Let’s start to examine some of the areas of great national pride. Let’s look at some areas that “everybody knows” are exemplary.
Q. How many innocent people are there in prison?
A. We will never know for sure, but the few studies that have been done estimate that between 2.3% and 5% of all prisoners in the U.S. are innocent (for context, if just 1% of all prisoners are innocent, that would mean that more than 20,000 innocent people are in prison).
More broadly, we know that innocent people are often identified as suspects by law enforcement and that DNA testing often clears them before they go to trial, but that DNA testing is impossible in the vast majority of criminal cases. In approximately 25% of cases where DNA testing was done by the FBI during the course of investigations, suspects were excluded by the testing. That doesn’t mean we believe 25% of convictions are in error, but when coupled with the fact that DNA testing is only possible in 5-10% of all criminal cases, it shows that science cannot always clear innocent suspects, which can result in wrongful convictions.
Where DNA testing was possible, many suspects were excluded. If only 2.3% and 5% of all prisoners in the U.S. are innocent, then 46,000 to 100,000 of the two million incarcerated are innocent. The damage done to this people is by no means limited to the incarceration period. The time and money that people spend defending themselves is a hell on earth not only to the defendants, but their entire families. Amanda Knox and Raffaele Solecito have spent in excess of six years and four million dollars defending themselves.
The innocent spend more time and money defending themselves because they know they are innocent. The guilty just plead down and try to minimize the expense and the sentence.
Bear in mind that this is in progress and presently the result of a minute of research and a few minutes writing. It will be expanded and enhanced. All areas of great national pride will be examined.
To be continued…
Will there ever be a second signature on my petition?
I had several ancestors from the Union and several ancestors from the Confederacy pick up arms and fight each other over the right of secession. Can people today just go to the provided link and click on signed?
My cousin became a governor. At first he couldn’t get a single vote. It starts with the first vote. I’ll never make 100,000 signatures, but somebody with a similar petition eventually will.
Please go to the site of white house petitions and sign this petition.
we petition the obama administration to:
The right to form new governments/territories
Because one government will never be right for all the people all the time, people should be given the right to secede from this government to form new governments/territories. In lieu of taxes, land could be rented from the USA.
We feel that democracy, government, capitalism, the constitution, justice, taxation, education, prisons, schools, religion, the police, income redistribution, foods, laws, drug use, zoning, jobs, welfare, gun ownership and taxes can all be tailored in great variety to suit our individual needs. We feel that one government does not fit all.
Please go to the site of white house petitions and sign this petition. It makes the statement that government can be made better in every way. If you don’t believe government can be made better in every way, just keep asking yourself “How could I make voting better”, or “How could a system make my representation better”. Question everything. If you are creative and objective, you will soon discover that ours is not the best government that we can ever have. Sign the petition to encourage others to think for themselves. Signing the petition only empowers humankind.
In his last letter Jefferson wrote,
All eyes are opened, or opening, to the rights of man. The general spread of the light of science has already laid open to every view the palpable truth, that the mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride them legitimately, by the grace of God. These are grounds of hope for others. For ourselves, let the annual return of this day forever refresh our recollections of these rights, and an undiminished devotion to them.
The Italian Judiciary has debauched these considerations. They have ruled against the right to a fair trial. They have darkened the “light of science”. They have fabricated the truth, they have saddled mankind with the task of undoing their favored defecations. The representation-less conviction of Amanda and Raffaele in the trial of Guede has destroyed the grounds for hope of all.
Video: Amanda Knox Is Innocent
The following is part of an Internet discussion. It seems plausible. Check it out yourself. Please leave a comment in the comments section if this discussion is in any way incorrect.
Lince wrote: They have very own version of logic and common sense. I have no doubt that their version of probability theory is equally inventive. For example, maybe in their osmosis approach they simply add probabilities of such extremely unlikely claims together. Even if single probabilities are quite/very low, sheer number of such statements can bring the total sum close to 100% (i.e., probability 1). Ergo, “beyond reasonable doubt” is soundly demonstrated.
Francisco wrote: There is no maybe about it. This was the tactic Crini took in his appeal and Cassation completely agreed, as was written in their motivation. I fully expect Nencini’s report will be more of the same… took rulings from previous trials not involving Amanda and Raffaele as rulings of fact against them and then did the osmosis thing to make all those irrelevant tidbits add up to something they consider meaningful.
Justinian wrote: Probability theory is taught in high school in America. Usually grade 10. It’s hard to believe that the entire prosecution team, the appeals courts and the ISC missed these courses that are/were required by high school students in the USA!
At the epicenter for my total disgust of civilization today is the abomination of legal remedies for the causation of harm and injury. (A.K.A. Justice.) No where is this judicial malfeasance more obvious than with the case of Amanda Knox. It’s much worse to incarcerate an innocent person than to let a guilty person go free (as they have frequently in Florida). The reason is that it is the sole purpose and job of government to protect the rights of their citizens. A government, our government, should, bottom line, protect our rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Absolutely from the malfeasance of external governments like Italy!
Video: Amanda Knox Is Innocent
Please click to see a very powerful video: Judge Heavey on Amanda Knox’s Innocence
Judge Claudio Hellmann said there was “A substantive nonexistence of evidence” and found Amanda and Raffaele not just “Not Guilty – Insufficient Evidence” but he used the rarely used term of “Innocent: – Did Not commit the crime.” Amanda returned home after his trial.
