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  • Jan 13th, 2021 @ 8:22pm

    Re: Meanwhile on Twitter

    In at least one of those, the individual in question had been banned by American Airlines for insisting on flying maskless, but thought that the 'I've been banned for assaulting the Capitol' would make better video.

  • Nov 25th, 2020 @ 4:27pm

    Re: The rule stands: 'Only call the cops if you want someone dea

    Is there a case on point that violent retaliation by police against jurors that convict a fellow officer is inappropriate police behaviour?

    The more outrageous the crime by police, the less likely that there will be a case on point - and therefore the more likely that they will be immunized.

  • Nov 5th, 2020 @ 10:07am

    Re: Re: The New American Exceptionalism

    If you're really lucky and willing to spend the effort that'll be by forcing education and a better life on the next generation of trailer trash. If not it'll be after burying the violent extremists after they kick off the next civil war.

    And said violent extremists are much better armed, and operate under color of law. (Every police department in the nation is run by them. Every one - don't defend your posh suburban one just because they're nice to you.)

    What happens after they win the next civil war by exterminating what today is the majority? It's hard for me to see a scenario that doesn't end with the whole world in ashes, because someone in the middle of one of the coming succession of coups d'état will surely decide that if they go down, they'll go down with their fingers on the nuclear trigger.

  • Nov 5th, 2020 @ 9:49am


    In many cases, because said slaves were mortgaged to the hilt, and the manumission wouldn't be lawful unless the slaves were owned free and clear. The 'manumission upon death' was more like 'if there's anything left over after the debts are paid, free them.'

    Jefferson, in particular, was known for living beyond his means.

    Which doesn't exonerate his other sins.

    People are complicated. He drafted a brilliant statement of ideals that he failed catastrophically to live up to.

  • Nov 5th, 2020 @ 9:34am


    No, this is, "I'm sorry, we're going to have to raise our rates because we've insisted on paying ourselves more money for our programming. It's out of our hands, because we wouldn't bend in dictating terms to ourselves. You'll have to take it up with us, not us."

  • Oct 21st, 2020 @ 8:53pm

    Re: Re: So basically…

    Yeah, it's the classic Scunthorpe problem
    It's a clbuttic mistake.

  • Oct 16th, 2020 @ 6:05pm

    (untitled comment)

    He declassified only the stuff that incriminates Clinton in the But Her Emails scandal, and the Great Russian Hoax.

    Anything that fails to incriminate Clinton is still classified.

  • Oct 16th, 2020 @ 10:49am


    I read 'swap out the US Government' as 'swap out the US Government's current slate of officers,' as opposed to 'swap out the US's form of government.' The former is appearing increasingly necessary in all three branches, and there are numerous offices in at least the Executive and Legislative branches that indeed appear to be walking affronts to the Constitution.

  • Oct 12th, 2020 @ 2:49pm

    (untitled comment)

    Don't put a Qiui on your ui-ui!

  • Sep 17th, 2020 @ 11:30am


    Section 230 doesn't protect editorializing. The First Amendment does that.

    You seem to be arguing that once the operators of a platform have editorial content, anywhere on the platform, that they lose Section 230 protection for anything posted by users. In effect, you consider all speech on the platform to be from a single speaker.

    In other words, if I am entertaining Alice and Bob in my parlor, and Bob tells a lie, I'm not allowed to point out the lie to Alice without then becoming subject to prosecution for anything that either Alice or Bob might say? In such a regime, I obviously can't have guests in my house at all.

  • Sep 15th, 2020 @ 11:06am

    over-represented, and not a majority

    Shortly before the advent of the Great Plague, I was in a doctor's waiting room, and two angry mountain men were conversing loudly a little bit away from me. One was complaining how unfair it was that the city people got all the best from government, because they always outvoted the country folk. All their taxes went 'downtown' with nothing to show for it. What's worse, the power company was building a wind farm in their town, and had convinced a couple of farmers to sell their land!

    Apparently, "majority rule" was manifestly unfair in their eyes, and the sale by a willing seller to a willing buyer was exploitative. Also, the net flow of tax money runs in the opposite direction, but let's not confuse the issue with more facts.

    I get the impression that to a great many people, something is "fair" only if they get their way in every particular, and who cares whether anyone else might find it fair?

  • Sep 14th, 2020 @ 9:13am

    (untitled comment)

    I'd have to check on the regulatory history of 47 USC 97.205(g).

    It used to be that the control operator of a repeater was indeed responsible for monitoring what went over the repeater, and in cases of abuse, being able to silence the abuser via a control link. (And could still be held responsible for the first F-bomb to drop. Surprisingly, I don't know of any repeater system that was designed with the infamous 7-second delay to give a control op time to react.) The control operator of the repeater and the control operator of the originating station were jointly and severally responsible.

    The FCC enforcement of Amateur Radio, back then, was relatively friendly; 'self-policing' was a concept. The exception cases (the first F-bomb drops before the operator can command the control link) were handled with selective enforcement. The regulatory environment got considerably more adversarial over time, and obviously in a hostile environment, 'you are responsible for what someone else said.' is an unsustainable posture. I'm glad they fixed that part.

