Last words of unarmed black youth gunned down by law enforcement.
"There are reasons why white gun’s rights activists can walk into a Chipotle restaurant with assault rifles and be seen as gauche nuisances while unarmed black men are killed for reaching for their wallets or cell phones, or carrying children’s toys. Guns aren’t for black people, either.”
from America is Not For Black People
“…if you live your whole life and then die without making a purposeful choice to become a white ally then American racism becomes your legacy.”
Protesters canvass the neighborhood of County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch.
Saturday, August 30th.
By: Benjamin Garcia
A crowdfunding campaign in support of the officer who shot unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown is under fire as it has raised more money to date than all of the campaigns for the victim of the shooting combined.
Calls to have the website hosting the campaign, GoFundMe, take down thedonation page reached a fever pitch when the internet was alerted to the fact that many of the comments being left alongside donations were hateful and racist in nature. As of Friday, donations to Officer Darren Wilson stood at $234,910 after five days of activity.
A similar campaign for the Michael Brown family – set up on the same website – has raised just over $174,000 in nine days, while a separate fund established specifically for the Brown children had raised $1,136 in 10 days.
Absolutely disgusting and ridiculous. What the fuck, America.
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I saw the new documentary Cowspiracy two days ago (yeah, kind of ridiculous name, but after seeing the movie I thought it did fit). I’ve been a vegetarian for nearly four years now, and have fluctuated between varying degrees of how strict my diet was. Lately I’ve been quite lazy, eating quite a bit of dairy products (even though I know my body doesn’t like that).
I’ve read a book that went into many issues regarding the animal agriculture industry before, so I was familiar with the many environmental reasons to stop eating meat and animal products. It’s the reason I went vegetarian in the first place. However, the documentary visually graphed out the information in a way that was so much more impactful to me than reading about it ever was.
It’s amazing how, despite the uproar of people arguing about water usage in California, I’ve heard nothing about diet. Food is such a cultural thing, and I honestly believe it can be harder to talk about food with most people than politics and religion because of the necessity of eating as a daily reality.
Anyway, watching Cowspiracy reminded me of what a hypocrite I am to continue to support an industry that is so unsustainable and destructive. My partner and I are going to finish off the animal products we have in our refrigerator, and go vegan.
I’m excited about it, but I’m also nervous about the social implications of it. I’m nervous posting vegan-related posts on a place like tumblr, let alone facebook, and yet I feel like it’s important for people to understand the destructive impact of their diet.
I’ll feel it out one day at a time.
Solar energy that doesn’t block the view
A team of researchers at Michigan State University has developed a new type of solar concentrator that when placed over a window creates solar energy while allowing people to actually see through the window. It is called a transparent luminescent solar concentrator and can be used on buildings, cell phones and any other device that has a clear surface. And, according to Richard Lunt of MSU’s College of Engineering, the key word is “transparent.”
my god that gif was made for this moment
I signed a change.org petition asking that this, among other necessary policies be made mandatory by federal law. FUCKING SIGN IT.
well would you look at that…
I think this will happen…many police unions do not want it to happen, but I think it will happen. It will take a lot of time and a lot of fighting, but every moment of that fight is going to be worth it.
Police unions will want more research, I think that’s important, and that research is being done now. While use of force and number of complaints are important statistics, so is overall crime rate (which unions will argue is adversely affected (because officers are thinking about how they’ll look on camera, not how to do their jobs) unless there are overwhelming data to counter that claim).
Also vitally important will be whether these save police departments money (which they probably will, in reduced complaints and simpler court cases.)
And let’s not forget about privacy…if these videos are being uploaded to cloud-based evidence systems (which they probably will be) who is going to have access to them? What do you do with videos that have nothing to do with active cases? How long are videos stored for? How do you protect that data? Who decides when the cameras are on or off (civil rights orgs (and I) will argue that they must be always-on, police officers will say “what about when I’m peeing.”) And, if there’s an off switch, we can assume the off switch will get used at the exact time when we will have wanted it to be on.
As I say, this is coming, and it’s important, and it will be a force that runs counter to a lot of the bullshit police work that’s being done in some places in America…but the areas where it’s most vital will be the ones where it arrives last.
And, unfortunately, the federal government will never be able to make a blanket law because congress can’t even agree if flowers are pretty.
This is going to have to be a battle fought in every city in America individually, don’t let that drain your will. Yes, it would be better if it just happened tomorrow, but it will be worse if we all get lazy and say “it’s not happening the way I want so I don’t care if it happens at all.”
Fuck that…we need do make it happen whatever way we can, even if it takes a long-ass time.
An Old Guy