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Protestors attack judicial system after incestuous rapist walks free:The Asahi Shimbun
jfc

"he was found not guilty on March 12 because the court recognized circumstances that could have misled him into believing that the woman had given her consent. The ruling said that although she was too drunk to resist him, she was able to utter words and gave no clear rejection of his actions at the time."
asahi.com  japan  crime  protest  jail  rape  abuse  injustice  2019  2010s  nagoya  tokyo  fukuoka  appeal  court  criminal  father  consent  violence 
april 2019 by cluebucket
The 14 Worst Corporate Evildoers | International Labor Rights Forum
from 2005:
- Caterpillar
- Chevron
- Coca-Cola
- Dow Chemical
- DynCorp
- Ford
- KBR (Kellogg, Brown and Root): A Subsidiary of Halliburton Corporation
- Lockheed Martin
- Monsanto
- Nestle USA
- Philip Morris USA and Philip Morris International (a.k.a. The Altria Group Inc.)
- Pfizer
- Suez-Lyonnaise Des Eaux (SLDE)
- Wal-Mart
ilrf  list  company  history  corporation  bad  labor  rights  2000s  construction  oil  abuse  discrimination  coca-cola  dow  agent_orange  chemical  security  military  money  war  agriculture  children  tobacco  pharmaceutical  water  crime  violence  oppression 
december 2017 by cluebucket
A Most American Terrorist: The Making Of Dylann Roof | GQ
"Like Roof, and unlike a typical ISIS recruit, they don’t have handlers or any centralized way of becoming hooked. Instead, they are brought into the fold because they have found something that explains their laggard social progress to them and confirms their narrow worldview as fact."
gq.com  dylann_roof  terror  murder  crime  shooting  profile  south_carolina  2017  2010s  rachel_kaadzi_gansah  writing  reporting  interview  isolation  racism  america  hate  growing_up  society  2015 
september 2017 by cluebucket
Twitter @tinyrevolution
RT : At 2:40 pm on 9/11, exactly 16 years ago, Donald Rumsfeld was pushing to invade Iraq:

Hit SH [Saddam Hussein] @ same time—
Not only UBL
2001  2000s  history  donald_rumsfeld  iraq  war  america  jon_schwartz  scan  handwriting  notebook  strategy  crime  saddam_hussein  osama_bin_laden  twitter.com  image  government  politics  from twitter
september 2017 by cluebucket
Waging peace is much more than ending war | Aeon Essays
"Peace lacks this analysable ‘thing-ness’: it seems like a non-event, a null set. Characterisations of peace and peaceful societies — from the Eden of the Bible to the ‘radiant future’ of Lenin — look dull and flat, or else gauzy and kitsch. As a child, I would leaf through the Children’s Illustrated Bible in the dentist’s waiting room. Religious peace looks like the beatific expressions of light-skinned people gazing heavenwards in the Eden of those illustrations. Perhaps a lamb sits there, too, legs folded, under a tree. Peace is bland and blonde, fundamentally lacking the dark ring of truth."
aeon.co  essay  peace  war  margaret_paxson  violence  crime  activism  action  anthropology  memory  religion  karl_marx  thought  writing  philosophy  france  refugee  immigration  humanity  2012  2010s 
may 2017 by cluebucket
A Viral Sex Crime Saga of Perverts, Pranksters, and Prosecutors - The Daily Beast
"The Suspect’s co-host had been giving interviews, making inflammatory comments, saying I was “clinging to his fame,” and generally egging everyone on. The Suspect would himself upload a video, saying, “If you thought some lying hysterical hag would make us stop, you’re wrong!”"
thedailybeast.com  andrea_noel  mexico  social_media  assault  crime  bureaucracy  police  cctv  surveillance  2016  2010s  2017  investigation  legal  mexico_city  misogyny  violence  underwear  spanish  camera  video  rape  threat  troll  roberto_rock  lie  telehit  andoni_echave  cd  computer  octavio_paz  alberto_escorcia  politician  corruption  injustice  machismo  MiPrimerAcoso  femicide  march 
april 2017 by cluebucket
Should I press charges against my student? - education highschool theft | Ask MetaFilter #4440660
"Here's what 'pressing charges' would mean where I live: ...
"If they found him on a Saturday he'd be held for two days before he got to court. Then a total stranger (this is my job) would meet him in a holding cell where he be separated from everyone else by bulletproof glass. Still in the shackles. That person would tell him that she's his lawyer. His first question 95% of the time would be, is my mom here? And his lawyer doesn't know the answer to that question. The second question, again the overwhelming majority of the time, would be, when am I going to get to go home? And again his lawyer doesn't know the answer to that question."

