Politics

Dear Mr Wilson You are clearly a clever guy. Congratulations on perfecting, testing and successfully firing the world’s first plastic gun, “The Liberator” that can be constructed using a 3D printer. I understand that your plan is to upload the plans to the Internet so that anyone with access to a 3D printer can download them, for free, and make the Liberator. Why? DefDis is a non-profit company, and I guess I should applaud your altruism and willingness to share your ingenuity with anyone and everyone. But therein lays the problem. Anyone and everyone cannot be guaranteed to make the gun as a hobby project (rather like making a scaled plastic kit model of a plane, ship, or even a replica gun). I understand that you have an idea that by making your weapon (is it not a weapon?)...
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Dear Mr Clegg Ouch! That hurt didn’t it? Did you really not see that one coming? The 2 May local council elections and the Parliamentary by-election must have been like a punch in the guts and a bloody nose combined. Your party’s results were appalling. Your Lib Dem candidate even came seventh in the South Shields Parliamentary by-election, and you lost your deposit. Your candidate only polled a few a little more votes than the Monster Raving Loony Party candidate. Your candidate was beaten by the abhorrent British National Party. Tattoos and shaven heads win over suits and syrup. The council election results are coming in and it looks like yet more drubbing for your party. Admittedly, your coalition colleagues, the Conservatives, did not do very well either, but they can at least...
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Dear Justice Scalia as well as your distinguished peers serving on the Supreme Court, First let me thank you for hearing the historic cases this week on California’s Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). My husband, Kelly Vielmo, and I adopted three beautiful siblings from DC’s foster care system last year. Being an inter-racial, same-sex family we are used to being conspicuous and sometimes the center of attention on a local level depending on where we happen to be. With the cases being heard in the Supreme Court this week our family is now on debate at the national level. With that said I am following with interest your ruling on these cases. One comment that stuck with me was the speculation of potential “deleterious” effects of kids having same-sex parents....
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Dear Mohamed Badie You and your Brotherhood have claimed that a United Nations declaration for an end to violence against women will lead to the “complete disintegration of society”. You also criticised the UN Commission on the status of women for daring to grant women sexual freedom, which would allow Muslim women to marry non-Muslims, and take their husbands to court for marital rape. You said that this would “certainly be the final step in the intellectual and cultural invasion of Muslim countries”. Are you so scared of women that you cannot allow them to have the same rights as men? What do you think this does for those who may be considering turning to Islam? Especially women? Did you consult widely across Egypt or other Muslim countries before issuing your ludicrous statement...
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Dear National Coalition, Syrian National Council and main political opposition groups: This is a simple letter from a Syrian, without political terms and complicated language. Two years have passed and we have exhausted all our hopes, and you have taken part in many meetings, statements and pledges. Now it is only timely to reassess the situation and ask some questions that you are bound to face later, if not now. When you were given legitimacy by the international community, did you believe that that made you the "legitimate" representative of the Syrian people? Have you ever thought how we, mainstream Syrians, view your statements and your inaction? That it is embarrassing and humiliating for us when you keep praising certain donors, then turn us into beggars as you plead for...
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Dear Mr Secretary of State Hagel Congratulations on your new position as Pentagon Chief, replacing Leon Panetta. It was a close run thing wasn’t it? 58-41! I am sure you have many things on your desk crying out for attention, but I implore you to watch the BBC Panorama Programme that was screened in the last few days. BBC Panorama reporter Ben Anderson spent five weeks with US Marines working to advise Afghan security forces in Helmand province. British and American soldiers have fought and died to make that province, dubbed “Hell Land” by those who served there, safe and secure. Secure from Al-Qaeda, the Taliban, militant Islamists and impose the rule of law to protect the weak and the vulnerable. However as you will see in the programme Ben Anderson witnessed rampant corruption...
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A Citizen Proposition: Calling for Immediate Ratification of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights by the NPC To the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress: On the eve of the opening of the 12th National People’s Congress of the People’s Republic of China, as China’s new government prepares to take the stage, we solemnly and openly propose the following as citizens of China: that the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights be ratified, in order to further promote and establish the principles of human rights and constitutionalism in China. Our concrete reasons are as follows: 1. The International Bill of Human Rights, as the basic declaration, establishment and standardization of basic human rights principles, accords with the tenets...
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Dear Prof. Thomas I read with astonishment your arrogant and condescending references to the jury in the Vicky Pryce trial in the last day or two. As Britain’s alleged leading expert on juries, you staunchly defended the country’s trial system following the “fundamental deficits of understanding” that saw the jurors in the Vicky Pryce trial discharged by the judge. You also said “We need to be extremely careful about drawing any conclusions about the jury system as a whole from one very exceptional jury. We have a system that is incredibly fair. Almost everyone is eligible for jury service and must serve. Our research showed that juries chosen from such a representative group of people are systematically fair.” So you defend the system that provides you and other old middle and...
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Background to those who’ve been living under a rock: A scholar named Dr. Rejith Kumar as part of a series of “moral consciousness” lectures made quite a few patronizing comments against women. Only one girl walked out. The media blew it up. People blew up. There was outrage against this guy, but more so against the media. Below are screenshots of some amazing comments on one video of his speech. Just look around Facebook for more. Or Twitter. Or other videos on Youtube. These activists are everywhere. Hey human beings with uteruses, hold on tight. Disclaimer: I’m not witty, and wasn’t trying to be. Any accidental sarcasm is purely a shield for anger. Dear lovely brothers of mine, I was about to start with “I hope I meet you soon” but then I remembered I most likely have. You’re...
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Dear Mr Ban Ki-moon While you may be directing your organisation’s efforts and resources towards effecting as much global peace as possible and saving the planet by exhorting all countries to reduce their carbon footprints and save the ice caps, it may have escaped your notice that there is an extra-terrestrial threat to our planet and to the continued existence of mankind. This is not the threat of little green men from Mars but a real and present danger from bombardment from space caused by rogue asteroids and meteors. As you know, a few days ago a meteor crashed in Russia's Ural mountains has injured at least 950 people, as the shockwave blew out windows and rocked buildings. The area not only contained factories, but also a nuclear power plant and the Mayak atomic waste storage...
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