kenyatta:

War Gear Flows to Police Departments - NYTimes.com

The 9-foot-tall armored truck was intended for an overseas battlefield. But as President Obama ushers in the end of what he called America’s “long season of war,” the former tools of combat — M-16 rifles, grenade launchers, silencers and more — are ending up in local police departments, often with little public notice.
During the Obama administration, according to Pentagon data, police departments have received tens of thousands of machine guns; nearly 200,000 ammunition magazines; thousands of pieces of camouflage and night-vision equipment; and hundreds of silencers, armored cars and aircraft.
The equipment has been added to the armories of police departments that already look and act like military units. Police SWAT teams are now deployed tens of thousands of times each year, increasingly for routine jobs. Masked, heavily armed police officers in Louisiana raided a nightclub in 2006 as part of a liquor inspection. In Florida in 2010, officers in SWAT gear and with guns drawn carried out raids on barbershops that mostly led only to charges of “barbering without a license.”

Relevant.
See also:
ajfaultlines: A History of Police Militarization
newsweek: How America’s Police Became an Army: The 1033 Program

kenyatta:

War Gear Flows to Police Departments - NYTimes.com

The 9-foot-tall armored truck was intended for an overseas battlefield. But as President Obama ushers in the end of what he called America’s “long season of war,” the former tools of combat — M-16 rifles, grenade launchers, silencers and more — are ending up in local police departments, often with little public notice.

During the Obama administration, according to Pentagon data, police departments have received tens of thousands of machine guns; nearly 200,000 ammunition magazines; thousands of pieces of camouflage and night-vision equipment; and hundreds of silencers, armored cars and aircraft.

The equipment has been added to the armories of police departments that already look and act like military units. Police SWAT teams are now deployed tens of thousands of times each year, increasingly for routine jobs. Masked, heavily armed police officers in Louisiana raided a nightclub in 2006 as part of a liquor inspection. In Florida in 2010, officers in SWAT gear and with guns drawn carried out raids on barbershops that mostly led only to charges of “barbering without a license.”

Relevant.

See also:

ajfaultlinesA History of Police Militarization

newsweekHow America’s Police Became an Army: The 1033 Program

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Hello people of Los Angeles (and any other high population-density area, I suppose),

My catalytic converter was stolen last week! Check out the pics above. Notice the open pipes connected to nothingness. They were supposed to be connected to my catalytic converter!

"What’s a catalytic converter? I don’t know what that is and I refuse to be concerned with it."

I didn’t know what it was until Sunday, when I found out it was missing! A catalytic converter is part of your exhaust system that uses precious metals like platinum and palladium to create a chemical reaction (catalyst!) with your engine exhaust, converting (converter!) the bad chemicals into slightly less bad chemicals!

"Ok, but why would someone want to steal one? That seems dumb, especially if your car already has one."

You’re right! It is dumb. Stealing is dumb in general, and I am someone who has stolen before so now I feel even worse! But they steal them because the precious metals are actually worth money! Like $200 on the street.

"What? I’ve got $200 free dollars on my car right now? Cha-ching!"

No! No cha-ching! Because replacing your catalytic converter (or “cat”, as its called by the pros) will cost you upwards of $2,000. It’s not worth the aggravation.

"Why did the steal yours, and not someone else’s?"

I drive a Honda Element, which is like a little SUV (like the Honda CRV). Because SUVs and trucks sit higher off the ground, it’s easier for evil dickbags to get underneath and steal your cat! With a battery-powered saw they can be in and out with your cat in less than a minute!

"Why are you telling me this? I don’t care about your problems!"

No, but I care about yours! Both the cops AND the insurance companies have been hearing more and more reports of stolen catalytic converters. Especially in Los Angeles. If you or your loved ones have a similar car or truck, it might be a good idea to look into anti-theft protection of your cat, like catclamp.com or catstrap.net.

