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  • May 23, 2022 @ 11:55pm

    You mean like is in the article:

    As a result, the Court orders Lindell and his previous counsel to pay some of the fees and costs Smartmatic has incurred defending itself and moving for sanctions,

  • Apr 19, 2022 @ 09:34pm

    Which car would you buy?
    Neither. It's not like there's no competition in the car market thus restricting the options to just either Honda or Ford.

  • Apr 13, 2022 @ 12:50pm

    While I don't have knowledge of or a citation to support what the poster you are replying to said, I can tell you that converting a semi-automatic firearm into a fully-automatic firearm is, in most cases, nearly trivial to do. The way to look at it from a mechanical functioning perspective is that semi-automatic firearms are actually fully automatic firearms that have had a mechanism put into the workings of the firearm to prevent a subsequent shot from being fired while holding down the trigger. It usually involves a spring or a catch that is engaged to lock the cycling process after a single shot to prevent further shots from occurring. In many cases, this locking mechanism can be 'broken' with a flat file and 10 minutes work filing ...

  • Apr 13, 2022 @ 03:44am

    No, you have a 3rd option and if you had read the article, you would have known what it was. Since you didn’t, the third option is the rules have changed.
    Says the moron who may have read the article, but obviously was too stupid to understand. The case did not change 4th Amendment jurispredence in any way. It doesn't expand or reduce what powers a police officer has. It does not change the calculus of when an officer needs a warrant or when 'exigent' circumstances apply. It does nothing with respect to that, at all. It changes existing judge-made-law (i.e. common law decisions) that restricted a victims ability to sue police for the police abusing, breaching the 4th Amendment. It makes no mention, no change to, what is considered a breach of 4th amendment protections. The abuses the police and DA subjected the victims to are and were always abuses of the 4th amendment, prior to and after this ruling. What has changed is that law enforcement can't hide behind their badge and say "I can do whatever the fuck I want because you have no recourse, if you try anything we'll just bury you under criminal charges and ruin your life, so just suck it up you plebians". The law-enforcement club had put a barrier up to prevent victims of police abuse from pursuing those corrupt police and DAs. This ruling tears down one of those artifically - that is common-law (not constitutional, not legislated) - erected barriers that protect the police (and DAs) from their corrupt anti-constitutional actions.

  • Apr 12, 2022 @ 12:40am

    You’ve called them freeloading fucks, slave catchers, criminals, murderers, etc. Why would they put their lives, their livelihoods, their freedom, and the financial wellbeing of their family on the line for you? Who would when all they have to do is respond to a 911 call, drive safely to the scene and then wait for their lawyers to show up and make sure they are not only physically protected but legally covered before proceeding? That is what you want, right?
    If the police officers need lawyers to arrive to tell them what their police powers are in that situation, then I would call those officers 'freeloaders' - if I'm being kind, but since I'm not, I'll call them incompetent buffoons. It's their job, in their actual job description, to know what their powers are and how to use them. In this case, they evidently did not know what their powers were, or more likely, too arrogant and felt invulnerable in their law-enforcement club (police, prosecutors, judges) to care and decided to just do whatever the fuck they wanted. So we have 2 options, incompetent buffoons or un-restrained arrogance and corrupt - criminal - belief that they can do whatever they want.

  • Mar 30, 2022 @ 08:43pm

    anyone pushing dowsing as a scientific solution for any problem whatsoever is trying to deceive you.
    I don't know, it seems like a pretty good solution to the problem of how to separate a fool from their money.

  • Mar 14, 2022 @ 07:10pm

    See, this goes to show how useful such equipment is to the police to resist an invasion such as Ukraine is going through now. I'm sure US police forces are hoarding it for when Canada decides to invade again.

  • Feb 24, 2022 @ 09:39am

    I haven't really 'gotten' the Olympics since the early 90's.

    100 years ago it made perfect sense. The world was huge then, not many people travelled inter-continentally, that was mostly the domain of the rich - as long as they had 4 months to spare for the travel. So having this world-wide event every 4 years allowed athletes to compete with people from countries they'd never heard of let alone would have ever been able to visit.

    But today? Nearly every sport has their own yearly 'world championships'. The every 4-year World Cups that various sports have (e.g. football aka soccer, Rugby, etc.) are far, far more important than the Olympics. Individual events in some sports shit all over the Olympics - Tour de France, any of the 4 tennis grand slams, etc. You can be in any major city in the world within 48 hours, many within 20. The Olympics revels in it's own memories of past glory and importance. These days, it's nothing more than a corrupt scam earning the IOC billions of unearned income.

    There is just no point to the Olympics anymore. There hasn't been for at least 30 years now.

  • Feb 18, 2022 @ 08:54pm

    The claim says she called Phoenix police Sgt. Doug McBride, a gang expert, who agreed the protesters should be classified as a gang on Oct. 20, 2020.

    Rather than helping Sponsel's cause, that seems to be implicating other people in lieing in front of a Grand Jury.

