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Interesting looking movie

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Singing Revolution.

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21 September 2007 at 7:15 pm

Posted in Movies & TV

Useful advice in a confrontation with police

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I would also add to the advice below that frequently police are extremely sensitive about their authority and take quick exception to any sign that you do not respect that authority. (This seems to me a natural reaction to a job in which you are liable at any time to be faced with someone who will do you harm, perhaps to the extent of killing you—you start looking for any sign that the person facing you is going to cause trouble.) So be respectful and save yourself much grief. Here is the advice:

If you have a confrontation with the police – know your rights and know what you should or should not do to give them up. Just follow these 10 rules:

1. Don’t Talk.
Do not say a word to the officer. Just shut up! I cannot stress to you the importance of this rule. Do not talk! Do not attempt to convince the officer of your innocence. Everyone is innocent, no one should be arrested and no one should be in jail and that is all the officer hears all day every day. He / she does not care generally whether you are innocent or guilty and there is nothing that he / she can do at this point. Most times, when people speak to officers they say something that makes their situation far worse. Keep your mouth shut, there will be plenty of time to talk later.

2. Don’t Run.
I said above to listen to the officer and follow his / her instructions. Do not be scared and do not let the liquid courage, aka alcohol, convince you that you can outrun the twelve officers and helicopter that will track you down. Also, police become highly suspicious that someone running has a weapon and may be quick to draw their weapon. Additionally, when they do run you down expect much stronger force used to subdue a fleeing suspect.

3. Never Resist Arrest.
Perhaps the most important thing not to do is touch the police officer at all! Again, sober up quick and follow what the officer says. Many people attempt to bump the officer or swat an officers hands away. This often falls under the assault statutes and now a minor misdemeanor arrest becomes a FELONY. Thus a reckless driving charge leads to a year or more in state prison. Additionally, touching the officer in any way can lead to a baton in the mouth.

4. Don’t Believe the Police.
It is perfectly legal for the police to lie to get you to make an admission. The police frequently separate two friends and tell one the other one ratted him / her out. Because of the lie, the other friend now rats the first friend out. Police and detectives also state that “it will be easier” to talk now…LIES!!! DON’T BELIEVE THIS BS! It will only be easier for the police to prove their case!

5. No Searching.
Do not allow the police to search anywhere! If the police officer asks, they do not have the right to search and must have your consent. If you are asked make sure you proclaim to any witnesses that “You (the police) do not have consent to search.” If they perform the search anyway, that evidence may be thrown out later. Also, if you consent to a search, the officers may find something that you had no idea you had placed somewhere, ie: marijuana left by a friend. Remember, that denying the police consent to search DOES NOT give them the probable cause they would need to conduct a search.

6. Don’t Look At Places Where You Don’t Want Police to Search.
Police are trained to watch you and react to you. They know that you are nervous and scared and many people look to the areas that they don’t want the police to search. Do not react to the search and do not answer any questions. LOOK DOWN AND KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT!!!

7. Do Not Talk Shit to the Police.
I don’t care if you have been wrongly arrested and the true culprit is standing in front of you. Don’t talk shit! Police hear all day that my dad is the the Governor’s Assistant’s Intern and I will have your badge for this! Police have a lot of discretion in the upcoming charges brought. Police can add charges, change a misdemeanor to a felony, or even talk to the prosecutor that is ultimately prosecuting you.

8. If Police Come to Your Home, Do not Let Them In and Do Not Step Outside Your Home.
If the police are confident you have committed a felony, they are coming in anyway, because they generally don’t need an arrest warrant. Make it clear to the police by stating: “No you may not come in”, or “I am comfortable talking right here”, or “You need a search warrant to enter my home.” If they return, your attorney can arrange for you to turn yourself in should that be necessary and you will spend no time in jail between the hearings.

9. Outside Your Home Arrested, Do Not Accept Offer to Go In Your Home for Anything.
The officer may say to you, how about you go inside and change, freshen up, talk to your wife, husband, get a jacket, or any other reason. The police will graciously escort you in and then tear your home apart searching through it. Also, do not let them secure your car. Your car is fine. Remember they are lying to you. They don’t give a damn if you are really cold or if you need to talk to your wife or husband.

10. Don’t say a word.
It’s incredible how many people feel that they can convince the officer, the booking officer or a detective (if your case reaches that stature) that they are not guilty. YOUR CASE IS NOT DECIDED BY THESE PEOPLE. They have no affect on your records. Wait to speak to your lawyer! The courts give enormous weight to “confessions” during this stage. A suspect is almost NEVER released after being arrested.

