The magic of politics

Watching the news coverage over the last few years, I’ve come to see politicians as magicians. Not because they’re entertaining in any way, but rather because they’re so good (with the help of the media, their attractive assistants) at misdirection – making you look over here while they do something elsewhere that they don’t want […]

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If you can afford it, prison’s not so bad

We all know that money makes a difference in the justice system: Affluent defendants get better treatment and can afford better representation. But in yet another demonstration of our two-tiered system, California now hosts a network of small, private jails, allowing people to pay upwards of $251 per night for a safer, more comfortable place […]

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