The Sincerity Machine — a device that types in Comic Sans
By now typewriters are so obsolete as to seem an affectation, even if you are Tom Wolfe. But whatever lingering cachet the technology offers in its twilight is obliterated by the Sincerity Machine — a device that types in Comic Sans.
Jon Stewart to Democrats: Stop asking for money. The Democratic Party may have already raised almost $600 million this election cycle, but its various committees are showing no signs of letting up. This is particularly ironic given how many prominent Democrats regularly inveigh against the influence of money in politics. On last night’s episode of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart skewered the Democrats for exactly this feat of cognitive dissonance.
In the words of former US Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens: “In a functioning democracy the public must have faith that its representatives owe their positions to the people, not to the corporations with the deepest pockets.”
“Public trust in the police is one of the most vital elements for a civilized society. But, for many Americans, that trust has been undermined by a procedure called civil forfeiture,” Oliver explained.
Police can just take your stuff if they suspect it’s involved in a crime? They can! It’s a shady process called “civil asset forfeiture”. The issue is that there’s virtually NO standard of evidence required. Since someone getting their belongings back requires going to court against the government, a time-consuming and expensive process that’s largely decided by the same law enforcement officials who took the property in the first place, the vast majority of people have to give up. Especially with any cash money taken, it’s Highway Patrol robbery.
Police departments across the country use the “civil interdiction” as a fundraising mechanism, but also the shadowy network of for-profit firms that enable the practice.