I really recommend listening(/reading) this book. Haven’t felt so excited by a book in a long time.
I’ve read the law a lot for various reasons, usually for curiosity.
I don’t claim I understand a whole lot of it but I gotta admit, one thing I find vaguely unnerving about Finnish law is that there are a lot of pieces that leave - in my opinion - way too much room for ( the exercising authority’s ) personal interpretation.
Like the ever popular law regarding home search, where the police can search your home if they have “a reason to suspect” a crime for which the maximum sentence is 6 months in prison ( or something I can’t quite translate, regarding fines ). The kicker is that they can do it without permit if they can arrest a wanted person, or confiscate an item which they have been able to track since a crime has been commited. They can also search the home without permit if the matter allows for no delay.
Not really from the most annoying end of wording but I admit I also don’t like the vague “reason to suspect”.
Other phrases I don’t much like are mostly anything that involves the word “reasonable”. “Within reasonable timeframe”, “with reasonable cause”, “in reasonable condition”, or with “reasonable use of force” and so on. People can reason quite outrageous things based on incomplete information.
Of course, in most cases you can always file complaints etc. and I’m sure often those do pull through, but there’s still significant damage done. One shared damage is the one the credibility of the authorities take.
I admit, I’m stupidly scared of cops for no good reason. I’ve never had any bad experiences with them - and I do include the times I was ( rightfully ) fined for speeding - so I really don’t know why this is. I was scared to death of them ever since I was a kid. I know with my intellect that they are around to protect us and all that but the mental image I have of them is always that of someone dangerous and someone who KNOWS that they can use their authority to do quite a bit of things - even illegal things since they can safely assume that not many people know their rights.
Of course, this is the image media wants to give of the police because everyone loves to see Da Man shat on. I know this, but I also know that there really are a lot of corrupt cops out there. Not as much as the media would like you to believe but still.
Blatant disregard of civil rights aside, I do think that one problem is that there are such vague bits and pieces of text in the laws. No matter how you cut it, a cop is, after all a human and his descisions and actions are NEVER perfectly impartial. The more you leave up to the police’s personal judgement, the more likely there is going to be bad press - the more there is bad press, the more difficult it is for people to handle run-ins with the police. the more stressful the job is for the police, the more likely they are going to make unnececarily extreme judgement calls ( cutting some bits from the wheel but I don’t think my reasoning is that badly out of whack ). Of course it’s easy to critisize but I would like to see law texts become more specific. Or even define better what “reasonable” is.
Other people getting a lot of bad press lately, particularily for bad judgement calls, seem to be Child Protective Services. On the other hand, we in Finland have the case of Eerika, where people are wondering where the hell the CPS was when they were needed and called for. On the other hand we got people wondering how it is okay for the CPS to pluck extremely unwilling, shrieking twin boys from their home. Regardless of the validity and intentions ( of which I know no more than the video description says ), here’s one way of teaching kids to be scared of the police - they were only the muscle, doing what they were ordered to but try to tell a kid that the stern men who carried the screaming children off aren’t the bad guys. Try to tell that to the twins, and try to tell that to the onlooking kids. Of course maybe Eerika’s case is what is kind of haunting CPS at the moment, so they’re cracking down. The price is kinda high though. I’ve met ( grown-up ) people who’ve been taken by the CPS and none of them came out alright from the experience. I’m sure people like Eerika would have benefitted from being taken the fuck away from her dad but there are still way too many sad stories of people who faced much more difficulty with life because of the unnececarily extreme measures taken by CPS when they were kids. On the other hand, I’ve also met people who probably could have used external intervention.
Oh well, enough musing.
Just finished my first play-through of #Danganronpa
Funny game, I liked almost all the characters a lot. Also loved the visuals. Kinda underwhelmed with the conclusion/revelations though, and wasn’t a big fan of the mini-games in the Trial mode - they seemed kinda pointless and way too easy most of the time. Most of the difficulty just came from having to figure out how to tell something I know to the game, which most of the time just felt frustrating. Like, hello, 11037? Ok, that was obviously a freebie but still, the fact that only Kirigiri figured it out was kinda silly - plus the slowness of the characters did keep repeating itself in every case. Of course, realistically, one could say that there are million other things the characters see, that the player doesn’t. Then again I figure it’s kinda hard to make a game with Detective/Investigation elements without having a considerable cap between what the player knows and is able to figure out, and what the player character knows and is able to figure out.
Anyway, it was still a very fun game and I intend to do another play-through right away since I want to find out more about the characters.