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  • Mar 19th, 2021 @ 3:29am

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    And now for something really scary. It seems that another town was willing to hire this guy even after he shot Tamir and lied to Cleveland about his prior record.
    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/08/us/timothy-loehmann-tamir-rice-shooting.html

    He may be currently unemployed if this article is correct:
    https://www.clevescene.com/scene-and-heard/archives/2021/02/08/president-of-cleveland-cop-f ootball-team-resigns-after-protest-coverage-of-timothy-loehmanns-participation

  • Mar 2nd, 2021 @ 5:16am

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    Pretty sure that all TSA agents have to swear an oath to "Protect and Defend the Constitution..." as part of their hiring process. For the TSA to claim lack of education as an excuse for violating that same Constitution seems rather hypocritical. Maybe the supervisors that thought this case was defensible should be brought up on charges of violating their oath of office.

  • Jan 25th, 2021 @ 8:19am

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    This is why those often forgotten off cycle/down ballot elections are so important. Everyone worries about who is President, Senator or Representative. But this program was created and approved by locally elected Sheriff and School Officials. As are things like Resource Officer contracts. Pay attention to these elections and go vote.

  • Dec 28th, 2020 @ 6:37pm

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    Most Policing is local, the US Federal Government has very little real authority here. If you don't like how your local police are behaving, pay attention to those City council and mayor elections. That is where reform can be done. Sheriffs often have a high degree of control over how their departments operate, another one of those elections that is often off cycle. Even school board elections are important in this. They have a lot of control over the School Resource Officer/Security Officer contracts. Depending on your state, many of these elections may be 'non-partisan', where party affiliation isn't listed on the ballot and doesn't limit who can file to run.

    Most of these elections are off cycle from the high turnout Federal election dates and often have very low turnouts. A precinct that had a thousand voters for the 2020 General Election may have fewer then a hundred for a mayor or city council election. An organized group of a hundred like minded people may well be able to unseat an unsuspecting incumbent.

  • Oct 5th, 2020 @ 9:02pm

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    Which way did the money flow? If Orton paid Alexander for the tattoos, the tattoos would seem to fall under the "Work for Hire" concept and belong to Orton. If Alexander paid Orton for the use of his body to display her art, then things get more complicated.

  • Oct 2nd, 2020 @ 11:47am

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    I have just read both Op-Eds. Don't see anywhere in Sen Cotton's piece where he advocated using the Military on peaceful protestors. He was suggesting that troops be used to deal with the other folks using the protests as cover while they burned, looted and destroyed innocent business owner's dreams and livelihoods. Wonder how many of the people who were outraged at Sen Cotton's opinion would feel if it were their homes and businesses being smashed, burned and looted while the police politely stood by on orders to not interfere with 'peaceful protestors'.

    As much as we might wish it was otherwise, Hong Kong is part of Communist China and is going to have to adapt to the Communist way of doing things. This is a fair amount of what was expressed in the Regina lp opinion. Until the Chinese people have had enough of the Communist way, there is little we can do.

    I hope the NY Times keeps publishing these type op-eds. It is good for folks to see thoughts and opinions that make them uncomfortable.

  • Oct 1st, 2020 @ 2:49pm

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    In the US, there is a Federal mandate to move medical records to electronic format. Some of the requirements of that mandate including the ability to easily transfer patient records between providers, pretty well requires Internet access. Things like HIPPA mandate patient privacy but allow disturbing bypasses. Add in the growing tendency of developers to link to third party scripts/libraries to do important processing without checking what that code really does. Don't forget the whole 'Patient is the marketable data product' thing as well. This is going to get far worse before it gets better.

  • Sep 28th, 2020 @ 2:08pm

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    This suit has the hallmarks of sue everyone with money and see if something lasts long enough to encourage a settlement. Regardless of the legal merits of the case, FB doesn't want a case surviving to trial. FB vs Grieving Family has a good chance of a jury win for Grieving Family.

  • Aug 27th, 2020 @ 8:46am

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    Giant living critter in space. Not exactly new material for the Star Trek universe. ST-TOS The Immunity Syndrome featured a giant single celled critter. Not exactly a tardigrade but given the effects budget and ability at the time a pretty good try. Wonder how many monster in space games, stories and etc were inspired in part by someone watching that episode?

  • Aug 26th, 2020 @ 2:57pm

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    Quick Internet search:
    ASU - Appalachian State University
    ASU - Alabama State university
    ASU - Arizona State University
    ASU - Angelo State University

    Could be others.

