The police killing of an unarmed black teenager set off intense protests in Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb. Help journalists on the ground tell the story, long after the mainstream media is gone.
In case you need an antidote from the mainstream media coverage, the startup Beacon is crowdfunding journalists in Ferguson right now. Thus far, they’ve raised more than $3,600, and some of their citizen journalists have shown up on TV to talk about their coverage. More info on how it works over this way.
This is nuts. This is absolutely nuts. I’ve lived in this country so long with the very clear, constantly hammered-in image that this is a First World Country. A country where Third World Problems don’t happen.
It’s so weird to be living in an age where people in <i>Gaza</i> are tweeting <i>us</i> tips on dealing with police oppression. An age where the UN is auditing <i>us</i> instead of us petitioning for them to audit some third world country with oil.
I know we grew up in rich tech-populated California foothill suburbs, but I didn’t think we were so privileged to really believe the U.S. was the “shining city on the hill,” a “First-World Country” immune from and free of the problems of the “Third World.” Not that Ferguson isn’t a situation meriting such closer scrutiny, but it’s hardly the first, or anywhere near the worst. The shock you hear emanating from abroad is a result of Ferguson’s juxtaposition (of questionable benefit, and courtesy of 24-hour television cycles and social media) between America’s reputation for wealth and security on the one hand, and the wartime footage we’re more accustomed to seeing throughout the Middle East on the other. Warrior cops and the now-infamous 1033 program? Highly worrying, but also old news.
July 21, 1943: An M-7 tank, on its way to be inspected by Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia and then put on display. The tank was lauded for its success routing the Axis forces out of Sicily and North in “Operation Husky,” and, as The Times reported, was “known to the British forces as ‘the priest,’ because of the pulpit-like appearance of its anti-aircraft gun mount.” Photo: The New York Times
In the early morning of 17 June 1939, Eugène Weidmann bowed down before the blade of the guillotine, the last person to do so publicly.
Weidmann was the last person to be executed before a crowd in France. He had been convicted of multiple kidnappings and murders, including that of a young American socialite. His trial was a sensation in that tense summer of 1939; the Frankfurt-born Weidmann was quickly dubbed “Teutonic Vampire” by the tabloids. His execution outside the prison Saint-Pierre in Versailles was a noisy affair.
In the days following the execution, the press was especially indignant at the way the crowd had behaved. Paris-Soir denounced the crowd as“disgusting”, “unruly”, “jostling, clamoring, whistling.” Among the sins the lofty paper found unforgivable was the crowd “devouring sandwiches”. More shockingly for the authorities, the unruly crowd delayed the execution beyond the usual twilight hour of dawn, enabling clear photographs — and one short film! — to be taken. The government regretted that public executions which were intended to have a “moralizing effect” now produced “practically the opposite results.” President LeBrun signed an order to hold executions only behind closed doors. (Via Iconic Photos)
My roommate and his friend invited me to hang out with them last night. We laughed a lot while getting acquainted over beers, and then around midnight we decided to go out for pizza (really good NY pizza place around the block). Eventually the Isla Vista shooting came up. My roommate’s friend attributed it to mental illness, and it started to hit me how sheltered I really am.