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Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Free Russian Orphans with Every Purchase
« Last post by Cainad (dec.) on August 18, 2018, 03:31:00 pm »
FAA Part 107. I suspect it matters a lot more in parts of the country where huge chunks of the airspace is controlled. We have a shit ton of airports down in Swamp Yankee territory, as it turns out.

We honestly never checked that shit.  Our drone at work is controlled by whomever wins the toss.

We also have airports.  Busy ones.  Sometimes it takes 10 minutes to get through security.

It's something that is technically meant to be governed by the FAA, on account of how easy it is to deliver a "present" via cheap, easily accessible drones. Hence Part 107.

The reality is that the processing for getting a controlled airspace exception takes absurdly long and is completely unusable for commercial operators. It's a legal grey area that will almost definitely need revisiting in the next few years.

At my previous employer, we just called the small airports and let their management/air traffic control know we wanted to fly a drone 100ft off the ground 5 miles away, and no one seemed to mind.
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I think you're 75% correct. The missing 25% is the profit motive from privatized prisons and cheap prison labor.

Text of the 13th Amendment: "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction."

This was the amendment that prohibited the practice of slavery in the United States after the Civil War. Notice the bolded exception, and consider who the United States tends to put in prison a LOT more than everyone else.

Taken from that angle, it starts to make much more sense as to why thing are the way they are. Criminal justice in the United States is deeply warped by profit motive (and, y'know, racism). It meshes nicely with "Get Tough On Crime" and "Zero Tolerance" attitudes: indulge people's gut-level desire to punish wrongdoers and spend effort on scooping people up to exploit, rather than spending effort on improving standards of living or community health.
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Iíve also noticed recently that there is a slice of the progressive left who donít seem to be willing to accept when someone has done their time. Does the legal system mean anything anymore? How does a society rebuild something like a legal system? Is that idea as infeasible as the libertarians who want to rebuild the government?

I think it stems from a deep distrust of the legal system's ability to redress certain grievances.

Our society in general has a really hard time digesting the concept of someone having done their time, or having repaid their debt to society. What crimes exactly someone is most concerned about varies, but lots of people feel the need to twist the knife on anyone who's ever fucked up. Being a felon in the USA is practically second-class citizen status, no matter how much you're punished.

OTOH, the only voices I've heard (lol perception bias) calling most strongly for justice reform and rehabilitation are progressive voices. The ways in which the USA's penal system in particular is perverted by private interests and profit are especially strong rallying points.
Our legal system is premised on exacting by vengance on those who we perceive as having done wrong, which really makes it hard to forgive those who have gone through the system and reaccept them into society.  Prison isnít about making you a better person or working to overcome the circumstances that encouraged or allowed for the behavior that landed you there, and it certainly isnít about finding reconciliation between the involved parties.  Sure, we are doing better now than we used to, implementing some education and training programs in prison, and some crazy places even help people returning to society find jobs and housing, which it turns out massively reduces recidivism.  We have made some improvements, but the basic premise of our prison system (and the law enforcement and court systems that funnel people there) is to punch back at people we think have hurt us, and lock them away so we donít have to think about them.

Just because you kick someone in the shins doesnít mean youíve forgiven them for kicking you first.  The fact that so many would be criminals can just ignore this whole system if they are sufficiently rich/white/male/et cetera makes it that much harder to have any faith that prison can allow for true reintegration.
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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« Last post by Prelate Diogenes Shandor on August 18, 2018, 12:11:05 pm »
The story of a pacifistic vampire who subsists on used tampons and maxi pads.

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On a related note:

Shortly after the invention of the birth control pill there are a wake of vampire attacks as the pill suppresses mensturation and vampires can no longer as easily get their fix from used maxi pads since so many people are now on the pill. The part of the prescription with the week of non-medicated pills to allow mensturation to take place eventually comes about as part of a secret peace treaty between the human authorities and the vampire underworld.



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Alternate history original story idea: the Russian Revolution fails, only for proto-fascist Whites to come to power, slowly but steadily turning Imperial Russia into a Nazi Germany style state.

This one has great potential for affecting everything up to the present day in so many ways.  If you have the Spartacist uprising in Bavarian succeeding, you essentially have swapped Russia and Germany's places.  How does the Polish-Russian War of 1920-22 go down?  Since France played a large role in that war and was acting primarily against the USSR, it has no reason to get involved in this war.  In fact, the French may back the Whites against Poland.  Does the Entente Cordiale survive WWI?  How does Japan react to Russian militarism?  Etc etc

I think it would be cool to do the converse. The whites win instead of the reds but history plays out mostly the same with the intended moral being that 1.) any philosophy professed by a dictatorial state is generally just meaningless window dressing and 2.) Dictators are a fungible commodity
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Aneristic Illusions / Re: The Space Force
« Last post by Brother Mythos on August 18, 2018, 08:26:14 am »
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Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Free Russian Orphans with Every Purchase
« Last post by LuciferX on August 18, 2018, 07:22:56 am »
Thnx. for the heads-up!
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Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Free Russian Orphans with Every Purchase
« Last post by Doktor Howl on August 18, 2018, 04:42:25 am »
FAA Part 107. I suspect it matters a lot more in parts of the country where huge chunks of the airspace is controlled. We have a shit ton of airports down in Swamp Yankee territory, as it turns out.

We honestly never checked that shit.  Our drone at work is controlled by whomever wins the toss.

We also have airports.  Busy ones.  Sometimes it takes 10 minutes to get through security.
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Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Free Russian Orphans with Every Purchase
« Last post by LuciferX on August 18, 2018, 04:26:05 am »
Spectral imaging, that sounds shady 8)
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Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Free Russian Orphans with Every Purchase
« Last post by Cainad (dec.) on August 18, 2018, 04:06:43 am »
FAA Part 107. I suspect it matters a lot more in parts of the country where huge chunks of the airspace is controlled. We have a shit ton of airports down in Swamp Yankee territory, as it turns out.
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Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Free Russian Orphans with Every Purchase
« Last post by Doktor Howl on August 18, 2018, 04:03:13 am »
They told me they're looking to expand their team later this year/early next year. I happen to already possess a drone pilot license and have an educational background in spectral imaging/remote sensing, in addition to the other resume fodder I've accumulated so far. So I think I've got a strong chance.

Resume is in their hands. Now I just have to tolerate my current situation. I'll have to pay back my relocation bonus for leaving less than year after being hired, but fuck it. It'll be the best $1500 I ever spent.

You need a drone license?
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