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Walter Scott shooting: officer laughs about adrenaline rush in audio-recording

The police officer who killed Walter Scott in South Carolina laughed about the adrenaline rush he was feeling, in a conversation that offers a new insight into his mindset in the minutes after the shooting.

Patrolman Michael Slager made the remarks during a discussion with a senior officer after fatally shooting Scott in North Charleston on 5 April. A recording of their conversation was obtained by the Guardian.

Audio of the call: http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/apr/12/walter-scott-shooting-officer-michael-slager-audio-recording?CMP=share_btn_tw

“By the time you get home, it would probably be a good idea to kind of jot down your thoughts on what happened,” the senior officer said. “You know, once the adrenaline quits pumping.”

“It’s pumping,” Slager said, laughing. The senior officer replied: “Oh yeah. Oh yeah.”

The senior officer told Slager during the conversation to go home and relax, assuring him that he would not have to answer questions about the shooting for days.




BOSTON GLOBE Opinion Piece: "The world of threats to the US is an illusion."



WHEN AMERICANS look out at the world, we see a swarm of threats. China seems resurgent and ambitious. Russia is aggressive. Iran menaces our allies. Middle East nations we once relied on are collapsing in flames. Latin American leaders sound steadily more anti-Yankee. Terror groups capture territory and commit horrific atrocities. We fight Ebola with one hand while fending off Central American children with the other.

In fact, this world of threats is an illusion. The United States has no potent enemies. We are not only safe, but safer than any big power has been in all of modern history.


Feeling threatened strengthens group solidarity. Some thinkers have gone so far as to suggest that since societies become more united and resolute in the face of enemies, those that have none should find some.

“It is always possible to bind together a considerable number of people in love,” Freud wrote, “so long as there are other people left over to receive the manifestations of their aggressiveness.” Nietzsche believed the nation-state’s “profound appreciation of the value of having enemies” produced a “spiritualization of hostility.” A young country especially, he said, “needs enemies more than friends: in opposition alone does it feel itself necessary.”

When Americans see threats everywhere, we fall into this trap. Believing we are besieged is strangely comforting. To recognize how safe we are would require a change of national mindset that we seem reluctant to make.


Ready For Hillary?


"Fuck Your Breath"

Video shows Tulsa man’s last moments alive after accidental police shooting (WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT)



It was a mistake.

That’s the blasé explanation Oklahoma officials gave after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man by a white deputy who accidentally pulled his gun when he meant to use his Taser.

The botched encounter was captured on a disturbing video released by police on Friday — nine days after the fatal Tulsa shooting.

“He shot me! He shot me, man. Oh, my god. I’m losing my breath,” Eric Harris says as he struggles on the ground following the April 2 shooting, which flew under the radar until video emerged a week later.

“F--- your breath,” a callous officer can be heard saying. “Shut the f--- up!”


another video:

"The South surrendered at Appomattox, and the North has been surrendering ever since."

"The South surrendered at Appomattox, and the North has been surrendering ever since."

Catastrophic success.


After World War II, a state of war endured into the 1950s in the occupation of Japan and Germany. And in the recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the United States military’s work had barely begun when the fighting stopped — and the work continues, in the hands of American-backed locals, today.

While it is tempting to blame the George W. Bush administration for these recent wars without end, the problem lies deep within Americans’ understanding of what wars are. We wish that wars, like sports, had carefully organized rules that would steer them to a satisfying end. But wars are often political efforts to remake international or domestic orders. They create problems of governance that battles alone cannot resolve.

Years after the 1865 surrender, the novelist and veteran Albion Tourgée said that the South “surrendered at Appomattox, and the North has been surrendering ever since.” In so many wars since, the United States won the battlefield fighting but lost ground afterward.

With the benefit of hindsight, we can learn, as Grant did, the dangers of celebrating too soon. Although a nation has a right to decide what conflicts are worth fighting, it does not have the right to forget its history, and in the process to repeat it.


the rest - god save america from itself:

Racist NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre: ‘Eight Years of One Demographically Significant President is Enough’

Racist NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre: ‘Eight Years of One Demographically Significant President is Enough’
Posted by: Josh Kilburn in Election 2016, Gun Nuts in Action, Most Popular on AATTP, Racism in America, TEApublicans in Action, The Gun Control Debate April 11, 2015

Wayne LaPierre has a message for America: while addressing a crowd of Second Amendment advocates at the NRA’s 144th annual meeting, the NRA’s CEO and Executive Vice President said, “eight years of one demographically symbolic president is enough.”

Or, to translate from racist code to English: we’re tired of these uppity minorities; let’s make the White House white (and male) again.


Fear Monger


Don't tell me they aren't sentient --- Look at those ears flap!


Me-Bai, a juvenile elephant in Thailand, reunited with her mother, Mae Yui, earlier this month. It had been more than three years since the young elephant was taken from her mother, trained and then hired out to perform for tourists.

When she lost too much weight to keep working, the Elephant Nature Park -- an elephant conservation and rehabilitation nonprofit -- persuaded Me-Bai's owner to turn her over.

"When first arrived, she was quite nervous and we took care to feed her well until she was healthy again," the Elephant Nature Park writes in a blog post about the reunion. "We also began to search what had become of her mother. We found that her mother was working in the trekking camp."

After a bit of persuading, ElephantNews explains, " agreed to retire her from trekking business," allowing the mother and her daughter to reunite in the sanctuary.

There's only one word for this reunion: elephantastic.

"The heart-touching story about the reunion of a mother and baby elephant illustrates beautifully the incredible memories and love elephants have for one another," Joyce Poole, an expert in elephant behavior told National Geographic of the video. "It is with this science-based understanding of elephants as empathetic beings that we ask to protect elephants from brutal capture, separation from family, and export to zoos."


Chimpanzee reacts to surveillance drone

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