Follow these ten simply rules religiously and many of your rights will remain intact. I don’t care how nervous, scared or drunk you are, THESE RULES ARE VERY IMPORTANT, and will help you tremendously in the short and long run. And remember – we are not your lawyer!

Keep this in your wallet – OR – Memorize it.

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21 September 2007 at 7:12 pm

Posted in Daily life, Government

Poignant

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21 September 2007 at 7:02 pm

Posted in Daily life, Music

Do Not Call Registry: might be time to renew

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When you register a number on the Do Not Call Registry, it’s good for 5 years. Since the registry started in 2003, next year those who were first in line to register their numbers will have to re-register.

You don’t have to wait until then, though—you can re-register right now. I re-registered today (both landline and mobile) and the numbers are now on the registry until 9/22/2012.

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21 September 2007 at 5:16 pm

Posted in Business, Daily life

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Can you create your luck?

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Richard Wiseman wrote a book The Luck Factor: Change Your Luck and Change Your Life, and Ali Davis has been following its recommendations and recording his strokes of luck in a series of field reports.

Of the book, Publisher’s Weekly writes:

While many believe luck is a mystical force influenced by superstitious rituals, Wiseman, psychology chair at the University of Herfordshire in England, claims lucky people simply possess four basic psychological traits unlucky people don’t: the ability to maximize chance opportunities, to listen to “gut feelings,” to expect good fortune and to see the bright side of bad luck. Questionnaires and exercises offer guidance on how to acquire or enhance luckiness while keeping a “luck journal” and incorporating techniques to increase intuition, stop negative self-fulfilling prophecies and learn how to effectively network.

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21 September 2007 at 3:38 pm

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Still trying to get an answer

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From TalkingPointsMemo:

As you’ve probably read here over the last few weeks, TPMmuckraker’s Laura McGann has been tracking a strange earmark for a highway interchange project in Florida. And now she needs some help.

To get you up to speed, the Coconut Road project was funded (though not yet built) by a $10 million earmark from Rep. Don Young (R-AK). Now there are questions about why an Alaska congressman would take an interest in a highway project in faraway Florida and about the timing of campaign contributions to Young from the project’s chief proponent. But the strangest thing about this earmark is how it made it into law in the first place.

The earmark was not in the final version of the bill that passed both the House and Senate. Got that? Somewhere after conference and after final passage by both chambers but before the President signed the bill, the earmark language was slipped into the text of the bill. It’s pretty amazing and, from the experts we’ve talked to, pretty much unheard of for such a thing to happen.

So Laura set out to try to figure out how such a thing could happen. Literally, how it could happen. Where in the process could such tinkering occur? Which office? Which personnel? Which computer system? We wanted to understand the nuts and bolts of how Young or someone on Young’s behalf or at his behest could make such a change and essentially have written into a law signed by the President language that Congress itself had not passed.

But as Laura went about her reporting she was stonewalled at every step: calls not returned, bounced from office to office and person to person. She has chronicled her efforts in this post.

Part of the trouble is that the earmark was slipped in back in 2005, when the GOP still controlled the House. The House clerk at the time is now long gone and there is probably some legitimate loss of institutional memory. But some of the memory loss may just be convenient.

Laura is going to keep plugging away at this. Maybe the House clerk will eventually return her calls. But if any of our readers on the Hill or elsewhere are familiar with the inner workings of the House and how such an earmark could be slipped in before the President puts his pen to the paper, Laura would love to hear from you.

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21 September 2007 at 1:45 pm

Posted in Congress, GOP, Government

Full pardon after three years in prison

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Serving a mandatory minimum 25 year sentence because of his pain medication:

Florida’s governor, Charlie Crist, and the state Cabinet voted to grant a full pardon to Richard Paey after three years in prison.

He is a chronic pain sufferer–from a car accident back in 1985 and more recently from multiple sclerosis–and takes a lot of medication to manage his pain. He was convicted in 2004 of drug trafficking and possession, despite a lack of evidence that he ever tried to sell his medication to anyone.

It sounds like Gov. Crist found the question of whether Paey really deserved a 25 year mandatory minimum sentence to be a no-brainer.

Now Paey is back at home with his wife and three kids. There’s a nice piece in the St. Petersburg Times about the homecoming.

