The Nanny State: Ideological Policing & Internet Censorship

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Great, he can advertise cereal, probably, there will be someone on the planet that will object to it, actually there will be someone to object to anything for just their fifteen mins of fame
 
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Further to the legislation introduced in June this year, outlawing gender stereotyping in adverts, the first two have now been banned.

The VW one, featuring a woman in close proximity to a pram, clearly provoked public outrage, as it drew no fewer than three complaints:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-49332640
Looks as if the bans were evenhanded.

The first banned ad, for Philadelphia cheese, showed two fathers leaving a baby on a restaurant conveyor belt.

The other, VW ad, showed men being adventurous as a woman sat by a pram.
 

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Further to the legislation introduced in June this year, outlawing gender stereotyping in adverts, the first two have now been banned.

The VW one, featuring a woman in close proximity to a pram, clearly provoked public outrage, as it drew no fewer than three complaints:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-49332640
3 complaints? Is that the critical mass of opinion required to get action on something?
Maybe that policy needs to be re-evaluated.
 

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More likely a case of 'I say,Henry. Isn't that the Member for Tewkesbury South ? I'd know that bosom anywhere.
Owing to a surfeit of politics on both sides of the Atlantic, it has been under-reported that HM Government has abandoned the (delayed) 'Porn Laws' proposed by the former Prime Minister.

https://order-order.com/2019/10/16/government-repeals-porn-laws/

Common sense prevails.
That may but there's the online harms bill to keep an eye on.
 

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The standing members of the Anti-Porn-Law-League take several deep breaths and shake hands with relief, underneath their order-papers! :hunger:
Reminds me of the Australian government official who, on hosting a meeting attended by Mrs Thatcher, said 'So let's be upstanding and give her the clap she deserves'.
 

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The other day, I bought a butter knife from Amazon. It's a big one made by Sabatier. A butter knife. The least stabby knife ever designed.
It was delivered to work and somebody else signed for it. Anyhoo, he said 'I got age checked for that'. I couldn't believe it.
Anything with 'knife' in the description now triggers a kneejerk response from the nanny state. Retailers and delivery services now have to enforce this because of 'knife crime' among teenagers. FFS, if teenagers really want to stab somebody, they can nick a knife from their family's kitchen or even sharpen up a screwdriver.
 

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The other day, I bought a butter knife from Amazon. It's a big one made by Sabatier. A butter knife. The least stabby knife ever designed.
It was delivered to work and somebody else signed for it. Anyhoo, he said 'I got age checked for that'. I couldn't believe it.
Anything with 'knife' in the description now triggers a kneejerk response from the nanny state. Retailers and delivery services now have to enforce this because of 'knife crime' among teenagers. FFS, if teenagers really want to stab somebody, they can nick a knife from their family's kitchen or even sharpen up a screwdriver.
Think that's a combination of companies wanting to cover their arses and not be liable if their product falls into underage hands (imagine the OUTRAGE from tabloids), and lazy, blanket categorizing.

They know which side their bread is buttered on.
 

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They do it in all the stores, but at least you can see the person and tell if they are over the stated age.
 

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If she wasn't a snail she would be a chameleon
 

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The other day, I bought a butter knife from Amazon. It's a big one made by Sabatier. A butter knife. The least stabby knife ever designed.
It was delivered to work and somebody else signed for it. Anyhoo, he said 'I got age checked for that'. I couldn't believe it.
Anything with 'knife' in the description now triggers a kneejerk response from the nanny state. Retailers and delivery services now have to enforce this because of 'knife crime' among teenagers. FFS, if teenagers really want to stab somebody, they can nick a knife from their family's kitchen or even sharpen up a screwdriver.
I did a 3 month contract doing till work/shelf stacking etc for a Norfolk based chain store (a bit like Woolworths was) last Christmas .. and if someone wanted to buy tea spoons .. tea spoons I tell you .. the screen would tell me to age check the customer. I managed to turn it into a bit of fun and laugh with the customers with the obvious 'not stirring up any trouble' type banter and "OK .. just promise me you won't attack anyone with your spoons" type stuff .. I can't imagine anyone in head office genuinely felt the need to put tea spoons on the danger risk alert list. I expect it was an oversight.
 

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I guess these alerts are triggered by an epos code for cutlery, much like the one for alcohol.

Crockery is probably deemed harmless, though you could smash a saucer and tear out someone's throat with it! :sherlock:
 

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Well, they could have gone home and sharpened the handles into a shiv

I buy Becks blue, and you have to be aged checked on that, bloody silly or what, that's like age checking on pop
 

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The other day, I bought a butter knife from Amazon. It's a big one made by Sabatier. A butter knife. The least stabby knife ever designed.
It was delivered to work and somebody else signed for it. Anyhoo, he said 'I got age checked for that'. I couldn't believe it.
Anything with 'knife' in the description now triggers a kneejerk response from the nanny state. Retailers and delivery services now have to enforce this because of 'knife crime' among teenagers. FFS, if teenagers really want to stab somebody, they can nick a knife from their family's kitchen or even sharpen up a screwdriver.
This is a policy that the Royal Mail started last month. I haven’t personally had any packets to deliver with an “age verification” sticker on it. We have been told that if we are in doubt of the person’s age who answers the door then we have to ask for proof.
 

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The age checks aren't there to reduce knife crime, they are there to reduce the fear of knife crime.

Just like security checks at airports. Completely useless, if someone wants to get a bomb on a plane they are far more likely to infiltrate the baggage handling company than carry the bloody thing on in their hand luggage. But, all those checks make us feel more secure when flying.
 

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Possibly, Carlos, the security checks are to stop you carrying on articles with which to attack or threaten other passengers or crew ?
 
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