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"Man, don’t you know? The laws ain’t made to help earthy cats like us."

Sometimes Adventure Time is just too real.

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How much military gear per officer has your state received from the Pentagon? Wonkblog charts the data.

To find out what kinds of equipment California police agencies have procured since 2011, search our database

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Every item distributed to local law enforcement by the Pentagon's 1033 program over two years


Much of the military equipment we’ve seen over the past few days in coverage of the Ferguson, Missouri riots was provided to law enforcement by the 1033 program, a Defense Department initiative that transfers excess equipment to state and local law enforcement. As of December, there were 7,032 state and local law enforcement agencies enrolled in the 1033 program. The complete roster of participating agencies as of December 9, 2013 can be downloaded here, and explored online in full here.

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"Dress for the job you have, not the job you want." I could spend hours catching you guys up on the Ferguson situation, but I’ll let John Oliver do it for me. As you probably know, so much of the commentary on the situation in Missouri has been embarrassing and unfortunate; when someone like Oliver (or Jelani Cobb) gets it right, we need to give them props.

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If you’re protesting abortion, the Supreme Court says you can get right in women’s faces and scream at them on their way into the clinic. Because freedom of speech.

But if you try and protest the murder of a black man, you get tear gas fired at you.

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A Democratic Missouri state senator representing parts of Ferguson who tweeted multiple times “fuck you,” at Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon defended her choice of words on Fox News Monday saying she did so because she was tear-gassed for three days.

“The reason why I used profane language is because he has allowed us to get tear-gassed for three days,” Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal said. “I am one of his senators in his party and he was at the state fair enjoying a country concert while we were getting teargassed and shot at. And yes, anyone who’s going to get teargassed deserves to say a few ‘F’ bombs here and there.”

“I represent my constituents, not Gov. Nixon,” the senator said. “He has been absent from the minority community his entire career and only comes before us when it is politically expedient for him. Or when he’s running for office, and because he has been outside of this community…let me tell you this, and this is important for your audience to know. He has still yet to come to ground zero. Yet to come to ground zero. He’s been in Florissant, he’s been in Normandy, but he has not spoken to the victims of the crisis we are dealing with and that is why I have called him a coward.”

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summary of classical art songs

  1. Italian: sweet, sweet booty. cruel, cruel booty. booty...booty.
  2. German: what is life? nature. music. love. so great. let's be slow.
  3. French: im so sad and french
  5. American: existential crisis. dissonant. jesus. fear. im so avante garde.
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A woman named Uzra from the Nuristan province of eastern Afghanistan was martyred along with her toddler on Friday night while defending herself from the Taliban. A member of her family was previously killed by the Taliban, so she took up arms and killed four Talibs before she and her child were murdered. [x]

Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un. May they rest in peace and may justice be served for all martyrs. 

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Meanwhile in Mosul.

It should be noted that while the term نصارى ‹naṣārā› does technically translate to “Nazarene,” it’s actually derogatory. Arabic-speaking Christians never use it and have a completely different word مسيحي ‹masīḥī›. The word رافصي ‹rāfiḍī› used for Shi’a is also derogatory.

i have only ever heard ‘nasara’ being used in a derogatory manner but this is the first time i’ve seen anyone acknowledging that and i hope this knowledge becomes more mainstream

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Islamic State executed 700 people from Syrian tribe: monitoring group

The Islamic State militant group has executed 700 members of a tribe it has been battling in eastern Syria during the past two weeks, the majority of them civilians, a human rights monitoring group and activists said on Saturday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which has tracked violence on all sides of the three-year-old conflict, said reliable sources reported beheadings were used to execute many of the al-Sheitaat tribe, which is from Deir al-Zor province.

The conflict between Islamic State and the al-Sheitaat tribe, who number about 70,000, flared after the militants took over two oil fields in July.

“Those who were executed are all al-Sheitaat,” Observatory director Rami Abdelrahman said by telephone from Britain. “Some were arrested, judged and killed.”

Reuters cannot independently verify reports from Syria due to security conditions and reporting restrictions.

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The West Bank may be on the verge of exploding | +972 Magazine


Not too long ago, I suggested that Israel may have triggered the Third Intifada with Operation Protective Edge.  Here is more evidence of that being the case:

I have just returned from a work visit to Ramallah. I am very concerned and disturbed by what I heard from friends and colleagues there. The calm appearance of the city hides the sizzling bubbling under the surface. The West Bankis on the verge of explosion.

As an illustration of what I’ve heard from people I spoke with, on the way home I listened to some Palestinian popular radio stations. All of the songs were full of praise for Hamas and al-Qassam Brigades – “let’s hit Tel Aviv with our rockets” and much worse . It was horrible to hear the drums of war and battle calls on the radio.

I was told that scenes that haven’t appeared for years since the intifada are now all over Ramallah, Bethlehem and throughout the West Bank – street gangs of masked men with weapons calling for young people to join the Al Aqsa Brigades and other battalions – “revenge for the death of our brothers and sisters in Gaza, we are all Gaza, we are all-Qassam Brigades.”

There is no more talk of peace and two states. The discussions on the street and in the cafes are all about the end of the ceasefire and the renewal of war in Gaza. They say the Jews’ war is not against Hamas, it is against all Palestinians, and the Qassam Brigades are the only ones fighting the Zionists, who want to kill all the Palestinians.

Abbas is described almost as a public enemy. Every day, Mohammed Dahlan transmits calls against Abbas and the Palestinian Authority, from the Gulf. Dahlan and other important Fatah leaders in the West Bank are calling on Palestinian security forces to stop the security coordination with Israel and use their weapons against Israel instead. There are calls to attack settlements and to kidnap Israeli soldiers and civilians.

Back in May, after another round of peace negotiations collapsed, a frustrated U.S. diplomat blamed Israeli officials for the impasse and told the Israeli press that “I guess we need another intifada to create the circumstances that would allow progress.”  It is a sad reflection of the current state of affairs that this observation appears primed to be an accurate prediction of the future, rather than just a frustrated peace negotiator venting his frustration.