American police kill about 1,000 people per year. There's a thing going round saying that US police in March killed more people than UK police killed since 1900 but none of the sources look particularly reliable.
I'm saying that it's wrong to think that armed police officers do better than armed US officers. We mostly don't have armed officers over here. Where they are armed mistakes happen and people die, so it's important to keep UK officers unarmed.
Also: yes, even those few deaths are totally unacceptable in the UK. People are shocked by police shootings; investigations are rigorous. Contrast that to the US where shootin a dog sparks mass outrage but shooting a drunk pregnant woman doesn't.
No knock entries are indeed insane - I don't understand the scenario that would be required for a no-knock entry to be the only acceptable option. Are the police scared of the occupants firing guns at them? That would be ironic.
Ironically when I read this on my iPhone the text size was much smaller than an average novel. (Also, the line-heights need some TLC).
I like larger text, but I find this too big (when I read it on a computer). And I think for valid reasons beyond just personal preference. For starters, it's hard to scan or keep track of where you are in the post. I don't think Nielsen would hold this up as a great example of scanability - on my 11" Air I get just about two paragraphs on screen at the same time.
I usually switch to another window or program as well, in the hopes that the other window/program will distract me long enough to give the slow app an opportunity to recover. If other windows/programs are slow as well, then I start killing processes.
The idea needs a lot of development - and a name better than a 'thinkerspace'.
Math and music? What about philosophy, literature, other branches of science? I can think and write with my flouncy fountain pen at home, so what are the merits of me going to a collaborative space? I'm sure there could be many, but these aren't elaborated upon at all. Conversation? About what? Will it be structured? Themed? How? Or why not?
Tea but no coffee? Bookbinding but no typewriters? Blackboards but no wifi? Why is technology unwelcome in this context? Are these important distinctions? I've no idea.
Sounds like you need a manifesto. And I would suggest you try very hard to make it as unpretentious as possible.
Some technology can be crippling to the art of thinking. When an answer you seek is moments away at the end of an internet connection, for how long can you resist its siren song before succumbing, surrendering your own cognitive processes for the already completed thoughts of someone else? :)
[Wondering aloud] Would a better approach be to activate the sharing icons on mouseover? Sure, users would do this accidentally, but those concerned about privacy could learn to avoid those areas of blogs. Those who don't care (or pay attention) would get a one-click experience.
Touch users woud presumably still have to tap twice.