Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Gif of the Day


Oh my god that is a good boy.

Adorable Black Kid Helps Get Teachers The Raise They Needed

The entire state of West Virginia was teacher strike until yesterday because teachers are paid absolute shit there. As in worse than usual. According to the state governor, the words of 12-year-old Gideon Titus-Glover changed his mind.

This 6th-grader helped end West Virginia teachers' strike

The 6th-grader's plea to invest in education echoed in the governor's mind. In a matter of hours, Gov. Jim Justice agreed to a 5% pay raise for teachers and other school employees, putting an end to a strike that kept thousands of students out of class for days. 
"If you put money in schools you're making smart people, and if you have smart people you can make more smart investments," Gideon told Justice at a Monday town hall meeting in Wheeling.

Hey, what a concept! It's actually kind of depressing that the governor didn't understand this!

I'm actually kind of wondering if this is some kind of PR move because they were going to give in to the teacher's demands anyway. After all, a 5% raise, considering how little teachers get paid, is such a tiny ask. It makes it really sad that the ENTIRE STATE worth of teachers had to go on strike just to get that little.

Either way, little Gideon is not only super adorable, he's doing incredible work at the age of only 12, marching to help teachers and for the sake of justice. And I guess it's possible that Governor Jim Justice (fucking seriously that's his name oh my god the irony) had a Grinch-style tiny-heart-growing-three-sizes-that-day moment.

Black kids rule.

Headline of the Month

Hahaha what the fuck?

Pennsylvania church to bless hundreds of AR-15s, so local schools must bus children to another site

Okay, even I thought the term "cult of guns" was going a bit too far. But apparently I was COMPLETELY WRONG.

According to CBS News, the religious group believes that the AR-15 rifle, the same weapon used in numerous domestic terrorist murders, is the perfect symbol of the “iron rod,” or “iron scepter,” in Revelation 2:27.

I guess this is a pretty fringe church but seriously? Blessing guns?

The dudes who decided to include Revelations in the Bible made such a massive mistake.

Anyway:

The District sent a letter to parents of kids at the Wallenpaupack South Elementary School, which sits just half of a mile away from the Sanctuary Church, explaining students will spend the day Wednesday on the North Campus, a safety precaution prompted by the planned marriage blessing ceremony where participants are expected to bring AR-15 rifles.

Gun fetishists finding new ways to disrupt children's education and unnecessarily terrify their communities. God help us.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Gif of the Day


Apparently, today is Pokemon Day, the anniversary of the Japanese release of Pokemon Red and Blue!

Oh, Squirtle.

Clearing Up Some TERF Lies

I just saw that this happened in New Zealand:

Anti-trans protesters interrupt Auckland's pride march

A pair of trans-exclusionary feminist protesters jumped the barriers and interrupted this year’s Auckland Pride march on the weekend, carrying an anti-trans sign at the front of the parade. 
The two held a sign reading ‘Stop giving kids sex hormones, protect lesbian youth’, Express has reported. 
Despite the commonly raised concern, trans children are of course not given sex hormones.

The idea that "kids" are given "sex hormones" because they're trans is a massive skewing of the truth. If they're lucky enough to be in a supportive environment, trans kids are given hormone BLOCKERS before puberty to delay it - something that is considered perfectly safe. This way, once they are 16 and everyone's super certain that the trans kid isn't just confused or faking it for attention or whatever bullshit people come up with, they can then undergo hormone replacement therapy. Which is also totally safe.

People using "hormones" as a scary buzzword is as ridiculous about people fretting about "chemicals" in their food and water. Chemicals literally make up the basis of EVERYTHING, and hormones are naturally produced by the body. Cis teens diagnosed with deficiencies of all kinds of different hormones are given medication to increase production or supplement. Also, birth control pills could absolutely be considered "sex hormones," since they contain estrogen. Should teens not be given birth control pills, TERFs?

Your transphobia is showing, so clearly, always.

So Much For Inalienable Rights

[TRIGGER WARNING: ANTI-IMMIGRANT RACISM, CONCENTRATION CAMPS]

Also here we come one step closer to immigration detention centers being indistinguishable from WWII German concentration camps.

Supreme Court rules immigrants can be detained indefinitely

Immigrants can be held by U.S. immigration officials indefinitely without receiving bond hearings, even if they have permanent legal status or are seeking asylum, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. 
In a 5-3 ruling Tuesday, with Justice Elena Kagan recusing, the court ruled that immigrants do not have the right to periodic bond hearings. 
The ruling is a defeat for immigration advocates, who argued that immigrants should not be held for more than six months at a time without such a hearing.

Let's remember that our Supreme Court is not some kind of benevolent savior from the shit coming out of the rest of the government. Also, the fuck, Kagan? The FUCK.

I hate this. I hate what we're becoming. I hate what this country already is. I hate immigrant detention centers and think they should all be burned down and all immigrants released and left the fuck alone.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Gif of the Day


Michael B. Jordan with a puppy saying "how cute" just murdered me and I'm fine with that.

Don't Forget About the Black Lives Matter Teens

[TRIGGER WARNING: REFERENCE TO MASS SHOOTINGS AND POLICE BRUTALITY]

I've already gushed about how much I love the teens from Parkland, Florida and others across the country who are organizing to demand gun control. However, black people have rightfully come forward to point out that black teens have been trying to do the same thing for years and were largely ignored or demonized? And remember the mass Black Lives Matter protests that were totally demonized by the mainstream media and chided by the government?

Part of this was, of course, because the BLM movement was against the police shooting people. But also, it was easier to demonize their protests and call them "riots" because BLM protests are always met by an intense police presence in which the police inevitably instigate violence. Because racism. Pretty much all of it is racism.

But it's not just Black Lives Matter. Black teens, who are disproportionately impacted by all kinds of gun violence, have been fighting for better protection from guns for years.

This is what Lincoln Anthony Blades has to say about it:

Black Teens Have Been Fighting for Gun Reform for Years

In response to Winfrey's tweet, Charlene Carruthers, the national director at Black Youth Project 100, an activist organization focused on "creating justice and freedom for all Black people," tweeted, "Gosh. This is amazing. And I'm not being sarcastic. I have to be honest and say that I'm a bit taken aback (and a bit hurt) that those of us who were in the streets in the past five years for Black lives didn't receive this type of reception or public support." 
Her point was expounded upon by others, who explained that young black people have been fighting to save lives through gun reform laws for years without the support and energy given to the Stoneman Douglas students. In fact, black youth, who've been passionately advocating for gun control measures, have been demonized, obfuscated, and overlooked.

