I like to think that I treat all my readers with the same level of
Even when some of your viewpoints are
utter rubbish contra to my own, I curse you roundly for your stupidity listen and take all points into consideration.
I have one reader who has never commented on this site so you may not be aware of him/her/it, but who writes to me occasionally in a private capacity, usually chiding me for something that has offended him/her/it.
I received one of those mails yesterday after my little scribble about drink-driving. It arrived within a minute or two of my posting, so he/she/it must be sitting there patiently waiting for my occasional musings, with fingers [talons? claws?] hovering over the keyboard?
I am sorry that he/she/it won’t comment in the normal place as then we could all benefit from his/her/its wisdom, but that apparently is not to be. Yesterdays missive brought up some interesting points though, so I will answer it here.
granda i often worry about people like you if the internet did not exist.
would the civil diobedience you perpratate online take place in the realworld without the web?
I don’t know but I would certainly like to think so.
[I should point out here that he/she/it is not a great believer in punctuation, spelling or the use of capitals]
This world not only needs safety for its citizens but sustainable safety.
Sustainable safety? Safety that doesn’t take anything from the environment? Fuckit, why not? “Sustainable” seems to be the mot de jour anyway?
We need more citizen police to handle the simpler violations in society such as parking illegally or pollutting the environment with poorly maintained petrol lawm mowers ( which should be banned).
Parking illegally? What’s that? The roads belong to the citizens of the country and I am free to park my car anywhere reasonable. If some cunt thinks he has a divine right to charge me for the privilege of doing so then that’s his problem. That’s not illegality – that’s extortion.
Poorly maintained petrol lawm mowers are a curse all right. You’re right. Let’s ban ‘em. We’ll use poorly maintained diesel lawm mowers instead.
we have to be able to give up some rights to allow professionals to keep us safe in the areas of food safety, transport, passive smoking (studies have now show deaths are increasing due to the lethal combination of passive smoke and carbon emmissions) .
Do I really need a “professional” to tell me when my milk has gone sour or that green mould on bread might indicate something is amiss? I think I can manage that for myself thanks.
So deaths are increasing due to the lethal combination of passive smoke and carbon emmissions? Damn! I missed that study. But that surely is good news, as it means increasing deaths are not down to smoking, wars, diseases, old age, obesity, increasing populations and alcohol?
I truely believe it the notion of 'police explorers'. These are young people who keep watch in the community and inform the authorities of anything untoward in the locality. it encounrages respect for the law and civil pride.
That is a brilliant idea [though I think Hitler and Stalin got there before you?]. Let’s teach the kids to spy on their parents and neighbours. Let’s inculcate the youth with the idea that law is superior to trust or respect. I would feel much safer knowing that the neighbours' kids are watching out for me to break the law.
yet as always there are detractors like yourself or this gentleman who's clearly paranoid about the sight of anyone in uniform. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCa8fW7xBtM&feature=player_embedded.
Wow! You’re right about that video. Here’s a much better one – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fdkg5sPf-tk
you must abandon your jaded but somtimes gifted cynicism grandad.you who must think the sun might not rise tommorow. There are extra terrestials out there who are the guiding hand of our civilisation
Jaded but somtimes gifted cynicism? Hmmmm. Dunno whether to be insulted or flattered by that? I’ll take it as flattery, thanks.
I don’t think I ever worried that the sun wouldn’t rise tomorrow? It may not rise next Saturday but you can blame the Mayans for that, not me. And if there are “extra terrestials” guiding us from Out There, they are making one hell of a fucking mess of it at the moment?
just a few of us have had any contact with them. i call them the 'nonsence Gods'. because to the unintialted everything they say is nonsense.
yet they are even subject to the force.
Seems like a reasonable name for a reasonable reason? [*adjusts tin-foil hat*]
You have gone on to rant about civil servants and the rule of law without having explored your own dark passages and secret chambers, not even finding what lies behind doorways that you yourself have sealed
Hold on now…. my home security arrangements are none of your business.
So just for once grandad- open up those doors, let in the fresh air of non conflict. put away the pipe of prejudice
Aw damn! All that and he/she/it ends up in another attempt to get me to quit the pipe?
I am so disappointed.