Sunday, September 25, 2016

Keith Lamont Scott

Sharing a series of 28 numbered twitter posts (two no 27s by mistake) on the death of Keith Lamont Scott, who many see as basically executed by police in Charlotte, North Carolina where demonstrations are taking place. Protesters demand that police release all of the video footage they have.  Police have thus far released some video footage under pressure, and following footage released by Keith Scott's widow. Unfortunately, that footage only seems to further corroborate people's concerns about the nature of the events that took place; i.e. Mr. Scott was a defenseless, innocent man with a brain injury who was mercilessly shot and killed by police for no justifiable reason.

These tweets lay out some factual arguments concerning the fabrication and planting of evidence at the scene of Mr. Scott's death - and as shown by the video footage taken by Keith Scott's widow. The tweets also concern some of the recently released footage from the Charlotte, North Carolina police department.

I am posting the tweets on this blog in the event that others would like to access the information more easily (since, as I continue "tweeting," the tweets will be "washed further downstream," so to speak, on the "great twitter river").

Note that Officer Brentley Vinson has been incorrectly referenced as Officer Vince ("Vince"). Officer Vinson, that is, who is described in the following tweets as wearing white sneakers and has been identified by the department as the policeman who killed Keith Lamont Scott. Vinson is African American, and an eyewitness stated that it actually was a white officer at the scene who killed Mr. Scott. The police footage shows a number of police aggressively pointing guns at Mr. Scott and several shots were fired (some say 4). So the public still has questions around those facts, too.

Requested comments (here and here) from the Charlotte Police Dept but they did not respond.

Also seeing that Frame minutes/seconds may have been obtained via the NY Times video employed at the secondary source here instead of the other secondary source referenced in one of the tweet below. (So if people are not getting the exact same frame times, that may be the issue.)








Editor's Note: As tweeted in post #21, post #8 is later determined via police footage not to be Mr. Scott in the white truck "Red" is next to. Mr. Scott, at the time of this picture, is seated quietly in another white truck not visible in Mrs. Scott's phone camera footage, parked right beside it. Police footage shows "Red" moving aggressively into position with his gun.

Editor's Note: There's a misstatement in tweet no. 9 that Vinson (mistakenly called "Vince") looks at the gun and picks it up in frame 2:10. It should read that "Red" who hands Vinson the "gun" is the one who picks it up at frame 2:10 (thereby taking it back). As stated previously. 




















Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Mrs Robinson

The timeless Simon and Garfunkle.

Looking For Guns In All The Wrong Places? Straight Outta The New York Times ...

Breathless and desperate? - behind the heels of another Bernie triumph, more recently, in Wisconsin - the Clinton campaign, if you can get a load of this one, accuses Vermont of being a gateway for criminal guns into New York.

I guess this story was already circulating among the disingenuous and gullible since the latest story is how Clinton's own superdelegate Vermont governor Shumlin admits it? - though he has yet to drop his endorsement in the face of such Big Lies?

Straight outta the New York Times, a map showing how illegal guns flow within the United States (most from the south).  (And, Governor Shumlin, this is not "news"; this map is from November 2015, and stories about NYC and gun smuggling date back earlier.)


No wonder New York still has a big problem with gun violence if Hillary Clinton as Senator was so "misinformed" on the roots of this problem ... and Governor Shumlin couldn't figure it out until ... recently?  They thought the guns were coming from .. his home state? ... Vermont?

Looking for guns in all the wrong places guys ..?!

As I note in my tweet, "straight outta the New York Times," Vermont doesn't figure at all in the map indicating how illegal guns flow within the United States.  

Heck, it's not even a very faint line ... like Washington State ( .. or a group thereof). 

The New York Times endorses Mrs. Clinton too. Does she even read their newspaper regularly? 




