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The NYPD Is an Embarrassment to the City of New York

Andy Cush @ Gawker - A ceremony at Madison Square Garden yesterday morning marked the graduation of 884 new officers into the New York Police Department. When Mayor Bill de Blasio took the podium to address the graduating class, praising them for their courage and determination, he was greeted like an unpopular high school principal: with boos, jeers, and the turning of backs. When he talked about the officers facing "problems [they] don't create," someone in the audience called back: "You created them!" Don't blame any incoming officers for the outbreak, however—they were only mimicking the hysterical fits their elders have been throwing in public for the past month.   Read more .

Black Lives Depend on a Free and Open Internet

Patrisse Cullors @ The Hill - In 2012, I watched as cable news stations posthumously put Trayvon Martin on trial for his own murder, and broadcasted his killer’s acquittal, George Zimmerman.  Black Lives Matter was born as a social media response to this verdict, meant to interrupt a public narrative that criminalizes and devalues Black people’s lives in America. With support from techies, designers, artists and thousands of activists across the country... read more .

CIA fingerprints’ all over Kiev massacre – Oliver Stone - The armed coup in Kiev is painfully similar to CIA operations to oust unwanted foreign leaders in Iran, Chile and Venezuela, said US filmmaker Oliver Stone after interviewing Ukraine’s ousted president for a documentary. Stone spent four hours in Moscow talking to Viktor Yanukovich, who was deposed from power during the February 2014 coup... read more .

Zombie Apocalypse and the Politics of Artificial Scarcity

Colin Jenkins @ The Hampton Institute - Dystopian narratives have long been an alluring and thought-provoking form of entertainment, especially for those who take an interest in studying social and political structures. From classics like Nineteen Eighty-Four and Brave New World to the current hit, The Hunger Games, these stories play on our fears while simultaneously serving as warning signs for the future.   Read more .

Congress continues concealing full 9/11 report from public scrutiny - A request by US Rep. Alan Grayson to access a portion of a 2002 congressional report on the September 11, 2001 attacks was denied by the House Intelligence Committee based on political reasons, the Florida Democrat said. Grayson’s request pertains to 28 pages of Congress’ Joint Inquiry that were ordered to be redacted by then-President George W. Bush.   Read more .

Methane leaks from 40,000 gas wells hovering over Southwest US

Washington Post - The methane that leaks from 40,000 gas wells near this desert trading post may be colorless and odorless, but it’s not invisible. It can be seen from space. Satellites that sweep over energy-rich northern New Mexico can spot the gas as it escapes from drilling rigs, compressors and miles of pipeline snaking across the badlands. In the air it forms a giant plume... read more .

Greed Kings of 2014

Paul Buchheit @ Common Dreams - As schools and local governments are going broke around the country, companies who built their businesses with American research and education and technology and infrastructure are paying less in taxes than ever before. Incredibly, over half of U.S. corporate foreign profits are now being held in tax havens, double the share of just twenty years ago. Corporations are stealing from the nation that made them rich.   Read more .

Before Freedom Rings, Some Bitter Pills Must Be Swallowed

Max Eternity @ - How does one reconcile the archetype of a great noble protector, upon discovering that same entity has carried out some very evil deeds…not once or twice, but over and over again? When a person discovers that a childhood hero is also a serial rapist—literally and metaphorically—where does the mind go to make sense of this?   Read more .

Missing AirAsia flight QZ8501 - An AirAsia flight with over 160 people on board travelling to Singapore from the Indonesian city of Surabaya went missing after losing contact with air traffic control, the company said on Sunday. A search mission is underway.   Read more .

Vice President Biden, Gov. Cuomo, Mayor de Blasio and Commissioner Bratton eulogize Officer Rafael Ramos at Queens funeral

New York Daily News - Officer Rafael Ramos was celebrated in a teary Saturday funeral as truly one of New York’s Finest — a hero cop, a pious role model, a devoted husband and dad. The slain officer’s widow, flanked by her two young sons in their black suits, joined an overflow crowd estimated at 20,000 in bidding farewell to a man revealed in his death as one of the city’s great treasures.   Read more .