    All seem to use some version of yellow/gold as one of their school colors based on website visuals. Guessing that each has an exact Pantone color definition for their school colors.

    Seems the use of ASU isn't exactly unique in the college/university trade area.

    Wonder if Arizona State verified the colors used on the accounts in question were the trademarked colors or merely generic yellow/dark red shades? Assuming they actually did get trademarks on specific colors.

  • Jul 21st, 2020 @ 6:48am

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    Any judge that signs a no-knock warrant that results in injuries or death(s) should have to go through an administrative review much as police do after a shooting. Questions like did the judge query the police as to why the no-knock was needed? Is the information leading to the warrant corroborated by a 2nd source?

    For that matter, perhaps there should be a periodic review of all warrants a judge signs. How many resulted in good arrests and prosecutions? How many resulted in evidence being tossed due to bad warrant or poor execution?

    If judges start being held accountable for their actions, maybe they will pay more attention to what they are being asked to approve.

  • Jul 7th, 2020 @ 1:32pm

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    I don't know what percent of classes have to be in-person to qualify a visa holder for staying but it should be possible for a university to create a in person class in a large auditorium or empty sports arena so that students can maintain proper safe distancing while attending an in person class. Or a class could have a mandatory in person "Expectations" lecture followed up with a series of on-line guidance sessions. Many possibilities if the schools want to keep the money flowing in from visa holding students.

  • Jul 7th, 2020 @ 9:05am

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    The UK probably got the best deal they could at the time. The earlier Falklands War with Argentina had shown the UK just how far they had fallen as a military power. They won but not by that much against a small country also fighting a remote war. China is neither small nor remote from Hong Kong.

    Anyone in HK that doesn't have a go bag packed and an escape plan prepared wasn't paying attention.

    China picked a good time. The rest of the world is dealing with Covid19 and other political issues.

  • Jul 2nd, 2020 @ 7:18am

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    The more things change, the more they stay the same. Or in this case, repeat.

    When cable first came out, it was a affordable way to get a variety of local + new stations without the hassle of having to put an an antenna + rotor(if you were between stations.

    Once cable got enough folks hooked and the antennas had come down(sometime due to local laws or HOA rules), cable started jacking up prices.

    Streaming is following the same playbook. Low intro price, no or simple controller box, better channel options. Now that enough folks are hooked and have turned in those cable boxes, Streamers are raising prices and in many cases adding in those same high cost channels that folks used to hate in the cable bundles.

    If the Streamers keep this up, physical media may make a come back.

  • Jul 2nd, 2020 @ 7:08am

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    As a small child, I was taught to look BOTH ways before stepping into the street, for exactly this reason. You never know what idiot is doing something stupid on the road. Getting hit is on the kid.

    Shouldn't absolve the 'Professionally Trained' Officer of being disciplined for being stupid enough to speed the wrong way on a Trick or Treat night. Or the rest of the Dept for the follow on round ups and subsequent cover up.

  • Jun 23rd, 2020 @ 9:01am

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    The investigation will likely find that the 'Two Companies' have few assets subject to tort recovery and the contracts between the companies and Oracle and others clearly put all financial responsibility on the 'Two Companies'.

    Wouldn't be surprised if said contracts are being printed off now and back dated by a fully activated Oracle legal staff.

  • Jun 22nd, 2020 @ 8:59am

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    Looks like AT&T may become the next GE. A long slow painful decline while the stock pickers are yelling "BUY!" because of the high dividend and large cash flow.

  • Jun 15th, 2020 @ 4:23pm

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    This will probably end poorly. The SROs became popular as an easy way for school administrators to off-load responsibility for handling discipline issues to someone else. They are not going to want to take that responsibility back. I predict that a lot of schools dropping out of SRO contracts will soon have contracts with 'Joe's School Security Corp, est - 2020'. And not too long after, there will be a growing number of posts here about how bad an idea it is for schools to hire private security guards who earn slightly more then minimum wage to patrol the hallways.

  • Jun 2nd, 2020 @ 3:37pm

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    Please do your own homework. Your request has nothing to do with my posting.

  • Jun 2nd, 2020 @ 10:09am

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    Gee, A study of Facebook by an company owned by Facebook declares that Facebook is doing a good job. What could go wrong with that?

    It seems the results of this study really depend on how the various groups are classified. The linked CNN report calls Fox News a Conservative Network. Does this put CNN in the straight forward category for this report? If you classify Fox News as straight forward network, this probably moves CNN,ABC etc. into the Liberal camp and would likely change the report outcomes.

    Would be really nice if they would publish the list of how they classified the various networks and organizations.

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