atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#6483: Where are the drug arrests?

Guy dies in a Democrat donor's apartment, and they find all kinds of drug paraphernailia in there. Like?
... 24 syringes containing brown residue, five glass pipes with white residue and burn marks, a plastic straw with possible white residue, clear plastic bags with white powdery residue and a clear plastic bag containing a piece of crystal-like substance.
Ever watch Cops? Any one of those things sends Joe Nobody right to fuckin' jail.

And so now there's a second body found in this guy's apartment. Oh, but there are no charges filed, nooo!

You let Joe Blow have a guy die in his apartment, with all that crap strewn around, and just see how many charges he gets sent to jail for.

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So, machine learning was finding the houses that needed to have lead pipes replaced, but they stopped using that program. I can guarantee that the entire reason was "It RACISS!"
But something strange happened over the course of 2018: As more and more people had their pipes evaluated in 2018, fewer and fewer inspections were finding lead pipes. In November 2017, according to meeting notes obtained by local news outlet MLive's Zahra Ahmad, the city's head of public works estimated that about 10,000 of Flint's homes still had lead pipes, roughly in line with the number other experts have floated. The new contractor hasn't been efficiently locating those pipes: As of mid-December 2018, 10,531 properties had been explored and only 1,567 of those digs found lead pipes to replace. That's a lead-pipe hit rate of just 15 percent, far below the 2017 mark.

There are reasons for the slowdown. AECOM discarded the machine-learning model's predictions, which had guided excavations. And facing political pressure from some residents, Weaver demanded that the firm dig across the city's wards and in every house on selected blocks, rather than picking out the homes likely to have lead because of age, property type, or other characteristics that could be correlated with the pipes.
There you go. "It RACISS!"

Regardless of how likely a specific person's house is to have lead piping, a certain sector is demanding that their piping be checked--a time-consuming and expensive process when there are literally hundreds of thousands of buildings to check.

...all because those "some residents" mentioned above, who don't understand how computers can predict which house will have lead pipe and which won't. To them, it's magic, so they don't trust it. Which is why the new contractor now has to manually dig up piping and evaluate it. Which costs more and

Gah. Stupidity!

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This sounds like a science fiction story but I don't know if it could have been made understandable to the general public before the crap was invented. Heh.

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