« on: July 28, 2008, 12:54:40 PM »
hahaha sighmere try to be a bit more discreet next time..
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To all people posting here: medicine is a very hard field to work in. You even risk your own health sometimes (surgeons are constantly in danger of contracting deadly diseases via blood) not to mention the extremely long hours many doctors put. I had the opportunity to go about it some years back and I let go .. it's just not worth it when you think about the kind of people you'd be dealing with ... Doctors witness death and suffering on a daily basis and their work takes a toll on their private lives. Shift work is often necessary. Junior doctors frequently work weekends, holidays, and nights.
But of course - take a look here, for instance:
LOGAN, Utah (CNN) -- A 91-year-old Utah man who authorities said drew free electricity from a nearby power line for decades faces theft charges after calling to complain about an outage. Clarence Stucki is charged with stealing about $82,000 worth of power -- but officials from Logan Light and Power said Stucki admitted tapping into the line as far back as the 1940s, so the total is likely much higher. Ron Saville, the power company's director, said Stucki has been using power for free roughly since World War II. But the statute of limitations prevents Stucki from being charged beyond seven years of theft. "He bypassed the meter for quite a bit of electrical consumption," Saville said. Authorities only discovered the illegal draw on the line after Stucki called his local utility to complain about an outage. Crews correcting the problem discovered the diverted connection on the roof of a three-apartment dwelling and a wood workshop, all of which Stucki owns. Stucki remains at his home with his wife, and the power company says it does not plan to put him in jail -- just recoup lost costs.
Stucki and his wife remain at this Utah house, and the power company says it does not plan to put him in jail. "My personal feelings are that we've got to treat all customers alike," Saville said. "If they are guilty of committing a crime, then they should be charged." But he added: "We're not going to put the man in jail." Whoever diverted the line had "scraped the wires bare and attached the wires to bypass, and simply taped them on," said Saville. "That was a very dangerous thing to do." Touching those wires could have been fatal, Saville said. He speculated the tap went unnoticed for decades because it was on top of the home. "A meter reader wouldn't be looking up there for an illegal tap off the wires," he said.
No need to be sarcastic, berate! I think sheraton makes a very interesting comment when talking specifically about "the mother of the future king to have a child with his son" (Dodi being, as he was, an Arab, of another race). Someone's further interpretation would be appreciated..
Actually, oliver, I don't think "someone's further interpretation" is needed... what you say is pretty clear.
Extortion, kidnapping, and even murder contracts become easier to set up. Extortion, for example, becomes almost unstoppable at the usual place: the collection of a payoff and/or the spending of the payoff money. The extortionist makes his threat from the safety of his home PC, using networks of remailers and message pools, and demands payment in untraceable digital cash. What if U.S. banks are forbidden to issue digital cash? Even if most nations and most banks decline to participate in a digital cash scheme, all it really takes is one such bank or mint. The extortionist can demand that blinded digital cash be bought from the one of the few banks that do offer digital cash: the victim is incentivized to cooperate (he can refuse, but...) and will make other arrangements, possibly including travelling to the country in which the bank is located. (Forbidding communication outside national borders, and/or forbidding travel, would of course be problematic to enforce. Not even totalitarian regimes of late have been able to stop such communications, and the U.S. and Western nations have vastly more channels of communication. Messages can easily be made indistinguishable from noise, as in packing 160 MB of data (!) in just the least significant bits of a 2-hour digital audio tape recording. If bales of marihuana cannot be stopped, how can bits be stopped? Bits are ever so much smaller...
Similar to extortion are markets for kidnappings (riskier, due to the physical act), and even untraceable markets for murders. For murder contracts, the usual risk is in setting up the hit--asking around is almost a guaranteed way of getting the FBI involved, and advertising in traceable ways is a similar invitation. This risk is largely removed when anonymous contact and payment methods are used. To ensure the job is completed, third party escrow services -- anonymous, of course, but with an established cyberspatial reputation -- hold the digital cash until completion. Much more has been written on this in various places.
No doubt about it! In fact it exists the notion of a market, a theoretical prediction market where any party can place a bet (using anonymous electronic money, and pseudonymous remailers) on the date of death of a given individual, and collect a payoff if they "guess" the date accurately. This would incentivise assassination of individuals because the assassin, knowing when the action would take place, could profit by making an accurate bet on the date of the subject's death. Because the payoff is for knowing the date rather than performing the action of the assassin, it is substantially more difficult to assign criminal liability for the assassination. Timothy C. May published around October 1994 a primer on the issue. Jim Bell's later article "Assassination Politics" described the concept in detail, concluding that as well as being an unholy mix of encryption, anonymity, and digital cash, the concept could also be used to help minimize violent crime. Timothy C. May, Carl Johnson and Matthew Taylor later developed the protocols to implement the concept online to the point that the IRS, the FBI and the U.S. Secret Service investigated their motives for doing so. The US Secret Service circulated copies of 'Assassination Politics' and the relevant Wired articles in 2002. During investigations authorities pretended to be sympathizers in emails, posed as ISP representatives and sought Soviet style psychiatric repression in at least one case.
It's really a shame! I mean, how could people be so stupid in today's America and go ahead and reelect a hypocrite like him?
Excuse me, aren't these type of things exactly the ones for which one becomes a senator/congressman/elected official? I mean, that's what having power means, to be able to do things for which "simple" people go to jail if they do them -- go with children, kill, whatever!
I am assuming you're being sarcastic; if not, it's a shame you go to law school (if you really do)!
I wouldn't really say it's a shame s/he goes to law school (if s/he really does) -- while there are many people in law school who would cleverly get that message through by means of sarcasm, the majority of law students wouldn't even bother to apply any sarcasm at all when stating that idea.
Great avatar, n. and I love the awesome hit of your signature as well!
In any event, Cruise and his lawyers are not known to have employed roundabout tactics. Oh BTW, what did you guys think about this one:
Well, mother, Cruise's not been accused of raping anyone [...]
With the recent visit to Germany casting himself as a "citizen of the world," he might well think in these terms as well...
The Internationale is the international song of both Marxist and non-Marxist socialist parties. It was written in French by Eugene Pottier, a wood-worker from Lille, after the fall of the Paris Commune of 1871, and set to music by P. Degeyter.
The "Internationale" referred to is the International Working Men's Association, the so-called First International (186476), part of which had supported the Commune. It has been used across the world as a song of resistence to oppression. Perhaps its most dramatic use in recent years was its repeated singing by the students in Tiananmen Square in 1989 - although, curiously, the western press did not comment on this.