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How Ferguson Highlights the Dangers of For-Profit Policing »

shortformblog:

Slate highlights the financial dynamics that led to the insane police situation in Ferguson:

When you split a metro area into dozens of tiny local governments (St. Louis County, to be clear, doesn’t include the actual city of St. Louis, which spun off from it in the 19th century), they tend to duplicate each others’ services, which is of course extremely expensive. But raising taxes so that each tiny borough can afford its own police and fire department is a nonstarter, since wealthy residents can always just move one town over. End result: You have police departments that self-fund by handing out tickets. And thanks to the delightful racial dynamics of U.S. law enforcement, black residents are disproportionately stopped and accosted, even though police in Ferguson are less likely to find contraband when they search black drivers than when they search whites.

In other words, Ferguson’s police department financially buoys itself by treating its residents like crap.

Not just Ferguson - most cities and towns in this country.

How can we possibly expect public institutions to pay for themselves? It doesn’t work for water or transit or education and it certainly doesn’t work for law enforcement.

thebluelip-blondie:

ras-al-ghul-is-dead:

A silent protest in Love Park, downtown Philadelphia orchestrated by performance artists protesting the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson. The onslaught of passerby’s  wanting to take photos with the statue exemplifies the disconnect in American society.  Simply frame out the dead body, and it doesn’t exist.  

Here are some observations by one of the artists involved in the event:

I don’t know who any of these folks are.

They were tourists I presume.

But I heard most of what everything they said. A few lines in particular stood out. There’s one guy not featured in the photos. His friends were trying to get him to join the picture but he couldn’t take his eyes off the body.

"Something about this doesn’t feel right. I’m going to sit this one out, guys." "Com’on man… he’s already dead."

(Laughs.)

There were a billion little quips I heard today. Some broke my heart. Some restored my faith in humanity. There was an older white couple who wanted to take a picture under the statue.

The older gentleman: “Why do they have to always have to shove their politics down our throats.” Older woman: “They’re black kids, honey. They don’t have anything better to do.”

One woman even stepped over the body to get her picture. But as luck would have it the wind blew the caution tape and it got tangle around her foot. She had to stop and take the tape off. She still took her photo.

There was a guy who yelled at us… “We need more dead like them. Yay for the white man!”

"One young guy just cried and then gave me a hug and said ‘thank you. It’s nice to know SOMEBODY sees me.’

I’m just gonna keep reblogging this because this is truly how white America works. Like people have their weddings on plantations, Blackface was and still is a major source of entertainment and the biggest movie of all time was Gone With the Wind. White America will kill Black people and then smile and laugh and enjoy their day it sickens me that we’re treated this way.

laboratoryequipment:

Look at What’s in Fracking Fluids Raises Red FlagsAs the oil and gas drilling technique called hydraulic fracturing proliferates, a new study on the contents of the fluids involved in the process raises concerns about several ingredients. The scientists presenting the work this week at the 248th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS) say that out of nearly 200 commonly used compounds, there’s very little known about the potential health risks of about one-third, and eight are toxic to mammals.William Stringfellow says he conducted the review of fracking contents to help resolve the public debate over the controversial drilling practice. Fracking involves injecting water with a mix of chemical additives into rock formations deep underground to promote the release of oil and gas. It has led to a natural gas boom in the U.S., but it has also stimulated major opposition and troubling reports of contaminated well water, as well as increased air pollution near drill sites.Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/08/look-what%E2%80%99s-fracking-fluids-raises-red-flags-%E2%80%A8

A man at a bar kept telling me I should work for an oil company cleaning up the mess this fluid makes. "Somebody’s gotta do it, why not someone who really cares about the environment?"I wonder if he thinks patching the wounds of prisoners to prepare them for another round of torture is also noble work.

laboratoryequipment:

Look at What’s in Fracking Fluids Raises Red Flags

As the oil and gas drilling technique called hydraulic fracturing proliferates, a new study on the contents of the fluids involved in the process raises concerns about several ingredients. The scientists presenting the work this week at the 248th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS) say that out of nearly 200 commonly used compounds, there’s very little known about the potential health risks of about one-third, and eight are toxic to mammals.

William Stringfellow says he conducted the review of fracking contents to help resolve the public debate over the controversial drilling practice. Fracking involves injecting water with a mix of chemical additives into rock formations deep underground to promote the release of oil and gas. It has led to a natural gas boom in the U.S., but it has also stimulated major opposition and troubling reports of contaminated well water, as well as increased air pollution near drill sites.

Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/08/look-what%E2%80%99s-fracking-fluids-raises-red-flags-%E2%80%A8

A man at a bar kept telling me I should work for an oil company cleaning up the mess this fluid makes.

"Somebody’s gotta do it, why not someone who really cares about the environment?"

I wonder if he thinks patching the wounds of prisoners to prepare them for another round of torture is also noble work.

“What is happening in Ferguson is exactly what opponents of the rise in military-style policing across America have long feared: when the feds arm white local cops with weapons of war and their superiors encourage them not to just play dress-up but to use their new war toys, it is inevitable that ordinary citizens – especially citizens of color – will get treated as the enemy.”

– Ferguson is what happens when white suburban cops get weapons of war, writes Sadhbh Walshe.  (via guardian)

“The message of all of this was something beyond the mere maintenance of law and order: it’s difficult to imagine how armored officers with what looked like a mobile military sniper’s nest could quell the anxieties of a community outraged by allegations regarding the excessive use of force. It revealed itself as a raw matter of public intimidation.”

