Case I filed vs US Federal govt re: Black lives matter

Posted in Uncategorized on August 28, 2016 by alg0rhythm

Prince v. USG
Posted on February 15, 2016

United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York

Case Reference:

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Civil Action No.15-1917

Priority:

Highest- Declarational and Constitutional violations killing Americans

As the issue of rampant police violence and extralegal use of force clearly is part of a national set of patterns and practices, violating Constitutional amendments, and is, according to the Declaration (aka THE founding document) literally cause for legally abolishing the government, we ask for an immediate consideration and action.

Court Action sought, Immediate:

A national, and immediate injunction against single officer use of force(wait for back up in danger situations), especially deadly force without specific cause such as the immediate threat to citizens or a firearm.

Immediate and consistent documentation of use of force at all levels, (including prisons) to be reported in a consistent format, in less than 12 hours, open to public with perhaps officers names substituted for an identification number. While the final system may take longer, a simple 10 entry database system scalable to several million entries should take less than a week for qualified professionals to build out. This should include immediate supervisors, witnesses,

Immediate process tracking of any cases that arise involving agents of law including judges, court employees, as well as police, but especially regarding police use of force cases, and the development of a rubric to identify and track current methodologies, best and worst examples of same, and the noting of any irregularities, that may arise due to conflict of interest.

Review of all cases pending trial for “speedy trial” violations

Opening note:

It is important to note that in no way is this specifically a criticism of the individuals named in this suit- largely, in my opinion the men and women do their best to make sure there is as much justice as they can. in a system, we do our best, working with those around us, and shiny new parts get tarnished by soot and poor function of a system long ago in need of an audit and update. The greatest criticism, is one of human behavior; there are law enforcement, lawyers, judges, who perpetuate the worst of behaviors, that go on, unchallenged despite evidence that would trigger jail sentences or even death penalties in any other profession, but, people are not prone to outing their own, whistle blowing is usually frowned upon, understanding

Introduction:

This document calls for a full Rebranding of America, legally, the formal re-swearing of the oaths and the principles to which this country was founded, and the elevation of the execution of the law to scientific precision, by reigniting the flame of national, legal debate, and re-engaging the consent of the governed, expired long before any still living, culminating, in a new Constitutional Convention, and a government better suited to the future of our nation using means already provided to us by the Founding Fathers.

Scope:

The scope of this case is expanded twice. First from the individual to the national, as the problem to be properly understood, and fixed, must be dealt with as part of a systemic, national issue- similar to how doctors rarely treat individual bumps of chicken pox. Second, from use of force by law officers to a greater malady, the gap between defacto and dejure law, as a common thread running through out our systems of government.

Standing invoked:

As noted in the PA case, as a person who has been attacked by police officers without cause, I am a member of a class of people who have been adversely affected by the failure to address a serious concern with how many police officers in this country behave.

I would note that 1st amendment, Congress shall make no laws prohibiting the right to petition for redress of grievances, suggests that standing should be applied liberally at best and at worst, any notion of rejection of a clear Constitutional violation by the government, could be construed as one of the Declaration’s legitimate reasons for revolution, “In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms, our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury.”

Venue Shift Rationale:

An issue of this magnitude, addressing as it does the foundation of American law, supersedes regional district conventions; and requires examination by courts in every state.

Relevant Statutes and Case Laws:

14th amendment (due process and equal protection)

8th amendment (cruel and unusual punishment)

Declaration of Independence(repeated violations of right to life as reason for altering or abolishing government, refusing assent to laws, for protecting them (military) by mock trial from punishments for murders they commit on inhabitants)

Harris v. City of Canton(deliberate indifference)

Spell v. McDaniel (Municipal liability)

Walker v. City of New York (Failure to Train)

Vann v. City of New York (deliberate indifference)

Standing invoked:

As noted in the PA case, as a person who has been attacked by police officers without cause, I am a member of a class of people who have been adversely affected by the failure to address a serious concern with how many police officers in this country behave.

I would note that 1st amendment, Congress shall make no laws prohibiting the right to petition for redress of grievances, suggests that standing should be applied liberally at best and at worst, any notion of rejection of a clear Constitutional violation by the government, could be construed as equivalent to refusing assent to laws, “In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms, our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury.”

