All Further Articles for 2014-06-24

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Playing Obscene War: On SWAT Teams and Baby Bou Bou
Last month, 19-month-old Bounkham Phonesavahn - aka Baby Bou Bou - was asleep in his crib in Atlanta when a SWAT team armed with assault rifles burst in and threw a flash bang grenade into his crib, critically burning him and blowing a hole in his chest so deep it exposed his ribs. Police found no drugs, guns or suspects. They later arrested the nephew of Bou's father for allegedly buying $50 worth of drugs. A new ACLU report War Comes Home finds Bou Bou's story is only slightly more awful than many other awful stories from a failed "War on Drugs" that's often more about race and class. Bou Bou remains in a medically induced coma, with a 50-50 chance of surviving. Warning: graphic photo of what we've wrought.
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Climate Hawks Vote
Arguing we shouldn't tolerate pols taking money from fossil fuel companies "whose business plan is to cook the planet," a new Super PAC is working to elect only those politicians who show leadership on climate change. Climate Change Hawks has compiled a score card for House Democrats, made its first endorsement, and begun raising money for "climate hawk leaders - those who prioritize and speak on the climate crisis."
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Monday, June 23, 2014
Arming Missouri Teachers: Hugs Are No Longer Appropriate
Seeking to "empower" teachers as "the ultimate first responders," about a dozen Missouri school districts are paying $17,500 each for some of their teachers to get 40 hours of training using a Glock 19 semi-automatic - "easy to handle, and it goes bang every time" - for, God forbid, the next school shooting. Because with a newbie, freaked-out, ill-equipped educator suddenly called on to take split-second aim at a crazed shooter in a packed school full of skittering terrified kids on all sides, what could possibly go wrong?
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