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Comment: Re:And on the plus side... (Score 1) 325

by Jane Q. Public (#48649271) Attached to: 11 Trillion Gallons of Water Needed To End California Drought

Can you figure out the rest?

Yes, I certainly can, and the answer is no.

Guess what? Oregon and Washington make use of that water. Shipping it down to California seriously diminishes quality of life for those who live there, not to mention the environmental destruction that would ensue.

Let California go broke. Hell, it is anyway. People can buy their food from elsewhere.

Comment: Re:I.D. Please (Score 1) 132

by Jane Q. Public (#48649229) Attached to: Judge: It's OK For Cops To Create Fake Instagram Accounts

And if so, what is the liability for the company if they do or don't make the account viable again.

IANAL, but my understanding is that you are not generally required to go out of your way to assist the police. You are not a policeman, you aren't being paid to be one.

Even phone companies insist on payment for allowing wiretaps, or government requests for information. And even those are only mandatory because there are specific laws that say so (such as CALEA).

Comment: Re:here's a real-life case to explain criminal int (Score 1) 132

by Jane Q. Public (#48649209) Attached to: Judge: It's OK For Cops To Create Fake Instagram Accounts

Ignorance of the LAW generally isn't an excuse, but mistake of FACT IS an excuse.

Unfortunately, though, we now have far too many laws, including contradictory laws. Even if somebody had their own legal library, every year some things change. A hypothetical typical, reasonable citizen could not possibly know them all, much less be reasonably expected to. They wouldn't have time to do anything else.

So here's my question: since our common law system is supposed to be based on the reasonable man principle, and it is provably not reasonable to expect the average citizen to know most laws, much less all, how could ignorance of the law NOT be a valid excuse?

Comment: Re:You forgot something... (Score 1) 176

by damn_registrars (#48648891) Attached to: Dish Pulls Fox News, Fox Business Network As Talks Break Down

In America we hardly have unions any more...

I didn't realize that 11.3% of the US workforce hardly exists.

Every year that number goes down or at best stays the same. Either way every year the unions give up a little more of what little power they have. Bargaining is supposed to be a give-and-take procedure where labor gets some of what they want and management gets some of what they want. Yet every time labor comes to the table management further diminishes their clout. With union enrollment this low it is very easy for management to say "we'll just hire non-union replacements for you" and labor knows that they can do it.

Coincidentally, when was the last time you got more than a token raise or a meaningful increase in your benefits? This is what happens when all the power shifts back away from the worker.

Comment: Re: Why wouldn't it be? (Score 2) 132

by Jane Q. Public (#48648825) Attached to: Judge: It's OK For Cops To Create Fake Instagram Accounts

I don't think anyone has yet fought this one in the courts, so it may not stand up to judicial scrutiny, but it is most definitely used as the "stick" to convince someone to accept a plea bargain.

Have you been living under a rock the last 5 years?

Yes, prosecutors have tried to use the TOS thing as an excuse to prosecute. But that is being actively fought by EFF, EPIC, and a whole alphabet soup of other organizations acting as amici to the courts, and with actual legal defense as well.

It is pretty clear that Congress never meant the law to apply to situations like Aaron Swartz, for example. Government prosecutors have been fighting actually getting that one to court though because they know they'll lose, and they want to retain the ability to threaten people with it.

Comment: Re:Not seeing the issue here (Score 1) 132

by Jane Q. Public (#48648791) Attached to: Judge: It's OK For Cops To Create Fake Instagram Accounts

Also, and undercover cop can smoke a bowl with you and still arrest your ass for having/selling/using.


Police are not allowed to break the law in order to enforce the law.

I'm not saying they never do it, but if they do, they're just as much criminals as anyone else. There is no law or principle that gives police a pass for breaking laws.

Comment: Re:Marketing?... NOT! (Score 2) 94

by PopeRatzo (#48648773) Attached to: Anonymous Claims They Will Release "The Interview" Themselves

So you're absolutely right, better to ask what is proper etiquette WITH ANY CULTURE

If you live in the US and are an executive with a multinational corporation, and you still have to ask what is proper etiquette in dealing with a highly educated and well-traveled black man, you are either 1) clueless , 2) a Republican or 3) a racist.

Believe it or not, you'll never go wrong by just treating American people as people, regardless of their skin color. It works surprisingly well. On the off-chance that I encounter a black person, living as I do on the near West Side of Chicago, it usually turns out that they're generally regular people who laugh at funny sitcoms, enjoy well-made movies and good food and think the Bears should fire their entire coaching staff.

Comment: Re:Not seeing the issue here (Score 1) 132

by Jane Q. Public (#48648699) Attached to: Judge: It's OK For Cops To Create Fake Instagram Accounts

Cops should NEVER be allowed to lie outside of specific, warrant backed undercover operations. I will never understand when it became ok for those charged with enforcing the law to lie without shame.

Lying, by itself, is not a crime. So why should they not be able to lie?

Generally speaking, they may not commit a crime in their pursuit to solve or prevent crimes. Police don't have diplomatic immunity. Again generally speaking, the same laws that apply to you also apply to them too.

What they are NOT allowed to do is commit crimes. They might be able to lie, but not commit fraud or "entrap", which basically means to talk or fool someone into doing something illegal they would not normally do.

In one state I know of, the police were trying to have it both ways. They claimed they were "always on duty", even though of course they were only being paid for 8-hour shifts. They wanted to be able to do whatever they wanted when not on shift, yet still carry their guns and make arrests, and act like police, any time of the day or night, whenever they wanted.

The State said no, if they were "always on duty" they'd have to be job-insured 24 hours a day, and get "on-call" pay in addition to their regular wages. Since the State wasn't about to do that, it declared officially that police were only "really" police when they were on their paid shift. Any other time, they can only make citizen's arrests, just like everybody else. Also, as a result, the few exemptions the police got for firearms carry are only in effect when they're on paid duty. All firearms laws in the state apply to off-duty police in exactly the same way they do to everyone else. The police really howled about that one.

Prior to the State "cleaning house", the police were also busting prostitutes by paying them and having sex with them, then arresting them and taking the money back. The state said "no way". No more hands-on for the police. They howled about that one too.

Comment: Re:Marketing?... NOT! (Score 0) 94

by PopeRatzo (#48648429) Attached to: Anonymous Claims They Will Release "The Interview" Themselves

She also asked whether she should be prepared to ask the president if he would like to go check out some thick white broads after feasting on fried chicken and red pop (no ice).

I'm pretty sure that if you're at work and and pretty high up in a big corporation, you should have enough common sense and basic human dignity and respect not to be asking a colleague whether it's true that black people have a special bone in their ankle that prevents them from enjoying movies with white stars.

I mean, everyone knows black people like Liam Neeson movies.

Fucking people. I'm tickled whenever a huge multinational corporation has it's ass displayed for the world to see. It's a sign that they haven't completely locked down the world just yet.

"If truth is beauty, how come no one has their hair done in the library?" -- Lily Tomlin