cahth3iK

cahth3iK

  • Commented on Unwelcome reality excursion
    I just don't understand you. You have protested of being scandalised by things like mass surveillance or the aggression against Iraq; yet it stands to reason that these are two of the foremost consequences of the servility of the UK...
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    When you dismiss mass surveillance with a "so what", you are attacking Human Rights. Your view of the light bulb ban is probably a good illustration of the magnitude of our difference. I see incandescent light bulbs as an abomination...
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    As for files on me, of course they have (...) So? The corruption is publicly visible in the restriction of sale of goods Right. Of course if you consider industrial standards as evil and Human Rights as something moot,...
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    What's wrong with being a larger, more populous version of Norway? Oh, nothing. If your Norway is large and powerful enough to maintain its economy, its social model, its security, and promote its values. Else you are in "denial-of-history"...
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    Utter rubbish. The arrests in NI were not "political" (in the "I disagree with their ideology"), they were counter-terrorist (in the "they are killing people, robbing, extorting, and threatening violence"). Well, it always starts like that, does it not?...
  • Commented on Who ordered THAT?!?
    the de facto nation state with strong central governments required the Industrial Revolution. As writer/historian Shelby Foote noted, before the Civil War the "United States" was a plural entity, the war made it singular. Might be true for the USA,...
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    Oh for goodness' sake. Since 2000, the UK has taken part in an illegal war of aggression and been complicit in systemic torture. It derives important revenues from parasitic financial activities that harm the world economic fabric, while victimising its...
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    Ah, I see. Actually it was a semantic problem, but on "tradition", not "secret police". I'd say that the existence of the SDS gives a template to organise a secret police service, and in that sense there will be a...
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    I cannot guarantee that the European Union would remain free of corruption, no. On the other hand, I can guarantee that countries with decaying economies and less than 100 million inhabitants will be protectorates of someone else and cannot have...
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    Well what is it you call "secret police" then? To me, "secret police" means "any organisation operating under secret rules and assuming duties typically in the purview of the police". Examples: an intelligence agency working properly is not secret police,...
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    We don't have a tradition of secret policemen What? Have you missed out entirely about the Special Demonstration Squad? Just for the record, the British secret police was providing material to the French police about French anarchists operating on French...
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    Hmm, I don't know if you remember, but ECHELON. That was way before 9/11, and there was already quite some amount of anger directed at the UK for harbouring the European chapter of that endeavour. In fact, there were talks...
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    Quite. There are two unspoken hypothesis behind my "only chance": "we" refers to all the people in the European Union, many (most) of whom are not Anglo-Saxon and thus would be considered Untermenschen even if the UK joined a union...
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    The EU is not particularly corrupt. There are problems, but they exist because were are presently in the process of building the thing. I still fail to understand what you want; a proud Britain standing alone, beacon of democracy? That...
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    Since a strong, federal European Union could grow corrupt, we have to surrender our lives to foreign super-powers among which the best practices torture, arbitrary executions, unlimited detention without trial, and does not recognise us human rights? And you think...
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    You don't get high-end mathematicians, or do ragged-edge electronic development, on the cheap; you start with M.Sc and Ph.D Right... and how much do you suppose a post-doc is worth? They are paid less than mid-ranking non-commissioned officers....
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    I am talking of security clearances for "secret", "top secret" or above. Yes, I too know people cleared for such documents too and who are neither spies nor soldiers, but they do orbit the security apparatus....
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    The number of people currently holding security clearances in the USA is 3.5 millions. That means that a significant percentage of the US population works for the security sector (for any person holding a security clearance, several colleagues do not)....
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    Meanwhile there is the slight problem that the entire "Euoropean justice" so-called system is deeply inimical to Common Law. ZOMG!!! Almost the entire European Union drives on the wrong side of the road! We must correct this problem or...
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    That is already the case. Are you by any chance thinking of Julian Assange as a case showing faults with the European warrant?...
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    Spirit of habeas corpus? The Habeas Corpus is typically Anglo-Saxon law. I fail to understand why the European Union, which is overwhelmingly using the Roman legal system, should use such idiosyncratic standards as measuring sticks for fundamental rights. Especially in...
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    Incidentally, both Ted R & cath3iK are wrong about the "class" system - this would have been true in 1945-7, yes, but it is presently dead, except in the minds of some deluded people still trying to fight the...
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    I think that your faith in the US Constitution is misplaced. We have seen that when confronted with texts that directly contradict their intended policies, US politicians resort to secret interpretations of the law. They blur things so that nothing...
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    The question is not if quaint artists who do not annoy anybody get shot, but whether things that sting a bit are allowed to get any traction. What happens with The Death of Klinghoffer is an example of the sorts...
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    At the risk of sounding a bit harsh, I think that the UK is a satellite of the USA pretty much as the DDR was a satellite of the USSR. The way the GCHQ implements US surveillance policy is telling:...
  • Commented on Cameron v Churchill
    I think that we are witnessing a drift between the USA and UK on one side, and Europe on the other (defining "Europe" as "The European Union, possibly minus Hungary and Poland on their bad days, and adding things like...
  • Commented on Cameron v Churchill
    The only illegal "speech" should be that which is a direct incitement to violence. Sure. I agree 100%. Now define "direct", "incitement", and "violence". Gets complicated, doesn't it? Err... is it? That is what we have courts for: given...
  • Commented on Cameron v Churchill
    The French don't seem to be ahving these problems with their islamists (etc) do they? Somoene, somehwere has lost the plot & another group - the real right-wingers behind Camron are using this as an excuse. (13) The French...
  • Commented on A brief, bitter quiz
    Anyway, the other problem with nuclear fuels is that the fuel is around for 20-50 years, while the resulting pollution is around for, what? 20,000-50,000 years? It doesn't matter, really. The 1000s:1 reward to crap ratio is massively unsustainable....
  • Commented on A brief, bitter quiz
    To use the Soviets as a metaphor and Leninist praxis as the trajectory, what we're looking at now is probably 1917-18. (9/11 was the assassination of Tsar Alexander II, or maybe the revolt of 1905.) Actual seizure of power...
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