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4. “TRXYE,” Troye Sivan: South African-born, Australian actor and YouTuber Sivan seems poised to be the next great male voice. (Watch your back, Sam Smith.) His “TRXYE” EP is gorgeous from start to finish, a swirl of dreamy pop that feels both nostalgic and bracingly current all at once. Sivan has a plainspoken way of singing that syncs perfectly with the gauzy production. And at just 19 years old, he’s only going to get better.

Writing Research - World War One

World War I (WWI or WW1 or World War One), also known as the First World War or the Great War, was a global war centered in Europe that began on 28 July 1914 and lasted until 11 November 1918. More than 9 million combatants and 7 million civilians died as a result of the war, a casualty rate exacerbated by the belligerents’ technological and industrial sophistication, and tactical stalemate. It was one of the deadliest conflicts in history, paving the way for major political changes, including revolutions in many of the nations involved. [1]


  • Social Security Association - Popular Baby Names in 1914
  • Social Security Association - Popular Baby Names in 1918
  • British Baby Names - The Top 100 Names in England and Wales in 1914
  • - Japanese Baby Names for 1915 - 2000

Society & Life

  • The Guardian - 1914: Life Before War – in Pictures (Britain)
  • The British Library - Europe Before 1914
  • Houston Chronicle - American Life in 1914: How We Lived A Century Ago
  • The Globe and Mail - What was life in Canada like before the First World War?
  • The Daily Mirror - 1913 in Pictures: Long Summer before World War One and End of Life as we Knew it
  • The Western Telegraph - life Before the First World War
  • History Learning Site - The Home Front 1914 to 1918 (Britain)
  • Life in Russia 1914-41
  • Alpha History - Great Britain before World War I
  • History of Ireland - 1914 to 1919: The First World War, Easter Rising and Rise of Sinn Féin
  • Click Americana - Average Life of a Woman in 1914
  • Australian Department of Veterans’ Affairs - Australian Women in World War I, 1914-1918 (PDF)
  • - Women in Wartime
  • Ontario Human Rights Commission - Women’s rights during WW1 in Canada
  • BBC - British Women at War, 1914-1918 (Video)
  • BBC - Women on the Home Front, 1914-1918 (Video)
  • BBC - British History: Women on the Home Front in World War One
  • BBC - What Did World War One Really Do For Women?
  • The British Library - Women at Home in a World at War
  • National Women’s History Museum - Women in World War I
  • San José State University - Women in WWI
  • Mail Online - Condemned to be virgins: The two million women robbed by the war
  • Clark College - Women’s Roles in the World War I Era and the Russian Revolution (PDF)
  • BBC - World War One: Family Life
  • Mail Online - Incredible photos from WW1 reveal the backbreaking and often dangerous work taken on by British women during the Great War
  • PBS - The Great War Timeline: Pre-1914
  • - First World War Erupts
  • Australian War Memorial - Enlistment Standards
  • The British Library - Recruitment: Conscripts and Volunteers during World War One
  • The Telegraph - First World War Centenary: How the Events of August 1, 1914 Unfolded
  • Heritage History - Why the War Began in 1914
  • PBS - The Great War Timeline, 1914
  • - U.S. Proclaims Neutrality in World War I
  • Reddit: Ask Historians - Why did the U.S. enter WWI?
  • Australian War Memorial - First World War 1914-18
  • University of Houston - Overview of World War I
  • Red Cross Canada - The First World War: 1914-1918
  • Education Scotland - The Great War, 1914-18
  • The George Washington University - World War I: 1914 - 1918
  • The National Archives - Civilians & War 1914-18, Britain
