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Rudy Giuliani’s daughter arrested for shoplifting and is labelled ‘rebellious;’

Winona Ryder caught on camera shoplifting and found not-guilty.

Mike Brown ‘allegedly’ steals $.50 swisher and is executed for ‘robbery.’ 

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Trans 13-year-old banned from returning to school as herself

Rachel Pepe is a 13-year-old transgender girl from Middletown, NJ who’s gearing up to go back to school. The problem is that because she’s legally registered with the school as male, officials say she can only return to school if she “acts” and “dresses” as male.

Thorne Middle School says they won’t accommodate Rachel’s request to use women’s restrooms or even the single-stall bathroom in the nurse’s office, and they will refuse to call her by her name. No out-of-district educational opportunities will be made available, either.

“He was going to school last year as Brian,” said Angela Peters, Rachel’s mother, adding that her child developed stress-related seizures, depression and panic attacks. “How can I send her back as Rachel? And I am not sending her back as Brian because the depression will start again.”

Rachel remained deeply isolated from the rest of the student body but still, her mother said, the children would bully her because she was so quiet.

“She would get off the bus and just cry,” Peters said. “Then she would go to sleep for 17 or 20 hours and refuse to go back there.”

There is no reason in the universe to treat a child with such hostility and meanness. Rachel is incredibly brave for sharing her story on a national level when there’s so much hate brewing in her own community. School should be a safe place, but it so often isn’t; when a student has to fear mistreatment from teachers for being who she is, the school is failing her.

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Police defend tactics during Michael Brown unrest

CLAYTON, Mo. - St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar defended his department’s use of tear gas, smoke, batons, rifles and armored trucks in the days of civil unrest that followed the Michael Brown shooting, saying that the military equipment is sometimes necessary to patrol “very urban areas.”

“Very urban areas”? Ferguson is a fucking suburb, population 21,000. 

Translation: “Military equipment is sometimes necessary to patrol very black areas.”

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An angry badass mix for Bones when he’s 1701% done with everyone’s shit. {listen}

01. lily allen - fuck you | 02. harry nilsson - you’re breaking my heart | 03. all american rejects - gives you hell | 04. nancy sinatra - these boots are made for walkin’ | 05. elbow - grounds for divorce | 06. cage the elephant - ain’t no rest for the wicked| 07. the white stripes - seven nation army |  08. the strokes - reptilia

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This hurts, but the pitch jump’s gonna start looking like this…

what’s the weirdest job you’ve ever had?

Today, 24/08/15, is national “knife day.”

I was once hired to be a knife salesperson. This is true. The pamphlets and the networking and the suitcase full of knives and everything. The qualifications for this job were: there aren’t any. We were screened pre-interview for our interpersonal skills and enthusiasm.

Enthusiasm. For knives.

The supervisor who did the product presentation during our interview laid out just literally dozens of serrated hunting knives on the table and started carving through soda cans leather satchels and a chair

I’m not going to name the company in case they come after me, you know, with knives.

I didn’t end up following through with the job and became a chocolatier instead. But I’ll always remember the fact that I cheated myself out of presumably a whole scale of perks proportionate to my success on the job, such as, I’m assuming, more, bigger, and better knives.

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BREAKING: U.N. Condemns U.S. Police Brutality, School Segregation And 'Stand Your Ground'

A U.N. committee urged the U.S. Friday to stop police brutality, in light of the shooting of Michael Brown that set off the riots in Ferguson, Mo.

A U.N. committee urged the U.S. Friday to stop police brutality, in light of the shooting of Michael Brown that set off the riots in Ferguson, Mo.

In a news briefing Friday, the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (C.E.R.D.) vice chairman Noureddine Amir said the “excessive use of force by law enforcement officials against racial and ethnic minorities is an ongoing issue of concern.”

“Racial and ethnic discrimination remains a serious and persistent problem in all areas of life from de facto school segregation, access to health care and housing,” Amir added. “This is not an isolated event and illustrates a bigger problem in the United States, such as racial bias among law enforcement officials, the lack of proper implementation of rules and regulations governing the use of force, and the inadequacy of training of law enforcement officials.”

THIS IS NOT AN ISOLATED EVENT AND ILLUSTRATES A BIGGER PROBLEM IN THE UNITED STATES.

The U.N. panel also called for a review of the controversial “Stand Your Ground” laws and for further investigation into the shooting. 

Several officers in Ferguson have been pulled off duty as a result of brutality. One, who threatened protesters with a gun, was removed earlier in August. Another, who pushed CNN’s Don Lemon during a live broadcast, has also been relieved of his duty. In all, the acts in Ferguson have led to a $41.5 million lawsuit against the Ferguson and St. Louis County police forces over civil rights abuses.

The panel isn’t the only international call    for curbing police misconduct. The New York-based International Action Center held a protest outside NYPD headquarters supporting Michael Brown. The Human rights    organization Amnesty International also sent observers to Ferguson. U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon commented through spokesperson Stephane Dujarric that authorities should “ensure that the rights to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression are protected… He calls on all to exercise restraint, for law enforcement officials to abide by U.S. and international standards in dealing with demonstrators." 

Source: Shirley Li for The Wire