Legal Theory Advanced:

That the ultimate responsibility for enforcement of US code, is the US federal government, and that the code of conduct, that stems from US code is applicable to law enforcement at ALL levels.

2.That when an issue, becomes national in scope, particularly in regards to Constitutional issues that it is the duty of the federal government to act, and to set up such safeguards as to disarm the threat, regardless of the source, and provide for safe guards, structurally. (equal protection under,and from the law.) Expansion of scope, but similar concept as municipal responsibility. The courts have consistently held, that municipalities can be held liable for the actions of their actions of their employees, especially when “deliberate indifference” has been shown or acquiescence in unconstitutional practices.

The current problem with police brutality, is not in fact, a problem at the city level, and seems to be the same nationally, from New York, to Philadelphia, to Denver, Oklahoma, San Francisco and LA. What happened to me was symptomatic as a single bump of chicken pox; treating it individually makes as much sense as sending the child to a different doctor for each chicken pox bump.

The total number of excessive use of force cases is unknown as it is not currently tracked. Police in the United States kill 1400 people per year, (killedbypolice.net, the guardian) by contrast, the next highest country for citizen deaths by police is Canada with 25, making the US death by police rate 70 times that of the next highest country. It is reasonable and perhaps conservative to say that for every death, there are likely 20+ brutality cases. Since physical abuse is a crime, no matter who commits it.

Given that there is 99% indictment rate for citizens; <5% for police officers it is safe to say clemency for extra legal killing, and brutality have become a de facto part of the American Justice system. These cases involve a violation of due process, cruel and unusual punishment and equal protection under the law as well as simple murder, and conflict of interest issues will prevent proper legal advancement of cases as we see from the numbers involved hence the responsibility o the failure to correct systemic issues by the federal government represents responsibility via Haynesworth V Miller, and Owen v. City of Independence. this also looks similar to “For protecting them, by mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these states“

Further, as prosecution of police officers requires the buy in from co-workers (other police and prosecutors), it is unlikely that there would ever be a reasonable or fair proceeding with regards to police. Thus is in need of a change of venue, and likely a permanent community review board because nearly any one involved in a legal system at the city or state level is going to have a conflict of interest, and indeed, that is seen in the prosecution rates of police, nearly non-existent, despite the relative eruption of such cases in our mass media. In fact, even with a prosecutor outside the direct sphere of the officer, professional mindset, or cultural mindset is likely to still be a significant factor.

The more radical part of the legal theory put forward, is that the Constitution’s Supreme legality is in stare decisis Declaration’s legality, and that the official definition, scope, and use of government as it relates to individuals in the United States is given in that documentation, and is always, a valid petition for redress of grievances as per the 1st Amendment.

There is little doubt in the historical record; the precedent for the Constitutions Supreme legality comes from the ratification methodology used with the Declaration. The divorce from one set of laws, the definition of what government is and should be, and the creation of said government can be defined as the most legal of acts. Further, the treatise duly voted upon by every district in a new country, and the reasons, paid for with the blood of

the citizenry, for said change in government and founding of a new one, and signed by 4 of the 5 first presidents, the designated date of a new country can hardly be said to have no legal weight.

It was referenced by Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War, and ironically enough in the secession letters of the Southern states, though blatantly failing the test of legitimate government’s duty to protect the liberty of people. According to a Constitutional scholar and current President of the United States, Barack Obama “The Declaration is the lens through which the Constitution should be viewed”(needs citation).

In this particular case; it is useful, because if the core of responsibility of government is to protect 1 life 2 liberty and 3 the pursuit of happiness, being the largest jailer in human history is a problem, having the largest death by police rate in the civilized world is cause for a rapid and immediate change, and the focus on ensuring the pursuit of happiness for the individual, may have a startling effect on the current crisis of shootings, and mental health in this country.

A republic will be stronger if the constituents hold a strong image of the law in their collective understanding, supplemented by a stronger image by those who enforce it.

The general principles around the Declaration can be more simply and easily explained and taught than the relative specifics of the Constitution, and out of alignment outcomes are more glaring when viewed from a Declarational framework.

