Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:37:01 GMT  <== Quote ==> 

"The purpose of public schools is to inculcate unquestioning obedience to imposed authority." -- Bill St. Clair

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Positive Law

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:29:31 GMT  <== Politics ==> 

Eric Peters Autos - good screed on the crimes under color of law that make up most of police activity these days.

Positive law is a moral nullity.

Except, of course, with regard to enforcement. A speeder hasnt committed a moral wrong, but the cop who pulls the "speeder" over (euphemism check; what hes doing is forcibly waylaying a morally innocent person at gunpoint; he is not asking his victim to pull over for a chat; he is demanding the target submit and obey . . . or else) is committing a moral offense.

A crime, arguably.

The crime of physical assault.

Clovers will contend that no assault takes place. Which is true, provided one does as ordered. Provided one obeys every barked command. If one accepts this Cloverian logic, then every battered wife only has herself to blame. Look what you made me do, exclaims her boyfriend/husband.

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The Chokehold Comes After A Lethal Move

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:25:00 GMT  <== Politics ==> 

Simple Justice comments on the NYPD killing of Eric Garner. Apparently, choke holds have been forbidden by New York police policy for a long time now, though they've been used a lot since then, and with hardly any repercussions for the offending officers.

I commented:

The death penalty is the bottom line of every single law on the books, including jaywalking. They usually won't kill you right away, but refuse to show up in court, or to pay the fine, and they'll send a cop to arrest you. Refuse to go along quietly, and he will use force to subdue you. Resist and his force will escalate. Appear to be about to resist effectively, and he will kill you. At no point will the cop ever back down. He, and only he, turns the legislative process into "law". Otherwise, we could ignore much of it.

Display sufficient contempt for a cop, and he may decide to short-circuit the process above and switch immediately to the death penalty. He has very little motivation to hold back, other than the humanity that his training and experience tend to beat out of him. He will rarely be punished for violence, until we the people decide to stop allowing it.

Most of don't need the law. We don't hurt people and we don't steal their stuff. But statutes criminalize a whole lot of activity nowadays that shouldn't be anybody's business (every drug statute, every gun statute, every tax statute, every licensing and registration statute). Law enforcement is the only thing that turns statutes that we would laugh at into laws that we must obey, on penalty of death.

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Hello Old Friends: John Payne and Randy Roos

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:15:29 GMT  <== Entertainment ==> 

In the late seventies, I bought three of John Payne's albums and the first solo album, Mistral by Randy Roos. On vinyl, of course. My turntable broke many years ago, so I haven't heard them in 10 or 20 years. They've crossed my mind multiple times since I started using my computer as my main music source. I've done Google searches, but never found anything until today. I found YouTube videos for two thirds of the tracks on the three John Payne albums, and I found a limited edition CD reissue of Mistral from Laser's Edge. I downloaded and converted to audio the YouTube videos, listed below, and expect the CD in a week or less (shipping from New Jersey). Yay!

These were some of my first fusion jazz albums. I bought a lot more fusion in the early eighties, and learned that for most of it, the first two plays through an album were glorious, and then it was done, no longer interesting. Not so John Payne and Randy Roos. They've stayed in my memory for nearly 40 years. Glad to get reacquainted with these old friends.

If you know where I can find the missing tracks (no link) from the John Payne albums below, or, even better, a CD, please let me know.

The John Payne Band - Bedtime Stories (1975)

  1. Snow
  2. Fancy Free
  3. Song For Love
  4. African Brother
  5. Scenes From A Journey
  6. Thelonious Funk
  7. Rush

The John Payne - Louis Levin Band (1977)

  1. Before the Dawn
  2. Lonely Space Person
  3. Touchdown Café
  4. Nueva Campaña
  5. Night Set / Tower Road
  6. Dreams / Zone 9
  7. Freefalling
  8. Woman in the Shadow

The John Payne Band - The Razor's Edge (1979)

