Inhumane, Wasteful: The Seattle Times investigates Washington's propensity for forcibly restraining mental health patients and then leaving them to wait, sometimes days, for treatment. Guinea and London, among other places, have long since abandoned the practice of forced restraining.
Why? The man who self-immolated on the National Mall, for unknown reasons, has died of his injuries.
Indy Journalist Gets Respect in Newsweek: Marcy Wheeler, who goes by the handle 'emptywheel,' suspected the government was bulk collecting our private data using the Patriot Act long before the Snowden revelations. She's kind of a badass.
NYT Journalist: "This is [the] most closed, control-freak administration I’ve ever covered."
Stabbed: A Fort Lewis soldier was stabbed to death late Friday in what might be a hate crime, police say.
Libya Would Like An Explanation: Of what exactly just happened. According to initial media reports, which are often wrong, a US commando raid captured an Al Qaeda leader accused of the 1998 embassy bombings in Kenya.
Speaking of Feeble Governments: A primer on how not to help Somalia.
The Dominican Republic Hates Black People: But for the hospitality of some Haitian emigres, I really disliked the DR when I passed through there after the Haiti earthquake in 2010. Something empty and hollow about it.
Rep. Jim McDermott On the GOP Shutdown: "You can’t say, OK, you get half of Obamacare—this isn’t a Solomonic decision. So we sit here until they figure out they fuckin' lost."