Archive for December 30th, 2009
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This is a small but significant victory for those opposed to arbitrary police harassment and brutality.
“A federal appeals court this week ruled that a California police officer can be held liable for injuries suffered by an unarmed man he Tasered during a traffic stop. The decision, if allowed to stand, would set a rigorous legal precedent for when police are permitted to use the weapons and would force some law enforcement agencies throughout the state — and presumably the nation — to tighten their policies governing Taser use, experts said.
“Michael Gennaco, an expert in police conduct issues who has conducted internal reviews of Taser use for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and other agencies, said the ruling by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals prohibits officers from deploying Tasers in a host of scenarios and largely limits their use to situations in which a person poses an obvious danger.”
Read more at The LA Times.
There was a time when kids were taught that it was their civic duty to be skeptical and to question those who presumed to rule them. That was the essence of American liberty. Today, the mission of public schools is to train kids to be obedient. How was this transformation carried out?
“The shift to a society now governed through crime, market-driven values and the politics of disposability has radically transformed the public school as a site for a civic and critical education. One major effect can be seen in the increasingly popular practice of organizing schools through disciplinary practices that closely resemble the culture of prisons. For instance, many public schools, traditionally viewed as nurturing, youth-friendly spaces dedicated to protecting and educating children, have become one of the most punitive institutions young people now face – on a daily basis. Educating for citizenship, work and the public good has been replaced with models of schooling in which students, especially poor minority youth, are viewed narrowly either as a threat or as perpetrators of violence. When not viewed as potential criminals, they are positioned as infantilized potential victims of crime (on the Internet, at school and in other youth spheres) who must endure modes of governing that are demeaning and repressive.”
Read more at Truthout.org.
The Chinese government is standing behind Shenzhen Nanshan Power’s decision not to honor its contract with Goldman Sachs.
Why would the U.S. government never take such a position? Because Goldman Sachs is a major shareholder in the private corporate enterprise known as the U.S. Federal government.
The Chinese government is a corporate enterprise as well, to be sure, but Goldman Sachs isn’t among its major shareholders.
“Goldman Sachs was one of the foreign banks, along with Citigroup, Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley, blamed by the state assets watchdog for providing “extremely complicated” and difficult to understand derivatives products.
“Shenzhen Nanshan Power said in a statement that it received several notices from J. Aron & Company, a trading subsidiary of Goldman Sachs, for at least $79.96 million as compensation for terminating oil option contracts.
“‘We will not accept the demand by J. Aron for all the losses and related interests,’ said Nanshan, in line with the stance it took last December.”
Read more at Reuters.