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How to spot a terrorist on your flight

This made me giggle.. Worth an amusing read.. Especially the bit about red heads more likely to be Islamic extremists.. Ha ha ha ha ..

They've profiled me out already.. I just can't hide anywhere

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This is so true for me personally, I find it next to impossible to sleep in unfamiliar places.
I also suffer very badly to a sensitivity to sounds (repeated clicking or eating noises etc) so it's no doubt double trouble for me.

Sadly the article seems to end half way, tells us there may be a cure, but nothing at all about what it may be.

People sleep less well in an unfamiliar place as the brain's left side stays alert for danger, a study suggests.
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Was walking to ASDA when I saw a young man on the floor copy surrounded by people, as I got closer it was obvious he was covered in blood. Thankfully the ambulance turned up just moments later.
Cape hill sometimes feels like a war zone, yet again another death from one of those tat internet cafes that are covers no doubt for other kinds of dealing. Wake up police.. Nobody uses internet cafes any more... So how are they paying the bills?
An area of Cape Hill in Smethwick is currently cordoned off as police continue to deal with a report of a serious assault.
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I have a feeling that the 10,000 word dissertation has got a little out of hand.
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Born under a Star

You may have heard people use this phrase, to be born under a star, so what star are you born under ? Can you actually be born under one ? 

I guess to start off, we need to understand what "under" means, go out on any star filled night, and define what "under" actually means. As generally the sky is up and the ground is down, you could say all visible stars are above. If you take this approach, then nobody can be born under a single star, but rather, everybody is born under trillions upon trillions of them, both seen and unseen.

That kind of spoils it, because we humans find trillions too difficult to wrap our minds around, so lets assume we are talking about directly above, that is, 90' overhead.

This may seem to reduce the candidates somewhat, and it could be that visibly, there is one star that dominates in brightness that part of the sky as you view it. The reality of course is, there are still billions beyond it and even occasionally some even closer that you cannot see. 

So even considering a tiny narrow arc of 90' above you, you're still not really born under a single star.

So, lets stretch the analogy a little more, and say that what is meant is "a visible and dominant star that appeared above us at 90' in the sky".

Could we then be born under that star ? 

While I personally think you've broken the definition a whole lot by restricting it in that way, lets run with it.

In order to be "under", we can assume the star therefore must be directly over. As the Earth is a globe, the exact location in the sky is going to totally change dependant on your latitude. 
Additionally, your longitude and time will decide where 90' above you is, as unless you are on the poles, it will keep moving.

So given a specific location, a specific time, and discounting all non-visible stars either closer or further, it is possible to be born under a star from your perspective.

What isn't so obvious is, you were also born above a star. 

Using exactly the same logic (which is illogical anyway) you can find the opposite coordinates in the sky which represents the star you were born above.

Nobody thinks about the poor star you were born above, it is never mentioned or spoken about, neither is the constellation that it may or may not be in, yet using the same rules, it exists no more or less than the star "above" you.

So you were born above a star !! in reality, you were of course born surrounded by trillions upon trillions .. but it's not as easy to remember all their names or to assign life changing significance to any of them, despite the fact they are no more or less than the one that was above you at birth.

I'm a Pisces .. really ? am I ?? Interestingly the star that happened to be above me at birth was almost 100% not in Pisces, it can't have been. I was a night time baby, the sun was very near Pisces at the time, therefore it wasn't even visible in the sky.

When it comes to astrology, the star above you, below you or to the side is irrelevant, only the man made constellation associated with the group of stars behind the sun from an earth based observation were relevant.
Except it's not that simple, because astrology has 12 equal constellations (equal in that they cross 1 month), yet there are 13 constellations the sun can actually be behind and more so, they are all different sizes. 

Yep, I'm afraid to tell you, if you've been following astrology you've been scammed !! It has absolutely no baring on your life, never has and never will. 

But neither has the star you are born under, over, to the side of .. 

Stars are simply balls of mostly Hydrogen/Helium caught in a gravity well which binds them into a ball, where the pressure at the centre creates nuclear fusion. 

The only star that does have 100% influence on your life is the Sun ! Unless you live in the UK, in which case you may not know what that is .. it's the large yellow ball in the sky which comes out once or twice a year and you see when you go on holiday !! 

Truth is, we are all born under the star of our own making. Go out and enjoy it.
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It's the most organised societies that truly succeed.

But what is the make up of an organised society ? What key attributes go to make this up ?

Respect for the law, and more importantly, an implementation of the law that is trust worthy. No legal/judicial process is perfect, I have seen at first hand how even some of the most respected systems can be brought to disrepute, but in order to respect the law, you must first believe that the law is fair and even handed.

But why is rule of law important ? Because any society that wishes to succeed must first have an agreement on how to behave, how to interact in an appropriate way. If a legal code is questionable, then so can the interaction between any group be questionable. 

Equally, "knowing your place" in society can lead to corruption of the law, A police officer in Victorian Britain for example may not believe the word of a worker over that of a gentlemen, in this respect the rule of law hasn't been applied because of social order, and so will be disregarded by those who cannot be freed by it.

Hard work is another attribute of success, but hard work alone as I stated in previous posts doesn't make one successful or rich. If I was to spend the next 48 hour toiling making a time machine out of mud, knowing it was not actually possible, I would have wasted my 48 hours of labour, yet.. I may have worked hard.

Working hard on productive and profitable matters is what makes success, not just working hard.

And that brings me to the next point, a successful society pushes (or is pulled) in the right direction. For example, a country that spends £100 Billion on health, may find they produce £1 Trillion in profit from people who otherwise wouldn't have been able to produce. Of course, some may suggest that the benefit isn't so great, but that's the balance of argument that is the difference between success and failure.

