Has your government recently cracked down on any of the following in order to protect you? …

THIS UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations, to the end that every individual and every organ of society, keeping this Declaration constantly in mind, shall strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance, both among the peoples of Member States themselves and among the peoples of territories under their jurisdiction.

Article 1.

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

Article 2.

Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.

Article 3.

Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.

Article 4.

No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.

Article 5.

No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

Article 6.

Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.

Article 7.

All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.

Article 8.

Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law.

Article 9.

No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.

Article 10.

Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him.

Article 11.

(1) Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defence.

(2) No one shall be held guilty of any penal offence on account of any act or omission which did not constitute a penal offence, under national or international law, at the time when it was committed. Nor shall a heavier penalty be imposed than the one that was applicable at the time the penal offence was committed.

Article 12.

No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.

Article 13.

(1) Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state.

(2) Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.

Article 14.

(1) Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.

(2) This right may not be invoked in the case of prosecutions genuinely arising from non-political crimes or from acts contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.

Article 15.

(1) Everyone has the right to a nationality.

(2) No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his nationality nor denied the right to change his nationality.

Article 16.

(1) Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution.

(2) Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses.

(3) The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.

Article 17.

(1) Everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in association with others.

(2) No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property.

Article 18.

Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.

Article 19.

Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.

Article 20.

(1) Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.

(2) No one may be compelled to belong to an association.

Article 21.

(1) Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country, directly or through freely chosen representatives.

(2) Everyone has the right of equal access to public service in his country.

(3) The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures.

Article 22.

Everyone, as a member of society, has the right to social security and is entitled to realization, through national effort and international co-operation and in accordance with the organization and resources of each State, of the economic, social and cultural rights indispensable for his dignity and the free development of his personality.

Article 23.

(1) Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.

(2) Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work.

(3) Everyone who works has the right to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection.

(4) Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.

Article 24.

Everyone has the right to rest and leisure, including reasonable limitation of working hours and periodic holidays with pay.

Article 25.

(1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.

(2) Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.

Article 26.

(1) Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.

(2) Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.

(3) Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.

Article 27.

(1) Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.

(2) Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author.

Article 28.

Everyone is entitled to a social and international order in which the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration can be fully realized.

Article 29.

(1) Everyone has duties to the community in which alone the free and full development of his personality is possible.

(2) In the exercise of his rights and freedoms, everyone shall be subject only to such limitations as are determined by law solely for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others and of meeting the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare in a democratic society.

(3) These rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.

Article 30.

Nothing in this Declaration may be interpreted as implying for any State, group or person any right to engage in any activity or to perform any act aimed at the destruction of any of the rights and freedoms set forth herein.


Dark skinned people in Britain have never been able to walk the streets of Britain without fear or threat. Not least of these from the police. Stop and search is a regular offence they employ.

But now we are all suspects and open to frequent abuse and assumed guilt.



  1. Young men should have liberal politics. As they mature they tend to conservatism and if they have wisdom and as they season, will not defile themselves with government.That is how the machines of government work, that good men do nothing. Perhaps that is what democracy has to fear from the Internet?Something sour deep inside is hidden though it is a mile wide and suspect.Oh yes, the world is in a mess. I can't save it -this I must confess; without redress.Perhaps its best that I don't know, it leaves me clean and free to go in my way.Oh yes, things are in a mess. And if I leave, they'll manage more or less.As they have before.I can't pretend that I don't know that left alone the ill will grow without me.I can't say that I don't care but if I help there's nothing there worth doing.Oh yes, I see it in distess. I'd like to help but do I more, or less. Or nothing?

  2. When I got a computer, an Amstrad IIRC, I couldn't think what to do with it so I wrote the first thing I could think of about the Renaisance. And why scientific progress in Western culture has never been as good as it has been in more civilised climes and times.Basically it listed these items as the reason:Originally posted by Article 2.:

    Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.

    I hadn't read the declaration in those days. So it just goes to show what a genius I am. Or she was.Or both.Scholasticism was limited to a very few gentlemen of liesure, rank, money and persuasion.

