Everybody Hates Feinstein and Burr’s Anti-encryption Bill

It will destroy a whole lot of things. Like any hope of security. Tech coalitions pen open letter to Burr and Feinstein over bill banning encryption | TechCrunch

The Venn Diagram tells the story.

It goes on to point out “unintended consequences” such as compromised security being compromised for bad actors as well as good, and also that any national attempt to hamper the operation of a global industry is foolish and bound to fail and, in failing, damage the reputation and economy of the U.S. (I’m paraphrasing).

You Say Protester, I Say Rioter

Burning cars doesn’t strike me as the hallmark of peaceful protest. Protesters clash with police over France’s new labour laws – The Local

So what is the kerfuffle about?

The government’s changes are basically aimed at making it easier for companies to hire and fire workers and make rules around working hours less rigid.

But being able to fire people who don’t perform is too extreme for the French socialists. Of course if companies know they can fire people, the might actually hire someone.

God forbid they should make their economy look more German. (The Germans have exceptionally low unemployment right now, in case you were wondering.)

Cops Behaving Badly: UK Edition

For 27 years the police in South Yorkshire covered up the truth about a stadium collapse. They did this to aid the government, and to hide their own ineptitude, and because they thought they could get away with it. Hillsborough Verdict: At Last, the Shameful Truth Is Out

A few choice quotes:

  • “the police had to collude to invent evidence.”
  • “the South Yorkshire police organized a conspiracy to protect themselves by defaming the dead and injured.”
  • “the police needed another ally, and they found it in The Sun.”

The police. The government. The press. All lined up behind a lie. But the truth is not so easy to hide when there are thousands of witnesses. (And this was in the days before everyone had a video camera in their pocket.)

Don’t Expect to See This Story Plastered on Cable News 24/7

When a cop gets shot, it just isn’t as interesting. Chicago police officer shot in Little Village | abc7chicago.com

They thought they saw a weapon, so they approached the group. One of the people standing around took off running and the cops gave chase.

The officers were giving chase when the suspect turned around and fired.

In a feat of superhuman restraint, this guy’s partner shot the miscreant with a Taser. (He is now in custody.) Somewhere along the line that partner got stabbed. (No word on how seriously.)

So where are the pundits and politicians? A cop gets shot and it isn’t news? The restraint shown isn’t worthy of praise?

A Domestic Violence Story that (for a change) Ends with the Abuser Dead

I read too many domestic violence stories in the media. With depressing regularity, women are killed by men who claim to love them. This one has a better – though not happy – ending. ON THE RECORD: Belding woman acted in self-defense in fatal shooting

He had assaulted her on at least one other occasion. At least once, she had to go the hospital. He had a restraining order taken out by an ex-girlfriend. This time, she was afraid he was going to kill her.

Vincent went into the bathroom to get some of her things. Harrington then grabbed her and started hitting her and hitting her head against the wall, leaving a dent in the drywall.

Vincent told police she believed Harrington was going to kill her. She got away from Harrington, went into the bedroom and grabbed a handgun that was hanging on the wall.

She tried to lock herself in the bathroom, but that didn’t work out. She was in fear for her life so she shot the SOB. Until the gun was empty.

The prosecutor says “self-defense.” And a good thing too.

Self-defense is a human-right. Even when you know the person attacking you, it is still self-defense.

Even in Gun-hating New York, Self-defense Works

They forced their way into his home, but had the good sense to leave when they realized he was armed. But when he tried to write down their license info, that good sense left the building. Fredonia Police Continue Investigation into Alleged Home Invasion

When the suspects attempted to leave in a car, the homeowner went out onto his front steps to try and get vehicle information. The male suspect is then accused of jumping out of the vehicle and charging the homeowner, who then said he fired several shots and hit the suspect.

The guy then tried to leave in the car, but police caught up with him a short time later. He is in the hospital. no word on the woman he was with.

Self-defense is a human-right. Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.