1. 04:10 28th Jul 2014

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    blastedheath:

Francisco Sierra (Chilean, b. 1977), The Parallel Universe, 2009. Oil on canvas, 170 x 240 cm.

    blastedheath:

    Francisco Sierra (Chilean, b. 1977), The Parallel Universe, 2009. Oil on canvas, 170 x 240 cm.

     
  2. 14:49 25th Jul 2014

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    descentintotyranny:


FBI pressured Muslims into committing terrorist acts, then arrested them: report
July 21 2014
The FBI encouraged and sometimes even paid Muslims to commit terrorist acts during numerous sting operations after the 9/11 attacks, a human rights group said in a report published Monday.
“Far from protecting Americans, including American Muslims, from the threat of terrorism, the policies documented in this report have diverted law enforcement from pursuing real threats,” said the report by Human Rights Watch.
Aided by Columbia University Law School’s Human Rights Institute, Human Rights Watch examined 27 cases from investigation through trial, interviewing 215 people, including those charged or convicted in terrorism cases, their relatives, defense lawyers, prosecutors and judges.
“In some cases the FBI may have created terrorists out of law-abiding individuals by suggesting the idea of taking terrorist action or encouraging the target to act,” the report said.
In the cases reviewed, half the convictions resulted from a sting operation, and in 30 percent of those cases the undercover agent played an active role in the plot.
“Americans have been told that their government is keeping them safe by preventing and prosecuting terrorism inside the US,” said Andrea Prasow, the rights group’s deputy Washington director.
“But take a closer look and you realize that many of these people would never have committed a crime if not for law enforcement encouraging, pressuring and sometimes paying them to commit terrorist acts.”
US Attorney General Eric Holder has strongly defended the FBI undercover operations as “essential in fighting terrorism.”
“These operations are conducted with extraordinary care and precision, ensuring that law enforcement officials are accountable for the steps they take -– and that suspects are neither entrapped nor denied legal protections,” Holder said July 8 during a visit to Norway.
The HRW report, however, cites the case of four Muslim converts from Newburgh, New York who were accused of planning to blow up synagogues and attack a US military base.
A judge in that case “said the government ‘came up with the crime, provided the means, and removed all relevant obstacles,’ and had, in the process, made a terrorist out of a man ‘whose buffoonery is positively Shakespearean in scope,’” the report said.
The rights group charged that the FBI often targets vulnerable people, with mental problems or low intelligence.
It pointed to the case of Rezwan Ferdaus, who was sentenced to 17 years in prison at age 27 for wanting to attack the Pentagon and Congress with mini-drones loaded with explosives.
An FBI agent told Ferdaus’ father that his son “obviously” had mental health problems, the report said. But that didn’t stop an undercover agent from conceiving the plot in its entirety, it said.
“The US government should stop treating American Muslims as terrorists-in-waiting,” the report concluded.
Mike German, a former FBI agent now with the Brennan Center, said FBI counterterrorism excesses were a source of concern — “concerns that they both violate privacy and civil liberties, and aren’t effective in addressing real threats.”
But JM Berger, a national security expert, said law enforcement faces a dilemma: it can’t just ignore tips or reports about people talking about wanting to commit a terrorist action or seeking support for one.
“The question is how to sort out which cases merit investigation and which do not,” he said.

    descentintotyranny:

    FBI pressured Muslims into committing terrorist acts, then arrested them: report

    July 21 2014

    The FBI encouraged and sometimes even paid Muslims to commit terrorist acts during numerous sting operations after the 9/11 attacks, a human rights group said in a report published Monday.

    “Far from protecting Americans, including American Muslims, from the threat of terrorism, the policies documented in this report have diverted law enforcement from pursuing real threats,” said the report by Human Rights Watch.

    Aided by Columbia University Law School’s Human Rights Institute, Human Rights Watch examined 27 cases from investigation through trial, interviewing 215 people, including those charged or convicted in terrorism cases, their relatives, defense lawyers, prosecutors and judges.

    “In some cases the FBI may have created terrorists out of law-abiding individuals by suggesting the idea of taking terrorist action or encouraging the target to act,” the report said.

    In the cases reviewed, half the convictions resulted from a sting operation, and in 30 percent of those cases the undercover agent played an active role in the plot.

    “Americans have been told that their government is keeping them safe by preventing and prosecuting terrorism inside the US,” said Andrea Prasow, the rights group’s deputy Washington director.

    “But take a closer look and you realize that many of these people would never have committed a crime if not for law enforcement encouraging, pressuring and sometimes paying them to commit terrorist acts.”

    US Attorney General Eric Holder has strongly defended the FBI undercover operations as “essential in fighting terrorism.”

    “These operations are conducted with extraordinary care and precision, ensuring that law enforcement officials are accountable for the steps they take -– and that suspects are neither entrapped nor denied legal protections,” Holder said July 8 during a visit to Norway.

    The HRW report, however, cites the case of four Muslim converts from Newburgh, New York who were accused of planning to blow up synagogues and attack a US military base.

