Lessons from the Successful Campaign to Defeat the Trump-Style Hate of Sheriff Joe Arpaio Photo Credit: Bazta Arpaio During his 24 years as the sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, Joe Arpaio erected a tent city prison he referred to as a “concentration camp;” forced incarcerated people to march in front of media cameras while chained together; repeatedly defied court orders to stop racially profiling people of Latin American descent; and became a national ambassador for Arizona’s inhumane detention and deportation policies. It is difficult to know exactly how many people were tortured, killed or committed suicide in his jails, but many suspect the number is high.
Posse Comitatus Act The Act, as modified in 1981, refers to the Armed Forces of the United States. It does not apply to the National Guard under state authority from acting in a law enforcement capacity within its home state or in an adjacent state if invited by that state's governor. The United States Coast Guard, which operates under the Department of Homeland Security, is also not covered by the Posse Comitatus Act, primarily because the Coast Guard has both a maritime law enforcement mission and a federal regulatory agency mission. History In return for Southern acquiescence regarding Hayes, Republicans agreed to support the withdrawal of federal troops from the former Confederate states, ending Reconstruction.
The DOJ’s escalating criminalization of speech Over the past several years, the Justice Department has increasingly attempted to criminalize what is clearly protected political speech by prosecuting numerous individuals (Muslims, needless to say) for disseminating political views the government dislikes or considers threatening. The latest episode emerged on Friday, when the FBI announced the arrest and indictment of Jubair Ahmad, a 24-year-old Pakistani legal resident living in Virginia, charged with “providing material support” to a designated Terrorist organization (Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT)). What is the “material support” he allegedly gave? He produced and uploaded a 5-minute video to YouTube featuring photographs of U.S. abuses in Abu Ghraib, video of armored trucks exploding after being hit by IEDs, prayer messages about “jihad” from LeT’s leader, and — according to the FBI’s Affidavit — “a number of terrorist logos.”
New online game allows kids to design their own energy-efficient city © Plan It GreenFor those involved in engaging and educating our young clean energy leaders of tomorrow, another tool just got added to your workshop, thanks to a new online city-building game. Plan It Green allows players to create their own virtual cities and attempt to transform them into the most energy-efficient cities possible, earning points for energy production, eco-friendliness, and the happiness of the citizens of these digital domains. The free game aims to help young people better understand the energy systems available to us and what it takes to build a successful and sustainable community. Produced by National Geographic, GE, and the Center for Science as a part of the Connect! Transform the Future initiative, Plan It Green: The Big Switch is designed to increase youth awareness of our energy issues and then help players understand how to make more sustainable choices and build a model green city. Start building a model green city of the future today at Plan It Green.
Read The Bill: S. 1253 Sec. 1. Short title. Sec. 2. Organization of Act into divisions; table of contents. The Facts About Americans Who Receive Public Benefits SOURCE: AP/Bradley C Bower Trays of printed Social Security checks wait to be mailed from the U.S. Treasury's Financial Management services facility in Philadelphia. By Joy Moses | December 16, 2011 Download this issue brief (pdf) Escalation. This week in Developmental Psychology class I presented a paper on dating violence in teenage relationships. I'm not going to rehash the paper here, because it's boring and Google-vulnerable, but I wanted to share the most interesting conclusion I found. How much conflict there is in a relationship, or the seriousness of the conflict issues, are not predictors of whether there will be violence. The biggest predictor is the degree to which conflicts in the relationship escalate.
About TreeHugger TreeHugger is the leading media outlet dedicated to driving sustainability mainstream. Partial to a modern aesthetic, we strive to be a one-stop shop for green news, solutions, and product information. We publish an up to the minute blog, weekly and daily newsletters, and regularly updated Twitter and Facebook pages. TreeHugger is part of Narrative Content Group. Melissa Breyer Black Friday is Buy Nothing Day (Here are 10 Films to Spread the Shopping-Free Cheer!) By Tim Hjersted Since 1997, the biggest shopping day of the year in North America has also been known as Buy Nothing Day - a playful protest against the cultural and commercial pressures that compel us to consume more every year, grow more in debt to prove our love to our loved ones and find temporary happiness in that euphoric moment of purchase. It's a movement that has been growing internationally every year, despite the commercial pressures now enveloping even Thanksgiving in the holiday madness. More and more people have had enough and are choosing to celebrate with their loved ones a different way - by not buying anything! In the spirit of the shopping-free holiday, here are 10 of the best documentaries that give inspiration to the day (click the links to watch online): Explore more films on consumerism here.
Revealed: government plans for police privatisation Private companies could take responsibility for investigating crimes, patrolling neighbourhoods and even detaining suspects under a radical privatisation plan being put forward by two of the largest police forces in the country. West Midlands and Surrey have invited bids from G4S and other major security companies on behalf of all forces across England and Wales to take over the delivery of a wide range of services previously carried out by the police. The contract is the largest on police privatisation so far, with a potential value of £1.5bn over seven years, rising to a possible £3.5bn depending on how many other forces get involved. This scale dwarfs the recent £200m contract between Lincolnshire police and G4S, under which half the force's civilian staff are to join the private security company, which will also build and run a police station for the first time.
Communicate if Your Government Shuts Off Your Internet From Wired How-To Wiki Scenario: Your government is displeased with the communication going on in your location and pulls the plug on your internet access, most likely by telling the major ISPs to turn off service. This is what happened in Egypt Jan. 25 prompted by citizen protests, with sources estimating that the Egyptian government cut off approximately 88 percent of the country's internet access. What do you do without internet? Step 1: Stop crying in the corner. Then start taking steps to reconnect with your network.