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Constructive suggestions for addressing police violence

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D.J. Patil has a good article in Medium, and in it he includes some constructive suggestions:

. . . It’s easy to make broad generalization at times like this. We need to do better. America, we have a problem. We’ve known about it for far too long. So what are we going to do about it? Below is my list of policies that we need to accelerate action on immediately. I hope you’ll share yours too. Because we need action and we need it now.

  • National database on excessive use of force: we need a national database of excessive use of force. If a department receives any federal funding they should be required to submit data daily in a machine readable format. A model for this is the Police Data Initiative.
  • Transparency of police contracts: all contracts of policing should be made public. We need to remove barriers to effective conduct investigations and increase civilian oversight; ensure officers disciplinary histories accessible to the public and other departments that might hire them; and ensure financial accountability when excessive force is used. For more see Campaign Zero’s policy recommendations.
  • Data-driven justice: we need more programs that end the endless cycle of incarceration. And we need more out-of-the-box thinking of programs like the Data-Driven Justice Initiative and funding needs to be established to make it a reality across the country.
  • Funding to investigate domestic terrorist groups: we’ve defunded our efforts to identify groups that radicalize individuals. Our government has focused on groups like Al-Qaeda and ISIS, but continues to ignore home-grown terrorists including white supremacy groups.
  • Technology platforms must take greater accountability: there is too much disinformation and misinformation on social media platforms. The evidence is clear that foreign groups are infiltrating and creating social groups to foster chaos and social division.
  • Body cameras: While good in theory, it’s the implementation that counts. We need uniform best practices about how and when footage is made available.
  • Task force on 21st century policing recommendations: We have not acted forcefully or aggressively enough on the recommendations of this group convened at the Presidential level. We should do so immediately.

Read the whole thing.

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1 June 2020 at 12:44 pm

Is it Game Over for the US?

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It may be. Members of the press are now being attacked and arrested by the government (via law enforcement, including state police). Read this and see if you recognize the US.

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1 June 2020 at 12:35 pm

Yuzu/Rose/Patchouli by Declaration Grooming and Chatillon Lŭx, with the Fine slant

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Sorry about the diacritic of the “u” in “Lux” in the title — my Esperanto add-in does that (though not in the text of the post editor — just in the title).

The shave today was excellent: good soap, good slant, good aftershave. The soap shown is in Declaration Grooming’s Bison formula:

Stearic Acid, Water, Potassium Hydroxide, Avocado Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Bison Tallow, Mango Seed Butter, Castor Oil, Fragrance, Sodium Hydroxide, Lanolin, Bentonite Clay, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Fruit Extract, Salix Alba L. (White Willow) Bark Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbic Acid

Compare that to their Milksteak formula (which has a soap with this same fragrance):

Stearic Acid, Water, Castor Oil, Potassium Hydroxide, Vegetable Glycerin, Bison Tallow, Mango Butter, Avocado Oil, Shea Butter, Sodium Hydroxide, Lanolin, Bentonite Clay, Yogurt, Buttermilk, Egg Whites, Coconut Milk, Goat’s Milk, Tocopheryl Acetate, Maltodextrin, Milk Protein, Salix Alba L. (White Willow) Bark Extract, Arctium lappa (Burdock) Root Extract, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Fruit Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Silk Amino Acids

You can see not only new ingredients but also changes in proportions — for example, Castor Oil is in 8th position in the Bison formula but in 3rd position in the Milksteak formula.

The lather was excellent, the Fine aluminum slant performed perfectly, and Chatillon Lux’s aftershave toner is exceptional. It’s a no-alcohol formula and does include some oils (thus a vigorous shaking before use is a good idea):

Witch hazel, aloe vera, calendula extract, cat’s claw bark extract, shea oil, marula oil, polysorbate 20, meadowfoam seed oil, glycerin, fragrance, sodium lactate


Written by LeisureGuy

1 June 2020 at 10:53 am

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