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Ole Olson58,597It has come to light that Google has started funding and supporting some of the most vile right wing extremist collectives and corporate front groups in America. Join us by changing your avatar and boycotting every single Google service for one day in protest.  *On Wednesday, December 11th make a serious attempt to not use anything Google.* No Google Searches. No Google+. No gmail. No Youtube. No Google Calendar. No Blogger. No Google Maps. No Google Photos. No Google translate. No Google reverse image search. No Google Play. No Google Drive. No Google Books. No Google Shopping. Nothing.  (Android is immune since it is Open Source).  If nothing else, just think of this as a challenge to see if you are able to spend a day on the internet without using a single Google product or service or just take the day off and enjoy the real world for a change.  _Google, many of us are your most loyal users, and we love the technical direction everything is heading by rolling all services into Google+_ but it must be understood in no uncertain terms that we vehemently disagree with your decision to start to fund proto-fascist, right wing extremist, anti-environmental, anti-worker, and anti-science shock fronts like: •ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) •American Conservative Union •Americans for Tax Reform •CATO Institute •Federalist Society •George Mason University Law School Law and Economics Center •Heritage Action •Mercatus Center •National Taxpayers Union •R Street Institute •Texas Public Policy Foundation ________________________________________________ *More information:* Don’t Be Evil? Google Funding a Slew of Right-Wing Groups http://billmoyers.com/2013/12/04/dont-be-evil-google-funding-a-slew-of-right-wing-groups/ Tell Google CEO Larry Page to Cut Ties with ALEC http://org.salsalabs.com/o/632/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=14651 Tell Google: Don't Be Evil With ALEC http://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=8648 #ShameOnGoogle  #Google    #DontBeEvil  One Day Boycott of ALL Google Products2013-12-11 07:00:00159  

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2016-07-23 20:58:12 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

La Dows writes about disturbia, dystopia and diss-topia...

My comment: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/24/opinion/sunday/donald-trumps-disturbia.html#permid=19245242

+Katherine Schock +Valkyrie +Ed Hong +Rebecca Brents 

Most reshares: 5

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2016-07-22 18:58:47 (0 comments; 5 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

When I asked a certain well-known journalist about some antisemitic vibes I was getting, I was called a racist and blocked.

Here is proof of what I was seeing.

+Katherine Schock +Pamela Zuppo +Valkyrie +Ed Hong +Rebecca Brents 

Most plusones: 8

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2016-07-22 18:58:47 (0 comments; 5 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

When I asked a certain well-known journalist about some antisemitic vibes I was getting, I was called a racist and blocked.

Here is proof of what I was seeing.

+Katherine Schock +Pamela Zuppo +Valkyrie +Ed Hong +Rebecca Brents 

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2016-07-24 02:46:06 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

#Gaza Photo array. Turkish government comes to aid of Palestinians. By Mohammed Asad Palestinians receive Turkish aid at an aid distribution centre in Gaza city, on July 2016. The aid, consisting of flour, sugar and rice, was allowed into the Palestinian…

#Gaza Photo array. Turkish government comes to aid of Palestinians. By Mohammed Asad Palestinians receive Turkish aid at an aid distribution centre in Gaza city, on July 2016. The aid, consisting of flour, sugar and rice, was allowed into the Palestinian…___

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2016-07-23 20:58:12 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

La Dows writes about disturbia, dystopia and diss-topia...

My comment: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/24/opinion/sunday/donald-trumps-disturbia.html#permid=19245242

+Katherine Schock +Valkyrie +Ed Hong +Rebecca Brents 

La Dows writes about disturbia, dystopia and diss-topia...

My comment: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/24/opinion/sunday/donald-trumps-disturbia.html#permid=19245242

+Katherine Schock +Valkyrie +Ed Hong +Rebecca Brents ___

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2016-07-22 18:58:47 (0 comments; 5 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

When I asked a certain well-known journalist about some antisemitic vibes I was getting, I was called a racist and blocked.

Here is proof of what I was seeing.

+Katherine Schock +Pamela Zuppo +Valkyrie +Ed Hong +Rebecca Brents 

When I asked a certain well-known journalist about some antisemitic vibes I was getting, I was called a racist and blocked.

Here is proof of what I was seeing.

+Katherine Schock +Pamela Zuppo +Valkyrie +Ed Hong +Rebecca Brents ___

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2016-07-22 15:33:46 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

I have a serious question:

How many more videos you'll think it take before people, including President Barack Obama, will stop saying "not all cops!"?

Do you think violently slamming an unarmed and compliant teacher to the ground TWICE, and telling her that her black skin is the reason will finally wake those folks up, or nah?

I'm betting nah.

I'm betting some folks will argue that "black women aren't even really victims of police violence."

I've seen that argument come from both people who claim that they have cops' back and those who claim that they have black women's backs.

All I know for sure is that they are capturing our genocide on video in slow motion and I wonder if they are saving it as keepsakes for their children like they used to do with lynching postcards.

This article... more »

I have a serious question:

How many more videos you'll think it take before people, including President Barack Obama, will stop saying "not all cops!"?

Do you think violently slamming an unarmed and compliant teacher to the ground TWICE, and telling her that her black skin is the reason will finally wake those folks up, or nah?

I'm betting nah.

I'm betting some folks will argue that "black women aren't even really victims of police violence."

I've seen that argument come from both people who claim that they have cops' back and those who claim that they have black women's backs.

All I know for sure is that they are capturing our genocide on video in slow motion and I wonder if they are saving it as keepsakes for their children like they used to do with lynching postcards.

This article contains graphic descriptions and depictions of misogynoir, racism, police violence, and white supremacy. Discretion is advised.














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"Patrol car video publicly released Thursday shows a white Austin, Texas, police officer violently throwing a black woman to the ground during a traffic stop, followed by another white officer telling her black people have 'violent tendencies' and whites are justifiably afraid."

[Photo description: Screen shot. Outdoors. Daytime. A woman, Breaion King, is seen sitting in the back of a police patrol car, hands cuffed behind her back. She is seen from her profile. She is leaned forward, talking to the unseen officer in the front seat. A plexiglass partition separating them. The captioned dialogue is King asking "Why?" and the cop responding "Violet tendencies."]

(H/T Curtis L. Walker)___

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2016-07-22 09:07:12 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

My new piece...

+Rebecca Brents +Pamela Zuppo +Katherine Schock +Valkyrie +Ed Hong 

My new piece...

+Rebecca Brents +Pamela Zuppo +Katherine Schock +Valkyrie +Ed Hong ___

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2016-07-22 08:19:05 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Paul Krugman chooses to highlight #DonaldTrump 's Russian connections and shady deals. Pity... The other side has its own and the former middle class has other worries.

My comment: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/22/opinion/donald-trump-the-siberian-candidate.html?ref=opinion#permid=19228285

+Katherine Schock +Pamela Zuppo +Valkyrie +Ed Hong +Rebecca Brents 

Paul Krugman chooses to highlight #DonaldTrump 's Russian connections and shady deals. Pity... The other side has its own and the former middle class has other worries.

