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General Discussion / Re: Life after COVID-19
« Last post by Serious on October 24, 2020, 14:14:17 PM »
I'm pretty certain we had a deadline to adhere to with regards to the EU, it wouldn't simply be a case of pushing it back unless the EU also agreed to this.

The link between growing national debt is tenuous too, I don't follow that growing debt means they would have invested in the NHS given the two are at odds, regardless of what hollow promises are written in manifestos.

Don't get me wrong, I think the Tory cabinet is as equal a shower of sh*t as the Labour cabinet, I'm certainly not defending the current state of play. But to assume Labour would have automatically fared better or stuck to promises is a bit naive, given the crippling deficiencies in higher brain function all ministers seem to have currently. God help us all.

We see the same cycle decade-in decade-out, swinging between the two parties and leading to equal misery. Its like football fans staunchly defending their favourite team when they absolutely suck balls and not being capable of showing respect to the other teams. If anything it's all a murky mirror of the US at present.

The EU would have inevitably agreed, only France might have balked a bit but it would have gone through if there was the potential of another referendum.

Tories have always resisted putting any money into the NHS. Check up on who actually increased spending the most (Labour). Latest lie is that there are 7810 more doctors. They changed the way staff are recorded so now students are included as doctors.

I would agree that all parties tend to suck, it's just that the Tories suck most, Liberals second, Labour least.

Again not what I disagreed with originally. You said nobody could have done any better. I could have equally said nobody could have done worse. Reality is nobody else had the chance and both are factually incorrect. The New Zealand PM did far better, South Korea did far better, so someone could have done better in the UK.
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General Discussion / Re: Ye gods, chaos lords, quantum mechanics.....
« Last post by Serious on October 23, 2020, 09:23:11 AM »

I randomly thought of Highlander 2 - What the F was that plot about.
If you remember it kind of made out that immortals were Aliens and it was all just bizzare.

Which is why I always try to leave openings, even if I finish up and answer as many questions as I can. My first book started with what I wanted the ending result to be. I then wrote to get there in a fairly convincing manner. That being 2001-2 I produced a story around a racially motivated geneticist. OK, tens of millions of people died horribly, billions were rendered infertile, but overall it was believable (more so with Trump and Boris, I hadn't really believed that my plot to corrupt the US presidential race could ever work).

The original Highlander film was actually closed at the end, there was no room for another film, which actually made it better. That meant that any follow on would have to break a lot of things, which is what happened. Admittedly it's not the only film like that, each of the Aliens series has done the same.

Another huge problem is getting the writers and directors of follow on films to produce something that relates to the original in other than title name and perhaps setting. Which seems to be where Game of Thrones went wrong at the end. For the early books they had the physical books to work from, which made the series great. Then during the last two the whole thing went pear shaped. The directors eventually seemed to realize how crap they were and shut the final series short. Had they done the right thing there would have been one season taking out the Night King and a second dealing with the Lannisters. Daenerys Targaryen supposedly going mad and destroying King's landing just didn't link with her concern about people just one season earlier.
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General Discussion / Re: Life after COVID-19
« Last post by Clock'd 0Ne on October 23, 2020, 08:14:39 AM »
I'm pretty certain we had a deadline to adhere to with regards to the EU, it wouldn't simply be a case of pushing it back unless the EU also agreed to this.

The link between growing national debt is tenuous too, I don't follow that growing debt means they would have invested in the NHS given the two are at odds, regardless of what hollow promises are written in manifestos.

Don't get me wrong, I think the Tory cabinet is as equal a shower of sh*t as the Labour cabinet, I'm certainly not defending the current state of play. But to assume Labour would have automatically fared better or stuck to promises is a bit naive, given the crippling deficiencies in higher brain function all ministers seem to have currently. God help us all.

We see the same cycle decade-in decade-out, swinging between the two parties and leading to equal misery. Its like football fans staunchly defending their favourite team when they absolutely suck balls and not being capable of showing respect to the other teams. If anything it's all a murky mirror of the US at present.
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General Discussion / Re: Ye gods, chaos lords, quantum mechanics.....
« Last post by neXus on October 23, 2020, 05:47:31 AM »
There are gods and chaos lords in it, effectively the same thing separated by how they act. The gods gain power by harvesting it from the depths of chaos, but belief from humans can increase that. Then a lot of things in this novel depend on belief. Then the chaos lords are just as likely to gift their believers with physical mutations that usually aid them in some way. Some humans were gifted with chlorophyll in their skin, enabling them to hide better, and stronger muscles. That gets plausible orcs in with just minor changes.

