“Nonetheless, the money will provide insulation. The kid will probably never have to deal with the same sort of struggles against institutionalized racism that even middle-class people of color deal with. Why? The fastest way to make institutionalized racism fall away infront of you is to throw money at it. Racial bias in SAT testing and college admissions? throw money at it. Racial bias in the medical industry? throw money at it. Racial bias in the legal system? throw money at it. Racial bias in employment? throw money in and be your own boss.”
“There's being told about something and there's seeing it for yourself. With the insulation that wealth provides the kid may as well be white-passing for as much harrassment they will experience compared to middle class, working class, or poor people of color.”
“Nothing in human nature. People aren't born intrinsically bad, that comes somewhere else along the way through social conditioning and life experiences.
As for those in jail... That's part of the problem with our prison system, and is precisely WHY our nation's recidivism rate is so high compared to others of similar socio-economic makeup. We throw people into gang-infested hellpits where the system itself is designed to keep them tribal and at each-others throats so that the guards can leverage the influence of a few "leaders". Then we send them out into the world with no more skills than they entered with, and months or years of conditioning to that existence.”
“She probably never sent him to professionals to save herself.
Most crazy people still love their mothers and don't go evil. I'm highly suspicious of what it is that pushed this guy there.”
Lizzy1984 on Mar 10, 2014 at 13:04:27
“It is hard to know if she did or not unfortunately. Privacy laws, HIPPA, are even more stringent when it comes to psychiatric records so unless the father chooses to disclose them we won't know.
IF he was suffering from paranoid delusions related to schizophrenia it makes a lot of sense. He could've finally had the psychotic break that leads to the schizophrenia diagnosis. Those breaks are often quite violent. I worked in a psych unit for several years with children. They usually diagnose them as "schizo-effective", meaning a lot of the symptoms are there but because of the age, it is possible there will be a different diagnosis as they get older and also because of the stigma that comes along with a schizophrenic diagnosis. I would guess, and this is my educated guess based on my experiences, that there were symptoms with this guy as a child that were just ignored. He could have very well been having auditory hallucinations telling him to hurt himself, his mother and others. We just don't know since it appears they never sought treatment for him when they were legally able to do so. The mother and 26 other people paid the ultimate price for inadequate mental health care for him.”
“I'm sure prosecution-wise, if she had lived, there would be more than just her negligence to convict her on.
Evil doesn't come from nowhere, something has to 'happen' to crazy to push it there... The mother was the first victim... I suspect that family had some dark secrets that Lanza never got treatment for, help with, or recognition of.”
“Those really oughta be a mandatory requirement. Insurance too.
Chase away all the irresponsibles.”
tiredofthesameoldstuff on Mar 10, 2014 at 13:03:17
“A number of countries they require a safe if you are going to own guns. Also have inspections every few years to see if the safe is there and the guns are still there that are registered to you. It's funny how certain supposed gun utopias to the NRA people are actually incredibly gun restrictive such as Israel in which you are limited to buying 50 rounds per year only allowed to own one hand gun and that is you get the license in which the vast majority of people who apply get denied.
Jamaica which the NRA has a ban on guns on the other hand you can get a permit to own handguns and they let you have as many handguns as you want. Costs you about 16 grand a year though but it's way easier to get then Israel's permit. Just be rich or be a private security guard for a company that will pay for the license and be a lifetime contracted employee.”
Mar 10, 2014 at 11:33:13
“Actually there is a difference between the two terms. When people speak of decriminalizing something it is different than legalizing it - especially in the case of marijuana, in both intent and in effect. Legalization is indeed the next step, but it is not implied that it will happen.
Decriminalize: to remove or reduce the criminal classification or status of; especially : to repeal a strict ban on while keeping under some form of regulation
"While decriminalized acts are no longer crimes, they may still be the subject of penalties; for example a monetary fine in place of a criminal charge for the possession of a decriminalized drug. This should be contrasted with legalization, which removes all or most legal detriments from a previously illegal act."”
MargieDC on Mar 12, 2014 at 09:16:49
“But that's exactly what it means if you were to apply it to other decriminalized/legalized drugs.
Alcohol is legal, yet it has some regulations and penalties:
- Age regulation
- crime aggravator (potentially increases the penalty from being under the influence)
Tobacco is legal, yet:
- Age regulation/ selling to under age is a punishable crime
Essentially it means to remove the "crime" factor of doing these drugs so that drug cartels can no longer cash in on this.