Restitution sought:

Is that the responsibility for Constitutional conduct be proactive, creating a framework, training, and data collection methodologies for the expectation of federal audits of practices, defining, standardizing and broadening conflict of interest standards for police, prosecution, prison, and the courts. Review of legal practices; courtroom technologies, wait times, and processes, also kept, transparently as part of a national database, and an experiment begun with the states to establish new court room norms for speedy trials. Also as the adaptation of a framework that is lighter and simpler for both enforcement agents and citizens to understand, the basics, the Declaration of Independence, which contains the official definition of government in US code, as well as it’s core functions with regards to the rights of the individual, to be trained and oath sworn at any level of employment or engagement in government activities, with the urgency being with law enforcement.

Further, the larger gap between de facto and de jure law needs to be addressed in such a manner as is not currently proscribed in our frame works.

Particularly right to a speedy trial, (people waiting 2+ years for non violent offenses?)and the 4th amendment – civil forfeiture seems to be a clear violation this., and the mass incarceration that has literally millions imprisoned for non violent crimes while the financial felonies of the past 10 years have been formally waived, creating 14th amendment conflicts. While rights to life and liberty have been specifically addressed though poorly enforced by later documents like the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, and case law, the pursuit of happiness has never been formally explored or examined by government; and it is likely that a happier per capita populace would not lead the world in mass shootings.

Is it strictly legally necessary to address these case by case, or can it be addressed by actions addressed to the heart of the issue- which is the de facto, de jure gap that has expanded until members of the US governmental system can be seen to be an obnoxious and painfully obvious call to action to change and the failure to have expressly written frameworks for what acceptable actions are or are not according to guidelines, i.e. how many days is a “speedy trial” what is cruel and unusual punishment (waterboarding, etc.) According to the decision to found this country, the answer was clear; NO. Their methodology was to abolish the government that disobeyed, flagrantly it’s own rules and create an entirely new one, and sometimes just a mostly new one. We are at another such time,

While it is understood that this court cannot provide all of the answers sought in this case, it is clear that these deficiencies in the current de facto set up threatens the bedrock of Union to slow decay.

It would serve the American people and it’s legal system to recognize formally the Declaration, the Constitution, and the US Code as successively more detailed from principles to ruling frameworks, simplifying the overall code, and making it easier to address and prevent further unhealthy dissonant gaps between de jure and defacto law.

Likely, it would be best also to re-engage the consent of the governed, as no one alive consented to this government, and that can only be done through Constitutional Convention.

Court Action sought, as part of full restitution:

Recommendations from this court on correcting the de jure vs de facto chasm in American law, including civil forfeiture, mass incarceration, multi year weights and other clearly deviant outcomes from the intent.

A national Constitutional minimums set up, clearly defining the current best practices for law enforcement as a minimum for standards of officer behavior, to Constitutional training, to what a speedy trial entails, what cruel and unusual punishment entails.

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REvisiting Tamir Rice’s murder
Posted on November 21, 2015

As we approach the one year anniversary of 12 year old Tamir Rice’s death at the hands of the Cleveland police, there are two ways we must examine this for the need for change. At a time when 1400 people per year are killed in the United States by agents of government at some level, by a factor of 70 x the worst record for police killings in any first world country, to go with the highest number and rate of incarcerated citizens, there is clearly a national problem with our systems of enforcement. The first is the purely human, emotional, or Judeo-Christian, Muslim Buddhist, humanist, Constitutional or Declarational value systems. A 12 year old was killed by the people whose job it is to protect him. If you don’t know that his mother has trouble sleeping at night for the loss of her baby boy, perhaps you should talk to a mother about how she feels about her children and really understand the term mother from their perspectives. That this is something that must never be allowed to happen again is something to which you must agree to honestly say you subscribe to any of the prior belief systems.

The second, and the one I will focus on here, because this part seems less obvious, is what an astonishing, and downright frightening collapse of purpose- demonstrating extreme weakness in response operations, security and problem that occurs here.

A call comes in that there is a person with a gun- which MAY be a toy- the call taker does not disseminate this information to the dispatcher, or to the responding officers.

