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  • Nov 8th, 2018 @ 5:34am

    Not Their Money...

    The administration is not paying this out of pocket, they will make up the lawsuit spending by raising student fees and/or getting more money from the state.

    Just like all the excessive force lawsuits. The cops do not care because it is not personally costing them anything.

    Think about your normal sociopathic 2 year old. If every time he/she did something bad and you punished someone else they would never learn good behavior. Think of the admin and cops as 2 year old toddlers and you are pretty close to the truth.

    There is no personal cost so why change?

  • Nov 2nd, 2018 @ 6:10am

    Re: It's as if the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence

    Democracies always devolve into some type of Dictatorship/Police State of some type. The fact that the US is organized as a republic has slowed the process but has not stopped it completely.

    The "Founding Fathers" were not a monolithic block that agreed on everything so part of the problem with the constitution like everything else political is that it was a series of compromises. That fact that they did as good a job as they did is actually pretty amazing when you compare it to all the politically compromised documents that have been created since then.

    However it was and is not perfect protection which is why we are now seeing a accelerating fall into a police state.

  • Nov 2nd, 2018 @ 5:45am

    Most laws have the same problem

    While the consequences of these particular two laws are going to be particularly bad and widespread a high percentage (I personally would say most) laws do not pass the "Does it solve the problem is says it solves?" test.

    You cover a lot of the tech laws that fail the test here and maybe if you were feeling extremely generous you could excuse politicians for not being tech savvy. However they do the same thing with problems that have been around decades or even longer.

    For the most part politicians do not care about whether or not a law actually fixes a problem. All they care about is if it sounds good and appears to fix the problem to uneducated voters so they can increase their personal power and wealth.

    That is not going to change until people start voting better and I am not going to hold my breath for that one.

  • Oct 18th, 2018 @ 1:47pm

    Cause and Effect Mix Up

    The fact that staffing has decreased is not the problem.

    The root problem is that a high percentage of politicians feel they have no need for technical or scientific help. It is not like they are shy about spending money, if they thought it was needed there would be more staffing.

    Staffing is down because politicians do not feel that non-partisan facts are important. All that matters is personal (and party) power, worrying about all that science stuff is just a waste of time to them.

  • Oct 17th, 2018 @ 5:51am

    Combination Safe

    After a quick search there does seem to be some precedent but not a solid ruling from the Supreme court that someone can not be forced to give up the combination to a safe. In a 2000 ruling the SC clearly said there was a difference between giving up a key and giving up a combination in a ruling on how far courts could go in forcing use of "the contents of his own mind" in a ruling.

    It seems like giving up phone codes should be the same thing.

  • Oct 6th, 2018 @ 6:03am

    Re: Not new news...

    While possible I would need to see some numbers from reliable sources.

    However we are talking about two different things. There is a big difference in an off duty cop getting stopped for a DWI and a cop misusing his powers while being on duty.

    Even if we assume that off duty cops are treated the same when they commit "regular" crimes there is no way they are treated the same while on duty.

    Very rarely are cops held accountable any time they commit what are obvious crimes while on duty which is what this article is about. If anything at all happens they get a short paid vacation while the tax payers end up paying the victim or victims family.

  • Sep 20th, 2018 @ 6:50am


    Stupid cop doing something really stupid is bad enough but the fact that nobody in the chain of command bothered to stop this before sending out additional transportation to take all the girls to the police station is the most worrisome aspect.

    We keep hearing "not all cops" but until the so called "good cops" start doing something about the bad cops then yes it is most definitely is "all cops".

    The whole cops in every school thing really needs to stop. Somehow all the schools I attended managed to keep everyone in line without arresting students all the time.

    I am so glad I am not a kid today. Between schools losing their minds and social media pressures it sure sucks to be a kid in school today.

  • Aug 24th, 2018 @ 5:55am

    Recording is not the real issue.

    While the company recording the calls obviously should not have been doing so the real problem is that the used the information from the calls.

    What should have happened.

    Global: We recorded some calls we should not have.
    OCSD: You need to fix that but in the mean time go ahead and delete the attorney calls.

    If this had happened even if it was over a long time period there would not really be much of a story.

    With the volume of calls they are dealing with I can see some calls getting recorded that should not have. No not as many as were recorded and not for as long as they were recording them but the fact that some non-zero number of call were recorded is pretty much inevitable.

    The real crime however is that the cops and prosecutors used those recording to help prosecute those inmates.

  • Jul 17th, 2018 @ 4:01pm

    Why not sue the police union or the cops themselves?

    It seems if the police union was posting completely made up info then they should be libel.

    I know you have to go pretty far before someone can win a libel case against you but to this non-lawyer person it seems that there should be a case against the union and the cops themselves. The information was malicious and completely made up which you would think would be enough.

    Businesses are between a rock and a hard place when it comes to telling cops to hit the road. The percentage of citizens in this fair country that will drop to their knees and swallow before every cop they see no matter what they do is high enough that the blow back from refusing service is going to be pretty high.

  • Jul 3rd, 2018 @ 4:07am

    Moral stands are few and far between

    I see very few if any moral stands any longer with politicians or those who are politically active.

    Small Govt Republicans- The Govt should get out of our lives unless of course you are doing something we do not approve of like drugs, sex, gambling, or pretty much anything fun.

