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Well, there is at least one country operating that way. Perhaps it stops some crime, but that country is not a nice place to live. Most criminals do not believe that they will be caught. Most criminals do not plan for the long term, let alone generations. Depriving the children of legitimate life choices will guide them towards criminal choices. So what I'...


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You have to distinguish between internal and external ruthlessness. Your organization's reputation, and the fear it engenders, will largely be based on your external-facing ruthlessness. If an external counterparty fails to deliver, you want to wipe them out in as messy and horrifying a way as possible, and you want your action to be generally known. But ...


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There is a flaw in what you expect. In your scenario, you are assuming that only men can commit crime.The other side of this story is as follows: Alice does not marry Bob. Bob finds Kate. Kate also has a charge of damaging public property(or something else). No one would also marry Kate, that's why Bob and Kate are perfect match. As they are already ...


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This cannot be answered. But rather than just voting to close as opinion based, it might have value to stop and think about the reasons this cannot be answered. As the reasons are kind of interesting and possibly of use to you and others with same issues. What is crime? This is not actually obvious. To give an easy, if possibly politically risky, example ...


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The only possible way to get money while respecting this ridiculous moral code would be to become a magician. Not only would you be able to easily get permission from the audience to "read their minds" (that is why they came to see your amazing magic show) and you wouldn't have to reveal that you were a true telepath (because magic isn't real, silly! It's ...


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Of course. Crime isn't going away. We've got considerable forensics abilities today, and we've still got crime. It's possible to track down people with a single dropped hair, touched object, or drop of blood/sweat. Doesn't stop people. There's a number of practical concerns that will prevent Seers from instantly solving all crimes. Let's run through a ...


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Dude is a biological chimera: A genetic chimerism or chimera (/kɪˈmɪərə/ or /kaɪˈmɪərə/, also chimaera (chimæra) is a single organism composed of cells with distinct genotypes. In animals, this means an individual derived from two or more zygotes, which can include possessing blood cells of different blood types, subtle variations in form (phenotype) and, ...


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Plans for stealing the moon. Shrink it Well, this seems like the obvious solution. Just invent a shrink ray, zap the moon so it becomes the size of a basketball, then carry it home with you and mount it as a decoration in your home, a testament to your genius. Problems: Inventing a shrink ray. No science exists that could possibly turn the moon into ...


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The classic formula is to punish the behavior you want to suppress, and reward the behavior you want to encourage. Right now, it sounds like you are punishing bad results and rewarding good results. The trouble with judging by results is that sometimes correct behavior (which you want to encourage) leads to bad results anyway, because of bad luck, failure ...


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Real life solution - make guns scarce in your society In a country like US, where there are plenty of guns among the citizens, it's a no-brainer for criminals to use guns too. If they choose melee weapons, they would quickly find themselves bringing a knife to a gunfight. In a country like UK, where guns are harder to find, criminals largely resort to ...


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My home country (China) has very strict gun control laws. Basically, normal citizen will not be allowed to buy, sell guns, or make it themselves. If guns are involved in a crime case (say, robbery), the consequence will be much more severe. Surely you'll never stop people from making guns themselves, but they won't necessary use guns in conflicts - 6 months ...


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Spencer Muise already mentioned that they could be invisible to our visible spectrum, but could be still visible as a source of heat or other kind of radiation (maybe the process of becoming invisible itself leaves some kind of electromagnetic signature). Another thing that would work are, quite simply, pressure plates. Invisibility can't hide the fact that ...


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If they're actually drowned there will be mercury in the lungs, because drowning, in general, is the inhalation of a liquid (though the term is occasionally used, loosely, for inhalation of heavier-than-air gasses). Even if the mercury golem is able to reclaim the mercury that was forced into the victim's lungs, the "losses" will be detectable as traces in ...


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"… how does this Magic World determine the truth in criminal cases?" A forensic wizard casts a lie detection spell on Alfred. In normal circumstances Alfred could exercise his legal right to refuse to testify under the influence of magic, but obviously if he's using the Illusion Defence he must waive this right. Alternatively the forensic wizard ...


