...I would have added another term to the judgement. I would have made Bloomberg go on TV and recite the crime statistics before and after Stop and Frisk was stopped. It would be hard to find a way to gloss over a drop in the crime rate even if it was relatively small.
I think that we've let people off so much in the past few years (I'm looking at you various wardrobe "malfunctions" and all the "the press took my statements out of context" remarks) that we don't really think of lies as actual lies anymore. We need to get back to calling everyone on their bullshit and stop letting celebrities, athletes and politicians off the hook.
I know that Clapper lied to Congress but we all can be fairly confident it was with the full knowledge and support of the President. If that is the case shouldn't we be talking about impeachment of the President? Doesn't it at least call for a full investigation that would either show that Clapper was doing his own thing or that the White House was giving him his marching orders?
Manning didn't call himself a hacker. And no, the point was not correctly made that Manning should have had to read all 700,000 pages of documentation to be able to say that he was a whistle blower. I will agree though that he should have presented things much better to receive the whistle blower protection.
The legal system, even the military courts, are supposed to take into account intent as much as the letter of the law and I personally don't believe that he should have been charged with espionage. He did however break the law and should be punished appropriately. I'm not sure that 100 years in a military prison is appropriate.
When people actually tried to make something with their patent and when patents were very limited in terms of years granted and what could be patented, I think they had a small benefit. Even now, if they were used properly, I think they would have a small initial benefit if the patent was held by a small company. But I definitely agree with you that most patents concerning drugs are doing more harm than good.
While it's true that the companies can lobby for more control, at least it's open and someone can try to watchdog it. Look at a country like Brazil, where the backroom dealings and out and out corruption aren't as easy to track or watchdog. Or a reporter that tries to write about it gets, at best a warning to stop, and, at worse, killed.
It's not a police state, it's an idiot in Canada, an idiot with some power in New Braunfels, TX and an even bigger idiot of a district attorney. Now this case has nothing to do with being a police state and everything to do with a couple of idiots that don't want to admit they are idiots and release the kid. They are going to ride this to a conviction so they can then say they were right for doing what they did, or go down in flames.