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|Friday, December 13th, 2013|
| "In its majestic equality, the law forbids rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges, beg in the streets and steal loaves of bread."
I been getting more information about the case where a privilege rich white teen killed and hurt a lot of people during a traffic accident. and things dont look good.
let us start with the fact that the judge gave a light sentence to the rich brat. some people are actually defending the judge, saying she was just being lenient because he was underage and he shouldnt be tried as an adult, the problem is that the same judge didnt give the same treatment to a 14-year-old black boy and he was sent to prison in March 2012. And for those rightwing lunatics who insist she is a liberal judge or that this is somehow Obama's fault, shut it, she happens to be a Republican judge.
The Psychologist who came up with the Affulenze defense is pushing junk science, and you can see here. I cant be sure about this other piece of information that I got, but apparently this kid has little remorse to what happened that night. Apparently he was belligerent and uncooperative following the deadly crash, and at one point saying I’m outta here and started to walk away from emergency crews. Someone who knows one of the paramedics posted a comment in one of the articles about what happened, but I cannot verify its veracity:"A friend of mine worked that scene as a FWPD officer. She expects the officers to be dealing with the PTSD for a long while. The details she gave me as we talked over coffee (I’m an emergency responder, and we debrief together sometimes) were beyond what most of us can fathom. This kid was taken to the hospital for the blood draw for his test. Even after considerable time, his blood alcohol level was over 4x the legal. The whole time he was at the hospital, he was telling people the pills he took and how much alcohol he drank and was bragging about how he could hold his liquor, and after the blood draw, he asked if they were going to give him a ticket…and laughed. He knew nothing. He didn’t know he hit anyone. He didn’t know he had paralyzed one of his buddies in the truck. He remembered nothing.
I don’t think he should get 20 years. He’ll just come out of jail a leech on society. However, I think he should have to work in the morgue. I think he should have to sit with these families Christmas day and see what they experience. I think he should have to attend this youth group where these kids are asking how something so horrific could happen to their pastor. I think he should be forced to face what he did. Maybe that seems cruel to some folks, but this kid killed 4 people and has no mental or physical consequence. There is no remorse because he doesn’t remember doing anything. Maybe the best consequence he can have isn’t jail time but real time seeing what he did, not just the event but the consequences.
BUT, if he is that emotionally flat, his seeming indifference will only hurt the families more.
AND, I think his parents should be arrested for negligence and tried for homicide by association or as a participant. Give his parents the 20 years. As I recall, a few years ago, a mom was arrested for murder because she did not get her child inoculated for measles. The child didn’t get sick but was a carrier. Another child caught it from this kid at a playground or something and died. If that mom can remotely be held responsible for that child dying of measles, these parents are responsible for four counts of vehicular manslaughter and endangering minors and a whole slew of other “never get out of jail” things."
|Saturday, November 23rd, 2013|
|Tuesday, July 9th, 2013|
|Wednesday, June 26th, 2013|
|Friday, June 14th, 2013|
|Lorna Colbert Dies at 92.
Stephen Colbert’s mother Lorna dies at 92
Thursday's "Colbert Report" was reportedly canceled in light of her death
Lorna Elizabeth Tuck Colbert, mother of satirist Stephen Colbert, died on Wednesday at age 92. Her obituary in the Charleston Post notes that “In addition to being the matriarch of a family of 82, Lorna Colbert was an accomplished artist, a church leader, a businesswoman, a supporter of the arts and a woman whose profound faith was apparent in her daily life.”
According to Third-Beat.com, Lorna Colbert died one hour before the Wednesday night “Colbert Report” episode featuring Sir Paul McCartney. Thursday’s episode was canceled in light of the death, though no official statement has been released.
“The Colbert Report” went on hiatus for a week last year when Mrs. Colbert was ill; upon the show’s return Colbert said of his mother, “Evidently, having 11 children makes you tough as nails. Confidential to a lovely lady.”
In November, the comedian honored his mother on her 92nd birthday:
Mrs. Colbert was predeceased by her husband, Dr. James William Colbert, Jr. and her sons William George Colbert, Sr., Paul Joseph Colbert and Peter Michael Colbert.
|Saturday, April 13th, 2013|
|Monday, April 8th, 2013|
|Rust in pieces.
"Happy that the poor sick old woman is at peace, delighted that the vicious political monster breathes no more."