The officers ordered to a scene where there is potentially a live gun are a pair of ROOKIES. Why rookies would ever be first to a scene, and first to engage- unless there was an immediate public threat- something to first be determined from a distance and approached with a speed determined after the initial observation, is unexplainable.

These rookies drive up to point blank range. As in, before they get out of the vehicle, had they been responding to a genuine psychopath, or someone who was mentally disturbed, they both could have very easily been shot dead without even exiting the vehicle. He then jumps out of the vehicle with his gun drawn; enough again, to startle someone into shooting, if in fact they had a real gun.

It seems to me that procedure in this situation would be to get an assessment first from a safe, and preferably unobservable position to assess threat level, and relative level of public safety, and relay this information to a more experienced officer, before deciding to close in. Likely, without that immediate threat to public safety, it would almost certainly be best to wait for back up, and go in with overwhelming force, which often can pre-empt attempts at fighting their out of situation- 2 cops can be handled, 6 cannot, so surrender would be more likely.

We later find out that this rookie officer was dismissed from another department as unstable, and he is armed, and put out into dangerous situations, with only another rookie for guidance. Municipal and senior officer liability is assured.

Beyond the fact that a government officer of a part of the United States is now responsible for the death of an American, one of the causus belli for the American Revolution, and firmly contradicting the Constitution, it is a frightening look at how unprepared our officers would be to deal with real threats- sophisticated and highly trained operatives of foreign or malignant domestic entity. The training for these sorts of interactions are all Constitutional, and thus, ultimately – we must use each case to develop and sharpen templates to avoid this kind of behavior from a couple of aspects. It also means, that at the end of the day; that as a national problem has emerged, it is not simply up to the individual departments to fix, but that a new, methodology for Constitutional enforcement minimums must be established, including provision to ensure that the conflict of interests that are now causing a 99% indictment rate for citizens and a <5% indictment rate for police- even as we see being moved towards in this case, in the Eric Garner case, are not a factor in achieving justice.
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Stopping the whitewash of the death of Tamir Rice on the one year anniversary

Posted in Uncategorized on October 28, 2015 by alg0rhythm

As we approach the one year anniversary of 12 year old Tamir Rice’s death at the hands of the Cleveland police, there are two ways we must examine this for the need for change.  At a time when 1400 people per year are killed in the United States by agents of government at some level, by a factor of 70 x the worst record for police killings in any first world country, to go with the highest number and rate of incarcerated citizens, there is clearly  a national problem with our systems of enforcement. The first is the purely human,  emotional, or Judeo-Christian, Muslim Buddhist, humanist, Constitutional or Declarational value systems. A 12 year old was killed by the people whose job it is to protect him. If you don’t know that his mother has trouble sleeping at night for the loss of her baby boy, perhaps  you should talk to a mother about how she feels about her children and really understand the term mother from their perspectives.  That this is something that must never be allowed to happen again is something  to which you must agree to honestly say you subscribe to any of the prior belief systems.

The second, and the one I will focus on here, because this part seems less obvious, is what an astonishing, and downright frightening collapse of purpose- demonstrating extreme weakness in response operations, security and  problem that occurs here.

A call comes in that there is a person with a gun- which MAY be a toy- the call taker does not disseminate this information to the dispatcher, or to the responding officers.

The officers ordered to a scene where there is potentially a live gun are a pair of ROOKIES. Why rookies would ever be first to a scene, and first to engage- unless there was an immediate public threat- something to first be determined from a distance and approached with a speed determined after the initial observation, is unexplainable.

These rookies drive up to point blank range. As in, before they get out of the vehicle, had they been responding to a genuine psychopath, or someone who was mentally disturbed, they both could have very easily been shot dead without even exiting the vehicle.  He then jumps out of the vehicle with his gun drawn; enough again, to startle someone into shooting, if in fact they had a real gun.

It seems to me that procedure in this situation would be to get an assessment first from a safe, and preferably unobservable position to assess threat level, and relative level of public safety, and relay this information to a more experienced officer, before deciding to close in. Likely, without that immediate threat to public safety, it would almost certainly be best to wait for back up, and go in with overwhelming force, which often can pre-empt attempts at fighting their out of situation- 2 cops can be handled,  6 cannot, so surrender would be more likely.

