i very much like the current phrase "sovereign debt," which. Captain Capitulation, eye of the storm (2010-05-21).
i very much like the current phrase "sovereign debt," which appears simply to mean government debt. but it's hard not to hear it as "the debt which exercises complete, legitimate power over each of us." and hard in turn not to see this as a kind of summary of human...(Linked Friday 2010-05-28.)
Should Whites-Only Lunch Counters Be Allowed? Sheldon Richman, Free Association (2010-05-28).
Okay, let's get right down to it. Our side is asked, incredulously, "Do you mean that someone should be allowed to have a whites-only lunch counter?"The standard libertarian answer is, "Yes, although I don't approve of the racist policy."I say, "No. He shouldn't be allowed."What?! Heresy!Chill out.He shouldn't be allowed,...(Linked Friday 2010-05-28.)
Update on Julian Heicklen’s 2010-05-25 arrest. bile, blog of bile (2010-05-27).
http://a072-web.nyc.gov/inmatelookup/inmateDetailAction.do?bookcasenumber=7001000078 Julian_Heicklen_inmate_details_-_2010-05-27-1232.pdf Inmate Details: Julian Heicklen NYSID: 02569223L Age: 78 Sex: Male Race: White Height: 5 ft 10 inches Weight: 195 lbs Hair Color: White Eye Color: Brown Nativity: Unknown Booking Information: Book & Case Number: 7001000078 Facility: Anna M. Kross Center Arrest Date: 2010-05-25 Arrest Number: WARRANT Next Court...(Linked Friday 2010-05-28.)
State Backs Off. Roderick, Austro-Athenian Empire (2010-05-29).
Good news – as far as it goes – for civil liberties in Malawi, as their president has (reluctantly) pardoned a same-sex couple, Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, who’d been sentenced to 14 years of prison for their role in the country’s “first recorded public activity for homosexuals.” The pressure...(Linked Saturday 2010-05-29.)
Sustainable Food and Privilege: Why is Green Always White (and Male and Upper-Class) Guest Contributor, Racialicious - the intersection of race and pop culture (2010-05-20).
by Guest Contributor Janani Balasubramanian When asked to name the heroes of food reform and sustainable agriculture, who comes to mind? Michael Pollan, Joel Salatin, Eric Schlosser, Peter Singer, Alice Waters maybe? Notice any patterns? The food reform movement is predicated on rather shaky foundations with regards to how it...(Linked Saturday 2010-05-29.)
Getting it Backward. Kevin Carson, Center for a Stateless Society (2010-05-27).
You can learn a lot about people’s unstated assumptions just by looking at the way they frame their questions. Take the debate over genetically modified foods, for example. It’s generally presented as a controversy over whether the government should “allow” GM foods to be sold without proper labeling. But that’s...(Linked Saturday 2010-05-29.)
Rand Paul and Positive Law in a Stateless Society. Brad Spangler, BradSpangler.com (2010-05-20).
I’ve previously mentioned one of the biggest drawbacks of a reformist approach to implementing libertarian ethics is that politics makes you stupid — because by looking at things in terms of government policy, you tend to lose the ability to explain and advocate something very important. Now Rand Paul is...(Linked Saturday 2010-05-29.)
Government cops are here to protect you by hanging up on your 911 call without finding out what your emergency is, and then refusing to send an ambulance, because, in your panic over the fact that your father was on the ground shaking from a seizure, you happened to offend their delicate sensibilities with your vulgar tongue:
Adrianne Ledesma [while 911 is recording but handset is still ringing]: What the fuck?
Sergeant Robert McFarlan: 911.
Adrianne: I need an ambulance at [REDACTED]
Sergeant Robert McFarlan: Well, OK, first of all, you don’t need to swear over 911—
Sergeant Robert McFarlan: —and slow down.
Adrianne: Send me a fucking ambulance!
At this point, Sergeant Robert McFarlan hung up the phone.
Adrianne dialed 911 again.
Sergeant Robert McFarlan: 911.
Adrianne: Um, are you going to give me an ambulance?
Sergeant Robert McFarlan: Are you going to swear again, you stupid ass [sic]?
Adrianne: Are we going to have a fucking problem?
Sergeant Robert McFarlan: No, you’re not going to get one!
Adrianne: Are we going to have a fucking problem? Do you want to fucking lose your job?
At this point, Sergeant Robert McFarlan hung up on her again.
After she called back a third time, and he hung up on her a third time, McFarlan sent a squad car, not an ambulance, down to the address she’d given him. After all, there was a
filthy-mouthed girl on the loose. But Ledesma had already left the house go over to the police station in person in a desperate attempt to get some help, and to tell them what was going on. When she arrived at the police station, the cops proceeded to handcuff and arrest her for
Disorderly Conduct and for
Abusing 911. As it turns out, there is no such crime as
Abusing 911 in Lincoln Park, but, hey, never mind.
The boss cop admits that McFarlan was completely in the wrong. The response to his behavior—which subjected an innocent young woman to a completely baseless arrest, and endangered a man’s life by denying him medical care in an emergency, and all for absolutely no reason other than to indulge this punk cop’s take-charge attitude, his finely-tuned sense of propriety, and his truly awesome sense of entitlement—the response, I say, was to give Sergeant Robert McFarlan a two-week vacation and call it
Teen crime down, but more girls are going to jail [Salon], often for no clear reason other than overt gender bias. As it turns out, young women are much more likely to be arrested than young men if they are committing public disturbance or other behavior that cops can attribute to
boys being boys. The message: Shut up, girls, and be good! Go on out there and have some fun, boys.