What’s the Best Way to Weed Out Potential Killer Cops?

Scientists are scouring data to identify bad-seed cops. Maybe the simpler route would be to ask the chiefs. Can data-analysis innovations help identify bad-seed cops before they act out? The police world has cast an eye toward that possibility as teams of computer scientists from outside the insular law enforcement bubble work to improve on early-intervention systems designed to red-flag officers with behavioral problems who might engage in “adverse interactions” with citizens. The goal is to reduce the human casualties and financial damages from the cortege of troubling police-involved deaths of citizens (most of them black) that have dominated police news over the past two years—Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Walter Scott, Freddie Gray, Sandra Bland, Laquan McDonald and many others. But there might be a more direct route to identifying rogues: simply ask police chiefs for the names. For generations, conventional wisdom has held that every cop—from […] Read More

Baby Taken from Parents After Father Admitted to “Using Marijuana” is Murdered in Foster Care

Grand Junction, CO — Angel Lane Place, an 11-month-old baby girl has died as a result of injuries received while under the care of state-approved foster parents. A 20-year-old woman from Grand Junction is facing charges in the death of Angel. The Grand Junction Police Department said Sydney Danielle White told investigators she “accidentally dropped” the infant, Angel Lane Place, on the floor September 12, and then on September 15, grabbed her by the neck and shook her. According to an arrest affidavit, White said that on the morning of September 15, Angel was screaming and she couldn’t get her to stop. She told police she held the baby “by the neck with both hands and shook her multiple times.” She said she stopped after one of her children then came into the room and said, “Mommy, stop it,” and put Angel to sleep. “White said the baby initially […] Read More

Cop Slams Mom’s Face to the Ground as She Dropped Her Kids Off at School Over Tinted License Plate Cover

Gratuitous violence. Tampa, FL — As Liz Vargas was walking her daughter into school on November 5, officer Kevin Fitzpatrick heroically swooped in to protect the citizens of Tampa from Vargas’ tinted license plate cover. Not having done anything wrong, and upset that she was being harassed in front of her children, Vargas voiced her discontent. “Then  because I was in my pj’s he called me bummy, and he accused me of illegal drugs, that’s why I got argumentative,” Vargas said of the incident. Within 34 seconds of his encounter with Vargas, Fitzpatrick grabbed her wrist and had slammed the innocent woman to the ground, face first. After being brutally assaulted in front of her child by police, Vargas retained attorney Brett Szematowicz. “At best that could be explained away that he thought there was an officer safety issue with her pointing up at the sky, but he never said […] Read More

Stop Selling Your Children to Bankers

By Stefan Molyneux When debt consumes a country and its financial system collapses – who will pay? Who will be held responsible for the bad decisions, the debt and the malinvestment? Throughout history, it is typically the young who are sacrificed for the sake of the older generation; young people are herded into the buzz saw of war and have their futures sold off through massive debts long before they escape the crib. As financial collapse looms above several major world economies – who will be held responsible when the bill comes due? Support Stefan here Related articles Re-incarnation: A Blessing or a Curse?

7 Reasons Life in America Is Hell for Black Kids

Black kids face a whole universe of problems that their white counterparts don’t. Freddie Gray was just 25 when he lost his life after a brutal encounter with Baltimore police. Twenty-five is way too young for anyone to die, but the odds were stacked against Gray from a much younger age. Black children as young as 11—and sometimes even younger—are targeted by law enforcement, through school referrals that have them standing in criminal courts at rates that far outpace white children. Raising a black child in 2015 means preparing him or her to bear the brunt of racism in all of its forms, starting with hyper-disciplining in schools to hyper-policing by the criminal justice system. If they survive all that, they have fewer economic and employment opportunities once they reach adulthood. Sure, having money helps considerably. But as a recent study shows, black kids born into middle-class families are much less […] Read More

NYPD Caught Red-handed Editing Wikipedia Entries About Eric Garner and Other Victims of Police Brutality

It appears to be a concerted effort to rewrite history. Friday morning Capital New York published a blockbuster story about how the New York Police Department has apparently been doing its own damage control on Wikipedia. The reporters there found that “Computers operating on the New York Police Department’s computer network at its 1 Police Plaza headquarters have been used to alter Wikipedia pages containing details of alleged police brutality.” Entries found to have been edited by IP addresses associated with the NYPD include pages related to the shooting deaths of Eric Garner, Sean Bell, and Amadou Diallo. In all, Capital New York identified 85 separate NYPD addresses that have edited Wikipedia, which indicates that this may very well have been a coordinated operation and not simply the work of a rogue officer. Here’s a selection of edits Capital New York documented on the Eric Garner page: “Garner raised […] Read More

9 Industries That Scare You Into Buying Things You Don’t Need

Disaster is lurking and we will save you! Call them the products of fear. Advertisers, like politicians, know it works. If you scare people enough, they are easily sold a bill of goods. Define a problem, even if it really isn’t a problem, then bombard the masses with the solution to the (non) problem. In the introduction to AlterNet’s new series on the politics of fear, Don Hazen wrote, “Americans are endlessly bombarded with media messages that are fearful and deceitful. Almost daily, we are urged to fear exaggerated or fake threats… this media onslaught literally shapes how our brains work and what people believe.” These threats can be huge, like terrorism lurking around the corner, or they can be minor, like the need to protect your baby’s knees from the hazards of crawling. The common denominator is that these aren’t really such huge problems and you are being subjected […] Read More

