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  • Matthew Poole, in reply to Howard Edwards,

    There was an article in the NZ Herald recently (which I can't find online - searching for "police" or "US police" produces 100s of results) which made this point.

    There are over 80 thousand statutory governance entities in the US, most of which are municipality or county structures that maintain or contract law enforcement services. I learned this wee fact when examining the background to why emergency services cooperation across jurisdictions was historically a total cluster in the US.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2007 • 4097 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Matthew Poole,

    historically a total cluster in the US

    Possibly you meant a total cluster-fuck.

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2930 posts Report Reply

  • linger, in reply to nzlemming,

    Or possibly a total cluster bomb.
    Fucked up in all directions, anyway.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1890 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to nzlemming,

    a total cluster-fuck.

    like this:

    Public services are becoming increasingly algorithmic, a reality that has spawned hyperbolic comparisons to RoboCop and Minority Report, enforcement droids and pre-cogs. But the future of high-tech policymaking looks less like science fiction and more like Google’s PageRank algorithm.
    For example, according to the Chicago Tribune, Robert McDaniel, a 22-year-old Chicago resident, was surprised when police commander Barbara West showed up at his West Side home in 2013 to warn “the most dangerous gangbangers” to stop their violent ways. McDaniel, who had a misdemeanor conviction and several arrests on a variety of offenses—drug possession, gambling, domestic violence—had made Chicago’s now-notorious “heat list” of the 420 people most likely to be involved in violent crime sometime in the future. The list is the result of a proprietary predictive policing algorithm that likely crunches numbers on parole status, arrests, social networks, and proximity to violent crime.

    source:
    http://www.newsforage.com/2015/05/the-policy-machine-dangers-of-letting.html

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7892 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    The list is the result of a proprietary predictive policing algorithm that likely crunches numbers on parole status, arrests, social networks, and proximity to violent crime.

    Faaark! That story was supposed to be a warning, not a recipe.

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2930 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Rowe,

    Farken scary - Keiser did a show recently on how algorithmic bots were fixing the money markets too. We actually are living the AI future now...

    NZ • Since Apr 2015 • 27 posts Report Reply

  • izogi, in reply to Steve Rowe,

    On a tangent, having viewed this video exactly one time, Youtube and Google seem to have decided many days later that I'm still absolutely interested in viewing CIA conspiracy videos, and not much else.



    Thanks.

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 1139 posts Report Reply

  • Mike O'Connell, in reply to Graham Dunster,

    I find it fascinating that the Australian handwringing over the recent executions of two of its citizens in Indonesia doesn’t seem to allow them to also address the failed war on drugs. I would have thought that it would be impossible to separate these things.

    In the Press today, The Indonesian case for executing for drug traffickers by Jose Tavares,the Indonesian ambassador to NZ.

    Beyond a scant recognition of 'rehabilitation centres' for drug addicts, this is another example of a country which maintains the 'war on drugs' - and fails to recognise the death penalty doesn't deter the determined.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 379 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford, in reply to Steve Rowe,

    Farken scary – Keiser did a show recently on how algorithmic bots were fixing the money markets too. We actually are living the AI future now…

    Yes, and time, even five milliseconds, really is money.

    Atlantis • Since Nov 2006 • 4327 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to izogi,

    Google seem to have decided many days later that I’m still absolutely interested in viewing CIA conspiracy videos

    a coupla searches and trips to DIY
    and fishing videos or sites should fix that...
    but yes it has gone down on your permanent record!
    :- (

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7892 posts Report Reply

  • John Farrell, in reply to izogi,

    Clear your cookies.

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 487 posts Report Reply

  • Katharine Moody,

    While the U.S. government loves to target and imprison small time so-called “money launderers” such Bitcoin pioneer Charlie Shrem, the real money launderers, the ones who help drug cartels and pump criminally sourced money into foreign real estate thus pricing out domestic populations worldwide, face no consequences whatsoever.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-05-04/how-chinese-oligarchs-used-fake-trade-invoices-launder-almost-1-trillion-globally

    Wellington • Since Sep 2014 • 798 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to John Farrell,

    Clear your cookies

    Hurl your url?

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7892 posts Report Reply

  • linger, in reply to John Farrell,

    Clear your cookies

    My mum'd think that had something to do with an ant infestation, and would be left vaguely wondering if she should toss her lollies as well...

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1890 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Rowe, in reply to izogi,

    On a tangent, having viewed this video exactly one time, Youtube and Google seem to have decided many days later that I'm still absolutely interested in viewing CIA conspiracy videos, and not much else.


    Thanks.

    No problem - if you police your own mind then the thought police will be out of a job.

    NZ • Since Apr 2015 • 27 posts Report Reply

  • John Farrell, in reply to linger,

    Surely that would be lob your lollies?

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 487 posts Report Reply

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