Friday, April 24, 2015
Read All About It: Cops Break Up Fight, Subdue Aggressor, Nobody Dies (Maybe 'Cause the Cops Were Swedish?)
New Yorkers acclimated to being terrorized by the NYPD are agog because four young Swedish cops on vacation calmly, humanely stopped a subway beatdown without shedding any blood, breaking any necks, shooting any retreating backs or otherwise launching any unwarranted executions. Back home, Swedes were baffled by the fuss: "If you see something bad, you just do something to help - it's ordinary." The cops were likewise confounded, asking, "Is this a big deal?" Actually... no, it shouldn't be.
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Thursday, April 23, 2015
Don't Let Them Drown: It's Not Happening Here But It's Happening Now
Powerfully highlighting the world's "shameful" response - or lack of it - to the horrific drowning deaths of thousands of migrants in the Mediterranean, Amnesty International in the UK lined up two hundred body bags on Brighton Beach to ask the searing question, "How many more must die?" A broader campaign likewise urges us to honor our "unbreakable moral obligation to save them."
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Guns 'R Us: Actual Elected Official Sure Loves His Assault Weapon, aka "Beautiful Patriotic Paper Weight"
A Colorado Tea Party rep got into trouble for posting a photo of his illegal-in-D.C., stars-and-stripes bedecked AR-15 until police decided it's no biggie if our politicians fondle and fetishize a firearm that looks like "the unfortunate offspring of a military artillery piece having sex with a Toby Keith concert" and then use the controversy to fundraise so commie types won't again try to "strip us of our rights." No wonder the U.S. is the world's most heavily armed country; next up is Yemen.
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Monday, April 20, 2015
This Must Stop: On Running Unprovoked and Other Crimes
Another One. Freddie Gray died in Baltimore, his neck broken; he got arrested because he may have had or sold a knife. Eric Garner was maybe selling cigarettes. Walter Scott was running away. Michael Brown was walking. Tamir Rice was playing. Those in the March 2 Justice are protesting. Toni Morrison on the conversation about race America needs to have: "I want to see a cop shoot a white unarmed teenager in the back. Then when you ask me, 'Is it over?’, I will say yes.”
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Saturday, April 18, 2015
A Return to the Earth
Amidst Earth Day rallies and concerts, celebrate our singular planet with the extraordinary photos of two Scandinavian artists documenting "the link between humanity and the natural world" in their "Eyes As Big as Plates" series. Occasionally popping up online as "Old Finnish People With Things on Their Heads," the ongoing project in fact seeks to blend folklore with personal stories to portray the timeless "slippage of elderly figures into the landscape."
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Thursday, April 16, 2015
Wielding Life and Death
The saga of the Tulsa killing of Eric Harris by Robert Bates, a rich old guy who liked playing cop and wore "a badge that was bought not earned," just got sketchier. Reports of the sheriff's office falsifying his training records have surfaced even as a rambling Bates has come forward to say the shooting was the second worst thing to happen to him after getting cancer - failing to mention it was probably the worst thing ever to happen to Eric Harris, who's like, you know, dead.
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Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Clinton vs. Sanders: Follow the Money
Nobody's ready to cut Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton any slack, least of all Bernie Sanders, who says he questions if she's "prepared to take on the billionaire class.” Newly published - and stunningly revealing - records of the top contributors for them both bear him out. While Sanders' money comes almost exclusively from unions, Clinton's comes solely from Wall Street and other fat cats. Notes Sanders, "It's not what she says, it's what she does."
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Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Sticking It To the Man: Tushi the Chimp 1, Drone 0
Nature won over technology, hands and sticks down, when the Netherlands' Royal Burgers' Zoo tried sending a drone over the chimpanzee enclosure for a closer look at the lives of their 14 apes, who are evidently fond of their privacy. The $2,000 drone was flying overhead when 23-year-old female Tushi took it down with two good whacks. With the camera downed but still rolling, Tushi and her curious neighbors gathered to inspect their intrusive kill. Cue cool chimp selfies.
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Monday, April 13, 2015
F#ck Your Breath: Rich White Elderly Executive Playing Cop 'Mistakenly' Shoots Unarmed Black Guy Who Dies Having Obscenities Screamed At Him
Another one, even worse. Tulsa officials have charged Reserve Deputy Robert Bates, 73 - a wannabee cop who donated thousands to the sheriff's office - with manslaughter after he mistook his gun for a Taser and shot in the back fleeing suspect Eric Harris. Amidst all the awful things about this story, the worst has to be the breathtakingly savage moment when, even as Harris lies dying, a horde of venomous cops set upon him and cuss him out. One commenter to America: "Stop. Killing. Us."
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Sunday, April 12, 2015
We Are Not A Crime: Spanish Activists Hold First-Ever Hologram Protest
After months of massive flesh-and-blood protests against Spain's draconian new "gag law," deemed "the worst cut of rights and freedoms since the Franco regime," enterprising activists held the world's first virtual protest, with thousands of ghostly angry figures marching to demonstrate that holograms will soon have more rights than people. Scores of groups organized the action under the monikers Hologramas Por La Libertad and No Somos Delito - We Are Not A Crime.
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