- Chris Christie, Harry Reid, and Obama — all of whom have drug war blood on their hands by nature of their office — suddenly noticed it might not be so good this week. Like Obama on gay marriage, the president getting it right on this extremely important issue is good. You get points.But you shouldn’t get points for bravery. To paraphrase John Stossel, these folks see the legalization parade happening, and they want to jump out in front and pretend they’re leading. They’re not.
- Since it’s finally not political suicide to mention marijuana isn’t so bad, but the drug war might just be, and since we might get federal legalization in the next few years, we should all begin harping on the vitally important fact that thousands of people in prison over drug charges do not deserve to be there.
- Last week’s Kelly Thomas protests included this confrontation between a protester and a reporter. In short, assault on reporter is actually protester blocks cameras, reporter shoves protester,protester shoves back harder. None of this should be assault if you’re not a giant wuss.
- A livestreamer was also arrested at the protest.
- Reminder that a paramedic testified that he was told to treat minor scratches on Fullerton cops, even though Kelly Thomas was bloody and unconscious.
- Atlantic Cities’ Mike Riggs on the science of facial recognition. Don’t be terrified yet, be terrified in a few years.
- Buzzfeed’s Rosie Gray on “How Dennnis Rodman Got to North Korea”
- Reason TV’s Jim Epstein (writing in the Daily Beast): “Inside the Port Authority, the Corrupt Powerhouse Behind Christie’s Bridgegate Scandal”
- Guy wearing Google Glass in movie theater is detained by Homeland Security for suspected piracy. He wasn’t filming, but even if he was, the involvement of DHS is disturbing.
- DA says cops shooting at random trucks containing people who look nothing like Chris Dorner is “reasonable.”
- Disturbingly beautiful photos of atomic tests.
- I know above-ground nuclear testing was messed up (killed John Wayne!) but if you lived in Vegas and knew a mushroom cloud was going to happen, hell yes, I’d throw a party, too.
- Alex Wellerstein at the Nuclear Secrecy blog on using mushroom clouds out of context as art. Spoiler alert: he’s kind of uncomfortable about that.
- Dead woman was not secretly Lorraine Allison, the only first class child to die on the Titanic. I spent years on a Titanic message board and I somehow totally missed this hoax. BTW, the Titanic wasn’t secretly switched with the Olympic in some sort of insurance ruse either. And Anastasia definitely died with the rest of her family.
- The Atlantic on how The Twilight Zone is really about fear.
- And on people who thought the Beatles were rubbish. (It wasn’t just William F. Buckley Jr.)
And today’s video:
Hurray for the Alan Lomax archives.