“White supremacy is the great silence of our world, and in it is embedded much of what ails us as a planet. The silence around white supremacy is like the silence around Sauron in The Lord of the Rings or the Voldemort name, which must never be uttered in the Harry Potter novels. And yet here’s the rub: If a critique of white supremacy doesn’t first flow through you, doesn’t first implicate you, then you have missed the mark; you have, in fact, almost guaranteed its survival and reproduction. There’s that old saying: The devil’s greatest trick is that he convinced people that he doesn’t exist. Well, white supremacy’s greatest trick is that it has convinced people that, if it exists at all, it exists always in other people, never in us.”
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srirachaboune:

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descentintotyranny:

LAPD Officers Removed Antennas from Police Cars in Black Areas to Disable Recording Devices
Apr. 8 2014
Los Angeles police officers removed antennas from police cars in several predominantly Black neighborhoods to disable the recording equipment and avoid being monitored while on duty, according to an inspection by LAPD investigators.
The department review found about half of the 80 cars in the Southeast division—which includes Watts and the Jordan Downs and Nickerson Gardens housing projects—were missing the antennas that help capture what officers say in the field. The review discovered at least 10 more cars in nearby divisions also had antennas removed.
Members of the Police Commission, which oversees the department, said they were alarmed by both the actions of the officers and the failure of the department to reveal their actions when they were first detected.
“On an issue like this, we need to be brought in right away,” commission President Steve Soboroff told the Los Angeles Times. “This equipment is for the protection of the public and of the officers. To have people who don’t like the rules to take it upon themselves to do something like this is very troubling.”
But LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said the department did not purposely try to hide the matter from the commission and pointed out that he has always been a strong advocate of the recording devices. LAPD officials decided it would be futile to try to figure out which officers were responsible for removing the antennas, since so many of them use the cars during their shifts. Instead the department warned officers about removing the antennas and put checks in place to account for the equipment at the start and end of each patrol shift.
One of the main reasons a federal judge agreed to lift the Department of Justice’s oversight of the notoriously corrupt LAPD last year, after more than a decade, was because of safeguards such as the cameras.
The cameras turn on automatically whenever an officer activates the car’s emergency lights and sirens or can be activated manually. They are used to record traffic stops and other encounters that occur in front of the vehicle.
 In addition, officers wear small transmitters on their belts that relay their voices back to the antennas in the patrol car. Sgt. Dan Gomez, a department expert on recording devices, told the Times that regardless of whether they are in front of the camera, officers’ voices can be recorded hundreds of yards away from the car—but that distance is severely curtailed by as much as a third without the antennas.

and this is why the lapd is the most hated, they dirty.

Police Brutality is real, people. 

srirachaboune:

stillchrisbrownjet:

descentintotyranny:

LAPD Officers Removed Antennas from Police Cars in Black Areas to Disable Recording Devices

Apr. 8 2014

Los Angeles police officers removed antennas from police cars in several predominantly Black neighborhoods to disable the recording equipment and avoid being monitored while on duty, according to an inspection by LAPD investigators.

The department review found about half of the 80 cars in the Southeast division—which includes Watts and the Jordan Downs and Nickerson Gardens housing projects—were missing the antennas that help capture what officers say in the field. The review discovered at least 10 more cars in nearby divisions also had antennas removed.

Members of the Police Commission, which oversees the department, said they were alarmed by both the actions of the officers and the failure of the department to reveal their actions when they were first detected.

“On an issue like this, we need to be brought in right away,” commission President Steve Soboroff told the Los Angeles Times. “This equipment is for the protection of the public and of the officers. To have people who don’t like the rules to take it upon themselves to do something like this is very troubling.”

But LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said the department did not purposely try to hide the matter from the commission and pointed out that he has always been a strong advocate of the recording devices. LAPD officials decided it would be futile to try to figure out which officers were responsible for removing the antennas, since so many of them use the cars during their shifts. Instead the department warned officers about removing the antennas and put checks in place to account for the equipment at the start and end of each patrol shift.

