"Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he."
-- Proverbs 29:18, King James Bible (KJV)

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The Supreme Court Ban on Cameras is a Legitimate Issue, But No Compelling Reason Can Be Advanced for Either Live or Taped TV or Similar Camera-Based Coverage: A Courtroom Should Not be Confused with Entertainment: Courts and Judges Have a Job to Do

Just because something is technically possible does not mean it should be done.

We live in a world where too many senseless things are permitted just because technological development enables them. We have, for example, recently entered "the drone age", and we see far more upcoming negative consequences than positive. Keep the air free of these potential monstrosities.

Tech advancement should serve and benefit mankind and its institutions.
Too often this is not the case.

At the New York Times, Jonathan Sherman has an op-ed titled End the Supreme Court’s Ban on Cameras.

Although we were once of the opinion that cameras in court might be something positive, the increasingly negative development of sensationalistic media and the public's preference for yellow tabloid junk as opposed to quality news indicates to this writer that courts should stay as far away from the "entertainment" side of court media as possible, and that means "no cameras".

The job of courts is do justice under law.
Nothing more. Nothing less. But nothing more.

For cameras we have Hollywood. The courts have a different function.

Respect for the law will unavoidably suffer in the long term if the judiciary is reduced to being more or less crews of leading men and ladies, stunt men, darlings of the public, or their opposite. "Speaking" the nation's law should not turn into a popularity contest, which it surely would if every sentence could be filmed and published in the media.

We already have enough organizations manned by incompetents whose main claim to fame is that they know how to please, to look good, to wear the right clothing, to phrase the right texts, to be "politically correct", etc., but often people who do a great deal of damage by not being truly qualified for the job that they are ostensibly doing.

Frankly, as a matter of law, we need less judicial pandering to the masses and more normative, exemplary behavior for the benefit of the weak hordes who need it.

"No cameras," thank you.

 Let them read the oral argument transcripts!

 Hah! Who does?

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Sky Earth Native America 1 :
American Indian Rock Art Petroglyphs Pictographs
Cave Paintings Earthworks & Mounds as Land Survey & Astronomy
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Volume 1, Edition 2, 266 pages, by Andis Kaulins.

  • Sky Earth Native America 2 :
    American Indian Rock Art Petroglyphs Pictographs
    Cave Paintings Earthworks & Mounds as Land Survey & Astronomy
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    Volume 2, Edition 2, 262 pages, by Andis Kaulins.

  • Both volumes have the same cover except for the labels "Volume 1" viz. "Volume 2".
    The image on the cover was created using public domain space photos of Earth from NASA.

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    Both book volumes contain the following basic book description:
    "Alice Cunningham Fletcher observed in her 1902 publication in the American Anthropologist
    that there is ample evidence that some ancient cultures in Native America, e.g. the Pawnee in Nebraska,
    geographically located their villages according to patterns seen in stars of the heavens.
    See Alice C. Fletcher, Star Cult Among the Pawnee--A Preliminary Report,
    American Anthropologist, 4, 730-736, 1902.
    Ralph N. Buckstaff wrote:
    "These Indians recognized the constellations as we do, also the important stars,
    drawing them according to their magnitude.
    The groups were placed with a great deal of thought and care and show long study.
    ... They were keen observers....
    The Pawnee Indians must have had a knowledge of astronomy comparable to that of the early white men."
    See Ralph N. Buckstaff, Stars and Constellations of a Pawnee Sky Map,
    American Anthropologist, Vol. 29, Nr. 2, April-June 1927, pp. 279-285, 1927.
    In our book, we take these observations one level further
    and show that megalithic sites and petroglyphic rock carving and pictographic rock art in Native America,
    together with mounds and earthworks, were made to represent territorial geographic landmarks
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    in the hermetic tradition, "as above, so below".
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    and can to a large degree be reconstructed as the Sky Earth of Native America."

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