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  • Sep 24th, 2016 @ 7:56pm

    Re: Re: The justice system doesn't even use forensics to detect culprits.

    No matter what the justice system says about a search for the truth, it is my experience that everyone in a court room is willing to lie.

    One incident that truly surprised me was a bone headed lie told by a judge in an attempt to intimidate a prospective juror during voir dire. I was quite shocked not because of the lie so much, but because it was such a stupid one. Anyone who had read their jury notice, saw the video presented to all jurors, or listened to the welcoming speech by one of the county supreme court judges knew that the judge had lied. Bad enough that he lied, but to make such an ass of himself in front of a 100+ people was hard to believe.

  • Sep 24th, 2016 @ 6:33pm

    re Uriel

    Why were pickpockets active in their trade at public hangings of other pickpockets?

  • Sep 24th, 2016 @ 6:28pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    SCOTUS has in effect ruled that the police can pretend to not know the laws. And that pretense can be legally relied upon.

  • Sep 24th, 2016 @ 10:32am

    re #McFortner

    Too many LEOs think that they are the law.

  • Sep 24th, 2016 @ 8:13am

    Re: Re: Re: That troubling 'Constitution' again

    You think that quote is lame? It has been said by many in slightly different words. So many that it is worth exploring. The following is another good instance.

    "Every country has the government it deserves."

    Who sits in the jury box? Who votes innocent for obvious criminals and murderers because they wear a badge? Who votes like sheep because their family always voted that way, or simply the reverse in angry defiance at their family? Who provided the political support for Bush43 when it was obvious from long before that war started that the criminal war was based on lies? And who continues to support these wars based on the lies of Obama? How many continue to believe that weapons of mass destruction were found in Iraq? Who bothers to read and find out what is happening? Who supports the continuing torture of POWs? Who bothers to educate themselves on the basis for so many of the despotic actions of this government? Who finds excuses for murder, rape and theft by the police when there is video evidence of same? Who called for the impeachment of the judge who ruled that it was perfectly permissible for LEOs to hack into any person's computer, because hacking was commonplace? How many even bother to sign a petition? And so much more.

    Such people make up the constituency of the government that we unfortunately have and deserve. Our government and our population demonstrate that the #mayle quote is indeed correct, and not at all "lame."

  • Sep 24th, 2016 @ 3:00am

    Re: Re: Re:

    In the news not so long ago ... cops are still knowingly using drug detection kits that do not work. Up to 33% false positive rate.

  • Sep 23rd, 2016 @ 4:35pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: DNA

    At least one of his predecessors found great joy in tele-execution and torture. I don't see any reason to think this governor is any different.

    Of course there is a possibility of cowardice. Being unwilling to go up against the judges, prosecutors and cops who couldn't wait to see this man murdered.

  • Sep 23rd, 2016 @ 4:11pm

    (untitled comment)

    Some cop in that department or DA's office will have have enough smarts to teach these guys about testilying. This cop already has the basics down, he just has to hone them a little to sever the Fourth amendment.

  • Sep 23rd, 2016 @ 4:07pm

    (untitled comment)

    It is difficult to accept, but the fact is that we live in a police state. There will be no change until enough people shed their denial.

  • Sep 23rd, 2016 @ 4:05pm

    Re: Re: Not that hard

    A 16 year old computer with 32 bit operating system and far less than 3GB could handle the report writing rather rapidly. The software for such a system would be trivial as long as the city council wasn't demanding to know how many forfeitures were made by those who used credit cards to buy frozen pizzas in the express lane of a supermarket.

    I would say that an out of the country forensic team should be brought in to find out who is stealing the money, but for some reason the NYPD has offices all over the world. Anyone, anywhere would be pressured into falsifying evidence by this reputed "7th largest army in the world" [sic].

    The city council is afraid/unable to force the truth out of these criminals.

  • Sep 23rd, 2016 @ 12:43pm

    (untitled comment)

    The NYPD is the SuperCriminal Apocalypse. No one but a known member of this or a similar gangster clan can arbitrarily murder a person, steal their money, sexually molest and rape and have a 99%+ expectation of walking free, most likely with a commendation, promotion, raise in pay and a paid vacation. As well as have the right to refuse to do their job (according to SCOTUS.)

    An innocent individual swept up by clan raids has a far less than a 99% chance of being found innocent at trial.

  • Sep 23rd, 2016 @ 12:13pm

    Re: Re: Re: Nerd Harder?

    I wouldn't say that the US has always been at war with various and sundry parts of Asia, but two that come immediately to mind are the Barbary Wars in Libya that started in 1801, and were on and off through 1815. The Barbary Wars were not against the Barbary pirates as is commonly taught, but rather against Tripoli because the Pasha had the gumption to ask for a raise in the cost of protecting American shipping by fighting against the pirates.

