> one might begin to think that this is about defense budgets are being harvested by the military industrial complex.
That and the "Not Invented Here" syndrome.
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> Before anyone in the UK starts to feel a bit superior I would like to draw their attention to the following case.
Yes, the shooting of Harry Stanley in 1999
And it was the High Court, on Appeal, that decided that there wasn't enough evidence for a verdict of Unlawful Killing.
With Google, Facebook et al, you *are* the product...
Yes, because Bitcoins are only ever used for criminal activities and nobody will argue with "Won't Someone Think of the Children?" ...
... is treasonous, Citizen!
Mine's the Ultraviolet coat.
"...but I know it when I see it" as Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart said.
The problem is that what he or Mary Whitehouse or her "spiritual" successor might see is not what is actually there.
I run a business making affordable leather products which, as you may guess, is a euphemism for bondage gear and BDSM toys and my website has adult content, but it's not "pornographic" as far as I am concerned, but our Thought Police may think otherwise.
So do I have to ensure that everyone who visits it is over 18? If so, how? Do I make them supply a credit card number or maybe send a picture of their passport (hmm, nice opportunities for fraud there) ? Or perhaps they'll need a government issued ID card number...
Meanwhile all the other sites out there in the rest of the world don't have to have similar systems put in place because they're not based in the UK (or they're big enough that they can afford whatever programing and infrastructure costs are involved to introduce this system), so bang goes my business and all the money goes to a few big companies (who will, no doubt, have "tax efficient" accounting systems) or to foreign companies who will not pay anything to the UK Exchequer.
But, never mind, at least the children will be protected (well, apart from the ones who are smart enough to bypass this nonsense or just get their pr0n from non-UK sites...)
Back in the old days of 0898 numbers, whoever was Minister for Sex Crime decided that these (perfectly legal) numbers should be blocked by default on every phone line and, in order to access them, you would have to contact BT and say "Please can I have the naughty phone number block removed from my line".
Astonishingly, very few people were actually willing to do this and the (perfectly legal) adult premium phone line businesses saw their revenue plummet to virtually zero.
Eventually, of course, the default blocking was deemed to be unlawful and was removed, but it's clear that that short-sighted "won't someone think of the children" mentality hasn't gone away :-(
Time to arrest all those firearms-trained Police Officers...
... is Daesh laughing as another of our freedoms is whittled away a little more...
> If you had to "pass a test" how is that really any different than having to have the government approve your "free" speech before it could be published
Because the first four words of the Second Amendment are "A well regulated militia..."
At the moment there is insufficient regulation of the Right to Bear Arms.
>> Pound will tank so "exports will become more expensive".
> It is quite the opposite. Sir cheaper pound means more affordable exports so more exports.
(Slaps self on forehead) Duh!
That's what I get for writing that in a rush and editing on the fly (changing from imports to exports) without proof-checking :-(
The point I was aiming to make is that we, of course, import *more* from the EU than we export, so *imports* will become more expensive, which will have a deleterious effect on our balance of trade.
Pulling down the building you're living in with some vague hope that, somehow, after you do, a bright, shiny new one will magically appear in its place seems a rather short-sighted strategy...
Politicial union or a "United States of Europe" is one of those bogeymen that the Out campaign like to trot out to try to scare people into supporting them, just like the £350million figure (or 30 pence a day) or the millions of cheap workers who are going to flood in when countries like Turkey join the EU (well, if they ever do, given they are at least 20 years away from qualifying for membership if they ever manage to do that at all).
The fact is that there is a *LOT* of resistance to further union, even (or especially) in places like Germany and France and even if there was more than a vague statement of "ever closer union", consider that it took the USA over 100 years to achieve its complete union, so the idea that we'll suddenly have this foisted on us is nonsense.
To use this as a reason to vote Out is to throw the baby out with the bathwater and grandiose claims of "taking back control" (to give to whom? Boris, Nigel, Michael and Rupert Murdoch?) or some putative new "golden age of prosperity" (sterling will tank, the markets will probably take a massive hit, exports will become more expensive so our trade will drop and we'll have to renegotiate lots of trade deals which will *not* be to our benefit) or cutting down on immigration (which is about 0.5% of our total population) are all very well, but not backed up by facts.
This entire referendum is an internal squabble in the Tory Party which has somehow managed to suck the whole country into taking sides and Leaving in the hope of some pie-in-the-sky better future would be economic suicide.
So stopping terrorists from purchasing guns will not prevent mass shootings, but snooping on everyone *will*...?
... Before they start having to pay the Congestion Charge?
