Sadly, the controversy surrounding this show may mean that there will no longer be punk, hardcore or metal shows at the venue anymore. Haines says Coco66 has decided that in the future, they will only have EDM, folk and alternative bands. “We can’t take any chances from now on,” he said.
“You are probably wondering aloud to your flatmate, I wonder what his girlfriend will think when she reads this! The answer is, she will realize I am the finest writer of my generation….I do not like knowing these hard stories, even if it is about a person I care so much for. But I would like them a lot less if I was the one telling them. I know we can’t forget what happened to us, even if a choice made now, today, projects itself backwards to change our past actions as Milosz wrote. From that vantage the past is as nebulous and alterable as the present. Taking the next logical leap, it means that the present is as fixed as what preceded it.”—Sorry, is this a real thing written by a real live person? Or some sort of Turing Machine that spits out fatuous, pretentious blather instead of numbers?
ah yes, women’s equality day—the holiday commemorating the day white women gained the same voting rights white men already had for over 100 years.
Native women weren’t even eligible for US citizenship until 4 years after that date (largely thanks to the efforts of Native suffragette Zitkala-Ša), the US was still naturalizing Native people as citizens as recently as 1940 (20 years after white women got the right to vote), and it wasn’t until the 1965 Voting Rights Act that the federal government overrode state efforts to deny Native citizens (and other citizens of color) the right to vote. also like obvi voting rights are not really the best measurement of equality anyways bc i’m pretty sure women, especially WOC, still aren’t really treated like human beings 24/7 in this country yet.
so yeah it’s women’s equality’s day as long as equality is defined as voting rights and Black & Brown women aren’t really considered women.
The recent unrest in Furguson, MO has raised questions about the use of surplus military equipment by local police forces. Several months ago, The New York Times obtained from the Pentagon a list of where excess military equipment given to state and local law enforcement ended up.
The Times used the data it in a fewarticles, but they also released the data on a GitHub account. It’s amazing how rare it is for a news organization to release the raw data behind its stories, even though the data is technically public once released. I praise the Times for this, and I really hope to see more of this from them and that other news organizations follow their lead.
And if they put the data out there, we have to use it right?
At I Quant NY, I usually look at New York City data, but in this data set there was not much to be found. The city received two items: An Armored Truck (worth $65,000) and a 107 mm Mortar (worth $205,000). You do not want to be on the receiving end of that thing. NYC has the largest police force in the country, and so they likely have purchased a lot of their own equipment. Those purchases would not end up in this data set, and so we can’t use it to see much about the cities equipment.
Since the city data did not give me much to analyze, I decided to explore the distribution statewide. After all, the site is not called I Quant NYC.
The map below shows the total number of dollars in military supplies sent to each county in New York State between 2006 and mid-2014 under the Defense Department’s 1033 program:
About 25 million dollars in supplies were distributed throughout the state. And which county topped the list? Albany. That was followed by two counties bordering New York City, Nassau and Westchester, which are two of the most populous counties in the state outside the city (only behind Suffolk). It might make sense that more populous counties need more police resources, but that does not explain Albany’s position. The table below shows the distribution of equipment, as well as a value normalized per numbers of residents in the county.
Even on a population adjusted basis, Albany is still in the top three recipients. But the most dollars of equipment per resident went to Hamilton and Clinton counties.
Given that, I was curious to learn what all this equipment was, so I looked at the equipment which cost the most in aggregate:
The state as a whole received lots of vehicles, but also 55 night vision goggles and one half-a-million dollar “combat/assault/tactical” vehicle that found its way to Broome County. So keep yours eyes peeled for that Binghamton! And that’s not to mention the eight mine resistant vehicles that went to 8 different counties, and the 293 military rifles (Either 5.56mm and 7.62mm).
Digging in on specific equipment per county, it turns out that a mine resistant vehicle and 4 trucks propelled Hamilton County to the top of the per resident list, and two trucks made tiny Clinton County, home to less than 5 thousand people, second. What made Albany number three on a per resident basis? Well, 98 rifles, 4 utility trucks, 49 pairs of night vision goggles, a mine resistant vehicle, an air plane and a helicopter probably helped.
As a reminder, the data does not show what equipment goes to state vs local law enforcement, so it’s not clear where this is all ending up. But what is clear is that our state capital made out pretty well in all of this. So one thing is for sure. The next time there is a Battle of Saratoga, we know one neighboring county who can help out! (Especially if the battle is at night.)
Analysis done in Excel and QGIS. County Shape Files for mapping here. Data on equipment here.
More than 300 women were stabbed, strangled, beaten, bludgeoned or burned to death over the past decade by men in South Carolina, dying at a rate of one every 12 days while the state does little to stem the carnage from domestic abuse.
More than three times as many women have died here at the hands of current or former lovers than the number of Palmetto State soldiers killed in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars combined.
Here is a list of donations, protests, and petitions that you can do to help the people in #Ferguson and to assist #MikeBrown and #EzellFord all others who have been killed by the hands of the police. I will try to update as much as possible.
US Constitution, First Amendment: The right to assemble, to have free speech, to have freedom of the press.
Ferguson Police: Kicks out media and limits protestors to a “First Amendment Area”
funny, i thought the WHOLE COUNTRY was a first amendment area. silly me.
This is a great image, but minor nitpick: its origin is the Bundy Ranch standoff, which is kinda funny seeing as we haven’t heard fuck-all from those folks about the current “tyranny” of the “police state.”
