The biggest thing I’ve taken away from this project is something I’ll never be able to prove, but I’m convinced to my core: The lack of such a database is intentional. No government—not the federal government, and not the thousands of municipalities that give their police forces license to use deadly force—wants you to know how many people it kills and why.

It’s the only conclusion that can be drawn from the evidence. What evidence? In attempting to collect this information, I was lied to and delayed by the FBI, even when I was only trying to find out the addresses of police departments to make public records requests. The government collects millions of bits of data annually about law enforcement in its Uniform Crime Report, but it doesn’t collect information about the most consequential act a law enforcer can do.

I’ve been lied to and delayed by state, county and local law enforcement agencies—almost every time. They’ve blatantly broken public records laws, and then thumbed their authoritarian noses at the temerity of a citizen asking for information that might embarrass the agency. And these are the people in charge of enforcing the law.

Child abuse is not okay.



Gawker Media outlets and Jezebel are DEFENDING Lena Dunham’s documented child abuse[1][2]. 



If you stand against child abuse and find it disgusting that Gawker is defending this stuff, make it ABUNDANTLY CLEAR by hitting Gawker where it hurts: in the pocketbook. EMAIL THE ADVERTISERS OF GAWKER MEDIA and let them know how you feel. They will drop Gawker Media like a hot potato. 

Huge list of Gawker advertisers:

(Whatever your politics are, GG are the only ones keeping a list of Gawker advertisers)

Include links to the articles where they defend Dunham in your email. Make it clear that incestuous child abuse is unacceptable. Tell them to stop placing their ads on this increasingly toxic network of sites. 

Copy paste this to other forums/sites/boards. Get it out via facebook/reddit/twitter ect. 

The most common weapon inside is simply a can top. Pulled off a tin of beans and folded over, it doesn’t even need to be sharpened to leave a jagged scar. A shank, also known as a shiv, is not for cutting but for stabbing. It’s called a “gun” in jailhouse vernacular, and the most valuable kind is fashioned out of materials that don’t activate a metal detector. Prison armorers make a good living shaping brass (sourced from structural elements) and aluminum (soda cans, mostly) into knives, though fiberglass and even wood can work, too. Most shanks are made for one specific purpose and disposed of immediately thereafter; getting caught with one is a year in solitary.

Most of the way through the piece, there is an interesting meditation on the ramifications of violence which does apply to your writing. And, of course, a fairly detailed look at improvised weapons in prison.


Comfort Women have been the focal point of a festering controversy in intra-Asian relations for decades. Some of these women are still alive. Their fight to gain recognition has recently resulted in a memorial statue in Glendale that is currently being protested by the Japanese government and its apologists, both in Japan and Stateside. While American and colonized Asian history books are clear about the war crimes committed against Asian women during WWII, the Japanese have opted to completely omit this atrocity from their history books, exerting a concerted effort on all mainstream media platforms to suppress, deny, and erase the voices of these women.

Valleywag’s cynical, flippant clickbaiting only adds to this silencing; by reducing Comfort Women to a punchline, they erase the history and struggles of hundreds of thousands of women who have fought so long and hard to bring their painful realities to light and their abusers to justice. Valleywag’s joke, and Gawker’s refusal to apologize fully on behalf of its authors and editors and change their editorial policies, are salt in the wounds inflicted upon Comfort Women. Gawker and Valleywag are profiteers and collaborators; they convert suffering into gold in a cynical alchemy; they create revenue off the backs of the women whose physical and now digital bodies are continually abused and violated. They are a travesty.

Avoiding Clickbait: A How-to Guide

If you used the internet at all in the ‘10s it’s probably happened to you: you saw a headline so outrageous and intriguing you just HAD to click it, even though you hate the site and the article was crap anyway. Maybe the title made you angry or just looked neat. So even though the actual content of the site sucks, the title always grabs you. That’s called clickbait. We’ve all dealt with it and it sucks. But as long as sites keep getting hits for doing it there’s no way to avoid it, bad sites just keep getting free publicity and clicks.

But if you’re sick of participating in this system and don’t want to give free views to crappy sites anymore, you’re in luck! There’s an easy way to view these articles without giving these jerks any clicks. That way bad content creators don’t profit off you.

1. Find the link to the article you want to read, right-click and select “Copy Link Address”

2. Go to an archival site such as Archive.Today or DoNotLink

3. Paste the URL into the bar.

Bam! You’re done. Now you don’t have to give bad or toxic sites any validation AND you can find out why this rapping baby is making rednecks so angry.

anonymous asked:

Man did you read what Gawker did? They trolled Coca-Cola's hashtag Make It Happy with Hitler quotes. Crap like that I'd expect from 4channers, but from Gawker? A site dedicated to brocial justice warriors who would burn anyone making racist remarks at the stake? Have they finally passed the horseshoe theory?

Yeah I was reading about that, now they’re trying to act as if Coca-Cola is a white supremacist company.

Like you said, I’d expect 4chan to do it for nothing else but shits and giggles, but for a company attempting to pass off as reputable news source to actually stoop to that point is…well…I don’t know what to say.

I think Coke put it best:

The #MakeItHappy message is simple: The Internet is what we make it, and we hoped to inspire people to make it a more positive place. It’s unfortunate that Gawker is trying to turn this campaign into something that it isn’t. Building a bot that attempts to spread hate through #MakeItHappy is a perfect example of the pervasive online negativity Coca-Cola wanted to address with this campaign.

Not that it surprises me, because it’s fucking Gawker, but still. That’s low, even for them.

This just in: anti-Gamers have officially ceased understanding the difference between fiction and reality, quoting movie lines from actors as if they reflect their personal views on politics, race, or gender.

While they have spent the past few years under the insistence that video games influenced reality, the new delusion seems to be a recent phenomenon.

Benedict Cumberbatch today shocked a Kotaku reader when he approached her. While observers simply saw the tall Englishman for who he really was, he was seen by the Gawker fan as a slave driving 70 foot long dragon savant with an appetite for gold and solving mysteries.

It is not known how this will influence other media. As fiction is increasingly seen as reality, this may give ABC and Huffington Post some sort of credibility. No comment has been heard from Fox, as their fantasy live action roleplay “Conservatives: The Masquerade” continues, headed by bleach blonde co-anchors nodding to obnoxious obtuse balding men.

Throughout this whole Brian Williams thing, Gawker has tastefully played the part of the schoolyard bully who’s been waiting his whole life for you to not make it to the bathroom on time. Like … hovering. Salivating. POUNCING at the chance to call you a pants-pooper. 

Gawker is our biggest star of B.S. News round-ups. They reported obviously Photoshopped images as real, falsely claimed a woman had sex with a dolphin by purposefully changing the news quote, and made a hero out of a guy lying about bullying a kid.

We somehow have it in us that, because the Internet has more information, we’re more informed. But that works only if the Internet holds itself to the same standards that we used to. Instead, we’re actually just as misinformed as we used to be…

Why the Internet Needs to Calm Down About Brian Williams