Sunil Dutta, a 17-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department and professor of homeland security at Colorado Tech University, has a suggestion for victims of police violence….
"if you don’t want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground, just do what I tell you," he writes. Dutta responds to mounting criticism of the policing tactics on display in Ferguson, Missouri, amid the hyper-militarization of law enforcement and accusations that officers have violated the First Amendment rights of both demonstrators and journalists covering the events. In a particularly telling passage, Dutta argues that citizens could deter police brutality if they were simply more cooperative, even when they’re unjustly targeted.
The move is aimed at strengthening Japan-US cooperation in space, and comes after a pledge to boost joint work on monitoring space debris.
Space debris have been monitored and tracked for years. Each significant piece is cataloged. No one needs a “Military Space Force” to observe trash. What could they do about it anyway? Call the city trash collectors? The Space Marines can’t be garbage men.
Militarizing space is a serious matter. The fact our government would concoct such ridiculous lies is disturbing. Why can’t we be told the truth?
I’m sure Russia, China, and everyone else, know what we’re doing. Our state department computers are hacked dozens of times a day according to our own admission. Information is available to anyone who can exploit the internet or infiltrate us with informants.
Why can’t the public be told what is surely common knowledge everywhere else?
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The fight over Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s signature policy achievement, a law effectively ending collective bargaining for most public employees, ended Thursday with the state Supreme Court declaring it to be constitutional.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court just said citizens do not have a right to represent themselves in matters of wages or benefits. Here is a quote:
"collective bargaining remains a creation of legislative grace and not constitutional obligation," Justice Michael Gableman wrote for the court’s conservative majority".
So whatever you get is a matter of “grace”. You have no input or control. It comes from the heart of those better than you. Sort of like how God grants life our superiors grant money to the inferior.The courts have spoken. We exist by the good graces of our superiors.
If you don’t like it you can quit. Of course, since the courts just made exploitation legal there is nowhere to turn. It’s like making bank robbery legal and then telling you to change banks if you don’t want your money stolen. I doubt it would help much and changing jobs won’t help much either.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Celebrating the ethnic diversity of America, President Barack Obama said … welcoming immigrants “is central to our way of life.”
I’m sick of hearing the US is a nation of immigrants. We are not a nation of immigrants. My family arrived almost 200 years ago. Most people were born here and so were their parents.
People of every nation originally migrated from somewhere else. Our Native Americans came across a land bridge a few thousand years ago. No one calls them “Immigrants”.
I’m tired of the lies.
The Highway Trust Fund finances construction for the nation’s interstate highway and mass transit systems. It is the primary source of funding for state projects that improve and maintain transportation, and it is nearing insolvency.
The US Highway Trust Fund is bankrupt. Money will start drying up in August. We are told the problem is a Federal Gasoline Tax that hasn’t been raised in 20 years. This seems a rather dubious explanation given labor rates have declined 10% during the period and nothing else has increased enough to deplete a multibillion dollar fund. If we had plenty last year, why is it suddenly broke now? No one says. They appear to be afraid we might ask.
As with Social Security and many other programs, the money has probably been siphoned off into other areas. This practice is so common it routinely sprouts lawsuits. Nothing ever happens since courts say tax money is one big slush fund. It can be divided up at will without regard to original intent or purpose. If the government wants to drain the highway fund for war spending, there is nothing to stop it.
Whatever the reason, it is now broke and there doesn’t appear to be a fix. Obama proposed a slapdash patch but it wouldn’t restore spending to normal levels. No one seems interested in a massive gasoline tax hike.
Our future could to be woefully underfunded highway spending. Fixing potholes is about all we can afford. It seems no one cares. it’s hard to imagine an adequate solution given an uncaring public with tax adverse leaders. Are you OK with that?