Bmore cop caught on video assaulting man

The usual. No one in Baltimore City trusts the police, and this is why. See more video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDTbSmF76N8.

Violent arrest by Baltimore police officer caught on video (baltimoresun.com)

Truss had a bag in one hand and Coleman was holding his other arm as they paused near a bus stop. Cosom stepped around a group of bystanders before launching a blow that connected with Truss' upper body, sending him reeling backward, the video shows.

Then Cosom delivered a series of punches, some while another officer held Truss' right arm against the side of the bus stop, the video shows.

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"Truss was in a totally defenseless position, attempting to walk away, when he was beaten by Defendant Officer Cosom," the lawyers wrote.

Prosecutors dropped the charges against Truss after reviewing the video, according to the lawsuit, which seeks $5 million in damages.

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more excessive force in Missouri

If you think that bad cops won't shock you and beat you just because you're not black, nope. Race is a factor but it's not the only factor -- the most important one is "I'm a cop, you're not."

FBI probes traffic stop that left Missouri teen in critical condition (Yahoo News)

The FBI said in a statement that it is investigating whether police officer Tim Runnels overstepped his authority and violated the civil rights of Bryce Masters when he pulled over the 17-year-old and used a stun gun on him on Sunday in Independence, Missouri, a Kansas City suburb.

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Witnesses told the Kansas City Star that Masters was unable to roll down his window because it was broken and that after handcuffing Masters outside the car, Runnels dropped him on the pavement, causing him to injure his head.

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torturing the mentally disabled into behaving

The normalization of electric shock torture continues. Soon all citizens can be fitted with remotely controlled shock devices -- if you're not doing anything wrong, you have nothing to fear from them, right?

Skin shocks used at Mass. school draw FDA look (Yahoo News)

It's a rare move by the FDA, following years of complaints from disability rights' groups and even a U.N. report that the shocks are tantamount to torture.

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...The center uses a graduated electronic decelerator, or GED, that is attached to the arms or legs. If the student acts aggressively — head-banging, throwing furniture, attacking someone — then a center worker can press a button to activate the electrode, delivering a two-second shock to the skin.

Some patients compared the shocks to a hard pinch or bee sting. Others say it's far more painful; one said it was like being stung by a thousand bees.

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"It's not safe. It doesn't feel safe. I ended up having nightmares," Jennifer Msumba testified via video at the FDA's hearing. The 38-year-old said the GED left burn marks and was prone to misfires, unintended shocks.

Comcast wants to destroy net anonymity

Yet another reason to use two tin cans and a string over Comcast.

Comcast Declares War on Tor? - Deep Dot Web (Deep Dot Web)

Reports have surfaced (Via /r/darknetmarkets and another one submitted to us) that Comcast agents have contacted customers using Tor and instructed them to stop using the browser or risk termination of service. A Comcast agent named Jeremy allegedly called Tor an “illegal service.” The Comcast agent told its customer that such activity is against usage policies.

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...The Comcast agent then allegedly told the customer:

Users who try to use anonymity, or cover themselves up on the internet, are usually doing things that aren’t so-to-speak legal. We have the right to terminate, fine, or suspend your account at anytime due to you violating the rules. Do you have any other questions? Thank you for contacting Comcast, have a great day. [emphasis added -tms]

school cops assault petite high school girl, steal her phone

It's not just the militarization of police, its the "prison-ization" of our schools. If teachers can't deal with minor disciplinary problems (and a student who wants to keep her phone because she's worried about her mom's health doesn't sound like a disciplinary problem to start with) without calling in armed thugs, they need better training.

More and more I begin to think that the whole idea of separate, full-time, so-called "professional" police forces might be as bad of an idea as a standing army.

Super-Tough Cops Take Down 70-Pound High School Girl Who Wanted To Keep Her Cell Phone (Yahoo News)

When Perez tried to walk away, the assistant principal called the police....

...Two campus cops participated in the takedown. A third stood around and watched his colleagues.

“Both of the cops just tackled her down to the floor,” said another student, Gustavo Lucio, to a KHOU reporter. Ironically, Gustavo filmed the incident with his own cell phone.

“They put her knee on her head and after that they just arrested her, took her phone,” Gustavo explained. “The cop just said you can’t use your phone and after that, no words no nothing, just actions, grabbed her, threw her down.”

GoFundMe will deny campaigns related to abortion, gambling, adult material, or "sorcery"

Well, there goes any chance I will ever contribute to any GoFundMe campaigns again. I'm guessing the "sorcery" thing would leave a lot of Pagans out.