  • Encyclopaedia Britannica - World War I, 1914-18
  • Chicago Tribune - World War 1, 1914-1918
  • Anne Frank House - 1914: World War One
  • Reddit: Ask Historians - What would you say are the most notable reasons for the start of World War I?
  • Collin County Community College - Background to the War Nobody Won: World War I, 1914-1918
  • - Life in the Trenches: Soldiers on the Western Front, 1914-1918
  • The British Army in the Great War of 1914-1918 - The Life of a British Soldier
  • The British Library - Sensuous Life in the Trenches
  • The British Library - Combat and the Soldier’s Experience in World War One
  • BBC - World Wars: Soldier’s Stories (Audio)
  • Canadian War Museum - History of the First World War: Life at the Front
  • First World War - Life in the Trenches
  • BBC - Life in the trenches during World War One (Video)
  • The New York Times - Diaries of British Soldiers Detail Horrors of World War I
  • The Daily Telegraph - Soldier’s Diary of the First World War
  • Reddit: Ask Historians - How Dangerous was Life as a WWI Artilleryman?
  • Mail Online - Bloodthirsty World War I diaries of German soldier celebrate fighting on the Western Front
  • The Daily Telegraph - WW1 German soldier recalls moment he bayoneted foe to death
  • The Daily Beast - French Soldier’s WWI Memoir Vividly Describes Trench Warfare
  • The Daily Telegraph - Unseen interviews with WW1 veterans recount the horror of the trenches
  • Reddit: Ask Historians - In trench warfare, like what was seen during WWI, how were trenches excavated close to the opposing army front line without being overrun or shelled to pieces?
  • Reddit: Ask Histories - I know nothing about WWI warfare
  • Mail Online - World War One from the OTHER side: Hundreds of fascinating images taken by a GERMAN soldier reveal life in enemy’s trenches (Photos)
  • Canadian Naval Memorial Trust - Canadian Naval Operations in World War I (1914-18)
  • Life in Italy During World War I
  • Office of the Historian - American Entry into World War 1, 1917-1920
  • Schomburg-Mellon Humanities Summer Institute - African Americans and World War I
  • Wikipedia - United States Home Front During World War I
  • Wikipedia - United Kingdom Home Front During World War I
  • Wikipedia - Home Front During World War I (Covering all Major Countries Involved)
  • The Australian Home Front During World War 1
  • The Guardian - Children to mark WWI’s ‘Christmas Truce’ with plays and football
  • - Christmas Truce of 1914: World War I
  • New Zealand History - Schools in 1914 and the First World War
  • The British Library - Children’s Experiences of World War One
  • The Atlantic - World War I in Photos: Soldiers and Civilians (Photos)
  • The Blaze - Simply Amazing Photos of WWI That You May Not Have Seen Before (Photos)
  • The Legal Genealogist - A Doughboy’s Age
  • Wikipedia - Recruitment to the British Army During the First World War
  • Australian War Memorial - Enlistment Statistic: First World War
  • Canadian War Museum - French Canada and Recruitment during the First World War
  • Mental Floss - 12 Technological Advancements of World War I
  • North Carolina Encyclopedia - WWI: Technology and the Weapons of War
  • BBC - 10 Inventions That Owe Their Success to World War One
  • Encyclopedia Britannica - World War I: Technology of War in 1914
  • The Library of Congress - The Increasing Power of Destruction: Military Technology in World War I
  • Reddit: Ask Historians - How did submarines in WWI and WWII navigate underwater and avoid collisions?
  • The Atlantic - World War I in Photos: Technology (Photos)
  • Reddit: Ask Historians - What were the German war aims of World War I?
  • Reddit: Ask Historians - Why was Germany blamed for World War I?
  • Reddit: Ask Historians - Why did Japan change allegiance from the WWI to WWII?


