Friday, August 29, 2014

Something to think about....Ferguson and the cult of compliance


The protests in Ferguson, Missouri, set off by a policeman’s shooting of an unarmed black teen last week, appear to be spinning out of control — not because crowds are rioting nightly but because law enforcement is operating as though they are in a war zone. Peaceful protesters are facing nothing short of a domestic army, armed with military equipment, waiting for a provocation.

As the protests progressed, the police have used noncompliance, or the failure to obey their every order, as their justification for whatever violence came next. That’s also the excuse that the police used to explain why an officer shot Michael Brown. They said the incident started because Brown didn’t comply with an order to move, so it is he who is to blame.

What happens if you don’t comply when the police give you an order? What rights do you really have? How free are you, really, when the authorities have weapons pointed at you or when they have the right to draw a weapon and use it with relative impunity?

Over the past few years, I have been tracking the rhetoric that police and other authority figures use to justify all kinds of violence. In cases that seem very different, separated by factors such as age, race, gender, sexuality, geography, class and ability, police explain away their actions by citing noncompliance. They do it because it works. They do it because according to their beliefs, any sign of noncompliance is an invitation to strike.

To fight back, ordinary citizens need not only to push specific reforms but also to transform the culture of law enforcement.//

It’s a link that needs to be made. In the vast majority of cases, especially those involving young black and Latino men, police can punish someone for noncompliance with impunity, and because of deeply entrenched racism, little is done in the way of reform. But when someone is disabled or unwell, violent police action reveals itself as what it is: disproportionate, crude and uncalled for. It is therefore imperative to consider the two situations side by side and integrate them into a broader discussion about how the police treats people who, for whatever reason, do not comply with their every whim.//

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of similar examples in which noncompliance led to violence. Ersula Ore, a black woman in Arizona refused to hand over her ID and was flung to the ground. A drunk woman in Skokie, Illinois, didn’t look into the camera when being booked, so the police threw her onto a bench, breaking her face. They claimed she was resisting arrest.

Fixing the problems will involve working on racism in police departments across the country, enforcing bans on chokeholds, all kinds of better training and building a national mental health system focused on care rather than incarceration. Mandatory cameras are a good idea too. Let’s treat all these symptoms but keep our eye on the disease that’s causing them.

The public must stop blaming these events on bad cops or bad departments. Too many people are willing to accept that because being a cop is risky, they have to punch, shoot or tase at the slightest provocation. Such attitudes enable the cult of compliance.

http://america.aljazeera.com/opinions/2014/8/ferguson-police-shootracismcompliance.html

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

California passes law mandating smartphone kill switch


Smartphones sold in California will soon be required to have a kill switch that lets users remotely lock them and wipe them of data in the event they are lost or stolen.

The demand is the result of a new law, signed into effect on Monday, that applies to phones manufactured after July 1, 2015, and sold in the state.

While its legal reach does not extend beyond the state’s borders, the inefficiency of producing phones solely for California means the kill switch is expected to be adopted by phone makers on handsets sold across the U.S. and around the world.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2598680/california-passes-law-mandating-smartphone-kill-switch.html

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Fundraising Effort for Ferguson Cop Who Shot Michael Brown Gets Ugly


Comments:

Lt. Lockhart •
Thugs get slugs.

McGovern1981 . •
The more actual facts come out the more these Michael Brown supporters make asses of themselves not suprising from a crowd that riots, steals and assaults others in the name of "justice" before they're even convicted. A white cop defends his life and you cry racism whitey be keeping me down meanwhile you kill each other everyday in places like Chicago and Detroit and not a peep from you...pathetic.

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/08/darren-wilson-donors-racist-ferguson

Amazing !.....Arpaio has $5 million but begs for more of your cash

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has no shame.

He does, however, have LOTS of campaign money. And he knows how to get more of it.

So today he released a letter begging supporters for more money to help him fight -- you guess it -- President Obama.

The letter is addressed to "patriot." (A better word might be "patron." Or, better yet, "patsy.")

