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Kensington badlands

All this is within only a few minutes’ drive of my house, but it’s like another planet. Kensington is one of the major drop points for the East coast heroin trade. We need to stop spending all this money on the charade of the drug war, and put it into the living, breathing human beings who need help:

Marx was right

Because he’s wrong. Excellent piece, go read it all.

Medicare for all

What Robert Reich says Obama should propose if the SCOTUS knocks down the individual mandate.

He won’t, of course. But it would make sense.

Good for her

Not too many people who put principle before profit!

Afghanistan

We’re never leaving. Never, ever.

Same for Iraq.

Favorite waste of time

Will Hoge:

Information in e-mails often ends up in databases that can be used against us by government agents. However, as Matt Taibbi points out, agents can just as easily destroy a database that might contain evidence of crimes in high places.

West Memphis 3

It was ever thus that the prosecutors refuse to acknowledge that the entire system is corrupt, and that these cases are not unusual.

Accessible

Not without a campaign contribution, you don’t, missy!

Staffers for Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) called police on Thursday evening to disperse unemployed protesters staging a sit-in at his Kenosha, Wis., office, according to the protesters and police.

Two protesters told HuffPost they’re unhappy with Ryan’s proposals to gut social programs and also his new policy of not holding free public meetings with constituents during the congressional recess.

During the summer of 2009, Ryan hosted some 17 town halls. Admission to Ryan’s one town-hall style event in his district this summer will cost $15, according to the Whitnall Park Rotary Club, which is hosting the Milwaukee-area event on Sept. 6.

“People don’t realize that they have every right to stand up and talk to their congressman,” Shanon Molina, 31, told HuffPost on Friday.

Surveillance state

Oh, this shit really makes my head hurt. Glenzilla points out the amazing info grab in the bill supposedly targeted to stop child pornography:

Economic suffering and anxiety — and anger over it and the flamboyant prosperity of the elites who caused it — is only going to worsen. So, too, will the refusal of the Western citizenry to meekly accept their predicament. As that happens, who it is who controls the Internet and the flow of information and communications takes on greater importance. Those who are devoted to preserving the current system of prerogatives certainly know that, and that is what explains this obsession with expanding the Surveillance State and secrecy powers, maintaining control over the dissemination of information, and harshly punishing those who threaten it. That’s also why there are few conflicts, if there are any, of greater import than this one.

I agree. And it’s astounding to me that more people don’t see it.

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