    Then of course there was the American and British organized coup to overthrow elected government in Iran and replace it with the Peacock Throne in 1953, and the continual support of the Shah by the US. This incidentally led to the creation of the SADAT, one of the most brutal of all secret police organizations. This was orchestrated in the US by Kermit Roosevelt, grandson of Teddy.

    Of course there were many more wars, coups, external control literally stealing the oil and mineral wealth of the mid-East. Had we not done so, we are unlikely to have the problems we have there today.

    But we can't seem to keep our bullets, torture, bombs, missiles and other acts of war away from the countries there.

  • Sep 23rd, 2016 @ 8:40am

    DNA

    Yes computers make mistakes, and I have seen some that were truly incredible since 1965. Far more often are statistical method errors. While fingerprints may or may not be unique, the system used to declare matches depends on congruence with a relatively few number of points. DNA declarations of matches tend to depend on a 10 point system, which may or may not be adequate to overcome the "Birthday Paradox."

    The greatest source of error comes in collection, labeling, transport and storage of specimens. This may result from innocent error, ignorance, misfeasance or malfeasance. This is an issue in medical systems where people are well trained, and usually dedicated. I can not believe that police are as well trained, as dedicated to truth, or generally as intelligent as the medical world.

    You can't trust the justice system because:
    1) It has ridiculous laws.
    2) It has little concept of science, how to interpret it, and what results mean.
    3) Forensic work is subject to massive error and falsification.
    4) Evidence gathering is subject to error and malicious behavior.
    5) The defense is often not permitted to explain the existence of evidence, or to challenge it in a court of law.
    6) First hand eyewitness evidence is well known to be often faulty.
    7) Jurors are instructed not to think for themselves as to why a particular piece of evidence is likely to exist, but has not been presented.
    8) For those who think we have a wonderful system, tell me why we have 25% of the worlds prisoners, but only 5% of the worlds population.

  • Sep 23rd, 2016 @ 6:44am

    Photographs

    I was threatened by a teacher for taking photographs of her students when they were on a bridge that was public property. I had the right, though no interest in taking their pictures. The best thing was that I was facing the opposite direction from her charges, the camera pointed around 180 degrees from them the entire time.

  • Sep 23rd, 2016 @ 5:22am

    Re:

    The Feds use tests that even an 9th grader should be able to refute. But unearned prestige, power, and ignorance on the part of justice system allow such agencies to say the outlandish things by abusing the invocation of "Science."

    Even fingerprints have not passed the Daubert standard yet, though they are taken as gospel.

  • Sep 21st, 2016 @ 1:18pm

    (untitled comment)

    Next the argument will be to repeal the Three Laws of Thermodynamics so that everyone can have free energy. But the industry will get special relief funding (not a tax) of 25% from each paycheck.

  • Sep 20th, 2016 @ 1:00pm

    (untitled comment)

    Italy has some interesting laws:

    ROME — Seven prominent Italian earthquake experts were convicted of manslaughter on Monday and sentenced to six years in prison for failing to give adequate warning to the residents of a seismically active area in the months preceding an earthquake that killed more than 300 people.
    -- NYTimes

    The six scientists were eventually found innocent by the Italian Supreme Court, however a government worker remained convicted, though with a lesser sentence.

    Which of these cases is the worse of the two is an interesting question.

  • Sep 15th, 2016 @ 7:16am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Penalties

    I have been arguing for a boycott of the MPAA and the RIAA since 1999. You are the first person who has voiced any interest.

    I have no sympathies for copyright infringers, though copyright and patent "protections" have become insane. I haven't been to a movie, or bought a first sale DVD in that time. But it will take a significant portion of the population to read a book, listen to previously purchased music, trade materials, buy used, buy from Magnatune, or have sex, before the **AAs get the message.

    I have no real hope that anywhere near the number of people needed are willing to "suffer" without their fix of the latest garbage produced by the **AAs.

  • Sep 14th, 2016 @ 2:41pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    Not just the $150K, but every movie should have to start off with an apology for stealing the 1st Amendment civil rights of the abused. It wouldn't take long before the list was so long that people would be too bored to sit through any movie.

  • Sep 14th, 2016 @ 2:21pm

    (untitled comment)

    My country can screw up copyright better than yours can,
    My country can foul up patents better than yours can,
    My country can destroy innovation better than yours can,
    My country has the most powerful Luddites in the world.


    Sung to the tune of first non-copyrighted string of random musical notes that can be found.

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