Monday Highlights

Good morning.

  1. Meta-links. (more here)
  2. For the Palin fans.
  3. Europe is confused.
  4. DNA and Mr Scalia
  5. A movie reviewed.
  6. Verse.
  7. On hiding in plain sight.
  8. For when the writing on the wall is on your desk.
  9. Speaking of which.
  10. Lady in space.
  11. Obamacare in nutshell … or a thousand words.
  12. Old tech … and quothing the raven.
  13. Some thoughts on faith.
  14. Well, “pathological altruism” has a kinder touch than my term for the same thing, to whit “stupid or evil” (that is, you don’t realize the obvious consequences (stupid) or you do and … continue because your actual motives are evil but you can continue under the cover of a pretense of altruism) .


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  1. Boonton says:

    4.DNA and Mr Scalia …

    I understand the liberal arguments against the policy but I can’t connect them to long standing policy on fingerprints. It’s been the SOP for nearly a century to collect finger prints from those arrested. That’s not for identification since most identities are not backed up by fingerprints (although it can be used later on to confirm someone is the same person who got arrested). Fingerprints are compared to databases of unsolved crimes. I also think the state had a good argument about flight risk. If a person was arrested for a relatively minor crime, but knew he had ‘gotton away’ with a much more serious one years earlier, he might be more inclined to skip out on bail.

    Anyway, I don’t see how you can rule that you can’t take DNA from someone but can take their fingerprints.

  2. Mark says:


    Anyway, I don’t see how you can rule that you can’t take DNA from someone but can take their fingerprints.

    From a guy who attempts (poorly) to defend abortion on the basis of a “my internal stuff” argument … a fingerprint is more like a photo, it’s external and DNA is not. If you buy your own argument on abortion, I can’t see how you’d sanction DNA.

  3. Boonton says:

    Strictly speaking even if you just sit in the back of a police car your body will shed DNA which could be collected and put into a database.

    In fact some people have been convicted by that very trick. Police have a suspect but not enough to get a warrant to take DNA. They follow the guy around. One day he chucks a coffee cup into the garbage, bingo they got his DNA and it matches the murder scene so he’s arrested.

  4. Mark says:

    And you think this is OK or not?

  5. Boonton says:

    I’m inclined to think collecting fingerprints from those arrested is ok. I’m also inclined to think collecting fingerprints people accidently leave behind is ok as well. I’m unclear how collecting DNA is different from collecting fingerprints so I’m inclined to think DNA collection is ok unless someone has a convincing argument to the contrary.