Reason June 2021

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6 minutos
when politics makes it impossible to plan

THE BOY IN the video is crying. He is 10 years old, and he has been walking alone on a rural road outside of La Grulla, Texas, for a long time. He was traveling with a group, he says to the Border Patrol agent who has found him, and got left behind. “I came here looking for help,” he sniffs. “I’m afraid.” He doesn’t know what will happen to him, or why the adults around him are behaving so unpredictably. There’s no doubt that this boy was in mortal peril. Hundreds of bodies have been found at the Texas border in the last year alone. But whose fault is it? Commentators have blamed everyone from his parents in Nicaragua to President Joe Biden, but the real problem—not just at the border, but…

1 minutos
fun with frozen ferrets

THE RIDICULOUSLY CUTE Elizabeth Ann made her debut in February as the first cloned black-footed ferret. She is the genetic twin of Willa, one of the last 18 wild ferrets captured in the 1980s for a captive breeding program overseen by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). Willa never produced offspring, but after she died in 1988, her cells were cryopreserved at the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance’s Frozen Zoo. As a result of the USFWS’s regular breeding program, nearly 300 black-footed ferrets now live in the wild. But all of those ferrets are dangerously inbred, since they are descended from just seven individuals. A genomic study revealed that Willa’s genome possessed three times more unique variations than the wild population. Back in 2013, the USFWS contacted the nonprofit Revive &…

4 minutos
section 230 haters aren’t going away

SECTION 230 OF the Communications Decency Act, known to its fans as “the 26 words that created the internet,” shields social media and other digital platforms from legal liability for user-generated content. Although that protection has enabled myriad forms of online expression, it has become a bête noire for critics on the left and right who are unhappy with the results. People who oppose government regulation of online speech hoped Donald Trump’s departure from the White House would take a repeal of Section 230 off the table. While President Joe Biden has said he favors repealing the law and Vice President Kamala Harris has opposed it since her days as California’s attorney general, Section 230’s most zealous critics were Trump and Sen. Josh Hawley (R–Mo.). Now that both men are standing…

3 minutos
the pandemic will make kids or break them

THE COVID-19 ERA has worked as a stress test for parents and kids alike, breaking some while bringing out reserves of strength and resilience in others. But it’s not the disease itself that’s done so much damage; it’s the isolation, fear, and stressed adults that have driven many kids during the last year to anxiety, obsessive behavior, and even suicide. “The strain of the COVID-19 pandemic on children underscores the need for pediatricians to address emotional and behavioral health as part of standard care,” the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) announced on March 15. “Suicidal ideation and attempts have increased among youth during the pandemic.” Around the same time, the Associated Press warned that “pediatric psychiatrists say they’re also seeing children with coronavirus-related phobias, tics and eating disorders, obsessing about infection, scrubbing…

2 minutos
judges stick up for asset forfeiture victim

POLICE IN MOORESVILLE, North Carolina, found a small amount of marijuana in a man’s car and used it to justify seizing nearly $17,000 of his money. Thankfully, a state judge is raising hell over it. In November, Jermaine Sanders was staying at a hotel in Mooresville when officers searched his car, finding what appeared to be less than half an ounce of marijuana and $16,761 in cash. The cops seized the cash and charged Sanders, who they learned had previously been convicted of felony drug charges in Connecticut, with misdemeanor drug possession. Sanders’ attorney, Ashley Cannon, submitted a motion seeking the return of her client’s cash, arguing that he did not consent to the search, that the police did not provide a warrant, and that the money was not related to any…

3 minutos
an $86 billion moral hazard

THE $1.9 TRILLION emergency spending bill Congress passed in early March was full of items that had little to do with the COVID-19 pandemic, the ostensible justification for the package. Perhaps the most indefensible provision was an $86 billion bailout for unions’ private pension funds. This unprecedented handout could pave the way for a much more expensive bailout of public-sector pensions. The American Rescue Plan Act creates a new federal grant program to support multiemployer pension funds. There are more than 1,400 of these retirement plans, which are jointly funded by unions and the private companies that contract with them through collective bargaining agreements. All told, this arrangement serves more than 10 million current and retired workers. Most of the funds are doing fine, but 124 of them are in “critical”…