Sunday, August 23, 2015
Another multicultural pest in Britain
There were various reports of this incident online but only this one included the word I have highlighted below
Police have tasered a man on an Easyjet flight to Belfast after a row over taking on two pieces of hand luggage, including a "man purse". The man became "increasingly abusive", and so the police were called to the plane.
Fellow passengers described how a police officer spent around 20 minutes trying to persuade the man, who was aged in his 40s, to leave the aircraft peacefully. Eventually however as the man became more upset and agitated they fired their tasers before removing him from the plane.
Gary Trainor, who was on board the 8.20am flight, said some passengers began getting worried that the incident might be terror related. After landing in Belfast, the actor and musician, who is currently performing in the West End, said: "I was in the middle of the plane and he was at the back so I wasn't really aware anything was wrong until I saw a police officer walk down the aisle.
"That is when lots of people started rubber necking to see what was happening. There was a black guy in his 40s and he seemed to be involved in a stand off with the policeman. He kept saying that he had paid for his ticket and therefore had every right to be on the aircraft.
"It seemed to go on for about 20 minutes and things became increasingly heated. More police officers came on board and then eventually there was a scuffle and I saw they had drawn their tasers.
"I didn't see them hit him but he slumped down and then it took about another 20 minutes to get him off the aircraft. There were whispers going round among the passengers that this might have been a diversion and people started to ask 'have they got all his luggage off'.
"There was a bit of panic among the passengers because he was being completely uncooperative. They eventually took us all off and checked the aircraft before letting us back on with another crew."
Mr Trainor said: "I was going home for a wedding and I was supposed to be out shopping with my mother so I was a bit concerned about the time. We were due to land at 9.40am and ended up touching down at 12.20pm instead, so it was a bit frustrating."
A spokesman for Sussex Police confirmed that the man had been arrested and was being held on suspcion of breach of the peace.
He has now been sectioned under the Mental Health Act.
A police spokesman said: "On Thursday evening, following examination by doctors, he was detained under Section 2 of the Mental Health Act for admission into a psychiatric unit for further assessment and treatment in the interest of his own health, safety and protection of others."
Easyjet said passengers had been taken off the plane as a security precaution.
Smokers and heavy drinkers should pay for treatment of 'self-inflicted' illnesses rather than expect NHS to foot the bill
The vast majority of people believe alcohol abusers should pay for their own treatment rather than get it free on the NHS, a survey has found.
More than half said the NHS should not fund treatment if the illness was a consequence of smoking and patients should be forced to pay for it themselves.
The report questioned 4,000 UK adults about the cost of common procedures in the UK and whether it should be publicly funded.
The responses included:
One in 10 do not think someone who has abused alcohol should get a liver transplant on NHS
The same number said either they had lied to their doctor about being depressed, or knew someone who had, in a bid to get plastic surgery on the NHS
78 per cent believe people wanting IVF treatment should either contribute towards it or foot the bill entirely
Last year more than 1.4 million people used NHS drug and alcohol services including rehabilitation, at a total cost of £136 million.
But it seems most Britons believe this should be stopped, with an overwhelming 85 per cent saying alcoholics should pay for their own treatment.
And more than half (52 per cent) think the NHS should not fund treatment if the illness was a consequence of smoking.
This is because they feel the NHS is already too stretched to tend to people's needs if the damage has been self-inflicted.
Meanwhile, one in 10 of us argue the government should not provide a liver transplant as a result of abusing alcohol.
A quarter believe alcoholics should contribute to the operation, while 43 per cent think it should be free only if they are clean for more than three months prior to the transplant.
But the study, carried out by the Benenden National Health Report 2015, revealed how people were willing to con medical officials so they could have treatment paid for by the public purse.
Shockingly, nearly one in ten say they have lied to their doctor or know someone who has lied about being depressed in a bid to get plastic surgery to boost their confidence.
The report also highlights our ignorance when it comes to the cost of NHS care.
Liver transplants were estimated to cost £12,279 per operation, when in fact they were almost six times more at £70,000 for the surgery.
Abdominal hernia surgery, of which 7,489 low risk ones were carried out last year, was thought to cost £1,609 rather than the £2,281 in reality.