Mourners from around the nation attend funeral for slain NYPD Officer Rafael Ramos

New York Daily News - A Texas police chief traveled light to reach Officer Rafael Ramos’ funeral: He brought only a Bible signed by his entire department. “We’ve come to deliver it to the Ramos family,” said Chief Gerald Arismendez of the Mathis Police Department. “He was a man of faith, and I too am.”   Read more .

France's second largest city issues Nazi-style 'yellow triangle' homeless badges - France’s second-largest city, Marseille, is in the firing line after requiring its homeless population to wear "yellow triangle" ID cards detailing chronic diseases. Critics fear the cards, which should be worn visibly, are reminiscent of the Nazi era. The cards, an initiative of Marseille's city hall and Samu, a municipal humanitarian emergency service, identify homeless people... read more.

Concealed Crminal Admissions, The NSA Dumped Its Spying Violations While You Were Waiting on Santa

Gizmodo - The U.S. government has released proof that it repeatedly spied on American citizens without being allowed to... and you probably missed it. The National Security Administration finally dumped a heap of redacted documents revealing the surveillance violations made over the last decade.   Read more .

Citigroup Becomes Its Own Self-Serving Lawmaker

Jim Hightower @ Common Dreams - Congress, which has long been so tied up in a partisan knot by right-wing extremists that it has been unable to move, suddenly sprang loose at the end of the year and put on a phenomenal show of acrobatic lawmaking. In one big, bipartisan spending bill, our legislative gymnasts pulled off a breathtaking, flat-footed backflip for Wall Street, and then set a dizzying new height record for the amount of money deep-pocketed donors can give to the two major political parties.   Read more .

Silicone Valley: How One of the Wealthiest Cities in America Treats Its Homeless

AlterNet - When San Jose dismantled the "Jungle," the nation’s largest homeless encampment, many of its residents with nowhere to go scattered. They found hiding places in the scores of small, less visible encampments within the city, where more than 5,000 people sleep unsheltered on a given night.   Read more .

California mandates increase in living space for factory farm chickens

Bloomberg BusinessWeek - Starting on Jan. 1, every egg sold in California will have to come from hens that have enough space to lie down, stand up, spread their wings, and move freely. The state’s Department of Food and Agriculture says that means each bird needs at least 116 square inches of living space in its coop—a 73 percent increase from the industry standard of 67 square inches per bird , or less than a sheet of letter paper.   Read more .

Stopping Imperialistic Wars Could Radically Reduce Terrorism

Naill McLauren @ Buzzflash - Sydney is a lovely city of about five million, lazily sprawled along the sandy beaches of the cerulean South Pacific. Most visitors to Sydney enjoy their stay and are left with a favorable impression of the laid-back Sydneysiders. Monday, 15th December, the central city area went into "lock-down" after an alleged Muslim "fanatic" armed with a shotgun took seventeen people hostage in a well-known cafe in the heart of the city. Fifteen hours later, after some hostages had escaped, special police forces stormed the building. When the dust settled, the kidnapper and two hostages were found dead.   Read more .

Dear Starbucks, Let’s Get Real

Katherine Paul @ Common Dreams - Starbucks is taking a lot of heat from consumers lately.  Multiple organizations, including OCA, have appealed to CEO Howard Schultz to switch to organic milk. And recently, hundreds of thousands of consumers signed petitions, including ours, demanding Starbucks drop out of the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), a lobbying group that is suing Vermont to overturn its GMO labeling law.   Read more.

Outrage Mounts After News of Another St. Louis Police Killing

Lauren McCauley @ Common Dreams - On the Eve of the Christmas holiday, national outrage over the police killing of people of color once again came to a head on Wednesday after news spread that a St. Louis area police officer shot a black teen late Tuesday evening. According to reports, 18-year-old Antonio Martin was shot just after 11 PM in a Mobil gas station parking lot in the St. Louis suburb of Berkeley, Missouri. The St. Louis County Police Department alleges that the unnamed Berkeley officer, who is reportedly white, fired three shots after Martin drew a handgun.   Read more .

Peru village evacuated after isolated tribe attacks with bows & arrows - Peruvian authorities have started evacuating Monte Salvado village situated in a remote southeastern region, after around 200 men from an ‘uncontacted’ tribe attacked the settlement with bows and arrows and stole food and equipment. The evacuation began on Tuesday after around 200 men of the Mashco Piro tribe attacked Monte Salvado close to the border with Brazil twice last week. The residents, a total of 55, had to flee to save their children.   Read more .

