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Things You Might Have Missed

January 25, 2011 By: Mel Category: Misc

First Tunisia and now Egypt.  Let’s hope this game of dominoes goes on for a while.  By the looks of it, the young people are feeling it.

The Haiti news has been fascinating this last week.  Baby Doc has the nerve to return to Haiti.  Michele Montas (maybe you saw her in the Agronomist) is suing him.  Libertarian Bob Barr is going to be Baby Doc’s PR rep.  Even more disgusting than Barr are the people who have been trying to Christianize Haiti with your tax dollars.  And meanwhile, Aristide is trying like hell to get home.

Here in the U.S., they are testing middle school kids for drugs.  Meanwhile, in The Netherlands where they don’t freak out over drug use, they are closing prisons because they just don’t have enough criminals to fill them.

Also in prison news, The Gobernator released a couple women from prison who were there for defending themselves from abusers.  So I guess he did one thing sorta right.

I haven’t read this whole report on illicit financial flows, but I found some of the stats interesting. It’s too bad they jumble up money stolen by politicians with tax evasion.  Maybe they break it down inside somewhere that I haven’t seen.  In any case, if you let people like Baby Doc walk off with all their people’s money and go live in France, then what the hell is the point of aid exactly?

This new funding mechanism to support collaborative consumption is interesting.

Can I just say again how much I love The Pervocracy.  Holly takes down Natasha Vargas-Cooper and her all “porn is grim and nasty because male sexuality is grim and nasty” horseshit.

And finally, please read this piece on Stuff White People Do about passively accepting racist commentary.