  • Arkansas Hearst Television Inc - What Things Cost in America in 1914 and 2014
  • University of Colorado Boulder - Wartime Changes in the Cost of Living (PDF)
  • Historical Text Archive - Retail Food Prices, 1913,1914, 1924, 1925
  • Food Timeline - Food for the Workers (PDF)
  • Food Timeline - Monthly Labor Review, 1914-1923 (PDF)
  • Federal Reserve Archival System for Economic Research - Retail Prices and Cost of Living Series: 1915 - 1937
  • International Institute of Social History - Datafiles of Historical Prices and Wages

Entertainment & Food

  • Le Moyne College - 19th & 20th Century Cookbooks
  • Vintage Recipes - Things Mother Used to Make: 1914
  • The Daily Telegraph - How to bake a First World War trench cake
  • The Daily Telegraph - Beef tea, potato pie and duff pudding: How to eat like a WW1 Tommy
  • National Archives and Records Administration - Food Will Win the War: On the Homefront in World War I
  • History Learning Site - Soldiers Food in the Trenches
  • BBC - Trench Food in World War One
  • Imperial War Museum - Rationing and Food Shortages during the First World War
  • Smithsonian Institution - American Food Posters From World War I and II
  • British Red Cross - True Stories from WWI: The Crimson Field and Hospital Food
  • BBC - WWI Home Front Food: What did children eat and drink?
  • - Lunch With Libby: World War I Doughboy Rations and Red Cross Cakes
  • The Salvation Army, Palm Beach County - WWI Doughnut Recipe
  • Old Time Candy - Pre-1920 Candies
  • The Daily Telegraph - WW1 led to ‘ladette culture’ as women turned to drink
  • History Today - The Drink Crisis During World War One
  • BBC - The 'Lost’ Poetry of World War One
  • University of California, Santa Barbara Library - Popular Songs of World War I
  • Wikipedia - 1914 in Music
  • Wikipedia - 1915 in Music
  • Wikipedia - 1916 in Music
  • Wikipedia - 1917 in Music
  • Wikipedia - 1918 in Music
  • Smarthistory - British Art and Literature During WWI
  • History Today - First World War Literature
  • Wikipedia - World War I in Literature
  • Yale University - World War I: Literature and the War
  • Wikipedia - 1914 in Literature
  • Wikipedia - List of American Films of 1914
  • Wikipedia - List of American Films of 1915
  • Wikipedia - List of American Films of 1916
  • Wikipedia - List of American Films of 1917
  • Wikipedia - List of American Films of 1918
  • Wikipedia - List of French Films of 1914
  • World Socialist Web Site - Cinema as an imperialist weapon: Hollywood and World War I
  • The New York Times - How the First World War Changed Movies Forever
  • Wikipedia - World War I Film Propaganda
  • BBC - World War One Movies
  • The Daily Telegraph - Newly restored footage gives unique insight into WW1 (Video)
  • - Intense Battle Footage from WWI (Video)
  • Click Americana - Headlines from the Very Start of WWI, 1914
  • BBC - Art from Different Fronts of World War One

Hygiene, Health, & Medicine

  • Alverno College - Life Expectancy among Men and Women during World War I
  • North Carolina Encyclopedia - WWI: Medicine on the Battlefield
  • BBC - How did WW1 Change the Way we Treat War injuries Today?
  • The British Library - Wounding in World War One
  • CEUFast - Nursing and Medicine During World War I
  • National Center for Biotechnology Information - Chemical Warfare and Medical Response During World War I
  • Imperial War Museum - Medical Services in the First World War
  • University of Kansas Hospital - Medicine in the First World War
  • Science Museum - Medicine in the War Zone, WWI
  • BBC - How WW1 Changed Emergency Medicine
  • American Memory - Health and Medicine: Red Cross and World War I
  • BBC - World War One: Illness and Injury
  • Prezi - Diseases During WWI (Video)
  • Prezi - Diseases and Medicine WWI (Video)
  • National Center for Biotechnology Information - The U.S. Military and the Influenza Pandemic of 1918–1919
  • The National Archives - First Word War: Problems
  • Prezi - Health & Hygiene in WWI (Video)
  • The National Archives - British Army nurses’ service records 1914-1918
  • First World - Memoirs & Diaries: Nurse
  • Western Front Association - British Military Nurses and the Great War: a Guide to the Services
  • The Daily Telegraph - Pioneering Plastic Surgery Records From the First World War
  • National Center for Biotechnology Information - Medical advances consequent to the Great War 1914-1918
  • Science Museum - War and Medicine
  • United States Air Force - Military Medicine During the Twentieth Century: World War I
  • British Red Cross - Volunteers During the First World War
  • The Wall Street Journal - World War I Centenary: Medicine


  • Fashion Era - 1914-1920: Towards Dress Reform
  • The Guardian - The Influence of the Great War on Fashion
  • Glamourdaze - History of Women’s Fashion: 1900 to 1919
  • BBC - World War I War Clothes
  • BBC - Men’s Clothes
  • BBC - Girls’ Clothes
  • BBC - Boys’ Clothes
  • Vogue Magazine - Wartime Wardrobe: How Will Downtown Abbey Dress for WWI?
  • Mail Online - Stylish in trousers and elegant in trench coats: The changing fashions worn by the battling women of World War One revealed in incredible illustrations
  • University of Massachusetts - Hairstyles of the War Eras
  • The University of Vermont - Women’s Hairstyles: 1910s
  • The University of Vermont - Women’s Hats: 1910s
  • The University of Vermont - Women’s Fashion Accessories: 1910s
  • The University of Vermont - Men’s Fashion: 1910s
  • The University of Vermont - Women’s Fashion: 1910s
  • Glamourdaze - The History of Makeup: 1900 to 1919
  • History of Footwear - 1870-1914 Women’s Shoes
  • Victoria and Albert Museum - WW1 Era Clothing: Archive of Art and Design Resources for Re-enactors and Costumers
  • Illinois State University - WWI Women Fashion
  • Wikipedia - British Army Uniform and Equipment in World War I
  • Solider of Fortune - WW1 British Army Soldier Uniform from the Somme 1916
  • BBC - World War One: Guided Tour of British Soldier’s Kit (Video)
  • Military Items- WWI American Military Uniforms
  • Old Magazine Articles - U.S. Army Uniforms of World War One
  • Collectors Weekly - World War One Antiques and Memorabilia
  • Trenches on the Web - Wartime Changes to the German Field Uniform 1914-1916


