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18 votes

"Institutions will try to preserve the problem to which they are the solution."

Via Joη in a comment during a game at his site Anadro.me:

In April 2010, Kevin Kelly cited the phrase "Institutions will try to preserve the problem to which they are the solution," and called it the "Shirky Principle", as the phrasing reminded him of the clarity of the Peter Principle.

Via Wikipedia.

Shirky is the author of the internet classic, A Group Is Its Own Worst Enemy

What do you guys think of the quote?

12 votes

Vermont Quits War on Drugs to Treat Heroin Abuse as Health Issue

By Josh Eidelson | August 21, 2014
BusinessWeek

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin devoted his entire State of the State address in January to what he called Vermont’s “full-blown heroin crisis.” Since 2000, he said, the state had seen a 250 percent increase in addicts receiving treatment. The courts were swamped with heroin-related cases. In 2013 the number of people charged with heroin trafficking in federal court in Vermont increased 135 percent from the year before, according to federal records.

Shumlin, a Democrat, urged the legislature to approve a new set of drug policies that go beyond the never-ending cat-and-mouse between cops and dealers. Along with a crackdown on traffickers, he proposed rigorous addiction prevention programs in schools and doctors’ offices, as well as more rehabilitation options for addicts. “We must address it as a public health crisis,” Shumlin said, “providing treatment and support rather than simply doling out punishment, claiming victory, and moving on to our next conviction.”

Vermont has passed a battery of reforms that have turned the tiny state of about 627,000 people into a national proving ground for a less punitive approach to getting hard drugs under control. Under policies now in effect or soon to take hold, people caught using or in possession of heroin will be offered the chance to avoid prosecution by enrolling in treatment. Addicts, including some prisoners, will have greater access to synthetic heroin substitutes to help them reduce their dependency on illegal narcotics or kick the habit.

12 votes

Federal Law Requiring Annual Report on Excessive Force by Police has been Ignored for 20 Years

Friday, August 22, 2014

The circumstances of the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, have brought that one police shooting into the national conscience. But many other Americans are killed by police and their deaths go unnoticed and mostly uncounted, despite a Congressional mandate.

In 1994, Congress passed the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act. Among its provisions was the order that “the Attorney General shall, through appropriate means, acquire data about the use of excessive force by law enforcement officers.” The Justice Department was also required to publish an annual report on the data collected.

8 votes

Who Is Rand Paul?

Ralph Benko | Forbes

For starters, Rand is short for Randal, not an allusion to Ayn Rand, after whom Sen. Paul was not named by his libertarian (not Objectivist) father Ron Paul. Reportedly, growing up he was called Randy … until his wife shortened the diminutive to Rand.

Washington, ordinarily, is committed to maintaining the status quo or making, at best, incremental changes. As we struggle with the political consequences of the end of an era of all-out war the old political status quo is ripe for transformation.

8 votes

Feds to track "hate speech" on twitter

The federal government is spending nearly $1 million to create an online database that will track “misinformation” and hate speech on Twitter.

The National Science Foundation is financing the creation of a web service that will monitor “suspicious memes” and what it considers “false and misleading ideas,” with a major focus on political activity online.

The “Truthy” database, created by researchers at Indiana University, is designed to “detect political smears, astroturfing, misinformation, and other social pollution.”

The university has received $919,917 so far for the project.

36 votes

Democratic Underground in Rand Paul freakout mode

Check out some of the threads over there, it's pretty interesting. Rand Paul seems to be the hot topic of the day.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=forum&id=1002


http://i.imgur.com/vSevjQ9.jpg

39 votes

California Gun Waiting Period Laws Ruled Unconstitutional!

ROSEVILLE, CA (August 25, 2014) – California’s 10-day waiting period for gun purchases was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge this morning in a significant victory for Second Amendment civil rights. The laws were challenged by California gun owners Jeffrey Silvester and Brandon Combs, as well as two gun rights groups, The Calguns Foundation and Second Amendment Foundation.

14 votes

We are winning. Read Cornel West's comments.

We are winning. With comments like Cornell West made, we can appeal to the THINKING black demographic. "We asked for John Coltrane and we got Kenny G with a brown face." Brilliant.

http://m.weeklystandard.com/blogs/cornel-west-obama-counterf...

21 votes

Snowden: The Surveillance Engine, How the NSA Built Its Own Secret Google

The National Security Agency is secretly providing data to nearly two dozen U.S. government agencies with a “Google-like” search engine built to share more than 850 billion records about phone calls, emails, cellphone locations, and internet chats, according to classified documents obtained by The Intercept.

The documents provide the first definitive evidence that the NSA has for years made massive amounts of surveillance data directly accessible to domestic law enforcement agencies. Planning documents for ICREACH, as the search engine is called, cite the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Administration as key participants.

6 votes

Democratic Rep Says We Have to Legalize Immigrants So They Don't Become Terrorists

This is really one of the absolute stupidest, most idiotic examples of fearmongering to forward a cause that I have ever seen. Representative Pat Murphy said:

3 votes

Our future government will work more like Amazon

Our future government will work more like Amazon
By Michael Case
August 23, 2014 02:00 pm

There is a lot of government in the United States. Several hundred federal agencies, 535 voting members in two houses of Congress, more than 90,000 state and local governments, and over 20 million Americans involved in public service.

1 vote

*Democrats* now using words like "fringe" and "isolationist" to argue against non-intervention foreign policy

Michael Czin, spokesman for the Democratic National Committee, said on Sunday in a statement that Democrats are eager to debate Paul about "his fringe, isolationist vision" that Czin says would end all aid to foreign allies, including Israel.

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_PAUL_CLINTON?SITE=...

5 votes

Media Blames patriots for American Police State.

After reading the headlines about the most recent officer suspended for his comments concerning Ferguson I couldn't help but see a strange irony. The very ones responsible for the build up of military weapons in local police departments are blaming us now that the public is upset about it.

http://planet.infowars.com/politics/spin-doctors-blame-partr...

6 votes

Richard Attenborough dies at age 90

http://youtu.be/9jBO348MgQc

http://youtu.be/9jBO348MgQc

LONDON – Acclaimed actor and Oscar-winning director Richard Attenborough, whose film career on both sides of the camera spanned 60 years, has died. He was 90.

The actor's son, Michael Attenborough told the BBC that his father died Sunday. He had been in poor health for some time.

Prime Minister David Cameron issued a statement calling Attenborough "one of the greats of cinema."

"His acting in `Brighton Rock' was brilliant, his directing of `Gandhi' was stunning," Cameron said.

10 votes

The Collateral Children

THE COLLATERAL CHILDREN by Gideon Levy

"After the first child, nobody batted an eye; after the 50th not even a slight tremor was felt in a plane’s wing; after the 100th, they stopped counting; after the 200th, they blamed Hamas. After the 300th child they blamed the parents. After the 400th child, they invented excuses; after (the first) 478 children nobody cares.

Then came our first child and Israel went into shock. And indeed, the heart weeps at the picture of 4-year-old Daniel Tragerman, killed Friday evening in his home in Sha’ar Hanegev. A beautiful child, who once had his picture taken in an Argentinean soccer team shirt, blue and white, number 10. And whose heart would not be broken at the sight of this photo, and who would not weep at how he was criminally killed. “Hey Leo Messi, look at that boy,” a Facebook post read, “you were his hero.”

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