One of the main reasons a federal judge agreed to lift the Department of Justice’s oversight of the notoriously corrupt LAPD last year, after more than a decade, was because of safeguards such as the cameras.

The cameras turn on automatically whenever an officer activates the car’s emergency lights and sirens or can be activated manually. They are used to record traffic stops and other encounters that occur in front of the vehicle.

In addition, officers wear small transmitters on their belts that relay their voices back to the antennas in the patrol car. Sgt. Dan Gomez, a department expert on recording devices, told the Times that regardless of whether they are in front of the camera, officers’ voices can be recorded hundreds of yards away from the car—but that distance is severely curtailed by as much as a third without the antennas.

and this is why the lapd is the most hated, they dirty.

Police Brutality is real, people. 

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“A study, to appear in the Fall 2014 issue of the academic journal Perspectives on Politics, finds that the U.S. is no democracy, but instead an oligarchy, meaning profoundly corrupt, so that the answer to the study’s opening question, “Who governs? Who really rules?” in this country, is:
 
“Despite the seemingly strong empirical support in previous studies for theories of majoritarian democracy, our analyses suggest that majorities of the American public actually have little influence over the policies our government adopts. Americans do enjoy many features central to democratic governance, such as regular elections, freedom of speech and association, and a widespread (if still contested) franchise. But, …” and then they go on to say, it’s not true, and that, “America’s claims to being a democratic society are seriously threatened” by the findings in this, the first-ever comprehensive scientific study of the subject, which shows that there is instead “the nearly total failure of ‘median voter’ and other Majoritarian Electoral Democracy theories [of America]. When the preferences of economic elites and the stands of organized interest groups are controlled for, the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.”
 
To put it short: The United States is no democracy, but actually an oligarchy.”

US Is an Oligarchy Not a Democracy, says Scientific Study | Common Dreams

If we had a truly independent and adversarial press in my country, this would be a big news story, but they still haven’t found that plane, so … whaddayagonnado right?

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sarkyfancypants:

Uuh… it’s hard to explain, it’s a burden that just appears out of nowhere and fucks you up for days. Ignoring it is not easy. It takes over you and even tends to distort your perception of reality turning it into a living nightmare. It’s awful and terrifying.

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(via Twenty-Six Reasons Why the Koch Brothers are the Personification of Absolute Evil | Americans Against the Tea Party)
26. “We urge the repeal of federal campaign finance laws, and the immediate abolition of the despotic Federal Election Commission.” 25. “We favor the abolition of Medicare and Medicaid programs.” 24. “We oppose any compulsory insurance or tax-supported plan to provide health services, including those which finance abortion services.” 23. “We also favor the deregulation of the medical insurance industry.” 22. “We favor the repeal of the fraudulent, virtually bankrupt, and increasingly oppressive Social Security system. Pending that repeal, participation in Social Security should be made voluntary.” 21. “We propose the abolition of the governmental Postal Service. The present system, in addition to being inefficient, encourages governmental surveillance of private correspondence. Pending abolition, we call for an end to the monopoly system and for allowing free competition in all aspects of postal service.” 20. “We oppose all personal and corporate income taxation, including capital gains taxes.” 19. “We support the eventual repeal of all taxation.” 18. “As an interim measure, all criminal and civil sanctions against tax evasion should be terminated immediately.” 17. “We support repeal of all laws which impede the ability of any person to find employment, such as minimum wage laws.” 16. “We advocate the complete separation of education and State. Government schools lead to the indoctrination of children and interfere with the free choice of individuals. Government ownership, operation, regulation, and subsidy of schools and colleges should be ended.” 15. “We condemn compulsory education laws … and we call for the immediate repeal of such laws.” 14. “We support the repeal of all taxes on the income or property of private schools, whether profit or non-profit.” 13. “We support the abolition of the Environmental Protection Agency.” 12. “We support abolition of the Department of Energy.” 11. “We call for the dissolution of all government agencies concerned with transportation, including the Department of Transportation.” 10. “We demand the return of America’s railroad system to private ownership. We call for the privatization of the public roads and national highway system.” 9. “We specifically oppose laws requiring an individual to buy or use so-called “self-protection” equipment such as safety belts, air bags, or crash helmets.” 8. “We advocate the abolition of the Federal Aviation Administration.” 7. “We advocate the abolition of the Food and Drug Administration.” 6. “We support an end to all subsidies for child-bearing built into our present laws, including all welfare plans and the provision of tax-supported services for children.” 5. “We call for the privatization of the inland waterways, and of the distribution system that brings water to industry, agriculture and households.” 4. “We call for the repeal of the Occupational Safety and Health Act.” 3. “We call for the abolition of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.” 2. “We support the repeal of all state usury laws.” And the number one reason why the Koch Brothers are truly evil: 1. “We oppose all government welfare, relief projects, and ‘aid to the poor’ programs. All these government programs are privacy-invading, paternalistic, demeaning, and inefficient. The proper source of help for such persons is the voluntary efforts of private groups and individuals.”

