The Russian government has more efficient and cost effective methods of corruption.
Much better leak controls as well. Documents that can expose corruption are labeled state secrets and whistle-blowers are imprisoned for exposing state secrets. Think how much they can save on tiresome book-cooking and cover stories.
Because utopian cartoon worlds aren't real. But I agree that Socialism is a great idea for utopian cartoon worlds. I'm glad we were able to find common ground and reach a genuine understanding.
Democracy doesn't come easy or intuitively either, the Arab Spring is a testament to that. The great European empires and even many of our founding fathers thought our great experiment in Democracy was doomed to failure but after some 200 years of practice we have a pretty decent one.
In the past a telco would have to see court paper work to set a number into their system to track and log.
Presumably stingrays are used for the real time interception of communications and live tracking of a suspect. Having the telcos provide the capability for real time monitoring across their networks to law enforcement provides far more potential for abuse than localized stingrays.
That's a nice idea, but the reality is usually that the rich people just move away when the poor people come in (especially the ones with families). No way are rich daddy and trophy wife letting their little girl go to school with that rabble!
They do not move away instead they have the Politicians and Police departments enact laws and policies that turn the Poor areas into virtual prison colonies. This is what happens in NYC with policies like "Stop and Frisk" which lets cops effectivly harrass poor people that step outside of their zones and "Broken Windows" which allows them to haoul them in for minor infractions. For schooling the solution is of course private schools and voucher programs.
I'm sorry, this whole thing sounds BS to me. While it makes sense to have the Authorities to look at and interview the victim^Hsoftware tester, putting a 72 hour mental health hold on someone is hard. You have to convince more than one person that you are serious. Most places don't want to hold people - it's a lot of paperwork, hassle and expense and there are enough genuine fruitcakes so as to leave few extra rooms at the inn. Even if he got tossed in on a hold, it would be reviewed after 24 hours.
Either San Mateo does really weird things or this was made up.
You are assuming that he was not complicit and wanted to be held for as long as possible. To me this whole thing sounds like a ploy for 15 minutes of infamy.
A consumption tax is inherently regressive. Those with smaller incomes must use a larger proportion of it on consumption. The wealthy will spend a comparatively tiny fraction of their income on tax and continue to amass vast piles of money.
Doesn't this assume the rich and poor are buying the same items and services at the same prices? Which is hardly the case.
A whole wheat or gluten free loaf of bread costs a lot more than your basic white loaf (Sorry actual celiacs).
A free-range natural chicken costs a lot more than the factory raised ones.
Organic produce costs more than your industrial farming equivalent.
File-minion costs several times per pound than ground chuck.
A luxury class car costs a lot more than a compact or full size car.
A sports car costs a lot of money and is hardly usable for most as the sole vehicle.
A haircut at a saloon costs several times what it would cost at the local barber.
If you want you can also tack on a luxury tax to higher end items and services as many states already do.