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The numbers have been in for years: "...and came back with an unambiguous conclusion: states that made it easier for their citizens to go armed in public had higher levels of non-fatal violent crime than those states that restricted the right to carry." (Levels of fatal violent crime, to be clear, aren't lower. They were unaffected.)

But for some people, it will never sink in until it gets personal.

The guitarist who was playing at the Las Vegas massacre finally got it: "We actually have members of our crew with CHL [concealed handgun license] licenses, and legal firearms on the bus. They were useless. We couldn't touch them for fear the police might think that we were part of the massacre and shoot us."

GEE, YA THINK.

Look, buddy, we could have used you five or ten or twenty massacres ago. But you're here now, and that's better than nothing. Maybe you can help us figure out how to talk to the kind of person you used to be.

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You know, when I was in grade school, they never taught us that Puerto Rico was part of the US. It literally never came up.

"Now a former foreign disaster assistance chief under President Barack Obama, who said he was trying 'to be balanced' regarding Trump’s handling of the situation because he knows 'how hard this stuff is,' said that the report has finally made him snap — 'so mad I could spit.'"

"The family had almost run out of drinking water. Their isolated community of Caonillas had received no aid from the local or federal government, residents said. And they had no way to make the perilous trek to town; the winding roads had been obliterated and six of the family’s cars had been stored in a garage that collapsed, crushing five of the vehicles and sending the sixth sliding down the mountainside and into a river."

And Trump is showing up and chucking rolls of paper towels into the crowd, like the bouquet at the wedding, like a prize on a game show, because he thinks this is entertainment. Because he doesn't care. Because he is a disgusting stain on the soul of humanity.
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People killed by police in the US, 2017. Currently at 759.

Charlottesville-based organizations that can take your money. (The Twitter thread have been going around; this is a blog post that rounds up the links.)

"'I was expecting him to come home, not to be buried,' [the 16-year-old's grandmother] told the station. 'I was telling him, give yourself a little while and you’ll be home with me.'" Justice for Aries Clark.

"We are among the vast majority of Americans who believe that we must take sensible steps to prevent massacres like the one that took my daughter’s life. We will continue to speak up. We will not go away."

2014 FBI study: "There were, on average, 16.4 [mass] shootings a year from 2007 to 2013, compared with an average of 6.4 shootings annually from 2000 to 2006. In the past 13 years, 486 people have been killed in such shootings, with 366 of the deaths in the past seven years." This was commissioned by Obama post-Sandy Hook, and was the first FBI study of its kind.

"...two officers who encountered the armed off-duty officer ordered him to the ground. He complied. When they recognized the off-duty officer, they told him he could stand up and walk toward them. Another officer just arriving at the scene saw the off-duty officer get up and, not knowing he was an officer, fired his weapon once at the man."

"Southaven officers went to the wrong house to serve a warrant on Monday, which resulted in the shooting death of a man who did not have any active warrants out for his arrest." Worse, they shot Ismael Lopez through his front door.
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People killed by police, 2017. Currently at 399.

Federal immigration officials knock on the door of a family of legal US residents, then shoot one of the unarmed homeowners.

Off-duty cop Kevin Ferguson harasses some kids, grabs a 13-year-old, ends up firing his gun at the group. It's all on video. And yet the middle-schooler gets charged with battery, while the grown adult member of law enforcement is allowed to keep walking around armed with no charges.

"The video shows Rosen stomping on the head of Demarco Anderson while Anderson is already handcuffed and under control. Anderson is visibly restrained and does not appear to be agitated or resisting when Rosen charges from the left side of the frame and pounds his foot into the back of the suspect’s head." Justice for Demarco Anderson.

"He was not trying to harm anybody. He was asking them for help and they shot him down." And the whole thing was streamed on Facebook Live. Justice for Rodney Hess.

"Soon after, Wade — fully restrained and surrounded by officers — would be writhing in pain and screaming “I can’t breathe” after enduring two blasts of pepper-spray at point-blank range." Justice for Charles Wade and Amber Swink.

"The mailman suffered injuries to his neck, face, back and arm and underwent two surgeries and physical therapy." And the cops who beat him up were completely acquitted. Justice for Karim Baker.

