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james b July 5, 2020

Biden vows to "uproot systemic racism". 

It's fantastic that he might have the opportunity to do this now, after 40 years in government, including 8 years as VP under a black President...

james b June 30, 2020

Hmmm.  Well if I had to choose between working all week for $750 or sitting at home all week and still collecting $750 I'm pretty sure I know which one I would choose.

james b June 21, 2020

@gu3st Did it occur to you that perhaps he was joking?

james b June 17, 2020

Pffft.  Way behind Angus Taylor :)

james b June 14, 2020

I've watched the behind the scenes documentary of the shooting of The Shining, and I left wondering if perhaps Shelley Duvall might also have been struggling with a cocaine addiction during the filming.

james b June 9, 2020

It's great when the 'woke' turn on each other!

james b June 9, 2020

Yet another indigenous person killed by someone they knew. Where are the black lives matter protests for these people? People like Britney Watson, the young indigenous mother who was recently found murdered and dumped in a wheely bin.

james b June 9, 2020

@rush My wife made us watch about half an hour last night. I hate all of them.

james b June 7, 2020

So it's not actually about having a conversation with someone who asserts that "all lives matter".  

It's actually about shutting down their opinion because yours is more, I dunno, politically correct I guess?

james b June 3, 2020

@laura__palmer I don't disagree with you. I just say that you shouldn't judge someone too harshly until you've walked a day in their shoes.

james b June 3, 2020

My wife isn't high maintainence but she does like to get her nails done.  She managed to get a $3 set of Kmart stick on nails to last for about 2 weeks, but was relieved when she was able to visit her nail lady again :)

james b June 3, 2020

@laura__palmer Police officers go to work every day with the knowledge that there is a high chance that they will be physically assaulted.

Should they have to wait until they are assaulted, or do they take action before they're assaulted?  I don't know, and I suggest that unless you're in that exact situation, then you can't really judge their actions too harshly.

james b June 3, 2020

It looked bad but some context would be helpful I think.

Police officers are assaulted at a rate of about 8 per day. In this context, an angry young man threatening a police officer with physical violence certainly requires some kind of response.

Was the response heavy-handed?  Possibly, I can't say for sure, mainly because I don't have to face these kind of situations in my job each and every day.

james b June 3, 2020

My wife has had problems with eczema on her hands whenever the weather turns cold.  The Body Shop Hemp cream (#4), has been the absolute best product that she's ever used to reduce the dry skin and cracking.

james b June 3, 2020

"Currently, over 400 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have died in police custody since the 1991 Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody.
How many police officers have been held criminally responsible? Zero."

I've seen this statement several times over the last few days.  Although this number of 400 is accurate, it's completely inaccurate to imply that all of these are due to the actions of police officers.

If you actually look into this figure, it includes medical issues, attacks in jail by other prisoners and self harm.

james b June 2, 2020

I wish I knew who this famous celebrity was/is.

Toady from Neighbours?

james b June 2, 2020

It's worth pointing out that this isn't specific to the indigenous community. 

Many more white Australians die in custody than black Australians.

That said, even one death in custody is too many, however a lot of these would be self inflicted, and/or due to existing medical conditions.

There is also an element of personal responsibility in how people deal with police. If you are respectful and humble, usually you'll be ok. Fight them and disrespect them, then you certainly risk some kind of retaliation.  And not without cause I'd suggest. Police are just people doing a job, they're not punching bags.

james b June 1, 2020

@salemsaberhagen Are you still waiting or have you given up?

james b June 1, 2020

I would suggest that some American citizens have declared war on their own communities.

You make it sound as though the authorities should just allow these idiots to vandalise, burn and destroy their communities without any consequences.

james b May 26, 2020

Well that was pretty gross.

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