  • Feb 07, 2022 @ 06:01pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    but it's more likely the website owner didn't know this was happening.
    It is a case of "knew or should have known". Not knowing is negligence at best, recklessness at worst. "I didn't know your honor", i.e. incompetence, is not a defense. It is likely a mitigation, but not a defense.

  • Dec 22, 2021 @ 11:56pm

    Re: But WHY...?

    When I was at university, maths/statistics exams (among a few others) were open-book. you could bring anything into the exam that:

    • didn't disturb anyone else taking the exam (e.g. playing music);
    • wasn't a communications device (so you couldn't call a friend);
    • you could carry by yourself into the room and could fit on/about the desk not intruding on walkways/other peoples work space.
    They recognised that being able to look up an equation didn't do much to help you solve that equation if you didn't know how it worked (and the mathematic processes for solving it). And there are so many equations available, that it's impossible for everyone to remember the full, exact, equations for everything in their heads. From memory, chemistry parctical (i.e. lab work) exams were also open book. If you don't know how to do a titration, wasting time reading up how to do it isn't going to help you get that done before the cutoff time.

  • Dec 21, 2021 @ 01:34pm

    but a Berenson has now filed his long-awaited lawsuit against Twitter.

    There are other Berenson's out there?

    Fuck me.

  • Dec 20, 2021 @ 03:52pm

    Re: settle?

    they'll settle
    Maybe Fox needs help with the mathematics on the amount to settle for? Something that, perhaps, a MathFox could help with? ;)

  • Dec 08, 2021 @ 09:33pm

    This is like watching Kim Jong-un call Xi Jinping too authoritarian.

  • Dec 06, 2021 @ 07:23pm

    Is China irredeemable?

    Sure it is. But most of the current ruling people aren't. And as such, while they remain in power, the country as a while won't be redeemed.

    It'll take a generational replacement in the composition of the ruling party, if not an outright revolution, for it to happen.

  • Nov 22, 2021 @ 09:46pm

    Wow, awesome. So just making something illegal makes it impossible to do?

    We really are wasting money on cops and courts if all it takes is making something illegal to stop people doing things society (well, the legislature) doesn't want them to do.

  • Nov 18, 2021 @ 05:47pm

    Are journalists/news organisations immune from receipt of stolen goods laws?

    If someone stole a car, and gave it to the NYT and the NYT added it to their corporate fleet of cars, would they be immune to receiving stolen goods because they are a newspaper?

    What about a burgular taking someones family silver cutlery, and giving it to CNN and they put it in their caffeteria for use? Would they be immune to receipt of stolen goods just because they are a news organistion?

    What about a manuscript, an author is traditional and uses an old-fashioned typewriter to type their manuscript. They then send that hand-typed manuscript to their publisher, it's the only one in existence, there are no computer files, no microfiche copies, no photocopies - the publisher has just received it and put it in their wallsafe and hasn't had a chance to make copies of it, and it is burgled - the original and only item in existence - and given to the NYP, not a copy, the actual hand-typed original, and they start publishing excerpts. Are they immune to receipt of stolen goods because they are a news organisation?

    As I understand it (I may be wrong), this isn't a copy of an electronic file, not photos taken of documents scattered on a desk, not even someone printing a copy of a document on a companies printer and taking those physical printouts to a paper. As I understand it, the diary is a physical diary, a book with hand-written pages on it, the only copy in existence. It isn't photos or photocopies of the diary, it is the actual physical diary that is owned personally by Ashley Biden.

    This is not an 'information' crime, it is a physical burglary of physical goods (a hand-written 'book') that may be in the possession of people who also are journalists. If that is the case, are they not in receipt of stolen goods, just like if they had a stolen car or jewelery or paintings from an art-heist?

  • Nov 15, 2021 @ 05:42pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    For contracts unilaterally written up by one party with a more or less implied agreement of the other (like the sales conditions of a shop), this implied agreement can only be assumed for conditions that are reasonable and customary. If people routinely agree to outlandish terms, those terms can eventually be considered customary, leading to an erosion of reasonableness.
    Same in Australia, which is why such contracts also usually include a 'severability' clause, that is, such an offending clause does not invalidate the entire contract, just that particular invalid clause is 'severed' from the contract, with the rest of it remaining valid (barring any other invalide caluses that is).

  • Nov 08, 2021 @ 05:49pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    The incumbent governments in the UK and Australia at least are always bagging the state-funded but independently run public broadcasters, the BBC and ABC respectively, for being biased against the government. This is irrespective of the party in power, conservative or liberal, whoever is in power bags the broadcasters to lesser or greater extents. I think this is because the incumbent government thinks that since the broadcaster receives government funding that they should be fawning over the government, rather than being independent and reporting on both the good and bad the government is doing.

  • Nov 08, 2021 @ 05:34pm

    And it's just another reputational hit for NSO Group, which has been remarkably resilient, considering its now fighting a PR battle on multiple fronts while being dragged down by its long, sordid past.

    And in more bad news for them (good for us), the Whatsapp (Facebook) suit against NSO is being allowed to go forward: Legal woes mount for NSO after court rules WhatsApp lawsuit can proceed.

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