Still, the sheriff goes on to say, "Our country is under attack. And Barack Obama is the aggressor. That's right. Our own President has overseen the release of thousands of illegal immigrants...hundreds of whom are convicted criminals - even felons, which are flooding into America. ..."

COMMENTS:

DeWitt Tremaine · Top Commenter · Boise, Idaho
Joe is an American, this is a communist news propoganda rag.

Elaine Feroleto Costello · Top Commenter · Realtor at HomeSmart
There is no other I would vote for, and apparently there are many Arizonans that share my opinion. Lets go Joe round 7.

Conrad Sloan · Top Commenter · Pinetop-Lakeside, Arizona
Bill, why don't you try looking at the number of drug smugglers Arpaio has arrested.

Then educate yourself about the jobs illegals take. You may want to pretend it's only dishwashers and such (because you think that's all their good for), but the majority take what were once good paying jobs in home building. And usually committing ID Theft in order to get those jobs.

Perry Paul Sheneman · Seiling, Oklahoma
If Obama had the balls Sheriff Joe has we would not be having this discussion. AZCentral is part of the problem, not by any means part of a solution.

Betty Krug · Top Commenter · Phoenix College
Joe's tactics are not good sometimes but it is even more shocking that there is little real journalism left in the Republic anymore. Our borders are wide open, people with communicable diseases from countries with Ebola and many other diseases are also coming here with NO Quarantines and even our Border Patrol people are getting sick and being killed by criminals who are teens coming across the border. They in majority are not little children as is propagandized by most media and this is pure asymmetrical warfare to purposely implode our economy and our borders, committed by our own government...ON RECORD. Do you people even do any real research anymore? Drudge Report links to better news then you people ever put out anymore too. Joe is right about what is really happening,no matter if you like him personally or not.

http://www.azcentral.com/story/ejmontini/2014/08/25/sheriff-joe-arpaio-drudge-report-president-obama/14571471/

Sunday, August 24, 2014

WTF....AT GUNPOINT: TX cops terrify young family (Part 1)



(Check out cops response)
KCTV5

http://www.kctv5.com/story/26354882/woman-with-4-kids-in-car-mistakenly-arrested-at-gunpoint?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=10506878

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A Break from all the BS....smile =D

Here's A DIY Hack To Get Back At Terrible Customer Service Reps


After several people used recorded phone calls to out customer service reps for bad behavior, it turns out using a microphone during your call might improve your chances of a decent customer experience. The trouble is, how do you do it?

You might think of the obvious option right off the bat: an app. The trouble is, a lot of apps that record cost money and are glitchy. Instead, we've pioneered a strategy for recording your calls that's simple, quiet and cheap.

(Here, we'd like to point out that laws around recording vary by state, so it's probably a good idea to check on the rules for wherever you live. We'd also advise getting the service rep's consent before you record, since you don't know where they're located.)

Yes it does help !

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/20/recording-calls_n_5683118.html

Follow link to view full story...it's worth it !

Honor Journalist James Foley: Don't Watch the Video


James Foley was, in fact, executed by ISIS, you can honor him -- and not play into the terroristic hands of that organization -- simply by not watching the video of his murder.

Video voyeurism of the worst variety exists when we feast on the death of journalists who strive, through their reporting, to keep our society free. Resist the temptation to take even the briefest of looks.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/clay-calvert/honor-journalist-james-fo_b_5692978.html

The Republican Party’s Geriatric Trap


There are many ways to think about the Republican Party's electoral predicament — in racial terms, in sectional terms, in ideological terms. One clarifying way to conceive the problem is in generational terms — a geriatric trap.