My comment: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/22/opinion/donald-trump-the-siberian-candidate.html?ref=opinion#permid=19228285

+Katherine Schock +Pamela Zuppo +Valkyrie +Ed Hong +Rebecca Brents ___

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2016-07-22 06:59:25 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Oh, the blindness of the top tier of the middle class and the establishment!

My comment on tomorrow's editorial: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/22/opinion/donald-trumps-campaign-of-fear.html?ref=opinion#permid=19228062

+Katherine Schock +Pamela Zuppo +Valkyrie +Ed Hong +Rebecca Brents 

Oh, the blindness of the top tier of the middle class and the establishment!

My comment on tomorrow's editorial: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/22/opinion/donald-trumps-campaign-of-fear.html?ref=opinion#permid=19228062

+Katherine Schock +Pamela Zuppo +Valkyrie +Ed Hong +Rebecca Brents ___

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2016-07-21 08:34:38 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

My comment on Thomas B.@Edsall's #MustRead Times op-ed
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/21/opinion/campaign-stops/the-apotheosis-of-donald-j-trump.html#permid=19217965

+Katherine Schock +Pamela Zuppo +Valkyrie +Ed Hong +Rebecca Brents 

My comment on Thomas B.@Edsall's #MustRead Times op-ed
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/21/opinion/campaign-stops/the-apotheosis-of-donald-j-trump.html#permid=19217965

+Katherine Schock +Pamela Zuppo +Valkyrie +Ed Hong +Rebecca Brents ___

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2016-07-21 01:14:09 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Charles Blow's impressions of the second day of the GOP convention through the eyes of Samaria Rice, #TamirRice 's mom.

#BlackLivesMatter  

My comment: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/21/opinion/making-america-safe-for-whom.html#permid=19216100

+Katherine Schock +Valkyrie +Ed Hong +Rebecca Brents 

Charles Blow's impressions of the second day of the GOP convention through the eyes of Samaria Rice, #TamirRice 's mom.

#BlackLivesMatter  

My comment: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/21/opinion/making-america-safe-for-whom.html#permid=19216100

+Katherine Schock +Valkyrie +Ed Hong +Rebecca Brents ___

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2016-07-19 08:17:26 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

David Brooks goes all out in ridiculing Trump... My comment: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/19/opinion/trump-is-getting-even-trumpier.html#permid=19193285

+Katherine Schock +Pamela Zuppo +Valkyrie +Rebecca Brents +Ed Hong 

David Brooks goes all out in ridiculing Trump... My comment: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/19/opinion/trump-is-getting-even-trumpier.html#permid=19193285

+Katherine Schock +Pamela Zuppo +Valkyrie +Rebecca Brents +Ed Hong ___

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2016-07-18 03:08:59 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Read +Son of Baldwin's poignant short essay on grieving, tragedy, and our media.

+Katherine Schock +Valkyrie +Ed Hong +Rebecca Brents 

Read +Son of Baldwin's poignant short essay on grieving, tragedy, and our media.

+Katherine Schock +Valkyrie +Ed Hong +Rebecca Brents ___

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2016-07-17 18:23:28 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

“If we-and now I mean the relatively conscious whites and the relatively conscious blacks, who must, like lovers, insist on, or create, the consciousness of the others---do not falter in our duty now, we may be able, handful that we are, to end the racial nightmare, and achieve our country, and change the history of the world.

If we do not now dare everything, the fulfillment of that prophecy, re-created from the Bible in song by a slave, is upon us:

God gave Noah the rainbow sign.

No more water, fire next time."

James Baldwin, THE FIRE NEXT TIME

“If we-and now I mean the relatively conscious whites and the relatively conscious blacks, who must, like lovers, insist on, or create, the consciousness of the others---do not falter in our duty now, we may be able, handful that we are, to end the racial nightmare, and achieve our country, and change the history of the world.

If we do not now dare everything, the fulfillment of that prophecy, re-created from the Bible in song by a slave, is upon us:

God gave Noah the rainbow sign.

No more water, fire next time."

James Baldwin, THE FIRE NEXT TIME___

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2016-07-16 20:13:22 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Maureen Dowd on the 28 pages of declassified information on 9/11 and a new piece on the Bush/Cheney relationship with the House of Saud.

My comment: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/17/opinion/sunday/w-borne-back-ceaselessly.html#permid=19172390

+Katherine Schock +Pamela Zuppo +Valkyrie +Ed Hong +Rebecca Brents 

Maureen Dowd on the 28 pages of declassified information on 9/11 and a new piece on the Bush/Cheney relationship with the House of Saud.

My comment: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/17/opinion/sunday/w-borne-back-ceaselessly.html#permid=19172390

+Katherine Schock +Pamela Zuppo +Valkyrie +Ed Hong +Rebecca Brents ___

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2016-07-16 20:00:43 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

The Times editorial tackles #Turkey 's Erdogan and his decidedly undemocratic bent. My comment: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/16/opinion/the-counter-coup-in-turkey.html?ref=opinion&comments#permid=19172334

+Katherine Schock +Valkyrie +Rebecca Brents +Ed Hong 

The Times editorial tackles #Turkey 's Erdogan and his decidedly undemocratic bent. My comment: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/16/opinion/the-counter-coup-in-turkey.html?ref=opinion&comments#permid=19172334

+Katherine Schock +Valkyrie +Rebecca Brents +Ed Hong ___

2016-07-16 17:50:21 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

[SIGNAL BOOST]

Please read this harrowing, but unbelievably commonplace testimony from Bear Bellinger, a member of the Son of Baldwin community, who had a horrifying experience with the Chicago Police Department, one of the most notorious gangs in the United States of America.

This testimony reveals how the police routinely abuse their power by threatening to arrest citizens using their intentionally nebulous, dishonest, sinister catchall "disorderly conduct."

In answer to the question "Who watches the Watchmen?," Bear's experience let us know that it's us.

Ultimately, it must be us.

[SIGNAL BOOST]

Please read this harrowing, but unbelievably commonplace testimony from Bear Bellinger, a member of the Son of Baldwin community, who had a horrifying experience with the Chicago Police Department, one of the most notorious gangs in the United States of America.

This testimony reveals how the police routinely abuse their power by threatening to arrest citizens using their intentionally nebulous, dishonest, sinister catchall "disorderly conduct."

In answer to the question "Who watches the Watchmen?," Bear's experience let us know that it's us.

Ultimately, it must be us.___

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2016-07-15 18:48:15 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Last week, a young man was found hanging in Piedmont Park in Atlanta, and I automatically assumed, because of the long and sordid history of lynching in this country, and the repeated attempts by our government to cover up contemporary lynchings, that white supremacists had lynched this young man in some sort of anti-black fit of rage.

It seems that I was incorrect.

I am, of course, not going to apologize to white supremacists because they are, at the very core, inhumane beasts who would lynch a black person if they could get away with it, and rejoice at the idea of this young man’s body swinging in the air, strange fruit in a poplar tree.

Additionally, my mistake isn’t one that comes floating out of the ether; it is one that defines their very existence.

That being said, what seems to have actually happened was just as insidious.

#Queerantagonism ... more »

Last week, a young man was found hanging in Piedmont Park in Atlanta, and I automatically assumed, because of the long and sordid history of lynching in this country, and the repeated attempts by our government to cover up contemporary lynchings, that white supremacists had lynched this young man in some sort of anti-black fit of rage.

