UC Davis Pepper Spray Incident, Four Perspectives

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

via UC Davis Pepper Spray Incident, Four Perspectives on YouTube

Still makes me feel ill to this day what our “Law” enforcement officers did.

Shame. On. You.

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Facial Recognition Deemed Obscene

By me.

RE: Amazon Pushes Facial Recognition to Police. Critics See Surveillance Risk. – The New York Times

It has a huge potential for abuse. And while I try to personally not commit crimes, I don’t want my whereabouts or my loved one’s whereabouts followed by some corrupt government official, law enforcement officer, or even an [evil] neighbor trailing (lusting) after my wife.

It’s easy to say “hey look! this new technology will catch criminals!”, but in reality humans behave like humans. Meaning 1% corrupt might as well be 99% corrupt.

I know cops say they don’t have quotas to fill, but I have seen (and personally heard) that they do. *Just for the Record: I support my local Officers*. (They’re good guys.) Having quotas (income to the department) to fill just makes the system ripe to abuses from those with low or no ethical standards.

I don’t even like to consider the potential for abuse by a corrupt government official.
But, it will happen.. and by then, I hope the entire world will learn better and ban the easy use of this technology, except for use in extreme cases of violence or criminal acts such as the murder of crowds of People. Or rapists.. God, I hate people who rape or kill.

:/

Excellent viewpoint about gender equality

Creepy Spying System Revealed by Wikileaks, Which Then Gets Hit by a Massive Attack – Hit & Run : Reason.com

Creepy Spying System Revealed by Wikileaks, Which Then Gets Hit by a Massive Attack – Hit & Run : Reason.com:

Good read. Best quote:

– “Yeah. So … an ad hoc group of young super-patriot anti-terrorism activists has knocked Wikileaks and all of its mirrors offline for a week? Right.”

Justices Approve Strip Searches for Any Offense

Justices Approve Strip Searches for Any Offense – NYTimes.com:

Oh my goodness, this is just ridiculous!
And that ‘judge’ Kennedy says that 13 million people are admitted to the Nation’s jails?

According to Wolfram Alpha, the current population of the United States is 309 million.
13 of 309 million is about 1 out of every 24 people.

THIS IS HORRIBLE ! (Look at 23 other law-abiding citizens.. you’re next!)

Can this be constitutional? Let’s read what the ‘supreme law of the land’ reads: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.“.

Reads pretty clear to me. A warrant is needed to search a person. Any person. Any time. EVERY TIME.

What the hell.. don’t these ‘Judges’ read the Constitution?

I’m so flabbergasted that I’m not even sure what to say.

Secret X-37B craft lands after 15-month mission – Technology & science – Space – Space.com – msnbc.com

Secret X-37B craft lands after 15-month mission – Technology & science – Space – Space.com – msnbc.com:

“Just listen to what we’re telling you,” McKinney added.

LOL.. Nothing to see here: Move along.

RIP Corporations

Awesome quote from Slashdot:

Hi. I’m a child of the 20th Century. You might remember us. We fixed a Depression, killed Adolf Hitler, held Stalin in check, invented the atom bomb, rebuilt Europe and Japan, built a national infrastructure of highways and electricity, got Jim Crow off the books at least, added a Moon rock to our mood ring collection and then watched Al Gore invent the internet — all without a single corporation as the driving force.

Mozart wrote his operas, Shakespeare wrote his plays, Nobunaga conquered Japan, Genghis Kahn ruled an empire, Rome took Europe, the Mings handled China, and Ogg invented fire all without a single patent or copyright protection to their name.