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Steven Hsieh, on police blockades that for several days trapped Ferguson residents in their own homes
Wilkerson, 27, found a job through a temp agency for an energy company further out in the suburbs. But at the height of the protests earlier this month, the bus he takes to work never came. Transportation officials had redrawn the only route that stops at Canfield Green to avoid the protests. Like other residents that spoke with The Nation, Wilkerson didn’t get the memo. He missed several days of work as a result, and says he’ll have trouble paying his bills this month. Wilkerson added, “Some people want to say, ‘These people don’t want to work.’ How can we work if we can’t even get on the bus?”

Earlier during the protests, when snipers still laid prone atop armored vehicles and K-9 dogs yowled at peaceful demonstrators, police completely blocked off the only entrance to Canfield Green, locking residents in their own neighborhood. Marquez Larkin, 19, recorded the blockade using his cell phone camera. Larkin and his girlfriend, Britanny Williams, work for a pharmaceutical company packing pills, but missed two days as a result of the blockade, which continued on and off for about five days. Eventually they found an alternate path out of the neighborhood—a lawn at the other end of the street, now indented with tread marks.

Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2002Ghengis Bush:

One day after implausibly declaring the US is not "beating the war drums" for an Iraq invasion, Bush's top defense official, Rumsfeld, beat the drums of war.

It's less important to have unanimity than it is to be making the right decision and doing the right thing, even though at the outset it may seem lonesome. Leadership in the right direction finds followers and supporters.


We believe that we will ultimately able to make a compelling case and, in the course of time, will be moving forward. It is our view that an Iraq left unattended is a threat to its neighbors and a threat to ourselves.

This all follows in the heels of Cheney's increasingly infamous anti-Iraq outburst:

What we must not do in the face of a mortal threat is to give in to wishful thinking or willful blindness. We will not simply look away, hope for the best, and leave the matter for some future administration to resolve. As President Bush has said, `Time is not on our side.'

Yet Bush says, "we are not beating the war drums"? Does he think we are stupid?

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As soon as the #TTIP is given a decent burial, perhaps we can start rebuilding an economy that serves people.

On today's Kagro in the Morning show, the GunFAIL lines are ringing off the hook today. The 9yo with the Uzi. NH officer lost his gun in the courthouse bathroom. Very rare, except for the officer who did it last year. His & Hers gun derp. Greg Dworkin rounds up ISIS news, including chatter from the usually-wrong. That "libertarian moment" thing. The disappearing ACA election issue. "Between the World and Ferguson." Joan McCarter told us about Republican Senators & candidates groveling before the Kochs, President Obama's pursuit of a climate accord & more. Tomorrow's news today: a reminder that both teachers and students are heading back to class armed this year.

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  •  1,095,758 registered users on dKos now. (13+ / 0-)

    Here are the 10 newest registered users on dKos.  Hope to see their comments and diaries here soon!  (If they're not spammers.)


    And since our society is obsessed with numbers that end in a lot of zeros as milestones, here's a special shoutout to users:
    #1,094,800: Romanq1 (already banned)
    #1,094,900: Francistsr (already banned)
    #1,095,000: Mattie371 (already banned)
    #1,095,100: Isaiah012 (already banned)
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    #1,095,500: Dulcie9
    #1,095,600: Sanford3f (already banned)
    #1,095,700: James2348wkq0

    We've added 1,043 more users in the last 24 hours.  There's definitely been a recent increase in spammers in the last couple months.

    And for your Diary Rescue music pleasure, here's Lenka's "The Show".

  •  Jackie Robinson West Parade!! (11+ / 0-)


    Alison Lundergan Grimes for Senate!

    by noweasels on Wed Aug 27, 2014 at 08:05:28 PM PDT

  •  Ferguson police force should be/decommissioned (9+ / 0-)

    for the love of humanity please protect the light in all that may glow and try not to make anyone else's path more cruel than it would be on its own.

    by renzo capetti on Wed Aug 27, 2014 at 08:05:48 PM PDT

  •  I wish I could say this is surprising (8+ / 0-)
    Chicago Police commander charged with aggravated battery, misconduct:

    A Chicago police commander frequently praised by Supt. Garry McCarthy for his no-nonsense approach to fighting crime was charged Wednesday with placing the barrel of his gun into a suspect's mouth.

    “When I think of right wingers I think of terrorists who plot to kill and terrorize the lives of Planned Parenthood practitioners." ― Kurt Cobain

    by Jeff Y on Wed Aug 27, 2014 at 08:16:48 PM PDT

  •  MSNBC: The ISIS threat (8+ / 0-)

    Chris talked about Peter Theo Curtis finally returning home to the U.S., and talked with Austin Long about the threat of ISIS.  Rachel talked with Richard Engel.  Lawrence talked with Howard Dean and David Rohde.

