This is why we need to protect transwomen of color at all cost. All of these beautiful people where murdered this year, and they represent only the most public and brutal murders of transwomen all over the world. This is why cisphobia isn’t a real fucking thing, this is why I hate you because your cissexist transphobic actions lead to the deaths of beautiful and brilliant people.
French-American says he was regularly searched at border for years.
Durham Police Chief claims teen died from self-inflicted gun wound while handcuffed
December 12, 2013
A Durham teen died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez said Wednesday afternoon at a news conference.
Lopez held a 3 p.m. news conference and started by extending condolences to the family of Jesus Huerta, who died in a police cruiser in November. Huerta was 17.
He said the noise heard by the officer was a gunshot, and said it was a gunshot wound to the head.
Lopez said a handgun was found in the car and that Huerta was still handcuffed from behind. He said the wound was self-inflicted.
"The medical examiner’s office has confirmed that Jesus Huerta died from a gunshot wound to his head," Lopez said. "Whether that wound was accidental or intentional is unknown at this time."
Lopez said Huerta was searched, and police are not sure where how he had the weapon.
"I know that it is hard for people not in law enforcement to understand how someone could be capable of shooting themselves while handcuffed behind the back," Lopez said. "While incidents like this are not common, they unfortunately have happened in other jurisdictions in the past."
Huerta’s family released a statement following the press conference held by Lopez. The family of Huerta said the press conference did not release any new information to the public.
"How did Jesús end up dead in the parking lot at police headquarters in these circumstances? Searched. Handcuffed behind the back. How is it even possible to shoot oneself?" the statement reads.
The family of Huerta also requested all forms of communication “received, sent, possessed or created by any City of Durham employee and/or city official (including but not limited to the police chief, command staff, city manager, police public relations/press staff) that touch upon or concern the detention, arrest, death and all investigations concerning Jesús Huerta.”
Lopez said the SBI is continuing their investigation into the incident for any possible criminal violations, which is standard procedure
It's not the morphine, it's the size of the cage: Rat Park experiment upturns conventional wisdom about addiction
(GarryTan) We all learned this in DARE class. About the rats in a cage who can self-administer morphine who get addicted to the stuff, and then just hit that lever until they die. A seemingly keystone argument in the war against drugs. Professor Avram Goldstein, the creator of that study, has said: “A rat addicted to heroin is not rebelling against society, is not a victim of socioeconomic circumstances, is not a product of a dysfunctional family, and is not a criminal. The rat’s behavior is simply controlled by the action of heroin (actually morphine, to which heroin is converted in the body) on its brain.” So, it’s the drug, and its addictive control. Surely we must eradicate drugs as a result!
But there’s another model out there by researcher Bruce Alexander of Simon Fraser University called Rat Park. From that wikipedia page:
Alexander’s hypothesis was that drugs do not cause addiction, and that the apparent addiction to opiate drugs commonly observed in laboratory rats exposed to it is attributable to their living conditions, and not to any addictive property of the drug itself. He told the Canadian Senate in 2001 that prior experiments in which laboratory rats were kept isolated in cramped metal cages, tethered to a self-injection apparatus, show only that “severely distressed animals, like severely distressed people, will relieve their distress pharmacologically if they can.”
To test his hypothesis, Alexander built Rat Park, an 8.8 m2 (95 sq ft) housing colony, 200 times the square footage of a standard laboratory cage. There were 16–20 rats of both sexes in residence, an abundance of food, balls and wheels for play, and enough space for mating and raising litters. The results of the experiment appeared to support his hypothesis. Rats who had been forced to consume morphine hydrochloride for 57 consecutive days were brought to Rat Park and given a choice between plain tap water and water laced with morphine. For the most part, they chose the plain water. “Nothing that we tried,” Alexander wrote, “… produced anything that looked like addiction in rats that were housed in a reasonably normal environment.” Control groups of rats isolated in small cages consumed much more morphine in this and several subsequent experiments.
And so rats that are born into extreme conditions in small cages are clearly more likely to self-medicate. Tom Stafford of the BBC writes:
The results are catastrophic for the simplistic idea that one use of a drug inevitably hooks the user by rewiring their brain. When Alexander’s rats were given something better to do than sit in a bare cage they turned their noses up at morphine because they preferred playing with their friends and exploring their surroundings to getting high.
Further support for his emphasis on living conditions came from another set of tests his team carried out in which rats brought up in ordinary cages were forced to consume morphine for 57 days in a row. If anything should create the conditions for chemical rewiring of their brains, this should be it. But once these rats were moved to Rat Park they chose water over morphine when given the choice, although they did exhibit some minor withdrawal symptoms.
Last month, 12-year-old Laporshia Massey died of an asthma attack that started in a school without a nurse on campus.* Her teachers told her, “there’s no nurse, and just to be calm.”* Because of Philly budget cuts, her school’s nurse is only there two days a week, but Laporshia couldn’t wait for another day. She shouldn’t have had to wait another hour. Laporshia listened to her teachers and struggled through her classes. When she got home, her parents rushed her to the hospital. They even flagged down an ambulance in traffic to save precious minutes, but it was too late. What would have happened if a nurse had been able to call for help earlier in the day?
Tell Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett: Please release the $45 million in federal funds that you are currently withholding from Philly schools and could be used to rehire nurses and counselors.
Having nurses and counselors present all day – every day – is essential to making sure children can learn safely. Not another day should go by without full-time nurses and counselors in every school.
