New details emerge about callous tactics that fueled anger in Ferguson.
Michael Brown’s Mom Laid Flowers Where He Was Shot—and Police Crushed Them
As darkness fell on Canfield Drive on August 9, a makeshift memorial sprang up in the middle of the street where Michael Brown’s body had been sprawled in plain view for more than four hours. Flowers and candles were scattered over the bloodstains on the pavement. Someone had affixed a stuffed animal to a streetlight pole a few yards away. Neighborhood residents and others were gathering, many of them upset and angry.
Soon, police vehicles reappeared, including from the St. Louis County Police Department, which had taken control of the investigation. Several officers emerged with dogs. What happened next, according to several sources, was emblematic of what has inflamed the city of Ferguson, Missouri, ever since the unarmed 18-year-old was gunned down: An officer on the street let the dog he was controlling urinate on the memorial site.
The incident was related to me separately by three state and local officials who worked with the community in the immediate aftermath of the shooting. One confirmed that he interviewed an eyewitness, a young woman, and pressed her on what exactly she saw. “She said that the officer just let the dog pee on it,” that official told me. “She was very distraught about it.” The identity of the officer who handled the dog and the agency he was with remain unclear.
The day brought other indignities for Brown’s family, and the community. Missouri state Rep. Sharon Pace, whose district includes the neighborhood where the shooting occurred, told me she went to the scene that afternoon to comfort the parents, who were blocked by police from approaching their son’s body. Pace purchased some tea lights for the family, and around 7 p.m. she joined Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, and others as they placed the candles and sprinkled flowers on the ground where Brown had died. “They spelled out his initials with rose petals over the bloodstains,” Pace recalled.
By then, police had prohibited all vehicles from entering Canfield Drive except for their own. Soon the candles and flowers had been smashed, after police drove over them.
"That made people in the crowd mad," Pace said, "and it made me mad." Some residents began walking in front of police vehicles at the end of the block to prevent them from driving in.
A spokesperson for the St. Louis County Police told me that the department was unaware of these incidents; he added that complaints should be submitted to the department’s Bureau of Professional Standards.
St. Louis alderman Antonio French, who was on the scene that night, tweeted videos and photos including one of the mangled memorial:
Source: Mother Jones
Antonio Cromartie, a three-time Pro Bowl cornerback now playing for the Arizona Cardinals, sent out the following message and accompanying image today via Twitter on the occasion of Mike Brown’s funeral in Ferguson, Missouri:
— ANTONIO CROMARTIE (@CRO31)August 25, 2014
It’s a beautiful gesture, the type which professional athletes often refrain from making, not wanting to get embroiled in political controversies or hot-button issues (for fear of their own brand or that of the team for which they play). Perhaps Cromartie didn’t think that such a moving display of empathy would elicit a stream of hatred. Perhaps he did.
Either way, that’s exactly what has occurred. Below are three examples (as images, since I prefer not to link to them):
There have been supportive messages as well, to be sure. But the presence of such hatred – in this case overt, as opposed to being couched under the guise of supporting law enforcement – is another stark reminder of how deeply this country continues to be steeped in racism.
There have been too many reminders lately.
You can draw your own conclusions on what McConnell asks for when praying about the other four Justices …
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, when speaking behind what he thought were closed doors at the Koch brothers’ retreat for the ultra-rich last June:
The best Supreme Court in anybody’s memory … I’m really proud of this Supreme Court … It’s only five to four, and I pray for the health of the five.
ooc: Reblogging because holy shit.
I aspire to be this woman when I’m older.
This woman was born before women were legally allowed to vote.
So don’t think for a second that she’s joking when she sees you trying to take that right away, Republicans.
I take heart in knowing I am GOING to be this woman.
Finally, some good news … and from “God” too
Finally, some good news…and from ‘God’ too.
Members of the Westboro Baptist Church, at least, will be greeted for 12 months.
The brain behind Facebook’s popular ‘God’ humor page has crowdfunded over $US40,000 in a campaign to erect pro-gay billboards in the home town of the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church.
‘God’s’ followers pledged the funds in just ten days, and ‘God’ now plans to buy more billboards with the message that ‘God loves gays’ in other parts of the United States if he can raise further funds.‘A mean lie has been put into the world for thousands of years. The time has come to right this wrong,’ ‘God’ says of his campaign.Yes, he raised that money and more… and Yes, you too can give..see below.
‘God loves gay, lesbian and transgendered people. God loves ALL people!
‘Therefore, the LORD shall put up a billboard in Topeka, Kansas that says “God Loves Gays.” The time has come to fight back. With love!’
Thanks to GayStarNews for heads up. ‘God’ of Facebook crowdfunds billboard saying he loves gays to spite Westboro Baptists
God announced yesterday that he had booked the first billboard and that it will be erected in Topeka, Kansas on 8 September.
