All Further Articles for 2013-12-19

Thursday, December 19, 2013
Signs of the Times
In the Bay Area, the homeless are suffering more than usual from a cold snap that has killed at least seven people. In New York, the homeless are suffering about as much as always, and they are everywhere. Seeking to tell their stories, artist Andres Serrano embarked on a project to buy 200 of their signs at 20 bucks a shot to create video testimony of their hard lives. When he asked, they always said yes. "I see every sign as a story. There are many stories out here that deserve to be heard."
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The Affluenza Defense: All the Injustice Money Can Buy
Justice is still stalking Ethan Couch, the poor little rich Texan boy who got wasted on Valium mixed with beer he stole from Walmart and plowed his daddy's pickup truck into four people, killing them all, paralyzing a friend in the truck and injuring others, after which carnage he was "sentenced" to probation and a stay in a $500,000 a year rehab facility with yoga and equine therapy - but not a day in prison - because his rich/lousy parents never taught him about consequences. Now the victims' families are suing for millions, prosecutors are urging the so-called judge to give him jail time for lesser offenses he's convicted of, and the rest of us are wondering about a legal system that allows anyone in any position of authority to accept the notion that being rich gets you off scot-free from anything, no matter how egregious. Wait, there were those banks....Ethan (duh) is white.
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Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Glitter As Terrorism
For the first time, police have charged environmental activists with staging a "terrorism hoax" after tar sands protesters in Oklahoma unfurled a pair of banners covered in glitter - which cops described as a "biochemical assault." Many see the anti-terrorism charges as part of a trend of increasingly aggressive law enforcement tactics against environmental protesters. The surreal police report ominously cites the "unknown substance" as cause for alarm. And never mind "the covert way (the protesters) presented themselves." "A lot were dressed as somewhat transient-looking individuals. Some were wearing all black...Inside the banners was a lot of black powder substance, later determined to be glitter."
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