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1  Forum Community / Survivor / Re: SURVIVOR: State Capital buildings of the United States - ROUND 16 on: Today at 09:13:17 pm
3 Montana
2  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Opinion of this advert on: Today at 09:01:24 pm
3  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Grand jury reaches decision in Ferguson case (Announcement Monday night) on: Today at 02:18:18 pm
Already got one.

Thought that was still at the christmas wish list stage; must have missed that Sad

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I think the police themselves keep voting down attempts to arm them.

For understandable and logical reasons.
4  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Grand jury reaches decision in Ferguson case (Announcement Monday night) on: Today at 02:05:41 pm
They are steadily increasing in London due to terrorism risks Sad I don't know how long the Peelite instinct of an unarmed police force can last against political pressure.

They'll try for water cannon in a big way before trying that, I suspect. Which would still be a negative development.
5  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Grand jury reaches decision in Ferguson case (Announcement Monday night) on: Today at 02:04:12 pm
Name them; because the vast majority of European forces do.

Well, they don't in ours do they? Only specialised firearms units have guns.

The PSNI carry them on a routine basis (and have for years), Garda detectives do and so do most of the forces of mainland Europe.

The PSNI carry guns because Northern Ireland has a bit of a problem with paramilitary activity.
6  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Grand jury reaches decision in Ferguson case (Announcement Monday night) on: Today at 02:02:16 pm
a.) need to genuinely be in grave danger
b.) have no other milder method of achieving the same result (making the suspect unable to harm him)

Not in the United Kingdom, that's for sure; this is reminding me a lot of the Mark Duggan case.

An exceptional (awful) case* that would have been headline news even had it not (via the rightly famed incompetence of the Met) led to riots across first the capital and then the country. I'm not sure how bringing it up really excuses or normalises anything, particularly as the inquest into Duggan's death was also a bit of a joke, what with the contradictory findings of the jury (Duggan was, it seems, quite a loss to our Olympics discus team).

*Whereas in the U.S.A. the police kill hundreds of people every year. That North American society is observably more dangerous than Western/Northern European society can really only explain part of that.
7  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Grand jury reaches decision in Ferguson case (Announcement Monday night) on: Today at 01:54:42 pm
Name them; because the vast majority of European forces do.

Well, they don't in ours do they? Only specialised firearms units have guns.
8  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Grand jury reaches decision in Ferguson case (Announcement Monday night) on: Today at 01:53:46 pm
That's another thing that liberals don't understand.

I'm not a liberal.

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Many many times, in shooting situations whether it was cop vs criminal or civilian vs. criminal, what we have seen is where a person says they fired three shots when they might have fired as many as ten. This comes from the "survival" instinct where your mind doesn't accurately record how many times you squeeze the trigger.

Are you suggesting that American police officers are not adequately trained?

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Besides that, if the criminal kept coming at the officer, the officer has just cause to keep firing.

There were, what, six bullets in Brown's body? I'm no firearms expert, but it occurs to me that maybe you're confusing reality with action films again?
9  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Grand jury reaches decision in Ferguson case (Announcement Monday night) on: Today at 01:46:29 pm
Its one thing to shoot someone, surely quite another to empty your clip into him? Right? I mean this strikes me as a not unimportant point here.
10  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Jay Nixon on: Today at 01:44:51 pm
The Kathleen Blanco of 2014.
11  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XIX: Melancholy and the Infinite Napping on: Today at 01:42:11 pm
Bushie, do you like tuna at all? A tuna sandwich (or baguette or filled roll or whatever) makes for a light and filling midday meal and is pretty healthy all told.
12  Forum Community / Survivor / Re: SURVIVOR: State Capital buildings of the United States - ROUND 14 on: November 25, 2014, 08:17:39 pm
3 Colorado
2 Minnesota
1 Wyoming

Save New Mexico
13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: I am leaving this forum. on: November 25, 2014, 06:53:06 pm
As a wise man once said, don't let the door hit you on the way out.
14  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Grand jury reaches decision in Ferguson case (Announcement Monday night) on: November 25, 2014, 02:27:38 pm
Well, if he was a demon then he doesn't have to have acted according to human ideas of rationality. Case closed.
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XIX: Melancholy and the Infinite Napping on: November 25, 2014, 02:24:20 pm
When did you last try them? When you were a child? Palates change as you get older. I'd also point out that there are tomatoes and tomatoes; cherry tomatoes taste like a slighty tart fruit (mostly because that's exactly what they are) for instance. Very different from big watery things. And uncooked baby spinach is very different to cooked spinach; it's like a delicate (and very tasty) piece of lettuce.