Police Kill Another Young Black Man In Missouri; 'It's Not What People Portray,' Mayor Says

NPR - Protests over a police killing have returned to the St. Louis area, after a Berkeley, Mo., police officer shot and killed an 18-year-old black man Tuesday night. The authorities say he was armed; the shooting took place shortly after 11 p.m. outside a gas station in the St. Louis suburb that's just 2 miles west of Ferguson. Police officials say the Berkeley officer shot the young man after the man pointed a handgun at him.   Read more .

LAPD body camera footage won’t be released to the public - As the Los Angeles Police Department prepares to outfit its force with body cameras during interactions with the public, civil rights groups are concerned over the idea that footage won’t be made public outside of court proceedings. Body cameras are being touted as one way to increase accountability by recording police interaction with the residents, but questions are looming about what happens to the recorded footage and who controls the material.   Read more .

Public transit use reaches record high, in spite of low petrol prices

Andrea Germanos @ Common Dreams - Despite plummeting gas prices, public transportation ridership in the U.S. hit a record high. According to a new report by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), 2.7 billion trips were taken on public transit systems in the third quarter of 2014. That marks a 1.8 percent increase from the same period last year, and makes it the third quarter with the highest ridership since 1974.   Read more .

This Moment Must Be About Black-Ness

Lisa Gray-Garcia @ Poor Magazine - First and foremost this story goes out to peoples, conscious or not, who have never had to fear a kkkop, security guard or default klan member stalking them for attack, murder, arrest or random harassment solely because of their race, color or culture Additionally, for all of my fellow poor, disabled, houseless folks, non-Black POC's, migrante peoples who have walked with the terror of other serious oppressions, I am also speaking to you.   Read more .

Pope declares Vatican suffers from ‘spiritual Alzheimer’s’, lists 15 sins - To the Catholic Church's "seven deadly sins," Pope Francis has added the "15 ailments of the Curia." Francis issued a blistering indictment of the Vatican bureaucracy Monday, accusing the cardinals, bishops and priests who serve him of using their Vatican careers to grab power and wealth, of living "hypocritical" double lives and forgetting that they're supposed to be joyful men of God.   Read more .

The CIA Didn't Just Torture, It Experimented on Human Beings

Lisa Hajjar @ The Nation - Human experimentation was a core feature of the CIA's torture program. The experimental nature of the interrogation and detention techniques is clearly evident in the Senate Intelligence Committee's executive summary of its investigative report, despite redactions (insisted upon by the CIA) to obfuscate the locations of these laboratories of cruel science and the identities of perpetrators. At the helm of this human experimentation project were two psychologists hired by the CIA, James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen. They designed interrogation and detention protocols that they and others applied to people imprisoned in the agency's secret "black sites."   Read more .

Ferguson Reverberates Around the World

Margaret Kimberly @ Black Agenda Report - President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder will not be given deference should they choose not to pursue federal prosecution in the Michael Brown case. They are finally being taken to task and will not be able to explain a decision to let Darren Wilson get away with murder.   Read more .

Hollywood, the Police and the Poor

John Steppling @ Truthout - There is no more stark example of Hollywood and corporate media mystification than the presentation of American landscape in film and TV. This is true of both contemporary narratives, and of period pieces. And, really, of fantasy and futuristic stories. The vast majority of TV shows is set either in Los Angeles or New York. There are certainly exceptions, often Chicago is a stand in for New York, and San Francisco has long been a staple, but with only a handful of exceptions do cities such as Atlanta or Milwaukee or Philadelphia or Orlando or Cleveland become the backdrop for big-budget projects.   Read more .

Abolishing the CIA

Robert C. Koehler @ Common Dreams - The shock resonating from the Senate Intelligence Committee’s CIA torture report isn’t due so much to the revelations themselves, grotesque as the details are, but to the fact that they’re now officially public. National spokespersons (except for Dick Cheney) can no longer deny, quite so glibly, that the United States is what it claims its enemies to be. We’re responsible for the worst sort of abuses of our fellow human beings: A half-naked man freezes to death. A detainee is chained to the wall in a standing position for 17 days. The stories have no saving grace, not even “good intelligence.”   Read more .

