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  • Sep 24th, 2016 @ 7:42pm

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

    Even when there is strong evidence that the wrong person was convicted it can take years to free an innocent man. There have been cases where DNA, police or prosecutorial misconduct, jury tampering, or new evidence comes to light. Testimony by jailhouse snitches who are rewarded with charged dropped or reduced are taken as facts. Even when someone else confesses and there is strong evidence that it true it is not enough. Victims and witnesses have admitted to lying sometimes under pressure or threats by investigators. Often authorities don't like to admit they were wrong. Sometimes there is a conviction and crimes with very distinct signatures and details that were never released continue. Even when they catch the right person it is an uphill battle to get the wrongful conviction overturned. TV crime shows that portray these situations and the next day the prisoner is freed with the judge apologizing are far from reality. Often they have to go through retrials and sometimes are falsely convicted again. It can take years and sometimes they die in prison or are executed before they are exonerated. The child abuse hysteria in the 1980's saw dozens of innocent people convicted. Children were interviewed and encouraged to invent crimes and even the most ridiculous stories were believed. It was claimed "children don't lie about these things." They do when improper methods are used and are pushed to make up fantasies of satanic rituals and are told the lie "your friend already told what happened." Tapes have been released where their persistent denials that anything happened are met with displeasure and unbelief. Eventually tell what they think the interviewer wants to hear.

  • Sep 23rd, 2016 @ 6:25pm

    Re: Can we get this standard used in climate science?

    Whatever statistics presented can be explained by normal fluctuations throughout known history. When I was in school in the 60's we were taught that the earth was heading toward another ice age. That was because we were in a normal cooling cycle even though the years of WWII and after saw the greatest increase in manufacturing in all history. I could accept evidence of global warming but the link to it being caused by man is weak. Natural events like volcanoes, forest fires and even cow farts produce more C02 and other pollutants than we ever could. Emission controls are a good thing because they do reduce a lot of toxins but they can do little to change the climate. I have never understood the claim that emission controls help prevent global warming. Five gases are measured in testing, hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, oxygen, nitrous oxide and carbon dioxide (CO2). You want the first four to be as low as possible but CO2 high, ideally over 13%. I thought CO2 was the big bad culprit in greenhouse gases yet a properly running car produces more of it.

  • Sep 23rd, 2016 @ 5:04pm

    Re: Forensic Science

    Juries tend to believe eyewitness testimony and have often convicted on that with no other evidence. If the witness knew the suspect well beforehand or multiple witnesses testified the were certain I might give it some consideration. The vast majority of prisoners cleared by DNA were sent up by a faulty ID by one witness. Often these identifications are made when the witness only saw the suspect for a few seconds, in poor lighting or from a distance. I bought groceries just yesterday and chatted with the check out clerk for several minutes. If I was asked to pick her out of a lineup today I doubt I could do it. At best I could give generalities like height, race or approximate age. The practice of using the "six pack" of photos should be be outlawed. Prosecutors try to give the idea that trauma of the crime somehow indelibly records images in the victim's mind and that is bullshit. If anything it causes them to fixate on the first resemblance they see and then point at them from the witness stand. Fictional TV series often show the police sketch looking just like the perp. On real crime shows like The First 48 or Forensic Files that is rarely the case. I had to laugh at one they actually released that looked just like Freddy Fudd from Bugs Bunny cartoons. Who can forget the famous Unabomber sketch that looked more like Michael Jackson than Ted Kaczynski?

  • Sep 20th, 2016 @ 4:15pm

    Re:

    Same here. I might use my printer a couple times a month to print a grocery list and an occasional shipping label. I got tired of ink jets drying out and plugging up. I got a laser printer and have had no problems. I read that it is a good idea to occasionally shake the cartridges.

  • Sep 20th, 2016 @ 4:06pm

    (untitled comment)

    I bought a Xerox Phaser 6010N. It came with the usual starter toner cartridges. Considering how little I use my printer these partial cartridges would probably last a long time. I just thought I would see what replacements cost and was shocked. I paid $140 for the printer but it would be $220 to replace all 4 cartridges from Xerox. I found a complete compatible pack with an extra black for $30 on Amazon. I tried them and they show up as genuine in the diag when I turn it on. I figured they were either refills or bootleg. In case they get sued and put out of business by Xerox I bought 3 more sets. I checked my firewall and the only settings I found for printing were for home network sharing. I checked the Xerox web site and the only firmware download was from 2012. The only software utility says it can't find a printer. The user manual has nothing about any updates. Is there still some way they could force some firmware update on me that would disable these cheap replacements? I get updates for devices like my video card with Windows update but they are always optional.