It seems that I was incorrect.

I am, of course, not going to apologize to white supremacists because they are, at the very core, inhumane beasts who would lynch a black person if they could get away with it, and rejoice at the idea of this young man’s body swinging in the air, strange fruit in a poplar tree.

Additionally, my mistake isn’t one that comes floating out of the ether; it is one that defines their very existence.

That being said, what seems to have actually happened was just as insidious.

#Queerantagonism  ___

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2016-07-15 16:53:21 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

When they try to okey doke you, turn the fuck up.

"The daughter of Eric Garner, the man who died two years ago after New York City police placed him in a chokehold, walked out of an ABC News taping of a town hall with President Barack Obama Thursday in protest, saying network producers broke a promise to highlight her questions.

Erica Garner is now denouncing the session on race, saying she was 'lied to' and was 'railroaded' by ABC producers who ignored her questions for the president.

'ABC is using black lives as a rating and to get paid,' Garner told HuffPost in an exclusive video statement. 'They guaranteed me that I would be asking the president direct questions about what’s going on. I was lied to.'"

(H/T Rima Regas)

#BlackLivesMatter #EricaGarner #EricGarner

When they try to okey doke you, turn the fuck up.

"The daughter of Eric Garner, the man who died two years ago after New York City police placed him in a chokehold, walked out of an ABC News taping of a town hall with President Barack Obama Thursday in protest, saying network producers broke a promise to highlight her questions.

Erica Garner is now denouncing the session on race, saying she was 'lied to' and was 'railroaded' by ABC producers who ignored her questions for the president.

'ABC is using black lives as a rating and to get paid,' Garner told HuffPost in an exclusive video statement. 'They guaranteed me that I would be asking the president direct questions about what’s going on. I was lied to.'"

(H/T Rima Regas)

#BlackLivesMatter #EricaGarner #EricGarner___

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2016-07-15 16:52:58 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

They like black art, black media, black athleticism, black fashion, black swagger, black ass, black pussy, black dick, but not black people.

#BlackLivesMatter  

They like black art, black media, black athleticism, black fashion, black swagger, black ass, black pussy, black dick, but not black people.

#BlackLivesMatter  ___

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2016-07-15 16:52:35 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

It's ironic that when white folks are victims of police violence, ‪#‎BlackLivesMatter‬ folks protest on their behalf and ‪#‎AllLivesMatter‬ folks are silent.

Seems to me that the first group is revealing their humanity and the second group is revealing that they have none.

I guess for the All Lives matter folks, suicide and human sacrifices are preferable to admitting that black folks are correct.

This article contains graphic descriptions and depictions of fatal police violence. Discretion is advised.


















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"The fatal police shooting of an unarmed 19-year-old California man could be seen in new body camera video released Wednesday.
Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer has said Dylan Noble did not follow orders and reached quickly into hiswaistband t... more »

It's ironic that when white folks are victims of police violence, ‪#‎BlackLivesMatter‬ folks protest on their behalf and ‪#‎AllLivesMatter‬ folks are silent.

Seems to me that the first group is revealing their humanity and the second group is revealing that they have none.

I guess for the All Lives matter folks, suicide and human sacrifices are preferable to admitting that black folks are correct.

This article contains graphic descriptions and depictions of fatal police violence. Discretion is advised.


















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"The fatal police shooting of an unarmed 19-year-old California man could be seen in new body camera video released Wednesday.
Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer has said Dylan Noble did not follow orders and reached quickly into his waistband twice when approached by two veteran officers responding to a report of a man carrying a rifle June 25.

Noble’s family has filed a claim against the city. Their attorney, Stuart Chandler, said in a statement to KSEE-TV that the police body camera video and his talks with experts make him 'more certain than ever that the shooting death of Dylan Noble was the result of an inexcusable use of excessive force.'"

[Photo description: Outdoors. Daytime. A white man, Dylan Noble, takes a selfie. He is looking into the camera and smiling. He is seen from the left shoulder up. He is wearing a baseball cap. He is in a car. Through the windows, trees can be seen.]

#BlackLivesMatter  ___

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2016-07-15 16:51:59 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

"Last week five Dallas cops were killed by Micah Xavier Johnson, a Black man who was allegedly motivated to take such drastic action after continually watching the US legal system refuse to hold killer cops to account.

Naturally, bootlickers across the globe are unquestioningly celebrating the slain officers as heroes, innocents, and protectors. But what if one of those dead cops was a white supremacist—is he still a hero?

And I don’t mean a white supremacist in the sense that all cops are enforcers of a classist white supremacist order, which they are. No, I mean the more common use of the term. The one we associate with Klansmen, neo-Nazis, Skinheads, and your average Brownshirt wannabe.

Meet Lorne Ahrens."

- Jesse Benn, "Slain Dallas Cop Might’ve Been A White Supremacist: Still A Hero?"

[Photo description: Outdoors. Daytime.A per... more »

"Last week five Dallas cops were killed by Micah Xavier Johnson, a Black man who was allegedly motivated to take such drastic action after continually watching the US legal system refuse to hold killer cops to account.

Naturally, bootlickers across the globe are unquestioningly celebrating the slain officers as heroes, innocents, and protectors. But what if one of those dead cops was a white supremacist—is he still a hero?

And I don’t mean a white supremacist in the sense that all cops are enforcers of a classist white supremacist order, which they are. No, I mean the more common use of the term. The one we associate with Klansmen, neo-Nazis, Skinheads, and your average Brownshirt wannabe.

Meet Lorne Ahrens."

- Jesse Benn, "Slain Dallas Cop Might’ve Been A White Supremacist: Still A Hero?"

[Photo description: Outdoors. Daytime. A person is seen from the rear wearing police gear. The back of their vest reads: Police. They are standing in front of a vehicle. Trees in the background.]

(H/T Liza Sherburne)

#BlackLivesMatter  ___

2016-07-15 01:56:40 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

"Last week, 25-year-old Micah Xavier Johnson murdered five police officers in Dallas. This abhorrent act of political extremism cannot be divorced from American history—recent or old. In black communities, the police departments have only enjoyed a kind of quasi-legitimacy. That is because wanton discrimination is definitional to the black experience, and very often it is law enforcement which implements that discrimination with violence. A community consistently subjected to violent discrimination under the law will lose respect for it, and act beyond it. When such actions stretch to mass murder it is horrific. But it is also predictable.

To understand the lack of police legitimacy in black communities, consider the contempt in which most white Americans hold O.J. Simpson. Consider their feelings toward the judge and jury in the case. And then consider that this is approximately how blackp... more »

"Last week, 25-year-old Micah Xavier Johnson murdered five police officers in Dallas. This abhorrent act of political extremism cannot be divorced from American history—recent or old. In black communities, the police departments have only enjoyed a kind of quasi-legitimacy. That is because wanton discrimination is definitional to the black experience, and very often it is law enforcement which implements that discrimination with violence. A community consistently subjected to violent discrimination under the law will lose respect for it, and act beyond it. When such actions stretch to mass murder it is horrific. But it is also predictable.

