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15 Years Ago

August/September 2005

"Statins are not the only class of safe drugs still under lock and key. Medical information is available to more people than ever before, and Americans are buying more drugs and making more-sophisticated choices about their health. Yet access to everything from insulin to Viagra still requires a day off from work and a trip to the doctor's office. For Americans growing more knowledgeable about the specifics of self-care, the prescription regime presents a significant and sometimes insurmountable barrier."
Kerry Howley
"Locking Up Life-Saving Drugs"

"From a civil libertarian perspective, it's clear enough why the unequal treatment of gay parents is objectionable: The human desire for family isn't exclusive to heterosexuals, and attempts to prevent gays from raising families both stigmatize them and threaten to deprive them of an important component of a full life. But these barriers to adoption should also offend anyone concerned about family values—about ensuring that all children, especially those who have suffered in the past, find loving homes."
Julian Sanchez
"All Happy Families"

25 Years Ago

August/September 1995

"The law was the Americans with Disabilities Act, and it gives the feds veto rights over such issues as: whether a prospective employer can ask a would-be truck driver if he has epilepsy; how far grab bars must be from the back walls of toilet stalls; what surfaces are permitted for subway platforms; how restaurant seating must be arranged; and dozens of other aspects of running businesses and city governments. The law has created an entire industry around interpreting it and, as the old cliché goes, provided plenty of work for lawyers, if not for the handicapped."
Brian Doherty
"Unreasonable Accommodation"

"As government deadlines for zero-emission vehicles draw closer, the scientific research community is telling politicians to pull the plug on the only vaguely plausible form of such a contraption: the electric car. Recent studies…all conclude that given the state of battery technology, the limitations and expected costs of the vehicles, and the anticipated environmental benefits, electric cars have a long way to go before they're up to speed."
Nick Gillespie
"Electric Blues"

30 Years Ago

August/September 1990

"Americans like to think of themselves as the world's leading democrats, but, by the usual measures, we're none too pleased with our own democracy. Voter turnout is low and getting lower; around 40 percent is standard for a statewide primary. People intensely distrust the politicos who represent them. Given the chance—as on the California primary ballot—voters will support just about any 'ethics' initiative that promises to control the people's supposed representatives."
Virginia I. Postrel
"Democracy Blues"

"Today's intellectuals and reformers have little respect for the automobile—or for automobile culture. The car's very convenience seems an indulgence, a waste of resources and money. 'The Soviet Union's greatest contribution to world peace was the fact that it did not put a car in every Soviet citizen's garage,' says Ralph Nader."
Fred Smith
"Autonomy"

 45 Years Ago

August/September 1975

"For most people, daily newspapers or television news programs are lifelong textbooks. In their own fashion, journalists are the world's teachers who present 'lessons' in the form of news stories. The picture that emerges from these lessons is not unlike what emerges from most high schools and colleges: disjointed stories with no apparent connections. What daily journalism offers is not, strictly speaking, news (important changes in the status quo that can be verified), but gossip. The changes that are reported are not really changes, or they are not really important, or they are too-soon shown to be unimportant. In short, the daily journalism textbook is a random sample of incomplete information. It lacks completeness because it is all flat surfaces, and no foreground, my word for the unknown, still-to-occur events that would shed some light on the real changes and true importance of today's events. It is this failing that helps to strangle the chance for a science of journalism."
Dennis Chase
"Foregrounding the News"

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  5. Any word on why the warrant out for Jacob Blake’s arrest has been canceled?

    1. Because he has been arrested, and has posted $500 bail. Vacation of the warrant does not mean cancelation of charges:

      https://www.newsweek.com/jacob-blake-released-hospital-restraints-after-warrants-vacated-court-hearing-lawyer-says-1528455

    2. Any word on why Gaige Grosskreutz has been arrested yet?

      1. Why would he be arrested? He was the last of the shooting victims, apparently doing nothing more than trying to stop Rittenhouse from shooting more people.

        1. apparently doing nothing more

          Not apparently doing nothing, you slimey demagogue. He was trying to kill him, as is obvious in the footage.
          You’re such a deliberately dishonest fuck.

          1. You link to an eight minute video, with one tiny part that shows Grosskreutz, and clarifies nothing about whether Grosskreutz “tried to kill” Rittenhouse.

            Let’s say, for the sake of argument, that Grosskreutz did try to shoot Rittenhouse to try to stop Rittenhouse, who had already killed two people at that point, from shooting any more people. That sounds justified.

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        2. He is a convicted felon in illegal possession of a gun.
          That is why he should be arrested

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      3. After a lot of searching around I found this page:

        (Reason keeps blocking the post if I include the link, so I’ll try to include it separately.)

        It links to the 2013 arrest record of a Gaige P. Grosskreutz, age 46. Only thing is the Gaige Grosskreutz who was shot by Kyle Rittenhouse is 26 years old.

        The page shows several people, including James Woods, repeating the “fact” that Grosskreutz has a burglary record.

        Maybe there is a grain of truth to it: the ages work out that it could be his father.

      4. Reason seems to block any comment that even mentions the title of the website where the article is posted.

        It’s on a site called “national file.com” (remove the space in the .com address). The title of the article is “Rioter Who Police Say Was Shot In Bicep By Kyle Rittenhouse Was Convicted Burglar”.

      5. The article also links to a 2017 arrest record for what seems to be the correct person, but it doesn’t say what he was arrested for:

        https://www.findmugshots.com/arrests/gaige_p_grosskreutz_id_44305921.html

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