Shaun King was furious.
The author and life coach turned activist has been one of the most prominent online voices in recent months, as protests of police impunity that began in Ferguson, Mo., spawned demonstrations in cities across the country. For those following the ever-growing roster of names of black men and boys killed by police, he has been one of the essential follows.
But his latest tweet storm, published Monday afternoon, was not about a new police shooting. In fact, it was about an old one.
For King and many of the other activists who have been some of the driving forces online behind the Black Lives Matter protests, the shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice last November as he played in a park near his home was one of the most difficult of the many anecdotes.
For many of the most vocal activists, that Tamir was a child and that his shooting was captured on grainy camera footage makes this case the most difficult to stomach. When extended video of the shooting — which showed Cleveland police tackling Tamir’s sister to the ground as she ran to his dying body — was released late last year, one of the top protest organizers in Ferguson texted to tell me it had made him physically sick, imagining what he would do if his younger sister was wounded and he was tackled while trying to help her.
So when a new court filing in the Rice family’s civil suit against the city of Cleveland revealed that Tamir has yet to be buried and that his mother was, at least temporarily, living in a homeless shelter, King was incensed.
“Absurd!” he insisted to me in a direct message on Monday afternoon, especially, he noted, because just months earlier an army of online samaritans had raised almost $60,000 for the Rice family.
So where had all of that money gone?
In 24 hours, I raised $60,000 for the family of Tamir Rice. Little did I know that white supremacists & 2 scumbag attorneys would intervene
Timothy Kucharski had been one of two attorneys representing the Rice family for several weeks when he got a call from a friend in early December, asking about an online fundraiser he was seeing in the Rice name.
Created on the Web site youcaring.com, thousands of dollars were pouring into a fund for the Rice family. But Kucharski had never heard of King — one of the fund’s primary organizers — and Rice’s mother told him that she was unaware of the fundraiser.
As the fund surpassed $27,000, Kucharski contacted law enforcement as well as youcaring.com directly, asking that the assets being donated to the fund be seized and held for the Rice family. He contacted King, who has previously used his social media following to raise money for victims of police shootings and natural disasters and who insisted that his plan was always to give the money to the family. As they went back and forth, a number of Twitter users — led in part by right-wing blogger Charles C. Johnson — began insisting that the fundraiser was a scam and demanding it be halted.
Online fundraising has become commonplace in these racially charged police death cases. Hundreds of thousands were raised for both the family of Michael Brown and for the legal defense of Ferguson officer Darren Wilson. Within hours of six Baltimore police officers being charged in connection to the death of Freddie Gray, a legal defense fund had been created and was being heavily promoted by the local police union.
Even as the confusion spread over whether or not King’s pledge drive for Rice was legitimate, the fundraiser still ended up netting almost $60,000 — money that, at the request of the Rice family attorneys, was seized by the court.
The court set up a trustee to manage the funds, placing all of the money into Tamir Rice’s estate, meaning any withdrawal would require a judge’s ruling. Rather than being gifted the money directly, the Rice family would now have to apply for each disbursement.
More: Je Suis Pamela Geller?
The self-styled ‘anti-jihadist’ Web warrior who organized Sunday’s Draw Muhammad event is an embarrassment. But that doesn’t diminish her right to free speech.
Since Pamela Geller likes to fashion herself a heroine of the Jewish people, let me use a Yiddish word to describe her: shanda.
Shanda means “shame,” and it’s usually used to describe a person or behavior that shames or embarrasses the Jewish community. It is hard to think of an American Jewish public figure of more ill repute than Geller, the self-styled “anti-jihadist” web warrior who hosted the Draw Muhammad event that came under attack Sunday in Garland, Texas.
From her luxury apartment in Manhattan, Geller has been single-handedly waging a crusade against global Islamic fundamentalism, which, in her considered view, is Islam itself. Like extremists of all stripes—including Sunday’s featured speaker, populist Dutch politician Geert Wilders, who has advocated banning the Quran—Geller lacks nuance, seeing the world in black and white. The “only moderate Muslim is a secular Muslim,” this reputed scholar of religion told The New York Times in 2009 after coming to prominence as a leader in the anti-Ground Zero mosque movement. When Muslims “pray five times a day…they’re cursing Christians and Jews five times a day,” she asserted.
If Geller embraced an element of camp, like that other right-wing female firebrand, Ann Coulter, she might be mildly amusing. Early in Geller’s Internet career, she produced an amateurish music video called “My Shariah,” with original lyrics refashioned to the tune of The Knack’s “My Sharona.” Now sadly erased from the web, it hinted at someone who at least had a sense of humor.
