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Comment: Re:"if someone says a curse word against my mother (Score 1) 894

by Alain Williams (#48820581) Attached to: Pope Francis: There Are Limits To Freedom of Expression

People are accepted as prophets, it is a title given by the religious hierarchy. That the $deity does not exist (in any verifiable sense) does not really impact on their role in the religion. You need to be able to understand things as others see them, even if you do not agree with their point of view.

Comment: RFC 760 (Score 2) 894

by Alain Williams (#48819541) Attached to: Pope Francis: There Are Limits To Freedom of Expression

John Postel wisely said:

The same is true in human discussion. It is (generally) good to limit what you say to what will be acceptable (not overly offend) others, but at the same time accept that people may say things that you do not like. Being gratuitously rude about others and taking offence at trivia is the best way of starting fights.

That is not to say that there are people & ideas that do not deserve to have fun poked at, especially those that are intolerant of views other than their own or are hypocritical — this is the area that satirical magasines work in ... readers need to understand that and be more tolerant than they might do to others.

I completely disagree with the pope claiming that religious ideas need special protection. They do not. Their effects on huge numbers of people means that their ideas should be strongly tested, not above criticism. But: given his position, there is little else that he can say.

Comment: So what should we call him ... (Score 1) 136

in discussion about him or his views ? I have a few suggestions, can you add some more: twat, stupid politician, brain-dead Maryland politician, moron with more money than sense, Voldemort (he who shall not be named), Muppet, Pillock, plonker, Wazzock, Berk, Maggot, arsehole, eejit, git, ....

Maybe all media should now only refer to him by one of the names above - I wonder what he would say then ?

Comment: More toys for the men in green suits (Score 0) 290

by Alain Williams (#48703737) Attached to: War Tech the US, Russia, China and India All Want: Hypersonic Weapons

They might like to have them to play with, few of the rest of us do. They are dangerous and expensive.

If they are really that important: there ought to be an interlock that means that they will only fly if there is a 5 star general strapped on board. If he is willing to give up his life as well as those that the missile will hit - then I will agree that it is important. Not otherwise.

Comment: It is too good an accusation to pass up ... (Score 1) 282

by Alain Williams (#48670159) Attached to: Did North Korea Really Attack Sony?

our governments love bogey men, someone who they can point at and make us forget their own faults or to use as an excuse for more spending on the military/spy-agencies/... We have been here before, anyone remember how Saddam was supposed to have WMD (in spite of doubts from Hans Blix), Tony Blair's ''dodgy dossier''. Finding other examples is not hard.

Time will (probably) tell if it was/wasn't NK - but by then the difference will not make a story.

Comment: Re:You want a family friendly internet? (Score 4, Insightful) 294

by Alain Williams (#48660629) Attached to: BT, Sky, and Virgin Enforce UK Porn Blocks By Hijacking Browsers

".. other content inappropriate for children"

Curiously they do not block web sites of places like,,, ... all purveyors of ideas that really screw kids up: make them feel guilty of normal feelings, make them do strange things, ... If they insist on a banned list it would be good to see this sort of site added.

Comment: Wrong target ... (Score 4, Insightful) 163

by Alain Williams (#48659351) Attached to: 'Citizenfour' Producers Sued Over Edward Snowden Leaks

those being taken to court are those who have committed crimes that have been exposed by Edward Snowden; ie members of the NSA, high ranking officials in the USA government, ... These are the very people who will not be prosecuted, they have many friends in high places who will keep then free. Many of these friends want to protect them so that they, in turn, will be protected when their crimes become noticed.

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