Police State?

Top Ten American Steps toward a Police State

Posted on 06/23/2013 by Juan Cole [Reblogged here. Please visit the Juan Cole site]
Police State

The police state, a term first coined in the mid-19th century in German (Polizeistaat), is characterized by a standing political police, by intense domestic surveillance and by restrictions on the movements of citizens. Police states are on a spectrum, and unfortunately in the past decade the United States has moved toward police-stateness in small but key ways. Here are the signs:

1. The United States National Security Administration recently requisitioned all Verizon phone records in the US for a period of 3 months. Your telephone records (who you called and for how long) say a great deal about you. This is a form of mass surveillance.

2. The US has assigned 250 NSA agents to sift through a massive further British database of US telecommunications and email, derived from attaching packet analyzers to transatlantic fiber optic cables.

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My bi-annual sports posting

Where Are the Champions?

An interactive map of every championship in the history of MLB, the NBA, the NHL, and the NFL.
By Chris Kirk|Posted Thursday, June 6, 2013, at 7:52 AM on Slate

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This interactive method of viewing the distribution of sports championships around the country through time is fascinating. It is also applicable to many other subjects and I suspect visualization might make the results even more obvious (how about the distribution of Federal money to the states?).