mellowtigger: (we can do it)
Over the decades, I've appeared on local news a few times.  It happened again today.

KSTP did a piece for their 10pm news today about the citizen patrols within the Jordan community.  We are occasionally the worst violent crime neighborhood in all of Minneapolis.  We've had recent homicides, and last week we held a community meeting outdoors near the site of one of those homicides.  Some of that footage made the news tonight.

Also, they called me a few minutes before the end of my workday today, and they asked me to come to the community office (rented in a local church) to do an additional interview with KSTP reporter Todd Wilson.  They included some footage from that piece too.

I still intend to write longer articles about the dark side of Jordan.  I'm woken too many nights by gunshots, and we have too many memorials attached to trees on our sidewalks. 

I still intend to write longer articles about the potential to be found here too.  There are many people who want peace, many people who want to build a future rather than wreck one.  There are beautiful old homes, and wonderfully personalized front yards.  I hope that my front yard remains one such eccentricity in Jordan.

For tonight, though, on this too-humid and too-hot night (without air conditioning, whew!), the video segment (local archive) will have to suffice.
mellowtigger: (disconnect)
If anybody asks, you can tell them that the zombie apocalypse started on Saturday, May 26th.
  • May 26 - Man eats face off victim.  Growls at police.  Ignores bullets to continue eating.  (story)
  • May 29 - Man carves up his abdomen.  Throws skin and intestines at police. (story)
  • May 30 - Man kills victim.  Eats the heart and brain. (story)
Have Americans finally gone off the deep end of psychosis?  Be prepared.

I still want out.
mellowtigger: (the more you know)
Back in July, I mentioned the report of a 15-mile stretch of green goo in the Arctic ocean near Alaska.  I went searching today for any reports on what that stuff really was.

Basically, it was rotting compost that turned all oily and icky on the surface of the water.  A phytoplankton researcher with the University of Alaska has two theories on the origin of such a large mass of seaweed:

  • A severe storm and heavy seas in the area brought up seaweed from the bottom, and it is now decomposing on the surface.
  • The seasonal ice melt created an infusion of fresh water into the salt water, resulting in reduced oxygen and plant life rising to the surface.

I'm still not having any luck, though, finding recent news on that (potential) volcano in the Pacific ocean near Oregon state.
mellowtigger: (kill)
Yes, the sky is still falling.  It's not a good time to live or work in Dixieland.
A private group called PEER, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, tracks violence against employees who enforce environmental regulations. The group's executive director, Jeff Ruch, said it's hard to know about all of the cases because some agencies don't share data on violence against employees.

From 1996 to 2006, according to the group's most recent data, violent episodes against federal Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service workers soared from 55 to 290.

"Even as illustrated in town hall meetings today, there is a distinct hostility in a large segment of the population toward people who work for their government," Ruch said.

"Feds probe US Census worker hanging in Kentucky"
The hanged man had the word "fed" (federal government) written on his chest. 

It's like pulling a band-aid off slowly, wondering what new shocking thing will happen each week that proves civility is waning in America.


edit 11:19pm: I learned while watching Rachel Maddow tonight that the original AP news story on which this article is based may have stated details incorrectly.  Authorities are being very tight-lipped about explanations.   This man died of asphyxiation, yes, and he had rope around his neck that was tied to a tree.  He might or might not have been hanged.  He might or might not have had "fed" written on his body.

edit 9/26/2009 1:30am:  Apparently it's all true as initially stated.
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The Cracker Barrel corporate website currently has a news release published in regards to the recent beating of a black woman at the front door to one of their restaurants.
September 18, 2009 -- Cracker Barrel believes that what happened on September 9th is reprehensible. It could have happened anywhere and we are dismayed that it happened in the entrance of our building.
Some of us, though, remember the name Cracker Barrel from years past. Another news release of theirs from 1991 provided the kind of language that is welcomed by bigots.
It is inconsistent with our concept and values... to continue to employ individuals in our operating units whose sexual preferences fail to demonstrate normal heterosexual values which have been the foundation of families in our society.
When a company issues statements like that to justify their firing of gay and lesbian employees, observers shouldn't be at all surprised when their customers exhibit violent racist behavior like this.

A public pressure campaign and stockholder votes over 10 years (finally winning 58% shareholder support) eventually moved the company to establish official language of non-discrimination. It appears now, though, that little change occurred in their business relationship with their customers. One reporter questioned in the 2003 February 04 issue of The Advocate how quickly a corporation can change its culture.
While most activists rejoiced at CBRL's announcement, others wondered whether this tiger could really change its stripes so quickly. They point to the company's 2002 annual report, which refers to several lawsuits, including two class actions, one by employees who claim they were required to work without compensation and another by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), alleging that the company has engaged in a "systematic pattern of racial discrimination in employment opportunities." In August 2002, the annual report notes, the Department of Justice launched its own investigation into allegations of racial discrimination at Cracker Barrel. "This [kind of discrimination] has been going on for so long," Summerville says. "I can't see that changing overnight."

Davis says both suits are without merit and adds that a judge denied the NAACP suit class action status in October. She also says the company is cooperating with the federal investigation.
It could have happened anywhere, sure.  But it didn't.  It happened at Cracker Barrel.
mellowtigger: (Default)
Dismiss me for continuing to be paranoid if you want.

Hill, by all witness accounts, politely asked West to be careful, officials said. ... West threw her to the ground and hit her in the head with his fists and feet, police said. During the exchange, witnesses said West could be heard screaming racial slurs at the victim.

Meanwhile, one of my relatives on Facebook has asked people to friend Glenn Beck on the site. Yeah, that "news" figure who says (without retraction or correction) that millions of people were at the recent D.C. March because the university of "I don't remember which university" counted that many people from the video footage.

I distrust these people who obviously feel that they no longer hold any (or sufficient) political power.  I disbelieve that they will employ peaceful and lawful means of reasserting their (self-perceived) political power.

This journey is leading nowhere that I want to go.
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"According to a statement of facts, the cult members stopped feeding the boy when he refused to say "Amen" after a meal. After Javon died, Ramkissoon sat next to his decomposing body and prayed for his resurrection."

Stuff like this makes me wish that all of humanity would just grow up and go atheist.  More than one autistic child has died while being "exorcised" of his demon.  I'm tired of all so-called omniscient and omnipotent deities.  I like it better when deities have frailties that force humans to rely on their own abilities to survive instead of just giving up all of their authority to a better-qualified imaginary friend.

Monotheism is not my friend today.  It's a cult only when it happens to somebody else's denomination.

mod +1: Urge to go walk into the forest and not come back.


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