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Police in Ferguson committed human rights abuses: Amnesty report

By Carey Gillam

(Reuters) - Police in Ferguson, Missouri, committed human rights abuses as they sought to quell mostly peaceful protests that erupted after an officer killed an unarmed black teenager, an international human rights organization said in a report released on Friday.

The Amnesty International report said law enforcement officers should be investigated by U.S. authorities for the abuses, which occurred during weeks of racially charged protests that erupted after white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown, 18, on Aug. 9.

The use by law enforcement of rubber bullets, tear gas and heavy military equipment and restrictions placed on peaceful protesters all violated international standards, the group said.

Amnesty said it sent a delegation to Ferguson from Aug. 14-22 to monitor the situation.

When asked about the allegations, Brian Schellman, a spokesman for the St. Louis County Police Department, which helped oversee law enforcement operations in Ferguson, said police “had one mission, and that was the preservation of life.”

The report also criticizes a Missouri law that the group said may be unconstitutional because it allows police to use deadly force against someone even if there is no imminent threat of harm.

The report calls on state lawmakers to make Missouri law comply with international standards making lethal force by police a last resort, said Rachel Ward, director of research at Amnesty International.

"Lethal force is only to be used to protect life when there is an immediate threat," Ward said. "The Missouri statute goes far beyond that. It is of grave concern."

Amnesty cited a Missouri statute that says a police officer may use deadly force “in effecting an arrest or in preventing an escape from custody” when that officer “reasonably believes that such use of deadly force is immediately necessary to effect the arrest and also reasonably believes that the person to be arrested … has committed or attempted to commit a felony.”

A grand jury in St. Louis County is weighing whether or not Wilson should be charged in Brown’s death. Wilson has not spoken publicly about the incident.

The Justice Department is investigating Brown’s killing and the Ferguson Police Department.

Witnesses and law enforcement officials have said Brown and Wilson got into an altercation after Wilson told Brown to stop walking down the middle of a street. Wilson shot Brown six times. Some witnesses have said Brown had his hands up in surrender when the last shots were fired.

"Michael Brown was unarmed and thus unlikely to have presented a serious threat to the life of the police officer," the report said.

(Reporting by Carey Gillam in Kansas City, Mo.; Editing by Eric Beech)

Full Amnesty Report #staywoke #farfromover

[ALLKPOP] 14/10/23 B2ST's Yoseob complains about Junhyung on 'Cultwo Show'

On SBS FM's 'Cultwo Show’, B2ST's Yoseob complained about Junhyung's way of delegating vocal parts and how he pushes Yoseob to sing higher.

Yoseob explained that he wasn’t too fond of his part in B2ST’s new track”12:30”. Yoseob said, ”I resented him a lot. I even expressed my anger playfully. My throat wasn’t in great shape because I was going back and forth from a musical, and there was even a time when I gave up after singing only one verse in the studio.

Junhyung responded, “I want to keep developing Yoseob. Every time we release an album, it has to go beyond the limit." Yoseob then joked, “He’s going to keep saying that I have to keep growing, and in the end, he’s going to turn me into a dolphin.

Junhyung admitted proudly, “I also have an experimental side of me. When I write a song, I choose Yoseob’s high part in the beginning, but as I work more on it, I feel as though he can do more. And also, when I ask him to do it, he does it." He then added, "Dongwoon is already really good, so there is nothing that I can help him grow in. He is always the one to suggest, ‘What do you think about this?’”

Meanwhile, B2ST released their special mini album ‘TIME' as well as their title track “12:30”, achieving an all-kill on music charts.

Source: Allkpop

4 Interesting Facts About the Spectacularly Glorious Kree People

Would you like to know a bit more about the Kree?  Yes?  Good!  Here are four facts that you may or may not already know!

1. There Are Two Basic Types of Kree

While the majority of the super-cool Kree characters found in the comics sport vibrant blue skin, those blue-skinned Kree are actually a minority. Most of the blue Kree are members of the old houses, and generally seen as those best fit to govern, rule, delegate, or hold positions of authority. Basically, they’re as blue-blooded as you can get. However, the vast majority of Kree are, in fact, pink skinned (called pink Kree or white Kree), and they look more like Caucasian human beings.

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Don’t worry, fellas.  We’ll blend right in.

They are, however, definitely not human, and they play an integral part of forming a bulk of the Kree Imperial Army. This variation in skin color came about because the Kree began experimenting with inter-species breeding in an attempt to introduce new gene mutations into their population. White-skinned Kree are, despite their differences in appearance, just as Kree as the rest, with one of the most notable and respected Kree heroes, Captain Mar-Vell, being among the ranks of white Kree.