~~ internet comment.
|Saturday, March 16th, 2013|
Rejoice, Madokamists! We have a new Pope! May Goddoka protect our Popess for many years to come!
|Friday, March 15th, 2013|
JManga was an honest attempt to bring manga into the digital medium, they offered different types of titles and genres, including yuri stories that otherwise would never saw the light of day.The Bad:
Trying to implement a bad/outmoded business model into the digital medium, the model may have worked if we still lived in an analog world, but this is the internet/digital age. Restrictions to digital content, not to mention unable to view such content unless it is from their site is not exactly logical, that would be like renting a video tape AND forced to use their in house VHS just to restrict pirating (also, paying for the rent of the VHS system, ridiculous). The Ugly:
When a publishing house goes out of business, are you legally obligated to return their books that you bought from them without any refunds? Of course not, but when a legal digital manga site that promises to give you access to manga by charging you a monthly subscription fee, on top of that the fee of BUYING the digital manga, you are expected at least to have a sense of ownership of the purchased good. Unfortunately, you couldnt download the digital manga, all you could do was have access to it as long as your monthly subscription was ok. Let me say it again, you are paying for the purchase of the manga, and a monthly subscription to have access to the site so you could view it. It wouldnt be so bad if it wasnt for the fact that once they go out of business all their digital content is just going to be erased. That's right, the manga you bought is not really yours, its deleted once its over. In fact, you werent buying anything at all, you were paying for the access of the content and the rental to view it. You were buying the privilege of being able to read manga from their site, but you were not really allowed to own it. But the problem doesnt end just there, they were selling manga at the price of the equivalent of physical mangas made from dead trees. Publishers and printers need to charge the sale of their goods to keep overhead, but this is digital, the cost should be different! Anyone who bought music from iTunes would know the songs are not sold to the equivalent of manufacturing and distribution of physical music CDs. Their business model was doomed to fail. The real problem would be that in the future if someone decides to bring legal digital manga into the market, there will be challenges. First, they will have to deal with a better business model, second, because of what JManga did to the consumer, there is going to be skeptics from a consumers' point of view regarding the ownership of digital content, cost of purchase, and a guarantee that the content wont just get deleted once you buy it from them no matter the reasons.
|Sunday, February 3rd, 2013|
|an analysis regarding Psycho-pass' hierarchical society and power structure.
There is something that I have noticed about the sibyl system that is worth mentioning. I read books like "The Dictator's Handbook: Why Bad Behavior is Almost Always Good Politics" (Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith), and "Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty" (Daron Acemoglu, James Robinson). One the most interesting themes in their books is the reason why autocrats misbehave and the structure and hierarchy of their regime/power.
Let us for a moment pretend that Sybil is a real person, a benevolent enlightened autocrat bested with certain powers to rule society for the good of the citizens. I shall mention two things that I have noticed about the series; first, is the Sybil hierarchical system of society, and second, the Sibyl hierarchy of power within that society.
The society that Sybil created is separated within a class system: The Power Elite, The Citizens, and The Underclass.
The Power Elite are the force in charge of protecting the system in place, without Sybil there is no society/civilization. They are trusted with protecting the citizens of Japan and protecting the system that Sybil created for the good of society. They are the authority that
rules enforces the law of
the Nation for the greater good.
The Citizens are the cogs of the machine that makes civilization possible: economics, politics, art, entertainment, etc. From the top of the class you have your CEO's, politicians, political party leaders, celebrities, etc. from the other side you have your average people like journalists, artists, students, doctors, teachers, janitors, workers, employees, managers, etc. This part of the hierarchy works like a meritocracy in which you either rise or fall according to ones ability and skills. Luckily Sybil has already set up and planned their lives for them so they wont have to struggle in finding the right vocation, they just dont have to screw up badly. I suspect those who fail to meet Sybil expectations are reserved a sad fate...
which brings up the underclass. They are the ones that Sybil abandoned, perhaps they dont meet Sybil's criteria or maybe they failed Sybil's expectations (a bankrupt CEO, a corrupt politician, or just a slacker). Perhaps they have no talent, maybe they are too unruly to control (anarchists), who is to say. But one thing is certain, they are an element of society that perhaps Sybil does not want to benefit from the system. IF these individuals were allowed intertwined and mingle within the system itself they could undermine its foundation, so perhaps this is a way to ostracize the troublemakers. Unless, those troublemakers could be useful and beneficial to Sybil (like identifying future Enforcers).