I wonder if this happy ending (as happy as it can be when you lose years of your life to the criminal justice system) will focus fresh attention on the problems with the government’s war on pain patients, not to mention mandatory minimums.

The story in the St. Petersburg Times is worth reading.

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21 September 2007 at 1:26 pm

The erosion of rights in the US today

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Joe Conason raises a good point:

Defending Chris Matthews is not exactly a preoccupation of mine — in fact, we’ve had our sharp disagreements from time to time — but on Tuesday evening he spoke an important truth for which he is now under attack. Appalled by the Tasering of student Andrew Meyer during an appearance by Sen. John Kerry at the University of Florida, Matthews said on “Hardball” that he regards that incident as “an iconic moment” in the degradation of free speech during the Bush years.

As a guest on that segment, along with Medea Benjamin of Code Pink, who is regularly arrested for protesting at public events, I had to agree.

The predictable reaction of the right wing, which had largely treated the Florida incident as an excuse to bash the wholly innocent Kerry, was to denounce us for daring to broaden the discussion. “Matthews, Conason Blame Bush, Rove, Iraq, Fox for the Moonbat Taser Incident,” blared Hot Air, a conservative blog. “Matthews Blames Iraq War for Tasered Student Incident,” barked the Media Research Center. Rush Limbaugh fumingly described me as a deranged member of the “drive-by media” and went on to complain bitterly: “You have a liberal kid at a liberal college campus, listening to a liberal Democrat former presidential candidate and current senator. He raises hell, will not shut up. They Taser the guy, and liberals say, ‘See what Bush has wrought?'”

Of course that is an exaggeration and distortion of the point made by Matthews, but then it is much easier to lampoon his argument than to answer it. Rather than blaming Bush for the overzealous cruelty of the Florida campus cops, he was addressing a subtler and more disturbing problem: the gradual diminishment of constitutional freedoms and, specifically, the freedom to assemble peaceably, to speak and to protest in a political environment dominated by war, terror and “security.”

Even before 9/11 provided the pretext for a wide variety of incursions on liberty, the Bush White House pushed back as hard as possible against protest and abused the authority of the Secret Service. Corralling demonstrators into “First Amendment zones” that were often thousands of yards or even miles from the site of presidential visits began almost as soon as Bush was inaugurated. So did the ideological vetting of citizens who wanted to come hear the president speak, as a means to ensure that nobody could display or voice a dissenting message that might be viewed or heard by the president or his equally sensitive vice president. Anyone who tried to resist these obnoxious practices was threatened, detained or even arrested.

As Matthews noted on Tuesday evening, the Bush White House standardized those methods for squelching speech in a manual for presidential advance teams. “By the way, 80 percent of the country disagrees with him,” Matthews quipped, “so you’ve got to have this manual handy.” Then he quoted a telling section: “If demonstrators appear likely to cause only a political disruption, it is the advance person’s responsibility to take appropriate action. Rally squads should be dispatched to surround and drown out demonstrators immediately.”

That October 2002 manual — obtained in heavily redacted form last June by the American Civil Liberties Union in the course of litigation against the Bush administration — includes copious instructions for ensuring that dissension need never be seen nor heard. Its repetitive themes include “the best method for preventing demonstrators,” “deterring potential protestors from attending events,” and “designat[ing] a protest area … preferably not in view of the event site or motorcade route.” Potential protesters are to be ignored only “if it is determined that the media will not see or hear” them.

Unfortunately for the White House, such strategies are patently unconstitutional and violate several provisions of the Bill of Rights. It is unlawful to bar individuals from public events because they have the wrong bumper stickers on their cars, or wear the wrong T-shirts, or belong to the wrong organizations, or have written the wrong letters to the editor of their local newspaper, as the president’s advance agents have repeatedly done over the past six years. The courts have spoken clearly on this issue, and the Bush administration has been forced to back down. Last month, the ACLU won a settlement of $80,000 for Jeffery and Nicole Rank, a Texas couple who had worn T-shirts critical of Bush to a July 4, 2004, event at which he spoke in West Virginia.

But in the meantime the Bush Republicans have inflicted a great deal of damage on the culture of democracy. Having written a book on the subject of creeping authoritarianism under the Bush regime, I am accustomed to accusations of paranoia or worse, so it was refreshing to hear Matthews speak out in defense of liberty against a president he has often praised. Perhaps now he should consider airing a segment or two on the ACLU lawsuits — and let the right-wingers come on to explain why excluding and persecuting dissenters should not be considered un-American.