Anyway, what fruit and what veg do you like? Because it's little changes like this that can make a real difference to the quality of your diet. You need the nutrients and (frankly) also the roughage. If you were to do something as simple as (say) mainlining on apples or cherries, that would be a huge step forward.
16  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Grand jury reaches decision in Ferguson case (Announcement Monday night) on: November 25, 2014, 02:16:37 pm
Yes, the whole thing has been an exceedingly large and hugely dispiriting charade.
17  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Japan Dec 2014 early lower house election on: November 25, 2014, 01:36:10 pm
A totally unbiased guide to the various political parties, starting with the four largest from the last election:

Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) - officially a conservative party, it is in reality hideously corrupt clientelist organisation that has dominated political life in Japan since it was founded in 1955. In this respect it can be seen as being quite genuinely a conservative party as above all else it is in favour of keeping political and economic power in the hands of those who currently hold it. It is also firmly nationalist. Certain factions can be described as criminal conspiracies without fear of hyperbole, while there are also elements of the party that can be accurately and fairly described as 'fascist'. Exactly where the LDP stands in policy terms can be highly variable and often depends on its infamously byzantine internal politics. The LDP is currently adopting a populist persona (Abenomics on the one hand, shockingly unrestrained nationalism on the other) and thus far it has worked a lot better for them than the bumbling managerialism of the post-Koizumi years. It is currently led by Shinzō Abe who is serving his second term as Prime Minister. Abe is the grandson of controversial LDP founder (and sometime Prime Minister himself) Nobusuke Kishi. The LDP is joined at the hip with:

Komeito (formerly New Komeito and sometimes translated into English as - ironically - the Clean Government Party). Komeito is the political wing of the Soka Gakkai religious movement, a Buddhist sect that some people consider to be a cult (I'm not familiar enough with it to comment). Officially Komeito and Soka Gakkai are completely independent but this is, frankly, bollocks. New Komeito was founded by a merger of the old Komeito party (which was anti-LDP, amusingly enough) and a couple of fringe parties. It has recently returned to the old name. Komeito possesses a large and motivated vote bank and is thus an extremely useful ally to have. It is currently led by Natsuo Yamaguchi, not that the identity of it leader is terribly important.

And now the two largest opposition forces:

Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) - a rag-tag-and-bobtail coalition of anti-LDP parties and LDP splinter groups that fused into a nominally centre-left political party, the DPJ is in fact a human disaster masquerading as a political party. The DPJ has more factions than it does seats in the House of Representatives and includes market liberals, hick conservatives, multiple different varieties of socialist and many more tendencies besides those. For many years it was dominated by the frankly satanic figure of Ichirō Ozawa who buggered off elsewhere in 2012 amidst various scandals and policy disagreements. The LDP ed up so badly after Koizumi left office that the DPJ walzed to a massive landslide in 2009, sweeping incompetent nitwit Yukio Hatoyama (grandson of former PM and LDP founder Ichirō Hatoyama) into power. Hatoyama did not last long and was replaced by tired ex-leftist gadfly Naoto Kan who you may remember doing a truly spectacular job of handling the Fukushima disaster. He was replaced by Yoshihiko Noda (best known for comparing himself to a bottom-feeding fish) who was hammered by Abe in the general election. The DPJ is currently led by former TV personality Banri Kaieda.

Japan Restoration Party (JRP) - with a name like that, would you be surprised to learn that these people were not especially nice? The JRP was an out and out fascist party headed by creepy Osaka Mayor Tōru Hashimoto and featured a full deck of various other creeps, many of the drawn from the seedy world of Japanese local government (including repulsive former Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara). It polled stunningly well in 2012 - comfortably beating the bedraggled DPJ on the block vote, though winning less seats - but has since fallen victim to the usual factional brutalities. The remains of the JRP were merged with a bunch of defectors from the eternally ridiculous Your Party to form the Japan Innovation Party which is headed by Hashimoto and is about as unpleasant as the JRP was. Ishihara's faction formed their own fascist party and gave it the unbelievably creepy title of the Party for Future Generations which is officially led by former LDP hack Takeo Hiranuma.

Part two soon.
18  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Grand jury reaches decision in Ferguson case (Announcement tonight) on: November 24, 2014, 10:40:29 pm
But anyway, I'd say that it's fairly clear that the police have gone out of their way to provoke a riot tonight.
19  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Grand jury reaches decision in Ferguson case (Announcement tonight) on: November 24, 2014, 10:35:49 pm
Can this disgusting gap-toothed racist from Arkansas please be removed from the forum asap? Thanks.
20  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Grand jury reaches decision in Ferguson case (Announcement tonight) on: November 24, 2014, 09:49:31 pm
Any high school English class asked to do an even cursory analysis of this speech would conclude that it was biased from the beginning.

Want to write a more detailed analysis, maybe? Might actually be interesting.
21  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Grand jury reaches decision in Ferguson case (Announcement tonight) on: November 24, 2014, 09:37:26 pm
These miserable skunks couldn't have just said 'the grand jury declines to indict' and gotten on with their skunk lives? They had to do this whole character-assassination rigmarole too? Sickening.

It's all part of reinforcing the narrative that this is all a case of HERO COPS holding the line against SCUM. *sheds single tear of respect*
22  Forum Community / Survivor / Re: SURVIVOR: State Capital buildings of the United States - ROUND 13 on: November 24, 2014, 08:00:09 pm
3 South Dakota
2 Illinois
1 North Carolina
23  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: UK General Election 2015 on: November 23, 2014, 01:55:09 pm
As many adverts here say, Offer Excludes Northern Ireland.
24  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Do you believe Iran is attempting to develop nuclear weapons? on: November 23, 2014, 12:23:02 pm
but it seems to me that rather than become a nuclear weapons state outright, Iran is genuinely developing nuclear energy for peaceful purposes...

Even if this were the case, I would point out that Iran should be heavily discouraged from doing any nuclear anything for certain... er... tectonic... reasons...
25  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Have you ever spent money on "walking gear"? on: November 23, 2014, 12:06:12 pm
I own a pair of good walking boots.
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