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I have never understood the utter outrage with which people respond to the chewing gum thing. A non-essential triviality was banned in the name of public cleanliness. I understand that not everybody may agree with the government drawing such a hard line in favor of the public good over private freedom, but the sort of disbelieving and contemptuous outrage that I often hear is just incomprehensible.

Given the sort of adjustments that we ought to be making to the relentless tide of plastic pollution poisoning the oceans, and carbon pollution destroying the climate, this sort of regulation seems not only reasonable, but necessary.

by Zwackus on Sun Nov 24th, 2019 at 01:28:54 AM EST
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I think it is probably akin to the "straight bananas" anti-EU myth which became a metaphor for bureaucratic red tape gone mad whether true or not. Libertarians like to refer to the "nanny state" and effect not to see how their "freedoms" are at the expense of others or of the public good - indeed often intended to subjugate the freedom of others.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun Nov 24th, 2019 at 01:03:01 PM EST
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A square of cloth among other trivial pursuits which pre-occupy freedom fighters who do not have passports and have never visited a country where English is not the official language.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Nov 24th, 2019 at 03:31:14 PM EST
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Birmingham Star City: 13-year-old girl among arrests after `machete' brawl during Frozen 2 viewing

Hardly the stuff of OPPRESSION in North Korea or Singapore.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Nov 24th, 2019 at 04:58:09 PM EST
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It is odd, true. As if people would miss lumps of gum on the pavement.
Less commentary about its draconian control of press and media, nothing to see there.

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Wed Dec 4th, 2019 at 09:20:00 PM EST
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