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Re: The UK thread

Post by Doctor X » Mon Apr 09, 2018 12:56 am

I have mentioned this before. See if the Majick of the Interwebz helps:

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N.y. Mugger Just Got A Good Lesson
January 31, 1989|By Mike Royko.
New Yorkers love to debate, argue, quarrel, and-most of all-psychoanalyze themselves and each other.

In what other city would the leading movie critic jump all over Woody Allen for making a movie that was simply funny, rather than using his gifts of insight to tell New Yorkers about their inner selves?

That actually happened. And Woody Allen apparently took the critic seriously and stopped making funny movies. Now he makes dour movies that are viewed only by his fellow neurotics.

What New Yorkers enjoy most, though, are guilt trips. They like experiencing them and, even more, they enjoy sharing the guilt with others.

One of the all-time great New York guilt trips occurred almost 25 years ago when a young woman named Kitty Genovese was murdered on a street in Queens.

More than two dozen people heard her screams, but only one called the cops and none left their homes to help her.

This became known as the ``Genovese Syndrome,`` and more than 1,000 articles and books were written on the case, asking the question: Why didn`t anyone help?

The question was never fully answered. Some of the do-nothings were afraid of getting involved. Others weren`t sure what was happening. A few were callous. But it made New Yorkers feel guilty and many of them said it reflected a national indifference to the suffering of others.

Which was nonsense then and is nonsense now. Every day, all over America, ordinary people help strangers, often at their own risk. What made the Genovese case news, something unusual, was that no one did anything.

Now New Yorkers are wrestling with another ethical and moral issue. Or at least that`s the way it is being presented. A headline in the New York Times described it as: ``A Mugging and a Mob Evoke Debate.``

What happened was that a 67-year-old man got on an elevator in a housing project in Brooklyn.

Also on the elevator was a much younger man, age 24, who drew a knife and demanded the older man`s money.

Before the robbery was completed, the younger man had slashed his victim in the face with the knife.

When the elevator stopped and the slasher got off, his victim began screaming the word: ``Chaptzum.`` In Yiddish, this means ``grab him,`` or something to that effect.

In that particular part of Brooklyn, there live many Hasidic Jews. And when they hear someone yell ``chaptzum,`` they react.

So dozens of them came running out of their homes, shouting ``chaptzum,` and chased the elevator mugger.

They caught him and were apparently zealous in making sure he didn`t get away.

By the time they finished restraining him, he was really restrained. When the cops and medics arrived, he was unconscious and at the hospital the doctors put him on the critical list.

The New York Times, which has a dignified style, didn`t come right out and say it, but it appears that many of those who caught the man gave him one hell of a beating. He was in far worse shape than the old man who was knifed, who had his facial wounds stitched and went right home.

But now there is a debate over whether it was right or wrong for the crowd to take it upon themselves to try to stomp the mugger into the pavement. Most of the Jews who live in that project-at least those quoted in the New York press-say they think that while the crowd might have been overly enthusiastic, what they did was basically just and proper.

However, in the black neighborhood a few blocks away, where the young man lives as an unemployed street person, they think the crowd was unnecessarily brutal.

``It was outrageous,`` one man was quoted. ``Fifty people beating up on one dude.``

And others, of all races and religious persuasions, are chiming in.

I phoned a friend of mine in New York and he said: ``Yes, some people are saying it means we are going to have an outbreak of vigilante behavior, and they are worried. Some of them say that if he wasn`t poor and homeless, he wouldn`t have to steal, that society drove him to it. And slash an old man's face, apparently. Then there are those who say that poverty is no excuse, and he deserved what he got. And you hear some people say they should have caught him, but they shouldn`t have worked him over. So you got all kinds of opinions.``

So once again New York is in a dither, it`s favorite condition. When nobody helped Kitty Genovese, society was callous. When an angry mob jumps a knife-wielding mugger, maybe that`s callous.

That movie critic could be right. Maybe Woody Allen should be New York`s official shrink.

Myself, I take a simplistic view. When somebody pulls a knife on a law-abiding old man, he does so at his own peril.

The fact that he`s still alive makes him a lucky young man. And it means that the crowd either showed some restraint or they all had small fists and feet.

I guarantee that if 50 people from Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago had chased him down, by the time the cops arrived, they wouldn`t have found enough of him to take a fingerprint.
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Re: The UK thread

Post by Witness » Mon Apr 09, 2018 2:13 am

From the Telegraph:

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Woman injured during UK Wife Carrying Championships in Surrey

A competitor at the annual UK wife-carrying contest was stretchered off the Surrey course after being dropped on her head mid-race.

