Supreme court rules American police bureaus are above the law.

“Some people are so afraid they cannot find the courage to debunk the junk and face facts. And increasing numbers don’t want to know truths too terrible to bear.”

bo-pino-cartoonSotomayor dissents at SCOTUS: “This case allows the police to stop you on the street, demand your identification, and check it for outstanding traffic warrants—even if you are doing nothing wrong. If the officer discovers a warrant for a fine you forgot to pay, courts will now excuse his illegal stop and will admit into evidence anything he happens to find by searching you after arresting you on the warrant. Because the Fourth Amendment should prohibit, not permit, such misconduct, I dissent.”
http://www.vox.com/…/sonia-sotomayor-dissent-supreme-court

 “Please try to remember that what they believe, as well as what they do and cause you to endure does not testify to your inferiority but to their inhumanity”
James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time

VOX.COM|BY VICTORIA M. MASSIE


ignorancejbIn an impassioned dissent Monday, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor broke with the majority of the court in a case about unreasonable searches and seizures, citing James Baldwin’s and Ta-Nehisi Coates’s written experiences of constantly being viewed as criminally suspect as black people in America.

The case, Utah v. Strieff, examined whether it was constitutional for evidence collected unlawfully by a police officer to be used as evidence in court. In 2006, Utah Narcotics Detective Douglas Fackrell stopped Edward Strieff Jr. in Salt Lake City based on an anonymous tip about potential drug activity, discovered an outstanding warrant, arrested him, and found drug paraphernalia.

 In a 5-3 decision, the Court reversed the Utah Supreme Court decision that the illegal stop disqualified the evidence. Instead, the Supreme Court ruled that the evidence did not violate the Fourth Amendment because the evidence seized weakened the unlawful stop.

1498146393-177479-James_a__baldwin_quotes_and_saJustice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined sections I through III of Sotomayor’s dissent. Justice Elena Kagan also issued a separate dissent, joined by Ginsburg.

For Justice Clarence Thomas, who gave the opinion, Utah v. Strieff was a case in which “the costs of exclusion outweighs its deterrent benefits.” But in section IV, Sotomayor wrote for herself about how the ruling was a clear erosion of individuals’ rights:


By legitimizing the conduct that produces this double consciousness, this case tells everyone, white and black, guilty and innocent, that an officer can verify your legal status at any time. It says that your body is subject to invasion while courts excuse the violation of your rights. It implies that you are not a citizen of a democracy but the subject of a carceral state, just waiting to be cataloged.

2cd09c402b83186e957feaeb7f75592bThe central point in Sotomayor’s dissent is that the case centers around “suspicionless stops” that are all too familiar for people of color, even though the defendant in this case is white. She cites James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time, W.E.B. Du Bois’s The Souls of Black Folk, and Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me as evidence of those who have testified to what it is like living with the indignity of always being susceptible to unconstitutional searches, especially when one has done nothing more than be born in a body that is always already deemed criminal.

As Vox’s Dara Lind has noted, over the past 50 years, there has been a growing push from the Court undermining the rights of defendants and suspects in criminal cases despite the fact that their rights make up a significant portion of the Bill of Rights. Utahfurther solidifies the pro-prosecutor standing that Sotomayor does not share.

downloadBut Sotomayor’s dissent highlights how the ruling fails to listen to those who have long discussed the ways illegal stops undermine American democracy.

“We must not pretend that the countless people who are routinely targeted by police are ‘isolated,'” she wrote. “They are the canaries in the coal mine whose deaths, civil and literal, warn us that no one can breathe in this atmosphere.”

Read the full ruling, including Sotomayor’s dissent here.


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“Some people are so afraid they cannot find the courage to debunk the junk and face facts. And increasing numbers 
don’t want to know truths too terrible to bear.”
Tim Flanagan

Facts matter…

“Bernie Sanders said very clearly in the debates with Clinton (and in public statements) that he intends to continue Obama’s 25 wars of choice against smaller and less powerful nations who did not attack us.”

Bernie Sanders not only been exposed, his proposals have not been “vetted” or endorsed by anyone.  Bernie Sanders said very clearly in the debates with Clinton (and in public statements) that he intends to continue Obama’s 25 wars of choice against smaller and less powerful nations who did not attack us.Exactly how sick this is… was recently revealed.

We have CI1984A proxy troops fighting U. S. Pentagon proxy troops and both sides die according to various attacks or invasions imposed by American military and intelligence resources and forces. This destroys infrastructure, homes, utilities, hospitals, universities and nations. Millions die for billionaires to deposit profits overseas.


Because we allow this to happen:  Wars for corporate profit.


Theses wars of aggression for profit are replicated around the globe.

This currently costs trillions of bernieandhillarydollars in taxpayer resources, to kill millions of innocents, create new enemies, destroy nations and bankrupt America. Unsustainable insanity.  For the past eight years these wars on nations who did not attack us have been orchestrated, and funded by Bernie, Hillary, Obama and the rest of the millionaires glee club.

https://thepeaceresource.wordpress.com/2016/05/12/the-rise-and-fall-of-american-empire/

We cannot continue unprovoked American aggression for profit. Everyday people are the only ones who can stop the insanity. We may not be in the Millionaires Club, b99%ut we are the 99% and we have the power.
The profiteers, war-cons and criminals who refuse to secure the peace and will undue this nation are only the 1%.

