Archive for the ‘Enforcement’ Category


It’s noteworthy that not one but two women have been billed for their cavity searches courtesy of the white-gloved Customs and Border Protection. Do you think it’s noteworthy that said cavity searches didn’t yield any of the illegal drugs they were supposed to yield? Can it be said that the bill was for wasting the CBP’s time? I mean, if you’re going to subject yourself to a cavity search, the least you could do is put some illegal drugs in there beforehand. No?

Filed under “Government Action.” A fuller story at Above the Law Lowering the Bar.

CityLab, urban policy megaphone of the eminently respectable Atlantic, recently put out this article, helpfully titled The Legal Policy That Makes Collisions Especially Harrowing for CyclistsBikers share an unenviable category with vegetarians: they’re engaging in morally superior behavior, and being punished for it. In this particular case, by a draconian version of the Contributory Negligence doctrine, which bars any recovery if the plaintiff has even a tiny degree of fault in the accident (talk about blaming the victim!). In most jurisdictions, this doctrine has been replaced by or morphed into the Comparative Negligence doctrine, which simply lowers the damage award by the percentage that the plaintiff was at fault, and reducing the award to zero if the plaintiff is 50% or more at fault in the accident.

This becomes interesting because negligence is a very comprehensive legal framework: what was the discernible risk, what are the possible consequences, and how much effort did you put into avoiding them? Sometimes, as Casey Neistat demonstrates below, this clashes with traffic regulations, and bikers must make tough legal choices.

According to the Independent, the British SAS opposes allowing women in combat because they would make the army less effective. He cites a US Marine Corps study to back this up, despite the fact that the US Marine Corps allows women in combat, as long as they meet the standard. And, while not many can, apparently some can. And that’s reason enough.

One test involved in joining the infantry is completing an eight-mile march in less than two hours, while carrying 25 kg. The army’s research suggests less than 5 per cent of 7,000 female recruits would currently pass the physical tests.


via Former British Army commander says having women in the army ‘will cost lives on the battlefield’ | Home News | News | The Independent

Are We Simply a Violent Nation?

Posted: July 9, 2016 by Nazim in Death Penalty, Enforcement, Guns

In the US, we don’t just put a gigantically greater proportion of our population in prison, we don’t just sentence folks to death at a ridiculously higher rate, our forces of law and order also kill suspects at almost 200 times the speed than in any other first-world nation. Some blame how easy guns are to obtain, some the racism intrinsic to the justice system, some the impenetrable solidarity among police officers, some the delegation of enforcement to community-level agencies with whatever training they can afford and are willing to take on. The truth, as always must be somewhere among all of these, and to absolutely deny any of them is to assert that we are, in that measure, simply a violent people that loves to kill each other, kindred to Itchy and Scratchy.