Radley Balko, for Salon:
Sal Culosi is dead because he bet on a football game — but it wasn’t a bookie or a loan shark who killed him. His local government killed him, ostensibly to protect him from his gambling habit.
The poor guy used to enjoy placing low-stakes bets on college football with his friends. An ersatz-Rambo cop decided he’d talk the guy into upping the stakes so that he and his idiot fratboy colleagues could show up at Culosi’s house all SWAT-team style and execute him–he was unarmed, mind you–right on his front lawn.
We live in willful, blissful stupidity under a militarized regime, and every single thing we do is under supercomputer scrutiny. How could that possibly go wrong?
OK, let’s get back to liquefying our brains with TMZ.