Police use Taser on deaf crime victim

This story was posted at Crooks and Liars. I'm not familiar with all of the fair use rules and I don't want to violate any copyright laws so I'm just posting a link to the original investigative piece. At a minimum this is an example of remarkably incompetent police.

KIRO TV’s investigative unit has discovered Tacoma police used force to arrest and handcuff an innocent deaf woman after she called 911 for their help.

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Occupy Democracy

I was wrong. I thought the Occupy movement would have regained steam by now and 2012 would bring increased citizen protests against the ruling oligarchy. That’s what I was thinking when winter set in 2011. But we’re now into August and there’s no sign of anything approaching what happened last year with the Occupy encampments and street protests and the accompanying massive Homeland Security directed police state response.

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Favorite Songs: Life, Livin', & Dyin' Edition

Also available in Orange...

Howdy howdy howdy everybody! Yessir, it's Tuesday evening so you know what time it is! Yes, thank gawd - it's time to leave all the bad news and politics behind and escape into our favorite tunes instead!

Well, I don't have any direct inspiration for the theme, though I did have a nasty day at work...

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Gender Prison: Twenty years ago today…

Well, 20 years ago I was in the midst of writing an online diary…one of the first efforts at "blogging", if you will.

The diary concerned the last month and a bit before I would be undergoing by sex reassignment surgery (or gender confirmation surgery, as some like to call it).

This was an account of almost 5 weeks of 1994, broken into daily posts. I gathered them into three to four day groups in 2007. They can be found here:

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Occupy China/Open Thread

Well it looks like the kids aren't alright.

'Occupy' with Chinese characteristics

One of life's many ironies is that the Occupy model of disobedient activism has racked up more successes in the land ruled by that poster child of remorseless authoritarianism, the Chinese Communist Party, than it has in the United States.

More anarchy below.

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Sunday Train: Cycle & Pedestrian Islands and Tiny Trains

Burning the Midnight Oil for Living Energy Independence

"Oh, sure, more than 1/5 of journeys to work in Eindhoven, The Hague, Amsterdam and Utrecht in the Netherlands are by bike, but they are flat. It would never work here, its hilly." Given that Copenhagen has one of the highest European cycling mode shares in trips to work, winter is obviously not the obstacle that it is sometimes made out to be ~ ah, but hills. They are an insuperable obstacle.

Back in April, 2010, comparing Portland and Seattle, Jarret Walker asked, Should we plan transit for "bikeability"? This was following a project by Adam Parast comparing the cycling potential of Portland and Seattle, including potential bikeability with improved infrastructure. And the geography of Portland, with most development and activity on the flat or gently sloping floor of a valley, is substantially different from the geography of Seattle, built on "seven hills", with water obstacles tossed in for good measure.

Today's Sunday Train looks at what role public transport can serve in helping to increase cycling mode share.

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Fiat Lux: Banishing Alienation Through Lights and Loud Noise by Northsylvania

Alienation can be considered part of the process of capitalist exploitation, but it can also mean feeling cut off and isolated from the surrounding world. Alienation in the Marxist sense means that capitalist production separates the worker from the object or service he produces, leading him to separate the effect of his own labour from the products he uses that are made by others. At the same time, he becomes no more than a product or object himself.

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