... home of "I'm alright, Jack, screw the little people..."
Of course it's always *their* fault that they're poor, look at people like JP Morgan and Carnegie and Rockefeller, *they* all managed to become massively rich so why can't everyone else?
Well, apart from the fact that they (and others like them) only became massively rich by screwing their workers with crap wages, trying to ensure that that labour couldn't organise and form Unions and, of course, using any and every "legal" or underhand method to bankrupt any possible competitors to preserve their monopoly positions which would allow them to charge as much as they wanted for their products and services...
Bless Help America!
That some people are shouting about the "undemocratic" EU (it isn't, unless all those MEPs are doing nothing), but we have to rely on the unelected House of Lords to do something to protect our privacy before it's sacrificed on the altar of security (which probably won't make us any more secure...)
"If it stops working, try turning it off and back on again..."
"...should go toward helping low-income families: for example, by subsidizing healthy foods, since low-income families will be most hurt by the tax."
But won't, because ,according to the Tories, nobody is poor. (At least nobody worth speaking of)
Was his name originally Eric Plunkett?
> the consortium that decided otherwise should be put up against a wall and shot.
A bunch of mindless jerks who will be first against the wall when the revolution comes... ;-)
... and allowed on a case-by-case (or situation-by-situation) basis rather than a blanket "If you want to use this app you have to let it have access to this list whether you think it needs it or not..."
"... for inconveniencing and potentially endangering the group."
"We have these Windows phones we'd like to give you..."
"The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny...'"
Call me cynical, but it often seems that bills like this have some blatantly controversial measures in them which get all the attention and protests. The government then oh-so-graciously listens to the protests and waters them down a bit, meanwhile, down in the depths of the bill, a few lines have been added which do the *real* work of taking away our liberties...
... until responsibility for data security starts right at the very TOP of the organisation.
Only when the bosses end up carrying the can will they start taking this seriously.
I hope not!
Which would have the Daily Mail et al demanding that it be used to monitor immigrants and dole scroungers and
Muslims potential terrorists...
Really? I've shipped my "leather goods" (well, that's what I put on the Customs label ;-) ) to Italy more than a few times without problems.
Yeah, right. They won't be punished, but if you say things that are inconvenient for those at the top, what's the betting that your life suddenly becomes bloody miserable, you get put on crap projects or shuffled sideways into departments that are dysfunctional or given jobs that are doomed to fail until eventually you have to quit for the sake of your own dignity or sanity?
Shooting the messenger never goes out of fashion...
... gets down to the end of the piece...
... Oh, *him*...
... would that be PastaJacking?
(Mines the coat and the colander...)
> access to a solicitor & legal advice? How would that be maintained on the street?
Ah, but you see, the copper just says "All I need you to do is answer a few questions and then you can be on your way, isn't that better than me having to take you down to the Station and then wait for ages for the Solicitor to turn up?"
Joe Public thinks "Oh, he's being friendly and helpful", answers the questions and then finds that they've managed to accidentally say something incriminating and they're nicked anyway.
If a copper wants to "ask you a few questions", the correct answer is "NO COMMENT".
DO NOT say *ANYTHING* without legal advice because they just want you to open your mouth and put your foot in it as that makes their job so much easier.
We wouldn't have expected that, would we, girls and boys, after all, we all know that downsizing and austerity and cost-cutting lead to better services, don't we...?
Assuming that's actually supposed to be "assess", they'll do it by the usual method of "how much do you think we can gouge out of the punters for this".
Of course they'll then bump the premiums up about 25% on renewal, hoping the hike will go through on the nod, but if people complain, suddenly the insurers will find they can give you a "special discount"...
"...for any organisation which behaves in this way"
... they don't go "YeeeeHawwww!" or have horns that play the opening bars of Dixie...
... which is only going to get longer and longer...
... Flying snakes?
Fucking FLYING SNAKES...?!
... report it as "Lost or Stolen" and get the DVLA to send you a replacement.
If they screw up and miss off half your qualifications, well suddenly you "find" the old licence again...
... clearly the authorities are going to try to ban this forthwith since it could stop the Security Services from
spying on protecting everyone!
"Time flies by when you're the driver of a train.
"Steaming into Trumpton with a carog of cocaine."
No, what the court is saying is that they don't want to have to deal with these cases, full stop and they're going to do their damndest to ensure that none is ever heard.
If you look at the history of their actions, this is nothing new.
... it was a stupid question.
Some people are going to believe whatever they read, no matter how "hateful" or ludicrous it is, trying to suppress it will only make matters worse since clearly we are "scared" of the "truth" of it.