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Thursday, September 24, 2020

The farcical Class D felony filed against a single officer who was part of the posse that shot Breonna Taylor dead was an insult to all Americans who seek justice. It certainly got me thinking about how our justice system could clean up the legal loopholes that allow these type of outrageous results to occur again and again. The problem is that there are no consequences for police officers or judges when they allow warrants to be issued based on declarations that contain either incorrect or outright false information. There is a solution. It is known as Strict Liability. Throughout America it is not a defense to drunk driving to argue, 'I in good faith didn't think I was drunk'. Throughout America it is not a defense to many crimes to argue that you in good faith did not know what you were doing was a crime or that you mistakenly thought you were doing everything the way you were suppose to. Good faith is mitigation, not a defense for Strict Liability crimes. read more


Wednesday, September 02, 2020

All General Election: Trump vs. Biden Polling Data

Poll Date Sample MoE Biden (D) Trump (R)

Spread RCP Average 8/21 - 9/1 -- -- 49.7 42.2 Biden +7.5

Economist/YouGov 8/30 - 9/1 1207 RV 3.6 51 40 Biden +11
IBD/TIPP 8/29 - 9/1 1033 RV -- 49 41 Biden +8
Emerson 8/30 - 8/31 1567 LV 2.4 49 47 Biden +2
Quinnipiac 8/28 - 8/31 1081 LV 3.0 52 42 Biden +10
USA Today/Suffolk 8/28 - 8/31 1000 RV 3.1 50 43 Biden +7
Rasmussen Reports 8/26 - 9/1 2500 LV 2.0 49 45 Biden +4
Grinnell/Selzer 8/26 - 8/30 827 LV 3.4 49 41 Biden +8
The Hill/HarrisX 8/25 - 8/28 2862 RV 1.8 47 38 Biden +9
CNBC/Change Research (D)* 8/21 - 8/23 2362 LV 2.0 51 43 Biden +8


Tuesday, July 21, 2020

I enjoy these BBC science reels. They simplify complex ideas. This one explores Determinism v. Free Will from the point of physics, and takes a universal view. Basically it explains how at the quantum level, there arguably is free will, but at the relativistic level of Einstein, there arguably is no free will. All of which is counter-intuitive to how the human brain perceives reality. We instinctively believe it must be one way or another, and that it is a contradiction if it is both at the same time. Yet from a physics standpoint, that is what it seems in fact to be. Fun stuff.


Friday, July 03, 2020

The Washington Redskins American football team will review its name after demands from major sponsors. Its headline sponsor, Fedex, joined a fresh wave of calls to scrap a team moniker long-criticised as racist. The Washington DC-based team has faced years of pressure over a name seen as offensive to Native Americans. The latest calls come amid a fresh focus on racism sparked by worldwide protests. FedEx made the request at the behest of its own investors. Dan Snyder, owner of the Washington Redskins, said: "This process allows the team to take into account not only the proud tradition and history of the franchise but also input from our alumni, the organization, sponsors, the National Football League (NFL) and the local community." At the turn of the millennium, FedEx paid $205m (165m) for the naming rights to the Redskins' 82,000-seat stadium in Maryland. The deal expires in 2025.


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