"Aware that the call was in response to a possible drug abuser, instead of proceeding calmly as to not alarm the person- when officer Stumler shouted: 'raise your hands' she automatically shot him in the stomach with no chance to respond." Justice for Bruce Warrick.
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People killed by police, 2017. The final total for 2016 was 1,153. This year, we're already up to 124. It's February.

White people shooting cops, to pointed silence from the #BlueLivesMatter crowd:

"Bill Jones, 35, allegedly shot two police officers after a standoff on Wednesday. Unlike the number of black men who’ve been shot at when police mistook cell phones for guns, Jones survived his tense standoff with police." (He's white. But you knew that.)

Two police officers were shot and killed, and I'm guessing you didn't hear about it: "There was no massive national freak-out over these killings as there has been whenever the suspect is a person of color or has an Arabic-sounding name. The man accused of these killings is a white guy. Scott Michael Greene — whose home reportedly features a Trump/Pence sign in the front lawn — was allegedly upset with police after he was forced to leave a high school football game because he was waving a Confederate flag and threatening black students."

Police brutality:

"The Detroit man charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter and weapons felony firearm for killing a 19-year-old woman on his porch was found guilty on all counts [on August 4]." Justice for Renisha McBride.

"Officer Marco Proano faces two federal civil rights charges for the 2013 shooting [at a car full of teenagers; they survived], which was caught on a dash cam."

"They sit next to Mr. Crutcher's daughter in class. They are her friends. Nearly every student has a tissue as we read the article together."

"He gives the officers his ID, which lists the address as his residence, and he suggests the officers ask a neighbor to verify that he lives there. " Dejuan Yourse, thankfully still alive, beaten by police for sitting on his own front porch.

Police brutality through the looking glass:

"Give the Weirton, W.Va., police chief some credit. He’s come up with a new spin on the the same problem. He just fired a cop for not killing someone."
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"Immediately after the reports, BLM was blamed because Black people are violent threats who hate police, right? But that entire narrative was wrong—it turned out that the perpetrators were two white men who were far from affiliated with BLM. At that point, the Blue/All Lives Matter crew dropped the subject, not because it suddenly didn’t matter that the cops had died, but because the people who had killed them were no longer part of the threat group."

"British police used a Taser on a black man they thought was a robber. He was their race-relations adviser."

"Police officers responding to a burglar alarm fatally shot a homeowner, who had grabbed a gun when he spotted an intruder, after shots were fired in their direction as they arrived at his house."

(Although most news stories about cops shooting homeowners involve a black victim, you can also read about the occasional white guy getting shot in his own house. Along with his dog.)

"Dozens of Jewish Community Centers in the U.S. were evacuated [January 18], including in Manhattan and California's Bay Area, after receiving near-simultaneous bomb threats, according to various local reports."

Millions of Shia Muslims made the pilgrimage of Arbaeen this fall, in defiance of Daesh's threats and deadly attacks against the pilgrims.

"Here's a list of things white friends have done/can do which actually make me feel safer."

Practical advice for white allies on how to talk to white non-allies.

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People killed by police, 2016. 728 and counting.

Now including a 73-year-old librarian who was roleplaying for a training exercise. And yet we will continue to trust that department with guns.

"During the course of the standoff Caldwell police officers broke numerous windows to gain entry, crashed through ceilings while they were maneuvering through the home, and punctured holes in the house by shooting canisters of tear gas that released noxious chemicals into the home." Even though nobody was in the house...and the owner had given them the front door key.

Heartwarming: "Charles Kinsey, who was released from the hospital late last week, is now walking with a cane and a noticeable limp, but he still wanted to see Arnaldo Rios. Kinsey told reporters that Rios jumped from his hospital bed and hugged him when he entered the room for their private meeting."

"Grass-roots organizations in black communities lead the efforts to make their streets safe. We need to get rid of the offensive falsehood that black people don’t care about crime, and help create the reforms they’ve long demanded."

"The federal government investigated the Baltimore police's activities between January 2010 and June 2015, and concluded that officers routinely violated black people's rights, intruded upon their lives, and racial bias pervaded 'every stage' of BPD's enforcement activities."