“Though the killing of Brown by Wilson seemingly fits a long historical script of the harassment of black people at the hands of white police officers, the reality is that overpolicing is an ideology that many police officers subscribe to regardless of color. That ideology is rooted in a kind of anti-blackness that sees black bodies as a perpetual and mortal threat. Anti-black rhetoric has shown up not only from the Ferguson police but also ironically in the reporting and advocacy of everyone from CNN reporter Don Lemon to rapper Nelly, in their continued focus on issues like “black-on-black crime” and the necessity of keeping law and order. “Don’t use your last option, first,” Nelly told folks on St. Louis radio. There is little recognition that it is Darren Wilson who used his last option – lethal force — first. Moreover, the whole point of using tear gas and military vehicles in this small community is to force the residents into a realization that they have run out of options. Sadly, anti-black ideology can emerge even from people who are black or who otherwise love black people.”—Brittney Cooper, “America’s new racial low point: More crying black mothers, and tear gas on our dreams”
Maxine Brown “Wrong Number, Right Girl” (1965, Unreleased. From Spotlight On Maxine Brown/Greatest Hits, 2000)
Happy 75th Birthday Maxine Brown.
I shouldn’t play favorites with fire, but Maxine Brown is totally my favorite Leo Leading Lady of Sixties Soul. Her uniquely tart and flexible voice with commanding power and remarkable tenderness caressed a number of songs from the dawn of Sixties soul and beyond. Although not a consistent chart topper, she placed a number of efforts, a number of her earlier ones she penned herself.
Along with her plethora of singles and smattering of LPs, she did manage to have a fair share of her efforts vaulted, especially during her run at Scepter Records from 1963 through 1967. This delightfully brazen romp has been a favorite of mine since it debuted nearly 15 years ago, and is a perfect celebration of this unheralded Queen of Soul.
You find yourself a fucking taco, or a fucking beer, or a fucking taco and a beer, then you eat the fucking taco or drink the fucking beer or eat and drink both the fucking taco and the beer, and then you donate some money to an abortion fund. You fucking film yourself doing this shit and then you…
This past weekend marked the one year anniversary of Islan Nettles’ savage death in Harlem. Nettles, a 21-year-old transgender woman of color, was beaten while walking near her home with friends on August 17, 2013 and died in the hospital days later. Police have been mysteriously silent about the investigation into her death, and no has been charged in her murder.
Shortly before her death, a man was charged in her assault, but those charges were later dropped. Another man has since come forward and claimed responsibility, but says he was too drunk to remember exactly what happened. While the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office said last November that they’re still “aggressively investigating” the case, Nettles’ supporters are tired of waiting.
In an op-ed for the New York Daily News, Michael Silverman, executive director fo the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund, spelled out some of the frustration. “It’s been a year and there has been little visible effort spent on finding justice,” Silverman wrote. “For the transgender community — scarred by a long and difficult history of violence and an often uneasy relationship with law enforcement — the vacuum of information makes reasonable community members question whether or not resources are truly being directed towards this investigation.”
The Anti-Violence Project, a New York City-based advocacy organization, published a statement marking the anniversary and showing that Nettles’ death wasn’t an isolated event.
In 2013, twelve transgender women of color were killed throughout the United States,’ AVP wrote. ‘Since June 1st of 2014, we have lost five more.
‘This is an epidemic and it’s one that hits close to home: in New York City, transgender and gender non-conforming people reported violence at increasing levels (up 21% from 2012). This violence has a specific impact of transgender people of color: 74% of all reports of hate violence came from people of color.’
The phrase “rubber bullets” is often used to describe what are more accurately termed “rubber-coated metal bullets”, heavy steel projectiles with a minimal coating of 1mm or 2mm of rubber, that are regularly used to lethal effect alongside — not instead of — live ammunition.
Rubber-coated metal bullets are fired from metal tubes placed on the end of high-velocity rifles such as the M-16s commonly used by Israeli troops. Tubes contain around 8 rubber-coated, cylindrical, steel projectiles, which are powered by blank rounds fired from the gun’s magazine.
Writing in the medical journal, The Lancet, [doctors] said firing the bullets at civilians made it “impossible to avoid severe injuries to vulnerable body regions such as the head, neck and upper torso, leading to substantial mortality, morbidity and disability.”
They added: “We reported a substantial number of severe injuries and fatalities inflicted by use of rubber bullets when vulnerable upper-body regions such as the head, neck and upper torso were struck.
“This type of ammunition should therefore not be considered a safe method of crowd control.”
“People have said that lullabies are the space to sing the unsung. A place to say the unsayable. You’re alone. Nobody is listening, and you can express the feelings that are not okay to express in society.”—Why are so many lullabies also murder ballads?
The Ferguson police chief said Friday afternoon that the initial contact between an officer and Michael Brown, which ended with Brown shot dead, was not connected to a robbery that had occurred shortly before Brown was killed.
“The initial contact between the officer and Mr. Brown was not related to the robbery,” Thomas Jackson, the police chief, said during a news conference Friday afternoon.
Rather, it stemmed from the fact that Brown and his friend were “walking down the street blocking traffic,” Jackson said.
On Friday morning, Jackson had said that Darren Wilson, the officer who killed Brown, had been responding to a call when a radio dispatcher reported the robbery as well as the suspect’s description and approximate location.
Wilson then left the call he had been responding to and encountered Brown a short time later, Jackson said Friday morning.
Jackson and the Ferguson police then released the robbery report and footage, saying it was in response to requests from media outlets. However, Jackson did not specify if the robbery was the reason for the encounter, and he did not disclose any additional details regarding the confrontation and Brown’s death.
Several hours later, Jackson held another news conference. When asked if Wilson knew about the robbery call when he encountered Brown, Jackson replied: “I don’t know. I know his initial contact was not related to the robbery.”
Jackson described Wilson, the officer involved in the shooting, “a gentle, quiet man” and “a distinguished officer.”