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Last year, in total, British police officers actually fired their weapons three times. The number of people fatally shot was zero. In 2012 the figure was just one. Even after adjusting for the smaller size of Britain’s population, British citizens are around 100 times less likely to be shot by a police officer than Americans. Between 2010 and 2014 the police force of one small American city, Albuquerque in New Mexico, shot and killed 23 civilians; seven times more than the number of Brits killed by all of England and Wales’s 43 forces during the same period.

The explanation for this gap is simple. In Britain, guns are rare. Only specialist firearms officers carry them; and criminals rarely have access to them. The last time a British police officer was killed by a firearm on duty was in 2012, in a brutal case in Manchester. The annual number of murders by shooting is typically less than 50. Police shootings are enormously controversial. The shooting of Mark Duggan, a known gangster, which in 2011 started riots across London, led to a fiercely debated inquest. Last month, a police officer was charged with murder over a shooting in 2005. The reputation of the Metropolitan Police’s armed officers is still barely recovering from the fatal shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes, an innocent Brazilian, in the wake of the 7/7 terrorist bombings in London.

In America, by contrast, it is hardly surprising that cops resort to their weapons more frequently. In 2013, 30 cops were shot and killed—just a fraction of the 9,000 or so murders using guns that happen each year. Add to that a hyper-militarised police culture and a deep history of racial strife and you have the reason why so many civilians are shot by police officers. Unless America can either reduce its colossal gun ownership rates or fix its deep social problems, shootings of civilians by police—justified or not—seem sure to continue.
Armed police: Trigger happy | The Economist (via kenyatta)

This Is What Happens When Chicago Privatizes School Janitorial Services

Remember, private business is there to make a profit at virtually any way they can. Government doesn’t need to make a profit but needs to keep it’s taxes at reasonable levels Add in the questionable bidding process most governing bodies use, taking the lowest bid is just insane.

jtem asked:

Racism exists? OF COURSE! You can't read "Social Justice" droppings for a minute without being splattered by racism! White people are racists, black are racists -- EVERYONE IS RACISTS! Now move on. The racial narrative has not advanced society one iota in some 50 years. When something doesn't work, STOP USING IT.

iammyfather:

Or admit that it has been used as a panacea, rather than a symptom.  Too many have thought that recognizing it was enough and would resolve itself.  Well that is as wrong an answer as your solution to ignore it and expect it to wither.  Human nature requires an aggressive stance to cure social ills.  Current work standards were not handed out as a reward from society for working hard.  it was paid for by Blood.  The minimal rights to vote an access to courts and education that non whites currently enjoy were not given over by a grateful nation for past services,  it was paid for with blood.  NO advancement for the majority of people in any society in the written/known history of Humanity was ever given without blood.

Yes I’m posting this response.

liberalsarecool:

wotfigo:

Hey! Wasn’t crushing austerity in southern Europe supposed to solve the massive government debt problem? Wrong! It’s actually getting worse. All Austerity did was to bail out the banks that caused the problem in the first place.
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Harsh Austerity Sends Italian, Spanish Debt To Record Highs
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Damn you “debt-reducing austerity-that-is-blamed-for-everything-that-is-wrong-with-Europe’s-triple-dip-recessionary-economy-when-it-is-the-corrupt-socialist-incompetent-politicians’-fault”. Damn you to hell!

Oh wait a minute:Italy’s government debt rose to a record €2.169 trillion in July from €2.168 trillion in June, the Bank of Italy says in its public-finances supplement.Spain total govt debt amounted to a record € 1.01 trillion in 2Q, up from € 995.9b in 1Q, Bank of Spain says; 2Q Total Govt Debt Rises to 98.9% of GDP From 97.4% in 1QWith austerity like this, who needs to spend like a drunken sailor?

From; http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-09-12/harsh-austerity-sends-italian-spanish-debt-record-highs

Conservative policies are FAILURES.

It’s the same as telling a starving person to eat less.

a friendly reminder

corporationsarepeople:

jimrehs:

corporationsarepeople:

beahbeah:

marfmellow:

that calling women of color exotic is

  • fucking racist
  • dehumanizing
  • othering
  • and not a fucking compliment

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Exotic:
1. of foreign origin or character; not native; introduced from abroad, but not fully naturalized or acclimatized:
2. of or…

Not disagreeing but cherry picking your definition isn’t helpful. From Merriam-Webster the 3rd entry is ” strikingly, excitingly, or mysteriously different or unusual”

Good point. And when applied to a naturalized person it tends to reinforce the second implication of the comment. A way of saying, “I don’t get out much.”

Yes. Personally, I’ll just call certain plants exotic.

a friendly reminder

corporationsarepeople:

beahbeah:

marfmellow:

that calling women of color exotic is

  • fucking racist
  • dehumanizing
  • othering
  • and not a fucking compliment

image

(x)

Exotic:
1. of foreign origin or character; not native; introduced from abroad, but not fully naturalized or acclimatized:
2. of or…

Not disagreeing but cherry picking your definition isn’t helpful. From Merriam-Webster the 3rd entry is ” strikingly, excitingly, or mysteriously different or unusual”

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