Citizen journalist Michael Burns recently witnessed a large group of police shutting down a peaceful gathering near highway 27 in Broward County, Florida, at around 1:30 in the morning.
Burns decided to stop and film the encounter, to provide some assistance to the victims who were at risk of having their rights violated by police.
The police on the scene reacted very harshly with Burns, and told him that he was not allowed to film on public property.
When the action in the area had died down, Burns decided to get the names and badge numbers of a few officers and head home. When he got into his car to leave, he was trailed by multiple officers, pulled over, and harassed.
(via Man Wearing “F**K The Police” Shirt in Court Denied 5th Amendment, Wins Trial Anyway | The Free Thought Project)
the U.S. Department of Commerce dumped another set of documents as a result of our request. One particular email from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) — highlighted earlier this morning in Der Spiegel — caught our attention. It reveals how the Home Affairs department of the European Commission (DG Home) has been working alongside the U.S. administration during the early stages of the privacy reform effort.
The email is between staff working at the NTIA of the Department of Commerce. The email makes reference to the drafting of one of the lobby documents the Obama administration produced to influence the outcome of the data protection reform package (read EDRi’s analysis on the paper here). This is one of the many documents which likely contributed to a diluting of the Data Protection Regulation even before the proposal had been made public.
The email indicates that Commissioner Malmström and/or her cabinet had been sharing information with the U.S. Mission in the E.U., including appropriate times to publish the lobby document, information about internal politics within the Commission, and concerns about how the proposal for a Data Protection Directive could conflict with E.U. and U.S. Law Enforcement interests. In short, DG Home has been actively working to undermine a crucial reform for E.U. citizens’ fundamental rights to privacy and data protection.
For many who have been following the E.U. privacy reform debate closely, this trans-Atlantic cooperation was an open secret. However, until now, it has not been possible to demonstrate DG Home’s maneuvers. Beyond the implications for the Data Protection Reform, the contents of the acquired document give cause for concern about Ms. Malmström’s suitability for leading EU negotiations with the USA on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), given that she has recently been chosen E.U. Commissioner-designate for Trade.
(via Blog | Access)
Minnesota Muslims Demand No-Pork Freebies, Declare Halal Food a Human Right
A Somali-American pressure group is demanding pork-free products from local Minneapolis “food shelves” (akin to food banks for the poor). Oddly enough, neither the word “Islam” nor “Muslim” shows up in this report from CBS News:
(via Minnesota Muslims Demand No-Pork Freebies, Declare Halal Food a Human Right)
Women’s work’, performance/video, 2014
Video piece looking at the idea of oppressed sexuality of a trapped middle aged housewife, looking at the idea of secretly owning sex toys in order to get around this, combining this with the idea of women being kept within the kitchen- often to their own advantage.
Inspired originally by pornography shoots which showed women sexually cleaning their toys, I then looked into the work of Stephanie Glaros and Alexander Hudson photography style, and also read accounts from ‘sex bloggers’ who posted about their issues with keeping things clean.
No rinsing… Holding the scourer the wrong way… Using the brush with bristles on glass… smh