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Journal: I can see why people have problems 1

Journal by WillAffleckUW

After a whole bunch of Somalis decided to pile on me for actually answering a series of questions, I can see why they have few friends.

Seriously, Somalia has been starving since I was a baby, and the US and Russia dropped mil equipment in Africa that destabilized the region, and now China and Saudi Arabia are going to ensure nothing good ever happens there.

But, sure, yell at me. that will do you good. Not.

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Journal: More complex than "I vas just followink orders" 1

Journal by BarbaraHudson

Sometimes there is no "winning move" but you don't have much of a choice about "playing the game."

Ontario Court of Appeal allows duress as murder defence

SEAN FINE - JUSTICE WRITER

The Globe and Mail

Published Thursday, Apr. 16 2015, 10:11 PM EDT

People who find themselves in a âoekill or be killedâ situation can claim duress as a defence to murder, even though the Criminal Code explicitly rules it out, the Ontario Court of Appeal said Thursday.

Until now, claiming the right to kill an innocent person to save oneâ(TM)s own life has been seen as the greater of two evils. But the court had a different way of looking at duress, offering the hypothetical example of someone faced with killing an innocent person or having their own child be killed. âoeThe putative victims are equally innocent,â the court said.

The court cited a principle that criminal law is not designed for âoea community of saints or heroes,â but for ordinary people making voluntary moral choices. And sometimes those choices are no more free than the choice of a condemned man walking to the gallows, the court said.

âoeSociety may regret or even deplore the accusedâ(TM)s failure to ârise to the occasion,â(TM) but it cannot, in a criminal justice system predicated on individual autonomy, justly criminalize and punish conduct absent a realistic choice,â Justice David Doherty wrote in a 3-0 ruling. The court was not asked to rule on the constitutionality of the law barring duress as a defence to murder, but said that law is probably unconstitutional.

France and Germany do not bar duress as a defence to murder, and 11 U.S. states have laws declaring duress can be a defence to murder.

Toronto lawyer Daniel Santoro, who represented Mr. Aravena, said the ruling is the first by an appeal court in Canada to affirm that duress can be used as a defence to murder. âoeIt recognizes that sometimes people are put into horrible situations where they have no realistic choice, and trying to punish someone in that situation as a murderer is not fair,â

Given the choice between you and someone else being killed, or just someone else, sometimes the only realistic choice is to try to minimize the body count.

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Journal: Product Review: Seagate Personal Cloud 1

Journal by mcgrew

Around the first of the year all three working computers were just about stuffed full, so I thought of sticking a spare drive in the Linux box, when the Linux box died from a hardware problem. It's too old to spend time and money on, so its drive is going in the XP box (which is, of course, not on the network; except sneakernet). I decided to break down and buy an external hard drive. I found what I was looking for in the "Seagate Personal Cloud". And here I thought the definition of "the cloud" was someone else's server!

I ordered it the beginning of January, not noticing that it was a preorder; it wasn't released until late March. I got it right before April.

I was annoyed with its lack of documentation -- it had a tiny pamphlet full of pictures and icons and very few words. Whoever put that pamphlet together must beleive the old adage "a picture is worth a thousand words". Tell me, if a picture is worth a thousand words, convey that thought in pictures. I don't think it can be done.

I did find a good manual on the internet. For what I wanted, I really didn't need a manual, but since I'm a nerd I wanted to understand everything about the thing. Before looking for a manual I plugged it all up, and Windows 7 had no problem connecting with it. It takes a few minutes to boot; it isn't really simply a drive, it must have an operating system and network software, because it looks to the W7 notebook to be another file server. Its only connections are a jack for the power cord and a network jack.

The model I got has three terrabytes. I moved all the data from the two working computers (using a thumb drive to move data from XP) and the "cloud" was still empty. Streaming audio and video from it is flawless; I'm completely satisfied with it, it's a fine piece of hardware.

However, it WON'T do what is advertised to do, which is to be able to get to your data from anywhere. In order to do that, Seagate has a "software as a service" thing where you can connect to a computer from anywhere, but only the computer and its internal drives, NOT the "personal cloud". And they want ten bucks a month for it.

I downloaded the Android app, and I could see and copy files that were on my notebook to my phone, but I couldn't play music stored there on it. I uninstalled the crap. "Software as a service" is IMO evil in the first place, but to carge a monthly fee to use a piece of crap software like this is an insult. Barnum must have been right.

If you're just looking for an external hard drive, like I was, it's a good solution. If you want what they're advertising, you ain't gettin' it. The Seagate Personal Cloud's name is a lie, as is its advertising.