We can wake up the people and take back the planet with the Green New Deal.

With Dr. Jill Stein as president, we could have finally secured the peace, rebuilt the nation and restored the planet. Our lives are in our hands.
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Before 2030 we will be bankrupt, in retreat from more than 800 military bases, with rising seas and nuclear meltdowns.  When hundreds of nuclear sites are submerged, this will contaminate our already dying seas and it will be all over but the shouting.

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Trump and Clinton are nuts.

But Dr. Stein was prepared.

Jill Stein could have provided mature leadership and a vetted plan: Stein is level-headed, better-educated, younger, more progressive, and smarter than Bernie, Hillary, Donnie and the last five presidents.steinhasbacks


The war-con 1% have been screwing up
for 36 years, 
It’s time to stand up and
take it back. Si se puede.

https://thewordsmithcollection.wordpress.com/2016/05/21/trump-clinton-for-war-stein-for-peace/


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3rd Parties… or 7th, 8th, 9th and more!

Dr. Jill Stein has a plan for revolutionary change. She wants to put everyday people back in charge.

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We deserve better than Ronnie Reagan, George Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Trump, and avoidable wars for profit.

https://thepeaceresource.wordpress.com/…/why-jill…/

Our educational system is failing. High school graduates cannot do college level work. Each year Systemic decline continues and next year it will be worse than it is today.
We deserve better.

Instead of non-profit, single-payer, common sense health care, we got mandated payments to deep-pocket insurance cartels who continue to hold the purse-strings and control the increased costs.

The health “insurance” we get is increasingly un-affordable and leaves 31 to 35 million Americans at risk, uncovered, unprotected, vulnerable and losing fortunes, homes and lives.
peace5This cannot continue.

We spend trillions fighting avoidable wars chosen by advocates on one side or another of the corporate aisle. Most of the biggest players (like the 16 big guys who make billions and pay no taxes) are savvy enough to payoff both corporate parties to hedge their bets.

Our only option is to pay attention. Between 60 and 75% of the voting public say, at this point, they are ready and willing to seriously consider a third party.

This is good and bad.

The bad part is Bernie Sanders will rope people into the lesser evil myth (with a blind eye to Israeli and corporate aggression.) The truths he will tell about banks are useful, but when he folds up his tent and supports Hillary, we are left in the lurch with nothing but Clinton and a Bush.

But we have a bird in the hand!

Dr. Jill Stein has a plan for revolutionary change. She wants to put everyday people back in charge.

president steinDr. Stein is recognized as a global leader in health care and people. She advocates for peace and a restoration of human services at home and abroad. As we transition to peace, instead of transitioning between wars, we can rebuild, renew and replace failing infrastructure. This will create jobs at home, good-will abroad and ships will rise.

During and after this transition, we will retool for peace and shut down ambitious, boneheaded and counterproductive corporate power grabs and abuses of the public trust. Savvy firms will reinvest and we can begin exporting technology, information, education and peace… instead of munitions, aggression, studious-ignorance and war. It’s time to stop fooling ourselves, war is surrender and peace is victory.    http://www.jill2016.com/plan


While we bury our heads in the sand…

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton ajusts headphones  at Echo Moskvy radio station Wednesday morning, Oct. 14, 2009. Clinton is wrapping up a five-day tour of Europe on Wednesday with a series of informal meetings in Moscow and the Russian republic of Tatarstan aimed at helping redefine U.S.-Russian relations. (AP Photo/ Alexander Zemlianichenko)
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton ajusts headphones at Echo Moskvy radio station Wednesday morning, Oct. 14, 2009. Clinton is wrapping up a five-day tour of Europe on Wednesday with a series of informal meetings in Moscow and the Russian republic of Tatarstan aimed at helping redefine U.S.-Russian relations. (AP Photo/ Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Hillary will not be good for women, people of color, non-millionaires in America…  or anyone in 27 nations where she wants to continue Obama’s wars.

She will not be good for the innocents who die
when we send illegal drones to attack nations
who have not attacked us.

And she will not be good for those she may choose to murder without due process of law,
because Obama said it was OK and nobody has arrested him yet.

bernieisangryBoth Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have records. They, along with President Obama, endorsed, signed off on, funded and supported 27 wars of choice, drones killing innocents, 800 offensive military bases, increasing American aggression and presidential murders without due process. And Trump the Chump is down with this as well.
angrytrumpIf we continue these 27 (or more) simultaneous wars, refuse to implement an arms embargo on Israel and Saudi Arabia, and keep sending drones to kill innocents and create enemies…. this will bankrupt the nation between 2020 and 2030, which is about the time we will notice waters rising around nuclear power plants…
paolocurtazdotitOur oceans are dying and our climate is changing. Icecaps are melting, species are in decline and we have damaged the atmosphere of the planet and continue to pollute the water, air and land. And our best response has been to spend trillions killing millions for billionaires while our schools get worse every year, bridges fall down, costs of health care skyrocket, and our railways, ports, electrical grid, utilities, infrastructure, human services and civil rights are going down the tubes.
But there is some good news. There is a doctor in the house.
Dr. Jill Stein and the Green New Deal.
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Our New President: Dr. Jill Stein has this to say….
My Power to the People Plan creates deep system change, moving from the greed and exploitation of corporate capitalism to a human-centered economy that puts people, planet and peace over profit.
 
