With detailed identity data (think data collected from your likes on Facebook, what you buy and where, etc.), misuse occurs at the point when a customized experience derails the purpose and benefit of the Internet: the dynamic and diverse promise of widely distributed data (e.g. the free flow of information).
Tulsa OK 1921: US Government Bombs US City
National Guard troops patrolling the streets armed. Thousands of black people held in a convention center. Hundreds of black dead, with bodies piled like wood. That was not New Orleans, that was Tulsa, Oklahoma, in June 1921.
On May 30, 1921 a young black man named Dick Rowland, stumbled into a white woman, while entering an elevator. He was accused of assault, and arrested the next day. Newly rich from oil Tulsa, was a Ku Klux Klan town. Rowland was sentenced to be hanged. The Tulsa Tribune called for a “Negro lynching tonight.”
The white mob was surprised when they were met by several dozen armed black men, dressed in their World War I uniforms. This led to a racist three day destruction of the black neighborhood of Greenwood. The Red Cross reported 300 mostly dead black people.
Greenwood called “Little Africa,” was a relatively wealthy community. White mobs, many deputized, destroyed every house, store, church or school. The mob met resistance from an armed black population. Governor Robertson declared martial law. The National Guard arrived with machine gun mounted trucks, and airplanes hovering over Greenwood. It was the first time an American city was bombed from the air, by the US government.
Over 6,000 black people, were round up and held in the convention center and fairgrounds, as long as eight days. The homeless were shuttled into a tent city, where typhoid and malnutrition took over. Blacks were allowed out of the convention center, with a tag, with an employers name. Thosands fled the city.
Attempts to turn Greenwood into an industrial zone were unsuccessful. For several years, it was deprived of paved streets, running water, and garbage collection.
See: Tulsa Reparations Coalition and thank you to Internationalist Group for presenting this story in your newspaper.
Always needs to be reblogged
Shit they don’t teach you in school.
An Indian court convicted five men Thursday for two separate gang rapes that occurred last summer inside an abandoned textile mill in Mumbai — crimes that prompted renewed calls to wipe out thescourge of sexual violence in India.
The victims, a photojournalist and a call-center operator, were raped about a month apart in the same abandoned mill in the Lower Parel section of Mumbai, where luxury malls and condominiums stand alongside sprawling slums.
Three of the men were convicted in both cases. The men, who range in age from 19 to 26, face 20 years to life in prison, prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam said. Sentencing is expected Friday. Two minors, meanwhile, are being tried separately by a juvenile court.
(Photo: Mansi Thapliyal/Reuters)
If these guys were Generals in the US Military, they’d loose four months of pay, and go scott free. Imagine that. India is becoming more progressive that the US in the prosecution of violent crime and the rule of law.
- Zero The number of hours that Brigadier General Jeffrey A. Sinclair will spend behind bars, thanks to a plea deal that saw the alleged rapist accept responsibility for military crimes that would not be considered criminal in a civilian court. In exchange, prosecutors agreed to drop both of the…
A long long way to go.
The maker of Sam Adams beer announced Friday that it is withdrawing its sponsorship of Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day parade because organizers exclude gay groups.
Boston Beer Co.’s decision came a day after a bar in Boston’s South End said it would no longer serve Sam Adams beer because of the brewer’s affiliation with the parade, which is scheduled for Sunday.
Mayor Martin Walsh and U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch have been trying to broker a deal that would have allowed a gay group to march, but those negotiations broke down.
"We were hopeful that both sides of this issue would be able to come to an agreement that would allow everyone, regardless of orientation, to participate in the parade. But given the current status of the negotiations, we realize this may not be possible," Boston Beer Co. said in its statement. "We share these sentiments with Mayor Walsh, Congressman Lynch and others and therefore we will not participate in this year’s parade."
(Photo: Dima Gavrysh/AP Photo)
Bravo Sam Adams!
A new report shows the real cost of Walmart’s low wages: a single 300-employee Walmart Supercenter in Wisconsin may cost taxpayers anywhere from $904,542 to nearly $1.75 million per year, or about $5,815 per employee. While taxpayers foot the bill for subsidized housing assistance, the food-stamp program, child-care subsidies, energy assistance, and reduced school meals for Walmart’s low-paid workers, Walmart profits.
LIKE and SHARE if you didn’t agree to subsidize Walmart!
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via American Rights at Work on Facebook
And it’s not like everyone can just boycott Walmart, either.
I mean, obviously, some people can and do, but let’s face it…there a lot of people who, for whatever reason, can’t boycott Walmart. Really low prices are part of it, but what if you live in an area where Walmart is really the only true food source you have access to? Some people have no option other than Walmart, so they wind up subsidizing everything listed above without any true say in the matter.
I guarantee you the head honchos at Walmart know that, too.
