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  • Dec 17th, 2020 @ 4:46pm

    Real fixes do not matter

    Politicians do not care about actually fixing problems.

    What they care about is appearing to fix problems and having nice sound bites for their campaigns. Any real solutions are just accidental and not important in any way.

    Why all the redactions? Is there a legal reason for having them in a public document?

  • Dec 14th, 2020 @ 2:51pm

    On borrowed time

    Section 230 is on borrowed time. Biden in on record as saying he wants to repeal it so it is not like a new administration is going to be any better in this respect.

    The only reason it is still a law is the Democrats and Republicans can not agree on how to destroy it.

    I doubt there will be an outright repeal though, what will happen is that the law will be gutted to the point that it is worthless leaving the politicians from both parties to claim that they fixed and improved it.

  • Nov 25th, 2020 @ 9:04pm

    Public money private profit??

    I am not generally in favor of coming up with new laws to solve every problem** but why do the publishers get to make a profit on science that is publicly funded? It really needs to end and if we need a law to make it happen then we need to pass one that will do so.

    If the science is publicly funded they should be required to cover those costs before they can make a profit on it.

    If I and other tax payers are already having to pay for the research there is no way we should have to pay to see the results. I am having trouble understanding how this ever became a thing since nobody really wins other than the publishers.

    ** Mostly because new laws never seem to solve the problem they say they are trying to solve. So many passed laws focus on sounding good rather than being effective.

  • Nov 6th, 2020 @ 9:06am

    Why no truck camera?

    I would think by now any company insuring OTR truckers would require at least dash cams by now.

    Also why are cops allowed to turn off their dash cams? I can see that there might be a very limited number of reasons for turning off body cams but I can not think of any reason why they should be allowed to turn off dash cams.

  • Nov 3rd, 2020 @ 6:22am

    Re: Ummm…

    You would think so but unfortunately no.

    From what I have read it is illegal in most states for officers working jails and prisons to have sex with inmates but not for regular cops.

    However even with jailers and prison guards they rarely get more than a slap on the wrist if they get caught.

  • Oct 22nd, 2020 @ 7:54am

    Good Cop vs Bad Cop

    Bottom line is that a cop is not a good cop unless he/she does something about the bad cops.

    If you are standing around watching one of your buddies abuse someone and do nothing you are a bad cop.

    If you let cops lie about what they did and do nothing you are a bad cop.

    The argument that there are only a small percentage of cops that use excessive force, kill, rape, etc etc. is probably true.

    However if they are such a small minority why is the majority of supposed good cops not willing to do anything about them.

    If 90+% of the cops are good then getting rid of the outliers should be a walk in the park.

    If the so called good cops are not willing to fix the bad cop situation then they are bad cops

  • Oct 19th, 2020 @ 8:05am

    The Dems should thank Trump

    Trump has done more damage to the Republican party in four years than the Democrats have been able to manage in decades.

    I never would have thought that the Republicans would have gotten on their knees and kissed King Trumps ass like they have. In fact I would have bet a fair amount against it four years ago.

    What I assumed would be an amusing train wreck of a Presidency turned into a scary Fascist dumpster fire. All because the entire Republican party decided to be Trump's bitch.

    If Biden and the Democrats somehow manage to pull a loss out of this election every single Democrat in a position of power in the party needs to fall on their sword and let someone else take charge. Every.Single.One.....

  • Oct 15th, 2020 @ 11:55am

    Re: Huh what?

    I was thinking the same thing.

    Could the judge tell the DOJ "Sorry but this has nothing to do with the Govt" and make her hire a private lawyer?

  • Sep 30th, 2020 @ 3:51pm

    While a good move by DA..

    It is not like this was done out of the goodness of his heart. He may be a standup guy, I have no idea but any case pushed with this kind of evidence would be a waste of time.

    Defense attorneys even public defenders with too large case loads would be all over this "technicality".

    The fact the cops are finding new ways to get around laws is just one more reason why fewer and fewer people trust anything they say.

    Ten years ago if I heard about someone saying a cop beat him down for no reason I leaned well into believing the cop. And this is from someone who has had a few of those run ins himself.

    However today any time I hear a cop speak I assume he is lying. I actually believe cops less than politicians which is saying a lot because I believe politicians very close to zero.

  • Sep 11th, 2020 @ 1:37pm

    Politicians of both parties are short sighted idiots.

    So now the Republicans want to restrict speech to what they approve of. Then the Democrats will get in power and they will be in charge of regulating speech and the Republicans will cry a river. Then the Democrats will do something similar and when the shoe is on the other foot they will be crying in their beer about how the world is so unfair.

    Obama "rules with his pen" Democrats rejoice and Republicans scream. Trump does the same and Democrats scream and Republicans rejoice.

    Not that this is a new thing but it does seem to be accelerating quite a bit the last few decades.

