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"Activists’ Guide to Archiving Video

Cases like Rodney King, Oscar Grant, Eric Garner and Michael Brown have helped fuel demands for police accountability. We are joined by a guest who has advice for the growing number of people filming police abuse with their smartphones and video cameras, particularly with respect to how to properly preserve such video. Yvonne Ng is senior archivist for WITNESS, a group that trains and supports people using video in their fight for human rights. She co-authored their resource, "Activists’ Guide to Archiving Video."

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WITNESS is an international nonprofit organization that uses the power of video and storytelling to open the eyes of the world to human rights abuses.

WITNESS empowers human rights defenders to use video to fight injustice, and to transform personal stories of abuse into powerful tools that can pressure those in power or with power to act. By bringing often unseen images and seldom heard stories to the attention of key decision makers, the media, and the public–WITNESS catalyzes grassroots activism,

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15 Years in Prison For Taping the Cops? How Eavesdropping Laws Are Taking Away Our Best Defense Against Police Brutality.
One would think the fear of videographers on every block would be a powerful deterrent to police misconduct. 
   Almost all of these cases are ultimately dismissed, on the grounds that on-duty cops have  no such expectation of privacy, which is in accordance with every court  in the country that has considered the issue. Because there is no legal  justification, the charges are usually dropped or never filed at all.  But that doesn’t stop the arrests.  
   “In addition to arresting citizens with cameras for wiretapping, police  can use vaguer catch-all charges, such as interfering with a police  officer, refusing to obey a lawful order, or obstructing an arrest or  police action. Such arrests are far more common. Even more frequent are  incidents where police don’t make arrests but illegally confiscate  cameras, delete photos and videos, or incorrectly warn camera-wielding  citizens that they aren’t allowed to film.”

15 Years in Prison For Taping the Cops? How Eavesdropping Laws Are Taking Away Our Best Defense Against Police Brutality.

One would think the fear of videographers on every block would be a powerful deterrent to police misconduct.

   Almost all of these cases are ultimately dismissed, on the grounds that on-duty cops have no such expectation of privacy, which is in accordance with every court in the country that has considered the issue. Because there is no legal justification, the charges are usually dropped or never filed at all. But that doesn’t stop the arrests.  

   “In addition to arresting citizens with cameras for wiretapping, police can use vaguer catch-all charges, such as interfering with a police officer, refusing to obey a lawful order, or obstructing an arrest or police action. Such arrests are far more common. Even more frequent are incidents where police don’t make arrests but illegally confiscate cameras, delete photos and videos, or incorrectly warn camera-wielding citizens that they aren’t allowed to film.”

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Fame Through Assassination: A Secret Service Study : NPR

   In the Secret Service Exception Case Study Project, they identified 83 people who had completed assassinations or made assassination attempts since 1949 — some cases known to the public, some not — and collected every document they could find. Fein and Vossekuil also went to visit many of these people in jail.

   The researchers asked prisoners how they chose targets, how they prepared. They inquired about their motives, every intimate detail of their process. After they asked these questions, they combined the answers with other sources and analyzed the information. In 1999, they published their results in The Journal of Forensic Sciences.

   “It was very, very rare for the primary motive to be political, though there were a number of attackers who appeared to clothe their motives with some political rhetoric,” Fein says.

   What emerges from the study is that rather than being politically motivated, many of the assassins and would-be assassins simply felt invisible. In the year before their attacks, most struggled with acute reversals and disappointment in their lives, which, the paper argues, was the true motive. They didn’t want to see themselves as nonentities.

"They experienced failure after failure after failure, and decided that rather than being a ‘nobody,’ they wanted to be a ‘somebody,’ " Fein says.

   They chose political targets, then, because political targets were a sure way to transform this situation: They would be known.

  It is horrible what Anders Breivil did in Norway. It is also, chilling that his manifesto parallels many beliefs in American society held by Republican conservatives and Religious Fundamentalists. Breivil blames feminism and basically depicts women as the source of evil, it is as Breivil’s own rewording of Eve in the Garden of Eden. By Alix Spiegel.

  I believe, the fantasy that religion offers and right wing fear and racism can and is a haven for isolated and threatened people, giving the semblance of belonging, of home, of having comrades, but these killers and those of a like mind are together or alone basically stark raving mad.

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Spiders On Drugs.

  “When given THC, the Wood Spider did not build a web, it built a hammock where it laid all day and watched the spider on caffeine.”

Ha, Ha, Ha…dead seriously hilarious “science” video by Christians. Check it out.

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Microcosmos

A movie documentary of insect and small life in meadows and ponds, using incredible close-ups, slow motion, and time-lapse photography. It includes bees collecting nectar, ladybugs eating mites, snails mating, spiders wrapping their catch, a scarab beetle relentlessly pushing its ball of dung uphill, endless lines of caterpillars, an underwater spider creating an air bubble to live in, and a mosquito hatching.

Absolutely engrossing, moving. Biology 101 prereq.

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