National guard ordered to withdraw from Ferguson
Missouri governor Jay Nixon has ordered the national guard to withdraw from Ferguson after two nights of relative calm, ending a controversial deployment and raising hopes of a return to normality in a city wracked by protest and violence.
Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images
This is good…so long as the retreat of the military doesn’t mean a return of militarized policing.
Edit: I perhaps phrased that awkwardly. I didn’t mean “return of militarized policing” as in “militarized policing has entirely stopped while the National Guard was there,” but rather as in, “more militarized policing to fill the void of their departure.”
(Source: theguardian.com, via humanrightswatch)
5:24 pm |
August 21 2014
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We just got The Best Lamp off Craigslist.
5:19 pm |
August 21 2014
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mrspaulryan said: On my gosh please tell me how you do your hair! I have a pixie cut too but It's so boring right now
Haha, it’s nothing very complicated. Here’s what I do:
1. Let it air dry if at all possible. For me, at least, blowdrying makes it fluffier than I want and more difficult to style. Part it while wet and comb it smooth on the sides, but tousle it on top.
2. Once it’s dry or mostly dry, I use this stuff to tamper the sides down and add texture/shape to the top:
I’d look super Bieber-y without it. I usually rake the hair in the center toward the middle, and then push it to one side in front. This is probably the best picture of the result.
(It’s $20 at that Amazon link for some reason, but I’m pretty sure it only cost me like $10 or $12 at Whole Foods. I definitely wouldn’t pay $20 for hair product.)
3. If it’s windy or my hair is being particularly unruly, I’ll add some spritzes of this:
(That was also way cheaper at Whole Foods. I’m pretty sure it came out to like $20 to $25 for both.)
Sometimes I wear a scarf, too, like in this photo. Mainly for biking or very windy contexts, like the beach.
4. If I’m not going to shower the next morning, I pin the longer center hair in place with bobby pins for while I sleep. In the morning, I take the pins out, reshape with my fingers, and reapply product if needed to get it presentable again.
And that’s it! This is my second pixie, and it’s been way more manageable than my first. Part of that has to do with having a better hair stylist, I think, but part of it is also the cut: shorter on the sides and longer on top. It’s just easier to work with, and you can even make a pompadour if you want for more formal occasions (or every day if you’re less lazy than I am).
I used photos of Karine Vanasse, who plays Margaux LeMarchal on Revenge, to show my stylist what I wanted:
3:39 pm |
August 21 2014
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Chuck Hagel could take military gear back from local cops — but probably won't
A Pentagon spokesman said this week that Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has the power to unilaterally stop the military’s 1033 program, which donates hundreds of millions of dollars of excess military gear and weapons to local police forces annually. Rear Admiral John Kirby said, "The secretary has the authority to rescind and take back equipment that is transferred to local law enforcement agencies if he deems fit. He has that authority."
In the same statement, Kirby defended the 1033 program, which has drawn national attention since police in Ferguson, Missouri, used 1033 equipment in a highly militarized response to citizens protesting Michael Brown’s death. Kirby suggested that it would be a mistake to “throw the baby out with the bathwater here,” as the military equipment has “provided a good measure of support…to citizens all over the country.”
Hagel has asked for more information about the program, which he is reviewing. But as Jason Ditz says at Antiwar, based on Kirby’s statement, it seems that Hagel has “no intentions of actually” stopping these shipments, which makes his request for more info seem “to be little more than some fun facts for him on the ongoing program.”
- - Bonnie Kristian
9:46 am |
August 20 2014
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Harry Reid wants to keep giving military gear to local cops
New from me at The Week today:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) said in an interview with Nevada Newsmakers this week that he opposes efforts to stop the transfer of military equipment and weapons to local police departments. Reid explained his reasoning thus:
The issue is this: Whether we should we allow surplus equipment the military has to go to police departments. I say yes. We have police departments all over the country, including those in Nevada, who are desperate for more resources. And the mere fact that you have the equipment doesn’t mean that you have to use it.
[Reid, via Politico
Reid did, however, say local cops needed better training and oversight. “Once the equipment is given to somebody, they need to have training procedures to allow them to use it properly,” he said.
Still, Reid’s stance could put a serious damper on bipartisan Senate plans to review and potentially halt the military’s 1033 program, which facilitates the militarization of policevia that transfer of hundreds of millions of dollars of surplus equipment and weapons to police annually. The program came to national attention last week, when it was confirmedthat some of the equipment used against civilian protesters in Ferguson was donated by the Pentagon.
- - Bonnie Kristian
My favorite part is that bit in bold. Because if there’s one thing we’ve learned in the last two weeks, it’s TOTALLY that police won’t use the biggest guns they have when push comes to shove.
8:59 am |
August 20 2014
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“Even though it might sound harsh and impolitic, here is the bottom line: if you don’t want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground, just do what I tell you. Don’t argue with me, don’t call me names, don’t tell me that I can’t stop you, don’t say I’m a racist pig, don’t threaten that you’ll sue me and take away my badge. Don’t scream at me that you pay my salary, and don’t even think of aggressively walking towards me. Most field stops are complete in minutes. How difficult is it to cooperate for that long?”
— LAPD officer Sunil Dutta, writing 100% seriously in a WaPo op-ed entitled (I kid you not) “I’m a cop. If you don’t want to get hurt, don’t challenge me.”
11:40 am |
August 19 2014
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