What To Do When You're Stopped By Police - The ACLU & Elon James White
Know Anyone Who Thinks Racial Profiling Is Exaggerated? Watch This, And Tell Me When Your Jaw Drops.
This video clearly demonstrates how racist America is as a country and how far we have to go to become a country that is civilized and actually values equal justice. We must not rest until this goal is achieved. I do not want my great grandchildren to live in a country like we have today. I wish for them to live in a country where differences of race and culture are not ignored but valued as a part of what makes America great.
Sunday, March 30, 2014
Saturday, March 29, 2014
High Culture and Hard Labor - NYTimes.com
Friday, March 28, 2014
Thursday, March 27, 2014
"The British government threatened to shut down the Guardian newspaper for its publishing of the confidential NSA surveillance documents provided by Edward Snowden, its deputy editor saidat a conference in Dublin on Wednesday.
The newspaper was responsible for breaking the news of the NSA's massive phone and Internet data collection. Deputy editor Paul Johnson told the Radiodays Europe conference in Dublin that the paper was consequently almost forced to shut down.
“We were threatened that we would be closed down," he said. "We were accused of endangering national security and people’s lives. It left us in a very difficult position,”
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Pete Seeger talks about the history of "We Shall Overcome" (2006) Pete Seeger, one of my high school heroes who I saw perform numerous time. A great social activist who introduced Martin Luther King to the song "We Shall Overcome" which was an old song of working people dating back before 1901
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Do not bother to call. She’s planning to celebrate in Botswana. “I thought: ‘What do I really want to do on my birthday?’ First, get out of Dodge. Second, ride elephants.”
Very few people have aged as publicly. It’s been four decades since she told a reporter, “This is what 40 looks like.” Back then many women, including Steinem herself, fudged their age when they left their 20s, so it was a pretty revolutionary announcement. A decade later she had a “This is what 50 looks like” party at the Waldorf for the benefit of Ms. Magazine. Steinem, who has frequently said that she expects her funeral to be a fund-raiser, has been using her birthdays to make money for worthy causes ever since. Before heading off to Botswana, she, along with Rabbi Arthur Waskow, was feted at a “This is what 80 looks like” benefit for the Shalom Center in Philadelphia.
This Is What 80 Looks Like - NYTimes.com
Friday, March 21, 2014
It's Official: Aaron McGruder out at Boondocks - The Root
"HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu police officers are urging lawmakers to keep an exemption in state law that lets undercover officers have sex with prostitutes during investigations, but they won't say how often — or even if — they use the provision.
The idea has shocked advocates and law enforcement experts in the sex trade, who note that many prostitutes have been forced into that line of work.
"I don't know of any state or federal law that allows any law enforcement officer undercover to ... do what this law is allowing," said Roger Young, a retired special agent who for more than 20 years worked sex crimes for the FBI from Las Vegas and who has trained vice squads around the country. "Once we agree on the price and the sex act, that's all that you need. That breaks the law."
"SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft has lost customers, including the government of Brazil.
IBM is spending more than a billion dollars to build data centers overseas to reassure foreign customers that their information is safe from prying eyes in the United States government."
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
"Alex Kibkalo, a former senior architect at Microsoft who most recently served as a director of product management in 5nine Software (according to his LinkedIn profile), has been arrested for allegedly stealing Windows-related trade secrets while working for Microsoft.
According to a complaint filed on March 17 in the US District Court for the Western District of Washington, Kibkalo -- a Russian national and former Microsoft employee based in Lebanon -- passed on trade secrets involving Windows 8 to an unnamed technology blogger in France.
Microsoft's own investigation found that Kibkalo "uploaded proprietary software including prerelease software updates for Windows 8 RT and ARM devices, as well as the Microsoft Activation Server Software Development Kit (SDK) to a computer in Redmond, Washington, and subsequently to his personal Windows Live SkyDrive account." Kibkalo is then said to have provided the blogger with links to the file on his account.
The unnamed blogger was "known to those in the Microsoft blogging community for posting screenshots of prerelease versions of the Windows operating system," according to the complaint. This person also posted information to his own Web sites and on Twitter, according to the document. Kibkalo was found by Microsoft to have elicited assistance from an acquaintance in Washginton state to set up a virtual machine on a server to help distribute the data and products, the complaint said."
A state gun bill the NRA applauds | MSNBC - Rural Georgia have a sick and perverted fetish with guns. This dead;y perversion is costing lives here and in other states every day due to it's pre Wyatt Earp's day gun laws.
Monday, March 17, 2014
The Ugandan Tabloid That Stole Our Pride - NYTimes.com The hate financed and spread by American evangelical Christians
The Ugandan Tabloid That Stole Our Pride - NYTimes.com
Sunday, March 16, 2014
"Florida prosecutors have dropped charges against a former band member who called 911 after Florida A&M University drum major Robert Champion was beaten during a hazing ritual.
