What do you think about people making suggestions for posts here in MetaTalk?
Due to sleep issues I'm sometimes unable to follow through on things that seem post-worthy. I'm sometimes just too foggy or having a bad day after a bad night. On days like this I can find links and drill down a little bit, but am unable to do the cognitive legwork about framing it intelligently, giving it context, being sensitive to the nature of the topic (and the site), and other things that go to make a good post on an important subject. It's sort of like being woken up 3 hours early; during the first part of the morning you can get dressed and make yourself breakfast but god help you if you need to plan or reason anything out.
This NYT sidebar article
on the abandoning of the traditional model for capital punishment in the US by the American Law Institute
(ALI) seemed worthy of discussion. For those unwilling to go through the NYT's subscription business, here are a few highlights:
The institute’s recent decision to abandon the field was a compromise. Some members had asked the institute to take a stand against the death penalty as such. That effort failed.
Instead, the institute voted in October to disavow the structure it had created “in light of the current intractable institutional and structural obstacles to ensuring a minimally adequate system for administering capital punishment.”
That last sentence contains some pretty dense lawyer talk, but it can be untangled. What the institute was saying is that the capital justice system in the United States is irretrievably broken.
I was surprised to find very little previous postings on the AFI here, esp. given its strong assocation with capital punishment. Again from the NYT:
“The A.L.I. is important on a lot of topics,” said Franklin E. Zimring, a law professor at the University of California, Berkeley. “They were absolutely singular on this topic” — capital punishment — “because they were the only intellectually respectable support for the death penalty system in the United States.”
So what does the playbook say about this kind of handoff? Or would the fans object?