"Breaking the Set" with Abby Martin RT interview with Kevin Gosztola | 12/3/2013
These NSA Talking Points Are Laughable: Abby Martin speaks with Firedog Lake journalist, Kevin Gosztola, about a recently published memo revealing how the NSA pushed talking points on agency employees to help defend the NSA when discussing agency matters with friends and family over the holidays.
And so if the world didn’t need any more proof that Florida is the absolute dregs of modern society we get this story: Skateboarder and popular Miami-area artist Israel Hernandez (only 18 years of age) has been murdered by the Miami police department via taser for the unspeakable heinous atrocity of graffiting an abandoned McDonald’s building at 5 a.m. this past Tuesday morning.
In my various tweets, blogs and dialogues I have been critical of CNN in the past – I have to give them some credit however for actually having enough integrity to run a piece on this upsetting story.
The murderer of Trayvon Martin being allowed to walk scott free was almost as bad as it got – but then this happened. Though I hate to quantify murder by saying the circumstances surrounding one is not as bad as any other, but in all honesty this is far worse. In the Trayvon Martin case at least the killer was brought to trial, very publicly so that we all know now who he was, and will be considered a social pariah for the rest of his life. In that sense, a small modicum of justice was served. Don’t hold your breath for anybody involved in Hernandez’ death to be tried in the same way. Maybe 2-weeks of unpaid suspension may be levied against the guilty parties – if we can expect even that much.
As is usually the case the thin blue line will close ranks, opting not to do the right thing and out those responsible which only results in the few bad apples spoiling the whole bunch in the view of all our eyes. Naturally there are some sycophantic apologists who will tell you Israel was “defacing public property and shouldn’t of run from the police.” Of course, yes, agreed. But did he need to be murdered over graffiting an abandoned building? It’s not like the executioner can claim that he was standing his ground – Israel was running – running for his life as it was.
According to reports witnesses saw the cops high-fiving and congratulating one another after Hernandez was tazed to death and laying motionless on the floor. Real nice.
So congratulations Florida. You’ve somehow managed to make yourself look like more of a scumbaggier suckhole than we all already knew you were. Impressive. The only good news that can possibly come out of this outside of the life-imprisonment of the “officer” responsible is the fact that we’ve seen the worst of Florida now. Florida can’t get any worse than this… right? Incidentally – as most people are catching onto this fact now – you are far more likely to die at the hands of the police than you will a boogeyman who lives in a cave on the other side of the world. So chew on that.
Meanwhile the rest of us are left to mourn the loss of yet another young life, full of unlimited potential, being snuffed out in a state sanctioned execution. “…’umurica, Fuck yeah.” [via: LICK NYC]
Israel Hernandez tasered to death by Miami police for graffiti
Once again the excessive force taken by police officers has taken center stage in Miami, where local police tasered an 18-year-old boy to death Tuesday night after chasing him for doing graffiti. Israel Hernandez who was a skateboarder and artist, was doing graffiti on an abandoned McDonalds, which led to a chase and the eventual tasering. Hernandez recently launched his own skateboard line and had a number of shows featuring his artwork in local galleries. His sister was quoted saying, “He wanted to change the world somehow through art.” The darkest and most disheartening part of the entire incident has to be the cop’s reaction, who witnesses reportedly saw high-fiving and congratulating one another after he was laying motionless on the floor. [via:Juxtapoz]
R.I.P. Israel. May the people who murdered you be brought to justice - though it is unfortunate that such a wish will likely only remain a wish.
The other night on the Colbert Report, Daft Punk was supposed to play. They either canceled because of a contractual obligation with the VMAs or they were never really going to play and it was an elaborate set up for an even more elaborate song and dance routine where Stephen Colbert pranced from one unlikely scene to the next, cavorting with famous people while “Get Lucky” played in background. It was a mildly amusing bit of “Look at all the celebrities I know” showmanship. Until Henry Kissinger showed up. Colbert dances out of a closet, up to Kissinger’s desk, sort of dances at him for bit, and then leaves. Kissinger then calls for security. Laughter ensues. The crowd applauds.
Here’s the thing: Henry Kissinger facilitated the brutal suppression and genocide in East Timor on the part of the Indonesian army. Henry Kissinger helped bring Augusto Pinochet to power. Henry Kissinger is—at very least—partially responsible for the savage and needless murder of between 150,000 to 500,000 innocent Cambodians. Henry Kissinger is a war criminal and a monster. This all part of the public record. Steven Colbert basically put Pol Pot in a skit about Daft Punk cancelling on his show.
Won’t see this news get much coverage in mainstream American media:U.S. Department of Justice investigating the DEA
The U.S. Justice Department is monitoring the country’s Drug Enforcement Administration, which is often accused of misleading the courts about the cases they bring. Observes say the information procured by the Special Operations Division of DEA is being introduced into criminal cases without the knowledge of the courts. The Justice Department says it is looking into the allegations which focus on the surveillance techniques used by the DEA. [via: al-JazeeraEnglish]
C-SPAN - Carson City, Ne. | History of Legalized Prostitution
The history of legalized prostitution in Nevada from historian and former Nevada State Archivist Guy Rocha. Prostitution in Nevada dates back to the mid-1800s and the discovery of the Comstock Lode. Nevada is the only state in the U.S. with legalized brothel prostitution. We speak with Madame Susan Austin of the Mustang Ranch, which became the state’s first licensed brothel in 1971. [via: C-SPAN]
The Japanese government will get directly involved in containing rising levels of radioactive water at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant instead of relying solely on the operator, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday.Shortly after Abe’s pledge, the government revealed that approximately 300 tonnes of contaminated water has been leaking from the crippled nuclear reactors on a daily basis. al-Jazeera’s Rob McBride reports from Tokyo. [source: al-JazeeraEnglish]