As they came on a spaceship their knowledge of how technology works is still decent, even if they are having issues developing it due to war.

I try to create characters with a decently fleshed  out personality, what they will do willingly, what they might do if forced and what they would never do. I love turning conventional story ideas on their heads, and seeing what happens.

One of the main characters is a very old vampire, although due to the effects of magic she actually looks about thirty. Vampires in this story have rather different attitudes to most so forget Dracula. Their powers are manipulation of the mind, but they use it very selectively. People actually like the vampires as members of society and respect them, so much so they are willing to donate blood. That means the vampires don't have to bite, kill or infect anyone to survive - a symbiosis that means everyone benefits. Her official job is librarian, although the term covers a lot more than keeping books. Being librarian also means that she is the town teacher. Normally that would be a recipe for lots of dead children with bite marks on their necks, however, having been around so long she's taught people, their parents, grandparents, great grandparents so nobody has any concern with her teaching their children. They know that if anything happened she would try to protect the children, with her life if necessary.


I randomly thought of Highlander 2 - What the F was that plot about.
If you remember it kind of made out that immortals were Aliens and it was all just bizzare.
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General Discussion / Re: Life after COVID-19
« Last post by Serious on October 22, 2020, 20:50:22 PM »
That would depend on when the change happened in time.

Had 'another party' taken over at the last election there would have been minimal time. The one thing you can be sure of would be that Brexit would have been postponed until another referendum could be run.

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Take it back further to when Mrs Dopey May lost her majority. Had that election gone to 'another party' then they would have started investing in the NHS...

Absolute speculation, neither of those things are certainties at all and especially in the case of another referendum; you can't just keep re-doing referendums every time you don't like the outcome, this is why they are not legally binding and have been the tool of fascists and demagogues.
The Labour party manifesto when May got her election included improvements to the NHS. Labour has always put more money into healthcare, Tories have always tried to cut it to give their rich backers tax cuts.

When Blair got into office the national debt was about £500 billion. At the start of the financial crisis, triggered by US banks and investments, it was still about the same £500 billion. During the banking crisis UK borrowing doubled, meaning when Labour left office the country owed just over 1 trillion, but the economy was on the way up again. Had the Tories just continued Brown's plan GDP growth would have overtaken borrowing. Germany and France did go for growth, meaning they paid back the debt. UK went austerity, GDP growth stalled meaning that the £1 trillion debt is now over £2 trillion. That is not speculation that is economic fact.

As for the referendum. The UK courts agreed that it was fraudulent and undemocratic. The only reason that the courts didn't render it null and void was because the government was not bound by the result so could do whatever it liked, providing there was a vote for it in parliament. Luckily for those who really wanted to leave the Tories were against staying and so was Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. The referendum was worthless, used as an excuse. Day before the result, a deal would be easy and better than remaining inside. The day after they changed that to leave with no deal.

Then I'm not saying we should have had referendums until we got one I liked the result of, that is irrelevant. The important bit would have been the government pushing the issue back as far as needed and ignoring it until the covid issue was over. That would have enabled them to spend far more time dealing with the crisis that couldn't be delayed.

Even if Jeremy Corbyn had won he still wanted us to leave the EU and he would have done his best to achieve that.
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General Discussion / Re: Ye gods, chaos lords, quantum mechanics.....
« Last post by Serious on October 22, 2020, 20:00:13 PM »
I await the day I see one of your works come up on the Amazon Kindle freebies/First Reads  :)

That would be only if you can stand up to the humor. Snippet Tiny is a 'penciled in temporary name' because I haven't yet got one I like. It is also night so very little light to see by.

Walk, keep walking, it wasn’t like she was betraying him. Perhaps give him one last chance? “You know I’ve got a dragon claw knife?”

He laughed, “dragons don’t exist. They are things dumb people believe in. Others just go along with that idea.”

Kassia reached a big, fat, old oak tree by the drainage canal and leaned against the water side. She tried to sound just a bit as if his statement had been a revelation to her. “So dragons really don’t exist?”

“No, they can’t exist, just far too big, and the wings? Never be able to get one off the ground. Pure self..”

There was noise,the wind increased and then a huge gust blew Sariel right off the side of the canal into the water. Luckily the total depth of the canal was only two metres, and the water level a bit lower than that. He managed to stand up with the water barely reaching the top of his shoulders. Quickly wading back to the side he pulled himself out with some effort.