Editor's Note: It has been brought to my attention (re the NYT gun route map) that there is a very, very, very faint line visible in Maine and Vermont, but you have to stick your face into the computer screen by less than 1/8 inch, and even then, squint very hard to see it. Needless to say, the point remains, i.e. the statistics are so low, these states don't figure in the larger scheme as the gist of the problem.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Bernie's Health Care Plan


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Much made in the news since Hillary's campaign attack on Bernie's health plan - a health plan that is really nothing new ... just single payer - improved and expanded Medicare For All, and coming out of payroll taxes plus a tax paid by employers. 

Take it from Joe Cool:

This would provide Americans with a healthcare system similar to that used by Canadians.  You would not pay premiums, deductibles, co-pays, or hospital bills, and the average American would reportedly save about 5k per year (at minimum). Of course, if you wind up in a hospital, you're saving a lot more than that.  Or if you "ever" need to see a dentist.  So in this blogger's opinion, Bernie's savings estimate is rather modest.

Below, some discussion of the b.s since Hillary and her campaign know very well what single payer is - and that repeated studies have shown that single payer in the U.S. is the most cost-effective way to provide quality health care to all Americans. Even our own Congressional Budget Office said so.  The reason why Hillary is suddenly so short-sighted on this topic is because her campaign is taking so much money from the health insurance and pharmaceutical industries. Hillary's journey to the Dark Side on health care reform has been documented, much further back, too, as in Michael Moore's documentary on the American health care system, "Sicko."




The American People deserve the best health care system possible. Health care is a human right and shouldn't be subjected to the callous profit motives of obscenely wealthy health insurance and pharmaceutical CEOS while tens of thousands of people die or suffer terribly for want of access to doctors and hospitals.

Every developed nation has REAL universal health care, except for the United States of America, and we are one of the wealthiest. Even poorer, less developed nations are doing it, successfully. So we certainly can.  That means being able to just go to a doctor or hospital without having to contend with these insurance or financial concerns - just the health issues along with ease of access.  People in other nations take these rights for granted - as they should - and are rightly appalled by the way our current system operates.





Thirty-three million Americans still don't have coverage, and many millions more are under-insured, have health care in "name only," or can't afford the premiums, co-pays, deductibles, and additional medical costs not provided by these plans.

It is an international disgrace that our Congress is so sold out to these insurance and drug interests that more American citizens than those who have died in our wars, die every year as a result of this bald-faced, unabashed, shameless, open corruption - and when those elected officials could straight-forwardly pass a 30 page bill like H.R. 676 opening an already cost-effective Medicare system, with additional improvements, even, to the whole country. 

This bill (and Bernie's plan, too, I see) includes dental - when U.S. dental conditions have been openly compared by our country's practitioners to third world countries. So Americans direly need dental coverage.

The same can be said with respect to vision - as Americans literally go blind for want of both preventive and surgical procedures now considered basic to that branch of 21st century medicine - and readily available to citizens in all other developed nations.  We saw as much, for example, when Playing For Change New Orleans street musician Grandpa Elliott had cataracts, but not the coverage for removing cataracts, and thus, he had publicly gone blind in one of the most medically advanced nations on this planet - the United States of America - while corrective procedures were a city stroll across the street, or a metro bus ride away.

When you are a citizen of a rich nation, right next door to a hospital that can correct your blindness, but doesn't, that is a kind of apartheid wall, wouldn't you say?  Invisible but very real. A big wall between the blind American and the hospital doors right in front of them - an invisible but very real medical apartheid wall.  This is morally wrong, unjust, and against every principle we wish to stand for as a nation.  

It's also pretty damn stupid to do this to a lot of people.  Even from the so-called efficient business model point of view.  Why conservatives in other countries also support their universal health care.



Grandpa Elliott playing his harmonica on the streets of New Orleans. He went publicly blind from cataracts because he did not have vision coverage for basic surgical procedures.  Eventually, in his case, as a member of Playing For Change, money was raised for his surgery. But this is not the case for millions of other, more anonymous Americans, and Americans should have guaranteed, readily available access to these medical procedures, as a matter of right, and without regard to their socio-economic status.  Health care is a human right and a civil right under the United States Constitution - whatever the U.S.S.C. wants to say.


