While I’m working down my todo list, here’s a fun video from Australia. A witty woman named Sydney explores the United Kingdom law about making someone feel bad… Yes, in the UK, it would seem that it is a CRIME to make someone feel bad. So all you folks moaning about BREXIT and wanting to Remain: Please Shut UP! You are making ME feel bad. Thanks.
I find the absurdity of this law astounding. “Thought Crime” persecution at its worst. Just to get started: I’m offended by people advocating for Socialism (it has failed everywhere it has been tried, just takes about a generation to destroy a society so looks OK for the first 20 to 30 years) and such rank stupidity offends me. Also, “talking dirt” about men and white people offends me. So no more of that, thanks. Oh, and I’m really not fond of the words “vomit”, “sticky plaster”, or sticking the word “justice” onto things as a modifier. It’s a single noun. There is “justice” or there isn’t. There are no such things as “social justice” and “eco justice”. So please ban those words from your use. Or get arrested. Your choice.
And “ginger” when applied to people. Frankly, I’m not that fond of ginger cookies either. So remove “ginger” from all electronic communications please. Thanks again…
OH, and every time I hear that Jihadi “allowa akbar” or whatever, that offends me too. Reminds me of all those killings on TV. Please have anyone using that phrase arrested pronto. Thanks again.
@EM, leave Ginger out of it :-)
I’m offended by Dimowits living in the USA. Can something be done about it? Sure would fix a lot of stuff wrong here.
Not to worry, I read just over 2 years ago that they are all going to move to Canada.
America has had thought crime for years now. It is called hate crime laws.
Don’t know when or where the ‘ginger’ thing started.
With numerous relatives having red hair, the word was never used to describe them.
Somehow, I missed that gene.
I think it is a UK thing I only started hearing it recently (last few years) myself. First time I heard it I had no clue what they were talking about. I think it migrated here via British based TV programs.
Sigh! Unfortunately she’s only too right. Activists in the UK use the law – a quite high profile case was finally overturned last year: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/10/10/christian-owners-bakery-win-appeal-discrimination-ruling-refusing/. It’s been said the activist targeted the bakery, expecting the reaction he got and planning to take them to court. Complete waste of public money.
I weep for my countrymen (and women). You need to restore the freedom of speech before the entire country looks like the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.
Verity Jones! Greetings!
I am back in North Carolina. The good news is that I see “Gail Combs” from time to time. The bad news is that I don’t get to meet Chiefio any more. What are you doing?
My red-headed grandmother said that people used to say to her ‘Ginger for pluck.’
I am red-headed too and two boys at primary school called me ‘Ginger,’ so I bashed them up. )
@gallopingcamel I am very well! It’s been quite while since you accidently rang me on Skype and we had that lovely chat. So your plans to move territories changed?
“Don’t know when or where the ‘ginger’ thing started.”
Down here, they’re not “gingers”, they’re “rangas” – short for Orangutan, of course.
Well, at least the color matches better :-)
J.P. Juncker, head of the EU politburo , at a recent international party… drunk or just very confused?
Either way I find it offensive that these idiots demand to be in charge of every little aspect of every European citizen’s life.
I can confirm that ‘ginger’ is a UK thing. I don’t think it’s quite far enough along the scale to count as a true insult, but it is certainly used as a taunt against the red-haired, generally in an attempt to provoke a display of (stereotypical) red-haired bad temper. Unsurprisingly, it does sometimes work, since any nonsensical taunt you get all the time is enough to drive any sane individual up the wall (as any schoolkid knows).
And sadly, I can also confirm that in the UK, a once-free country, it is indeed now a criminal offence to upset another person. (This doesn’t apply, incidentally, to taunting red-haired people, since they are white natives and therefore fair game. Doubly so if male.) But you must not cause any offence to any person of other cultures with your words – in particular the SJW culture.
It is not necessary that you should be talking to the offendee: it is sufficient that they can plausibly claim to have overheard you viciously speaking what they perceive as offensive words – to someone with you, on the phone, doesn’t matter.
It is not necessary that the offendee hear your words accurately: it is sufficient that they can plausibly claim that what they heard can be (mis)interpreted as some form of offensive phrase or saying, whether or not this phrase or saying had any existence in any language before it is produced as evidence against you.
Any evidence you might want to produce about what you actually said is irrelevant – even if you can remember a throwaway comment from weeks previously. The offence lies in what is claimed to have been heard.
In short, if whatever you’re saying to a friend could possibly be misheard by any passer-by, who may be ignorant of what you’re talking about, even of your language, as something they perceive to be offensive, then you have potentially committed the offence of offending them and have no defence. Yes, it really is that surreal.
To ensure that the offender(s) realise the gravity of their offence, they will be visited by police officers, who will give them a stern talking-to about the illegality of using offensive speech in public. The offence will be recorded and, should an offender show a bad attitude to the officers’ attempts to lead them into the paths of righteousness, might later come to court, with actual real-world punishments in store.
If your home is burgled, or car stolen, or anything else we used to call ‘crime’ happens, the police don’t want to know, of course. They are (true) horribly undermanned, and struggling to deal with this epidemic of hate-speech crimes sweeping the country. I wish I were making this up.
The contrast between this witches’ sabbat – where fair is foul and foul is fair, and nothing is real – and the wonderful, civilised country I grew up in is almost beyond comprehension.
There is supposedly a video by and about UK gadfly “Tommy Robinson” vs. the BBC that may be worth watching, and is hard to find.
” Panodrama … It was supposed to be live-streamed on Facebook during the Manchester rally, but the stream stopped dead early on. A backup YouTube stream also halted shortly thereafter. The film was switched to a new Facebook page, that feed, too, terminated mysteriously. Not until Monday afternoon, Greenwich time, was the full documentary posted on Tommy’s Facebook page. It’s now gone. In fact, on Tuesday, Tommy was banned from Facebook and his page taken down. Presumably the documentary will resurface somewhere else online. ”
Since E.M. has so many different video feeds on tap I thought he might have some luck …