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Comment Re:A fairly narrow view point (Score 1) 395

And the rest of London is still as expensive as hell, but full of grim run-down government housing full of the dumbest, most uncivilized motherfuckers on Earth.

ANYBODY with anything going for them leaves London at the first opportunity, and just commutes in. People who live here just accept that if they want to live like civilized humans, they have huge commutes.

Comment Re:the way I see it (Score 2) 533

Amen. Taking somebody's life judicially is very, very serious business, and I feel, appropriate for the absolute worst cases, e.g. genocide and waging war against your own country (and I don't mean this Mickey Mouse shit, where a couple of disaffected and misguided young men let off pipe bombs which kill a few passers-by, I'm speaking serious existential threats to our way of life and moral order).

OTOH, when you open a newspaper here, and read about the huge number of people being put to death for serious, albeit not devastatingly terrible crimes, one has to wonder if it's always the case that punishment genuinely fits the crime. And interestingly in states where conservative moral values hold sway, and with lots of people of the ostensibly "pro life" POV, where a woman taking RU486 is a terrible thing, but in the same breath, are sending hordes of poor urban blacks to death row at great expense, presumably 'for the lulz'. Texas is about to rack up 500 executions since 1974. To my untrained ear, that sounds like a lot.

Imposing the death penalty isn't cheap nor should it be cheap.

The burden of proof for capital cases also needs to be extremely high. Miscarriages of justice do happen, and it's very hard to apologise and pay compensation to somebody who's dead...

Comment Re:the way I see it (Score 2) 533

The death penalty is anything but cheap, if you factor in the huge fixed costs of actually having one, not to mention endless chains of appeals. Ditto, supermax.

Besides, death is exactly what these asshats want. Locking scum up, like this Chechan piece of shit, in supermax without even means to kill himself, is an appropriate punishment.

Comment Re:Makes it easy for police (Score 1) 276

For those of you playing along outside the UK, calling somebody a "Daily Mail reader", is a common slur thrown at people who disagree with the sort of people who read left-wing newspapers like the Guardian.

Blaming Whitey for any and all anti-social behaviour from people who happen to hail from an ethnic minority is also quite common amongst those of a "liberal" persuasion here. It's an insidious form of reverse racism.

The rather absurd idea that brown people can't control themselves and are being provoked by British intervention in the middle east (as opposed to criminality, warped political ideology, indoctrination by extremists, etc), is very common amongst the far Left here.

Comment Makes it easy for police (Score 3, Informative) 276

As others have mentioned, they've had ANPRs in the UK for quite a while.

The cops sit on the side of the road, and they check all passing cars for registration and tax. Then, some basic computation is done: if a plate is seen in two places, which is clearly impossible (e.g. the same plates popping up in distant towns five minutes apart), the plates are flagged as bad, and the police go and chase them.

The idea being, people who break little laws, also tend to break big ones. E.g. a bunch of "poor and misunderstood Asians" who were on route to blow up an EDL rally only got caught, because they had a bad tax disc. The alternative doesn't really bear thinking about (large-scale civil disorder) -- and I'm glad they got caught.

I'm sure the civil-liberties obsessives here would hate the idea of ubiquitous ANPR, but the practicality of the situation is that it works.

Comment Re: Two words (Score 1) 330

That's interesting.

I suppose the publisher-cartel justification for this is that the physical cost of printing is extremely low compared to the overall costs of bringing a book to market.

So if this is the case, then I'm sure the publishes wouldn't mind at all, if I traded in my bulky, heavy dead-wood books for e-reader equivalents...

(But then who am I kidding??)

Comment Damage (Score -1) 216

Edward Snowden is a terrible, narcissistic, uneducated individual. He has done so much damage, its unbelievable.

If I were American and weren't of the nutjub libertarian persuasion, I'd be baying for his blood. He has well and truly stabbed America in the back.

Comment Heh (Score 0) 210

The power of wishful thinking in action. The same thought of defective cargo-cult thinking behind the Laffer Curve, actually.

Libertarians will believe any old bunkum that'll reinforce their beliefs, and justify greed and selfishness. This Tabarrok Curve bollocks is just an extrapolation of that.

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