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(Reuters)   Welcome new UN Human Rights Council members Russia, China & Saudi Arabia. Next up: Switzerland, Bolivia and Tajikistan named to UN Naval Council   (reuters.com) divider line 37
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2013-11-13 09:04:09 AM
UN Inhuman Rights Council
 
2013-11-13 09:06:03 AM
At least the Swiss, Bolivian, and Tajikistani submarines can have screen doors.
 
2013-11-13 09:06:29 AM
China and Saudi arabia have the death penalty, they torture people, have sham trials, and kill people with drones. They have no business being on a human rights body!
 
2013-11-13 09:07:47 AM

vernonFL: China and Saudi arabia have the death penalty, they torture people, have sham trials, and kill people with drones. They have no business being on a human rights body!


yeah but at least we don't hate the gays (as much) or put our punk rock musicians in prison
 
2013-11-13 09:15:27 AM
Switzerland's borders go through some large lakes which it shares with some of its neighbours, ergo Switzerland has a navy.

www.operatorchan.org
 
2013-11-13 09:17:27 AM
Human rights?
Personal freedom?
Privacy?
To be sure these are brilliant concepts.
..Whose time has come to go.
After all.
It's for the Children.

(I forgot it was talk like Dick Cheney Day)
 
2013-11-13 09:17:34 AM
And the US should be on it?


safr.kingfeatures.com
 
2013-11-13 09:17:36 AM
I was all like "whaaaa?" Then I saw "47-nation body" and was all "oh."  You find 47 nations spread all over the globe without picking a few jerks.
 
2013-11-13 09:18:58 AM
static.guim.co.uk

Oops, I thought headline said Navalny
 
2013-11-13 09:19:24 AM
I'm sure they will do just fine at issuing sternly worded resolutions.
 
2013-11-13 09:22:03 AM

Tman144: I was all like "whaaaa?" Then I saw "47-nation body" and was all "oh."  You find 47 nations spread all over the globe without picking a few jerks.


Like USA, Israel and India for example?
 
2013-11-13 09:27:02 AM
Between the War on Drugs and the War on Terrorism, the US lost the high ground on basic human rights a long time ago. Oh sure, we still like to lecture the rest of the world about their abuses, but we turn a blind eye to our own.
 
2013-11-13 09:36:31 AM

EngineerBob: Human rights?
Personal freedom?
Privacy?
To be sure these are brilliant concepts.
..Whose time has come to go.
After all.
It's for the Children.

(I forgot it was talk like Dick Cheney Day)


hahah Still blaming Bush and Cheney for Obamas idocracy, priceless.
 
2013-11-13 09:39:10 AM

mod3072: Between the War on Drugs and the War on Terrorism, the US lost the high ground on basic human rights a long time ago. Oh sure, we still like to lecture the rest of the world about their abuses, but we turn a blind eye to our own.


But we are a head of the curve on the important things like gay marriage and abortion clinics on every street corner and in every school.. You are worrying about the little stuff like property rights, free speech, religious freedom, privacy and due process.
 
2013-11-13 09:46:36 AM
The UN is a joke, the UN has always been a joke, the UN will always be a joke.

/non-story, business as usual
 
2013-11-13 09:50:09 AM
The UN's policy of radical inclusivity is an interesting one, but it really needs a way to keep foxes out of the henhouse.
 
2013-11-13 09:51:57 AM
As expected, one-third of the thread is false equivalencies (typically said by the same folks who think any criticism of Obama is "both sides are bad" nonsense), and one third is anti-UN DERP.
 
2013-11-13 09:52:22 AM

mod3072: Between the War on Drugs and the War on Terrorism, universal surveillance of private citizens, segregation, McCarthyism, internment of citizens in WWII, the Espionage and Sedition Acts of WWI, Union busting, racial discrimination in immigration and citizenship laws, slavery, etc. etc. the US lost the high ground on basic human rights a long time ago. Oh sure, we still like to lecture the rest of the world about their abuses, but we turn a blind eye to our own.