But the Italian Supreme Court overturned the decision of his court and Amanda could potentially be extradited back to Italy.
This video debunks Dershowitz as an expert. Dershowitz Debunked
This video is from a recent news show in the UK. Each of Those DNA Tests has Exonerated Her The Italian ‘Expert’ being interviewed says there is a lot of evidence. Yes, there are, for example, ten pieces of evidence in addition to the mentioned DNA evidence that show reasonable doubt that the kitchen knife is the murder weapon. This isn’t ’A Lot’ of evidence for the prosecution. This is ten pieces of evidence that each refute the knife as the murder weapon. These are ten reasons for having reasonable doubt that the knife is the murder weapon. Collectively they constitute 100% proof that the knife is NOT the murder weapon.
The probability that the kitchen knife is the murder weapon is probably less than .00000001=(.01)^4. The only reason that the defense would keep drawing attention to it is because it is a ‘Red Herring’ (a distraction). Mathematically the probability that the knife is the murder weapon are all the ‘reasonable doubts’ multiplied together. The reasonable doubts: Randomly picked, wrong size for the wounds, wrong size for the stain on the bed sheet, no blood, no cellular material, LCN DNA, not found at the murder scene, etc. They should remember that the highest probability is one.
This is the ‘connecting logic’: the probability that the kitchen knife is the murder weapon is zero (non-existent). Therefore, discussion of DNA on a non-existent murder weapon is a waste of time.
In the annals of false confessions, there are only two other cases that rival the Knox case: the Billy Wayne Cope case and the Norfolk Four case. Project Innocence’s reason for the innocence of Amanda and Raffaele
The Italians are rudderless and clearly confused.
This is as dystopian as ‘justice’ gets.
I want to secede from the USA. Americans have a skewered morality; they are not my peers.
I want to secede from people that think sex with a person is a bigger crime than shooting him dead. (Victimless ‘crimes’ are never crimes.)
I want to secede from sociopathic Americans that play the knockout game .
I want to secede from people that invent ‘facts’ in court; Zimmerman’s head scratch was not proof of a life or death struggle caused and started by Tray.
I want to secede from people that think it’s OK that the 400 richest Americans have as much wealth as the poorest 150 million.
I want to secede from people that have sociopathic views about punishment (ALL punishment is cruel and unusual).
I want to secede from people that have sociopathic views about firearms (There is never sufficient justification to kill another with a firearm)
I want to secede from those people that think super rights should be given to some because of their belief in sodomy.
Many of my ancestors fought for the preservation of the union. They were wrong.
I ask to be allowed to secede and live by the rules of a government that:
- Gives people total freedom as long as they do nothing to diminish the freedoms of others/another.
- Only collects income taxes from the opulent (currently the wealthiest 10%)
- Randomly picks representatives from a lottery of the educated.
- Only spends tax revenue for infrastructure and job creation.
- Helps to provide jobs for all including, if necessary, tariffs.
- Requires that facts that are presented in court have given calculated probability and relevance tolerances.
- Does not punish. Not ever.
- Does not allow firearms.
- Establishes long range goals and gives azimuths for their attainment (even if it takes 1000 years)
Secession is strength!
Men are four:
He who knows not and knows not he knows not, he is a fool—shun him;
He who knows not and knows he knows not, he is simple—teach him;
He who knows and knows not he knows, he is asleep—wake him;
He who knows and knows he knows, he is wise—follow him!
Lady Burton—Life of Sir Richard Burton. Given as an Arabian Proverb.
I would say that there are four types of people. There are teachers, students, peers (those who teach and learn from each other), and fools (those that know not that they know not.)
The four types of people:
The peer. Peers will learn from and teach each other.
The teacher. He will recognize students that want to learn and can learn. He will teach with sound data and sources. He will use good logic, extrapolate well and stamp out false sources and logical fallacies.
The student. He will listen, question wisely, and learn. He will be polite and respectful. He will exchange for his training. He knows there is something to learn. He is wise enough to know that he can learn and doesn’t know everything.
The fool. He will be disruptive and disrespectful. He will rationalize, use false logic and use fallacies. He will use poor sources of information. He will neither learn or teach. He may think he knows it all already.
A Utopian Azimuth is a goal for perfection. An example of a Utopian Azimuth would be to have a justice system that would never incarcerate an innocent person or let a guilty person go free.
It is a lofty goal and one that has never been achieved anywhere in the world.
Another example of a Utopian Azimuth would be to have a system of commercial aircraft that would fly anybody anywhere in the world without a fatal accident.
We have had years when this goal has been achieved.
Azimuths are perfection. Perfection can never be achieved, but perfection can continually be sought. Perfection can be approached. We can get closer and closer to perfection.
If a government isn’t striving to achieve perfection in all things, then it is broken. If a government doesn’t have perfect azimuths, then it will not only never achieve perfection, but will get more and more dystopian over time.
The first test of a government is to ask what their Utopian goals are. If the answer is that “Utopia is impossible” or “Utopia is socialism” or anything but a direction and an effort to achieve perfection, then that government is dystopian. If a candidate has no utopian goals or if those goals don’t apply to everybody, then that candidate is dystopian.