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For Whom The Toll Raises?

Thursday, Jul. 01, 2010 3:47 AM

Noted atheist Christopher Hitchens has cancelled a large portion of his book tour because he's been diagnosed with cancer.

We wish him well.

The judge presiding over the Johannes Mehserle trial has ruled out a charge of 1st Degree Murder, stating that there is insufficient evidence to establish premeditation.

The jury will hear closing arguments today, then enter deliberations on the charges of 2nd Degree Murder or Manslaughter. If convicted, Mehserle faces anywhere from 4 to 40 years in prison.

The City of Oakland and its police are preparing for violence in the wake of any verdict being announced. I suppose it's too much to expect that there won't be a disturbance, regardless of the verdict, and that even a guilty verdict won't be enough to satisfy some people.

If there's an indicator to show the increasing plague of stupid in today's world, it's the hand-holding over simple things like an increase in bridge tolls throughout the Bay Area this morning.

Apparently, the concept of congestion pricing is so alien and bizarre, news stations flogged the story to death, explaining the new tolls in detail.

So not only are we showing an increased inability to observe the world around us and think, we're becoming incapable of handling change. We want our safe, sterile little cocoons, padded corners, and warm hugs.

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