FTFY.

Remind me, when exactly did the US have the high ground in basic human rights, other than in their own minds?
 
2013-11-13 09:56:58 AM

Walker: The UN is a joke, the UN has always been a joke, the UN will always be a joke.

/non-story, business as usual


You think helping to prevent a WW III for 60 years and counting is joke worthy? OK.
 
2013-11-13 10:08:18 AM

Generation_D: Walker: The UN is a joke, the UN has always been a joke, the UN will always be a joke.

/non-story, business as usual

You think helping to prevent a WW III for 60 years and counting is joke worthy? OK.


That right there is the biggest joke so far
 
2013-11-13 10:14:14 AM

Generation_D: Walker: The UN is a joke, the UN has always been a joke, the UN will always be a joke.

/non-story, business as usual

You think helping to prevent a WW III for 60 years and counting is joke worthy? OK.


Citations required.
 
2013-11-13 10:15:31 AM
The gold standard for everything righteous and moral is obviously the American standard. Since we are the absolute best in our treatment of our all people past, present and future,  no country even comes close to the level of respect, dignity and overall goodness in the treatment of humans being both in the country and the world at large.
The US is the absolute beacon of morality and fairness. No one has ever been killed, harm, imprisoned, discriminated or tortured by ANY Americans living or dead since the founding of this great nation.
 
2013-11-13 10:17:32 AM

Rigger1955: Generation_D: Walker: The UN is a joke, the UN has always been a joke, the UN will always be a joke.

/non-story, business as usual

You think helping to prevent a WW III for 60 years and counting is joke worthy? OK.

Citations required.


So .... you're suggesting that there WAS a WWIII in the last 60 years?
 
2013-11-13 10:26:58 AM

ciberido: Rigger1955: Generation_D: Walker: The UN is a joke, the UN has always been a joke, the UN will always be a joke.

/non-story, business as usual

You think helping to prevent a WW III for 60 years and counting is joke worthy? OK.

Citations required.

So .... you're suggesting that there WAS a WWIII in the last 60 years?


And you are suggesting there wasnt BECAUSE of the UN?

/ i peronally believe its because of Chuck Norris
 
2013-11-13 10:37:14 AM

FLMountainMan: As expected, one-third of the thread is false equivalencies (typically said by the same folks who think any criticism of Obama is "both sides are bad" nonsense), and one third is anti-UN DERP.


After reading your compelling and passionate argument, I am convinced that the UN is in fact a credible advocate for human rights.
 
2013-11-13 10:54:47 AM

Generation_D: Walker: The UN is a joke, the UN has always been a joke, the UN will always be a joke.

/non-story, business as usual

You think helping to prevent a WW III for 60 years and counting is joke worthy? OK.


The UN has proven a decent umbrella organization under which to organize charitable efforts, but as an actual peacekeeping organization, I'm forced to question how much it has actually helped. Indeed, it's not hard to argue that some of the UN's actions have done more harm than good as far as this goes. The Olympics have probably done more when it comes to stopping war.
 
2013-11-13 11:13:23 AM

capt.hollister: Switzerland's borders go through some large lakes which it shares with some of its neighbours, ergo Switzerland has a navy.

[www.operatorchan.org image 800x539]


Patrolling the waters of Lake Maggiore, having to guard against George Clooneys lakeside mansion and the place where they filmed parts of StarWars e2.

I could not imagine a harder tour of duty.
 
2013-11-13 11:14:26 AM

Millennium: Generation_D: Walker: The UN is a joke, the UN has always been a joke, the UN will always be a joke.

/non-story, business as usual

You think helping to prevent a WW III for 60 years and counting is joke worthy? OK.

