Philadelphia is set to close 23 public schools, nearly 10 percent of the city’s total. 81 percent of students impacted by school closings are black, even though they make up only 58 percent of the population. Meanwhile, the city has recently begun work on a $400 million prison project, said to be “the second-most expensive state project ever.”
West Point Rugby Team Punished For Derogatory Emails About Women, Why Can’t The Military Get Its Shit Together And Stop Sexual Assault and Rape?
If only the military took sexual assault as seriously as West Point apparently takes rape culture: the academy recently disbanded its men’s rugby team and punished 60 cadets after administrators found a “derogatory email chain” that illustrated “a culture of disrespect towards women.”
“…cadets on the team were found to have violated the Cadet Disciplinary Code for Unsatisfactory behavior, Error in Judgment, Failure to Perform a Duty, and a violation of the General Article for actions which tend to reflect discredit on the Corps of Cadets and the United States Army,” West Point spokesman Frances DeMaro said in a statement earlier this week.
An officer at the military academy in West Point, N.Y. spent a month investigating the team’s emails and overall culture. The investigation didn’t uncover any actual sexual assault, but the cadets still had to complete an “intense” respect rehabilitation program mandating self-assessments, reflective journals (really wish we could read those) and role-model interviews.
“The intent of the program,” according to DeMaro’s statement, “was not only to punish the offenders, but to address the cultural issues with their actions.”
Can that sentiment trickle up?
this made me sad and happy..i feel sick
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Female arrested forcibly strip searched nude by ohio male cops
major major assault trigger warning! What they did was sexual assault I don’t care what “probable cause” they had it’s fucking rape. I’d call them pigs; but that’s insulting to pigs.
this is absolutely terrifying.
The National Security Agency is currently collecting the telephone records of millions of US customers of Verizon, one of America’s largest telecoms providers, under a top secret court order issued in April.
The order, a copy of which has been obtained by the Guardian, requires Verizon on an “ongoing, daily basis” to give the NSA information on all telephone calls in its systems, both within the US and between the US and other countries.
The document shows for the first time that under the Obama administration the communication records of millions of US citizens are being collected indiscriminately and in bulk – regardless of whether they are suspected of any wrongdoing.
The secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (Fisa) granted the order to the FBI on April 25, giving the government unlimited authority to obtain the data for a specified three-month period ending on July 19.
Under the terms of the blanket order, the numbers of both parties on a call are handed over, as is location data, call duration, unique identifiers, and the time and duration of all calls. The contents of the conversation itself are not covered.
The disclosure is likely to reignite longstanding debates in the US over the proper extent of the government’s domestic spying powers.
The court order expressly bars Verizon from disclosing to the public either the existence of the FBI’s request for its customers’ records, or the court order itself.
“We decline comment,” said Ed McFadden, a Washington-based Verizon spokesman.
The order, signed by Judge Roger Vinson, compels Verizon to produce to the NSA electronic copies of “all call detail records or ‘telephony metadata’ created by Verizon for communications between the United States and abroad” or “wholly within the United States, including local telephone calls”.
It is not known whether Verizon is the only cell-phone provider to be targeted with such an order, although previous reporting has suggested the NSA has collected cell records from all major mobile networks. It is also unclear from the leaked document whether the three-month order was a one-off, or the latest in a series of similar orders.
The news comes just days after Obama suggested he will push for increased electronic surveillance.
Glad I’m on ATT for now, but damn. This is the kind of stuff that makes me mad.
AT&T is just as bad if not worse. They willfully give your info to the government without warrants.
In 2007 it was revealed that the FBI paid multimillion-dollar contracts to AT&T and Verizon requiring the companies to station employees inside the FBI and to give these employees access to the telecom databases so they could immediately service FBI requests for telephone records.
Some of you act like you’re big time movers with big shit going on when in reality you’re just paranoid stoners. Get over yourselves.
No one suggested that, we are concerned about our privacy being violated and/or just realizing how massive government surveillance is.
FYI, condescension is a indicator of insecurity and low self-esteem. The first thing you can do to build positive self-esteem is to ignore destructive criticism and insults, just a thought.
shouts out to them