I'm not old enough to know, but when gas stations (owned be different oil companies) started being built throughout the land, I wonder if they divided and conquered like the modern cable/ISP's are doing. Did Exxon say "we're gonna service all of the south eastern states", and did Chevron say "we're gonna take all the western states", etc...? How is it that we can have multiple gas stations owned by different oil companies--and all all kinds of pipes/underground oil lines--in almost every US city, but we can't do the same 'infastructurally' speaking with cable/ISP's? Is it logistically impossible, or just greed blocking the works? If governments (fed., state, local) were serious about competition, they'd legislate such that the more competition a monopoly (duopoly, oligopoly, etc.) has--the less that monopoly is taxed. Why not promote competition through lower taxation?
Cops need vocational term limits. Their lives are routinely threatened; they're regularly exposed to gruesome crime scenes, they're increasingly threatened by those whom they've sworn to 'protect & serve'--all of this stress adds up. Not to excuse their actions, but some of these bad cops are just burnt out, and they probably can't financially afford to quit their jobs as police officers.
Let them be employed as police officers for 10 yrs., then they need a mandatory 1 or 2 yr. time out from law enforcement. Let the local police unions deal with their benifits/compensation during their time out.
Yeah, I know; call me a religious nut. I'll be that; I welcome the ridicule. Yet no one can honestly deny that all of the technology (monitoring systems, tracing systems, surveillance systems, erosion of privacy, GPS, RFID, yada, yada, yada...) is consistently heading to a point in time where one political leader can monitor almost everyone...but I'm nut.
So what's the fix? Buy a gun and move to the desert? No. Accept Jesus Christ as your savior and escape Hell and/or the tribulation.