As we saw earlier, people in Britishland are being told to arrest petty criminals rather than waiting for the cops to show up and do their job. (In the local parlance, this is known as a “have a go” action.)
So these two yoofs steal a scooter and after injuring a cop, speed off into the sunset. All seems to be going well until a delivery truck driver sees what’s happening and “has a go” by swerving his truck into the path of the criminals, with predictable results: they crash, and the pursuing rozzers are able to arrest one (age: 15!).
[pause to let cheering and applause die down]
Here’s the good part:
The lorry and driver were inspected by officers and the driver was not reported for any offences after [he] fully cooperated with the investigation.
I should bloody well hope not, even in Britishland. And here’s the bad part (from a clueless bystander):
The person who took the footage was critical of the truck driver’s decision to take the law into their own hands. [She] said: ‘We are a nation who prides ourselves to the preservation of life and we must allow the police to do their jobs and not take other people’s lives into our hands.’
Shut-up-shut-up-shut-up just shut the fuck up. The cops were trying to do their job, except that the little sociopath rammed the cop and crushed his leg.
Just one last thought — and it’s as true in Britishland as it is in Murka (no matter how much the Britcops have tried to suppress it): the law has never left our hands. We deputize the police to enforce the law on our behalf, but if they are unable to do so (e.g. because they’ve just had their leg crushed) then We The People are perfectly entitled to take said enforcement back into our own hands.
And if that’s too much for some people to handle, then I have but one piece of advice: get the fuck out of our way while we perform our public duty.
I just hope that Our Hero isn’t fired by his employer for doing just that.
(By the way, the OCD and Germans [some overlap] will be freaking out that none of the travelers are standing in the official footprints…)
Speaking of mandatory minimum-wage foolishness:
“Even in a robust economy such as we’re currently enjoying, the laws of supply and demand can’t be overridden. Restaurants still exist in a highly competitive environment and their profit margins remain generally low. A sudden increase in labor costs hits their bottom line immediately so they begin reducing the workforce and/or cutting back on hours for their servers and back of the house workers.
“The state is unable to artificially mandate prosperity without the free market responding to correct for the imbalance. That’s a lesson too many state and municipal governments seem painfully slow to learn.” — Jazz Shaw, via Insty.
Using psychoactive drugs such as magic mushrooms could help people defeat their addiction to tobacco, scientists have suggested. This is because the intense psychedelic experiences mean they forget withdrawal symptoms.
“Cigarette smoking is today a huge public health scourge and there are no effective reliable treatments,” said Tehseen Noorani of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Durham University. “An open-label pilot study had impressive results in the treatment of cigarette smoking addiction with psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy, and we wanted to understand better how it worked – commonly referred to as the ‘mechanisms of change’.”
The people in the study reported heightened levels of aesthetic appreciation, openness to experience and engagement in the community.
I’ll bet they did. Yeah, that’s so much better: kick the smoking habit by substituting one addiction for another, equally-destructive one.
Fucking hell. What kind of world are we living in?
Posting may be a little light over most of August: I’m having a little vacation (locally) because this every-day-getting-up-at-3.30am business is tiring me out, so I need to recharge the old batteries somewhat. Also, this fucking heat has been getting on top of me, so a lot of the time will be spent in sub-zero air conditioning, putting the finishing touches to a couple of books I should have finished earlier in the year.
This year, winter can’t come too soon.
As always however, there will be a fresh post each day. I may be on vacation, but that doesn’t mean I can shirk my responsibilities…
So here’s a little levity:
And to take our minds off all that nonsense, here’s a little beauty, in the form of British opera singer Lucy Kay: