• wmd1961 commented on the blog post Late Late Night FDL: I’m My Own Grandpaw

    2014-08-29 22:55:36View | Delete

    RC just gave me the look. Guess I should go to bed.

  • wmd1961 commented on the blog post Late Late Night FDL: I’m My Own Grandpaw

    2014-08-29 22:13:48View | Delete

    No, it’s a different company based in Seattle with work in bay area. They were going to try and meet me for coffee or a beer when I was up there a couple weeks ago, but didn’t get back to me. The 2 week delay made me think they weren’t interested, but today they congratulated me on making it through the first two stages and said they want to bring me in.

    Not Microsoft in either case. I like the work at the earlier company a lot, culture of this one seems better.

  • wmd1961 commented on the blog post Late Late Night FDL: I’m My Own Grandpaw

    2014-08-29 22:09:28View | Delete

    Looks like I’m going to Seattle again for interviews in the next week or so.

  • wmd1961 commented on the blog post Late Late Night FDL: I’m My Own Grandpaw

    2014-08-29 22:08:17View | Delete

    The short URL wasn’t working – I edited it. Try again.

  • wmd1961 commented on the blog post Late Late Night FDL: I’m My Own Grandpaw

    2014-08-29 22:05:31View | Delete

    I’ve posted a petition at the whitehouse petition site – implement the 1994 law that mandates the DoJ report on police brutality.

  • wmd1961 commented on the blog post Late Late Night FDL: I’m My Own Grandpaw

    2014-08-29 22:02:45View | Delete

    zed

  • wmd1961 commented on the blog post Discipline and Punish Dissidents

    2014-08-24 13:32:08View | Delete

    I’ve written to both McNamara and the ACLU asking them to use his voice for some sanity. The culture absolutely must change or there will be a lot more blood in the streets (mainly from bad police, but at some point the escalation will go both ways as people see there is no justice when police murder people).

    This can be stopped, but it needs leadership that police will respect. Any other people from the LEO community besides McNamara we should be calling on to help?

  • wmd1961 commented on the blog post Discipline and Punish Dissidents

    2014-08-24 12:33:10View | Delete

    There needs to be a profound cultural shift in law enforcement in the US. Attitudes towards white collar crime need to be hardened – less tolerance.

    Disrespecting an LEO is something that should be tolerated, not met with escalation.

    Changing a culture takes time and leadership. It can happen – I’ve been promoting Joseph McNamara as a good example of the type of leadership that’s sorely needed everywhere. There’s likely a cadre of additional leaders in organizations like Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and similar anti War on drug groups that LEOs have formed.

  • wmd1961 commented on the blog post Broad Popular Support for Demilitarizing the Police

    2014-08-22 17:31:13View | Delete

    Yup. But the five-O app “yelp for police” lets you file a report on police behavior.

    I’ve written directly to police agencies a couple of times – once when I was taken on a high speed chase while handcuffed (I was being transported for a breathalyzer which I passed, was transported back to my vehicle afterwards). The other was to document exemplary behavior of a sheriff’s deputy in dealing with a mentally ill young woman – the deputy was compassionate, listened and helped get the young woman back to her parents (I’d called her parents immediately on her telling me their number as I could see problems developing).

    Five-O would upload both reports to a central repository, which could then be mined to see if some officers were problematic. While video searching is coming, text based data mining is here right now.

    There are problems with crowd sourcing this – it shouldn’t be a sole criteria for adverse personnel actions. If there is a large number of reports for a single officer and/or agency it does provide some value for internal affairs police – it raises a reasonable suspicion that an officer is dirty.

  • wmd1961 commented on the blog post Broad Popular Support for Demilitarizing the Police

    2014-08-22 16:46:02View | Delete

    Here’s a column from McNamara. He needs to stay on this – get on Sunday talking heads shows, etc.

  • wmd1961 commented on the blog post Broad Popular Support for Demilitarizing the Police

    2014-08-22 15:43:08View | Delete

    The discussion also needs to look at what goes into the performance reviews of LEO. We need to be thinking of measurable ways to document good police work – work where the officer avoided any escalation and defused a potentially violent situation without an arrest. As it is arrest statistics are easy to come by and I fear arrests and convictions are the primary metric used for evaluating performance. This creates an incentive to make an arrest.

    Documenting and tracking bad police got a boost this week with a new smart phone app – Five-O. I wrote to the ACLU to ask them to fund the database back end this app will need – and to point out that a crowd sourced police misconduct database has been needed for a long time since law enforcement agencies will not (or cannot due to labor policies) release complaints in bulk.

    I also have been writing to Joseph McNamara to ask him to take on this issue as a swan song. He’s got credibility on both sides of the blue line – he started his career as a beat cop in Harlem, went on to get a PhD from Harvard, served as Chief of Police in Kansas City, then San Jose CA where he successfully reined in a cowboy culture. He should be out front on this and not just rest on his laurels at the Hoover Institution.

  • wmd1961 commented on the blog post Down With the Traditional Wool Suit in D.C.

    2014-08-21 17:00:26View | Delete

    Lets hope the entire east coast decides the business suit is an anachronism.

  • wmd1961 commented on the blog post Late Late Night FDL: Go All The Way

    2014-08-13 22:56:12View | Delete

    I’m heading for bed. Suz should corroborate McNamara’s value as a former cop with the gravitas and record to make a difference right now. Which is why I’m instigating a campaign to push him to do what he likely is already thinking of doing.

  • wmd1961 commented on the blog post Late Late Night FDL: Go All The Way

    2014-08-13 22:39:49View | Delete

    Ferguson: I’ve been beating a drum about someone that should be speaking right now – Joseph McNamara. He started as a beat cop NYPD – Harlem. Along the arc of his career he got a PhD, was Chief of Police in Kansas City, then San Jose California where he successfully reformed a cowboy culture. He’s currently at the Hoover Institution.

    He can be contacted via this website I contacted him after the flash bang grenade used by the Atlanta PD put a 2 year old in a coma and the ACLU sent an alert on demilitarizing police. He could use some respectful contacts urging him to cement his place in history as a cop that said “no more”. He walked the walk in San Jose, and his country really needs him today.

  • wmd1961 commented on the blog post Late Late Night FDL: Go All The Way

    2014-08-13 22:08:47View | Delete

    wow, 6 minutes and I still got the zed!

    Seattle Friday morning. Had a tech screen with another company today with offices in Seattle too.

  • wmd1961 commented on the blog post Late Late Night FDL: Go All The Way

    2014-08-13 22:06:53View | Delete

    Zed

  • good night all

  • Think I’m going to get some sleep. Was nice to come home to an email saying “we want to fly you to Seattle”.

  • Second company isn’t quite as far along in the process – I did HR screen today. They want to do a technical screen next week. I’m booked Monday and Tuesday with research for my writing gig. Getting the logistics worked out is going to be interesting.

  • It means flying up twice. Which is OK with me, just need to get a friend to let chickens out/collect eggs/close coop/feed cat.

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