

  • john.wb posted a new activity comment 4 years, 1 month ago

    Olgun / Laurie

    As the late great Terry Pratchett noted:

    ““Whatever happens, they say afterwards, it must have been fate. People are always a little confused about this, as they are in the case of miracles. When someone is saved from certain death by a strange concatenation of circumstances, they say that’s a miracle. But of course if someone i…[Read more]

  • john.wb posted a new activity comment 4 years, 1 month ago

    Dan, Eejit, Pinball and others ..

    The atrocities committed by the Christian church in times gone by were vile acts. That has precisely nothing to do with the story at hand – indeed, it’s a distraction, employed most often by apologists for Islam who say that because “our” church (whoever “we” happen to be) once committed mayhem we are not…[Read more]

  • john.wb posted a new activity comment 4 years, 2 months ago

    A recent paper (link here) reported serious bugs in the software used to interpret the data from fMRI scans – so serious, the authors claim, that it invalidates a lot of the work done in recent years. I couldn’t find much information in the Guardian article about the specific imaging and data analysis techniques used, but it seems likely there are…[Read more]

  • john.wb posted a new activity comment 4 years, 2 months ago

    @58

    I did anthropology at uni years ago – when I was an agnostic and default:) evolutionist.

    @89

    I am afraid I am not persuaded yet, but I try to keep an open mind

    No, you do not keep an open mind and you are in fact lying to us. The giveaway is your use of the word “evolutionist”. No-one outside of the YEC crowd and other nutcases u…[Read more]

  • john.wb posted a new activity comment 4 years, 2 months ago

    @David #3

    Brexiteers have been good at telling us what we will not lose:

    Science, the Oscars, football, sports, music, NATO, the UN, IMF

    Many, (particularly scientists, actors, sportsmen, musicians and foreign leaders), would beg to differ, but let’s leave that aside for now. What is less clear is what we will gain. All I’ve heard so far…[Read more]

  • john.wb posted a new activity comment 4 years, 2 months ago

    30 @Dan

    Would you mind explaining to me why you don’t like Corbyn?

    Corbyn is a throwback to the hard left labour party of the eighties, before Tony Blair moved them to center and out of the political wilderness. Every election defeat seems to precipitate a sort of coup d’etat where the centrists are pushed aside by the union-backed left. T…[Read more]

  • john.wb posted a new activity comment 4 years, 2 months ago

    8 @mickey

    Science has figured out how to make the process faster and more “targeted.”

    Making the process faster and more “targeted” also means that we don’t have sufficient time to assess the risks. As we’ve seen with things like trans-fats, adverse effects may not show up immediately. Concerns have been raised regarding possible health imp…[Read more]

  • john.wb posted a new activity comment 4 years, 3 months ago

    59 @Phil

    What are we going to do now?

    From the other side of the Atlantic, and for our American readers who might not be as familiar with the works of Spike Milligan, comes one possible answer:

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  • john.wb posted a new activity comment 4 years, 3 months ago

    I’ve been feeling depressed since the result was announced. It will not end well for England (never mind Britain which is now effectively finished). France in particular will seek to punish us “pour encourager les autres”. The Scots will demand another referendum, (who can blame them?), which seems sure to result in separation. The EU will then…[Read more]

  • john.wb posted a new activity comment 4 years, 3 months ago

    @NorthernVoice #3

    The EU needs some democratic checks and balances that the organisation has absolutely no intention of ever allowing …

    Per Wikipedia:
    “In the European Union, there are two sources of democratic legitimacy: the European Parliament, directly elected by the people of the European Union as a whole; and the Council of the E…[Read more]

  • john.wb posted a new activity comment 4 years, 3 months ago

    @7

    Why don’t those Christians do more to denounce the bad apples within their flock?

    Any religion that tells its’ followers God is offended by x, (where x can equal abortion, homosexuality, equality of women etc etc) runs the risk that certain of their more extreme adherents will take it upon themselves to commit violence in the belief t…[Read more]

  • john.wb posted a new activity comment 4 years, 3 months ago

    I think Muslims need to go a lot further than simply “distancing themselves from terrorists”. It’s a little like Donald Trump distancing himself from racists when his statements actually encourage racism in the first place.

    I remember the case of a poor woman stoned to death by a mob in Afghanistan for allegedly insulting the Koran. Most of the…[Read more]

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