  • Sep 14th, 2020 @ 8:36am

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    Make it illegal for the community to do it, and then don't do it yourself, either.

    Instead, spin off your operation to someone who acquires it in a leveraged buyout (translation: by the subsidiary with the subsidiary's money), and then let the new company go bankrupt. Steal the assets and turn the rest over to yet another buyer, because there's one born every minute.

    Oh yes, and continue to pocket the universal service fee while abandoning even the idea of universal service. Or, really, service at all. The providers would love a world in which they can continue to collect fees while entirely avoiding the hurly-burly of actually doing business.

    I'd cite Verizon's abandonment of Vermont as an example, except that there are now co-ops emerging because the big carriers have pretty much abandoned the state, and even the bottom-feeders like FairPoint and Consolidated are pretty much dumping it, so you start seeing operations like Mansfield and VTel beginning to move in. I expect the big boys will drop the hammer on those soon enough, though.

  • Sep 11th, 2020 @ 12:39pm

    (untitled comment)

    'Broken windows' policing starts from the assumption that anything that makes a neighbourhood unsightly or unpleasant (broken windows, loud music, inoperable cars, long grass, ...) makes it a target for crime. Just look at Skid Row, it's got all those things. From that it presumes that forcing people to clean up the small things will fix the crime problem.

    It also is predicated on selective enforcement. The Sheriff isn't trying to drive all the residents out of Pasco County. Just ones who happen to be black, brown, poor, mentally challenged, or otherwise bear marks of the underclass.

    Emphasis on the 'not lily white'. People who are white enough get a pass on the other aspects.

  • Sep 11th, 2020 @ 11:17am


    Ketamine has a narrow therapeutic window. It induces dissociation and hallucinations in many. Is this what we want to use in the field on someone experiencing what is perhaps a psychotic episode?

    If I recall correctly, the psych hospitals use either a fast-acting benzodiazepine such as midazolam, or else a combination of a typical antipsychotic + a sedating antihistamine (such as haloperidol + promethazine) Flumazenil is kept on hand in the event of benzodiazepine toxicity. Some have ketamine as a second option if haloperidol is too much of a risk (for example, a patient known to be on multiple Q-T prolonging agents or with previous episodes of torsades des pointes.)

    And to hell with the argument that the police and EMS can't be held responsible because the victim was unusually sensitive to the drug. Look up the 'eggshell skull rule.' A tortfeasor must take his victims as he finds them.

  • Sep 11th, 2020 @ 10:47am

    "Did not resist"

    The cops put the lie to your statement by shouting conflicting orders. "Freeze" "Lie down on the ground right now". Lying down is failing to freeze. Freezing is failing to lie down. They get to shoot either way.

    If I weren't White, I'd be terrified every time I saw a cop. I have at least some minimal hearing loss. (One of the symptoms is hyperacusis. An order screamed in my ear is likely also to be unintelligible.) Even being White, I run the risk of being shot for failing to comply with an order that I couldn't quite hear.

  • Sep 11th, 2020 @ 10:36am

    I wish that I knew what context was like

    "I'm from Context, but I don't know what it's like, because I'm so often taken out of it." - Norton Juster (quote may be inexact, can't be bothered to look it up)

    I don't tweet, but I checked my blog for the last mention of suicide.

    Paraphrasing: Alberto, Catherine and I turned back only about 500 feet below the summit, because the day was getting warmer and the ice was unsound. It was slushy and separating from the rock in spots, and crampons weren't holding well. To continue in those conditions would be suicide. The mountain will still be there another day.

    Now, I don't know, some people might indeed consider winter mountaineering to be self-harm. but others think it can be done responsibly.

  • Sep 10th, 2020 @ 12:56pm

    (untitled comment)

    On the other hand, one could just let the bozos in Congress and the White House pass any of the incredibly bad laws they want, which will certainly be struck down as unconstitutional five times over inside a couple months. Because they aren't even trying.

    The bozos in Congress are delaying the consideration of the bad laws at the moment, because they're too busy confirming judges who won't strike down the bad laws.

  • Sep 10th, 2020 @ 9:20am

    Remedies must preserve competition.

    Remember that Pai has already expressed the opinion (for wired broadband) that there's competition in the market if you can switch to a different provider by moving to another city. You have to read all of these things with Pai's definitions of the words.

  • Sep 9th, 2020 @ 9:45am

    Classification as corporate politics

    The biggest single contributing factor to overclassification is that among the military contractors, it's a way to get management attention (and funding) for your project. There's a belief there that "if it were any good, we'd want it for ourselves exclusively, and so it would be secret."

    Often the only sensitive aspect to the program is precisely which model of ship or aircraft it's going into, and most people working on it neither know nor care. If you're working to optimize performance of an engine exhaust nozzle or a radar front end, it's actually pretty irrelevant whose wing the engine will fly on or what craft will be carrying the radar.

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