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Homeless and hungry, Fate Vincent Winslow wanted something to eat, so he agreed to sell pot to a stranger—an undercover cop.
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A "thug" (1810) is someone who is violent with little regard for the law. Like "savage" and "terrorist", it has become highly racialized, especially since 2009. Think like a White racist: savages =...
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Happy (meaningless) New Year!
This comic is a bit of a mash up of a lot of Kierkegaard's thought. You can read more about Kierkegaard on despair and anxiety (which he called the dizziness of freedom). Briefly, he thought people who tried to ignore or distract themselves from the human condition of having a finite life and ...
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Disclaimer: I do not have a law degree, so this post is more in the way of field notes. It mainly concerns grand juries in the US. Keep in mind that each state has its own rules. Corrections are we...
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"It is the grand jury’s function not ‘to enquire … upon what foundation [the charge may be] denied,’ or otherwise to try the suspect’s defenses, but only to examine ‘upon what foundation [the charge] is made’ by the prosecutor. Respublica v. Shaffer, 1 Dall. 236 (O. T. Phila. 1788); see also F. Wharton, Criminal Pleading and Practice § 360, pp. 248-249 (8th ed. 1880). As a consequence, neither in this country nor in England has the suspect under investigation by the grand jury ever been thought to have a right to testify or to have exculpatory evidence presented."

http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/11/26/3597322/justice-scalia-explains-what-was-wrong-with-the-ferguson-grand-jury/
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Amen to that.
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"I could be sued into bankruptcy," she says. "I could lose my license to practice law. I could lose everything. But if we don't start speaking up, then this really is all we're going to get: the biggest financial cover-up in history." 
Meet Alayne Fleischmann, the woman JPMorgan Chase paid one of the largest fines in American history to keep from talking.
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Discouraging, isn't it? But not surprising.
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This brought a smile to my face

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Who's going to police the police? People with cell phones.
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Unhappy with the economic recovery in the United States? Could be worse. Specifically, we could be literally any other country in the world that also just went through a major financial crisis.”
Through a mix of policies, the post-crisis U.S. economy has fared better than most others.
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This is interesting:

"... what is most perplexing to me is this apparent enjoyment of outrage, of willingly putting oneself in a perpetual state of indignation."

" We enjoy feeling outrage because it increases our sense of camaraderie with like-minded fellow believers."

http://www.alternet.org/tea-party-and-right/your-brain-outrage-how-political-rhetoric-making-us-crazy?paging=off&current_page=1#bookmark

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Perhaps explains the continued existence of Chicago Cubs fans? What will happen if the team ever gets its act together and wins a World Series? Will they burn Wrigley Field to the ground in a fit of indignation deprivation?
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The Destruction of Language
Introduction
In the midst of space
and banners is a littered waste
that yields more pointing
than parsing–so much has passed
that an account of intervals
(a promise, a perspectiveless
taste) measures meaning (a sacred,
a whole sacred as less whole) and so,
in the midst of lunch and logistics
and yesterday's paper, and more news
buried, and a belatedly unfurnished
reaction to the blemished
brains of big science
on the back page, there is no
account of the dim wondering
what our position is now.

"Then the sight of you
this morning, in the light, sometimes
the interval ..." 
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