incredibly detailed and sad-illuminating perspective on juvenile detention system
comment  ask.metafilter  decathecting  advice  education  student  prison  teenage  rights  legal  injustice  arrest  police  court  foster_care  trouble  crime  criminal  violence  2010s  america  children  metafilter.com 
march 2017 by cluebucket
Serial Killers Should Fear This Algorithm - Bloomberg
"So much attention has been paid to police racial bias cases that another sort of injustice—lack of thorough policing—gets overlooked."
bloomberg.com  crime  algorithm  detective  data  FBI  thomas_hargrove  robert_kolker  2017  2010s  homicide  murder  police  gary  statistic  investigation  indiana  america  MAP  infographic  serial_killer  jill_leovy  mark_funkhouser  1990s  2000s  reporting  information  transparency 
february 2017 by cluebucket
5 Ways Powerful People Trick You Into Hating Protesters
5. Wait For One Of Them To Break The Law, Then Talk Only About That
4. Convince The Powerful Majority That They're The Oppressed Ones
3. Focus On Their Most Frivolous Complaints (And Most Unlikable Members)
2. Pit Two Disadvantaged Groups Against One Another (And Insist That Only One Can "Win")
1. Insist That Any Change Will Ruin The World
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february 2017 by cluebucket
What “Things Going Wrong” Can Look Like – Medium
"I'm reading this as '1933 playbook continues on schedule, pace slightly higher than last time: something between maybe 1.2x and 2x, but without the possibility of a major land war to show up on the horizon.'" (apart from climate-related disaster movements?)
medium.com  yonatan_zunger  prediction  2017  2010s  donald_trump  steve_bannon  government  society  censorship  discrimination  crime  hate  future  1930s  islam  latinx  immigration  blm  black  america  jewish  organization 
january 2017 by cluebucket
That's just how you negotiate with a Nazi. Ask your grandfather. | MetaFilter #6886229
first published 1945:
"Less well known is the paradox of tolerance: Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them.
...
"We should therefore claim, in the name of tolerance, the right not to tolerate the intolerant. We should claim that any movement preaching intolerance places itself outside the law, and we should consider incitement to intolerance and persecution as criminal, in the same way as we should consider incitement to murder, or to kidnapping, or to the revival of the slave trade, as criminal."
HarshCoffee  metafilter  nazi  tolerance  society  culture  karl_popper  argument  paradox  crime  justice  freedom  2017  2010s  rights  limit  writing  book  quote  metafilter.com 
january 2017 by cluebucket
Japan researchers warn of fingerprint theft from 'peace' sign
"Research by a team at Japan's National Institute of Informatics (NII) says so, raising alarm bells over the popular two-fingered pose"
yahoo.com  news  japan  identity  privacy  theft  crime  peace  finger  gesture  fingerprint  technology  research  digital  copy  2016  2010s  from twitter_favs
january 2017 by cluebucket
Leila de Lima: The woman who dares to defy Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte - BBC News
"Already known for being an outspoken advocate of 'justice without fear or favour,' she launched an investigation into allegations that then mayor Rodrigo Duterte was running death squads in Davao in his popular anti-crime campaign.
...
"She continues to campaign against the reintroduction of the death penalty. This month she was honoured by the US publication Foreign Policy as one of its top Global Thinkers of 2016, for her willingness to 'stand up to an extremist leader'."
bbc  leila_de_lima  philippines  rodrigo_duerte  politician  senator  protest  davao  luzon  attorney  2000s  justice  injustice  gloria_arroyo  church  kidnapping  murder  crime  legal  prison  scandal  killing  2016  2010s  jonathan_head 
december 2016 by cluebucket
Foes of Russia Say Child Pornography Is Planted to Ruin Them - NYTimes.com
Getting someone labeled a suspected pedophile has the added benefit of fitting “perfectly with the Kremlin’s line that human rights activists are all just degenerates,” said Vytis Jurkonis, a Lithuanian human rights activist who works with Russian exiles.