Half of us (48 per cent) thought fewer than 2,500 gastric band by-passes and procedures were carried out by the NHS each year.
However, in reality the actual figure was more than double at 5,443 - costing the NHS over £25 million in 2014.
And it seems IVF is low on our list when it comes to what our health service should prioritise.
More than three quarters of those polled said hopeful parents should either contribute towards the cost of the treatment or foot the bill entirely.
Almost half believed it costs less than £500 for women to have a natural birth in hospital, without any complications.
And the average cost of a natural birth was estimated to be £1,288 - which is more than £500 short of the true figure of £1,824.
Medical Director of Benenden, Dr John Giles, said: 'I suspect most people view diseases caused by excessive drinking and smoking as being self-inflicted and therefore potentially avoidable.
'They probably feel that they should not have to pay the price for the consequences of the poor choices of others.
'It comes as no surprise that the public has a staggering and destructive ignorance regarding the cost of treatments on the NHS.
'As a nation we have lost touch with the role we should play in our own health and wellbeing, expecting the NHS to pick up the pieces.
'If the public was more aware of the cost of appointments, treatments, operations and prescriptions, and really took responsibility for their own health, using the NHS only when absolutely necessary, the crisis the service finds itself in today would be significantly lessened.
Over the weekend, the hagiographic film "Straight Outta Compton" pulled in $60 million at the box office. The film follows the trials and travails — but not the woman-beating, gay-bashing, violence-promoting activities — of NWA, the iconic rage hip-hop group made most famous by their anthem, "F—- Tha Police."
The theme of the film, according to reviewers, centers on the evils of the Los Angeles Police Department and white authority. Paul Giamatti, playing Paul Giamatti on steroids, screams at a group of stock-casting cops, "You cannot harass my clients because of what they look like!" He tells the group, "You have a unique voice. The world needs to hear it."
But while the world may hear this whitewashed version of NWA's nastiness — after all, Ice Cube now plays cops on TV rather than cursing them — the movie won't be seen in one place: Compton itself. According to CBS Los Angeles, Compton has no movie theaters. "It's a low income area, it's been heavily dis-invested in," says USC professor of sociology Manual Pastor. "When you live in a community that doesn't have that kind of retail, it's a sign that the community is devalued and people within the community feel devalued."
Compton doesn't lack a theater because of a feeling of victimhood. It lacks a theater because Compton overflows with crime. According to Neighborhood Scout, Compton's violent crime rate is 12.87 per 1,000 residents; chances of being victimized by a crime stand at 1 in 78, as opposed to 1 in 249 across California as a whole. The murder rate is reportedly 37 per 100,000 in Compton; the murder rate in the United States is less than 5 per 100,000.
So much for NWA changing the world.
NWA merely reiterated the anti-police propaganda that has kept inner city communities enmeshed in brutality and poverty for generations. Jill Loevy, reporter for The Los Angeles Times, describes in agonizing detail the lack of law and order in South Central Los Angeles, which covers Compton.
She talks about how the police are underfunded in such areas, how witnesses are cowed into silence, how informal mechanisms of authority — gangs — fill the gap. "Residents would still holler 'One time!' at the cops," she writes. "The term derived from the memory of police touring black neighborhoods once a day, making no real effort to address crime. 'One time' was a stock anticop insult, just like 'po-po' and 'blue-eyed devil.' Yet it contained a plaintive note — a paradoxical suggestion that more times might be better."
The 14th Amendment to the Constitution, which contains the critical mandate for "equal protection of the laws," was designed to stop selective prosecution. The Civil Rights Act of 1866, the precursor to the 14th Amendment, explicitly stated that citizens — more specifically, black citizens — had to have "full and equal benefit of all laws and proceedings for the security of persons and property ... and shall be subject to like punishment, pains and penalties, and to none other." Leaving parts of America unpoliced, the Radical Republicans who wrote the 14th Amendment understood, placed them squarely in the lap of chaos.
Today, Compton's murder rate looks more like that of war zones than that of a modern American city. That's because any area in which no one enforces law and property rights devolves into pandemonium.
