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  1. Comment on Why was Romney booed?
    on 13 July 2012 at 12:56 pm

    Ruarai

    My apologies for ruining your night and taking your thread off topic.

    I didn’t think for a second that you were the one that censored my posts, it was a loaded question pointed at Mr Baker.

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  2. Comment on Why was Romney booed?
    on 13 July 2012 at 2:00 am

    “If a commenter’s comment is deemed inappropriate and deleted, any replies to his/her comment are put into “awaiting moderation”. i have one myself.”

    Discussing moderation actions as a no no is as old as the internet is, I have no problem with that. But when a ‘moderator’ expresses a very personal opinion that another blogger’s posts leave them suicidal they can not put on a moderator hat in response to opinions of their own posts invited by that very same comment in the same thread.

    I would not be so crass as to say that Pete’s blogs have caused me to lose the will to live, I am however of the opinion that Pete’s blog contents are generally 98% copy and paste and 2% sarcastic comments between him and some fellow called Ed (indeed they are – Ed)
    Generally I avoid them.

    If Ruarai wants to remove my comments, so be it, it is after all his article.

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  3. Comment on Why was Romney booed?
    on 12 July 2012 at 11:11 pm

    Out of curiosity, are my previous comments floating in the ‘waiting for moderation’ ether because the article’s author didn’t like them or because another poster with admin privs didn’t?

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  4. Comment on Greenacres slavery trial: “The trial has been seen as a vital test case of new anti-slavery legislation…”
    on 12 July 2012 at 8:10 pm

    “Bewigged defence barristers can be quite brutal in their attempts to discredit witnesses, and can be very effective, especially with vulnerable people such as alcoholics and drug addicts.”

    I’m not entirely convinced that a barrister would be foremost in the minds of those who choose not to testify, the prospect of a machette wielding traveller probably loomed larger.

    Given that the laws have been on the books for two years it does play into the hands of the defence that using this case as the test case rather than a forced prostitution case is indicative of an ‘acceptable form of racism’. With any luck, this case will see the start of tougher penalties against those who exploit vulnerable people for financial gain.

    If there’s one thing worse than people complaining that political correctness doesn’t allow them to be nasty anymore, it’s people invoking political correctness to argue they should continue to do nasty things with no repercussions.

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  5. Comment on A happy and safe 12th of July (just remember it belongs to us all)
    on 12 July 2012 at 6:35 pm

    What part of it belongs to me? Or for that matter to my protestant friends and family that to a man, woman and child have left for their holidays again this time of year?

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  6. Comment on Giants’ Causeway Interpretive Centre: “The National Trust fully supports the scientific explanation for the creation of the stones 60 million years ago”
    on 11 July 2012 at 4:09 pm

    “The point is evolution is only a theory, open to change, correction and ultimate rejection, in favour of a better explanation of the facts.”

    Complete the thought
    ….based on advancing scientific techniques and knowledge.
    NOT on bronze age myths.

    And therein lies your problem, the Semitic version of Völuspá or Lebor Gabála Érenn has no role to play in The Theory of Evolution. That time is gone, and all the DUP members in all the creationist pockets in the world will not alter that.

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  7. Comment on Giants’ Causeway Interpretive Centre: “The National Trust fully supports the scientific explanation for the creation of the stones 60 million years ago”
    on 11 July 2012 at 12:40 am

    “As usual you distort the truth, go back and read the posts.”

    Nothing to reread, you asked

    ““If the evolutionary view is so well proven why is it still only a theory?””

    Straight out of the creation ministries handbook of disinformation.

    Loved the creation ministries take on dendrochronology, especially the line

    “but this depends on temporal placement of fragments of wood (from long-dead trees) using carbon-14 dating.”

    ohhhh, long dead trees, like that’s a bad thing, do they even pretend to know the cornerstone of how radiocarbon dating works?

    Almost as good as

    “However, when the interpretation of scientific data contradicts the true history of the world as revealed in the Bible, then it’s the interpretation of the data that is at fault.”

    Well, that’s that settled then, can’t argue with the heavily edited racial myths of bronze age goat herders can we?

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  8. Comment on The trouble with Stormont’s MLAs is that they are not real politicians…
    on 10 July 2012 at 8:43 pm

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-18778793

    Apparently the dog is named after Lennox Robinson the playwright, definitely not Lennox Lewis the boxer.

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  9. Comment on Memo to the National Trust…
    on 10 July 2012 at 8:35 pm

    “Of course if there remove it completely, and as a result of pressure, they will lose members, and the money those member bring.”

    If the posts on the NT’s facebook page are to be taken at face value, their stock, especially among the English NT members has taken a nose dive. There is no gain here, where the Ulster Museum looked good, the NT has been weakened in the eyes of the public, the media and teaching/scientific bodies.
    There is a certain degree of fun in seeing the English reactions to linked articles on Poots, McCausland and other DUP members attempts at meddling in the academic curriculum in Lisburn, lost tribe fantasies and even Nelson’s statue proposals.

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  10. Comment on Why Edwin’s Orange must practise what they preach
    on 10 July 2012 at 8:20 pm

    I’m not sure why you bother Chris, by now it should be obvious that on a good day you’ll get whatabout and the rest of the time you’ll just get abuse.

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