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What the end of racial profiling looks like...

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Why do common folk have to educate law enforcement?
It was 11 years ago when we first argued that constitutional protections can be balanced against national security interests, and that racial profiling is bad policing practice because it's ineffective and hurts law enforcement's legitimacy in communities. Sadly, racial profiling is used in 2014 as much as it was in 2003, and too often with deadly consequences. The deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner reminded those who don't experience racial profiling that many police in America still regularly treat African Americans differently than white people.

So while we - and others - applaud US attorney general Eric Holder's plan to update the federal government's racial profiling guideline, the new rules announced this week won't do nearly enough to end pervasive, race-based policing practices.

The biggest problem is that the federal profiling guidelines don't address the profiling actions of local law enforcement: they only apply to federal law enforcement agencies and local officials working with them on federal projects. The new guidelines are merely supposed to inspire local police to design their own - but local police departments pride themselves on their autonomy and aren't interested in the federal government telling them how to operate.

Comment: Why do Americans still invest their faith and free will in systems that are obviously to their detriment no matter what their color, race or gender? When police are mandated to quotas in order to keep their jobs or qualify for promotions - it means the police departments are holding their officers hostage, who then look for easy targets. It is no longer law enforcement by the book, it is by the numbers.

Officers are encouraged to disregard rights, instigate fear tactics, break the law, and use brutality to harass innocent victims as part of a "hush policy" endorsed by law enforcement hierarchy, ever-widening the gap and blurring the lines between those they are obligated "to protect" and the pathocracy they serve. When did the the people make law enforcement their unrestrained overlords and prison masters? Did they not notice the insidious encroachment of a totalitarian regime?

Procedural justice and racial bias training sounds like a nice remedy. It is a fix that can't. The racial protocol is now systemic in departments all over the country, observable by the skyrocketing increase in racial profiling, innocent deaths caused by police officers, and daily abuse without provocation. And, understandably, the reaction of the common people is mounting. But, how do you put the cat back in the bag once it has usurped power it was never meant to have? When it becomes "us versus them" we have lost an important fundamental basis in the ability to function as a united and healthy society. These abuses of power that lead to the deaths of innocent persons must end and those who perpetrate these atrocities must be held accountable in a court of REAL law and justice. If not, we are all victims of a system in which we have good reason to no longer trust or believe.


Flights disrupted again after computer failure at UK control centre

Swanwick air traffic control centre

Swanwick air traffic control centre
Passengers are facing widespread flight disruption after a computer failure at the UK's air traffic control centre.

Nats said it was in the process of returning to normal operations after a "technical problem" at its Swanwick control centre caused delays and grounded some flights.

Problems were reported around the UK.

The government said the scale of the disruption was "unacceptable" and said it had asked for a "full explanation" of what had gone wrong.

This included delays at Heathrow and Gatwick, where departing flights were grounded for a time. Other UK airports reported knock-on effects.

It comes a year after a telephone glitch at the Hampshire control room caused huge disruption - one of a number of technical hitches to hit the part-privatised Nation Air Traffic Services since the centre opened in 2002.

Reported problems around the country include:
  • Heathrow: Fifty flights cancelled. Others delayed but planes now landing and taking off
  • Gatwick: Flights are now departing but still subject to delays
  • Stansted: Flights still landing, no flights departing
  • London City: Cancellations and delays
  • Luton: All flights experiencing delays
  • Bristol: Limited departures reported
  • Luton: All flights experiencing delays but planes now leaving
  • Edinburgh: No queues but passengers being advised to check with their airlines
  • Glasgow: Some delays to departures
  • Southampton: Experiencing ''problems''
  • Oxford: Experiencing "some delays", mainly to services arriving from overseas
  • Leeds Bradford: All flights out and most flights in suspended until 1900
  • Birmingham: Some departures are being re-routed to avoid flying through London airspace
  • East Midlands: Departures and arrivals delayed but passengers advised to turn up as normal

Comment: Is this some sot of 'message' to UK?