We later find out that this rookie officer was dismissed from another department as unstable, and he is armed, and put out into dangerous situations, with only another rookie for guidance. Municipal and senior officer liability is assured.

Beyond the fact that a government officer of a part of the United States is now responsible for the death of an American, one of the causus belli for the American Revolution, and firmly contradicting the Constitution, it is a frightening look at how unprepared our officers would be to deal with real threats- sophisticated and highly trained operatives of foreign or malignant domestic entity.  The training for these sorts of interactions are all Constitutional, and thus, ultimately – we must use each case to develop and sharpen templates to avoid this kind of behavior from a couple of aspects. It also means, that at the end of the day; that as a national problem has emerged, it is not simply up to the individual departments to fix, but that a new, methodology for Constitutional enforcement minimums must be established, including provision to ensure that the conflict of interests that are now causing a 99% indictment rate for citizens and a <5% indictment rate for police- even as we see being moved towards  in this case, in the Eric Garner case, are not a factor in achieving justice.

Rebuilding America

Posted in Uncategorized on April 24, 2015 by alg0rhythm

energyREBUILDING AMERICA, Clean and Green

3 Million new jobs, 100 billion+ in additional tax revenue, 1st year 12.5 GDP

growth, with an average of 6% over 5 years, and 25 % cut to GHG (with

more after testing begins), unemployment down below 3%, better, long

lasting products, more money in consumer’s pockets

Year 1 (Building envelope and housing focused)

Inputs

(in B$$)

0      National building code, with penalties, and hold on sale/rental based on energy efficiency

as well as energy usage meters on cords of devices, phase in 2020, which is also the

payout year on the lend loss insurance. National recycling standards bill, requiring 2

weekly pick up, and 90% material reusability for electronics

-25 Training program –

{Treasury} Turn out 2 million qualified energy experts,  priority for recent  fossil fuel employees

levels, minimum energy efficiency of windows, doors and building envelopes,

Land grant colleges

20,000 teachers @65k (includes overhead) @ to teach Energy audit HVAC and

insulation

Stipends for 1 million low income/ hardship grants for 6 months @12,500

1 million no tuition scholarships

+100 Green bond issues-

{Public sales} Lend loss fund for 1 Trillion(assuming a very conservative 10% fail rate) in gov backed

conservation bonds for efficiency(up to 50% deal size), generation (20%), cosmetic(max

30%)

Outputs

Savings increase, nationally as the bonds become savings currency at high yield 4%

(in B$$)

1000 Retrofits and upgrades–

10 Million buildings being upgraded, building material sales, labor

+100 Revenue increase

Assumes a very low Income tax collection of 10% on the trillion spent

Critical points to understand the urgency of Climate Change

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on February 23, 2015 by alg0rhythm

7 points I want people to know about Climate Change

  1. Every major scientific organization on the planet has agreed that mankinds greenhouse gas emissions are a major factor in the changing of our climate.
  2. Most of Science behind Climate change, the Green house effect, has been around since before the Civil War, and the core theory was finished before World War I. John Tyndall and James Arrhenius, whose equations were as horrible as his name sounds.
  3. Though climate models being a system as large as the earth are very complex, the science of the Green House effect basically no more complicated than insulation, and dark clothing on a hot day. Just like wool is warmer than polyester, holding in more heat, carbon dioxide and methane are warmer and hold more heat in than oxygen and nitrogen
  4. The reason why the northern ice cap is so important is not because the sea levels will rise so significantly. It’s because instead of a white ice cube on the top of the earth, we will have the dark green sea, which, if you’ve ever worn dark colors on a hot day, the earth will absorb more heat instead of reflecting… something like double the amount. Further, it is believed that there is massive amounts of methane below the ice, the most potent green house gas, enough to change the content of the atmosphere significantly
  5. The worst case scenario of a runaway green house effect is extinction for the human race, likely in under a 100 years. There was the Greatest Generation post WWII, there was the lost generation, and, it’s entirely possible that children born from 2025 or so will be known as the Last generation.
  6. We use 100 thousand billion kilowatt hours of energy per year, all of it by burning fuel- creating heat energy to release energy that wouldn’t ordinarily be out there, even a hundred years ago. Every device you have, every time you get in a car, every time you leave a light on, somewhere, something is being burned to create that energy. The idea that this would have no effect on our environment or that we do not in general, is silly, particularly if you subscribe to the law of unintended consequences.
  7. We waste half of all energy that is produced, either by leaving lights on, underinsulating buildings, leaving things plugged in that don’t need to be, or by producing crap to throw away, plastic bags, napkins disposables… So, we could cut down on greenhouse gas emissions- more than half- by learning to make the most use of what we have.