Russia has denied any involvement in all of these incidents. “Of course they do,” scoffed Linas Linkevicius, Lithuania’s foreign minister. “They never have anything to do with anything that is going on in the world,” he said, describing Russian hackers, whether working directly for the state or as freelance vandals, “as part of their weapons system.”
nytimes  2016  2010s  russia  vladimir_putin  kgb  hacking  crime  framing  fake  cyberwarfare  government  kompromat  andrew_higgins  vladimir_bukovsky  england  u.k.  ukraine  lithuania  yoann_barbereau  konstantin_rubakhin  alexander_litvinenko  estonia  spy  pedophile  propaganda 
december 2016 by cluebucket
The Road to Tama-Re
"Every idea shifts according to convenience. No rule of law or language or thought applies to them save their own, and under York, their own rules never stopped changing. This is the gnawing emptiness at the heart of Right Knowledge—a cognitive dissonance that reconciles nothing and consumes everything. The result is a fog that can justify or hide a range of violations, from a speeding ticket to the rape of children."
asher_elbein  iasia_sweeting  oxfordamerican.org  georgia  cult  nuwaubian  crime  abuse  kidnapping  tama-re  dwight_york  harlem  brooklyn  nyc  nation_of_islam  1980s  1990s  2000s  2015  2010s  calvin_mcintosh  eatonton  sheriff  fbi  assault 
november 2016 by cluebucket
Twitter
"Epic take down of Trump surrogate on the topic of “sexual assault.” Moments ago on ."

honestly this is probably the only worthwhile moment on CNN this entire year (since April, when I started to have to work next to a TV set to that channel). hope that people will remember this
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october 2016 by cluebucket
How Flipping The Script Helped Keep Young Muslims From Joining ISIS : Shots - Health News : NPR
"Danish police officers took a different approach: They made it clear to citizens of Denmark who had traveled to Syria that they were welcome to come home, and that when they did, they would receive help with going back to school, finding an apartment, meeting with a psychiatrist or a mentor, or whatever they needed to fully integrate back into society.

"Their program came to be known as the 'Aarhus model.' It's been called the 'hug a terrorist' model in the media, but this description never sits well with the cops. They see themselves as making an entirely practical decision designed to keep their city safe."
npr  2016  2010s  isis  denmark  hanna_rosin  2012  invisibilia  podcast  aarhus  crime  help  mental_health  safety  society  europe  syria  terror  psychology  violence  strategy  peace  somalia  islam  radical  immigration  police 
august 2016 by cluebucket
ACLU of Maryland (ACLU-MD) - ONE YEAR AFTER THE UPRISING FOR FREDDIE GRAY AND FOR POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY
"There are many truths related to that day. ...[I]n a clear sign of racially biased policing, every single unarmed person who died in 2015 in Maryland was Black. Yet, state law enforcement agencies aggressively opposed having to report deaths in police custody."
aclu  aclu-md.org  maryland  rights  freddie_gray  2015  2016  2010s  police  police_brutality  racism  black  transparency  government  death  killing  crime  organization  justice  prison  larry_hogan  fight  discrimination  power  fraternal_order_police  injustice 
may 2016 by cluebucket
The List - The New Yorker
“High school was bliss for me,” DuBuc said recently. “I tried not to dwell on the stuff that wasn’t good.” But, as she was about to start her freshman year at Western Michigan University, she got a call from a close childhood friend, Victoria, who asked, “Did you know you’re on the public sex-offender registry?”

...

The [Texas sex offender treatment] plan also included a monthly polygraph ($150) and a computerized test that measured how long his eyes lingered on deviant imagery ($325). He would also have to submit to a “penile plethysmograph,” or PPG. ... Metts would be billed around $200 per test.

...

