The time of year where my itchy cat takes more Zyrtec than I do is now over.
Note to high school kids on lunch break
Pack the bowl as you’re walking, not clustered in a huddle in front of the AirBnB house.
Dear Internet Defense League member,
Right now, President Obama is meeting with key leaders in Asia to finalize a new SOPA-like Internet Censorship scheme through a secretive international agreement called the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).
Leaked documents show that this secretive plan will censor the Internet and strip away users’ rights. If finalized, it would force ISPs to act as “Internet Police” that will monitor our Internet use, censor content, and even remove entire websites.
To fight back, Fight for the Future, OpenMedia, reddit, imgur, and dozens of other groups have united to launch a historic international action opposing TPP Internet Censorship. We’re using a high-powered spotlight to project a Stop The Secrecy message on key buildings in Washington D.C. from now until when Obama returns on April 30th.
Yes, you read that right. We’re launching a Stop The Secrecy “bat signal” in D.C.
[…] Unfortunately, we thought this type of wholesale Internet censorship died after our historic victory against SOPA. But it looks like some of the worst parts of SOPA have found their way into the TPP.
And the agreement is huge: covering 40% of the global economy, and once key leaders finalize TPP Internet censorship plans in coming days it will be used to globalize censorship across the world.
Internet users everywhere will be affected and this may be our only chance to stop it.
[There are] already 2.8 Million people [who] have spoken out — let’s make that number as big as we can get it so stop this agreement from going through.
Please help spread the word. This is going to be big.
1. “Secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP).” Source: WikiLeaks.
2. TPP Creates Legal Incentives For ISPs To Police The Internet. What Is At Risk? Your Rights. Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation.
After last night’s spittle-misting rant, I woke up to this in my inbox.
Hope and (chump) change. Oh, Barry, you sure do tell a good one. Those days of Dubya, Cheney & Co. throwing everything at the wall to see what would stick don’t seem like they ever ended, do they?
THIS AFFECTS YOU. It’s as bad, or worse, than SOPA - which saw huge sites like Wikipedia blank themselves out for a day in protest - and yes, the resistance which ultimately killed SOPA started with petitions and similar awareness-raising techniques.
Unfortunately, you chop one head off the hydra, another will be along soon enough.
What you’re protesting, if you help, is Obama’s attempt to railroad the TPP through without Congressional debate. That’s un-democratic, anti-American, and wrong.
JOIN »»» https://stopthesecrecy.net/ «««
…a woman was walking down the street when a motorcycle cop approached her, asked her if she lived in the area and if she would talk to him. She says his approach made her feel uncomfortable, so she refused and continued on her way.
"I thought that maybe he was flirting," she said. "I just thought it was odd, I thought it was odd. I wasn’t really sure but I felt uncomfortable because there wasn’t anyone around."
She says she was worried he might not even a real cop, so she refused to stop and began jogging away from him.
This was followed shortly thereafter by the cop dismounting, chasing her down, tackling her and placing her under arrest. The police chief claims this arrest was for “walking on the wrong side of the road,” (as well as “evading arrest” and “resisting arrest”) despite the fact that the woman wasn’t ultimately charged with anything.
Whitehouse Police Chief Craig Shelton says this:
Shelton says by law you’re not required to stop and talk to an officer if there’s not a lawful reason for them to be stopping you.
But then he says this:
"Normally if a police officer pulls up, in my opinion, it’s awful odd for somebody just to take off and not want to speak to the police officer," Shelton said.
Yes, this may seem “odd” to a police officer, but it’s not all that odd for citizens, even those committing no real crime (Shelton justifies the stop with the “walking on the wrong side of the street” crap) to have no desire to talk to police officers. A huge imbalance of power makes conversation uncomfortable. Anyone who’s attempted small talk with their boss understands this. If someone doesn’t want to talk to a cop, it’s not odd, it’s normal.
Only a cop — someone who doesn’t understand the strain caused by the imbalance of power — would consider this response “odd.”—
In which Techdirt indirectly reveals how it’s very possible for the NYPD to have no fucking idea how #myNYPD would backfire on their arrogant, violent, criminal, civil-liberties-crushing thug asses. Emphasis mine.
Other cops don’t view each other like that, because they’re part of the in group - so why would anyone on Twitter think differently about #myNYPD?
Similarly, why would a woman ever become uncomfortable when a strange man in a uniform follows her down an alleyway on a motorcycle? It’s totally “odd,” by which I of course mean “reasonable articulate suspicion for a detainment.”
…I mean come on, it’s not like fake cops have ever raped women under color of law in the very same state, or anything. (Or real cops, natch.)
There’s plenty more detail at the link, including a statement that the dashcam video “will be investigated,” and that, ahead of any such investigation, Chief Shelton has cleared the officer of any wrongdoing.
Note to cops: read the whole thing, and then read my above paragraph again, slowly, for full comprehension. Unarmed citizens do not see you in the same way your locker-room buddies do. Get it through your fucking skulls before ever contacting a citizen on the street.
When I was a child, oh, so long ago, growing up in a sleepy southern city — my best friend and I manufactured our own gunpowder, enriched by filings of magnesium, from a large block of the metal given us by his father (who was a plumber) and colored by different chemicals from our combined chemistry sets. We packed these into pill bottles we purchased in bulk at Grossman’s Drug Store and made fuses of thin soda straws packed with the gunpowder. These made wonderful “bombs” – fireworks, actually — which we would set off after dark, behind the neighbor’s houses. No one, as I recall, was ever alarmed by this. Certainly, law enforcement was never summonsed.
This line of work came to an end on one expedition when an explosive went off prematurely and burned all of the skin on Tommy’s right arm from wrist to elbow. There were no repercussions from either family, just a typical childhood accident to be coped with. “Lawd, boys is a torment!”
He is now a successful professor of Geology and has educated multiple generations of scientists. It would have been a shame to have cut that career short with a federal trial.—
Comment on a Popehat story about Ken White being admonished by a cop to PUT. THE ACCORDION. DOWN. and falling into a patch of cacti during the wee hours of a late-1980s morning. The cop, observing the result, drove away. Ken imagines how a similar incident would play out in 2014.
My own chemistry set was examined by cops, and it was, what, 3 years pre-Columbine? I’d probably have died in prison if I’d been a little later, thanks to the rapid evolution of the Murrican fear state and its police agents.