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Category: Official thuggery, bad prosecutions, and bad law

Midweek links

  • This grieving widow did many things wrong before she ventured into the woods to scatter her husband’s ashes. Then she did many things right while being lost for five days.
  • Life after the cash in your country becomes worthless. This is Cracked’s irreverent take on Modi’s bizarre decision in India. Be sure to read to the end, which contains a fascinating update on the longer-term consequences.
  • Another big Alan Gura win in a DC carry-permit case yesterday. … 13 Comments
  • It’s not about black or white. It’s about justice.

    This is Valerie Castile, mother of cop-murdered Philando Castile, embracing Don Damond, fiancĂ© of cop-murdered Justine Damond. They were together at a march through the streets of Minneapolis that was joined by people of multiple races. Residents along the route came out of their homes to show support. As long as gangs of cops are roaming the streets with license to kill, this is how it ought to be. Castile’s black son was slaughtered (for the crime of being a lawful gun owner) by a pale-complected gunman, Jeronimo Yanez. Damond’s white fiancĂ©e was blown off the face of the earth…

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    Two bad things (and one small, bitter laugh)

    You may have heard that this week Jeff Sessions’ Justice (sic) Department rolled back the Obama-era directive that had curbed one of the worst aspects of asset forfeiture. The federal government will once again be “adopting” forfeitures made by thieving police departments in states that have attempted to curb forfeiture abuse. Cops who want more toys and higher salaries can again thumb their noses at state laws — and of course at the very concept of due process. Says C.J. Claramella at Reason: The Justice Department, rolling back an Obama-era directive, will seize more cash and property from suspected criminals,…

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    Tuesday links

  • Uber and Lyft are not just disrupting longstanding “taxi control” in New York City. They’re disrupting lenders who have profited from the insane medallion fees.
  • Ha ha ha. You know all those well-heeled people who are always spouting about how everybody should pay higher taxes? Well guess what happens when they’re invited to volunteer more of their own dough?
  • This planet’s a crazy place. When it’s time to leave, is it feasible to terraform Mars?… 14 Comments
  • Thursday links

  • Four links on the mess in academia. Enrollment plummets at Mizzou in wake of the infamous Melissa Click thug demonstrations. In Chicago, a prof at the Art Institute is hounded into quitting (H/T jc2k). A snooty Seattlite finds it ridiculous that “the right” is concluding that college is no longer a good thing. But college bashing might be a winning strategy for a populist candidate.
  • Scott Greenfield gives it to clueless elitist David Brooks (and whiners everywhere) with “How lunch meat ruined America.”
  • Russell Redenbaugh: A life lived against the odds. (Here’s an Amazon link to his awesome story and views.)… 15 Comments
  • Monday links

    The U.S. is not “one nation” — and it never was. Among the other “benefits” of artificial intelligence, it’ll make it easy to forge nearly everything. Yet another cowardly, too-quick-on-the-trigger cop shoots dogs in their owner’s fenced backward. On video. Both dogs survived the vicious attack, though one is still touch-and-go. A GoFundMe appeal for their vet care was fully funded in less than a day. But on the good side of cops … The sad story of the man who invented the equal sign and brought math to the masses. Oh darn. I missed Nicola Tesla’s birthday. Again. You…

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    Happy Independence Day

    Enjoy the fireworks, to whatever extent your local government allows. Raise a glass to the spirit of freedom, as long as you don’t get on the wrong side of the law for public intoxication. Celebrate the freest country in the world, while being careful not to say anything that might attract the attention of the NSA, FBI, IRS, CIA, or other surveillance agency whose existence is currently being kept secret. Create some joyful booms and bangs of your own, subject of course to those 20,000+ federal, state, and local laws (which surely you’ve memorized), and the completely scrupulously fair and…

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