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This Should Go Well: Westboro Baptist Church Says It's Going To Iraq To Protest ISIS -
Westboro Baptist Church, the hate group that masquerades as a religious organization, is known for their publicity stunts, but they may have bit off more than they can chew with this one. After a comedian offered to pay for them to fly to Iraq so they can protest real Christian persecution at the hands of Islamic militants, the group tweeted that they have accepted his offer. They want to take their picket signs and head over to a country currently occupied by a group that beheads Christian children without hesitation – this ought to go well.
What an odd turn of events
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What I've Learned from Two Years Collecting Data on Police Killings -
It began simply enough. Commuting home from my work at Reno’s alt-weekly newspaper, theNews & Review, on May 18, 2012, I drove past the aftermath of a police shooting—in this case,that of a man named Jace Herndon. It was a chaotic scene, and I couldn’t help but wonder how often it happened.
I went home and grabbed my laptop and a glass of wine and tried to find out. I found nothing—a failure I simply chalked up to incompetent local media.
A few months later I read about the Dec. 6, 2012, killing of a naked and unarmed 18-year-old college student, Gil Collar, by University of South Alabama police. The killing had attracted national coverage—The New York Times, the Associated Press, CNN—but there was still no context being provided—no figures examining how many people are killed by police.
I started to search in earnest. Nowhere could I find out how many people died during interactions with police in the United States. Try as I might, I just couldn’t wrap my head around that idea. How was it that, in the 21st century, this data wasn’t being tracked, compiled, and made available to the public? How could journalists know if police were killing too many people in their town if they didn’t have a way to compare to other cities? Hell, how could citizens or police? How could cops possibly know “best practices” for dealing with any fluid situation? They couldn’t.
The bottom line was that I found the absence of such a library of police killings offensive. And so I decided to build it.
a comment on the article:
past year, 33 police officers were killed by firearms, where as the amount of “justifiable homicides” by police is over 300. In Seattle in 2012, 20% of the homicides in the entire city that year were committed by police officers. That’s fucked and that’s institutional.
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Orlando Jones’ “bucket challenge” comes with a sobering twist
This isn’t your typical bucket challenge.
Taking his cue from the campaign, Sleepy Hollow star Orlando Jones has created his own video — with a significant twist. Jones’ video hopes to raise awareness of an epidemic of a different sort: racial injustice.
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On the one hand Conservatives bemoan and condemn what they call “riots” such as the ones in #Ferguson and on the other hand they insist they need an armed populace in case they need to overthrow tyranny and oppression.
1) They act like its unthinkable to assault a cop, but who do they think they’re going to have to aim those guns at if the time comes? Do they think Harry Reid will be on the front lines?
2) What do they think the experience of a Black American is? If conservatives were treated anything like the majority of Black Americans are treated, and conservatives were true to their ‘overthrow oppressors’ word, it would be civil fucking war.
But law enforcement would never treat white Americans like they’re treating the citizens of Ferguson, even if they broke federal law for decades and held an armed insurrection. Know how I know? Because it happened, earlier this year. Remember Cliven Bundy? He’d been ripping off the government for 20 years and when they finally showed up at his door, people aimed guns at them. At federal officers, who just left.
Can you imagine the bloodshed if citizens of Ferguson aimed firearms at the stormtroopers currently stomping on their throats?
Massachusetts to Implement Most Ambitious Food Waste Ban in U.S. -
"Starting in October, Massachusetts’s biggest food wasters will no longer be able to send their unwanted food to the landfills, NPR reports. The ban, recently finalized by Gov. Deval Patrick, targets places that produce more than a ton of organic food waste per week, such as universities, hotels, grocery stores, sporting and entertainment venues and other manufacturers.
Instead of simply dumping leftovers, they have the choice to donate the usable food or to send the unwanted food to composting facilities, to plants that can turn scraps into biogas or to farms to use as livestock feed.
NPR notes that it’s the “most ambitious commercial food waste ban in the U.S.”
David Cash, commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, described to NPR all the benefits of the ban — including more food for the hungry, money saved on waste disposal, fewer landfills and less greenhouse gases, more green energy and green energy jobs and even fertilizer.
“This is not just a win-win situation,” Cash said. “It’s a win-win-win-win-win-win-win. Seven wins.”
Read more: http://nationswell.com/massachusetts-ambitious-food-waste-ban/#ixzz3ANJhnnq2
"With Homeowners Associations, there are these restrictive covenants and they say things like a home has to be single-family residence and it can’t be a business," Kennedy said. "But disabled people are protected by the Fair Housing Act and if the council or Homeowners Association was to prevent disabled people from living in a home, they would be against the Fair Housing Act."
Federal law trumps Homeowners Association covenants, which in the past could discriminate against Jewish people, black people and others, Kennedy said. —
Will Belleville face a lawsuit in the group home case?
A small group home for adults with disabilities is trying to buy a house in a neighborhood governed by an HOA (homeowner’s association). The HOA tried to restrict them from buying a house. But they will lose, because the Fair Housing Act prevents against this very thing - HOAs trying to keep neighborhoods free from people who are different from them in anyway.
What a bleak world they must inhabit.