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5 glaring signs that we're not living in a post-racial society

© AP/Alex BrandonProtesters at Meridian Hill Park, also known as Malcom X Park, Aug. 14, 2014 in Washington, to protest the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by police in Ferguson, Mo.
Privileged pundits love to insist that race is no longer a factor in American life. The numbers say they're wrong

In the wake of the Ferguson shooting, a recent Pew poll finds that 47 percent of whites believe that "race is getting more attention than it deserves," with regards to the death of Michael Brown, while only 18 percent of African-Americans feel the same. Meanwhile, a similar Pew study found that whites are far less likely to see discrimination in the treatment blacks receive by the education system, the courts and hospitals. Such views are held by many Americans, who believe that "blacks are mostly responsible for their own condition." Police killings of unarmed blacks are certainly the most visible manifestation of systemic racism, but data show that racism still manifests itself frequently in everyday life.

In America, race determines not just where someone lives and what school he or she attends, it affects the very air we breathe. Although many whites wish to believe we live in a "post-racial" society, race appears not just in overt discrimination but in subtle structural factors. It's impossible to delineate every way race affects us every day, but a cursory examination of major structural racial problems can give us a feeling for how far we still have to go.

1) Education

Education is an important key to fostering upward mobility and alleviating inequality. However, schools today are becoming more segregated, rather than less segregated. At the peak of integration, 44 percent of black Southern students attended majority white schools. Today, only 23 percent do. This is particularly worrying because recent research by Rucker C. Johnson finds that school desegregation benefited black students, because it "significantly increased both educational and occupational attainments, college quality and adult earnings, reduced the probability of incarceration, and improved adult health status."


Mission accomplished! Luhansk begins distributing Russian humanitarian aid

Luganski aid
© ITAR-TASS/Ivan YuryevHumanitarian aid at a storage facility in Ukraine's Luhansk Region
Authorities in the Luhansk People's Republic (LPR) have started to distribute humanitarian aid delivered by Russia, the LPR press office reported on Monday.

A convoy of over 260 Russian trucks delivered more some 2,000 tons of foodstuffs, water, baby food and medications to besieged Luhansk residents on Friday.

"Humanitarian aid will be distributed at 28 outlets at the place of residence," the press office said, adding the aid distribution centers would work taking into account the city's possible shelling by the Ukrainian army.

The Russian convoy has delivered enough foodstuffs and humanitarian aid packages will be handed out for free, according to the lists of residents, the LPR press office said.

The concluding stage of Russia's humanitarian aid delivery to the war-torn east Ukraine took slightly more than 24 hours.

The Russian trucks that had stood for more than a week at the border with Ukraine started moving to Luhansk on Friday afternoon. Several hours later, the Russian convoy delivered humanitarian aid to the city, with no incidents registered along the route.

On Saturday, the Russian humanitarian convoy returned to Russia.

Russia's Emergencies Deputy Minister Eduard Chizhikov said that both Russian and Ukrainian customs officers and border guards took part in the trucks' inspection as they were crossing back into Russia from Ukraine.

The quick return of the Russian humanitarian convoy from east Ukraine has dispelled speculations about a possible "Russian intrusion" into Ukraine, the US online portal Globalpost reported.

The delivery of humanitarian aid to the besieged Luhansk ended as quickly as it began and was done without any provocations, which could have been used as a pretext for Russia's alleged military intervention as some critics asserted, Globalpost wrote.

Comment: Russia wins another round in the war against Western propaganda. The whole convoy was not only morally correct, it was a total PR coup. The West cannot be seen to support ANY move the Russians make. Knowing this, the Russians orchestrated a humanitarian mission that was beyond reproach, complying with inspections, reams of paperwork, and unreasonable delays. In the end, it's the West that looks like a monster: condemning a truly humanitarian act directed at a civilian population being senselessly bombed by a violent regime. Sorry, U.S., but Russia's got you beat in the humanity department!


Lugansk, Ukraine: Thank you Russia! Please come back soon (with more humanitarian aid)!

© © RIA Novosti/Maksim BlinovA wonderful sight for sore eyes; the first group of trucks, that have delivered humanitarian aid to eastern Ukraine, return to Russia
Residents of Luhansk People's Republic hope to receive more humanitarian aid from Russia, Vice Prime Minister of the Council of Ministers of the People's Republic of Luhansk Vasyl Nikitin told RIA Novosti.

"Our republic has almost no food provisions left," Nikitin said. "We hope such food and humanitarian convoys will become common. We hope for help and wait for it."

According to Nikitin, situation with food provision in Luhansk People's Republic is dire. Despite the harvest season, the food market was closed due to shell attacks and the ensuing fire. The residents of the city are surviving on their own stocks.

Comment: Europeans, now living under the EU allegedly so that 'there will never be war or want in Europe again', seem to have forgotten what it was like to be hungry and to live in towns and cities being bombarded to smithereens. Remember, during the second world war?