  1. Lolita
  2. Sounds From The Sea's Edge
  3. Himiola
  4. Ariadne
  5. The Razor's Edge
  6. New Spaces
  7. Electric Lush
  8. Past Days
  9. Reaching

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Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sat, 19 Jul 2014 13:03:11 GMT  <== Quote ==> 

"The job of the police is to turn the lunatic pronouncements of a gang of congenital liars into 'the law'." -- Bill St. Clair

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Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Fri, 13 Jun 2014 13:46:50 GMT  <== Quote ==> 

"My religion is dance. My sacrament is music. My liturgy is song." -- Bill St. Clair

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Why I left The Empire State

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Fri, 13 Jun 2014 01:00:00 GMT  <== Politics ==> 

Alexander Portelli tells his story of growing up in Albany, learning about and attempting to fight the ingrained corruption of a communist state, and finally giving up on the commies and moving to New Hampshire. Long, but worth the read.

I've left New York to live in New Hampshire, which is by all means on the opposite of New York on the political spectrum. Eventually, someday, when there is not an inch of opportunity left, and not a bit of wealth to loot, and not a feel-good policy left to enact, and the people are so poor and hungry and bored and desperate that they get nothing but disgust as the liberal statists make their last soup kitchen or free lunch promise, then New York will begin to rebuild. But until then, I can only hope that the disease which is statism killed New York State, doesn't seep into New Hampshire and bring it's despair here too. The grass isn't always greener on the other side, but when leaving New York, the grass is always greener.

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The End Of One Week And The Beginning Of Another

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Tue, 10 Jun 2014 20:10:56 GMT  <== RKBA ==> 

Charles P. Pierce at Esquire - more whining from an anti-gunner.

My comment:

Most defensive use of guns is done without firing a shot. Let the goblin see that you have a gun, and he usually makes himself scarce. The biggest positive effect of a reasonable proportion of the population being armed, openly or concealed, is to make potential criminals, and crooked politicians, afraid for their lives to commit crimes.

Make law to declare certain places to be unarmed victim zones, and the criminals will go there; workplace safety zones for criminals.

Take away all the inner-city gang violence, caused primarily by drug prohibition, and the number of gun killings left doesn't even compare to deaths caused by falling in the shower, much less auto accidents. It isn't a real problem, and the positives of gun ownership by honest folk far outweigh the negatives of gun ownership by criminals, especially if the police aren't tasked with enforcing those unarmed victim zones.

I predict more cop killings. Caused primarily by people getting tired of being arrested for actions that don't hurt anyone. No victim. No crime. Period. Cops that enforce those statutory non-criminal "crimes" deserve to be hanged for kidnapping, after due process and a speedy trial by a jury of their peers. Since that's not an option, yet, people have to take justice into their own hands.

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Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Wed, 04 Jun 2014 13:49:50 GMT  <== Computers ==> 

Trello is a different kind of to-do list manager. It organizes things as Boards, Lists, and Cards. Boards have Lists. Lists have Cards. Cards can have Members, Labels, Comments, Checklists, a Due Date, and Attachments. You can move Cards between Lists, with either menus or drag-and-drop. You can assign view and edit permissions to other people or organizations. You can create organizations of people. It's web-based, free, and FAST! You can pay $5/month or $45/year to get more features or to update an Organization to "Business Class". Besides running on your computer in any modern browser, there are apps for iPhone, iPad, Android (& Kindle Fire), and Windows 8. Nicely done!

Trello is made by Joel Spolsky's Fog Creek Software.


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Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Wed, 04 Jun 2014 13:29:11 GMT  <== Computers ==> 

Google has created a Chrome plugin for OpenPGP encrypt/decrypt/sign/verify/keystore written in JavaScript. They currently generate only Elliptic Curve keys, but they can import and use RSA keys generated by PGP or GnuPG. More details in this blog post. They released the source yesterday so that developers can play with it and find security problems. They'll put it in the Chrome Web Store when it's ready for prime time.

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