It offers direct answers to the economic, social, and ecological crises brought on by both corporate political parties. And it empowers the American people to fix our broken political system and make real the promise of democracy.
 
jill7This plan will end unemployment and poverty; avert climate catastrophe; build a sustainable, just economy; and recognize the dignity and human rights of everyone in our society and our world. The power to create this new world is not in our hopes, it’s not in our dreams – it’s in our hands.”
Perhaps it is time we paid attention.
https://thepeaceresource.wordpress.com/2016/01/20/our-new-president-dr-jill-stein/


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Extinction,

… A report by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has found that populations of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish have declined on average by 52 per cent in the last 40 years. And for freshwater creatures the situation is even bleaker, with population collapse of more than three quarters over the same period.

 

Half of world’s animals have disappeared since 1970

A shocking report from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has found that 52 per cent of the world’s animals have vanished in 40 years

 
 

… A report by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has found that populations of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish have declined on average by 52 per cent in the last 40 years.  And for freshwater creatures the situation is even bleaker, with population collapse of more than three quarters over the same period.

Almost the entire decline is down to human activity, through habitat loss, deforestation, climate change, over-fishing and hunting.  Anyone born in in 1970 or before would have lived in a world teeming with animals compared to life today.

The situation is worst in low-income countries, where wildlife populations have declined by 58 per cent on average between 1970 and 2010. Latin American has the biggest declines, with 83 per cent of animals lost in 40 years.

Examples of wildlife that are suffering serious population collapse include forest elephants in Africa, which are facing habitat loss and poaching for ivory and could become extinct within our lifetime, and marine turtles which have seen an 80 per cent drop in numbers.

African Elephants are under threat from poaching and habitat destruction (ALAMY)

In the UK farmland birds have been badly hit by habitat degradation, with major declines in species such as corn buntings and grey partridge. However there is better news for red kites and otters which have seen numbers increase with conservation efforts, experts said.

The Living Planet Report also warned that human activity is outstripping the resources the Earth can provide, cutting down forests too quickly, overfishing and putting out more carbon dioxide than the planet can absorb, leading to climate change.

It is estimated Earth would need to 1.5 times larger to soak up the damage caused by man.

An estimated 110 tigers are killed every year for trade (ALAMY)

Professor Ken Norris, director of science of the Zoological Society of London, which updates the species database, said: “The scale of biodiversity loss and damage to the very ecosystems that are essential to our existence is alarming.

“This damage is not inevitable, but a consequence of the way we choose to live. Although the report shows the situation is critical, there is still hope. Protecting nature needs focused conservation action, political will and support from businesses.

“We need to explain to the public that what they do is directly behind the trends we are seeing.

“There is an enormous disconnect between going to the supermarket and putting fuel in your car and the global statistics we’re talking about here.”

The report calls on consumers to change shopping habits and only buy sustainable products such as fish with the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and timber with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certifications.

2.7 billion people live in river basins that experience severe water shortages at least one month a year (ALAMY)

The WWF also advises ditching the car in favour of public transport, increasing recycling and reducing consumption of meat and dairy products to cut down on the amount of land being deforested for farming.

And the charity is calling for measures including expanding protected areas, scaling up renewable energy production, and diverting investment from damaging activities, making consumption patterns more sustainable – all the more necessary as the human population grows.

 



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11 Extinct Animals
We’ve Lost in Our Lifetime


Check out some of the
beautiful creatures
we’ve lost recently
in just the last 40 years.
 
http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/animals/g201/recently-extinct-animals-list-470209/


By Julie Gerstein
Oct 1, 2015

Some scientists say we’re in the middle of the sixth great extinction, and this one, unlike those that happened millions of years ago, is driven largely by the activities of humans. Just the last 40 years we’ve lost an incredible variety of species, like these amazing creatures.

1 Golden Toad (1989)
2 Zanzibar Leopard (1996)
3 Po’ouli (2004)  po’ouli bird
4 Madeiran Large White (2007)  butterfly
5 Tecopa Pupfish (1982)
6 Pyrenean Ibex (2000)
7 West African Black Rhinoceros (2006)
8 Javan Tiger (1979)
9 Spix’s Macaw (2004)
10 Round Island Burrowing Boa (1975)

11 Dutch Alcon Blue Butterfly (1979)

This Dutch butterfly — a subspecies of the Alcon Blue — was found mainly in the grasslands of The Netherlands. While closely related species (pictured here) still exist in parts of Europe and Asia, the last Dutch Alcon Blue was seen in the wild in 1979.

Cause of extinction: Increases in farming and building had a negative impact on the Alcon Blue’s habitat and caused it to lose its main food source.