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Comment: Re:This is what Thatcher was good at (Score 4, Informative) 712

Obviously carefully stepping over the fact that the previous labour government (Callaghan was it?) shut more mines than Thatcher because, and here's the kicker, they were uneconomic! It cost more to dig up the coal than the coal was worth, and we could get coal cheaper from elsewhere, including the damn shipping costs! ... no really!

Had Scargill not tried to bring down the elected government by flexing the miner's muscle maybe the scenes of violence could have been avoided, but I'll grant you that anywhere the Met (London Police) got brought in it turned nasty, but that's more a reflection of the Met than Thatcher - the Met are _still_ a little too handy with their fists (see Ian Tomlinson)

Comment: Re:I have no clue what's going on here (Score 1) 431

by AGMW (#46417035) Attached to: Jewish School Removes Evolution Questions From Exams
Why bother? I _guess_ because we have a set of rules about what kids have to be taught and part of that involves examination. So it's OK for the kids to take an exam and potentially do badly (if there are questions set on topics they've wilfully been mislead on!), but it's not OK to just not teach the subject.

If there was some way to weed out 'bad teachers' you could hope that the Biology teachers at such a school would continually be identified by Ofsted (UK schools watchdog) and warned, offered re-training, etc, then sacked, but sadly that's unlikely because the teacher union(s) would probably get all upset and call a national strike - even if Ofsted had such powers, and I don't think they do because if they did the teacher union(s) would probably get all upset and call a national strike!

Comment: Re:or stop hiding... (Score 4, Informative) 377

by AGMW (#46236727) Attached to: Assange's Lawyers: Follow Swedish Law, Interrogate Him In the UK
Not sure the UK would have extradited him to the US, and if they agreed to do so it would have been _years_ of court battles before it happened (see Gary McKinnon, amongst others), and yet Sweden can, and do, just hand people over to the US, so from the US's point of view, they'd likely get their hands on Assange far quicker if he could be convinced to pop back to Sweden - at least that seems to be the argument put forward by Assange. FWIW, and having read around the subject quite a bit, I tend to agree with him - Assange would be a fool to voluntarily go back to Sweden at this time.

Turns out that, as he's in the Ecuadorian embassy, he's already escaped the UK ...

Swedish police have visited other countries to 'interview' suspects in the past - including murderers - and presumably will do so in the future, so it does seem a little odd that they're so reluctant to pop over to the UK to interview a suspected 'rapist' who has offered to assist countless times.

The whole issuing of the European Arrest Warrant in the first place is decidedly odd too ... and brings into question the general use of such warrants.

Comment: Re:This is missing critical information (Score 1) 268

by AGMW (#46172877) Attached to: Fracking Is Draining Water From Areas In US Suffering Major Shortages
Also, are the non-drought-ravaged areas of the US being similarly "heavily targeted" for oil and gas development using hydraulic fracturing too, in which case if EVERYWHERE is being heavily targeted then, really, the drought areas aren't really being targeted at all now, are they. It's not like the Frackers are like "Hey, they're really dry over there, let's go todally frack them up dude"!

Comment: Re:They aren't whistleblowing. (Score 1) 441

by AGMW (#46045147) Attached to: Why Whistleblowers Can't Get a Fair Trial
Of course, when the highest authority is complicit there is no one within the system to report to, and the only alternative is to blow the whistle loud and clear where EVERYONE can hear because it is pretty clear that anything else will simply be swept under the carpet.
Remember, Manning released _proof_ that the US armed forces were guilty of gunning down a Reuters reporter, then was further complicit in denying it happened and covering up, let alone not offering help to those wounded during the strike.

Comment: Re:Has this been done before? (Score 1) 323

by AGMW (#45895867) Attached to: Cartels Are Using Firetruck-Sized Drillers To Make Drug Pipelines

... Surely the good guys deserve some press here as well, Slashdot?

The good guys? You mean the people who created the situation that encourages this behaviour in the first place? The good guys are the legislators in the states who have, at last, started down the road to end prohibition and cut the fiscal ties to the drug cartels and smugglers. Kudos to you all, for the war on drugs in an unwinnable war, and if they don't know it they are truly delusional! Historians tell us we are doomed to repeat the mistakes of our ancestors, and just as alcohol prohibition funded the Mafia, so the "War On Drugs" funds the drug cartels.

The logical, hell, the ONLY, solution is to legalise ALL drugs. The reduced cost of policing plus the tax take on the companies that manufacture, process, and sell the resulting narcotics would fill the coffers and throw in the reduced cost of incarcerating the unlucky folks just wanting a little high and the reduced cost 'to society' of drugs cut with draino and the like ... it's a win-win, apart from those craving the power derived from the War On Drugs, and surely those are exactly the sorts of people who shouldn't be given the power!

Legalise It And Tax It!

Comment: Re:What will Cameron do then? (Score 3, Insightful) 227

by AGMW (#45734147) Attached to: UK ISP Adult Filters Block Sex Education Websites Allows Access To Porn
The default is already "Filtering ON", even though the Gov tried to insist that the ISP's call it something like "your choice" to hide the fact! Railroaded in by referring to it as some anti-child porn crusade, it also includes filters to block (extreme) political websites too.

Who determines what political sites are extreme?

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