David Boots

  • David Boots replied to the topic US vs Russia in the forum Politics 5 days, 22 hours ago

    Well for one it means a country could issue an arrest warrant for say Theresa May and seek to have it enforced.

  • David Boots replied to the topic US vs Russia in the forum Politics 5 days, 22 hours ago

    This strike seems to be completely illegal. Under international law as I understand it, there exist only three ways force is allowed by one state in another state’s territory. The first is by mandate of the security council. The second is in self defence. And the third is where a population is in danger of imminent destruction.

    Here there was no…[Read more]

  • In the last 15 years of so I have come to realise that their is a strong element of naivety running through those of us in the west. It appears to be associated with intelligence and empathetic personalities.

    Unless , as a westerner, you have first hand experience to the contrary we tend to give the benefit of the doubt to people. We just…[Read more]

  • David Boots replied to the topic Islamofiction in the forum Politics 2 weeks ago

    What I find interesting is this remark about the methodology ‘It also wanted to avoid the perils of “code-switching”: the all-too-human minority impulse to fit in, to shape your response to meet the expectations of the majority population and to disguise the answer that you think will be too disturbing for people from a different culture to hea…[Read more]

  • David Boots started the topic Islamofiction in the forum Politics 2 weeks, 1 day ago

    The term islamophobia has as much credibility as the term ‘deep state’ and is about as an attractive a concept as fecal impaction.

    What is there to be said about it that hasn’t already been said… that to fear a rapidly growing and violent dogma is not only rational but prudent. That it’s use as a blunt weapon to bludgeon valid criticism of a theo…[Read more]

  • Reg I don’t know how you do it week after week. You must have the mental fortitude of a Rottweiler!

    Can I add this article about blatant political interference in an election by the catholic church –  blatant interference

  • Ok I am not American so feel free to discount my views. But America is awesome. Its contribution to modern society is probably unequalled in history. The technology, science and extraordinary jurisprudence are stunning.

    Sure it is flawed. It has way more guns than it needs. The country is riddled with crackpot christians and a strange unjustified…[Read more]

  • 2,671 prosecutions under this law were made in the United Kingdom in just the first 5 years. That is more than one prosecution each and every day of the week for over five years. You would think that level of resources could be applied more usefully elsewhere.

  • Robert, at least in this case, it is my understanding that the complaint was made by a professional theist lobby group. If that is the case, then in fact there is no actual incident of an ‘offended person’. Indeed that lobby group explained why it complained by stating that the holocaust was not an appropriate subject to make a joke about.

    So it…[Read more]

  • The actual law the youtuber in question was convicted under is this:

    A person is guilty of an offence if he (very sexist!) sends by means of a public electronic communications network a message or other matter that is grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character.

    Under this law sending a picture of two gay men kissing would…[Read more]

  • Robert I think you need to elaborate on how a youtube video deprives someone of their liberty and ability to pursue happiness.

    Just as someone chooses to be offended, they must choose to watch that ‘offensive’ video. Perhaps if they were not aware of it’s content they could argue it was ‘forced’ upon them. But even then they could turn it off.…[Read more]

  • The thing about laws is that … there are lots of them. Most Western countries will have (very many) laws to protect their people from:

    1. Violence
    2. Sexual crimes
    3. Stalking
    4. Harassment
    5. Trespassing
    6. Co-ercion
    7. Intimidation

    and those laws often cover actual, threatened, attempts to and conspiracy to commit those offences. And other…[Read more]

  • Although placing a limit on freedom of ones speech is often advocated it is undeniable there is a positive correlation between oppression of expression and totalitarianism.

    Interestingly it is not the majority who are most protected by free speech.

    By being able to hold opinions without interference and to impart information and ideas minority…[Read more]

  • Reg that reminds me of bluetooth advertising which was popular for about 2 minutes.

  • David Boots replied to the topic Tyranny coming to you in the forum Politics 3 weeks ago

    Dont get me wrong… I love your comeback.

  • David Boots replied to the topic Tyranny coming to you in the forum Politics 3 weeks ago

    Lube? No way you could get away with saying that around here.

  • David Boots replied to the topic Tyranny coming to you in the forum Politics 3 weeks ago

    Watch out. That strategy may backfire.

  • David Boots replied to the topic Tyranny coming to you in the forum Politics 3 weeks ago

    New Business Group

  • David Boots replied to the topic Tyranny coming to you in the forum Politics 3 weeks ago

    Well Mr Condell does not hold back does he? Hi, I’m Pat Condell. I don’t respect your beliefs and I don’t care if you’re offended.

    I think I need some new business cards.

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