He wiped the remaining water from his face and threw some pond weed off his armour then looked at Kassia. “Stop laughing! What the hell was that?”
Kassia shrugged, “I’ve no idea. As you have so graciously told me about them it couldn’t have been a dragon. They don’t exist, do they?”

Tiny’s huge snout came out of the darkness. It seemed to barely touch his chest but he still flew backwards into the water again. “Nope, greater dragons definitely don’t exist, none of them.”

This time Kassia helped him out of the water. ”Why do you keep jumping into the canal?”

“But it’s that…” he managed before Tiny’s face approached him, her mouth split slightly and the tongue came out of the gap hitting him in the face. What followed was possibly the largest raspberry in the history of humanity. Sariel, barely standing on the edge of the canal fell back in.

Kassia pulled him half out the canal, “that what? There’s nothing here.”

Sariel coughed, “that dragon!”

“BUT DRAGONS OBVIOUSLY DON’T EXIST!” Tiny boomed. “Err, one second, gotta turn the page.”

“OK, I admit it, dragons obviously do exist. I now have undeniable evidence of it!”

Tiny turned away, as Kassia helped him onto his feet again. “Dragons exist.” he repeated between gasping.

“And don’t you forget it!” The tip of Tiny’s tail flicked, another loud splash followed. “Thug life! I really need some shades.”

This time Sariel didn’t even bother trying to get to the bank, he simply stood in the middle of the water and demanded, “how much of a grudge do dragons keep?”

“Dragons don’t keep grudges,” Kassia offered, ”at least not for that long. It’s just that she’s got a book. One hundred and one ways to punt a dragon denier into a canal. She wants to try all of them. Now can you come here so I can get you out again? We’re only up to, number five? Oh, Chaos Lords! Your face is a real picture.”
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General Discussion / Re: Ye gods, chaos lords, quantum mechanics.....
« Last post by Serious on October 22, 2020, 19:44:47 PM »
There are gods and chaos lords in it, effectively the same thing separated by how they act. The gods gain power by harvesting it from the depths of chaos, but belief from humans can increase that. Then a lot of things in this novel depend on belief. Then the chaos lords are just as likely to gift their believers with physical mutations that usually aid them in some way. Some humans were gifted with chlorophyll in their skin, enabling them to hide better, and stronger muscles. That gets plausible orcs in with just minor changes.

As they came on a spaceship their knowledge of how technology works is still decent, even if they are having issues developing it due to war.

I try to create characters with a decently fleshed  out personality, what they will do willingly, what they might do if forced and what they would never do. I love turning conventional story ideas on their heads, and seeing what happens.

One of the main characters is a very old vampire, although due to the effects of magic she actually looks about thirty. Vampires in this story have rather different attitudes to most so forget Dracula. Their powers are manipulation of the mind, but they use it very selectively. People actually like the vampires as members of society and respect them, so much so they are willing to donate blood. That means the vampires don't have to bite, kill or infect anyone to survive - a symbiosis that means everyone benefits. Her official job is librarian, although the term covers a lot more than keeping books. Being librarian also means that she is the town teacher. Normally that would be a recipe for lots of dead children with bite marks on their necks, however, having been around so long she's taught people, their parents, grandparents, great grandparents so nobody has any concern with her teaching their children. They know that if anything happened she would try to protect the children, with her life if necessary.
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General Discussion / Re: The US Election
« Last post by Serious on October 22, 2020, 19:05:04 PM »
Official polling day is the 3rd of Novermber so we should have a result not long after that. Commentators and news channels usually like to make it look close to improve their people watching numbers.

I have seen "news" articles saying that Trump is ahead and others saying he's way behind in early voting. Occasionally from the same organization. Really though the only thing that matters is winning states.
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Entertainment & Technology / Re: Command & Conquer Remastered on Steam
« Last post by Clock'd 0Ne on October 22, 2020, 09:30:37 AM »
I'd be happy to spend what they give you :lol:

YOLO and all that, might as well enjoy these things while you can, especially given the way the world is going.
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General Discussion / Re: Life after COVID-19
« Last post by Clock'd 0Ne on October 22, 2020, 09:18:23 AM »
That would depend on when the change happened in time.

Had 'another party' taken over at the last election there would have been minimal time. The one thing you can be sure of would be that Brexit would have been postponed until another referendum could be run.

...

Take it back further to when Mrs Dopey May lost her majority. Had that election gone to 'another party' then they would have started investing in the NHS...

Absolute speculation, neither of those things are certainties at all and especially in the case of another referendum; you can't just keep re-doing referendums every time you don't like the outcome, this is why they are not legally binding and have been the tool of fascists and demagogues.
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