cw:-violence

May has been Baltimore’s deadliest month since 1999.

While Americans were enjoying their Memorial Day weekend, a wave of shootings and murders in Baltimore set a record for the city’s deadliest month in 15 years. Local CBS station WJZ reports 29 people were shot and nine died in one of the bloodiest weekends in recent memory. Police typically blame gangs, but one expert says that might not be the sole cause.

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Of the 43 female inmates whose photos I’ve posted as part of my San Quentin photo sets, the most depressing story I’ve found is that of Ada Werner.

Ada was charged with shooting her husband in the head while he slept in April of 1894. Newspapers at the time were largely sympathetic to her case, stating that her husband was both physically and emotionally abusive. Ada claimed not to remember to murder and her lawyer entered a plea of insanity. Although the jury ended up finding her guilty, they reduced the charge from first to second degree murder and strongly recommended mercy, a recommendation the judge ignored, sentencing her to life in prison.

After the verdict Ada suffered a mental breakdown and had to be kept in a padded cell and force fed milk when she refused to eat. She eventually recovered and was sent to San Quentin, but was almost killed the following year when she fell asleep reading a book by candlelight and her cell caught fire.

Ada was paroled in 1905 after serving 11 years of her life sentence. She went to live with her sister on a farm near Santa Rosa, a city which six months later would be completely leveled by the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.

In September of 1906 Ada was admitted to the Insane Asylum of California at Stockton. Her admission papers state that she believed someone was following her and trying to kill her, and that people were conspiring to send her back to prison.

Ada never left the Asylum. She died there in 1966 at the age of 94, having spent over 70 years of her life behind bars.

So yeah, violence. If you’re living in a place where the state holds a monopoly on it, then you’re not going to get away with much.

There are forms of violence the state tends to overlook, but if someone shows up dead then there will be paperwork. And the trouble with humans is that they are fragile, so low-level violence can turn out to be fatal violence if someone takes an awkward fall to the pavement.

What to do for the hot-headed youth whose honour has been impugned in a manner that demands a robust reply?

In most cases, an utter disregard for consequences is the answer. But if you cared a great deal for consequences, and still wanted to deliver justice in the traditional manner, ie. by a non-fatal application of blunt instruments, it escapes me exactly how you might go about doing so.

Honestly, probably the most straightforward way would be to do it with the tacit approval of the state, ie. make sure your dad’s a cop.

if ur my friend and someone ever fucks w u just know that im always ready to fight them.
if u dont want me to fight them i wont.
if u want me to be nice to them i will be.
but just know that if u change ur mind in 5 years ill still be fucking pumped and ready to go

The underground economy is more attractive when the above ground economy isn’t built for you.
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City Councilman of Baltimore, Bill Henry, speaking on the increase in violence in West Baltimore since the death of Freddie Gray.

This month has been the deadliest May since 1999. 35 people have been killed this month, including 9 which died within the memorial weekend. 

BREAKING: Security Footage of the ‘Down With Cis’ Bus Found

Spread this around and maybe we can track down the sick fucks who are driving around and beating up random strangers in the name of Social “Justice”. Stay safe if you see this bus following you and don’t hesitate to contact the local/federal authorities.

At the movies, we are gradually being conditioned to accept violence as a sensual pleasure. The directors used to say they were showing us its real face and how ugly it was in order to sensitize us to its horrors. You don’t have to be very keen to see that they are now in fact de- sensitizing us. They are saying that everyone is brutal, and the heroes must be as brutal as the villains or they turn into fools. There seems to be an assumption that if you’re offended by movie brutality, you are somehow playing into the hands of the people who want censorship. But this would deny those of us who don’t believe in censorship the use of the only counterbalance: the freedom of the press to say that there’s anything conceivably damaging in these films – the freedom to analyze their implications. If we don’t use this critical freedom, we are implicitly saying that no brutality is too much for us – that only squares and people who believe in censorship are concerned with brutality. Actually, those who believe in censorship are primarily concerned with sex, and they generally worry about violence only when it’s eroticized. This means that practically no one raises the issue of the possible cumulative effects of movie brutality. Yet surely, when night after night atrocities are served up to us as entertainment, it’s worth some anxiety. We become clockwork oranges if we accept all this pop culture without asking what’s in it.
—  Taken from “Stanley Strangelove” (1972) by Pauline Kael.
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Intense photos show the violent anti-government protests rocking Burundi 

Violent protests have broken out in the small, landlocked country of Burundi since President Pierre Nkurunziza’s April 25 announcement he will seek a third term, after a constitutional court ruled, irrespective of existing term limits, he was legally able to run for reelection.

Almost daily riots in the capital, Bujumbura, have killed 17 people thus far, the Guardian reports. A youth member of the ruling party was burnt alive on Thursday, becoming yet another victim in the country’s descent into chaos. 

(Warning: The rest of the images are graphic.)