Headlines I Wish I Hadn’t Seen

U.S. launches a cyber-attack on Iran. Surprise: They’re fighting back.

Only two of Dallas County’s 46 hospitals offer rape victims the state-of-the-art forensic exams that could be their best shot at preserving the evidence needed to put their attackers behind bars.

Federal spending on more than 80 anti-poverty programs, such as Medicaid and food stamps, has increased by 33% since 2008 to $746 billion in 2011.

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  1. Alex says:

    People really don’t understand how much money is being spent on Medicaid/Medicare/food stamps, etc. I firmly believe that they are good things which should exist and be supported, but it is unreasonable to say that they don’t need reform.

  2. Colt says:

    Dallas needs to improve their standards on “rape” procedures in hospitals.

  3. Studebaker says:

    Even in a recession, anti-poverty programs are increasing by 11% a year [33% / (2011-2008)]. I suspect much of this is merely redistributive – not just from rich to poor; but also from one generation of taxpayers to another. Much of the benefits granted to those able to vote today necessarily come from those too young to vote or yet unborn.

  4. Jimmy says:

    “U.S. launches a cyber-attack on Iran. Surprise: They’re fighting back.”

    – I was surprised that the candidates did not spend more time on cybersecurity/warfare last night. Especially with the Stuxnet Virus not having been contained properly (Even though the US has not taken responsibility for Stuxnet).

    In my oppinion, warfare in this world is not changing, rather, I believe that methods of fighting are being compounded with previous methods to create more options for hostiles to use.

    We still have people throwing rocks at opposing forces as a means of fighting revolutions. One can not fight the rock thrower with a cyber attack if the rock thrower uses little to no elctronics. While we can fight non-state actors (terrorists) with cyber warfare to prevent recruitment and such, we can not use it as effectively to convince the poor afghan farmers not to be sympathetic towards the Taliban.

    We have developed nations creating new technologies that have never been used or tested. These are important to maintaining strength in the civilized world. It is important that you know your enemy, and use the appropriate weapons to fight.

  5. Baker says:

    Funniest line of the piece: “Iranian officials didn’t return a call seeking comment.”

  6. August says:

    Studebaker: Averaging the increase to 11% a year misses the trend. This is how counter-cyclical policy is supposed to work.

    +23% from 2008 to 2009
    +6% from 2009 to 2010
    +2% from 2010-2011

    And while I agree that inter-generational redistribution is bad, all deficit spending is taking from future generational, not just the part that goes to the poor.

  7. Joyce says:

    Only two of Dallas County’s 46 hospitals offer rape victims the state-of-the-art forensic exams that could be their best shot at preserving the evidence needed to put their attackers behind bars.

    I can totally sympathize with the rape victims mentioned in this article who are fighting for more hospitals to offer services to rape survivors as fast and convenient as possible. However, under the circumstances, if I was a rape survivor I wouldn’t let a 45 minute drive get in the way of me getting checked and doing what I need to do for them to catch the predator. Yes, it’s horrible and I can only imagine what these people go through. But sometimes you just have to roll with the punches. If you really want them to catch the person and you want to make sure you are okay, then you will drive to the nearest hospital. I know I would do it.

  8. Robert says:

    What kind of rape are we talking about here? Legitimate or illegitimate?

  9. Brian Williams. says:

    It turns out that welfare programs aren’t necessarily anti-poverty programs…otherwise we would have conquered poverty by now. Economic growth is the only proven cure for poverty.

  10. Jordan says:

    Why the focus on Iran? China has been doing this for years (2011 was an exciting year for having them steal stuff with impunity).

  11. Paul says:

    You’d think having better forensics to help fight crime would be a priority.