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October 05 2017

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October 04 2017

This is not a game,“ Carter continued. “I appreciate my allies, and it’s been a long time coming. Being in tents, and a couple of years later, we now have over 200-300 allies standing with us in unity — it’s beautiful. We’ve been waiting on this.
Forget NFL owners, real Kaepernick unity building in St. Louis - NY Daily News

Local white St. Louis residents have escalated their protests with an new level of consistency and fervor since the Stockley verdict. This past Thursday, hundreds at a “White Ally March” protested downtown at Busch Stadium outside the entrance of a Billy Joel concert. The most common chants were:

“White Silence is Violence” and “When Black lives are under attack, what do we do? Stand up, fight back!”

Take note NFL. The video below shows what real white passion for racial justice looks like.

Interestingly, not a single arrest was made.

Forget NFL owners, real Kaepernick unity building in St. Louis - NY Daily News

“I just couldn’t believe they were so set on tear-gassing people,” she says. “I thought it was crazy, their attitude toward me. Before last night, the protests were merely eye-opening. Now I’m outraged. I feel the injustice.”

On Monday morning she became a protester, joining the march to City Hall, elevating justice over her own sense of peace.

“I feel what my neighbors feel for the first time,” Canchola says. “I understand.”

Messenger: A downtown resident talks of her new fears, not of protesters, but of police | Tony Messenger | stltoday.com

I’ve been a proponent of the 2nd amendment my entire life.

Until the events of last night. I cannot express how wrong I was. We actually have members of our crew with CHL licenses and legal firearms on the bus.

They were useless.

We couldn’t touch them for fear police might think that we were part of the massacre and shoot us. A small group (or one man) laid waste to a city with dedicated, fearless police officers, desperately trying to help, because of access to an insane amount of fire power.

Enough is enough.

Writing my parents and the love of my life a goodbye last night and a living will because I felt like I wasn’t going to live through the night was enough for me to realize that this is completely and totally out of hand. These rounds were powerful enough that my crew guys just standing in a close proximity of a victim shot by this f—ing coward received shrapnel wounds.

We need gun control RIGHT. NOW.

My biggest regret is that I stubbornly didn’t realize it until my brothers on the road and myself were threatened by it.

We are unbelievably fortunate not to be among the number of victims killed or seriously wounded by this maniac.

Caleb Keeter on the 2nd Amendment: ‘I cannot express how wrong I was’

“When you look at the footprint of devices already — 20 million Amazon Alexas in U.S. households and it’s only been around for two years (it took PCs 10 years to get to that point).”

Matchmakers: Sayspring Thinks Voice First | PYMNTS.com
via Instapaper

There is a simple question that every single candidate should have to answer in order to get our votes: What is your plan to prevent mass shootings?
The Death Loop | Crooked Media
“He takes two weeks to visit a disaster zone where 3.5 million American citizens live. He arrives with a smile on his face, makes fun of the situation, shows no empathy, lies and lies on camera as he does 24-7. And then throws paper towel rolls to people in need as if he was playing Go Fetch with dogs,” said Joel Isaac, 27, a New York actor who moved from Puerto Rico three years ago.
In bizarre visit, Donald Trump compares Puerto Rico to ‘a real catastrophe like Katrina’ — and congratulates himself: Analysis | Toronto Star
The ads employed a series of divisive messages aimed at breaking through the clutter of campaign ads online, including promoting anti-Muslim messages, sources said.

Exclusive: Russian-linked Facebook ads targeted Michigan and Wisconsin - CNNPolitics

and our country’s citizens fell for it

we fell for weaponized bigotry


By the time we published our project, I didn’t believe in many of the interventions I’d heard politicians tout. I was still anti-gun, at least from the point of view of most gun owners, and I don’t want a gun in my home, as I think the risk outweighs the benefits. But I can’t endorse policies whose only selling point is that gun owners hate them. Policies that often seem as if they were drafted by people who have encountered guns only as a figure in a briefing book or an image on the news.

Instead, I found the most hope in more narrowly tailored interventions. Potential suicide victims, women menaced by their abusive partners and kids swept up in street vendettas are all in danger from guns, but they each require different protections.

I used to think gun control was the answer. My research told me otherwise. - The Washington Post
I know you’ll be bullied for speaking out. This is how they operate. Not everyone will like you for taking a stand. Let it roll off your back. Some people may burn your records or ask for refunds for tickets to your concerts. Whatever. Find the strength of moral conviction, even if it comes with a price tag, which it will. Don’t let them bully you into silence. That’s where their power lies — in the silence of rational voices and in the apathy of those who can speak truth to power.
Rosanne Cash: Country Musicians, Stand Up to the N.R.A. - The New York Times
He is currently a co-sponsor with 181 other legislators of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would bar abortion after 20 weeks except in cases of rape, incest or where the pregnancy poses a threat to the life or physical health of the mother. Mr. Murphy voted for the bill Tuesday evening, according to Roll Call. It passed 237 to 189.
Rep. Tim Murphy, popular with pro-life movement, urged abortion in affair, texts suggest | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
A reduction in gun deaths is most likely to come from finding smaller chances for victories and expanding those solutions as much as possible. We save lives by focusing on a range of tactics to protect the different kinds of potential victims and reforming potential killers, not from sweeping bans focused on the guns themselves.

I used to think gun control was the answer. My research told me otherwise. - The Washington Post

we reduce gun deaths with 1,000 papercuts, not with a wide-reaching GIANT papercut

October 03 2017

And, if i know any thing at all,
it’s that a wall is just a wall
and nothing more at all.
It can be broken down.
“Affirmation” by Assata Shakur - The Feminist Wire

October 02 2017

I repeat, we only closed our restaurant this weekend out of fear of police, not protestors or the shitheads vandalizing.
Chris Sommers Responds After Police Union Puts Him — and Pi Pizzeria — on Blast | Food Blog

September 29 2017

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Am I a folk hero yet (at Webster-Kirkwood Times Newspapers)

September 28 2017

What was it that one learned through a great books curriculum? Certainly not “conservatism” in any contemporary American sense of the term. We were not taught to become American patriots, or religious pietists, or to worship what Rudyard Kipling called “the Gods of the Market Place.” We were not instructed in the evils of Marxism, or the glories of capitalism, or even the superiority of Western civilization.

As I think about it, I’m not sure we were taught anything at all. What we did was read books that raised serious questions about the human condition, and which invited us to attempt to ask serious questions of our own. Education, in this sense, wasn’t a “teaching” with any fixed lesson. It was an exercise in interrogation.

To listen and understand; to question and disagree; to treat no proposition as sacred and no objection as impious; to be willing to entertain unpopular ideas and cultivate the habits of an open mind — this is what I was encouraged to do by my teachers at the University of Chicago.

It’s what used to be called a liberal education.

The Dying Art of Disagreement - The New York Times
In September 2015, the multi-millionaire engineer at the heart of the patent and trade secrets lawsuit between Uber and Waymo, Google’s self-driving car company, founded a religious organization called Way of the Future. Its purpose, according to previously unreported state filings, is nothing less than to “develop and promote the realization of a Godhead based on Artificial Intelligence.”

The Self Driving Car Whiz Who Fell from Grace | WIRED

this is nuts

August 27 2017

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at Far Rockaway Beach

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