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Report Finds NYPD Regularly Uses Banned Chokeholds As ‘First Act’ Even For Mere Verbal Resistance. A report from New York City’s first Inspector General served as a stinging indictment of the NYPD.

Report Finds NYPD Regularly Uses Banned Chokeholds As ‘First Act’ Even For Mere Verbal Resistance

The NYPD officially banned chokeholds in 1993 in response to growing concern at the time for those who died in police custody. Despite the ban, however, complaints about the use of chokeholds by the NYPD have continued to rise over the years, especially in predominantly black neighborhoods. The current NYPD Patrol Guide clearly states that chokeholds are prohibited: At the scene of a police incident, many members of the service may be present and some members may not be directly involved in taking police actions.

However, this does not relieve any member present of the obligation to ensure that the requirements of the law and Department regulations are complied with. Anti-terror bill to focus on preventive arrests; possible border laws. The government plans to table an anti-terrorism bill as soon as late January that will likely include preventive arrests to thwart suspected terrorist acts.

Anti-terror bill to focus on preventive arrests; possible border laws

The government has also hinted at laws concerning border security, but not in specific detail. Prime Minister Stephen Harper said last Thursday a new bill is coming soon, which would likely contain “additional powers to make sure that our security agencies have the range of tools available to them to identify potential terror threats and to take arrests and other actions — detention and arrests and other actions — where necessary.” Harper said to expect legislation soon after Parliament returns Jan. 26. “I anticipate that we will be moving forward very early in the new session,” he said. Since the Oct. 22 shooting, Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney has repeatedly said his government was contemplating laws to allow preventive arrests. NYPD's Work Stoppage Backfire: Arrest Rates Plummet At No Cost to Public Safety. Members of the New York Police Department are currently engaged in a nonviolent campaign against New York City officials.

NYPD's Work Stoppage Backfire: Arrest Rates Plummet At No Cost to Public Safety

Almost immediately following the killing of NYPD officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu on December 20, department members began to publicly dissent against both Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner William Bratton. On December 27, hundreds of police officers turned their backs to de Blasio at the funeral services for Ramos, as he addressed the crowd that had gathered outside the chapel. The mayor then faced a similar response at the Madison Square Garden graduation of 884 new officers last Monday.

On Friday, Bratton issued a firmly-worded memo ahead of Liu’s Sunday funeral, saying that the service should be about “grieving not grievance.” Facebook. Facebook. Pulitzer winner Chris Hedges on Roots of Terrorism, Free Speech Hypocrisy & Translating #JeSuisCharlie — RT Breaking the Set. Canada business tax cuts under fire by small business, NDP as budget nears. OTTAWA — It’s a $60-billion venture for the federal Conservative government.

Canada business tax cuts under fire by small business, NDP as budget nears

That’s the estimated amount of tax relief Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government has offered up to businesses in Canada since taking power in 2006 — reducing the country’s corporate tax rates to some of the lowest in the world. The government maintains the widespread corporate tax relief has been an answer for the sluggish Canadian economy — spurring investment and job creation, while putting tax dollars back into the pockets of business owners, taxpayers and shareholders. 'Clarissa Explains It All' Clarissa Darling of '90s sitcom "Clarissa Explains It All," has given us the 411 on everything from pimples to training bras to annoying little brothers.

'Clarissa Explains It All'

Now she's taking on a somewhat more complex concept: white supremacy. The Facebook page "Clarissa Explains WS," created in December, breaks down the concept of white supremacy using Clarissa from '90s TV show "Clarissa Explains It All" in memes. In light of the recent deaths of multiple unarmed black men including Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice and Akai Gurley at the hands of police, and the bombing of an NAACP headquarters in Colorado on Jan. 6, the topic is more important than ever. Boehner Screws The Middle Class Out Of $2000 Tax Cut, Saves 1%ers Billions. House Speaker John Boehner, proving yet again that he cares not one bit about average Americans, shot down a proposal from House Democrats that would have put $2000 into the pockets of couples earning less than $200k a year.

Boehner Screws The Middle Class Out Of $2000 Tax Cut, Saves 1%ers Billions

According to the Washington Post, the proposed tax cut would have gone a long way towards addressing income inequality: The centerpiece of the proposal, set to be unveiled Monday by Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), is a “paycheck bonus credit” that would shave $2,000 a year off the tax bills of couples earning less than $200,000. Other provisions would nearly triple the tax credit for child care and reward people who save at least $500 a year.The windfall — about $1.2 trillion over a decade — would come directly from the pockets of Wall Street “high rollers” through a new fee on financial transactions, and from the top 1 percent of earners, who would lose billions of dollars in lucrative tax breaks. Tax hike? KeySweeper — Arduino-based Keylogger for Wireless Keyboards - Hacker News. Security researcher has developed a cheap USB wall charger that is capable to eavesdrop on almost any Microsoft wireless keyboard.