Definitely go the original article because it's full of helpful links backing up his point. And it goes on to explain that black people have been fighting for gun control for decades as it has continued to terrorize their communities. Of course, without the support of white people, who were more willing to point to "black on black crime" every time a cop killed a black person than listen for a second, the NRA has taken more and more control of our politicians.

It's great that this movement of teens, which of course includes black teens, is leading a movement that might actually do what we adults have utterly failed to do. But it's tragic that when it was about black lives, the same kind of activism was treated like the plague.

Amazing Women of Color

This story about Mexico City not only highlights the terrifying reality of our fast-approaching worldwide water crisis, it's yet another example of how when things get tough, women are the ones to step up and take care of their communities.

These Women Are The Only Reason Some People In Mexico City Get Any Water

Liliana Espíndola’s patience ran out almost a decade ago. 
Espíndola and her neighbors in Iztapalapa had not received a drop of water through the tap for four months. Desperate, they had been forming human chains along streets where they knew water trucks would drive by, forcing the drivers to stop, and climbing onto the vehicles to make sure that they delivered water fairly and free of charge. But even that water was brownish and soon, people started getting sick. 
A natural-born leader, Espíndola knew this wasn’t sustainable. She convened a rally in January 2009 and then a major protest. Several hundred people spilled onto a nearby highway, blocking the road for hours and facing off with riot police. Then, they walked to the local government offices, barged in, and demanded a solution. 
In an extraordinary admission of the government’s inability to provide the most basic and essential commodity, authorities in Iztapalapa agreed to cede control to the people: Espíndola and her friends would now be in charge of water distribution in their neighborhood.

This entire story is amazing. These women actually took control of water distribution from the government. And they've been running it since 2009. Nine years. And they're doing this on top of their jobs and raising their children.

It's also horrifying. The water crisis in Mexico City is getting worse and worse. Though it could probably all be fixed with funding from a single billionaire. Fat chance that will happen, though.

Honestly, give these women control of the entire government. And all the money being hoarded by the world's billionaires.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Gif of the Day


The master.

Do You Want to Talk About Mental Illness?

[TRIGGER WARNING: ABLEISM, MASS SHOOTING]

I hate hate hate hate hate seeing politicians, the NRA, and their supports spitting out the mantra of "it's not a gun issue, it's a mental health issue" as a shield. Followed by doing NOTHING to increase mental health care in this country AT BEST, and actually a lot of them fighting as hard as they can to take away funding and reduce access to mental health care. 

A couple days ago, I got into a Facebook Fight against a friend of an old high school friend who used this line, and I got pissed. Let's just say I had to take time out of my day to make this:


Anyway, when I said, totally politely (lol), that mental illness does not cause mass shootings, she used the next stock line: "how could someone in their right mind massacer a bunch of kids?"

Part of me wonders that maybe if I had been NIIICEERRRR, I could have taught someone something about mental health. But another part of me hates even thinking that, as you might be able to tell, because experience has taught me time and time again that people don't want to learn shit.

But here's me reaching out to people. Because there must be people out there who are genuinely wondering, "how could a mentally stable person do something like this?" That's what makes the line so good. At least, in comparison to any other pro-gun argument, because god damn, are they terrible. I mean it's still not even good because it can be a little about mental health and a little about access to guns and hey don't forget white supremacy!

The point is, I'm sure there are plenty of people out there who are genuinely wondering how mental health plays into this. I became fascinated with psychology early very much because of a desire to understand how people could be like this.

And after 15 years of both independent study and taking classes and generally obsessing over it, I'm not really any closer to an answer. Like any science, the more you seek answers, the more questions you get.

Psychology is a new science studying the most complex part of the human body. It's still more complex than the most advanced computer on Earth. But unlike computers, the brain is unpredictable, subject to trauma, and constantly behaves in ways that don't seem to make sense so that we have to keep studying it and yet are continuously more confused.

Here's the thing. Someone who has, by all accounts, appeared to be completely psychologically healthy, can suddenly snap and murder someone. It happens. These are people who could have been put through a psychological evaluation by a professional with a doctorate and probably have been declared perfectly fine, because diagnosing mental illness is based on self-reporting. I didn't get diagnosed based on a brain scan. I told my therapists and doctors what I was feeling and they checked the boxes on the symptoms list. There's no blood test for mental illness.

On the other end, someone can go through some SHIT, and I mean some SHIT, and come out the other end pretty healthy and awesome. Some of our best, most successful and amazing humanitarians are who they are because they grew up in abusive households or war-torn countries fearing for their lives every day, yet they grow up to be entirely fucking well adjusted. Instead of murdering people, they dedicate their lives to helping people. Why? We don't really know. But it's safe to say that someone like Malala Yousafzai didn't have access to mental health care where she grew up. And now she's like the best person ever.

Would Nikolas Cruz have murdered 17 people if this country had possessed better mental health care when he was a kid? Or when he was 20 and considering murder? What kind of mental health programs would we need to ensure that troubled orphans get mental health care early enough to keep them from a bad road? Would Cruz have sought this care on his own? Why didn't the FBI fucking do anything? These are all valid questions.

If you really want to talk about mental health care, we can talk. I have long felt that what our country and perhaps our world needs is massive mental health reform from the ground up, complete with adding psychology to every grade level starting at Kindergarten, public information campaigns dedicated to de-stigmatizing mental illness and turning therapy visits into average, mundane activities, and generally making mental health as important and well-understood by the average person as physical health. I will do all I can to try and explain why good people sometimes do terrible things and why some people who just get shit on their whole lives come out good people, I will ponder with you how a human being could take up a murder weapon and murder a bunch of people they don't even know.

But if you don't actually want to do any of this, I don't want to hear the terms "mental health" and "mental illness" ever escape your lips/fingers, and if you use it as a shield to protect your precious murder weapons you treat like toddlers treat their favorite toys, I will fucking yell at you on Facebook no matter how many apology cakes I have to send people.

I Love the Parkland, Florida Students

I've expressed on this blog that I have mixed feelings about gun control, because part of me wants us to have access to as many guns as possible for the revolution. And I want communities of color to be able to have guns to fight against white supremacists, including the police.

BUT because I have a SOUL, that part of me is awful quiet right now. And honestly I will stand with the kids who survived the shooting for gun control because I love them.

I have gained so much respect for the younger generation, Generation Z or whatever you want to call it, in the past couple years. Part of this has been from being on Tumblr so much, which is mostly populated with teens. They are so plugged in, they are so passionate, they are so sharp. They get it, and they are done putting up with the bullshit. While I, as a Millennial, grew up with promises in the 90s and watched my future crumble, they have grown up in the shit. And instead of being hopeless, they are angry, and they are awake, and they are rejecting every bit of bullshit put out there by politicians and pundits.

