Conventional wisdom dictates that when you run into a grizzly bear, your best bet is to remain calm and move ever so little. The same applies to most other large bears, and encounters with other potentially dangerous animals (snakes, large cats etc.) come with very similar advice: the reason being that these beasts, incapable of high level reasoning, act purely on the animal instinct that mandates the elimination of anything perceived threatening as a matter of survival. That's the basest natural element across the animal kingdom. The basest.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Monday, July 13, 2015
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
“The Western District Way: Race, Class, Corruption, Incompetence and Police Brutality in Baltimore and the Warning of “The Wire”
By David Mathew Walton aka Kalonji
A. Butholenkosi Dual Doctoral CandidateHistory/African American Studies
Michigan State University
Friday, April 10, 2015
That was the chance that Michael Brown, Antonio Zambrano-Montes, and Walter Scott had of outrunning bullets from police officer's guns.
In the wake of another police killing of an unarmed Black man, we the people find ourselves in a similar position yet again. And you shouldn't have to be concerned with racial issues or police relations for this to strike a chord with you; this effects everyone. It appears we're not only repeating the cycle of police officers killing unarmed people of color, but we're also asking for the same outcomes (for it to stop). Should we wait patiently for change like good little boys & girls or take what we want? Should we encourage the people of our community to arm themselves by weaponry to fight back? If #BlackLivesMatter, one more death is one too many. And if you're questioning my methods, you're thinking inside the box. I want to abolish the box, because this is another method used to constrain creative/innovative ideas for change. The system is broken and if we're really about change, we need transformative visions. Law enforcement and municipal leaders that are looking for alternative measures in policing rarely accept outside analytical minds on their committees. And it's because of this, Walter Scott never had a chance.
Saturday, January 10, 2015
By: Jill Ricotta
('Ali [علي], one of the main figures of Shia Islam, in a very typical and popular Shiite-style representation)
Shi’a Islam has been misunderstood since basically the beginning of its existence. Around the world, people don’t know what it is, or that Islam has multiple sects. Even in the Middle East/South East Asia region, other Muslims view Shiism as bizarre, hyper-emotional, or even antithetical to the message of the Prophet.