KeySweeper — Arduino-based Keylogger for Wireless Keyboards - Hacker News

MySpace mischief-maker Samy Kamkar has released a super-creepy keystroke logger for Microsoft wireless keyboards cunningly hidden in what appears to be a rather cheap, but functioning USB wall charger. The stealthy Arduino-based device, dubbed "KeySweeper", looks and functions just like a generic USB mobile charger, but actually sniffs, decrypts, logs, and reports back all keystrokes from a Microsoft wireless keyboard. "KeySweeper is a stealthy Ardunio-based device camouflaged as a wall charger that wirelessly sniffs, decrypts, logs and reports-back all keystrokes from any Microsoft wireless keyboard in the vicinity," Kamkar said. The security researcher has also released instructions on how to build the USB wall charger online and surprisinglyits is cheap to build and quite capable. Schrodinger's Carrier: AT&T Is/Is Not A Common Carrier Depending On Who's Looking For What Reason.

While any respectable company can be good at PR and legal bullshitting, cable and phone companies, having navigated and built their pampered duopoly empire over a generation of regulatory capture, are exceptionally good at it.

Schrodinger's Carrier: AT&T Is/Is Not A Common Carrier Depending On Who's Looking For What Reason

And among broadband and cable operators, nobody is better at bullshit (or worse at it, depending on where your interests lie) than AT&T. Whether it's AT&T's claim that gutting all state consumer protections will result in magic networks of tomorrow, or claiming that acquiring T-Mobile would create jobs and magically improve competition, AT&T's a master at trying to convince the government (and press and public) that up is down and that snow is piping hot. 'CrossCountry Canada' Is Now Free to Play Online. All 'CrossCountry Canada' screencaps via Internet Archive In today's video games, you can choose to assume the role of a high-powered military dynamo in the Call of Duty series to murder other soldiers in glorious HD, or you hop into the boots of an alien in Destiny to zoom across moonscapes with a jetpack and a space rifle.

'CrossCountry Canada' Is Now Free to Play Online

But in the glory days of the Canadian edutainment software industry in 1991, the name of the game was: delivering potash from Saskatoon to Winnipeg in the most subdued and frustrating manner possible. If you grew up in Canada's elementary school system in the 90s, there's a good chance you sat in front of a text-command-driven truck driving simulator called CrossCountry Canada (play here). The weird thing about the game is that most people who played it seemed to have fond memories of it. I immediately felt a rush of nostalgia as I saw the CrossCountry Canada title screen pop up in my browser, and was excited to enter my name of choice: Thrillho. Why the Internet is slowly strangling religion. This article originally appeared on AlterNet.

Why the Internet is slowly strangling religion

While the burgeoning atheist movement loves throwing conferences and selling books, a huge chunk–possibly most–of its resources go toward the Internet. This isn’t borne out of laziness or a hostility to wearing pants so much as a belief that the Internet is uniquely positioned as the perfect tool for sharing arguments against religion with believers who are experiencing doubts. It’s searchable, it allows back-and-forth debate, and it makes proving your arguments through links much easier. Above all else, it’s private. Bill Maher - Bill Maher a partagé la photo de Occupy... 10 Things the Media Won't be Talking About After the Paris Terror Attack. | WTF News | The Paris terror attack has sucked up all the oxygen in the room, nothing else will be discussed. 1. Last week’s 9/11 Truth press conference. These Are The Last Remaining Old School Mississippi Blues Musicians. Since 2008, photographer Lou Bopp has been capturing the now elderly men who constitute the Mississippi Delta Blues musicians of a previous era.

With calloused hands, worn faces and twinkling eyes, the blues artists are living remnants of a bygone time, one of juke joints and fiery soul. “As a photographer and part of my overall DNA, I wanted to go where most do not, could not, nor dare not venture,” Bopp explains in his artist statement. “Their stories seem embedded in their skin, scent, hands, stares; they are draped in history.” The hands of Pat Thomas, bluesman and son of bluesman James Son Thomas.

Leland, MS. Occupy Calgary - p If you earn $136,275, you’re in... The Young Turks - Think “White Pride” is racist? Well... Addicting Info - Fox News has enlisted two of their... What David Cameron just proposed would endanger every Briton and destroy the IT industry. David Cameron says there should be no "means of communication" which "we cannot read" -- and no doubt many in his party will agree with him, politically. But if they understood the technology, they would be shocked to their boots. What David Cameron thinks he's saying is, "We will command all the software creators we can reach to introduce back-doors into their tools for us. " There are enormous problems with this: there's no back door that only lets good guys go through it. If your Whatsapp or Google Hangouts has a deliberately introduced flaw in it, then foreign spies, criminals, crooked police (like those who fed sensitive information to the tabloids who were implicated in the hacking scandal -- and like the high-level police who secretly worked for organised crime for years), and criminals will eventually discover this vulnerability.

They -- and not just the security services -- will be able to use it to intercept all of our communications.