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  • Aug 13th, 2015 @ 2:09pm

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    The existence of police unions serve absolutely no public interest.

  • Aug 7th, 2015 @ 5:45pm

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    "Standard Procedure" does not over-ride constitutional protections. If we are learning one thing these days it's that a lot of cop standard procedure is illegal, thuggish and criminal in it's own right.

    Cops have zero right to handcuff anybody unless they are arresting them. They can't handcuff people for their convenience or for their sacred "officer safety" unless they have cause for an arrest.

    It doesn't matter what "standard procedure" they have made up. If they have a warrant to arrest a specific person they cannot simply cuff everybody in the vicinity no more than arresting somebody in the street gives them the right to cuff everybody else standing nearby.

    The number of police apologists still to be found on discussions like this is appalling.

  • Jun 17th, 2015 @ 1:32pm

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    The courts are an integral part of big government. People, including judges, who work within big government have a big government mentality and see solutions in terms of government control and conformity.

  • Jun 15th, 2015 @ 5:35pm

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    My guess is that the "news" was reported to the public in pretty much this same fashion in Italy and Germany in the 1930s.

  • May 13th, 2015 @ 12:21pm

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    The original concept behind copyright accepted the basic premise that once a work of art was released into the public arena it simply became a part of the common culture. There was plenty of creativity in Ancient Greece, Rome, Renaissance Italy and everywhere else without copyright. Common shared culture was the human norm.

    But because the technology for making copies, printed copies specifically with the printing press, became common, the idea arose to grant creators a very limited, otherwise illegal monopoly over their works in order to encourage further creation.

    We are a society. A shared common culture is the instinctive norm. Copyright was meant to be a very limited and short term break from the norm.

    But then, of course, corporations, which by nature strive to own and control and squeeze profit from literally everything, have worked relentlessly to flip the very concept of art and culture on it's head and make eternal copyright over everything the new normal.

    Ultimately it's very sad and depressing to see that most people have been brainwashed into believing that every last little thing in our common cultural space has to be owned, controlled, licensed and charged for.

  • Apr 16th, 2015 @ 11:22am

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    It's no surprise that authoritarians endlessly attempt to exert more dominance and control. It's been like that throughout human history.

    The real story is that the vast majority of the students and faculty are so cowed by the security state, so ignorant of their rights and so fearful in general that they are unwilling to push back.

    I went to UC Berkeley back in the '70s. Any attempt to do anything even remotely like this would have been met with a furious storm of protests and demonstrations.

  • Apr 7th, 2015 @ 2:08pm

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    Out of control cops will never be reined in as long as police unions exist.

    The day when each cop works for the city directly as a responsible individual will the the day when cops can be disciplined as they deserve.

  • Apr 1st, 2015 @ 4:40pm

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    Put body cameras on cops and the first thought by them, their union, and their toady legislators is "hey, how can we use these when it benefits us but avoid using them when it puts us in a bad light?"

    When citizens make baseless claims against cops the camera footage will be trotted out and put on display. But when the cops do something bad the video will be buried behind a new morass of legal privilege and protection.

  • Mar 25th, 2015 @ 12:01pm

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    Random author writes a book when he's 20 years old. Then he lives until he is 80. Copyright on the book lasts for a totally insane 130 years!

    It's all driven by corporate greed. Corporations by nature will always work relentlessly to extend their rights and privileges. And everybody at high level at the USTR and the Copyright Office are either heading to or from corporate jobs and are completely steeped in the culture of copyright maximalism.

  • Mar 11th, 2015 @ 2:22am

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    Cowardly juries who lack the backbone to stand up to authority or the critical thinking skills to accurately assess testimony or even a working knowledge of basic human rights are the real problem here.

    3/4 of all Americans are too ignorant to serve as functional jurors.

  • Mar 10th, 2015 @ 6:34pm

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    You really got to love it when a lawsuit like this is launched by something called "the Gaye Estate", basically a bunch of moocher descendents of the actual artist who never have and never will produce a creative work of their own.

