(Digression) What is wrong with America, summed up by Matt Taibbi
Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi sums up the current insanity that is the USA:
We have two definitely connected phenomena, often treated as separate and unconnected: a growing lawlessness in the financial sector, and an expanding, repressive, increasingly lunatic police apparatus trained at the poor, and especially the nonwhite poor.
(Some people still think, despite all indications to the contrary, that the US has "a system with strong checks and balances". To that I can only say this: you will wake up -- some day.)