Hollywood can glorify NWA; the Democratic Party can humor the counterproductive, criminal-glorifying Black Lives Matter movement. None of it will solve the underlying problem in heavily black inner city areas. Leaving black Americans at the mercy of lawlessness used to be a mandate of racism; now it's a mandate of political correctness. No matter who pushes that agenda, the outcome is the same: disaster.
Traditional marriage arrangements rejected by Australian Green Party
Australian politicians have clashed with traditional marriage advocates on ABC's Q&A, as the debate surrounding marriage equality continued to cause sparks to fly.
The fiery debate took place after an audience member asked the panel what Australia's next step in legalising same-sex marriage should be, after the Coalition government voted last week not to address the issue prior to the next election.
Greens leader Richard Di Natale got the discussion under way by accusing Prime Minister Tony Abbott of sabotaging the push for equality by using 'every tactic in the book'.
'We could have a bill before the Parliament supported by majority of parliamentarians if Tony Abbott did what he espouses and that is to respect the freedom and liberty of his own backbenchers and allow them to a free vote,' Mr Di Natale said. 'The sooner the Liberal Party change the Prime Minister, I think the country will be better for it.'
The discussion took a turn for the worse when American traditional marriage advocate Katy Faust began to list reasons why she believes marriage equality should be denied.
The controversial commentator and self-described bigot's main objection was with the alleged negative impact same-sex parents would have on their children. 'We don't want to inflict intentional motherless and fatherlessness on kids in the name of progress,' Ms Faust said, on the ABC's program.
'In (my) country, we didn't have a robust debate... It was so demonised from the beginning that anybody that supported traditional marriage was doing so based on bias or bigotry or hatred or homophobia. It totally shut it down and people felt like they could not speak up.'
Labor Senator Sam Dastyari immediately challenged Ms Faust on her comments, which he said were 'so offensive (he didn't) know where to start'. [Would he challenge similar comments in his native Iran?]
'The politician in me tells me that I should be saying that while I disagree with your views, I wholeheartedly respect them but I find that very hard,' Mr Dastyari said. 'I find it very hard to respect a lot of your views on what you have said because I don't think it comes from a place of love. I think it comes from a place of hate.
'I worry that so much of your views stem not really with an issue with just marriage, I think some of it stems with an issue with homosexuality. You have described homosexuality as a lifestyle. You have said homosexuality drives us further away from God.
'There are people in this country who have different views on same-sex marriage. People will have the debate but we have to have it at a higher level. The American evangelical claptrap is the last thing we need in the debate.'
Mr Di Natale later took issue with Ms Faust's assertion about the harmful impact same-sex parents have on children, by saying the most important thing is a loving household and dismissing other claims as 'rubbish'.
Ms Faust shot back at the Greens leader, saying: 'Oh my, rubbish. well, it's actually not. Social science has been studying alternative family structure.'
British editor Brendan O'Neill also offered his thoughts on the debate, which focused around the alleged 'shouting down' of people who do not support marriage equality.
'Here's what freaks me out about gay marriage,' Mr O'Neill said. 'It presents itself as this kind of liberal civil-rightsy issue, but it has this really ugly intolerant streak to it.
'You really see it in this whole cake shop phenomenon... This whole thing around the western world where people are going to traditional Christian cake shops and saying to them, 'hey you, stupid Christian, make this cake for me' and if they don't they call the police.'
Mr O'Neill also went on to defend Mr Abbott's handling on the issue, saying the Prime Minister has unfairly been painted as someone from 'the Dark Ages for believing what humanity has believed for thousands of years'.
The debate comes after Liberal backbencher Warren Entsch is expected to introduce his same-sex marriage bill, seconded by Labor, into parliament on Monday, but it is not expected to be voted on.
A new poll also revealed 76 per cent want a national vote on marriage equality, according to AAP.
Political correctness is most pervasive in universities and colleges but I rarely report the incidents concerned here as I have a separate blog for educational matters.
American "liberals" often deny being Leftists and say that they are very different from the Communist rulers of other countries. The only real difference, however, is how much power they have. In America, their power is limited by democracy. To see what they WOULD be like with more power, look at where they ARE already very powerful: in America's educational system -- particularly in the universities and colleges. They show there the same respect for free-speech and political diversity that Stalin did: None. So look to the colleges to see what the whole country would be like if "liberals" had their way. It would be a dictatorship.
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