And finally: "The US Department of Justice, for the first time, will keep a comprehensive database of fatal officer-involved incidents, amid rising skepticism around police accountability." A long-overdue first step.
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People killed by police, 2016. 703 and counting.

"A Virginia jury convicted a white police officer for the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager, William Chapman, who was accused of shoplifting." Not the first person Stephen Rankin has killed, either. ("This is my second one.")

"[Officer James Burns] had no idea who was in the vehicle. He had no idea if that was the vehicle he should be concerned with. He just discharged his weapon." Deravis Rogers died. At least, for once, the officer was charged with murder.

"Raja then tried to stage a crime. He called 911 using his personal cell phone over 30 seconds after firing his last shot. During the call, Raja yells, “Drop the f—— gun right now!” Raja then falsely claimed on the call that he identified himself as a police officer and gave Jones orders. Raja later admitted to investigators that he kept shooting despite seeing Jones throw his firearm out of reach." Charged with manslaughter and attempted murder. It's a start.

"At one point, an officer tells other police, 'Make sure these are all off,' in an apparent reference to their body cameras." And yet there's video of Paul O'Neal, and it's terrible.

"It's almost incomprehensible that a young naked man would be considered dangerous such that a police officer would kill him." David Joseph, 17.

"On Sept. 4, 2005, days after the levees failed and water swamped the city, police murdered 17-year-old James Brissette and 40-year-old Ronald Madison, who were both unarmed, and wounded four others on the Danziger Bridge. [...] After hearing from five dozen witnesses and examining 400 pieces of evidence during a monthlong trial, a federal jury convicted the officers for opening fire and trying to cover up wrongdoing."

"The only reason this situation did not get worse is because I am a recognizable elected official and fortunately at that moment two other officers recognized who I was. I was incensed. I shouldn't have to use my title to get justice.”
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People killed by police, 2016. 690 and counting.

"Data released by the FBI on Monday shows that 2015 was one of the safest years for U.S. law enforcement in recorded history, following a sustained trend of low numbers of on-duty deaths in recent decades."

"Officer Cariol Horne did what any good person would do, when she saw a fellow cop choking a handcuffed suspect. She stepped in, and stopped the attack on the defenseless citizen. In a story that garnered national attention, Horne was fire, then dismissed from the Buffalo Police Department after 19 years of service." Or, "but what about all the good cops?!?...oh."

"This study estimates the impact of Missouri's 2007 repeal of its permit-to-purchase (PTP) handgun law on states' homicide rates and controls for changes in poverty, unemployment, crime, incarceration, policing levels, and other policies that could potentially affect homicides." (Surprise: gun homicides went up by 23%, and murders specifically by 16%.)

"Criminal histories and documented mental health problems did not prevent at least eight of the gunmen in 14 recent mass shootings from obtaining their weapons, after federal background checks led to approval of the purchases of the guns used."

"Alva Braziel was shot 10 times by the police near a gas station in what the police say was a justified shooting because the man had a firearm and was pointing it at them. [...] However, the time frame of the video does not seem to match the police’s claim, as their arrival and the subsequent fatal shooting takes less than 10 seconds."

"Even if the white guy happens to be pointing his gun directly at an officer, his interaction with the police is unlikely to end in the exchange of gunfire." Eight incidents that illustrate the point.

Affiliates of Showing Up for Racial Justice: a good way to find good groups in your area.
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People killed by police, 2016. 648 and counting.

"The list of young people burdened by these tumultuous times includes Tamir Rice’s teenage sister, who lost 50 pounds after watching the police shoot him in 2014; the daughter of Oscar Grant III, killed by a transit officer while lying down on a California train platform in 2009, who as a 5-year-old would ask playmates to duck when she saw the police; and the 9-year-old nephew of Sandra Bland, who began sleeping in his mother’s room after Ms. Bland’s death last year in a jail cell."

"He smiles and says that a few citizens in Janeville called the police because of a suspicious black man in a white car was parked at the Wharf for a couple hours. My response, ‘Really? I was just reading a book.’"

"After two previous mistrials, a federal judge has acquitted former police officer Eric Parker, who was charged with violating a Indian citizen's civil rights after throwing him to the ground and partially paralyzing him during a sidewalk stop last year." Sureshbhai Patel was a 57-year-old grandfather who spoke almost no English, and had just moved in to help care for his new grandchild.