2 New York cops murdered in ‘execution style’ ambush - Two NYPD officers have been shot dead at point blank range by a suspect who ambushed their patrol car ‘execution style’ in Brooklyn. The perpetrator fled the scene and committed suicide, authorities confirmed. Both officers have succumbed to gunshot wounds after being admitted to hospital in critical condition, authorities have confirmed.   Read more .

The Oil Price Crash of 2014

Post Carbon Institute - Oil prices have fallen by half since late June. This is a significant development for the oil industry and for the global economy, though no one knows exactly how either the industry or the economy will respond in the long run. Since it’s almost the end of the year, perhaps this is a good time to stop and ask: (1) Why is this happening? (2) Who wins and who loses over the short term?, and (3) What will be the impacts on oil production in 2015?   Read more .

How One Indigenous Woman Took On a Multinational Mining Corporation... And Won

Sarah Lazare  @ Common Dreams - For over three years, indigenous Peruvian farmworker Maxima Acuña de Chaupe has refused to allow a U.S.-based multinational corporation to turn her land into an open-pit gold mine, withstanding multiple violent eviction attempts by corporate and state agents. On Wednesday, Acuña de Chaupe finally saw victory when a Peruvian appeals court struck down a lawsuit levied by the Yanacocha mine—which is 51 percent owned by Colorado's Newmont Mining Corporation—that had sought to expel and imprison the family for "invading" their own land.   Read more .

NYC sued over violence against young inmates at notorious Rikers Island jail - Federal prosecutors sued New York City on Thursday, alleging that the city has not sufficiently moved to reform the city’s notorious Rikers Island jail, where “force is used against adolescents at an alarming rate,” according to the US Justice Department. In August, the Justice Department released a graphic 79-page report, which found a “deep-seated culture of violence” aimed at young offenders held at Rikers Island.   Read More

New York State Just Banned Fracking

Mother Jones - New York is the second state to ban fracking, after Vermont did so in 2012. That move was largely symbolic, since Vermont has no natural gas to speak of. New York, by contrast, would have been a prize for the fracking industry, thanks to its massive share of the Marcellus shale formation.   Read more .

US and Cuba to Restore Diplomatic Relations in Historic Overhaul

Nadia Prupis @ Common Dreams - Following Wednesday's momentous prisoner swap, U.S. officials said the country will restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba for the first time in more than 50 years, including re-opening of the American embassy in Havana which has been shuttered for nearly half a century. In a speech on Wednesday, President Barack Obama called the U.S. embargo against Cuba "a failure."   Read more .

S.C. boy executed for 1944 murder is exonerated

CBS News - A 14-year-old South Carolina boy who was quickly convicted of murder and then executed in 1944 has been posthumously exonerated. Judge Carmen Tevis Mullen vacated George Stinney, Jr.'s conviction on Wednesday, stating that the boy's prosecution was marked by "fundamental, Constitutional violations of due process."   Read more .

Prosecute the Prosecutors: A Way to Justice in Staten Island, Ferguson and Cleveland

Michigan Chronicle - Thousands are protesting across the nation to seek justice in the Staten Island, Ferguson and Cleveland cases.  Leaders from President Obama to members of Congress to state and local officials are joining an outraged public in calling for conversations about how and why unarmed young Black men and children have been killed by police in recent weeks. Angriness with police actions in African American communities has been simmering for decades.   Read more .

Haiti PM steps down amid anti-govt protests - Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe has announced his resignation following an eruption of long-brewing political discontent, and a commission’s recommendation that he step down. In a televised address early on Sunday morning, Lamothe said he was leaving his post “with a sense of accomplishment.”  Read more .

War by Media and the Triumph of Propaganda

John Pilger @ Truthout - Why has so much journalism succumbed to propaganda? Why are censorship and distortion standard practices? Why is the BBC so often a mouthpiece of rapacious power? Why do The New York Times and The Washington Post deceive their readers? Why are young journalists not taught to understand media agendas and to challenge the high claims and low purpose of fake objectivity? And why are they not taught that the essence of so much of what's called the mainstream media is not information, but power?   Read more .