If Millennials have failed to create real change, and I really feel like we already have, Generation Z will be the revolutionaries. And I feel a little shitty saying "Generation Z, save us from the problems we couldn't fix/helped to create!" Because I kind of hated older generations saying that to me. But I'm not asking them to save us. I'm asking them to save themselves, and I will stand with them, and if they decide that everyone over 25 has to die to save the world, I'll understand.

I don't think they will, but what I mean is that I'm willing to follow them despite the fact that I, like every human being, am plagued by the assumption that I know best. I only advise these students to lean into rejecting the bullshit. Don't waste time like I did arguing with people who are dedicated to misunderstanding you. Don't indulge pro-gun NRA-worshipping fucks in their terrible, terrible arguments, because you will get nowhere. It will be a waste of time, and they are counting on that. They are only repeating lies to further brainwash themselves and the others already hypnotized by the gun lobby, which truly does care far more about money and power than any child's life. Than the lives of all children.

Just know that, and use your power and energy to take that power away from the NRA and the gun lobby and the Republicans licking their nuts all day.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Gif of the Day


I wouldn't mind seeing this just before I died.

WHAT

[TRIGGER WARNING: WHOREPHOBIA, REFERENCE TO MASS SHOOTINGS]

I'm fucjsdhfe;sdkhjasfj

Florida House declares pornography as a health risk


The state's House of Representatives approved the resolution by a voice vote on Tuesday. The resolution states a need for education, research and policy changes to protect Floridians, especially teenagers, from pornography. 
Republican Rep. Ross Spano says there is research that finds a connection between pornography use and mental and physical illnesses, forming and maintaining intimate relationships and deviant sexual behavior. Spano is also a candidate for attorney general.

Okay, first - obligatory masturbation joke.

Second... you're telling me that you're going to require education, research, and policy changes on PORN and not THE FUCKING GUNS THAT KEEP MASS MURDERING YOUR CITIZENS?????

Announce a march on this guy's house to drag him out by the lower lip and beat him to death with baseball bats and I'll buy the ticket to Florida tomorrow.

Third, this is going to hurt sex workers. I'm not against education on porn to protect people from being fooled into thinking real sex is like that, from viewing women as less than human, from becoming addicted to it, and from being exploited and harmed by the porn industry should they choose to work in porn. But fat fucking chance any of that will happen. I'm guessing this "education" is going to be some Evangelical Christian "porn is evil and touching your devil meat makes Jesus cry" shit.

I hate you, Ross. I hate you so much.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Gif of the Day


Me sniffing out a TERF.

The U.S. Government Gut Disability Rights the Other Day

[TRIGGER WARNING: ABLEISM, MENTION OF MASS SHOOTING]

Did you know. That disabled people are some of the most badass people. We never talk about the massive protests that went on in D.C. as they fought for the Americans with Disabilities Act. What's also weird is that if you google "ADA protests," you get a ton of black and white photos. This shit happened in 1989 and 1990. It's not ancient history. And they passed a HUGE landmark piece of legislation that overhauled how disabled people are treated by the government.

And yet we aren't taught about it in schools. And the photos are all in black and white like it happened too long ago to care.

Disabled people then and now are setting an example we should all be following when it comes to protesting. They are going into the White House in wheelchairs, forcing police to literally carry them out while they continue to shout in protest. In 1990, they crawled up the steps of the Capital. They do NOT FUCK AROUND.

On Thursday, as the country reeled from yet another mass school shooting, Congress passed amendments to the ADA that removed essential incentives for businesses to comply with the law. They actually pushed back a moment of silence for the 17 dead children in Parkland, Florida to do this.

If it hadn't yet occurred to you, may I point out the irony of brushing off disabled people who say they're unable to work and telling them they're just lazy while at the same time making it more difficult for them to work.

But don't just listen to my able-bodied typings about it. Read about it from a disabled person:

Gutting the Americans with Disabilities Act

The bill would effectively gut the ADA, detractors argue. Without a fear of being sued, businesses might be inclined to ignore ADA compliance rules. Critics of the bill also believe people with disabilities should not bear the responsibility of making sure businesses are compliant with the law. 
"Instead of expecting businesses to own the responsibility of complying with civil rights laws, it shifts the burden to the individual who is being denied access," the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) wrote in a letter to congressional representatives on Thursday. 
Disability activist were forcibly removed from the house Thursday when they disrupted the meeting and vote from the gallery. Severely handicapped folks were arrested for standing up for what they believe.

I need this guy to know that being disabled doesn't make him "biased" on the issue. Or if it does, it's just a different kind of biased than us able-bodied people have because no one is unbiased about anything. What it definitely does make him is an EXPERT on the issue. And we need his voice. We need to listen to him on this issue way more than some able-bodied politician who has no clue what it's like to try and navigate a world made for the able-bodied as a disabled person.

And he's right. We need to unite and fight against this. ALL of us who are being further oppressed by this administration and their attack on the poor, on women, on people of color, on immigrants, on LGBT+ people, etc. We need to be fighting this on all fronts, at every issue. It might be exhausting, but every time they attack one of us, we become weaker as a whole.

We need to stop ignoring disability issues.

The Christian Right and TERFs Team Up Again

[TRIGGER WARNING: TRANSPHOBIA, TRANSMISOGYNY]

This is actually from last year but I'm pretty sure I didn't hear about it. If you've been keeping track of TERFs at all (and if you have, you have a stronger stomach than I), you've noticed a spike in a "campaign" to "drop the T" from LGBT. And they call the acronym for "trans-exclusionary radical feminist" a slur. It's accurate.

Turns out this campaign may have been the brainchild of the Christian Right.

The Christian right’s new strategy: Divide and conquer the LGBT community

“For all of its recent success, the LGBT alliance is actually fragile, and the trans activists need the gay rights movement to help legitimize them,” said Meg Kilgannon, a parent and director of Concerned Parents and Educators of Fairfax County, during a panel discussion called “Transgender Ideology in Public Schools: Parents Fight Back.” 
Seeming to understand how far public opinion has moved on LGB rights, Kilgannon suggested that trans rights was still a battlefield where they could win. 
“Trans and gender identity are a tough sell, so focus on gender identity to divide and conquer,” she said, reports the Southern Poverty Law Center.

These fucks underestimate our community.

