Monday, January 02, 2017

HOMO SS

We have named our species homo sapiens sapiens.  The extra “sapiens” means that we are smarter than the previous version of us.

We are extra-wise and produce such marvels as grand opera and total war.

socrates

A worry, especially with Trump/Clinton, was that total nuclear war would wipe us out. Life would go on, but without homos, sapiens or not.

The USA claims to be exceptional. Likewise, homo sapiens, at least in the west, claims to be an exceptional species.

We were created by God to keep Him company.  God takes an intense interest in the human race.  The human race is so exceptional that we we can negotiate and execute contracts (testaments) with God.

The Catholic Church went all apeshit on Galileo’s assertion.  If the universe doesn’t revolve around the earth, then the Pope’s status is much diminished.

Mussolini

Presumably, God loved H.s.s. so much he sent his son to save us.  Quibble: would Jesus have existed if humans hadn’t needed him?

Individuals die, so do species.

Our headline might have suggested the topic: Homosexuality in the SS (schutzstaffel).

If we experience partial nuclear holocaust, we, like the SS, will be faced with a technical problem—the disposal of millions of corpses.

I was chatting with a retired public school teacher.  I mentioned the amusing factoid that, while life expectancy has been increasing, maximum life span has remained the same.  A hundred and ten is somewhere near the max.

“Anyway,” I said, “Methusela didn’t really live nine-hundred years.”

“Oh, no,” she said, “things might have been different in ancient times.”

Sapiens indeed.

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Sunday, December 07, 2014

BAD COP? BLAME THE BOSS

Focus on the bad behavior of the street cop.

Then, focus on cop's background: Bad Cop!

Cop's fault, end of discussion.

Not!

Who the fuck hired, retained, and then assigned the killer cop to the kill zone?

Answer: Superior officers.

In a virtuous world, supervisors are responsible for the actions of their subordinates. That's why they get higher pay.

It's the supervisor's job to hire suitable officers, tell them what to do, praise good performers and discipline or remove bad performers.

Sometimes, rarely, bad performers are removed.

But, almost never is the supervisor disciplined, or even named, when a bad cop does bad things.

It's pretty much the same as molester-priests whose bishop's moved rather than sacked them.

It's hard to fire someone. Especially when it's not your money that's paying them.

If you don't have the courage to look a subordinate in the eye and tell them they're fired, you should not be a supervisor.

I hate to say it, but Vatican ass kicking makes Pope Francis look pretty.  He fired the head of the Swiss Guard!
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Saturday, December 06, 2014

PUBLIC DEFENDERS

The absurdity of District Attorneys prosecuting police misconduct is finally dawning on some of media's less dumb pundits.
Possible solutions, except for Federal intervention escape these empty, but still talking, heads.
Here's an easy solution I haven't heard mentioned.
Add "public prosecutor" to the duties of Public Defenders.
Just as every jurisdiction has a District Attorney, every jurisdiction has a Public Defender.
The usual mission of the Public Defender is to represent indigent criminal defendants.
Many PD also advocate for fairness and against perceived unfairness in the criminal justice system.
As such, Public Defenders are the only unconflicted officials who oppose police and prosecutorial misconduct. In a way, that's already their job description.
The bureaucratic structure is already in place, we simply need to add a few more lawyers, "public prosecutors," to the Public Defenders' offices. The only targets of these public prosecutors would be public employees who commit crimes against members of the public, especially police officers.
Who knows the most about police misconduct? Who knows the most about prosecutorial misconduct? Public Defenders.
"Public Defenders" could be the answer to the age old question of who will police the police.
Since public defenders are elected by the same voters who elect district attorneys, there's no guarantee that police will be prosecuted. But at least it would provide a mechanism that would make such prosecutions possible.
Now we have none.
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