Thursday, October 13, 2016

Five Questions for Obama

I'll humiliate you': Duterte challenges West to probe Philippines drugs war

MANILA, Oct 13 (Reuters) - Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte called U.S. President Barack Obama, the European Union and United Nations "fools" on Thursday, and warned they would end up humiliated and outsmarted if they accepted an invitation to investigate his war on drugs.
Duterte said he was open to an outside probe by Obama, his Secretary of State John Kerry, the EU and the U.N. Commission on Human Rights into alleged extrajudicial killings, but on the condition that after he was questioned, he had the right to be heard.
"I'll play with you. I'm very sure they cannot be brighter than me. I will ask five questions that will humiliate you," Duterte said. "Watch out for that, it will be a spectacle."

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1... Why does the USA still have charges like "Manner of Walking " ?

"The Justice Department report found that citations for minor infractions, such as walking in the road, were all part of an effort by the city to increase revenue through fines. The municipal court can sentence a violator to up to three months in jail, a fine of up to $1,000 or both."

2... why does the USA deny people the right to vote because of Manner of Walking ? 

Qualifications of voters.(Missouri)
115.133. 1. Except as provided in subsection 2 of t
his section, any citizen of the United States who i
s a resident of the
state of Missouri and seventeen years and six month
s of age or older shall be entitled to register and
to vote in any
election which is held on or after his eighteenth b
2. No person who is adjudged incapacitated shall be
entitled to register or vote. No person shall be e
ntitled to vote:
(1) While confined under a sentence of imprisonment
(2) While on probation or parole after conviction o
f a felony, until finally discharged from such prob
ation or parole; or
(3) After conviction of a felony or misdemeanor con
nected with the right of suffrage.
    (sufferage = right to vote)

3.. Please tell me that Missour law DOES NOT state that if you protest your lack of right to vote, you lose the right to vote ????

4...Why does arresting people for no reason at all , throwing them in jail , and denying them the right to vote sound like a dictatorship ? 

5..Ok , I can't think of number 5. The other four pretty much cover it.

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

WElcome to the wonderful world of video cams on everyone's phone.
The white woman got arrested for assaulting the cabbie.


Friday, September 30, 2016

Live On Mars - Dead TV Series ?

Life On Mars

A modern (well, 2008 , pretty modern) detective winds up back in 1973, no forensics, no computers, no cell phones, and a fairly corrupt (probably fictional) 125th police district in New York City.

Sounds goofy ? Yes, but I gave it a watch , and found it fascinating. 17 episodes.  (Netflix, I'm on the cheapo 8$ / month plan)

Which is the catch. Who makes a 17 episode season ? Did it suddenly die ? Because I saw that before, a series called Constantine.

It was an awesome show ,up until episode 17 , which did nothing but tick me off and tempt me to rage quit (can you call it rage quitting when you watched all the episodes and it was the end of the last one that ticked you off ? )

What did they do ?

They did the Matrix thing. They did the BAD MATRIX thing.

Basically , it turned out the main charactar and the company of cops he was with were actually on a space ship on a trip to Mars, and to keep their minds active they were each in their own private little virtual world.

Why is this bad ?
1... broke the audience contract. 
   When you show the audience a world , you keep the audience in that world. You don't turn around after 17 episodes and a number of unresolved plot lines and say "enough about that. We're switching to 2035 and you're on a space ship just arriving at Mars" !  That's like making a years worth of some Greys Anatomy Soap Opera, getting everyone to love it and then saying "Forget it, we're going star trek , too bad if you guys don't like sci fi ! ". The audience you carefully built up , who were nostalgic about 1973 , who loved it all , you just ticked them all off. You just lost them.

2... Just a Dream = No Drama
Turns out they're all in little glass coffins on a star ship and they were all safe and sound and never in any danger. Now that you've established that, how are you going to have any dramatic moments ? If he goes back to 1973 , everyone knows he's safe and can't possibly be hurt. If he goes somewhere else, hey , he's just dreaming. Again , no worries.  You killed all hope of drama by doing this.

3...Broken Romance Arc
After 17 episodes of finally getting him to admit he likes that cute little platinum blonde, he wakes up in a space ship on mars and she's not there. She's not one of the crew members, she's not the computer Windy (or "W1N-D") , she's no where. She's a figment of the computer dream's imagination.  This just may be the worst way to end a romance in the history of TV. It certainly deserves nomination as such.

So, would you keep watching a show ? Knowing they're going to keep pulling the rug out from under you and just abandon most of the story once a year ? I know I won't.

Which is why I believe the show was actually Abandonned. As in , the backer said "Aint getting good ratings ! You got 1 episode to shut it down !" . That's really the only explanation that makes any sense here. Because there's no way there can be a next season if you're pulling crap like this. No one would watch it.  The main charactar would have to go back to 1973 , and it would have to NOT be a computer dream. And I just don't see that happening.


 "Life on Mars garnered critical praise for its premise, acting, and depiction of the 1970s but suffered from a declining viewership after its premiere and a two-month hiatus. ABC announced on March 2, 2009 that it would not be ordering a second season."

 (bottom of the article)

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Justin Trudeau vows to turn every Chinese imigrant into a spy for China

Chinese premier arrives on Parliament Hill to kick off visit


The spectre of China's "Operation Fox Hunt" -- the pursuit and harassment of so-called economic fugitives and other dissidents -- is casting a shadow over today's talks.
Trudeau has acknowledged that the two countries are engaged in a high-level security dialogue, including the establishment of a controversial extradition treaty.

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So , what kind of extradition treaty could you have with a nation that routinely picks up people just on some communist party's say so, fabricates evidence, and executes people ? Are you going to say "no death penalty" and then when the victims dragged back to china he gets some other fabricated charge thrown at him and gets killed anyways ? Are we only going to allow certain pieces of evidence, effectively creating ground rules for 'how to fabricate evidence' to the Chinese Government ?

By doing this , you are granting the chinese government the right to threaten , extort , and turn into a spy , every single chinese refugee that is in the country.

And thats just the dumbest thing Justin "The Boy Non-Wonder" Trudeau could ever do.

But it looks like he's going to do it anyways.

No more security clearances for Chinese , it seems. They are now subject to black mail by their former nation. So much for the no racism regime we call Canada. Now we will be forced into it.

Next up ! All Former residence of the middle east will be allowed to be extradited by ISIS / ISIL if they don't cooperate ! What could possibly go wrong ?