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  • wendydavis commented on the diary post Killer Kop Kleinert Trial Started this Week in Austin by wendydavis.

    2014-08-28 16:19:06View | Delete

    She’s been DA since 2009, and the first female ever t0 hold the office. She did battle with Perry over $7 million to fund: a police integrity unit. :)

  • wendydavis commented on the diary post Killer Kop Kleinert Trial Started this Week in Austin by wendydavis.

    2014-08-28 16:14:39View | Delete

    I never checked to see how long she’s been DA of Travis County, but she mut be mighty responsible for a lot of those Kop Killers not being prosecuted, wouldn’t you think? Now being on the ground there, you may simply know more than what I’ve read over the past coupe days. And Pffft to [...]

  • wendydavis commented on the diary post Killer Kop Kleinert Trial Started this Week in Austin by wendydavis.

    2014-08-28 15:35:25View | Delete

    It could be that Lucian Villaseñor is wrong, but that seems a bit unlikely. Still, it would explain the total dearth of headlines in the Google cache. Added on edit: Ah, this may explain some of the crickets: (from their Facebook page, added recently): “Former Detective Kleinert was scheduled to have a pre trial hearing this [...]

  • wendydavis commented on the diary post Killer Kop Kleinert Trial Started this Week in Austin by wendydavis.

    2014-08-28 15:32:15View | Delete

    Sorry, greenwarrior. I’ve fixed it, and added their Facebook page.

  • wendydavis commented on the diary post Killer Kop Kleinert Trial Started this Week in Austin by wendydavis.

    2014-08-28 15:30:40View | Delete

    Welcome, Isaiah. Yes, it has to stop. It’s now confirmed that the US is a full-fledged Banana Republic. I’ve been digging into the organizations that are crowd-sourcing data bases for Killings by Kops (so much ugly news), and few are tried, although there are millions upon millions being awarded in wrongful death suits. Of course, [...]

  • wendydavis commented on the diary post So, I Asked the Russian Ambassador What He Thinks of NATO by David Swanson.

    2014-08-28 11:57:21View | Delete

    He really said: ‘There will be no new Cold War’? But in more ‘back door admissions to NATO, their twitter account points to: ‘FINLAND, SWEDEN INCREASE TIES TO NATO’ piece by the AP: “HELSINKI (AP) — Finland and Sweden plan to work more closely with NATO by signing a pact that allows assistance from alliance troops [...]

  • wendydavis wrote a new diary post: Killer Kop Kleinert Trial Started this Week in Austin

    2014-08-28 11:03:12View | Delete

    ThumbnailFor the first time in at least a decade, a Killer Kop was indicted in Austin for the extrajudicial murder of a person of color. Okay, the charge is actually  manslaughter, but still, it’s a Good Thing, considering that so few cops are ever charged, indicted, or found guilty if they almost miraculously had been . Pre-trial motions are underway, [...]

  • wendydavis commented on the blog post Savage Capitalism Returns As Recovery Misses Working Class

    2014-08-27 14:58:18View | Delete

    Thanks for spotlighting Graeber’s piece, DS Wright. I’d read it in May, and offered these paragraphs on one of Masaaccio’s Piketty Posts. He did not care for them, and iirc, said something akin to apples and oranges I didn’t grasp. But note, please, for future reference:

    “Piketty, in contrast, begins his book by denouncing “the lazy rhetoric of anti-capitalism”. He has nothing against capitalism itself – or even, for that matter, inequality. He just wishes to provide a check on capitalism’s tendency to create a useless class of parasitical rentiers. As a result, he argues that the left should focus on electing governments dedicated to creating international mechanisms to tax and regulate concentrated wealth. Some of his suggestions – an 80% income tax! – may seem radical, but we are still talking about a man who, having demonstrated capitalism is a gigantic vacuum cleaner sucking wealth into the hands of a tiny elite, insists that we do not simply unplug the machine, but try to build a slightly smaller vacuum cleaner sucking in the opposite direction.

    What’s more, he doesn’t seem to understand that it doesn’t matter how many books he sells, or summits he holds with financial luminaries or members of the policy elite, the sheer fact that in 2014 a left-leaning French intellectual can safely declare that he does not want to overthrow the capitalist system but only to save it from itself is the reason such reforms will never happen. The 1% are not about to expropriate themselves, even if asked nicely. And they have spent the past 30 years creating a lock on media and politics to ensure no one will do so through electoral means.”

