What We Don’t Want to See

21 06 2017

Minneapolis-St. Paul

I’m trying to wrap my mind around the concept of twelve people watching this and all of them coming up with “not guilty” for it.

The only thing I can come up with is that, through my extensive observation and study of human nature, that, if we have enough trust and confidence in the central state, if we think we’re better off with a given state having power than not, then we will give almost universal benefit of the doubt to the armed enforcers of the state’s will, especially its domestic patrol level men and women.  Sometimes, as we now have “smoking gun” proof, too much benefit.

Cognitive dissonance sometimes means that people, including twelve random adults in Ramsey County, Minnesota, are willingly oblivious to the obvious.

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Kalorama Sky Swat

30 05 2017

Washington, D.C.

Okay.

Blogmeister to OCGE:

Swing this Sword of Damocles in the air space just slightly above a certain Kalorama residence, (which now, strangely has walls around it), and maybe some of this deep state skullduggery against you will calm down.





TALA Doctrine

3 04 2017

Washington, D.C.

UK Guardian:

Approximately half of adult Americans’ photographs are stored in facial recognition databases that can be accessed by the FBI, without their knowledge or consent, in the hunt for suspected criminals. About 80% of photos in the FBI’s network are non-criminal entries, including pictures from driver’s licenses and passports. The algorithms used to identify matches are inaccurate about 15% of the time, and are more likely to misidentify black people than white people.

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No Getting Around This

2 03 2017

Baltimore

officersarrested

I can assure you that this isn’t some questionable accost and transport of a career criminal.

Re the second paragraph:  Are you paying attention, OCGE?  This is why some people think that the asset forfeiture paradigm needs serious reform.





Ferguson Being All Ferguson-y Again

20 12 2016

Ferguson

Twin.

Spin.





The World Is Merely a Machine Which Continuously Fulfills My Predictions

19 12 2016

Washington, D.C.

I first called it on May 17, 2013.

Tax Prof Blog, today.

The worst part about this is that many of this ilk undeservedly benefited from Trump’s coattails.





TALA Doctrine

19 10 2016

Washington, D.C.

NYT, on the need to regulate LEA use of facial recognition databases and software:

The report found that systems relying on police photographs have a greater effect on African-Americans because they are arrested at higher rates.

But the software may be less accurate with images of black people, and there is no independent testing for racially biased errors, it said.

Leave it to the NYT to advocate for a worthy thing but for the most goofy of reasons.