Flint Ironstag: And as for "British law enforcement, never all that constrained by quaint notions of civil liberties in the first place", England had Magna Carta in 1215, centuries before the US was even discovered, and considering the number of cop brutality and thuggishness examples frequently posted on Fark it's pushing it to complain about British cops.
Langdon_777: Great post until that last line - field hockey is one of the few real sports I enjoy watching. Its a true sport,
semiotix: Flint Ironstag:By way of illustrating what I mean, check out this story. A douchebag teenager tweets to an Olympian he let down his (deceased) father, and promptly gets arrested for "malicious communication."My point is, one of two things has to be true here.(a) This sort of thing is totally normal in the UK, or(b) For the sake of goddamn synchronized diving, there are kids being hauled down to the station house for being assholes on Twitter. Not threatening assholes, not persistently harassing assholes, just the sort of dickbag every teenage boy is at least 40% of the time. But not for just any reason--only for being assholes towards the Olympics.If it's (a), then I guess it doesn't farking matter. If it's (b), which I think is much more likely, then the Olympics are farking with British society and law enforcement culture in a way that is profoundly unhealthy and absolutely not worth it.
Flint Ironstag: Not threatening? Did you read the bit that said
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