"When [Danny] Sanchez saw the incident, and the SWAT team converge, he began recording from his garage. He assumed there wouldn’t be any problem, since he was so far away from the incident, on his own property and even out on the edge of the garage."

"After firing 107 bullets at the innocent women, the LAPD cops ordered them out of the vehicle and immediately realized their mistake. Instead of a 33-year-old black man, two Hispanic women exited the pickup truck and demanded to know, 'Why did you shoot at us?'" Margie Carranza and Emma Hernandez.

“He was crying. He kept saying, ‘Mom! Mom!,’ trying to tell me what happened. ‘Shoot, shoot. Police, police. Blood.’” Arnaldo Eliud Rios Soto, the autistic man whose caregiver Charles Kinsey was shot while lying on his back with his hands up.

"In fact, in reviewing nearly every publicly available video of a police shooting over the past year or so, it is close to impossible to find footage of an officer aiding the person who has been shot."

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People killed by police, 2016. 613 and counting.

Alton Sterling is the 114th black man on the list who died, and the 596th person shot overall.

Police violence works with tasers, too. "He then tases Bryce for 23 seconds, handcuffs him, drags the boy’s body behind the car, and deliberately drops him face first onto the asphalt road. Runnels may not have known it at the time, but Bryce was going into cardiac arrest. When the loud thud of the drop boomed throughout the courtroom, gasps echoed out." (Pay particular attention to the thought processes of the victim's father -- also a cop.)

"If a shooter's permit status doesn't get mentioned in media reports, we usually don't know it. But at any rate, it's clear that since 2007, among cases we can document, concealed carry permit holders have been responsible for 29 mass shootings."

"The step-daughter of a high-ranking Florida police official was fatally shot [in January] after the woman’s mother mistook her for an intruder at the family’s St. Cloud home." Gosh, they sure are lucky there was a "good guy with a gun" around to...oh wait.

"William Brumby, 64, was shooting a handgun Sunday afternoon at the High Noon Gun Range in Sarasota when [...] Brumby inadvertently pointed the gun behind him and accidentally fired, striking his 14-year-old son, Stephen Brumby." GET A NEW HOBBY. Maybe if you'd gotten one last year or last month or last week, your child would still be alive.

When people tell you "no, really, black people can be as respectful and law-abiding as humanly possible and still be in danger of getting killed by the police," believe them. Maryland cop Jacai Coulson was deliberately shot by a fellow officer, who mistook him for a suspect.

"After years of tiptoeing around the topic of gun control, AMA leaders voted to officially call gun violence a public health issue — and respond accordingly. That means flexing the organization’s powerful political muscle on Capitol Hill to refocus federal funds toward studying gun violence." Oh please, oh please, let's fund some research on this.

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A lot of liberals are getting twitchy about not letting people on the terrorist watchlist buy guns. The ACLU is against it. People get put on the list because they're innocent but under investigation; they get on there because they have similar names to someone who's under investigation; the system has flagged toddlers, for crying out loud.

No doubt: there needs to be a reliable, transparent process for getting off the No-Fly List if you don't belong there.

And this is not a new problem! This has been a problem for 15+ years! Sure, there have been complaints and protests all along -- but nobody has cared enough, or managed to summon enough power, to put any muscle behind those protests.

So consider this: who in Washington has the most power, the most muscle, the most success at getting the government to bow to their causes?

Make the No-Fly List apply to gun sales. Actual terrorists will have a harder time getting their hands on AK-47s. And people who are trying to get their mistaken entries off the list? No longer will they be stuck with the old strategies and processes that have done such a lackluster job of defending them so far. All of a sudden they'll be able to call the friggin' NRA into their corner.

This is a win-win situation.
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Turning earthquake rubble into pseudo-Lego bricks, then using them to build new houses. Apparently they even meet serious construction safety standards.

Launching in 2016: a fast and (by all estimates) wildly effective ocean-cleanup array, designed to filter all that plastic we've been dumping into our waters.

Every article that discusses pros and "cons" of the SNAP program should open with this: "The USDA estimates that every dollar in SNAP spending generates $1.79 in economic activity. 'People think of it as a drain," says the Urban Institute's [Elaine] Waxman, "but it's an economic generator.'"

