What would you replace capitalism with? Communism? Socialism?
Both of those systems tend to fail
Most of Europe seems to be doing as well as anyone and they're socialist. Canada is trucking along just fine as far as I can tell and they're certainly more socialist than the US, though I don't pay a lot of attention to Canadian politics.
Not only does this "valid" pseudocode not match any known programming language,
Again, there is no need for pseudocode to match a programming language.
First off, the single equal sign used in these if-then statements, such as this line, "(defendant)=not_white," aren't comparing, which is two equal signs "==", but is assigning
You are making assumptions based on actual programming languages. Since the conventions of this pseudocode were not specified, it makes more sense to assume conventions that yield a sensible result, such as = meaning comparison.
Secondly, is that a nested if-then or what?
No, it's an if followed by a jump. If the goto executes, the next if isn't evaluated. That's generally what goto means. The "else" and "end if" aren't actually necessary, so "perfectly valid" was maybe an overstatement. But personally I didn't find it confusing, and the quality of the communication of ideas is what's important with pseudocode, not syntactic correctness - since there is no such thing.
In the end though, the real test of validity is real life...
I'll let him defend his own claim if he wants, though I suspect it was more hyperbole than a claim of fact.
Meanwhile, there's something that is thought to actually contribute to these events that doesn't get talked about much as a cause: paying so much attention to them. But we can't really expect the news media to not report on them either...
Whether or not 1 in 1000 is enough to convict, surely you would agree that there's a big difference between 1 in 1000 and 1 in 40. To deny that there is a difference because neither should be sufficient to convict is to miss the point that this indicates a serious problem in their procedures. This was two tests done on the same evidence, and if I understand correctly, it was done in the same lab both times. There should not be such a wide variance between the two runs.
During that lengthy legal battle against DAT, the record industry introduced its own form of digital music, the Compact Disk, which unlike DAT, was not recordable (by home users) then, and the CD remained uncopyable for more than a decade.