But it is alarming. Divide and conquer is a highly effective strategy, and they're tapping into an existing rift that exists between trans people and lesbian TERFs. It makes me wonder if some TERFs are fucking Russian bot accounts. Or just bot accounts.

I honestly don't know how TERFs justify their existence claiming to be radical while aligning themselves with the Christian Right that hates them. You hate trans women THAT MUCH you insufferable assholes? I hope you're proud of yourselves.

Still, the LGBT+ community, erratic and constantly frazzled as it is, will close ranks and fuck you up when threatened. That includes the trans community alone and all the rest of us queers who aren't total shitbags standing with them.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Gif of the Day


This lady right here.

Antisemitism Is Being Coded Into Law In Poland

This is really alarming. Don't dismiss it because it's Poland and you don't live there. Don't forget what much of Poland did to their Jewish population not so long ago.

After Holocaust law, Poland moves to ban kosher slaughter

After the controversy created by the law banning people from accusing Poland of Holocaust atrocities committed by the Nazis, the country's ruling party has submitted a new bill restricting kosher slaughter and threatening anyone who violates the restrictions with up to four years in prison.

Okay hold up. Poland banned people from ACCUSING Poland of committing Holocaust atrocities?

I mean. Maybe we can talk about how much the state of Poland was complicit in the atrocities that did happen within its borders. But you banned people even saying it? Wow.

And then there's this law banning kosher slaughter. Not only does this make Poland essentially unlivable for many Jewish people, it's bullshit. Kosher slaughter is designed to be both very clean and minimize the suffering of the animal. That's. The. Entire. Point.

This is just a lazy way to ban being Jewish in Poland. And that is terrifying. This is happening again in the world. It keeps getting worse. I am so scared for Jewish people around the world. Please be safe. Please get to a safe place if you can, if that exists.

Black Panther

I saw Black Panther yesterday! Yes, it was amazing. Yes, there were very few white people. It brought up a number of racial issues that other Marvel movies have never touched. That other big-budget movies have almost never touched.

Black Panther's plot had me conflicted. It brings up a philosophical point that every oppressed person eventually needs to consider. Minor spoilers ahead.

As a woman and feminist, I've hit back at people who misuse the idea of equality by saying that real equality would be leveling the playing field by having men be oppressed by women for centuries. This is a joke to make a point, of course. I would not, ultimately, want to oppress and hurt men like they did to us.

I also would never tell black people or other people of color that they shouldn't want to oppress us white people, that they shouldn't want to do to us what we did to them. How can I tell them that is wrong? Who am I to say if it's wrong?

I generally bristle at the idea that the oppressed need to be better than their oppressors, morally or in any other sense. That we shouldn't "become" them. This is because it's a sentiment often used against me and other oppressed people as a weapon to silence us. Practically any time I vent about men, saying that I hate them or expressing a (semi) joking desire to rule over them, I find myself chided by some man saying that I have to be better than that. I shouldn't "become" those who hurt me by hurting them back. This chiding has come from anonymous assholes online and from men that I love.

Black people have been horribly oppressed by white people and continue to suffer from cycles of very intentionally imposed poverty, drugs funneled into their communities by the FBI, their leaders murdered and neighborhoods destroyed, their people constantly terrorized and murdered by police, and so on and so on and so on. They are already working at such a disadvantage that we white people continue to impose on them. And we should have the audacity to ask them to be better than us when it comes to how they treat us?

Absurd. Gross. I hate it.

I can't condemn the main antagonist of Black Panther. I hope all white people consider how they felt about this antagonist and whether the idea that black people of the world should be morally better than we have been to them is self-serving.

In the end, what I really want is peace and comfort and happiness for all people. But if an oppressed people want their time in the sun, I understand. And I won't speak against them.

Also, the history behind like every detail of Black Panther and the Wakanda society is fascinating. So much effort was put into this movie. It deserves every bit of acclaim it gets.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Gif of the Day


Why is this fox a work of art?

The Florida Shooting Was Likely An Anti-Semitic Hate Crime

Hey real quick because I have a lot to do today, the Parkland, Florida school that was attacked by the white supremacist terrorist is 40% Jewish.

The Florida Douglas High School Shooting Was an Anti-Semitic Hate Crime And Nobody’s Talking About It

The Florida shooting seems to be all anyone is talking about. What people fail to mention, however, is that Douglas High School is more than 40% Jewish, Cruz believed that Jews were part of a conspiracy to unseat white people from power, and the shooting was potentially an anti-Semitic hate crime. 
Personal accounts of students who attended high school with Cruz have pegged him as an anti-Semite. According to an individual who knew him*, he was actively hostile towards Jews, black people, and Muslims in particular throughout high school. In fact, multiple of the violent incidents he was expelled for were attacks against Jews.

Yep, I only heard about this due to being on Tumblr because none of the mainstream media outlets are reporting on it. "Jewish media" my ass.

Deadly anti-semitism is rampant in the U.S. just like nazi groups are rampant in the U.S. and if you don't care you're also an anti-semite bye.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Gif of the Day


Fascist, white supremacist flyers burning. Keep fighting fascism.

FashMaps: Your Most Terrifying Friend

[TRIGGER WARNING: NAZI AND WHITE SUPREMACIST ACTIVITY]

I've heard of FashMaps before, but today I came across a link to it and was blown away by how many points are now over the U.S. and the area where I live. It might just be that most contributors are from the U.S., but fuck, the points absolutely COVER the map when you zoom out at all.


So yeah, I recommend checking it out and seeing which fascists, white supremacists, and straight up nazis are organizing near you. If you're not aware, FashMaps keeps track of users from Daily Stormer and affiliated forums and pinpoints where they live and where they're organizing their little "book clubs" and "pool parties," i.e. white supremacist meetings where they plot how to spread their violence over the rest of us. 

They are ALL OVER Seattle. Be aware and be careful, everybody. Bookmark this and be sure to check it every now and then.

We the People Have No Say in Our Own Government

[TRIGGER WARNING: SCHOOL SHOOTING, MASS SHOOTING, MASS DEATH, GUN VIOLENCE]

I could barely look at the school shooting yesterday. I wanted to pretend it didn't happen, really. Part of me was hoping that people wouldn't care very much, just like we no longer care about the more than daily mass shooting that happen in this country that only kill or injure a couple people. But 17 kids are dead, so we're looking at it.

That might seem callous of me, but what else am I supposed to do? The horrifying thing, besides the bodies, is that not only are we blocked at every avenue from doing anything about this problem, we are actually pushed back every time we try. Calls for gun control in this country are met every time now with a backlash that ends in further deregulation of gun sales and rolling back of the little gun control we have.

