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Oct. 18th, 2010

10:44 am - Cops with guns? *eek*

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I finished the blanket!




There's another project in the pipeline (isn't there always?). But I'm glad this is done. The tassels are made from wool I spun and the rest is from wool Mum spun.

Meanwhile, this morning I spent a total of 45 minutes on hold to Mercury Energy, trying to get hold of someone and ask them why they aren't capable of sending the bills for Mum's house to me the way I asked, but have managed to send a threatening overdue notice to the same address, with Mum's name on it. After talking to one guy briefly, he then put me back on hold so I gave up and sent them an email instead.

As you can imagine I worked up quite a head of steam while sitting there, which inspired me to start that letter to Inland Revenue. You know the one telling them that if they'd like that $900 I ended up owing them through their mistakes, they should retrieve it from The Kid's Dad, who currently owes me $6182.

Yes, it made me feel better, why do you ask? It's called transference.

On the upside, yesterday I wrote 1300 words about the advantages and disadvantages of home visitation programmes in promoting child welfare, without really even trying. Since the essay itself is supposed to be 1500 words, it's reassuring to know I can probably coast this one in. This week my focus is elsewhere since Dr Wheel flies out next Monday, so not spending hours agonising over an essay sounds good to me.

And then I'm going to tackle the Pile O Boxes that's sitting behind the couch. This is the last of the stuff from Mum's, and it's mostly photographs and papers. I have to decide what to keep for posterity, what to donate to archives and what to chuck. I've been putting it off because it'll be hard, but looking at the boxes all the time is frustrating - my magic powers don't stretch to making them disappear without me actually doing anything unfortunately.


And shearing starts on Saturday. This might explain the sudden run of wet weather we've had, eh?

Also, the editorial in some paper this morning informs me that the Police Association wants cops to have guns. I don't have much of a logical argument against it because I haven't thought much about it, but my gut feeling says "Noooooooooooo!"

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From:anna_en_route
Date:October 17th, 2010 09:49 pm (UTC)
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Your blanket is utterly gorgeous =)


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From:anna_en_route
Date:October 17th, 2010 09:56 pm (UTC)
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What he said (but with an added extra that an Armed Offenders Squad is a necessity so long as they're endlessly trained).
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From:fallaras
Date:October 17th, 2010 10:27 pm (UTC)

On a totaly old note...

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Remember that wally, Paul Henry?
Yea, I know... old news and thankfully out the picture for the time being...

I just received a response from the TVNZ Complaints Committee.
Did everyone/anyone else get one?

They upheld the complaints about both Governor General Anand Satyanand and Delhi Chief Minister Shelia Dikshit.

"The Complaints Committee agrees that the broadcast breached Programme Standards 1(Good Taste & Decency), 6 (Fairness) and 7 (Discrimination & Denigration) and accordingly upholds your complaint."

Ok, back to your regular reading now.

Oh.... Blanky looks nice!
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From:phaetonschariot
Date:October 18th, 2010 08:38 pm (UTC)

Re: On a totaly old note...

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Yeah I got one too. Email in my inbox with the subject FORMAL COMPLAINT, I was like "wtffffff?"
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From:pythia
Date:October 17th, 2010 10:53 pm (UTC)
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You know, having known quite a few cops, I actually agree with allowing them to carry guns.
From what I hear they won't be always on them, and it won't be mandatory, but rather a personal choice.
With the amount of violence against police on the rise so much, I know a lot of cops who feel like they have sweet fuck all ways to protect themselves. Tasers don't always work, etc.
I suspect that just the knowledge that the police may be carrying a firearm will deter a lot of the violence that's currently be committed against police (and other emergency service, for that matter).
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From:fallaras
Date:October 18th, 2010 12:34 am (UTC)

Or...

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Result in the "Shoot/knife/whatever first because I don't know if they have a gun" mentality...
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From:helianthas
Date:October 17th, 2010 11:18 pm (UTC)
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That pattern turned out gorgeous!!! I love it,well done!
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From:pombagira
Date:October 17th, 2010 11:52 pm (UTC)
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guns + people in uniform = Dead, just ask the army...

*sigh*.. i so do not want to see the police carrying around guns in New Zealand..

ack..
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From:dragonvyxn
Date:October 18th, 2010 02:02 am (UTC)
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i love the blanket, soooo beautiful!! :-D
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From:vernacularity
Date:October 18th, 2010 02:02 am (UTC)
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I think though that we should have mounted police. At that point the question of arming them starts to encompass a whole range of potential weaponry, and with modern metallurgical skills armour could be both perpetually shining and extremely strong. I would like to see them carrying broadswords.
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From:ferrouswheel
Date:October 18th, 2010 02:11 am (UTC)
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I am intrigued by your ideas and would like to subscribe to your newsletter.
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From:ferrouswheel
Date:October 18th, 2010 02:18 am (UTC)
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<3
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From:victoria7
Date:October 18th, 2010 03:49 am (UTC)
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Wait... Cops *don't* have guns where you are? Wild...

And that blanket is really, really pretty. :-)
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From:tatjna
Date:October 18th, 2010 03:51 am (UTC)
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There's a special armed squad but for the most part, no, the cops don't carry guns.
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From:explicitreality
Date:October 18th, 2010 05:16 pm (UTC)

Blankets and Guns

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What a beautiful blanket! Made even more beautiful by knowing that every step was done by you and your mum.

Guns are legal in the US, so cops have them, because the baddies have them. Remove guns from the American public? Not in my lifetime. Not because I am opposed to the idea, but because of the right to bear arms in our constitution.

http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/243405/gun-rights-are-civil-rights-robert-verbruggen

Not that this is the only view, or the right view, but a little history reminder never hurt anyone.

What Answers.com has to say on the topic:

"Every year just over 30,000 people die in the US from gunshot wounds. Every two years more US citizens are killed by gunshot wounds than were lost in the entire Vietnam war.

Lets look at this another way. With a population of 310 million and an annual death rate of 8.3/1000 , we can calculate that 2,573,000 people die in the US each year.
Of which 30,000 die of Gun Shot - so if you live in the US you have a 1.166% chance that you will die of Gun Shot wound. The rate of gunshot deaths is about 8 times that of economically comparable nations.

Approximately 8,000 homicides annually occur with gunshot wounds. About 16,000 commit suicide with handguns. Nearly 1,000 die in gun related accidents each year. The number of persons shot by police is slightly elusive. "

This must be a fairly recent answer, because the US population is currently about 310,500,000 folk.

Edited at 2010-10-18 05:18 pm (UTC)
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