Saturday, 28 May 2016

When Hitchens Is Right....

...he's so very, very right:
Consider the grim-jawed face which the police now turn towards us, the public. They stand around scowling with sub-machine guns, stomp about in big boots, stab-vests and baseball caps, display their clubs, Tasers, pepper-sprays and handcuffs to let us know who’s boss, and generally act as if the high street is a war-zone, on the rare occasions when they bother to visit it.
They love to dress up like Star Wars stormtroopers in body-armour and big helmets. They even have their own air force, which enjoys flying round in the small hours, blazing its searchlights into people’s gardens from 1,000ft. But confronted with 200 boozed-up ravers in a West Country wood, they won’t face them in the dark. We pay for this non-service. Avon and Somerset police’s annual budget for 2016/17 is £276,075,000. They employ 2,759 officers who cost us £146,383,000 in pay each year. They spend more than a million a year on their share of the ‘National Police Air Service’. From July 2009 to May 17, 2016, they spent £51,000 on CS Spray (pepper spray) – that’s 5,180 canisters at £9.86 each. They also spent £31,000 on batons at £25 each, and another £1,249,000 on body armour.
BUT despite all this clobber they won’t go into the woods to enforce the law and keep the peace. I’m honestly not sure what they do do. They always say that if people like me, who criticise them, were in trouble, we’d call on them. But would they come when we did? Or might it be too dark?
Once, the English police force was the best in the world. The idea that a middle-class columnist would have cause to say this in a national newspaper would be unthinkable. Yet it resonates with middle England. Froth as they might, the online police flag-wavers and blamers of the Tories can't deny this.

How did we get here..?

"It Takes A Village To Raise ... Allegations Of Child Abuse"

Research commissioned by the Department for Education found that one in three individuals who have suspected a child they know is being abused did nothing to act on their suspicions. Fear of having misread a situation, potentially ruining someone’s life by wrongly tarnishing them with such a serious accusation, is cited as the biggest factor which deters reporting suspected crimes.
And no wonder, as a glance at Anna Raccoon's or Moor Larkin's blogs could tell you.
Of course, no decision to report abuse will ever be easy. The sense of the magnitude of the accusation, and the awareness of the extreme repercussions for all involved, can be overwhelming. However, the seriousness of child abuse should mean that the question of whether to report should not be a question at all. We all have a duty to report our fears, despite our concerns that they may be unfounded.
"Never fear, citizen! The office of Witchfinder General is known for its compassion and professionalism, so report that old lady with the black cat when your cow's gone barren in confidence. It's your civic duty!"
Putting responsibility on victims to report sex crimes, and therefore the responsibility to prevent abuse, perpetuates victim-blaming attitudes; it reflects the belief that the onus is always on the victim to stop their abuser by speaking out, rather than on society to protect its citizens in the first place and to be receptive to signs of abuse when they occur. It absolves wider society of responsibility, in failing to acknowledge that child abuse is a far-reaching and important social issue. Instead, we are encouraged to think about abuse in terms of isolated events and disconnected individuals.
"Only 'society' has a responsibility, never the individual!"
If we are serious about eradicating abuse, collective cultural responsibility is just as important as individual victim empowerment.
"Forward, citizens! Forward together, as one, into our glorious collective future!"

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Friday, 27 May 2016

The Civil Service Never Sleeps...

Oh wow! What vital state secrets are they guarding?

Correcting a spelling of 'judicial'? Wow! Pedantry never sleeps, either. I'm rather touched.

"My son knows the difference between right and wrong, he is a really sensible young man."

If that's true, why do you need a law to stop him from shoving unknown substances up his nose?
Jon Royle, chief executive of the Bridge project in Bradford, which provides services for drug users, said the new Act would prevent the legal sale of the substances.
"I don’t accept the argument that it's safer for people to buy these drugs legally, it’s evident that the legal suppliers had no concern for the welfare of users and the most vulnerable people in our society found a ready and easily accessible supply on the high street and internet."
Hmm, doesn't that blow the arguments of the 'legalise drugs!' crowd out of the water?

Thursday, 26 May 2016

'Caring' For Whom..?

Certainly not the public:
Father-of-three Chris Scutt, 38, was shopping with his wife, Jen and their 15-month-old son, Alvis, when the man launched himself at the youngster.
Mr Scutt says he is angry that the carers responsible for looking after the man, who had learning difficulties, had brought him into the store - despite knowing he should not be around children.
Well, why not? They are never going to be held properly responsible, are they?
'I turned to hit the person who had done this and saw he had learning disabilities.
'I refrained as my main concern was to care for our son who had blood pouring from his face.'
Lucky for you that you did - the police would have certainly arrested you, and probably charged you with a 'hate crime' into the bargain...
A spokesman for Cephas Care, which runs a home where the man is living, said: 'We take seriously our role in the care and safety of the people we support.
What about the care and safety of the children they are prone to attack?
'As the event is currently under investigation by the police we are unable to comment in detail, however, at the time of the incident we did involve the safeguarding team at the local authority and we continue to work closely with them and the investigating police officer.'
Translation: 'Blah, blah, blah...'
An Essex Police spokesman said officers are investigating reports of an assault and inquiries are ongoing.
I hope Mr Scutt doesn't hold his breath. Essex plod have form for doing sod all in these cases.

"We Need A Strong European Union To Make Sure Everyone Watches EU-Based TV Shows..."

...said no-one, ever:
Guenther Oettinger, the EU commissioner for digital economy, said: 'We have a European film culture and we think European content should be in those programmes.'
Mr Oettinger said the Commission believed 'there should be a guaranteed share of those programmes,' and '20 per cent is a reasonable figure'.
Well, maybe this'll finally wake up the Millenials to the dangers posed by voting Remain.
The proposal still has to be approved by each EU nation's parliaments.
Not that that's going to be a problem, with Call-Me-Dave at the helm.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

SJWs - Here To Ruin All Our Pleasures....

There’s a question at the heart of the Uncharted games that the latest title, released to great acclaim this month, tackles most directly: is the dashing lead protagonist, Nathan Drake, a hero or a thief?

Can't he be both? Raffles could!
What’s interesting is that these characters continue to flourish in a culture that is becoming increasingly sceptical towards the idea of acquiring and retaining cultural artefacts from overseas. This is a time in which the British Museum is under constant pressure from Greece’s culture minister to return the Parthenon marbles to their country of origin. This debate has raged for decades, with the name “Lord Elgin” is now all but synonymous with idea of cultural imperialism.
What on earth this has to do with games is anyone's guess. It seems that the SLWs are determined you can't even pretend to be non-politically correct in your leisure time.
Many of us are sensitive to the case put forward by countries that have seen their treasures dispersed around the globe; but while playing Uncharted or Tomb Raider, we’ll spend hours of our free time engaged in the process of removing valuable cultural artefacts from their native homes.
Yes. Because it's just a bloody game.
...Drake’s sticky fingered approach to archaeology is something of an ethical quandary. The word “loot” is widely used in video games to mean any collectible item, but few of us stop and consider its connotations.
Perhaps Lara Croft’s reinvention as a thoughtful explorer and the ending of the Uncharted series will mark a new era for this thorny archetype; maybe we will see a new generation of video game adventurers more attuned to the politicised interests of this generation.
Dear god, games made by and for progressives: the horror, the horror..!
...what’s clear is that there’s a growing determination to expose and neutralise the cultural hangovers of colonialism and imperialism – whether they’re exhibited in the appropriation of ideas or objects. For good or ill, it is difficult to imagine that a generation who believe that Rhodes Must Fall will allow the adventuring archaeologist figure to stand uncontested.
What do they plan instead, I wonder?