The state of education for black children is so bad that they’re dying from having asthma attacks at school. And that doesn’t even address the issue about children of color having increasing rates of having conditions like asthma.
Following his experience of being called a racial slur on his flight, Brandon T. Jackson was questioned by the police for being the victim of racism. Then when his flight landed and he was done being questioned by the police, he was restricted from flying anymore and stranded and left to unexpectedly look for a hotel while they were all booked. All of this occurred because a racist US Airways staff member called him the n-word and told him “I don’t care if you’re Obama’s son”. He’s asking that this story and information be shared so please do so.
A federal appellate panel says Judge Shira A. Scheindlin, who has been overseeing litigation on the tactic, violated a judicial code of conduct.
Stop-and-Frisk is back and the judge who got rid of it has been removed from the case. -_-
The TSA is allowed to lie in its responses to Freedom of Information Requests. Its court-granted ability to lie to the public it nominally serves isn’t limited to sensitive issues, either: they’re allowed to pretend that they don’t have CCTV footage of their own officers violating their own policies, even when they do.
United Nations, Sep 3 (Prensa Latina) - The United Nations is urging the United States to examine its discriminatory laws against the African-American population in that country and review the case of Trayvon Martin, murdered in Florida.
The UN is demanding a swift conclusion to an analysis of the trial that ended up absolving the self-styled security guard George Zimmerman in his cold-blooded murder of the 17 year-old Martin in February, 2012.
The appeal was lodged in Geneva by Verene Shepherd, head of the UN working group dedicated to African descendants, and UN Special Narrator Regarding Racism, Mutuma Ruteere.
"We have asked the US government to guarantee that its laws correspond with international legal obligations," emphasized the specialists of this world body.
They also recalled that United States is a signatory to the international conventions on civil and political rights as well as the elimination of racial discrimination and other related agreements.
They also stressed that the case of Martin proved that African-Americans in the US face increased racial discrimination.
well would you look at that
Global Climate Change endangers U.S. Power Grid. Time to upgrade power grid. End of conversation.
WHAT? Ok, upgrade the power grid. Upgrade our transportation infrastructure. Employ some people, rebuild the country, whatever. Awesome.
BUT LET’S TALK ABOUT THE FUCKING CLIMATE CHANGE.
A federal judge has ruled that the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk procedure — which has become a means by which police can harass, search and detain people of color without suspicion or warrant — is unconstitutional.
Doesn’t make stop-and-frisk illegal, just the NYPD’s particular brand of it.
The NSA is to cut 90% of its 1,000 sysadmins in a bid to reduce the risk of leaks. NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden was a network administrator, charged with keeping the machines running on the network of vast data-centers used by the NSA to harvest, store and analyze unimaginably large quantities of data.
I shouldn’t laugh about people getting fired but bahahaha? *shrug* If I had my druthers, the whole of the NSA would be fired.
Humans will always be the weakest point in any security scheme. Does someone need “mad skillz” to be a Snowden style whistle blower? No. Just from being employed, we learn so many things that would embarrass our employers if they were publicized. So, why fire the sysadmins? Because of myth, identity, and narrative.
It’s hard for humans to carve their own path. Myths aren’t simply “lies,” they’re stories that illustrate elements of the culture they are born in. Urban legends are a great example.
Everyone has heard the legend that if you see a car driving at night with its lights off and you flash your high beams at it, you will be murdered as part of a gang initiation. We’ve heard the legend that if you buy a red car your insurance will charge you extra. What these legends really tell us is that whatever random happenstance happens to us is our own fault. I hope this is uniquely American conceit but I’ll save that for some other day. If ever.
At one of my previous workplaces, a truly epic “quitting” story became a myth. Not untrue but a story that offered us a narrative of a way out of a truly shitty situation … if ever we wanted one.
I also mentioned identity. I’ll keep that one short because I haven’t thought of a succinct example that doesn’t involve my family. My siblings and I have developed certain similar attitudes on certain subjects which we’ve turned into an identity. People in our family don’t like gold jewelry. There’s a certain pride in these quirks.
In order to become a sysadmin, most people will follow certain paths that give them particular identities and expose them to particular myths. By taking the actions Snowden did, he established narrative. Now any sysadmin at the NSA has a clearly marked trail they can follow the moment they decide to embrace the Myth of Snowden. No longer would they be carving their own path in order to blow the whistle.
This makes all of their highly technical staff potentially more dangerous to the mission of the NSA than the average office worker with a pile of gossip.
If there’s any method to what the NSA did with this mass firing, it would be that.
Disclaimer: I don’t think Snowden is that great of a person. I am glad he blew the whistle but I don’t think he’s some sort of saint for having done so.
Hiroshima and Nagasaki
American Rights at Work is a nonprofit advocacy organization whose mission is to support workers’ rights to a free choice and a fair chance to join a union., NLRB Green Lights Ban on Off-Duty Fraternizing Among Co-Workers It is a regular pastime for co-workers to chat during a coffee break, at a union hall, or over a beer about workplace issues, good grilling recipes, and celebrity gossip. Yet a recent ruling by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) allows employers to ban off-duty fraternizing among co-
Little old but from what I can tell, still in place. Fucking betrayal, NLRB. Fucking betrayal.
ETA: It was overturned though not by the NLRB which, since it’s for us workers, should never have ruled that way in the first fucking place. Jackasses.