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THANK YOU TO WHOEVER MADE THIS

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I… I’m in love

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(Reblogged from msarano)

the role and image of the police

prosperosfootnotes:

stirringwind:

one thing that’s unsettling to me about what’s going on in Ferguson, Missouri as a non-American is just how militarised many of the police units look. When I hear of Americans talking about police brutality, and how the power relations between the police and the public is often one of intimidation, it strikes me as very unhealthy. Speaking from a different context, the relationship between the police and the public SHOULD NOT be like that. 

It seems the trend in the US is that you see less of this:

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(Some of the Missouri police officers on-site- unfortunately, this isn’t how many of their colleagues are dressed.)

But more of this:

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(Police in Ferguson, Missouri- BEFORE a rally. Not called in as backup because a riot already started.) 

Firstly, police deal with civilians, not enemy soldiers or insurgents. That is a very important difference, and is the reason why most developed countries have a clear delineation between the police and the military. You need a completely different skill set as a police officer- how you react, when you should err on the side of caution, what to look for. A soldier’s instincts that might save his life in a firefight may instead hurt an innocent civilian back home. That’s the reason the equipment police use is different- the main gear of choice is usually the baton and shield for riot police in a melee. Yes, batons can cause severe injuries if you hit people hard enough, but that is likely to be much less severe than a soldier carrying military rifles and shooting into a crowd. 

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These are British police at a protest in London. They don’t go there in riot gear because the general idea is that the police are not there to take sides or intimidate protesters, but to simply keep both sides separated and deter any violence before it starts. it also reassures the public that they’re there watching in case things start escalating. Now, far be it for me to say the UK police are perfect- they have certainly made mistakes and have hurt people when they overreacted.

But the overall way the police look and behave is very different from what you see in Missouri. In the UK, the policeman isn’t just someone who wrestles thugs to the ground, but the guy or lady you go to ask for directions if you’re lost. Those on normal duty never carry guns- because the culture there is that officers police by consent- that they owe their permission from the public- and rather than the state (i.e by possessing intimidatory force, which a gun represents). Even in a case where two officers were shot dead, most British police officers said they preferred to not to carry guns save for exceptional circumstances. (This is an excellent BBC article that discusses more) While I recognise in the US, the 2nd Amendment means that it may be a practical necessity for all your officers to have guns, it is striking what an utterly different police culture exists there. It is a fallacy to think that the more armed and intimidating your officers are, the safer you will be. London is a major, populated city as crowded as any major US city, and the UK police do not need to cultivate an unhealthy culture of intimidation to keep order. 

How riot police should look like if things start escalating:

UK riot police during the 2011 London riotsimage

French riot police:

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Notice one thing too? The colour of their uniforms. It’s a navy or deep blue like their normal uniforms, to reinforce the fact that they ARE NOT the military. Now remember those policemen in Ferguson dressed in ARMY CAMOS? (why the hell are they wearing camos, which are completely useless in the urban environment, which is where they always operate?) It projects to the public a far more militarised image, and in my opinion, is extremely unhealthy. It also conditions the officers themselves to view themselves as soldiers in a conflict zone when they see the gear they use and the uniforms they wear. EXACTLY the kind of thing that leads to overreaction and police brutality that probably caused Michael Brown’s death, where it all began.

Just so you can really see how ridiculous this is:

These are US soldiers in Afghanistan:

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Ferguson riot police:

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US Navy SEALs during a training exercise- Navy SEALs are amongst the most elite of US special forces, and they operate in conflict zones around the world. The unit that launched the raid that killed Osama bin Laden is SEAL Team 6. 

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Ferguson “riot police” sniper 

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Why do you even have these quasi-military police at the site of a protest? A protest, not an armed insurgency or a manhunt for an armed and dangerous terrorist? Intimidation often breeds escalation, because people don’t trust the police, the police overreact and things spin out of control. Don’t buy into the idea that police need to be like this because America is more dangerous. The best armour police have is the trust and cooperation of the public- something I sense to be missing in many places in the US because of this culture of intimidation. 

