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Now that Missouri Highway Patrol are policing Ferguson, things are a lot different.
This is what happens when you remove racist, belligerent cops from a non-violent protest.
it is very good news that the citizens are no longer living under militarized attackbut please don’t forget that this sudden surge of friendliness is a deliberate tactic to placate unrest and maintain order, not to bring justice or to truly answer to the problem of police brutality
it is a move to shift the narrative to “a couple cops are bad apples, but look how good the rest of them are”
Bingo. Don’t trust the badge when we all know what it represents. Not even entertaining “Not all cops” bullshit today, and I got friends and family in law enforcement. I still don’t trust them.
But that’s the point. If the situation is “hey we’re treating people like shit and they’re getting pissed off,” and the response is “well let’s do the opposite of that,” isn’t that progress?
You can call it “placating,” others might call it mending fences. Obviously it doesn’t solve the overall problem, but it eases tensions and solved the problem of a militarized police force aiming assault weapons at unarmed civilians overnight. That’s a good thing. Is the Ferguson police department still shady as hell? Yes. But order being restored and people being allowed to protest peacefully seems like the ideal outcome while the DOJ conducts their investigation.Source: quickhits
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So photographer David Slater wants Wikipedia to remove a monkey selfie that was taken with his camera. As you can see from this screen shot, Wikipedia says no: the monkey pressed the shutter so it owns the copyright.
We got NPR’s in-house legal counsel, Ashley Messenger, to weigh in. She said:
Traditional interpretation of copyright law is that the person who captured the image owns the copyright. That would be the monkey. The photographer’s best argument is that the monkey took the photo at his direction and therefore it’s work for hire. But that’s not a great argument because it’s not clear the monkey had the intent to work at the direction of the photographer nor is it clear there was “consideration” (value) exchanged for the work. So… It’s definitely an interesting question! Or the photographer could argue that leaving the camera to see what would happen is his work an therefore the monkey’s capture of the image was really the photographer’s art, but that would be a novel approach, to my knowledge.
(via cognitivedissonance)Source: skunkbear
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We have to talk about what does it mean to be a progressive. We have to talk about what does it mean to be an American. So let’s spend a minute talking about what we believe.
We believe that Wall Street needs stronger rules and tougher enforcement, and we’re willing to fight for it. We’re willing to fight for it.
We believe in science, and that means that we have a responsibility to protect this Earth, and we will fight for it.
We believe that the Internet shouldn’t be rigged to benefit big corporations, and that means real net neutrality, and we will fight for it.
We believe that no one should work full-time and still live in poverty, that means raising the minimum wage, and we will fight for it. We will fight for it. And let me add to that, we believe that fast-food workers deserve a livable wage, and that means that when they take to the picket line, we are proud to fight alongside them. That’s what it means. You bet.
We believe that students are entitled to get an education without being crushed by debt, and we are willing to fight for it. We are willing.
We believe that after a lifetime of work, people are entitled to retire with dignity, and that means protecting Social Security, Medicare, and pensions, and we will fight for them. We will fight.
Oh, we believe… only I can’t believe I have to say this in 2014… We believe in equal pay for equal work, and we’re willing to fight for it. You bet.
Yup. We’re going to do this. We believe that equal means equal, and that’s true in marriage, it’s true in the workplace, it’s true in all of America, and we’re willing to fight for it. You bet.
We believe that immigration has made this country strong and vibrant, and that means reform, and we’re willing to fight for it. That’s right.
Oh, and we believe that corporations are not people, that women have a right to their bodies. We will overturn Hobby Lobby and we will fight for it."