"The study by the Colorado Health Foundation found that the Medicaid expansion created 31,074 new jobs and added $3.8 billion in economic activity."

"Owner of Coastal Kitchen & Mioposto says [of raising the city minimum wage is] that he “certainly won’t open another business in our beloved Seattle”… then opens two more businesses in Seattle."

San Francisco cops talk a suicidal man down from a ledge...with the help of his cat.

Trump (and Ben Carson) are record-setting in terms of how many lies they tell. The silver lining is that, for politicians, both Bernie and Hillary fare pretty well.

"In an echo of the Biblical vision of beating swords into ploughshares, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in California said [last July] it would melt approximately 3,400 confiscated firearms and use the steel as concrete reinforcement."

Some delight from the Onion: "Organizers confirmed President Obama has greeted heads of state from more than 2,000 alternative realities, a gathering of leaders that includes 139 different versions of himself, a parallel U.S. president Mitt Romney, a pulsing being of pure electrostatic energy, Earth-7491’s King Lyndon B. Johnson IV, and a hooded group of unspeaking figures known only as “the Council.”"
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People killed by police, 2016. 389 and counting.

Compare it with this time last year: "In May, the Washington Post analyzed the 385 fatal police shootings in the United States that had occurred so far in 2015. The Post noted its number, which came out to two officer-involved shooting deaths per day, was more than twice the rate that the government had recorded over the past decade."

[Video] Putting a fake cover on a Bible and reading verses, claiming they're from the Quran. People react pretty much exactly as badly as you'd expect them to.

30% of GOP voters (and a full 19% of Democrats) are in favor of bombing. They don't need to know anything about the people they're proposing to bomb. As evidenced by the fact that you can give them the name of a made-up country, and they won't notice or care.

"So [on March 7] the president killed roughly 150 people in a country where the U.S. is not at war. The Pentagon issued a five-sentence boilerplate statement declaring them all “terrorists.” And that’s pretty much the end of that." GDI.

"The weary F.B.I. agent replied: 'Toby….Seriously. Get some sleep.'" An American amateur tries to investigate a (fake) ISIS agent on Twitter, and ends up getting more than a year in prison for his enthusiasm.

"Garza testified that Santellana never threatened him nor did he feel that Santellana was a dangerous person. Yet that did not stop him from recklessly approaching the vehicle with a loaded weapon and firing when Santellana did not obey orders from this large man in gym shorts, who did not initially identify himself as an officer or show a badge." No justice for Jonathen Santellana.

"Mr. Pean had expected an apology after the shooting. Instead, during four days in intensive care, prosecutors charged him with two counts of felony assault on a police officer. They accused him of attacking with four “deadly weapons” — an unspecified piece of furniture, a wall fixture, a tray table and his hands."

"Scott Collins, a spokesman for the Inglewood Police Department said that the couple refused to obey the officers’ commands to exit the vehicle. The officers then feared for their safety and opened fire on the car — killing the couple." Here's the kicker: the people in question were asleep. No justice for Kisha Michael or Marquintan Sandlin (or their now-orphaned children). Black people can be literally unconscious and cops will still profess to being too terrified to do anything but gun them down.

Well, here's at least one case of the police being in legitimate danger...from each other. Cops raid wrong house, shoot and kill the dog, shoot the man who owns the house, then one of them shoots and kills another of the cops.
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"Connecticut [is] the second state in the nation to say it’s ended veteran homelessness, after Virginia made its own announcement in November of last year. Nineteen cities have also done the same."

"She instantly picked up a $100 scholarship credit just for having taken her high school pre-algebra class, she said, and an additional $1,500 for getting A’s in more than a dozen courses. She added an additional $250 for having visited a local Penn State campus."

"The $2.1 million cost of the program was to be offset by $1.1 million in savings from the estimated 1,475 people not qualified for benefits after testing positive for drugs." How many people did Kansas actually disqualify? 20.

Let's hear it for unarmed civilians: "According to the FBI's report on active shooter events between 2000 and 2013, only about 3 percent were stopped by a civilian with a gun. Unarmed civilians actually stopped more incidents — about 13 percent." Whoa.