    Lots of news also about Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), with some new audio where he praises the Koch brothers and laments campaign finance reform.  Lawrence had a must-see piece about this, and Rachel noted the additional news that one of his top campaign guys is now very implicated in bribing that Iowa state senator to leave the Michele Bachmann campaign and join the Ron Paul campaign back in 2012.

    Ed also had on Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) to talk about his economic vision, and a potential 2016 run.

    And you need to watch Chris's interview with Arizona Last Stop range owner Sam Scarmardo, where that death occurred of the firearm instructor, killed by a 9-year-old losing control of the Uzi he gave her.

    There was also news about excessive police force.  Chris talked with John Crawford, Jr., Michael Wright, and Joy Reid about the incident in Ohio a few weeks ago.  Rachel talked about equipping police with cameras with Robert White.

    Another thing in the news was reclining your airline seat.  Chris talked with Knee Defender inventor Ira Goldman, and then with Sam Seder and John Fugelsang about this.  Lawrence talked about this with Sara Nelson and Josh Barro.  Lawrence, as usual, is correct about this.

    Lawrence also talked with William Taylor and Adrian Karatnycky about Russia invading Ukraine.  And he talked with Steve Schmidt about a possible Mitt Romney run in 2016.

    Ed also talked with Terence Moore about the media reaction to Michael Sam.  He wondered if Mitt Romney would run again in 2016 with Brad Woodhouse and Mike Papantonio.  He blasted Fox News's Kimberly Guilfoyle for her worship of Vladimir Putin.  And he talked about Labor Day Weekend with Larry Cohen.

  •  The word " ghetto" comes from the Venetian dial... (10+ / 0-)

    The word " ghetto" comes from the Venetian dialect and it means knife- sharpener, one of the few trades open to Jews in Medieval Europe. The Venetian ghetto had one entrance with a gate that would be locked every night to ensure that Jews did not sneak out at night and poison the wells. In Venice today, you can still visit the ghetto , but there are few Jews there because they were all murdered in. 1943-44. When I think of towns like Ferguson, oddly enough, I think of Venice.

  •  Anyone else having problems with Yahoo mail (2+ / 0-)
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    Aunt Pat, high uintas

    this evening? Looks like their IMAP servers are down.

    My invisible imaginary friend is the "true" creator

    by Mr Robert on Wed Aug 27, 2014 at 08:28:02 PM PDT

  •  Who am I to buck a trend? (6+ / 0-)

    The third diary to grace our fair blog about the White Horse's Ass Candidate, with a poll! Beat that, CNN!

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Wed Aug 27, 2014 at 08:41:30 PM PDT

  •  The Goog is strange. (3+ / 0-)
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    Aunt Pat, JeffW, high uintas

    Search for Bobtown, Virginia (yes, it's a real place). It gives relevant results including a map centered on the correct place. Click on the map and it thinks you searched for just plain Bobtown and gives places in Bobtown, Pennsylvania. Oops.

    reality based, not really biased

    by NE2 on Wed Aug 27, 2014 at 08:44:50 PM PDT

  •  What we need is a holiday to celebrate (10+ / 0-)

    conservative white guys. We could call it: "Everyday".

    White Privilege Doesn't Exist, Says Noted Privileged White Man:

    Oh boy. We've long been aware that there is no room for irony in the vacuum of cable news, but Bill O'Reilly's segment last night on White Privilege™ was really something special. It doesn't exist, the man says! A lie perpetrated by a society of humans too goddamn lazy to overcome the disadvantages they are born into and most importantly: Bill O'Reilly himself.

    But to stare into the camera and ignore the fact that it was that very white privilege that allows him to say so, on his own television show, is just moronic.

    “When I think of right wingers I think of terrorists who plot to kill and terrorize the lives of Planned Parenthood practitioners." ― Kurt Cobain

    by Jeff Y on Wed Aug 27, 2014 at 08:47:16 PM PDT

  •  regarding the question above, (1+ / 0-)
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    Does Bush think we are stupid...

    what he does know is that nearly no one is going to do anything about it...

    which is precisely what happened and is happening...

    we must all get out and vote
    we must all encourage everyone to vote
    we must all fight citizens united and mccutcheon
    we may still be able to do this by voting
    but when we cannot do it by voting
    well, then we will all be sucked into what will come of the inaction of the people...
    and that will be far more difficult than if we all just get up and vote...
    and even then, there may simply be too many followers unable to think clearly and thus vote wrongly... so yes, Bush knows these folks are stupid... they have been well trained to be stupid...
    more's the pity...

    there is a great analysis of authoritarian followers by a psychologist which was posted in another diary but it is well worth a read through... more than frightening... I am not sure how to overcome such thinking in others... thus far I think we all avoid it as much as possible because it is a lot like getting kicked in the face...

    this document contains a quote attributed to Adolf Hitler: "What good fortune for those in power that people do not think."

