grahamrhind, avatar

It shouldn't need saying, but using flags to indicate languages is not a good idea ...


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Slyence, avatar

@Neblib nah don't bother CWing it, it's just my inner contrarian being grumpy and old

Neblib, avatar

@archliberal @Slyence hopefully he gets to doing one eventually.

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faab64, en-us

UK democracy in action : Waving Palestinian flag may be a criminal offence, Braverman tells police

Home secretary also suggests clampdown on pro-Arab chants in letter that will concern free speech advocates

Waving a Palestinian or singing a chant advocating freedom for Arabs in the region may be a criminal offence, Suella Braverman has told senior police officers.

In a letter to chief constables in and , the home secretary urged them to clamp down on any attempts to use flags, songs or swastikas to harass or intimidate members of the Jewish community.

Her words, which follow deadly attacks by on Israelis and a response, will deeply concern of speech advocates and members of the community.

In the letter, said police should not restrict themselves to potential offences related to the promotion of Hamas, a proscribed organisation.…


They will not put them in jail but fine them heavily.

bonifartius, avatar

@zleap @faab64
> Or just released as there is no room in the prison.

they will make room for these cases and release some real criminals.

> If the UK government agree that what Israel is doing to the Palestinians in Gaza is self defence does this mean that if we are robbed or raped etc by someone we can go after them and beat them in to total submission and claim self defence?

states (or state like actors) can't have natural rights. you can't compare states doing war to rape or robbery.

rapists and robbers are getting away with just a few years in jail here in germany. if you kill in self defense someone who tries to rape or rob you, the state then tries everything possible to put you in jail for it. it's absolutely ridiculous. but i'm rambling.

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e_urq, avatar

@Susan_Larson_TN "special interest flags" what a crock

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Having trouble remembering the difference between the flag of Belgium and the flag of Germany?

Remember this simple rhyme:
“Black touches Red, you’re in Germany like Kaiser Fred¹.
Black touches yellow, you’re in Belgium, so have a waffle with marshmallow².”³

¹This assumes that you know that Kaiser Frederick III was the second Emperor of Germany.
²This is only a slant rhyme, and it barely works since — while dessert waffles are associated with Belgium, and they would be pretty good with marshmallows on them — marshmallows are not particularly associated with Belgian waffles.
³Yes, I am not particularly good at coming up with mnemonics.

The flag of Germany, a black/red/yellow horizontal tricolor.


I came to Rosario looking for Vincent (the hero of the 1955 movie Marianne de ma Jeunesse)

rnatale, avatar

Starlight Marina - I was walking around the marina just outside of Monticello, NY when I noticed the small flag tied to the power pole and being whipped by the wind. I wondered how long it could last. An image for every eye.

DoomsdaysCW, avatar

Lawrence W. Britt: 14 Characteristics of

" studied the fascist regimes of (Germany), (Italy), (Spain), (Indonesia), and (Chile) and found they had 14 elements in common. He calls these the identifying characteristics of fascism.

  1. Powerful and Continuing
    Fascist regimes tend to make constant use of mottos, slogans, symbols, songs, and other paraphernalia. are seen everywhere, as are flag symbols on clothing and in public displays.

  2. Disdain for the Recognition of
    Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of “need.” The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, and long incarcerations of prisoners.

  3. Identification of / as a Unifying Cause
    The people are rallied into a unifying patriotic frenzy over the need to eliminate a perceived common threat or foe: , or ; ; ; ,

  4. Supremacy of the
    Even when there are widespread problems, the military is given a disproportionate amount of government funding, and the domestic agenda is neglected. Soldiers and military service are glamorized.

  5. Rampant
    The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated. Under fascist regimes, traditional roles are made more rigid. Opposition to is high, as is and anti- legislation.

  6. Controlled
    Sometimes the media is directly controlled by the government, but in other cases, the media is indirectly controlled by government regulation or by sympathetic media spokespeople and executives. Government and especially in war time, are very common.

  7. Obsession with
    Fear of hostile foreign powers is used as a motivational tool by the government over the masses.

  8. and Government are Intertwined
    Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion. Religious rhetoric and terminology is common from government leaders, even when the major tenets of the religion are diametrically opposed to the government’s policies or actions.

  9. Protection of Power
    The and business of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite.

  10. Suppression of Power
    Because the organizing power of labor is the only real threat to a fascist government, labor are either eliminated entirely, or are severely suppressed.

  11. Disdain for and the
    Fascist nations tend to promote and tolerate open hostility to and academia. It is not uncommon for professors and other to be censored or even arrested. Free expression in the arts is openly attacked, and governments often refuse to fund the arts.

  12. Obsession with and
    Under fascist regimes, the are given almost limitless power to enforce laws. The people are often willing to overlook police abuses and even forego in the name of patriotism. There is often a national police force with virtually unlimited power in fascist nations.

  13. Rampant and
    Fascist regimes almost always are governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions and use governmental power and authority to protect their friends from accountability. It is not uncommon in fascist regimes for national resources and even treasures to be appropriated or even outright stolen by government leaders.

  14. Sometimes elections in fascist nations are a complete sham. Other times elections are manipulated by against or even assassination of opposition candidates, use of legislation to control numbers or political district boundaries, and manipulation of the media. Fascist nations also typically use their judiciaries to manipulate or control elections.

This post is a summary of Fascism, Anyone? by Lawrence W. Britt published in 2003 by Free Inquiry magazine."


Minnesota needs a new flag.

Thoughts on these proposed designs?


@bryanhansel always busy and happy to make us work, too.

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