  • The British Library - Slang and World War One
  • Trenches on the Web - Words, Expressions & Terms Popularized 1914 - 1918
  • Mail Online - Oxford English Dictionary reveals how the trenches of World War One shaped our language…and there could be more
  • Australian War Memorial - Australian First World War “slanguage”
  • The Guardian - Trench talk: A Guide to First World War Slang
  • Mental Floss- 21 Slang Terms From World War I
  • Bartleby - The American Heritage Book of English Usage: War Slang
  • Canadian War Museum - Soldier's Slang
  • BBC History - Slang and swear words 'helped soldiers survive the First World War’
  • French Slang in the Trenches of World War One

Justice & Crime

  • Wikipedia - Battle of Tannenberg, 1914
  • Wikipedia - Abschwangen Massacre, 1914
  • Wikipedia - Ludlow Massacre, 1914
  • Wikipedia - Battle of Broken Hill, 1915
  • Wikipedia - Sinking of the RMS Lusitania, 1915
  • Wikipedia - 1915 Singapore Mutiny
  • Wikipedia - Surdulica Massacre, 1916
  • Wikipedia - Black Tom Explosion, 1916
  • Wikipedia - Everett Massacre, 1916
  • Wikipedia - Preparedness Day Bombing, 1916
  • Wikipedia - East St. Louis Riot, 1917
  • Wikipedia - Houston Riot, 1917
  • Wikipedia - 1917 Kazan Gunpowder Plant Fire
  • Wikipedia - Kielce Pogrom, 1918
  • Wikipedia - Lwow Pogrom, 1918
  • Wikipedia - March Days, 1918
  • Wikipedia - September Days, 1918
  • Wikipedia - 1914 in United States Case Laws
  • Wikipedia - 1915 in United States Case Laws
  • Wikipedia - 1916 in United States Case Laws
  • Wikipedia - 1917 in United States Case Laws
  • Wikipedia - 1918 in United States Case Laws
  • Wikipedia - United Kingdom Acts of Parliament 1914
  • British Military Crime and Punishment of 1914-1918
  • Wikipedia - List of War Crimes: World War I
  • BBC - The British WWI prisoner of war who returned to captivity
  • Trenches on the Web - Frank Savicki: First Doughboy Prisoner of War to Escape
  • Wikipedia - World War I Prisoners of War in Germany 
  • - Prisoners of War on the Eastern Front During World War I
  • History Learning Site - World War One Executions
  • International Committee of the Red Cross - Chemical and Biological Weapons
  • Wikipedia - Weapons of World War I
  • The Daily Telegraph - Weapons of World War I
  • Encyclopaedia Britannica - Biological weapons in the World Wars
  • Wikipedia - Chemical Weapons and the United Kingdom
  • Reddit: Ask Historians - Small Arms the World War One Era
  • Canadian War Museum - The First World War: Discipline and Punishment
  • The British Library - Military Discipline and Punishment
  • BBC - Shot at Dawn: Cowards, Traitors or Victims?
  • The National Archives - Courts Martial during the First World War
  • History Today - Crucifying Tommy: Punishment in the First World War
  • The Daily Mirror - Heroes Not Cowards: Pardons for Men Shot in WWI
  • - British Soldier Henry Farr Executed for Cowardice
  • Australian War Memorial - Desertion and the Death Penalty
  • Wikipedia - World War I Prisoners of War Held by the United Kingdom
  • BBC - Why were journalist threatened with execution in WWI?
  • Reddit: Ask Historians - We have all heard of the mass infantry charges in World War One, but what was the thought process behind them?
  • Imperial War Museum - Prisoners of War in the First World War
Racist English-Only Principal Fired For Trying To Keep Students From Speaking Spanish

A principal who allegedly prohibited students from speaking Spanish will lose her job, the Texas press reports.