The prosecutor pushed for two years in prison... Metts’s attorney urged alternatives that would be less costly for taxpayers. None of Metts’s violations, he noted, had any connection to the original charges of sexual assault of a child. A typical mistake was failing to charge his ankle bracelet’s battery. The judge took some time to think it over. The next morning, she sentenced Metts to ten years in prison.
sarah_stillman  newyorker  problem  2016  2010s  crime  abuse  database  assault  violence  children  childhood  punishment  2000s  high_school  sex  michigan  texas  virginia  north_carolina  montana  minnesota  illinois  sexting  policy  legal  1930s  1990s  jacob_wetterling  adam_walsh  treatment  elizabeth_letourneau  consent  teenage  government  morality  shame  injustice  money  criminal  therapy  vigilantism  threat  outcast  society  south_carolina  new_york  georgia  depression  suicide  parenting  prison  rehab  oregon  reform  nicole_pittman 
march 2016 by cluebucket
The Only Thing I Envy Men - The New Yorker
I like this opening:
"I have often, in the past decade or so, wanted to write something about “women writers,” whatever that means (and whatever “about” means), but the words “women writers” seemed already to carry their own derogation, and I found the words slightly nauseating, in a way that reminded me of that fancy, innocent copy of “Little Women” that I had received as a gift as a child but could bear neither to look at nor throw out. What was I going to say?"
rivka_galchen  writing  reading  newyorker  author  women  2016  2010s  virginia_woolf  helen_dewitt  evelyn_piper  dorothy_hughes  vera_caspary  patricia_highsmith  rachel_ingalls  fiction  genre  noir  crime  japan  natsuo_kirino  taeko_kono  shirley_jackson  claude_lévi-strauss  gender  denis_johnson  muriel_spark  envy  baby  yoko_ogawa  essay  arnold_schwarzenegger 
march 2016 by cluebucket
2013 headline via Twitter from the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle
☆。★。☆。★
。☆ 。☆。☆
★。\|/。★
Nearly 100 arrested at Dave Matthews concert
★。/|\。★
。☆ 。☆。☆
☆。 ★。 ☆ ★
dave_matthews  band  news  headline  rochester  new_york  concert  arrest  crime  2013  2010s  from notes
february 2016 by cluebucket
The Devastating Story of Washington's Peeping-Tom Rabbi | Washingtonian
"'Converts are the most vulnerable creatures of all,' says Wieseltier. 'They have left what they had, but they have not quite reached where they are going. They are in limbo. The only support they have is from the converting rabbi.'”
...
"And still the conversion process dragged on. Freundel never told her when she might be ready for the final steps: an audience before three rabbis who composed a conversion court plus a ritual purification bath in the mikvah.

"Months passed. Murphy waited. At a friend’s wedding, Freundel even taunted her: 'This could be you, but it’s not. I control that.'”
barry_freundel  rabbi  judaism  kesher  dc  scandal  crime  voyeurism  mikvah  bath  ritual  religion  camera  spying  power  corruption  washingtonian.com  conversion  2009  2000s  2010s  orthodox  rule  control  harassment  2010  2011  harry_jaffe  2016  trial 
january 2016 by cluebucket
The Marshall Islands, once a U.S. nuclear test site, face oblivion again | The Washington Post
"'For four bullets into a tree in Iraq, they could fix this place.'"
...
"In 1954, the 'Castle Bravo' test... detonated with 1,000 times the force of the Hiroshima explosion. It hurled into the sky a massive plume of pulverized coral that drifted eastward and fell like ashy snowflakes on the people of Rongelap and Utirik atolls. Several days after Bravo, after children had eaten the ash, ..."
...
"In 2001, an independent nuclear-claims tribunal awarded the RMI $2.3 billion in health and property damages, but there was no mechanism to force the United States to pay it."
...
"Half the residents of Ebeye are under 20 years old, and a third are unemployed. The island has been called 'the slum of the Pacific.'"
...
"DeBrum then railed against nations that are modernizing their arsenals, a trend that he and other nations say is a violation of the grand bargain of the treaty... The United States is extending the life of its warheads, shrinking but updating its weapons infrastructure, and planning to construct a new fleet of submarines with nuclear-armed missiles.

