This. Literally the first thing you learn when you begin to handle a gun is to only point the gun at something you are willing to shoot.
I feel so useless sitting here. What can I do to help Ferguson??
Free thought for a free life. Answer:
national moment of silence 2014 (for victims of police brutality)
share the following:
Ferguson Police Department
Email (taken off the site)
222 S. Florissant Road
Ferguson, MO 63135
Every Tuesday night at 9pm EST there is an excellent twitter chat called #HipHopEd . Last night’s topic was, ‘What Is Hip Hop’s Role In The School To Prison Pipeline?’ I used this time to breakdown the connection between hip hop and private prisons, which fuel the School To Prison Pipeline.
While hip hop is not solely and directly responsible for the School To Prison Pipeline, it definitely plays a role as those who control what we listen to and see, invest in private prisons.
CCA is the Corrections Corporation of America, they are the oldest & largest private prison company in the United States. Not only have they capitalized on the failed war on drugs by housing drug offenders, they also found a way to bring in new revenue by incarcerating undocumented immigrants.
GEO is the second largest private prison company in the U.S. and has facilities in the UK, Australia and south Africa.
When we dig into the financials, investments & shareholders of media conglomerates and private prisons, we begin to see some familiar names. Vanguard is one name that comes up frequently as their hands dip in both media interests AND private prisons. Not only is Vanguard the largest shareholder in CCA, they are also the largest shareholder in GEO. When you hold as much stock as Vanguard, it is easy to assume, and rightfully so, that there is enough power to decide what we see and hear on the radio and tv.We all know that Viacom owns VH1, BET & MTV, so we see what type of programming comes out of those channels. Again, this is not to say that hip hop is the cause of the school to prison pipeline or mass incarceration, but it does help fuel it and it certainly invests in it. These connections between investors in private prisons & media are proof.
*I know you all are sticklers for wording, so let me say that filling the radio stations with music that glamorizes criminal lifestyles and drug use is only ONE of MANY ways to help fill prisons when crime rates are down & companies like CCA are requiring 90% occupancy*
As always, please don’t take anything that I blog on here for fact. These are my truths as I have researched for myself, now I urge you to do the same. I have posted some links to help get you started. Let’s continue to learn and educate ourselves and others so we can work collectively to dismantle the the prison industrial complex!
Time Warner Cable Holdings: http://bit.ly/1qXjzJu
CCA Holdings: http://bit.ly/1mnlhMA
GEO Holdings: http://bit.ly/1oE9JJd
Letter sent by CCA soliciting states to keep prisons 90% full: http://huff.to/1qXiv8p
GEO website: http://www.geogroup.com/
CCA website (take a look at their board of directors, you’ll find a familiar name on there): http://www.correctionscorp.com/
Late last year, I published a post titled: Two Congressmen Push for Release of 28-Page Document Showing Saudi Involvement in 9/11. Here’s an excerpt from the piece:
Since terrorists attacked the United States on Sept. 11, 2001, victims’ loved ones, injured survivors, and members of the media have all tried without much success to discover the true nature of the relationship between the 19 hijackers – 15 of them Saudi nationals – and the Saudi Arabian government. Many news organizations reported that some of the terrorists were linked to the Saudi royals and that they even may have received financial support from them as well as from several mysterious, moneyed Saudi men living in San Diego.
Saudi Arabia has repeatedly denied any connection, and neither President George W. Bush nor President Obama has been forthcoming on this issue.
But earlier this year, Reps. Walter B. Jones, R-N.C., and Stephen Lynch, D-Mass., were given access to the 28 redacted pages of the Joint Intelligence Committee Inquiry (JICI) of 9/11 issued in late 2002, which have been thought to hold some answers about the Saudi connection to the attack.
“I was absolutely shocked by what I read,” Jones told International Business Times. “What was so surprising was that those whom we thought we could trust really disappointed me. I cannot go into it any more than that. I had to sign an oath that what I read had to remain confidential. But the information I read disappointed me greatly.”
The public may soon also get to see these secret documents. Last week, Jones and Lynch introduced a resolution that urges President Obama to declassify the 28 pages, which were originally classified by President George W. Bush. It has never been fully explained why the pages were blacked out, but President Bush stated in 2003 that releasing the pages would violate national security.
Naturally, the so-called “most transparent Administration in history” hasn’t declassified anything, but that didn’t stop Rep. Thomas Massie, R-KY from reading them. What he saw was so incredibly disturbing he called a press conference to talk about it. This is what he had to say:
That’s three members of Congress that I know of who have come out shell-shocked upon reading this document. So why can’t the American public see it?
The Truth And Lies Of 911, Michael C. Ruppert.
Mike Ruppert a former LA Police Dept narcotics officer with a presentation at Portland State University.
Mike,who revealed CIA involvement in drug trafficking,reveals the real reason behind the attacks of 911.(2004)
This is a must see presentation,jam packed with information.
Mike`s website is www.copvcia.com.
A full list of further websites are detailed at the end of the film.
ARCHITECTS AND ENGINEERS FOR 911 TRUTH WEBSITE
JOURNAL OF 911 STUDIES WEBSITE
AE911Truth - Richard Humenn P.E.E. WTC Chief Electrical Design Engineer
AE911Truth Kamal Obeid, C.E., S.E. Civil and Structural Engineer.