  • Sep 16th, 2016 @ 4:03pm

    (untitled comment)

    As much as I dislike Obama I'm starting to think we got the lesser of two evils in the 08 election. This time it's hard to decide which is worse with the current choices. Unless one of them drops out and someone qualified steps in we are screwed either way.

  • Sep 16th, 2016 @ 12:12pm

    It's a Lie!

    They wanted to use this case as a precedent to force companies to break encryption. They knew there was no useful intel in this work phone or the gunman would have destroyed it like his personal phone. They thought that no one would stand up to them because this was a really bad guy. I'm sure they got a warrant for the metadata so the claim they needed to know who he was in contact with was bullshit. When they realized this case was lost they lied to save face. They wouldn't have paid a dime to hack it. They knew this guy was not part of any terrorist organization.

  • Sep 15th, 2016 @ 12:56pm

    Re: well....

    In many ways I agree. A lot of lawyers are bastards. In my reckless youth when I got into some legal trouble I'm glad I hired the right bastard. In front of the judge he told me to shut up. The judge said "Are you paying this man to represent you"? I answered yes and she said "Then I suggest you shut up". I got probation.

  • Sep 15th, 2016 @ 9:42am

    Re: Re: Re: Hansmeir should welcome prosecution

    Even that is generous compared to some. This charity raised $9.7 million and only gave $57 thousand to the cause. The money they claimed went to research actually were shell companies. They were finally shut down but how many others are just as bad? If you are feeling charitable great, but do your research. Cold calling telemarketers are a red flag. At best they give a little to the cause, at worst they are outright frauds stealing credit card numbers.
    https://www.charitywatch.org/charitywatch-feature/165

  • Sep 14th, 2016 @ 12:55pm

    (untitled comment)

    No way is this all that will happen to him. That summery involves several felonies. We haven't heard from the IRS yet. I'm guessing he could end up in prison for life on tax evasion charges alone. Judge Wright referred his case to several authorities including the IRS. If this guy had any sense he would have fled to a country with no extradition back then. This guy is too stupid to even grasp just how much trouble he is in. Too late now. He is probably already on the no fly list. Pass the popcorn!

  • Sep 13th, 2016 @ 2:07am

    Not convinced either!

    Oliver Stone has never made a movie about even well documented events that wasn't 95% fiction. Snowden could come out in this movie looking worse than his most ardent detractors portray him. Hollywood has always played fast and loose with the truth but Stone's movies are some of the worst. He gets ripped for this all the time but he doesn't care. Only about what sells tickets. They say truth is stranger than fiction but it is a total stranger to Oliver Stone.

  • Sep 8th, 2016 @ 2:06pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: National Write-In Campaign

    Millard Fillmore in 1850 was the last president that wasn't Democratic or Republican. He party was Whig. It had became a major party formed to oppose Andrew Jackson. 3 other Whig presidents were elected. Ross Perot in 1992 was the only 3rd party candidate to win any significant percentage of the vote since Theodore Roosevelt in 1912.

  • Sep 7th, 2016 @ 9:05pm

    Re: National Write-In Campaign

    Snowden was willing to risk everything to expose government wrong doing. Admirable, but I don't know if that is compatible with politics. Neither party will support someone that will out their dirty little secrets.

  • Sep 7th, 2016 @ 4:49pm

    Re: Re: Re: Serious Seriousness

    The fact that one officer out of three did not want to fire off a missile that could have set off a nuclear holocaust is not much comfort. Coming down to one man preventing WWIII doesn't make for a lot of checks and balances. What if a different officer would have been assigned to that sub that day? Many of the missiles in Cuba were ready to go and you can bet we had ships and subs that could have taken Moscow off the map. I don't JFK was bluffing about retaliation.

  • Sep 7th, 2016 @ 2:00pm

    Re: Re: WTF?

    At least by comparison. She can put 2 rational sentences together.

  • Sep 7th, 2016 @ 1:46pm

    Re: Re: Re: Serious Seriousness

    Isn't the Secretary of Defense appointed by the president? I know congress has to confirm appointments but judging from our choice of candidates neither party is thinking rationally these days. In the military there is the saying "shit runs downhill". If Trump could convince the top brass to go along with some stupid decision it could go through with few underneath seriously challenging it. It was many years before it was released how close we came to a nuclear exchange during the Cuban missile crisis. 2 out of 3 of the Russian officers aboard a submarine wanted to launch when we dropped depth charges.

