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Comment Re:This just pushes the problem overseas (Score 1) 492

That sort of tariff, namely, a wage- and environmental-parity tariff, is a good idea, as it would also bring manufacturing jobs back to the U.S. from countries like China, where companies are able to save money by employing de facto slave labor and spewing poisons into the ground, air, and water. Once the economic advantage to outsourcing is thereby neutralized, the jobs will come back.

Comment I must have been a test case... (Score 1) 243

...and a failed test case at that.

At one point a couple of years ago, I received an unexpected delivery from Amazon, containing a bottle of PreSeed Fertility-Friendly Lubricant. This surprised both me and my fiancee, as I hadn't ordered it, nor would I order something like this, as my fiancee and I are deliberately not trying to conceive a child. (For one thing, she has DVT and is on Coumadin; a pregnancy would be potentially life-threatening for her.)

Checking my Amazon order history, I found no reference to any such order, nor did I find any reference to the order number on the invoice. I E-mailed their customer support, asking how I could return this item, since I hadn't ordered it and didn't want to be charged for it. They replied, saying that the shipment was in error, I had not been charged, and due to the nature of the item, they couldn't accept returns on it.

I wound up offering it to my Facebook friends, and shipping it to a friend in Illinois that spoke up first to claim it. She didn't say why she wanted it and I didn't ask.

Comment Re:At the risk of stating the obvious... (Score 1) 394

I'm sure Linus also knows at least some Finnish, and particularly Finnish curses. The phrase in question is taken directly from a (by-now famous) LKML posting he made, in which he used it because "[t]here aren't enough swear-words in the English language" to express his "disgust and frustration" with a particular patch.

Comment Re:SHUT UP (Score 1) 871

I think that what Ken says is likely true...that the police are looking to make an arrest, and they'd just as soon it be you as anybody else.

Remember, everyone in charge of the police and prosecutors is either a political appointee or a directly-elected official (in the case of county sheriffs), and they all love to appear "tough on crime" for the voters, and they tend to look out for "their own." They've probably also taken this quote to heart:

"Did you really think we want those laws observed?" said Dr. Ferris. "We want them to be broken. You'd better get it straight that it's not a bunch of boy scouts you're up against... We're after power and we mean it... There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What's there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced or objectively interpreted – and you create a nation of law-breakers – and then you cash in on guilt. Now that's the system, Mr. Reardon, that's the game, and once you understand it, you'll be much easier to deal with."

- Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged (1957)

Comment Re:SHUT UP (Score 1) 871

Admittedly, Ken focuses a lot on Federal investigations, and particularly the way that investigators abuse the hell out of 18 USC section 1001 to add federal felonies to investigations. This is, for instance, how they got Martha Stewart, and it was the only charge that Rod Blagojevich was actually convicted of in his first trial (the others ended in a mistrial).

When Ken is saying, "Either tell the 100% complete truth or SHUT UP," one must also keep in mind that almost nobody is capable of telling the 100% complete truth to investigators. As he has shown, even something as small as a detail you misremembered or misspoke about can be turned into an instant felony...and that additional charge, your lawyer will tell you, can make your actual case against any other charges that much more difficult to defend. (See also)

Bear in mind that Ken is now a federal defense attorney, and he has both personally seen this tactic in operation, and had colleagues report it to him.

The lesson — other than that criminal justice often has little to do with actual justice — is this: for God's sake shut up. Law enforcement agents seeking to interview you are not your friends. You cannot count on "just clearing this one thing up." Demand to talk to a lawyer before talking to the cops. Every time.


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