"Handling those phone calls made it very real very quick. As the jobs went on, we realized we were potentially saving lives." A moving company who gets people away from their abusive partners.

"In other words, today’s teens aren’t just more responsible about sex than their parents were when they were their age; in many cases, they’re more responsible about sex than their parents are now."

‘‘The guys are sitting around, all stoic, arms crossed, not saying anything,’’ she recalled. ‘‘They’d been like that for a number of weeks. So for a change, I took them up to Ojai to help build some new aviaries there. All of the sudden these same tight-lipped guys are cuddling up to the parrots and talking away with them.’’

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People killed by police, 2015. 1204 total.

"In May, the Washington Post analyzed the 385 fatal police shootings in the United States that had occurred so far in 2015. The Post noted its number, which came out to two officer-involved shooting deaths per day, was more than twice the rate that the government had recorded over the past decade."

"While some have blamed violent crime for being responsible for police violence in some communities, data shows that high levels of violent crime in cities did not appear to make it any more or less likely for police departments to kill people."

MLK's hatemail sounds eerily familiar: "These messages could have been written yesterday in the comments of a Facebook post as easily as they were on stationery or in a telegram 50 years ago."

"The college student had been enjoying a long weekend at the lake with friends when the trooper pulled him over for boating while intoxicated. The trooper then, according to Ellingson’s friends who watched the arrest, placed an already buckled life vest over the handcuffed man’s head and didn’t properly secure it. [...] Divers recovered the college student’s body the next day from the lake bottom, about 70 feet below the surface."

"The officers were randomly assigned to be told that the children in the photographs were accused of either a misdemeanor or felony charge. The officers overestimate the age of black felony-suspected children by close to five years, but they actually underestimated the age of white felony-suspected children by nearly a year."

Recently in "if this happened in a book, you'd think the writer was being way too anvilicious about the moral": Black teenager stopped and thrown in a police car while he was taking a holiday turkey to the neighbors.

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People killed by police, 2015. 1085 and counting.

Known mass shootings in 2015. 351 and counting.

"The revised estimates put the annual number of people killed by cops at an average of 928 per year over the past eight years; a conservative estimate. [...] What this means is that a U.S. citizen is actually 58 times more likely to be killed by a police officer than by a terrorist."

Cops fire on, and kill, Navy veteran India Kager. While she's in the same car as her 4-month-old child.

"McDole was a 28-year-old African-American man, paralyzed from the waist down and sitting in a wheelchair at the time of his death. The shooting was captured on video."

Sandra Bland's death was not an isolated incident: "550 people have died while in custody of Texas law enforcement so far in 2015, mostly under the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Local departments and sheriff’s offices do their part too. Some places, such as Dallas, see “custodial deaths” at all levels of incarceration—city, county and state."

Always worth repeating: White supremacists are the leading perpetrators of terrorism in the US.

"Five protesters affiliated with the Black Lives Matter movement were injured Monday night after an encampment they had set up in Minneapolis came under fire from multiple gunmen."

"Here's a partial sampling of all the horrible things that have gone down while anyone turning on the news could hear someone arguing that Syrian refugees pose the biggest existential threat to public safety the country faces today."

"Step 4: Find safe place to wait out gunfire for next two years while application is processed."

(There are good links too. I'll post them...some other time.)
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Let's remember the people who fought bravely and well, the people who volunteered to put their lives on the line to protect others, the people who are often horribly underserved back in the US and have earned much better support, career services, and healthcare than they're getting.

Let's also remember things like "the US military just bombed a hospital" and "that's not the only terrible thing we've done, but we should be able to pause the list right there and skip straight to the war-crimes trials."

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And while I'm here, the latest statistics on the violence closer to home:

People killed by police, 2015. 1025 and counting.

Known mass shootings in 2015. 325 and counting.

Or, to put it another way: "We've averaged exactly one mass shooting per day since the start of the year."

(People often cite mass shootings as a white-man thing, and given the amount of racist violence in this country it's a reasonable guess, but the data show that it's mostly just a man thing. "If you look at the whole list [of mass shooters], it turns out that whites and blacks are pretty proportionate to their population, very close. [...] Latinos are almost nowhere to be seen. Asians continue to be heavily overrepresented.")

