Ferguson police officer won’t be charged in shooting death of Michael Brown


Originally posted on colouredjustice.wordpress.com:

Ferguson police officer won’t be charged in shooting death of Michael Brown

  • Grand jury finds that Darren Wilson, 28, did not break the law
  • Jurors considered range of charges including manslaughter and murder
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The mother of Michael Brown, Lesley McSpadden, covers her face after the announced decision by the grand jury in Ferguson not to indict Darren Wilson.Photograph: Larry W Smith/EPA ….http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2014/nov/24/ferguson-police-darren-wilson-michael-brown-no-charges?CMP=EMCNEWEML6619I2

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Ask Arkansas Governor to Bring Innocent Woman Home for the Holidays


Originally posted on My Blog InCaseofInnocence:

300 Exonerations — and Counting…
Innocence ProjectDear Annamaria,On June 12, 1994, Belynda Goff walked out of her bedroom, where she had been sleeping with her three-year old son, to find her husband, Stephen, lying unconscious just inside the doorway of their apartment. She immediately called to request emergency medical assistance. The paramedics arrived ten minutes later. Despite the quick response by both Belynda and the paramedics, they were unable to find a pulse.An autopsy revealed that Stephen’s cause of death was blunt force trauma to his head.  This is a fact. When it comes to Stephen’s death, very few other facts have been conclusively established. No murder weapon has been found, no witness could identify Stephen’s killer, and no physical evidence has linked anyone, much less Belynda, to the murder. Yet Belynda Goff has languished in prison for two decades for a murder she has always maintained she did not commit. We are currently conducting DNA testing…

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Ask Arkansas Governor to Bring Innocent Woman Home for the Holidays


Originally posted on My Blog InCaseofInnocence:

300 Exonerations — and Counting…
Innocence ProjectDear Annamaria,On June 12, 1994, Belynda Goff walked out of her bedroom, where she had been sleeping with her three-year old son, to find her husband, Stephen, lying unconscious just inside the doorway of their apartment. She immediately called to request emergency medical assistance. The paramedics arrived ten minutes later. Despite the quick response by both Belynda and the paramedics, they were unable to find a pulse.An autopsy revealed that Stephen’s cause of death was blunt force trauma to his head.  This is a fact. When it comes to Stephen’s death, very few other facts have been conclusively established. No murder weapon has been found, no witness could identify Stephen’s killer, and no physical evidence has linked anyone, much less Belynda, to the murder. Yet Belynda Goff has languished in prison for two decades for a murder she has always maintained she did not commit. We are currently conducting DNA testing…

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Native Americans Arrested Following Keystone XL Pipeline Vote


Native Americans Arrested Following Keystone XL Pipeline Vote

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Native Americans were removed from the Senate gallery for singing a traditional tribal tune after Congress rejected the Keystone XL pipeline. The group was arrested for “disrupting Congress.”

Anyone following the Keystone XL pipeline vote in the Senate yesterday heard what appeared to be chanting or singing in the background when the final tally of 41-59 was announced, signaling that approval of the pipeline had failed to clear the bar of 60 votes and that congressional approval of the pipeline was delayed for the time being.

That sound was coming from Native Americans in the gallery, singing a traditional tribal tune. Five of them were removed from the gallery and arrested.

According to Red Power Media, one of the protesters was Greg Grey Cloud of the Rosebud Sioux tribe.

“Grey Cloud, who wore a headdress, continued singing as he was knocked to the floor and pulled to the wall of the hallway,” said Red Power Media. “Protesters were handcuffed with plastic zip-ties while standing shoulder to shoulder, facing the wall. They were then paraded down a corridor and one of the protesters began singing again. The group was arrested for ‘disrupting Congress.’”

The Rosebud Sioux tribe had already declared the House approval of the pipeline last Friday an “act of war” and said that it would close its tribal borders to pipeline construction.

“The House has now signed our death warrants and the death warrants of our children and grandchildren,” Rosebud Sioux president Cyril L. Scott told the Lakota Voice. “The Rosebud Sioux Tribe will not allow this pipeline through our lands. We are outraged at the lack of intergovernmental co-operation. We are a sovereign nation and we are not being treated as such. Authorizing Keystone XL is an act of war against our people.”

The tribe is concerned about the potential for the pipeline to pollute their land which sits on top of the Ogallala Aquifer, one of the world’s largest aquifers and a major source of agricultural and drinking water for Great Plains. They assert that a pipeline break and spill polluting the aquifer is virtually inevitable.

“The Lakota people have always been stewards of this land,” said Scott. “We feel it is imperative that we provide safe and responsible alternative energy resources not only to Tribal members but to non-Tribal members as well. We need to stop focusing and investing in risky fossil fuel projects like TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline. We need to start remembering that the Earth is our mother and stop polluting her and start taking steps to preserve the land, water and our grandchildren’s future.”

The proposed pipeline route crosses Great Sioux Nation Treaty lands and within the current boundaries of the Rosebud and Cheyenne River Sioux reservations, both in South Dakota.

