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A look at why cops attack people
Jun 30th, 2014 by Ken Hagler

Stand Up, Sit Down, Fight, Fight, Fight. The point of all this is that, with some exceptions, the cop doesn’t care whether you are standing or sitting, in the car or out, speaking or silent. What he does care about, and cares beyond your appreciation of his purpose, is that you comply with his commands so that he has established his command presence, feels in control of the situation and, therefore, has no fear that you’re a threat to his safety.

Forget constitutional rights, the officer will engage in whatever harm he feels is required to establish his control to the point of killing the victim, if necessary, in order to assure that at the end of the run, he goes home safely. He may feel badly about it afterward, but he has been trained to take command at all costs in the course of the interaction. Cops complain that non-cops don’t get it, and indeed, we don’t. Not because we’re incapable, but rather because we don’t adhere to the First Rule of Policing as manifested by their overarching need for command presence.

From any perspective but that of a cop, this sounds utterly insane. Yet, this is what is running through an officer’s head as he interacts with the public, and why he feels entitled to enforce absurd and arbitrary commands by inflicting pain. Now you know. [Simple Justice]

A look at why cops torture and murder people so often. The author’s explanation make sense, and fits what I’ve heard myself.

Time to look elsewhere
Jun 27th, 2014 by Ken Hagler

Apple to cease development of Aperture:

Apple has announced that it is ceasing development of its Aperture photo editing application. The company will instead be focusing on the upcoming Photos for OS X software, which will be included in the next version of Mac OS X (Yosemite). Apple will ensure compatibility with the next version of OS X and will allow you to import your Aperture library into the new Photos app. This certainly bodes well for Adobe, since even more Aperture will be defecting to Lightroom.

(Via News: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com))

I’ve been using Aperture to manage my scanned photo library. I like its ability to easily link different versions of photos (the scan and files for various print versions, for example), and the software I had been using before was eaten by Microsoft and then killed. I guess I’ll be moving to Lightroom now.

Quote of the Day
Jun 23rd, 2014 by Ken Hagler

To anyone who knows how to look, what’s heartbreakingly obvious—and more painful to me than I can possibly express—is that we, the United States of America, have, by fits and starts, become the very evil that we have always believed we were fighting. Our young soldiers are invaders, villains, no matter how they look or sound, not heroes or liberators, as they claim—or it is claimed for them. By any objective standard, they are being killed by people trying to protect their property, their rights, and the way that they choose to live their lives, no matter how repulsive and abhorrent that may seem to us.

L. Neil Smith

Good news for Mac scripting
Jun 10th, 2014 by Ken Hagler

JavaScript for Automation Release Notes

The JavaScript OSA component implements JavaScript for Automation. The component can be used from Script Editor, the global Script Menu, in the Run JavaScript Automator Action, applets/droplets, the osascript command-line tool, the NSUserScriptTask API, and everywhere else other OSA components, such as AppleScript, can be used. This includes Mail Rules, Folder Actions, Address Book Plugins, Calendar Alarms, and Message Triggers.

The announcement of JavaScript for Automation got a bit lost in all the even more important news from WWDC, but it’s certainly good news for anyone doing Mac scripting. AppleScript’s English-like syntax is notoriously unpleasant to work with, but since the demise of Userland Frontier years ago there haven’t been any real alternatives. Now it looks like we’ll finally get one.

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