But until then continue to tax the middle income and give it to us.

And elected republicans pretend these guys are just ordinary citizens casually speaking their minds.

corporationsarepeople:

iammyfather:

robertcmmacgregor:

(via Twenty-Six Reasons Why the Koch Brothers are the Personification of Absolute Evil | Americans Against the Tea Party)

26. “We urge the repeal of federal campaign finance laws, and the immediate abolition of the despotic Federal Election Commission.”
25. “We favor the abolition of Medicare and Medicaid programs.”
24. “We oppose any compulsory insurance or tax-supported plan to provide health services, including those which finance abortion services.”
23. “We also favor the deregulation of the medical insurance industry.”
22. “We favor the repeal of the fraudulent, virtually bankrupt, and increasingly oppressive Social Security system. Pending that repeal, participation in Social Security should be made voluntary.”
21. “We propose the abolition of the governmental Postal Service. The present system, in addition to being inefficient, encourages governmental surveillance of private correspondence. Pending abolition, we call for an end to the monopoly system and for allowing free competition in all aspects of postal service.”
20. “We oppose all personal and corporate income taxation, including capital gains taxes.”
19. “We support the eventual repeal of all taxation.”
18. “As an interim measure, all criminal and civil sanctions against tax evasion should be terminated immediately.”
17. “We support repeal of all laws which impede the ability of any person to find employment, such as minimum wage laws.”
16. “We advocate the complete separation of education and State. Government schools lead to the indoctrination of children and interfere with the free choice of individuals. Government ownership, operation, regulation, and subsidy of schools and colleges should be ended.”
15. “We condemn compulsory education laws … and we call for the immediate repeal of such laws.”
14. “We support the repeal of all taxes on the income or property of private schools, whether profit or non-profit.”
13. “We support the abolition of the Environmental Protection Agency.”
12. “We support abolition of the Department of Energy.”
11. “We call for the dissolution of all government agencies concerned with transportation, including the Department of Transportation.”
10. “We demand the return of America’s railroad system to private ownership. We call for the privatization of the public roads and national highway system.”
9. “We specifically oppose laws requiring an individual to buy or use so-called “self-protection” equipment such as safety belts, air bags, or crash helmets.”
8. “We advocate the abolition of the Federal Aviation Administration.”
7. “We advocate the abolition of the Food and Drug Administration.”
6. “We support an end to all subsidies for child-bearing built into our present laws, including all welfare plans and the provision of tax-supported services for children.”
5. “We call for the privatization of the inland waterways, and of the distribution system that brings water to industry, agriculture and households.”
4. “We call for the repeal of the Occupational Safety and Health Act.”
3. “We call for the abolition of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.”
2. “We support the repeal of all state usury laws.”
And the number one reason why the Koch Brothers are truly evil:
1. “We oppose all government welfare, relief projects, and ‘aid to the poor’ programs. All these government programs are privacy-invading, paternalistic, demeaning, and inefficient. The proper source of help for such persons is the voluntary efforts of private groups and individuals.”

But until then continue to tax the middle income and give it to us.

And elected republicans pretend these guys are just ordinary citizens casually speaking their minds.

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