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kevin Johnson
If that's what you think, you've got another think coming
If that's what you think, you've got another think coming

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Carrying a Knife in Illinois | April 16, 2017

I’ve been told by the best Shithouse Lawyers that Money Can’t Buy™ that it’s illegal in Illinois to carry a knife with a blade longer than 3 inches.* Being the educated sort that won’t take an idiot at his word I looked up what the law actually says:

720 ILCS 5/24-1

(a) A person commits the offense of unlawful use of weapons when he knowingly:
(2) Carries or possesses with intent to use the same unlawfully against another, a dagger, dirk, billy, dangerous knife, razor, stiletto, broken bottle or other piece of glass, stun gun or taser or any other dangerous or deadly weapon or instrument of like character;

But how would the police know I possessed such a knife with the intent to use the same unlawfully against another? They wouldn’t, unless I actually did use it unlawfully against another.

So the point of this law is to punish people who use knives to commit crimes and not to prohibit law abiding citizens for carrying knives.

* The idea that knives with blades longer than 3” are illegal probably comes from the fact that they are Category II weapons: 720 ILCS 5/33A-1 (2) Read the link for details.

Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer so nothing I write or say should be construed as legal advice. This is my interpretation of the law as it applies to me.

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You’re Free To Vomit | April 1, 2017

Or yell Mosul.

This is why people serve our country. So that George Ciccariello-Maher is free to say whatever he wants.

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Undocumented Workers Subsidize Social Security | February 27, 2017

Undocumented workers pay billion$ in Social Security and income taxes every year while never collecting refunds or benefits. In 2010 they paid $12 billion into Social Security, helping to keep the system solvent.

So next time you cash that Social Security check you can pray that Trump fails to evict those “Illegal Immigrants” or those checks might start shrinking.

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Binary Bamboozlery | February 24, 2017

I bought a 256 GB USB Flash drive but when I plugged it into my computer, Windows told me that it was a 238 GB drive. Where did the missing 18 GB go? Into Misrepresentation Land.

Manufacturers of storage devices use a disingenuous trick to exaggerate the capacity of their products. While computers denote storage capacity as exponents of 2, storage devices use exponents of 10.

What’s the difference? A computer measures 1 Kilobyte as 2¹⁰ (1024) while storage devices measure it as 10³ (1000). Here it’s 24 bytes or a difference of only 2.3%. But as the size increases the difference between the apparent and real capacity increases. Both in real terms and in percentage.

This difference really becomes noticeable in larger capacity Hard Drives. I have a 4 TB Hard Drive and the difference between the listed capacity (10ˣ) and real capacity (2ˣ) is 9.1% or roughly 400 GB.

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Won’t You Be My Neighbor? | February 11, 2017

No importa de dónde eres, estamos contentos que seas neuestro vecino.

No matter where you are from, we’re glad you’re our neighbor.

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What, Do You Think Our Country's So Innocent? | February 6, 2017

The United States committed genocide against Native Americans, is responsible for launching wars that killed millions of people, has overthrown democratically elected governments, tortured prisoners, and detained innocent people for years without a trial.

So no, I don’t. Nor do I think that that US is morally on par with Russia or China. We’re better than they are in every way and we continue to improve. *

Trump’s interview puts the Republicans in a pickle: Their President admires a brutal despot and he just admitted to the world that the US has blood on it’s hands.
* Although Psychohistory failed to predict The Orange Mule, he’s just an aberration. His reign will end and the trend will continue.

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The Supreme Court Shielded Sanctuary Cities | February 5, 2017

By blocking the Federal government from withholding all Medicaid funding from states that refused to expand Medicaid under ObamaCare,* the Supreme Court inadvertently foiled Trump’s attempt to withhold funding from sanctuary cities.

Considering how enamored conservatives are with states’ rights, I’m sure they’re fine with this.

* National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius, 567 U.S. ___ (2012), 183 L. Ed. 2d 450, 132 S.Ct. 2566

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Trump's Going to Destroy the World | January 26, 2017

Just relax, it will all be over soon.

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The Expanse | January 3, 2017

The Moon is the closest celestial body to the Earth (until the extinction asteroid hits) and the only one that humans have visited.

It look rather close but just how far away is it? 384,400 km, 238,900 miles or 1.3 light-seconds. That’s a 3-day journey for a spaceship or 6 months in a Buick traveling at 60 mph.

But most people prefer pictures to words and numbers. So here’s a picture that illustrates just how distant the moon really is.

If the Earth and Moon seem tiny and far apart consider this:
The distance from Earth to Mars varies from 54,600,000 km to 401,000,000 km; 142 to 1043 times the distance to the Moon.

That’s 64 to 472 years in a Buick.

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