Does what you are doing today lead to something useful, something others around you can improve with ? 

Building a road could be seen as useful, but a road to nowhere is useless. 

So leaders who understand what the society needs in order to be successful is critical, and that needs an educated and mobile management, respected and able to lead and bring together successful matters.

So as much as we hate politicians, they are one of the critical aspects of a successful nation, but who are they advancing ? themselves or society ? In Britain for example and more lately in the USA, there have been accusations that the Government is governing only for the super rich, and not for the people. If this is true, then those rich people will eventually eat themselves, as without society, they are doomed. Personally, I've never seen the point in having a grand front seat on the Titanic .. 

All these aspects come together to make success, not a political ideology, not even an economic ideology, but rather the agreement between people to live peaceably, within defined laws, to work hard on things that matter and to be directed as such. 

As the Roman's discovered, 100 experienced, well trained, disciplined men that have well defined rules and objectives can beat 1000 disorganised men any day. And it's this which makes for success.
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The fall of the West

Economic decline, endless wars, riots and civil war/revolution plague the Western World, there once proud super power now pulling back home to secure their own homeland against enemies both internal and external.

Britain fractured and divided calls on Washington to assist, but receives no response at all. Left to its fate.

Sounds like a description from some dark future, however it is in fact a description of the past (replacing Washington with Rome of course).

Western civilization has been here before, and that letter .. yes, was indeed written and sent to the leader of the Roman world, and as far as we know, with no response.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Groans_of_the_Britons

So the obvious question is, could this happen again ? 

YES ! Of course it could. While the world is a very different place, people are still people, you only need look to any war torn area of the world to see what happens to societies when they collapse, morality seems to be the first causality.

And 5th century Britain was no different, the Celtic tribes that had held on from being Romanised were the first to sweep south, later followed by Angles and Saxon's to which the name England is derived (Angle land)

Then followed the dark ages, but only for Western Europe. The Eastern Roman Empire continued for another 1000 years, the rise of Islam ushered in a period of great discovery and advancement of culture and science.

Although this scenario could happen, I don't think it will any time soon, while it is true that corporate greed and more difficult economic outlooks has created a new sense of dissatisfaction amongst Western people, it's not at the level yet to start revolutions or civil war, although the cracks are there indeed !! 

So, no groans as yet from this Briton .. but History is a teacher, learn or repeat, the choice is there.
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I read about this place many years ago, but what I read was that it had been turned into a paradise, funny how perspectives change.

So it turns out what we have actually created is an eco system that is rather unstable. 

Why should we care ? 

Well, moving forward, if the human race wishes to move beyond the confines of this planet, we need to get smart at creating sustainable ecological systems.

Here we had an island on the earth, the right amount of moisture, the right amount of sun, the right amount of oxygen and water (albeit salty) .. and we failed miserably.

In space, we won't even have all of that .. We will have to supply the whole lot, and balance the environment so that it doesn't collapse.

I don't think we've even scratched the surface of doing this yet .. for now, we are earth bound, but lessons are for learning, and maybe future generations will learn from this and make steps forward.
Matthew Teller roams Ascension Island, a volcanic outpost of empire where it's hot and cold at the same time - and nobody's sure who's in charge.
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I find this quite amusing..

‘As Barack Obama came in, my two-year-old daughter threw herself on the floor’

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Mitch McConnell, you get up from that floor right now,or no ice cream for dessert tonight.
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I've been using truecaller for a while now. It's really such a handy app. Not only can it autoblock known PPI and spam, it will tell you who's calling if it knows.
On Saturday I got a odd call, truecaller told me it was a nursing home in London. Sure enough, it was a wrong number, a lady left a message wanting to tell Maddalena that she can work an extra shift next after all.

Highly recommend if like me, you only take calls you recognise
Truecaller is company that aims to let you know who you're speaking too before you pick up your phone, but does it have privacy issues of its own?
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Entitlement Culture

There are a group of people who think they deserve what they get, in fact, they may feel they deserve more.

Often, the finger is pointed at the work-shy, the benefit claimants, the people who haven't done an hours work in their lives, yet think society owes them. 

However, there is a greater entitlement culture that often doesn't seem to make it into the Press, and that some parts of society seem to blindly ignore, that of the super rich, who think they don't need to pay taxes.

It's not just a case of creative accounting, a lack of moral fortitude or the fact that everybody else is doing it, these people actually believe they don't deserve to pay tax, because they are your betters.

The fact that most of them haven't actually earned their wealth (rather, inherited it) makes it all the worse.

I don't think any right minded person has a problem with somebody who has put their own hard work and smart abilities to task and made a bob or two from it, as generally these people are still paying tax, it's the group of people who still believe the notion of "Good breeding", that genetically they are your betters, and that society owes them everything they have and more.

Of course, they will be very careful not to tell you this, the Media may be owned by them, but it will quickly put a big mouth to the sword to protect the others if needs be.

Tax avoidance costs most countries more than benefit claimants who aren't entitled. Money locked away off shore is money not trickling down, money not being invested in your country, money not being used to give entrepreneurs a chance .. and all to protect their wealth from being used by society for societies good.

It's hard to imagine that in the 21st century there are people who still buy the whole Victorian/Nazi ideology of Genetic purity .. but they do !! and they are avoiding tax in your country right now. 

I often hear the argument made that if we were to force them to pay tax, they would leave. However, if they are not actually contributing in the first instance, then they are parasitic and in need of removal. 

So let them go !! 
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