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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.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Facebook 'I drank' post not best idea for woman on DUI probation

High Culture and Hard Labor -

On Saadiyat, and throughout the gleaming cityscapes of Abu Dhabi and Dubai, the construction work force is almost entirely made up of Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi Sri Lankan and Nepalese migrant laborers. Bound to an employer by the kafala sponsorship system, they arrive heavily indebted from recruitment and transit fees, only to find that their gulf dream has been a mirage. Typically, in the United Arab Emirates, the sponsoring employer takes their passports, houses the workers in substandard labor camps, pays much less than they were promised and enforces a punishing regimen under the desert sun.

High Culture and Hard Labor -

Thursday, March 27, 2014

UK Government Reportedly Threatened To Shut The Guardian Down Over Snowden Stories

"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,”

Corporate America's Long, Dark History Of Evangelizing At Work

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Board Rules Northwestern Players Can Unionize -

This is a major first step in attacking the plantation system which is college sports.   The next step is obtaining real salaries

Saturday, March 22, 2014

This Is What 80 Looks Like -

ON Tuesday, Gloria Steinem turns 80.

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 -

Friday, March 21, 2014

It's Official: Aaron McGruder out at Boondocks - The Root

This is terrible.  Gangsta capitalism at play again.

It's Official: Aaron McGruder out at Boondocks - The Root

Migrant Workers In World Cup Host Qatar 'Enslaved,' Living In Squalor: Report

After visiting labor camps near the Qatari capital of Doha, an international federation of trade unions has issued a blistering report chronicling the labor and human rights abuses unfolding in the host country of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Drawing on data from the Indian and Nepalese embassies, the International Trade Union Confederation estimates that 4,000 more workers could die before the World Cup gets underway in 2022 if the workforce grows as expected.
The group calls Qatar a country with only "a facade of government," and says that impoverished migrant workers from abroad are living in squalid conditions while beholden to employers who control their identification cards and exit visas. Working in "unbelievable heat" six days a week, such migrants are now dying in "unprecedented numbers," according to the report's authors.
"Grown men said they were treated like animals, living like horses in a stable," the report states. "Tragically a small number of Qatari power brokers have chosen to build the trappings of a modern economy off the backs of exploited and enslaved workers."
Migrant Workers In World Cup Host Qatar 'Enslaved,' Living In Squalor: Report

Hawaiian Cops Can Have Sex With Prostitutes

"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."

Fallout From Snowden Hurting Bottom Line of Tech Companies -

"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."

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Ex Microsoft staffer arrested for allegedly stealing Win 8 trade secrets

"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.

Kibkalo was arrested on Wednesday, according to a report in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

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.

A state gun bill the NRA applauds | MSNBC

Gun violence as a public health issue | MSNBC

Gun violence as a public health issue | MSNBC

Monday, March 17, 2014

Shane L. Windmeyer: The Secret Recipe for Funding Hate Groups: 5 Simple Facts About Chick-fil-A

It should not surprise anyone that a company that sells chicken using cows would also claim to be a Christian-principled family business and then take profits to fund hate groups. The real issue at hand is not freedom of speech or same-sex marriage but Chick-fil-A's secretive funding of documented anti-gay hate groups. The national organization Campus Pride made this clear last week in releasing "5 Simple Facts About Chick-fil-A." Campus Pride specifically called upon our nation's student leaders to share the truth about Chick-fil-A and its funding of radical-right-wing organizations and documented hate groups.
Through its family-controlled nonprofit arm, Chick-fil-A profits have funded such groups as Eagle Forum, Exodus International, Family Research Council, and Focus on the Family. These groups proudly and aggressively work against the rights of LGBT people, advocating their criminalization, psychological abuse, and death. Chick-fil-A has not disputed any of these facts. The "5 Simple Facts About Chick-fil-A" are well documented, showing the funneling of Chick-fil-A profits to anti-gay causes and even a hate group, as determined by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Shane L. Windmeyer: The Secret Recipe for Funding Hate Groups: 5 Simple Facts About Chick-fil-A

The Ugandan Tabloid That Stole Our Pride - The hate financed and spread by American evangelical Christians

Then, on Feb. 24 this year, everything changed. That was the day President Yoweri Museveni signed Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act into law. Two days later, Uganda’s largest tabloid, the Red Pepper, publishedan article titled “Homosexuality Could Cause Mental Illness — Medics.” One of the photographs accompanying the article was one — also published by The Advocate — that I had taken at Uganda’s very first pride parade in 2012, showing two Ugandans with broad smiles. The Red Pepper had not contacted me or sought my permission.
On many days since, similar stories and photographs have been published. The worst for me and my activist friends came on Feb. 28, when the Red Pepper reprinted — again, without permission — a version of my photo essay for The Advocate. The feature was retitled “Top Ugandan Gays Speak Out: How We Became Homos.” I had been given a byline as if I were one of the newspaper’s reporters. Some words were changed, and the photographs were cropped to cut out my copyright watermark. The Advocate was neither contacted nor credited.

