Archive for January 18, 2011

Real Life FPS: Police State

January 18, 2011 4 comments

I have written in the past about how the USA, and western countries in general, are evolving into police states. Of course, states that use an ever-increasing amount of resources to enforce legalism through use lethal force are neither stable nor long-lived.

The incident described in this post comes to you courtesy the law enforcement people in Utah.

Utah police shot and killed a man within seconds of storming his parents’ home, video of the raid shows. The police had a warrant to search for drugs, but found only a small amount of pot and an empty vial that had apparently contained meth. Local media report that Todd Blair, 45, was a drug addict rather than a dealer, according to friends and family.

Blair’s death raises the question of why multiple heavily armed officers were sent to raid a drug addict — and why Weber and Morgan counties in Utah would even need a “Narcotics Strike Force.”

The Salt Lake Tribune reported that the main focus of the police investigation had been Blair’s roommate, who police said in the application for the warrant would destroy evidence if they weren’t given authority to carry out a “no-knock” raid. But police were aware that his roommate had moved out.

OK, So here is my question-

What kind of society condones breaking into the home of a “drug addict” to shoots him dead?

Some of you might say.. “he is a drug addict!”. My counter question is:

Who is a bigger danger to long-term social stability- people breaking into the homes of others to shoot them dead or people doing drugs in the privacy of their homes?

Remember that Utah is in the USA, not in some other country filled with yellow or brown people.


Clever Ad: Dead Space 2

January 18, 2011 3 comments

Saw this on kotaku: For Electronic Arts, It Means ‘Mothers I’d Like to Frighten’

A Dead Space 2 viral campaign launching this weekend took plenty of chutzpah, I’ll give it that. Electronic Arts brought in 200 middle-aged mothers under the auspices of a focus group looking at a new game. They were, aptly, horrified.