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21 September 2007 at 12:18 pm

Blackwater in Iraq

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Very interesting testimony before the Senate Democratic Policy Committee on the Blackwater Mercernaries. From the testimony:

While the headlines of the past week have been focused on the fatal shootings last Sunday, this was by no means an isolated incident. Nor is this is simply about a rogue company or rogue operators. This is about a system of unaccountable and out of control private forces that have turned Iraq into a wild west from the very beginning of the occupation, often with the stamp of legitimacy of the US government.

Both video and printed testimony at the link. Testimony is by Jeremy Scahill, an investigative reporter for The Nation magazine and the author of the book Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army.

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21 September 2007 at 10:35 am

Interview with Paul Krugman

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Interesting. Scroll down here, and click the video of your choice. It struck me, as he talked about how the market, looking at near-term shifts in individual industries or even companies, more or less ignore the BIG shift that will occur if/when the US dollar really collapses due to the unsustainability of the increasing US debt, that it’s similar to the way companies and countries somehow try to focus on what’s happening this year and next to avoid looking at the effects of global warming over the next 50 years.

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21 September 2007 at 10:21 am

Marseilles soap cube

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I just got an email from the guy at The Frenchy Bee, followed by a phone conversation. He said that he noticed he got a lot of hits on the Durance L’òme shaving soap from my site and from ShaveMyFace.com, where I also posted about the soap. He was curious—he didn’t know that there were guys still shaving the old way. 🙂

Marseilles soap cube

He himself uses the Marseilles soap cube made with olive oil. No brush, he just washes his beard and works up a small lather with his hands and then uses a multiblade cartridge razor to shave. (Olive oil soaps in general are somewhat harder to lather than other soaps.) He said that it gives him a great shave.

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21 September 2007 at 9:38 am

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Good notebook source

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Take a look at the variety of notebooks here!

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21 September 2007 at 9:10 am

Posted in Daily life, Notebooks

Chinese knife now sharp

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Okay, I got one of these, and I’ve been sharpening it for a while, using a Japanese waterstone and following the instructions here. He sharpens the knife the opposite way from what I’ve used—I lead with the edge, as though to cut off a thin slice of the stone, whereas he pulls the edge along over the stone. But I followed his advice.

I got a King Deluxe “S” (B) 6000 grit waterstone and a Naguro stone (used to flatten the waterstone as needed and to create a slurry to speed sharpening). I probably would have finished the job faster if I had gotten also an 800 grit waterstone to use at the start—like this kit: holder, 800 grit, 6000 grit, and Naguro stone.

I did use a DMT diamond sharpening stone (the red: 25 micron or 600 mesh) to start—otherwise I would have been grinding away for ages. As it was, I worked 15 minutes at a time. The 6000 grit wears away the edge slowly but surely, and now the cleaver is very sharp indeed, and I have the satisfaction of knowing I did it and can bring it back.

Of course, I already had a Dexter cleaver, extremely sharp and stainless steel, which I see is what Chinese chefs in this country actually use. But I did want to try my hand with a carbon steel cleaver.

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21 September 2007 at 8:45 am

Posted in Daily life

Molly glamor shot

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Molly close

A very glamorous little kitten, isn’t she? I hope the adulation and success don’t spoil her. She now dines exclusively on Innova Evo kibble. I think she would look great with some jewelry—I’m thinking large emeralds with small faceted diamonds here and there…

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21 September 2007 at 8:19 am

Posted in Cats, Molly

What a blade!

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I know that the Treet Black Beauty, aka Blue Special, doesn’t work for everyone, and some find it downright terrible. But man, oh man, does it ever work for me. Day five on the current blade, and it seems as sharp and smooth as ever, and I have an absolutely smooth face, no irritation, no nicks, no weepers, no tugging, no problem: just a lovely smooth shave, the kind of shave that we got into this game in hopes of.

Of course, Black Beauty wants to thank the supporting cast and crew: MR GLO, the wonderful mango-oil shaving soap in its terra cotta bowl, the Commodore (X3 by name), and the English open-comb Executive. But where the steel hits the stubble, it was Black Beauty all the way.

And Pashana aftershave, which I’ve not used for a while. Extremely nice fragrance. And a good cup of coffee, as well.

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21 September 2007 at 8:15 am

Posted in Shaving

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