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February 23rd, 2014
thesmithian

[the study]…found that in…CA, Georgia, Oklahoma and TX—people of color are represented in private prisons at least 10 percentage points greater than in state-run facilities…

Because jailing individuals is a public cost, it is no surprise that U.S. and state governments have chosen to outsource in response to prison overcrowding. But this study brings up another point. Cutting costs and generating revenue at the expense of people of color is a tradition deeply woven in the fabric of American history.

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August 6th, 2013
thesmithian

Bong Joon-ho‘s Snowpiercer opened in the director’s native South Korea last week…It has broken box-office records at home and is…well-reviewed across the board. But…the film has yet to announce a U.S. opening date. Now we know what the holdup is…Harvey Weinstein reportedly has plans to chop up Snowpiercer, reducing its running time by about 20 minutes…It’s because in his opinion…Midwesterners…”[his] aim is to make sure the film ‘will be understood by audiences in Iowa… and Oklahoma’”…The cuts will remove much of the character work to make the film play more like a traditional action movie…voiceovers will be added to the beginning and end of the film.

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July 15th, 2013
thesmithian
Melissa Harris-Perry…explained this weekend that ‘race riots’ is a biased term that dismisses the underlying calls for justice which [are] often the primary purpose for protests by black and brown people. She highlighted the key fact that in America’s history the worst “race riots” featured violent attacks perpetrated by whites against blacks: The Tulsa race riot of 1921 and the Rosewood, Florida riots of 1923. In Tulsa, a mob of armed white men charged into a black neighborhood, burning homes, killing over 300 victims and leaving an estimated 8,000 people homeless. In Rosewood, a series of lynchings escalated into hundreds of angry white rioters killing an unknown number of black citizens and leaving the entire town in waste. Yet white rage is never articulated by America’s law enforcement as a reason to fear or…organize against. White males aren’t stopped by police in disproportionate numbers nor frisked before entering movie theaters and first-grade classrooms. But there are many angry white people out there.
Edward Wyckoff Williams, at Salon
January 25th, 2013
thesmithian

Each poster depicts a player surrounded by layers of illustrations of cultural iconography and geographical landmarks relevant to their city. 

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January 5th, 2013
thesmithian

…reads like a kind of Dust Bowl “Lolita,” its story as disquieting and brutal if not as elegantly told. Still, the prose is rich with historical detail and local color, and borrows from the likes of Cormac McCarthy…

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September 26th, 2012
thesmithian

'…Ignoring the fact that Latinos have fought in every US military conflict since the American Revolutionary War…'

Ignoring the fact that Latinos founded the city of St. Augustine, hundreds of years before Florida became a state in 1845, and set roots in the West (from Oklahoma to California) long before the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo made this land part of the US. Ignoring the fact that all Puerto Ricans, nearly one of ten Latinos, have been US citizens since the 1917 Jones Act. The fact that nearly two-thirds of all Latinos are native-born US citizens, and more than one-quarter of foreign-born Latinos are naturalized US citizens should count for something. But since 1 in 3 Americans believe that more than half of all Latinos are undocumented immigrants. The only logical conclusion is, not only have Latinos not been accepted as equals by those who believe “American” is synonymous with “white,” we’ve been targeted for even greater marginalization.

lots more, here at Politics365.

April 6th, 2012
thesmithian

A U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) team has found that a sharp jump in earthquakes in America’s heartland appears to be linked to oil and natural gas drilling operations.

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art: Oklahoma City after a Novembr 2011 quake

A U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) team has found that a sharp jump in earthquakes in America’s heartland appears to be linked to oil and natural gas drilling operations.

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art: Oklahoma City after a Novembr 2011 quake

January 6th, 2011
thesmithian

Who is Crescent native Bradley Manning, and why would he allegedly leak classified documents?

Wikileaks. even more, here.

Who is Crescent native Bradley Manning, and why would he allegedly leak classified documents?

Wikileaks. even more, here.

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