AE911Truth Jerry Lobdall, C.E. Chemical Engineer Physicist
AE911Truth Casey Pfeiffer, S.E. Structural Engineer.
AE911Truth Robert Podolski, Physicist, Engineer.
AE911Truth Lynn Margulis, PhD, Scientist.
AE911TRUTH Stephen Dusterwald S.E. STRUCTURAL ENGINEER.
AE911Truth Tony Szamboti, M.E. - Mechanical Engineer
AE911Truth Stephen Barasch High-rise Architect
AE911Truth - Scott Grainger,FPE - Fire Protection Engineer
AE911Truth - Les Young - High-rise Architect
AE911Truth Robert McCoy High-rise Architect
AE911Truth Kathy McGrade, B.S. Metallurgical Engineering.
AE911Truth Ron Brookman, S E Structural Engineer.
AE911Truth David Topete, MSCE, S.E..
WTC Eyewitness ” a bomb went off in the lobby first,then a plane hit”
9/11 WTC Eyewitness heard explosion before WTC2 collapsed
9/11 Eyewitness- “Flames exploded out the front of the World Trade Center”
911 Eyewitness Nina Pineda - “ground shook/booming sound”.
911 Eyewitness ABC7 Nina Pineda - “Firebombs And Explosions.”
9/11 Eyewitness Nina Pineda -“From that last explosion it is now again dark”
9/11 WTC Eyewitness - Philip Morelli
911 WTC EYEWITNESSES BASEMENT AND LOBBY EXPLOSIONS
9/11 Eyewitness to molten metal David Long.
9/11 WTC Eyewitness Marlene Cruz describes basement explosions
9/11 WTC Eyewitness Joe Torres. WABC-NY
9/11 : WTC Eyewitness heard “large boom” before the collapse of WTC2.
9/11 WTC - NYPD Cop “numerous secondary explosions” in WTC.
9/11 WTC CNN:”When The First Tower Collapsed It Was A Massive Explosion”Patty Sabga
WTC Eyewitness ” a bomb went off in the lobby first,then a plane hit”
9/11 : FireFighters describe 3 Explosions After Plane Hit WTC.
9/11 :WTC Eyewitness describes explosions ( see video description) NIST F.O.I.A.
June 24 2014
Almost three years have passed since the United States government extrajudicially murdered American citizen Anwar al-Awlaki with a drone strike in Yemen. Al-Awlaki, although described by the government as a “terrorist” mastermind, had never been charged with any crime.
The Obama adminstration refused to disclose the legal reasoning behind the killing. But thanks to Freedom Information Act lawsuits by The New York Times and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), a redacted version of the Department of Justice memo which outlines the Obama administration’s rationale for killing American citizens abroad without trial is now public.
Authored by David Barron — former chief of the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, who has since been appointed by Obama to a federal judgeship — the 41-page document seeks to legitimize so-called targeted killings, a practice Obama’s predecessor, George W. Bush, vigorously condemned Israel for using against Palestinians during the second intifada.
Shout out to Israel
This makes it all the more ironic that the Obama administration’s kill memo cites an Israeli Supreme Court decision to justify al-Awlaki’s summary execution.
On page 40, the kill memo — using an alternative transliteration for al-Awlaki’s name — states:
In addition to the nature of the threat posed by al-Aulaqi’s activities, both agencies here have represented that they intend to capture rather than target al-Aulaqi if feasible; yet we also understand that an operation by either agency to capture al-Aulaqi in Yemen would be infeasible at this time.
Below that, the memo cites Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI) v. Government of Israel, a 2006 Israeli Supreme Court decision that ruled that the targeted assassinations of hundreds of Palestinians since the start of the second intifada were legal and did not violate international law. The memo provides this as the basis for determining the infeasibility of al-Awlaki’s capture, with the following explanation in parentheses:
although arrest, investigation and trial “might actually be particularly practical under the conditions of belligerent occupation, in which the army controls the area in which the operation takes place,” such alternatives “are not means which can always be used,” either because they are impossible or because they involve a great risk to the lives of soldiers.
War of terror
It should not come as a surprise that the US is echoing Israeli rationale to validate its own belligerence in the “war on terror,” which bears a striking resemblance to Israel’s decades-long war on the Palestinians and its neighbors.
In the summer of 2001, then US Ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk declared, “The United States government is very clearly on record as against targeted assassinations. They are extrajudicial killings, and we do not support that.”
This philosophy was thrown out the window following the 11 September 2001 attacks in New York, Washington, DC and Pennsylvania. Even so, the Bush administration carried out extrajudicial killings sparingly in comparison to Obama, who has embraced assassination as the centerpiece of his counterterrorism strategy, killing thousands in Yemen, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Somalia in the process.
"His grandmother and I are raising him. I worry about putting him into the public school system. I was a teacher for many years. I’ve seen so much confidence destroyed by the standardized system. Every human is born with natural curiosity. I’ve never seen a child who wasn’t inspired. But once you force someone to do anything, the inspired person is killed. I dropped out of school myself in 7th grade. So I know. I taught a GED course for years, so I’ve seen the end results over and over. I’ve seen so many kids who have complexes and insecurities because they were forced to do something they weren’t ready to do, and then they were blamed when they weren’t able to do it. What we call ‘education’ today is not organic. You can’t take something as complex as the human mind, compartmentalize it, and regiment its development so strictly."