Of all the animals of prey, man is the only sociable one.
Every one of us preys upon his neighbour, and yet we herd together.
The Beggar's Opera: John Gay

Wednesday 30 June 2010

Quote of the day

"I am opposed to the devices because they discriminate against young people. If this was a device that was directed at an ethnic minority the public would be outraged."

Youth Parliament member Oli Phillips, who knows his Yooman Rights, speaking about high-frequency sonic repellent devices only audible to the under 25's.

And the funny thing is that he's not alone:

'On Friday, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) unanimously recommended a ban on "all acoustic devices which discriminate against young people, such as the mosquito".

Marketing or selling them for private use should also be prohibited or at least their use on private premises should be accompanied by clear warnings, representatives said.'


  1. Actually, I could foresee even bigger sales for that version!

    Nick Griffin would be investigating the possibility of building a humungous one, for a start...

  2. Once upon a time you could tell such people to buzz off or you would thump them. Sadly those days are long past and now even the buzz is verboten.

  3. JuliaM - perhaps you have the makings of a mega-scam; black boxes for the gullible racially intolerant.

    "Of course it's working properly - it's just that you can't hear it."

    Not forgetting, Demetrius, that they are now far more likely to thump you.

    O tempora! O mores!

  4. Of course, when I say black box...


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