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Comment Re:It's coming. Watch for it.. (Score 1) 161 161

Yielding the road to a faster vehicle? I've never heard of that being a rule of the road. As far as I'm aware, all vehicles have exactly the same priority on public roads (except for emergency vehicles when they've got their lights turned on).

It's not particularly easy to judge the distances in the video due to the wide angle lens (most helmet cams use wide angles), but the UK Highway Code specifies "give motorcyclists, cyclists and horse riders at least as much room as you would when overtaking a car" (https://www.gov.uk/using-the-road-159-to-203/overtaking-162-to-169/).

IMO, a motorist who doesn't politely share the road with other vehicles isn't doing himself or his community any favours.

Comment Re:I spent a few days biking around Munich in the (Score 2) 161 161

Here in England, the only roads that were built for cars (motorways) don't allow cycles (or horses or pedestrians) on them. The other roads were built for general pedestrian (we don't have a jay-walking law) and vehicle use. The first "modern" roads were paid for by cyclists groups, so it's ignoring history to claim that the roads are built for cars.

Have a look at http://www.roadswerenotbuiltforcars.com/ for a really good examination of the early history of roads and cars. Most of the car pioneers were also cycle enthusiasts (the earliest cars were pretty much tricycles with a motor fitted).

Comment Re:"Rap" (Score 1) 298 298

So, let me check that I've got this straight. Are you saying that the way to deal with the issues of inner city ghettos, gang violence, gun crime, drugs and police brutality is to ban rap music?

As I recall, hip-hop/rap music sprang out of a need for disenfranchised youth of low-income areas to have a "voice" and speak out about the social, economic and political realities of their lives. However, it appears that rap music doesn't agree with your sensibilities and you somehow think that it's the music that the issue rather than being a symptom of a major problem in the U.S.

I wonder how you would want "Black" people to respond to negative outside influences? Maybe tip their hat and say "Yes Masser"?
Your attitude reminds me of the Christian right back in the late 70s when they were complaining about backwards satanic messages in rock music. The problem isn't the music and trying to ban freedom of expression is part of the problem.

Comment Re:"Rap" (Score 1) 298 298

I don't think I can play a Race card as I'm not a member of a minority. So, assuming that I wish to subscribe to your views, what would you suggest? Maybe ban rap music? Also, we could introduce segregation so that rap fans have to sit at the back of the bus and aren't allowed to use the same toilets as non-rap fans.

Comment Re:"Rap" (Score 1) 298 298

I don't dispute your opinions (opinions are like arseholes - everyone's got one and they all stink).

You may have got your cause and effect mixed up. Maybe it's that people who are placed at a distinct disadvantage by "greater society", (not to mention a greater risk of violence by the police) have chosen to participate in a sub-culture as a way of dealing with the inequities.

Anyhoo, whether you're right or wrong, your opinion sounds racist and is not a helpful sentiment to be expressing (unless you enjoy belittling minority cultures).

Comment Re:SLAPP? (Score 0) 401 401

I always thought that Moscow was in Russia

***runs off to check an atlas***

Yep, it's still there.

Okay, so you're not happy with specific examples of UK and Germany (for some strange reason), so here's a link to a Guardian article comparing various other countries (for you to arbitrarily discount) http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/jun/09/the-counted-police-killings-us-vs-other-countries/.

Apologies for using facts against you like this.

Comment Re:SLAPP? (Score 1) 401 401

Just to fill you in - my first response in this series of posts was to refute an Anonymous Coward who claimed:

The EU is a police state, far more than the US.

I'm glad to have proved your point (although you only just mentioned it, so I don't know how anyone else was supposed to work out what the hell your point was), but I'm afraid that your assertion of

The US has it's issues. Only we don't act like we don't have any, while constantly accusing Europeans of them.

is ironic given the nature of the post that prompted my replies.

So, can you please point me towards the "evidence" you mention so that I can educate myself and not have my facts so clearly wrong in future?

P.S. I wasn't alive in either World War, so I do apologise for any wrong-doings, but it was somewhat beyond my control.

Comment Re:SLAPP? (Score 1) 401 401

Did I miss a memo? Moscow is in Europe now? I'd better run and tell Putin as he seems to be wanting to start a war with Europe - how he'll laugh when he finds out his mistake!

Here's some stats for the UK https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/298435/Police_use_of_firearms_Commons.pdf/ and here's a German report http://www.spiegel.de/panorama/justiz/polizei-schoss-2011-seltener-im-dienst-a-832037.html/ although you'll need to translate it (or read a summary http://gawker.com/5909283/german-police-really-dont-like-shooting-at-people-used-only-85-bullets-last-year/ ).

Honestly, here in the UK, police violence tends to get newspaper headlines as there's been history of institutional racism in a lot of police forces. It's not something that typically get brushed under the carpet, but instead is used more as a political bargaining chip.

Comment Re:SLAPP? (Score 1) 401 401

Thank you for joining this discussion. However, you seem to be trying to devolve this into a "the land-mass I live on is better than the land-mass you live on" debate.

I assume you're referring to the whole Nazi Germany thing and yes, I imagine that the situation in the U.S. is somewhat better than Nazi Germany. Well done in setting yourself a high standard there.

Comment Re:SLAPP? (Score 1) 401 401

I'm not sure who you think I am, but I'm not aware that I'm doing anything with/for/against the "will of the people". You do realise we're posting on Slashdot, right? Are you having one of your delusions where you're a member of the secret world council again?

With just a brief checking of facts, it appears that you are flat out wrong about "much of Europe abolished the death penalty as part of European integration". Have a look at http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0777460.html/ for the official banning of the death penalty by country.

You seem to have a strange, paranoid view of Europeans, so I'd guess that you've never travelled very much. I'd recommend going to other countries as travel really does broaden the mind and gives you a better perspective. (You also learn that people are really the same everywhere and cultural stereotypes are just that - stereotypes).

Comment Re:SLAPP? (Score 1) 401 401

I personally think it's wrong to kill people over mere property and I don't believe that the average person is a good judge of when to use "deadly force". Higher rates of killing is definitely wrong no matter what excuses are presented, but then there's such a huge cultural difference between the U.S. and Europe that we think that capital punishment is barbaric.

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