I'll give Neil deGrasse Tyson the last word: "3,400: Americans who died by Terrorism since 2001 3,400: Americans who died by household Firearms since five weeks ago."

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People killed by police, 2015. 901 and counting.

"Historically, we are living in an era of police safety. Yet fatal encounters with law enforcement have become commonplace. The past month alone saw 103 people killed by law enforcement. In the first week of September, police killed more civilians than the total number of police officers killed so far this year."

"Take a look at the 10 Alabama counties with the highest percentage of non-white registered voters. Alabama, thanks to its budgetary insanity and inanity, just opted to close driver license bureaus in eight of them. In a state in which driver licenses or special photo IDs are a requirement for voting."

"The footage shows a group of officers trying to apprehend several teenagers at the scene. A random white civilian is pictured pushing up against a black teen in handcuffs. One teen girl is crying on the ground after being pepper sprayed. Another girl is crying as a cop grabs the back of her neck and pushes her into a squad car."

Officers shoot two parents in the front of a car while their four-month-old is in the back seat. What is wrong with people.

"Yvette Smith called 911 for help. She opened the front door of her home and was almost instantly shot twice by police with an AR-15 assault rifle. The officers on the scene lied and said she was armed. The supervising officer doubled down on the lie and spread it in a press release."

"A Long Island, N.Y., woman claims she spent eight days at a mental hospital, where she was injected with powerful drugs, after New York Police Department officers refused to believe a young black woman owned a BMW."

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(1) Sign this petition to have the United States recognize the KKK as a domestic terrorism organization. (It is shameful that we haven't done this already.)

(2) Do a few of these things suggested by the Brady Campaign. They're fighting the good fight against the US's gun problem, against a coalition of weapons dealers who are hell-bent on making it easier to sell things.

(3) Pick up the facts about the death of Sandra Bland, who was jailed for three days because she failed to signal a lane change and then found mysteriously dead in her cell. Be horrified. Look for local protests. If you're in the Massachusetts area, there's one in Boston this Tuesday.

(4) Read this essay, written from experience, about how medical care is frequently icky and uncomfortable. And don't let people demonize Planned Parenthood on the grounds that, in the process of providing medical care, they do things that are icky and uncomfortable.

(5) Ask your representative to co-sponsor the Save Oak Flat Act. An eleventh-hour addition to the end of a "must-pass" military spending bill traded 2400 acres of Arizona federal land to a foreign mining corporation -- including a sacred site for local Apache tribe members. Because why would the US waste an opportunity to screw over Native Americans for profit?

(6) On a brighter note, celebrate that workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation is officially illegal across the country. Not even because of a new law -- but because the EEOC ruled that it falls under the jurisdiction of the 1964 Civil Rights Act! (Because you can't discriminate based on sex, and we're finally acknowledging that that's what's happening if you'd fire a woman for dating a woman, but wouldn't fire a man for the same reason.)

(7) All of the above is US-based stuff, so here's something that's hopefully doable anywhere: browse the free-to-download section on the Big Finish website, and help yourself to whatever looks good.
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People killed by police, 2015. 550 and counting.

"Deaths by guns, though—the great majority suicides, accidents or domestic violence—have been trending slightly upwards. This year, if the trend continues, they will overtake deaths on the roads."

"If Texas state Rep. Dan Flynn (R) gets his way, teachers will have the right to use deadly force against students in Texas classrooms, in the near future. [...] Moreover, civil immunity would be granted to those who use deadly force, meaning they would not be liable for the injury or death of student."

Study of media coverage on New York stations [PDF] finds that black suspects are disproportionately represented in crime stories. "51% of the people the NYPD arrest for murder, assault, and theft are Black...but 75% of the people local news stations broadcast as responsible for those crimes are Black."

Five fires at black churches over six days. Knoxville, June 21; Macon, GA, June 23; Charlotte, NC, June 24: all deliberate arson. Warrenville SC, June 26: cause still undetermined. Tallahassee, FL, June 26: official theory is that it was an electrical fire. We can only hope.

20th Anniversary of the Million Man March, Washington DC 10/10/15. Worth attending.

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