Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Hey again bloggers or whoever could be reading this blagh. And even when that Google page rank update still wants to send me in search of a fifth full time job for when that get rich internet quick does not get rich internet quick, I still find myself blaghing for some reason or another. And I know I have posted these zombie apocalypse posts on this blog before. It's just that when I keep reading articles such as The anxiety of unplugging and why we should disconnect to connect, and coming across photos like that This Is Progress photo that finds itself posted above and then videos with titles like The Innovation of Loneliness and what Facebook is doing to us that also finds itself posted above, it just brings me back to images of the zombie apocalypse and the robot nation again of wherever people are gathered these days and times, and that's not even including my travels throughout planet earth on the streets, planes, trains, buses, boats or whatever social situation or traveling mode that one may find themselves in only to be surrounded by people staring at handheld devices with blue light emanating from them and fidgeting with handheld gadgets as if in a trance and life amongst humanity seems as if it is a scene out of a science fiction movie sometimes. And this scenario seems as if it is a world wide phenomenon these days and times. What has technology done to humanity, for better or for worse. And what if anything, does this have to do with a No Police State.
Monday, March 3, 2014
my other blog whenever blaghers block possible. And with it still being winter in that country of North America, and with headlines reading Russia seems as if it wants to go to war with itself and other headlines that makes one wonder if earth is going to hell in a hand basket, I find myself reposting this 21 Things You Can't Do While Black article that I came across in internetland because hey, we are all still Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis. And also because hey, it's less writing sometimes. And this article would be hilarious if unfortunately it weren't so true. Occupy the NRA. And what if anything does this have to do with a No Police State.
21 Things You Can't Do While Black
In the United States, sometimes your skin color is evidence enough against you.
—By Lauren Williams
| Wed Feb. 12, 2014 3:00 AM GMT
Update: On February 15, 2014, the judge in the murder trial of Michael Dunn declared a mistrial on the first-degree murder count after the jury could not come to a decision. The jury reached verdicts for the other charges Dunn faced, and he was found guilty of three counts of attempted second-degree murder and one count of throwing a deadly missile. Prosecutor Angela Corey said that she will retry Dunn for first-degree murder in Jordan Davis' death.
Florida's second sensational, race-tinged murder trial in less than a year is underway. Michael Dunn, a white, 47-year-old software developer, shot and killed Jordan Davis, a 17-year-old African American, as the teen sat in an SUV with three friends.
Charged with first-degree murder, Dunn is pleading self-defense.* He contends that he argued with the teens (over what a witness says he called their "thug music") and fired on them after he claims he saw Davis brandish a shotgun. Police found no gun at the scene, and witnesses say Davis never had one.
Like the George Zimmerman trial, during which the self-styled neighborhood watchman successfully argued that he shot and killed Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager, in self-defense, Dunn's case has raised questions about Florida's broad Stand Your Ground law, racial profiling, and how the two issues intersect. Would Martin and Davis be alive if they weren't black? Would they have been afforded the benefit of the doubt by their killers if they had been white? Their deaths didn't happen in a vacuum. There's evidence that just being black in the United States is often all it takes to arouse suspicion. Here are 21 examples from the last five years of some of the things black people can't do without others thinking they're up to no good.
1. Listen to loud music at a gas station.
2. Walk home from a snack run to 7-11.
3. Wear a hoodie.
5. Drive in a car with a white girl.
7. Walk on the wrong side of the street.
8. Wait for a school bus to take you to your high school basketball game.
9. Drink iced tea in a parking lot.
11. Inspect your own property.
12. Show up at your job.
13. Talk trash after an NFL game.
14. Throw a temper tantrum in kindergarten.
16. Buy designer accessories at Macy’s.
17. Be a 13-year-old boy.
18. Enter your own home.
20. Be a tourist.
21. Lay face down in handcuffs.
Clarification: A previous version of this story stated that Dunn was pleading self-defense under Florida's controversial Stand Your Ground law.Dunn waived his right to an immunity hearing under Stand Your Ground, but it has played a significant role in Dunn's defense. During the trial, Dunn's attorney argued to the jury that Dunn had the right to "meet force with force"—language pulled directly from the law. The same language is also in the jury instructions, according to Dunn's attorney. Return to the story.