It is not the same to talk about decriminalizing and changing the drug to a different category. If possession is still a punishable crime, then it is neither a legal drug nor a decriminalized drug.”
“legalization and decriminalization are two different things.
decriminalization is what is often touted as an alternative to legalization by those who don't want to condone the use of pot, but don't want people to be locked up and have their lives ruined by a criminal record and who fear the creation of another "vice" industry. This is what you mostly see being pushed for by moderate "blue-dog" democrats, and libertarian leaning republicans.
Decriminalization is like the regime in CA, where up to an ounce is only a civil infraction (a ticket). Unfortunately, because decriminalization leaves laws against distributing & trafficking in place, any cop worth his 8 month police academy training knows how to make as little as a few grams an arrestable offense.”
MargieDC on Mar 10, 2014 at 09:19:03
“not much into semantics are you?
Decriminalization is a term that is better embraced than legalization, therefore, when one speaks about decriminalization, legalization is directly implied. When decriminalization is sought after, what it means is to remove the "crime" part by making it legal.
Obamacare vs. Affordable Care Act: Same thing, the ACA term would've been 10 times better.
“If you don't believe me, then do a little research into arrest records.
A LOT of people are still being arrested for amounts of marijuana under the decriminalized limit for possession (28 grams) in the state of California. It's mostly P.O.C. who are accused of selling. There are 2 main factors, and one subtle factor that cops use to determine whether or not it's a personal user or potential dealer. (1) do they also have money? (2) is the weed separated into more than one bag? (3) do they have melanin?”
MargieDC on Mar 9, 2014 at 09:42:32
“Unless these stats are from Colorado, then the argument is not applicable.
In all other states, pot is still a crime - ergo, not decriminalized.”
“I was just thinking, what's the alternative? Continue to keep it illegal and have a system that screws over everybody in the hood so a few kingpins at the top of the pyramid can continue to enjoy 1%er incomes?
Decriminalization means nothing in a country where racist cops only need to find $5 and a ziplock bag to charge somebody with an excessive persoal habit with intent to sell.”
Baha2012 on Mar 14, 2014 at 14:10:44
“All my life I’ve tried the best I could .. to follow laws of this land .. even those which are unjust and having no merit but for the satisfaction of control and greed .. there’s sooo much wrong with the judicial system, it would be hard to find a point to began corrections … yet in all fairness (heaven knows this world has not been fair) ..fairness would forgive any such incarceration of crimes, which acts have since been made legal .. yet assigning a lesser fair degree of restitution for that old judgment now under new laws ..
Regarding the health benefit of this herb, including the ability to cure cancer .. it should have never been made illegal … but that‘s another story in a whole-nother book of cunning deceptions written by poisoning serpents ..”
MargieDC on Mar 7, 2014 at 08:26:10
“... If you decriminalize, then the ziplock baggy is no longer applicable for arrest.”
“Not very far at all... There would have been constant intermittent wars and border disputes during the entire westward expansion, and it probably would have changed the dynamics of american involvement in ww1 & 2.”
“That's meaningless semantics... Like saying that the invention and application of symbols in the form of words is the creation of the described thing.
The only part of it that is a human construct is the symbols we use to describe the phenomenon. It's why you can translate between numeration systems such as base 10, base 12 and binary.”
stevensgorge on Mar 3, 2014 at 16:15:49
“Yup- just as you can translate between English and Chinese (although something is always lost in the translation). Consciousness invents reality from a variety of electro-chemical signals coming into the brain. At best, these signals are a map, and like all maps, leave things out or present "illusions". Yes, it is semantics. But the constructed reality is all we have. So far, it has worked out pretty well. Mathematics has worked very well, and has led other folks to postulate that our Universe is a simulation. Personally, I just think the success of mathematics is one of the great mysteries of our world.”
“Coal stops being economically viable in a quarter of that time. But I trust in our ability to adapt, we're going to have to learn to do more with less, both literally and with energy.
Luckily, our high tech is mostly pretty good about being low-impact on energy, and the rest of the world will be able to play technological leap-frog. With investment we can very reasonably get to a state where renewables provide a large enough portion of our energy that petroleum consumption is a negligible pollution input.
If we can't manage to capture adequate energy between the large self-replicating nuclear fusion reactor (sun) and the gravitational pull of the huge rock in the sky, then that's pretty disappointing.”