08 October 2011

Flashback: 3--9 Oct

A year later and still worth a read...

Westlands, Nazis and Politicians -- quiet these days, now that they got their water. That said, entitlements, change and waste offers a brilliant insight on welfare farmers.

Crime and punishment aka, why I live in Holland. (A young woman told me yesterday how the local police were "balancing the budget" by handing out $165 jaywalking tickets. Makes you want to brew some tea.)

Sustainable bottled water? Sure. Where carbon is concerned. But maybe we are paying attention to the wrong thing with carbon (more soon :)

1 comment:

RM said...

It's fine to take the cost of incarceration into account when considering a sentence, but one should also take into account the cost of non-incarceration. When a robber is in jail, they are unable to rob me. Me personally, I want every thief to spend the rest of their life in jail. Once you steal from someone, I don't give a shit about you any more. But if jail is too expensive, here are a couple alternatives.
1)Shoot 'em. A dead robber don't rob no more.
2)Give 'em a life preserver and drop them off a couple hundred miles out to sea. If you make it back to dry land, you've served your sentence. Goody for you. If not, …
Notice I don't put intensive probation on the list. Is there any evidence about how well it keeps robbers from doing it again? Because, if they are in jail (did I say this already), they aren't robbing anyone that I care about. Many people who write on these subjects have lived their entire lives in relatively safe suburban neighborhoods. Many such people wouldn't come into my neighborhood because someone would tell them that's its not a great place to go. Really, it's not that bad, but some fears are irrational.
As you may have guessed, I live in an urban neighborhood that is about 95% African-American. I don't own a car. I ride the bus if I'm going somewhere, and interestingly enough, a large part of the clientele of those who ride the bus with me are folks who have had or who have narrowly avoided what you might call an “adverse interaction” with the criminal justice system. Since I don't have an iPod, I get to listen to many interesting tidbits, including what really happened in crimes that police got wrong or are unable to solve. From strictly anecdotal evidence, I can't place much faith in “intensive probation” as a way to prevent criminal activity.
Personally, I think prisons should be places where people have to work to provide their own food and clothing, like an enclosed economy. Since I have two teenage boys, I can tell you that there's nothing like the prospect of real work to scare people away. Call it real life deterrence.
With regard to marijuana, the law in Cali is only a partial decriminalization, since it is illegal to grow large amounts, etc. Since Cali has not seceded from the Union, suppliers can still run afoul of the Feds. Therefore, price reduction hasn't happened because most of the risk around MJ still exists.
I support your right to smoke pot as long as you are not driving fast. Driving fast is not just something that people don't like, it can be very dangerous in the wrong places. Drive 90 on I-5? I'm OK with it. Drive 50 down my street? Not OK. And please don't ever drive if you've been smoking or drinking, because that's dangerous as hell to the rest of us, even if we're riding a bus.