The purpose of this writing is to provide a security assessment and analysis for a national retail chain, Best Buy. An interview with a Best Buy security officer was conducted, revealing that Best Buy already employs a number of security measures aimed at reducing or eliminating pilferage, preventing harm to employees and customers, maintaining security of its inventory, and keeping the physical building secure (Officer, 2016). These measures include limited and controlled access with metal detectors, security devices inside packages, employees retrieving actual merchandise from the back, anti-theft devices that can only be removed by retailers after payment has been made, package checkers who examine receipts, and security cameras. A good security plan needs to include vetted and trained staff, policies that are legal and reasonable, and a cost-effective security implementation.
Lisbeth Salander is a forensic investigator for a private security company, Milton Security, in Sweden. A ward of the state, Lisbeth was removed from her home as a young girl and institutionalized after she tried to set her father on fire, hence the title of the film. Lisbeth is portrayed to possibly be on the autism spectrum, extremely intelligent with an eidetic memory, considered rude by Swedish social standards, she smokes heavily and has a fondness for junk food, and spends her time investigating, hacking into people she finds suspicious, occasionally using drugs, and visiting LGBT nightclubs (in the American version).
This analysis is a legal analysis of four court cases, two having to do with the allowing or disallowing the handling of forensic evidence, and two allowing or disallowing the handling of testimonial evidence. The purpose of this analysis is to give the facts of these cases, describe the rulings, the courts’ rationalizations for these rulings, and how these cases relate to criminal investigations. All of these cases are related in some way to the Fourth and/or Fifth Amendments, and these cases have dealt with the rights and freedoms of Americans. The intent of this analysis is to show an understanding of how varying court cases have affected the laws pertaining to criminal investigations, and how an investigation can be undertaken in a legal manner, so as to not have collected evidence thrown out, and to not violate the rights of the accused.
What is fracking? Fracking is the process of drilling down into rock face where oil and natural gas deposits are trapped below. Once a suitable depth has been reached, a mixture of sand, water, thickening agents, and chemicals are pumped into the rock to fracture it. This is why the process is called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking for short. Once the rock has been broken, the solution pumped into the fracture creates fissures in the rock where oil and natural gas deposits can theoretically flow more easily, and they can be siphoned and collected. Fracking was theorized in 1947, with the first successful commercial application happening in 1950. Since then, over two and a half million “frack jobs” have been completed worldwide on oil and gas wells; over a million of those in the US.
Last night I saw “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets”. I was looking forward to this film because it was directed by Luc Besson, who had directed “The Fifth Element”, a film close to my heart. So I was excited, and many were for different reasons than I was, notably over the much hyped special effects, and Rihanna’s cameo. This movie was ultimately a disappointment as it fell very flat for me. Yes, the special effects are there and they look lovely, but that’s…almost it. The main story of the film is a super cliché, predictable piece of shit. To give you a bit of it, an alien princess transfers her soul into Valerian during an apocalyptic event that eassignment which leads them smack dab into the remnants of that species. Guess what happens next. If you guessed that they uncover a conspiracy within their government where it turns out that the supposed good guys they work for totally massacred the planet on purpose and didn’t care, and now the “heroes” have to help the noble persecuted indigenous people find justice, you’re right. How easy was it to guess that?
I had an interesting conversation with a former friend some time ago. I know that sometimes I can be hard to talk to. We got to talking about many things, but one of them I found most interesting: the viability of an "actual" revolution, as in a war, in the United States. I'm reminded of Martha Hutchinson, who wrote: “…The reason for the frequence of revolutionary terrorism is that it is an effective strategy; its benefits outweigh its costs.” (Hutchinson, 1972).