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In their capacity as (ostensibly) trustworthy, neutral, expert testimony, they both victimize the defendant and betray the public's trust in the criminal justice system and the duties of their office.
Punishment-on-parity seems like the absolute bare minimum, with no acknowledgement of the aggravating circumstances of abuse of authority, the corrosive effects on rule of law and public trust in the existence of rule of law, and so on. I am sympathetic to arguments that mounting their heads on spikes outside the courthouse might constitute a public nuisance, because of the smell of decay; but that would bring the requisite gravity to the situation.
"Percent" is probably the most common flavor currently; but 'per cent', 'per cent.', 'pct', 'pc', and likely others are still within the realm of accepted use. Hell, the '%' sign isn't even entirely settled, unicode has something like four defined variants. And that doesn't count the archaic, but historically used and still recognizable, specimens that cropped up between Latin and the present day.
I take it that you were exposed to basic literacy and only basic literacy, none of that messy intermediate stuff.
There is a pitiful veneer of 'standardization', courtesy of the NRSC; but 'NRSC-5c' is more or less a very lightly de-branded generic descriptions fleshed out by the incorporation-by-reference of the iBiquity documentation.
It makes the various MPEG standards and dealing with the MPEG-LA look like some kind of FOSS hippie commune by comparison.
Random House should reply to this demand with "fuck off, you nazi cunt", and leave it up to a jury to decide whether Goebbels' heirs deserve any money.
*shrug*, in New York State they have six months for all felony charges except murder, where they have a year. It takes time for both sides (defense and prosecution) to prepare their cases. 70 days seems reasonable to me, particularly in the case of someone (like the subject of TFA) who isn't being held pending trial.
No it wouldn't. It would make everyone neurotic as hell trying to hide aspects that others will see as imperfections. I'll pass on your 'better world.'
People like you need to read up on history.
What is left in a situation of total surveillance is NOT a society. It's a panopticon prison ward. And the only rule is "thou shalt not get caught".
Right now I suspect it's only a matter of time and bribery before they deliver a de facto or fait accompli merger, regardless of what anyone says.
I have zero faith in either wing of the US political monoparty's desire to actually stop this.