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  • 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 ...

  • Conservative Catch Phrases

    July 7, 2016

    David Burress

    Many conservative catch phrases do not stand up to common sense, let alone scientific evidence. Even less do they stand up to the requirements of internal consistency. Thus we have: “The country can’t afford X” (for any major non-violent X proposed by moderates or progressives); but also: “We are the greatest country in the world” (even though ...