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FCC Passes Sweeping Internet Privacy Rules in ‘Big Win for Civil Rights’

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  • “It’s the consumers’ information,” FCC chairman Tom Wheeler said. “How it is used should be the consumers’ choice. Not the choice of some corporate algorithm.”
  • "Just as telephone companies are not allowed to listen in to our calls or sell information about who we talk to, our internet providers shouldn't be allowed to monitor our internet usage for profit." —Jay Stanley, ACLU

Nadia Prupis, Common Dreams / Truthdig

 

http://www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_large/public/headlines/internet_privacy.jpg?itok=HBCYfQl_ The rules require Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to get customers' explicit consent before using or sharing behavioral data like browsing history, location, and other sensitive information. (Photo: Blogtrepreneur/flickr/cc)  

Oct 27, 2016 | The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Thursday passed sweeping new privacy rules designed to keep broadband providers from giving customers’ private data to third parties.

The rules, approved by a vote of 3-2, require Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to get customers’ explicit consent before using or sharing behavioral data like browsing history, location, and other sensitive information with marketing firms or other companies, the Washington Post reports.

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“It’s the consumers’ information,” FCC chairman Tom Wheeler said. “How it is used should be the consumers’ choice. Not the choice of some corporate algorithm.”

Nadia Prupis is a Common Dreams <http://www.commondreams.org> staff writer.

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Police Shootings Won't Stop Unless We Also Stop Shaking Down Black People

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  • It is probably no coincidence that when you examine the recent rash of police killings, you find that the offenses the victims were initially stopped for were preposterously minor.
  • The dangers of turning police officers into revenue generators.
  • Related: To the 4 White Male Policemen Who Beat Me for Checking the Health of a Sick Black Man in Their Custody … 

Jack Hitt, Mother Jones

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September/October, 2015 | In April, several days after North Charleston, South Carolina, police officer Michael Slager stopped Walter Scott for a busted taillight and then fatally shot him, the usual cable-news transmogrification of victim into superpredator ran into problems. The dash cam showed Scott being pulled over while traveling at a nerdy rate of speed, using his left turn signal to pull into a parking lot and having an amiable conversation with Slager until he realized he'd probably get popped for nonpayment of child support. At which point he bolted out of the car and hobbled off. Slager then shot him. Why didn't the cop just jog up and grab him? Calling what the obese 50-year-old Scott was doing "running" really stretches the bounds of literary license.

But maybe the question to ask is: Why did Scott run? The answer came when the New York Times revealed Scott to be a man of modest means trapped in an exhausting hamster wheel: He would get a low-paying job, make some child support payments, fall behind on them, get fined, miss a payment, get jailed for a few weeks, lose that job due to absence, and then start over at a lower-paying job. From all apparent evidence, he was a decent schlub trying to make things work in a system engineered to make his life miserable and recast his best efforts as criminal behavior.

Jack Hitt is a contributing writer for Mother Jones, a nonprofit independent journal.

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To the 4 White Male Policemen Who Beat Me for Checking the Health of a Sick Black Man in Their Custody … , Ali Afshar, Human Development Project / Portside

Because pick on schizophrenics, you are picking on me.

 

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To the 4 White Male Policemen Who Beat Me for Checking the Health of a Sick Black Man in Their Custody …

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  • Because pick on schizophrenics, you are picking on me.
  • Related: Police Shootings Won't Stop Unless We Also Stop Shaking Down Black People.

Ali Afshar, Human Development Project / Portside

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https://portside.org/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/field/image/policestick.jpg?itok=3hJUyJ_PSeptember 14, 2016 | You may or may not know that the incidence and relapse rates of schizophrenia in African-Caribbean males in Western countries has been reported as being much higher than equivalent white male cohorts. E.g.

We found remarkably high IRRs for both schizophrenia and manic psychosis in both African-Caribbeans (schizophrenia 9.1, manic psychosis 8.0) and Black Africans (schizophrenia 5.8, manic psychosis 6.2) in men and women. Fearon et al, 2006 

This knowledge was forefront in my mind when I saw a man in his twenties muttering to himself, handcuffed and surrounded by 4 white male police officers on El Camino, in Northern California. As a physician, I have a duty (shit, I swore an actual oath) to preserve the health of all humans. There was no way I was going to drive past this situation without making sure that guy was going to be fine.

Ali Afsha: Google Developer Platform. Advanced Trauma Life Support. Open Source. Abominator Class. 

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http://www.motherjones.com/files/images/motherjones_mininav/millionsmarchcrop.jpg Police Shootings Won't Stop Unless We Also Stop Shaking Down Black People, Jack Hitt, Mother Jones

  • It is probably no coincidence that when you examine the recent rash of police killings, you find that the offenses the victims were initially stopped for were preposterously minor.
  • The dangers of turning police officers into revenue generators.
  • Related: To the 4 White Male Policemen Who Beat Me for Checking the Health of a Sick Black Man in Their Custody … 

A Crippled Supreme Court Awaits an Election in Which Hillary Clinton Is the Lesser Evil

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The next occupant of the Oval Office could name as many as four new justices to the U.S. Supreme Court. (Photo: Phil Roeder / CC BY-SA 2.0)  

The prospect of turning over the power to reshape the nation’s ultimate judicial body, and with it, the power to redefine the meaning and application of the Constitution, to a racist and xenophobic former host of a reality TV show may not be enough to suppress the urge to cough up your lunch at the prospect of voting for Clinton as the lesser evil. But, at the very least, it should get you to rethink the greater dangers of seeing Donald Trump take his reality show to the Oval Office.

Bill Blum, Truthdig / Common Dreams

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Sunday, October 02, 2016 | As the Supreme Court begins its new term on Oct. 3, an old adage comes to mind. It was first penned by the satirist Finley Peter Dunne in 1901. Purged of its original Irish brogue, the saying admonishes: “The Supreme Court follows the election returns.”

Never has Mr. Dunne’s observation seemed more on target than today. Since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia last February, the court has been evenly divided, 4-4, between its conservative and liberal members. The division has brought about a stasis in the court’s work, trimming the sheer number of new cases it has agreed to hear and causing it to avoid taking on the usual number of high-profile constitutional challenges.

Bill Blum is a former administrative law judge and death penalty defense attorney. He is a contributing writer for California Lawyer Magazine. His work has appeared in the Nation, the Progressive, (and) the Los Angeles Times.

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Body Cameras Are Betraying Their Promise

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  • They’re not transparent. They’re not independent. They’re not even turned on when they should be.
  • Related: Innocent? Don't talk to the police.

Robinson Meyer, the Atlantic

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https://cdn.theatlantic.com/assets/media/img/mt/2016/09/AP_16254534931658/lead_960.jpg?1475247367Sep 30, 2016 | When they were introduced to the American public two years ago, police body-cameras seemed like they might help everyone. Police departments liked that body cams reduced the number of public complaints about officer behavior. Communities and protesters liked that they would introduce some transparency and accountability to an officer’s actions.

 

Today, research suggests that body cameras significantly reduce the number of public complaints about police. But recent events subvert the idea that the devices help or increase the power of regular people—that is, the policed. Instead of making officers more accountable and transparent to the public, body cameras may be making officers and departments more powerful than they were before.

Robinson Meyer is an associate editor at the Atlantic, where he covers technology.

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Innocent? Don't talk to the police, James Duane, Los Angeles (CA) Times

Don’t talk to the police—except to tell them, respectfully, that you will not answer any questions and that you would like a lawyer.

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