Psychopathic values: Princeton mom: Getting raped is just part of the college learning experience

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Susan Patton
Author Susan Patton, who is better known as the "Princeton Mom," told CNN on Tuesday that the modern definition of rape was meaningless because women could usually just "get up and leave" if they didn't want to be assaulted.

Comment: That's a sloppy generalization and not objectively true. All women who are raped cannot get up and leave.

"What makes this so particularly prickly is the definition of rape," Patton opined to CNN host Carol Costello. "It no longer is when a woman is violated at the point of a gun or a knife. We're now talking about or identifying as rape what really is clumsy hook-up melodrama or a fumbled attempt at a kiss or a caress."

Comment: That's completely ridiculous. Why is it the woman's fault?

"This is with a friend, this is in your own home."

Costello, however, pointed out that most rapes occurred between people who already knew each other.

"It makes one wonder, why do you not just get up and leave?" Patton asked. "Or why do you not as a woman tell a man who's making advances that, 'You know what, stop, leave.'"

The guest said that she had talked to victims of sexual assault, but didn't always find their stories convincing.

"There's rape, and then there's rape," she quipped. "I believe that she experienced something that she regretted. I believe that she got very drunk, and had sex with a man that she regretted the next morning. To me, that's not a crime. That's not rape. That's a learning experience."

Throughout the interview, Patton insisted that she was "not blaming victims."

Comment: Yes, she is blaming the victim based on assumptions. How does she know she just experienced something she regretted? People who are incapacitated by alcohol are not capable of driving, much less making decisions about having sex. She is blatantly blaming the victim.


Facebook date leads to rape, strangulation, and death

Eliza Drange and alleged killer
Eliza Drange and her alleged killer
Eliza Dragne managed to crawl naked to a road and was airlifted to hospital, where she told police Nicu Alin Cristea, who she met on Facebook, had attacked her. A pretty young woman who was beaten, raped, stabbed in the neck with a screwdriver and left to die in a field, survived long enough to name her alleged attacker. Romanian Eliza Dragne, 30, was said to have been unlucky in love, so she kept it a secret when she met Nicu Alin Cristea, 29, on Facebook.The attractive brunette was subjected to an alleged assault in a field on the outskirts of Alexandria, in southern Romania's Teleorman County.

Comment: Let this story serve as a warning to anyone, man or woman, that going out with someone you met online BY YOURSELF is not a good idea. If you "meet" someone you feel is an ideal candidate for a date, go with some friends. Pick a well lit public spot. There are sexual/sadistic predators everywhere, including Facebook. What better way to lure a potential victim in then by creating the "perfect" profile for someone to "fall in love" with.

For more information regarding the mindset of these psychos, check out author Anna M. Salter's book, Predators: Pedophiles, Rapists, And Other Sex Offenders. You can also tune into an interview that SOTT Talk Radio did with Anna Salter just under a year ago.


Dmitry Orlov: For the USA, defeat is victory, ignorance is strength

On the wall of George Orwell's Ministry of Truth from his novel 1984 there were three slogans:


It occurred to me that these apply just a little bit too well to the way the Washington, DC establishment operates.

War certainly is peace: just look at how peaceful Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Libya, Syria and the Ukraine have become thanks to their peacemaking efforts. The only departures from absolute peacefulness which might be taking place there have to do with the fact that there are some people still alive there. This should resolve itself on its own, especially in the Ukraine, where the people now face the prospect of surviving a cold winter without heat or electricity.

Freedom is indeed slavery: to enjoy their "freedom," Americans spend most of their lives working off debt, be it a mortgage, medical debt incurred due to an illness, or student loans. Alternatively, they can also enjoy it by rotting in jail. They also work longer hours with less time off and worse benefits than in any other developed country, and their wages haven't increased in two generations.

And what keeps it all happening is the fact that ignorance is indeed strength; if it wasn't for the Americans' overwhelming, willful ignorance of both their own affairs and the world at large, they would have rebelled by now, and the whole house of cards would have come tumbling down.

