Monday, July 13, 2020

The Paper Boy

There is a musical called Newsies about how young men delivered newspapers to homes all across the country. Back in the day it was often the first job young men (maybe young girls but nope) delivered papers to homes in communities. Subscriptions were reasonable and the cost of production was offset by ads. So it was also a way to find out what was on sale, what the local merchants had on offer or even learn about what was for sale nearby, for rent and of course all the movie schedules at the nearby theater. Today we simply glance at our magical 3x5 card or pull up the info on a laptop. Our news comes from others, largely aggregated and dissementated and we don't pay for it. We listen but we don't hear, we don't vest and more importantly we don't know.

Newspapers were the lifeblood, the were the Facebook or the Huffingon Post or the Yahoo News that came to your door, came into your home and went out into your community to actually police, to do the work so you did not have to. They went to the School Board meetings, to the Community Council ones, they asked questions, they found sources and sought information and exposed truths and more importantly lies. They wrote of life, death and everything in between. There is nothing that a newspaper does not report as all the news fit to print and all.  I never heard of news not fit and in today's climate, hookers, blow and sex are well news, it is just how it is written about that distinguishes the difference of fitness.

There are many online sources of news and information, some very valid and some less so.  Some is opinion which is not news it is opinion and some news as Emily Dickinson said:

“Tell all the Truth but tell it slant--
Success in Circuit lies
Too bright for our infirm Delight
The Truth's superb surprise

As Lightning to the Children eased
With explanation kind
The Truth must dazzle gradually
Or every man be blind--”

The slant is the way the story is told, hard or with a bend that enables one's own political or personal belief to establish tone and meaning.  It is not a tool to be used in conventional journalism but alas it is now; however, it always had as the work is often the reflection of the publisher and in turn often the owner of the paper.  Hearst newspapers of days gone by to the Murdoch ones of the present, one only has to see that name on the masthead to know what inside will have a tone, a voice that is more salacious and rapacious when it comes to certain subject.  And that also can be changed as even the Wall Street Journal wants to matter to black lives and to those who are not just denizens of Wall Street. 

With this or despite of it,  the press has been called The Fourth Estate for a reason, and without it we would have no idea what the flying fuck is going on in this land from sea to shining sea.  And there is a big land here and within it small towns, small cities and in them people who matter "irregardless" of their politics or beliefs.  For facts should matter.  And magazines and journals matter, and yes they too often reflect the owner and the publisher in tone and content, there has been a few these past few years the tech set has attempted to put its footprint on well established one.  And yet the failed to ask those who matter, those who write, edit and do the heavy lifting on how to make this viable and no it will never be profitable but like education it is for the masses. 

I look at many of the failed attempts by some of the rich and misguided to well do whatever they thought they were going to do, such as Jared Kushner and the New York Observer, when he for a hot minute was a publisher. Clearly as successful at that as he is Covid Ambassador, Middle East Peacenik, White House emissary in charge.  He has more jobs than a Jamaican Family. They at least did theirs better.   

But there are others who feel money makes up for stupid and some bilionaires are better at it than others but they love buying media. 

But ultimately when you rely on the social of media and the endless sites dedicated to whatever subject they deem important, I question the source, the legitimacy of the sourcing, if at all sourced and of course vetting and fact checking.  This from the Seattle Times discusses the end of Money magazine and yes even simple single subject magazines about tech, fashion and money matter.  And while all of them are undergoing a massive sea change with regards to diversity all of that should have come from consumers long before but there were few who actually purchased let alone cared.  Again with all this revolution happening I find it ironic that no one had ever "heard" of this racism, the Policing and and violence it brought into homes and communities. It took a pandemic where people were forced to stay home and watch a snuff film endlessly replayed for them to get woke.  Fuck that shit. Fuck you for mocking me, for ignoring others, for not giving a shit and then sitting in your living room watching a murder on a continuous loop to actually know what is happening down the street, in the city nearby, in a town, on a road, in a jail or in the country where you live.  Wow just wow, the stupid lives. 

I knew Seattle was a hot mess of white liberalness and having moved back there from San Francisco it was a simple transition and I just went back to not giving a flying fuck in anything but my living room. But it was not until I moved to Nashville to see the parallels about how systemic and institutional racism, oppression,  and more importantly MONEY falls into forcing compliance by building ignorance.  Seattle has as many educated but utterly ignorant people living there.  They have done the right thing, got a degree and a job and of course build the bubble in which they live. They eschew church and instead embrace a liberal leaning sense of politics but little changes. The election of the Socialist to the City Council is a disruption and she has a voice but is anyone really listening.  The endless parades of Mayors of color, of sexual identity have been singular.  The one black Mayor, the one Gay Male Mayor whose term ended on scandal replaced by a female version makes Seattle the checklist city in which to prove how forward, good and progressive they are.  I even remember the debate over liberal versus progressive.  Good times!

