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Black people in California are stopped far more often by police, major study proves | US news | The Guardian
Blacks are stopped at more than 5x the rate of whites -- and also threatened more (like guns pointed at them).
via:TheGuardian  police  racism  personal_net 
7 weeks ago by mcherm
The great American tax haven: why the super-rich love South Dakota | World news | The Guardian
South Dakota got rid of the rule against perpetuities (for trusts). They also have not state taxes. So now the super rich around the world are flocking to set up permanent South Dakota trusts.
taxes  banking  TheGuardian  via:TheGuardian  finance  law 
november 2019 by mcherm
'I live on the street now': how Americans fall into medical bankruptcy | US news | The Guardian
One in 6 Americans has a medical debt on their credit report; one in 12 went without insurance. 60% of bankruptcies are due to medical bills and most of those are people who were insured.
healthcare  via:TheGuardian  personal_net 
november 2019 by mcherm
Japanese women demand right to wear glasses at work | World news | The Guardian
Requirements to wear high heels, prohibitions on wearing glasses -- some employers in Japan have dress standards for women that sound like they're from a previous century. Maybe the 19th.
sexism  via:TheGuardian  TheGuardian 
november 2019 by mcherm
Alabama man who served 36 years of life sentence for $50 robbery to be freed | US news | The Guardian
Three-strikes law blew up one robbery (resulting in probation) followed by another in which $50 was stolen and no one was hurt into a life sentence.
prison  overprosecution  via:TheGuardian  TheGuardian 
august 2019 by mcherm
Why you should start work at 10am (unless you're in your 50s) | Life and style | The Guardian
This claims (with poor references) various values for the "natural" waking time of various age persons.
brain  personal_net  via:TheGuardian  TheGuardian 
september 2015 by mcherm
Fired Los Angeles Times cartoonist hits back at newspaper for siding with LAPD | Media | The Guardian
LA Times cartoonist says he was fired after the police complained to the paper that he was lying about an incident. He also says the audio from the police, once "enhanced", proves his story. Certainly sounds like dubious journalistic practices.
journalism  via:TheGuardian  TheGuardian 
august 2015 by mcherm
Third-grade teacher who read class same-sex fairy tale resigns after backlash | Education | The Guardian
Teacher responds to "gay" as an insult by reading book about a prince marrying another prince. Then he (and the assistant principal who loaned him the book) are both pressured into resigning.
kidsrights  gayrights  censorship  TheGuardian  via:TheGuardian 
june 2015 by mcherm
Ex-Guantánamo prisoner stopped from boarding France to Canada flight | US news | The Guardian
He now works to talk people OUT of working with violant jihadists. The US won't let him fly to Canada.
TSA  via:TheGuardian 
june 2015 by mcherm
Transgender celebrities are not new. Just read London newspapers from 1770 | Gary Kates | Comment is free | The Guardian
An example of a MtF transgender person who was quite famous (for that, as well as for other achievements) in the 1760s.
transgender  history  via:TheGuardian  TheGuardian 
may 2015 by mcherm
Ameneh Bahrami: was I right to pardon the man who blinded me with acid? | World news | The Guardian
In anger over her refusal to marry him, he blinded and disfigured her with acid. Iranian law allowed her to (personally) blind him, but she chose not to. He was later released from jail without even paying her medical costs, and other acid attacks have occurred in the society.
law  ethics  TheGuardian  via:TheGuardian 
april 2015 by mcherm
How a traffic stop left a Michigan man beaten, bloodied and bitter at police | US news | The Guardian
A fairly clear case of an officer beating someone badly enough to send him to the hospital for days, for no reason at all. Oh, and probably planting cocaine in his car. Done by an officer with an extensive history of substantiated complaints and successful lawsuits. Oh yes, and no charges filed against the officer.
police  policeabuse  policeimmunity  TheGuardian  via:TheGuardian 
march 2015 by mcherm
Ferguson judge behind aggressive fines policy owes $170,000 in unpaid taxes | US news | The Guardian
Judge was vicious in prosecuting unpaid fines, but he owes huge amounts. And that's not the only bit of injustice on file for this judge.
law  Ferguson  justice  via:TheGuardian  TheGuardian 
march 2015 by mcherm
Google backtracks on porn ban in Blogger | Technology | The Guardian
Google had announced they would ban all sexually explicit images from Blogger. A day or two after announcing it, they backed down.
google  censorship  freespeech  via:TheGuardian 
february 2015 by mcherm
'Revenge porn' victims receive boost from German court ruling | Technology | The Guardian
An interesting case. A woman wants her ex-boyfriend to delete all nude photos he has. A German court rules that her "personal rights" trump his property rights. I wonder how broadly this would apply. I think I would rather see this done via legislation not an argument from basic rights.
censorship  freespeech  TheGuardian  via:TheGuardian 
may 2014 by mcherm
Cecily McMillan's guilty verdict reveals our mass acceptance of police violence | Molly Knefel | Comment is free |
An important lesson: controlling what information may be presented at trial controls the outcome of a trial. It can make a mockery of the justice system.
law  justice  police  policeabuse  via:TheGuardian  TheGuardian 
may 2014 by mcherm
Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming | Books |
Gaiman on libraries and the importance of reading. "The Chinese asked US innovators and found they'd all read SciFi when young." "I worry that in the 21st century people misunderstand the purpose of libraries."
fiction  libraries  NeilGaiman  via:TheGuardian  books 
october 2013 by mcherm

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