To understand the lack of police legitimacy in black communities, consider the contempt in which most white Americans hold O.J. Simpson. Consider their feelings toward the judge and jury in the case. And then consider that this is approximately how black people have felt every few months for generations. It’s not just that the belief that Officer Timothy Loehmann got away with murdering a 12-year-old Tamir Rice, it is the reality that police officers have been getting away with murdering black people since the advent of American policing. The injustice compounds, congeals until there is an almost tangible sense of dread and grievance that compels a community to understand the police as objects of fear, not respect."

- Ta-Nehisi Coates, "The Near Certainty of Anti-Police Violence"

[Photo description: Outdoors. Daytime. A group of police officers in riot fear, with helmets and gas masks. All facing the camera. All seen from the waist up. The officer in the center is holding an automatic rifle downward.]

#BlackLivesMatter  ___

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2016-07-14 16:33:30 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

"How many people would be alive today, if all Americans were allowed to violently fight back against police, if and when the police are threatening their lives? If we were permitted to physically stop them, rather than just film them with cameras while they are killing us, would Philando Castile, or Alton Sterling, or any of the people we’ve lost, still be alive? In other words, what would it look like, if the police were even half as afraid of black people (and other people of color they target), as we are of them?

I ask because I’m beginning to think that my people have been trained to negotiate with terrorists. There is a myth that we desperately need the understanding and empathy of whites in this country—that we must do our best to appeal to it, endlessly—to avoid what should be the relatively simple task of not being killed by police (I say relatively simple, because there arewhole c... more »

"How many people would be alive today, if all Americans were allowed to violently fight back against police, if and when the police are threatening their lives? If we were permitted to physically stop them, rather than just film them with cameras while they are killing us, would Philando Castile, or Alton Sterling, or any of the people we’ve lost, still be alive? In other words, what would it look like, if the police were even half as afraid of black people (and other people of color they target), as we are of them?

I ask because I’m beginning to think that my people have been trained to negotiate with terrorists. There is a myth that we desperately need the understanding and empathy of whites in this country—that we must do our best to appeal to it, endlessly—to avoid what should be the relatively simple task of not being killed by police (I say relatively simple, because there are whole countries throughout the world that exist without daily police brutality and murder, also known as lynching). The general idea seems to be that if we cannot get white people to 1.) see that racism still exists and is thriving, and 2.) decide to join us in our fight against it, then we will fail to create an America where black lives matter.

That’s an awful lot of work to do, considering blacks neither invented race or racism. We are being asked to not only survive these attacks, but also fight against them and convince those who’ve watched the same videos and who’ve seen the same statistics, that the problem they do not wish to see is real; that their America and their white privilege is literally killing us.

So here’s a question respectable black people aren’t supposed to ask: what if retaliatory violence is part of the answer to the problem America faces today, wherein black lives (and the lives of many other people of color) do not matter?"

- Shannon M. Houston, "And Why Shouldn't Black America Revolt?"

[Photo description: A screen shot fro the movie THE BIRTH OF A NATION (2016). Front and center, a man, Nate Parker as Nat Turner, is seen leading a charge of the enslaved against an unseen adversary. The members of the charge are holding various weapons, such a pitchforks, rifles, and knives. A building in the background.]

#BlackLivesMatter  ___

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2016-07-14 08:09:31 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

My comment on Charles Blow's op-ed: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/14/opinion/blood-on-your-hands-too.html#permid=19141899

#BlackLivesMatter  

+Katherine Schock +Valkyrie +Michael Wilson +Aislinn Borsini +Ed Hong +Rebecca Brents 

My comment on Charles Blow's op-ed: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/14/opinion/blood-on-your-hands-too.html#permid=19141899

#BlackLivesMatter  

+Katherine Schock +Valkyrie +Michael Wilson +Aislinn Borsini +Ed Hong +Rebecca Brents ___

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2016-07-13 16:59:16 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Please notice how the The New York Times talks about white people on drugs: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/07/us/heroin-epidemic-increasingly-seeps-into-public-view.html?_r=0

Now. Notice how they talk about black and/or Latinx people on drugs: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/13/nyregion/k2-synthetic-marijuana-overdose-in-brooklyn.html?smid=fb-nytmetro&smtyp=cur&_r=0

Notice the differences? Notice how they talk about white people as needing care and regard their use of drugs as a health crisis? Notice how they try to paint a sympathetic picture using kinder words and descriptions?

Notice how they talk about black/Latinx people as degenerates and potential criminals and regard their use of drugs as a moral failing? Notice how they try to paint a scary picture using harsh words and descriptions?

This is representative of how American media, in general, creates... more »

Please notice how the The New York Times talks about white people on drugs: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/07/us/heroin-epidemic-increasingly-seeps-into-public-view.html?_r=0

Now. Notice how they talk about black and/or Latinx people on drugs: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/13/nyregion/k2-synthetic-marijuana-overdose-in-brooklyn.html?smid=fb-nytmetro&smtyp=cur&_r=0

Notice the differences? Notice how they talk about white people as needing care and regard their use of drugs as a health crisis? Notice how they try to paint a sympathetic picture using kinder words and descriptions?

Notice how they talk about black/Latinx people as degenerates and potential criminals and regard their use of drugs as a moral failing? Notice how they try to paint a scary picture using harsh words and descriptions?

This is representative of how American media, in general, creates a cultural narrative that brainwashes populations into believing white people are inherently innocent and human, and people of color are inherently guilty and sub-human.

The media operates this way even though the data shows that white people are the biggest drug users and sellers in the country:

1. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2014/09/30/white-people-are-more-likely-to-deal-drugs-but-black-people-are-more-likely-to-get-arrested-for-it/

2. http://healthland.time.com/2011/11/07/study-whites-more-likely-to-abuse-drugs-than-blacks/

This is blatant institutionalized racism in action.

The media functions as the public relations arm of white supremacy. And the New York Times is the country's paper of record.

So this is an example illustrating precisely what kind of country this is.

[Photo description: Outdoors. Daytime. On the street, under an elevated train platform. An E.M.T., whose back is to the camera, is pulling a patient on a stretcher. The patient, facing the camera, is wearing a hat, has their hand on their face, and is looking downward. Storefronts in the background.]

#Racism  ___

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2016-07-13 16:57:38 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

"Stop resisting!"

"She had a gun!"

"I feared for my life!"

So on and so forth.

Cops LIE; that's what they do. Baseline, reflexively, as a matter of fact and matter of course. Plainly and simply, their testimony cannot be trusted. The video evidence reveals that more and more.

NEVER trust the police unless you have irrefutable proof that their version of events lines up with objective reality.

"Sources originally said that the man who died, Delrawn Small, punched Officer Wayne Isaacs three times and that the cop 'feared for his life,' but video confirms that the off-duty officer fired his weapon immediately after Small approached.

Alas, video has confirmed the truth once again.

An off-duty New York City police officer waited about one second before shooting and killing a... more »

"Stop resisting!"

"She had a gun!"

"I feared for my life!"

So on and so forth.

Cops LIE; that's what they do. Baseline, reflexively, as a matter of fact and matter of course. Plainly and simply, their testimony cannot be trusted. The video evidence reveals that more and more.

NEVER trust the police unless you have irrefutable proof that their version of events lines up with objective reality.

