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Video Shows How British Police React to a Teen with a Toy Gun — Putting US Cops to Shame

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  • For the naysayers who think that this case is an isolated act of heroism, think again. The lack of deadly force is so common by police in European countries that it’s not only been documented multiple times, but it’s been caught on film multiple times.
  • It is high time this country looks closely at the way it trains its police force.
  • Related: How do police handle violence in countries where officers don’t carry guns?

Matt Agorist, Free Thought Project

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Teen%20Almost%20Shot%20Over%20Toy%20Gun.jpgJuly 25, 2016 | In the United States police kill people on average, every 8 hours. Very few of these deaths are ever ruled unjustified, even when police are caught on video killing unarmed people who pose absolutely no threat. 

The escalation of deadly force by American police is unprecedented when compared to the rest of the first world.

So far this month, American police have killed 66 people.

Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. 

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How do police handle violence in countries where officers don’t carry guns? Olivia Goldhill, Quartz 

  • It doesn’t help that the law in the United States gives fairly wide scope for police violence. Under the European Convention of Human Rights, police can only shoot if it’s “absolutely necessary” in order to achieve a legitimate law enforcement purpose. Meanwhile, in the US, police officers can shoot if there’s “reasonable” perception of a grave and imminent threat, which is a far more subjective standard.
  • Related: Good Cops Turn In Their Own Officer After He’s Caught on Dashcam Beating Handcuffed Man

 

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Related: While We Obsessed over Melania, US Airstrikes Massacre Scores of Civilians in Syria

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Mark Fiore | Make America Crazy Again / markfiore.com

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Wednesday, 20 July 2016 | It’s hard to keep up with the parade of craziness coming out of the Republican convention in Cleveland.  Leading up to the convention, Donald Trump implied President Obama is in league with cop-killers and terrorists, soon after, Rudy Giuliani ginned up the boogie-man factor by shouting, “you know who you are and we’re coming to get you!”  (That doesn’t count various calls for Hillary Clinton’s imprisonment and execution by firing squad.)  And it’s only Wednesday!

Let’s not forget poor Melania Trump’s deer-in-the-headlights plagiarism speech, a wrong which pales in comparison to her husband’s stated policies.  But never mind the Trumps, the craziness doesn’t stop there.  Take a minute to read about the Republican Party platform, you’ll see there is more than enough extremism to go around.  

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It’s Time to Stand Up for Truth and Intelligence

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  • It’s a sad reality that the U.S. has arrived at this point, but we are here and it is time for those who support truth, facts, and intelligence — whether they are conservatives or liberals — to work hard to protect American democracy. The November election is nothing less than a vote on the future of that democratic system.
  • Related: What Happens When Facts Don't Matter Anymore
  • Related: How American Politics Went Insane

John W. Traphagan, Huffington Post

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07/24/2016 | In a time when the American news media focused on reporting facts, rather than entertaining the public, iconic broadcast journalist Walter Cronkite made a comment about American values and education that seems even more powerful today. Averred Cronkite, “”[w]hatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.”

Indeed, as “the most trusted man in America” well understood, nothing is more costly to a democratic society than ignorance. We are seeing this on a daily basis today in the U.S. Much of the violence Americans are seeing is a product of ignorance, as is much of the rhetoric accepted by supporters of the GOP.

John W. Traphagan: Professor of Religious Studies and Human Dimensions of Organizations, University of Texas, Austin

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What Happens When Facts Don't Matter Anymore, Compiled by David Culver <>, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

  • What happens to us if facts don’t matter anymore?
  • Facts. Who needs ‘em, right?
  • https://cdn.theatlantic.com/assets/media/img/2016/06/08/WEL_Rauch_Chaos_Opener_Web/1920.jpg?1465408949Part 1: Make Facts Great Again
  • Part 2: Trump Surrogate Dismisses Fact-Checking As ‘Elitist’ And ‘Out Of Touch’

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How American Politics Went Insane, Jonathan Rauch, The Atlantic

  • It happened gradually—and until the U.S. figures out how to treat the problem, it will only get worse.
  • Related: From the Archives | The cult of ignorance in the United States: Anti-intellectualism and the "dumbing down" of America

