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  • Apr 13th, 2014 @ 1:04pm

    Re: Re: CAR 54 where are you

    At what point does the status of other countries inform how we assess our own? If that were the case we might have socialized medicine by now. Then again you could be implying humans are apes, roaring and red-handed, and that our own brutal nature will shatter civilization again and again, and many scholars share your opinion. But then is nothing to be done for it but to wait for the proletariat's outrage?

    At this point there are numerous examples of how the justice system treats differently the affluent, the impoverished (along with the marginalized) and law enforcement. As things are, the separated caste of law enforcement officers is conspicuously similar to the Freikorps-style paramilitary clans that maintained order in Germany and Prussia. Not a good time for them either.

    History is where everything happened. Perhaps we should keep an eye on it.


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  • Mar 10th, 2014 @ 2:44pm

    Re: Goodness gracious!

    So long as it wasn't you, yes?

  • Feb 26th, 2014 @ 9:40pm

    Re: Re: Updates according to online news (and rant.)

    Perhaps those words are a code, or a key to a secret code embedded in the body text of the post.

    Perhaps the NSA needs to pay very close attention to the post and run it several times through their analytic software just to make sure I'm not sending an activation command to my fellow cellmembers.

    Purple Monkey Dishwasher.


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    Wednesday, February 26, 2014 9:39:02 PM
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  • Feb 25th, 2014 @ 9:44pm

    Updates according to online news (and rant.)

    At this point the kid is saying the snowball didn't hit the cop's arm as he's claiming, but the cruiser. It's not clear that he was the one who threw it.

    A dean of the kid's school, who is the witness who fingered the kid has given the kid five days suspension, because a felony charge isn't enough.

    At this point I want to see this go through the justice system. I want to see a Cook County jurist declare that either it is, indeed, aggravated assault when a police officer is hit with a snowball, or that it isn't and that the officer in question should be dressed down.

    In fact, I want to see an indictment. I want to see a Cook County jury tell this child that he's just ruined his life with a felony charge at thirteen...or that by invoking the justice system at all, this officer has gone way too far.

    And then I want to see Cook County pay a fine of six digits or more, maybe put this kid through a decent college that way. If they're going to keep coppers who have no sense of proportional response, if they're going to institute zero-tolerance policies so that children cannot make mistakes ever, then I want to see their precinct get fined out of existence. Maybe the street-gangs will keep better order.


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    Tuesday, February 25, 2014 9:42:30 PM
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  • Feb 25th, 2014 @ 3:26pm

    Abuse of power.

    According to Wikipedia

    Acts most often defined under aggravated battery are:
    ~ use of a deadly weapon
    ~ battery in which serious bodily injury occurs, and
    ~ battery against a child or police officer.


    Unless the officer required a hospital visit from aforementioned snowball, guess which one applies here.


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    Tuesday, February 25, 2014 3:24:03 PM
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  • Dec 30th, 2013 @ 6:59pm

    Linus' Law seems to apply...

    ...to judicial rulings.

    I wonder if the facts and logic of a published ruling are dubious, is that grounds to appeal?


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    Monday, December 30, 2013 6:57:59 PM
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  • Dec 11th, 2013 @ 6:06pm

    Sometimes stupid is rewarded. Because Christmas.

    Apparently no one else here happened upon the wacky ending to this story.

    It's wacky.


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    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 6:04:40 PM
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  • Dec 2nd, 2013 @ 11:30am

    Wikipedia NEVER DELETES ANYTHING EVER.

    The current iteration of an article can be changed, but all previous versions, including vandalized ones are archived as historical documents.

    It's going to present some interesting problems if courts hold Wikimedia accountable for what's in their archives.

    Frankly, I think blocking Wikipedia from German access for a month would probably solve the problem right quick.


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  • Oct 29th, 2013 @ 5:40pm

    (Not so) random movie quote of the day

    The point of replacing Hitler is to negotiate truce with the Allies. The Allies, I suspect, would be more amenable to a truce if we offer it to them before they get to fucking Berlin! --General Olbricht, Valkyrie

  • Oct 29th, 2013 @ 10:20am

    Clarification

    That requires actual training or a mental disorder.

    A mental disorder does not substitute for weapons training any more than it would substitute for flight school.

    And while some of us game enthusiasts would like to see games in which proper gun handling and maintenance was simulated, it's going to be a while. And it still won't substitute for hands-on practice.


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    Tuesday, October 29, 2013 10:16:38 AM
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  • Oct 28th, 2013 @ 1:24pm

    They should have gone naked.