"Sources originally said that the man who died, Delrawn Small, punched Officer Wayne Isaacs three times and that the cop 'feared for his life,' but video confirms that the off-duty officer fired his weapon immediately after Small approached.

Alas, video has confirmed the truth once again.

An off-duty New York City police officer waited about one second before shooting and killing a driver in what is being termed a 'road rage' incident on Monday, reports the New York Post.

The outlet obtained exclusive video of the confrontation on Friday, showing Officer Wayne Isaacs firing two shots through his unmarked police car window at Delrawn Small, who collapsed and died in the street.

This version of events is markedly different from how the story was first reported, when initial 'sources,' including the owner of a nearby building, told the paper that Small was 'punching the s—t' out of Isaacs.

The Post reported that Isaacs was struck in the face and head numerous times, and that the cop, fearing for his life, 'pulled out his weapon and fired three times, striking Dempsey at least once in the chest.'

There was no physical altercation."

[Photo description: Outdoors. Daytime. A man, Delrawn Small, is seen kneeling and smiling into the camera. Behind him, others are standing and posing for the photo. All but two of them are seen holding red plastic cups.The standing people are seen from the torsos down.]

#BlackLivesMatter___

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2016-07-13 07:18:52 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

My Take Control of iTunes is now up to date for iTunes 12.4.1

My Take Control of iTunes is now up to date for iTunes 12.4.1___

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2016-07-12 22:24:58 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

The New York Times' Andrew Rosenthal didn't like #BernieSanders ' endorsement speech... My comment: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/13/opinion/campaign-stops/bernies-uninspiring-endorsement.html#permid=19124965

+Katherine Schock +Karen Garcia +Valkyrie +Ed Hong +Rebecca Brents 

The New York Times' Andrew Rosenthal didn't like #BernieSanders ' endorsement speech... My comment: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/13/opinion/campaign-stops/bernies-uninspiring-endorsement.html#permid=19124965

+Katherine Schock +Karen Garcia +Valkyrie +Ed Hong +Rebecca Brents ___

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2016-07-12 16:52:21 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

"I've noticed a strange and offensive phenomenon in America.
When a black family loses a loved one to some type of racial terror — be it at the hands of police, white supremacists, or another angry caucasian, they are often asked a question that you rarely see asked of anyone else in a similar position.

Last week, before her son, Philando, had even been buried, his body riddled with bullets from a Minnesota police officer, Valerie Castile was asked live on CNN if she forgave the man who shot him.
Why in the hell would you ask her that? Has that man asked to be forgiven? Has he admitted that what he did was wrong? Has he repented and accepted some form of justice? Has he been arrested or charged with a crime? Has he reached out to the family to communicate his feelings about their unimaginable loss?"

- Shaun King, "Stop asking black victims of whitev... more »

"I've noticed a strange and offensive phenomenon in America.
When a black family loses a loved one to some type of racial terror — be it at the hands of police, white supremacists, or another angry caucasian, they are often asked a question that you rarely see asked of anyone else in a similar position.

Last week, before her son, Philando, had even been buried, his body riddled with bullets from a Minnesota police officer, Valerie Castile was asked live on CNN if she forgave the man who shot him.
Why in the hell would you ask her that? Has that man asked to be forgiven? Has he admitted that what he did was wrong? Has he repented and accepted some form of justice? Has he been arrested or charged with a crime? Has he reached out to the family to communicate his feelings about their unimaginable loss?"

- Shaun King, "Stop asking black victims of white violence if they forgive their victimizers"

[Photo description: A screen shot from a CNN news broadcast. Left to right: a man, another man, and a woman, Valerie Castile, are seen sitting and facing the camera. They are each wearing a t-shirt commemorating Philando Castile. Each t-shirt says "R.I.P." Behind them a nighttime city skyline. The text reads: BREAKING NEWS: Family of black man shot by police. CNN]

#philandocastile  ___

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2016-07-12 16:51:56 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

"Punished for having Jackson 5 nostrils." - Gio Bailey

Having a wide nose while black.

"According to audio recovered by local news station KARE11 from a viewer, an officer radioed a traffic stop that they matched Castile’s license plate and location on July 6 allegedly because Castile looked like a robbery suspect, “just ’cause of the wide set nose”:

'I’m going to stop a car. I’m going to check IDs. I have reason to pull it over.

The two occupants just look like people that were involved in a robbery. The driver looks like one of our suspects, just ‘cause of the wide set nose.'"

I thought the cop told them they had a broken tail light? Oh, that's right. Cops lie. That's what they do.

[Photo description: Indoors. A man, Philando Castile, is seen from the chest up. He is wearing glasses and abaseball cap ... more »

"Punished for having Jackson 5 nostrils." - Gio Bailey

Having a wide nose while black.

"According to audio recovered by local news station KARE11 from a viewer, an officer radioed a traffic stop that they matched Castile’s license plate and location on July 6 allegedly because Castile looked like a robbery suspect, “just ’cause of the wide set nose”:

'I’m going to stop a car. I’m going to check IDs. I have reason to pull it over.

The two occupants just look like people that were involved in a robbery. The driver looks like one of our suspects, just ‘cause of the wide set nose.'"

I thought the cop told them they had a broken tail light? Oh, that's right. Cops lie. That's what they do.

[Photo description: Indoors. A man, Philando Castile, is seen from the chest up. He is wearing glasses and a baseball cap turned backward. He is smiling he is looking downward. Behind him, a glass door.]

#PhilandoCastile  ___

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2016-07-12 16:51:34 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

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2016-07-12 08:21:46 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Jamie Dimon of J.P. Morgan Chase has an op-ed in today's NYT. My comment: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/12/opinion/jamie-dimon-why-were-giving-our-employees-a-raise.html#permid=19115510

+Katherine Schock +Pamela Zuppo +Valkyrie +Rebecca Brents +Ed Hong 

Jamie Dimon of J.P. Morgan Chase has an op-ed in today's NYT. My comment: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/12/opinion/jamie-dimon-why-were-giving-our-employees-a-raise.html#permid=19115510

+Katherine Schock +Pamela Zuppo +Valkyrie +Rebecca Brents +Ed Hong ___

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2016-07-11 21:02:38 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

EXCERPT:

"In response to the widespread protests of police killings of black people, many individuals — white and black, conservative and liberal — have noted what they believe to be hypocrisy in black communities across the country.

The question they ask is: Why is there such fervor over the death of black people destroyed by institutionalized racism, but little to none over the widespread destruction of black people by other black people?

Aside from the fact that this question is merely an attempt to sidestep the blatant effects of institutionalized racism and ensure that white supremacy remains invisible and unnamed, it is a question that insults the intelligence in its inaccuracy, superficiality, and lack of context and nuance. Not to mention that the question sets up a false premise; black people are concerned about crime in black communities. But let us, forthe... more »

EXCERPT:

"In response to the widespread protests of police killings of black people, many individuals — white and black, conservative and liberal — have noted what they believe to be hypocrisy in black communities across the country.

The question they ask is: Why is there such fervor over the death of black people destroyed by institutionalized racism, but little to none over the widespread destruction of black people by other black people?