STATEMENT FROM ROE 4 REPUBLICAN PRISONERS


Originally posted on seachranaidhe1:

Deja vu

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“After the surrender, no arrangements for decent custody… led to conditions which left a memory as bitter as that enkindled by executions… In the rotunda gardens… men gnashed their teeth at the shame to which both sexes were exposed” (TM Healy, Letters and leaders of my day, Voloume ii, p.561)

The above quote relates to the immediate aftermath of Eiri amach na Casca. There is somthing in the British psyche that craves not only the capture, but the degradation of those who refuse to submit to its will. Taking a Rebel prisoner is never enough, being captor will not suffice.

Twenty-four hours after the signing of the August 2010 Agreement serious matters arose. “Staff” immediately approached Republican Political Prisoners to ask what the Agreement entailed as they had not been briefed by the Jail Management. This was the first fundamental “mistake” that would allow bigots to renege upon…

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Stray dog who raced 430 miles to a better home: Arthur latched on to an extreme sports team during Amazon race


Originally posted on spiritandanimal.wordpress.com:

The fifth member: Team Peak Performance walk with stray dog Arthur during a stage of the 430-mile Adventure Racing World Championship. He followed the group of four during the grueling race
All terrains: Despite numerous attempts by the team to get rid of the dog, primarily for his own safety, he refused to go. It meant when he got stuck in the knee-deep mud they helped get him out and when he was exhausted, they stopped to take a break 
The fifth member: Team Peak Performance walk with stray dog Arthur during a stage of the 430-mile Adventure Racing World Championship. He followed the group of four during the grueling race

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Mike Nichols made films about women – sadly a rarity in Hollywood


Originally posted on My Blog for WOMENinSHADOW:

Mike Nichols made films about women – sadly a rarity in Hollywood

From Silkwood to Working Girl, you can trace the rise of female equality in the films made by the director, who died this week. Many of his collaborators were female, and his movies portrayed his subjects as more than just pretty faces
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Early films portrayed women frustrated about the limitations of their lives … Mike Nichols, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton on the set of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Photograph: Allstar

If you count success in Oscar nominations, then Mike Nichols certainly didn’t fulfil his early promise. His 1966 debut film, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, got 13 nominations and won five. His second, The Graduate, got a mere seven nominations and one win. The 20 other films he went on…

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Mike Nichols made films about women – sadly a rarity in Hollywood


Originally posted on My Blog for WOMENinSHADOW:

Mike Nichols made films about women – sadly a rarity in Hollywood

From Silkwood to Working Girl, you can trace the rise of female equality in the films made by the director, who died this week. Many of his collaborators were female, and his movies portrayed his subjects as more than just pretty faces
MIKE_NICHOLS on the set of Who'se Afraid of Virginia Woolf
Early films portrayed women frustrated about the limitations of their lives … Mike Nichols, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton on the set of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Photograph: Allstar

If you count success in Oscar nominations, then Mike Nichols certainly didn’t fulfil his early promise. His 1966 debut film, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, got 13 nominations and won five. His second, The Graduate, got a mere seven nominations and one win. The 20 other films he went on…

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ROMANIA SURPRISE ll


This Graveyard In Romania Will Make You Feel Solemn, But Also Pretty Happy

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NOVEMBER 23, 2014 watch them all here: http://l.viralnova.com/colorful-tombstones/
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Graveyards aren’t usually happy places. They not only remind us of people we lost, but also of our own mortality. Most people don’t perk up when they think about visiting a cemetery. When you picture cemeteries, images of gray tombstones with fading etchings tend to come to mind.

This cemetery in Romania does things differently. Travel blog Merlin and Rebecca posted about a graveyard they visited that, instead of dreary and dismal, was quite bright and vibrant.

Merlin and Rebecca traveled to Săpânţa, Romania and discovered this unique cemetery called “the Merry Cemetery.” They also learned of the man who started it all.

Local artist Stan Ioan Pătraş made ornate and beautifully decorated tombstones for members of the community. After his death in 1977, his best apprentice Dumitru Pop (below) continued the work.

Each tombstone is made specially for the individual. Each includes an etching depicting some kind of defining action of the person’s life, as well as a few words about who they were.

These tombstones are meant to be personal. They intend to capture, at least in part, the character of the people inscribed upon them.

If a particular farmer was known for being kind, but also for drinking too much, they would have it cryptically written on their tombstone.

Some tombstones even have dual depictions. On one side exists an etching of how the person lived. On the other depicts how the person died.

Săpânţa is a very close community, and these tombstones are a valued tradition.

This graveyard is a beautiful example of simultaneously lamenting death and celebrating life.

(via: merlinandrebecca)

I definitely like these tombstones a lot more than your run-of-the-mill grey tombstones. Of course it’s not fun to think about, but I think I would prefer a tombstone like one of these for myself. It would read: Napped often and ate too much falafel.