It's terrifying and soul crushing.

But I've been thinking about it, and the fact is that we need change that goes deeper than gun control. I mean, that's pretty obvious. I'm not exactly special for realizing that. But I think what we all need to do is get it drilled into our heads that we are helpless at the mercy of a government that doesn't care about us. A system that does not care about us. Our government is too saturated by people who care more about their funding, their pocketbooks, their sweet sweet dollar bills than the lives of children for us to be able to do anything about gun control. Until we solve that problem, our kids are in danger.

We need to realize that we have no real say in our own supposed Democracy. We need to realize that Democracy died in the U.S. a long time ago, and revolution is the only thing that can get it back. If we're going to have a state, we need one that doesn't allow large campaign contributions. None from PACs or corporations. We need to end the money = speech shit that started in the 70s. I think it's probably better to abolish the state because as long as one is allowed to exist, it seems like it will morph into the kind of monster we have today.

But for now, just repeat this to yourself. U.S. Democracy is dead. You have no say in the essential part of the government. The part that is supposed to protect the people. If the government won't act to protect your children from a horrific death in public fucking school, then what is it for?

Utah School to Kids: Fuck Consent

This story straight up made me go "exsqueeze me??"

Utah mom upset after school tells 6th graders they can’t say no when asked to dance

I hate this headline, by the way, because it makes it seem like the news is that a mom is upset, rather than everyone should be upset because this is FUCKED UP.

Richard took her concerns to the school principal. 
“He basically just said they’ve had this dance set up this way for a long time and they’ve never had any concern before,” she said of his response. 
Lane Findlay with the Weber School District confirms it’s a rule, but he said it’s meant to teach students how to be inclusive. 
“Please be respectful, be polite," Findlay said. "We want to promote kindness, and so we want you to say yes when someone asks you to dance."


That is not. How you teach students. Inclusivity.

That is how you teach students that girls are not allowed to say no to boys. Ever. That is how you teach rape culture. That is how you promote and fuel rape culture. What the FUCK were you thinking???

Prior to the dance, which is voluntary, students are told to fill out a card by selecting five people they want to dance with. The administration says if there’s someone on the card you feel uncomfortable with, the student is encouraged to speak up. 
“If there is an issue, if there’s students that are uncomfortable or have a problem with another student, I mean: that’s certainly something that can be addressed with that student and parents,” Findlay said.

Girls shouldn't have to make it a huge issue just to say "no" to a dance. This puts a huge burden on girls that basically says "you hate this boy so much that you had to get the administration involved." Like. Hello????

After this complaint, the rule is still in place. The school's phone number is 801-452-4680.

I don't care if this is set up in advance. This sends a horrific message to kids during a period of time when this administration should know better. Consent and sexual harassment is a huge national conversation right now, and here is this elementary school, stuck back in, I dunno, some awful time period when women and girls weren't allowed to say no at all.

If bullying and kids feeling left out is a problem, find another way to address it. Teach kids empathy and that differences are okay, rather than promoting conformity. Don't put the onus on little girls to say yes to every little boy who wants a dance. Or anything else. It's not the girls' job to make the boys feel accepted. It's not girls' job to lift up and support the self-esteem of boys. It's not girls' job to sacrifice themselves to save the boys.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Gif of the Day


Puppy loves you! Happy Valentine's Day!

Wow, That's a Lot of Awful in a Short Time Period

Oh my god what the fuck was with yesterday?

I got a last minute spot at a market research study today so I have to go over this quick.

Changing food stamps to a box of shitty food is a terrible idea. People need to stop thinking that they know what poor people deserve and that anybody else should control what food someone else buys and eats. Canned milk is gross. Canned vegetables and fruit are gross and also have less nutritional value than fresh. Food allergies are a thing. And if you think the government is going to effectively handle the food allergy problem, you're ridiculous. Also, if this is the way it's going, pretty soon every one of those boxes is just going to be filled with a bag of rice and powdered milk. They might as well just poison the food if they want poor people to die that badly.

Jeff Sessions oh my god.

Talking about the "Anglo-American heritage" of the sheriff's office (just say white dude) while standing in front of that flag. Bee tww dubbs, the axe-looking thing on that flag? It's called a fasces. Pronounced like "fascist" only without the T on the end. Literally the thing that the term "fascist" came from.

And for the sake of fuck, chronic pain sufferers cannot just "take an aspirin." Chronic pain is not like your old shitty joints hurting, Jeff. Chronic pain requires serious pain management that over-the-counter drugs can't handle. Shut the fuck up you ignorant piece of shit.

Oh and great, so much for the income-based student loan repayment that was making life manageable. I guess when I'm evicted because I can't pay rent I'll have nothing to do but join the revolution and plan my revenge.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Gif of the Day


Some Haunter love in preparation for Valentine's Day.

Guest Post: Implementing Real Change in a Company’s Anti-Harassment Culture

Kate is a political writer from Pennsylvania. Her favorite topics are feminist-focused, but she writes on a wide variety of social and cultural issues. If you enjoy her work, you can follow her on Twitter or visit her blog, Only Slightly Biased.



