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    • CommentTimeApr 5th 2012
    Airborn reptiles are a pretty silly concept.
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    @Morac - Airborn reptiles are a pretty silly concept

    Don't tell that to the Golden Tree Snake
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    @dorkmuffin & keeper

    I definitely respect your guys' opinions, and I understand why you guys feel the way you do. Pre-the job, I thought somewhere along those lines. But safety in jail (and I mean jail, not prison) is a tricky thing. Basically, you'd have to keep these minor offense guys completely seperate from everyone else. And depending on the ciy/county you're at, that may not be feasable. The original guy in this story, when he's booked in initially, that it may have been possible to keep him seperate, and the first search may have been avoidable. Later, when he's transfered into another facility, and put in general population, sorry buddy, you're gonna get searched.

    Too many times, though, there have been instances where people who've comitted minor offenses and were locked up for just a day or two, were found with drugs or weapons, or later were found to have gang tattoos making them targets for gang violence when the tank they're housed in is populated with a majority of a rival gang. Had a proper search been done, the inmate's gang affiliation would have been documented properly, and any dangerous repurcussions would have been avoided to the best of the staff's ability.

    See here's the deal. Jail guards deal with the day-to-day operations. We don't get to decide when or how things are implemented; we just implement them. When someone is injured (for instance, in an assault) we like to be able to say "I did everything possible to prevent this situation from happening." If we don't properly search people during intake, we can't say that.

    When policies are passed regarding the duties of law enforcement officers, questions are always raised about if officers abuse the rules and regulations, or the acts of corrupt officers. These questions deserve their own scrutiny, not solely with conjunction to the most recent law being passed.

    For the example of the man where this suit was originated, I feel that more emphasis needs to be on how this man was wrongully arrested when he had paid his fines, and had proof. It's like having several related arguements at the same time. They are all valid arguements, and worth having, but you cannot solve one issue by bringing up a different issue. Why do all people in jail intake need to be searched? Why do some officers get away with abusing people in custody? Why are some agencies showing warrants out for people, and others show the charges were dropped (etc.)

    in general, the prison and jail systems are reactionary. We try to keep up with the inmate population's tactics. Just about every rule & policy is there because of an event that happened, and the new rule is implemented to prevent the same mistake from being allowed to happen again. When asked, "Did this happen before?" we like to say, "Yes, but this is how we changed things to prevent it, and this is how we'll adapt for the future."

    (Edited to add : Sorry, I'm long winded)
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    No apologies needed. Like I said, you're the expert here, and I actually do agree with you. I'm just interested in the question of where the strong reaction from the public is coming from, and how the anger might be justified even though the target--this particular ruling and the Supreme Court--maybe is not.

    At the very least, I think this would be much less of an issue if people felt like there was little to no chance of them getting arrested. But these days it honestly does feel like it could just take one slip up for a person to get hauled off to jail. Like you say, though, that's less a problem with procedures once someone is arrested and more a problem with the greater and greater fear of arrest for wrongful reasons.
    • CommentTimeApr 5th 2012
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    He's wearing his ear protection wrong.
      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeApr 5th 2012
    Only because he doesn't need it.
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    don't want to risk messing up the hair for the photo op.
    • CommentTimeApr 5th 2012
    Anyone notice that Penny Red got saved from a taxi by Ryan Gosling? WTF?! Talk about random chance meetings...
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeApr 6th 2012
    File under : "The world is a fucked-up place"

    Bangladesh's "teenage" brothels hold dark steroid secret

    "There is a huge difference between my appearance now and the malnourished look of my childhood," says Hashi, 17, who was lured into the sex trade by a trafficker when she was 10 and sold to Kandapara's brothel, where she began taking steroids.

    "I am healthier than before and fit to serve a lot of customers in a day. Sometimes up to 15," she says, placing a large black bindi, or dot used by Hindu women, between her perfectly shaped eyebrows.

    She sits in her tiny room with a bed, a cooking stove and posters of Bollywood stars taped across the wall.

    Hashi is one of around 900 sex workers - some as young as 12 - living a painful life of exploitation in Kandapara, not only bonded by debt and fear of stigma, but compelled to take the steroid, Oradexon, which brings more income but leaves dangerous side effects.
    • CommentTimeApr 6th 2012
    What on earth is that Russian superweapon story about? It's so confused that trying to figure it out enough to mock it properly is like netting clouds.

    Russia has not stolen a march on the Americans with directed energy weapons.

    Low-frequency waves that 'affect brain cells, alter psychological states and make it possible to transmit suggestions and commands directly into someone’s thought processes' sound unlikely, but in any case cannot be compared to microwave weapons.

    'High doses of microwaves can damage the functioning of internal organs, control behaviour or even drive victims to suicide' - this is not true.

    'Last night the Ministry of Defence declined to comment.' ... because their press officers are not complete idiots.

    Gah ... and I've just spent ten minutes reading and arguing about a Daily Mail article! You win again, DM!
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    As we all knew it would, They're already talking about SOPA coming back. Links to original sources and a petition to sign.
    • CommentTimeApr 6th 2012
    Arms dealer Viktor Bout convicted in New York court, sentenced to 25 years. Russia condemns sentence as 'political'.
    • CommentTimeApr 6th 2012
    This is How Much It Costs To Own A Vagina: An Itemized List
    Total: $2663.02

    Owning a vagina is a lot like owning a car: Even though you have a set amount of expenses when it comes to care and maintenance, sometimes we have accidents and need to draw on a rainy day fund.

    Emergency Contraception: $50 without insurance
    Pregnancy Test: $15
    Abortion: $400 through Planned Parenthood
    $1500 without insurance through a private provider
    Variables Total: $465 - $1565
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    China has its own branch of Anonymous.

    Now the Chinese government strikes me as a worthy target for hacktivism but I fear this is going to end with a bunch of Chinese teens getting bullets through the back of their head.
    • CommentTimeApr 7th 2012
    Daily Veil

    Cloak links to daily mail articles by replacing the dailymail in the url with dailyveil and you get to read the article, ad-free and deny the hateful entity the attention capital (and ad revenue) they so cravenly desire.
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    [redacted on grounds of irrelevance]
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeApr 7th 2012
    Is... is this the cooking thread?
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    Fuckpumps. I *thought* that'd gone awry somehow. Hrrrr.