Best discloser this year

January 28th, 2013 at 4:00 pm by David Farrar

Brian Rudman looks at the Auckland Council Register of Pecuniary Interests:

As clubs go, perhaps the most unusual was Howick Local Board deputy chairwoman ’s revelation that she is a member of the Fingerprint Society.

Ha, I bet she enjoyed having to disclose that. Everyone will be like WTF?

 Though understandable given her day job as a forensic analyst for the police.

Understandable, but still pretty cool. The Society’s website is here.

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11 Responses to “Best discloser this year”

  1. Azeraph (604 comments) says:

    I thought facial thermal output was the uncontested champion of identification?

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  2. wat dabney (3,755 comments) says:

    Speaking of forensics, the always-excellent Radley Balko:

    The FBI’s crime lab was at one point reputed to be one of the most elite, well-run labs in the world. Not so much anymore. For the last year, the agency has been embroiled in a huge and growing scandal in which its crime lab technicians have been found to have vastly overstated the value and conclusiveness of forensic evidence in criminal cases. The breadth and seriousness of the problem have only come to light in the last year or so, although there have been warning signs going back to the 1990s. The number of convictions affected is in the thousands, possibly the tens of thousands.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/radley-balko/a-massive-mess-of-forensi_b_2365141.html

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  3. Dave Stringer (188 comments) says:

    THat website link shows a society that basically stopped functioning in 2011, I wonder if anyone has told her!

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  4. Azeraph (604 comments) says:

    wat dabney (2,273) Says:
    January 28th, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    What a mess they have made of it, almost 40 years possibly? That’s just nuts man.

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  5. Azeraph (604 comments) says:

    I wonder if someone has an app out already, “Snap your prints and add it to the local database” Just in case you get murdered and are unidentifiable upon discovery, for your loved ones and a 6 months discount on your premium.

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  6. wat dabney (3,755 comments) says:

    Azeraph,

    Radley Balko is a personal hero.

    Before moving to Huffington he blogged here:

    http://www.theagitator.com/

    His work on the Ryan Frederick case is sensational.

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  7. wat dabney (3,755 comments) says:

    Incidentally, perhaps Balko’s other greatest work outside of the Frederick case is to expose the war on pain relief as part of the War on Drugs.

    Unbelievably, US doctors are being jailed for prescribing pain relief.

    Pure evil.

    The US Federal Government.

    Let’s be clear: any killing of any ATF agent is legitimate. Fuckers.

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  8. Viking2 (11,346 comments) says:

    Well now why would we be surpised at the FBI?
    Tools of the State and Politicians and bribers.

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  9. Adolf Fiinkensein (2,875 comments) says:

    Is not one Adele White the deputy chair of this board?

    Have I missed something?

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  10. snowy (107 comments) says:

    Not to be confused with the Fingerbang Society

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  11. MikeS (22 comments) says:

    “but still pretty cool”

    ‘To advance the study and application of fingerprint
    evidence and to facilitate the co-operation among
    persons interested in this field of personal identification’

    Might be slightly interesting (for 5 minutes)

    but cool?

    Not in your wildest fantasies

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