Jelani Cobb reports from Ferguson. (via newyorker)

latimes:

The hands-up — a sign of surrender and submission black men and boys in Ferguson, Mo., say they learn early on when dealing with police — has been transformed into a different kind of weapon in the wake of the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, a black teenager who was unarmed when he was shot by a police officer. Reporter Matt Pearce is in Ferguson and documents how protesters are using the gesture as a symbol of defiance. 
Photo: Matt Pearce / Los Angeles Times

latimes:

The hands-up — a sign of surrender and submission black men and boys in Ferguson, Mo., say they learn early on when dealing with police — has been transformed into a different kind of weapon in the wake of the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, a black teenager who was unarmed when he was shot by a police officer. Reporter Matt Pearce is in Ferguson and documents how protesters are using the gesture as a symbol of defiance

Photo: Matt Pearce / Los Angeles Times

“'You've got to be crazy. It's too late to be sane, too late. You've got to go full tilt bozo cause you're only given a little spark of madness and if you lose that, you're nothing.' -R. Williams”

– (via heynorth)

“They [feminists] have studied and thought, and they want to make changes that will benefit all of society. Throughout the world, women are still being sold, beaten, raped, and killed, so this is a struggle that must be in the minds of all women and be the basis of all feminist behaviour. We can no longer tolerate anti-feminist behaviour, from other women or from men.”

Simone de Beauvoir, 1984 Britannica Book of the Year, p.28

[Isn’t it sad that this quote fits perfectly in the 2014 society? 30 years have passed but…]

(via beauvoiriana)

Gold stars to people who actually call you to let you know they’ve filled the position you interviewed for. Emails are okay too. Silence? Come on.

humansofnewyork:

Beginning tomorrow, I’ll be taking a 50 day trip in partnership with the United Nations, supported by the Secretary General’s MDG Advocacy Group. I’ll be posting portraits and stories from the trip on the blog. We’re calling it a ‘World Tour,’ because the trip will span over 25,000 miles and circumnavigate the globe. But since there are only ten countries on the itinerary, it would be rather foolish to claim that these portraits and stories somehow represent ‘the world,’ or humanity as a whole. The point of the trip is not to “say” anything about the world. But rather to visit some faraway places, and listen to as many people as possible. 
In addition to gathering portraits and stories, the purpose of the tour is to raise awareness for the Millennium Development Goals, which are pictured. The MDG’s are eight international development goals that every member state of the UN agreed we should accomplish by the year 2015. Basically: they’re stuff that everyone can agree the world needs. (More info can be found here: http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/). So in addition to telling stories of individuals, we hope this trip may in some way help to inspire a global perspective, while bringing awareness to the challenges that we all need to tackle together. Hope you enjoy.


I think about when I first discovered Inhabitants of Burque and thought it might embody some fraction of the grace and compassion that HONY does and I want to snicker cynically and then cry.

humansofnewyork:

Beginning tomorrow, I’ll be taking a 50 day trip in partnership with the United Nations, supported by the Secretary General’s MDG Advocacy Group. I’ll be posting portraits and stories from the trip on the blog. We’re calling it a ‘World Tour,’ because the trip will span over 25,000 miles and circumnavigate the globe. But since there are only ten countries on the itinerary, it would be rather foolish to claim that these portraits and stories somehow represent ‘the world,’ or humanity as a whole. The point of the trip is not to “say” anything about the world. But rather to visit some faraway places, and listen to as many people as possible. 

In addition to gathering portraits and stories, the purpose of the tour is to raise awareness for the Millennium Development Goals, which are pictured. The MDG’s are eight international development goals that every member state of the UN agreed we should accomplish by the year 2015. Basically: they’re stuff that everyone can agree the world needs. (More info can be found here: http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/). So in addition to telling stories of individuals, we hope this trip may in some way help to inspire a global perspective, while bringing awareness to the challenges that we all need to tackle together. Hope you enjoy.

I think about when I first discovered Inhabitants of Burque and thought it might embody some fraction of the grace and compassion that HONY does and I want to snicker cynically and then cry.

humansofnewyork:

“I’d like to leave some sort of mark in my field.”“What’s your field?”“I’m the data manager in the museum bird department. I started in the fish department, then moved to reptiles and amphibians, then just sort of fell into birds.”“What sort of mark do you hope to leave in the bird data world?”“Well, in a perfect world, we’d conserve all the lands that needed to be conserved. But as things are, you have to be able to make a really strong argument about what areas are crucial to certain species. I can help the people making those arguments by organizing bird data from the museum’s collection and making it easily accessible to researchers.”

I want to know this man. I think we would have a lot to talk about. Lands and datas.

humansofnewyork:

“I’d like to leave some sort of mark in my field.”
“What’s your field?”
“I’m the data manager in the museum bird department. I started in the fish department, then moved to reptiles and amphibians, then just sort of fell into birds.”
“What sort of mark do you hope to leave in the bird data world?”
“Well, in a perfect world, we’d conserve all the lands that needed to be conserved. But as things are, you have to be able to make a really strong argument about what areas are crucial to certain species. I can help the people making those arguments by organizing bird data from the museum’s collection and making it easily accessible to researchers.”

I want to know this man. I think we would have a lot to talk about. Lands and datas.

New superhero comic, Spark!

bettersupes:

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Hey, everyone! This is the creator of Little Girls Are Better At Designing Superheroes Than You, here with a post I thought you all might like. Writer Ted Anderson and I have made a pitch for a superhero comic!

The comic is about nine-year-old Lucia Marquez-Miller, who loves engineering, and uses her telekinetic powers to build and take things apart with her mind. She calls this power her spark!

As Spark, the world’s youngest superhero, she’s a junior member of a superhero team while also trying to live a normal life. Can Lucia juggle her friends and family while also saving the world from supervillains?

We’re posting a 15-page standalone comic here on tumblr to give readers an idea of what the book would be like.

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Um is there going to be a recipe for those rellenos?