    It’s not that I understand the alternatives to capitalism very well, but it was when it became clear that post-2008 meltdown, there would be NO meaningful financial re-regulation that I realized capitalism is exactly in aid of the Oligarchs and would-be Oligarchs.

  • wendydavis commented on the diary post Tuesday Watercooler by Kit OConnell.

    2014-08-27 08:53:23View | Delete

    I can’t wait to watch the Quantum Entanglement video. No time now, but I’ve saved it for later. Thank you.

  • wendydavis commented on the diary post When We Look Into Their Eyes . . . by Isaiah 88.

    2014-08-26 17:16:30View | Delete

    Comments at the Café don’t require registration, thankfully, all are welcome. But she’s been ‘ Talkin’ ’bout a revolution ‘ for seven or eight years now. Fun fact (at least for me): for a nominating speech for my favorite US Senate candidate Josie Heath waaay back, before our local county nominating convention, I performed her ‘Subcity’ instead of [...]

  • wendydavis commented on the diary post When We Look Into Their Eyes . . . by Isaiah 88.

    2014-08-26 14:59:36View | Delete

    Wow; I’d read that quote of Pierce’s just this morning, but it hadn’t been attributed. Yes. And thank you, Isaiah. Devils and radioactive dust , I reckon. Hmmmm. I’d just grabbed this song and some of the lyrics for a post I’m working on for Café Babylon. (NATO, via Foghorn Leghorn just announced more bases in Ukraine’s [...]

  • wendydavis commented on the diary post Coroner Contradicts Police, Says Handcuffed Man Shot in Front, Not Back by OldFatGuy.

    2014-08-26 09:23:14View | Delete

    Er…art.

  • wendydavis commented on the diary post Coroner Contradicts Police, Says Handcuffed Man Shot in Front, Not Back by OldFatGuy.

    2014-08-26 09:22:46View | Delete

    In the ‘O! For a memory’ category, I’d thought I’d recalled a few convictions for officers murdering citizens. Alas, the few I checked who’d been tried weren’t convicted. But along the way, I went to a few Twitter streams (drat the need to search those!) on which I’d seen various folks trying to compile some [...]

  • wendydavis commented on the diary post On a light side: To paint the portrait of a bird by DrVonNagle.

    2014-08-25 19:13:21View | Delete

    ‘…but if it sings it’s a good sign’. There must be many metaphors hidden within, and I wish that I had enough of the poet in me to discern them.

    But lovely on its own, and thank you, DrVonNagle, from a very birrrd person.

  • wendydavis commented on the diary post 15,000 March Across Staten Island to Protest Eric Garner’s Murder by Police by wendydavis.

    2014-08-25 18:25:50View | Delete

    Think TPP as well. Nations can be included, if they’re not already, and I forget if the Philippines might have been already, to say the truth.
    zounds.

    Imperium’s hegemony run amok, at any rate. Yikes!

  • wendydavis commented on the diary post Coroner Contradicts Police, Says Handcuffed Man Shot in Front, Not Back by OldFatGuy.

    2014-08-25 15:35:45View | Delete

    The New Iberia cops must have loved that the cops in Raleigh got away with the same thing at the end of last year. ‘ Jesus Huerta Shot to Death in a Police Car; the Top Cop’s Calling it Suicide ‘ It must be the season, but it seems odd that anyone sent the coroner’s report to [...]

  • wendydavis commented on the diary post 15,000 March Across Staten Island to Protest Eric Garner’s Murder by Police by wendydavis.

    2014-08-25 13:35:18View | Delete

    Thank you; Parry took some flack for his deviations for a couple years, but now, esp. given his CV, is on it again. you’ll love this agitprop from and old war loving neo-con at the Times, and will note all that he conflates. It really is almost funny. Thanks for explaining your personal history a bit. [...]

  • Yes, and de facto debtors prisons are as well, onitogoes. Can’t pay your fines and judgments? Go directly to jail. As far as I know, CO is the first state trying to address it, and stop it.

  • wendydavis commented on the diary post CNN Censoring CDC Coverup of MMR Vaccine/Black Baby Autism by metamars.

    2014-08-25 11:16:14View | Delete

    Last night I saw this Nova program being advertised: NOVA Explores Preventable Diseases, Autism, Vaccination Claims The trailer caused me to think it might be a little…one-sided.

  • I’m glad you’re covering this important angle, Kevin, and that ArchCity Defenders created the report. (Donations accepted) ;)

    I’d seen Elon James White of TWIBNation mention the facts, and also ‏@GeeDee215 on Twitter. Emailing with a friend about it, if I understood him correctly, he’d said that THD was on the case. Good on him, too.

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