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brave New York city cop criticizes those who turned their back

Adhy Polanco on Democracy now today.
criticizes the cop culture.

"People are not protesting against the police, people are protesting against bad policies."

This same person is the one who tape-recorded the cops' demand for a quota of stop-and-frisk,
and took it to the media, ultimately leading to the exposure of stop-and-frisk

transcript of Democracy Show is available later in the morning.

how do I post a photo from facebook?

or from elsewhere?


The person who sang the disgusting song about Michael Brown was

identified as a former federal investigator--
that sure makes me feel confident about the objectivity of federal investigations.

A New Jersey bid to privatize water without public votes

If approved by Gov. Christie, bill would give municipalities with aging pipes right to sell systems to private companies.

A bill that would allow New Jersey municipalities to sell their public water utilities to private, for-profit corporations without putting the measure to voters is awaiting Gov. Chris Christie’s signature.

Until now, any municipality in New Jersey that sought to sell off its water system to a private bidder had to hold a public vote. But a bill passed with bipartisan support by the state’s Senate last week would allow municipalities with aging and deteriorating water systems to put their systems up for sale without holding a referendum.


if you want to get involved in the fight this is the org to join:

Police unions, organized labor have rarely seen eye to eye

Police unions and the broader labor movement are marching in opposite directions. While many of America's biggest labor organizations support the recent protests against policing practices, unions representing law enforcement officers have largely closed ranks, lashing out against voices calling for reform.

That the major law enforcement unions have openly bucked the prevailing rhetoric of the rest of the labor movement regarding the deaths two unarmed black men killed by police: Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York reflects the historic tension between those who called strikes and those who enforced laws breaking them.

After Richard Trumka, president of the labor coalition AFL-CIO, co-signed an open letter to President Barack Obama regarding the "long list of black men and boys who have died under eerily similar circumstances" in August, he caught flak from police officers within the very coalition he oversees.


Could people in this group pls tell how you feel about white people posting here?

I've been wondering this a long time, and thot I should just ask.

Mostly I don't post, altho I just posted to Tobin's thread.
I don't know if Black people want a place where they can discuss without having to listen to white people.

If I were in a women's group, I really wouldn't want it to be open to men.
(not talking about here at du, I realize a DU group cannot be confined to people of one race or gender - but generally).

Police protesters turn backs on NYPD, copying cops' message to mayor

As thousands gathered in New York Saturday to remember a New York Police Department officer who was murdered execution-style with his partner on Dec. 20, police brutality protesters continued to rally in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.

Protesters who gathered at the NYPD's 75th precinct office to condemn the November shooting death of Akai Gurley, an unarmed black men who was killed by a rookie NYPD officer in a dark public housing stairwell, turned their backs on officers standing behind a metal barricade, symbolizing a lack of trust.


A hint to newbies from a relative newbie re a "DU reality"

It makes no sense to talk about a "DU reality"
as if there is one, or two, or five voices here.

there are how many posters here?

After posting here for a while, I recognize certain posters who will always have something worthwhile to say - whether I agree or not -
and some who will always say something that is a fart in the wind.
As fast as I put the latter on "ignore" there is a new member who is equally insipid.

There's always going to be idiots, some days seems like nothing but idiots.
Because anyone can join, anyone can post.

but then there are people who will make you think, and make you reassess your position, and make you laugh, and make you feel like you have made a friend.

The cutting the wheat from the chaff never ends.

that's life at DU.
Not for the faint of heart.

sometimes it becomes onerous, and like many here, when it does, I leave. We all have that choice.

Ultimately these are black marks on a page which mean nothing in the real world.
that is the most important point to keep in mind imo.


Life in Beijing: "rehearsal for life on an inhospitable planet"

It’s as if the 21-million-strong population of the Chinese capital is engaged in a mass city-wide rehearsal for life on an inhospitable planet. Only it’s not a rehearsal: the poisonous atmosphere is already here.

Beijing’s air quality has long been a cause of concern, but the effects of its extreme levels of pollution on daily life can now be seen in physical changes to the architecture of the city. Buildings and spaces are being reconfigured and daily routines modified to allow normal life to go on beneath the toxic shroud.

On bad days, bike lanes are completely deserted, as people stay at home or retreat to the conditioned environments of hermetically-sealed malls.

The average 18-year-old Beijinger will spend as much as 40% of their remaining years in ill-health – potentially suffering from cancer, cardiovascular or respiratory disease. Breaking the usual government silence on the issue, China’s former health minister, Chen Zhu, spoke out in January to reveal that between 350,000 and 500,000 people die prematurely each year here as a result of air pollution.


Study: Religious children are less able to distinguish fantasy from reality

This explains a lot about our country.

"By relating seemingly impossible religious events achieved through divine intervention (eg, Jesus transforming water into wine) to fictional narratives, religious children would more heavily rely on religion to justify their false categorisations," writes Shadee Ashtari for the Huffington Post.

"Religion blurs the lines between fact and fiction. You only hope kids exposed to it figure it out soon enough," he writes for Patheos.

In a provocative fashion, Mehta says that the study could be viewed as "evidence for those who believe religious indoctrination is a form of mental child abuse."

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