    A judge in that case “said the government ‘came up with the crime, provided the means, and removed all relevant obstacles,’ and had, in the process, made a terrorist out of a man ‘whose buffoonery is positively Shakespearean in scope,’” the report said.

    The rights group charged that the FBI often targets vulnerable people, with mental problems or low intelligence.

    It pointed to the case of Rezwan Ferdaus, who was sentenced to 17 years in prison at age 27 for wanting to attack the Pentagon and Congress with mini-drones loaded with explosives.

    An FBI agent told Ferdaus’ father that his son “obviously” had mental health problems, the report said. But that didn’t stop an undercover agent from conceiving the plot in its entirety, it said.

    “The US government should stop treating American Muslims as terrorists-in-waiting,” the report concluded.

    Mike German, a former FBI agent now with the Brennan Center, said FBI counterterrorism excesses were a source of concern — “concerns that they both violate privacy and civil liberties, and aren’t effective in addressing real threats.”

    But JM Berger, a national security expert, said law enforcement faces a dilemma: it can’t just ignore tips or reports about people talking about wanting to commit a terrorist action or seeking support for one.

    “The question is how to sort out which cases merit investigation and which do not,” he said.

     
  3. 18:35 19th Jul 2014

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    tuneage:

    alt-J - Hunger Of The Pine

    There is a moment about a minute and a half into alt-J’s lush and intricate new single, when the Miley Cyrus sample plays for the first time, and you can’t help but step back and appreciate the absurdity of it. It shouldn’t work, but of course it does, adding yet another layer to this strange bird of a song. Orchestral, eclectic, tense, and soft, ‘Hunger Of The Pine’ doesn’t come in like a wrecking ball, so much as a breath of fresh air. 

    After alt-J last teased us with a “joke” single, this is a much better indication of what we can expect when their sophomore album All This Is Yours drops September 22nd. 

     
  4. 19:07 17th Jul 2014

    Notes: 40

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    ‘Water Is a Human Right’: Advocates Call for End to Detroit Water Shutoffs

    rhrealitycheck:

    Many advocates see the city’s actions as part of a long history of racial inequality in the city since low-income residents and people of color have been disproportionately affected by the water shutoffs

    Read more here: http://rhrc.us/1tX7PIc

     
  5. 19:06

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    soulneedssurgery:

Third Ward
     
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    euo:

    “I think that nudity is beautiful. Sometimes it can be awful, but when it’s beautiful? Cinema is the art about reality; it’s art from reality. In French we say l’art de la realite. You show reality, so you have to show bodies.

    FUCKONG BYE

    (Source: brookedaviz)

     
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  9. 00:20 16th Jul 2014

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  10. 00:18

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    cap-ulet:

let’s take a moment to appreciate my boyfriends house and this magical room I can’t even

    cap-ulet:

    let’s take a moment to appreciate my boyfriends house and this magical room I can’t even

     
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  12. 23:48 15th Jul 2014

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    brownroundboi:

so-treu:

dudeimjarell:

thewritershelpers:

uberwench:

skokielibrary:

teen-stuff-at-the-library:

A Great Guide on How to Cite Social Media Using Both MLA and APA styles 

You’ll probably find this useful at some point.

Man, where was this chart when I was in library school?

Reblogging because EVERYONE (ESPECIALLY COLLEGE STUDENTS) needs this in their life. -H

ha

CITE ME AND OTHER TUMBLR USERS IF YOU USE US IN YOUR SCHOOL/ACADEMIA SHIT
I’M SO FORREAL
CITE. US.

Cite people in the margins! Trans, POC, immigrant, sick and disabled, women, youth, queer, black, indigenous, two- spirit, gender non-conforming, poor—- Nothing we say can or should be borrowed or stolen. We are resources & references to our lives & global praxis! Respect this.

    brownroundboi:

    so-treu:

    dudeimjarell:

    thewritershelpers:

    uberwench:

    skokielibrary:

    teen-stuff-at-the-library:

    A Great Guide on How to Cite Social Media Using Both MLA and APA styles

    You’ll probably find this useful at some point.

    Man, where was this chart when I was in library school?

    Reblogging because EVERYONE (ESPECIALLY COLLEGE STUDENTS) needs this in their life. -H

    ha

    CITE ME AND OTHER TUMBLR USERS IF YOU USE US IN YOUR SCHOOL/ACADEMIA SHIT

    I’M SO FORREAL

    CITE. US.

    Cite people in the margins! Trans, POC, immigrant, sick and disabled, women, youth, queer, black, indigenous, two- spirit, gender non-conforming, poor—- Nothing we say can or should be borrowed or stolen. We are resources & references to our lives & global praxis! Respect this.

     
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    tonydinozzos:

    i was just showing my mom how to paste something into her text message on her phone and i was like “double tap in the the text box” “the text box” “the text box” and she was just pointing to random places on her screen that weren’t the text box and all i could think of was

    image

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