The Ugandan Tabloid That Stole Our Pride -

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Charges dropped against FAMU hazing defendant |

"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

A Rare Opportunity on Criminal Justice -

"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

Japan Won’t Alter Apology to World War II Sex Slaves -

TOKYO — Japan will not revise a landmark apology to women forced to
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 -

Friday, March 07, 2014

The Archipelago of Pain -

We don’t flog people in our prison system, or put them in thumbscrews or
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 -

Why the Senate blocked Obama’s DOJ nominee What’s the real reason why Debo Adegbile wasn’t confirmed? Ben Jealous joins All In to explain.

All In with Chris Hayes on msnbc

Thursday, March 06, 2014

NPR Faces Listener Backlash After Scott Lively Interview | Hatewatch

Evangelical crusader Scott Lively, who is credited with inspiring anti-gay legislation in both Uganda and Russia, was interviewed last week on National Public Radio’s “Tell Me More” program by host Michel Martin to discuss Uganda’s harsh new statute outlawing homosexuality. The interview, which lasted over 10 minutes, included the usual doses of Lively’s incendiary rhetoric, including his assertion that “sodomy is not a human right.”
Lively also justified anti-gay discrimination by comparing it to other forms of bigotry: “Gender, race, ethnicity – these are all morally neutral. But homosexuality is – involves voluntary sexual conduct with serious public health, social, sociological implications. It’s not irrational to discriminate on that basis.”
The interview sparked a strong negative reaction from NPR listeners, who took to social media such as Facebook and Twitter to chastise the network and Martin for broadcasting the interview. Among them was Ted Allen of the Food Network, who commented: “Can’t believe ears: Why is @NPR legitimizing anti-gay Scott Lively on @TellMeMoreNPR?!”

NPR Faces Listener Backlash After Scott Lively Interview | Hatewatch

South Korea's Sexist Military -

South Korea's Sexist Military -

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

KKK Marches In Front Of Georgia State Capitol In Atlanta March 1, 2014. The South Is Still The South

Police Building Good Will By Respecting Others Cultures. These Are My Kind Of Police

Sunday, March 02, 2014

High court looks at death row inmate with low IQ

The Associated Press
A Floridian with an IQ as high as 75 may be diagnosed as mentally disabled and be eligible for help getting a job. But on death row, the state says having an IQ higher than 70 categorically means an inmate is not mentally disabled and may be executed.
The Supreme Court barred states from executing mentally disabled inmates in 2002, but until now has left the determination of who is mentally disabled to the states.
In arguments Monday, 68-year-old Florida inmate Freddie Lee Hall is challenging the state's use of a rigid IQ cutoff to determine mental disability.
Florida is among a few states that use a score of 70, as measured by IQ tests, as the threshold for concluding an inmate is not mentally disabled, even when other evidence indicates he is.
"Simply put, IQ tests are not a perfect measure of a person's intellectual ability," Hall's lawyers told the court in written arguments.
In nine tests administered between 1968 and 2008, Hall scored as low as 60 and as high as 80, with his most recent scores between 69 and 74, according to the state.
A judge in an earlier phase of the case concluded Hall "had been mentally retarded his entire life." Psychiatrists and other medical professionals who examined him said he is mentally disabled.

High court looks at death row inmate with low IQ

Searching for an alternative to incarceration A recent poll shows 71% of Americans favor the elimination of mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent offenders in favor of discretionary sentencing. The MHP panel discusses possible reforms for prison sentencing.

Public versus private religious rights | MSNBC

Public versus private religious rights The MHP panel talks about the differences in accommodating religious rights in the private and public sphere.

Dissecting the 'fear of a secular planet' | MSNBC

Dissecting the ‘fear of a secular planet’ Supporters of religious liberty bills often say their faith is under attack, disrespected in culture, dismissed in the schools and squeezed out of government. Religion Dispatches’ Sarah Posner joins the MHP panel.

The effects of solitary confinement | MSNBC

How religion figures into the equality debate The MHP panel--Akhil Reed Amar, Aisha Moodie-Mills, Anna Palmer and Ira Stoll--take a deeper look at the religious underpinnings of the LGBT equality debate.

The effects of solitary confinement | MSNBC

The effects of solitary confinement Piper Kerman, author of “Orange is the New Black” joins to talk about reforms in solitary confinement and the trauma and cost of the practice.

How prison reforms are working in Texas | MSNBC

How prison reforms are working in Texas Recently, Texas has found that relying on prison for so many different infractions has been pretty tough on its budget. The MHP panel discusses Texas and other states that are working to reform the criminal justice system.

What drives current sentencing guidelines? | MSNBC

What drives current sentencing guidelines?

A changing tide on criminal justice policies? | MSNBC

A changing tide on criminal justice policies? Years of civil rights organizing, coupled with expensive prisons and tight budgets, are driving a “revolution” on both sides of the political spectrum in rethinking criminal justice policies. Former federal Judge Timothy K. Lewis, the Advancement Project’s Judith Browne Dianis, criminal defense attorney Billy Murphy, Reason’s Peter Suderman and former Iranian hostage and investigative journalist Shane Bauer discuss with Ari Melber.

Melissa Harris-Perry on msnbc