Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 4th Jun 2011 19:52 UTC
Internet & Networking Since it's weekend, let's start with some good news we can all be happy about. The United Nations has declared internet access a human right, and has called upon all nations to not instate any laws that have the power to cut people off the internet, with France and the UK being singled out because they passed three strikes laws.
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Civilized country
by Neolander on Sat 4th Jun 2011 20:31 UTC
Neolander
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2010-03-08

Things like the French three strikes laws are wholly and utterly totalitarian, especially since individual citizens can do very little to protest against these disconnections. The fact that such a law has come into effect in a country which claims to be developed and free (France) clearly shows that despite all our western talk of spreading freedom and democracy, our own governments seem all to eager to disregard these values whenever it suits them.

But France has indeed been a developed and free country for most of its history !

...it just happens that our current government is not ;)

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RE: Civilized country
by _xmv on Sat 4th Jun 2011 23:44 in reply to "Civilized country"
_xmv Member since:
2008-12-09

France has been corrupt most of its lifetime, its just that they pioneered one of the important revolution that had a large historical impact.
Note that other countries are no better. In fact, I don't know any that isn't HIGHLY corrupted right now. Small, big, every single of them are.

Oh the humanity.

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RE: Civilized country
by shotsman on Sun 5th Jun 2011 05:52 in reply to "Civilized country"
shotsman Member since:
2005-07-22

French governments over the years have proved to be undemocratic.
Just look at how they give two fingers to the EU over legislation & directives they don't like or outright favour La Belle France.

There was a crisis some years back when they EU ruled that France had to open its borders to non French Lamb.
The Farmers started blockading the roads from the English Channel (sorry La Manche) ports and searcing every vehicly including cars for what they called 'pirated meat'. The french police (& thus the government) just sat back and ignored the blatant breach of an EU Directive.
If the position was reversed and the UK banned import of French Wine & Cheese the French Gov would be up in arms.
Strange that.

Then there was the unexpected and largely unexplained 'Non' from Generale De Gaulle when the UK wanted to join the Common Market in the early 1960's.

As a disclaimer, I have owned a property in the Pyrenees for more than 20years. The local sheep farmers had no problem with eating British Lamb especially 'Salt Marsh Lamb'. I introduced them to it years ago. It has a totally different taste to their meat. The same applied to their produce when compared to my local North Downs Lamb.

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RE: Civilized country
by Neolander on Sun 5th Jun 2011 06:20 in reply to "Civilized country"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

Next time I try to do a joke comment like this, I'll put a big animated GIF banner in the middle of it with "DO NOT FEED THE TROLL" written on it ;)

Don't know how I'll technically do that yet though.

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