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Comment Re:My moneys still on the rag heads (Score 1) 129

Let's hope it wasn't but I'd still not be surprised if it was fucking sand niggers.

You used two terms, RH and SN. RH could be Hindus, and they're not suspected. You must be accurate with your slurs or else people may think you're general hatter. (You also made the syntaxial error of being non-parallel when, apparently, you planed to be. Please be more careful.)

Comment Re:First Rule About Watchlists (Score 1) 400

Being locked up is the most definite form of state deprival of freedom. But I never limited my thoughts to that. Indeed, I even included examples of people being on parole/probation, which is somewhat less than being locked up. Your examples of psycological freedom infringement don't rank even close to real physical confinement. And I don't know what you are talking about with "lynch mobs." Where? What lynch mobs? Nobody hangs black guys anymore.

Now, to partially address your vague examples, I'll respond to the first one, driving while black. The implication is that police are more likely to pull over someone who is black, everything else being equal.

I don't know about where you live, but the situation is just the opposite here in north 66101, a black-becoming-Mexican-neighborhood. Black people are normal driving around here, and they typically freely drive around without harassment. A white person, particularly a young one, and definitely a young one late at night, is often suspected of drug buying just by being here. The police will, for no reason, or for a trumped-up reason, pull over a white person simply for his/her presence. This behavior doesn't speak well for the police department, but it belies your assertion that people driving-while-black are persecuted. I, personally, seldom get pulled over, but the last time was about a year ago 3 blocks from my house and was for turn-signaling too late. Once the officer decided I wasn't up to anything (my ID showed my address), he didn't cite me. Sure, that was anecdotal, and it doesn't really prove anything, but it generally represents what goes on. My black acquaintances all agree it's risky from a being-stopped POV for a white person to drive in this neighborhood. BTW, I have a self-imposed curfew of 10pm just to avoid the police - even though I'm technically legal.

Comment Re:First Rule About Watchlists (Score 1) 400

I show studies that indicate you're wrong, and you're response is, "It wouldn't even make sense to read them".

I think you've made things clear.

It of course doesn't make sense for me to read all of them and answer all of them; that would take days. Which part of which study are you saying is critical? And it's obvious you are insincere here because you now have revealed you have not read them. You might as well have posted a link to a search result page.

But to address the issue of sentencing, it is certainly an important element or the criminal justice process (cjp), but it also certainly is not the only one, nor, considering it isn't even a necessary element of cjp, should it be regarded as the most important one.

Comment Lists are obsolete (Score 1) 400

As I understand the story of the start of Yahoo is that a couple of guys began making a favorite list sites they liked. This eventually grew into the search machine. It doesn't really use list per se. It searches through indexes and gives results.

That's how I assume watchlists work. If the NSA wants people who like back-of-the-bus sex in Chicago, that's the combination they search for. The results could be called a "list" I suppose.

Comment Re:Go easy on the Adderall prescription... (Score 1) 400

Target not K-Mart.
"...some useful patterns emerged. Lotions, for example. Lots of people buy lotion, but one of Pole’s colleagues noticed that women on the baby registry were buying larger quantities of unscented lotion around the beginning of their second trimester. Another analyst noted that sometime in the first 20 weeks, pregnant women loaded up on supplements like calcium, magnesium and zinc. Many shoppers purchase soap and cotton balls, but when someone suddenly starts buying lots of scent-free soap and extra-big bags of cotton balls, in addition to hand sanitizers and washcloths, it signals they could be getting close to their delivery date."

Comment Re:First Rule About Watchlists (Score 1) 400

The concept that a person of some given behavior is more likely to be locked up if he/she is of some ethnic origin other than white European, say, a black person, in America is incorrect.

That's just incorrect. There is plenty of evidence, shown in study after study, that shows there is a disparity in sentencing between white people and various ethnic and racial groups.
So maybe you want to start your reply again, armed with this new information?

Your position seems to be that unjust sentencing disparity caused by the race of the defendant is prevalent, that your numerous links contain statements that support that conclusion, and thus my position regarding preferential treatment is wrong. If, by posting all of those links, you mean to advance some idea beyond unjust racial sentencing disparity, you didn't say so.

But sentencing is only one element or the criminal process. Who is chosen to arrest is important as well, and that's what I just pointed out. The focus of law enforcement is the first element in the criminal justice process. I gave the example of leniency given to a peaceful crowd sitting on a porch selling crack. Sentencing, however unjust, has nothing to do with that.

It would be unrealistically unwieldy for me to rebutt all the contents of all those links. It wouldn't even make sense to read them. However, the studies I'm familiar with that express your conclusion (racial sentencing disparity in general) are flawed. Please pick one, or one concept from one, that you like, and I will address it.

Comment Re:First Rule About Watchlists (Score 0) 400

The US... "losing our freedoms" is that now it's finally happening to white people who have money...

The concept that a person of some given behavior is more likely to be locked up if he/she is of some ethnic origin other than white European, say, a black person, in America is incorrect. The reason blacks were more frequently arrested for crack, for example, is that the black population is more likely to use the drug. Indeed, preferential treatment is often the other way around because whites are expected to hew to a higher standard of behavior. For example, a black group in a black neighborhood can lounge on a porch and, unless there is a shooting or something there, can sell crack (using the same example as above [1]) for years without the police intruding. In a white neighborhood, an open operation like that wouldn't last a month.

[1] Domestic violence; Oral threats of violence; Public intoxication; Probation/parole rules like having clean urine, getting employment, paying dues; Noise violations: mostly petty socially-connected crimes are the ones non-whites get a pass on. But some state preferential treatment legal actions are serious. The state holds whites to a much higher standard in the civil law action of taking kids from parents.

Comment Intercepted Transmission Home (Score 1) 99

Come in..., come in please..., Mother Star KIC 8462852. Those of us in the Earth-planet system recently had a close one. Apparently, the thought implants we used on their presidential candidates to make them crazy wasn't enough to keep the humans distracted, and the primitive humans almost deduced where we came from. Nonetheless, we assure you they *are* primitive. When we studied something referred to as TFA, it implied "a level approaching 1027 watts" of radiated power was substantial.

Comment Re:EBike (Score 1) 251

I built an electric bike powered by old laptop batteries... 18650's....

There are plenty of battery salvage stories on Endless-sphere, and though I tried, I never was was able to find a cheap source of batteries. All in all, my e-bike escapades were pretty much failures in terms of transportation. You need more than ingenuity to be a successful e-bike maker. You need some money.

Comment Re:I Would Love to Brag About It But.... (Score 1) 251

I have one of those too. I had just been arrested, cuffed behind, and confined to the back of a squad car for some neglected traffic tickets. But the police, who were then busy away from the squad car, neglected to do a thorough search of my person, and I had two packages of heroin in my back pocket. I expected to soon be subjected to a more thorough search at the jail, and I needed to get rid of the heroin right away. Everything in the back of the squad car was hard plastic, and the space was quite cramped. Nonetheless, I managed to reach into my pocket, remove the packages to the edge of the seat, and then I contorted myself into position to be able to eat the packages.

This isn't a hardware hack, but most of those I have are boring, and this seemed like a good place to brag about a felony :-).

Comment Science or Entertainment? (Score 4, Insightful) 406

This is /., not People magazine. The big bang theory is firstly about the beginning of our universe. This predates the TV sitcom that adopted the name. Submitter should punctuated the title to indicate he/she was referring to the name of the sitcom.

Nowadays, misleading titles translates into rudely wasting people's time. The sloppy title counts as a fault as serious as you can get in terms of punctuation errors.

I have a theory that it's impossible to prove anything, but I can't prove it.