Saturday Links/Open Thread

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010
  • Roundup of all the new laws that will take effect in California this year. Remember when people once described Schwarzenegger as libertarianish?
  • I want one.
  • Man commits robbery for jail time away from his in-laws.
  • Interesting: The Michaelangelo Effect and relationships.

  • “They killed my lawyer.”
  • The true odds of airborne terrorism.
  • The top blog posts and articles at Reason last year.
  • Ninth Circuit panel rules that Tasers can’t be used for mere noncompliance. This is a huge decision if it holds up.

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  • 25 Responses to “Saturday Links/Open Thread”

    1. #1 |  Chris C. | 

      The most useless machine ever is a remake of something I had about 40 or so years ago. It was a cheap plastic box, similar to the wooden one shown here. But when you flipped the switch, a slime-green hand very slowly came up out of the other side and pushed the switch off, quickly retreating thereafter. I liked that one better. (Is this a sign of old-fartism?)

    2. #2 |  PeeDub | 

      5 of the top 10! Kudos! People must really like being depressed!

    3. #3 |  Marty | 

      illinois enacted 270 new laws on the new year… it’s gonna be a good year for nannies and lots of articles for radley to write!

    4. #4 |  Mattocracy | 

      I have never experienced the Michaelangelo Effect before. I suppose that explains a lot though…

    5. #5 |  Stephen | 

      Note to self: stay out of Russia. It’s still a bad place.

      re: Michelangelo effect – My ex had it wrong, she tried to “sculpt” me into what SHE wanted me to be (didn’t match what I needed). I have developed a resistance to this sculpting crap now.

    6. #6 |  Dave Krueger | 

      Yeah, but anti-terrorism efforts employ a lot of people. You can’t say that about anti-lightning efforts.

    7. #7 |  Dave Krueger | 

      Law enforcement argument against the Ninth Circuit decision:

      “Ok, you assholes. Have it your way. We’ll stop using tasers and just go back to shooting and beating the crap out of people who argue with us.”

      Cops will use whatever tools are available to them (interpersonal skills are not among those).

    8. #8 |  perlhaqr | 

      $50,000 fine for taking pictures of celebrities, $20,000 fine for human trafficking. You do the math.

      Well done, California.

    9. #9 |  Ahcuah | 

      I’ve often thought there out to be a quota on the size of a state’s entire statutory code. Something on the order of 10-20 million characters. This would include not only the laws, but any rule or regulation created by any state agency (often published in something called an Administrative Code).

      Those laws and rules would only get to be so large, and then, before anything new was added, they’d have to get rid of something else. The legislature would also be responsible for figuring out each agency’s “budget”, that is, how many characters that agency could use for its rules.

      If this were in effect, maybe they’d keep only what was really important.

    10. #10 |  MDGuy | 

      Since it’s an open thread…

      “Our species is the only creative species, and it has only one creative instrument, the individual mind and spirit of a man. Nothing was ever created by two men. There are no good collaborations, whether in music, in art, in poetry, in mathematics, in philosophy. Once the miracle of creation has taken place, the group can build and extend it, but the group never invents anything. The preciousness lies in the lonely mind of a man.
      And now the forces marshaled around the concept of the group have decalared a war of extermination on that preciousness, the mind of man. By disparagement, by starvation, by repressions, forced direction, and the stunning hammerblows of conditioning, the free roving mind is being pursued, roped, blunted, drugged. It is a sad suicidal course our species seems to have taken.
      And this I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected. And this I must fight against: any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual. This is what I am and what I am about. I can understand why a system built on a pattern must try to destroy the free mind, for that is one thing which can by inspection destroy such a system. Surely I can understand this, and I hate it and I will fight against it to preserve the one thing that separates us from the uncreative beasts. If the glory can be killed, we are lost”

      — John Steinbeck, East of Eden

    11. #11 |  BCeezee | 

      Regarding the top articles at Reason, I think everyone should spend the time (it’s a fairly long article) to read “The Next Catastrophe”. Well worth the time and it shines a revealing light on how public sector and union pension funds have used social and political ideals to guide their investing strategies. These strategies, which make investment returns a subsidiary goal to leftist social goals, have crippled these pension funds. But wait, here comes the fun part: we, the tax payers, are now on the hook to pick up the slack and are now forced to subsidize these leftist policy goals.

