Friday, August 29, 2014

Working-Class Challenges to Big Business Democrats

http://www.socialistalternative.org/2014/08/28/working-class-challenges-to-big-business-democrats/

Discussion about campaigns of the 99% against the corporate domination of both parties has picked up in recent weeks. This is a welcome development for socialists, community activists, union organizers, environmentalists, anti-racists and those campaigning for a $15 an hour minimum wage. The Democrats have failed us, and we need an alternative.

Bloomberg gives $1M to background-check campaign

http://blogs.seattletimes.com/politicsnorthwest/2014/08/29/background-check-campaign-to-get-1-million-from-michael-bloombergs-gun-control-group/

The I-594 advocacy group Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility is getting a $1 million donation from Everytown for Gun Safety, the umbrella organization driven by dollars from former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Voters this November will approve or reject I-594, which would require background checks for purchases made at gun shows and  through personal transfers.  This is another fundraising coup for the alliance, which in recent weeks has pulled in millions of dollars from mega-wealthy locals like Bill Gates, Nick Hanauer and Paul Allen.

Video Reveals America's Double-Standard for Black Americans

http://www.salon.com/2014/08/29/st_paul_cops_tase_and_arrest_black_man_for_waiting_to_pick_his_kids_up_from_preschool/

http://youtu.be/UWH578nAasM

Clocking people’s clocks

http://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21613160-facial-recognition-systems-are-getting-better-clocking-peoples-clocks

Facial-recognition systems are getting better

DARPA Drones and Robots (VIDEO)

http://youtu.be/NQomQRPOqL0

DARPA's ElectRx Project: Self-Healing Bodies Through Targeted Stimulation Of The Nerves

http://www.forbes.com/sites/federicoguerrini/2014/08/29/darpas-electrx-project-self-healing-bodies-through-targeted-stimulation-of-the-nerves/

Among the many actions to improve the health of veterans, and their families, announced last Tuesday by President Obama, there was something seemingly taken out of Stargate SG-1: ElectRx, a $78.9 million research program to develop minimally-invasive neurotechnologies to treat all kind of diseases, from rheumatoid arthritis to epilepsy and PTSD.

Managed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), its aim is to develop “new, high-precision, minimally invasive technologies for modulating nerve circuits to restore and maintain human health”. Put it simply, the idea is to implant in people’s bodies ultraminiaturized devices that could hook into the brain and modulate the peripheral nervous system’s response to infections, injuries or other imbalances.

LAPD names officers who fatally shot mentally ill man in South L.A.

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-lapd-names-ezell-ford-20140828-story.html

Police have also placed a security hold on Ford's autopsy to prevent coroner's officials from publicly releasing information about Ford’s wounds. Officials have also declined to provide information about why the officers approached Ford as he was walking home along West 65th Street near Broadway.

Police say Ford, 25, tackled one of the officers and reached for his gun, prompting both officers to open fire. A witness who saw part of the incident told The Times she saw no struggle.

Bay Area stowaway says she's mentally ill, targeted by police

http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_26428405/bay-area-stowaway-says-shes-mentally-ill-targeted

Marilyn Jean Hartman also said she believes authorities have purposely allowed her to be a plane stowaway so they can arrest her.

She said she's homeless, suffers from "whistleblower trauma syndrome" and has been medically diagnosed with major depression.