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The misuse of power

Ray Drainville

The USA-PATRIOT act is a draconian law passed in the fearful days following 11 September 2001. Its intention was to reduce the efficacy of the pesky idea, known as “legal procedure”, to catch terrorists. Except that it has not so much been used to look for terrorists. The vast majority of its use—approaching 99% of cases—has been in the “war on drugs”, America’s traditional war without end.

If you give someone overarching power, they will use it for everything in sight.

That’s your answer?

Ray Drainville

The following is a real conversation.

I smell a familiar scent.
Me: “Do you have tequila again?”
Her: “No.” Takes a sip.
Me: “That’s tequila.”
Her: “Yes.”
Me: “Why did you say ‘no’ when I asked if you had tequila?”
Her: “I thought you said ‘do you have to kill again?'”.
Me: “And your answer was ‘No’? Really?”

Local news

Ray Drainville

There’s a website called Angry People in Local Newspapers. It does such a beautiful job of capturing that small-town feeling you get where the locals get outraged about something. They invariably get their photo taken, apparently whilst feeling outraged, but more often they look a little glum & peeved.

This seems a peculiarly British phenomenon, but that may be simply because most local American newspapers have long since snuffed it.