    Reading this study will help to understand why the notion that people do not think so clearly seems to be true... and may be helpful in trying to communicate with them.

    What good fortune for those in power that people do not think. Attributed to Adolf Hitler...

    by Eral Felder on Wed Aug 27, 2014 at 09:02:36 PM PDT

  •  Remember that D list actor who played Hercules? (7+ / 0-)

    He's an asshole.

    Kevin Sorbo: Atheists are angry because they secretly know God exists and is judging them:

    Atheists, he claimed, secretly believe that God exists, and are upset with him because they know he is going to judge them. They are a “small group of people, and they get on Fox or CNN and they rant and they rave,” Sorbo said, “and I pretty much based my character [in God Is Not Dead] off of these guys that I see who are just angry — they’re just filled with anger and hatred.”

    After a brief digression about how “the chipping away of religion” has “brought the country down,” Sorbo claimed that “85 or 90 percent of the people in this country” believe in God, and that they’re offended when atheists use the courts to compel Christians to respect the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause.

    Last week, Sorbo was forced to apologize for a Facebook post in which he characterized African-American protesters in Ferguson, Missouri as “losers” and “animals” who blame “The Man” and “everybody else” for their own failure.

    “When I think of right wingers I think of terrorists who plot to kill and terrorize the lives of Planned Parenthood practitioners." ― Kurt Cobain

    by Jeff Y on Wed Aug 27, 2014 at 09:03:19 PM PDT

  •  Not to pile on, but... (3+ / 0-)
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    pile, pile, pile.

    USC: Josh Shaw Admits He Made Up Drowning Nephew Story

    USC senior cornerback Josh Shaw came to USC athletic department officials this afternoon (Wednesday, Aug. 27) and admitted that he had lied about how he suffered his ankle injuries over the weekend.

    He said that the story he told of rescuing his nephew in a pool in Palmdale, Calif., was a complete fabrication. He apologized for misleading his coaches, teammates, athletic department officials and the public.

    "We are extremely disappointed in Josh," said USC head football coach Steve Sarkisian. "He let us all down. As I have said, nothing in his background led us to doubt him when he told us of his injuries, nor did anything after our initial vetting of his story.


    Sarkisian said that Shaw has been suspended indefinitely from all team activities.

    You had a lot of us Bruins wishing him well and praising him for saving his nephew's life.  Well, tear up those sympathy cards.  It was all a LIE.

    TMZ is saying he broke his ankles when he jumped from a balcony after LAPD responded to a call about an apartment robbery.  Seems it was his girlfriend's apartment, but she wasn't home at the time.

    Strange story.  We obviously don't know the details that would explain WTF he was doing.  But lying to your coaches, teammates, and media that you were actually a hero?  And then having your sister lie as well to the news to keep that lie going?


  •  Autism report taken out of public domain (0+ / 0-)

    A study published earlier this month on an alleged link between vaccines and autism has been removed from the public domain pending further investigation, according to Translational Neurodegeneration. In an online statement, the scientific journal said the paper had been removed "because of serious concerns about the validity of its conclusions."

    CNN first became aware of the study when an iReport was posted about its publication and the controversy surrounding it.

    Brian Hooker, author of the study and a biochemical engineer, found African-American boys who were given the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, known as MMR, before age 24 months were more likely to be diagnosed with autism. To reach this conclusion, Hooker said he analyzed the same set of data that was the basis for a 2004 study done by researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    "Go well through life"-Me (As far as I know)
    This message will self-destruct upon arrival in the NSA archives in Utah.

    by MTmofo on Wed Aug 27, 2014 at 09:39:37 PM PDT

  •  From "The Coming Insurrection" (2006) (0+ / 0-)
    As an attempted solution, the pressure to ensure that nothing happens, together with police surveillance of the territory, will only intensify. The unmanned drone that flew over Seine-Saint-Denis last July 14th – as the police later confirmed – presents a much more vivid image of the future than all the fuzzy humanistic projections. That they were careful to assure us that the drone was unarmed gives us a clear indication of the road we’re headed down. The territory will be partitioned into ever more restricted zones. Highways built around the borders of “problem neighborhoods” already form invisible walls closing off those areas off from the middle-class subdivisions. Whatever defenders of the Republic may think, the control of neighborhoods “by the community” is manifestly the most effective means available. The purely metropolitan sections of the country, the main city centers, will go about their opulent lives in an ever more crafty, ever more sophisticated, ever more shimmering deconstruction. They will illuminate the whole planet with their glaring neon lights, as the patrols of the BAC and private security companies (i.e. paramilitary units) proliferate under the umbrella of an increasingly shameless judicial protection.

