Monday, August 17, 2015
How Many San Francisco Cops Does It Take To Subdue One Black Guy With A Prosthetic Leg? 14: Four To Assault Him, 10 To Block the View
Another video, another assault on a black body - one-legged, yet - in the "quotidian ...mundane...everyday harassment" that is policing in America. A journalist caught many cops brutally taking down a homeless man in a high-tech area after someone reported he was waving around "sticks," aka his crutches. Four cops pinned him to the ground, stomping on both his good and bad leg, as 10 bulky cohorts formed a ring. One observer: "They sure served and protected the hell outta that guy."
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Thursday, August 13, 2015
Birds Welcomed Back To Harlem In The Audubon Mural Project
Those ubiquitous metal security gates that roll down over New York City businesses each night are looking way cooler thanks to a collaborative street art initiative by the National Audubon Society and a local gallery owner. The project in John James Audubon's old neighborhood depicts in all their sometimes garish splendor the 314 bird species threatened by climate change, in hopes we'll notice - and help save - them.
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Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Peek-A-Boo: NYPD Union of Douchebags Doesn't Like DeBlasio or Being Held Accountable So They Are (WTF?) Photo-Shaming the Homeless To Prove It
Demonstrating unions aren't always socially useful, the NYPD's Sergeants Benevolent Association has embarked on a startlingly loathsome (even for the NYPD) campaign whereby they photograph the homeless and their "quality-of-life offenses" and then post the photos in all their destitute glory to a Flickr account called Peek-A-Boo. This is supposed to prove something about how “We, the ‘Good Guys,' are sworn to protect our citizens," except when they're, like, you know, ewww, poor.
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Tuesday, August 11, 2015
White Guys Toting Loaded Assault Weapons Cruise Streets of Ferguson and Somehow It's All Cool With Police
Providing what every racial tinderbox in America needs, a group of heavily armed, cartridge-strapped, bullet-proof-vested, white militiamen, aka Oath Keepers, took to patrolling the streets of Ferguson amidst protests marking one year since the killing of Michael Brown. Police arrested 150 peaceful protestors - including three journalists, several black men they pepper-sprayed, manhandled and (mistakenly) accused of being armed, and the girl above - but left the white guys alone.
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Saturday, August 8, 2015
A Life of A Person Is Important
Amidst the daily litany of Israeli cruelties against Palestinians - murder, arson, harassment, eviction - that is life under Occupation comes this: The stunning image of two Palestinian men during a confrontation protecting a frightened Israeli policewoman caught in the bitter middle. Zakaria Sadah, a Palestinian activist working with Rabbis for Human Rights, said he heedlessly stepped in to save lives on both sides because, "For me, a person is a person."
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Friday, August 7, 2015
Jon Stewart: "Bullsh*t Is Everywhere"
After 16 years of truth-telling, Jon Stewart's final Daily Show was caustic, touching and rich with scores of former co-conspirators; the last, Stephen Colbert, offered a heartfelt tribute that brought Stewart to tears. Fittingly, he ended with an ardent call for vigilance against political, corporate and media bullshit - ie: "Patriot Act" for "Are You Scared Enough to Let Me Look at All of Your Phone Records Act." His parting shot: "If you smell something, say something." We'll miss him.
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Thursday, August 6, 2015
We Need Brain
A bunch of dolts, cheats, bullies, liars, zealots and sociopaths blathered onstage last night because, said Jeb! Bush, "We're at the verge at the greatest time alive." The GOP presidential contenders didn't mention guns, black lives, climate change or police violence, but talked a lot about God, dead babies, "illegals," and war (more, please). Donald somebody: "We need strength, energy, quickness - points to head - and brain to fix this country." One cogent viewer, "This is tragic."
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Wednesday, August 5, 2015
We Are Not Going Back: Elizabeth Warren Is So Sick of the GOP War On Women Her Head Is About To Explode, and It Is Wonderful To See
Elizabeth Warren has had enough. After another mindless GOP effort to deny health care to millions of women by stripping Planned Parenthood of funding - an effort spurred by hysterical wingnuts claiming bogus leaked video showed "the savage butchery of an organization that kills our children and sells their organs" - Warren launched a fabulously fiery tirade against misogynistic idiots who live in the wrong century and get all their facts wrong. Righteous rage in action. Rejoice.
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Tuesday, August 4, 2015
This Is A Live Sit-Com We're Watching Here, or Maybe The End of Days
In this loopy pre-election season, it's starting to feel like the Empire may fall not with a bang, but with unintelligible blather. Fox News (sic) has announced the top ten clown contestants for this week's GOP debate even as the tomfoolery surrounding their battle to the bottom grows, from bedlam at a Trump focus group to the spectacle of Ted Cruz making machine-gun bacon - and yes, it's bizarre on as many levels as you can conjure.
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Monday, August 3, 2015
Koch Brothers As Freedom Fighters
Surreal Rebranding Dept: Just like Frederick Douglass and Rosa Parks and other "freedom movements" before them, the noble Koch Brothers have told 450 followers, they are "seeking to right injustices" to create "a truly free society" that will no longer "enrich the haves at the expense of the have nots,” so please help them "save our country” by adding to the $900 million they've spent to screw the poor and make the rich richer and kill the planet.
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