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One look at Syria should make this question redundant I've lost count of how many armed groups there currently are, most of them are at war with each other as well as the government. Some of them have the same underlying aims, they merely want to be the ones in charge at the end. At least one is just crazy. A couple of armed groups are simply fighting for ...


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Why do robots ever get deployed for anything? When they are cheaper. When they are better (more accurate, etc.). When the work is dangerous. Dangerous So how does that apply to law enforcement? Let's start with the last point. Police work can be dangerous. It involves preventing people from doing what they want. Some people will react violently to ...


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Chen Sheng was an officer serving the Qin Dynasty, famous for their draconian punishments. He was supposed to lead his army to a rendezvous point, but he got delayed by heavy rains and it became clear he was going to arrive late. The way I always hear the story told is this: Chen turns to his friend Wu Guang and asks “What’s the penalty for being late?” “...


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Of course it can. All it takes is groups of people with different levels of extremism. The way I see it playing out is the rebellion starts off with The Roost being the main rebellion. A few people start asking if they're really doing enough - "They've held us down for so long, what makes anyone think that they'll just let us be equal? The only option is ...


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Perhaps, but it's not a great idea. High estrogen levels have various serious health impacts for men and tend to cause the development of female bodily characteristics. Perhaps a better approach (in a work of dystopian fiction only!) would be to administer an anti-androgen a drug with the purpose of inhibiting the body's production of thestosterone. The ...


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Incapacitate him Dig a hole, put murderer in the hole, pour concrete Dig a hole, put murderer in the hole, pour molten iron Cast murderer in steel, dump it in the ocean Launch it with the next satellite for deep space. ... Honestly, the possibilities are infinite. Strong as an elephant is meaningless if he can't move. If he doesn't use a vehicle, you can ...


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The simplest way to fail a swab test is contamination of the sample. Eating something too soon before the test will do the trick. Though what he really wants is the DNA of another human rather than a sample that comes back as beef cattle. These days there's an app for that, but in 2000 he'd probably have had to find a suitable bar to get himself a mouthful ...


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It's perfectly easy to steal the moon. Just register a claim on it in every country and start issuing legal notices. It's been done before: Spanish woman claims ownership of the sun


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Crack down on the small players, the tougher it is to be one of the small players the more they'll unite to become big players. The big players will then crack down on the small players themselves. After that all you need to do is formalise the bribery into a system of taxes and you're all set for officially sanctioned organised crime. Vetinari would be ...


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Post-scarcity does not mean we become happy robots We occasionally get questions asking about how the darker side of humanity can exist when the external influences that supposedly drive that darker side no longer exist. Forgive me for being honest and blunt, but I consider the idea laughable. It's as if humanity does bad things because some idiot ...


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The hole in your story: You seem to think people working for government are either 100% stupid or 100% too lazy to do their job; that will not be the case. You have inspectors, for one. Building inspectors, safety inspectors, accountants, bookkeepers and other bean counters. There are many, many safeguards in place, both legal and routine, in every major ...


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You can't, but that doesn't matter Consider the nickname "Red". It's a real nickname, which has been given to thousands of people, real and fictional, generally for having red hair. However, it doesn't really matter that multiple people have it, since generally these will be people that don't really know each other and don't operate in the same circles. ...


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In most societies, men are more likely than women to commit crimes. However, it's far from clear why this happens and there is no evidence than chemically feminizing men can prevent crime - except maybe for some sexual assaults. Some facts even suggest that some part of the difference is social and not biological: As women status gets more equal to that of ...


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The Order of The Stick touched on this briefly in the opposite sense, that "Detect Truth" can be just as faked as any illusion. So the court can't just "Detect Truth" on our Alfred who is using the illusion defense - because it can be just another illusion. Instead, the witnesses, blood type, and evidence were considered to be more accurate than anything ...


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While a suicide attack is perhaps the most likely to be effective, I would question the idea there is only one "indispensable man" in the opposing organization. To work on and create a high level project is going to need a lot of resources, and many people who know portions of the project and who could (with suitable management and resources) pick up the ...


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The Zone You want to turn to Russia, but not because they have a similar population density. No, you want to borrow their playbook because they are very good at area denial. You said it yourself - the country has way too much land, and for the most part it's a barren wasteland. So it's not going to bother your citizens to make the wasteland even more barren. ...


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