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  •  Sure (3+ / 0-)
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    Sharon Wraight, martini, blue91

    The New Sunshine (Wikileaks for cops) (shorter piece)
    http://medic343.wordpress.com/...

    Cops Dish the Dirt:  What's In It for You? (shorter piece)
    http://medic343.wordpress.com/...

    The Path to a Just Society (Longer article)
    http://medic343.wordpress.com/...

    Tony Baloney on the Nine Dimensional Chess Board
    http://medic343.wordpress.com/...

    Can Police Support OWS on Days Off?
    http://medic343.wordpress.com/...

    Cops Behaving Badly:  West Palm Beach
    http://medic343.wordpress.com/...

    Corrupt Cop Rebuked:  Citizens Win, Right?
    http://medic343.wordpress.com/...

    When Mayors Attack
    http://medic343.wordpress.com/...

    More Cops with their Pants Down
    http://medic343.wordpress.com/...

    I have more, if that doesn't hold you over.

    •  excellent. on #3 so far. (1+ / 0-)
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      Xavier Onassis EMTP

      I think people who care may have missed these while focusing on the in-the-moment crisis of Occupy.  Sharing with some Occupy peeps who might be able to share this further.

    •  It might also help (2+ / 0-)
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      blue91, Xavier Onassis EMTP

      to have a link or tag at bottom of all, especially older posts, that links them to the newer posts, or maybe instead links to a "start here" sort of post.

      the one under the-path-to-a-just-society helps point toward other ones, but different readers might benefit from a short set of links at bottom that help them specifically.

      like,
      "if you're a paramedic/first responder, start with [these three]"
      "if you're police, start [here]"
      "firefighters, start [here]"
      "concerned citzens, get oriented here, then [jump in here]"
      "Anonymousies, boost signal on [this post] to other anons, please"

      There's a nuance of difference between first responders & police, right?  Police may need a bit of convincing, as their line of work requires a tough facade .. paramedics might benefit from a slightly different contextualization so they can share links with their family and/or peers.  Etc.

      There may be some who are tangentially trained, trained but not practicing EMTs or volunteer fire fighters, say, who wouldn't have much of a story to tell, but who would really get into the stories their active peers need to share.

      •  Thank you (1+ / 0-)
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        martini

        for your input and effort.

        I'm not sure how to go about organizing links in a more intuitive way for others, however, regarding the suggestion:

        like,
        "if you're a paramedic/first responder, start with [these three]"
        "if you're police, start [here]"
        "firefighters, start [here]"
        "concerned citzens, get oriented here, then [jump in here]"
        "Anonymousies, boost signal on [this post] to other anons, please"
        The first three are not needed.  My writing is mostly boosting signal for police.

        Regarding the citizens and Anons, to me that is the actual point. I keep putting the information out there, and some Anons do follow my writing.  But I fail the "namefag" test.  

        The main audience that needs to understand these ideas is civilians.  Any suggestions on how I can make this information more readily acceptable to them, please advise.

        I have to say that ultimately, I've failed to get the central idea across:  there is a general perception among civilians that there needs to be a flow of information from civilians, Occupiers, etc. TO the police and firefighters.  This is precisely backwards.  And it's where I lose people every time.

        People need to understand that police and firefighter (and paramedics) are sort of "hiding in plain sight."  They see everything that's going on that you see, and a lot of things you don't see.  

        They're not allowed to speak to you.  They are seen and not heard. The people who silence them answer only to you.  The social engineering has been very effective; it leaves civilians constantly wanting to talk more when the actual solution is for them to listen.  

        I don't know any other way to explain this.

        Thanks

      •  I wanted to respond to this separately (1+ / 0-)
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        martini
        There's a nuance of difference between first responders & police, right?  
        There are three subsets of "first responder":  police, fire, and EMS.  Civilians tend to think the police disappear when they're not at Occupy rallies.  However, we see them as an absolutely integral part of our team.  We work with police constantly on wrecks, combative drunks, abused children, crowd control, etc.  They're not always beating people up.

        That said, yes, among us there is a difference.  Think of it this way:  the police, firefighters and EMTs are like different Afghan tribes.  They're actually three different large tribes, but they have a common language as well as their own individual languages, and a semi-shared identity.  

        Civilians are the Americans.  There are a lot more of you than there are of us.   We know a lot about you and your culture, the reverse is not true.  We also live in a much bleaker world.

        So amongst ourselves, yes, there's a world of difference, and not all of it friendly.  However when the rubber meets the road, we recognize each other as extended family, and you are the outsiders who come to kill us.  

        That probably sounds odd; civilians think the hostility is a one-way street.  It definitely isn't.  Civilians are often aware of police misconduct; they have no idea how offensive they are to us -- including firefighters -- all the time.

        Police may need a bit of convincing, as their line of work requires a tough facade .. paramedics might benefit from a slightly different contextualization so they can share links with their family and/or peers.  Etc.
        Police do not need convincing.  Civilians need a more nuanced understanding of the world police and firefighters live in.  There needs to be a receptive civilian audience when ethical first responders challenge the system.  This is the holy grail.

        If Occupy Seattle would take my information and put Renton City Hall on blast, and get Mr. Fuddlesticks to be a topic of national discussion, the whole thing would blow open.  Simply put, we would start free speech zones for any department around the country whose members wanted civilian support, a sort of cop Wikileaks. And it would blow wide open.

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