    “A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced, because they love their servitude.” —Aldous Huxley

    by ActivistGuy on Thu Aug 28, 2014 at 12:27:26 AM PDT

  •  Jaw-dropping headline (0+ / 0-)

    Well, for me it is jaw-dropping.  What a fucking waste of money if the US (or any other nation) gives in to the plea for money to continue killing people.  We really are a stupid species about certain things, and killing each other over idiotic nonsense like religion tops that list.

    Yazidis still stranded on Mount Sinjar: 'We need weapons now more than food or water'
    [More at link.]
    The US has said little about Mount Sinjar since 14 August, when Obama declared the siege broken, but recent satellite imagery and interviews with Yazidis still on the mountain indicate a humanitarian emergency continuing to unfold

    I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

    by NonnyO on Thu Aug 28, 2014 at 01:46:04 AM PDT

  •  :) (2+ / 0-)
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    here4tehbeer, JeffW
  •  . (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Matriarchy is alive - in Brazil (0+ / 0-)

    Well, at least in ONE little community in the world matriarchy is alive.

    Brazilian Town Run by Women Is Looking for a Few Good (Single) Men
    [The rest of the print story plus the video at the link says WHY this all came about.]
    I'm sure many men have dreamed of an island completely populated by exotic women. Of course, fantasy is fantasy, but what if it were reality? In a certain regard, it is — in Noiva do Cordeiro, Brazil.

    It's a scenic rural town in the hills outside of Belo Horizante with one big quirk, or perk, depending on whom you talk to. This Brazilian town is inhabited and governed almost entirely by women, its population consisting of more than 600 mostly single women aged 20 to 25. Sons are sent away at 18, and spouses are banned from the town except on weekends.

    Now the women have made an appeal to bring more single men to the town. But there's one caveat: Men have to follow their rules. OK, that shouldn't be too hard to do. But the truth is that any incoming men have to follow all the guidelines that the women created, from town planning to farming, religion, and more.

    I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

    by NonnyO on Thu Aug 28, 2014 at 01:56:56 AM PDT

  •  America’s Law Enforcement Problem (1+ / 0-)
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    America’s Law Enforcement Problem
    America has a serious, institutionalized, systemic law enforcement problem. Over the last 4 decades, our law enforcement has become increasingly militarized, putting every citizen at risk of being shot and killed for nothing more than reaching for their wallet, as instructed, or less. This may increase safety for police officers (debatable, in the long run), but at the expense of making American citizens far less safe, which is the exact opposite of the goals of law enforcement. We need to create systems that bring back accountability within every level of the justice system.
    Nationally, we need to:
    1. Create citizen oversight committees with powers of subpoena and prosecutorial discretion for every law enforcement agency in the country.
    2. Require law enforcement officers to be personally insured to protect taxpayers from lawsuits. Too risky for insurance? No insurance, no badge.
    3. Require every law enforcement officer to wear a camera. No camera, no gun. No exceptions.
    4. Require yearly psyche tests and lie detector tests to screen out bad apples.
    5. Require monthly drug and steroid tests.
    6. All police agencies must keep a database of every officer-caused civilian injury, shooting or killing, and that data must be periodically transmitted to a third-party, non-biased national database.
    7. Any officer involved in a shooting must be alcohol and drug tested immediately.
    8. Officers should be made aware of studies on abuse of power, such as the Stanford Prison Experiment and the Milgram experiment on obedience to authority figures.
    9. Create a special number to report police brutality.
    10. Create national database of bad cops, so they don’t just get hired elsewhere.
    11. Reverse militarization of police forces. Take away military “toys”, weapons, APC's, uniforms, etc. Keep SWAT/military weapons and equipment under lock and key only to be used in genuine emergencies.
    12. End drug prohibition/war on drugs. Use harm reduction strategies.
    13. End private prison industry.
    14. Create a national organization dedicated to these ideals.

    The Stanford Prison Experiment:

    The Stanley Milgram Experiment:

  •  Sweet music (0+ / 0-)

    Clocks - Twelve Girls Band

    If you like unusual instrumentation with conventional forms of western music, this is an interesting group to listen to.  The video gives the names of each woman, the instruments each plays, and toward the end there is further information about the group on the screen.  I've had a CD of their music in my media library for a few years now.

    Click on any 12 Girls Band video in the menu selection that comes up with the end or on the YouTube site and if you like this music, enjoy more.

    I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

    by NonnyO on Thu Aug 28, 2014 at 03:42:11 AM PDT

  •  Locked neighborhood = "ghetto" (1+ / 0-)
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    When I was travelling in Europe over the summer, in several cities the guides casually pointed out the "Jewish gates" that (for centuries) were closed and locked at 9 pm every night. And in Belfast, NI, UK, there are still gates in some areas, designed to prevent violence between the two communities.

    And then there were the "sundown towns" in the US South.

    So this police action has echoes and resonances way beyond the practical inconvenience to that particular group of residents.

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