But Geller isn’t performance art. She’s deadly serious. The problem is that, contrary to her self-imaginings and those of her deluded followers, she isn’t a latter-day Golda Meir. She’s what you would get if Fran Drescher and the late ultranationalist anti-Arab rabbi-turned-political leader Meir Kahane reproduced.
For those of us who genuinely want to combat extremism and promote liberalism in the Muslim world, Geller is a uniquely toxic presence in the public discourse. She makes it easy for Islamist apologists to avoid debate, as they can always point to Geller and her outrageous behavior for ready examples of how pervasive “Islamophobia” has become in American society.
In the time it took us to research and write this article, a man named Freddie Gray went from living anonymously in Baltimore, to lying comatose with spinal cord injuries after a ride in the back of a police van, to having his funeral spark protests and civil unrest in his city. And by the time we publish this, the cycle may have started over again with someone else.
In the meantime, the biggest question we’re asking ourselves — besides “I wonder what some random jackass I went to high school with is saying about these issues on Facebook?” — is when will the freaking cops stop killing people? Not anytime soon, it looks like, because …
It’s mostly stuff regulars of lgf pages already know. But it’s nice to see it compiled. And by “nice” I mean “making me ashamed and afraid of living in the US of A.” Its not just any single thing causing this. This is a multifaceted problem that will require a multifaceted solution (some parts political, some parts cultural) that social conservatives will fight against tooth & nail.
Well it increasingly seems early reports were correct for once. One good cop with a gun stopped the attack in Garland. Some seemed quite uncomfortable with this unusual result. That was the right cop with a gun. His name is being held for his safety. It’s a heroic & highly skilled act, I say that should not be diminished by our dislike for abusive police officers of record, nor because he used a gun, at tool many are also quite uncomfortable around.
(CNN)It wasn’t a fair fight.
On one side, you had two men in body armor, toting assault rifles and showing every willingness to open fire now and count their victims later. On the other, you had a security officer — a traffic officer by day — with a pistol.
Authorities have not released the name of the overmatched Garland, Texas, police officer who stopped a pair of gunmen Sunday night outside that city’s Curtis Culwell Center, where people had gathered at an event featuring controversial cartoons of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed. But they have described what he did, actions that could be characterized as equal parts skillful, heroic and miraculous…
Instructor: ‘Very brave and quick thinking’
As much as fortune may have played a role, so did skill and steely nerves, Ryan points out. It’s one thing to aim at a cardboard target while training at a gun range; it’s quite another to shoot accurately when the targets are shooting back.
This is why training and attitude and planning matter. Good people with good skills with their equipment. Gun or not. Cop or not. If we can regret the awful shooting where all went so wrong and many got hurt like the NOHO bank robbery, or when a cop screws up with his gun, we should also be willing to fully acknowledge when things go well. And yes it’s going to wind up in the books on pistol tactics as per defensive shoots and police shootings.
I refuse to take DAESH connection to the Garland shooting seriously, as I refuse to take this despicable woman seriously. Ever. I actually flinch when I see this kind of thing any more prominent than page eight in the paper or scrolled way down on any website. Sometimes, well too often our collective media outrage feeds their illness.
Hey I think I will sponsor a cartoon contest. Right here. I’ll buy a two month subscription for the artist that makes the best cartoon that shows Pamela Gellers true nature by way of caricature.
Haroon Moghul is a fellow at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding. He is an author, essayist, and public speaker. Follow him on Twitter @hsmoghul. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
(CNN)It’s possible you’d never heard of Pamela Geller before Sunday night’s tragic attack in Garland, Texas. You might think she’s taking a brave stand for free speech, for American values, and that by supporting her, you’re supporting America.
I’m here to disabuse you of that notion. While Geller claims to stand for American values, much of what she does undermines our values.
With 1.4 Terabytes of processor memory an entire application and its data can be loaded into main processor memory.
The fastest processor for data analytics, and not too shabby on engineering, scientific and other workloads either, is the new Intel Xeon processor E7-8800/4800 v3 product families (Xeon X7v3), according to Intel Corp. (Santa Clara, Calif.) Available with up to 18 cores, the Xeon E7v3 boosts performance while cutting power, putting it ahead of its main competition, IBM’s Power8, according to Edward Goldman, chief technology officer in Intel’s Data Center Group.
“Over the last few years, the cost per server has dropped 40 percent while the market is growing to $17 billion,” Goldman told us. “To meet those customer expectations Intel’s latest high-end E7 version 3 processor improves performance by 25-to-40 percent, has the largest memory space available today — up to 1.4 terabytes per core — and runs on 60 percent less power than an IBM Power8 with 85 percent less total cost of ownership.”
