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Unwashed Village / Re: R.I.P The United Kingdom...
« on: June 30, 2016, 12:28:21 AM »
Will do.  There isn't a lot of movement so far but there has been some significant events, lots of tension and aggressive noises from the EU for us to get moving.  Nicola Sturgeon is making the case for Scotland in Europe meeting with various leaders and looking like a competent, eloquent stateswoman.  Farage has been a petulant child basically telling the european commission that they're work shy and out of touch while simultaneously telling them that they can keep their free movement but that he want preferential access to the free market; there was full on hysterics amid the boos and derisory clapping.  The Scottish representative on the other hand got a standing ovation for an impassioned speech explaining that Scots very much do want to be Europeans. 

Cameron has resigned leaving enacting the split to his replacement who are all trying to tone down the effects of the exit while trying to deflect from the lies of the campaign and their manifest lack of a plan, they really really don't seem to want this.  Scottish politics generally seems to be engaging with the issues in a fine display of statecraft to the extent where there was complete cross party agreement on the way forward regarding Sturgeon moving forward with the exception of the Tories who abstained, this is also fairly significant.

On the whole the UK government seem paralysed while Scotland is making huge steps in international legitimacy and respect, interesting times.

Unwashed Village / Re: R.I.P The United Kingdom...
« on: June 28, 2016, 07:44:12 PM »
This is the best possible political result for Scottish independence. England and Wales have a mandate to leave the EU and the democratic deficit has never been quite so stark. There's no getting away from the fact that a large part of the Scottish vote was tactical but I do think we have a very different political outlook from the rUK, England in particular, so the result is still basically reflective of our view as a nation.

I'm not a braveheart Scot; inclusivity and diversity are at the core of the Scottish identity as I see it and the upswing in racist feeling and violent action through out the British Isles is deeply saddening but I think and hope it says more about our media than the average persons core values.

Finished? I've barely even started, I got myself a gaming machine especially for it but haven't had time to play yet. Will probably need to upgrade again for the 3D release.

But where would you find a suitable brain cell donor?

Unwashed Village / Re: What's going on in your life?
« on: May 26, 2016, 09:05:02 AM »
Good to hear from you both, those were indeed blurry but fantastic days mad bringer, we're still here but as you see it's just a touch less busy.

I've not had time to get anywhere with elite dangerous yet because life is so busy but those videos make me want to spend some time on it Turjan.

Unwashed Village / Re: The Weeds
« on: April 30, 2016, 10:10:11 AM »
The loss of productivity is something I don't miss, I'm sure it's what caused me and my ex to have worse uni results than we should have.  I have some good memories and some experiences would have been more poor without it but almost ten years on from being a moderate user the improvements in short term memory, motivation and lung health from quitting completely make it impossible for me to present a positive case for smoking weed.

I also mostly quit drinking at around the same time so that's probably a factor too.

Unwashed Village / Re: Caption this...
« on: April 30, 2016, 09:10:39 AM »
Rex Allan is the fastest dog alive.

Unwashed Village / Re: Who remembers Nathan/Iggy?
« on: April 21, 2016, 01:21:30 AM »
I imagine it is how Bluecross feels, only less damp.

Unwashed Village / Re: Write something!
« on: April 01, 2016, 11:09:35 PM »
Shhhh! Don't let the tangerines hear you question thier effectiveness! *pokes you with a stick*

Go! Run!

Unwashed Village / Re: Who remembers Nathan/Iggy?
« on: March 25, 2016, 01:04:49 PM »
That would be awesome Chucura.

Unwashed Village / Re: Health Insurance
« on: March 06, 2016, 12:42:41 PM »
I live in Scotland so our primary healthcare is free at point of use, prescriptions are free for everyone; we have three, possibly four can't remember about wales, National health services. I'm not sure how our taxes compare to tax in the US but through one tax or several I pay in to the NHS so it's not free as such, I'm more than happy to contribute to the care of people who don't have the same means as I do. 

Our NHS is also partly funded by private hospitals and insurance firms who pay to use NHS facilities, this can be contentious if private patients get seen first.  Private insurance typically gets you seen first and covers tertiary non essential as well as primary care but in practice people will generally go to an NHS hospital for unplanned medical treatment and convalesce in a private hospital.

I earn over the threshold for assistance with dental care or sight aids but I don't have a need right now for full blown medical insurance so I have a cash back scheme I pay in to every month that pays back between 75 - 100% of expenses ranging from dental care to osteopathy, they get far more from me than I claim. 

You do hear of extensive treatment delays and horror stories about the NHS and to be honest if I had the funds and had a rare expensive to treat medical condition I would get insurance but it's still an institution service that provides a comprehensive if budget restricted service.  My concern about privatisation in our NHS would be that any form of 'free' healthcare provision would be driven by a profit derived funding model as opposed to the budget based model we have now.

Unwashed Village / Re: Write something!
« on: February 22, 2016, 12:18:30 AM »
"When things go well, people often don't feel responsible, and blame it on luck, karma, practice or whatever."

I have issues with this, I often find it difficult to recognise my own competencies and influence, I'm getting better but I still feel like an imposter at times.

Unwashed Village / Re: Invitation to The Increasingly Cramped Corner
« on: February 19, 2016, 10:13:26 PM »
Congrats Aldy.

Unwashed Village / Re: Invitation to The Increasingly Cramped Corner
« on: February 15, 2016, 11:44:42 AM »
I have a horrible fever and an eye infection so my thoughts are taking some interesting routes just now but.. did you just announce a baby?

Unwashed Village / Re: Fallout 4
« on: January 23, 2016, 08:46:37 AM »
I don't have space for a full computer set up any more and if I ever manage to carve out a little it instantly gets filled with Children's toys.  I have however discovered Splashtop it's basically VNC software that allows full 3D acceleration so I've set up a modest gaming machine in the corner of the room and now I can play Fallout on my Macbook! I'm only a little bit through but it's awesome, it feels more Fallouty than Fallout 3 and very different from FO3 and NV.  I die a lot, far more so than the previous games but that may be my lack of practice.

I may get half way through in about a year.

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