David Frum has an essay in Foreign Affairs laying out his view of how the Republican Party must change in order to regain parity at the national level. Frum’s core insight is that the Republican Party fell into a self-perpetuating cycle whereby its ideas attracted mainly old people, and old people in turn shaped its ideas, and so they wound up “reinventing themselves as defenders of the fiscal status quo for older Americans — and only older Americans.” Even while fighting a desperate rear-guard campaign to prevent, and then to destroy, universal health insurance, Republicans exempted all Americans over the age of 55 from any budget cuts. As a Fox News ratings gambit, this works splendidly. As both a long-term Republican political strategy and as a governing doctrine, it is a catastrophe.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Don't be afraid of America's changing demographics


For many Americans, the scariest phrase in the English language is "changing demographics."
It's never easy to adjust to change -- especially when the thing that is changing is nothing less than the complexion of the country. America is being transformed before our eyes. In the early years of the 21st century, many white Americans are trembling at the thought that -- within three decades -- they'll be the minority in the United States. The demographic "doomsday" is about 2043, according to the most recent projections.

Comments:
BillzFishyCigars •
I'm not afraid of America's changing demographics, given that all are here legally.
What concerns me more is Americas's changing respect for:
Morality
The rule of law
Independence (rather than dependence)
and...Each other

You_Sicken_Me •
The only ones getting no where in the future are .... the blacks. Hispanics use the blacks as ladders when they are in the minority in a company but when they are a majority they are more racists than the KKK.

TruthEspouser You_Sicken_Me •
Ah, hey that's not bad. I can demand affirmative action, section 8 housing, food stamps, welfare checks...rather than working...hmm.

sherri56 •
Well, you know what? It would be nice if these new groups would start considering themselves as American and stop thinking of themselves as special groups. Stop thinking of yourself as Hispanic, or black. Just be Americans. Assimilate like other immigrants (my relatives included) did. Learn the language, get a job, start supporting yourself and your family. Stop asking for special treatment and special favors. Just BE American. Can you do that, do you think?

http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/18/opinion/navarrette-majority-minority-students-public-schools/index.html

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Did u Know ?


Know Your Rights and Keep your camera ready to roll !

Excellent tweet from......@jackfrombkln


The Civil Rights Act is 50 years old. These two pictures were taken 50 years apart. Behold our progress. #Ferguson

Tweet from...Anonymous @Crypt0nymous


Within 24 hours the USA knew more about #RobinWilliams death than we learned in 4 days about the public shooting of #MikeBrown.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

NEW LA RATE TIERS PROPOSED TO CONSERVE WATER



http://abc7.com/news/new-la-rate-tiers-proposed-to-conserve-water/257742/

An iPhone trick to avoid Facebook Messenger and keep chatting


Facebook’s policy to force users to install a separate Messenger app on their smartphones hasn’t been popular. However, there is a quick trick on an iPhone to stop Facebook installing Messenger and continue chatting using the normal Facebook app.

Not all Facebook users are being forced to use the Messenger app, as the change is rolling out gradually. Eventually every mobile Facebook user will face the decision of whether or not to install the separate app.

All iPhone users have to do avoid this unpopular decision is to hit the install Messenger button when prompted by the standard Facebook app, but switch to the App Store while the Messenger app is being installed and stop the installation or delete the app.

Re-opening the standard Facebook app should have chat available in Messages, as before Facebook’s attempts to try to force Messenger on users.

The trick should work for now, but Facebook could easily update its apps for better detection of Messenger and remove the little work around.

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/aug/12/iphone-trick-facebook-messenger-chat

Monday, August 11, 2014

Ready To Strut Your Stuff ?


Hey Guys.

Daniel here from the Music Bed. Real quick, I want to tell you about our latest idea: We want to help you bring your next short film idea to life. It’s called #ProjectFilmSupply, and we’re giving away more than $50,000 in prizes from awesome brands like RĂ˜DE, Kessler, Freefly, Blackmagic and more.

Here’s how #ProjectFilmSupply works.

Step 1: For the month of August, we’ll ask the filmmaking community to submit a short film idea + mood board for the project they’ve always dreamed of creating.

Step 2: Those who submit an idea will ask their friends, family, and followers to vote for their projects.

Step 3: The Community + TMB will decide which three stories rise to the top and which one absolutely has to become a reality (the two runners up will receive loads of incredible prizes)

This is your chance to bring your dream project to life! Can’t wait to see what you guys have got up your sleeves.

