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Comment: Re:Not pointless... (Score 1) 190

by russotto (#49770283) Attached to: D.C. Police Detonate Man's 'Suspicious' Pressure Cooker

"Did you know that in the District of Columbia, the Mayor or his representative can revoke your license for any reason at all, and the only appeal is to the Mayor?" No. Could you please point us to the law that authorizes mayoral driver's license revocation? (I'm betting you can't.)

You lose. DC Code 50-1403.1(a) and (c).

Comment: Re:Okay... (Score 1) 190

by russotto (#49770249) Attached to: D.C. Police Detonate Man's 'Suspicious' Pressure Cooker

The great thing about a smell of gasoline in a car is that it can both be made to sound suspicious and that it's completely non-disprovable; if the cops claim to smell pot and they destructively search the car and not a microgram of pot is found, the cops look pretty foolish. But gasoline? If no one can smell it later, maybe it was just a bit of a spill which evaporated since... who could know?

Comment: Re:Who cares if it kills companies? (Score 1) 73

by lgw (#49770061) Attached to: Tech Bubble? What Tech Bubble?

There is no level of diversification or foresight that can protect the masses from major bubble collapses.

Sure there is. It's so easy, you probably can't see it. Just stay away from individual companies, even individual industries, invest broadly across the market as a whole and ignore collapses - just ride them out. If you invest in some SP500 or "all stocks" fund, or whatever, you've own the same micro-% of the American economy before, during, and after the crash, and through the recovery. The exchange rate between USD and "micro-% of all sticks" may fluctuate wildly for a while, but just don't sell in a panic and you'll be fine in a few years.

The closer you get to retirement, to more you'll need some share of your investments in quality bonds, so that if you need money to live on through a crash bottom you won't need to sell stock. (Government bonds are not quality bonds any more - after the US government punished ratings agencies who dared question the rating of US debt, you can never again trust any sovereign debt rating in the US - just steer clear of the category.) The old-school rule of thumb was "your age as a % in bonds", but that's from a time when interest rates were quite high. Less than half your age as a % in bonds is probably a mistake, however - you need something to be selling that's not stocks when everyone is screaming about the end of the financial world in every decade's crash.

Don't over-think the problem, don't act out of emotion, just accumulate wealth and have patience. In times when everyone seems emotional about the market, make damn sure you're not being emotional before you take any action. I've sailed through the dot-com crash, the 08 finance crash, and I'm fully expected the next one will be along soon enough, but you just keep accumulating "micro-% of all stocks" regardless and, sure enough, you become more wealthy over time.

Comment: Re:And so preventable (Score 1) 164

by lgw (#49769943) Attached to: <em>A Beautiful Mind</em> Mathematician John F. Nash Jr. Dies

We used to care about liberty more than safety. Freedom mattered once. The right to be stupid, to make bad choices, to do the wrong thing, was seen as fundamental - after all, we need no "right" to do what everyone else says we should, liberty only comes into play when others disapprove of your actions. This didn't used to need explaining. Now, we're basically fucked - we raised a generation that embraces total control of our lives by the government, that can't even see what the argument against it would be, as long as the government forces us to do the right thing, how could that be bad? History will repeat itself soon enough, and that question will sadly be answered.

Comment: Re:Not pointless... (Score 0) 190

by russotto (#49769505) Attached to: D.C. Police Detonate Man's 'Suspicious' Pressure Cooker

Have you ever heard the expression, "Just because you can, doesn't mean you should?"

Yeah, usually from authoritarians who think it's perfectly OK to enforce laws which they couldn't be bothered to actually enact.

Fucking common sense says don't park your fucking car a block away from the United States Capitol with anything inside that could be misidentified as an explosive device.

Like its gas tank?

It also says you should keep your drivers license current and in good standing.

It was revoked. Did you know that in the District of Columbia, the Mayor or his representative can revoke your license for any reason at all, and the only appeal is to the Mayor?

You think they just cited him for that offense without checking to see that he was actually operating the vehicle?

Sure, why not? Now they can leverage dropping that charge against his not filing a lawsuit for the damage to his car.

He's not getting the book thrown at him in any of the media accounts I've read, he's getting the same treatment he would have received if he was pulled over for a routine traffic stop.

I don't know about you, but I've never been pulled over for a routine traffic stop when I wasn't driving.

Comment: Re:did they damage the car? (Score 5, Insightful) 190

by russotto (#49768859) Attached to: D.C. Police Detonate Man's 'Suspicious' Pressure Cooker

They broke the rear window and blew up the pressure cooker outside the car. Reimburse? No, they didn't reimburse him; instead they arrested him for operating a vehicle after license revocation, just to cover up for their incompetence. Obviously if a car belonging to someone has moved, it must be that person who moved it, right?

Comment: Re:Inflation is *good* (Score 0) 567

by udachny (#49768757) Attached to: Greece Is Running Out of Money, Cannot Make June IMF Repayment

Exactly, officially inflation is low but the reality shows otherwise and the vast majority of the lemming population believes the official propaganda and not their own eyes.

It's as if the official propaganda was that the sky is bright green colour and everybody bought it even though all they had to do is raise their eyes up and see the colour.... they won't do it, even when they do it, they still remain convinced that they are wrong and the official propaganda is right.

This is real life twilight zone.

Comment: Smith v. Maryland (Score 3, Informative) 76

According to Smith v. Maryland, Law enforcement doesn't need a warrant for pen registers, because people have no expectation of privacy in the numbers they called. That one decision has led to the entire NSA metadata collection, as well as unrestrained use of Stingrays and similar devices. Remember that next time someone sneers at the slippery slope.

Comment: Re:Are they LEOs (Score 5, Funny) 76

Is an apparent law enforcement officer (or group thereof) who is conducting their work illegally, really a law enforcement officer?

Nope, they are just Low-Earth Orbits then.

Take from that what you can comprehend. Don't try to understand it. My head hurts.

It's quite simple.

They are acting as agents of State Security, or "SS".

The SS operates without regard to laws or Constitutionally-mandated limits/restrictions to government powers. They believe as tyrants always have, that power comes from the barrel of a gun.

At a 2008 "distressed investors" forum, Ron Bloom, appointed Senior Counselor to President Obama for Manufacturing Policy in September 2009, said:

"Generally speaking, we get the joke. We know that the free market is nonsense. We know that the whole point is to game the system, to beat the market. Or at least find someone who will pay you a lot of money, 'cause they're convinced that there is a free lunch. We know this is largely about power, that it's an adults-only, no-limit game. We kind of agree with Mao, that political power comes largely from the barrel of a gun."

This mentality is not uncommon across government, especially the higher one looks.


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