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Sunday, June 2, 2013

The Sunday Morning News

Posted by on Sun, Jun 2, 2013 at 8:51 AM

Turkish Summer: Protests that began in Istanbul, home to Europe's largest police force, have spread to other cities and continue into their third day. This analysis says the Western media framing of Islamism vs. secularism "couldn't be further from the truth," echoing Charles' point yesterday. A Greenpeace staffer says his office is treating the injured, but police keep throwing tear gas canisters at them. Police reportedly withdrew from Gezi Park last night. Here's a clip of protesters braving water cannons and breaking through the police line.

No Drones In Pierce County: Perhaps following Seattle's lead, the county council is considering banning the use of drones without warrants by law enforcement.

Lobbyists Getting Away With Shit: What else is new? Many Washington lobbyist expense reports don't comply with the so-called "Morton Rule," named for a former Senator who wanted his constituents to know exactly how much lobbyists spent treating him to dinner. The state's Public Disclosure Commission admits it hasn't fully performed its watchdog role.

Julian Assange Enjoys Crushing Bastards: The WikiLeaks founder rips Google and the US government a new one in the New York Times.

This Makes A Ton of Sense: Republican lawmakers in North Carolina want to add special taxes to the purchase of hybrid and electric cars.

Quadriplegic Sues Seattle Police: A lawsuit by Channary Hor says the crash that cost her the use of her legs never should have happened. Officers shouldn't have chased their car at high speeds over a park curfew violation, the suit alleges.

Brazilian Indigenous Group Occupies Land: Police say they've been attacked with bows and arrows. The tribe occupied a parcel of land which belongs to a local politician, was evicted, but re-took the area.

First Public Atheist Monument Erected: In a small, heavily Christian town in Florida across from the Ten Commandments outside a courthouse.

Immigration Reform's Impacts on Washington: Would be huge.

FIFA Finally Cracks Down on Racism: This took way too long. Soccer (football, actually) teams can now be relegated or expelled for racist incidents.

Shingeki no Kyojin is the most gripping anime I've watched in years. Its cheerful opening song goes with just about anything:


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JonnoN 1
re: SPD pursuit case..
"The crux of the case is whether police were chasing the Cadillac, in violation of an SPD policy banning high speed pursuits, unless officers think a serious crime has been committed."

If only we had some sort of recording devices that could be placed on the dashboard of police cars. They would record everything the police car does, and there wouldn't be $35M lawsuits that come down to victim's word vs police's word. We could call them "dashcams"!
Posted by JonnoN on June 2, 2013 at 9:03 AM · Report this
ferret 2
The SPD pursuit case sounds like more trying to get more money for her medical care. This is a case that should had been settled out of court via insurance companies. The person that be paying is the driver, but I doubt he has the money or can make a large settlement..
Posted by ferret http://!/okojo on June 2, 2013 at 9:48 AM · Report this
rob! 3
Actress Jean Stapleton, Edith Bunker on TV's All in the Family, has died at 90.

I thought she'd been gone for years. Must have been thinking of Maureen Stapleton (to whom she was not related).

UI is way too young to remember, but that show cracked open some important social issues in the 1970's.
Posted by rob! on June 2, 2013 at 9:59 AM · Report this
"Soccer (football, actually)"

d'awwwww, aren't you cute
Posted by Reader01 on June 2, 2013 at 10:06 AM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 5
According to SLOG the Terena indigenous group are anti-urbanists who want more land so their villages can sprawl. These natives should be content with 90 story apodhuts made out of recycled rainforest canopy.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe on June 2, 2013 at 10:35 AM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 6
As much as Assange's criticism of the Big Tech Portal future projection of more devices and (Insert OS here)-everywhere thinking is somewhat funny and biting, most of the radical-hip politics presented so far is every bit as retrograde.

Whether it's the Occupy movement as a musical theatre tribute to 1968, or Assange's own Warholesque attention craving sensationalism, the bottom line is nothing changes.

These "uprisings" end up being no more effective then the attempts by Allen Ginsberg and a phalanx of Yippies to levitate the Pentagon. The Pentagon is still there, surviving even a plane crash, while Hoffman and Ginsberg are gone, living on only as inspirations to a new class of admen and MTV producers.

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe on June 2, 2013 at 10:48 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 7
Turkey had better heed the protesters. If it doesn't, it risks it's relationship with the EU and NATO at a crucial time with both it's security and economy. Erdogan seems bent on ignoring their demands.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on June 2, 2013 at 11:08 AM · Report this
ArtBasketSara 8
That video clip gives a pretty good idea of what an ordinary day in Canada is like. So fun! I'm going out to slide with some penguins right now (don't believe the scientist propaganda...we DO have Japanese penguins in the north...).
Posted by ArtBasketSara on June 2, 2013 at 12:20 PM · Report this

Which demands would those be? The riot police have been called off, and construction of the mall has been halted by court order, at least for the time being.

Which other orders from the protesters should "Turkey" be obeying?

Posted by robotslave on June 2, 2013 at 1:18 PM · Report this
Adult-Level Discourse

Awhile back I was having a conversation with a fellow who works at a non-profit which receives donations from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (in the low five-figures, so thousands of dollars, but no extraordinary sums).

He had initiated the discourse, gushing about how wonderful that foundation is. I asked him to bear with me, and questioned him on his opinions on China and their policies, to which responded in the negative.