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Journal: "Fox English" - for all your trailer-park trash. 9

Journal by BarbaraHudson
Reads more like one of those "made-in-ebonia" instruction manuals from the dark ages. Or something passed through several machine translations.

Example: "She was out promoting the paperback edition of her reserve "A Preventing Opportunity,"

Should have been ""She was out promoting the paperback edition of her biography "A Fighting Chance," Google for the phrase to see the original sources and you'll see that they can't even plagiarize properly.

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Journal: Fricking stupid biometric security spies

Journal by WillAffleckUW

Seriously, try to pretend we weren't spying on Americans and still do so, and so out of it they actually believe the security firm hype about biometric security.

Just like missile interception, real world tests in real conditions reveal numerous flaws that are easy to get around.

Ever hear of kidnapping, jackoffs?

Now grow a pair.

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Journal: Ontario preparing ban on gay and trans "conversion therapy" for children.

Journal by BarbaraHudson
The practice of promising parents that they can "straighten out" their gay or lesbian kids has been under fire around the world, with no evidence of long-term success, and lots of suicides. Exerpt from the APA:

Is It Possible To Change Oneâ(TM)s Sexual Orientation (âoeReparative Therapyâ)?

There is no published scientific evidence supporting the efficacy of âoereparative therapyâ as a treatment to change oneâ(TM)s sexual orientation, nor is it included in the APAâ(TM)s Task Force Report, Treatments of Psychiatric Disorders. More importantly, altering sexual orientation is not an appropriate goal of psychiatric treatment. Some may seek conversion to heterosexuality because of the difficulties that they encounter as a member of a stigmatized group. Clinical experience indicates that those who have integrated their sexual orientation into a positive sense of self-function at a healthier psychological level than those who have not. âoeGay affirmative psychotherapyâ may be helpful in the coming out process, fostering a positive psychological development and overcoming the effects of stigmatization. A position statement adopted by the Board in December 1998 said:

"The American Psychiatric Association opposes any psychiatric treatment, such as âoereparativeâ or âoeconversionâ therapy, which is based upon the assumption that homosexuality per se is a mental disorder, or based upon a prior assumption that the patient should change his/ her homosexual orientation.â

And yet, it's still practiced. Now Ontario is preparing to ban "conversion therapy" for children.

A bill that would ban therapy to 'convert' gay and transgender children and youth got support from MPPs of all political stripes in the Ontario legislature on Thursday.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or questioning (LGBTQ) children and youth shouldnâ(TM)t be told it would be better if they were âoestraight,â she said.

DiNovo dedicated her bill to American transgender teen Leelah Alcorn, who committed suicide on Dec. 28 after undergoing conversion therapy.

Hopefully this "outbreak of common sense" will spread. Attempting conversion therapy on kids is child abuse.

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Journal: Does #OccupyResoluteDesk Read Slashdot? 52

Journal by smitty_one_each

He reminded Republicans that some of the ideas behind the Affordable Care Act--most notably its individual mandate to buy coverage--were once supported by some conservatives, although its Medicaid expansion and some other big parts of the law stem more from liberal thought.
"The Affordable Care Act pretty much was their plan before I adopted it," he said.

It sounds as though he's snorting the same Drano as some I could name here.
Yeah, one time some Heritage dudes said something semi-fungible, so I guess that lets the No-Talent Rodeo Clown off the hook for what's among the more expensive cock-ups in human history. Or something.
A cleaner non-argument would be that Republicans use the Roman alphabet, and all five reams of the PooPoo-cACA itself* were composed in the Roman alphabet**.
The broader point is that this country is an experiment in self-government, and the time has arrived to admit that Hayek is correct, and the Progressive Project (both Republican and Democrat flavors) just needs to be scuttled in favor of simpler systems empowering individuals in their liberty. You either support that, or I oppose you.

*To say nothing of the ensuing reams of regulation--would that they were reduced to nothing!
**For all it could have as well been a simple Klingon translation, for all anyone who cast a vote to hang this albatross about our necks actually read the Mike Foxtrot.

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Journal: SJWs 15 minutes of fame is almost over. 72

Journal by BarbaraHudson

I'm pretty sure that the whole "Social Justice Warrior" thing is dying. Going like a rabid dog at the stupidest provocations gets old fast. SJWs generally go for emotional reactions from others, same as trolls. No wonder that more and more we're feeling like we're all being trolled.

Still, some people will take offense at the slightest disagreement - like my latest foe. Go figure.

Maybe we should have a week with NO stories about gender imbalance anywhere. Just for a break to let people get a chance to catch their breath and get a bit of perspective.

According to the latest official figures, 43% of all statistics are totally worthless.

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