 

What's on Display in Cleveland? The Republican Id

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  • The triumph of Trump has demonstrated the cost of the devil’s bargain that party elites — and the media — have accepted over the years.
  • And to their eternal shame, most in the media ran interference for this confidence game, only to be blindsided when Trump demonstrated that it had always been a charade.
  • Related: Why This GOP Convention Is the Most Dangerous One Ever

Eric Alterman, Moyers & Company

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Delegates yell "guilty" as they participate during New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's speech on the second day of the Republican National Convention on July 19, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

July 20, 2016 | What is on display at the RNC in Cleveland is the Republican id. We always suspected it would look something like this. But even though it reared its ugly head on occasion on Fox News or in Congress — on the lips of some right-wing preacher or billionaire hedge-fund manager. They would compare gays to Satan, progressive taxation to Naziism and people of color to criminals at best, animals at worst — but the more polite, polished folks who spoke for the party would always regretfully shake their well-coiffed heads and explain that wasn’t what the party was really about.

Well thanks to Donald Trump and his followers, the jig is up. Melania Trump’s plagiarism of Michelle Obama was just about the least offensive thing one heard from the podium on Monday night. The rest was a near orgy of hatred, racism, sexism and ethnocentrism. Rudy Giuliani has always presented himself as an avatar of “law and order.” This has been a conservative mantra for half a century. We always suspected it was code for the suppression of African-Americans and now we know. Ditto all this talk of “Judeo-Christian” values. It’s a code for Islamophobia and oppression. And the attacks on Hillary Clinton sound an awful lot as if they are being spoken by people who simply cannot accept the fact that women have the same rights and capabilities as men. And to their eternal shame, most in the media ran interference for this confidence game, only to be blindsided when Trump demonstrated that it had always been a charade.

Eric Alterman is CUNY distinguished professor of English and journalism at Brooklyn College, media columnist for The Nation, a senior fellow of the Center for American Progress and the author of nine books, including When Presidents Lie: A History of Official Deception and Its Consequences (2004), Kabuki Democracy: The System vs. Barack Obama (2011) and Inequality and One City: Bill de Blasio and the New York Experiment, Year One (2015).

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Why This GOP Convention Is the Most Dangerous One Ever, David Corn , Mother Jones 

  • With talk of jailing—or killing—a political leader, the event is undermining democratic governance.
  • Related: Trump, His Virus and the Dark Age of Unreason

Why This GOP Convention Is the Most Dangerous One Ever

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  • With talk of jailing—or killing—a political leader, the event is undermining democratic governance.
  • Related: Trump, His Virus and the Dark Age of Unreason

David Corn, Mother Jones

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Jul. 20, 2016 | "Lock her up! Lock her up!"

This is when the Republican National Convention turned dangerous. Hundreds of Republican delegates on the floor of the convention during the official proceedings were shouting that the opposing candidate, Hillary Clinton, should be thrown in jail. The GOPers weren't merely urging her defeat in November. They were demanding she be treated as a criminal and sent to the hoosegow. This moment marked the culmination of a meme on the right: that Clinton is not a legitimate leader and that her election would not be legitimate. By embracing this theme and placing it center stage at Trumpalooza, Donald Trump and the GOP were undermining, if not threatening, democratic governance.

David Corn is Mother JonesWashington bureau chief. 

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Trump, His Virus and the Dark Age of Unreason, Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Huffington Post

Trump and his ilk would sweep the promise of America into the dustbin of history unless they are exposed now to the disinfectant of sunlight, the cleansing torch of truth. Nothing else can save us from the dark age of unreason that would arrive with the triumph of Donald Trump.

 

While We Obsessed over Melania, US Airstrikes Massacre Scores of Civilians in Syria

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“There must be a prompt, independent, and transparent investigation to determine what happened, who was responsible, and how to avoid further needless loss of civilian life. Anyone responsible for violations of international humanitarian law must be brought to justice and victims and their families should receive full reparation,” said Magdalena Mughrabi, the interim deputy director of the Middle East and North Africa program for Amnesty International.

Tom Cahill, U.S. Uncut

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July 19, 2016 As many as 77 innocent people or more, including 11 children, were killed during US-led coalition airstrikes performed in Syria over this Monday and Tuesday.

