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Comment: Re:Don't mess with Texas (Score 1) 955

by Loki_1929 (#49617877) Attached to: Two Gunman Killed Outside "Draw the Prophet" Event In Texas

When we're talking about single-digit numbers, 63% simply isn't that big of a deal. Iceland had 1 intentional homicide in 2012. If they had 2 in 2013, that's a 100% increase in homicides in just one year.

Should their government panic and enact a large swath of draconian legislation aimed at curbing the epidemic of homicide sweeping the country? Let's have an honest discussion; shall we?

Comment: Re:Ah - an American speaks (Score 1) 85

by MachineShedFred (#49611241) Attached to: I've had my current ISP (disregarding mergers) for ...

Unfortunately because of distances involved and having phone companies that like to pocket money rather than reinvesting it, the vast majority of true residential high-speed service uses wire that doesn't belong to phone companies. Cable television, predominantly.

What you describe exists in the US on the telephone system - if you go with DSL, you can choose ISPs and they can deal with the phone company that actually owns the wire and provision a circuit. But the cable companies aren't regulated the same way, so they get to run the whole show. This is why you saw such dread about a Comcast / Time Warner merger - two cable companies getting together to try and screw everyone they can by not only being an ISP juggernaut big enough to push around Netflix and the like, but by also being a content producer (NBC Universal) that has an automatic distribution to 1/3 of the country without having to play with anyone else, and that 1/3 really can't choose anyone else.

Comment: Time for indictments (Score 4, Insightful) 90

"Law-enforcement officials also don't want to reveal information that would give new ammunition to defense lawyers in prosecutions where warrants weren't used, according to officials involved in the discussions."

Find those officials and indict them. Get them to roll on others involved, get them to roll, so on and so forth until you have everyone from prosecutors to judges to field agents to police officers to administrators to politicians; indict the lot of them for a criminal conspiracy to violate the civil rights of thousands - if not millions - of Americans. Indict the manufacturer too and open all of them to civil suits by everyone involved. In fact, just launch one on behalf of everyone affected.

Put a few thousand people in prison, bankrupt manufacturers, towns, cities, police departments, and individuals, and watch this kind of shit stop real quick. Such action would force everyone else to very careful examine how they treat the civil rights of both suspects and regular people who might get caught up in the dragnet. It would demonstrate real and lasting consequences for knowingly violating the legal rights of the people. It would bring us closer to a more just and perfect union.

Or we could just quietly sweep it under the rug and unwind the most untenable abuses while making some fairly innocuous details available to the public in the name of transparency. I'm sure that'll also work.

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