  • Sep 7th, 2016 @ 1:03pm

    Re: Serious Seriousness

    Now that is a scary thought. Trump's finger on the button! The 1983 movie "The Day After" that scared the shit out of all of us will become reality!

  • Sep 7th, 2016 @ 12:54pm

    WTF?

    In all that rambling there is not one coherent connected thought. Does Trump have ADHD? How can anyone support this dummy? I'm not advocating for Hilary but at least she is intelligent. That's what makes her dangerous. When she was in the senate she took full advantage of the insider trading exemptions for congress that would send anyone else to prison to make millions. Trump has a long history of failed ventures and contractors that went bankrupt when he didn't pay them. He claimed that he was going to finance his own campaign and now he is asking for donations.

    We can only hope that one of these campaigns implode and someone qualified steps in. If either of these disasters win we are in for years of scandals. Watergate and slick Willie's BJs will pale in comparison.

  • Aug 31st, 2016 @ 10:13pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    You are certainly right about the crusades. Our lies and propaganda about WMDs is no more bullshit than the Roman church claiming the crusaders were fighting to recover the "holy grail". They imagined some golden jeweled chalice used by Christ at the last supper. What we know from the bible and from ancient historians is that even if he was real, he lived in poverty on the charity of his supporters. What he would have drank from would have been pottery or a wooden cup.

  • Aug 31st, 2016 @ 9:46pm

    (untitled comment)

    It is true that the only people that Muslims hate more than us are other sects of Muslims. They have been killing each other for centuries and that will never change. Lone nut jobs like Timothy McVeigh will continue to surface. I can't say for sure I won't die in an accident any time I get behind the wheel. I also think it unlikely that a relatively small city as mine will be the target when terrorists finally manage to get their hands on a nuclear device.

    Back to the beginning of my comment, I still remember, and you can't deny the news coverage of the massive joyous celebrations in the streets in dozens of cities throughout the entire middle east on 9/11. We know Muslim leadership has been involved in many attacks in the past. The "martyrs" who die in suicide bombings have their photos on billboards praising their bravery and Muslim groups provide financial support for their families.

    The fact is the US is partly to blame for their hatred. AL-Qaeda is a result of our meddling in world affairs in the 80's coming back to bite us in the ass. We have propped up regimes to take down governments we don't like and are surprised when they turn out to be even worse and turn against us. WWII was the last time our military involvement was absolutely justified. Even then we supported Stalin because he was the enemy of our enemy and look where that got us. We fly drones to target terrorists and inevitably kill innocent civilians and the rage that incites will only recruit more terrorists. Our torture and humiliation of prisoners, many of whom were probably innocent added to the Muslims desire for revenge.

    The US thinks it has to control all world affairs and it rarely ends well. We don't need the kind of isolationism that allowed Hitler to invade other countries but in most cases we should just butt out. If the British hadn't had the balls to stand up and fight the Nazis we would all be speaking German by now. We need allies and there are times we should go to their defense. Perhaps we were right to force Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait. We weakened his military force and with minimal involvement we kept some measure of control over him. As evil as he was it was probably better to leave him in power. There is no way we can stop the sects of Muslims from oppressing and killing each other. We were probably justified to go into Afghanistan after 9/11 and had we stayed the course we probably could have captured Osama Bin Laden. Instead, our endless obsession with thinking we can bring democracy to the entire world and eliminate all evil dictators got us involved in Iraq and after all the death and destruction that country is still about as fucked up as they ever were. Even we don't have real democracy. We are a plutocracy.

    The FBI's efforts so far in trying to get intelligence about Muslims has been a total failure. That doesn't mean they should not surveille them to try to discover terrorist plots, it just means they should get better at it. The ridiculous entrapment of inventing their own plots has to end. Had they followed up on investigating the Boston bombers with what they already knew about them they might have stopped them. There were many clues before 9/11 that were ignored. They were aware of most of the 19 and they should have never been allowed to board an airplane. They knew some of them were in the country and lost track of them. When the flight instructor reported that there were middle eastern men that wanted to learn to fly a plane but were not interested in how to land one they did not follow up on it.

    We can't usually know when some crazy person will shoot the president thinking he will impress Jodie Foster or some psycho will go off his meds and gun down a fast food restaurant or college dorm. We DO know that when eventually when we see a mushroom cloud over New York or L.A. it will be Muslims behind it. Muslims hold grudges all the way back centuries ago when the evil Roman church tried to slaughter them to the present day atrocities that we are guilty of.

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