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Mental Survival

A while back I shared the story of a delightful man, Oliver Swingler. (If you missed it you can read his story here and one of his poems  400 more words


Stopped for a Broken Tail-light, Shot to Death While Reaching for License

Another police shooting.  In this case, a man was stopped for a broken tail-light in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota.  He told the policeman he was licensed to carry a gun, then reached for his license.   322 more words


Baton Rouge Police Tackle Man, Hold Him Down, Shoot Him Five Times

A Baton Rouge man is dead after  two policemen tackled him, held him down, and shot him five times.   He was said to have been selling bootleg discs in front of a convenience store, and someone claimed that he had brandished a gun.   513 more words


A Few Prosecutors Want to Kill People, and They Get Away With It

A report from the Fair Punishment Project details the records of the five most prolific district attorneys in sentencing people to death.  These five were personally responsible for a disproportionate number of death sentences, and in the process a disproportionate number of misconduct violations: from one-third to one-half of all death sentences were marred by misconduct, and half of death penalties were reversed. 140 more words


He Likes Waterboarding ... A Lot ...

Ah, he has done it again.  Yes, I mean da trumpeter, and yes, he opened his mouth again, and yes it came out stupid … again.  644 more words

Political Commentary

South Africa, Xenophobia, Education

According to the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees (UNHCR) 2015 Global Trends Report, South Africa currently harbors over 1.2 million refugees and asylum-seekers, which makes it the top destination in Africa for individuals seeking refuge. 905 more words

Government Policy

Justice and Injustice in the Baltimore Courts

The first major defeat for the prosecutor in Baltimore in the death of Freddie Gray has raised the specter of there being no policemen convicted in Mr. 230 more words