Turning Americans into Snitches for the Police State: ‘See Something, Say Something’ and Community Policing

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“There were relatively few secret police, and most were just processing the information coming in. I had found a shocking fact. It wasn’t the secret police who were doing this wide-scale surveillance and hiding on every street corner. It was the ordinary German people who were informing on their neighbors.”—Professor Robert Gellately If you see something suspicious, says the Department of Homeland Security, say something about it to the police, …continue…

Sleepy Kitty’s ‘Projection Room’ Awakens the Soul

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Gadfly recently sat down with Evan Sult, drummer for art-pop-rock duo Sleepy Kitty, to discuss the band’s latest album, Projection Room, which can be heard on Spotify. Sult, formerly a member of punky, alt-rock group Harvey Danger, brings unimaginable depth to the pair’s lives, music, and pasts with his insights on their music and future; both he and partner Paige Brubeck are truly remarkable, one-of-a-kind musicians, as is their latest LP, Projection Room, with it’s delightful mixture of edgy femininity and uplifting pop rhythms.

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An Unbearable and Choking Hell: The Loss of Our Freedoms in the Wake of 9/11

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“I tell you, freedom and human rights in America are doomed. The U.S. government will lead the American people in — and the West in general — into an unbearable hell and a choking life.”—Osama bin Laden (October 2001), as reported by CNN What a strange and harrowing road we’ve walked since September 11, 2001, littered with the debris of our once-vaunted liberties. We have gone from a nation that …continue…

A Look at the Political Culture of My Little Pony

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The ruling class of alicorns of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is able to stay in power because of a mix of fear and ingrained civic virtue, and this reflects the adult viewers pessimistic view of the current American government, their low voting patterns, and high civic involvement. In addition to the expressed view of political power seen throughout, other issues include terrorism, homeland security, and international conflict.

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Resistance is Futile: The Violent Cost of Challenging the American Police State

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“Police are specialists in violence. They are armed, trained, and authorized to use force. With varying degrees of subtlety, this colors their every action. Like the possibility of arrest, the threat of violence is implicit in every police encounter. Violence, as well as the law, is what they represent.”—Kristian Williams, activist and author If you don’t want to get probed, poked, pinched, tasered, tackled, searched, seized, stripped, manhandled, arrested, shot, …continue…

The Rise of Equality: Orange is the New Black

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Last year, the critically acclaimed series Orange is the New Black premiered as a Netflix original show. For those who are not aware, the show follows the story of Piper Chapman as she navigates her new life in prison and encounters women from all types of backgrounds and cultures. The show is based on Piper Kerman’s memoir about her life in a woman’s prison, and though the show takes some leisure with Kerman’s life it nevertheless serves as an important marker in television history.

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The American Delusion: Distracted, Diverted and Insulated from the Grim Reality of the Police State

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“In the age of advanced technology, spiritual devastation is more likely to come from an enemy with a smiling face than from one whose countenance exudes suspicion and hate. In the Huxleyan prophecy, Big Brother does not watch us, by his choice. We watch him, by ours. There is no need for wardens or gates or Ministries of Truth. When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is …continue…

Treat Your”sElf” to Another Awesome Cat Video

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Fun, catchy, and immediately lovable,“Runaway” — the new single from sElf’s first album since 2005’s Porno, Mint and Grime — reminds us of everything we loved about alternative music of the 90s, combined with the electro-pop and cat-featured fun we love about today. Unforgettable in sound, content and the cute cat-focused direction of the music video, “Runaway” could swiftly become an internet sensation.

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The Final Nail in the Coffin: The Death of Freedom in Our Schools

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“Men fight for liberty and win it with hard knocks. Their children, brought up easy, let it slip away again, poor fools. And their grandchildren are once more slaves.”―D.H. Lawrence No matter what your perspective on the showdown between locals and law enforcement in Ferguson, Missouri, there can be no disputing the fact that “local” police should not be looking or acting like branches of the military. Unfortunately, in the …continue…