A proposal on Police Badge-cams

Note well — I use the term badge-cam for a specific purpose. Today, the symbol of authority for a police officer is his uniform, badge and weapon.

By using the term badge-cam, we change the frame such that a police officer’s authority is derived from his badge, camera, uniform and weapon. That is, his authority and legitimacy should be partly derived from the constraint of being monitored.

I was discussing on reddit some of the issues with police badge-cams.

My interlocutor was demanding 100% 24/7 recording by the cams, and saying that police activated cams were not good enough because police can elect not to activate them when doing misdeeds.

We sat down and calculated what 100% recording for every patrol officer would cost.

The cost we arrived at was around $0.5billion a year for video storage, and $25million for the cameras.

See below for the calculations.

$0.5billion/year is a probably way too much.

I want to propose a way that the amount of recorded video can be reduced substantially, while still capturing the relevant moments.

I propose that the cameras can be activated by the officer AND by the public AND at random times.

Voice recognition chips are relatively inexpensive, and the camera could be activated by the public saying “Start Recording” or some other command. The voice recognition could be tuned to accept a high false-positive rate — its not important if the camera is sometimes mistakenly activated. And, as with current badge-cams, when activated, the X minutes before activation are also stored.

The voice recognition could also be programmed for a number of other sounds: “Freeze”, “Stop Resisting”, <the sound of shots fired>, <the sound of a baton being extended>, <the sound of a gun being drawn from its holster>, <the sound of pepper spray>, <the sound of a taser>, <the sound of raised or angry voices>, and so on and so forth.

Once activated, the badge-cam would signal to the public that it has activated (perhaps by a flashing LED), but not to the officer.

Having the badge-cam also activate at random times, without the officer knowing, would ensure that the officer must behave as if they are being recorded at all times.

This approach also deals with the problem of pervasive surveillance, by ensuring that the recording is NOT activated all the time.

The Calculations

There are an estimated 1 million law enforcement officers in the US. Estimate that half of those are patrol officers, and that half of those are on patrol at any given time. Thats 250K cams recording 24/7.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law_enforcement_in_the_United_States

The cost of the badge-cams is relatively small. A badge-cam capable of recording a 12 hour shift should cost not much more than a low end smartphone or about $100.

Cost to equip every active patrol officer with a $100 badge-cam, $25million.

The real cost comes in storing and managing the recorded video.

Well compressed 1920x1080 video takes up about 1GB/hr.

Cloud storage costs $0.02/GB/month.

250K cameras * 24hours * 365days * 0.02/GB/mo * 12months = $525mil/year

So to store full time recording from every patrol officer in the US would cost around $0.5billion per year.

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The WHO today announced a crackdown on an incipient drug epidemic that threatens all humanity.

Originating in the shamanic practices of Taino Indians of the north coast of the Dominican Republic, the drug known as Kitten Tears has begun to spread around the globe. Initially brought to Saint Petersberg by Russian kite surfers returning from the DR, the drug is now being marketed around the globe by Canadian e-cigarette entrepreneurs and Russian gangsters

The drug itself is made from the tears of kittens infected with the parasite Toxoplasmosis Gondii. This parasite is psychoactive, and normally spreads from rats to cats by making the rats unafraid of cat urine. In humans, infection leads to male risk taking behavior and female hyper-sexuality.

The infected kittens are held in cages with their heads restrained above tear collection troughs. Hot chili sauce is applied to their anuses, and the kittens cry so hard, they literally cry blood. Not blood itself, but blood plasma filtered through the tear ducts. The blood plasma is rich in the psychoactive substances produced by the parasite.

This drug was discovered by extreme sportsmen and drug dealers as a kind of artificial courage, and by female sex tourists seeking to free themselves from any inhibitions.

Traditionally, the tears, containing a yeast that lives in the cat’s eyes, is fermented into a bittersweet liqueur. To increase contemporary production, the fermentation step is skipped and the tears are vaped directly in electronic cigarettes.

Whilst the drug allows users to experience the psychoactive effects of toxoplasmosis infection without the brain damage that results from parasite creating cysts in the brain, long term exposure to the psychoactive substances leads to permanent changes in brain chemistry.