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Makin’ my way downtown…

2. Kree Women Have Seductive Mind Powers

Female Kree, believe it or not, are born with an inherent ability to influence men with their minds. They can provoke feelings of deep desire and adoration much more intensely than with charisma and charm alone. Certain Kree women, such as the criminal Una-Rogg, even have the ability to drain the life force of individuals simply by kissing them.

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Like some sort of space succubus!

The Kree higher authorities deemed these abilities to be dangerous and a detriment to an orderly society, so a mandatory surgical procedure was implemented to deactivate such powers. Unfortunately, the painful and invasive psychic procedure unavoidably destroys the pleasure center of the brain. Hoping to spare his daughter from such a fate, Commander Yon-Rogg altered the records to make it appear as if Una-Rogg already underwent the operation.

3. Kree Have Some Wacky Biology

It’s already obvious by now that the Kree are very different from the human beings of Earth. In fact, while not mentioned in most modern comic books, the Kree actually have a hard time breathing Earth’s air. They require far more nitrogen than the already abundant 78% that composes Earth’s atmosphere, and so the Kree implement specially crafted breathing formulas and apparatuses before taking a stroll.

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No “buts,” Una! Just results!

Also worthy of note is the fact that members of the Kree species have more than one heart, a trait only found on Earth in the likes of octopuses and hagfish. Specifically, the Kree have two hearts, and during military-style execution, it’s not uncommon to hear the saying, “Three shots. One in the head and one in each heart.” You know… Just in case.

4. Kree Cannot Evolve

As previously mentioned, the Kree have experimented in the past with trying to incorporate new genes into their population. This is because, essentially, the Kree are a genetically frozen race, unable to acquire new gene variations through natural means, such as evolution. Reasons for this genetic stagnation range from being punished for tampering with the Crystal of Ultimate Vision to having to live with the results of continually trying to engineer the perfect soldier. Either way, the inability to evolve is considered by most Kree to be their ultimate weakness.

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Forget threats from space! Just one gradual environmental change and we’re fucked!

And there you have it.  Four facts about the fantastically awesome Kree people.

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Is it okay to ask for a little scenario where Komari finds out his crush/SO/partner actually has frequent back pains (either because of their posture or they sleep weirdly or genetics or anything/whatever)?

Komari had noticed from the beginning that his partner stretched their back a lot. But lately he had been noticing that his partner would stretch, and wince every time. It had gotten worse—they would catch themselves slouching and sit up straighter, making a pained face, and walked around gingerly. He confronted them about it, asking if there was something wrong, and they admitted to having really bad back pains.

He complained that they should have told him sooner, and delegated the responsibility of being their personal masseuse to himself. Komari wanted to help them feel better in any way he could, and even though he’d rather them not be in pain, being able to touch them more was a big plus for him.

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an au of an au, and it’s based off an avril lavigne song… yeah i feel it

(souda dragged hinata there bc souda promised sonia he’d come and he didn’t wanna go by himself)

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Senegalese fine art photographer Omar Victor Diop’s 'Project Diaspora' (Self Portraits, 2014) recreates baroque paintings of notable Africans living in Europe in the 15th -19th centuries. His work aims to image the less-spoken aspects of African identity, the history of the African diaspora and it’s continuities in modern-day Europe.

Works:

  1. A Moroccan Man (1913). Original Painting by José Tapiro y Baro.
  2. Don Miguel de Castro (1643). Delegate of Sonho, a province of Congo. Original painting attributed to Jaspar Beck or Albert Eckout.
  3. Dom Nicolau (Circa. 1830-1860). Dom Nicolau, prince of Kongo is perhaps the earliest African leader to publicly protest colonial influences. Nicolau, protested against Portuguese commercial and political activity and military expansion by publishing a letter in a Portuguese newspaper in Lisbon.
  4. Jean-Baptiste Belley (1746 - 1805). a native of Senegal, born on the Island of Gorée and former slave from Saint-Domingue in the French West Indies who bought his freedom with his savings. During the period of the French Revolution, he became a member of the National Convention and the Council of Five Hundred of France. He was also known as Mars. Original painting by Girodet
  5. Juan de Pareja (1606 – 1670). Juan de Pareja was a Spanish painter, born in Antequera, near Málaga, Spain. He was an assistant to painter Diego Velázquez.  Original Painting by Diego Velasquez.

The Constitutional Convention did not get off to an auspicious start. For the first twelve days, they convened only to adjourn until the following day because not enough states were represented.