Henry Nesbitt had faced manslaughter and hazing charges until the state attorney notified the court Friday he wouldn’t pursue prosecution of those alleged crimes, according to Orange County court documents.
Champion, who is originally from Decatur, collapsed and died in November 2011 following a hazing ritual in which he walked down the aisle of a bus as other band members beat him with fists and instruments, prosecutors have said.
“Henry Nesbitt was the one person who was there who snatched someone’s cellphone and called 911 for Mr. Champion,” Nesbitt’s attorney, Zachary White, said Saturday. “The evidence shows that he wasn’t on the bus at the time when any of the activities were going on.”
White said there was a lack of evidence for prosecutors to move forward with a case against Nesbitt.
Nesbitt didn’t reach a plea agreement with prosecutors, and he remains on the state’s witness list to potentially testify at the trial of the remaining defendants, White said."
Saturday, March 15, 2014
"The Smarter Sentencing Act — introduced in the Senate last year by Richard Durbin, the Illinois Democrat, and Mike Lee, the Utah Republican — would halve mandatory minimum sentences for certain nonviolent drug crimes, which currently stand at five, 10 and 20 years. It would also give judges more discretion to sentence below the mandatory minimum in some cases, and it would provide a chance at early release for thousands of inmates sentenced under an older law that disproportionately punished crack cocaine offenders.
The Recidivism Reduction and Public Safety Act, introduced by Sheldon Whitehouse, Democrat of Rhode Island, and John Cornyn, the Texas Republican, would allow low-risk prisoners to earn credit for early release by participating in education, job training and drug treatment programs.
Reforms like these were unthinkable even a few years ago, when the Republicans’ longtime tough-on-crime dogma — echoed by Democrats who fearfully fell into line — drove irrational sentencing laws. Why have things changed so quickly? In a word, money — or the lack of it. The bloated Bureau of Prisons eats up nearly $7 billion a year, a quarter of the Justice Department’s entire budget. Politicians like Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, and Mr. Lee have become the public face of the conservative turnabout, and they deserve credit for their efforts, but it’s important to remember that almost none of this would be happening without the need to save money.
In fact, many of the reforms now under consideration at the federal level began in reliably conservative states, where budget crises long ago demanded sweeping and lasting change. In Texas, which incarcerates more people than any other state, lawmakers have adopted alternatives to prison, such as drug courts and improved community supervision programs, that help keep people from reoffending. The result has been a steady decline in the prison population and the closing of three state prisons, even as crime rates go down. As Mr. Cornyn told The Times, “From Texas’s perspective, the evidence is in.”
Since 2000, 29 states have moved to cut back on mandatory sentences, particularly for low-level and nonviolent drug offenders, according to a new report by the Vera Institute of Justice."
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
work in military brothels during World War II even as it moves ahead with
a review of the testimony used to create that apology, a spokesman for the
Japanese government said Monday.
Yoshihide Suga, the chief cabinet secretary, told reporters that the
conservative government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had no intention of
changing the 1993 apology, called the Kono Statement. The apology
admitted for the first time that the Imperial military played at least an
indirect role in forcing the women, known euphemistically as “comfort
women,” to provide sex to Japanese soldiers.
Mr. Suga was responding to rising criticism from South Korea, a
former Japanese colony where many of the women came from, of an
announcement made two weeks ago by Mr. Suga that the government
would review evidence used to support the apology. At that time, Mr. Suga
said the government would form a panel of experts to review the evidence
used to back up the statement, mostly testimony made two decades ago by
16 aging former sex slaves.
Mr. Suga announced the review under pressure from nationalist
lawmakers who denounced the 1993 apology as the product of a Koreanled
campaign to defame Japan, saying the women were just common prostitutes
Japan Won’t Alter Apology to World War II Sex Slaves - NYTimes.com
Monday, March 10, 2014
Get The Data
crime statistics by US state: download the data. Visualised | World news | theguardian.com
Friday, March 07, 2014
stretch them on the rack. We do, however, lock prisoners away in social
isolation for 23 hours a day, often for months, years or decades at a time.
We prohibit the former and permit the latter because we make a
distinction between physical and social pain. But, at the level of the brain
where pain really resides, this is a distinction without a difference.
Matthew Lieberman of the University of California, Los Angeles, compared
the brain activities of people suffering physical pain with people suffering
from social pain. As he writes in his book, “Social,” “Looking at the screens
side by side ... you wouldn’t have been able to tell the difference.”
The brain processes both kinds of pain in similar ways. Moreover, at
the level of human experience, social pain is, if anything, more traumatic,
more destabilizing and inflicts more cruel and long-lasting effects than
physical pain. What we’re doing to prisoners in extreme isolation, in other
words, is arguably more inhumane than flogging.
The Archipelago of Pain - NYTimes.com
Thursday, March 06, 2014
NPR Faces Listener Backlash After Scott Lively Interview | Hatewatch