1. Headline writers, headline writers, headline writers.

    “Reign” is what kings do. “Rein” is what you use to control horses. If you want to slow down, you ‘rein in’.

    I know, there’s typos, and then there’s typoes, and then there’s elementary proofreading.

    Thank you,


  2. Post Ferguson, another worry about the militarization of US law enforcement, one which was raised right after 9/11 in “Is Torture an Option in War on Terror?” : “The Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibits cruel and unusual punishment, a category that includes torture. Yet a decade ago many Americans were shocked to learn that torture techniques – including the use of electric shock – were being used in some police precincts in Chicago. Knowledgeable observers point out that – if such tactics officially were sanctioned in violation of the Constitution by even one federal agency – it might be difficult to contain such activity to the single theater of operations, particularly since in many urban areas the ‘war’ against crime is both immediate and real to local residents.”

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