The ousting of dozens of sexual predators, including Harvey Weinstein, Charlie Rose and others marked the end of 2017. The #MeToo movement began last October as a hashtag that was meant to inspire women across the globe to speak out against their attackers and remember that they are not alone.
The movement has been largely successful, with countless women coming forward with accusations of sexual harassment and assault. The movement has also given way for many large businesses and companies to start thinking about their sexual harassment policies.
In the wake of the #MeToo movement, every company should be making it a goal to implement better anti-harassment policies if they have not already. But in case you’re not sure where to start, here are some guiding tips for employers or those looking to get their employer on board.
Know Your Responsibilities
Knowing your responsibilities as an employer is a crucial step in implementing policy. Keeping sexual harassment far away from the workplace is the responsibility of the employer — you will be held responsible if a situation arises.
Since addressing sexual harassment lies on the shoulders of executives and the leadership of a company, leaders need to be largely involved in drafting policies. Executives should partner with human resource teams to make sure the policies work and are upheld. They can also send reminders of expectations to their employees to make sure the policies are followed in practice.
Remember Employee Responsibilities
While the executives and leadership can help implement and put together policies, it is largely the employees that must be committed to these plans day to day. Employees should always know their rights and be aware of their company’s policies.
While all employees most likely receive a copy of their company’s policies, it’s crucial that they actually read the information and commit it to memory. All new hires should be required to review — and acknowledge they’ve reviewed — the policies.
But employees must also be encouraged to revisit the document. When’s the last time you read your company’s handbook? Go take a look back through it and see if there are any places the anti-harassment policy could be clearer or more actionable.
Adopt a Policy
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recommends adopting a solid anti-harassment policy. Regarding what to include in the policy, they suggest a clear and direct explanation of prohibited conduct, including examples. The policy should assure that the employees who make complaints will have protection against any form of retaliation. The commission also advises outlining a complaint process that provides employees with different ways to file a complaint.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission goes on to say the policy should include assurance that any complaint is confidential. They say the complaint process needs to be both prompt and thorough. The employer is encouraged to take immediate corrective action against the accused or others involved.
In addition to what the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission explained, it’s critical to have a section in the policy that explains that the company is not legally allowed to discriminate against and will not tolerate harassment against anyone based on sex, race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability or any other legally protected status.
Put the Policy Into Practice
While paper copies, posters and signatures of acknowledgment are excellent first steps to implementing better anti-harassment workplace policies, they are just the first steps. The next step is putting these rules into practice.
The practice of these policies comes from a strong commitment to respond to accusations and concerns quickly, taking every matter seriously and then conducting a formal investigation and taking the next steps, such as implementing consequences when the evidence shows a sexual harassment situation occurred.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recommends an employer periodically train every one of their employees on anti-harassment policy. While sexual harassment training is not required in the Occupational Safety and Health Act, it is encouraged. It is recommended that employers conduct periodic training that builds awareness on various types and different levels of harassment. This training also keeps employees aware that the company has procedures and explains how they’re handled.
Anti-Harassment Policies Should Be a Focus for Businesses
If 2017 has taught us anything, it is that businesses need to change the way they handle sexual harassment allegations. While it seems there is another accusation every day, harassment is not inevitable, and it is 100 percent preventable.
This needs to be something we actually listen to and care about in our everyday lives, not just another media movement where everyone says, “that happened” and then moves on. Employers need to step up and take the initiative to adopt better anti-harassment procedures, and go even further to train their employees to respect those procedures.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Gif of the Day


Look at this fuzzy fucking lump getting a free ride oh my god I'm gonna cry.

Thanks, Satan

[TRIGGER WARNING: ABORTION, ANTI-CHOICE LAWS]


NO SERIOUSLY.

Satanic Temple successfully argues that Missouri’s abortion laws violate their religious freedom

This Tuesday, The Satanic Temple will be arguing their case in front of the Missouri Supreme Court after convincing an appeals court that the state’s mandatory 72-hour waiting period before having an abortion violates their religious freedom. 
The Temple is taking up the case of a member they refer to as “Mary Doe,” who claims the law goes against her religious beliefs. The woman contends that back in May of 2015, she was forced to view an ultrasound of her fetus and required to read a booklet that stated life “begins at conception.” 
All of this was forced upon her despite the fact that she “adheres to principles of the Satanic temple and has sincerely held religious beliefs different from the information in the informed consent booklet,” according to her case summary.

I mean that headline is kind of a joke, I know that Satanists don't typically worship Satan - it's more of a "worship of the self," following a list of tenets that encourage basic decency and common sense morality. So what I should really say is, Thanks, Satanists. They are being pretty awesome. I look upon their beliefs a bit critically, believing as I do that the whole idea of "intelligence" is largely bullshit and mired in ableist. But god damn that is some good trolling.

And it worked. Check out at the end of the article.

Update, 1/25/18: A local CBS affiliate is reporting that the Temple has prevailed in its showdown with the state of Missouri over its abortion restrictions. 
According to 9News, Missouri’s Solicitor General D. John Sauer declared ultrasounds are not required to obtain an abortion in the state.

SATANISTS. YEAHHHHHHH!!!


THEY LITERALLY TOOK DOWN A STATE-WIDE ANTI-CHOICE ULTRASOUND LAW. DO IT. FUCK YEAH. SATANISTS.

I've also read that they're encouraging anyone to claim Satanism in order to fight against these laws or get exemptions from similar anti-choice laws.

I just. It's so beautiful.

Another Day, Another Counter-Protest to a White Supremacist Rally

[TRIGGER WARNING: RACISM, POLICE BRUTALITY]

On Saturday, February 8, 2018, the College Republicans of the University of Washington in Seattle hosted Patriot Prayer for a rally on campus. UW refused to forbid the rally because something something free speech. They also said that the Seattle police advised them that if they refused to allow the rally, Patriot Prayer would come anyway and they and counter-protesters would clash somewhere else on campus. Kinda makes sense, only the SPD says they didn't say that.


Uhhhh what the fuck? I'd assume the cops were lying but what would they have to gain?

And what's really fucked up is that a conference for the Young, Gifted, and Black organization was canceled because they were worried about the safety of the black high school kids they were bringing to the UW campus for further enrichment. Because UW didn't want to cancel a white supremacist rally. UW decided that some perverted definition of freedom of speech is more important than the future of these black children. What about the rights of these kids? They couldn't organize because dangerous people were organizing in the same place. People who hate them and would rather they be dead than get jobs these white supremacists think belong to mediocre white people.

I hate it so much. That's why we have to protest. Yes, I know these fuckers want the attention. We can't let them run around and threaten the futures of kids like these. If we don't challenge them everywhere, they'll find new and more fucked up ways to get attention WHILE being able to spread their message unchallenged, recruit, and harass any people of color unfortunate enough to come across them. There are often tourists from Japan on the Seatlle UW campus.

And that wasn't the only event that was canceled because these dangerous people were allowed on campus.

For more information, see this Facebook post:



And yes, the police were collaborating with and protecting the white supremacists. The same pattern happened at this Patriot Prayer rally as any other. We showed up to counter protest, and the police had their barricades around the white supremacists' spot, which was elevated above us. I don't know if the cops think the higher ground helps protect the white supremacists or what. But it's the opposite of what's needed because what also always happens is that we stay on our side of the barricade/riot police line, and then some fucking "Proud Boys" slink their way into our crowd, start talking shit, and when people get mad and try to make them leave, they start shoving or throwing punches, a scuffle happens, and then the cops arrive and somehow end up only arresting counter-protesters. Either because cops love/are white supremacists, the Proud Boys slink away before they can be arrested, or, most likely, a combination of both. Cowards.

This is a deliberate strategy of theirs.


At least five counter-protesters were arrested this time. I think I counted six. One of them was a young woman who was arrested because a bike cop literally ran over her while she was trying to get back and out of their way as they shoved up against the crowd. If you've never been in this situation, you might not know how hard it is to back up as part of a crowd. You can't move faster than the people behind you and if you try, you're liable to trip and end up on the ground getting trampled or run over by police who then arrest you for being in the way of their fucking bikes.

