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    • British agriculture / Discussion / 0 Readings / 15 Ratings
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      10.05.2001 22:00
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      This opinion is not so much about Foot and mouth disease, which I feel the government has messed up the handling off, but the human "form" of it known as Hand foot and mouth disease. First off it's real name is the Coxsackie virus, its symptoms are blister like rashes on the hands feet and mouth, it usually effects children and occasionally young adults, it is spread by direct contact with the nose and throat discharges and faeces of infected people, it is not usually fatal and only lasts a few weeks. It is also suspected of causing diabetes’s. The odd thing is however that unlike the tabloids would have you know it is not the same virus as Foot and mouth, they are totally different, with the only relation being similar symptoms. I’m not sure what the slaughter man caught, but I’m willing to bet that if it is Coxsackie virus then it is sheer fluke that the slaughter man has been working with foot and mouth carcasses. If it isn’t Coxsackie’s virus I’m not sure what it is but I do know that the tabloids have been inflating it out of all context.

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      • The Hole (DVD) / DVD / 0 Readings / 12 Ratings
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        01.05.2001 19:25
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        I went to see this film last night with my mates, so it’s still quite fresh in my mind. Anyway, the film starts off well, and was extremely funny (oh sorry that was the cartoon in front of it). The film, in earnest, begins well, with a muddied and bedraggled main star (henceforth known as thingy) stumbling along a deserted road, covered in leaflets for missing children, of which she is one. Eventually she reaches a grand old building, which turns out to be her university, she gets to a phone, dials 911 (in England, but it seems to work) and then screams, after that the film actually starts. Its told through flash backs, from thingy's point of view, the first "tale" is what happens, and the 2nd "tale" is also what happens, the acting is awful but not as bad as the accents and despite this and the predictability it still maintained a dark and brooding atmosphere through to the end. As for why I found the storyline poor, well I find it hard to believe that that a group of students would be stupid enough to let them selves be locked in a bomb shelter, it was far too predictable and the police characters seem far too make believe, that a police psychologist/detective (i wasn't too sure which she was) would take a victim back mto the scene of the accident whilst she is still disturbed by it, that wouldn't happen due to the police person fearing for their job. Thats all I can say about the plot with out totally giving it away for everyone else. The film did not turn out to be as good as I expected it to be, the few death scenes were more funny than anything else, I would however recommend this film to other people, but only so they waste their money on it as well. Definitely a wait for TV film.

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        • Vivisection / Discussion / 0 Readings / 14 Ratings
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          07.12.2000 19:31
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          I would just like to start by saying that I disagree with animal testing, provided that it, that the the animal is innocent. So if we're not going to use innocent animals what can we use? Well theres several alternatives, they are as follows: a) Human Volunteers Theres always people willing to do anything for money, pay them a small amount of money in return for testing possibly hazadus cosmetics on them. This would help reduce unemployment and mean a good way of earning large amounts of money for those with little or no qualifications b) Human Test subjects These are invlountary test subjects, i.e convicts convicted of the worst crimes (such as paedophillia, rape, murder, drug abuse and/or dealing). They would receive nothing in return, except maybe a shiney new coat, but they deserve it for their crimes. Also this would also be a good medium between the death penalty and life imprisonment, the procedes would help "keep" them and they would also be recieving a form of punishment, something that they undeniably deserve c) Dangerous Animals This is probably the most "humane" approach, it is still animal testing but this time of dangerous animals, such as those who repeatedly attack people. This approach would more than likely still recieve flak as animals are involved, even tho they undoubtedly deserve it. There you have it, I don't apologize for insulting anyone, and if you disagree with anything i've said please post what and why in the comments page.

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          • Needle exchange schemes / Discussion / 0 Readings / 28 Ratings
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            20.10.2000 07:24
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            The way I see this, is as follows: If the person in question wants to be an idiot and take drugs so be it, its their responsibility and their life they will be playing with. These needle disposal schemes should be limited to collecting discarded needles from public places, such as children's play grounds, there should not be a needle exchange program unless the list of regular "users" is forwarded to the police. All these centers and counseling places and hostels seem to be doing is encouraging the imbeciles to take drugs, the only foreseeable way to cut down on drug taking is to refuse to just hand out free needles whily nhilly whilst the rest of the NHS has to scrape pennies together to save a worthwhile life. I feel the best thing for the NHS/Government would be to close down all the "freebie centers" and refuse medical treatment to any regular drug takers, after all its their own fault, let them deal with the consequences .