And for the record the current murder of a protestor has been largely buried in the press as the assailant was black and now it has become a blame the victim for being on a major road, at night, no discussion that the entrance to the road was blocked, Police were present enabling the protest to continue and that a man in a white jaguar came up the wrong entrance, likely on purpose, and it appears to drive deliberately into the two people, drove away and was stopped by one of the protestors who had a car parked as a type of shield to prevent such incidents, jumped into, chased the car, blocked it for Police to catch up.  Upon arrest the driver said, "Are they alright?" Really is that what you do when you drive up in the dark, on a road blocked the wrong way, drive into people as they have no business being on the road and then drive off?  Really?  When I read the once hard core liberal leaning The Stranger cover the incident and the comments I knew I was right to leave there. (Seriously a fight between two drag queens right there is "very Seattle")  This was not the case in Charlottesville and that was a white male in the daylight who drove in reverse at high speed and killed a white woman, so on that note what was the Strangers' slant then? 

We can read one press to confirm our biases or read many to get a full picture.  Artists and writers work from a perspective, they show it from full frontal to below like a child looking up, or from above in a God like watchful eye.  And it is why we have press so we can hear/see all of them.  I read the NY Post and Daily News every day as in between the hilarious titles and rants is actually local news and information.  It is written with a certain tone and in a specific voice but it is well written and in fact filled with facts buried in the opinion.  I don't think today many of us know the difference.

I have linked an article, called The Last Reporter in Town Had One Big Question for His Rich Boss, about a newsman in a small town whose paper has closed its doors, it still exists as a ghost and its death was at the hands of a venture capitalist who has no interest in anything but money. They are vultures in every sense of the word as they pick away at the bones of corpses and return to their manses and penthouses without concern. They are waited on and upon and they don't give one flying fuck about any life other than their own.  If there is one thing I learned in Nashville was that the rich like it that way as who else would do the dirty work, the heavy lifting and in turn maintaining the status and the quo. And when they cannot they rely upon the autocrats, the dictators and the President to do it for them.    If you were reading newspapers, magazines, knowing the news and information about where you live, shit you might go protest or something and that would be disturbing the way of life for those whose life you never know.  When the Big White Daddies let everyone back in the gates and toss silver coins at you, you will forget George Floyd's name and his black life along with all the others who have died at the hands of Police.   News should be free and it is on television on public radio and they do ask for donations or at least some type of cable hook up to get that much yet those who reject that pay for endless streaming services.  Ah, Hulu has a local news link to some of the networks and the nightly news.  Oh fuck that shit bitch I got to post shit on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook to show I am realz and the shizznit.    Ah yes being ignorant is what they want and it is why they give you those tools for free but they mine you for something far more valuable and its cost to you is endless you fucking dipshit.  A paper costs 2 bucks but then again when you are not paid a living wage, your housing costs absorb most of your income that whatever you have left you need to buy expensive purses, shoes and shit that people see. As what you look like matters more than what you know. Being stupid is cheap and if you don't think that look to who controls you and the purse strings, they may be stupid but you let them do it.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Gone to the Dogs

The Police manipulate the Public, the Prosecutors in every city manipulate the Jury and the Judges that oversee the system are manipulating the system to find an outcome that will get the reelected.  We elect County Sheriffs, City Attorney's, Prosecuting Attorney' s and of course Mayors who nominate and hire the Police to run the City bureau.  We elect almost everyone who serves public interests.  When was the last time you went to a School Board meeting? To a permit hearing? To a City Council meeting? When did you go to your local officials office? To the State house to see Bills being passed? When did you ever willingly unsolicited walk into a Federal or Municipal court house to see the business being done?  Get back to me then and I will respect and listen to you.  I have as a Student, a Teacher, a Defendant and a litigant.  I represented myself in my civil case against Harbourview and took that to the Supreme Court of Washington. They did not hear the case but they did offer a "ruling."  I filed paperwork, I roamed halls, I sat through hearings, read brief after brief and filed my own. I went to free legal clinics and hired Paralegals to help me draft briefs and I sat through my own trial with two "highly respected" Attorney's and watched a cluster fuck play right out in front of me.  Right now my former Attorney, Ted Vosk, is rambling on on Facebook about his mental health and how he is now mentally ill. Good to know that .... NOW. But in the interim his former friend, Kevin Trombold, still practices. The former Prosecutor from the City, Jennifer Miller, is now a practicing Attorney, defending the same people she used to not.  She is a hypocrite and a fraud and that is the system, liars and those they think are the liars are not the ones sitting in the chairs, they are the ones who prop up the system and maintain its illusion.