    None of them seem to be able to look more than a couple of years ahead and do not seem to care even a little bit about the constitution. Meanwhile both parties slowly (or maybe not so slowly any longer) kill the constitution and the rule of law in this country as we slide from a Republic to ( take your best guess). Probably a dictatorship of sorts with a veneer of Democracy.

    My guess is that both parties are thinking that they will be in charge when the game of musical chairs that is the end of the Republic ends.

  • Sep 11th, 2020 @ 1:23pm

    We know the cops are out of control but..

    The cops are not going to change until society forces them to do so and there are too many people in this country begging to get down on their knees and blow them so not going to happen anytime soon.

    However there is still an available fix. Any ems driver who injects someone without a doctor's approval is automatically fired for practicing medicine without a license and loses their certification.

    The spinless ems drivers would stop pretty quick.

  • Jul 27th, 2020 @ 12:50pm

    The question is who??

    All well and good that qualified immunity is gone but if you have no idea who it is that stomped on your rights or even what agency they work for it is not going to do you any good.

    What they need is to take the swat teams off the drug raids and start having them take down the yahoos that Trump sent out.

    Or maybe the National Guard. I would like to see the fight that would start between the Governor and Trump.

  • Jul 24th, 2020 @ 3:28pm

    You had me until...

    " take down content from extremist groups like Antifa"

    So being against Fascism is considered extremist?

    When did that happen?

    I guess I should pay more attention to the news because I did not get that memo

  • Jul 24th, 2020 @ 3:26pm

    You had me until...

  • Jul 9th, 2020 @ 2:49pm

    Why Big Tech?

    Big Tech are not who create the laws. The Govt does that...

    Yes Big Tech and well Big pretty much big everyone bribes the politicians to make laws they like but the politicians do not have to sell out the people they are supposed to representing and accept those bribes.

    I have never really understood why the big corporations are more at fault for giving out bribes than the politicians are for accepting them.

  • Jun 30th, 2020 @ 7:46am

    Never going to happen

    This will never pass, too many politicians accepting bribes (sorry campaign contributions I get the two mixed up) from the telecom industry. Just one more useful bill that never comes close to being a law.

    I think we are at ~480 starlink satellites and Elon has said he needed ~600 to start limited service so getting closer. I imagine it will take at least another year or so to work out the kinks before SpaceX can start making it more widely available but that is not really all that long considering how long we have been getting screwed.

    Even if takes a couple of years it is better late than never.

  • Jun 19th, 2020 @ 4:39pm

    The real problem...

    The real problem with everything that Trump and his minions and cult followers have done is they have made the bar so low that even Presidents that before this would have looked horrible will now look good.

    How many times will we hear "Well at least he/she is not as bad as Trump"? Way too many over the next couple of decades.

  • Jun 19th, 2020 @ 4:31pm

    Needs to because Mars...

    Elon is going to do everything possible to make Starlink work. He needs the money from a successful roll out to finance his dream of getting to Mars. Everything he has been doing are just stepping stones to his real goal so if it is possible he will get it done.

    Could he fail? Yes but lets hope not...

    Pai needs to go jump in front of a bus or something.

  • May 26th, 2020 @ 7:14pm

    Not all that different after all

    Just one more things that shows a good share of the Democrats are not all that different than most of the Republicans.

    While the Republicans are more outwardly evil when push comes to shove most of the politicians in either party cares about the people they are supposed to be representing. All they care about giving themselves more power and money.

    I said a good share not all...

    Yes Trump is the worst President I have seen in my lifetime and I remember Nixon. Even though I am not a Biden fan he will be better than Trump without even trying.

    So no I am not saying that Trump is not any worse than the Democrats.

  • May 23rd, 2020 @ 7:03am

    Re: Re:

    There is a huge difference between having kids in separate photos with their name and other personal information provided than some unknown kids in the background of a photo where they are not the subject.

    There are more than a few parents that do not want their children's faces spread all over social media and they should be able to do so if they want. I know more than a few families with that rule and yes it has caused many family fights but it should be parents call to make.

    While I agree that using the GDPR is a bad way to go about getting your kids photos off Facebook it does sound like the mother tried to use other methods first.

    If it had been me I would have told Grandma that unless she took the photos down and promised not post any in the future she would NEVER have any contact with the children or me at all. No phone calls, no Christmas visits, nothing.

    If she decided not to remove the photos then you know Granny really does not care about the kids at all and is on some kind of power trip to show the mom she can do whatever she wants.

    In fact it already seems that is the case. If it was not then she would have taken the pictures down when asked. Seriously who would push it so far as to make her daughter take her to court? Not someone who actually cares about the family that is for sure.

    I can not imagine pushing it that far. It makes no sense at all to destroy family relationships just to prove you can post some photos on Facebook.

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