"Psssh, go away, corporate hack. You’re probably paid by those companies to get people to sign up. I’m not doing that."

Your dismissive attitude hurts my feelings, but this is America and you are allowed to do what you want. By all means, LAY IN THE BED OF YOUR IGNORANCE! But if I had a time machine, the first thing I would do after manipulating the stock market would be to put a protection device on my catalytic converter. That’s all I’m saying.

Good luck, and steal no more!

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micdotcom:

Days after Michael Brown’s death, Ferguson looks like a war zone

A vigil held for Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager gunned down by Ferguson, Mo., police on Saturday in disputed circumstances, turned into what the media described as a riot on Monday evening.

But while national coverage has focused on the indisputably counterproductive violence and destruction committed by Ferguson residents during a moment of anguish, videos and photos taken from the scene show local police aggravating the situation as well.

Years of tension have reached a boiling point

What day is it? What year is it?

Why do our police look like military? Why does a town in Missouri look like a war zone?

That last picture though…. that looks straight out of the civil rights movement. You know, that thing that happened 50 years ago?

And so it goes…

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brightwalldarkroom:

WHO WE CHOOSE TO BE.

by Chris Cantoni

Will Hunting is smarter than me. His intellect is staggering. And yet he is uncomfortably relatable. When I first saw Good Will Hunting I was 16 or 17, only a few years younger than the main character and, at the time, he was everything we could hope…

I had forgotten how much I enjoyed this essay. I don’t know if it’s the smartest reading of Good Will Hunting, but it’s emotionally relevant to me and probably will be for the rest of my life.

Fake it til you make it, as they say.

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The Belgian waffle maker. The crown jewel of the complimentary hotel breakfast.

The Belgian waffle maker. The crown jewel of the complimentary hotel breakfast.

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ifyoucantwell:

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Tomorrow, the season finale airs at 10p/9c on AMC.

It’s a major milestone in a process that begin more than three and a half years ago in a windowless office at our day jobs in North Burbank, when Chris Rogers and I—neither of us professional writers—decided to write…

I feel incredibly lucky to know the amazing human being who is Chris Cantwell and this post is just one small example. He has made an awesome season of television and is such an intensely creative and hard-working guy.

If you haven’t seen Halt and Catch Fire yet, why not? It’s on Amazon! it’s on iTunes! It’s on AMC!

Imagine Pirates of the Silicon Valley, only turn up Steve Jobs’ ego and force him to work with Bill Gates. Then add in women who are smarter than both of them. Put them in 1983 and shake. And that doesn’t even include the awesomeness of their boss!

Get on it.

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I know this won’t make sense, but Pepe Osaka’s in Winter Park CO has the most amazing Latin/Asian tacos ever. My mind was blown!

I know this won’t make sense, but Pepe Osaka’s in Winter Park CO has the most amazing Latin/Asian tacos ever. My mind was blown!

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Netherlands vs. Holland vs. Amsterdam

The Netherlands is divided into 12 provinces. Two of them make up Holland. Amsterdam is a city in North Holland, and the official capital of the Netherlands. Everyone from these places is Dutch. Isn’t that veird?

I’ve been waiting my whole life to understand this.

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professionallush:

In case you were wondering, it IS possible to mention your Mensa membership and your European boyfriend in a review of a book about baking bread. 

"This great is a great book"

professionallush:

In case you were wondering, it IS possible to mention your Mensa membership and your European boyfriend in a review of a book about baking bread. 

"This great is a great book"

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Cocoa farmers taste chocolate for the first time

This is such an amazing video. On the one hand it shows the radical disparity between our lives and the lives of the truly poor. It’s mind-altering to see these men handpicking fruit all day and having no idea what it becomes and having no hope of affording a bar.

On the other hand, there’s something incredibly joyful about a man being excited by the taste of chocolate. Enough to go and find his friends to share it with them!

The video represents both benefits and dangers of globalization at the same time!

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