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Proposed NJ Law Allows Cops To Search Phones At Crash Scenes 397

Posted by Soulskill
from the or-they-could-just-ask-the-NSA dept.
New submitter WML MUNSON sends this quote from NJ.com: "License, registration and cell phone, please. Police officers across New Jersey could be saying that to motorists at the scenes of car crashes if new legislation introduced in the state Senate becomes law. The measure would allow cops — without a warrant — to thumb through a cell phone to determine if a driver was talking or texting when an accident occurred. It requires officers to have 'reasonable grounds' to believe the law was broken. There were 1,840 handheld cell phone-related crashes in New Jersey in 2011, resulting in 807 injuries and six deaths, according to the state Division of Highway Traffic Safety. 'Think about it: The chances of the cop witnessing the accident are slim to none,' said the bill’s sponsor, state Sen. James Holzapfel (R-Ocean), who has worked as a county and municipal prosecutor. 'He’s dispatched, and by the time he gets there — unless they’re unconscious and the phone is in their hands, or some passenger says they were on the phone — then he’s got to do what? Subpoena the service to see if the phone was actively used or not?'"

Comment: Re:21st Century Lobotomies (Score 1) 385

by DL117 (#42430789) Attached to: China's Controversial Brain Surgery To Cure Drug Addiction

Which drug are you referring to here? The SSRIs, which increase feelings of well being and lower inhibitions, without impacting cognition? The benzodiazepines, which are short acting and are a mild sedative without long term effects? Those are the most commonly prescribed psychoactive drugs, and comparing them to lobotomies is like comparing a piece of apple pie to a chunk of rat poison.

If you're thinking of anti-psychotics, those are quite over prescribed, but you'd be overdramatazing the point in a Godwin-like manner.

Comment: It's about the walled garden (Score 1) 1110

by DL117 (#42356533) Attached to: 30 Days Is Too Long: Animated Rant About Windows 8

At first, I hated Windows 8 because of the "fuck desktops, you're gonna use a tablet!" interface. Now I hate it for a much bigger reason.

Metro Apps, which Microsoft refers to as "modern" and intends to replace desktop apps, are only available through Microsoft's walled Windows Store. This could put an end to, and Microsoft intends it to put an end to, both free and Free software. It's an anti-consumer powergrab.

Comment: Re:Complain to the Bar (Score 3, Interesting) 153

by DL117 (#41893511) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Become Informed In Judicial Elections?

Um, no. Unless you're question is privileged(asking for confidential information about their clients "Did Joe Smith tell you if he robbed the bank?"), they aren't prohibited from answering it. Also, there is no "the Bar", each state has it's own bar association, and it does not necessarily certify lawyers. In some states this is done by the supreme court.

So, not true.

Republicans

Nonpartisan Tax Report Removed After Republican Protest 555

Posted by Soulskill
from the information-wants-to-trickle-down dept.
eldavojohn writes "On September 14th a report titled 'Taxes and the Economy: An Economic Analysis of the Top Tax Rates Since 1945' (PDF) penned by the Library of Congress' nonpartisan Congressional Research Service was released to little fanfare. However, the following conclusion of the report has since roiled the GOP enough to have the report removed from the Library of Congress: 'The results of the analysis suggest that changes over the past 65 years in the top marginal tax rate and the top capital gains tax rate do not appear correlated with economic growth. The reduction in the top tax rates appears to be uncorrelated with saving, investment, and productivity growth. The top tax rates appear to have little or no relation to the size of the economic pie. However, the top tax rate reductions appear to be associated with the increasing concentration of income at the top of the income distribution. As measured by IRS data, the share of income accruing to the top 0.1% of U.S. families increased from 4.2% in 1945 to 12.3% by 2007 before falling to 9.2% due to the 2007-2009 recession. At the same time, the average tax rate paid by the top 0.1% fell from over 50% in 1945 to about 25% in 2009. Tax policy could have a relation to how the economic pie is sliced—lower top tax rates may be associated with greater income disparities.' From the New York Times article: 'The pressure applied to the research service comes amid a broader Republican effort to raise questions about research and statistics that were once trusted as nonpartisan and apolitical.' It appears to no longer be found on the Library of Congress' website."

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