We should elect a President like Bernie Sanders who is not beholden to these health insurance and pharmaceutical industries, but to the American People. Bernie has a long record truly supporting a real healthcare-for-all system - as shown by numerous non-industry, non-partisan studies (referenced at blog posts provided in links above).  

Again, that would be an improved, expanded Medicare for All, leaving no one behind; and since Bernie isn't taking money from these other interests, it is reasonable to predict that he would continue to vigorously stick to his long-held positions, on behalf of people over profits, once in an even higher elected office than Vermont Senator.  Let's put a real single payer supporter like Bernie in the United States presidency.


Another American protests for single payer in New York City. Single payer is supported by the majority of the American public and American health profession.  Yet the government won't pass Medicare For All, because politicians are funded into office by the health insurance and drug companies. We can stop voting for these people - and instead - vote for people who aren't taking this money and will truly represent our interests.



Playing for Change in Stand By Me




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Editor's Note 4.7.2016 It has been brought to our attention that the Joe Cool tweet posted is missing, since ol' Snoop was canned on twitter by a twitter CEO fundraising for Clinton's campaign. Take heart, however, Snoopy Lives! so here's another example of what they censored; we'll leave the other one up "as is" ... more evidence of what their campaign is really about.  Defeating "Health care for all" - what every other developed nation has ... but frightening stuff for the insurance and pharmaceutical profiteers, along with Mrs. Clinton and her generous "speaking fees."



Friday, December 25, 2015

Christmas Truce

Michael Winship writes about The Christmas Day That Peace Broke Out when a bunch of World War I soldiers actually practiced the true meaning of their faiths, and stopped fighting, of their own accord and agreement, apart from the governments involved, in an event that has since become known as "The Christmas Truce of 1914."

The cover of the Daily Mirror showing the news of the truce between British and German soldiers during Christmas, 1914.

Windship himself had gone to see an off-Broadway play on the same subject, Alex Gwyther's Our Friends, The Enemy, whereupon this small group of soldiers from each side took up the December 7th same-year-advice of Pope Benedict XV.

Windship writes:
That Christmas of 1914, the peace lasted in some places longer than others; and in still others it never happened at all. Afterwards, word came from on high that such behavior - insubordination! - would never again be permitted. One German infantryman in the trenches also thought it was a disgrace. "Such a thing should not happen in wartime," he declared. His name was Adolf Hitler.
In a similar spirit of peace and resistance to wars not of our own making (i.e. if we do not participate, to begin with), Tom Morello's Firebrand Records, in conjunction with Veterans For Peace U.K. have just released the following anti-war Christmas song about that World War I Christmas Truce.  The song is performed by London-based Food Not Bombs singer Fenya, lyrics by Ryan Harvey, and features "former soldiers of conflicts stretching from the Second World War to the present interventions and occupations in Iraq, Libya, and Afghanistan."



From Vimeo:
"The Christmas Truce lives in the hearts of millions of people,” says Veterans For Peace UK coordinator Ben Griffin, who served in Northern Ireland, the former-Yugoslavia, Iraq, and Afghanistan with the Parachute Regiment and the Special Air Service. “However we need to move on from the idea of a truce being something that is only carried out at Christmas. Throughout history soldiers have formed truces with their supposed enemies; in fact soldiers often find that they have a lot more in common with the enemy than with their own governments."
“I wrote this song to tell a simple story that reflects a much larger reality,” Harvey says. “Soldiers have spoken out, protested, and revolted in almost every war in history. We encourage and need this resistance, because historically, it is one of the single strongest factors in bringing wars to an end. At a time when a civil and proxy-war is ripping Syria apart and the world seems to be lingering on the brink of yet another global catastrophic conflict, this ever-relevant song references history to describe the present. 
”“We hope to convince people that war is not the solution to the problems of the 21st century,” Griffin concludes.
Merry Christmas. May the true spirit of brotherhood govern humanity - rather than political and economic purveyors of war and senseless slaughter.  May we, in reality - not just hope - live together in peace and justice, each and every day, in accordance with the message of the 1914 Truce.