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.
Violence Is Currency: A Pacifist Ex-Con's Guide To Prison Weaponry

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.


That awkward moment when that forced meme “Actually, it’s about ethics in journalism” isn’t considered a joke in a court of law.

Oh yeah, and Gawker is only under fire because they didn’t pay their interns. Because who gives a fuck? Who needs to pay those college kids drowning in debt?

It also doesn’t help that Gawker has been shitting out some of the worst #GamerGate smear pieces. I can’t blame them, GG did cost them 7 figures.

Original Tweet

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.


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.