Aside from the fact that this question is merely an attempt to sidestep the blatant effects of institutionalized racism and ensure that white supremacy remains invisible and unnamed, it is a question that insults the intelligence in its inaccuracy, superficiality, and lack of context and nuance. Not to mention that the question sets up a false premise; black people are concerned about crime in black communities. But let us, for the sake of argument, treat it as though it were not a disingenuous question."

- Son of Baldwin, "Failsafe"

[Photo description: Outdoors. Daytime. In the street, a crowd of white people are seen. Several of them surround another white person on the ground. Two of them are kicking the person on the ground while others watch or are in the process of joining in on the abuse.]

#BlackLivesMatter #WhiteOnWhiteCrime  ___

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2016-07-11 16:44:12 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

"As a kid, I got used to being stopped by the police. I grew up in an inner-ring suburb of St. Louis. It was the kind of place where officers routinely roughed up my friends and family for no good reason.
I hated the way cops treated me.

But I knew police weren’t all bad. One of my father’s closest friends was a cop. He became a mentor to me and encouraged me to join the force. He told me that I could use the police’s power and resources to help my community.

So in 1994, I joined the St. Louis Police Department. I quickly realized how naive I’d been. I was floored by the dysfunctional culture I encountered.

I won’t say all, but many of my peers were deeply racist."

"As a kid, I got used to being stopped by the police. I grew up in an inner-ring suburb of St. Louis. It was the kind of place where officers routinely roughed up my friends and family for no good reason.
I hated the way cops treated me.

But I knew police weren’t all bad. One of my father’s closest friends was a cop. He became a mentor to me and encouraged me to join the force. He told me that I could use the police’s power and resources to help my community.

So in 1994, I joined the St. Louis Police Department. I quickly realized how naive I’d been. I was floored by the dysfunctional culture I encountered.

I won’t say all, but many of my peers were deeply racist."___

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2016-07-10 21:59:07 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

It's Sunday and it's been a hard, unpleasant week. So, here's something beautiful to enjoy!

+Rebecca Brents +Ed Hong +Katherine Schock +Valkyrie 

It's Sunday and it's been a hard, unpleasant week. So, here's something beautiful to enjoy!

+Rebecca Brents +Ed Hong +Katherine Schock +Valkyrie ___

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2016-07-10 20:15:32 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

"It can take a lot of courage for a young black man to make this admission: 'I was never really a tough guy, I don't like sports, I have some feminine mannerisms.'

Those are the words of rapper Tyler, the Creator, who recently talked to Fader magazine about fashion and masculinity in the black community.

'The black community is very fixated on that hard masculinity, they always gotta be hard and fucking tough,' he said. 'It's kids who's probably growing up and don't know themselves yet or have the strongest self esteem so they're trying to fit [in].'"

I don't really rock with Tyler the Creature like that, but I can't detect a single lie in his testimony.

[Photo description: Indoors. A man, Tyler the Creator, is seen standing next to a bed on some sort of production set. He is naked except for a pair of... more »

"It can take a lot of courage for a young black man to make this admission: 'I was never really a tough guy, I don't like sports, I have some feminine mannerisms.'

Those are the words of rapper Tyler, the Creator, who recently talked to Fader magazine about fashion and masculinity in the black community.

'The black community is very fixated on that hard masculinity, they always gotta be hard and fucking tough,' he said. 'It's kids who's probably growing up and don't know themselves yet or have the strongest self esteem so they're trying to fit [in].'"

I don't really rock with Tyler the Creature like that, but I can't detect a single lie in his testimony.

[Photo description: Indoors. A man, Tyler the Creator, is seen standing next to a bed on some sort of production set. He is naked except for a pair of yellow boxers. He has his left hand on the back of his head and he is looking upward towards his right. He is standing as though posing for a photograph.]___

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2016-07-10 20:10:22 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

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2016-07-10 18:45:30 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

“But even rhetorically, if we paint police in broad brush without recognizing that the vast majority of police officers are doing a really good job and are trying to protect people and do so fairly and without racial bias, if the rhetoric does not recognize that, then we’re going to lose allies in the reform cause.”

- President Barack Obama

Deep-in-the-valley, wade-in-the-water side-eye

The president fails to realize or acknowledge that American police forces come right up out of the anti-black American slavery system. He should have a discussion with historian Professor Gerald Horne on the matter (http://www.newblackmaninexile.net/2016/07/historian-gerald-horne-police-killings.html)

[Photo description: A close up of the face of a man, President Barack Obama. Microphones are seen in front of his chin. His left hand is extended outward. He is lookingsligh... more »

“But even rhetorically, if we paint police in broad brush without recognizing that the vast majority of police officers are doing a really good job and are trying to protect people and do so fairly and without racial bias, if the rhetoric does not recognize that, then we’re going to lose allies in the reform cause.”

- President Barack Obama

Deep-in-the-valley, wade-in-the-water side-eye

The president fails to realize or acknowledge that American police forces come right up out of the anti-black American slavery system. He should have a discussion with historian Professor Gerald Horne on the matter (http://www.newblackmaninexile.net/2016/07/historian-gerald-horne-police-killings.html)

[Photo description: A close up of the face of a man, President Barack Obama. Microphones are seen in front of his chin. His left hand is extended outward. He is looking slightly to his right. Plain blue background.]

(H/T +Rima Regas)___

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2016-07-10 17:17:10 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

It's funny (not haha, but strange) how suddenly, certain Americans feel terrified and under attack and unsafe and adamantly ‪#‎BlueLivesMatter‬ because of what ‪#‎MicahJohnson‬ allegedly did to cops and civilians in ‪#‎Dallas‬, but those same certain Americans didn't seem to feel terrified and under attack and unsafe and adamantly #BlueLivesMatter when this white Nevada couple did something equally horrifying.

I wonder if that's because those certain Americans actually share this couple's values, beliefs, goals, and ideals.

From 2014:

"The married couple accused of fatally shooting two Las Vegas cops and an innocent bystander before killing themselves left a swastika-stamped manifesto on a slain officer's body and warned neighbors of their planned attack days before, it was reported Monday.
A neighbor of suspected killerJerad Miller clai... more »

It's funny (not haha, but strange) how suddenly, certain Americans feel terrified and under attack and unsafe and adamantly ‪#‎BlueLivesMatter‬ because of what ‪#‎MicahJohnson‬ allegedly did to cops and civilians in ‪#‎Dallas‬, but those same certain Americans didn't seem to feel terrified and under attack and unsafe and adamantly #BlueLivesMatter when this white Nevada couple did something equally horrifying.

I wonder if that's because those certain Americans actually share this couple's values, beliefs, goals, and ideals.

From 2014:

"The married couple accused of fatally shooting two Las Vegas cops and an innocent bystander before killing themselves left a swastika-stamped manifesto on a slain officer's body and warned neighbors of their planned attack days before, it was reported Monday.
A neighbor of suspected killer Jerad Miller claims the 31-year-old openly spoke of his plans to carry out a 'Columbine' attack against police before cops say he and his 22-year-old wife, Amanda, armed themselves with "hundreds of rounds of ammunition" and killed three people.

'They were handing out white-power propaganda and were talking about doing the next Columbine,' Brandon Moore told the Las Vegas Sun of Jerad Miller’s alleged forewarning."