7 Creepy Robots Used By The Police State

By ReasonTV Cops use robots to defuse bombs, confront barricaded suspects and rescue victims during disasters. But they also use robots that can see, record and track what you are doing all day long. If you aren’t paranoid by the thought of cops knowing your business, watch as Reason TV counts down 7 Creepy Robots for Cops. Visit Reason.com Related articles Google’s ATLAS Robot About to be Unleashed – Mankind Should Probably Start Worrying Meet Pepper – Adorable Robot Face of Our Demise Moon Robot Will Broadcast In Virtual-Reality Video The Haunted Doll of Hokkaido Artificial Intelligence: The Worms are Rising Up! Santa Threatens To Cancel Christmas With A Creepy Global Warming Video Aimed At Kids 5 Ways to Unf*ck the World

Truth in Media: Origin of ISIS

By Ben Swann In this episode of Truth in Media, Ben Swann explores the origin of ISIS that has already been long forgotten by American media. Swann takes on the central issue of whether or not ISIS was created by “inaction” by the United States government or by “direct” action. Visit BenSwann.com Related articles American People Officially Lose Faith In The CDC Is the Internet Making Us Less Religious? The 5 Surprising & Less-Known Reasons You’re Packing On Extra Weight 100,000 Signatures In 30 Days Are Needed For A White House Response About Extraterrestrials Irish Government and Flying Saucers in 1950 CDC Whistle-Blower Reveals Cover-up Of Vaccine & Autism Link Data 1969: Bloodrock

America’s Militarized Police: A Growing Threat to Liberty

Last summer my band played a Fourth of July gig at an outdoor festival in a well-heeled suburb of Atlanta. The lawn in front of us was filled with parents on picnic blankets and little kids running to and fro. The street was filled with noisy but well-behaved revelers, enjoying the rare legal opportunity to drink locally-brewed beer in public. Fireworks filled the dusk sky. Everyone was happy. Everyone that is, except for the company-sized contingent of heavily-armed black-clad militarized police, complete with an armored assault vehicle and automatic weapons, which surrounded the event. Especially the guy who threatened me with arrest for backing my car up to the stage without awaiting orders. This, I realized grimly, isn’t my granddad’s America anymore… Family Traditions My grandfather Carl Bauman was also a musician (saxophone). Unlike me (guitar), he was a full-time professional. Absolutely unlike me, he never played surrounded by […] Read More

Why the Right-Wing Is as Obsessed with Brainwashing Your Kid as With Looting Social Security

We must teach our children US history accurately and inform the world about the essentials of human rights. Sure, the war on education helps Republican lawmakers destroy unions and slash government spending, but it’s our history of progressive change that makes Conservatives hate accurate depictions of our past. Just think about Social Security, The New Deal, freeing the slaves, or child labor laws… all represent great turning points in our nation that progressives made possible. The fact is, our entire history – from our revolution to healthcare reform – is filled with progressive accomplishments, and it’s hard to sell the Conservative brand to people who know that history. Many of the today’s biggest political issues, like our privacy rights, would not even be up for debate today had it not been for the attack on education. If more Americans had had a strong understanding of our history, George W. […] Read More

The Access Govt and Corporations Have to Our Thoughts Is Beyond Orwell’s Wildest Dreams

A new excerpt from Robert Scheer‘s new book explains what we lose when we give up our privacy. The following is an excerpt from Robert Scheer’s new book They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collection Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy. Reprinted with permission of Nation Books. Copyright © 2015. For democracy, privacy is the ball game. Without the assurance of a zone of inviolate space, both physical and mental, that a citizen can inhabit without fear of observation by others, there is no guarantee of the essential sovereignty of the individual promised in the First and Fourth Amendments to the US Constitution. That should be clear, as it is to most people who have been oppressed by the tyranny of authoritarian regimes. Indeed, as Aldous Huxley and George Orwell brilliantly established in their classic writing on this subject, the totality of societal observation over the individual is the defining antithesis of […] Read More

Tennessee Bill Takes On NSA Code-Breaking Facility, Bans Material Support and Resources

By Michael Boldin NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Feb. 13, 2015) – On Wednesday, Tennessee legislators filed legislation to directly take on NSA spying by withholding vital state resources and material support from any federal agency engaged in warrantless surveillance. Sen. Mae Beavers (R-Mt. Juliet) introduced SB782 in the Tennessee Senate and Rep. James Van Huss (R-Jonesborough) and Rep. Matthew Hill (R-Jonesborough) introduced an identical companion bill (HB679) in the House. The legislation would ban “material support or resources” from the state to warrantless federal spy programs. This state and its political subdivisions shall not assist, participate with, or provide material support or resources to enable or facilitate a federal agency in the collection or use of a person’s electronic data or metadata, without: (1) The person’s informed consent; (2) A search warrant issued by a duly authorized court upon probable cause that particularly describes the person, place, or thing to be […] Read More