Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Put Down

I don't understand people who use the "she was wearing something provocative" defense to rape. If you can't be counted on to behave like a civilized person, if your primal urges are so strong that you should not be legally liable for your actions, then you can't be allowed to walk around freely. Do you not know what we do to untrained pets that bite other people?

Thursday, June 2, 2016

殺人償命?

死刑究竟有什麼不好?殺人償命聽來就是天經地義,為什麼有些人反對?

第一,司法制度並不完美。極權國家就不必說了,但是就是開明的民主國家,在法院的判決也只能到達「超越合理的懷疑」。也就是說,這個人要是真的無罪,只有不合理的解釋能成立才有可能。但是實務上冤獄總是難免,隨著科學發展,像  DNA 等證據更陸續開脫多名罪犯。今天的證據確鑿,明天可能就是無罪開釋。

第二,司法制度並不公平。窮人請不起好律師,無法雇用專家自行採證,在相同的證據下判死的機會當然就比富人要高。有些人法律常識較差,不了解自己面對控訴時的權利,等於自解武裝。有些人怕警察,以為老實說或許能從寬。這種差別待遇不能就說他們倒楣了事。少數民族也常不成比例的遭受重判。

第三,死刑沒有明顯的嚇阻作用。有死刑的國家並不比廢除的國家安全。對極少數會使用暴力的精神病患,或對對視死如歸的重罪犯或恐怖份子等來說,有無死刑並不會影響他們的想法。

第四,死刑不見得省錢。要能真確定事實真相,勢必要運用人力所有能及的方式來避免冤案。除非我們想要看到輕率的判決和執刑,這個過程是昂貴緩慢的。

第五,死刑可能危及警察和大眾。當一個惡人犯了死罪,持械拒捕自然也就不成問題。除了執勤的警察極度危險,一般民眾也可能被挾持為人質,或誤中流彈。

第六,精神病的影響不能忽視。精神病並不光是分有或沒有,而是問有多嚴重。那智障要多嚴重才算不該為自己的行為負責?不同人判斷不同的嫌犯,有可能公平嗎?

這並不表示社會就不執行法律了。司法明知道不可能完美,但是我們以人能達到的最高標準來要求,真有少數誤判就盡量以各種方式賠償,但死刑如何能補償?明知道司法不能完全公正,但也不能漠視窮人、少數民族、精神病患等受害。至於省錢等考慮,恕我不客氣,一個政府以你我之名要取條人命,該用最便宜的方式草率動手嗎?所謂人命關天,但說到錢就算了?萬一冤殺了人,誰來償命?

那這些惡人作奸犯科之前有這樣人道對待受害人嗎?當然沒有,但這就是我們跟他不同的地方啊!

Fucking Assholes

One of the more disheartening things about the rise of politicians like Trump in the US and Duterte in the Philippines is the speech. I'm just as allergic to political BS (often exemplified by the Pelosi and Hillary Clinton, just to name two) as anybody else, but being blunt does not mean being tasteless or offensive or racist or misogynistic. Political discourse had been dismal for years now, but this year it has literally sunken to grade school name-calling levels. (But Sanders and Clinton aren't calling each other nasty names, you say. Yes, you're right! The childish name-calling is a Republican thing tolerated by Republican voters.)

President-elect Duterte, for example, says patently stupid things like "complimenting" a rape-murder victim for her looks, and that he should've been first in line instead. He later also said that bad journalists (despite admitting having bribed some himself) can expect to be murdered. Trump, of course, is infamous for saying his own set of offensive things about Mexicans, Muslims, and many of his Republican competitors for the party nomination.

Since when is this okay? The opposite of political correctness is not unfiltered offensive speech. That doesn't make you blunt or honest, it makes you a fucking asshole.

I personally don't give a fuck about "the children", but you people who enable these fucking assholes better not whine when your own children start talking like them, because you cheered them on.