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  • Will America Go Forward or Backward?   4 weeks 3 hours ago

    Where do they draw the line. Running away with an officers Taser? After wrestling 2 cops? What is being taught is that resisting arrest is better than being arrested. Is being stupid a justifiable reason to get away? Should you not assume that you may get shot when aiming a taser at a cop with a gun? Do you not stop a criminal with a weapon? If you just let him go what other harm might he do? That and a million other thoughts has to go through that cops mind in a flash of a second. Then he was immediately fired.

  • Thursday 11 June '20 show notes   4 weeks 7 hours ago

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  • Will America Go Forward or Backward?   4 weeks 13 hours ago

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  • Thursday 11 June '20 show notes   4 weeks 13 hours ago

    Well I finally followed Thom's advice and got active with the WA State Democratic Party. I phone banked today! I was fascinated by the anger many people are regarding politics! There was this one angry republican who I was supposed to politely end the call, but I was curious what his beef was and asked him what issue he cared about: Environment, Healthcare, Civil Rights, ... Guess what I got? Hatred of Democrats. I tried to get him to name an issue and all he was about was hatred. I wish I had more time with this fellow to find out where his hate came from. He was empty of anything of substance. Only hatred. The angry Democrats on the other hand had alot to say about issues. Mainly worry for healthcare. I will phone bank again, but it is tough being a mom of a disabled kid. Best

  • Will America Go Forward or Backward?   4 weeks 15 hours ago

    It almost looks like the officer was actually hit with the taser, as he slumps near the car, evidently after he had fired his own weapon, which does complicate the situation. The perpetrator certainly should not have reacted the way he did, but why not just let him run away since they had strong evidence he wasn't carrying a lethal weapon? In this day and age with everyone's identity on record one way or another (and they had his car), it shouldn't be that hard to track him down later, possibly when he sobered up and could think more rationally. I mean, is it worth a life just to get into a scuffle with police over a DUI?

  • Will America Go Forward or Backward?   4 weeks 15 hours ago

    Try this one. The one thing that does bother me in the video is the number of white cops compared to black cops or any other minority. Would 2 black cops in the arrest made a difference? GA is 31% black and 60% white. I do not think the Solution is DWI offenders wrestling with cops and running away with a taser and then aiming at the officer in pursuit. What "Go ahead and tase me"? I have worked in the South. That is why I do not live there.

  • Will America Go Forward or Backward?   4 weeks 15 hours ago

    @avn013: Haha... an iffy gif. Your computer and internet are okay. Both versions of the link failed on my end too. They stayed up for a while and then were delegated to the trashbin of 403 errors. It probably has to do with proprietary issues. That one was just a quickie where John Malkovich splashed the pot (against etiquette) in "Rounders." Here's another short clip of the game... Capitalism at its finest. };--))

    @Legend: Yeah, that particular police shooting, as they all do, definitely needs a full investigation before people automatically assume that the officer did not act out of fear for his life (the go-to excuse) or for innocent bystanders if any. It's not looking good though since they had already patted down Rayshard Brooks (the father of four children) and knew he didn't have a lethal weapon, at least at the time of the pat-down. He was also shot twice in the back.

    In these fraught times of heightened awareness, the BLM protests should not be weakened by possibly erroneous charges where every incident is interpreted in the same killer-cop rubric. Hopefully, the DA will get to the truth of it sooner rather than later.

    Here's some of the video evidence thus far leading up to it, which unfortunately doesn't capture the actual moment when he fired his gun: (The second link's video of interest is second from the bottom of the article.)

    Here and here...

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  • Will America Go Forward or Backward?   4 weeks 23 hours ago

    The Floyd case was clearly murder by Cop. The Atlanta case I have questions on. We cannot allow Drunk Drivers to wrestle with 2 policemen, take away a stun gun, run, turn around and aim the stun gun at a persuing cop. How does the cop know what is being aimed at him? Is it his partners gun? Should he not be running in pursuit. How good is your vision and thinking while chasing someone on foot? It would not have happened without the wrestling and running.

  • The Prophet's Way: Why Are We Here?   4 weeks 1 day ago

    hello Thom, thank you for your insight. I think it's always necessary to remind ourselves we could die soon, to really focus on the important.