Real-time business intelligence (BI) and analytics has become a top priority as the time-to-market has shrunk from years to months, and the flood of “big data” has created a deluge overwhelming the traditional data center. “White box” or low-end processors do fine for easy tasks like serving up web pages, but for heavy-duty analytic loads all the processor makers — led by Intel and IBM — are looking for ways to harness the biggest clusters of multicore processors they can, not just to keep up, but ideally to predict where the future of their businesses are going so they can plan to be there when it happens, rather than catch-up after the newest trend is.
Matthew Yglesias, Slate: Want to Help Poor Kids? Help Their Parents Move to a Better Neighborhood. - Vox
Both normal people and academic sociologists drawn to a qualitative approach have long believed that growing up in a high poverty neighborhood full of struggling adults has deleterious impacts on the life outcomes of children. But among economists, the conventional wisdom has recently been that this is wrong. That’s because in the mid-1990s the federal government was inspired to create the Moving to Opportunity Program which gave 4,600 randomly selected families living in public housing money to move elsewhere.
The lottery design made it possible to do very high-quality research, and the research showed that the program didn’t work. Lottery winners had incomes no higher than lottery losers, and while winners had somewhat better mental health, their children ended up about the same as the children of lottery losers.
A more careful study shows a big boost to young kids
The Chetty, Hendren, and Katz study looks back at this old research and finds that the conclusion was too hasty.
If you disaggregate younger kids from older kids, it turns out that “moving to a lower-poverty neighborhood significantly improves college attendance rates and earnings for children who were young (below age 13) when their families moved.” The reason the old study found no positive impact is that “perhaps because of disruption effects,” kids who moved as teenagers seem to have ended up worse off.
In part due to the higher educational attainment, young lottery winners from the 1990s now have incomes that are 31 percent higher than those of young lottery losers. Lottery winners are less likely to live in high-poverty neighborhoods as adults, and less likely to be single parents. These findings suggest that moving to opportunity, if targeted at appropriately young families, can seriously disrupt the cycle of intergenerational poverty.
African-Americans are still suffering from the effects of racism 150 years after the Civil War. Segregated into high poverty dysfunctional neighborhoods, generation after generation live and die in despair. This after the their ancestors’ stolen labor built the foundations of modern industrial capitalism which has made the US the wealthiest nation in the history of the world. We can and should do better, and this shows one major thing we can do better is to integrate the poor into good, functioning neighborhoods so that their children can be raised in decent circumstances.
Energy use in U.S. and European homes is predicted to flatten, for the most part. But it will soar in developing and middle-income countries. The main culprit, according to new research from the University of California, Berkley, is air conditioning.
In China, sales of air conditioners have nearly doubled in the last five years, with more than 60 million units sold in 2013 alone.
Using data from Mexico, researchers at UC Berkley’s Haas School of Business built a model that took into account the relation between climate, income, and air conditioning.
When accounting for increases in incomes and expected higher temperatures, they found the number of homes with air conditionings would rise from 13 percent today to more than 70 percent at the end of the century.
Last week, the Federal Aviation Administration issued its first approval to an Alaska company for the commercial use of drones.
Alaska Aerial Media has been posting videos shot by drones online for about a year. Snippets of aerial footage featuring sledding at a local high school, a construction project and an ice skating event offer glimpses of the company’s future endeavors.
Founder Ryan Marlow said his interest in drones — or “systems,” short for unmanned aircraft systems — started as a hobby. His personal fascination quickly turned into a business idea, but current laws limited his use of drones to recreational pursuits.
Section 333 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 lifted the prohibition on the use of drones for commercial or business purposes — provided a company hoping to operate drones was granted a license to do so. Now, the aviation authority is handing out exemptions faster than ever. There were 150 approvals nationwide in April, with a total of 246 granted as of Thursday.
A traffic officer working off-duty security and SWAT officers fatally shot two men wearing body armor and armed with assault rifles who began shooting outside a Prophet Muhammad cartoon art contest in Garland Sunday, “saving lives,” police say.
Officer Joe Harn, with the Garland Police Department, said the officer and an unarmed security guard were sitting in a patrol car blocking an entrance to the Curtis Culwell Center when two men pulled up in a dark-colored sedan Sunday at about 7 p.m.
As the officer and guard, identified as 58-year-old Bruce Joiner, exited the patrol car, two men exited the dark-colored sedan, got behind their vehicle and opened fire on the officers, police said, striking Joiner in the ankle.