Now, after looking the inside of the society that Sybil created, we must look the power hierarchy and structure within the institution that Sybil runs. This power Hierarchy is separated in three places. There is: Sybil's inner circle, Sybil's "Praetorian Guard" (if you will), and the Newcomers.
Sybil's inner circle consist only of those who know the truth about Sybil, the weakness with the system, and who are loyal enough to enforce the system. Perhaps for the good of society or perhaps for their own self interest. IF doubts about the system were allowed to grow and spread, not only the credibility of Sybil would be questioned but so will be the authority vested to the members' of Sybil inner circle. I suspect those who make up Sybil's inner circle are very very few. After all only those who are allowed to know the truth have the responsibility to identify threats against not just Sybil but the system itself that their society (and their authority) is build upon. I suspect the Bureau Chief is not just one of them, there could be a few people within the government and maybe within the news media. The role of the inner circle is not only to protect the system, but to perpetuate the illusion that the system works once they are aware of the truth.
What I call the Praetorian Guard are the protectors of Sybil's Enlightened Authoritarian Institution (I wont even going to imagine what type of government this future Japan has since it would be without a doubt just a sham government anyway. After all, Sybil is above the law, Sybil is the law, and Sybil is the State). The people who make up Sybil's protectors and his/her guardians are the Inspectors and the Enforcers. Inspectors are just like everyday average citizens, picked and choose by Sybil according to their skill and ability, so they are allowed certain freedoms and authority within limits, but within this hierarchy comes an anomaly that is the Enforcers. Enforcers are essentially just like the "Underclass", they are second class citizens. Ostracized by society but they are allowed retain benefits and few freedoms to keep them content, but they are not really free from Sybil's control. To any normal autocrat, they would get rid of these troublemakers as soon as possible since they are a threat to the Autocrat's power and stability. Why? In all cases the first thing an autocrat does when it identifies future troublemakers they are executed or eliminated. But Sybil needs them, the system needs loyalists and thugs to protect the system/autocrat from present and future threats. The loyalists are those who believe and trust the system and they are the guardians and keepers of the Autocrat's authority, while the thugs (or in this case the enforcers) are the ones who does all of the dirty work. In truth, the inspectors dont just act as a leash on the enforcers but they also act as the eyes and ears of Sybil (Ginoza). And while enforcers have a role as the muscle of the system, they can also act as the brain (ok, maybe not the brains. But these agents are allowed enough independent thought) to identify future threats (Kougami). While too much independent thinking could create suspicions and doubts about the system, as long as there is a leash Enforcers can be managed to a point. Also, Sybil has implemented a mechanism within the system that for those who doubt the system itself, their Psycho Pass would begin to cloud until their Crime Coefficient is too high. And isn't it convenient that Sybil get's to judge who is a threat to the system within the Inspectors and Enforcers? For example, an autocrat has identified a brilliant general as a threat, this general has the skill to win battles and wars, who is popular with the masses, and has a large circle of loyal friends and allies within the military and the politburo. The problem is that there is no evidence that this general may decide to topple the regime. Of course, the autocrat has no evidence that this general harbors ill will or that he has a motive to do so. But autocrats cannot risk such future threat, so he either executes the man with false evidence, or pressures his general to "retire", if you will. If you notice, autocrats replace brilliant generals or men in important position within the military or government with young but more inept individuals. Why? Because it is sending a powerful message, no matter how talented you are, you are replaceable. It's no wonder that autocrats end up with inept generals or terrible bureaucrats running the regime, they may be paranoid but they are not stupid. Sybil on the other hand cannot afford to replace Inspectors with incompetent people as it threatens to topple the stability of the system. What it can do is have a mechanism that allows those who doubt the system to be "demoted" and lose their freedom and authority. They are still allowed to be part of the system to protect Sybil, but under a tight(er) leash.
Ginoza is a great example of a loyal follower, an Inspector that follows the regulations by the book, but his discipline mind disallows him the imagination to think like a criminal (and such thoughts are dangerous). Kougami, on the other hand, has the mind to think like a criminal and he doesnt have to worry about his Crime Coefficient anyway. Episode 15 makes a great example: Ginoza lacks the criminal mind to predict or understand criminals while Kougami's obsession has allowed to identify the threat against Sybil.