In both men and women, the long term effects are to reduce higher order thinking, rendering the addict much like an animal. In men, this means increased risk taking behaviors, impulsiveness and aggression, significantly delayed ejaculation, along with reduced higher reasoning — a combination that female users find very attractive. In women, the effects are more dramatic, with a decreased ability to form long term relationships, increased orgasm frequency and intensity, a decreased sensitivity to cat urine that can facilitate excessive cat collecting behavior, emotional reasoning, and a tendency to magical thinking such as new age flakery and post-modernist denials of reality.

Users of the drug can often be spotted by the eyes — male users are described as wild eyed, while female users are described as having a 1000 cock stare.

The WHO recommends an increase of funding for the toxoplasmosis eradication program. Toxoplasmosis and this drug represent a fundamental threat to humanity’s basic cognitive capabilities. Humanity will not survive long if this drug and parasite spread said WHO spokesman Igneous Pelota at WHO headquarters on Rue De Remarques in Geneva.

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A Systema Punching Bag

I have a 20L dry sack I use for washing my clothes in while traveling.

I discovered that when filled with water and clothes, the dry sack makes a good punching bag. Plus, punching the clothes forces the water through the fabric, giving a pretty good wash.

The wet fabric acts as a damper on the water, which makes the bag feel a lot like flesh.

My dry sack is made of 420 denier urethane coated fabric, but I think the heavier duty PVC coated fabric type would be better as a punching bag.

Repeated punching has put stress on the seams so that they are no longer watertight. I fixed that by lining my dry sack with a heavy duty garbage bag, making sure to leave plenty of plastic rolled up at the bottom so the plastic doesn’t split under impact.

When lined with a garbage bag, a top opening duffel bag works just as well as a dry sack.

For a more permanent punching bag, I use a cheap Dacron fiber pillow instead of clothes. Dacron fibers are often used for stuffing furniture and for insulating clothes. When soaked with water, the result is something that behaves a lot like a gel or flesh.

It’s important to drive any air out of the bag as you close it. You dont want the bag completely full of water.

I’ve hung my bag on some heavy duty hooks againt a concrete wall.

At first, I was punching the bag, but now I aim to punch the wall through the bag. There’s a satisfying sound the wall makes when I punch right.

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Why don’t men get as much of a thrill over fictional romances as women do?

https://np.reddit.com/r/AskMen/comments/3z8o75/why_dont_men_get_as_much_of_a_thrill_over/

To generalize for the purpose of an easy answer, let’s think in stereotypically gendered terms. When it comes to love, men have an active role while women have a passive one.

What are the implications of this? It means that what a woman feels as the ups and downs, the mystery, the unknown, the excitement, etc., all things that define “blossoming” love, are things that happen to her. She is passive, she is the recipient. Her agency is contained in her response to these things.

But for a man, anything that makes “love” progress (or regress) pretty much directly stems from one of his actions. He does something or initiates and a woman responds/reciprocates. Because he does not have the gendered luxury of taking a backseat or passive role and watching things happen (if he does, nothing will; the woman will lose interest), he begins, by necessity, to view love as the cause and effect relationship that it more accurately is in reality (he does something, woman responds).

Seeing something like this takes a ton of the “magic” out of it. Compare it to seeing the sun rise every day. It becomes a lot less mystical, exciting, and dramatic when you know exactly why it happens and can simply see it for the cause and effect relationship that it truly is… you may even begin to take it for granted.

This is why romance eventually becomes well… unromantic for men. Romance is not a phenomenon, but instead a verb; it’s a series of actions carried out by a man to earn a woman’s affections… it’s labor.

So when women make romantic gestures to men, do they like it?

You’re a little bit off the mark — you’re actually describing an inversion of the gendered roles here (i.e. the woman is an active contributor while the man is a passive recipient or responder). While a man will appreciate such a gesture, it’s not quite what composes the male romantic fantasy (more on this later).

Do men that were heavily pursued by women feel this way?

Men who aren’t used to being pursued are usually confused or thrown off by the reversal of gendered roles. The result is the prevailing idea that men do not respond well to being approached first by women or even the autobiographical accounts from men describing instances where they couldn’t respond well even if they were attracted to the woman approaching them. This is the men being shocked out of the traditional “script” of romance.