Police do it two ways - Good Cop/Bad Cop. That scenario is not the one seen in NYPD Blue or  such its the one that stands at civic events, football games and such that are paid overtime to pretend to be a better member of the community they serve, to keep people "safe" and they are the ones that do the talks at schools or other venues about issues that are important regarding public safety.  They are liars and frauds the same way Ted Vosk, Kevin Trombold, Jennifer Miller and Willie Brown the Judge in my case are. They are not interested in justice or seeking truth they are into collecting scalps and checks. The money made by the system fuels the system, from bonds, to bail to fees and fines and without them you have no system.  Defunding the Police is the first step in reformation.

Note, I said first step. This is a fucking huge road and seriously I doubt anyone has a clue how bad it really is. It is why the OWL (old white lady) whose only privilege I had was to hire incompetent Attorney's and in turn then realized after 25K that fund had to stop and in turn hide my money, and eventually run so far away that eventually that too had to stop and now its time to tell the story of how bad it was and is and what has to be done.

First up the bullshit about Cops in the schools,  not needed and in Nashville at the two worst schools they up and quit so pussy does not quite justify how bad that school was/is and how the Cops were seat filling like the rest of the staff to house the most disturbed group of youths to cross those doors. All but one or two were white the rest all shades of brown and black.  It was a dumpster.  But they have arrested small elementary aged children for throwing a tantrum, not a chair, a tantrum.  Okay then.  This is where we are in America.

The next is the absurd military gear these morons get as if Al Queada is going to show up in bumfuck nowhereville any day and institute Sharia law is another aspect of defunding the Police. That shit costs money to upkeep and train and use so dump it.   I love these towns in Jersey that have this equipment. Yes on 9/11 the planes flew over as in over and went right for the towers, you were literally not on their radar.

These are also the toys that these douchebags bring to community affairs and have kids ride or climb on as if they are little GI Joes. No that is the military who should be doing that not you.

Then we have the issues of warrior cop that accompanies the military policing nonsense that includes the training that is not a part of the Police Academy but funded by their union and the mentality that accompanies this is all part of the thin blue line.  And this is where sick in's and work slow downs, meaning responding to calls are a part of this.   Note the summer has ticked up in violence and the reality is that where Police should be present, on driving through hot zones and areas where it most occurs they are not.  Well some of it has to do with the idea that the protests and assaults on them and their vehicles are a part of that but here is that whole community policing thing and in fact communication with the area, their activists and leaders (again those elected folks) which would help in resolving some of this.  A leopard does not change its spots but it makes a nice coat!  (That means in other words rethink how you will use something to your advantage)

Lastly let's talk about Police Dogs.  Radley Balko used to almost daily top his column in the Washington Post about how cops killed another dog.  I too nearly had that happen to me in Arizona when pulled over the lady cop threatened to shoot my dog in the back seat who was unrestrained, as well we were driving,  and I had to calm her down, myself down, all while fearing for both our lives.  Arizona I hope you all die of Covid.  I have nothing good to say about that state and this is over Tennessee, where I lived, but even that is not something I would wish on them.   But the irony is that the same assholes who kill dogs repeatedly, yet have killer dogs that are so super trained that they can sniff drugs and sense you are a criminal just by the piss you have in your pants after having one of them hauled out near you to add to the dynamic.  This by the way is what we call a trigger as you become more afraid the Police uses this as some sort of super radar that they have to say, "You seem nervous, what are you hiding? " Again using myself as an example, when Vanderbilt called the Police on me for a wellness check (again several days earlier over my tantrum, so good on that one) they said that very same thing and said, "You seem anxious." Yes you fuckwit it's 7 in the morning I am getting ready for work, in my PJ's and don't have even my teeth in (hence the tantrum) and you are at my door over an issue a week ago.  Really, anxious you say?  Who the fuck wouldn't?   But irony, or just that in a crisis I do, I calmed down said I am going for my phone right over there to call an Attorney, you can step out and wait while you get a warrant for this instrument I am supposed to be using on myself due to my tantrum at Vanderbilt were they thought I would kill myself.  Okay, sure let's roll.  As the irony that they could have killed me in the same spot and accomplish that goal was racing through my mind the entire time. I WAS LUCKY, I used the white privilege thing and for whatever reason it worked.  That was the ONE TIME but I lived in Nashville and racism is a dish served with sweet tea and biscuits and that I knew and used to my advantage. Sorry folks you do what you need to to stay alive.

Cops kill. They kill people, they kill animals.  Are they warriors or are they murders? I go with the latter.  They do not, Serve and Protect, not at all.