    Anti-War Democrats- Bombing and killing all the brown people around the world is horrible when Bush does it but when Obama doubles down all you hear is crickets

    Both sides- The First Amendment is great except when the other side uses it.

    Both sides- The President "ruling with his pen" is great when their guy doing is doing it but when the other party is doing it then it is an unconstitutional power grab.

    etc etc etc....

    All they care about is giving themselves and their party more power and money. The constitution and the actual citizens have no meaning and are just obsticals to run over when they get in the way.

  • Jul 2nd, 2018 @ 8:56am

    Re: Re: Pipes -- Why shouldn't Google be a "dumb pipe" too, then?

    Except that you can avoid Google if you put in a little effort.

    Do not use gmail or other Google services Check
    Do not use Google search Check
    Do not use Chrome Check
    Install tracking blockers on your browser Check

    Doing the above is not really that hard and will do a good job of blocking Google from tracking you as you wander around the internet.

    Now compare that to the situation where Verizon (or Comcast/ATT etc) is your only choice of getting connected to the internet because of a Government enforced monopoly. In this case you do not have the choice to use a different service as the Govt has taken that away from you.

    But yes they are the same....

  • May 3rd, 2018 @ 1:14pm

    Pretty Standard...

    "I guess Alice Weidel only dislikes government censorship when it targets speech she likes."

    It is not like she is alone with this as this behavior is pretty standard and not just with politicians. For some really egregious examples pick just about any US University.

  • Apr 5th, 2018 @ 4:13pm

    If you do not help get rid of bad cops you are a bad cop....

    This is not an isolated thing. "Good" almost never do anything about the bad cops.

    I was reading a report from the Civilian Review board for NYC sometime last year (so the report was probably for 2016).

    I do not remember the exact percentages but I believe it was 80% of the cops did not have any excessive force complaints and I believe it was 84% of the complaints came from 7% of the cops (I could be off a percent or two).

    So yes it really is a minority of the cops but until the cops that are not killing and beating the living crap out of suspects do something about the ones that are then they deserve to be called bad cops.

    There is actually a very easy fix for the problem. Make all cops carry their own insurance. Give them all a raise to cover the average extra cost and have them buy their own insurance. The problem would be solve in a year or two at the most because cops that keep getting sued are not going to be insurable which means they will not be able to stay on any police force and have to go dig ditches or something.

  • Feb 1st, 2018 @ 3:03pm

    Re: wHY?

    The US screwing up the Middle East really goes back to 1953 when the US and UK overthrew a democratically elected Govt and installed a dictator in order to keep the cheap oil running.

    In 1951 Mohammad Mosaddegh was elected as the Prime Minister until 1953 when his government was overthrown in a coup d'├ętat backed by the US and UK who installed Mohammad Reza as Shah.

    Is there any wonder that Iranians do not like the US? We basically killed democracy and handed them over to a brutal dictator for close to 30 years.

  • Jan 19th, 2018 @ 6:34am

    Re: BOGUS

    The Govt is not allowed to pick and choose. If the college had changed the rules to not allow ANY student group to use the school logo the results would have been more than likely quite different.

    However the school singled out one group who's political stand it did not like (or the politicians told them not to like in this case) and said that one group was not allowed to do what other student groups were allowed to do.

    You see this quite often with k-12 schools and religious groups. Once a school allows one religious group use school property they have to allow all of them.

  • Dec 21st, 2017 @ 9:13pm

    Sounds familiar

    Elect a pro-privacy, anti-war, open Govt presidential candidate and then have him double down on every fascist request from the pro-surveillance and pro-war crowd.

    I guess it is Canada's turn now...

  • Nov 8th, 2017 @ 8:41am

    Burying the Lead...

    "She was convicted in July by a jury"

    While thin skinned politicians and out of control cops are a problem the real problem is that over and over juries in this country are backing up all the stupidity that the Govt and its representatives engage in.

    Even in the few instances where cops are brought up on charges the juries let them get away with outright murder.

    Until juries stop backing up cops and the Govt when they overstep it is not going to stop.

  • Oct 2nd, 2017 @ 6:56am

    About those laws...

    I would think this ruling would affect all those anti-protester laws that states are trying to pass (not sure if any have been passed yet) to make and and all protesters responsible for any damage or costs that one or some of them caused.

  • Aug 28th, 2017 @ 3:22pm

    Re: Depends on the setup, doesn't it?

    The problem is not that IOT and smart devices can not be secured but that the majority of the population either does realize there is a problem or if they do have no ide how to fix it.

  • Jul 10th, 2017 @ 7:03pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Hopefully not a problem in 3-5 years

    Normally I would agree as they manage to do a good job blocking Google in enough locations that Google decided to start backing wireless.

    However any laws that get passed would have to be on the Federal level and I think that would be hard for them to do to Musk and keep it hidden in the dark like business as usual. He could shine a very bright light and make a lot of noise if they try underhanded tactics.

    Keep in mind we are talking at least 3 years before he gets this started and by then he will be launching who knows how many satellites a year and ferrying astronauts to the space station on a regular basis. The will give him an even bigger soapbox than he already has to make noise if other companies try to block him out.

    Not saying they will not try but I just have a hard time believing they will succeed.

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