Everyso often I get a libertarian e-newsletter. This weeks edition pointed out some interesting civil rights violations that I think are interesting: 1) They've started arresting people in bars for public intoxication, regardless of whether or not they plan on taking a taxi home. http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060322/us_nm/bars_dc Meanwhile, "According to 2004 FBI crime figures, less than half of violent crimes in the U.S. are "cleared" by police. The FBI says only 46.3% of murders, forcible rapes, robberies, and aggravated assaults end with a suspect being arrested and charged. To break it down by crime, only 62.6% of murders, 55.6% of aggravated assaults, 41.8% of forcible rapes, and 26.2% of robberies are ever solved." 2) It's now illegal to smoke outside in Calabasas, CA. http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=local&id=4001365 Not only could you go to jail for 6 months, but you can be sued by anyone who smells it. If anyone from Cali wonders why the rest of the States think you're the way they were protrayed in South Park on Wed, it's shit like this. 3) The government is testing sewage water in select cities for presense of cocaine. They say it's to find out how many people are using it. I bet. 4) 74% Chinese living in China agreed that "the free enterprise system and free market economy is the best system on which to base the future of the world" whereas only 71% of American's (US) did. And finally, a word on private police forces: Just thought I'd share all this. I know a lot of you are politically active so hopefully this is of interest to a good number of people, it was to me anyway.