Sue W on Policing by consent: Not likely to see any current British Home Secretary even thinking this sort of inflammatory nonsense. Not to mention any of the other radicalism of this, the founder of the Conservative party.
Spaceman Spiff on Police Kill Kajieme Powell Near Ferguson: I guess these dickheads never heard of a Taser? When some sick puppy wants to commit "suicide by cop", you don't just do it, you subdue them, and get them to the help they need. I hope these asshats get their just(ice) deserts - and about 25 years in prison.
Rob on because we destroyed ourselves — Tremble the Devil: It's not about any of that any more, John. It's all about liability insurance. The insurance companies insist on drug testing and background checks, whether they do any good or not. It's about documentation.
chas on because we destroyed ourselves — Tremble the Devil: There is no doubting the evidence that blacks have been getting a raw deal, and the laws need to be changed. But, people have to adapt to the real world. They have to stay in school for a chance in this life. They have to jump through the hoops set up by the 1%. I have to take drug tests. It sucks, and it's stupid. A wise man doesn't take drugs when they know they're going to have to take drug tests to keep a job.
The reality is that the people that act incoherent and need to be drug tested are in Congress.
Sue W on Diplomats ‘trying to censor’ US Senate report on British role in CIA activities: Perhaps we might agree that many political systems work in many parts of the world to varying degrees. Nothing to do with this issue.
The particular problem is that several countries (Britain, Canada, Poland and probably others) are complicit in what are essentially kidnap/torture conspiracies. They were doing it for the US.
At least one has been exposed and partly compensated (not by the US though): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maher_Arar (this man was entirely innocent).
porpentine on Diplomats ‘trying to censor’ US Senate report on British role in CIA activities: It's not possible to disagree with any of that. The confusion arises because they Lords does in fact serve to humanise and mitigate the worst excesses of that worst of all political systems (except for all the rest) untempered democracy. See USA for unending examples.
There's an awful lot of competition but I think we can safely say that Brits are indeed Stupid. Not Stupider than most, perhaps, but Stupid like the rest. I note that we all choose to express these thoughts in our Stupid language.
pete on Diplomats ‘trying to censor’ US Senate report on British role in CIA activities: Some confusion here surely. The House of Lords is an unelected and unrepresentative body which exists solely to provide jobs for superannuated career politicians. The membership tend to be drawn from bands of politicians who have retired and from toadying business and professional elites. Their number is supplemented by a few hereditary positions and some seats are reserved for senior members of the Church of England.
While it is no longer acceptable for the Lords to buy their seats somehow contributors to the two main political parties seem still to find themselves mysteriously appointed. All of this must help the widely held belief that the Brits are Stupid. Come the revolution all their Lordships will be shot.
porpentine on Diplomats ‘trying to censor’ US Senate report on British role in CIA activities: The House Of Lords actually works as a revising chamber and prevents the House of Commons from ramming through some pretty odious legislation. The Lords have been instrumental in legislating some of the more humane and enlightened laws (few though they are) such as gay rights. Things are not always what they seem. Having said all that I think the French had the right idea of how to deal with aristocracies. But you have to start where you are and preferably not from a point of ignorance.