The Newcomers are the pool of young people who are picked and selected by Sybil to join the agency as Inspectors or Enforcers. I am sure there a lot of requirements, and not many people have what it takes to join Sybil's Praetorian Guard, but something tells me this is done on purpose. Now, as you probably would have noticed the police force that makes up the power to protect Sybil and society, is... well, rather small, but there is a twisted logic to this. First, in Bueno de Mesquita's book he argues that if you are an autocrat you need what he calls a "winning coalition". The winning coalition is a group of people who are the real power behind an autocrat, in exchange of being allowed to rule and oppress the people, the autocrat rewards the winning coalition with money and power. However, he argues that the winning coalition needs to be small for financial and practical reasons. Financial, because a large coalition would require a lot of money to pay off to buy loyalty; and practical, because it is easy to keep a watch on them (keep your friends close and your enemies closer). However, in Sybil's case it is rather more practical than financial. Keep this in mind, a large group of Inspectors and Enforcers would be too difficult to watch, monitor, and determine their intentions. Even if Sybil were tried to micromanage these individuals, there is also the risk that if the Truth about the Sybil system were to get out it could undermine the survival of Sybil's regime. It is easy to suppress an individual or at least bribe one of its members, than it is to suppress a large group without spreading suspicion. Take Ginoza for example, he has some suspicion and he takes his doubts to the Chief; she could have either A. bribed him to buy his silence or B. eliminate him/ostracize him to contain the truth about the system. In a way she bribed him not with money but with the truth and allowed him a glimpse of why the system must exist. By allowing Ginoza the truth, he is essentially allowed within Sybil's inner circle, not only that, but he may one day become chief himself now that he is entrusted with the truth. It is true that the system of "demotion" is peculiar since it means the loss of many inspectors this way, but then you realize how twisted and diabolical it is to identify the true loyalists/believers from the idealists within the Inspectors group, as well as a way to identify possible troublemakers, doubters, or those who may harbor a desire to overthrow the system. Those who learn too much, and see too much, may think and suspect that the system is wrong. But it would be highly difficult to control a large group of Inspectors and Enforcers, let alone a way to contain the truth, if it were to spread. By keeping the number of Inspectors and Enforcers ratio small, Sybil is able to easily suppress troublemakers as well as able to identify true loyalists. Sybil could enlarge their numbers but this is a very dangerous risk, not to mention the probability that Sybil would require such a large number of Inspectors and Enforcers seemed ridiculous prior to episode 15.
|Saturday, February 2nd, 2013|
well, this is worrisome:http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/01/23/drones_in_our_timehttp://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/01/28/america_in_recline
the short explanation is this. The US military would become more reliant in drone technology and reduce their troops presence overseas with the exception of few small troops and special ops. Now this sounds like a good idea, except to make up for the reduction we will become dependent in drone technology to push whatever agenda we want (imperial policies that may harm more than do good). This worries me for few reasons, just like mechanized warfare facilitated the carnage of the battlefield rather than facilitate for a quick peace, drone technology will facilitate carnage without the human presence (on air or ground) to witness the horrors that they may cause. without the human element (or the body bags of our troops) there will be a lack of civilian outrage against prologue warfare and for the end of military presence and expeditions in hostile territories. There are two ways to end a war, victory/surrender, or withdraw and usually the withdraw happens because of low morale back home. If a war becomes unpopular because there is resolution to it and the human cost continues to accumulate it causes pressure for politicians to end hostilities. But how do you pressure politicians to end hostilities if the only casualties of the war are just the machines and
suspected terrorists that may or may not be terrorists but we will never know. I dont know about the rise of the machine, but our dependance on drones to solve our problems is only a short term solution with long term consequences.
|Wednesday, November 7th, 2012|
|Monday, November 5th, 2012|
|Obama is a fan of Akarin!
Forget Sekret Mooslim, he was a Secret Otaku all along!
|Monday, October 1st, 2012|
|Friday, September 21st, 2012|
|Friday, September 7th, 2012|
I am a sucker for yuri. The seyuus would make a cute couple, sometimes I fantasize that they are actually secretly dating each other.
|Saturday, September 1st, 2012|