^ Excellent point. You should avoid Wal-mart if you can afford to avoid Wal-mart. The executives make it a point to open Wal-marts in poorer areas and push out local businesses. They know what they’re doing. They WANT to make their crap the only option. And for many people, it is. But if you can afford to shop somewhere else, do it. Otherwise? Keep on keepin on.
We pay a lot for Walmart. We also pay a great deal to have other jobs available. The tax subsidies to attract Apple, one of the most wealthy corporations on earth, to Arizona are costing every Arizona tax payer big bucks. Here in Vermont the same is true for IBM and many other companies - including government contractors and the US Military. The tricky part is that we are competing with other States to see who will pay the most for these companies to locate here in Vermont. Tricky stuff.
Will 2014 be the year college campuses get it together when it comes to sexual assault? The media are certainly pushing them in that direction from both the left and the right, with exposes on rape at Christian institutions and violent assaults at fraternities. And after several Yale students filed a Title IX complaint against their school in 2011, women on campuses across the U.S. have taken similar paths, filing lawsuits against schools — including Northwestern University, the University of Connecticut and the University of California at Berkeley — for failing to meet their Title IX obligations and mishandling cases of sexual harassment and assault.
The push toward safer campuses is coming not just from feminist-minded media and women who are fed up with the status quo. Some of this year’s most progressive anti-rape activism came from an unlikely place: the White House. On Jan. 22, Barack Obama administration published one of the most comprehensive national anti-rape plans in the country’s history. In a sweeping 34-page report, “Rape and Sexual Assault: A Renewed Call to Action,” the administration offers a series of solutions across forums, from the criminal justice system to college campuses. It’s an incredible document, both because of its focus on boys and men and because it was issued by the highest office in the land. It’s also an important political touchstone and a reminder that, for all its flaws, one party tries to decrease rates of violence against women, while the other invents increasingly aggressive and complex ways to politicize women’s bodies.
(Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
David Brooks is a strange combination of insight and ideology. He is a conservative at the core, and as a result his occasional epiphanies regarding the social nature of human life, society, and culture wind up in strange territory, like a fox with its head caught in a cookie jar.
Wonderful analysis. Thanks Stowe
Local democracy in Vermont remains untainted by modernity. In small towns all over the state, people gather in meeting halls, school cafeterias, community centers and churches to hold the annual town meetings on the first Tuesday of March. Every registered voter is welcome; outsiders are not. Except for the clothes people wear, the comfort of central heating and occasional cable TV cameras, these meetings look and sound much as they did 150 years ago.
It was in this public-spiritedness that over 20 towns considered a resolution at this year’s meeting on March 4 to direct their legislators to create a state bank for Vermont. The vote does not have legally binding effects. It is only advisory. But it offers a important indicator of public sentiment on legislation being considered. The bills pending before both houses of the Vermont state legislature would transfer 10 percent of tax dollars to a publicly held agency, VEDA, the Vermont Economic Development Authority, and would give VEDA a banking license. The proposal would completely transform the way state revenues are used to finance public services.
(Photo: Toby Talbot/AP)
It’s Jon Gailmor on Aljezeera America!!!!
"Children are required to be in school, where their freedom is greatly restricted, far more than most adults would tolerate in their workplaces. In recent decades we’ve been compelling them to spend ever more time in this kind of setting, and there’s strong evidence that this is causing psychological damage to many of them. And as scientists have investigated how children naturally learn, they’ve realized that kids do so most deeply and fully, and with greatest enthusiasm, in conditions that are almost opposite to those of school….
Most people assume that the basic design of today’s schools emerged from scientific evidence about how children learn. But nothing could be further from the truth.
Schools as we know them today are a product of history, not research.
Research has shown that people of all ages learn best when they are self-motivated, pursuing answers to questions that reflect their personal interests and achieving goals that they’ve set for themselves. Under such conditions, learning is usually joyful.
The evidence for all of this is obvious to anyone who’s watched a child grow from infancy to school age. Through their own efforts, children figure out how to walk, run, jump, and climb. They learn from scratch their native language, and with that, they learn to assert their will, argue, amuse, annoy, befriend, charm, and ask questions.
They do all of this before anyone, in any systematic way, tries to teach them anything.
This amazing drive and capacity to learn does not turn itself off when children reach five or six. But we turn it off with our coercive system of schooling.”
We take our children out of our world and institutionalize them. It IS jail, but usually the food is worse.
There are no grown-ups. We suspect this when we are younger, but can confirm it only once we are the ones writing books and attending parent-teacher conferences. Everyone is winging it, some just do it more confidently.
Coca-Cola ambient ad: Run Away from the escalators
This is a sick ad.
Blame the victim of your own marketing.
Be the major cause of the crippling epidemic of diabetes and heart disease, and blame the dying hordes for sitting in front of the tv sucking down your poison.