"The price tag on this modernization plan? One trillion dollars over the next 30 years... Even though the United States has reduced its stockpile by 86 percent from its Cold War high, this reinvestment in nuclear arms doesn’t sit well with a poor island nation that has actually felt what nuclear war would be like."
1962  1960s  dan_zak  marshall_islands  washingtonpost  island  bomb  nuclear  explosion  crime  1940s  1950s  2015  2010s  america  hypocrisy  death  health  1946  1954  castle_bravo  weapon  atomic_bomb  tony_debrum  jack_niedenthal  bob_hope  bikini_atoll  territory  colonialism  war  resettlement  damage  government  cancer  diabetes  radiation  fallout  military  lawsuit  treaty  nonproliferation  climate_change  global_warming 
november 2015 by cluebucket
Red, White, Blue & Orange by Benjamen Walker | Free Listening on SoundCloud
.
happened to listen to this today, when the last British detainee (never charged) was released...
... after 14 years!
... and still 100+ detained!
benjamen_walker  theory_of_everything  podcast  soundcloud  radio  audio  guantánamo  torture  zero_dark_thirty  film  controversy  war  prison  prisoner  interview  2000s  2006  2013  2010s  tajikistan  umarov_muhibullah  cia  military  crime  criminal  2004  mckenzie_funk  joshua_phillips  secret  detainee  terror 
october 2015 by cluebucket
Son of Baldwin – **********SIGNAL BOOST! PLEASE...
@MichaelAWoodJr details "policing that is corrupt, intentional or not"

sonofbaldwin: "When good cops go to their superiors with what they’ve seen, their superiors retaliate by suppressing the truth and leaking to the entire department that the officer is a 'snitch' (police officers are the originators of snitch culture).... In turn, the other police officers take revenge by not responding to the 'good' cop’s calls for help when they are out in the field. They alienate and abuse 'good' cops until they have no choice but to leave the force–that is, if they aren’t set up to be murdered."
sonofbaldwin  tumblr  twitter  MichaelAWoodJr  police  witness  crime  violence  shame  corruption  baltimore  abuse  revenge  snitch  2010s  2015  injustice  confession 
june 2015 by cluebucket
Address Confidentiality Programs
always happy to know when there are helpful things like this... albeit in <35 states ;-(
victimsofcrime.org  address  victim  stalking  resource  help  state  mail  privacy  secret  change  home  house  protection  identity  crime 
january 2015 by cluebucket
北原みのり氏と「ろくでなし子」氏を逮捕 わいせつ物陳列の容疑
作家の北原みのり(本名・渡辺みのり)容疑者と、漫画家の「ろくでなし子」(本名・五十嵐恵)容疑者が12月3日、警視庁保安課に逮捕された
huffingtonpost  huffingtonpost.jp  japanese  日本語  japan  rokudenashiko  minori_kitahara  minori_watanabe  crime  criminal  suspect  injustice  obscenity  artist  writer  sex  censorship  arrest  2014  2010s  北原みのり  ろくでなし子  わいせつ  逮捕  犯罪  裁判  容疑者 
december 2014 by cluebucket
Tamir Rice: The story behind the senseless killing, character assassination, and resulting cover-up
"the police told what appear to be at least five lies about what happened.
1. Police said that Tamir Rice was seated at a table with other people.
2. Police said that as they pulled up, they saw Tamir Rice grab the gun and put it in his waistband.
3. Police said they got out of the car and told Tamir Rice three times to put his hands up but he refused.
4. Police said that Tamir Rice then reached into his waistband and pulled out the gun, and was then shot and killed by Officer Timothy Loehmann.
5. Timothy Loehmann was described as a rookie."
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december 2014 by cluebucket
No one is safe - Imgur
gonna be in like 5 hotels/motels over the next two weeks... greeeeat
imgur.com  gif  image  door  security  lock  breach  break-in  how_to  crime  hotel  travel  safety  room 
october 2014 by cluebucket
Fatal Distraction: Forgetting a Child in the Backseat of a Car Is a Horrifying Mistake. Is It a Crime? - The Washington Post
"under some circumstances, the most sophisticated part of our thought-processing center can be held hostage to a competing memory system, a primitive portion of the brain that is -- by a design as old as the dinosaur's -- inattentive, pigheaded, nonanalytical, stupid."
gene_weingarten  2009  2000s  1990s  washingtonpost  washington_post_magazine  virginia  miles_harrison  crime  accident  baby  hyperthermia  heat  death  infant  car  lyn_balfour  mary_parks  america  parenting  mistake  andrew_culpepper  child  ray_morrogh  earle_mobley  adoption  carol_harrison  r._terence_nay  trial  tragedy  mark_warschauer  david_diamond  memory  driving  brain  autopilot  james_reason  swiss_cheese_model  grief  guilt  anger 
june 2014 by cluebucket
Word Theft by Ruth Graham
"T.S. Eliot, who relied on other sources for much of 'The Waste Land' (plagiarism or allusion?), famously wrote, 'Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal.' Less often quoted is the next line, 'Bad poets deface what they take.' This is what seems to gall many victims of plagiarists: to see their poems reprinted in weaker versions than the original."
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january 2014 by cluebucket
The Myth of the Teenage Temptress: Or Why A Young Girl Can Not Consent to Sex With An Adult Man | xoJane
"[O]n Monday, Stacey Rambold, a Senior High teacher convicted of raping 14-year-old Cherice Morales, who later committed suicide, was sentenced to spend just 30 days in jail. The judge justified his decision in part by saying he listened to recorded statements given by Morales before her death and believes that while she was a troubled youth, she was 'as much in control of the situation' as Rambold.

