If you don’t find yourself dancing to this, then you are clearly not human.
"The intensive militarization of America’s police forces is a serious menace about which a small number of people have been loudly warning for years, with little attention or traction. In a 2007 paper on “the blurring distinctions between the police and military institutions and between war and law enforcement,” the criminal justice professor Peter Kraska defined “police militarization” as “the process whereby civilian police increasingly draw from, and pattern themselves around, the tenets of militarism and the military model.”
The harrowing events of the last week in Ferguson, Missouri – the fatal police shooting of an unarmed African-American teenager, Mike Brown, and the blatantly excessive and thuggish response to ensuing community protests from a police force that resembles an occupying army – have shocked the U.S. media class and millions of Americans. But none of this is aberrational.
It is the destructive by-product of several decades of deliberate militarization of American policing, a trend that received a sustained (and ongoing) steroid injection in the form of a still-flowing, post-9/11 federal funding bonanza, all justified in the name of “homeland security.” This has resulted in a domestic police force that looks, thinks, and acts more like an invading and occupying military than a community-based force to protect the public.”
Another important piece by Glenn Greenwald.
So I think my phone is haunted.
It doesn’t want me to talk to my dad or my girlfriend, but it’s apparently phoning strange local numbers without my consent (I got a call from this girl saying I phoned her just earlier, which I definitely did not do).
It’s like a Pokémon battle where one of them uses Substitute.
Robin Williams, 1951-2014
Okay, I can do this.
I’m not going to be left out in the dirt, Jesus, I should remind myself this.
Okay. I can’t be phased by this lack of job thing, I’ll find one, pure and simple.