2015: 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

2015: 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?

2015: 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 the 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 […] Read More

2015: 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

2015: 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

2015: 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

2015: 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