[Photo description: Outdoors. Daytime. A couple posing for a photos on a apartment building balcony. On the left, a white man, Jerad Miller, is dressed as a white-face-painted character, the Joker. He is holding a Joker playing card in his hand. He is embracing a white woman, on his right, Amanda Miller, who has a similar white painted face and it dressed as the character Harley Quinn. In the background, trees.]

(H/T @esd2000)___

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2016-07-10 16:16:25 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

"A Kenyan court has upheld the use of anal examinations in attempts to determine a suspect’s sexual orientation. Homosexual acts are a crime in Kenya, bringing possible prison sentences of up to 14 years.
Some might find the terms anal examination and/or anal probe graphic enough, but, to be clear, some consider it a form of torture. In fact, a U.N. special rapporteur on torture wrote this in a report in January: 'In states where homosexuality is criminalized, men suspected of same-sex conduct are subject to non-consensual anal examinations intended to obtain physical evidence of homosexuality, a practice that is medically worthless and amounts to torture or ill-treatment.'"

Sigh.

(H/T Alex Hardy)

[Photo description: Outdoors. Daytime. At a rally. Several people are seen from the chest up, with hands raised in the air, holding signs, bottles, flags.A... more »

"A Kenyan court has upheld the use of anal examinations in attempts to determine a suspect’s sexual orientation. Homosexual acts are a crime in Kenya, bringing possible prison sentences of up to 14 years.
Some might find the terms anal examination and/or anal probe graphic enough, but, to be clear, some consider it a form of torture. In fact, a U.N. special rapporteur on torture wrote this in a report in January: 'In states where homosexuality is criminalized, men suspected of same-sex conduct are subject to non-consensual anal examinations intended to obtain physical evidence of homosexuality, a practice that is medically worthless and amounts to torture or ill-treatment.'"

Sigh.

(H/T Alex Hardy)

[Photo description: Outdoors. Daytime. At a rally. Several people are seen from the chest up, with hands raised in the air, holding signs, bottles, flags. A sign reads: No freedom until we are equal. One person is wearing a full-face mask of rainbow colors. In the background of the scene: trees and sky.]

#Queerantagonism  ___

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2016-07-10 16:16:03 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

The Dallas Police Department detonated an actual bomb in the heart of Dallas in order to kill the sniper who killed police officers and wounded cops and ‪#‎BlackLivesMatter‬ civilians.

The idea of Americans using a bomb inside the United States-on American soil, as opposed to "just bombing other countries"--comes as as a great shock to some Americans. But it shouldn't if one knows their history--particularly if they know their country's history as it relates to its violence against black people.

Remember the Tulsa Genocide of 1921: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tulsa_race_riot#Attack_by_air

Remember the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing of 1963: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/16th_Street_Baptist_Church_bombing

Remember the Philadelphia Bombing of 1985: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MOVE#1985_bombing

Remember the Oklahoma CityBombi... more »

The Dallas Police Department detonated an actual bomb in the heart of Dallas in order to kill the sniper who killed police officers and wounded cops and ‪#‎BlackLivesMatter‬ civilians.

The idea of Americans using a bomb inside the United States-on American soil, as opposed to "just bombing other countries"--comes as as a great shock to some Americans. But it shouldn't if one knows their history--particularly if they know their country's history as it relates to its violence against black people.

Remember the Tulsa Genocide of 1921: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tulsa_race_riot#Attack_by_air

Remember the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing of 1963: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/16th_Street_Baptist_Church_bombing

Remember the Philadelphia Bombing of 1985: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MOVE#1985_bombing

Remember the Oklahoma City Bombing of 1995: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oklahoma_City_bombing

Black bodies have always served as sites for white supremacists to test the latest and most deadly weapons of mass destruction on- whether in the United States or in Somalia.

You better believe that the U.S. government is going to capitalize off of this incident--whether real or manufactured--to officially authorize and implement the use of bombs--drone, robotic, or otherwise--against American citizens, especially the marginalized.___

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2016-07-10 16:15:38 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

2016, you better don't!

Good morning fam:

Please send your positive thoughts and well wishes to the legendary Chaka Khan in her moment of struggle.

Lift her high and wish her healing. Thank you.

"Chaka Khan, a 10-time Grammy Award-winning artist, canceled her concert at the California State Fair two days before the show after announcing she entered into rehab for drug addiction, according to Cal Expo officials.

Fair officials received a message from Khan’s representative Saturday, stating that the singer was entering into an addiction rehabilitation and aftercare program for addiction to prescription pain medication, said Sabrina Rodriguez, a Cal Expo spokesman."

[Photo description: On a stage. A woman Chaka Khan, is seen singing. She is facing the camera. She is holding a mic in her right hand and has her left hand raised int... more »

2016, you better don't!

Good morning fam:

Please send your positive thoughts and well wishes to the legendary Chaka Khan in her moment of struggle.

Lift her high and wish her healing. Thank you.

"Chaka Khan, a 10-time Grammy Award-winning artist, canceled her concert at the California State Fair two days before the show after announcing she entered into rehab for drug addiction, according to Cal Expo officials.

Fair officials received a message from Khan’s representative Saturday, stating that the singer was entering into an addiction rehabilitation and aftercare program for addiction to prescription pain medication, said Sabrina Rodriguez, a Cal Expo spokesman."

[Photo description: On a stage. A woman Chaka Khan, is seen singing. She is facing the camera. She is holding a mic in her right hand and has her left hand raised in the air. Behind and above her, a row of stage lights.]

(H/T Damone Williams)

#ChakaKhan  ___

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2016-07-10 16:15:05 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

[Photo description: Outdoors. Nighttime. A man, DeRay McKesson, is seen crouched down as two police officers in uniform, standing on either side of him, grab, arrest and handcuff him. In the background, protesters using smartphones to record the incident. In the right frame, cars in the street with headlights on. On the left, a car dealership with cars, a lawn, and a metal barrier.]

#DeRayMcKesson #BlackLivesMatter  

[Photo description: Outdoors. Nighttime. A man, DeRay McKesson, is seen crouched down as two police officers in uniform, standing on either side of him, grab, arrest and handcuff him. In the background, protesters using smartphones to record the incident. In the right frame, cars in the street with headlights on. On the left, a car dealership with cars, a lawn, and a metal barrier.]

#DeRayMcKesson #BlackLivesMatter  ___

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2016-07-10 16:14:35 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

I have some critiques of this article.

Its singular focus on cisgender, heterosexual, non-disabled black men as the primary victims of police/white supremacist violence overlooks the ways in which other black demographics are targeted.

Black women, for example, may not be shot as often as black men, but they do experience a PECULIAR kind of violence from police that most black men can't even fathom. The same for black queer people.

I believe this idea of "emasculation" fails to interrogate its misogynistic, patriarchal, gender essentialism, which posits that power is the inherent domain of men, generally expressed by dominion over women, and the removal of such transforms men into women, which is then seen as the worst thing that could possibly happen to men because women are seen as inherently weak and thus, inferior.

Additionally, I think American... more »

I have some critiques of this article.

Its singular focus on cisgender, heterosexual, non-disabled black men as the primary victims of police/white supremacist violence overlooks the ways in which other black demographics are targeted.