I am not an expert on guns, so I can’t tell you if the guns the Missouri police have are sniper rifles, or contain just rubber bullets or if they’re for firing tear gas. But the point is that overall, they look practically indistinguishable from US military units. Even those American soldiers with the Afghan man in that photo actually looked less threatening than the Ferguson police. And that is a sign of something, very, very wrong.

As an annotation to the post: that particular sniper rifle fires rubber bullets; note the peculiar end of the muzzle and lack of silencer.

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If someone were to die at the age of 63 after a lifelong battle with MS or Sickle Cell, we’d all say they were a “fighter” or an “inspiration.” But when someone dies after a lifelong battle with severe mental illness and drug addiction, we say it was a tragedy and tell everyone “don’t be like him, please seek help.” That’s bullshit. Robin Williams sought help his entire life. He saw a psychiatrist. He quit drinking. He went to rehab. He did this for decades. That’s HOW he made it to 63. For some people, 63 is a fucking miracle. I know several people who didn’t make it past 23 and I’d do anything to have 40 more years with them.

anonymous reader on The Dish

One of the more helpful and insightful things I’ve seen about depression/suicide in the last couple of days.

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america-wakiewakie:

Caught On Tape: Fla. Cop Threatens To ‘Put A Round’ In Black Men During Traffic Stop | News One
Within the last two months, Eric Garner, 43, unarmed, was killed on July 17 by NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo who placed him in an illegal chokehold while questioning him for allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes; John Crawford, 22, unarmed, was shot and killed on August 5 by two Ohio police officers, David Darkow and Sean Williams, in Walmart after he was spotted holding a toy rifle; 18-year-old Mike Brown, unarmed, was gunned down by Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson while walking with a friend in his neighborhood; and Ezell Ford, 24, who was also unarmed, was shot and killed by unnamed officers in the LAPD on August 12.
In the wake of these tragic events and renewed intense conversations surrounding police brutality against Black men, a video  of police in Boynton Beach, Florida threatening to “put a round” through four Black men during a routine traffic stop has emerged and begun making the rounds on social media.
One of the occupants in the video records the interaction, even after the officer tells him to stop, to which he responds:

No, I have rights. I’m not intimidated. I have rights.
Sir, I’m recording your ass. What the f*ck you going to do?
B**ch, you’re on camera. What the f*cks wrong with you. Stupid ass cracker.


The driver of the car repeatedly asks the officer who stopped them for his badge number. The officer provides his name, but not the number, prompting the driver to attempt to take a picture of his badge. The officer slaps the phone out of his hand, pulls him from the car and places him face down on the ground.
That’s when another officer, presumably his partner or back-up rushes to the window, gun drawn, and says:
“I’ll put a round in your ass so quick,” with his weapon threw the window pointed directly at the men.
(Watch the Video Here) (Photo Credit: AmericaWakieWakie)

america-wakiewakie:

Caught On Tape: Fla. Cop Threatens To ‘Put A Round’ In Black Men During Traffic Stop | News One

Within the last two months, Eric Garner, 43, unarmed, was killed on July 17 by NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo who placed him in an illegal chokehold while questioning him for allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes; John Crawford, 22, unarmed, was shot and killed on August 5 by two Ohio police officers, David Darkow and Sean Williams, in Walmart after he was spotted holding a toy rifle; 18-year-old Mike Brown, unarmed, was gunned down by Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson while walking with a friend in his neighborhood; and Ezell Ford, 24, who was also unarmed, was shot and killed by unnamed officers in the LAPD on August 12.

In the wake of these tragic events and renewed intense conversations surrounding police brutality against Black men, a video  of police in Boynton Beach, Florida threatening to “put a round” through four Black men during a routine traffic stop has emerged and begun making the rounds on social media.

