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Comment Re:Other than Brother... (Score 1) 386

Is there anybody who makes significant use of hardcopies anymore?

Yes. We're called "lawyers," and nearly everything we submit to the court in my jurisdiction (Oklahoma) is done not only on real paper, but in triplicate at minimum (one for the Court, one for me, one for the other side; more if there are multiple parties, if the judge needs his own copy separate from the court file, etc.). PACER is all electronic in the federal courts (though some things still have to be retained on paper for audit purposes, such as bankruptcy filings), but e-filing hasn't come to my state system yet (we have one county, out of 77, working on a pilot program right now). Print, sign, make 2+ copies (I love my auto-stapler), have the clerk file-stamp all of the copies, and mail or FAX them to the other side. For pretty much everything we do.

Contracts, though not filed with the court, are done on paper. Wills are done on paper. Deeds are done on paper.

Paper isn't going anywhere.

Comment Re:So, what's a problem? (Score 1) 157

I can't be bothered to click through on the rest of the Apollo missions, but the only Apollo astronaut I am aware of not reaching their eighties is Ronald Evans from Apollo 17. Basically the Apollo astronauts looks to be living *VERY* full lives if you ask me.

Gus Grissom, Ed White, Roger Chafee; Apollo 1.

Comment Re:Its official, the FBI has become a joke. (Score 1) 1010

So intent is now needed to be prosecuted for a crime?

Mens rea is part of due process for imprisonable crimes. The only crimes without a mens rea requirement are strict liability offenses whose penalty is a fine, such as traffic violations.

True, but needs clarification. Mens rea means "an intent to do what you did," not necessarily "intent to break the law." If I punch you, not knowing that battery is illegal, I can't use lack of intent to break the law as an excuse. To support a finding of no mens rea, I'd have to make a claim that I didn't intend to punch you. A spastic tic resulting from a reaction to a medication would meet that, but "yeah, I swung my fist, I just didn't know it was wrong" wouldn't.

There's been no claim that Hillary didn't intend to run a private server; such a claim would be even more ludicrous than her initial denial of it (which could be a crime in and of itself--lying to the FBI; see, e.g. Martha Stewart). Moreover, the mens rea requirement for mishandling classified information has been defined down by statute to include negligence, so it comes closer to strict liability.

Comment Re:False alarms (Score 1) 263

In my area (greater Oklahoma City), the police do respond to alarms, though they're probably called by the monitoring company--I don't know of any (perhaps banks?) that go directly to the police. False alarms? You get one freebie; after that, you do get a bill for each one.

Comment Re:Immigration (Score 1) 1718

Perhaps the world should wake up and realize that the problem isn't muslims.

Wake up! The problem is islam. The ideology is toxic, dangerous and totally incompatible with Western civilization.

So rather than close the borders, close up islam. Close the hate-temples, forbid their religious practices, ban koran, just do not facilitate islam in any way. Stop allowing islam in our sociëty. World-wide. Those who can't live without it, will have to go find a country where it's allowed.

Have you heard of the First Amendment?

Comment Re:Omar Saddiqui Mateen? (Score 1) 1718

Point to the Christian mass shootings against gays in this country in the last 5-10 years.

You mean like the Christian terrorist who was thwarted in LA today from carrying out his attack on gays?

I've been watching that story on several sources, and so far, not a single one has identified him as a Christian. So, [citation needed].

Comment Civil Contracts vs. The Constitution (Score 2) 105

...with many departments citing nondisclosure agreements with Stingray's manufacturer and with the FBI, and "often, the police get a judge's sign-off for surveillance without even bothering to mention that they will be using a Stingray...claiming that they simply can't violate those FBI nondisclosure agreements.

So their position, then, is that they've contracted away our constitutional rights? Is that the long and the short of it?

Comment Re:The treaty says no such thing. (Score 1) 218

Things don't always come down to that. Look at the Cod Wars between Iceland and the UK. Three times Iceland pushed the UK - a nuclear power with hundreds of times its population - back further and further out its shores. The UK had the military ability to crush Iceland like an ant. But Iceland succeeded by combination of making it economically unfeasible for the British to fish Icelandic waters (net cutters, for example) and well-played international geopolitical maneuvering (for example, threatening to give the NATO base at Keflavík to the Soviets if the US didn't exert pressure on the UK, while also successfully positioning itself as a small weak state being bullied by a large powerful one)

Ah, but I'd distinguish on a couple of grounds. First, the UK was trying to encroach on waters already owned; no such ownership claim exists to objects in space. Second, "making it economically unfeasible for the British to fish Icelandic waters (net cutters, for example);" short of shooting down the rockets--which, again, would be in the equivalent of international waters, not territorial--how would you propose a country (and, for that matter, which country--who has the claim of right?) exert such force? Third, "positioning itself as a small weak state being bullied by a large powerful one;" again, how is anybody else being bullied? They're not being robbed of anything to which they have a claim.

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