The disappeared: Chicago police detain Americans at abuse-laden ‘black site’

The Guardian:

The Chicago police department operates an off-the-books interrogation compound, rendering Americans unable to be found by family or attorneys while locked inside what lawyers say is the domestic equivalent of a CIA black site.

A whole lot more at the link. Accusations include holding minors (as young as 15 years old) without council for 12 or more hours and beatings that result in head wounds. Disgusting. Sad. If there ever were anything to the American Dream, shit-heel operations like this choked it to death and stuffed it in a sewer outflow pipe.

The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think

From the author of The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs:

The advert explains: “Only one drug is so addictive, nine out of ten laboratory rats will use it. And use it. And use it. Until dead. It’s called cocaine. And it can do the same thing to you.”

But in the 1970s, a professor of Psychology in Vancouver called Bruce Alexander noticed something odd about this experiment. The rat is put in the cage all alone. It has nothing to do but take the drugs. What would happen, he wondered, if we tried this differently? So Professor Alexander built Rat Park. It is a lush cage where the rats would have colored balls and the best rat-food and tunnels to scamper down and plenty of friends: everything a rat about town could want. What, Alexander wanted to know, will happen then?

In Rat Park, all the rats obviously tried both water bottles, because they didn’t know what was in them. But what happened next was startling.

The rats with good lives didn’t like the drugged water. They mostly shunned it, consuming less than a quarter of the drugs the isolated rats used. None of them died. While all the rats who were alone and unhappy became heavy users, none of the rats who had a happy environment did.

The war on drugs is based upon our worst tendencies as human beings, and I’m not talking about our tendency for addiction.

The World’s Email Encryption Software Relies on One Guy, Who is Going Broke

Filed under Welcome To 2015:

“I’m too idealistic,” he told me in an interview at a hacker convention in Germany in December. “In early 2013 I was really about to give it all up and take a straight job.” But then the Snowden news broke, and “I realized this was not the time to cancel.”

Like many people who build security software, Koch believes that offering the underlying software code for free is the best way to demonstrate that there are no hidden backdoors in it giving access to spy agencies or others. However, this means that many important computer security tools are built and maintained by volunteers.

The people who make important stuff get jack shit for their effort, but that how new Uber For Fart Sounds app gets millions.