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Sunday, August 7th, 2011
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  1. #1 |  freebob | 

    Interesting article in the Richmond Times Dispatch about new police tactics, that include spraying club-goers with street cleaners and shutting down streets on a whim. The comments on the article indicate that most people don’t care because it focuses on ‘those people’. But they should, according to the police chief, there is also an initiative to “venture to other parts of the city.” The paper justifies all this because a couple of shootings from last year, but again the police chief gives us the real insight that this is about “chang[ing] some of the behaviors” of those people.
    http://www2.timesdispatch.com/news/2011/aug/07/tdmain01-shockoe-bottom-safer-but-some-questions-m-ar-1222785/

  2. #2 |  Rune | 

    Riots in Tottenham, London, England after the police shooting and killing a 29 yo man during an arrest. Good for them, nip that police escalation af violence in the bud says I, fire starting and looting, not so much.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/aug/06/tottenham-riots-protesters-police

  3. #3 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 

    I realize that I am odd man out on this, but I think that ‘privatization’ of the Post Office was a mistake, and it should be taken back as a wholly government run operation. I think that worrying about it losing money is a mistake (worrying about it WASTING money is another matter). I believe that the 1st class postage for a simple one or two sheet letter should be dropped to $.05, so that any wino who can find a returnable bottle has the means to pester his congresscritter. I think that delivering the mail is almost the only thing that the Federal Government ISN’T doing that it SHOULD.

  4. #4 |  JS | 

    That popehat post was brilliant. This needs to be repeated again and again everytime this comes up because this is essentially what the media are doing in response to the tea party:

    2. Write columns calling people “economic terrorists” and comparing them to “al-Qaida bombers” because you disapprove of what they say and how they vote in Congress.

  5. #5 |  nospam | 

    I’ll be looking forward to watching Alyona on cspan tonight. I watch her show on RT for the same reason I’ll listen to limbaugh every now and then…because I like to hear how both sides of the one party in DC are planning to take my money, tell me what to do, and in general just fuck me over.

    Radley, since you know her, is she any nicer in person? Maybe I’m reading her wrong, but from her on air persona I get the impression that she’s a bit of a..well…bitch…in person.

  6. #6 |  omar | 

    The comments on the yahoo article on Anonymous are downright….awesome!

  7. #7 |  Jay | 

    Regarding the street sweepers:
    If I deliberately splash water on a cop who is just standing on the street, I’ll be arrested for assault, right?

  8. #8 |  Gordon | 

    No, Jay, you’ll be beaten and tazed, then arrested for disorderly conduct, assaulting a police officer (repeatedly hitting his fist with your face), and, of course, resisting arrest.

    Just be glad he doesn’t shoot you.

  9. #9 |  JS | 

    Wow, you’re right omar, those comments were pretty impressive. Is there any chance that the tide could finally be turning in public opinion towards the police and government? I actually thought that could never happen in America.

  10. #10 |  SJE | 

    Las Vegas – A cyclist was killed by the wife of a LVPD officer. The driver was drunk, but because of who she was, the police covered it up. “Although there were two witnesses to the incident, the officers did not take a statement from either and failed to record one witness’s name or address. The officers soon realized it was a conflict for them to investigate and called the Nevada Highway Patrol (NHP) to the scene for a “parallel” investigation. By that time, however, the Metro police had already prepared a report faulting Erin for the collision, saying she had crossed in front of Wagner’s SUV and listing Wagner’s sobriety as “apparently normal.”” Her family spent the next 14 years seeking justice on her behalf. After settling with the driver and the police, the police department’s insurance company has refused to cover the costs.

    http://www.justice.org/cps/rde/xchg/justice/hs.xsl/9293.htm

  11. #11 |  JS | 

    Laws are only for the peasants SJE, you know that. One rule for us, another for them.

  12. #12 |  pierre | 

    The dump was actually released yesterday. Search Shooting Sheriff Saturday on The Pirate Bay.

  13. #13 |  shecky | 

    “Economic terrorist” was a bit strong. It’s really more like “hostage taker”.
    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal/2011_08/mitch_mcconnell_hostage_taker031287.php

  14. #14 |  Anonymous | 

    Pierre is correct. There is much data to consume. If you don’t want to download the data and do not use a Tor client – access the data in searchable format using Tor2Web here: http://vv7pabmmyr2vnflf.to​r2web.com/

    Hint: Review Chief Mayfield’s emails and see if you think his sending/receiving pics of teenage girls is “related to an investigation”.

  15. #15 |  Anonymous | 

    Google Search

    AntiSec Unearths JailBait Scandal

    More to come.

  16. #16 |  Random_Guy_on_the_Internet | 

    Assisted suicide in San Diego:

    “California Highway Patrol officers shot and killed a 54-year-old man threatening to jump from the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge early Sunday”

    http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/aug/07/man-shot-killed-officers-coronado-bridge/

  17. #17 |  Leon Wolfeson | 

    Second night of violence and rioting in London.

    Meanwhile, looks like the man they shot didn’t have a gun in a position to shoot at all. And there’s been a sharp upturn in search and stops, and housing benefit – and many claimants of that work, note – changes mean many people will have to leave the richer parts of the country over the next few years for the areas with no jobs.

    There’s a LOT of anger there.

    (The way they’ve done is it nasty and insidious, completely unlinking it from actual housing costs, are about to slash the levels of what they’ll pay for to the lowest 30% of housing in the area (which includes, note, things like large rented buildings meant for a few months habitation and the real bottom-end of the spectrum, virtually uninhabitable places) from 50%, and have linked raises to a measure of inflation explicitly EXCLUDING housing! By the next election, only the poorest third of the country will be affordable for those on housing benefit! They’ll have to leave their communities and support structures, and any low-paid/part-time jobs they DO have behind… Oh, and council tax benefit will be slashed too as a direct result of changes, AND government plans will starve the poorer areas of funding, they’ve already taken a 25% cut in many cases, and another 25-30% or more is coming…)

  18. #18 |  David | 

    Regarding the “Seth’s Law” story:

    If he attempted suicide and died as a result, isn’t it no longer “attempted”?

  19. #19 |  Mannie | 

    “California Highway Patrol officers shot and killed a 54-year-old man threatening to jump from the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge early Sunday”

    “… he told them he had a gun and threatened to shoot them if they tried to stop him.

    The man suddenly reached into his pocket, quickly removing his hand as if pulling a gun …”

    Sounds like it could be Suicide by Cop. Anyway, think of all the time they saved. There’s now time to get back to the donut shop before it closes.

  20. #20 |  Curt | 

    The story about Seth’s law actually sounds like relatively good news. Instead of simply pushing the law through, the lawmakers gave it a little bit of thought. In the process of doing that, they realized that it would be very expensive, compliance would be difficult, and it wouldn’t achieve the desired effect.

    The remaining question is whether they’ll go ahead and pass the watered-down version that everyone should agree is worthless. Because, for the mom, any legislation is progress.

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