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Comment: Re:Can't eat what you don't grow (Score 1) 690

by JonathanR (#49014571) Attached to: Free-As-In-Beer Electricity In Greece?

Capitalism isn't the problem. State-sponsored capitalism is the problem. Those who accumulate the wealth should bear the financial burden of protecting the wealth. Currently, the most egregious accumulations of wealth (by absentee owners) have its protection subsidized by the middle class taxpayers (financing the law enforcement and judicial system) and the general obedience of a polite society (indoctrinated into accepting nebulous property rights, such as IP).

Comment: Re: Understand your rights!! (Score 1) 291

by JonathanR (#48848573) Attached to: Innocent Adults Are Easy To Convince They Committed a Serious Crime

Whether something is asked in a form of a question or stated in the form of an announcement has a big difference to the psychology of the situation. You should have a look at Neuro-Linguistic Programming. While this isn't NLP exactly, it's kinda close.

Coppers invariably begin fishing encounters with small-talk; as if they're being friendly and courteous. They'll never be explicit about you being detained or otherwise. On the surface, I suppose they are being courteous; except, since I view them as professional predators, I'm aware they invariably have an ulterior motive. A general member of the public, if they have need to stop someone to ask something, will usually express an apologetic tone for their intrusiveness, and thank profusely for your help, even if you couldn't help. Whenever did you encounter such a tone with an LEO? I'm betting never.

In the instance you relate, the coppers started telling you they were looking for a suspicious person; which is small-talk. You could simply say, "sorry, I don't know that person, I cannot help you." and "Have a good day sirs!". On you go. They never were explicitly detaining you (according to your account), so you should, IMHO, presume they're not. Of course, if they become agitated and edgy, you can always wind back the indifferent assertiveness and go with their flow.

The political class and their praetorian sycophants have way too much power, simply because power is there for the taking.

Comment: Re: Understand your rights!! (Score 1) 291

by JonathanR (#48847611) Attached to: Innocent Adults Are Easy To Convince They Committed a Serious Crime

Did I suggest simply walking away? I don't think so. What I was suggesting was to turn the "question" into an "announcement". It alludes to the same issue - whether they have cause to detain. If they have cause, they still can prevent departure; it's just that they have to explicitly do it, rather than rely on the Stockholm Syndrome effects to keep their target around.

BTW, the phrase "am I being detained or am I free to go?" is not "Police terminology". It is just a convention that has evolved. It has no special legal origin.

Ya'll hear about the geometer who went to the beach to catch some rays and became a tangent ?