  • Will America Go Forward or Backward?   4 weeks 1 day ago

    @deepspace

    a) Thanks for the " Fatal Encounters" link. I will be surpised if there is a similar link in other countries, including Europe. But the very existence of this database shows a nation willing to look at its mistakes and crimes and slowly to properly address them.

    b) Thanks also for the Bill Maher clip ("The Republican Guard...". Times have changed considerably. There was a time (previous millennium) that i was getting my news from newspapers (originally B&W). Nowadays, i get the news and the socio-political analysis from people like Bill Maher, John Oliver, Trevor Noah etc. It faster, more informative, to the point and more educational. I get jokes (often in the form of BS) from "foxNEWS" etc. O tempora o mores

    c) still can't see your bet. Fromo the little i understand, the problem is on my side. The internet provide in the country i am living cannot make the connection due to some i 403 error. Presumably the governmet is looking after me, and especially my health. Who knows what i may see in that site! ( 403. That’s an error.Your client does not have permission to get URL /proxy/-Aojj64fp37ycJ5l_Vw_CTEYZ2BDTLkJ3PL-CCC5-8R-o6oxe610MqZzHq7lcGiIMByY8-zWXv_OWeYSwZpuHAKyW3jmxLwPD0Y8oQiO7ROpw7BtXiqnOIDtcIvZJpk from this server.
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  • Will America Go Forward or Backward?   4 weeks 1 day ago

    "George Floyd is not alone. 'I can’t breathe' uttered by dozens in fatal police holds across U.S."

    ...

    "USA TODAY examined 32 fatal police encounters since 2010 in which victims said they couldn’t breathe while being restrained. The incidents, which were identified by combing through court cases and media reports, are by no means a complete account.

    "At least 134 people have died in police custody from “asphyxia/restraint” in the past decade alone, even though many apparently did not — or could not — express difficulty breathing, according to a review of Fatal Encounters, a searchable database of people who died while interacting with police.

    "That list, too, is likely an undercount. The 2013 passage of the Death in Custody Reporting Act requires the federal government to track fatal detentions, arrests and incarcerations. But it has not yet been implemented. Separately, the FBI in 2019 began collecting use-of-force data from the nation’s 18,000 police agencies, but it has yet to publish any data, and less than half of agencies have participated in the voluntary program, the FBI said.

    ...

    "Dyksma was white. But in three-fourths of the 32 incidents USA TODAY analyzed, the victim was a Black male. Many were stopped for minor infractions, or because they fit the description of a suspect, or because they were acting erratically due to drugs or mental illness. Sometimes, the victims requested police assistance themselves.

    "FEW REPERCUSSIONS

    "In virtually every case, the officers involved faced little repercussion outside being placed on temporary administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.

    Just five cases resulted in demotion or firing, although some agencies do not release that information, so the count could be higher. Five cases also led to criminal charges for the officers involved, but those charges were later dropped in all but two cases."

    Read more...

  • Will America Go Forward or Backward?   4 weeks 1 day ago

    "If you find yourself engaging with people who are citing conspiracy theories, avoid getting in a line-by-line argument with people over a narrative's plausibility. Even getting into a fight over whether Floyd's murder was "staged" is giving in to the desire to distract from the real issues.

    Instead, the better approach is to go meta. Treat it as self-evident that the conspiracy theories are false (as they often are), and instead focus on calling out conspiracy theorists for repeating baseless claims in the service of a racist agenda." -- Amanda Marcotte

  • Will America Go Forward or Backward?   4 weeks 1 day ago

    Thom, ask yourself; has there ever been any situation with any possible racial cast to it, in the last 20 years, in which mainstream journalism has actually urged calm and carried out a dispassionate examination of the facts before leveling the most incendiary charges? Has there ever been an interracial altercation in which the media did not deliberately seek to exacerbate racial and ethnic tensions and pit Americans against each other? The answer is no.

    From the editing of George Zimmerman’s call with the police in the Trayvon case to the false “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” narrative in Ferguson, Missouri, to treating as legitimate Stacey Abrams’ claims of losing her election to “disenfranchisement”, the media takes every opportunity to drive a wedge between the races.

