In Mississippi, it’s illegal to *explain* polygamy to anyone. Here’s io0’s map and a link to a complete list of verifiable U.S. laws about sex. (via A Map of the Weirdest Sex Laws in the United States)
I wonder if this child’s having been named such a calming, stately name as Bamboo Flute would make him so alienated from human emotions. You know, fear, empathy, compassion. Curiosity, though, he’s got in spades. Oh, Florida.
Spoiler: Dad lived.
If you claim “stand your ground” as the reason you shot someone, what happens to you can depend less on the merits of the case than on who you are, whom you kill and where your case is decided.
Defendants claiming “stand your ground” are more likely to prevail if the victim is black. Seventy-three percent of those who killed a black person faced no penalty compared to 59 percent of those who killed a white.
A year ago, the Tampa Bay Times studied the ways in which the “Stand Your Ground” defense had been applied in the (then) seven years since it became law. This article analyses the widely varying outcome and links to a database of fatalities to which the law has been applied.
The extended family of Ariel Castro, who owns the house from which three long-missing women escaped this week, has a long and complex history with violence against women. This crime blog post from Cleveland Scene goes into the details of arrests and accusations and the death of a child over the last decade.
It might have been valuable, at some point, for us to have a discussion about whether we wanted to go down the road of having cameras everywhere. But we missed that moment—instead, you and I and everyone we know went out and bought smartphones and began snapping photos incessantly.
This Slate article comes down in favor of total surveillance. I myself think that the only way more cameras will work in terms of both security and liberty is if more people have access to public footage—not fewer people and more footage.