According to Agence France-Presse (AFP), the US-led airstrike in Manbij, Syria targeted the group of civilians, mistakenly identifying them as ISIS-affiliated fighters. The number of those killed remains unclear, though AFP and the New York Times reported that 56 civilians were killed Monday and another 21 killed Tuesday. Dozens more have been wounded.

Tom Cahill is a writer for US Uncut based in the Pacific Northwest. He specializes in coverage of political, economic, and environmental news. 

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Special Report | Managing Climate Change

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  • Part 1: 31 scientific societies just told Congress to take their climate denial and shove it.

The problem, though, is that it's unlikely to do anything to change the toxic dynamic on Capitol Hill or beyond.

  • Part 2: Thanks to upcoming heat wave, July 2016 may become the hottest month on record in the U.S.

Human-caused climate change makes it more likely that warm temperature records will be set. 

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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Part 1: 31 scientific societies just told Congress to take their climate denial and shove it.

The problem, though, is that it's unlikely to do anything to change the toxic dynamic on Capitol Hill or beyond.

Facts won't carry the day, at least not right now.

Andrew Freedman, Yahoo News

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/ABPub/2011/04/04/2014681395.gifJune 29, 2016 | Scientists have had enough of Congress' climate denial. On Tuesday, a whopping 31 major scientific groups — representing tens of thousands of researchers — delivered a joint letter to Capitol Hill to present a unified front on the seriousness of human-caused global warming and the need to address it.

 

The 3-page letter, which is a more forceful version of a 2009 letter to which 19 scientific societies signed on, comes as the House Science Committee continues to investigate peer reviewed studies of climate change. 

Andrew Freedman is Mashable's Science Editor. Prior to working at Mashable, Freedman was a Senior Science writer for Climate Central. He was ranked as the most prolific climate reporter in the U.S. in 2012, and the second-most prolific in 2013. 

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Part 2: Thanks to upcoming heat wave, July 2016 may become the hottest month on record in the U.S.

Human-caused climate change makes it more likely that warm temperature records will be set.

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June 16, 2016 | A noteworthy weather pattern will evolve next week across the lower 48 states, featuring a massive and intense area of high pressure sprawled out across the center of the country, like an annoying partner taking up the entire bed while snoring loudly. 

It's been clear for several days that a prolonged heat wave is coming, particularly for the Plains, portions of the Midwest and Southeast.

Andrew Freedman is Mashable's Science Editor. Prior to working at Mashable, Freedman was a Senior Science writer for Climate Central. He was ranked as the most prolific climate reporter in the U.S. in 2012, and the second-most prolific in 2013. 

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A Former Police Chief: Put Down the Big Stick

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There is a long and difficult road ahead of us. We know what it is because we have heard it before for so many years. The 1968 Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Violence (Kerner Commission) identified the problem: we are becoming two societies, one black, one white, separate and unequal. It’s the same today.

David C. Couper, The Progressive

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July 8, 2016 | I keep thinking since the horrific police assassinations in Dallas that we’ve been here before. It’s not that so many police officers have been summarily executed. It’s that a palpable tension still exists between police and black people in our country, despite the efforts of police departments like Dallas to implement community-oriented policing and reduce their use of deadly force.

What were these Dallas officers doing at the time of their deaths? They were protecting the rights of citizens to assemble and protest the bad conduct of other police officers. That is what police in our society do, even knowing that other police are behaving so poorly in cities like Baton Rouge and St. Anthony Village, Minnesota, and too many other cities—bad apples who spoil the police barrel.

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David C. Couper was Madison’s chief of police from 1972 to 1993. Since his retirement, he has attended seminary and was ordained as a priest in the Episcopal Church. He now lives west of Madison and serves a small church in North Lake, Wisconsin. He is the author of Arrested Development: A Veteran Police Chief Sounds Off About Protest, Racism, Corruption and the Seven Steps Necessary to Improve Our Nation’s Police (2012) and How to Rate Your Local Police (2015).

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'It's Not Us vs. Them' James Hamblin, Atlantic

One police chief's humble solution to violence.

 

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