One good thing did happen. Guess which white supremacist didn't have a good time?


I got a good look at him, and can confirm it was that guy. He had a cell phone or camera on a stick, so I'm assuming he was filming people who didn't want to be filmed, was IDed, and then I saw him get pushed out by the counter-protest crowd like uterus rejecting an egg. Also there was green silly string on his head. Oh, and then I watched him go over and yell something at some cop on the other side of one of the barricades, and the cop just shook his head. I bet he was all "aren't you going to arrest the entire counter-protest for being mean to me????"


Also, this sign held by one of the white supremacists was hilarious:


You died? You guys are ghosts? I guess it makes sense since you both wear white sheets.




Still, it can't make up for how fucked up it is that this rally took place at all. It's frustrating because it feels like we can't win. But I'm gonna keep showing up to these counter-protests any time Patriot Prayer shows up, if only to keep an eye out and be there to protect people who need it. It would be worse to do nothing.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Gif of the Day


Preparing for the revolution dot gif.

Cops Love White Supremacists

[TRIGGER WARNING: POLICE BRUTALITY, NAZI VIOLENCE, STABBINGS, ASSAULT]

I MEAN.

California police worked with neo-Nazis to pursue 'anti-racist' activists, documents show

This is from The Guardian. I know hardline right-wingers like to act like The Guardian is some ultra-left rag, but it's not. And no part of that headline is exaggerated.

In one phone call with Doug McCormack, identified by police as the TWP affiliate who acquired the permit for the Sacramento rally, CHP investigator Donovan Ayres warned him that police might have to release his name in response to a public records requests. The officer said he would try to protect McCormack. 
“I’m gonna suggest that we hold that or redact your name or something until this gets resolved,” Ayres told McCormack, adding that he didn’t know who had requested records of the permit and noting, “If I did, I would tell you.”

Seriously.

The officer’s write-up about an African American anti-fascist activist included a photo of him at the hospital after the rally and noted that he had been stabbed in the abdomen, chest and hand. 
Ayres, however, treated the protester like a suspect in the investigation. The police investigator recommended the man be charged with 11 offenses, including disturbing the peace, conspiracy, assault, unlawful assembly and wearing a mask to evade police. 
As evidence, Ayres provided Facebook photos of the man holding up his fist. The officer wrote that the man’s “Black Power salute” and his “support for anti-racist activism” demonstrated his “intent and motivation to violate the civil rights” of the neo-Nazi group. He was ultimately not charged.

I mean.

Officers also worked with TWP member Derik Punneo to try to identify anti-fascist activists, recordings revealed. Officers interviewed Punneo in jail after he was  for an unrelated domestic violence charge. Audio recordings captured investigators saying they brought photos to show him, hoping he could help them identify anti-fascist activists. 
The officers said, “We’re pretty much going after them,” and assured him: “We’re looking at you as a victim.”


Literally. How do you interpret that as anything else but cops colluding, protecting, and pledging to defend LITERAL NAZIS like they're victims. They said it. THEY SAID IT.

And the article doesn't even stop there!

Nazis stab people, and the stabbing victims get arrested, and the nazis are promised that they'll be treated as the victims, and they are. Cops actively work to protect the identities of nazis while working with nazis to discover the identities of anti-fascists.

But let's not forget how many cops are white supremacists themselves. So.

Cops don't just love white supremacists. They are white supremacists. They are allies with nazis and said allies protect and support one another. USA in 2018.

Recommended Reading

Whew! It's been an exhausting week. Kids are tiring and I've also been ramping up my work for Vocally. But I'm still here for the blog.

And it's still Black History Month.

Did you know that free breakfast at school exists because of the Black Panthers?

How the Black Panthers’ Breakfast Program Both Inspired and Threatened the Government

At the time, the militant black nationalist party was vilified in the news media and feared by those intimidated by its message of black power and its commitment to ending police brutality and the subjugation of black Americans. But for students eating breakfast, the Black Panthers’ politics were less interesting than the meals they were providing. 
“The children, many of whom had never eaten breakfast before the Panthers started their program,” the Sun Reporterwrote, “think the Panthers are ‘groovy’ and ‘very nice’ for doing this for them.”

Is it weird that the History Channel says that "its purpose was to fuel revolution by encouraging black people’s survival"? How fucked up is it that black people trying to survive is revolutionary? God, this country is a white supremacist hellhole.

The Black Panthers were awesome.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Gif of the Day


This is both the most dedicated referee and the funniest thing I have ever seen.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Gif of the Day


GET HIM.

Morning Announcements

I'm babysitting today and I'll probably be doing more of that later this week while a family member recovers from surgery. If you're interested in finding more of my content, I recently started writing for a site called Vocally. Here's my first piece for them:

Here's When NOT To Bring Up The #MeToo Movement, Guys

Enjoy!


Monday, February 5, 2018

Gif of the Day


Are they..... fist-bumping?

Recommended Reading

This month is Black History Month and next month is Women's History Month. But there's some history we white women really need to keep in mind.

How the 'Grassroots Resistance' of White Women Shaped White Supremacy

This is the story of grassroots resistance to racial equality undertaken by white women. They are the center of the history of white supremacist politics in the South and nation. While they toiled outside the attention of the national media (for the most part), white women took central roles in disciplining their communities according to Jim Crow’s rules and were central to massive resistance to racial equality. White segregationist women capitalized on their roles in social welfare institutions, public education, partisan politics, and popular culture to shape the Jim Crow order. From there they provided a political education that mobilized generations and trained activists for white supremacist politics. These women guaranteed that racial segregation seeped into the nooks and crannies of public life and private matters, of congressional campaigns and PTA meetings, of cotton policy and household economies, and of textbook debates and daycare decisions. Their work shored up white supremacist politics and shaped the segregated state. White women were the mass in massive resistance.

This is just a list of some of the shit white women did to prop up and maintain white supremacy, segregation, and Jim Crow laws. Full reading should be required for white women.

I still see way too many instances of white women acting like they're immune to being racist because they're not men. We might understand being oppressed, but that doesn't mean we understand what it's like to be black. And with our specific history of using our white womanhood as a weapon against black people and other people of color, we need to tread lightly. We need to be aware. And we need to work to dismantle systems that keep black kids out of our nice schools. School segregation is making a comeback and that shit needs to stop. Let's go.

"Riots Are Bad"

Hey, remember when my fellow white people were complaining about the protests that erupted after Mike Brown was murdered, whether or not they lived anywhere near the city of Ferguson, because "how could they riot and destroy their own communities like that???"

