Apr. 4th, 2012

mcity: (omg onoz)
New Scientist comment thread on a study about how Tasers are safer than batons.
What the study fails to illuminate is whether the availability of non-lethal weapons makes it more likely that cops will use force against civilians. Here in Pittsburgh, we have seen police shock a rather heavy un-athletic woman in sensible shoes during a political protest. Indeed, the whole category of non-lethals suggests a move from dealing with violent felons to a notion of the policing of populations, with the concomitant suppression of political speech and assembly.
They tased someone wearing sensible shoes? The monsters!
mcity: (Default)
Pirating to protest SOPA is like blowing up an airport to protest the TSA.

The funny thing is that many of the "protestors" will cheerfully claim piracy can't or doesn't really hurt The Studios, while using piracy to try and hurt the studios.

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