Correction: "Isolation and punishment cannot solve crime, because they are crimes."
Pardon me, but I must return the bullshit back apon you, Sir. What if you have no alarm clock and miss your 6AM appointment? Then what are you to do, starve?
How about we just use a different example?: "Sleeping in the park (or your car)." Around here that's punishable by 30 days in jail. And puts you ar risk for missing court and further incarceration. If you've previously missed court for any reason, you're considered a flight risk and might be held in jail for several months awaiting trial, whereby you will likely lose your car and/or all worldly possessions. When finally released, are you then less likely to sleep in the park, after having been "effectively punished"? (By "effectively" I mean "achieved some benefit for society." And it's in quotes to imply that the term questionable.)
The OP suggests that many people being punished in jail did not want to break the law but had no viable alternative at the time, other than perhaps starving or being divested of what little assets they may have had. His point was that, in such cases, punishment does not serve society.
Even if, for the sake of argument, we agree with your point, you've not refuted the OP's statement that there are many other lesser crimes where punishment does not serve society.
IMHO, we citizens must petition our Gov't to use modern technology and scientific understanding to implement more useful alternatives to the current system of broadly applied incarceration. Isolation and punishment cannot crime, because they are crimes.
You need help. If you make a good wage, hire a cheap coder to do your pet projects.
Does anyone know what happened to the HTML5 (non-plugin) based server-side version of cryptocat?
I don't care if it's less secure than the new plugin-required version.. it will still probably defend against an eavesdropper in my college dorm or at Starbucks.
WHAT WE CAN DO: Use the internet to promote government transparency, keep a record of who commits law/ethics/privacy violations, and a collaborative action plan. Use a distributed encrypted anonymous system of credibility ratings tied to individual user accounts to identify and minimize disinformation.
e.g. Example 1: A new user intent on disinformation pops into a slashdot thread, and starts grouping the "truthers" with some maligned group (hippies, racists, homeless, crazies, etc), or brings up off-topic hot-button subjects (abortion, gay rights, etc..) in an effort to derail the the thread. The user is downvoted and disappears similar to slashdot. Mod's high cred rating greatly lowers the shill's already low cred.
Example 2: User uploads tar.gz of 3-Letter-Org leaks info but has a 0 cred score. Moderator sees this and up-votes user. Mod's high cred rating means post quickly surfaces, and the new user gets awarded generous cred points.
Example 3: Someone pays 1000 Vietnamese users to make slashdot accounts and downvote post in Ex. #2. Since they are all new accounts, their 0 cred score does nothing....
Perhaps this "web cred" could be a combination of "Credibility", "Experience" and "Popularity". It should be portable, and follow you across sites (if you wish) and be totally anonymous through the use of encryption. You should be able to expose as much or as little of your own account's webcred as you wish. In this way, you can chose to expose which sites you patron. e.g., when you sign on to a new dating site, you are asked for your webcred identifier. You go to webcred.com and click on the sites where you've generated web cred: "okdate.com, and cupid.com" but omit "slashdot.org" because you have horrible webcred there. This generates a token which you give to your new site, and they give you increased account privileges because you have an established persona.
It's an idea that I've toyed with for a long time. If you have skills in math and cryptography, and would like to collaborate on an OSS solution, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
"not fighting for truth?" What is fighting for truth then? What you're doing?
"Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country." H.G. Citation.
It was uploaded 1.5 years ago, and has only 460,000 views. Obviously, it has not yet experienced the "Slashdot effect." Don't you think maybe, it should?
*sigh* Here's a video suggesting why we're fucked by the rich through SS. Jump to 4:15 and 6:10 to to feel that fucked by the gov't (rich people, Bush, right-wing tools) feeling once again.
Really, capitalism is based on continual growth, which is impossible. I wish we humans could produce some smarter outlier individuals like Einstein, Newton, Aristotle, etc... A Tesla of Economics who could formulate provable optimal strategies for the world economy. Seems logically possible. The problem is these kind of economic/social theories are too complex to be understood in the context of a democracy (*cough* republicans, "Jesus says birth control is evil."). Then without a drastic switch in the "purpose" of our gov't, from "ensure no limit to individual power" to "ensure a sustainable way of life".... and/or, a benevolent dictator, we're all fucked.
If SSNs didn't exist then it would stop a lot of identity theft. I have creditors calling me for things like unpaid phone and electric bills in states I never lived in. This could not happen if there were no SSNs. I can't think of one good reason for Gov't mandated unique identifiers except for the purposes of totalitarian oppression.
Take for example: wage taxes. An idea once fought against: "The power of direct taxation applies to every individual
I suppose you'd counter with, "How would people buy small things on credit?" Well, they wouldn't. You secure credit with equity. Society still managed to progress ~70 years ago before credit cards. The SSN and small lines of credit are a bane on society used by people who lack critical thinking skills about the tools of totalitarianism and algebra. Giving a broke person a $100 line of credit which ends up costing them $800 in fees because they're broke is definitely not in their best interests. All the ridiculous profits made by credit card companies is money extracted from the local economy to the direct detriment of the poor.
Give me one good example of where an SSN is not used by a totalitarian regime to subjugate the poor.
The poor don't need credit cards. And they don't need SSNs. Wages are not income. Gasoline should not be cheaper than water. There is no news at 11. Question authority. Eat the rich!
That's cool. I do that too. But, I'd rather be right on the Internet than hang out with a bunch of imprecise idiots and their stupid boobs.
BTW, cryptocat.com is not the correct website, but it's interesting. Does anyone know of a Linux router firmware software package that does similar automatic decryption?