Re: Re: Re: Why we fail as a nation and electorate
This is a common problem with writing legislation. It takes a huge amount of effort (and time) to write laws that specifically include only the elements intended and specifically exclude everything else. Governments rarely take the time to do it right which is why the courts are left to interpret the law. This of course introduces risk at every stage and leaves some extremely unsatisfactory laws on the books. The best we can hope for is that case law sets appropriate precedent to refine the interpretation, but as we see time and again, this often works against the people rather than in their favour.
Reminds me of the old joke about the golfer who told the guy he was playing with, who was a much better player, that he didn't want to use a handicap, but he wanted three "Gotchas". Puzzled, the other guy agreed. As he was about to tee off at the first hole, the first guy suddenly grabbed him between the legs and shouted "GOTCHA!". The other player's game went to pieces. He couldn't concentrate on playing as he was so worried about when the next "Gotcha" was going to come.
I guess they are just scared sh*tless and feel threatened by those, generally much younger than themselves, who understand technology while they remain deeply ignorant of it. It is a common human response to hate and attack that which we fear.
I swear Cameron once claimed to have "libertarian tendencies". His actions have shown this to be about as true in reality as Obama's claimed support for whistleblowers or his promise to make government more transparent. If ever there was a case of actions speaking louder than words, this is one such.
Because it believes it has paid enough money to enough politicians and screamed loud enough for enough time that it has earned that right! Either that or...we're the entertainment industry, we don't need a reason, just let us have our way.
Not that the entertainment industry is filled with egotistical, over-entitled, spoilt brats, or anything!
Taking a look at his own website provides much interesting information about his rather broken thought processes: http://www.terry-deary.com
For example, on the "contact Terry Deary" page there is an FAQ which shows his incredible arrogance:
"Where do you get your ideas?
I'm a writer. It's my job. I don't have to go anywhere or do anything to "get" ideas. They are already in my head."
Note that he aslo has a low opinion of schools:
"I detest schools with a passion. I'd rather cut off my left arm and eat it with Marmite than go into a school. And I don't even like Marmite. Schools are an utter waste of young life. Learning things that will never be any use to you. The only reason they are there is to keep kids off the street."
While I may have reservations about the public school system per se, I find this somewhat extreme to say the least.
It is worth noting that the 50,000 required to get this to happen is actually roughly 1% of the entire population of Finland. If the US adopted the same proportion for addressing petitions, it would raise the number of signatures required to 3 million! So this is quite a high bar in those terms.
For all those claiming an interest in moving to Finland, bear in mind that incomes here may be lower than those in the US and taxes are MUCH higher. Tax on purchases is now raised to 24% from the start of this year and income taxes are on a sliding scale and with other deductions from salary, can reduce one's income by a third.
Pretty much the same kind of thinking (only on a scarier scale) as the movie and music industries who want to behave as though pretty much all their customers are only interested in stealing from them.
In another account of this incident the following additional information was included:
"Down House's owner Chris Cusack defended the manager's actions and told KPRC Houston it was not out of line to kick Ms Matsu out.
"Any business is allowed to set the tone of their establishment. If you go to someone's house and start calling them names, I wouldn't really expect to stay too much longer after that," Mr Cusack said."
So setting the tone of the establishment includes kicking out paying customers but apparently not ensuring the establishment's own staff adhere to these standards against name-calling, if the customer's original reason her tweet is to be believed. Nice double standard!
That other account I saw also included this gem from the person who was allegedly the subject of the bartender's original comments:
"Mr Heugel, the person at the centre of the Twitter-storm, even weighed in on the incident. "Social media can be a fickle bitch or your best friend," he tweeted. "Some of ya'll need to chill.""