Administrators voted Monday night to discontinue a job contract for Amy Lacey, principal of Hempstead Middle School, who had been on paid administrative leave since December after reportedly using the intercom to tell students that speaking Spanish is forbidden on school grounds.

The episode sparked a controversy in the majority-Hispanic school, where several students speak Spanish as a first language.

“When you start banning aspects of ethnicity or cultural identity, it sends the message that the child is not wanted,” Augstin Pinedo, director of the League of United Latin American Citizens Region 18 told the Houston Chronicle. “‘We don’t want your color. We don’t want your kind.’ They tend to drop out early.”

One student told a local broadcaster that Lacey’s announcement had discouraged students from speaking Spanish for fear of punishment.

“People don’t want to speak it [Spanish] no more and don’t want to get caught speaking it because they’ll get in trouble,” 6th grade student Kiara Lozano told KHOU.

Others supported Lacey’s decision to ban the language from the school’s grounds, fearing that Spanish-speakers may use the language to make fun of students who couldn’t understand what they were saying.

“I support the principal,” parent Jaime Cavendar said, according to KHOU. “I really believe she did the right thing. My children don’t know if they’re being talked about or being made fun of.”

A series of crimes followed the decision to place Lacey on administrative leave, raising concerns that some people angered by her suspension were targeting Hispanics, the Houston Chronicle reports. The district’s superintendent, Delma Flores-Smith, told the paper she worried for her safety after seeing strangers photograph her house. She says her yard was vandalized and someone went through her trash.

Last month, three suspects captured by surveillance video cut the brake lines on three school buses and left a dead cat in front of one of them. Two of the buses started their routes before the damage was discovered, but no one was hurt in the incident, according to KHOU. The incident occurred the morning after a heated school board meeting at which Lacey’s suspension was discussed, the Houston Chronicle reports.

The Mexican American Legal Defense Fund and LULAC have called for a civil rights investigation, the Chronicle reports.

Hempstead Middle School’s student body is 55 percent Hispanic, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Hispanics make up a more than half of Texas public school students.

The school lies in the small town of Hempstead northwest of Houston.

Despite the tension, some students remained unfazed.

“I’m not scared, because I’m going to keep on speaking my language,” 8th grade student Yedhany Gallegos told KHOU. “I mean, that’s my first language and I’m going to keep on doing it.”

Thank God that this racist English-Only nutbar Principal is gone from Hempstead Middle School. 

h/t: Roque Planas at Huffington Post Education
Grand jury indicts DPS trooper who arrested Sandra Bland

The Houston Chronicle: A grand jury indicted Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Brian Encinia - who arrested Sandra Bland - on perjury charges. Bland was arrested during a traffic stop in July and was found hanging from a noose in her jail cell three days later. Jurors still have not issued any decision on Encinia’s treatment or arrest of Bland.

Follow this story on Breaking News.


[Gillian Anderson] even credits Scully with helping her grow as a person.

“She’s taught me a lot about humanness,” Anderson says. “She’s very responsible, she’s very adult, she’s very mature, she’s compassionate. She has a lot of qualities I haven’t been but always wished I could be, and have started to pay attention to a little more.”

Houston Chronicle, June 1998
BREAKING: Houston Gunman A Trump Supporter, Railed Against 'Homosexuals' & Jews During Sunday's Rampage
Army Vet Fired 212 Shots, Also Attacked Muslims, GOP Establishment on Twitter

The gunman who went on a shooting spree Sunday morning in Houston, leaving one dead and six injured, was a supporter of presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. He railed against homosexuals and Jews during the rampage, before he was killed by police.

Dionisio Garza III, 25, also recently expressed anti-Muslim sentiments on Twitter, and repeatedly criticized House Speaker Paul Ryan and the GOP establishment.

Garza, a decorated Army sergeant who served two tours in Afghanistan, suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and was going through “a mental health crisis,” according to media reports. Garza fired 212 rounds in a middle-class west Houston neighborhood, injuring two law enforcement officers and setting a gas station on fire, before being killed by a SWAT team member.

According to The Houston Chronicle, the spree began when Garza walked up to 56-year-old Eugene Lipscomb, who was sitting in his vehicle at a car wash, and called him “the devil” before fatally shooting him in the head with a pistol.

