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  • Sep 8th, 2021 @ 5:29am

    Policy vs Law

    If the city codifies the police procedures as law can the union contract supersede that law? Can a civil contract preempt a public law?

  • Aug 25th, 2021 @ 1:54pm

    So Perjury?

    So the officer lied to the court. Are perjury charges being brought up against them?

  • Mar 10th, 2021 @ 11:29am


    So members of the tribe, acting in an official capacity for the tribe, would be granted Qualified Immunity if they say detained a member of the production crew because there is no case on record of that particular tribe detaining anyone for that particular reason?

  • Jan 28th, 2021 @ 4:49am

    Quick Question

    Before the question, I want to state that transparency into the work records of public servants should be a right of the people.

    OK now the Question. If this is the police Union(s) suing, how is the NYPD wasting the public's money (in this situation)? Would the Unions funds to pay lawyers come from money already paid to the officers, that comes out of their check like other Union dues?

    Appreciate any edification.

  • Jan 26th, 2021 @ 7:29am


    Why would it not be the (up to)$250,000 per copy distributed? Does this mean that if i am a pirate and send an email demanding a license i am no longer a pirate a but a confused legal entity?

    I am not a lawyer and honestly would like edification if you would pass some along.

  • Aug 28th, 2020 @ 6:08am

    Re: Open Book Tests


  • Aug 28th, 2020 @ 6:05am

    Open Book Tests

    Sounds like unimaginative or lazy test makers unwilling to redesign tests to be open book. In a world where people have the Internet in there pocket, having a general understanding and the ability to look up information seems so much more important than memorizing exact dates, quotes, or facts. Teach good, scholarly research and make tests open book/open notes/ open internet (like many of my classes in collage) and you have prepared people for the real world where working together and bouncing ideas off each other is encouraged. Also good research skills might help our YouTube "research", conformation bias society.

  • Aug 12th, 2020 @ 7:05am

    Not legal advice

    QQ for those of you in the know. Why does it cost so much to fight back? This seems like you would go before a judge and say, "Look these are not the same." and show the approval from the PTO and have the judge go, "Obviously, case dismissed!"

    Now as someone who has never been to court for civil matters, I have no idea and my world experience has indicated that I am naïve (extremely?). Even at hundreds of dollars an hour (without getting into worth is what people will pay debate hundreds an hour is insane to me) I don't understand the time/cost involved.

    Edification is appreciated.

  • Aug 3rd, 2020 @ 3:12pm

    Kids or Adults

    Why are we charging Children as adults for non violent crimes?

    Is there ever a reverse case where Children can choose to legally be Adults for there benefit?

  • Jun 18th, 2020 @ 6:17am

    Re: Re: Re:

    I remember in history class rioting be part of American history al la the Boston Tea Party. I also remember from American History that when authorities shoot into crowds we called it a massacre and it kicked off a revolution, e.g. the Boston Massacre.

    I remember from American history the part of the Declaration of Independence where it says "That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it..." The ends being powers granted by the people; a group of people where all are considered equal and are supposed to have inalienable rights to life, liberty, and happiness. Something that is in question right now for a large part of the population.

    See, it isn't about YOUR America it is about OUR (including you) America. Until you recognize that, your are not really an American IMO.

  • Jun 18th, 2020 @ 5:56am

    Tax Implications

    While I am not an expert in the taxation of virtual currencies, I believe under IRS Notice 2014-21 this could be considered a “convertible” virtual currency as it has an equivalent value in real currency. In general, the sale or exchange of convertible virtual currency, or the use of convertible virtual currency to pay for goods or services in a real-world economy transaction, has tax consequences that may result in a tax liability. So selling the bells or whatever (sorry I don't play AC) could have real world tax implications.

    The notice was targeted at Bitcoin when written but you never know with the IRS.

    This may just all be posturing to ensure Nintendo does not get lumped in a broker of virtual currencies.