People today lack compassion because they follow the example and imbibe the lies of their psychopathic leaders.

Bad Guys

Collective punishment for accepting Russian food and medical supplies? Kiev massacres hundreds in Lugansk, city being razed to the ground

© AP Photo/ Petro ZadorozhnyyTour of destruction: Ukrainian military in the city of Luhansk in eastern Ukraine

Hundreds have died in artillery attacks on eastern Ukraine's key city of Luhansk as government troops continue to lay siege to the militia stronghold, according to a senior official of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic.

"As of today, the death toll has climbed into the hundreds. Hundreds of homes have been torn down, including more than a dozen of apartment blocks and hundreds of private houses," LPR Deputy Prime Minister Vasily Nikitin told RIA Novosti Saturday.

Luhansk has been left without running water, electricity and phone communications for 20 days as government troops continue to besiege it, pounding indiscriminately militia positions and residential quarters in and around the city. All deliveries of food, medication and fuel had long been stopped due to heavy shelling.

Comment: By their fruits you shall know them (psychopaths): Russia has just delivered the first round of humanitarian aid to alleviate the suffering of the people in Eastern Ukraine, while the unconscionable West and its puppet organisations shelled them in revenge for accepting this aid.


The difference between children

Palestinian mourners cry
© AFPPalestinian mourners cry at Gaza City's al-Shifa hospital after an explosion killed at least seven children in a public playground in the beachfront Shati refugee camp on July 28, 2014.
It is human that the killing of an Israeli boy, a child of ours, would arouse greater identification than the death of some other child. What is incomprehensible is the Israeli response to the killing of their children.

After the first child, nobody batted an eye; after the 50th not even a slight tremor was felt in a plane's wing; after the 100th, they stopped counting; after the 200th, they blamed Hamas. After the 300th child they blamed the parents. After the 400th child, they invented excuses; after (the first) 478 children nobody cares.

Then came our first child and Israel went into shock. And indeed, the heart weeps at the picture of 4-year-old Daniel Tragerman, killed Friday evening in his home in Sha'ar Hanegev. A beautiful child, who once had his picture taken in an Argentinean soccer team shirt, blue and white, number 10. And whose heart would not be broken at the sight of this photo, and who would not weep at how he was criminally killed. "Hey Leo Messi, look at that boy," a Facebook post read, "you were his hero."

Suddenly death has a face and dreamy blue eyes and light hair. A tiny body that will never grow. Suddenly the death of a little boy has meaning, suddenly it is shocking. It is human, understandable and moving. It is also human that the killing of an Israeli boy, a child of ours, would arouse greater identification than the death of some other child. What is incomprehensible is the Israeli response to the killing of their children.

In a world where there is some good, children would be left out of the cruel game called war. In a world where there is some good, it would be impossible to understand the total, almost monstrous unfeelingness in the face of the killing of hundreds of children - not ours, but by us. Imagine them standing in a row: 478 children, in a graduating class of death. Imagine them wearing Messi shirts - some of those children wore them once too, before they died; they also admired him, just like our Daniel from a kibbutz. But nobody looks at them; their faces are not seen, no one is shocked at their deaths. No one writes about them: "Hey Messi, look at that boy." Hey, Israel, look at their children.

An iron wall of denial and inhumanness protects the Israelis from the shameful work of their hands in Gaza. And indeed, these numbers are hard to digest. Of the hundreds of men killed one could say that they were "involved"; of the hundreds of women that they were "human shields." As for a small number of children, one could claim that the most moral army in the world did not intend it. But what shall we say about almost 500 children killed? That the Israel Defense Forces did not intend it, 478 times? That Hamas hid behind all of them? That this legitimized killing them?

Comment: Former Israeli politician and founder of the state of Israel, Golda Meir, is perhaps best known for saying: "Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us". If only Ms. Meir could then, and the current leadership and citizens of Israel now, apply this wise saying to themselves. But this is something they are clearly incapable of doing.


Russia Today may launch new channels in France, Belgium, Switzerland and Canada

© RT
The government is ready to spend 1.3 billion rubles ($35 million) to create a French-language service at Kremlin-sponsored television news channel RT, according to a draft bill published Thursday on the government's legislation portal.

The new channel will target audiences not only in France, but also Belgium, Switzerland and Canada, according to the explanatory note accompanying the bill.

"World events in these countries are covered, as a rule, in a way that show Russia in an unfavorable light, which leads to the formation of negative attitudes toward Russia," the note said, adding that the new French service is being created to change this situation.

RT, formerly Russia Today, was launched in 2005 and broadcasts in Russian, English, Spanish and Arabic. It now has an audience of 664 million people spread over more than 100 countries, according to its website.

One of the channel's anchors, Liz Wahl, resigned on air in March, accusing the network - viewed by many as a Kremlin propaganda tool - of "whitewashing" Russia's military intervention in Crimea, which was annexed from Ukraine by Moscow just a few weeks later.