Hahahahaha what the FUCK are you talking about?

[Trigger warning for mention of a woman being assaulted because of course that happened]

Terrifying Things Heard on the Philadelphia Police Scanner After the Eagles Won the Super Bowl

Note how everyone in the photos being weird, loud, or destructive are white people. But that's totally okay because a team won a sport game.

I just can't believe some of this shit.

10:50 p.m. “I got people coming up the ramps on 676 eastbound. I don’t have a clue how they’re getting up … Should I go up to get those people off 676?”

Did you know that any time a Black Lives Matter protest attempts to march onto a freeway in order to effectively disrupt traffic and get noticed, the Seattle police is THERE to block us and will flash bang and tear gas us if we get too close to their line? Remember last year when we simply tried to march to Westlake Park in order to counter protest a group of actual white supremacists and they blocked off our march so we couldn't be heard where at all effective or relevant and again gassed the peaceful crowd?

But football riots? "Uhhhh hey should I try to get these people off the freeway, Chief? I dunno lol whatevs."

Before telling me that riots are never okay after black people protest the police terrorism in their communities I'm gonna need you to pre-emptively fuck yourself.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Gif of the Day


I'm the girl on the left who is so filled with joy at the sight of this that she actually hops up and down.

Blessed gif.

Recommended Reading

[TRIGGER WARNING: SEXUAL CONTENT, SEXUAL ASSAULT, RAPE]

This has been out for awhile now and I just finally read it and yes, it is extremely worth your time and yes, it is required reading for men.

The female price of male pleasure

I'm just going to quote this one short paragraph, which is the crux of the issue, and I want you to read it carefully.

That's right: PubMed has almost five times as many clinical trials on male sexual pleasure as it has on female sexual pain. And why? Because we live in a culture that sees female pain as normal and male pleasure as a right.

Because we live in a culture that sees female pain as normal and male pleasure as a right.

Because we live in a culture that sees female pain as normal and male pleasure as a right.

Because we live in a culture that sees female pain as normal and male pleasure as a right.

It's often difficult to see how people don't understand why women like Grace don't "just leave" or whatever in a situation where they feel uncomfortable or threatened. I've spent so many years reading about and studying gender issues, sociology, and human psychology that I read Grace's account and understand immediately. If you really don't understand and aren't just willfully clinging to ignorance because it's easier, then I highly recommend reading this article and delving into some of the science it brings up.

If you don't have time, or it's too hard, I'll sum it up for you.

It's because our society is FUCKED UP, okay? Shit is not cool, shit is not the way it should be. Work on accepting that, and in the meantime keep your ignorant, asinine questions to yourself.

"Why didn't she just" SHUT UP.

Okay Seriously, ICE is the Tool of the Devil

You might think I'm exaggerating saying ICE and border agents are heartless monsters. But then how do you explain this??????

ICE Director Brags About How Much He's 'Enjoying' Tearing Immigrant Families Apart


Riding high off two recent widely denounced deportations that ripped apart immigrant families who have called the U.S. home for decades, acting ICE director Thomas Homan boasted at a conference on Wednesday that he has really begun "enjoying" his role in carrying out President Donald Trump's racist mass deportation agenda. 
"This isn't a job I particularly wanted in the beginning," Homan said at a so-called "Border Security Expo" in San Antonio, Texas. "But I'll tell you what, I'm enjoying it."

Hello, Satan.

This is hardly the first time Homan has openly relished in his ability to instill fear in immigrant communities. At a hearing on Capitol Hill last June, Homan said undocumented immigrants "should be uncomfortable" and constantly "looking over their shoulder[s]."

Seriously, where does this guy live? Because I'm going to move there, and he's going to need to constantly look over his shoulder, because I'm going to start following him around with a carton of eggs. And he's going to be uncomfortable.

Still a much better fate than he's imposing on random immigrants.

Cops Are Planting Fake Guns On Their Victims Now

Just in time for Black History Month, stories are coming out about how ridiculously terrible the Baltimore Police Department is. This piece in the Atlantic just gets worse and worse the more you read:

The Baltimore Police Department Is Badly Broken

Ward’s testimony suggests a police unit that acted as a criminal gang, but with the advantage of legal guns, badges, and the state’s monopoly on the use of force. Some of the offenses are appalling but nonviolent: Seizing money from suspects, the cops would simply pocket part of it. In one case, prosecutors played a tape in which the force opens a safe, and its leader, Sergeant Wayne Jenkins, is heard instructing them not to touch anything, to give the appearance of careful propriety. In fact, Ward testified, the crew had already removed $100,000 of the $200,000 they found in the safe, then reenacted the event for the camera after splitting the first 100 grand among themselves. (Jenkins has also pleaded guilty.) 
But other behavior is more shocking. The unit would find groups of men, drive toward them at high speed, and throw the doors open, to see who would run. Then they’d chase and detain those who fled—even though it’s easy to imagine anyone who had just had a car drive at them might split. According to Ward, officers might do this between 10 and 50 times a night. 
Officers also sought out “dope-boy cars”—Honda Accords, Acura TLs, and others—and would pull them over for pretextual reasons like overly tinted windows or seat-belt violations. Any man over 18 carrying a book bag might be stopped as inherently suspicious. Ward also said the unit used illegal GPS trackers, and kept BB guns on hand if they needed to plant them in a pinch. He testified that Jenkins claimed to be a federal agent when seizing money.

Wow. Fucking. Wow. I mean, we all know about cops planting drugs. But fake guns? Really?

This is why I don't believe anything cops say. He had a gun? Yeah right. He ran? Gee I wonder why.

And if you're thinking that this is just one bad police department (that's as convincing as one bad police officer), try reading what Michael Harriot of The Root has to say about it.

I know what you’re thinking: After the death of Freddie Gray and the discovery of multiple officers who planted drugs on suspects, the Baltimore Police Department is one of the most corrupt departments in the country. 
Or maybe Baltimore is indicative of police departments all over the country. Maybe they’re like the one in Cleveland, which hired the cop who killed Tamir Rice after he was fired by another police department. Or like the South Carolina state trooper who said he shot a man because he was moving erratically while reaching for his wallet. Or when a paid police informant planted cocaine in a store owner’s shop. 
It is not just Baltimore cops. It is cops. They will shoot you in the face in front of your infant daughter. They will choke you to sleep for selling cigarettes. They will shoot you in the back for walking away. And they will get away with it so often that we are shocked when they are indicted.

Yeah. At some point you have to admit that the problem is the police in general. It's the institution.