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Divide and Bloat

Nobody asked but … The one set of law, civil, is too simple to support an oligarchy.  It can operate virtually without legislation.  Criminal law demands infrastructure (which provides institutional and inertial weight).  Its legislation is of infinite extension, like Mandelbrot patterns.  Corporate law is an attempt to overcome the simplicity of civil law. Kilgore Forelle Read the full thing

Burn-in

Nobody asked but … Burn-out is a well-known problem.  It happens when reason is overheated by passion, but further when that ardor generates friction.  Like a meteor entering an atmosphere, our enthusiasm begins to consume itself.  There is a cost, paid in self-destruction, when one meets ignorance and apathy on every path, anger and aggression on every reach.  But what remains?  Burn-in then becomes the problem.  Is the remnant a diamond of principle or an agglomeration of process.  The idealist becomes a politician, no longer pushing boundaries but constantly perverting toward what is acceptable.  Principles become first practices, then obstructions.  They become non-negotiable.  Review the history of the human species.  People die when burned-in notions freeze the possibilities. Kilgore Forelle Read the full thing

Small Samples

I have begun reading Steven Pinker’s The Better Angels of Our Nature.  It’s a bit of a rocky start.  His premise is that we are, as a species, becoming less violent.  He offers the idea that out of Adam, Eve, Cain, and Abel, the murder rate was 25%.  The scam here is that if you take a small enough sample any occurrence can be made to look huge.  But the reality is that most Saturday nights in most USA large cities will match or multiply the murder rate of that primeval family.  And how about the death rate stemming from legally operated automobiles?  But I am keeping my mind open, perhaps Pinker will rehabilitate himself.  Early in the book he has made several good points, but ridiculous ideas weigh disproportionately against the good. I want him to be correct.  After all, I am hoping for a positive evolution of our species, too. — Kilgore Forelle                               Read the full thing

Headlines II

Nobody asked but . . . Now here is a reasonable headline for the instant case discussed previously, “Ohio Supreme Court rules on police officer accused of having sex with a minor.”  The headline and a reasonably well-written account of the actual case appear here.  The crux is that prosecutors, who choose to proceed under shaky legislation, run the risk of losing a conviction.  This is what comes of bureaucratic scorecard keeping.  The sponsor gets a bill passed, the prosecutor gets a conviction, the defense gets a reversal, and a ton of court minions get cases closed.  Who pays? Kilgore Forelle Read the full thing

Headlines

Nobody asked but … A thing worse than judges making looney decisions is the media loonies’ misreporting of logical decisions.  Here is a major network headline — “Court Rejects Ohio Law That Bans Police From Sex With Minors.”  Headlines are supposed to be a means of finding which stories to read, not a deception, as in click-bait on the Web.  But they say if it bleeds it leads in the ever-degrading media world.  The headline does not match the story.  The court actually found, according to my reading, that the state could not impose greater penalties on narrowly defined classes, such as police, teachers, and coaches.  They are still subject to the same laws as everyone else.  Police do not have carte blanche in Ohio to pray on children.  I will be sending a link to this blog to each news outlet that I encounter, which has promoted this misinformation. Kilgore Forelle Read the full thing

False Dilemma

Nobody asked but … One of the reasons why a dilemma can be false is that life, in reality, seldom sorts itself into two distinct and mutually exclusive choices.  The more classical definition of the false dilemma is where one person tries to convince another that the failure of A will certainly cause the advent of B.  If you don’t vote for Jane Doe, then Dane Joe will win.  Many of us are touting such dilemma this election season.  The thing that makes this a devastating fallacy is that we excuse bad judgment by imagining that there are only two choices.  Do the people of this country only have two choices come November?  No!  I can name 6 choices that don’t make for civil disobedience — Johnson, Stein, don’t vote, write-in, Clinton, and Trump.  Some will say most of these choices are impractical.  Be that as it may, in the short run.  They all have complexes of consequences in the long run.  Choose quickly or choose wisely — a true dilemma. Kilgore Forelle Read the full thing