NYPD cop chokes man to death for allegedly selling loosies

Eric Garner was killed by a New York City police officer last Thursday, choked to death in an assault by several cops. The crime of which he was accused? Selling untaxed loose cigarettes. Witnesses say he had just broken up a fight, but rather than pursue and investigate that act of violence they harassed, assaulted, and murdered Garner.

Two officers and four EMTs and paramedics have been suspended over the incident, pending investigation.

About 500 Americans are killed by police each year. Some of those, of course, are legitimate cases of defense, but "police privilege", the perceived "right" of cops to harass, beat, taze, pepper-spray, and shoot civilians who don't properly knuckle-under, is becoming more and more of a threat to our lives and liberty.

Staten Island man dies after NYPD cop puts him in chokehold — SEE THE VIDEO (NY Daily News)

A 400-pound asthmatic Staten Island dad died Thursday after a cop put him in a chokehold and other officers appeared to slam his head against the sidewalk, video of the incident shows.

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But Esaw Garner and other family members said it was a trumped up claim.

“They’re covering their asses, he was breaking up a fight. They harassed and harassed my husband until they killed him,” she said. Garner’s family said he didn’t have any cigarettes on him or in his car at the time of his death.

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Gaza assault is (partly) about the gas

Of course fossil fuels aren't the only reason for the conflict; a century of invasion, theft, oppression, war crimes, and "terrorism" on both sides, creates plenty of momentum of its own, and add in the fact that some of these people think that their god promised this piece of real estate to one ethnic group or another, and there's already plenty of mess. But add gas fields to the equation and it becomes clearer why we can't even have a sane dialog about the topic.

IDF's Gaza assault is to control Palestinian gas, avert Israeli energy crisis (the Guardian)

According to Anais Antreasyan in the University of California's Journal of Palestine Studies, the most respected English language journal devoted to the Arab-Israeli conflict, Israel's stranglehold over Gaza has been designed to make "Palestinian access to the Marine-1 and Marine-2 gas wells impossible." Israel's long-term goal "besides preventing the Palestinians from exploiting their own resources, is to integrate the gas fields off Gaza into the adjacent Israeli offshore installations." This is part of a wider strategy of:

"…. separating the Palestinians from their land and natural resources in order to exploit them, and, as a consequence, blocking Palestinian economic development. Despite all formal agreements to the contrary, Israel continues to manage all the natural resources nominally under the jurisdiction of the PA, from land and water to maritime and hydrocarbon resources."

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Unfortunately, for the IDF uprooting Hamas means destroying the group's perceived civilian support base – which is why Palestinian civilian casualties massively outweigh that of Israelis. Both are obviously reprehensible, but Israel's capacity to inflict destruction is simply far greater.

the spectacle of Israeli war crimes in Gaza

Because there's nothing as entertaining as war crimes. It's long past time for the U.S. to end all military support to the Israel. Free Palestine.

Israelis Watch Bombs Drop on Gaza From Front-Row Seats

Last Wednesday night, as he stood on a hilltop outside the Israeli town of Sderot and watched the bombardment of Gaza on the plain below, a Danish newspaper reporter snapped an iPhone photo of about a dozen locals who cheered on their military from plastic chairs while eating popcorn.

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When the bombs find their targets, Mr. Krak reported, “cheers break out on the hill, followed by solid applause.”

‘No illeagles here' graffiti

No ill eagles! Quarantine them! <headdesk>

Immigration reform is a complicated subject, calling for a careful balance of humanitarian, economic, and cultural factors. It should be approached with a cool head and a warm heart. This...is pretty much the exact opposite of what's needed.

Graffiti on proposed shelter for immigrant children in Maryland: ‘No illeagles here.’ (Washington Post)

As news spread this weekend that undocumented immigrant children might soon live in a former military facility in this town, graffiti appeared on the one-story brick building: “No illeagles here. No undocumented Democrats.”

Aside from the misspelling — which prompted some snickering about sick birds of prey as a photo circulated on Facebook on Sunday — the scrawled message was a manifestation of the bitter national debate over how the government should treat these undocumented children.

if you want to save the world, be disagreeable

Those of us who always got "needs improvement" on "works well with others" on our report cards, are less likely to work well with others to implement authoritarian violations of human rights. If you want to save the world, be disagreeable.