Bush 'Intimately Involved' with CIA Torture, says Rove

Lauren McCauley @ Common Dreams - Former President George W. Bush knew and was "intimately involved" in the CIA's practice of torture, former Bush adviser and Republican strategist Karl Rove confirmed on Fox News Sunday. Despite arguments made in the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee's report that the CIA had not alerted Bush and other top about the extent of the abuses until 2006, Rove told the morning show: "He made the decision."   Read more .

Beverly Johnson: Bill Cosby Drugged Me. This Is My Story.

Beverly Johnson @ Vanity Fair - Like most Americans, I spent the 60s, 70s, and part of the 80s in awe of Bill Cosby and his total domination of popular culture. He was the first African American to star in a dramatic television series, I Spy, a show my family in Buffalo, New York, always watched. Cosby cut a striking figure on-screen then. He was funny, smart, and even elegant—all those wonderful things many white Americans didn’t associate with people of color. In fact, as I thought of going public with what follows, a voice in my head kept whispering, “Black men have enough enemies out there already, they certainly don’t need someone like you, an African American with a familiar face and a famous name, fanning the flames.”   Read more .

The Ominous ‘Cromnibus,’ A Budget Bill That Should Have Died

Campaign For America Future - With all of the justifiable anger directed at what’s in the 2015 spending bill – the omnibus continuing resolution or “cromnibus” – that the House struggled to pass late Thursday, there is also a major story to be told about what’s not in the bill. It’s a story of missed opportunities that is as significant as the Wall Street giveaways, the kowtowing to fossil fuel interests and gratuitous swipes at conservative boogeymen that were written into this monstrosity.   Read more .

Convicted With No Evidence by an All-White Jury, Black Community Leader Faces Life in Prison

Truthout - As reports escalate of police assaults and murder of unarmed black men for "suspected" crimes, a jury trial certainly sounds like welcome justice. Not so for many in Michigan, where a 66-year-old black activist, Rev. Edward Pinkney, convicted of felony election fraud by an all-white jury, faces a life sentence, amid accusations of trumped-up charges and no direct evidence of wrongdoing.   Read more .

#WhiteCoatsforBlackLives: Medical Students Stage Nationwide Die-Ins

Jon Queally @ Common Dreams - Medical students at universities across the United States held dramatic die-in protests on Wednesday to show their solidarity with a growing protest movement against police brutality and other forms of systematic inequality taking place in low-income areas and communities of color nationwide.   Read more .

San Francisco, California whacked by 'Pineapple Express' storm

SF Chronicle - A powerful storm churned down the West Coast Thursday, bringing strong gales and much-needed rain and snow that caused widespread blackouts in Northern California and whiteouts in the Sierra Nevada. The brunt of the storm hit the San Francisco Bay Area, flooding freeways, toppling trees and keeping thousands of people home from work and school.   Read more .

California Flooded: Torrential rains close schools and highways

USA Today - A ferocious storm system pounded a huge swath of the West Coast with heavy rain, hurricane-force winds and power outages Thursday, even forcing San Francisco to shut down its famed cable car system. In some parts of northern California, the storm produced sustained, hurricane-force winds of 78 mph and one gust of 147 mph in the Sierra.   Read more .

Udall blasts Obama for breaking word on CIA torture disclosures

Denver Post Politics - A day after the Senate made public its report on CIA abuses following the 9/11 attacks, Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado took to the floor of the Senate to disclose more details about the agency's treatment of terrorism suspects. He also blasted President Barack Obama on Wednesday for breaking his word to shine light on what Udall has dubbed a "dark chapter of our history."   Read more .

There Should Be "No Impunity" for US Torture

Inter Press Service - The timing was inadvertently impeccable as two stinging reports on harsh interrogation techniques – by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in the United States and former military regimes in Brazil – were released on the eve of the 30th anniversary of the U.N. Convention Against Torture.   Read more .

Tens of Thousands Protest Water Privatization in Ireland

Sarah Lazare @ Common Dreams - "We can't pay! We won't pay!" was the call of tens of thousands who took to the streets of Dublin, Ireland on Wednesday to protest a controversial water fee—the latest in a series of unpopular austerity measures imposed on the country's citizens in recent years. The demonstration is timed to coincide with the International Day of Human Rights, which marks the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. The United Nations officially recognizes water and sanitation as a human right.   Read more .