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            • How to Discipline Children / Discussion / 0 Readings / 21 Ratings
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              19.10.2000 23:13
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              I think in today's "goody two shoes" society it seems to be wrong to stand up to your children, this has resulted in the kind of behaviour that has teacher's and relatives fearing for their lives. For example, in previous years when it was socially acceptable to slap children, people tended to be polite and respect each other, however as the amount of discipline children receive, so have societies values and morals. For example, one way to keep a child, who refuse’s to listen in line is the threat of physical violence, and if it comes to it, actually slapping the child which would at least show them that they misbehaved whilst merely shouting at them and becoming frustrated with them would tend to achieve nothing, other than raising the parents blood pressure. However nowadays slapping such a child would be frowned upon, instead the parent is encouraged to let the child do as she or he likes with no thought of the consequences or how it will affect others.

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              • GM and cloning / Discussion / 0 Readings / 16 Ratings
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                12.10.2000 22:35
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                I think the "great" GM food topic is a simple case of people being scared of something that is new and that they don't understand. As far as I know it has not been scientifically proved that GM foods can cause damage to health, however due to the fact that the protestors keep destroying the test crops that is not surprising. I feel that if it is possible to create insect resistant plants that do not have to be constantly treated with insecticides then by all means, do it. It seems that if the scientists modify the plants so they're insect resistant, they're in the wrong. But if they spray the plants with insecticide, they're still in the wrong. What should they do, let the insects gorge themselves on the food while the rest of us starve?

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                  12.10.2000 21:25
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                  I was first inspired to visit this web site by amygdala's review of it above. Whilst I heard of Lovecraft's works, and those of his peers, i had not read any fiction from them or of a similar nature to them. I had read about some of the unusual creatures and gods they had imagined though. The main page of this site is wierd but in the originals section are many great stories, my faveroute to date being over 100 pages long. The stories are all of high calibre and are worthy of a read, even if you are not intrested in the Lovecraftian world. They have many descriptions of the wierd and wonderful creatures present. Whilst this opinion has been short there is little I can say that can match actually going to this site and reading some of it, it is a must see for those who like wierd sci-fi/horror.

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                  • Drugs in Sport (Doping) / Discussion / 0 Readings / 23 Ratings
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                    29.09.2000 19:55
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                    The way I see the drugs issue is as follows... If the competitors want to endanger themselves then let them. Performance enhancing drugs should be made legal ONLY for international events. The chances one of the competitors may over dose/die only serves to make the games more exciting. It also gives those competitors who are physically weaker a change to out do the better competitors. To also up the tension stakes it could be done so the only legal drugs are those supplied by the Olympic committee. They could add in a random number of "bad" batches, which would kill or hospitalize the athlete at the best. This would also give the more desperate athletes (i.e. the bad ones) a chance to compete with the better competitors who would not want to risk their lives.

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                    • Euthanasia / Discussion / 0 Readings / 19 Ratings
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                      21.09.2000 23:19
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                      I beleive that Euthanasia should be made legal, however there are several reason, not just the one in thr title. In many cases of Euthanasia (and almost all the ones here) the peson affilicated and/or the family may wish to end the poor persons suffering. There may be cases however where the person has expressed a desire to cease living once the disease caused a standard of living that is a living hell, although the person may have made their wish's known to their family the family may disagree. Also many of the peole wanting to commit euthanasia are draining the NHS of its meager funds and using up some of the few beds available. Maybe one way of doing this and preventing buse of the system would be to use a simalar method of evaluation that is used in sectioning people, i.e you must have 2 docters and a social worker agree that the persons standard of living is extremly poor. I would just like to say that this is not a disrespect to any of you who have had friends or family die from incurable diseases, it just so far most of the opinions have been from a single point of view.

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                      • Best / Archive Movie / 0 Readings / 38 Ratings
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                        07.09.2000 11:04
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                        Here are my top 10 movies (These are the ones I'd take to a desert Island if I had to choose) #1 Fight Club This film is excellent, the action scenes work well with the thinking bits. More than just an action movie. #2 The Matrix Another intellignet film, this one with style by the bucket load and flashy special effects to boot, it also has its fair share of scened/bits that force you to think. #3 Aliens This film, in which ripley returns to battle a whole horde of the aliens, mixes uber violence with tension, in what is undoubtedly the best of the Alien series of films. #4 Alien Yep, another Alien film, this one is good as it ups the tension constantly whilst keeping the view of the alien to mere glimpses.It dosn't hold a torch to its sequel, but is an excellant film and the one that started it all. #5 Starship Troopers: This film is excellent, though some may point out its similar to aliens, this has more black comedy (the news items). Its biggest fault is that it dosn't hold true to the book, instead it is very similar to Aliens. #6 The Faculty This one a teen movie in which aliens attempt to take over a college through mind controlling the teachers, it is funny as hell and has nice special effects as well. #7 X-men This has to go in there because its a good movie, it is a little short and leaves lots of loose ends but this minor faults can be forgiven. #8 Jurrasic Park A classic story of dinosaurs verses modern man, very realistic dinosaurs and almost likely enough to happen #9 TheBlair Witch Project This film has a higher budget than its prequel and is also far superior, it has its bad point, but thos can be dealt with at a later point #10 The Blair Witch Project A low budget horror movie that manages to be scary through use of tension and camera effects and no special effects t
                        o speak of. It website also helps add to the films eerie atmosphere. There you have it my top ten films. It may be mostly sci-fi movies but thats what I like, I hope you agree with some of my choices.

