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  • Barack Obama sadObama administration no longer even pretending to be opposed to indefinite detainment, or Gitmo in general. 
  • The New York Times’ John Tierney on why the crime rate in New York City has declined so much — soft on police, but a very good and useful read. I intend to study this further — perhaps while wearing my minarchist hat. I guess I would rather have more police and fewer prisons as well, but I doubt it’s that simple…
  • Two phenomenal ’60s collections of Life photos: a piece of 1969’s drug war, and  a look at Appalachia in 1964.
  • SWAT team silliness and video game hysteria and Sweden!
  • Wonkette is at least as tedious as Gawker whenever the word “libertarian” comes up.
  • Everyone panic!
  • North Korea continues to make everyone want to throw up — even if every single story that appears isn’t true.
  • Colorado prison population declines.  Yay. [Via: John Payne]
  • School choice week, bitches. I say bitches, because this link goes to The Hill.
  • I am a feminist asshole about high heels, I freely admit it. But have you seen The Towering Inferno or other disaster movies? Even with Steve McQueen and Paul Newman saving the day, those are not shoes to flee in. And also, people who lazily lean on the nature of nature vs. nature, remember when men wore high heels?
  • Girls apparently continues the glorious tradition of mocking magazine maestra Jane Pratt. 1) Daria will forever do it — and everything — better because 2) Girls is just pretty okay. But my God, the few times I have visited xojane.com — yeah it deserves to be satirized.
  •  My RT friend Andrew Blake is covering the Bradley Manning pre-trial. Check out his report.
  • Semi-good news in the Manning case — at least, the possibility of him actually getting out of jail at some point seems to have heightened. 
  • Wendy McElroy has a good piece, a few months old, on the what about the children question when you only believe in negative liberties. Sometimes anarchists are conflicted and confused, too. Even the super-kind like McElroy.
  • Heroic Tracy Oppenheimer-produced Reason TV piece on the National Registry of Exonerations, as well as a mother’s years-long fight to prove that her son wasn’t a robber. Scary.
  • Rand Paul threatens to filibuster the NDAA. Liking a senator feels so deviant, but let’s do this, Rand.
  • I get claustrophobia just looking at this. Is the Trunchbull the one who sends kids in there?
  • Cops as an institution are not good, but this guy is good. It’s a hell of a contrast between him and the officers who killed Kelly Thomas. But, also, this.
  • More women in libertarianism would be great, but I am not sure about this piece.

A few months ago, the internet was briefly entranced by the hilarious Amazon.com user reviews that appeared on the product page for Bic Pens “For Her.” Because Jesus Christ, people, this is why vaguely feminism blogs like Jezebel should exist, to counter this kind of absurdity and to mock it to death. If pens are not gender neutral, nothing shall ever be.

Today my cousin (in seriousness)  shared a facebook photo of a book called The Night Dad Went to Jail. The cover has a sad anthropomorphic bunny writing a letter to their jailed father rabbit.It is a troublingly cute, troublingly human-looking rabbit which is why it’s sort of funny at first glance. Except when you click on the author’s name, Melissa Higgins, you see that she has also written a book to help children get through their parents getting divorced.  The book, it seems, is meant to be taken very seriously. The subtitle in the other edition I found is What to Expect When Someone You Love Goes to Jail.

And why not? This situation has arisen many more times than I can stand to consider. But this reality didn’t stop three quarters of the Amazon.com reviewers from posting fake reviews that joke about soap dropping and soliciting “trannies,” selling drugs and being a super villain as reasons for buying this book for your kids.

It’s a small thing for me to be peeved at, but then again it’s not, if only because of all the propaganda in the air that says if you’re in jail, you’re not like the rest of us, you deserve this, and you are certainly not ever innocent.

I just find it strange that a country with two million people in jail can still so brilliantly get across that jail is what happens to other, bad people. This, and every other sitcom or bro-movie that makes prison rape jokes, is just another reason the state will always win. We should, at least, stop believing this idea and start looking into just who is being caged in our name and with our money.