"The judge also said Morales was 'older than her chronological age.'

"Yep, you read that right. A 14-year-old 'troubled youth' who eventually committed suicide (as a direct result of the sexual assault and its aftermath, according to her mother) had 'control over the situation' with a 49-year-old rapist. But don't worry, this wasn't 'the kind of rape most people think about,' according to Judge G. Todd Baugh. 'It was not a violent, forcible, beat-the-victim rape, like you see in the movies.' He generously added that 'It was nonetheless a rape...and this should not have occurred.'"
xojane.com  rape  assault  age  consent  sex  predator  judge  outrage  suicide  teenage  power  emily_mccombs  cherice_morales  stacey_rambold  g._todd_baugh  jail  sentence  crime  2010s  2010  2013  rant  angst  teacher  student 
august 2013 by cluebucket
Why Don't Black People Protest 'Black-on-Black Violence'? - Ta-Nehisi Coates - The Atlantic
"There is a kind of sincere black person who really would like to see even more outrage about violence in black communities. I don't think outrage will do it at this point, but I respect the sincere feeling.

"And then there are pundits who write more than they read, and talk more than they listen, and prefer an easy creationism to a Google search."
ta-nehisi_coates  theatlantic  crime  violence  outrage  racism  protest  news  nyc  indiana  michigan  pennsylvania  new_jersey  chicago  juan_williams  black  murder  trayvon_martin  2012  2010s  2000s  america 
july 2013 by cluebucket
The Saudi Marathon Man : The New Yorker
"did he, in the chaos, maybe call for God with a name that someone found strange?"
amy_davidson  newyorker  blog  boston  bomb  suspect  racism  saudi_arabia  news  judgment  victim  crime  explosion  marathon  2013  2010s  torture  investigation  police  arab  racial_profiling  fox_news 
april 2013 by cluebucket
The sins of the Argentinian church | Hugh O'Shaughnessy | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk
"The extent of the church's complicity in the dark deeds was excellently set out by Horacio Verbitsky, one of Argentina's most notable journalists, in his book El Silencio (Silence). He recounts how the Argentinian navy with the connivance of Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, now the Jesuit archbishop of Buenos Aires, hid from a visiting delegation of the Inter-American Human Rights Commission the dictatorship's political prisoners. Bergoglio was hiding them in nothing less than his holiday home in an island called El Silencio in the River Plate. The most shaming thing for the church is that in such circumstances Bergoglio's name was allowed to go forward in the ballot to chose the successor of John Paul II. What scandal would not have ensued if the first pope ever to be elected from the continent of America had been revealed as an accessory to murder and false imprisonment"

and now he actually IS pope! oop!
jorge_bergoglio  pope_francis  crime  religion  catholicism  priest  argentina  guerra_sucia  war  dirty_war  1970s  corruption  regime  military  protection  silence  horacio_verbitsky  hugh_o'shaughnessy  2011  2010s  pope  cardinal  leader  guardian  guilt  juan_videla  conviction  execution 
march 2013 by cluebucket
What Would Orwell Make of Obama's Drone Policy? - Ta-Nehisi Coates - The Atlantic
Orwell: "Thus political language has to consist largely of euphemism, question-begging and sheer cloudy vagueness."

Adam Serwer: "The government needs the approval of a judge to detain a suspected terrorist. To kill one, it need only give itself permission."