  3. Don't think that things have changed:Originally posted by above:

    Scholasticism was limited to a very few gentlemen of leisure, rank, money and persuasion.[/url]

    In the Renaissance, those who could afford to, sent their children to Italy or Greece to visit seats of learning and get an idea of what was going on.

    The idea was they would see how things work in different places and come back with the basic information that will be built on so they could in their turn, one day run the country.

    Meanwhile anyone left to get an education as best he could in his home country would have to rely on local knowledge.

    Thus to this very day we have the distinction of worthless knowledge and classical understandings. Folk-lore or Science.

    If you went to college you are a scientist or an artist. If you went to work you are a tradesman or shelf filler.

    If you think that scientists know more than the rest of us you might want to consider this:

    Originally posted by JR Oppenheimer:

    "We knew the world would not be the same.A few people laughed, a few people cried, most people were silent.I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad-Gita.Vishnu is trying to persuade the Prince that he should do his duty and to impress him takes on his multi-armed form and says:"Now, I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds."I suppose we all thought that, one way or another."[/url]So that's Classical mechanics for you.It's hard to imagine he'd have got that far at his grandfather's knees. Or do you think that Nuclear Physics for the Home Handyman would have been a best seller?And even as they were letting the genii out of the bottles, they began to realise what they were doing… but they just couldn't stop.The bombs were ready and the Air Crews were over-training. Something snapped into place and the political decision had to be taken overnight.So they did it.Once the military bods realised they could act as gods "calling down fire from heaven" no more different than the fire bombing that they were already using, they moved ahead to this next phase that Professor Oppenheimer was discussing.And it is the same in all walks of life. There is no limit to what we think we can do. Who is saying to President Bush: "Halt! Fool!"?Who is threatening to stop President Mugabe in his destructive race past ruining his country to turn it into a desert before he dies of old age?Who wanted to mess with the Chinese Government's ability to micromanage; to control in the smallest detail, every private aspect of the personal lives of the people in its care?Yesterday's Hippies?Why are you reading this?

  4. If you put children into schools were they are taught to be violent they will be violent.This is the source of today's terrorists. It was what the Third Reich instilled in their soldiers. It how the Imperial Japanese army became so bestial in their turn and it is what Britain and the rest of Europe were doing up until William Wilberforce stood up and said "Enough!".And after.When the USA and Britain entered Germany after WW 2 and found the extent of the information they had learned killng people, they were pleased to use their new found wealth.War criminals were promoted -and medicine and all sorts of things pushed ahead in many miserable ways. We gained a lot and lost much. It would take god to untangle the good from the bad.If I were god, I'd wash it all away all over again and make a fresh start. But he has already tried that. Now he is going to try something else to give us a shot at redemption.Besides, he said he wouldn't do that to us ever again.What do you suppose the fresh start might be? The only thing that we know about it is that it will come in gently. Quietly…"as a thief in the night".

  5. I suppose that like having had a thief come in the night, you'd suddenly wake up and there it all is…gone.That's how it was in heaven with the war that Jesus waged against his brothers.When Satan had free access to the presence of god he roamed at will, prevented from seeing god by a party of angels. And the onus was on the faithful, that they would protect their brothers from the wrath of god by behaving as shields from him.I imagine that the demons made that job as difficult as possible for them to do.Then Jesus was promoted as god's field marshal and came up with a plan to put a stop to all this silliness.Standing on the rim of eternity, he called all his followers to stand besides him and so the rank of the faithful was gathered at the end of the world with all the gates of heaven open for Satan to be exposed to god.I imagine this happens every time the demons make their way to heaven, so that they can no longer come and go as they please.And that is why the integrity of the inhabitants of the earth is being so sorely tested these days.The most fervent disciple of the free market is converting the USA to communism. OK. He is the most stupid person ever to gain such power in all human history.So?He isn't any less culpable than the most stupid mother in human historyThe communists in Russia have now been exposed as the gangsters they always were. The same is happening now in China, where you can't get medical aid unless you can afford it. (And with the filthiest workplaces in the world and now 14% unemployment….)The one good thing that has come out of recent events is that couples who were once drifting apart towards divorce, are now working together as though they are married.In Britain the number of people seeking marital advice has increased remarkably enough to make the news, though they are selling it as shock horror as usual. (The BBC is not famous for perspicacity.)Maybe that is a good thing after all? I wish them every happiness and am quite jealous.

