The Ranting Kraut

19.3.2006 – 27.9.2010

Archive for March 28th, 2006

Some good observations on ID cards

Posted by rantingkraut on March 28, 2006

From the Guardian:

“Whether the campaign is about rape, TV licences or filling in your tax form, there is always a we-know-where-you-live edge to the message, a sense that this government is dividing the nation into suspects and informers.
Reading the Identity Cards Bill, as it pinged between the House of Commons and the Lords last week, I wondered about the type of campaign that will be used to persuade us to comply with the new ID card law.
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The 7 July bombers would not have been deterred by a piece of plastic. And it is clear that the claim about protecting your identity is also rubbish because chip-and-pin technology has already been compromised by organised criminals. What remains is the ceaseless monitoring of people’s lives. That is what the government is forcing on us.”

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A Little Freedom is a Dangerous Thing

Posted by rantingkraut on March 28, 2006

Freedom of speech is again receiving attention. One reason for this are government measures against it. Another reason is a Danish journalist’s decision to use it. Yes, this statement refers to the famous cartoons. Let’s take a look at the most controversial one, shown on this page.

This drawing suggests a link between Islam and terrorism. The bomb is placed on the head, so maybe it suggests a spiritual link. Against a background of Jihadist terrorism this would hardly seem inappropriate. As a description of the typical Muslim’s convictions it is almost certainly unfair. So this drawing takes a valid point and exaggerates it –it creates a caricature. Well, that’s what political cartoons are meant to do.
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