The trials of Kyle Rittenhouse and Ahmaud Arbery’s killers embody a big problem with the justice system

We can start with the fact that there were even trials at all. Only a very small percentage of criminal cases are ever presented to a jury. Most defendants, including the innocent, are pressured to accept a plea bargain. As University of North Carolina law professor Carissa Byrne Hessick documents in her book “Punishment Without Trial,” the pressure comes from all sides. Prosecutors pile on charges to get defendants to plead guilty to at least a few of them. Overworked public defenders don’t have the time to take cases to a jury and can feel pressure to persuade clients to plead.

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Facebook’s Metaverse Heralds a Brave New Underworld of Metacrime

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg has probably not had the year he had hoped for. In late spring, New York Times reporters Sheera Frankel and Cecilia Kang made waves with the release of their new book, An Ugly Truth, which took readers deep inside Facebook’s cutthroat corporate culture and revealed that internal concerns about the spread of hate and misinformation on the social media titan’s massive platform were routinely sidelined in the pursuit of pure profit.

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The Great Escape

The first thing you should know about Caroline Potts of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, is that she loves her pets. “I have five cats and three dogs,” she told me, proudly. “The only thing I don’t have is birds.”
So when she needed a job, PetSmart seemed like the perfect solution. “My sister worked at PetSmart and I was in there so much,” she said.
She started as a bather, and showed enough promise to be invited to the company’s dog grooming academy, where they teach how to cut hair. “I knew it was what I wanted to do with my life,” Caroline said.

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The ‘Visible Deterioration’ in American Democracy Is Just the Start

While many in the media and political landscape are distracted by the phantom menace of wokeness, the US was just added to an annual list of “backsliding” democracies for the first time ever.
It’s an urgent reminder to Americans battling windmills like Critical Race Theory and The 1619 project, and desperately rehabilitating former Trump officials, that we have less than a year to try and save our ailing Republic from an increasingly radicalized and weaponized GOP death cult.

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Republicans Have a Golden Opportunity. They Will Probably Blow It.

Last weekend I considered what the Democratic Party should expect from politics after Covid — the hope of revived popularity for Joe Biden under return-to-normalcy conditions, the danger that the left-tilting party might be losing ground across multiple different demographic groups. Now, after an interlude of giving thanks, let’s consider how post-Covid politics might look from the Republican side.
Republicans have a lot to be thankful for. In the years since George W.

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“Activism” Isn’t a Coherent Ideology

When CBS announced The Activist, many lambasted the depraved concept: a game show where contestants compete in “media stunts, digital campaigns and community events aimed at garnering the attention of the world’s most powerful decision-makers,” such as celebrity judge Usher. Stung by backlash, CBS reformatted to minimize the competitive element. What remains, though, is its vision of “activism” as a career path and personal brand, whose purpose is to become famous enough to convince powerful people to agree with you.
We can’t blame CBS too much.

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The greediest Thanksgiving ever

Now, they tell us, inflation might be happening — but it’s the fault of greedy corporations! And those companies must be punished.

Corporate greed is why your Thanksgiving turkey and energy prices are more expensive this year, alleges Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). Corporate greed is also why Dollar Tree is finally raising its prices, after 35 years, from $1 to $1.25 for most items, says a senior staffer for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

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At last, some fight in a Prime Minister: HENRY DEEDES watches Boris Johnson during PMQs

At last, some fight in a Prime Minister who’s been wheezing like a clapped-out Morris Minor: HENRY DEEDES watches Boris Johnson battling back during PMQs
By Henry Deedes for the Daily Mail
Published: 19:43 EST, 24 November 2021 | Updated: 19:43 EST, 24 November 2021

Boris Johnson came out swinging at PMQs. Let’s face it, after the fortnight he’s endured, he had to do something.
Admittedly it wasn’t pretty. More drunken brawling than what purists would call proper pugilism.

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Why you should care about Facebook’s big push into the metaverse

It’s the next big breakthrough in technology. It’s a joke. It’s a marketing strategy. It’s a techno-dystopian nightmare. It’s the metaverse — defined most simply as a virtual world where people can socialize, work, and play — and Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg believes it is the future of the internet and of his trillion-dollar company.

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