The UN has proven a decent umbrella organization under which to organize charitable efforts, but as an actual peacekeeping organization, I'm forced to question how much it has actually helped. Indeed, it's not hard to argue that some of the UN's actions have done more harm than good as far as this goes. The Olympics have probably done more when it comes to stopping war.


The theory goes that if you keep these derpy asswits talking to one another, they're less likely to full on start shooting. It's a theory that is difficult to test for a control group, given that there's no goatee-spock alternative universe where they've launched several nuclear wars by now. However, "conventional" wisdom is that there has been a need for a forum for international biatching and complaining, and that is the role the UN performs. Given that we are in a post-nuke era, and given we've managed to have zero global conflicts since its formation, the burden of proof is more or less on the opinion that think it is useless. Even though it's a corrupt and in many ways silly org, it is still part of what's worked since WW II to prevent an all-out war from happening.
 
2013-11-13 11:34:37 AM

Walker: The UN is a joke, the UN has always been a joke, the UN will always be a joke.

/non-story, business as usual


It wasn't always a joke, and its military actions saved many countries from becoming literal slaves, including South Korea, which would have ended up just like North Korea if not for UN/NATO intervention. Unfortunately, between Nixon's decision to break our promises to protect South Vietnam and Carter leading the UN directly into greasepaint and circus afro territory, the modern UN is an absurdity that can only protect concepts, like the imaginary "moral high ground," instead of actual victims of genocidal campaigns, like in Darfur, Srebrencia, and Rwanda.
 
2013-11-13 11:45:05 AM

LemSkroob: capt.hollister: Switzerland's borders go through some large lakes which it shares with some of its neighbours, ergo Switzerland has a navy.

[www.operatorchan.org image 800x539]

Patrolling the waters of Lake Maggiore, having to guard against George Clooneys lakeside mansion and the place where they filmed parts of StarWars e2.

I could not imagine a harder tour of duty.


Well, there are those who have to patrol Lake Geneva on the French border.

Fort the record, George Clooney's villa and the scenes from SWe2 are located/filmed on the even more impossibly beautiful Lake Como, located not far from Maggiore.  Fortunately for Swiss sailors, it is located entirely within Italy, so they are spared the hardship of having to patrol it.
 
2013-11-13 01:00:15 PM

vernonFL: China and Saudi arabia have the death penalty, they torture people, have sham trials, and kill people with drones. They have no business being on a human rights body!


I see what you did there
 
2013-11-13 01:15:39 PM
People in Switzerland, Bolivia and Tajikistan don't have belly buttons?
 
2013-11-13 01:30:01 PM
It would have been funnier if you had used Uzbekistan and/or Liechtenstein instead of those three.

/The only 2 doubly landlocked countries in the world.
 
2013-11-13 01:44:43 PM
I don't think they have a Naval Council, but in the UN's Office for Legal Affairs, there is a Division of Ocean Affairs and Law of the Sea.  Legal experience is more important than seafaring experience for the job, but there were a few snickers when a guy from the landlocked Czech Republic was made director for some years.
 
Kiz
2013-11-13 03:03:04 PM
Isn't it a rotating council, anyway? Every nation gets a turn on it. Saves on arguments.
 
2013-11-13 03:09:35 PM

Joe Blowme: ciberido: Rigger1955: Generation_D: Walker: The UN is a joke, the UN has always been a joke, the UN will always be a joke.

/non-story, business as usual

You think helping to prevent a WW III for 60 years and counting is joke worthy? OK.

Citations required.

So .... you're suggesting that there WAS a WWIII in the last 60 years?

And you are suggesting there wasnt BECAUSE of the UN?


No, it was because some smart folks bought my lucky "Nuclear Apocalypse Prevention Rock".  You should probably buy one, just to be safe.  It comes with a money-back guarantee, sow hat have you got to lose?
 
2013-11-14 02:31:47 AM
The US has been a fascist state since before I was born.

Hells, no country has committed genocide on as big a scale or with more success than this country.

USA! USA!! USA!!!
 
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