    I'm pretty sure this isn't what the Founding Fathers had in mind when they wrote the copyright clause of the Constitution that states "To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries."

  • Feb 27th, 2015 @ 9:43pm

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    Once the checks and balances have all been co-opted the people in power just weave webs of power and privilege that let them do whatever they want. At that point you have tyranny.

    Our current Federal government can be equated to the old Soviet regime. Unaccountable police, oppressive and punitive legal system, massive gulag prison complex, secretive oligarchs holding all power. It's bad folks.

  • Feb 21st, 2015 @ 1:59am

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    Go to google images search and type in "W logo".

    Looks like somebody has a lifetime worth of law suits to pursue.

  • Feb 18th, 2015 @ 5:42pm

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    One thing people tend to forget when talking about Aaron Schwartz is that MIT did NOT want to prosecute him for anything.

    But the Federal Government wanted to make a big show out of this minor case. Federal Prosecutors got their ego involved and decided to show how tough they are.

    No big show or toughness for Wall St bankers. No big show or toughness for banks laundering drug money. No big show for corporate bribery or influence peddling or anything else done by the privileged executive class.

    The big show and the toughness are reserved for the little guy who steps out of line. It shows all of us who's the boss.

  • Feb 4th, 2015 @ 12:58pm

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    The really tragic thing about long term copyright is that truly monumental amounts of culture, art, research and historical documents get locked into a state of limbo where they simply cannot be accessed or utilized because somebody somewhere holds copyright even though the works are not commercially available and possibly haven't been for decades.

    Long term copyright would be more justifiable if it included some kind of common sense clause about works falling into the public domain after ten years or so if they are not otherwise made available by the rights holder.

    But the sad reality is that nothing about copyright will change unless it meets the approval of the massive corporations that own our legislators. And corporations don't give a rats ass about culture, art, history or the general public welfare.

  • Jan 30th, 2015 @ 7:44pm

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    We should all be very frightened to think that "reaching for your waistband" is justifiable grounds for summary execution.

    When you get stopped by a cop you'd better hope that your hands never move downward since any such movement could be described as "reaching for your waistband" and subject you to execution.

    At this point it's clear that we need a major revamp of our so-called Justice System as it pertains to the police. Start with common sense changes such that shooting a citizen who does not even possess a weapon is a criminal act no matter what the cop was thinking or what fearful state he was in.

  • Jan 29th, 2015 @ 11:49am

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    The officers won't be fired. They most likely won't even be disciplined. And, yes, we do live in a police state.

    We have allowed a legal and judicial system to be empowered where citizens have ever diminishing rights while police and government officials have increasing levels of immunity from consequence.

  • Jan 26th, 2015 @ 1:42pm

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    Legacy media is corporate media. It pushes a sanitized corporate friendly agenda. Anybody who rocks the boat or speaks unpleasant truths gets eased out. That how big corporations function.

    Google gets a pass because they have a reputation for openness. They are seen as a provider of communication platforms rather than a manipulator of content.

  • Jan 15th, 2015 @ 3:24pm

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    None of this shit can happen without the Police Unions backing up the cops, organizing the other cops to toe the party line, providing legal aid to misbehaving cops and generally acting like the mafia running a para-military gang of thugs.

    Time for some serious thought about ending police unions and letting each cop hold his job independently under civilian control. Maybe then the mythical "good cops" will make themselves known and start helping weed out the "bad apples".

  • Dec 4th, 2014 @ 4:15pm

    Re: Self-fulfilling prophecy

    The really amazing thing is that the police have in fact picked a safe job.

    Endless propaganda from the police and media have convinced most everybody that the police are in constant danger. Police training now reflects that same belief - making officer safety the first priority in all situations.

    But nationwide statistics complied by the FBI show that a mere 27 police officers were killed by criminal action in 2013. Twenty-seven!

    In the same year police killed at least 400 to 500 citizens, possibly many many more since local agencies do what they can to obscure and re-classify police killings.

    Fortunately the narrative is starting to come unraveled. People are asking why police are killing at a rate 20 or 30 or more times the rate they are being killed.

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