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                        • X-Men (DVD) / DVD / 0 Readings / 7 Ratings
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                          07.09.2000 09:29
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                          When I saw the huge number of X-men reviews I thought about not writing (typing?) this review, then I thought, nah another one's not gonna hurt is it? So to the review: Having seen the X-men cartoon and some of the comics, this started off wierd, the plots/characters I'm guessing have already been described in detail so i'm going to skirt over that a little bit. To me the characters seem to be a combination of the must have characters and the made for flashy CGI effects characters (toad, mystique) the film was great but over far to soon but had many good bits and nods to the comic (such as the yellow spandex remark) another ironic bit is in the comic most the X-men can fly, in the film the only one who flies is Wolverine (who is usually ground based). The film leaves many lose ends and it is almost garanteed that X-men2 is going to be out soon. Ok Rant over

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                        • sluggy.com / Internet Site / 0 Readings / 14 Ratings
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                          07.09.2000 08:50
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                          This Excellent on-line cartoon deserves to be set as every ones Home Page. It is the most funny cartoons I have ever read. As you've probly already read the other reviews of this site I'll concentrate on the stories. Right one of the best bits is Bunbuns (the switch blade wielding mini lop ) on going feud with santa . The cartoon also take the piss out of any movie or television series the writer can think of , to date victims have been The Matrix Any number of horror movies, Jurrasic Park, StarTrek, X-wing, Quake2 (not a movie but still a victim) as well as many more acknowledments that I didn't get. The funniest Strip I have seen to date is when Torg and Riff give a sugar stick to Kiki (the hyperactive ferret) I couldn't stop laughing at this, It brought me to tears and I couldn't stop sniggering about it. And its FREE, yep thats right FREE, what more could you want?

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                        • The Faculty (DVD) / DVD / 0 Readings / 12 Ratings
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                          07.09.2000 07:46
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                          This film is great, it's about aliens coming to earth and invading the teachers of a stereotypical (is that a real word?) american high school. This film is incredibly tounge in cheek and nods it's head to many great or classic sci-fi films, and many of its incredible special effects are remeniscent of John Carpenters "The Thing". The film also has many other sick and disgusting bits but these only seem to make it better (me having a sick sense of humour). There only seems to be one bad point to this fim and is to be exact, it's predicability you know how they're gonna stop the aliens almost before the film. This predicability, rather than detracting from the film only serves to make it better and more endearing.

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                          • Babylon 5 / TV Programme / 0 Readings / 6 Ratings
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                            18.07.2000 09:25
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                            Yes it is. Both shows are good but B5 had te upper hand, it had beliveable aliens, realisitic technology (most the races did not have artificial gravity) and the coolest bad guys ever = The Shadows. It started slowly, but as time went on it became apparent that there was something big going on that conneced the series from begging to end. The last series of the show did however was not as good, several of the best (and key) characters had been killed off or left and this left it feeling different. However I wish they had carried on making this instead of the tacky star trek wanna be Crusade.

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                              07.07.2000 03:53
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                              Seeing the other review of this has made me reliaze how few people have actually heard of Robert Heinlien. Now the other bloke vaugly describes the plot of the book, i'm going to elaborate (i hope). If you want to skip the badly written drivel, skip to the bottom. The book follows the progress of a young recruit as he joins the mobile infantry, along the way he meets lecturers, and the usual recruitment stuff. Where it veers from the film (which i incedently love for what it is) is that it centers more on the man and less on the sfx (which don't exist in a book). Also he (the main character whos name i can't remember) gains rank and gets to go to "officer school" where he learns more about being an officer. In summary this is the film with more intelligent stuff than the mindless gung-ho of the movie, sure it keeps the action in but the bugs are actually intelligent, and the powered suits are awesome.

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