Secondly, when you talk about women pursuing men, that usually happens in a markedly different fashion than the way in which men pursue women (hint: it’s more passive). A woman “aggressively” pursuing a man looks more like said woman going to extensive lengths to make it clear that she is available for pursuit rather than actively pursuing; the man is still usually leading things forward in some manner by handling the logistics of this romance. This is where you get those autobiographical stories from men about missing signals; “aggressive” pursuit from women is (usually) a set of passive signals that are clear to men who are experienced, but unclear to men not used to being “pursued.”

I wonder if this is true in same sex male couples too.

I do too. I talk with a homosexual friend about stuff like this a lot, maybe I’ll bring it up next time I see him.

The Male Romantic Fantasy

I’d say that men usually feel most loved when this normal state of affairs is negated; when they are made to believe that a woman’s love is not conditional in the cause-and-effect manner described in the parent post. Love is work for men, but it can be rewarding work when things are going smoothly and the woman is happy as a result. But the male romantic fantasy is to be shown that the woman feels the same way and stands by him when he’s down on his luck, when the money’s not there, or when he’s not feeling confident. He wants to know that the love he believes he’s earned will stay even when the actions that feed it wane (however temporarily). A good woman can often lift a man up in his times of need and desperation and weather the storm even when things aren’t going well. The male romantic fantasy is an enduring and unconditional love that seems to defy this relationship of labor and reward. A man wants to be loved for who he is, not for what he does in order to be loved.

An interesting way to examine this is to look at what women often call romantic entitlement. An entitled guy is a dude who maintains an unrealistic notion of men’s typically active role in love. Before acknowledging reality, this boy uncompromisingly believes that he shouldn’t have to do anything or change anything about himself to earn a woman’s love; he wants to be loved for who he is, not what he does.

All men secretly want this, but there comes a day when they eventually compromise out of necessity. After that day, they may spend years honing themselves, working, shaping themselves into the men they believe women want to be chosen by. A massive part of what causes boys to “grow up” is the realization that being loved requires hard work. This impetus begins a journey where a boy grows into a man by gaining strength, knowledge, resources, and wisdom. The harsh realities of the world might harden and change him into a person his boyhood self wouldn’t recognize. He might adopt viewpoints he doesn’t agree with, transgress his personal boundaries, or commit acts he previously thought himself incapable of. But ultimately, the goal is to feel as if his work is done.

When he can finally let go of the crank he continually turns day after day in order to earn love and, even if only for a moment, it turns by itself to nourish him in return, that is when he will know he is loved.

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After visiting russia for 5 summers, I went to see a psychologist in Moscow last year, and asked her to help me understand Russian women better.

She said that to understand russian women, I need to understand several things.

1. 150 years ago nearly all Russians were peasant slaves. I’ve since come to understand this as meaning that most Russians are only a few generations away from being something like hillbillies.

2. After WW2 (due to losing 15% of their population, mostly young men) there were twice as many young women as men. I’ve since come to understand that women were competing for men back then, and understood the value of a good man. This has resulted in several generations in which there has been considerable evolutionary pressure on women to be more attractive, and the development of a strong abundance mentality in the men.

3. The time of perestroika was a tremendously difficult time for women. I've since come to understand that this means a very heightened survival mentality, and incredible pragmatism and heartlessness. Russian women are security seeking missiles. You won't find tougher women than Russian women.

4. Many Russian women work very hard at not working. Finding and locking down a male labour saving device or male slave is a key strategy for most Russian women. Ostensibly the goal is to be a stay at home mom, but I think it is laziness, and the goal is simply a perpetual childhood and not having to work.

The good is that men and maleness are valued by Russian women, and that there is an undercurrent of extreme loyalty if a Russian woman loves her man.

The bad is that men are often seen as little more than bankomats (ATMs) on legs, and the casual cruelty that Russian women display towards men they have no use for. Most Russian women seem incapable of a mutual friendship with a man — it doesn’t further the goals.

It is said that you can tell a lot about the character of a woman by the way she treats people she has no use for. This is an essential way to filter Russian women.

I’m lucky to have met many good Russian people, and luckier still to have met some good hearted Russian women. To those good Russian people: spacibo and zastarovia (thanks and to your health). To those good hearted Russian women: ya tebya lyublu dolgo (I love you longtime).

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