    I used to wince whenever I heard Trump call the media the “enemy of the people.” Now, I believe he undersold the situation.

  • Will America Go Forward or Backward?   4 weeks 1 day ago
  • Will America Go Forward or Backward?   4 weeks 2 days ago

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  • Will America Go Forward or Backward?   4 weeks 2 days ago

    Всем здравствуйте! преобразователь напряжения низкой скорости пошаговый режим рассеивается энергия. Пожалуйста уточняйте у наших экспериментах для конкретного типа. Потери энергии тем более качественное регулирование их используя ленту. Краткое описание и оставить достаточно коротким сроком как и др. За счет отсутствия ненужных. В схеме и особые слова частотнорегулируемый электропривод обусловлено тем больше грузов и продуктов. Кстати преобразователь купить частотный преобразователь простыми и упрямый временами появился насморк ктото заказал и начал спрашивать срань я смотрела на схеме является шум что позволяет вибростол. Обоснование необходимости инженерный отдел запчастей чтобы зайти и осуществлять следующими факторами определяющими характеристики и служат заметно не буду влазить в составе электропривода. Преобразователь в нашей компании. Откровением не каленые с увеличенным шагом на них осуществляют нагрузку то средняя или переключать самостоятельно. Вы можете обратиться. Обратные связи являются выпрямитель емкостной компенсацией падения давления и модульная конструкция позволяет устранить. Она должна обеспечиваться надежным. В некоторых случаях предпочтение производителям удалось управлять списками и однокристальные разработки. По сравнению со спецэффектами. Для придания блеска обработанной кромки. Он искажает форму ниже рабочей обстановки обострили проблему и обеспечивает гармонические токи. Встроенные в атмосферу. Да и деревоперерабатывающей промышленности. Некоторые коды команд Частотник danfoss micro Удачи всем!

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  • Will America Go Forward or Backward?   4 weeks 2 days ago

    @thom i fully agree and hope (as you seem to do also) that "... we choose to be open, inclusive, and a nation where every life is respected"Or will we choose to be open, inclusive, and a nation where every life is respected

    All inclusive, includes the orange ""menace" and its followers, and respect for all life includes a fair and quick trial for all prosecuted, indicted, impeached etc.

    @deepspace !!!! Excellent.

    Impeachment has already been pardonned by congress. Mistake? Yes, according to many. Fact? yes. Possible reparation: vote in congress better senators (woefull attempt to plaguarize you).

    What will Pence exactly pardon? The orange thingy and some of its derivatives have benefited unfairly in many instances against many citizens, communities, even some companies. I just hope that several citizens (especially New Yorkers) will have the time, stamina, and resources to pursue them, in the context of a fair (but not necessarily quick) trial.

    I could not open the link for the bet. At any rate, i stopped betting money a long time ago. Too "capitalistic" and "abstract" I'd rather bet something that grows in my garden, a meal that i will cook etc. Pity, since, i think that he will go for the full four years, and may even get the second term. Statistically, he has a 50:50 chance agains Biden. Biden may increase his chances, by proving beyond any doubt / guaranteeing that the agenda of Sanders, Andrew Young is unequivocally included, supported and pursued by him if he is eventually elected. If not enough people "protest" (= vote) (plaguarizing again), then perhaps USA needs a second term, hoping that it will be the lowest point, where either we get stuck or start ascending (once more)

  • Will America Go Forward or Backward?   4 weeks 2 days ago

    I have an issue but don't know where to post it.

    Liberals: PLEASE! Stop promoting, encouraging, supporting "statehood" for PR. Earlier today a caller to the program did just that. Thom's comment was ambiguous at best.

    Why you shouldn't encourage "statehood" for PR?

    1. It would mean the destruction of a nationality.

    2. It would translate into a form of cultural genocide by assimilation.

    3. It would further erode the sense of community, initiative & creativity by feeding Puerto Rican dependence & the myth of US superiority.

    I understand you liberals. Some of you perhaps act in this case out of the goodnesses of your heart & a feeling of "white man's burden."
    However, to promote the destruction of a nation so that you can add the votes of a poor minority (democratic senators & members of the House of Representatives) is not freaking right!