Then I mentioned that hundreds of millions of dollars (perhaps billions, for all I know??) flow from the Starr Foundation, the Gates Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation in grants to China.

He was astounded but refused to believe me!

I explained he could easily verify what I said by simply researching those foundations and grants to China --- but he was adamant I was making the whole thing up!

In other words, he went ballistic when I attempted to engage him in adult level conversation, simply citing the facts.

This is the "normal" (actually insane) response of the typical American today; women and men, young and old, heterosexuals and homosexuals, etc.

The indoctrination in the mindless fantasy status quo has been so thoroughly successful anything factual is always dismissed with "conspiracy theory.....conspiracy theory"!

To the sane individual, this is reminiscent of H.G. Wells' story, The Country of the Blind --- whereby an explorer falls into a hidden valley where everyone is blind, and many believe he is crazy in claiming sight.…

And on the Alternative News front:

Oh no, say it ain’t so!! Both Martin Sheen’s phony soliloquy on West Wing and Monsanto were wrong?…
Posted by sgt_doom on June 2, 2013 at 1:20 PM · Report this
And on the moral plane we should all be paying attention to:… front:network-front main-5 on the guardian:Network front - all-purpose editable trailblock:Position1

Posted by sgt_doom on June 2, 2013 at 1:29 PM · Report this
rob! 12
@10, you doubtless noticed that reporting on India's no-GM, no-herbicide rice revolution was sponsored by... the Gates Foundation.
Posted by rob! on June 2, 2013 at 2:08 PM · Report this
Unless you want to charge all cars for miles driven, you must charge hybrid and electric cars an extra fee. A hybrid uses the road the same as a gas vehicle, but doesn't pay the same amount in gas taxes, the primary method of funding for road infrastructure/repair.
Posted by TJ on June 2, 2013 at 9:21 PM · Report this
rob! 14
@13, it's a complicated issue and needs to be carefully analyzed and considered without lobbying influences, which of course means it won't be.

But a few thoughts: First, it's probably worth delaying special fees on electrics and hybrids a bit to speed their entry into the market. Second, it's not just excise taxes on gas (and hybrids can use quite a bit of gas too)--there are hidden taxes on tires, vehicle purchase price, and often on other aspects of ownership/maintenance as well, depending on local jurisdictions. Third, excise taxes are regressive. Fourth, a mileage tax is likely to spawn both a huge new bureaucracy and a resurgence of paying crooks to illegally tamper with odometers or other tracking devices. Fifth, by far the greatest damage is done to roads by big trucks due to the heavy loads they carry, and right now automobile drivers are heavily subsidizing the trucking industry (and I don't want to forget the awful position owner-operators are in now, where giant trucking companies are forcing them to assume all of the risks and expenses while cutting them off from employment benefits and pensions--we need to re-regulate the industry and break up the oligopolies).

I'm not at all averse to high-economy vehicles (of any type) paying fairly applied road-use fees, but let's have some transparency and thorough accounting before legislatures take it up.
Posted by rob! on June 2, 2013 at 11:25 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 15
@14 technically, we already had a long period of federal tax subsidies. It's "never" time to end subsidies.

Just ask Oil, the 18th Century wonder fuel we subsidize.
Posted by Will in Seattle on June 3, 2013 at 12:00 AM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 16

#13, 14

The only cars worth building a FCVs.

Europe is already taking delivery of production models from Hyundai and have a lengthy, if not yet robust, hydrogen highway.

Obama has been thwarting introduction of the one realistic alternative fuel because he is bought and paid for the companies that have an interest in unworkable batteries.

We could have started ending air pollution 4 years ago were it not for Obama. Every school that sits near a highway, breathing carbon monoxide, has Obama to thank for the harm it is causing to the students.

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe on June 3, 2013 at 12:37 AM · Report this
Am I the only one enjoying Sgt Doom's "no one will listen to me!!!" rants?

Every time I think I've seen everything on SLOG, someone surprises me. Kudos to you Sgt Doom. You batshit pleas for attention have officially made me smile.
Posted by six shooter on June 3, 2013 at 6:50 AM · Report this
@17, six neurons short,

It's not about listening to me, douchebagger, it's about using potential you have (albeit however minimal) to think independently, for yourself, and not robitcally follow the 24-hour Non-news cycle, and the talking twats of Fox/CNN/CBS.

Recently, CBS falsely reported that James Comey did not sign off on warrantless wiretapping, when indeed he did.

Recently, CBS falsely reported the IRS propaganda; ignoring the fact that on May 9, on their own web site, the IRS reported on opening the largest tax investigation in history, jointly with the UK and Australia, to investigate the offshore tax havens and then, within a matter of days, the acting chief of the IRS was fired!

Your mommy can't always tell you how to think, sonny, so attempt now to do it for yourself.…
Posted by sgt_doom on June 3, 2013 at 11:25 AM · Report this
Dougsf 19
Anyone want to summarize that Assange piece in a sentence or two? I'm curious if he's making a good point, but Angelina Jolie has starred in less tediously written cyberpunk dramas.
Posted by Dougsf on June 3, 2013 at 12:33 PM · Report this
@17 (six shooter): I guess what constitutes "ranting" lies in the eye of the smug, complacent, conformist beholder.I usually find sgt. doom's posts worthwhile and feel lucky that he hasn't stopped posting here. Pearls before swine, and all that...
Posted by PCM on June 4, 2013 at 9:19 PM · Report this

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