The need for Justice in America

Posted in Uncategorized on February 11, 2015 by alg0rhythm
Side by side comparisons of major industrial countries rate of death via police

Side by side comparisons of major industrial countries rate of death via police

source: http://www.killedbypolice.net

The comparison to other nations, and the daily inundation with  new cases of police killings makes it clear, there is an epidemic problem in this country around police behavior; 1000+ more killings by police per year than any other nation, the next highest is around 14. This also speaks to the strong likely hood that many more, non fatal police brutalities happen

Many people, seem to shrug off the killing of humans by police as unfortunate issues arising from “resisting arrest”, or dismiss the death as a real consequence of having disobeyed the law or an officer. While facism, like many isms, is an oft debated definition, the ability of people tasked with upholding the law being able to kill at will is contained within all of them. As a person who proscribes to the lessons of Confucius, I believe it is the failure to understand not the whole law, legal process, but simply the role, the definition of what an officer- (I make the distinction of a “peace officer”) is supposed to do.

The role of a police officer aka an officer of the peace, is, to me, is to
1. de-escalate dangerous situations in order to preserve life
2. restore situations to alignment with the law
3. to observe assess, cite, and summon individuals guilty of violating local codes to see a judge empowered to make more critical decisions regarding the severity, up to and including long term limitations of basic rights as consequence to infractions upon others.

This seems to be a logical extension of the simple lightweight, yet powerful principles laid down in the Declaration of Independence, which I hold as law for the United States of America, which say essentially:

Governments are created to keep people from harming one another, and to assure that they may live, free to pursue that which can make them happy, and governments that harm their citizens or impede upon their freedom without sufficient cause, i.e. hurting another citizen, are illegitimate, and must be changed.

This to me is a great summation of a government’s role with regards to an individual, (there are many and more complex roles regarding resource management, money creation, infrastructure building, and defense, but it serves well to create basic understandings of what government should and should not be)
and I would ask that if you agree with those statements, you make your understanding of the law to be that, and there is actually, a very, strong argument for the Declarational principles being law, one that I I will make elsewhere.

Next steps:

For now, every member of law enforcement in this country should swear an oath to to the role, approximately as laid out.

Department of Justice, in accordance with the Constitution, and the Declaration, must set a floor for police behavior as representative of the government, and audit the overall behavior of police as it relates to core US codes.- this would seem to be within their Constitutional authority already, but possibly a need for a national Constitutional Convention like the NY CC of 1801- to examine not only how the law is written, but how the principles which govern those laws play out in day to day processes, and

Examination of what constitutes an arrestable offense; as this is certainly a punishment, for any length of time, it would seem to be a violation of one’s liberty, and innocence until proven guilty.

Possible additional steps include:

Establishing a 3 strike max on brutality cases depending on severity, and zero tolerance for police misconduct that leads to the deaths of citizens- immediate dismissal, with the possibility of criminal charges

Rapid settlement of police cases where wrongdoing is obvious, in whole or at least in part, where there are quantity disputes (Eric Garner)

Examination of the grand jury process, 97% indictment rate for federal cases and a seemingly 0% indictment rate for police, it seems like an expensive extension of prosecutorial discretion.

Length of trial as a whole, as it seems clear anecdotally that longer cases trend toward innocence results,  nor is it clear that year long trials aid in justice, especially when there is little dispute as to essential facts.

Specifically in the case of McCullough, by his own words,he should be charged with obstruction of Justice, as he knowingly presented false testimony to the Grand Jury, and presented them with irrelevant and misleading case law, as well as changing a well established practice for obtaining the “ham sandwich”‘s indictment for another, producing a statistically unlikely result.

