Sunday, June 3, 2012

Story Updates 6/3/12

For your Sunday afternoon reading pleasure, updates on the TSA's security theatre, California's underground economy, the community roadbuilding project in Hawaii's Polihale State Park, mainstream rejection of FedGov's unemployment statistics, and Tombstone, Arizona's attempts to get the U.S. Government to allow them to repair their domestic water system. As a bonus, we introduce Cato's Police Misconduct website.

Fondling Fees Expected to Double

TSA's intrusive "protection" has proven to be security theatre once again.
Hours after being released from jail, a man walked through an emergency door at San Diego International Airport, onto the tarmac and sat down on a United Express plane Tuesday, according to San Diego authorities.
California vs. the Productive Class

Even members of law enforcement are joining California's underground economy. Reason reports Deputies Help Californians Understand How Black Market Works by Selling “Unapproved” Guns.
Two Sacramento deputies face federal charges for selling guns that officers and active military members are allowed to own, but not us dumb, hapless non-uniformed folks. According to KTVU in San Francisco, at least two of the guns ended up in the hands of criminals and one was used in a police standoff.
Accidental Agorists Rebuild a Road

Last week's Story Update triggered a request for an update on the community road repair project in Hawaii's Polihale State Park. It appears that no news is good news. A cursory check indicates that nobody has found it worthwhile to do a follow-up story. (Anybody from Kaui reading? How about a report?) However, according to the Hawaii State Parks website, the park is open for business. American Thinker reported the story in A Glimpse of What Privatized Roads Could Look Like, an interesting read.

Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics

The sadly comical FedGov statistics discussed in Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics are getting so far out of whack that even mainstream publications like Fortune can no longer pretend they represent reality.
The unemployment rate inched higher in May, but we've known for months that the figure was not reflecting reality.
Tombstone, Arizona Clings to Life

Tombstone still fails to find relief for its water problems. Following last week's refusal to grant relief by US District Judge Frank Zapata, "the chief justice of the US Supreme Court has rejected a bid for an emergency order allowing it to immediately repair its damaged water supply in the Huachuca Mountains."

Bonus: Cato's Police Misconduct Website

The Tireless Agorist has never covered police misconduct, recognizing that task as one that would require full-time dedication. Now Cato has stepped up and taken over the task from Injustice News Feed. Currently the project includes a map of misconduct incidents from 2009 and 2010, and an ongoing blog reporting on new incidents. Even a cursory glance at the map (reproduced as it stands currently below) is enough to destroy the "isolated incident" excuse generally bandied about.

...and that's all I have to say about that.

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