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In 1996, a federal welfare reform prohibited convicted drug felons from ever obtaining food stamps. The ban increased recidivism among drug felons. The increase is driven by financially motivated crimes, suggesting that ex-convicts returned to crime to ma
legal-or-law-good-intention-bad-result = A new tag to track laws which have (presumably) good intentions, but end up causing a bad result... I find that these are usually people who are trying to codify their moral code into law... which never works. Example:

You think that morally, felons shouldn't be able to have food stamps. So you create a law to ban them from food stamps for life. They are felons, so they can't get a job. They can't make money, so they turn to burglary and robbery as a way of life. Boom, your moral crusade has caused unnecessary suffering.

As one commenter said:
"People love revenge. That's what the US Criminal Justice system is about. Not rehabilitation. Revenge. A criminal hurt somebody and the public wants him or her hurt in kind, usually even more so."
prison  legal-or-law  legal-or-law-good-intention-bad-result 
may 2019 by daguti
A simple, yet radical solution to solve Facebook's problems
Break it up and regulate it. Wow.

NOTE: I like this story a lot and since Yahoo is notorious for culling it's content, I don't want to be disappointed if this story disappears. Pinboard's archive function is flaky at best, so I archived it on (which is now pointing to
facebook  anti-something  legal-or-law  predictions 
january 2019 by daguti
Mickey Mouse will be public domain soon—here’s what that means | Ars Technica
Wow...... I remember reading about this back in 1998. I thought copyright would be endlessly extended. Glad to hear this is not the case.

Now we need to turn back the dial and adjust copyright to last no more than 50 years

That's enough for someone who created a monumental work of art to live their life and die without having to work another day in their lives. The children and grandchildren can go find jobs. Or just invest the mountains of money.
copyright  copyright-trademark  legal-or-law  paradigm-shifts  paradigm-shifts-new-or-emerging-things 
january 2019 by daguti
The Man Who Spent $100K To Remove A Lie From Google : NPR
A turkish kid tries to pull a scam on a financial advisor in the US. The financial advisor catches on and reports him to the police. Turkish kid and his family are arrested and deported back to Turkey. Turkish kid sets up a website defaming the financial advisor. Google refuses to do anything about it even after a court order. Eventually, the guy has to spend $100,000 in overseas courts to have European privacy laws apply and the page is eventually taken down. Turkish kid is still an asshole.
google  Search  privacy  security-personal  legal-or-law 
april 2018 by daguti
Feds prohibit candidates from commenting on Trump, despite constitutional questions
"As the midterm congressional elections unfold, candidates are also running in 36 states for governor and competing for more than 6,000 state legislative seats. How many of these state candidates do you think will say something good or bad about President Trump? Probably more than you can count. When they do, they will break an obscure federal law."
politics  politics-money-in  legal-or-law 
march 2018 by daguti
Getting a consultation for estate planning tomorrow - what should I know in advance? What should I be looking to do? : EstatePlanning
"-I would look for an attorney who is board-certified in EP and/or has years of experience in this area of the law (if your state even offers board certification).

-Make sure attorney explains the difference between probate and non-probate assets, and also explains your options for possibly avoiding probate.

-Similarly, how to tie in your insurance and retirement accounts with your overall EP plan.

-Whether or not what you are doing is driven by federal/state estate taxes.

-Since you have minor children, options for leaving their money in trust for them. My preference is for lifetime trusts but to allow them to become their own trustee at a certain age. Biggest question, who is to be trustee of these trusts if you and your wife both go down until kids reach that age.

-Options and pros/cons of creating trusts at first spouse's death.

-Diff between irrevocable and revocable/living trusts (ties in to probate avoidance).

-What Powers of Attorney he/she recommends and how these are used.

Biggest question - does he/she listen to what you want, the specifics of your situation, or does he/she try to push you to their one-size-fits-all plan."
money-estate-planning  legal-or-law  tips-n-tricks  money-retirement 
march 2018 by daguti
Diana Young - WTF Not labeling the source of meat is not going...
What the hell is the point of ending country of origin labeling? It could only be moneyed interests buying this vote. Yet another reason to buy from a local farmshare... meat as well as vegetables. .............. home-stuff = Buy a freezer big enough to keep frozen meat from the farmshare. Figure out how to store vegetables for the long term. This might mean having a cool, dark basement area.
food-meat  legal-or-law  capitalism-greed  corruption  meetup-movnat  me-stuff  to-do-before-you-die  home-stuff  health  food 
december 2015 by daguti
Internet Marketing Super Friends
A member asks about online harassment and how to handle it.
safety  internet  projects-stalking  etiquette  legal-or-law 
october 2015 by daguti
What to Say When the Police Tell You to Stop Filming Them : TrueReddit
Summary: Stay completely out of the officers' way, calmly respond "I’m just exercising my constitutionally protected right to document police activity," and if asked to back up do so slightly. Note: This article is for public spaces in the USA. In some countries you do not have an automatic legal right to record police.
police  howto  legal-or-law 
april 2015 by daguti

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