Sven West 
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Re: “All I want for Christmas

Great piece; perfect analogy.

Gun related deaths are in themselves a huge public health issue, with an annual death rate unprecedented in any developed country. A significant proportion of these deaths and injuries are to minors, often hurt in tragic accidents by other minors, using unsecured weapons. Taking guns away is not even an option, however, other avenues are available.

Felony charges and heavy sentences for gun owners whose unsecured or improperly stored weapons are used in accidents should be introduced. Felony charges up to and including murder should be handed out to people whose improperly secured weapons are used in assaults, robberies and murders, with or without knowledge of their use. See how quickly people start securing their weapons; watch gun related deaths and injuries plummet, especially amongst children.

No specific gun control legislation need be passed. Even these options are beyond consideration for a very small, vocal, wealthy, powerful section of society/legislature.

Posted by Sven West on 11/27/2015 at 7:52 PM

Re: “Name calling

I had a professor at university called Aubrey Manning. Hands down the best lecturer I ever had. Shame that name was scotched! Not sure Daryl should have surprise you, though - Daryl Hannah was huge in my youth!

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Posted by Sven West on 07/04/2015 at 3:42 PM

Re: “Switchbacks versus Rapids, or David versus Goliath

I remember that game. Just. I was 8 years old. Even at that age, the significance was clear! Go Switchbacks!

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Posted by Sven West on 06/13/2015 at 11:46 AM

Re: “Judging a book by its colour

Great piece, Mark, as always. I think if disagree with Simon to some extent. Race is an obvious mark of difference. The ultimate tribal mark, so to speak, as we're very tribal creatures. Racial profiling is the obvious example. More black people are stopped and frisked than whites, yet Are statistically no more likely to be charged than the white people searched. You can't say race isn't involved.

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Posted by Sven West on 05/17/2015 at 9:17 AM

Re: “American food, curious food!

I'd have added cinnamon to that list. It seems to be in everything!

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Posted by Sven West on 11/16/2014 at 11:25 PM

Re: “Is it funny, or funny?

As long as I've known British TV, risque entertainers like Kenny Everitt were part of the comedy landscape and on primetime TV!

Along with Spitting Image, Saturday Live with Ben Elton exploded the scene. The Mary Whitehouse Experience followed, the likes of which American television has never have seen. Satire is, as you rightly pointed out, one area where we differ wildly. Even the satirists over here follow the same format as the big, establishment talk show hosts - suit, tie, desk, interviews. I don't know of a British show that replicates that format to satirical ends.

Another major deviation is our embracing of the eccentric and experimental. Fielding/Barrett's Mighty Boosh; Ayoade/Holness/Berry with Garth Marenghi's Dark Place etc.

Then we have examples that combine the two. Who could forget Brooker/Morris and Brass Eye? Could you see that working over here? It'd be sterilised; rendered impotent for fear of offending someone (which it regularly did back home).

Nice piece.

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Posted by Sven West on 10/27/2014 at 11:54 AM

Re: “A moving story

Nicely written. Want more!

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Posted by Sven West on 10/05/2014 at 8:36 AM

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