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by John McKenna
Wed Dec 21, 2011 8:23 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: What is happening to Europe?
Replies: 31
Views: 3368

Re: What is happening to Europe?

Thought it was going to be a quiet run up to Christmas on the EC forum but the cat's out of the bag now.
PS Would like to say here that Rob Thompson was right in another thread about rubber bullets - found out that baton rounds have been used 60 times in the UK in the last 4 years!
by John McKenna
Tue Dec 20, 2011 2:13 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Kim Jong Il (1942?-2011)
Replies: 58
Views: 5743

Re: Kim Jong Il (1942?-2011)

Good to see Paul and Matt are in conchord on the state of the nation. I don't share their passionate belief, radical or otherwise, though. Deaths by starvation in N. Korea were probably not random but allowed to impact mainly on the dissident and lower orders. Just as the famines in Ireland and Indi...
by John McKenna
Tue Dec 20, 2011 1:15 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Kim Jong Il (1942?-2011)
Replies: 58
Views: 5743

Re: Kim Jong Il (1942?-2011)

S. Bibby (Dec 20 08:48) >... what is happening to the Asians exactly?< Generally they are on the up, but the N. Koreans are down due to passing of their 'Dear Leader' - the only communist head of state to succeed a parent. China is spending a large proportion of its huge GDP on its military and push...
by John McKenna
Tue Dec 20, 2011 12:42 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Kim Jong Il (1942?-2011)
Replies: 58
Views: 5743

Re: Kim Jong Il (1942?-2011)

Profuse apologies to P. McKeown, inadvertantly spattered by my bullcrap as he randomly passed by. However, his legal sophistry regarding the EU & European Court of Human Rights is stock media bullcrap, now doing the rounds. Most people simply do not distinguish between the two as they share the word...
by John McKenna
Tue Dec 20, 2011 12:26 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Kim Jong Il (1942?-2011)
Replies: 58
Views: 5743

Re: Kim Jong Il (1942?-2011)

So Rob T. you were talking about the 'occupy protesters' in the US - thanks for clarifying that. And, the 'rubber bullets' were fired in a completely different situation in Dorchester, UK! Well forgive me if I can't put all that together for myself when you stretch a point to such extremes.
by John McKenna
Tue Dec 20, 2011 9:13 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Kim Jong Il (1942?-2011)
Replies: 58
Views: 5743

Re: Kim Jong Il (1942?-2011)

Edward Said no more put an 'end to such' than he put an end to the Israel-Palestine problem. (Which by the way was created by whom lumping disparate people together in another small place?)
by John McKenna
Tue Dec 20, 2011 9:07 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Kim Jong Il (1942?-2011)
Replies: 58
Views: 5743

Re: Kim Jong Il (1942?-2011)

And to S. Bibby - you are then obviously intrigued by successive UK govs. who have done such a lot of lumping together of large swathes of disparate peoples from around the world into the rump of their empire.
by John McKenna
Tue Dec 20, 2011 8:59 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Kim Jong Il (1942?-2011)
Replies: 58
Views: 5743

Re: Kim Jong Il (1942?-2011)

Two things came to mind. First, don't recall the police using rubber bullets on mainland Britain, only N. Ireland. Perhaps RT could give dates and places they were used. Second, I have heard of the 'occupy protesters' - last time was at the weekend just gone when they were being ridiculed on LBC rad...
by John McKenna
Tue Dec 20, 2011 12:50 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Kim Jong Il (1942?-2011)
Replies: 58
Views: 5743

Re: Kim Jong Il (1942?-2011)

Don't know about the 'occupy protesters'. But one day maybe you and they will realise you are living in a more sophisticated trap than the Arabs, Africans and Asians. The 'markets' are more likely to bring down western governments than any small group of protesters. In fact such protesters will be u...
by John McKenna
Tue Dec 20, 2011 12:16 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Kim Jong Il (1942?-2011)
Replies: 58
Views: 5743

Re: Kim Jong Il (1942?-2011)

Exactly the same as you - absolutely nothing that will have any effect. Did you notice that Time Magazine made the 'Protester' its person of the year? But the protester was an Arab because there you protest you risk death. While in the EU/UK/US you will be sidelined, ridiculed or ignored as they hav...
by John McKenna
Mon Dec 19, 2011 11:48 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Kim Jong Il (1942?-2011)
Replies: 58
Views: 5743

Re: Kim Jong Il (1942?-2011)

Yes, and by law don't we have to wait until 2015 for that and we must also pay off the deficit by law by 2014. So we wait and pay and then if there is a similar outcome to the last election the policies will probably change but not to the ones people thought they were voting for. A new political imp...
by John McKenna
Mon Dec 19, 2011 10:40 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Kim Jong Il (1942?-2011)
Replies: 58
Views: 5743

Re: Kim Jong Il (1942?-2011)

Oh, I remember - William Hague told the N. Koreans they should change their policies. (Shiny pot with burnt bottom calling on dirty kettle to clean itself up.)
by John McKenna
Mon Dec 19, 2011 10:30 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Kim Jong Il (1942?-2011)
Replies: 58
Views: 5743

Re: Kim Jong Il (1942?-2011)

Of course, if we leave the EU and become Albion we will have to be responsible for our own laws and will no longer be able to blame them on Brussels/Strasbourg. How inconvenient.
Anyway, I've lost the thread - what has this got to do with the death of the Dear Leader?
by John McKenna
Mon Dec 19, 2011 10:23 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Kim Jong Il (1942?-2011)
Replies: 58
Views: 5743

Re: Kim Jong Il (1942?-2011)

You see that's precisely the new law in France regarding face coverings (including veils and burkahs) in public. Such a law could never happen in the UK because it's against European human rights.
That's the paradox of the UK's membership of the EU.
by John McKenna
Mon Dec 19, 2011 7:28 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Draft Junior Selection Policy for 2012
Replies: 70
Views: 10509

Re: Draft Junior Selection Policy for 2012

D.S. (19:08) >It makes little sense... that U-10 girls qualifying grade (127/1665) should be below that of an U-8 (137/1742)...<
Perhaps that is an error in the draft document?