Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Friday, November 22, 2013
“Just Doing Their Jobs”
It gets better. In response to the arrest, the local Sheriff stated the following:
Cumberland County Sheriff Butch Burgess says he hasn't seen the video and doesn't need to, because it won't tell the whole story. He says Aytes was just doing his job.
That’s right. The Cumberland County Sheriff just pulled the Nuremburg defense out of his ass and people are taking it seriously. In case you are wondering what the Nuremburg defense is, it comes from back when the surviving Nazis were on trial for crimes against humanity, their main defense was that they were just following orders.
These are dangerous times we live in. The police arrest people for petty, stupid offense and ignore a huge majority of the real violent crimes that actually go on. Wouldn’t want them to place themselves in danger after all. They are police, not heroes.
The other laughable thing about that statement is that Aytes was following orders, but from the video I don’t see any orders being given to him. In other words, he was acting without cause and the sheriff is backing him up despite the fact that he is clearly out of line in making the arrest.
One day, the police will just start indiscriminately killing people for no good reason in the name of officer safety. They are brutal, murderous thugs with no moral compass and a desire to oppress those around them. Do not trust them.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Interesting interview with Noam Chomsky
Topics covered: the balance between his academic and his political life; artificial intelligence and reverse engineering the human brain; why in his view both Deep Blue and Watson are little more than PR; the slow but substantial progress of our civilization; the technological singularity...
Monday, November 18, 2013
Chinese Gold Rush
With each passing day, there is more and more speculation in the markets that China is accumulating and holding more gold than they’re letting on. China reports official reserves to the International Monetary Fund, but the nation is far from transparent on the real extent of their reserves. With just some simple math and extrapolation, it’s quickly clear that China’s demand and import numbers don’t match up to official reserve numbers. - What the Chinese know about gold ownership (and what we can learn)
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Monday, November 11, 2013
Friday, November 8, 2013
Quote of the Day: Hunter S. Thompson
“Coming of age in a fascist police state will not be a barrel of fun for anybody, much less for people like me, who are not inclined to suffer Nazis gladly and feel only contempt for the cowardly flag-suckers who would gladly give up their outdated freedom to live for the mess of pottage they have been conned into believing will be freedom from fear.”-Hunter S. Thompson