Tuesday, August 17, 2004


Rather than help someone in imminent danger of their lives, you are supposed to make a phone call! One only hopes that the bastard who said that gets beaten up himself one day so he can see how much good phone calls do. Excerpts:

"Two Vancouver men have thrown themselves in front of flailing fists or piercing bullets in recent weeks to save women being attacked, but psychiatrists fear their heroism could spark a dangerous copycat phenomenon that may get someone killed.

However, one man who hauled an injured woman into his car as her attacker fired bullets, blowing out a window, said it's a sad fact that people are afraid to help each other. In a very rare move, others on the scene drove into the storm of bullets trying to run the shooter down once they saw Don Miller intervene in the Monday morning drama....

Miller's act of bravery came just a week after a 20-year-old man stepped into a fight between a man and a woman outside a gas station. Kevin Venn was severely beaten about the head and face for helping the woman escape and is struggling through painful reconstructive surgeries.

One of the men at the scene with Miller said the Venn story flashed through his mind when he came upon the shoot-out in suburban Port Moody, B.C. "He said he thought of the reaction of that Good Samaritan and how his actions saved that young woman. He wouldn't have been able to live with himself if he didn't try to help," said Brian Soles, a spokesman for the Port Moody Police....

That worries Kulwant Riar, a forensic psychiatrist. "There's a fine line between bravery and stupidity. It's not a very good idea for civilians to intervene when dealing with criminals. We don't need the general public becoming vigilantes, somebody's going to get hurt," he said. Riar urged authorities to caution people to stand back and instead make a phone call right away.....

Miller could have been partially inspired by his frustration over the Brianne Voth case. The Port Coquitlam teen was murdered and neighbours ignored her cries for help. "I used to run in the area she was found and it astounds me that people at that time could not do what seemed so obvious, to examine what was wrong at the time," Miller said. "I come from a community where people stick their head out the door when house alarm goes off. It's who we are and what we do. It's who we all should be." "

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"Some leaders in this Bible Belt town are saying they've had enough of storefront churches popping up downtown and are pushing an ordinance to stop new churches from opening and keep others from expanding. The town manager here says the churches don't do much to help breathe life into the town six days a week. "Storefront churches only generate foot traffic for a few hours on Sunday," town manager Scott Moulder said. The intent isn't geared to restricting churches as much as it is to attracting a variety of businesses, Moulder said. "People are more likely to shop in a particular area where there's more variety."

Clover Town Council postponed making a decision on the issue earlier this week and will take the issue up later this year. The proposal may not get far. "The whole thing is unconstitutional," said Donald Aiesi, a Furman University political science professor who specializes in constitutional law. "It is not within the powers of a city or town to restrict the practice of religion for economic reasons."

"It seems that the church alone is being singled out," Jerry Hibberts, pastor of East Clover Church of God, said. "No other nonprofit or civic groups are being added as part of this proposed new amendment." Hibberts said the churches are good for business. His 60-member church has three weekly combined services that draw 200 people downtown and they use local florist, pizza parlor, bank and auto stores. "We are doing the merchants downtown just cause," Hibberts said".



In Britain, laziness is politically correct. One must admit that Australians have always seen the British as work-shy

"A businesswoman has been banned from asking for 'hard-working' staff in a job ad because it discriminates against the lazy. Beryl King was told by a Jobcentre that her advert for warehouse workers discriminated against people who were not industrious.

Beryl, 57, told the Daily Mirror: "I couldn't believe my ears. Has our world gone mad? "I've been running my business for 27 years and it's getting harder to find people who want to do a fair day's work for a fair day's pay. How long before someone says you can't pay people for working because it discriminates against those on benefit who are paid for not working?" Beryl, who owns two job agencies in Totton, Hants, offered 5.42 pounds an hour for "warehouse packers who must be hard-working and reliable".

The Southampton Jobcentre is investigating. A spokesman said: "Words such as 'hardworking' can be accepted if used with a clear job description.""

Said stunned Beryl King, the woman who filed the ad, "If I advertise for a typist am I discriminating against people who can't type?"

(See here and here)

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