- A New Old Problem with No Name. cherylcline, der Blaustrumpf (2009-10-30).
I read Mary Pipher's Reviving Ophelia when it was published 15 years ago, in 1994. I reread some of it on Saturday night. It was part of my futile never-ending quest to understand why and how some men exploit women and children and generally get to go on with their…(Linked Friday 2009-10-30.)
- Police Officer Suspended Without Pay. Radley Balko, The Agitator (2009-10-29).
If you follow with any regularity the police misconduct stories I post on this site, you're no doubt familiar with the phrase "paid administrative leave." No matter how serious the alleged misconduct, cops nearly always get paid while they're being investigated, a period that typically takes months. But last week…(Linked Saturday 2009-10-31.)
- Not your grandfather's Bill of Rights. Or anyone's for that matter. Campaign For Liberty Blog (2009-10-31). The thing is, that this rendition of the Bill of Rights. especially 1, 2, and 4 — “usually need permission!” — is more or less an exact rendition of the Bill of Rights as seen through the prism of legal interpretation by the best-protected precedents and the highest courts in the land. And that’s exactly why it’s a huge goddamned waste of time and energy to around pretending like appealing to the Bill of Rights is going to do a damned thing for vindicating your rights in most real-life, practical situations. (Linked Saturday 2009-10-31.)
- Armed to the Teeth: The Fight Over Rural Dental Care. Boing Boing (2009-10-31). Want to make sure poor people have better access to good dental care? Then stop calling in the government to shut down competition and ratchet up prices. (Linked Saturday 2009-10-31.)
- Let’s reform it out of existence. Kevin Carson, United States Pirate Party (2009-10-05).
Patents, historically, have played a central role in industrial cartelization. The exchange and pooling of patents (for example GE and Westinghouse at the turn of the 20th century) has been used to create stable oligopoly structures. Today it's hard to overestimate the importance of patents as a structural support…(Linked Saturday 2009-10-31.)