Posted on May 25, 2011 by Dan (Fitness)
Some thoughts about my last post… I’ve been on subways where NYPD officers ignore people breaking the law in a number of ways. They’ve done nothing. Which leads to a situation of selective, yet brutal, enforcement of laws.
What does that do to citizens, knowing that the police might beat you and arrest you for something you’ve previously seen an officer walk by like it was no big deal?
Filed under: Musings, Observations | Tagged: Civil Rights, Crime, human rights, Law, NYPD, Police, Police Brutality, Selective Enforcement | Comments Off on Selective and Brutal Enforcement
Posted on May 25, 2011 by Dan (Fitness)
NYPD, as part of a recent crackdown against musicians, arrested a man playing music illegally in a park in Chinatown. The man, forced face down on the pavement with officers holding him down, displayed a bloodied face. As of this time it appears he did not resist. The crowd did voice their opposition quite loudly. They were rewarded with threats of being maced and threatening movements made by one of the officers.
The video on youtube has been flagged inappropriate, making it harder for people to see, and artificially driving down its view count.
Filed under: Observations | Tagged: Abuse of Power, Censorship, Chinatown, Civil Rights, Crime, Free Speech, human rights, Music, Musician, New York, News, NYC, NYPD, Police, Police Brutality, Youtube | 3 Comments »
Posted on April 28, 2011 by Dan (Fitness)
The recent Supreme Court decision against arbitration was yet another victory for corporations over the rights of citizens. The case was decided along partisan lines, with Republican nominated justices providing the majority pro-corporate opinion.
It is time we fight back.
Arbitration is, in essence privatized justice where the legal ball is always in the corporation’s court. It is essentially being forced on consumers in a manner strangely reminiscent of price fixing and collusion. This will not stand. We live in a time where corporate rule has led directly to the entirely preventable disasters in Japan and in the Gulf of Mexico. They have been granted ever more power to directly influence our government with their massive financial resources. This is not about drawing a line in the sand. It is about recognizing that corporations now have far more say in our system of government than we do, and resolving to fight back any way we can.
One way to fight back would be to campaign to outlaw arbitration. We need a coordinated, grassroots campaign to provide consistent and compelling communications to convey how arbitration puts citizens at risk while allowing corporations to get away with crimes. We need legislation prohibiting the use of arbitration clauses to lock consumers into a lopsided means of conflict resolution.
Call your legislator today. Let’s outlaw arbitration and snatch this victory back from the jaws of SCOTUS.
Filed under: Observations, Strategy | Tagged: ATT, Civil Rights, Corporations, Law, Politics, SCOTUS, Supreme Court | Comments Off on Outlaw Arbitration
Posted on April 3, 2011 by Dan (Fitness)
The TSA – apparently deciding it wasn’t doing enough to earn the active hate of the public – has decided to indulge in a little anti-Wiccan bigotry. And come on, who hasn’t wanted to spend a lazy Sunday hating on “those witches” and their evil witch powers? We’re only human for heaven’s sake. MSNBC via Jesus’ General:
Here’s a situation for all you aspiring managers: If you were the boss at a U.S. government agency and one of your employees complained that she was afraid of a co-worker’s religious practices, what would you do?
Would it change your decision if the religion were Wicca, and the employee feared her co-worker because she thought she might cast a spell on her?
Here’s how the Transportation Security Administration handled it:
It fired the witch.
NICE. As seems to be the usual luck in prejudiced firings, they took out one of their best employees:
She was in the top 10 percent in Albany at catching weapons on the X-ray machine.
As a patriotic god fearing
Christ warrior American, I’d rather fly with a few more deadly weapons on board than know there’s an evil witch parading around the airport – not believing in Jesus. Turns out the TSA is firmly in my corner there. Good on them.
Filed under: Musings, Observations | Tagged: Bigotry, Civil Rights, Discrimination, human rights, Politics, Prejudice, Religion, TSA, Wicca, Wiccans | Comments Off on TSA’s Bigotry Towards Wicca
Posted on January 28, 2009 by Dan (Fitness)
Apparently religious schools in California aren’t subject to civil rights laws. I wonder what else they can get away with, thanks to this ruling?
The funny thing is that the kids were expelled based on the perception of their sexuality. Wonder if this would fly is the school was run by a Christian Identity Church and expelled students for being non-European.
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