The deaths and injuries caused by drug enforcement aren't in danger of approaching the death and injuries caused by the drug trade, but the former is more disturbing than the latter. While we might expect a certain amount of violence from purveyors of illicit substances, we don't really expect as much from law enforcement. And yet we're seeing it occur on a far too regular basis.
Maybe it is time to wage The War On "the war on (some) drugs".
Some of what contributed to this tragedy can be attributed to well-intentioned people getting in too big a hurry, and not slowing down and taking enough time to consider the possible consequences of their actions.
Strike the well intentioned part. If they were well intentioned, they would slow down and consider the possible consequences. They are not well intentioned.
That's like saying a well intentioned drunk driver would consider the possible consequences of getting behind the wheel.
"You have to draw the line between your right as a citizen to privacy and a community's right to live in a crime-free environment. You can't have them both," Mills said.
Since you cannot* actually have a crime free environment, you cannot have them both. So why not preserve the citizen's right to privacy?
* it might be possible in a harsh enough police state to have a crime free environment. But is this worth the price? Nevermind, I should not ask that question, as I know what the answer will be after considering burned / maimed toddlers. Think of the children. We must preserve the children's crime free environment.
One way to deal with this is to simply pre-emptively arrest people who use the crosswalk, since doing so should automatically raise suspicious that they are simply trying to avoid prosecution for not violating the law.
Allowing any common person to have access to the laws without a license would be aiding the enemy.
The enemy would use knowledge of the law in order to avoid doing the very things that we would prosecute our enemies for doing. (example: if you knew that jaywalking was illegal, then you would find some other way to accomplish your evil plan of crossing the street without technically violating the jaywalking law.) This makes us all less safe from those who would work around our laws in order to accomplish their goals. (crossing the street)
We must protect ourselves from enemies who use knowledge of the law to avoid prosecution. (eg, jaywalkers using the crosswalk to avoid prosecution being an example of an enemy terrorist.)
In addition to secret laws, we need: * Secret interpretations of laws * Secret courts * Secret court orders * Secret arrests (in the middle of the night) * Secret evidence (that the defense cannot access) * Secret trials * Secret convictions * Secret incarceration * Widespread police brutality, sometimes outright torture, condoned, maybe even encouraged by some departments, but defended by all officers * Militarization of police * Government torture programs
This list is not all inclusive. If you have questions about what should be on the list, simply look at what we were fighting in the previous century.
I think Universal should continue to use their Shoot First, ask questions Never approach in diligently pursuing the owner of the computer at 127.0.0.1.
Find that box. Find its owner. Find all copyrighted files on that box. Ask no questions. Have the court impose statutory judgement against the owner of the 127.0.0.1 box for $150,000 per copyrighted file found on 127.0.0.1. Donate the judgement to fund the development of open source projects. Or other worthy projects such as Whistleblowers Without Borders.
Dear Universal, please ask the court to do the following: * Find the actual computer that Universal identified as 127.0.0.1 * Find the owner of that computer * Seize all of that criminal's assets * Order the criminal to cease any use of the internet forever * Investigate the principals directing the criminal operations of the criminal enterprise that owns that server to potentially uncover other criminal activities they are almost certainly involved in * Donate all seized assets to a foundation that distributes the funds to develop and improve open source projects * And whatever other penalties the court may find just and fair
Cars driven by puny humans don't tailgate self driving cars. If they did we should expect many accidents involving puny humans rear-ending self driving cars. Since this is not happening, you can infer that puny humans maintain safe distances from self driving cars. /sarc
If your car could go find a different sparking pot, then maybe you didn't need a metered spot so close to your destination in the first place?
Maybe city planners will no longer need to build expensive parking structures within short walking distance of downtown businesses. (But that would lead the the destruction of business! gasp!)
Maybe your car could drop you off and then go park at a spot many blocks away. When you're in the checkout lane, you could whip out your smartphone and tell your car to come get you?
Or maybe you wouldn't even need to drive your own car? What if you could just summon a car (like Uber) to come to your house and take you downtown to shop? Then you could just page another car to take you to another store. (OMG, nobody might go to overpriced malls anymore!)
Just as the noisy, smelly, unreliable and difficult to start automobile eventually displaced the beautiful horse and buggy, these self driving cars threaten to replace human drivers.
The automobile which could sometimes break your arm when you try to start it, led to the destruction of businesses such as blacksmiths and buggy whip manufacturers. Similarly self driving car will cause the downfall and complete destruction of our society by destroying business and leaving people unemployed, just as the first automobiles did.
Too much technology is what made the automobile finicky, requiring drivers to need to know about the technology in order to keep their autos working, and keep the chain drive oiled. We should be concerned about how much technology people will be required to understand to use self driving cars which are bristling with high technology.
The solution to green house gasses and the destruction of society caused by self driving cars is to go back to the horse and buggy. You can do it. It served other people well. You'll be glad you did.