This is so cool.
Favourite quote: “recuerda siempre, Dante, que en el juego de la felicidad no tienes que usarlo para tí solo, sino mirar un paso detrás de tí, ayudar a los débiles que piden ayuda, ayudar a los perseguidos, a las víctimas, que son tus mejores amigos”.
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A similar view to mine.. from a slightly different slant
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George Galloway’s ignorant and offensive comments on rape have sparked, rightly, a storm of anger and protest but also defensiveness of incredible ignorance by a significant % on the Left, struggling to defend his stupidity.
Galloway alleged that some non- consensual sex was not rape, stating
“It might be really sordid and bad sexual etiquette, but whatever else it is, it is not rape or you bankrupt the term rape of all meaning.”
What is firstly depressing, as a long term Leftwing politician, is that he does not know what rape means literally .. as Laurie Penny who has blogged bravely and correctly (imho) on this (http://www.penny-red.com/post/29989130545)/its-trigger-warning-week) notes, it simply comes from the Latin rapio
“to seize , snatch, tear away; to plunder a place”
It is astonishing that Galloway then thinks that rape must be violent. Does he and his supporters also…
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SQUAT LAW CHANGE ALERT
The new law on squatting (s144 LASPO 2012) will be coming into force on the 1st September 2012.
Not everyone who is squatting, or considered by others to be squatting, will be affected by the new law, but people will need to be prepared to explain, quite forcefully at times, why they are not affected.
(1)A person commits an offence if—
(a) the person is in a residential building as a trespasser having entered it as a trespasser,
(b) the person knows or ought to know that he or she is a trespasser, and
(c) the person is living in the building or intends to live there for any period.
(2)The offence is not committed by a person holding over after the end of a lease or licence (even if the person leaves and re-enters the building).
So Squatting is still legal in non-residential properties.
You are also not committing an offence if you have, or have had a tenancy or licence to live in the property, if you are not living or intending to live in the property, or if you do not know you are a trespasser (in which case you probably wouldn’t be reading this).
Tenancies and licences do not have to be in writing, but if people have reason to think they may be accused of breaking the law it would be best to collect as much paperwork as possible. Tenancies and licences can also have been granted by a tenant of the owner, or by an agent, possibly without the owner’s knowledge (but they can check and return).
Any police officer would need to have reasonable suspicion that you (or anyone) have committed a crime, to force entry and to carry out an arrest, so it can be in your interests to explain otherwise. But you do not have to talk to them, and explaining through a closed door or upstairs window can be preferable to letting them in.
Section 6 of the Criminal Law Act 1977 still applies against those trying to force entry without lawful authority. The problem is that the new law gives further lawful authority to the police to enter (in the circumstances covered by the law).
Advisory Service for Squatters
Correct as at 22nd August 2012. Check our / SQUASH website for updates
So the football season has started, and so far the league table looks comical.
Come on you gunners
Some stuff wot happened today innit
Several activists met this morning in Mayfair outside the Four Seasons hotel to deliver a wake up call to Dow staff as they eat breakfast in the glass fronted restaurant.
They were dressed in white boiler-suits representing the ongoing toxic hazards of the factory site in Bhopal where deadly gas leaked in 1984, and carried banners demanding justice for Bhopal from the Dow executives.
Although they were moved on by police, they managed to get a solid message across to those inside, with bold messaging and a clear visual statement.