Are Polite People More Violent and Destructive?

Now a new study using a variation of Milgram’s experiments shows that people with more agreeable, conscientious personalities are more likely to make harmful choices. In these new obedience experiments, people with more social graces were the ones who complied with the experimenter’s wishes and delivered electric shocks they believed could harm an innocent person. By contrast, people with more contrarian, less agreeable personalities were more likely to refuse to hurt other people when told to do so.

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...It turns out that people holding left-wing political views were less willing to comply with demands to inflict suffering. A third group was also more likely to go against the grain and refuse destructive orders—women who had previously participated in rebellious political activism such as strikes or occupying a factory.

"wi-fi" doesn't mean anything

I always thought "Wireless Fidelity" was a stupid name...

WiFi isn't short for "Wireless Fidelity" (Boing Boing)

Wi-Fi doesn't stand for anything.

It is not an acronym. There is no meaning.

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The only reason that you hear anything about "Wireless Fidelity" is some of my colleagues in the group were afraid. They didn't understand branding or marketing. They could not imagine using the name "Wi-Fi" without having some sort of literal explanation. So we compromised and agreed to include the tag line "The Standard for Wireless Fidelity" along with the name.

data brokers selling your lifestyle info to doctors

And this is why we pay with old-fashioned untraceable cash, and never join "store loyalty" tracking programs.

Your Doctor Knows You're Killing Yourself. The Data Brokers Told Her (Bloomberg)

Information compiled by data brokers from public records and credit card transactions can reveal where a person shops, the food they buy, and whether they smoke. The largest hospital chain in the Carolinas is plugging data for 2 million people into algorithms designed to identify high-risk patients, while Pennsylvania’s biggest system uses household and demographic data. Patients and their advocates, meanwhile, say they’re concerned that big data’s expansion into medical care will hurt the doctor-patient relationship and threaten privacy.

feds lying to courts about "stringray" surveillance

The surveillance state is out of control, and it's time to put some of these people in jail. (Including Holder and Obama if they knew about this.)

Emails Show Feds Asking Florida Cops to Deceive Judges | Threat Level | WIRED:"

Police in Florida have, at the request of the U.S. Marshals Service, been deliberately deceiving judges and defendants about their use of a controversial surveillance tool to track suspects, according to newly obtained emails.

At the request of the Marshals Service, the officers using so-called stingrays have been routinely telling judges, in applications for warrants, that they obtained knowledge of a suspect’s location from a “confidential source” rather than disclosing that the information was gleaned using a stingray.

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state-backed eugenics is alive and well in Virginia

All your body are belong to the government. See also my recent piece on the sacredness of the body and the sacrilege of the state

Virginia Offers Man Plea Deal That Includes Vasectomy - Latest - In These Times

Jessie Lee Herald, 27, of Edinburg, Virginia was offered a plea deal by assistant commonwealth's attorney Ilona L. White on June 4 that encompassed undergoing a vasectomy, 20 months in jail and five years' probation. Herald accepted the plea to avoid a trial for charges of child endangerment, hit-and-run driving and driving on a suspended license....

Critics have been quick to point out that this is a form of state-sanctioned eugenics, which has a long history at the margins of United States law. State sterilization was infamously upheld by the Supreme Court in 1927's Buck v. Bell, a case that originated in Virginia and paved the way for systemic sterilizations in poor and minority communities, prisons, and U.S. territories.

Obama interrupts The Price Is Right, the masses get pissed

And this is why we are doomed.

I still recall the horror of daytime TV from when I was kid, home from school sick and feeling too wiped out to even read. I would have welcomed any breaking news that interrupted the mind-numbing flow of game shows and talk shows. Especially The Price Is Right, I developed a specific loathing for that show.

President Obama Interrupts The Price Is Right; Twitter Reacts (Yahoo News)

And if there is one thing evident after scrolling through the tweets, it is that people do not like their hour of "The Price Is Right" interrupted by anyone — even the Commander In Chief.

"Unless Godzilla is attacking the Eastern seaboard, Obama doesn't need to be interrupting the Price is Right," tweeted Amanda Marie, a viewer. Although, the fact that she wrote that makes you wonder if she would still be upset over missing the Card Game.

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