But there is a fourth slogan they need to add to the wall of Washington's Ministry of Truth. It is this:

Defeat Is Victory

The preposterous nature of the first three slogans can be finessed away in various ways. It's awkward to claim that American involvements in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Libya, Syria or the Ukraine have produced "peace," exactly, but various lying officials and assorted national teletubbies still find it possible to claim that they somehow averted worse (totally made-up) dangers like Iraqi/Syrian "weapons of mass destruction." What they have produced is endless war financed by runaway debt which is leading to economic ruin. But ignorance helps a lot here.

Comment: Without awareness of psychopathy, the way the capitalist system is set up, there is very little normal people can do to influence or change society. It is easier, though, to live in a fantasy world.

From Political Ponerology:
Pathocracy is a disease of great social movements followed by entire societies, nations, and empires. In the course of human history, it has affected social, political, and religious movements as well as the accompanying ideologies and turned them into caricatures of themselves. This occurred as a result of the participation of pathological agents in a pathodynamically similar process. That explains why all the pathocracies of the world are, and have been, so similar in their essential properties.

Identifying these phenomena through history and properly qualifying them according to their true nature and contents - not according to the ideology in question, which succumbed to the process of caricaturization - is a job for historians.

The actions of [pathocracy] affect an entire society, starting with the leaders and infiltrating every town, business, and institution. The pathological social structure gradually covers the entire country creating a "new class" within that nation. This privileged class [of pathocrats] feels permanently threatened by the "others", i.e. by the majority of normal people. Neither do the pathocrats entertain any illusions about their personal fate should there be a return to the system of normal man.


Minority Congressional staffers walk out in wake of grand jury decisions

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Some congressional staffers walked off their jobs Thursday afternoon to show their support for the families of Michael Brown and Eric Garner in the wake of the decision by two grand juries not to indict the police officers responsible for their deaths, according to three staffers who planned to participate in the event.

The planned walkout came after days of protests across the country, including in Washington, D.C., where demonstrators have marched through downtown, blocking roads and bridges on an almost nightly basis since last Wednesday's decision by a grand jury in Staten Island not to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Garner.

"We're proud to have this moment of solidarity with the families of Michael Brown and Eric Garner and the thousands of peaceful protesters around the country who are telling this country that black lives matter," said one staffer who was helping to plan the event.

The Congressional Asian Pacific American Staff Association and the Congressional Hispanic Staff Association was expected to join black staffers and the Congressional Black Associates in planning the event. A staffer who planned to attend the protest said it was important to show support across racial lines.

Comment: These protests will not go away.


Selling psychopathy: ISIS releases pamphlet justifying child rape, sex slaves

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The Islamic State militant group has released a guide to the capture, punishment and rape of female non-believers. It outlines how to use them as their sex slaves and also justifies child rape.

The guide appears in the form of questions and answers about how to capture and subjugate woman of other beliefs.

The sickening list appears to have been printed on December 3 by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) in-house publishers for their "Research and Fatwa Department".

The document has been translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute, an NGO based in Washington DC.

Researchers from the anti-extremism think tank Quilliam told the Independent that they believed it "can be traced back to some of ISIS's most active propagandists."

Comment: While the source is suspect, it really makes no difference whether this was produced by ISIS or their propaganda masters in Washington and elsewhere. Either way, it's a good glimpse into the mindset of the people behind ISIS. The lunatics rampaging across Iraq and Syria are a bunch of psychopaths, but they're just following orders from their ideological blood brothers and handlers in the CIA, NATO, Mossad, etc.


Police in California city join protest against police brutality

Police Chief Chris Magnus joins a protest against police brutality in Richmond, California
A northern California police chief joined a protest Tuesday against police brutality.

Chris Magnus, chief of Richmond police, held a sign that read "#BlackLivesMatter," a Twitter hashtag used by civil rights advocates, as other officers joined in the peaceful protest, reported the Contra Costa Times.

"I've never seen anything like it, not in Richmond, not anywhere," said resident Mary Square. "All these police, and the police chief, holding signs calling for an end to police violence."

Magnus has been hailed for his approach to community policing, which has helped reduce the city's crime rate and the use of force by police.

"I spoke with my command staff, and we agreed it would be nice to convey our commitment to peaceful protest and that black and brown lives do matter," Magnus said. "And to help bridge the gap that we understand sometimes exists between police and community around certain issues."

