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Google is pushing offensive weapons
« on: 19/01/2009 06:43:26 »
An advert appeared in my googlemail account (a sponsor, not an email) offering "dogleads" ...
 


It looks like a knuckleduster to me, (at £5 I suppose it's cheaper than a fistfull of sovereign rings).

There were also far worse items on offer at the same site, under the thinly veiled description of "letter-openers".

I am shocked that weapons are being actively pushed by Google in this way, apparently Google will do buisness with anyone.
« Last Edit: 19/01/2009 07:50:02 by RD »


 

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Re: Google is pushing offensive weapons
« Reply #1 on: 19/01/2009 06:45:56 »
I suppose (if it is really a lead) it is meant be easier to lock around your fingers so the dog(s) doesn't run off.
 

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« Reply #2 on: 19/01/2009 06:59:42 »
The items were all weapons with some ludicrous benign label attached to them, e.g. "letter-opener"...




The items are made of polymer so would not be detectable with a metal detector.
 

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« Reply #3 on: 19/01/2009 07:56:58 »
Note to moderators: if you think this thread is a bad idea feel free to delete it.

I was horrified with what I saw when I clicked on the advert embedded in Googlemail ,
however reproducing the images here may be counterproductive.

(I did blur the text on the weapon images so the site selling them could not be found that way).
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« Reply #4 on: 19/01/2009 08:52:22 »
Man, these people know what they are doing!
 

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« Reply #5 on: 19/01/2009 16:32:41 »
Yeh, where can I buy them?????  ;D ;D ;D ;D
 

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« Reply #6 on: 19/01/2009 16:41:53 »
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I am shocked that weapons are being actively pushed by Google in this way, apparently Google will do buisness with anyone.

Next thing you know they will be advertising them on TNS!
 

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Google is pushing offensive weapons
« Reply #7 on: 19/01/2009 20:23:04 »
They will be advertising alarm clocks with an explosive alarm next.
 

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« Reply #8 on: 19/01/2009 23:22:04 »
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I am shocked that weapons are being actively pushed by Google in this way, apparently Google will do buisness with anyone.

Next thing you know they will be advertising them on TNS!


I posted that before Google ads appeared on TNS. Look at the advert which now accompanies this thread ...




Like I said above, moderators please delete this thread if you don't think it's a good idea,
 (it's a pity you can't delete Google-ads).
« Last Edit: 19/01/2009 23:24:55 by RD »
 

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« Reply #9 on: 19/01/2009 23:30:00 »
Feed your passion?  [:0] Now that is some shocking stuff [:0]
All I seem to be getting is podcast stuff.
 

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« Reply #10 on: 19/01/2009 23:38:19 »
Is it ironic that on the right upper side of this page I find a Google ad about "functional" swords for less than $100?

MODIFICATION: Sorry, just noticed that another weapons ad was already noticed.
« Last Edit: 19/01/2009 23:43:40 by Karsten »
 

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« Reply #11 on: 19/01/2009 23:42:25 »
The picture of the first item could be considered a self-defense device for those who fear getting attacked when walking the dog. I vaguely recall seeing pepper spray - dog leash combos somewhere else. Why plastic? Good question. Cheaper to make? Lighter to carry? Legal this way? Easier to get through security?
 

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« Reply #12 on: 20/01/2009 00:00:40 »
The picture of the first item could be considered a self-defense device for those who fear getting attacked when walking the dog. I vaguely recall seeing pepper spray - dog leash combos somewhere else. Why plastic? Good question. Cheaper to make? Lighter to carry? Legal this way? Easier to get through security?


In the UK kunckledusters are definitely illegal "offensive weapons"...

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Knuckle duster ‘a gift’

Apr 3 2008 by Alex Moore, Rhondda Leader

A PORTH man was found carrying a knuckle duster – and told police it was a present for his brother, a court has heard.

Marc Anthony Hamblyn, who lives on Trebanog Road, was found with the weapon in his trouser pocket.

This week District Judge Jill Watkins told the 28-year-old the item has to be considered an offensive weapon, whatever the reason given for possessing it, because it has “no legitimate use”. 
http://www.walesonline.co.uk

Disguising the weapon as a "doglead" is a feeble attempt to circumvent the law. 
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« Reply #13 on: 20/01/2009 00:49:34 »
I am certain that such a device is illegal in several states in the US as well, if(!) it is manufactured to specs that make it one. The shape alone probably is not enough. What if it is made from rubber? Yes, it is not, but my point is that making it in plastic may have allowed the manufacturer to circumvent the legal definition of an "offensive weapons" as well. Just a thought. I am not a lawyer, I just think like one sometimes.  [:I]
 

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« Reply #14 on: 20/01/2009 01:20:18 »
In the UK the definition of an "offensive weapon" is not tightly specified...

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Definition of Offensive Weapon
Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 Codes of Practice A22 'Offensive weapon' is defined as any article made or adapted for use for causing injury to the person, or intended by the person having it with him for such use or by someone else. There are three categories of offensive weapons: those made for causing injury to the person; those adapted for such a purpose; and those not so made or adapted, but carried with the intention of causing injury to the person.
http://www.wikicrimeline.co.uk/index.php?title=Possession_of_an_offensive_weapon
 

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« Reply #15 on: 20/01/2009 07:57:23 »
You're right, the law doesn't sound tight at all!
 

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« Reply #16 on: 20/01/2009 22:25:34 »
You're right, the law doesn't sound tight at all!
And if I continue thinking like lawyer  [:I], this "flexibility" is a good thing to have. Ultimately it comes down to intentions. Even a glass bottle can be a deadly weapon. Box cutters have brought down airplanes and killed thousands.

 

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« Reply #17 on: 21/01/2009 03:08:56 »
In the UK the onus is on the person to prove they have a legitimate reason for carrying the alleged offensive weapon in public place.
 I don't think "it's a letter-opener your honor" would stand up in a UK court, (you don't open letters in the street do you ?).
 

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