The Silence of Our Friends

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

More About Tasers at Progressive Gold

Much of the blogosphere is in an uproar over the tasering of Mostafa Tabatabainejad, a student at UCLA, by the campus police, and rightly so. Over at Progressive Gold they have a series of posts addressing this incident, police brutality in general, and tasers specifically.

First there is this post with the video of the incident, Now you know why some cops need killing.

Then there is this post, with video of the police trampling striking janitors in Houston with their horses, Supressing Dissent. It also describes other incidents in Europe and how increasingly western governments are using laws supposedly intended to fight terrorism against their own citizens, those citizens who protest corporate control in their lives. The money quote:
The police are not there to protect us: they are there to control us.

Last there is this post about tasers (stingers too, another stun gun), The Business of Repression. Republic of Palau packs in all kinds of information we all should know, the history of the taser, how it's been sold to the US public as non-lethal, and how it IS lethal. Also how these weapons amongst others are being sold to third world countries, which fuels conflicts there.

Isn't this how we got into trouble with Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein, didn't they also get their weapons and/or funding from the good ol' US of A? Americans and westerners are rather ignorant as to the meddling our countries do in our colonial conquests of other nations. In our ignorance it is easy for our government and their corporate clients to sell us on the idea of our benevolence, while actually raiding third world nations of their resources. Instead of supporting democracy, we support puppet regimes to do our bidding. Be serious, we don't actually want governments that are responsive to the people of their respective nations, we want governments that are responsive to our multinational corporations. They don't hate us for our freedom. They hate us for the fact that they will never have freedom because of us. We support repressive regimes like Saddam Hussein as long as they give us what we want; we only oppose them and start in on the flowery democracy speeches when they oppose us.

Holy Moley! I've got a great update on this already. Black Amazon goes on a furious rampage and says things I wish I had even thought of, because of a shithead who claims to be anti-racist but excuses the tasering by the police, because Tabatabainejad had the nerve to raise his voice. Yep, that's all the excuse the cops need according to this dickweed. Shout at the cops and get tased. Go and read Dear Brown Folk, Please Don't Make No Noise and feel the rage.

4 comment(s):

Donna, caught your cite of my FDL train wreck comment over at Feministe - how very discerning of you to notice and appreciate, lol.

Nice place ya got here.

"statistician", aka op99

By Anonymous op99, at 11/30/2006 8:42 PM  

Glad you decided to drop by op99. I was thinking along the same lines as what you wrote as statistician, it was obvious to me that Jane didn't want a real discussion, she wanted the fans to tell her that she and her co-bloggers are wonderful and can do no wrong. It was disingenous and as you stated, manipulative.

I'm like you, I used to read FDL all the time and occasionally comment. I didn't like the nasty turn it took when TRex came on board and mostly stopped commenting after that and slowly stopped reading too. Of course I would still hear things at other blogs about how badly TRex was acting, and couldn't believe it when no one put the brakes on him when he started in with the racism and sexism. Are there absolutely no boundaries to decency over there anymore?

That thread at FDL actually gave me some hope since there are more people like us than I ever knew...people driven away by the nastiness, the cliquishness, and the groupthink.

I hope to see your comments around the blogosphere more often!

By Blogger Donna, at 12/01/2006 12:14 AM  

Check out another bunch of alumni at Eli's place for some more unvarnished home truths.

By Anonymous op99, at 12/01/2006 6:38 PM  

Speaking of the c-word and FDL, I want to give you a heads up on a great new post up by Ezra Klein: On Obscene Sexual Expressions.

By Anonymous sunrunner, at 12/02/2006 1:09 PM  

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