Philadelphia Police Department admits it put a Google Maps logo on a spy van. I'd be less annoyed about that if I knew the spy van was being used in an investigation on a specific matter using a warrant from a judge -- but the van was chock-full of surveillance equipment that has "fishing expedition" capabilities. Yes, we liberals already know the "right balance" between surveillance and privacy; it's called getting a damn warrant and collecting only the information you need to fulfill that warrant.
Alabama landfill operator sues three Uniontown activists who had been making noise not merely out of concern that the 10-year-old landfill was making residents sick, but out of a quite understandable sense that the landfill only got sited there because it was a historically-black area. If the landfill's suit sounds like a frivolous lawsuit to you, you're not alone -- but this is how corporations roll, calling any allegation, reasonable or not, part of an ongoing investigation or not, a "threat to their livelihoods." (In case you were wondering, the activists Alabama state regulators may have broken federal law -- specifically, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act -- by taking federal money and then allowing corporations to site numerous landfills right next to black neighborhoods.)
Dutch doctors allow a woman in her 20s to euthanize herself; she had been a sexual abuse victim through most of her childhood, and the doctors declared her resulting PTSD incurable. I'm no squealer about death panels, but I tend toward optimism in wondering if folks can recover from even the worst abuses, so of course I wonder if she chose to end her life, unencumbered by the self-interest of others -- we can all think of a number of folks (doctors looking to prove a euthanasia method works, insurers looking not to pay for chronic conditions) who would have some self-interest in having people kill themselves.
Donald Trump says Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is using the Washington Post (which he also owns) to attack him -- apparently because he would "tax Amazon like they should be taxed." As you may know, I'm not sanguine on anyone owning more than one corporation, or any corporation owning any other corporation, but I have no idea what Mr. Trump actually means (a higher corporate tax rate? More sales tax collection?). But I do know that whatever he means, he'll be able to deny it later, depending on his audience. That's because he's a flip-flopper.
Finally, Atrios snaps out on "liberal" media types who somehow underestimated Mr. Trump's chances to become the Republican Presidential nominee. "First of all, we all didn't (underestimate him), you and your circle jerk did," he says, and sadly, "circle jerk" describes "liberal" media punditoids pretty accurately. And those Democrat voters who are also "blithering idiots" "aren't treated as Real Americans by every mainstream news outlet," "aren't given their own response to the State of the Union address," and "don't make up a third of the House of Representatives." A thorough and inspiring analysis, though not safe for workplace reading.