toastthefuture

The future as at best a haze. We can make or break it. My rants, visions, ideas and dreams hope to make a better future. Lets learn to live a better life. Raise your glasses (no it doesnt have to be alcohol - I am using orange juice!), and toast the future!

Friday, May 20, 2005

Nasty New Trends

This evil new trend of happy slapping is just a manifestation of the bullying that has gone on, fairly unchecked, through most schools. Yobbish culture, and a lack of respect in kids has turned them into nasty little thugs.

We could try and "rehabilitate" or "re-educate" the perpetrators of this crime (stampiung on her eye, serious head injuries and loss of a kidney among the results), or we could make a serious example of them as deterrent. While I would love to see effective rehabilitation - these kids knew what they were doing. And they definately knew the consequences. They are not young to realise they would have caused her serious harm, and compounded that by the insult of the phone movie. They are not going to learn much by being given a tax paid holiday to get told how they should be nice to others.

What is needed here is a serious peice of rough justice - the kids involved should be rounded up - and subject to some fairly lengthy interrogation to ensure they have all those involved. The kids who simply passed on the message should all have their phones removed. Those who were actually involved in the beating- well, I propose they are put away with a minimum customary sentance for attempted murder - since they took the girl so close to death. And whats more - the funds for their incarceration should be done on a governmental loan.

I despise student loans - students are trying to improve themselves and not be penalised - but a convict has clearly broken the law, and the rest of us should not cough up for their time at her majesties pleasure. Give them a nice big loan covering the food, accomodation etc of their cell. Explain to them that they can (at their own expense) get a nicer cell if they are prepared for a deeper loan. Give them an opportunity to do decent work inside to reduce it - that is real, commercially chargeable work, not useless manual labour. One way to implement this - and avoid prisoners coming out with huge debts and turning to more crime, is to set the initial term by the loan amount and a minimum number of years. The criminal would need to satisfy the minimum term, and may work in that time to reduce the amount. They may not leave until they have paid for the entire costs of their incarceration. They may (at taxpayers cost) go on courses to improve their skills and earn more - although those which dont actually work will still end up with a repayment term. And those too unpleasant or lazy to actually work (like the rest of us do anyway), can stay. I am sure the incentive to work hard and get out is there - in fact they could even actually contribute to the GDP and taxes while doing so! At last a method of turning the criminal element of society to a useful and productive group of workers.

Lets make an example of these evil kids, and test this concept on them first. Maybe it will act as a deterrent to other bullies out to cause GBH/ABH and attempted murder on their classmates.

Hoodie Bans

While I wouldnt normally obejct to most items of style and clothing (within reason), wearing a hoodie is the equivalent of a balaklava. It obscures the face and allows the wearer to intimidate while not being identifiable.

BBC NEWS | England | Kent | Visitor rise at 'hoodie' ban mall

Lets hope they bring this in in many more problematic areas. I for one, support bluewater.

Monday, May 16, 2005

Inertial Electrostatic Confinement (IEC)

While this is beyond the usual political banter here, I read this week about the Farnsworth Fusor, and the developments from it.

Fusor.net newbie Center
Inertial Electrostatic Confinement (IEC)

After spending an afternoon in the London Sceince Museum, and reading more, I am quite motivated to think through the economic and scientific impacts of this kind of fusor, and find myself wondering why so much money has been spent on Tokamacs. I have actually toured the Joint European Torus (Jet Project), and heard the presenters drone on about temperatures higher than the sun (a false metaphor as the links suggest).

Anyway - we would benefit in so many ways from fusion power, at least all of us but the current energy companies. The Oil companies fear the fact that one of these may eventually be made at a size suitable for a car. The electricity companies could employ these and charge marginally less while increasing their profits dramatically though. This is a future I would like to see.

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Last Minute Warnings

A couple of parties have some very threatening policies:

UKIP want to actually scrap human rights, tell europe to go away and withdraw from the EU. This far right and authoritarian party are a group of neo-nazis - avoid like the plague.

Conservatives have actually proposed withdrawing from the 1951 Geneva convention, as well as bringing back hunting with dogs . Both this parties show little if any respect for life.

Anyway - for those that understand my preferendum (that p is intended) code (this is kind of like a geek code for manifesto policies of major parties created by the Lets Tick Together bunch):


T01T03T04T08T09T10T11T13T14T15T16T17T18
T19T20T21T23T24T25T26T29T30T31T32
D01D02D03d04D05D06D07D09D10
G01G03G05G08G09G10C01C04C15C16C17C20C22
C26C35

L02L03L04L05L06L11L13L15L16L20L21L24L26
L27L28L30
L32L33L34L36L38

As you can see- Liberals definately have the most policies I would like to see put forward - for those who have no idea what this means - the T codes are all liberal.

I am reserving my thoughts on GM - while I would like them to be well tested and definately considered for some time before full deployment- I dont believe we should complete reject the idea.

Anyway - tomorrow is the day. Get out there and vote for something - even if it is to spoil the paper and suggest you have no faith in the system. For those who dont even bother going - dont complain, you renounced your chance to help change things.