But by May 25, 1787, delegations from seven states had arrived in Philadelphia, and the Convention at last had the necessary quorum to conduct business. By the Convention’s close, there would be a total of 55 delegates, but only 30 of them were present on the first day of business.

Those 30 delegates made three fateful decisions on the first day of the Convention. In a move that signaled the importance of the work before them, they first unanimously selected George Washington to preside over the Convention’s proceedings. The delegates’ collective knowledge of the theory and practice of government also led them to appoint a committee to draft standing rules of order for the Convention. Finally, they designated Major William Jackson to be the Convention’s secretary.

Jackson would prove to be rather lax in his recordkeeping duties. Much of what we know about the creation of the Constitution comes from journals kept by other participants, most notably James Madison.

On the first page of Madison’s journal [above] of the proceedings of the Constitutional Convention, he recorded the delegates who made up that initial quorum and the states they represented.

Massachusetts: Rufus King

New York: Robert Yates, Alexander Hamilton

New Jersey: David Brearly, William Churchill Houston, William Paterson

Pennsylvania: Robert Morris, Thomas Fitzsimons, James Wilson, Gouverneur Morris

Delaware: George Read, Richard Bassett, Jacob Broom

Virginia: George Washington, Edmund Randolph, John Blair, James Madison, George Mason, George Wythe, James McClurg

North Carolina: Alexander Martin, William Richardson Davie, Richard Dobbs Spaight, Hugh Williamson

South Carolina: John Rutledge, Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, Charles Pinckney, Pierce Butler

Georgia: William Few

There hasn’t been a brokered convention for more than 60 years! And the good news is that Ron Paul doesn’t have to win a single state to get the GOP nomination; He just needs to win the delegates! So your delegate vote will count that much more; In other words, Ron Paul can secure the GOP nomination with your vote!

Find out if your state has a primary or caucus for the Republican party candidate selection process. Use this handy page which lists each state, and make sure your state’s system hasn’t changed (generally, it will be the same rules from last time). Register to vote as Republican and attend your primary elections to vote for Ron Paul in those states. If you live in a caucus state, this is where the delegate process all starts!

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Ron Paul Delegates.

Reckon this could be quite important.

Did standing up change our brains?

Although lots of animals are smart, humans are even smarter. How and why do we think and act so differently from other species?

A young boy’s efforts while learning to walk have suggested a new explanation, in a new journal paper jointly authored by his father and grandfather, both academics at the University of Sydney.

In the latest issue of the scientific journal, Frontiers in Neuroscience, the son-and-father team Mac and Rick Shine suggest that the big difference between humans and other species may lie in how we use our brains for routine tasks.

They advance the idea that the key to exploiting the awesome processing power of our brain’s most distinctive feature - the cortex - may have been to liberate it from the drudgery of controlling routine activities.

And that’s where young Tyler Shine, now two years old, comes into the story. When Tyler was first learning to walk, his doting father and grandfather noticed that every step took Tyler’s full attention.

But before too long, walking became routine, and Tyler was able to start noticing other things around him. He was better at maintaining his balance, which freed up his attention to focus on more interesting tasks, like trying to get into mischief.

How did Tyler improve? His father and grandfather suggest that he did so by transferring the control of his balance to ‘lower’ parts of the brain, freeing up the powerful cortex to focus on unpredictable challenges, such as a bumpy floor covered in stray toys.

"Any complicated task - like driving a car or playing a musical instrument - starts out consuming all our attention, but eventually becomes routine," Mac Shine says.

"Studies of brain function suggest that we shift the control of these routine tasks down to ‘lower’ areas of the brain, such as the basal ganglia and the cerebellum.

"So, humans are smart because we have automated the routine tasks; and thus, can devote our most potent mental faculties to deal with new, unpredictable challenges.

"What event in the early history of humans made us change the way we use our brains?

Watching Tyler learn to walk suggested that it was the evolutionary shift from walking on all fours, to walking on two legs.

"Suddenly our brains were overwhelmed with the complicated challenge of keeping our balance - and the best kind of brain to have, was one that didn’t waste its most powerful functions on controlling routine tasks."

So, the Shines believe, those first pre-humans who began to stand upright faced a new evolutionary pressure not just on their bodies, but on their brains as well.

"New technologies are allowing us to look inside the brain while it works, and we are learning an enormous amount," Mac Shine says.

"But in order to interpret those results, we need new ideas as well. I’m delighted that my son has played a role in suggesting one of those ideas."

"Hopefully, by the time he is watching his own son learn to walk, we will be much closer to truly understanding the greatest mystery of human existence: how our brains work."

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