Monday, June 26, 2017

Good Reads

Good cops police their own

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Oct 10  Whose side are they on From a column answering a whine from an LEO about police policing themselves: Let’s start with whistleblower protection . . .  where I work, there is plenty. If a cop is behaving badly, they should either get arrested or be fired. Is it possible (a whistleblower) might get some flak from others in ... Read More »

“Liars & the Lies They Tell”

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Oct 8 Maybe lying is coded in political DNA An acerbic editorial by Burt Prelutsky notes: If politicians and bureaucrats ever stopped lying for even five minutes . . .For instance, we’re being told repeatedly that we have nothing to fear from the fellow down in Dallas who, instead of bringing back a souvenir t-shirt reading “I’ve Been to Liberia, Don’t ... Read More »

Don’t ever surrender

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Surrender is always wrong and often painfully fatal A well-written, documented article. On March 9, 1963, two LAPD Officers were taken prisoner by two criminals. The Officers submitted . . . gave up their weapons (and) were driven to an onion field outside of Bakersfield. One Officer was murdered while the other Officer managed to escape in a hail of ... Read More »

More on trolls

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Sep 25 Trolls love pain; they inflict it on others  This is another study on trolls, which confirms most of our last article on the subject. It adds a fourth dimension to what we identified as the “Dark Triad;” it is now the “Dark Tetrad.” It is particularly interesting to note the strong association of trolls with the psychopathic character ... Read More »

Rational thinking in Public Health is refreshing

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Sep 22 Public Health Pro cites facts An interesting article. The tragic mass murders in Virginia, Colorado, Norway, Connecticut, and most recently California, showcase the failure of the healthcare system . . . (and) are also outcomes of popular, feel-good movements, such as deinstitutionalization of the mentally ill, colliding with communities that had no means to deal with the consequences ... Read More »

FBI investigation convicted deputies

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Probably grinding slowly  here too You condemn on hearsay evidence alone, your sins increase. Anonymous African proverb. Last of the accused deputies convicted. (Article) “This case involves a select group of sheriff’s deputies . . .” Acting U.S. Attorney Stephanie Yonekura said in a statement. “This case, which has now resulted the conviction of all seven charged, proves those who ... Read More »

Making it better

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Sep 15 Making it better, safer The Sunday OC Register includes a column that mentions Costa Mesa – as a (relative) success story. The reason for the success is the Council majority, which is being vilified by a local blogger and a local hate (but “grassroots”) group. Terri Sforza writes: Number niggling aside, everyone agrees on the glaring truth: Public ... Read More »

What is a troll

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Sep 8  Trolls (Article with good footnotes.) (A troll) in Internet slang is a person who sows discord by starting arguments or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion. Two studies published in 2013 and 2014 have found that people identified ... Read More »

If it happened here

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Sep 7 Depends on where they live The first two events happened far away, but what if they had happened here? First, consider, what if they had happened in one of the owner-occupied housing areas of our City. We’d probably have seen good citizens in Costa Mesa helping, just as good citizens do elsewhere. Article Behr got out of his ... Read More »

Consequences for perps, not cops

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Dying during a “kinder, gentler” arrest  Here’s something to think about when you’re downtown early in the morning. Have you noticed the guys (their ankle bracelets may get your attention) who hang out in a coffee shop across from their gym? They are easy to notice — you’ll hear their comments from a distance when an attractive younger woman walks ... Read More »