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  • Standard Radical Right Foul Play

    July 14, 2016

    David Burress

    Even though a federal judge held it to be illegal, and even though it has no basis in statutory law, Tuesday a Republican-dominated legislative committee adopted a special rule disenfranchising 17,000 Kansas voters from state but not federal elections. So we will need 2 kinds of ballots and 2 kinds of counting process. The rule applies ...

  • Hope for Police Reform

    July 12, 2016

    David Burress

    I feel strangely optimistic for progress on containing police shootings.   Pandemic police shootings have been a historic constant in the US, as is the immensely disproportionate victimization of young black males. However two things have changed:   1. private sources are now collecting the detailed statistics that the FBI had failed to gather; and 2. each day on Facebook ...

  • Stopping Police Killings of Black Men Starts at Local Level

    July 8, 2016

    David Burress

    We must focus first of all on changing police operating procedures.   Existing laws and Supreme Court decisions make it nearly impossible to convict a cop for senseless killing. Winning a law suit is somewhat easier, but has almost no incentive value because the monetary cost is born by central government, not by the police department, let ...

  • The Dysfunctional National Secrets System

    July 7, 2016

    David Burress

    We now have petabytes of classified information archived in storage. That’s like millions of movies, or billions of books, or trillions of pages, or thousands of digitized copies of the entire library of Congress. There is no possible way to ever declassify much of this stuff, because no one has time to read it. So a ...