    I expect this is going to be ignored until we see an occupy movement gunned down by the police after a couple of weeks.

  • Oct 25th, 2013 @ 5:38pm

    That's the tragedy

    That we are so used to the government lying to us that we now expect it, that's a problem. That we would ignore it for it's banality is what harbingers the doom of the nation.

  • Oct 25th, 2013 @ 3:02pm

    Nothing!

    It sounds like the NSA might have finally figured out what Snowden took, only five or so months later.

    More accurately, the NSA might have finally figured out what Snowden didn't take.

  • Oct 22nd, 2013 @ 11:48am

    Slouching towards Auschwitz

    I think it is far scarier and more likely a possibility that we are blindly stumbling towards Third-Reich-style fascism. (While the FEMA camps have been debunked, we do still have our amazing / disturbing prison stats and grossly impacted penal sites).

    Keep in mind that neither did Hitler's regime willfully march into Nuremberg-Law territory, but the prejudices were already there. The entire western world was ablaze with antisemitism reaching deep into the US as well as throughout Europe, and Post WWI Germany was desperate for easy, understandable scapegoats for their many woes.

    There are similar problems here in the US. We're already in wars we cannot win, only they are wars we don't intend to win, but fight to give purpose and profits to the industries that drive them. The more and more we commoners are bled for the gains of the few, the more we're going to be desperate for easy answers and will be willing to commit to despicable tasks in the promise of change.

    And then we'll march into Poland, because that's what everyone does.


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    Tuesday, October 22, 2013 11:45:29 AM
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  • Oct 22nd, 2013 @ 10:58am

    Teach the controversy.

    Senator Feinstein is a Stepford.

    (It explains why she can't move beyond long debunked talking points.)

  • Oct 21st, 2013 @ 12:46pm

    So in short...

    When a government resents freedom of the press, or tries to pass reactionary regulations on what the press can say, that's how we know the press is serving its intended civic function.


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    Monday, October 21, 2013 12:44:31 PM
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  • Oct 21st, 2013 @ 12:02pm

    It's now a trend.

    This seems to be a disturbing pattern emerging since the Bush administration era, possibly before: we create or repurpose agencies and unconcern ourselves with oversight until surprise! They're doing something really bad.

    And then all three branches try to hide the really bad.

    Once it gets out, all three branches try to justify the really bad.

    And by then we have mountains of footage of our representatives telling us and the world how necessary the really bad is to the interests of national security and fighting terrorism.

    And that reenforces the position that we, the United States, really are the bad-guys. The Empire. The Sith. The Deatheaters. The Legion of Super-villains. COBRA. VENOM. The Guild of Calamitous Intent. The Super Adventure Club...

    The Inquisition. Civil Protection. The Thought Police. That's us.

    It reinforces the notion that US doesn't have and never had the moral high ground that we allegedly did during the cold war (because the Soviet Union was at least worse).

    Ill-behaved policies enacted by the United States only validate the grievances of our enemies without giving us any worthwhile advantage.


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    Monday, October 21, 2013 11:13:58 AM
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  • Oct 19th, 2013 @ 12:42pm

    Re: Re: Re: Here's an idea

    Incidentally, charities seldom spend more than 50% of their contributions on the cause they allegedly support. In fact, most spend less than 20%.

    The rest goes to the engine that generates revenues.

    So are charities good? Questionable.

  • Oct 19th, 2013 @ 12:40pm

    Re: Re: Re: Here's an idea

    Apparently, the lobbyists themselves seem to think that what they do is morally questionable. Otherwise they wouldn't be looking for a name change. The term lobbyist is not intrinsically derisive.

    I think lobbyists who appeal to the merit of their cause, rather than by purchasing support are Special Interest Groups. Not sure, though.


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  • Oct 19th, 2013 @ 11:23am

    From the internet's perspective it's entirely moot.

    At this moment we know that governments are capable of this magnitude of surveillance effort, they're not going to stop based on legalities.

    No matter how this turns out legally for the United States, the NSA (and, for that matter, regarding the still-unresolved Mega-upload debacle), we need to get our internet communications so it is still expensive for the government to listen in on private or commercial communications.

    Because other interests will emerge, and they will be more clever about it and do it more cheaply and more quietly, and whether they leak their information to our nations justice departments, blackmail us or advertise us we'll be at their mercy until we make it impossible for them to do it en mass.


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    Saturday, October 19, 2013 11:22:20 AM
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