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 … and … the other shoe drops …

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wait, wtf?! is this real life? like, i am the biggest fan of bonobo apes, but i did not know they could do all this.

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All cops are lying ass pigs.

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A federal lawsuit on Thursday accused five police officers from Chicago and Glenview of conspiring to lie under oath at a court hearing late last month, only to be caught by a judge after a video taken from a squad car contradicted their testimony.

One of the Chicago narcotics officers had asked the two Glenview officers to turn off their video cameras so the traffic stop would not be recorded, but one of the officers failed to do so, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit alleged that the incident – first reported in the Tribune on Tuesday — exposed a broader “policy and practice” by Chicago police “to pursue wrongful convictions in drug cases through untruthful testimony.”

“The biggest casualty in the war on drugs is the truth,” attorney Jon Loevy told reporters at a press conference at his Near West Side office.

After viewing the video March 31 in her Skokie courtroom, a furious Circuit Judge Catherine Haberkorn suppressed the traffic stop that led to Joseph Sperling’s arrest, leading prosecutors to quickly dismiss the felony charges.

“All officers lied on the stand today. … All their testimony was a lie. So there’s strong evidence it was conspiracy to lie in this case, for everyone to come up with the same lie. … Many, many, many, many times they all lied,” a transcript quoted the judge as saying.

The lawsuit named the city of Chicago and Village of Glenview as defendants in addition to the five officers.


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is there are a more fitting (and horrifying) representation of the contradiction that is contemporary U.S. society?

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A reminder of how dangerous it is to be homeless, even in warmer weather.

Just a couple miles from where lawmakers set the course on everything from taxes to the availability of housing vouchers for low-income Americans, two homeless people were found dead Wednesday morning, with hypothermia being cited as the likely cause.


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Oh, yes, people do indeed get “disappeared” into the gulag known as the American prison system …

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Jerry Hartfield, a poor, illiterate and intellectually disabled black man has been rotting in prison for 34 years, despite the fact that he had neither a valid conviction nor sentence. Hartfield was tried and convicted for murder in 1977, but the conviction was overturned due to prosecutorial misconduct in 1980. Officials proceeded to forget about him and leave him locked up in a cell for several decades. Shockingly, last week, a judge ruled that despite this obviously egregious injustice, rather than being freed, Hartfield can now be retried.


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… AmeriKKKa …

“The frat has been shut down, but the district attorney’s office won’t pursue hate crime charges.”

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these are the future terrorists who will be shooting up Jewish centers, Sikh temples, and Black teens wearing hoodies. and our society abets and abides their development.

Edit: someone just commented with the following insight -

“they don’t even have to be violent extremists tbqh..

“white people like this will be the future bosses who won’t hire us, cops who hunt us, parents who tell their kids to watch out for us, scared idiots who call the cops on us, internet commenters that stalk and harass us, hr people who ignore us when we place complaints, teachers who gleefully punish and restrict our learning, coworkers that harass us, and people who will vote to displace us, people who will gentrify us and leave us homeless, people who do not care if we live or die.

“you don’t need to be in the kkk or a terrorist hate group to be a violent racist.”

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I’m really feeling this quote (below) from Helen Keller today. My boss just totally insulted me, treated me like a piece of garbage, and made me feel like shit, over absolutely nothing. If we were equals, i could tell her that she should be ashamed of herself and that her behavior is unacceptable. But we’re not. If i stand up to her, she will not only not care, but i would face repercussion.

The problem is that she is either naturally a rude, arrogant despot, or has been conditioned to see that as acceptable. And in a system based on inequality and the oppression of workers by their economic masters, such behavior is positively encouraged and rewarded amongst those possessing wealth, power, and privilege:

When we inquire why things are as they are, the answer is, the foundation of society is laid upon a basis of individualism, conquest, exploitation, with total disregard of the good of the whole … The structure of a society built upon such wrong basic principles is bound to retard the development of all men…. The result is a false standard of values. Trade and material prosperity are held to be the main objects of pursuit and conquest, the lowest instincts in human nature — love of gain, cunning, and selfishness — are fostered.

- Helen Keller, 1913


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Neo-Nazis roam the streets of America killing people; meanwhile police forces and the Feds are spying on Muslim Student Associations and Occupy activists.

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how U.S. capitalism continues to exploit the labor of Black slaves

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Yeah, except the sterilization of women of color, disabled women, prisoners, etc., is not a matter of a legal “loophole.” The fact is that it is perfectly legal in the U.S. [since 1927] for both individual states and individual private agencies to sterilize certain classes of American citizens against their will “if it is a narrowly tailored means to achieve a compelling government interest.”

See http://socialistworker.org/2013/07/11/legally-sterilizing-the-vulnerable

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