-Daniel McCarthy
https://www.themusicbed.com/projectfilmsupply/?utm_source=FStoppers0804&utm_medium=Display&utm_campaign=ProjectFilmSupply

What Does Divorce and The 7 Stages of Grief have in common ?

They both share stages we must experience, in order to feel baggage free and ready to try again.


Tia Maria

Koch Brothers Spend Millions on Group Aiming to Teach Hispanics Republican Party, Conservative Views


As the number and influence of Hispanics increases in the United States, billionaires Charles and David Koch are partially funding efforts to help persuade the community to favor the Republican Party's conservative views.

Hispanics traditionally do not identify with the Republican Party, according to The Associated Press. In 2004, the group was about evenly split between Republicans and Democrats, but have recently strayed further from the GOP. In 2004, Hispanics represented 8 percent of U.S. voters, and Republican George W. Bush won 44 percent of their votes. In 2012, however, Hispanics represented 10 percent of votes and Democrat Barack Obama won 71 percent of their ballots.

The Libre (Free) Initiative, which the Koch brothers' political network has funneled millions of dollars into, hopes to win over the Hispanic community. The group was founded in 2011 and is "501(c)4 non-partisan, non-profit grassroots organization that advances the principles and values of economic freedom to empower the U.S. Hispanic community," according to its official website. It also aims to encourage Hispanics to support a limited government and economic freedom. Various classes on family-owned businesses and "prayer breakfasts with Hispanic pastors" help this, AP reports.

The group has also been tackling immigration reform. In 2012, The Libre Initiative spent almost $1 million on the issue, Yahoo reported. After the recent surge in unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S.-Mexico border from Central America, the group has been fundraising for in Tucson, Arizona and Rio Grande Valley, Texas, according to AP. The money is given to the children held in federal detention centers.

"If they support immigration changes so that more people can get their papers in order, then I'm with them," Elda Guevara, a 45-year-old Democrat, said.

http://www.latinpost.com/articles/19002/20140811/koch-brothers-spend-millions-group-aiming-teach-hispanics-republican-party.htm

My Tia’s Battle With Mental Disorder

Friday, August 1, 2014

Opinion Bad behavior shouldn't be babied at restaurants

Parents take note: Your delightful little darlings aren't welcome in every dining room.

That's the unsubtle message to patrons at Shake's Old Fisherman's Grotto on Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey.

As a mom of two mostly well-behaved toddlers, I absolutely support the spirit of the Northern California restaurant's policy.

A sign at the restaurant reads "Children crying or making loud noises are a distraction to other diners, and as such are not allowed in the dining room." (I think I might have a sign like this made up for our dining room, too.)

The restaurant says it wants to provide a certain dining experience for all of its patrons, and it has the right to curate its clientele, within reason, to accomplish that.
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This story has been making the rounds of news sites and social media recently, highlighting parental outrage. But this parent is outraged that this is even an issue.

What's wrong with a restaurant setting a behavior code along with a dress code? And they aren't saying no to all kids -- even if they are saying no to child-specific accommodations such as strollers, high chairs and booster seats. They are saying no to unruly children.

Who wants to be assaulted by wailing and screeches while trying to savor a $45 lobster tail melting in your mouth with a $345 bottle of Opus One? I'll take the hum of pleasant conversation accented by violins and reserved those other strains for a hot dog outside Costco or split pea soup at Norm's. Heck, I get that for free at home; why would I want to pay for that while I'm out?



http://launch.newsinc.com/share.html?trackingGroup=91002&siteSection=latimes_hom_non_sec&videoId=26463383

Babies Effectively Banned at California Restaurant


A popular restaurant on Monterey, California's Old Fisherman's Wharf has effectively banned babies by prohibiting use of strollers, high chairs, and booster seats, despite the fact that the wharf is a popular tourist destination for families. Local news station KSBW reports signage at Old Fisherman's Grotto also reserves the right to remove "children crying or making loud noises" from the dining room. The result pretty much translates into a no-babies-allowed policy, without explicitly saying that babies and toddlers are banned from the restaurant.

http://eater.com/archives/2014/07/29/babies-effectively-banned-at-california-restaurant.php