Well… Now blacks, whites, women and men can all be beaten by police equally

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“Those who surrender freedom for security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.”
Benjamin Franklin

On Dec 6th Berkeley students protested peacefully. This is what happened. It seems Spain is following us instead of us following them, they are just official about it.

Police continue to assault peaceful demonstrators while corporate news media censors the violence. At 5PM on 12/6/14, hundreds of UC Berkeley students and Berkeley residents began a peaceful march from Sproul Plaza to the Berkeley Marina to protest the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, and countless other brown and black youth at the hands of police.  Excerpt from this site

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Shit-damn.

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tsk tsk tsk…

NYPD managed to score $137.2 million in lawsuits. Last year 9,502 New York City residents filed complaints against the department, that is an average of 10 per day.

Peter Valentin, a very dedicated cop, racked up almost $1.3 million in SETTLEMENTS.  Well, to be fair when you work 3 1/2 months over-time, you might overlook some rules too. In 2013 he received $126,000 for his purposeful disregard for the constitution.

With an eerie semblance to the Stephen Woods catastrophe China executed a 18 year old male for a rape/murder that he did not commit. It was only overturned due to a  miraculous CONFESSION by a completely overlooked party. Of course, this kind of thing happens all the time.No big deal. China boasts an almost 100% conviction rate, leading to 2,400 people being executed in 2013. In 1989, one man was killed for supposedly killing a woman who wasn’t even dead. The woman turned up in her village a few years later, saying she had been kidnapped.

China rules Hong Kong apparently. Haven’t figured out why yet…

The health care industry is booming! Yay! Due to this Obama Care wonderfulness, the hospitals are getting more money. They keep their rates high and more patients are insured. Well, it takes time for the rates to go down…lots of paperwork I’m sure. Meanwhile, the premium on a family health plan has risen 73% in the last decade. The worker’s portion has risen 93%. And the average spent on a family health plan (both the employer and worker portion) is $16,834

Belgium shut down its transportation today for 24 hours. Due to $13.8 billion in cuts. The [welfare state] government is planning to raise the retirement age, cancel the wage rise needed to compensate for inflation, in addition to cutting health and social security benefits. Who needs those?

In even better news, Spain’s Congress passes anti protest law, effectively abrogating democracy. It will now go to Senate, where it’s expected to pass with flying colors. You are not allowed to take pictures of police, protest peacefully, climb any monuments or buildings without permission, I could go on and on. Here is a link to a site that itemizes what is prohibited.

Last, but not least Kim Jong-Un is not happy about his head being blown up in The Interview, or so I’m assuming, since he declared the 40 million dollar budged Sony movie an act of war. Who would have thought he had no sense of humor.

Till next time.

– your source for uplifting news.

Quote of the Day

Religious suffering is, at one and the same time, the expression of real suffering and a protest against real suffering. Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.
The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is the demand for their real happiness. To call on them to give up their illusions about their condition is to call on them to give up a condition that requires illusions. The criticism of religion is, therefore, in embryo, the criticism of that vale of tears of which religion is the halo.
Criticism has plucked the imaginary flowers on the chain not in order that man shall continue to bear that chain without fantasy or consolation, but so that he shall throw off the chain and pluck the living flower.

-Karl Marx

Ferguson, Missouri, Police Militarization, Police Brutality & Civil Rights by Ben Swann

http://benswann.com/ben-swann-live-in-ferguson-missouri-on-eve-of-grand-jury-decision/

Please take the thirty minutes to watch this amazing example of journalism. Ben Swann provides an objective view of the issues in Ferguson, and the world. He interviewed people from the community, a man formerly involved in local government, and a business owner. And that’s only what made the cut. Not to mention the man with the drum that literally brought me to tears.

Also below is a playlist with breaking news:

It’s Time to Face the Infuriating Reality of Police Brutality

Display of police militarization in Ferguson Missouri

Display of police militarization in Ferguson Missouri

When you are in your twenties, early thirties, you feel as if you deserve to use these years to have fun. Maybe you will find your significant other, maybe further your career, if anything.. find yourself. Unfortunately that seems to be on the back burner these days… I can’t help but feel utterly disturbed by the state of the police these days. Specifically in the South, I have come across evidence of the utter stupidity, ignorance, and outright disregard for human rights. There are countless reports of police brutality on innocent citizens, black citizens in particular, that have been subject to murder, assault and at the very least prejudice. Don’t take my word on this, visit www.policestate.com. Innocent women, children, grandfathers and family pets are being slaughtered in the name of protecting citizens from drugs and prostitution! What makes one denizen’s life more valuable than another? Is it really moral to “accidentally” shoot someone to save someone else?  In the name of the War on Drugs, or the War on Terror, there are atrocities committed and the citizens of this country look the other way. We assume that the people in charge ( the cops and judicial system) are taking care of matters in a just way. The unavoidable fact is they are out of control. Don’t spend your life avoiding the issues in our government, you ignore the social injustice you see every day. You assume that it’s their fault, that THEY  have done something do deserve this treatment, this way of  life. This is a government supposedly for the people, by the people. So WHY are WE, the people, being treated like invaders in our own country? Why has it come to the police being the judge jury and executioners? Can we stop this? Absolutely.. will we? I sure hope so. There are enough good people out there with the courage and determination to get these imperative issues addressed.. If we come together.. [Cue the Beatles] 😉 Despite how enervated I might feel at the end of a long bout of browsing through the issues in society today, I force myself to have faith in all the wonderful people out there putting themselves in danger for what they believe in.

Photo Credit: Larry W Smith

http://theconversation.com/police-militarization-is-a-legacy-of-cold-war-paranoia-32251