TNC: Consider the notion of "imminence." Last year Eric Holder claimed that a lethal strike against an American citizen can only be made if to protect against "an imminent threat of violent attack." But the white paper states that imminence "does not require that the United States to have clear evidence that a specific attack on U.S. persons or interests will take place in the significant future." Effectively, the word "imminence" has no meaning beyond "we think you're a bad guy."
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february 2013 by cluebucket
Rachel Aviv: The Science of Sex Abuse : The New Yorker
“So you’re just willing to lie to a psychologist to appease them?” a prosecutor asked another inmate, Michael Riedel, who claimed that he had inflated the number and nature of his sex crimes. “They wouldn’t believe me when I said ‘one,’ ” he responded, “so what am I supposed to say?”

Recently, three prisoners at Butner wrote an anonymous thirteen-page report critiquing the Butner study, which they said had been “repeated so many times as to become fact in many places and in many minds.” Hernández, too, has publicly expressed concern about the way in which his study has been embraced by politicians and law-enforcement officials, warning that the scientific research is still “in its infancy.” But the study, because it confirmed a natural suspicion, has generated its own momentum. “The idea of this one-to-one correspondence—if you are attracted to children, you will act on it—is now a widespread misconception,” Michael Seto, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Toronto, told me.

In 2011, Seto reviewed the only six studies he could find that drew on the self-reports of child-pornography offenders and found that the Butner study was a “statistical outlier.” The study had provided a politically expedient answer to a social dilemma that, upon further examination, was still ambiguous. In Seto’s review, roughly half of child-pornography offenders admitted that they had sexually abused at least one person. The difference between the two groups, Seto said, was that those whose deviant activity occurred only online did not have the antisocial traits, like lack of empathy and impulsiveness, that are common to all types of criminals. They represented a new species, “fantasy offenders,” Seto said. “In this weird, disinhibiting space, which lacks the usual social cues, they may do and say things they would never dare in real life.”
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january 2013 by cluebucket
What Is it About Men That They're Committing These Horrible Massacres? | Alternet
"Are these shooters psychopaths or sociopaths? Maybe. But what’s a sociopath? It’s a person who lacks empathy. 'Well,' says Katz, 'we socialize empathy out of boys all the time.' If we aren’t allowing boys to experience and express vulnerability, pain, and fear because that’s somehow connected to weakness (a feminine quality), then how are they going to be able to relate to the experiences of others? 'Sociopathy is the extreme manifestation of the way we socialize boys in our society.'"