      Another fun, and wholly egotistical, reason to read it: we can say “I told you so” when all of these retirement funds implode. I just hope they don’t kill the proverbial [libertarian] messenger – there’s not that many of us left!

    12. #12 |  PW | 

      Good news – one of those department “internal investigations” finally resulted in an officer being fired! The reason: he was a member of the Klan.

      The Ku Klux Kop’s termination may be appealed though, so it’s probably a matter of weeks before the union thugs step in and get it reduced to “paid administrative leave”

    13. #13 |  bear state | 

      The governator vetoed a LOT of bills this year, and the flood is not really his fault. The California legislature has been passing more than 1,000 bills a year for many, many years, now.

    14. #14 |  bear state | 

      Here’s a list of bills passed, with the governor’s action on each:

    15. #15 |  JS | 

      Ahcuah #9 Wow! That was one of the most brilliant ideas I’ve ever heard! Seriously, it’s just gonna grow bigger and bigger unless they do that. That idea might do more for freedom than anything since the American revolution.

    16. #16 |  PW | 

      Forget underwear bombs. If the jihadi wackos really want to blow up a plane all they need to do is put a sticker on their luggage identifying themselves as members/donors to one of those stupid police fraternity “charities” and let law enforcement’s longstanding tradition of “professional courtesy” run its course:

    17. #17 |  Terrorism Is Rare | | 

      […] Radley Balko points to an article that shows exactly how rare terrorism is. […]

    18. #18 |  Terrorism Is Rare « Inertia Wins! | 

      […] Radley Balko points to an article that shows exactly how rare terrorism is. […]

    19. #19 |  TC | 

      Cops seize cameras, beat and arrest the holder. Cuz dy tink dy be cleb’s now!

      The odds of being used and killed in a flying act of terrorism may indeed be small, but iffin yer ass is on board at the time? …..

      Fark it, don’t fly anywhere, anytime until the airlines figure out how to make you safe without raping you with probes and or fingers before each flight!

      Suggestion; they can get together and create “Ala Akbar Airlines” and let them all fly together, use old end of life planes so nobody will be out much WHEN they go missing. Crew quarters will have ability to separate from aircraft for escape.

    20. #20 |  pierre | 

      Wow, that story from russia is fucking horrific. From everything I have read about the new russia there is no accountability for anybody.

      I thought the US was bad…

    21. #21 |  Michael | 


      The last time I got stopped, that damned sticker did not prevent me from getting a speeding ticket, in an area that was well known to be a speed trap! Maybe I did not donate enough!?

    22. #22 |  Boyd Durkin | 

      The fact that cops (and badge licking ass hats everywhere) need a ruling to tell them you can’t Tazer a peaceful protester says everything you need to know.

    23. #23 |  j a higginbotham | 

      I’d like to see a list of all the special deals he has gotten.

      Liquor ads: Waives rules prohibiting indoor alcohol advertisements in one club that sells the featured products: Club Nokia, a downtown Los Angeles venue owned by billionaire Philip Anschutz.

    24. #24 |  Sithmonkey | 

      I didn’t watch it when it was on, as I didn’t have HBO, but I’ve started watching The Wire…i’m into the 3rd season now…you folks weren’t kidding. This show kicks serious ass…

    25. #25 |  Stephen | 

      #9 | Ahcuah | January 2nd, 2010 at 11:36 am

      “I’ve often thought there out to be a quota on the size of a state’s entire statutory code. ”

      I like that idea.

      I would also suggest a “none of the above” box on the ballots at election time. If that box wins, throw out those candidates and do it over.