Gerry Canavan

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Thursday Links

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Oklahoma Gets Hit With 20 Earthquakes In One Day. I suppose it’ll always be a mystery.

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California Has Given Out Rights To Five Times More Water Than It Actually Has.

* Point: Milwaukee said to be one of the top ten most dangerous cities in the country. Counterpoint: Milwaukee is the new Portland.

* Gasp! Higher education consultants tend to project savings beyond what colleges can achieve, sometimes don’t understand the complexities of the institutions they advise, and fail to appreciate the politics around the changes they propose, according to a new study by the Education Advisory Board.

Florida police say the “dehumanizing stares” a 14-year-old boy directed at officers together with his body language presented a threat, prompting an arrest and a brutal take down by cops — that was caught on video by the teen’s mother.

* Overall, the DOJ found the conduct of staff constitutes a “pattern and practice of constitutional violations” against inmates — most of them charged with crimes and not even yet convicted. But a bill quietly passed by the New York State legislature and awaiting Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D) signature would take away the power of prosecutors in that county to file charges against staff for violations of the law.

* Cop to Ferguson protesters: “I will fucking kill you… Go fuck yourself.” The officer has been reassigned, so, you know, it’s all good.

* …the next time you hear someone say that power should be devolved as far as possible to the state and local level, remember that those lower levels of government are often where the worst problems are.

* Henry A. Giroux: The Militarization of Racism and Neoliberal Violence.

* College students and sleep deprivation.

* The Sexist Facebook Movement The Marine Corps Can’t Stop.

* For instance, the Post and Courier interviewed state House Minority Leader J. Todd Rutherford, a Democrat, about his refusal to support any bills increasing the maximum penalty for a first-time domestic violence offense, which is currently 30 days in jail. (The maximum penalty for beating a dog, the Post and Courier notes, is five years.)

* If Michael Bay directed Up.

* And I don’t care how fake it is, damnit: This Is The Most Passive-Aggressive Office Battle We’ve Ever Seen.

Werner Herzog Quote of the Night

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Our place in the universe: well, it is here. That’s the place we have and nothing else. Everything else is unfriendly. We cannot flee from our planet, I mean, go to any other planet in the solar system. It’s just not inviting. And the next planet from there, the next star out there, is only four and a half light years away—but with the fastest speed we can ever reach, so far, it would take 110,000 years, just to go there. Hundreds and hundreds of generations. They wouldn’t even know where they were going. There would be incest, and madness, and murder, and whatever, en route. So it’s not pleasant to move. … We cannot dissolve into particles of light, like in Star Trek, and beam ourselves somewhere. This is our place. This is our place, and we’d better take care of it.

—Werner Herzog (right here)

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April 12, 2011 at 10:09 pm