Supporters will be rewarded with bumper stickers, limited edition t-shirts and posters saying ‘God loves gay’ signed by ‘God’ himself.To support God’s campaign on crowdfunding website IndieGoGo click here
‘God’ is hoping to raise a campaign goal of $50,000 in 60 days to completely fund the project and all supporter rewards, and he has also bought the rights to the web address www.godlovesgaypeople.com to further the campaign.
The Credit Card That’ll Replace All Your Plastic Is Finally Here (Kind Of)
When Coin released the first video of its über credit card, the response was enormous.
After 40 minutes, even though it was still just a prototype, 1,000 people had evidently forked over $50 for the super-slim electronic device that stores multiple credit card numbers and lets you use any of them with the mere push of a button. That took the company past its $50,000 pre-order goal. Just a few hours later, it had received a massive 20,000 orders for the device, which slides through checkout-counter card readers much like any other piece of plastic. Within two weeks, more than six million people had viewed the launch video that sent Coin viral. Apparently, there’s an awful lot of pent up frustration over the supposed problem of a wallet stuffed with too many credit cards.
Today, much of that frustration is still pent up. Nine months later, most of those who pre-ordered the device are still waiting for it to show up on their doorsteps. Though the company initially promised a summer 2014 ship date, only about 1,000 customers have received a version of the device that Coin quietly released for beta-testing, mostly in San Francisco. But relief is on the way.
On Friday, Coin announced the launch of a new beta-testing program, open to the first 10,000 customers on the wait list who choose to participate. In exchange for taking part, they get a test version of Coin before the device’s official release, now slated for spring 2015. The bad news is they will still have to pay to get the final first-generation version of Coin when it arrives (though they’ll only have pay $30 for it, a big discount from the regular, non-pre-order price of $100). The good news: WIRED has checked out the beta version of the Coin card, and it actually seems to work.
“The launch received more attention than we thought it would, which was good for us,” Coin founder and CEO Kanishk Parashar told WIRED during a recent visit to his company’s San Francisco offices. “But it also increased the scope of the work we had to finish.”
A Coin for Every Counter
When all those orders first started rolling in last November, Coin the company spanned about six people working in a small carpeted room downstairs from Dropbox, and Coin the product looked like a white door-key card with a digital watch face built into one corner. Today, Coin has more than 30 employees working in a spacious basement that once housed a meat-smoking operation, and the current version of namesake device looks much like the mock version in the launch video.
Parashar says the main challenge to getting more Coins out the door has been scaling up manufacturing while working to ensure the devices are secure and can work everywhere. In the Coin office, tables teem with credit-card terminals of every make and model, each with its own idiosyncrasies that Parashar says the company is trying to tease out before making Coin available to everyone. “They’re almost the same but slightly different,” Parashar says of the many terminals users might find at checkout counters. “We have to be the super-set.”
The beta release is part of that process, he says, an attempt to identify “corner cases” in which users encounter situations where swiping Coin doesn’t work perfectly. Even then, he says, users won’t be left without a way to pay. The app that syncs cards to the Coin device still contain those cards’ numbers and other necessary information, which can be punched in manually. But Parashar says he wants to avoid putting users in a situation where they need the manual option as a fallback. “We want to make sure the experience is top-notch,” he says.
On Coin’s Facebook page, commenters impatient for a firm release date are plentiful. And in general, their angst is not unreasonable. The recent history of crowd-funded hardware is littered with prototypes that never became full-fledged products.
But the version that I saw appeared to function very much as promised. Parashar synced his Coin with the Coin app, to which users upload their cards by swiping them through a reader attached to a smartphone audio jack. The app then uses low-energy Bluetooth to transfer the card data with the Coin itself.
On the front of the device, I used a nearly flat button to toggle through the different cars—multiple Visas, an Amex, a gift card. A small black-and-white screen displayed four-character names—VISA, AMEX, GIFT—to identify the different cards, along with the cards’ last four digits and expiration dates. But the most encouraging moment was the swipe itself. Trying out multiple stored cards on multiple card terminals in the office, the card data showed up. Receipts were printed. Everything needed to use Coin to pay for something seemed to be working as promised.
A working beta version may or may not be enough to quell the impatience of Coin customers still waiting to shrink down their wallets. But with 10,000 Coins on the way, Parashar and company seem to have figured out not only how to get Coin to work, but how to get Coins made. The next interesting test will be to see how Coin gets used once a bunch of them are out on the streets. Will they end up just another geek novelty, a solution to a “problem” that wasn’t really a problem in the first place? Or will they be the digital-analog answer for how everyone will pay in the 21st century, combining the best parts of paying by phone with the familiar feel of swiping plastic?
Right now, Silicon Valley is sure that traditional ways of paying belong to the past, but no one has quite figured out payments’ definitive future. If Parashar can get enough Coins out the door, that future could have one more candidate.
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What do elephants eat? 2 Chinese Women Feeding an Elephant —- Sound on.
This is really funny about two women who are feeding an elephant. You don’t have to understand Chinese to understand this one!!!!