Jon Stewart calls Andrea Tantaros' 'awesome' rant "most ridiculous thing I've ever heard"

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Daily Show host Jon Stewart dissected Fox News Andrea Tantaros' argument that the discussion surrounding the CIA's torture of detainees was being fueled politically to cast the U.S. as not being "awesome."

"First of all, this administration doesn't want us to have this discussion," Stewart said. "And also, that's the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard."

On Tuesday, Tantaros and her fellow Outnumbered panelists accused Senate Democrats of releasing the report detailing abuses levied against detainees following the 9/11 attacks in an effort to make the country look bad.

"The United States of America is awesome, we are awesome," Tantaros said at the time. "But we've had this discussion. We've closed the book on it, and we've stopped doing it. And the reason they want to have this discussion is not to show how awesome we are. This administration wants to have this discussion to show us how we're not awesome."

Comment: Stewart is right. That is an entirely ridiculous thing to say. Where to start? That Tantaros thinks a country that tortures is awesome. That she thinks that once the "book is closed" on torture we can all move on from it lest we stop being awesome. That's right, we should just stick our heads in the sand and go back to eating our McD's and watch idiots like Tantaros give what somehow passes for rational discussion on Fox.


America in black and white: Cops kill because they know they can get away with it

Eric Garner never had a chance
In the space of nine days, two grand juries in two different towns found it unassailable for a cop in one town to shoot and kill an unarmed man 12 times, and for a bunch of cops in another to brutalize an unarmed man as one of the cops put him in a fatal chokehold. In both cases the murdered men were young and black. In both cases their killers were white cops. And of course in both cases the prosecutors who were supposed to get an indictment from the grand jury used the proceedings instead to run interference for the cops they work with every day.

Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight reports that in 2010, the latest year for which numbers are available, federal grand juries declined to return indictments 11 times - out of 162,000 cases. In other words, grand juries failed to return an indictment 0.007 percent of the time. But two prosecutors walked off with a 100 percent whitewash rate for their cops. They covered for them. They gave them a pass. And killers walked free, because they had a badge, and because their victims were, after all, just black. That tells us where we are in this color-blind society. Blind is right: it's the blindness of the smug.

We have a black president, but that's been the irony in chief of a decade when too many whites take it as proof of their favored delusion: that we're in a post-racial society. This in a country where the wealth gap between whites and blacks is wider than it was in South Africa under apartheid, and has gotten 40 percent worse since Nixon became president, and in a country where young black men without a high school diploma are more likely to be in prison than at a job. (Nicholas Kristoff outlined the facts you'll never hear on Fox's nightly hours of white self-pity in his "Whites Just Don't Get It" series.)

Of course it's blacks' fault. They're the jobless. They're the moochers. They're the criminals. There's some truth to that when looking at the raw numbers, but only if you choose to cherry-pick and limit your historical perspective to yesterday's brown-shirted version of talk radio. There's more damning truth in the fact that blacks get sentenced to far longer terms than whites do for the same crimes, that a presumption of guilt shadows a black man far more than it does whites. What white person has experienced the assumption of threat that every black man has to live with in most whites' eyes when they see him on the sidewalk, entering the elevator, waiting his turn at the ATM? None of that has changed in half a century of civil rights gains and Martin Luther King holiday sales, gains that effectively went into reverse, along with so much else in what George Packer calls America's "unwinding," since the Reagan years. Whether they're a Harvard professor or a fat man selling cigarettes on a street corner, Blacks are still three-fifth suspects first and human beings last.

That's what led to the killing of Eric Garner on Staten Island in July, Michael Brown in Ferguson a few weeks later, and of course Trayvon Martin in Sanford in 2012 and Jordan Davis in Jacksonville the same year. At least a man was convicted for the killing of Jordan. And to appease the cynics, let's concede that there was some ambiguity in the homicides of Martin and Brown, in the sense that only their killers really knew what happened. But there was no such ambiguity in the killing of Garner, which was caught on a clear and indisputable video.