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Comment: Re:good (Score 2) 90

by cold fjord (#48193685) Attached to: 3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

It's quite obvious that guns should not be freely available to just anybody.

They aren't in the US.

Distrust of the government is fine but the view that having everyone have guns as a defence against the government is just an absurd rationalisation of testosterone-driven desire to own firepower.

Shall we ascribe your rant to estrogen-driven fear of guns? Or are you simply bereft of an understanding of the relevant philosophy, history, and current events?

Comment: Re:Moral Imperialism (Score 1) 390

by cold fjord (#48192301) Attached to: Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK

In the post you made to me in the other thread you made an intelligent argument in a civil manner. I think it is a shame that you do not make more posts like it. There are certainly topics I can be persuaded to change my mind about. If I respond to that post I plan to make my points in a respectful and hopefully persuasive manner in return.

In this post, on the other hand, you return to your unfortunate predilection of engaging in the practices of cranks and fringe progressives although I give you partial credit for not going full fascist as you have on other occasions.

There is nothing contradictory about being for limited government and an effective national defense. That you think so would be a reflection of your limitations, not mine.

I think it is a pity you stooped to the level of an obvious nutter. You can do better.

Comment: Re:Umm, what? (Score 1) 197

by cold fjord (#48191605) Attached to: Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime

And then he turned into a neoconservative/fringe libertarian nutbar after that business with the skyscrapers in '01.

Do you have any proof of that? In this Slashdot interview from 1999, which you will astutely note is before 9/11, people were complaining about him in similar terms to today. What is this big change that you claim happened? Is there something in his writings or blog?

After 9/11 some people went cold turkey on the bat shit insanity that they had been involved in, others found a moment or two of sanity and then relapsed. And some others couldn't even manage that.

You seem to have made clear how you view ESR, but I guess we know where you stand too, eh?

Comment: Re:Distasteful stuff, but should not be illegal (Score 1) 390

by cold fjord (#48190361) Attached to: Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK

The problem is there are not enough pedophiles to prosecute. The state has been forced to "create" pedophiles.

That doesn't really seem to be the problem. It is more like something approaching the opposite.

Rotherham child abuse scandal: 1,400 children exploited, report finds

Rotherham child sexual abuse scandal is tip of iceberg, says police chief

There will be more Rotherham-style child sexual exploitation scandals unearthed in the coming months as the “stone is lifted” on the scale of abuse perpetrated on the young, one of Britain’s top police officers has warned.

Comment: Re:Moral Imperialism (Score 3, Interesting) 390

by cold fjord (#48188877) Attached to: Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK

No. But such is the moral panic over child molestation in the UK that no-one dare stand up and defend him.

I don't think you could build a good case that "moral panic" over child molestation is the biggest problem the UK has in this regard, viz:

Rotherham child abuse scandal: 1,400 children exploited, report finds

Prof Jay said: "No-one knows the true scale of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham over the years. Our conservative estimate is that approximately 1,400 children were sexually exploited over the full inquiry period, from 1997 to 2013."

Revealing details of the inquiry's findings, Prof Jay said: "It is hard to describe the appalling nature of the abuse that child victims suffered."

The inquiry team found examples of "children who had been doused in petrol and threatened with being set alight, threatened with guns, made to witness brutally violent rapes and threatened they would be next if they told anyone ....

The report found: "Several staff described their nervousness about identifying the ethnic origins of perpetrators for fear of being thought as racist; others remembered clear direction from their managers not to do so."

Failures by those charged with protecting children happened despite three reports between 2002 and 2006 which both the council and police were aware of, and "which could not have been clearer in the description of the situation in Rotherham".

No indeed, it appears the "moral panic" you are looking for is not about child molestation.

Rotherham child sexual abuse scandal is tip of iceberg, says police chief

There will be more Rotherham-style child sexual exploitation scandals unearthed in the coming months as the “stone is lifted” on the scale of abuse perpetrated on the young, one of Britain’s top police officers has warned.

Children are being abused an hour after being groomed online, Rotherham sex abuse scandal expert warns

Paedophiles are abusing children in real life within an hour of grooming them online, the professor who led the investigation into the Rotherham sex abuse scandal has warned.

Professor Alexis Jay, who compiled a report into how gangs of mainly Asian men groomed, terrorised and abused 1,400 girls as young as 11 in Rotherham over a 16-year period said sex abuse went on undetected in many other areas across Britain.

Comment: Re:Moral Imperialism (Score 1) 390

by cold fjord (#48188675) Attached to: Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK

Similarity to child pornography? Is there really someone so stupid that they cannot tell the difference between a cartoon drawing and a real child?

We are already well into the era of digital art being more or less indistinguishable from photographs without close or expert examination. You can disagree with the law, but I expect that one of the considerations is forestalling having to sort through the maze of identifying exactly what it is beyond being child pornography.

Is it original digital art?
Is it a digitally manipulated photograph?
Is it a digital photograph?
Is it digital art produced from a photograph?

In the mind of the pedophile they all serve the same purpose: to arouse lust towards children. I don't think stimulating sexual lust towards children is something society finds acceptable.

+ - Britain May "Go Medieval" On Terrorists And Charge Them With High Treason ->

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An anonymous reader writes "The British government have been discussing charging Britons that swear allegiance and fight for ISIS with the crime of high treason under the medieval era Treason Act of 1351. It is estimated that between 500 — 1,500 Britons fought for ISIS. Civil rights activists consider the idea “ludicrous” although it is unclear if they think there is a free speech or conscience issue. Treason was punishable by death until 1998. The last person to be executed for treason by Britain was William Joyce who was hung for his role as the Nazi propagandist "Lord Haw-Haw.""
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Comment: Re:Much as I despise trolls (Score 2) 473

by cold fjord (#48185773) Attached to: In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

No need to feel sorry, that constitution didn't apply to America. After the British government failed to apply to the American colonists the rights secured to Britons in the Glorious Revolution the American colonists ultimately decided to have an even more glorious revolution of their own and write a constitution that applied to them.

As to the "written Constitution" of the UK....

The UK constitution

The UK constitution is often described as an 'unwritten constitution', but it is best described as 'partly written and wholly uncodified' (Budge et al, 1998).

It is derived from a number of sources. Its principal source is statute law, i.e., laws passed by the UK Parliament.

Comment: Re:May I suggest (Score 1) 283

by cold fjord (#48184271) Attached to: No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

In the developed world, we do not feel obliged to be the worlds policeman and do not fund our services according to that idea.
  Yes, they do tend to get a lot of money but it's not limitless.

Your use of the royal "we" is almost certainly mistaken. Even humble Canada is quite active in the use of its armed forces around the world.

    Canada extending anti-piracy mission near Somalia

Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding Operations

Canada is active in all manner of UN peace operations. Since the first peacekeeping operation in 1956, Canada has accepted frequent requests to join UN operations around the world, whether in Cyprus, Bosnia, Haiti, or elsewhere. To date, over 125,000 Canadians have served in close to 50 UN missions

Canadian Armed Forces completes military mission in Afghanistan

It would be easy to show similar commitments by Britain, Australia, and many other countries.

You are correct that about funding in that most of Europe is not meeting its defense spending targets agreed to within the NATO alliance.

Why you think that not meeting your defense obligations and misspending what you do have constitutes being part of "the developed world" shows the pitiful state of most of Europe's militaries. Even Britain is decimating its armed forces.

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