One of the occupants in the video records the interaction, even after the officer tells him to stop, to which he responds:

No, I have rights. I’m not intimidated. I have rights.

Sir, I’m recording your ass. What the f*ck you going to do?

B**ch, you’re on camera. What the f*cks wrong with you. Stupid ass cracker.

The driver of the car repeatedly asks the officer who stopped them for his badge number. The officer provides his name, but not the number, prompting the driver to attempt to take a picture of his badge. The officer slaps the phone out of his hand, pulls him from the car and places him face down on the ground.

That’s when another officer, presumably his partner or back-up rushes to the window, gun drawn, and says:

“I’ll put a round in your ass so quick,” with his weapon threw the window pointed directly at the men.

(Watch the Video Here) (Photo Credit: AmericaWakieWakie)

(Reblogged from msarano)

roachpatrol:

jumpingjacktrash:

scloutier:

zooophagous:

itscolossal:

DIY Glowing Resin Shelves

IM DOING THIS

Luka.  Luka look.  You could put your rocks on these.

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saxifraga-x-urbium:

malformalady:

A son went into a rarely-used bedroom in his mother’s home and discovered thousands of wasps had made a giant nest in a bed. An estimated 5,000 wasps had created a nest by chewing through bedding, including a blanket and pillow. Pest-control expert John Birkett was called to tackle with the mound of wasps inside the mattress at the five-bedroom home in Winchester, Hampshire.

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mirkokosmos:

Robin Williams & Koko, 2001

“Robin made Koko smile — something she hadn’t done for over six months, ever since her childhood gorilla companion, Michael, passed away.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9I_QvEXDv0

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placitas:

“An Australian model has taken a stand after a swimwear label used pictures of her without permission and Photoshopped her to appear considerably slimmer than she is in real life.
"They had drastically altered my body, thinning out my stomach and thighs in an attempt to box me into the cultural ideal of beauty,” continued Kausman. “Above is their version, below is the real version. My body is a size 8, not a size 4. That’s my body!”
The irony of Kausman’s experience is that her father is physician Rick Kausman, one of Australia’s most outspoken advocates against dieting and body-shaming culture. Rick Kausman rallied behind his daughter, writing on his Facebook page that “taking someone’s photograph and altering without permission, then publishing it,” is a serious issue.
Moreover, wrote the outraged father, the situation calls attention to “the broader and the hugely problematic issue of Photoshopping images and the incredible harm this does to so many people, particularly young girls and boys, but so many others irrespective of their age, with respect to their body image and feelings of self-worth.”
(via Model Blasts the Company That Slimmed Her Body With Photoshop | TakePart)


It’s not just how they make her thinner… look how the edits shrink her ribcage, lengthen her legs, erase the natural bend of her abdomen, remove muscles from her shoulders…

placitas:

An Australian model has taken a stand after a swimwear label used pictures of her without permission and Photoshopped her to appear considerably slimmer than she is in real life.

"They had drastically altered my body, thinning out my stomach and thighs in an attempt to box me into the cultural ideal of beauty,” continued Kausman. “Above is their version, below is the real version. My body is a size 8, not a size 4. That’s my body!”

The irony of Kausman’s experience is that her father is physician Rick Kausman, one of Australia’s most outspoken advocates against dieting and body-shaming culture. Rick Kausman rallied behind his daughter, writing on his Facebook page that “taking someone’s photograph and altering without permission, then publishing it,” is a serious issue.

Moreover, wrote the outraged father, the situation calls attention to “the broader and the hugely problematic issue of Photoshopping images and the incredible harm this does to so many people, particularly young girls and boys, but so many others irrespective of their age, with respect to their body image and feelings of self-worth.”

(via Model Blasts the Company That Slimmed Her Body With Photoshop | TakePart)

It’s not just how they make her thinner… look how the edits shrink her ribcage, lengthen her legs, erase the natural bend of her abdomen, remove muscles from her shoulders…

(Reblogged from placitas)