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Why Do Local Community Police Need Military Weapons?


Neighborhood Policing: The view from inside a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MWRAP) vehicle I have watched new policing methods since Mayberry RFD, to the adoption of bullet-proof vests to SWAT teams. The adoption of these new methods were reasonable. What is … Continue reading

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Cruel and Unusual Punishment


Return to the Snake Pit Long have we condemned the mentally ill in our society to counter-therapeutic residence in prisons.  Those unable to cope with living in society are subjected to dehumanizing captivity in prisons designed to punish the defenseless … Continue reading

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The Abandonment of the Mentally Ill


We see them all over, sleeping on benches, hiding in the reeds of river flood plains, mumbling quietly and sometimes not so quietly.  They load their life’s possessions into shopping carts and, despite their number, they are invisible. The worst … Continue reading

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Gato Vadio: Films About Mental Illness


A cycle of films about mental illness to be shown at: Todas as quintas de setembro, Noé Alves apresenta… Ciclo de Filmes sobre Distúrbios Mentais: Porque Gato Vadio como um foro com um grau de fama tem um público cada … Continue reading

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Origins of the Second Amendent: Runaway Slave Patrols


It doesn’t take much of a stretch of the imagination to see that an enslaved population of blacks weren’t all singing spirituals while they worked like Hispanic stoop laborers who are a common sight seen everywhere there is agriculture.  Field … Continue reading

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Mental Illness: Who Do You Believe?


There is a crisis of faith in the mental health community.  The American Psychiatric Association (APA) publishes the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental  Disorders” (DSM) which is a book of rules for diagnosing whether someone is schizophrenic, depressed, or … Continue reading

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Private Prisons Profit From Economies of Scale and Relieve the State of Problems


Depriving someone of their civil rights is a serious thing.  Whether it is a capital crime or a year in prison it is a conscious act of the state and should remain a state responsibility.  We would not likely outsource … Continue reading

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Privacy In the Age of Data Mining


From the book: “1984” by George Orwell (June, 1949).  A book of science fantasy whose time has come only 60 years after publication.  We thought, long ago, that the world of Winston Smith was a vision of a world that … Continue reading

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When Big Brother Knows Everything


One of the more interesting science-fiction books I read as a youth.  At least I thought it was science fiction.  These days it is more descriptive of the world we live in.  Even the privacy of my thoughts is threatened … Continue reading

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Abracadabra: CISPA!


There is a steady pressure, piston-like, that is slowly eroding privacy, simply because those exerting it think that they can.  The risks, according to one person are:  “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, … Continue reading

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