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Comment Re:What? Government misapplication of stats? (Score 1) 238

The articles mistakenly assume that the rate of police bias should be equivalent to the rate of crime bias, but that's nonsense.

No, it doesn't. It has three models that all incorporate previous crime rates by race in different ways, with essentially the same results. It shows very clearly that police stop people of color disproportionately more often than white people, in their sample. That is called racial bias in police behavior.

Comment Re:What? Government misapplication of stats? (Score 1) 238

Check out my links. They both very specifically account for differing crime rates.
Seriously, there are entire subdisciplines (of sociology, economics, psychology, criminology, etc) that study this, and they have, on net, done a very good job. It is not hard to find really good research on this topic, and it ALL points to a racial bias.

Comment Re:Don't panic. (Score 1) 382

Thank you. Regardless of the origin of the changes to the climate, they are real and potentially devastating. If they are largely caused by our behavior, then maybe we can help mitigate by changing our behavior asap. But that doesn't change the fact that we'll all want to figure out something to do about the changes as they're already being realized.

Comment Re:Should X be paid for by taxes? (Score 5, Insightful) 861

Ok, a thought experiment:
Let's say the city of Chicago throws its bureaucratic hands in the air and cancels any city-supported trash collection. A whole bunch of new and existing companies jump on this hugely expanded market, and households/buildings start paying individually for their trash collection. (We'll ignore for now the huge inefficiency of having multiple companies sending trucks down a single alley each emptying a small subset of the bins).
But what happens in the poorer neighborhoods, where a number of households will likely find it more efficient to just dump their trash in the vacant lot or unused portion of the alley than to pay to have it picked up? There might be fewer companies willing to service these areas, and prices for collection may be higher. Before long the underprivileged communities are loaded with garbage, rats and disease. Impromptu mismanaged landfills, blocked alleys, decomposing and non-decomposable waste everywhere. All of a sudden trash collection looks a lot like a civil liberties issue. Or even if you take an individualist well-that's-their-problem-they-shouldn't-be-so-poor stance, this would affect the whole city in terms of public health, sewer water management, ER visits, etc.

Despite the appeal of the libertarian ideal of everybody taking responsibility for just themselves, it simply doesn't work in the real world. We're all in it together and, no matter how frustrating it is, our actions unavoidably affect one another.

Comment Re:A real important thing to note... (Score 1) 967

Actually Obama has done a hell of a lot stop prosecution of marijuana. The reason that marijuana is becoming so normalized in places like California and Colorado is Obama's executive order to not enforce federal law in the states that have decriminalized the drug. However it's not law, so that policy could be immediately reversed by the next administration.

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