Footage posted online captured the painful moment the unidentified woman’s partner slipped on a muddy patch running on a downhill section of the 380-metre obstacle course in Dorking.

The unidentified pair tackled the treacherous course using the Estonian carry - where the 'wife' hangs upside-down on the carrier's back, with her legs positioned over his shoulders.
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/0 ... ps-surrey/

Boys to be allowed to wear skirts at leading boarding school

Boys will be allowed to wear skirts at one of the country’s leading boarding schools.

The headteacher of Uppingham School in Rutland, whose alumni include Stephen Fry and celebrity chef Rick Stein, said any boy asking to do so would find a sympathetic ear.

Richard Maloney, who joined the Uppingham in September 2016, said: “I would hope that any pupil could come to me and say, ‘This is who we are, this is how we wish to express ourselves. We want to wear these clothes’, and we would probably allow that.”
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/0 ... ng-school/

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Re: The UK thread

Post by Grammatron » Mon Apr 09, 2018 7:21 pm

Doctor X wrote:I have mentioned this before. See if the Majick of the Interwebz helps:

Yes!

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I'm ok with it as long as they grab the right person, which with a vigilante mob is not always guaranteed.


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Re: The UK thread

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Sun Apr 15, 2018 12:00 pm

OK UKers.

Is this for real?
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Re: The UK thread

Post by Giz » Sun Apr 15, 2018 1:42 pm

Abdul Alhazred wrote:OK UKers.

Is this for real?

UK railway safety.jpeg

Yep.

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/1312 ... ght_track/

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Re: The UK thread

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Sun Apr 15, 2018 2:13 pm

Football fans singing "sectarian" songs?
A group of supporters who sang sectarian songs on a train travelling between Cumbernauld and Glasgow Queen Street on Tuesday, August 27, is also being sought. Chief Superintendent Ellie Bird, area commander for the Scotland area BTP, said: "It would appear supporters are still prepared to indulge in this unsavoury and unacceptable behaviour.




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Re: The UK thread

Post by Giz » Sun Apr 15, 2018 2:17 pm

Hope no one in the UK clicks that hate-link!

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Re: The UK thread

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Sun Apr 15, 2018 2:18 pm

Would this be "sectarian" enough to to to gaol in Scotland?





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Re: The UK thread

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Sun Apr 15, 2018 2:19 pm

Seriously what were those guys singing?

Anti-Muslim stuff?
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Re: The UK thread

Post by Giz » Sun Apr 15, 2018 2:31 pm

Abdul Alhazred wrote:Seriously what were those guys singing?

Anti-Muslim stuff?
In Scotland I’d assume rangers versus Celtic (Protestant soccer vs catholic soccer).

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Re: The UK thread

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Sun Apr 15, 2018 3:39 pm

So I guessed right the first time. :coolspecs:
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Re: The UK thread

Post by Witness » Mon Apr 16, 2018 2:01 am

I'm sure you'll be thrilled:

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From The Crown Chronicles, no less. :mrgreen:

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Re: The UK thread

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Mon Apr 16, 2018 9:24 am

Will the Duke of Cambridge ascend to the throne after the beheading of Charles III?

I know beheading has been out of fashion for a while, but it might make a comeback. :MuhammadBoom:
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Re: The UK thread

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Mon Apr 16, 2018 2:22 pm

Wanna be one of the kool kidz (or however you say that in English English) in the UK ...

https://www.knifefree.co.uk/

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Re: The UK thread

Post by asthmatic camel » Mon Apr 16, 2018 3:54 pm

I'm only going to carry one of these, just to be on the safe...

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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Mon Apr 16, 2018 4:02 pm

Is that a real product?

I want one. :)
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Re: The UK thread

Post by asthmatic camel » Mon Apr 16, 2018 4:13 pm

It really is!

I want one, too but you'll have to smuggle one in for me because they don't ship to the UK. What about my LGBT rights??? :(

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Re: The UK thread

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Mon Apr 16, 2018 4:22 pm

What about culinary tools such a chef's knives?

Those are potentially a lot more deadly than pocketknives.
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Re: The UK thread

Post by ed » Mon Apr 16, 2018 4:23 pm

asthmatic camel wrote:It really is!

I want one, too but you'll have to smuggle one in for me because they don't ship to the UK. What about my LGBT rights??? :(

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Want me to buy one and ship it to you?

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Re: The UK thread

Post by ed » Mon Apr 16, 2018 4:24 pm

Abdul Alhazred wrote:Wanna be one of the kool kidz (or however you say that in English English) in the UK ...

https://www.knifefree.co.uk/

:lmao:
Really, really pathetic.
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