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What the fuck is wrong with this country?

Hopefully they'll catch this murderous fuck job bomber like yesterday

A simple reminder…




Travon Martin did nothing that warranted him getting gunned down by George Zimmerman.

An armed society is HARDLY always a polite one.

Do you wanna know a surefire way to get some gun laws passed in Congress?

Bring these guys back to exercise THEIR Second Amendment Rights…



You'll get some serious gun safety laws passed in a heartbeat.

http://www.iveknownrivers.org/read-2.0.php?id=126

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mulford_Act


Right ON!

Today, just because it's today, I'm calling for the USA…

To demilitarize, decriminalize, de-crony capitalize (not a real word, but I don't give a fuck), and set a on path that achieves equality, justice and peace.

Undo the Fossil Fuel/Military-Congressional-Industrial-Complex.

Achieve racial/gender/sexual orientation equality.

Create a fair and working immigration process.

Build a fair, equitable, universally available public general social welfare system, a free, fully functional and available universal public education, disconnect profit motive from public health and refocus our economic policy to both build American infrastructure and a viable, healthy working class.

Reverse wealth inequality.

Promote peace and justice, both domestically and internationally. Become a non-violent society.

Remove religious dogma from secular public policy.

Replace the power of the banks, corporate elites and plutocratic class with the power of democracy.



Simply be a BETTER America than we have ever been.

It'll only happen through peaceful, intelligent and informed consensus.


If I missed something, feel free to add to the list.

Obesity. It's Going Places…



Look How Quickly the U.S. Got Fat (1985-2010 Animated Map)
25 brief, delicious years

This shows the percentages of the U.S. population medically defined as obese, which means a body mass index of 30 or greater. BMI isn't an ideal metric to evaluate obesity, but it's still what the U.S. standardly uses.

By now everyone knows obesity is a serious issue, but it always helps me to see things moving and in color, and makes the "epidemic" terminology make sense. Meanwhile, through 2012, no state has met the CDC's nationwide goal to reduce obesity to 15 percent. According to a Gallup poll out this morning, here are the least and most obese metropolitan areas:




http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/04/look-how-quickly-the-us-got-fat-1985-2010-animated-map/274878/

The Stop And Frisk Challenge

Fighting crime in New York City—like in any large metropolis—comes with many challenges. There are more than eight million residents in the five boroughs, and many hundreds of thousands more people travel to and through the city each day. In contrast, the police department employs only about thirty-four thousand uniformed officers. A department so outnumbered is bound to make mistakes—crimes go unsolved, innocent people are falsely accused, criminals remain unpunished.

And while many New Yorkers conduct their days without interference from police officers, the relationship between law enforcement and communities that the N.Y.P.D. has determined contain high concentrations of crime—thus requiring a heightened police presence—is a complicated, quarrelsome one. In Brooklyn’s East Flatbush neighborhood, demonstrations that have been alternately prayerful and violent continue two weeks after two officers fatally shot sixteen-year-old Kimani Gray, who they contend drew his gun first. While the investigation into Gray’s killing continues, and while his family and the community work through their grief, the policy that arguably led indirectly to his death—a policy that Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly and Mayor Michael Bloomberg have vigorously enforced and defended—is facing a serious challenge in court.

The plaintiffs in Floyd v. City of New York, a class-action lawsuit regarding the N.Y.P.D.’s stop-and-frisk practices that went to trial last week, contend that stop-and-frisk practices violate the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition against unreasonable searches and seizures and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. But that’s the legal wording. In a press briefing a few days before the trial began, David Ourlicht, one of the four named plaintiffs, put the violations he feels into more everyday terms:

I don’t have to walk outside and have that thought in the back of my mind: “This time will they shoot me or will I get beat up? Will I go to jail for something I didn’t do?” I want to be able to move on and not have to feel that. I don’t want my friends to have to feel that anymore. I don’t want my—when I have kids, I don’t want them to feel that.


http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/newsdesk/2013/03/the-stop-and-frisk-challenge.html

Average 250 Pipeline Accidents Each Year, Billions Spent on Property Damage



f only this were milk there would be no need to cry.

Cleanup efforts are currently underway in four separate oil spills that have occurred in the last ten days.

On March 27th, a train carrying Canadian tar sands dilbit jumped the rails in rural Minnesota spilling an estimated 30,000 gallons of black gold onto the countryside.

Two days later a pipeline ruptured in the town of Mayflower, Arkansas, sending a river of Albertan tar sands crude gurgling down residential streets. And news is just breaking about a Shell oil spill that occurred the same day in Texas that dumped an estimated 700 barrels, including at least 60 barrels of oil into a waterway that leads to the Gulf of Mexico (stay tuned for more on that).

This week a Canadian Pacific freight train loaded with oil derailed, spilling its cargo over the Northwest Ontario countryside. Originally reported as a leak of 600 liters, the CBC reported on Thursday that the estimated volume of the spill has increased to 63,000 liters.

The accelerating expansion of Alberta’s tar sands has North America’s current pipeline infrastructure maxed out and, as a result, oil companies have been searching for an alternative way to move their product to market. As lobbying efforts around the stymied Keystone XL and Northern Gateway pipelines intensify, oil companies have been quietly loading their toxic cargo onto freight trains.

There has been a marked boost in the rail transport of crude in the last three years as new extraction techniques increase production in the tar sands. According to Reuters, “U.S. trains carried 233,800 carloads of crude oil in 2012, more than double the 65,800 carloads transported in 2011 and dwarfing the 29,600 in 2010, according to figures from the Association of American Railroads.”

http://desmog.ca/2013/04/05/average-250-pipeline-accidents-each-year-billions-spent-property-damage


Meeting With The Base…

Soon…



Very Soon.

14yo George Stinney Executed - True Story






George Junius Stinney Jr., the 14-year-old Black boy who died as the youngest person ever executed in the United States in the 20th century, would have been 83-years-old this Sunday. Instead, his birthday will serve as a haunting reminder of why the death penalty needs to be abolished. When two White girls, 11-year-old Betty June Binnicker and 8-year-old Mary Emma Thames, went missing in Alcolu, S.C., on March 22, 1944, after riding in to town on their bicycles, Stinney was arrested the following day for allegedly murdering them.

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Without his parents, Stinney was interrogated by several White officers for hours. A deputy eventually emerged announcing that Stinney had confessed to the girls’ murders. The young boy allegedly told the deputies that he wanted to have sex with the 11-year-old girl, but had to kill the younger one to do it. When the 8-year-old supposedly refused to leave, he allegedly killed both of them because they refused his sexual advances.

To coerce his confession, deputies reportedly offered the child an ice cream cone. There is no record of a confession. No physical evidence that he committed the crime exists. His trial — if you want to call it that — lasted less than two hours. No witnesses were called. No defense evidence was presented. And the all-White jury deliberated for all of 10 minutes before sentencing him to death.

On June 16, 1944, his frail, 5-foot-1, 95-pound body was strapped in to an electric chair at a state correctional facility in Columbia, S.C. Dictionaries had to be stacked on the seat of the chair so that he could properly sit in the seat. But even that didn’t help. When the first jolts of electricity hit him, the head mask reportedly slipped off, revealing the agony on his face and the tears streaming down his cheeks. Only after several more jolts of electricity did the boy die.

http://newsone.com/2061550/george-junius-stinney-jr-birthday/
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