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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.

Comment: Re:SLAPP? (Score 1) 401 401

If you get a chance to view any of the articles (there's plenty more to be found, by the way) then you'll see that the difference is large enough to make your distinctions moot. I'm not saying that the statistics can't be distorted (as almost all stats are) but when you're 70x more likely to be shot by the police in the U.S. than any of the "1st world" countries, then it devalues accusations of Europe being a police state when it comes from a U.S. citizen (assuming you are).

Comment: Re:SLAPP? (Score 3, Interesting) 401 401

I don't have easy access to the raw stats, so here's some relevant news stories that do quote some stats. I doubt that the stats are cherry-picked as there's such a clear difference between the US and the rest of the world:

http://thefreethoughtproject.com/police-kill-citizens-70-times-rate-first-world-nations/
http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2014/08/armed-police/
http://www.businessinsider.com/why-do-us-police-kill-so-many-people-2014-8/
http://mic.com/articles/105036/here-s-the-shocking-tally-of-how-many-americans-die-from-police-shootings/

Comment: Re:I for one, (Score 2, Informative) 401 401

The right to anonymity is an essential part of freedom/free speech. Deciding whether to sign in or not should not have any bearing on the validity of any arguments espoused. Just because you feel safe enough to post comments under a username does not mean that everyone has that same luxury.

Comment: Re:Why would the festival cooperate? (Score 1) 134 134

Yes, music typically does have a political slant, but it's very unlikely that you could blackmail someone for their taste in music. e.g. Someone running for political office and you try to bring them down by pointing out that they're fans of Chumbawamba or Billy Bragg? I can't see that it would be that effective.

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