Black women, for example, may not be shot as often as black men, but they do experience a PECULIAR kind of violence from police that most black men can't even fathom. The same for black queer people.

I believe this idea of "emasculation" fails to interrogate its misogynistic, patriarchal, gender essentialism, which posits that power is the inherent domain of men, generally expressed by dominion over women, and the removal of such transforms men into women, which is then seen as the worst thing that could possibly happen to men because women are seen as inherently weak and thus, inferior.

Additionally, I think American masculinity is based on one's ability to utilize violence, rather than reason or other means, as a coercive force, and emasculation is feared because it is perceived as taking away a man's ability to use violence, not only defensively, but offensively. Generally, the model used for peak masculinity is white, Western masculinity.

That said, I understand the general point the article is attempting to make.

The article contains ableist language. Discretion is advised.


















"Especially for the families of the victims of Johnson’s outburst, he understandably will be seen forever as the madman he became. But as the best-selling white author of many sports books, Peter Golenbock, noted on Facebook on Friday: 'For years we have seen the pictures of senseless murders of black men and children by white policemen. Afterwards, the cops are rarely indicted and never convicted.'

Golenbock continued, before knowing Johnson was the sole shooter: 'After all these years a group of blacks, tired of this and obviously military trained, started shooting back in Dallas yesterday at white cops, and now everyone is scared to death. What is surprising is that this hasn’t occurred earlier.'

What is fortunate for America is that most black people, like those in the Black Lives Matter movement who marched that dreadful Thursday in downtown Dallas, just seek a fairer shake."

[Photo description: Outdoors. Daytime. A man, Micah Johnson, is seen from the chest up. He is facing the camera. He is looking into the camera. He has a plain expression on his face. He is wearing a black beret, and military fatigues that have a tag with his last name on his right below his collar and U.S. Army on his left below his collar. Behind him, sandy ground and bushes and trees in the distance.]

(H/T +Zaheer Ali)___

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2016-07-10 04:15:28 (0 comments; 4 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

My new piece.

+Katherine Schock +Karen Garcia +Valkyrie +Ed Hong +Rebecca Brents +Michael Wilson +Son of Baldwin +Douglas Pierre 

My new piece.

+Katherine Schock +Karen Garcia +Valkyrie +Ed Hong +Rebecca Brents +Michael Wilson +Son of Baldwin +Douglas Pierre ___

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2016-07-09 21:35:58 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Ross Douthat asks a valid question but he misses (as usual) on the depth and breadth of a lot of the social issues we are currently grappling with and the dangers that lurk just under the surface. The piece I allude to in my comment is one that I am finishing now and in which I make parallels between MOVE and Dallas.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/10/opinion/sunday/are-we-unraveling.html#permid=19094344

+Katherine Schock +Valkyrie +Pamela Zuppo +Rebecca Brents +Ed Hong 

Ross Douthat asks a valid question but he misses (as usual) on the depth and breadth of a lot of the social issues we are currently grappling with and the dangers that lurk just under the surface. The piece I allude to in my comment is one that I am finishing now and in which I make parallels between MOVE and Dallas.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/10/opinion/sunday/are-we-unraveling.html#permid=19094344

+Katherine Schock +Valkyrie +Pamela Zuppo +Rebecca Brents +Ed Hong ___

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2016-07-07 17:44:43 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

"Jehovah is a pathological liar.

Every single weapon formed against us has prospered.

It may be time for us to face the fact that a war has been declared against us. It has not been declared in the conventional sense, nor was it done in stealth. Congresses have created the anti-human laws. Presidents have signed them. Supreme Courts have upheld them. Cops have enforced them. Citizens have taken them into their own hands. And we have been sacrificed in the name of them.

Negro spirituals may help the pain subside temporarily, but only because they traffic in delusional thinking. It is the melody of a shared trauma that offers no plan of action other than to wait on 'god' to finally do the right thing, ignoring the truth that for any white god (and make no mistake: Jehovah is white), righteousness involves black death."

#BlackLivesMatter ?

"Jehovah is a pathological liar.

Every single weapon formed against us has prospered.

It may be time for us to face the fact that a war has been declared against us. It has not been declared in the conventional sense, nor was it done in stealth. Congresses have created the anti-human laws. Presidents have signed them. Supreme Courts have upheld them. Cops have enforced them. Citizens have taken them into their own hands. And we have been sacrificed in the name of them.

Negro spirituals may help the pain subside temporarily, but only because they traffic in delusional thinking. It is the melody of a shared trauma that offers no plan of action other than to wait on 'god' to finally do the right thing, ignoring the truth that for any white god (and make no mistake: Jehovah is white), righteousness involves black death."

#BlackLivesMatter ?___

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2016-07-06 22:32:44 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

There is a lot that's very disturbing about what happened to #AltonSterling  One aspect is the governor of #Louisiana 's part in this. See my new piece.

+Katherine Schock +Valkyrie +Michael Wilson +Douglas Pierre +Rebecca Brents 

There is a lot that's very disturbing about what happened to #AltonSterling  One aspect is the governor of #Louisiana 's part in this. See my new piece.

+Katherine Schock +Valkyrie +Michael Wilson +Douglas Pierre +Rebecca Brents ___

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2016-07-05 08:15:21 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

A subdued David Brooks laments the crisis of leadership the world is mired in, to the point of wishing for some kind of pope... He's like Pooh, in perpetual search for the proverbial pot of hunny, circling that tree and emitting plumes of burnt wood smoke... It's almost sad.

My comment: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/05/opinion/choosing-leaders-clueless-or-crazy.html#permid=19041715

+Ed Hong +Katherine Schock +Pamela Zuppo +Valkyrie +Rebecca Brents 

A subdued David Brooks laments the crisis of leadership the world is mired in, to the point of wishing for some kind of pope... He's like Pooh, in perpetual search for the proverbial pot of hunny, circling that tree and emitting plumes of burnt wood smoke... It's almost sad.

My comment: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/05/opinion/choosing-leaders-clueless-or-crazy.html#permid=19041715

+Ed Hong +Katherine Schock +Pamela Zuppo +Valkyrie +Rebecca Brents ___

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2016-07-04 23:39:21 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Pick a law enforcement agency, whether city, state, federal and you will find that whatever it is they have in their hiring criteria, these sorts of abuses are systemic.

There is something terribly wrong with our system.

+Katherine Schock +Pamela Zuppo +Valkyrie +Ed Hong +Rebecca Brents 

Pick a law enforcement agency, whether city, state, federal and you will find that whatever it is they have in their hiring criteria, these sorts of abuses are systemic.

There is something terribly wrong with our system.

+Katherine Schock +Pamela Zuppo +Valkyrie +Ed Hong +Rebecca Brents ___

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2016-07-04 09:55:40 (1 comments; 4 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

I hope this makes sense... I wrote this piece over an entire week while sick...

+Katherine Schock +Pamela Zuppo +Valkyrie +Rebecca Brents +Ed Hong 

I hope this makes sense... I wrote this piece over an entire week while sick...

+Katherine Schock +Pamela Zuppo +Valkyrie +Rebecca Brents +Ed Hong ___

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