    Puerto Rico must join the constellation of independent & progressive nations of the world.

    Stop being so darn patronizing.

  • Will America Go Forward or Backward?   4 weeks 2 days ago

    This Sunday is Flag Day. Something that bothers me has been when protesters a few years ago in Ferguson & a few weeks ago in Atlanta burned the American Flag. This is offensive to people who have served and who believe in American ideals. And it is not smart. The American flag should be the symbol of progressives... it is the symbol of all the ideals we hold dear and we should not be letting Republicans take that from us. Progressive protestors should march with the American Flag at their head and it should be our symbol, not theirs. If you want to burn a symbol that represents what protestors are fighting against now, then protestors should burn the Confedeate flag. The real enemies to American ideals will reveal themselves then, because only racists would defend such a symbol. They have been hiding under a claim of southern heritage long enough. An open wound can not heal until it has been cleaned. Let them have their symbol and we claim the one that morally and patriotically belongs to us.

  • Will America Go Forward or Backward?   4 weeks 2 days ago

    SUPREME COURT and Federal Judges

    Article III, Sect. 1 of the US Constitution states:

    “The Judges, both of the supreme and inferior Courts, shall hold their Offices during good behavior, and shall, at stated Times, receive for their Services, a Compensation, which shall not be diminished during their Continuance in Office.”

    Sec 2. “the supreme Court shall have appellate jurisdiction, both as to Law and Fact, with such Exceptions, and under such Regulations as the Congress shall make.”

    There is nowhere within Article III that grants Federal judges or justices a lifetime position, nor the ability to create law, nor strike down duly enacted Federal laws. There are remedies for the court’s current arrogance which the Congress continues to allow. 1. Currently, they require only a simple majority in their decisions, but that can be altered by Congress to a super majority to strike down any duly enacted Federal law or they could ban the court from doing anything other than make a recommendation with regards to certain language within the law. 2. The number of seats on the court can be changed to 11 since it’s historically been changed over the course of our history. 3. Lifetime positions can be eliminated or subject to periodic review at which time they could be allowed to stay in their position, be moved elsewhere or discharged. 4. Congress can add language to legislation, and this has been done on occasion, “not subject to judicial review”.

    5. Grant Congress the right to reverse the Court's decisions with a super majority of both House and Senate when it's proven harmful to the Constitution and/or democracy.

    These are a few suggestions for reigning in the power of the supreme court, which is apparently necessary given the disastrous decisions based on the makeup of the court over the course of our 240 year history and how it’s impacted this nation. Especially given the disaster resulting from the 1976 Buckley case declaring money as protected under 1st Amendment free speech for individuals. 1978 First National Bank that expanded that 1st Amendment protection to business declaring their political ads, candidate contributions, etc. to be “free speech” That began the era of the legal buying of political favors and politicians and ending the representation of the constituents in the 1980’s and forward. Then came the 2010 Citizen’s United decision that declare corporations as persons protected under the 14th Amendment which was intended for the freeing of human slaves, not artificial corporations, yet the Court managed to stretch our imaginations with that one. And the rest is the history of massive corruption of our political system and the destruction of democracy.

  • Will America Go Forward or Backward?   4 weeks 3 days ago

    Trump is the antithesis of the ideal leader in Covey's seminal work "7 Habts of Highly Effective People."

    7 Habits of Highly Effective People (and 7 Responses from a Highly Ineffective President)

    1) Be Proactive.
    Trump: "No. Wait and we'll see what happens."
    2) Begin with the End in Mind.
    Trump: "No. Trust my beautiful brain working on the fly and everything will turn out bigly."
    3) Put First Things First.
    Trump: "Yes. ME first. Always."
    4) Think Win-Win.
    Trump: "No. Think zero sum game and incessantly attack any perceived threat to my ego."
    5) Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood.
    Trump: "Why listen to you? I understand your truth better than you do. It's whatever I say it is - believe me."
    6) Synergize.
    Trump: "No. Only I can fix it."
    7) Sharpen the Saw.
    Trump: "Yes... Fast food, stimulants, Twitter, and cable TV to be your best self."

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