Garza then told the owners of the car wash: “Y'all calm down. I’m not going to kill y'all, y'all are Christians.”

As he retreated before returning with an AR-15 assault rifle, Garza was screaming about Jews, homosexuals and Walmart, according to the Chronicle.

Garza, who’d traveled to Houston from his home in California to visit a friend, broke into a nearby tire shop and slept there the night before the shooting, leaving random writings on paper taped to the walls. Police haven’t disclosed the contents of the writings but say they don’t believe the shooting was a hate crime.

Back in February, Garza tweeted to Trump, “I’ve told everyone since August u will be President of this great nation. On the eve of your first votes I thank you. -vet.”

Last August, after NBC cut ties with Trump over his hateful comments concerning Mexican immigrants, Garza tweeted, “get them Mr .Trump… bunch of liars and puppets. I am an army vet 2 deployments..I stand with U.”

Last month, after being elected London’s first Muslim mayor, Sadiq Khan wrote on Twitter: “Trump’s ignorant view of Islam could make both our countries less safe. It risks alienating mainstream Muslims. London has proved him wrong.”

Garza responded: “We are too smart for your (expletive,)” Garza said. “USA baby … sorry Europe.”



A tale of treasure, womanly love, and a little miscommunication on the high seas.

Exciting news for followers of Amya Chronicles as well as the beautiful works of Cari Corene. Savannah and Cari will be pairing up with Filthy Figments to bring you a sex-positive tale of lady love set in the Amya universe.

The tale will centre around Renie and Kytaha as they first meet and head to the seas in search of grand treasures. The story will release on Filthy Figments in May with writing by Savannah Houston-McIntyre and artwork by Cari Corene. The exact date is TBA.

Feel free to follow the links below for future wips, news, and potential live-streams as we prepare for this exciting adventure!

A bill introduced in the Texas House of Representatives would make it illegal for private citizens to record police within 25 feet.

House Bill 2918, introduced by state Rep. Jason Villalba (R-Dallas) on Tuesday, would make the offense a misdemeanor. Citizens who are armed would not be permitted to record police activity within 100 feet of an officer, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Only representatives of radio or TV organizations that hold an FCC license, newspapers and magazines would have the right to record police.

“My bill … just asks filmers to stand back a little so as not to interfere with law enforcement,” Villalba tweeted.

The bill would go against precedent set in 2011 by an appeals court, which found that citizens are allowed to record police, according to the ACLU.


The definition of a police state…
Parents Place Newspaper Ad to Celebrate Gay Son
A Snohomish, Washington, couple placed an ad in the Houston Chronicle to congratulate their son for coming out as gay — read the sweet ad

“Parents of the year. Joan and Craig Wilson from Washington posted an ad in the Houston Chronicle on Sunday, January 17, congratulating their gay son on coming out. 

According to the Observer, the Wilsons placed the ad in the Houston Chronicle in response to the defeat of Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance this past November. HERO would have prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity but was rejected by voters.” 

Read the full piece here


Angela Bassett to Direct Whitney Houston Movie for Lifetime

Angela Bassett to Direct Whitney Houston Movie for Lifetime

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Angela Bassettwill make her directorial debut with a Lifetime Original Movie based on the life of Whitney Houston, Lifetime announced Thursday.

Scheduled for a 2015 world premiere under the working title of “Whitney Houston,” the film chronicles the headline-making relationship between the iconic singer, actress, producer and model, and singer-songwriter Bobby Brown — from the time they first…

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New Texas Bill Would Prevent Bystanders From Recording Cops
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Oh, come on. We all know why they want to pass this bill – they want cops to get away with abusing and killing people! (As long as they’re the right people.) The right to record, in addition to being upheld by the appellate courts, is one of the best tools we have to deter police violence, and to see that those who break the law are held accountable – as we just saw last night:

A bill introduced in the Texas House of Representatives would make it illegal for private citizens to record police within 25 feet.

House Bill 2918, introduced by state Rep. Jason Villalba (R-Dallas) on Tuesday, would make the offense a misdemeanor. Citizens who are armed would not be permitted to record police activity within 100 feet of an officer, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Only representatives of radio or TV organizations that hold an FCC license, newspapers and magazines would have the right to record police. The legislator disagreed with people on Twitter who said he’s seeking to make all filming of cops illegal.

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