#271 by joeshikspack
Tue Dec 02, 2014 10:00 pm
http://www.democracynow.org/2014/12/2/t ... in_america

The Root is Racism in America: Ferguson Activist Speaks Out on Police Abuses After Meeting Obama


http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfre ... cams-money

Obama's Ferguson response will leave assault rifles and vehicles of war on American streets

Obama, in Washington, tried to assuade his many critics by saying, “There have been commissions before, there have been task forces, there have been conversations – and nothing happens. What I try to describe to people is why this time will be different.”

Why, then, as the White House finally released its report on the militarization of police, did it largely defend the variety of federal programs that funnel billions of dollars of weaponry and high-tech surveillance gear to local police every year? The report offered four milquetoast recommendations that included giving local police more money for body cameras and sensitivity training, while leaving every program – including the controversial Defense Department initiative known as 1033 that has sent assault rifles and armored mine-resistant vehicles to local cops – almost completely intact.


http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2014 ... t-ferguson

Obama resists demands to curtail police militarisation calling instead for improved officer training


http://www.democracynow.org/2014/12/2/w ... ing_change

Will Obama’s Police Reforms Bring Change? Admin Urged to Seize Political Momentum of Ferguson Moment


http://www.buzzfeed.com/evanmcsan/washi ... tarization

Washington Bails On Demilitarization After Ferguson

Lawmakers vowed changes to the Pentagon programs that deliver military-grade equipment to local police after images of cops climbing out of armored vehicles with military-grade weapons filtered out of Ferguson, Missouri, in August. ...

Police groups rallied around 1033, scaring off many potential supporters, according to staff involved with moving the issue forward on the Hill. Police lobbyists argue that the equipment provided by 1033 keeps officers safe and keeps them prepared to deal with terrorist attacks and other threats.

“We got a lot of pushback we got from law enforcement,” said one Republican staffer involved in the militarization debate. The police lobby spread “misunderstanding” about the congressional efforts, which were by this point generally united in banning only the deadly equipment from 1033 while leaving the rest of the program largely in place.


http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2014/d ... -interview

Chris Rock: 'When we talk about racial progress in America, it’s all nonsense'

Speaking about Ferguson and the media reaction to the event, he said: “Here’s the thing. When we talk about race relations in America or racial progress, it’s all nonsense. There are no race relations. White people were crazy. Now they’re not as crazy. To say that black people have made progress would be to say they deserve what happened to them before.”

“So, to say Obama is progress is saying that he’s the first black person that is qualified to be president. That’s not black progress. That’s white progress,” he said.

“There’s been black people qualified to be president for hundreds of years … There have been smart, educated, beautiful, polite black children for hundreds of years. The advantage that my children have is that my children are encountering the nicest white people that America has ever produced. Let’s hope America keeps producing nicer white people.”


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2B1Qwu9 ... ata_player

Double standards? US preaches protest restraint abroad, fails to take own advice


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Aid Agencies Temporarily Exit Afghanistan as Security Worsens


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Lebanese Authorities Detain Wife And Child of Islamic State Leader Baghdadi


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Iran Warplanes Target ISIS in Clearest Sign Yet of US Cooperation



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Israel Heads For Early Elections As Governing Coalition Collapses


http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/d ... -oil-price

Russia to fall into recession amid sanctions and plunging oil price


http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/d ... odemocracy

Occupy Central leaders say they will surrender to Hong Kong police


http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2014 ... ghts-award

Edward Snowden wins Swedish human rights award for NSA revelations


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0CIqAb ... ata_player

snowden acceptance speech


http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/01 ... _handsets/

Feds dig up law from 1789 to demand Apple, Google decrypt smartphones, slabs


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Kim Dotcom Evades Jail Once Again In Ongoing Battle with the US


https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2014 ... mic-state/

US Military Personnel told to Hide Online Identity With Cartoons


http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2014/1 ... eview=true

Congress Poised To Eliminate Key Tax Breaks For Middle Class, Provide Permanent Tax Breaks For Corporations

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has reached a compromise with House Republicans on a package of tax breaks that would permanently extend relief for big multinational corporations without providing breaks for middle or lower-income families, individuals with knowledge of the deal tell ThinkProgress.

Under the terms of the $444 billion agreement, lawmakers would phase out all tax breaks for clean energy and wind energy but would maintain fossil fuel subsidies. Expanded eligibility for the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit would also end in 2017, even though the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities estimates that allowing the provisions to expire would push “16 million people in low-income working families, including 8 million children into — or deeper into — poverty.” The proposal would help students pay for college by making permanent the American Permanent Opportunity Tax Credit, a Democratic priority.

Meanwhile, two-thirds of the package would make permanent tax provisions that are intended to help businesses, including a research and development credit, small business expensing, and a reduction in the S-Corp recognition period for built-in gains tax.

The costs of the package will not be offset.


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Amid Receipt of 'Alternative Nobel,' McKibben Donates Prize Money to 350.org, Steps Down as Chair


http://www.theguardian.com/environment/ ... ns-targets

Lima climate talks: EU and US at odds over legally binding emissions targets


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All Eyes Turn to India as UN Climate Talks Begin in Lima, Peru


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Investigation Finds Dirty Coal Projects Being Financed by Climate Funds


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The Only Fracked Site in the United Kingdom Suffered Structural Failure


http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2014 ... -mudslides

Drought-stricken California expects welcome rain but fears mudslides


http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/ ... awlessness

Rioting Elites and a Nation Built on the Rule of Lawlessness


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Harry Reid, Tax Extender Basics, And A Suggestion For Senate Progressives


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Revealed: victims of UK's cold war torture camp


http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2014/11/ ... guson.html

Obama’s Empty Speech on Ferguson


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