The Most Gruesome Moments in the CIA ‘Torture Report’

The Daily Beast - The CIA’s rendition, interrogation, and detention programs were even more nightmarish than you could imagine. Interrogations that lasted for days on end. Detainees forced to stand on broken legs, or go 180 hours in a row without sleep. A prison so cold, one suspect essentially froze to death. The Senate Intelligence Committee is finally releasing its review of the CIA’s detention and interrogation programs. And it is brutal.   Read more .

2014 'Devastating' for Millions of Children Across the Globe

Nadia Prupis @ Common Dreams - Charging that the world has largely looked the other way, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) on Monday released a new report which concludes 2014 was one of the worst years on record for the overall welfare of children, with over 15 million young people directly harmed by the world's worst conflicts and hundreds of millions more indirectly harmed.   Read more .

'They’ll try to shut you down': Meeting Assange & the non-stop 'War on RT'

Margarita Simonyan @ RT - Last week, while in London, I went to see Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy. We talked off the record of course, so I won’t divulge too much, but will post only what Julian insisted on making public. Before it’s too late. Assange shared an enlightening story about a Kurdish TV station that had been shut down in Denmark. The story, like so many others – from diplomatic cables with undiplomatic comments to hundreds of uninvestigated war crimes in Iraq – came to his attention through a leaked cryptogram.   Read more .

GMO Contamination Denial: Controlling Science

Don Fitz @ Truthout - Did you ever think that investigation of the potential dangers of putting GMOs (genetically modified organisms) into food would be based on objective research? Or that unbiased reviews of research by academic journals would chart a steady march toward scientific truth? If so, you would be very wrong. Through all of its phases, scientific research is subject to repression, manipulation and more insidious forms of control that push it toward a profit-based consensus.   Read more .

Supreme Court Orders BP to Pay Up

Sarah Lazare @ Common Dreams - Despite BP's public relations blitz and high-priced team of lawyers, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected the oil giant's challenge to a settlement of billions of dollars for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion oil spill. The challenge was just the latest attempt by the company to avoid paying those impacted by the disaster.   Read more .

Senate accuses CIA of torturing prisoners, overstepping legal boundaries - The intelligence committee of the United States Senate has released its long-awaited congressional report detailing the CIA’s use of torture on prisoners in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. On Tuesday, the executive summary of the roughly 6,000-page report was finally published by the Senate Intelligence Committee, for the first time exposing the panel’s findings following a four-year-long investigation conducted at a cost of more than $40 million.   Read more .

US sends 6 Guantanamo Bay detainees to Uruguay as 'refugees' - The US has taken up Uruguay’s offer of resettling six detainees from Guantanamo Bay detention center, which has stained the reputation of Barack Obama after he promised to close the facility in 2008. Six individuals who have been held more than 12 years at Guantanamo Bay have been transferred to Uruguay where they will be resettled as refugees... read more .

Rubber bullets, tear gas in Berkeley as police disperse #EricGarner, #Ferguson rally - Protests against police brutality have turned violent in Berkeley, California, as officers are resorting to rubber bullets, flash bang grenades and tear gas in a tense standoff with demonstrators demanding justice. The scene in this liberal college town remains chaotic Saturday night as reports of injured protesters at the hands of the police begin emerged. The protesters took to the streets to express their anger over a series of high-profile incidences involving the death of black Americans at the hands of white police officers - all of whom were cleared of any wrongdoing by the courts.   Read more .

Remains of missing Mexico student identified

Al Jazeera - Forensic experts have identified one of 43 missing Mexican students among charred remains found in a landfill, officials said, partly solving a case that has roiled the government for weeks. "One of the pieces (of bones) belongs to one of the students," a federal official told the AFP news agency on Saturday on condition of anonymity.   Read more.

The Police Killings of Unarmed Black Men is about a Larger State of Official Terror

Harvey Wasserman @ Common Dreams - America’s police forces increasingly serve as a a private corporate army, beyond the reach of the law. But our nation is distracted by race. And millions of white Americans are under the illusion that what was done to Michael Brown and Eric Garner can’t happen to them.   Read more .

1000s protest police violence across US for 3rd night - Thousands of people in New York and other US cities protested for a third night against the use of lethal force by police against minorities, as prosecutors pledged to consider charges against an officer in the killing of an unarmed black man last month. The killing of 28-year-old Akai Gurley, who was gunned down in November by a police officer in a darkened public housing stairwell in Brooklyn, is the latest in an avalanche of deadly police actions across the country which many deem racially-biased.   Read more .

