Sunday Links

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011
  • The Bright Young People. A Tumblr blog of young, socialite, 1920s London.
  • Banking customers angry over entirely predictable consequence of federal “consumer protection” legislation.
  • Mark Draughn lays out the basics of that University of Wisconsin poster controversy. When a university statement begins with some language about the school’s commitment to free expression and the the First Amendment, you can bet what follows is inconsistent with free expression and the First Amendment. And when the statement ends with an assertion that the actions the statement is addressing aren’t censorship, it’s also a pretty safe bet that they are.
  • When sending your kid to a better school is a crime.
  • America’s most beautiful college campuses. Makes me miss Bloomington.
  • Amazing photo of Yemenis praying in a billboard.
  • Bear wanders into backyard where children are playing. Father kills bear. Father charged with felony.

MORE: The bear story is a bit dated. Via the comments, it looks like the bear shooter was fined $1,000. Also, the father was initially charged with a misdemeanor, not a felony, though it was punishable by up to a year in jail and a $50,000 fine.

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28 Responses to “Sunday Links”

  1. #1 |  SpokaneSteve | 

    The grizzly bear story is old news. the case against him was either dropped or dismissed a couple weeks ago.

  2. #2 |  Chuchundra | 

    Dodd-Frank is doing exactly what it’s supposed to do, make the cost of banking more transparent instead of hiding it in interchange fees paid by retailers, the cost of which is eventually passed back to the consumer.

    TANSTAAFL and this goes double for “free” checking and “free” debit cards. Now consumers can see the actual cost of doing business with different banks and make decisions based on those costs.

  3. #3 |  DoubleU | 

    ‘Banking customers angry over entirely predictable consequence of federal “consumer protection” legislation.

    But the “protesters” will claim government is on their side and corporations are the evil.

  4. #4 |  Shannon's Mouse | 

    The checking/debit fees and the ensuing backlash are EXCELLENT news and give me hope that Dodd Frank might accomplish something useful. Checking services cost money and I much prefer to have that cost obvious to the consumer instead of being hidden in the swipe fees banks charge to retailers. If the fees anger customers to the point where they leave behemoth banks like BofA in favor of other banks that want to compete on price, all the better.

  5. #5 |  Leon Wolfeson | 

    And if even 1% of customers go back to withdrawing cash at the bank as a result, they’ll massively increase their own bills. The actual cost is still a tiny fraction of the charge.

  6. #6 |  jb | 

    Re banks:

    As people have said. The government is at worst neutral in this matter, at best it’s forcing more information into the light which will lead to a better, freer market. Let consumers make an informed choice, and yes, let them get angry at the big banks, which are at fault for a large portion of the mess we’re in.

  7. #7 |  Windy | 

    So, as far as the government is concerned one grizzly bear is more important than 6 children. Nice to know where we humans stand in the eyes of government.

  8. #8 |  Chuchundra |

    On Wednesday, Idaho U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson announced a deal had been struck with Hill, who agreed to pay a $1,000 fine for violating a rule against the killing nuisance bears by anyone but government agents. In return, the criminal charge was dismissed.

    Although hunting of grizzlies is generally prohibited under the Endangered Species Act, the law allows the animals to be killed if they are a threat to human life.

    Federal prosecutors said in a statement that wildlife investigators were unable to pinpoint where the Hill children were when three grizzlies appeared about 40 yards from the family home. When the bears neared a pig pen, Hill fired the first of three rounds at the closest of the bruins, according to statements by the government and by Hill.

  9. #9 |  Will Grigg | 

    The grizzly bear incident involving Jeremy Hill took place not that far from Ruby Ridge, where FBI sniper Lon Horiuchi shot and killed Vicki Weaver while she was holding her infant daughter. Horiuchi admitted this in open court. A federal court held that Horiuchi couldn’t be prosecuted owing to the perfectly spurious doctrine of “supremacy clause immunity.”

    So in Boundary County, Idaho, if you kill a grizzly that threatens your children, you may be sent to prison. If you’re an FBI assassin, however, you can gun down a nursing mother without facing charges — and keep your pension intact.

  10. #10 |  Windy | 

    Oh, I didn’t see the first post, the case was dropped, probably because government didn’t want ALL the people to know how little we matter to those who rule us; apparently all we are good for is as a source of revenue.

    As for the stealing public education article, it is obviously time to end public schooling and the taxes that fund it. Let’s have a free market in education.

  11. #11 |  Mattocracy | 

    “When sending your kid to a better school is a crime”

    A solution to this might be to bill the parent for the cost for educating her children. The county would get compensated and the tax payer wouldn’t forced to pay for a trial. Heaven forbid we not be draconian assholes.

  12. #12 |  BamBam | 

    @2, but not before The State permanently destroyed part of the guy’s life. When you are charged with a crime, you are GUILTY according to The State, and you have the fun of trying to work within the rigged game of not being killed by The State’s Stormtroopers (cops) if you ignore an unjust charge.

