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Iceland Is Crowdsourcing Its New Constitution - Politics. Vikings.

Iceland Is Crowdsourcing Its New Constitution - Politics

They're the vanguard of 21st-century democracy. In the wake of the devastating collapse of Iceland's commercial banks, the country is drawing up a new constitution, and it's doing things a little differently: It's crowdsourcing the process. For real. The country's 25-member constituional council is posting draft clauses on its website and inviting the public to comment on them there or on its Facebook page. And their comments are actually being incorporated into the document. The draft Human Rights section currently contains an expansive clause barring discrimination for just about any reason (including "genotype" and "social origin") but also guarantees universal mental and physical healthcare, academic freedom, and the protection of natural resources.

Chaos Begets Chaos. A 5-Euro note serves as bait in a sociological experiment.

Chaos Begets Chaos

Credit: AAAS Last month social scientists in the Netherlands empirically demonstrated a phenomenon observed by policymakers and law-enforcement officials for years. When an envelope visibly containing a five-euro note was left hanging out of a mailbox on a sidewalk, 13 percent of the passersby snatched it up. When the same mailbox was covered in graffiti, however, more than double the number of the pedestrians (about 27 percent) stole the envelope. Graffiti was not the only misdemeanor that fostered a cavalier attitude toward theft. Broken window theory (BWT), first proposed by James Wilson and George Kelling in 1982, holds that the presence of disorder — in the form of broken windows, litter, and graffiti — can encourage delinquent behavior.

Still, the veracity of BWT has always been in question. The authors conducted six controlled field studies. “No, the results did not surprise us,” says Lindenberg. The 12 States of America. Partisan Trends. Partisan Trends Number of Republicans in America Reaches Record High Email this ShareThis Sign up for free daily updates Saturday, September 01, 2012 After falling for two straight months, the number of Americans who consider themselves Republicans jumped nearly three points in August.

Partisan Trends

During August, 37.6% of Americans considered themselves Republicans. Rasmussen subscribers can log in to read the rest of this article. Become a member and get full access to all articles and polls starting at $3.95/month. Rasmussen Reports is a media company specializing in the collection, publication and distribution of public opinion information. We conduct public opinion polls on a variety of topics to inform our audience on events in the news and other topics of interest.

Some information, including the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll and commentaries are available for free to the general public. To learn more about our methodology, click here. Drug Freedom Works in Portugal : Narco Polo. Posted: April 6th, 2009 | Filed under: drugs, legalization, marijuana | 33 Comments » On Friday I attended Glenn Greenwald‘s presentation of his report, “Drug Decriminalization in Portugal,” at the Cato Institute.

Drug Freedom Works in Portugal : Narco Polo

Greenwald studied how Portugal’s policy of decriminalizing the personal possession of all drugs in 2001 has fared. Portugal’s policy has been a “resounding success.” Decriminalization is dismissed out of hand by those that consider drugs a moral issue, but prohibitionists that stoop to debate argue decriminalization will bring a “parade of horrors.” Some of these are that usage and addiction rates will explode, more children will do drugs, and decriminalized areas will become drug tourist havens that will spread addiction throughout the world.

None of these things have occurred in Portugal. These results are unsurprising to those that understand how exaggerated the evils are surrounding “hard” drugs. Sources: 1.