'Don't Waste Our Time': Angry Mother Denounces Ferguson Commission

NBC News - Anger and anguish greeted the first meeting Monday of the Missouri governor's commission tasked with figuring out the "social and economic conditions" contributing to violent protests after the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white Ferguson police officer. The meeting, at the Ferguson Community Center, was supposed to be largely devoted to organizing the proceedings, but community members quickly let the commission know they wanted progress now.   Read more .

The decision not to indict Eric Garner's killer is just the latest story in a long history of violence against black men

Fania Davis @ YES! Magazine - I am among the millions who have experienced the shock, grief, and fury of losing someone to racial violence. When I was 15, two close friends were killed in the Birmingham Sunday School bombing carried out by white supremacists trying to terrorize the rising civil rights movement. Only six years later, my husband was shot and nearly killed by police who broke into our home, all because of our activism at the time, especially in support of the Black Panthers.   Read more .

CIA torture report to be published on Monday without the word 'torture' - The long-awaited publication of the so-called “CIA torture report” is expected to finally occur early next week, but would-be readers, be warned: according to leaks, the executive summary will be absent any and all use of the word “torture.” Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California), the chair of the United States Senate Intelligence Committee, now says that the public will be able to read the executive summary of her panel’s years-long investigation into the CIA’s use of enhanced interrogation techniques next week, with journalist Jason Leopold reporting that the release of the document will come as early as Monday.   Read more .

Another Unarmed Black Male Killed: Phoenix police shooting is latest to ignite outcry

Miami Herald - The deadly shooting of a black, unarmed drug suspect by a white Phoenix police officer who mistook a pill bottle for a gun demonstrates the challenges law enforcement agencies face at a time of unrest over police tactics. Phoenix police say the officer feared the suspect was armed during their struggle... read more .

'Worst' Ecological Disaster in Israel's History as Pipeline Spews Oil

Jon Queally @ Common Dreams - Black rivers of crude oil could be seen flowing across the desert sands in the eastern part of Israel Thursday morning and people on both sides of the border with neighboring Jordan were rushed to hospitals after inhaling toxic fumes from the massive spill that occurred after a major pipeline ruptured, possibly by a maintenace crew.   Read more .

Stephen Hawking: Artificial Intelligence could spell end of human race - World-famous physicist Stephen Hawking told the BBC he believes future developments in artificial intelligence (AI) have the potential to eradicate mankind. The Cambridge professor, who relies on a form of artificial intelligence to communicate, said if technology could match human capabilities “it would take off on its own, and re-design itself at an ever increasing rate.”   Read more .

Las Vegas and the Global Casino We Call Wall Street

Rebecca Solnit @ TomDispatch - “Oh my God, I’m in hell,” I cried out when the car that had rolled for hours through the luscious darkness of the Mojave night came to a jolting stop at a traffic light on Las Vegas Boulevard, right by the giant oscillating fuchsia flowers of the Tropicana. Back then, in the late 1980s, the Strip was the lasciviously long neon tongue a modest-sized city unfurled into the desert. Behind the casinos lining Las Vegas Boulevard was the desert itself -- pale, flat, stony ground with creosote bushes here and there, a vast expanse of darkness, silence, and spaciousness pressing in on the riotousness from all directions.   Read more .

BREAKING: Protests Erupt After Cop in Eric Garner Chokehold Death Not Indicted

ABC News - A large crowd of protesters took over a section of Manhattan's West Side Highway and were in a standoff with police Wednesday evening, hours after a grand jury declined to indict a white police officer in the death of an unarmed black man on Staten Island earlier this summer — in a case that was recorded on video and showed the dead man crying "I can't breathe."   Read more .

Justice Department to open civil rights investigation in Eric Garner case - The US Justice Department announced that it is opening a federal civil rights investigation into the death of Eric Garner, who was killed by a chokehold at the hands of police. US Attorney General Eric Holder made the announcement Wednesday evening, in the wake of a grand jury decision not to indict the police officer responsible for placing Garner in a chokehold. The investigation will consider whether or not police violated Garner's civil rights.   Read more .