    Dismissed charges? Yes, but a “deal” was made so The State can get a win. The guy’s life will never be the same and he won’t be made whole and those responsible for the travesty won’t be held accountable because they have Qualified/Absolute Immunity because they are employees of The State.

  13. #13 |  Chuchundra | 

    JP Morgan Chase makes a well-timed donation to the NYPD to thank them for pepper spraying Wall Street-occupying hippies in the face.

  14. #14 |  30 year lawyer | 

    “JP Morgan Chase makes a well-timed donation to the NYPD” to protect and serve FOR A FEE.

    How much justice can you afford? The NYPD should refuse the bribe. They could send it to the Chicago PD who will gratefully receive the cash.

  15. #15 |  yonemoto | 

    The Dodd-Frank thing is not entirely neutral, as it shifts the effort of charging fees from the retailer to the banks. (much like how “net neutrality” is really corporate welfare for content providers over content distributors).

  16. #16 |  yonemoto | 

    (not saying that I prefer my corporate welfare going to the banks, they already get enough)

  17. #17 |  Ken | 

    The swiping fees are entirely predictable, but on the other hand, we’ve been paying them all along in the form of higher prices. A more reasonable reform would be to simply let retailers charge separate prices directly to consumers, so those of us who pay in cash don’t subsidize the credit card users, which is how it works in reality. To simply suggest that things were fine before and are bad now is ridiculous. The cost burden has shifted, but it was always there.

  18. #18 |  Chris Berez | 

    America’s most beautiful college campuses. Makes me miss Bloomington.

    Marlboro College not on the list? Booo! We get no respect, I tells ya, no respect!

    It’s on a mountain surrounded by mountains. You haven’t seen fall in New England until you’ve seen it from there. And without any real lights, the nights get pitch black. There’s no better place to be for meteor showers, trust me.

    Fighting Dead Trees pride, y’all! Peace out!

    (oh god, I’m so alone)

  19. #19 |  Leon Wolfeson | 

    @10 – Sure, like health insurance, the poor will just have to go without.

    @15 – Oh, yes, because it’s in the interests of the end user to give powers of censorship to informational providers, over one of the major channels of information provision in today’s society, and the only one which has dissenting views on many matters.

    Not to mention the slight issue that content providers are already paying for their bandwidth and peering. Support for double-charging? How massively pro-large corporate welfare!

    @17 – Er. No. There are banking charges for cash as well. In many countries, those are now more expensive than processing debit cards… (credit cards, well, that varies…).

  20. #20 |  SpokaneSteve | 

    #12 – BamBam;
    I completely agree with you. I was only pointing out the story was out of date: Contrary to the story Radley linked to, there will be no trial on the 4th because a deal was made. It’s old news.

    Of course, that says nothing about the hassle this man went through at the hands of the Feds simply for protecting his family.

  21. #21 |  croaker | 

    I can’t fault the man for the decision he made, but I would have told the persecutor to take his deal, cover it in Tiger Balm, and shove it up his ass.

    The offer itself was an admission that putting this case in front of a jury would be a guaranteed loser, and I would have pushed for a full dismissal.

  22. #22 |  kishnevi | 

    In case you haven’t seen it–Nick Navarro, who was once sheriff of Broward County, FL just died.
    This is the guy who, because of the assistance he gave to the show COPS when it was starting out, can be said to have both helped glamorize the concept of SWAT teams and launch reality TV in one blow.

    Which of the two is the worse one, I leave to others to decide.

  23. #23 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    Millions of people see nothing wrong with putting moms in jail for sending their kids to better PUBLIC schools. One reason why I’m not all that comfortable in social settings.

  24. #24 |  John C. Randolph | 

    Millions of people see nothing wrong with putting moms in jail for sending their kids to better PUBLIC schools.

    Of course, the government won’t admit it, but the real reason they had to punish her was that her case exposed the de facto segregation in public schools.


  25. #25 |  MassHole | 

    I miss Charlottesville. Fall there is amazing.

  26. #26 |  Comrade Dread | 

    I’ve already bailed out of the big national banks and switched to a local credit union.

    Then again, I did that mostly in response to TARP and the off the books Fed loans and the following months where banks that were happy to take taxpayer money for their survival showed their gratitude by trying even harder to screw every last cent out of their customers.

  27. #27 |  crzybob | 

    Sorry, but if you don’t like the wildlife eating your kids DON’T MOVE OUT THERE! You don’t have any right to shoot the endangered wildlife just because you have voluntarily moved in to its way. What ever happened to personal responsibility? People should be expected to have to deal with the consequences of their personal choices without destroying a part of the commons.

  28. #28 |  Justthisguy | 

    I sort of agree with crzybob, in that people have been moving into places where there used not to be very many people. The reason they have done this, I think, is to get away from the foreigners who have been moving into our country lately.

    300,000,000 people is about three times too many people than can comfortably fit into our country, IMHO. Yes, I am a nativist and White Nationalist. I am still trying to figure out how to reconcile that with being a Christian Libertarian.