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The News: Terrorist Organizations

Jon Stewart’s show is coming to an end. For over a decade he brought viewers to tears laughing at the truth about the main stream media. As the slave class clown, he was allowed to get away with this by those who held the power.

This video makes it clear why he is leaving the show, it is time to stop making jokes about it.

The system of oppression that surrounds us cannot stand once enough people see it and it is the job of the current news media to make sure we never do.

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Cities and Their Devilish Solutions

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In a pivotal scene from the movie, The Devil Wears Prada, style powerhouse Miranda dresses Andy down for not caring that the fashion carefree blue sweater she wears is ultimately the result of decisions made by people in that room. Point taken, Andy changes both her perception of fashion and her behavior. The story then moves on in an entirely different direction.In the same manner,  many of your immediate life/work choices are determined by decisions made in rooms mostly invisible to you. Decisions being made at higher levels of local and non-local government.

In the US we are seeing unbelievably huge problems in our cities, St Louis’ racial unrest, Detroit’s water wars, to name two. Cities, by their very nature, reap the concentrated effects of politics, economics, and social order from larger groups.  Although felt only at  immediate human levels by the people  who live there, some of these problems are so big that the world is paying attention. The UN is denouncing Detroit’s social policies and Amnesty International is speaking out about policing in Ferguson.

It’s easy to become overwhelmed by the enormous scope of these events, yet it becomes easier to find solutions if you have a handle on their causes.  Blogs, tweets, and social media sites are ways people are beginning to  see connections between what goes on at the top and how that shakes out at the bottom. They have allowed us to see into the decision-making  “rooms” of the powerful.

Instead of unfortunate apparel, the decisions made in these rooms design life and death experiences for the rest of us. Solutions can be swift though, once we perceive what is responsible for the problems. These perceptions can move us in entirely new directions as well, as we change things up for a much, much, better looking future.

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How to help end police brutality in your community

Practical steps for every community to take to insure there is not a repeat of what happened to the Ferguson Community

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Stacia eloquently captures the heart of what is going down in Ferguson.

Stacia L. Brown

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Behind the car, feet clear of the puddled shards of glass. Watch their asses. Watch your skin; when the gas gets on it, keep your fingers clear of your eyes. Don’t rub. Protect the membranes inside your nose. Use your shirt, your forearm. Use the person beside you. Shield each other, cover each other with coverage. Charge your phone; share your footage. Watch your foot; it may be run over. Apparently, here in Ferguson, when a cop runs over your foot, it gives him the right to kill you, to leave you, to keep his name hidden from public knowledge for his own protection. Apparently, if a friend survives you, no officers will bother to hear his detailed, dispiriting and harrowing story. Bare your palms. Every few minutes, raise them high, cry don’t shoot! I don’t know if it matters. I don’t know if it’s getting to them, one…

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