The Case for Police Reform Is Much Bigger Than Michael Brown

But even protesters who want to highlight the specific problem of white police officers shooting black men—even those who want to do so by saying “don’t shoot” while raising their arms in the air—needn’t rely on a murky incident with conflicting eyewitness testimony where there’s a chance that the unknowable truth would exonerate the officer. Instead, they can show skeptics this video from Columbia, South Carolina:


via The Case for Police Reform Is Much Bigger Than Michael Brown – The Atlantic.

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Police Use Department Wish List When Deciding Which Assets to Seize

The seminars offered police officers some useful tips on seizing property from suspected criminals. Don’t bother with jewelry (too hard to dispose of) and computers (“everybody’s got one already”), the experts counseled. Do go after flat screen TVs, cash and cars. Especially nice cars.

via Police Use Department Wish List When Deciding Which Assets to Seize – NYTimes.com.

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The Other Big Election 2014 Losers: Marijuana Prohibitionists

“With marijuana legal in the federal government’s backyard it’s going to be increasingly difficult for national politicians to continue ignoring the growing majority of voters who want to end prohibition,” says legalization advocate Tom Angell.

via The Other Big Election 2014 Losers: Marijuana Prohibitionists – The Atlantic.

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Sparks but no flame: Pianist Dejan Lazic at Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater

The pianist was received with reasonably warm applause, but it didn’t last long enough to draw an encore – which ought to get his attention. He’s a pianist of prodigious gifts, and he’s too good not to do better, to move beyond the music’s challenges and into the realm of its soul.

via Sparks but no flame: Pianist Dejan Lazic at Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater.

From: Pianist asks The Washington Post to remove a concert review under the E.U.’s ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling

Whose truth is right: the composer’s or the critic’s? And more critically, who gets to decide?

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Steve Ballmer Could Claim $1B in Tax Write-Offs For Buying Clippers

A tax break for owners of sports franchises would let the ex-Microsoft CEO claim about $1 billion of the team’s purchase price from the taxable income he makes over the next 15 years, said the report, published Sunday in the London newspaper (paywall, registration required).

via Report: Steve Ballmer Could Claim $1B in Tax Write-Offs For Buying Clippers | NBC Southern California.

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