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Comment: Re:He still plead guilty to something ... (Score 1) 205

by AK Marc (#48475113) Attached to: Hacker Threatened With 44 Felony Charges Escapes With Misdemeanor

The torture system was designed to get guilty people to confess [...]

The plea bargain system is a threat designed to elicit a confession.

Yes, that's what I said. Torture included threats of future harm, in addition to immediate pain. That the immediate pain isn't there doesn't make the threats of future harm any less. After that, it's all a discussion of whether the future harm threatened justifies the emotional connotations of "torture".

The plea bargain system tries to avoid both the bad acts and the fundamental undermining.

Through the use of torture to elicit confessions.

Make it simple. Post a single defintion of "torture" that I can't reasonably claim is met by the plea bargain system. Don't forget, the plea bargains are threats of future harm if you don't confess. I've not seen a mainstream definition of torture that didn't include that. True they don't anally rape you before demanding your confession under threats of repeated anal rape. But they do threaten anal rape if you don't confess.

An analog involving violence would be something like "confess or I'll kill you", not torture. That's not the same thing as torture.

But that is torture. Go read the definitions and post one that proves me wrong. Should be easy. Right?

Comment: Re:He still plead guilty to something ... (Score 1) 205

by AK Marc (#48474965) Attached to: Hacker Threatened With 44 Felony Charges Escapes With Misdemeanor

...pleading innocence also doesn't prove said innocence...

No defendant ever pleads innocence,

His words work great. Suspects do "plead" innocent. But court doesn't allow pleadings, only pleas. There's a difference. You can plead with the prosecutor in interrogation. But you give a plea to the judge.

Comment: Re:He still plead guilty to something ... (Score 1) 205

by AK Marc (#48474949) Attached to: Hacker Threatened With 44 Felony Charges Escapes With Misdemeanor

For a justice system to function guilty people need to have reason to confess their guilt and engage in a process of reconciliation with the community.

That was the basis of the torture of the inquisition. The current plea bargains allowed fit every definition of torture I've ever seen. You are supporting a policy of torture.

Comment: Re:He still plead guilty to something ... (Score 1) 205

by AK Marc (#48474939) Attached to: Hacker Threatened With 44 Felony Charges Escapes With Misdemeanor
Yes. But they throw you in jail for 2 years, waiting for the trial on a crime with a 6 month max sentence, usually fine only. Fighting for your rights costs more than giving them up. The rational actor will give up his rights. It takes the irrational person to fight.

Comment: Re:Only in USA you pay NOTHING (if you are corpora (Score 1) 57

by AK Marc (#48474909) Attached to: Was Microsoft Forced To Pay $136M In Back Taxes In China?
For years we talked about movie accounting as if it was a bad thing, but the multinationals took it as a blueprint. Make something. Doesn't matter where. Sell it to a subsidiary in Ireland for $1. Sell it from that subsidiary to the final country for retail price + 50% (so you don't accidentally make a profit). Ireland subsidiary makes everything, and is the only profitable arm of the company. Bonus points if you set up fake marketing companies that charge more than R&D and production costs combined, but have no relation to the final sale price or number of units sold.

Comment: Re:License Audit (Score 1) 57

by AK Marc (#48474871) Attached to: Was Microsoft Forced To Pay $136M In Back Taxes In China?
One of the problems with China is that because so few countries engaged China before Nixon, China isn't a signatory on many treaties. MS could be getting taxed on Ireland profits because the books in China don't match international standards.

This is why there should be a 5% tax on revenue. Profits can be manipulated. Revenue less so.

Comment: Re:Can Iowa handle a circus that large? (Score 1) 413

by AK Marc (#48472839) Attached to: Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Considering US Presidential Run

Never mind the fact that it is undeniable, whether born here or not, that citizenship was renounced when he lived in Indonesia as required by Indonesian law to attend school.

Required by law, and performed aren't the same thing.

Or the fact that only one parent was a citizen at the time of his birth, which does not meet the required "natural born citizen" as defined and discussed in various texts and Federalist papers.

I have two children, born outside the USA, both of which were born natural born citizens. The requirement being *one* parent being a US citizen who has spent at least one day in the USA. The law isn't explicit about a minor mother who is a US citizen. But likely that would have been allowed at the time, as it is now, and the default is to give the citizenship at birth.

Even if citizenship was not denounced while in Indonesia, at best, he has dual citizenship, which disqualifies him, as he holds allegiances (citizenship) to another country, as explained by the constitution framers.

So you must be a citizen of Indonesia to go to school there, and Indonesia doesn't recognize dual citizenship?

Also, there is no condition that the President may not be a dual citizen. What the framers explain, and what they put in the document must not agree on that point. And the Constitution trumps revisionist recollections of framer's writings. Remember, they were all foreign born, and nearly all what would now be considered dual-citizens. But the rules were so much different then that it isn't really comparable.

Comment: Re:Can Iowa handle a circus that large? (Score 1) 413

by AK Marc (#48472739) Attached to: Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Considering US Presidential Run

The Certificate shows Obama's father was born in " Kenya, East Africa". Kenya did not even exist until December 1963, two years after Obama's birth, and 27 years after his father's birth. Obama's father could not have been born in a country that did not yet exist.

Yes he could. Let's say that Texas secedes from the Union. My children will have Texas, USA as their father's birth place, despite them already having been born. Kenya is the area of East Africa, with East Africa clearly stated as the country. The fact that my birth location is listed as Texas isn't an edit, or pre-cognition.

Like all the other objections, this is looking for a problem that doesn't exist. Like the hospital names. I worked for Company A at one point. Now, it's Company C. My LinkedIn profile was entered with it as Company A long ago. At some point, LinkedIn retroactively changed the name of the company I worked for from Company A to Company C, despite the fact that Company C existed at the time, and I never worked there.

The same happens with birth certificates. The information is digitized, and a digital copy is printed on request. My sister's birth hospital changed its name. Any birth certificate she has printed now has the "wrong name" on it as well.

The fact that reality proves birthers wrong has no impact on their opinions. The Republican governor of HI verified the birth certificate personally, the first time such an action has been done. Is Obama a Republican conspiracy?

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