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Comment I do or I did, 20 - 30 years ago (Score 2) 142

From approx 1984 - 1995, I worked in various hotels & restaurants in a big city and I lost count of the number of people who mistook me for another guy who also worked in the biz - one person came right up to me, shook my hand and said it was great to see me again and how he'd enjoyed working with me for several years.

I had no idea who the hell he was or who he thought I was. But after that, I started being much nicer to people because my double seemed to have left a really positive impression on people in a rough & competitive business so I thought he was doing me a favor and I should at least try to return it.

Since I left that city and got out of hospitality, it's never happened again.

Comment Re:He is lucky he did not get shot on the spot (Score 1) 235

IIRC, one of them did have a gun.
The UK has a population of ~66 million yet TOTAL police shootings in the past few decades is in the dozens where CA or TX rack up that number in weeks or a few months.
The city of London, England had ZERO fatal police shootings between 2011 & 2014

They're far from perfect and the tendency to withhold the identity of officers who opened fire is worrisome - but the *relative* rarity of police shootings in the UK ( and most of Europe) makes me wonder why American cops are so quick to transform into executioners

Comment Re:He is lucky he did not get shot on the spot (Score 4, Informative) 235

"They hid! While Lee Rigby was having his head chopped off, they were staying on the other side of the crowd"
Unarmed officers showed up 9 minutes after the emerg call at 14:20h by which point Rigby was already dead and been dragged into the road.
Armed unit took another 5 minutes to arrive.

Comment Re:He is lucky he did not get shot on the spot (Score 5, Insightful) 235

I'm sure there are flaming assholes in every country, profession, demographic but UK cops, compared to America's Finest, have shown phenomal restraint under some dangerous situations.

For example, when 2 Nigerian terrorist knocked down offduty soldier Lee Rigby with a car then beheaded him with a cleaver, the unarmed cops didn't shit themselves but set up a cordon and guided passerbys away until the armed unit showed up and took both assailants alive, only shooting to wound, despite being rushed by both assailants with weapons in hand, performing 1st aid on one and getting them medical aid.

By contrast , Officer Brelo of the Cleveland PD fired 49 shots ( his fellow cops fired a total of 90 more ) into the car, windshield and bodies of 2 African-Americans. His final 15 bullets were discharged WHILE HE WAS STANDING ON THE HOOD - but he claimed to be afraid for his life???

Comment Re:Black Lives Matter (Score 1) 164

The black community is and has been doing plenty for a long time. What they don't have control over is themselves and their young men being stopped, frisked, arrested & incarcerated for things where white men don't get hassled, go free, get probation or lesser sentences.

Once you're in the system, everything in your life changes. You can't simply serve your time and have your life reset like it's a video game.
Your job prospects are affected, every traffic stop becomes a major event, you can be refused housing or denied renting an apartment, credit terms, bank loans, even your college application is under greater scrutiny.

Former convicts end up leaving jail in debt - and I'm not talking about owing a few hundred or a few thousand for cigarettes & snacks but 10s or even 100s of thousands for the burden of keeping you locked up, while you were making thirteen cents / hr in prison labor.

It's used to be that "paying your debt to society" meant serving your time & walking the straight & narrow after. Nowadays, the sentence is just the 1st installment and you don't get prime interest rates for the $20k - $50k for the time you spent in the State Hilton

Comment Re:Awesome (Score 1) 136

"I think it's likely that in the next few years more people will die because of the Tesla Autopilot than would have died without it"

No, not likely. It's almost certain that Autopilot will be the *cause* of some deaths but it'll also be responsible for saving many more lives.
The same guy who died in the tractor-trailer crash posted a video some months back that the car's reaction likely saved his life.

This time around, he was driving very irresponsibly and the truck he hit was executing a maneuver that isn't allowed in sane jurisdictions - something that Florida has rarely been confused with.

Comment Re:Why raise kids? (Score 1) 74

"More high IQ people with a culture of intellectual curiosity means more advancement.

More low IQ people with a culture of conquest, rape and domination ... not so much.

Reality is racist and cultural supremacist."

The reality is that conquest, rape & domination have been practiced by many societies going back thousands of years and into the present.
Were the Romans "low IQ people"? They had slaves and their conquest & domination are the stuff of history & legend.
You'd have to very naive to think that they did not rape.

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