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  1. Desertrat
    Desertrat June 24, 2017 10:49 am

    Re beneath the fold: How long ago was it first said, “Two wrongs don’t make a right?”

    Amelia Earhart: Red River Dave, from long ago;

  2. bud
    bud June 24, 2017 11:46 am

    No matter if the philosophical basis is correct, regardless of whether the analogy applies, we’ve been “refolding” for more than 50 years and two generations. It hasn’t worked and isn’t working.
    Stop it.

  3. Joel
    Joel June 24, 2017 11:51 am

    I believe it’s clear by now that Amelia Earhart doesn’t want to be found. They should just leave the poor woman alone. What, does she owe somebody money?

  4. fitz
    fitz June 24, 2017 12:31 pm

    Re: beneath the fold. Interesting article, but the comments are vile.

  5. larryarnold
    larryarnold June 24, 2017 10:56 pm

    I remind you thatĀ MedicareĀ is required to set pay ratesĀ by law at a level that in fact areĀ profitableĀ — that is,Ā above cost by a modest amount —Ā for everything it covers.

    If only “required by law” meant that Medicare reimbursements actually were set to provide a “modest” profit.

    Creasing a piece of paper one way, then creasing it the other, doesn’t make it flat. It makes it easy to tear into two pieces.

    I’d be interested in seeing how a garden that size could feed someone, and how you could keep crops long enough to harvest without storms wiping them out. Speaking of storms, how is that “elastic anchor system” going to tame storm surges when the house is in deep water?

    The asset forfeiture story is paywalled.

  6. Brad R
    Brad R June 25, 2017 6:23 am

    No worries, Claire, those of us living North of The Border thought that duffelblog item was funny, too. šŸ™‚

  7. wendy mcelroy
    wendy mcelroy June 25, 2017 7:12 am

    Sorry, Claire, but (as a Canadian) I thought the funniest thing about the Canuck sniper piece you posted was *your* apology to Canadians who might be offended. I hereby declare you to be an honorary snowback!

  8. Laird
    Laird June 25, 2017 8:34 am

    I had no problem opening the Civil Asset Forfeiture article (no paywall that I could see). And it’s a good article, worth reading. Like so many laws which may once have had an (arguably) valid premise, CAF has metastasized into an obscene “policing for profit” scam which needs to be reined in. Not only can property be “lawfully” (sic) seized without any criminal charges even being filed, let alone a conviction obtained, in one recent case the US Supreme Court had to order the State of Colorado to return money to defendants who had actually been acquitted of the charges! (Nelson v. Colorado, No. 15-1256, April 9, 2017).

    Over 20 states have already enacted reforms, in varying degrees, and I’m working with some of my state legislators to enact reforms in my state, but the federal government itself is one of the worst offenders. The FBI uses local law enforcement agencies to bolster its forces, and has an “equitable sharing” program which gives 80% of the loot to that agency. I hope that the Supreme Court finds a case soon to end this abusive practice, but failing that we all need to work on doing so at the state level.

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