  6. It is a pity I can not speak Spanish or Vietnamese nor any other language.I would do well here if I could. I might even get a pair of skis.

  7. I'm not offended at all. It's just that I am puzzled about the contest. Is it just Opera trying to drum up business? Is there no limit to who can win? Or is there just the one set?If there is just the one set, I would need a reason for voting for the protege you are asking for as opposed to someone who might be more deserving.I hope you see my point. I don't know anything about the competition and you are virtually asking me to find out more without offering me a reason to. Personally I can't be bothered to.Maybe she is a deserving cause. What more can you tell me about her?

  8. Well I am still curious about the girl Sarah.Who is she, what is there about her, do you know her?I am not offended and I hope my directness hasn't upset you.The comment I made at the top of the page has now been deleted.

  9. Not to dither about with complex politeness. To be straight. To take no account of the other's feeling but speak unhestitatingly. An arse.

  10. Article 9.No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile

    But they can shoot your arse for being the wrong colour when you need help:

  11. Originally posted by Life on the Home Front:

    Camp layout and constructionEach relocation center contained 30 to 40 residential blocks that were separated by open land to reduce fire risk.Officials designed the camps to be self-contained communities. Housing up to 18,000 people, a relocation center was often the largest community in an otherwise sparsely populated region. Circled with barbed wire and guard towers, the centers included schools, post offices, hospitals, and warehouses. Buildings in a typical barracks block included a communal mess hall, recreation building, latrines, and laundry. The surrounding relocation areas usually included farm land, however marginal, that internees worked to produce much of the food used by the camp.While variations existed between camps, the typical barrack contained from four to six one-room apartments ranging in size from 15 by 20 feet to 24 by 20 feet. Each apartment was designed to house one family or a group of individuals, with eight people living in the largest unit.Partitions divided the rooms but did not extend all the way to the ceiling thus leading complaints about privacy.One internee at Manzanar, California recalled: "They used cheap pine wood. The knots would fall off so we could see in the neighbor's room, and we could hear the shocking sound of voices, complaining, arguing bitterly. …and I couldn't shut it out."In May officials tried to put the best face on the construction of housing and other buildings at the camps.One description called the initial housing "basic": "That is, the structures are soundly constructed and provide minimum essentials for decent living. As evacuees move in, they will have an opportunity to improve their quarters by their own work."But feeling pressure from the WRA, civilian construction contractors built the centers very quickly during the spring and summer of 1942. Camp designs were based on military barracks, making them ill suited for family living. And along with the speed came shoddy construction and other deficiencies. A 1943 WRA report described "tar paper-covered barracks of simple frame construction without plumbing or cooking facilities of any kind." While the spartan buildings may have satisfied international laws, they left much to be desired. A harsh environmentThe less than ideal design and construction quality of the housing was magnified by the desert location of the camps. The heat was blistering in the summer and generally came with dust. One internee recalled: "Inside of our houses, in the laundry, in the latrines, in the mess halls, dust and more dust, dust everywhere." Winters could be equally difficult. For example, at Heart Mountain in northern Wyoming, internees endured temperatures of 30 degrees below zero in the winter. Residents there resorted to banking the earth against their barracks to block the icy winds.The situation was made worse by the hasty evacuation process to the assembly center. Evacuees leaving the milder coastal climate had not been told of their ultimate destinations, and as a result, many failed to pack clothing that would have been appropriate for the bitter desert winters. like home. We think we invented the concentration camp but inreality the west of the USA was a concentration camp for some, a century before WW 2.That was then, this is now. GITMO is still in use as are other places still secret.

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