From Hacker News – it’s interesting throughout – particularly interesting is how everything is clustered.
Al Gore’s son was arrested early Wednesday on suspicion of possessing marijuana and prescription drugs after deputies pulled him over for speeding, authorities say.
Al Gore III, 24, was driving a blue Toyota Prius about 100 mph on the San Diego Freeway when he was pulled over about 2:15 a.m., Sheriff’s Department spokesman Jim Amormino said.
This isn’t too surprising, he’s been arrested for marijuana before IIRC, but he was dumb (and probably arrogant enough) enough to be going 100 miles an hour while while carrying an illegal drug and four(!) prescription drugs not prescribed to him. In a Prius, which makes it all much funnier.
Today’s newspaper brought mixed results. The Atlanta Police Department does seem to be cleaning itself up, indeed, much more than I expected. However, I haven’t read anything about any sort of judicial accountability; they’re the ones who approve the warrants, seemingly without even looking at them.
Meanwhile, people like this guy send exactly the wrong message with his “How not to get busted” DVD series. The point of drug legalization is not to evade the law or get high, it’s to live in a free society where people can make their own mistakes and take responsibility for them. Instead we revive the notion of demonic possession in the form of “addiction” which is a “disease”, which is at the same time pitiful and criminal and a reason to treat us all like children in the hands of an all-knowing state.
The end result of protecting people from the consequences of their actions is to fill the world with fools, and that seems to be what we’ve done.
Atlanta police have virtually stopped seeking search warrants for drugs following the November shooting of an elderly woman and dropped — at least temporarily — the forced-entry tactics that led to her death, court records show.
In the six months since Kathryn Johnston died in a botched police raid, Atlanta narcotics officers have not sought a single “no-knock” search warrant, court records show. They served at least 25 no-knock warrants during a comparable six-month period a year earlier.
Reason has prevailed, at least temporarily.
- The US government converts the leader of a one million member Afghan tribe from an ally to an enemy in Afghanistan. Why aren’t we just buying the opium and then burning it or selling it for legitimate purposes (there are some)? It would be much cheaper than the current fight, and also make the Afghan farmers in the most hostile areas utterly dependent on the US. Where is Nixon when you need him?
- The Snake Eater – an army of Davids helps out in the Iraq war. From concept to completion in only 30, very cool.
- Japanese Snowplow Robot!
Curiously, the name of the APD spokesman is James Polite, which is just kind of eerie. If that’s your name, are you destined for some kind of PR occupation?
This is easily the most poorly written article I’ve seen in a long time. Granted, its all filler, and contains no new data. And being, the AJC, it mentions diversity (for no obvious reason) at least twice. The bolding defies explanation as well. Some strange passages:
It’s no secret in the world of big-time drug trafficking, federal agents say: If you want to be a major player in interstate drug peddling you have to have an operation in metro Atlanta.
Recent multimillion-dollar drug busts suggest that Gwinnett County has become that place in metro Atlanta for these drug cartels.
In 2005, Gwinnett’s local task force seized a total of $34 million in illegal drugs. Those figures dwarf the amount of drugs seized in surrounding counties. A Cobb County drug task force, for example, seized $9 million in illegal drugs last year.
The words flow like a piano through a blender.
- Batwings! No, really, those look very cool.
- The physics and biology of Superman’s possible reproduction
- Possible cheap hyrodgen to fuel cars.
- Why women have fat thighs.
- Amazing RC Plane Demo
- Get rid of the Thumbs.db file that Windows creates in every folder.
- Julian Sanchez and the conflicts that a pro-drug legalization citizen (like myself) faces when called for Jury Duty. I had a similar internal conversation with myself last year when I was called.
Quotes That Caught My Eye
- The poor on the borderline of starvation live purposeful lives. To be engaged in a desperate struggle for food and shelter is to be wholly free from a sense of futility.
- We lie the loudest when we lie to ourselves.
- It is thus with most of us; we are what other people say we are. We know ourselves chiefly by hearsay.
- Acquaintance, n.: A person whom we know well enough to borrow from, but not well enough to lend to.
- There is nothing new under the sun but there are lots of old things we don’t know.
- To be positive: To be mistaken at the top of one’s voice.
- An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup.
- Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard.
- Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable.
- Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.
- I believe that all government is evil, and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time.
- It is even harder for the average ape to believe that he has descended from man.
- Say what you will about the Ten Commandments, you must always come back to the pleasant fact that there are only ten of them.
- The capacity of human beings to bore one another seems to be vastly greater than that of any other animal.