Missouri should be liable for any damages resulting from Ferguson riots. The governor took on the responsibility of stopping riots, had weeks to prepare, and was unable to stop the looting? And why you would release the verdict at 9 PM ? Ferguson’s business districts cannot be so large that a hundred or so officers, with mobile units backing them up couldn’t have covered them.

Drug prices wow!

Posted in Uncategorized on February 8, 2015 by alg0rhythm

HealthCare System

A woman I know, practically old enough to be my mother, gets a rheumatiod arthritis medication. The cost to the government for this is monthly is:

$2904.63

+

$152.88 payment.

$3057.61 for a monthly dose 50mg/.5 mL in a plastic automatic dose syringe, disposable

or about

$37,000 per year to treat a disease

being a former chemist, sometime finance guy, I wanted to see what the unit cost was, using 9th grade science skills (thanks, mr. Knudson) reinforce by collegiate and professional work…

Let’s see .5 mL, means 2 in an mL

2 x $3057.61  =1 mL

2000 x $3057.61=1L

move decimal over three places

2 x $3,057,610= 1L

1L = $6,115,220

by weight,  this drug is

$305,761 dollars a gram, by comparison, after golds rapid inflation in price,

it is now, around $1400 a Troy OUNCE,  31 grams, or about 45$ per gram

or it is approximately 9000x gold value

Why I do and don’t agree with Mayor Deblasios protest moratorium and other points

Posted in Uncategorized on December 26, 2014 by alg0rhythm

pluses++ first,

I think holidays is a time for pause, to be spent with families as much as is possible, and the protest movement has created a national stir, they’ve done a lot of work, have to be tired, and need to recharge, something activists often overlook. That’s what the holidays are, this natural space for people to rest and connect to their blood ties and closest friends, enjoying themselves from the perspective of where they came from as well as where they have migrated to.

The death of the officers was a tragedy, a targeted killing, though not an assassination,

The retraining suggested by Mayor Deblasio, around community relations, and use of force is absolutely necessary, ASAP, though it should be noted that the retraining of 35,000 people will take months, even with maximal

There is still a need for police, there are people who use guns, and force, and we do not have the person to person networks to police and protect ourselves. So the function is still necessary, and respect makes their jobs doable.

minuses–

i understand the impulses not to, though, because, like an open wound, immediate, obvious steps have not been taken, and while words of understanding are definitely necessary,  actions that follow

If Commissioner Bratton believes that groups behave better when there is strict enforcement on the small things leads to a better behaved group, I’d like to see examples of how that works- from violation of NYPD internal rules.

In New York City,  if episodes of Bewitched are to be believed, if you work at an elite advertising agency, you break expressly stated rules and lose a client, you get fired, and no one will protect you or feel sorry for you. Apparently, at an elite law enforcement agency,  you can break rules, and someone dies, and they will bend over backwards to keep you on and protect you from criminal prosecution. I make the radical proposition that law enforcement be minimally held to the same high moral and ethical standard associated with the advertising industry.

overall,

Unless someone can come up with a fantastic account of the overwhelming competence and unusual skills of the officers involved in Gurley, Graham, and Garner cases, the officers should be dismissed, immediately, and a formal, joint investigation of the process used to follow up on these cases by Justice and the state AG office, with recommendations for improving the process.

In order to have the credibility to fight crime, and enforce rules,  people must know that enforcers of the law also obey it. When the situation is bad enough that they end up going after their own, it needs to change.

http://theurbandaily.com/2014/12/25/black-nypd-cops-fear-other-officers-when-off-duty/

The roles of the police should be reinforced, and probably through a City Council resolution, something like this, perhaps even as a police oath.

The role of a police officer aka an officer of the peace, is, to me, is to 1. de-escalate dangerous situations in order to preserve life 1st 2. restore situations to alignment with the law 3. to observe assess, cite, and summon individuals guilty of violating local codes to see a judge empowered to make more critical decisions regarding the severity, up to and including long term limitations of basic rights as consequence to infractions upon others.

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