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Daniel Shaver was Killed by the State & Murdered by the Police

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You need to watch the body cam video of the police murder of Daniel Shaver. You don’t want to, and I don’t blame you, because I didn’t want to either.

The footage is the most painful thing I have ever watched. I’m not at all ashamed to admit that I was in tears after watching it. Once I had collected myself, I hugged my children and told them how much I loved them.

Daniel Shaver was a husband and father of two children. He was 26 years old, basically the same age as me. His daughters are about the same age as mine. They will grow up without a father because of the police officer who murdered him. He was also innocent of any crime. He had a job in pest control, and another guest at the hotel mistook his equipment for a firearm. The State murdered him with only the information they got in a phone call.

As I said, I didn’t want to watch the video. Nobody wants to watch a man die, weeping and begging for his life. However, I argue that every single person in this country should watch the video. I argue that it should be played on every news channel, in its entirety, over and over until every person in our country has seen it.

You need to watch this video because you, as a part of this society, are complicit in Daniel’s murder. You need to watch because your apathy is why the man whose finger pulled the trigger was acquitted of all charges and walks a free man. Your choice to look away killed Daniel Shaver, left his wife without her husband and left their children without a father. You murdered Daniel Shaver.

You may believe you are innocent. “How could I have killed him? I wasn’t there, I didn’t pull the trigger! This has nothing to do with me.” I understand your confusion. It isn’t easy to admit you’ve killed a person.

Daniel Shaver was killed by the State. He was murdered by the police who work for you. You, as a part of this society, employ the police who are supposed to protect and serve. You gave the police their mandate, you purchased the military style weapons they used to commit this murder, and you engraved “You’re Fucked” on the gun that killed Daniel.

As a part of this society, you and I are the source of the State’s power. You and I are the ones who give the State the authority to murder men and women in cold blood while they beg for their lives.

You and I are the source of this violence, whether you believe it or not. This is why you should watch the video of Daniel’s death, because you killed him. If you have any humanity left, the video will cause you a great deal of pain. You will see him die from the point of view of the man behind the gun, and you will know what it was to kill him. You will wish you had never watched it and hope you never see anything like it again. You will hope you never again know what it was to kill a person.

After time, the feeling may fade. You will return to your life, and may never again consider the feeling you had when you took the life of another human being. But this will continue to happen, every single day, just as it has for years. You won’t hear about most of them, but your continued compliance will continue to kill people every day. You now have a choice. Few choices in life are truly black and white, but this one is:

Will you take back the power we have given to the State, or will you kill again?

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Slanted bookshelf that's climbable and earthquake resistant

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Architect Shinsuke Fujii accepted the challenge from a client who wanted an accessible tall bookshelf that would not be affected by an earthquake. One entire wall of the house is slanted outward to allow climbing without any chance of tipping over. (more…)
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I want this.

Roy Moore Is a Stand-Up Dude Because He Turned Down Vietnamese Child Sex Workers Once, Moore’s Friend Says

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You know that feeling when you have to say something nice about someone you personally know to be ain’t-shit? When you’re so hard-pressed to recognize any baseline decency about a fuccboi, you find yourself resorting to platitudes like “He’s got hair” and “I think she made the bed once”?

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You should be disqualified for basically everything when your character witness guest at your rally says "I haven't seen this guy in 45 years but I fondly remember the time we were at a brothel with very young girls and decided to leave."

“folks”

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David Von Drehle writes:

I say this with love: Folks in Alabama do loyalty and clan as well as anyone in America. That’s a virtue — up to a point. They would go over the falls in a barrel with George Wallace. But they hopped onto the shore when Moore asked them to strap in, and that ought to give pause to the polarizer in chief.

May I make a plea to journalists (and for that matter everyone else)? Don’t  say “folks” when you mean “white folks.” Ain’t a whole lot of black folks in Alabama would go over the falls in a barrel with George Wallace, and there are a lot of black people in Alabama. So let’s sort out our folks, shall we?

In yesterday’s election, 93% of black men and 98% — ninety-eight percent — of black women voted for Doug Jones. Meanwhile, 72% of white men and 63% of white women voted for Roy Moore — they weren’t hopping onto shore, they were riding right over the falls with their hebephile-in-chief. Now, in comparison to the previous election for that particular seat, which Jeff Sessions won with 97% of the vote, that’s some slippage. But I think we’d do well to consider than when offered a candidate who — I’ll set aside for now his romantic proclivities — when he was a judge regularly swept aside the law with contempt if it conflicted with his personal preferences, and who as a candidate openly longed for the good old days of slavery because back then “families were united,” two-thirds of white voters in my home state said: That’s our man. I’m not celebrating the good  judgment of those particular “folks.”

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sirshannon
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DVD mispelt "klan"
mareino
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In the 1982 governor's race, George Wallace won over 90% of the black vote. Alabama's history is as strange as it is disquieting.
fxer
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truly bizarro, this was after Wallace (a Democrat) survived an assassination attempt that left him permanently wheelchair bound and subsequently renounced his epicly racist views https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alabama_gubernatorial_election,_1982

knightposting: furbearingbrick: cultural-mothwomanism: cultural-mothwomanism: imagine thinking...

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knightposting:

furbearingbrick:

cultural-mothwomanism:

cultural-mothwomanism:

imagine thinking its possible to vore away fascism

WAIT SHIT I MEANT VOTE

eat the fascists just fucking EAT THEM

Finally

A form of ethical consumption under capitalism

This is peak tumblr

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Where can I get my "VORE AWAY FASCISM" shirt?

The Apple Watch with LTE Bait and Switch

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When the Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE was first announced, the LTE service was advertised as “10 dollars per month”. This has turned out to be, well, sorta true. At least, on AT&T.

The first full month of Apple Watch ownership, I looked at my bill and noticed—to my horror—that the “$10 per month” was not inclusive of fees and charges. Since the Watch has its own cellular line, it has a plethora of these fees. So many of them, in fact, that my first full month’s bill was $17. I lamented this on ATP (Overcast timestamp link) when it happened.

I didn’t want to make too big a stink about it, because it was the first full month’s bill, and I wasn’t sure if it was really indicative of the true cost. Having waited a few months now, the last couple of watch bills have indeed leveled out.

AT&T charges me $14.19 per month to have LTE service on my Apple Watch in Virginia.

Here’s the relevant excerpt of my bill:

Absurdly overpriced Apple Watch bill

This is really preposterous. My understanding is that other carriers, such as the self-proclaimed “uncarrier”, T-Mobile, charges exactly $10/month. It would appear they just take earnings on whatever is remaining of the $10 after taxes and fees. Naturally, the customer-hostile AT&T does no such thing.

These unspoken-for fees really piss me off, and though I understand that these are AT&T’s fault, it’s hard not to feel like Apple sold me a bill of goods but didn’t end up really delivering. Having re-watched the keynote, Apple was smart enough not to say anything specific about pricing during the event, but the dim-witted consumer in me didn’t remember it that way.

I friggin love my Apple Watch Series 3, and I friggin love going for jogs with just my Watch and AirPods. It’s really game changing. But it does chap my ass seeing this AT&T bill every single month.

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