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'They're Talking To People': Tensions Ease In Ferguson As Police Change Tactics
Ferguson, Mo., saw more protests last night – but instead of meeting demonstrators with tear gas and armored vehicles, police walked with them, and posed for photos. The shift came after days of clashes sparked by the police killing of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown….
But the key difference in Ferguson Thursday was that police had changed their approach to trying to prevent a repeat of the violence and property damage that occurred Sunday. Police were heavily criticized for using tear gas, deploying heavy weapons and arresting journalists….
"When we talk about boots on the ground," [Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron] Johnson said at a news conference Thursday, "my boots are going to be on the ground. And so we are going to have a different approach and have the approach that we are in this together."
Johnson kept that promise last night, walking with demonstrators, hugging people, and representing authority in a way that’s been absent this week. The community responded with a spirited demonstration that was marked by cheers and the honking horns of passing cars.

It’s pretty amazing what happens when the police stop acting like they’re patroling a war zone. It’s incredibly sad that it took so long for politicians to come their senses and put a stop to the destructive and unconstitutional police response to protests over racism and police brutality.
Now, of course, it’s important to start dealing with the shooting that led to these protests (along with other such shootings that aren’t getting much publicity), the militarization of police around the country — oh, and the pervasive, systemic racism in American society.

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'They're Talking To People': Tensions Ease In Ferguson As Police Change Tactics

Ferguson, Mo., saw more protests last night – but instead of meeting demonstrators with tear gas and armored vehicles, police walked with them, and posed for photos. The shift came after days of clashes sparked by the police killing of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown….

But the key difference in Ferguson Thursday was that police had changed their approach to trying to prevent a repeat of the violence and property damage that occurred Sunday. Police were heavily criticized for using tear gas, deploying heavy weapons and arresting journalists….

"When we talk about boots on the ground," [Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron] Johnson said at a news conference Thursday, "my boots are going to be on the ground. And so we are going to have a different approach and have the approach that we are in this together."

Johnson kept that promise last night, walking with demonstrators, hugging people, and representing authority in a way that’s been absent this week. The community responded with a spirited demonstration that was marked by cheers and the honking horns of passing cars.

It’s pretty amazing what happens when the police stop acting like they’re patroling a war zone. It’s incredibly sad that it took so long for politicians to come their senses and put a stop to the destructive and unconstitutional police response to protests over racism and police brutality.

Now, of course, it’s important to start dealing with the shooting that led to these protests (along with other such shootings that aren’t getting much publicity), the militarization of police around the country — oh, and the pervasive, systemic racism in American society.

(Source: NPR)

Tags #Missouri    #politics    #news    #racism    #criminal justice   

Soldier’s Geotagged Instagram Selfies Lands Russia and Putin in Hot Water

While Russia continues to claim it has no involvement in the civil conflict in Ukraine, the selfie-strewn Instagram profile of Russian soldier Sanya Sotkin may tell a slightly different story. A story which is landing Russian President, Vladimir Putin in even more hot water than he’s already in.

With the unwanted help of the ‘Photomap’ feature in Instagram, the 24-year-old’s Instagram profile shows a number of self-portraits that are geotagged inside the borders of Ukraine. More particularly, inside rebel-controlled territory, some of it dangerously close to the location of where Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was tragically shot down, killing all 298 people on board.

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Tags #News    #Politics    #Tech    #Instagram    #MH17    #Russia    #Ukraine    #Selfie   

msnbc:

"If you’re working full time in America, you shouldn’t be living in poverty." - Al Sharpton on Politics Nation

msnbc:

"If you’re working full time in America, you shouldn’t be living in poverty." - Al Sharpton on Politics Nation

Tags #minimum wage    #politics    #msnbc   

A Clever Parody That Somehow Makes Mao Zedong Funny

Photographer Cristina de Middel’s new book Party is meant to question the idea of political power in a playful way. In the book, de Middel has taken the original text from Chairman Mao Zedong’s Little Red Book and redacted most of the words, creating new and biting quotes that mock the statements of this once-powerful communist leader of China. Alongside the text, she’s also included her own photos of contemporary China that are another way of poking fun.

“Political speech is like advertising,” says de Middel about Mao’s over-the-top language in the Little Red Book, which was meant to galvanize popular support for his brand of communism. “There is some interesting deepness, but it is not in the message, it is in the strategy.”

Mao’s strategy was to flood China with his missive. First published in 1966, theLittle Red Book, or Quotations from Chairman Mao Zedong as its officially known, is second only to the Bible as the most printed book in history. Over a billion copies have circulated. Many people in China revere Mao to this day, and he is still credited with modernizing the country by transforming it from an agrarian to an industrial economy. But others see Mao as the worst type of dictator, one whose rule caused 40-70 million people to die from starvation, forced labor, and executions.

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Tags #Art    #Photography    #Portrait    #Cristina de Middel    #Politics   

Norwegian Photojournalist Aids Gaza Strike Victim, Takes Breath, and Resumes Shooting

It helps to have experience with first aid when you’re working as a photojournalists in conflict areas, and the intense video above is one example showing why. [warning: there’s some blood]

On July 16th, Norwegian photojournalist Harald Henden was filming a report outside his hotel in Gaza City when there was an explosion at a beach just a few hundred yards from where he was standing.

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Tags #News    #Photojournalism    #Gaza    #Israel    #Politics   

Photo Field Trip 
14-year-old Berkeley teenager Andrei Crandall gets a huge break to photograph President Obama at the White House.

Photo Field Trip 

14-year-old Berkeley teenager Andrei Crandall gets a huge break to photograph President Obama at the White House.

Tags #Politics    #Photography    #Portrait    #POTUS    #Barack Obama   

braiker:

epic. shade.

braiker:

epic. shade.

(Source: beerburritowhiskey, via thehardveneer)

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"Only three countries in the world report that they don’t offer paid maternity leave. And the United States is one of them. It’s time to change that."

President Obama advocates for paid maternity leave (via micdotcom)

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!

(via thehardveneer)

Tags #politics    #parenting   

washingtonpost:

This one gif sums up 100 years of political change.

washingtonpost:

This one gif sums up 100 years of political change.

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Tags #russia    #ukraine    #oil    #Politics   

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My biggest frustration so far is the fact that this society has not been willing to take some basic steps to keep guns out of the hands of people who can do just unbelievable damage. … We’re the only developed country on Earth where this happens. And it happens, now, once a week. And it’s a one-day story. There’s no place else like this.

… I have been in Washington for a while now, and most things don’t surprise me. The fact that 20 six-year-olds were gunned down (at Sandy Hook Elementary) and this town couldn’t do anything about it was stunning to me.

… The country has to do some soul-searching about this. This is becoming the norm, and we take it for granted in ways that, as a parent, are terrifying to me. I am prepared to work with anybody — including responsible sportsmen and gun owners — to craft some solutions, but right now, it’s not possible to get even the mildest restrictions through Congress, and we should be ashamed of that.

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PRESIDENT OBAMA, on the (perhaps willing) inability of Congress to address gun violence, at yesterday’s Tumblr town hall in Washington, DC.

There have been 74 school shootings since the Sandy Hook massacre in 2012.

The NRA and its members shrug.

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(Source: inothernews)

Tags #guns    #nra    #obama    #politics    #news   

"We exist for only one purpose and that’s to get a 28th amendment to get all money out of politics."

Vermont wants to change the Constitution to limit the flow of money into politics  (via policymic)

(Source: micdotcom, via geeksofdoom)

Tags #politics    #money