Three examples of government ceding the monopoly on force to private institutions: Military subcontractors & privatized government security forces; university campus police (who in many states now have police powers off-campus as well); the BP-run "security" along the Gulf Coast during the oil spill.
Anyone got other examples? Esp for other countries?
we the people is a scam,,, I put up a petition supporting Medicare for All and it was ignored in a variety of searches. Nothing in support of Medicare for All or other progressive positions gets any attention, but instead they are buried
Anyone want to go to Thailand for a month or three to serve as interim director of mass mobilization for Greenpeace Southeast Asia while they search for a permanent candidate? Lemme know and I'll put you in touch.
My mom and I are sitting in outside the White House this Wednesday to protest the tar sands pipeline. Join us! You need to come to training tomorrow night, and then be prepared to be arrested and pay the equivalent of a traffic ticket on Wednesday. http://www.tarsandsaction.org/sign-up/
Absolutely must-read article on "decision fatigue" and "ego depletion" -- does everything from helping explain cycles of poverty to providing diet tips.
Most useful tip for me: I very often find myself obsessing over trivial decisions at the end of a taxing day. This explains why! Now that I know what's going on, I should be able to account for it better -- and grab a handful of raisins or something to help move things along.
Pretty sure they're the same, which is what makes the xkcd post so interesting (from an epistimelogical[?] point of view)...I think we've looked at the same information and come to opposing conclusions.