GoFundMe, the site that has raised money for convicted murderers, will draw the line at abortion and ‘sorcery’ (Washington Post)

Earlier this week, the platform — which operates like its big-brother Kickstarter, but with far fewer rules — summarily shut down the sincere, if irreverent, fundraiser of an Illinois woman who had raised $2,100 to terminate a “rough, unplanned and unexpected pregnancy.”...

In the uproar that followed, GoFundMe didn’t just take down Bailey’s page. On Tuesday, the platform also categorically banned fundraisers on a wide range of arbitrary moral issues, including abortion, gambling, “sorcery” and any material “relating to the adult industry” in any capacity.

NYPD officers beat down man for daring to ask why he was illegally searched

From the "most dangerous street gang" department:

WATCH: NYPD officers take turns beating Bronx man after search turns up nothing

A Bronx man has accused a half-dozen NYPD officers of taking turns beating and kicking him after he asked an officer why he had been searched when she was responding to a noise complaint, according to ABC7.

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“I turned around and put my hands up,” Hernandez explained, saying the officers told him they were investigating a noise complaint.

When the search turned up nothing, Hernandez asked why he had been searched. At that point the female officer grabbed his armed and slapped a handcuff on him.

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Moments after refusing to comply to an order to put both his hands behind his back, a half-dozen uniformed officers appeared and dog-piled on Hernandez, punching and kicking and dragging him onto the sidewalk.

Cellphone video backs up his account of the assault.

“They was taking turns on me. One kicks me, he steps back. Another one comes to punch me and he steps back,” Hernandez said. “And another one comes and grabs my arm and hits me like 10 times with the baton. Another one comes and pepper sprayed me, they were taking turns like a gang.”

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single serving communion juice & crackers

Today I learned that this exists. I guess that if we postulate a deity capable of transforming the hypothetical "substance" of bread into a different "substance", said deity could perform this transubstantiation even through a plastic and foil container, but it seems to me that single-serving communion is sort of a contradiction in terms. "Let's share a meal -- as separately as possible."

communion cups - prefilled communion cup with wafers- commnion supplies

Save time and money! Prefilled Communion Cups have communion wafer and grape juice in a sanitary, disposable, single serving container!

Pennsylvania woman sentenced for helping daughter end unwanted pregnancy

Here's what happens when you restrict access to abortion, folks.

Pennsylvania mother who gave daughter abortion pill gets prison (Yahoo News)

Whalen was sentenced on Friday by Montour County Court of Common Pleas Judge Gary Norton to serve 12 months to 18 months in prison for violating a state law that requires abortions to be performed by physicians.

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Whalen told authorities there was no local clinic available to perform an abortion and her daughter did not have health insurance to cover a hospital abortion, the Press Enterprise newspaper of Bloomsburg reported.

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The closest abortion clinic to Whalen's home is about 74 miles away in Harrisburg.

The Economist defends slavery

From the "OMG are you Fing kidding me" department: The Economist -- a magazine widely respected by mainstream conservatives -- published a review of Edward Baptist's book The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism. The anonymous reviewer(s) actually complained that "Slaves were valuable property....slave owners surely had a vested interest in keeping their “hands” ever fitter and stronger to pick more cotton. Almost all the blacks in his book are victims, almost all the whites villains. This is not history; it is advocacy."

The “slavery wasn’t THAT bad!” book review in The Economist, the hashtag that came from it, and some observations

History professor Will Mackintosh has an interesting explanation as to how the review survived editorial scrutiny, and why the visceral response to it seems to have taken them by surprise:

Here’s my theory: as a magazine, The Economist is perhaps the most articulate, erudite defender of the neoliberal capitalist order. They are too smart to waste their time as Laffer curve snake-oil salesmen or crude economic nationalist...the main commitment of their reporting and their commentary is to defend late modern global capitalism as an economic and moral good.... And that’s why they don’t like Baptist’s book: it demonstrates unequivocally that modern capitalism was born in blood. Let me say that again: whatever else you might say about capitalism, it took on its characteristic modern forms of capital accumulation and labor “management” in the context of American slavery. For a group of journalists with a deep, almost unarticulated commitment to modern capitalism’s fundamental benevolence, this is an uncomfortable truth indeed.

...The book has to be wrong, because if it isn’t, then capitalism isn’t an inherently moral economic system. And it has to be wrong specifically in its description of how capitalism exploits labor.... [B]ecause otherwise, the book gets uncomfortably to the reality that modern capitalism gets its increases in productivity at the expense of its workers, too.

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