Posted by Brad @ 12:43 am on August 28th 2014

Music Video of the Whatever

Cattle auctions + break beat = win.

Posted by Brad @ 8:17 pm on August 19th 2014

Ballsy Quote of the Day

You may not agree completely with the protesters in Ferguson. You may find their tactics unhelpful or misguided. But you should recognize: they are the front lines in a long-overdue process of reversing this problem and slowly dragging the police back under community control.

—Freddie DeBoer

The context makes that less riseable than it sounds as I quoted it, but still. A ballsy thing to say.

Posted by Brad @ 11:02 pm on August 14th 2014

Municipal Shock and Awe

So it turns out, if you’re the federal government and you tell municipal police departments circa the early 2000s (after 9-11) that you have hundreds of millions of dollars just sitting around for counter terrorism, they suddenly come up with lots of counter terrorism they have to do.

Turns out the more you let mission creep go, in that context, the more mission creep you get.

And, it also turns out, that if you give a bunch of dudes a shit-ton of military equipment, they turn into a pseudo-military.

And, finally, if you upturn the broader society’s value system from liberty to security, security starts trumping every time those two things come into conflict.

Posted by Rojas @ 8:43 am on August 12th 2014

Third world problems in the first world.

Last night, in St. Louis County Missouri, an entire town was basically shut down as police first ushered media from the scene, then reportedly fired tear gas and rubber bullets into crowds of unarmed American citizens.

Not to worry, though; no celebrities were harmed.

Posted by Brad @ 10:42 pm on August 10th 2014

This was a great blog for a bit

And now it’s not.

That’s sad.

But don’t fret. The human race is still…amazing.