Something Feral

Digging up the flower-beds.

Monday, June 22, 2009

When in doubt, empty the clip

- "We love the idea of the Kindle, but Amazon really needs to step up and start communicating more honestly with customers about the details of the invisible shackles they use when they sell us ebooks. How can their license agreement promise you permament access to a copy if that access to it is taken away after a certain number of actions?"

- Incredibly invasive, idiotic and inimical to even the pretension of liberty: more "change we can believe in".

- "In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court has ruled that prosecutors aren’t obligated to turn over DNA for testing after someone has been convicted, even if the state acknowledges that a DNA test would prove conclusive as to guilt or innocence, and even if the defendant agrees to pay for the testing himself."

- "The Mexican legislature has voted quietly to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and other drugs. Past efforts have proved highly controversial, most recently three years ago, but President Felipe Calderón is expected to sign the bill into law this time."

- Speaking of drugs,votes, and advocating products and services without full disclosure...


MikeT said...

Things like that DNA issue remind me of how barbaric our system actually is in its utilitarian view of justice. The courts actually think that justice matters less than convenience.

Something Feral said...

The court is overly concerned with its own precedent and little else, including the principles upon which the law is founded. Like law-enforcement, they exist only to process warm bodies at the behest of the State. It is a mistake for anyone to think that they exist in a helpful capacity to the ordinary citizen; even the ones that are so inclined are so outnumbered that it renders their individual efforts negligible.

Speaking of those solely concerned with processing warm bodies, Sotomayor is not inspiring any sort of confidence in any of the branches of our government (pending her approval).

Doom said...

I agree, but with this add. Defense lawyers are no better. And, with enough money, justice, or I should say freedom, can be bought. It seems like everyone is just playing the game but trying to define to rules to their own favor (prosecutors, police, defense council, judges, and lawmakers). None of them seem to have a stinking clue about actual justice, victims, or criminals. It's just a game they get paid really well to play.

Asleep at the wheel, fiddling while Rome burns, pick your choice. And it seems to be on every topic regarding the government these days. Time for pitchforks and... wait, we still have access to better! :p

I feel a little nervous about anything electronic. Whether I can keep what I bought on my machine or not. It is very fragile. I hate sticking with CDs and books, but I simply do not trust digital. Yeah, okay, I am so old school I am hopeless.

Something Feral said...

Good point, Doom. Defense lawyers do not work for the defendant, they work for the Court. When the chips are down, so is one's luck.

I share your trepidations about electronics regarding literature; I would much rather have a book in hand than a laptop. Granted, they're difficult to move in bulk, but batteries and inexplicable software errors are conspicuously absent.