I read this editorial in the Post and I agree, the bullshit dogs must go. The junk science they use is also another problem that lends itself to many arrests that are not actually valid.  Yet that myth about the super sniffer has made it to the Supreme Court.  Sorry again folks you need to do your homework on that one, I can't spell it out more clearly. Dogs do not smell Pot, Meth or any other drug.  But they can respond to their owner and trainer and in turn follow the lead.  That is what dogs do.. Again lies they tell you over and over again without real science to support it is America and it is our Criminal Justice System.  Lie Detectors, Booze-omters, Fire tracing, name one, pick one.  With regards to dogs today they are not bred to be vicious, some breeds are more adaptable as they have been and the training enables that DNA to kick into gear.  Hunting dogs, working dogs they are all part of animal husbandry when it comes to the dog world, watch Westminster Kennel Club shows to learn about breeds and what they were originally bred to do and be.  But they are domesticated adorables.  Cats on the other hand.....  I miss you Emma, best Shar Pei/Lab Mix ever.  18 years of love all unconditional, all perfect.  No dog could ever replace you.

Don’t overlook one of the most brutal and unnecessary parts of policing: Police dogs

The Washington Post
Christy E. Lopez
Contributing columnist
July 6, 2020

As we engage in long-overdue discussions about how to reimagine public safety, we must not overlook one of the most brutal, unnecessary and racialized components of policing: using police dogs to bite people.

We’ve long allowed ourselves to be gaslit by the narrative of the lovable police dog. This year in St. Paul, Minn., not far from where George Floyd was killed, news reports celebrated the retirement of “Havoc” and his visits to hospitalized children. Not mentioned alongside images of cupcakes with pawprint frosting was that Havoc’s day job was to bite people upon command. Or the review showing that St. Paul K-9s were “routinely used on nonviolent offenders who were nearly always fleeing or hiding instead of threatening harm or displaying weapons.” Or that most people bitten were young black men — even a 12-year-old boy.

In our dichotomous public safety world, a police dog can bite a boy in the evening and the next day visit the hospital where the boy is recovering.

St. Paul is not an aberration. The extent to which we have normalized — and subsidized — police departments’ use of dogs to attack human beings should be chilling. The fact that we fawn over those same dogs at community events — without a thought of whose bodies those dogs have bitten — should be more chilling still.

There may be a place for search-and-rescue bloodhounds and explosive-sniffing dogs in a rational public safety system. But “criminal apprehension” dogs used to find and bite whomever the police tell them to need to be part of the national conversation about ending unnecessary force.

Police canines are bred and trained to ensure that their bite is far more severe than a normal dog bite. The pressure from a police canine bite has been likened by one court to the force of being run over by a car. For decades, the canine-industry contended that police dogs usually cause only minor injuries and bite for 10 to 15 seconds. The era of body cams and cellphone recordings shows they often bite for much longer and cause significant injury.

Unlike normal dogs, police canines are trained to bite hard, use all their teeth and bite multiple times. Studies have found that over 3,500 police canine bites annually result in emergency room visits, and that canine force results in a higher proportion of hospital visitations than any other type of police force. On rare occasions, police canines have killed people, including a suspected burglar, a likely trespasser and a homeless woman.

This level of violence cannot be justified by the threat posed. Police dogs routinely use force that unquestionably would be unlawful if used directly by a police officer. The dogs are overwhelmingly set on people suspected of crimes like burglary, car theft, trespassing, traffic violations or “fleeing” from the police, and often used during political protests and immigration raids.

Police canines also inevitably make mistakes, attacking innocent bystanders and their own handlers. A Justice Department attorney investigating the New Orleans Police Department observed a police dog bite its handler twice within a few hours. Canines also do not always stop biting even when ordered to do so. Indeed, at least one canine-industry certification standard passes a dog even if it re-bites and has to be ordered to stop four times. By the way, certification is not universally required.

Nor can we ignore any longer that police canines cause disproportionate and profound harm to black and Latinx people. Our country has a long history of racialized used of canine violence, from dogs used to hunt fleeing enslaved people and terrorize civil rights protesters, through the present day. Racial and ethnic disparities in police dog bites persist over time and across the country. Canine force reviews, like the decades-long examination of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, consistently show disparities; during one six-month period, their canines bit only black and Latinx people. In a nine-year nationwide study of emergency room visits for police K-9 bites, 42 percent of the approximately 33,000 bite victims were black. If we are serious about beginning to atone for the disproportionate harm policing has caused black and Latinx communities in this country, it is difficult to see how we can continue using police attack dogs.

For years, I have asked police chiefs and sheriffs: Why do you use canines to bite people? Small-town chiefs talk about dogs as a retention tool — keeping officers with little opportunity for upward advancement happy. In all departments, chiefs talk about not wanting to pick this particular battle with agency culture. All understand the corrosive impact police canines have in black, Latinx and poor neighborhoods. Each recognizes that current technology — including cameras and small robots — provides alternatives to using dogs to bite people.

But, the chiefs say, “the public loves them.”

In other words, as with so much of policing, police order dogs to attack people not because public safety requires it, but because we the public have told police we’re okay with that. If the movement to reimagine public safety means anything, surely it means that is no longer the case.