much more worth a read than that other piece on "why wasn't there a MALE janitor at sandy hook who could have thrown a bucket at the shooter etc etc"
alternet  essay  op-ed  massacre  gender  sociopathy  male  female  society  behavior  violence  empathy  crime  shooting  meghan_murphy  jackson_katz  1980s  1990s  2000s  2010s  2012  privilege  victim  anger  emotion 
december 2012 by cluebucket
Robert Ben Rhoades: The Truck Stop Killer: Newsmakers: GQ
"I spent a week on the road in Appalachia, visiting truck stops, interviewing the older truckers and waitresses. At first, I would ask about the girl in the Dumpster, but no one had heard of her, so I asked if there had ever been any women found in truck stops. Wherever I went, I was told nothing "like that" ever happened, which was remarkable given the numbers of bodies the FBI had tracked over the past thirty years. The newspapers were equally silent. It seems our profound fascination with serial killers is matched by an equally profound lack of interest in their victims. One library archivist explained that I was looking for the kind of news nobody wanted to read. The girl, he said, "wasn't one of our own. She was a drifter." I'd never heard the word "drifter" used in earnest. It touched a nerve I didn't know I had. I had been a drifter."
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november 2012 by cluebucket
Greed and Debt: The True Story of Mitt Romney and Bain Capital | Politics News | Rolling Stone
"Mitt Romney, it turns out, is the perfect frontman for Wall Street's greed revolution. He's not a two-bit, shifty-eyed huckster like Lloyd Blankfein. He's not a sighing, eye-rolling, arrogant jerkwad like Jamie Dimon. But Mitt believes the same things those guys believe: He's been right with them on the front lines of the financialization revolution, a decades-long campaign in which the old, simple, let's-make-stuff-and-sell-it manufacturing economy was replaced with a new, highly complex, let's-take-stuff-and-trash-it financial economy. Instead of cars and airplanes, we built swaps, CDOs and other toxic financial products. Instead of building new companies from the ground up, we took out massive bank loans and used them to acquire existing firms, liquidating every asset in sight and leaving the target companies holding the note."
...
"Not that Romney hasn't done just fine at milking the government when it suits his purposes, the most obvious instance being the incredible $1.5 billion in aid he siphoned out of the U.S. Treasury as head of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake – a sum greater than all federal spending for the previous seven U.S. Olympic games combined. Romney, the supposed fiscal conservative, blew through an average of $625,000 in taxpayer money per athlete – an astounding increase of 5,582 percent over the $11,000 average at the 1984 games in Los Angeles. In 1993, right as he was preparing to run for the Senate, Romney also engineered a government deal worth at least $10 million for Bain's consulting firm, when it was teetering on the edge of bankruptcy...
"But the way Romney most directly owes his success to the government is through the structure of the tax code. The entire business of leveraged buyouts wouldn't be possible without a provision in the federal code that allows companies like Bain to deduct the interest on the debt they use to acquire and loot their targets. This is the same universally beloved tax deduction you can use to write off your mortgage interest payments, so tampering with it is considered political suicide – it's been called the "third rail of tax reform." So the Romney who routinely rails against the national debt as some kind of child-killing "mortgage" is the same man who spent decades exploiting a tax deduction specifically designed for mortgage holders in order to bilk every dollar he could out of U.S. businesses before burning them to the ground."
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thinkin bout dunkin:
"In 2010, a year after the last round of Hertz layoffs, Carlyle teamed up with Bain to take $500 million out of another takeover target: the parent company of Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins. Dunkin' had to take out a $1.25 billion loan to pay a dividend to its new private equity owners. So think of this the next time you go to Dunkin' Donuts for a cup of coffee: A small cup of joe costs about $1.69 in most outlets, which means that for years to come, Dunkin' Donuts will have to sell about 2,011,834 small coffees every month – about $3.4 million – just to meet the interest payments on the loan it took out to pay Bain and Carlyle their little one-time dividend. And that doesn't include the principal on the loan, or the additional millions in debt that Dunkin' has to pay every year to get out from under the $2.4 billion in debt it's now saddled with after having the privilege of being taken over – with borrowed money – by the firm that Romney built."
rollingstone  mitt_romney  bain_capital  money  buyout  finance  deal  insider  wall_street  debt  crime  hypocrisy  politics  business  greed  mike_milken  1980s  1990s  2010s  2012  interest  job  company  layoff  dunkin_donuts  carlyle_group  wealth  private_equity  matt_taibbi  government  olympics  2002  tax  21st_century  20th_century 
september 2012 by cluebucket
How Apple and Amazon Security Flaws Led to My Epic Hacking | Gadget Lab | Wired.com
"...what happened to me exposes vital security flaws in several customer service systems, most notably Apple’s and Amazon’s. Apple tech support gave the hackers access to my iCloud account. Amazon tech support gave them the ability to see a piece of information — a partial credit card number — that Apple used to release information. In short, the very four digits that Amazon considers unimportant enough to display in the clear on the web are precisely the same ones that Apple considers secure enough to perform identity verification. The disconnect exposes flaws in data management policies endemic to the entire technology industry, and points to a looming nightmare as we enter the era of cloud computing and connected devices."
...
"He said the hack was simply a grab for my three-character Twitter handle. That’s all they wanted. They just wanted to take it, and fuck shit up, and watch it burn. It wasn’t personal. “I honestly didn’t have any heat towards you before this. i just liked your username like I said before” he told me via Twitter Direct Message."
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august 2012 by cluebucket
A Land Without Guns: How Japan Has Virtually Eliminated Shooting Deaths - Max Fisher - The Atlantic
"[E]ven the police did not carry firearms themselves until, in 1946, the American occupation authority ordered them to. Now, Japanese police receive more hours of training than their American counterparts, are forbidden from carrying off-duty, and invest hours in studying martial arts in part because they "are expected to use [firearms] in only the rarest of circumstances," according to Kopel."
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july 2012 by cluebucket
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