Comment: The Russian government knows well that if you control the flow of information, you control how people think. Starting French, Belgian, Swiss and Canadian news services will help to spread more objective news about Russia instead of the vile, disgusting propaganda coming from the main stream media.

Birthday Cake

Ferguson officer suspended over Facebook post branding protesters 'rabid dogs'

© Reuters/Joshua LottDemonstrators protest against the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson.
A police officer in a St. Louis suburb has been suspended over a series of Facebook posts, insulting Ferguson protesters, who have been rallying in condemnation of the shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer.

The police department in Glendale, Missouri, announced in a Friday statement that it had suspended police officer, Matthew Pappert, due to "several very concerning and inappropriate posts on his personal Facebook page."

"I'm sick of these protesters," one of the posts says. "You are a burden on society and a blight on the community." The screenshots of an apparently deactivated account have been obtained by The Daily Caller.

"These protesters should have been put down like a rabid dog the first night," Pappert says in another post.
Glendale, MO cop Matthew Pappert.
- 3ChicsPolitico (@3ChicsPolitico) August 23, 2014
The Glendale police learnt of the posts on Friday morning and immediately launched an investigation into the matter, according to a statement by Police Chief Jeffrey Beaton, who specified the views expressed in the posts were not shared by the department.

Comment: Authoritarian followers like officer Pappert are easily swayed by our psychopathic leaders:
"Gullibility is one of the trademarks of the authoritarian followers, who provide crucial support for their authoritarian leaders. Altemeyer defines authoritarian followers as having three core characteristics: 1) high degree of submission to authority; 2) willingness to attack other people in the name of the authority; and 3) highly conventional attitudes

Altemeyer discusses the submission to authority, lack of independent thinking and need for approval that characterizes the authoritarian followers:
Authoritarian followers seem to have a "Daddy and mommy know best" attitude toward the government. They do not see laws as social standards that apply to all. Instead, they appear to think that authorities are above the law, and can decide which laws apply to them and which do not - just as parents can when one is young...

If you ask subjects to rank the importance of various values in life, authoritarian followers place "being normal" substantially higher than most people do. It's almost as though they want to disappear as individuals into the vast vat of Ordinaries.
Though they habitually use the rhetoric of righteousness, they tend to be full of hatred, and their behavior quickly turns ugly when they are under stress."
Ponerology: Why the Corrupt Few Wreak So Much Death, Destruction, and Suffering on the Rest of Us

You can pick up a free PDF version of The Authoritarians courtesy of the author, Bob Altemeyer.


California police officers accused of screening women on internet dating sites using police system

Court documents show that Fairfield Police Officers Stephen Ruiz and Jacob Glashoff used company time and equipment to search for women on internet dating sites.

The documents also show that two used the California Law Enforcement Telecommunications System - a statewide police database - to screen the women they liked.

"I feel like it's an abuse of their power, using it for their own personal gain," said Fairfield resident Carlos Thompson.

The court documents allege another Fairfield officer reported the incidents to his superior back in June.

The reporting officer alleged that both Ruiz and Glashoff found women's profiles had been browsing women on dating websites like Tinder, eHarmony, and while working at the investigations bureau office of the Fairfield Police Department.

"Downtime during their breaks or whatever, that's their own thing. But not on the clock," said another Fairfield resident.


Dallas cop shoots, kills unarmed man

unarmed man shot
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An unarmed man was shot and killed by an off-duty police officer in Dallas, Texas on Sunday.

According to Dallas police, the suspect charged at the officer before being shot.

The slain man is Andrew Scott Gaynier, 26, and the officer is Senior Corporal Antonio Hudson.

Corporal Hudon was on Extended Neighborhood Patrol when the incident happened. He was called to the scene in response to a report that Gaynier was making lewd comments to passing females.

When Hudson arrived, he saw Gaynier stop a vehicle with a family inside and try to get in the car. Hudson gave loud verbal commands to Gaynier telling him to step away from the car. Gaynier turned away from the car, but then started rushing towards Hudson. Hudson shot Gaynier multiple times, killing him.


Not enough economic pain? Germany threatens more Russian sanctions if Kiev situation deteriorates

© REUTERS/ Thomas Peter German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during a general debate in the lower house of parliament, the Bundestag, in Berlin, June 25, 2014
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Saturday that new sanctions against Russia are not on agenda at the moment but they are possible in future if the situation in Ukraine deteriorates.

"We cannot rule out thinking about further sanctions if things do not progress," the chancellor said, following talks with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Kiev.

The European Union, the United States and some other countries have imposed sanctions against Russian companies, banks, politicians, as well as the financial, energy and defense sectors of the Russian economy over the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.

Comment: So in spite of the negative economic consequences to the German economy, Merkel is trying to keep her US overlords pacified:

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