    Oh wait but it's Nintendo and there benefit of doubt has expired for me...

  • Jun 17th, 2020 @ 6:30am

    Re: Narcissism

    Yeah those damn kids and there music; you should tell them to get off your lawn too while your at it.

    This young lady was endangering others; the activities you are speaking of hurt no one but the people. and most of them don't cry about it.

  • Jun 17th, 2020 @ 6:26am

    Suing the car company

    If this is the case and they are suing for allowing a device or product that encourages speeding/unsafe activities why aren't all cars in the US governed to the maximum speed limit of 80 or 85?

    Why isn't the car manufacture being sued? Or flat out banned as there are a tremendous amount of deaths due to motor vehicles every day/year?

    Why aren't the politicians being sued for not saving us from ourselves and each other? Sen. Josh Hawley should be held liable for encouraging reckless behavior by not passing laws that ban cars and guns and fatty foods and tobacco and alcohol and kitchen knives and... I think this slope is slippery enough.

  • Jun 9th, 2020 @ 11:18am

    shooting into crowds

    While the first choice of oppressors, violence is a last resort of the desperate and oppressed.

    I believe we all learned what happened when shots were fired into a crowd of protestors in Boston. I believe we called it a massacre and it started this country. Riots; Boston tea party. Change occurs when the oppressed stomach no more and organize.

    I applaud those who call for peace, but I commend those willing to fight for it.

  • Apr 2nd, 2020 @ 12:50pm

    Re: 10B-5-1

  • Apr 2nd, 2020 @ 12:46pm


    If he is the CEO, unless this is a part of a 10b5-1 plan, IDK how this is not insider trading given the MNPI he has access to. If this is apart of a 10b5-1 plan then he chose to sell this stock far in advance, likely at a vesting period,which often happens in Q1 for most people on C street.

    These plans are meant to keep insiders from dumping the stocks they are insiders of since many get stock as compensation. The issue is they can cancel the sales at the last moment. So in truth they can sell $19MM every week and cancel if the prices are not what they are looking for.

    Not the expert on these plans so feel free to correct or edify me.

  • Mar 9th, 2020 @ 1:58pm

    Re: Question

    If I get pulled out or arrested for an unjust law or rule he demands (a shirt he doesn't like) can I sue him personally?

  • Mar 9th, 2020 @ 1:56pm


    Do government employees have a fiduciary obligation to tax dollars use? The Lt. Governor say "Want to take me to court?" But can I take him to court or do I need to take the state government to court? Can I sue "him" for something, such as being a poor fiduciary of the tax dollars inviting such a law suite?

  • Feb 25th, 2019 @ 10:25am

    In other news

    Ford to be held liable for one of its cars going over the speed limit. Despite the fact that no one related to the company was involved, the company did allow the owner to go over the speed limit by giving them the choice to do so.

    Court said it did not need to tell ford what the speed limit was or where it happened, just the fact that it could meant it was liable.

    Tests indicate Shell fuel was in the tank, leaving them potentially liable as well... <sc>

  • Dec 13th, 2017 @ 11:26am


    Gun safes are a big topic in the gun owner community. I know many people who are "I don't want anything between me and my gun" folks. Others want something that conceals and/or secures so they have ready access and if people break in they don't have an obvious target to attempt to circumvent. Others just want something like a storage cabinet to keep there kids and maybe a drunk guest away from there guns. Still yet others want a safe in the case of fire/flood/other disaster.

    I would imagine people that lock there weapons away in a small safe like this would also buy it so it is out of site in a closet or something. My guess is you could, in the night, grab your phone and put in the code as you get up to your firearm. I am not a fan of this product or the idea of it, but I have had enough conversations about gun storage that I can imagine the "rational" for a product like this. The idea that because you are on your phone you are not "fooling around in the dark" with a combination (then you get the but you screw up your night vision folks chime in...)has a marketing appeal. There are plenty of debates about gun storage already that this is just one more thing on the pile.

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