Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Claire Provost writes about the spread of the private security industry – which now exceeds the size of public police forces in Canada among other countries – as a means of privileging the protection of wealth over public interests. – Meanwhile, Lana Payne comments on the importance of ...

Joe Fantauzzi: Desmond Cole, the Toronto Star and Another Existential Crisis for Professional Journalism

DISCLOSURE: I worked as a mainstream news reporter between 2003 and 2012. I see this as a two-fold issue; firstly, actions and secondly, words. I’ll consider both briefly and then elaborate on my concerns. Actions There is no point in rehashing here the now well-known details of what lead to Desmond Cole’s departure from the Toronto ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Disturbing Police Malpractice Uncovered

Everything about this case is disturbing, most definitely the shooting death of Dunphy. Ironically, Dunphy had invited the officer into his house. (The officer, Joe Smyth, showed up unannounced at his doorstep to assess whether he was a threat based on a tweet he had sent the premier.) Fifteen minutes later, Dunphy was dead in ...

Views from the Beltline: Congrats to Commanding Officer Butterworth-Carr

It’s always encouraging to see a woman get a top job, and encouraging also to see a Native person get a top job. With Brenda Butterworth-Carr we get two for one. Ms. Butterworth-Carr, from the Tr’ondek Hwech’in Han Nation in Yukon, has been appointed Commanding Officer for the RCMP in B.C., the country’s largest division. ...

Views from the Beltline: Congrats to Commanding Officer Butterworth-Carr

It’s always encouraging to see a woman get a top job, and encouraging also to see a Native person get a top job. With Brenda Butterworth-Carr we get two for one. Ms. Butterworth-Carr, from the Tr’ondek Hwech’in Han Nation in Yukon, has been appointed Commanding Officer for the RCMP in B.C., the country’s largest division. ...

Things Are Good: Complaints About Police Drop 93% Thanks to Body Cameras

Policing has become a hot issue in recent years thanks to the efforts of groups like Black Lives Matter bringing discriminatory actions by the police to light. In many jurisdictions police forces are already using (or considering) body cameras that record what officers are seeing and doing. It turns out that using them can decrease ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: This Morning In Police Shootings…

Killed for a misread tweet. Inquiry into #DonDunphy announced https://t.co/aoJ2QgHQkR #cdnpoli #nlpoli — Derrick O'Keefe (@derrickokeefe) September 23, 2016 Woman experiencing mental distress calls 911. Police arrive and shoot her three times. SIU lays no charges. https://t.co/H5eDyXum2u — Desmond Cole (@DesmondCole) September 23, 2016 A man is experiencing mental distress. Toronto police arrive at his ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Aww, Poor Police

“That continuous accountability, continuously being in the public eye, and that having to be infallible … it puts a lot of pressure on our police officers, and contributes to their mental health.” Did he mean “poor mental health”? Imagine being watched all of the time. What kind of stress would that cause? Sorry for the ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Evening Links

Assorted content to end your week. – Angella MacEwen discusses how most of what’s sold as “free trade” serves mostly to hand power to the corporate sector at the expense of the public. Ashley Csanady and Monika Warzecha point out that the same is true for Ontario’s business subsidies and tax credits which are normally ...

Kersplebedeb | Kersplebedeb: Cops are Gangsters

Intro: There are millions of oppressed people inside the borders of the u.s., but I’m not one of them. I come from a privileged background. I’m not the main victim of the police. Nor am I a leader in the growing struggle against police violence. Recognizing how far I am from the front lines, I ...

Politics and its Discontents: Sometimes, All We Can Do Is Bear Witness

What is the truth about Don Dunphy? I don’t know. But his story is surely worth sharing, given the terrible abuses of police authority that have been so much in the news these past several years. At the very least, a full and open investigation is warranted here: Recommend this Post

Kersplebedeb | Kersplebedeb: Police Wife: A Review by André Moncourt

The wave of police killings of young blacks in the U.S. over the past several years and the recent resistance in Ferguson and Baltimore have made police violence a front-page issue.  A broad debate about police violence is crucial, and one recently published book adds a dimension to that debate that, while essential, might easily ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: The Vile Maxim of the Servants

Adam Smith wrote about “The vile maxim of the masters,” which is, as he describes it, “All for us, none for anybody else.” And the vile maxim of their loyal servants seems to be, “Whatever you say boss. You make the rules.” The vile, amoral service to power – nothing disgusts me more; yet, it ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: The Vile Maxim of the Servants

Adam Smith wrote about “The vile maxim of the masters,” which is, as he describes it, “All for us, none for anybody else.” And the vile maxim of their loyal servants seems to be, “Whatever you say boss. You make the rules.” The vile, amoral service to power – nothing disgusts me more; yet, it ...

OpenMedia.ca: Ian Mulgew: Court chooses Internet privacy in limiting police access to text messages

When you send a text message, do you assume it stays just between you and your friend? What about the police? Article by Ian Mulgew for the Vancouver Sun The B.C. Court of Appeal has struck a blow for Internet privacy at the expense of letting walk a Nanaimo man accused of drug trafficking because of ...

Left Over: Powerful Boys Caught With Illicit Toys….

Today (August 24, 2015) no referring back to any specific  media  stuff…only some thoughts on  something in the news  that  makes me crazy…and no, this time, it isn’t Stephen Harper… I am  listening to the  news while on the computer, and the story about the Ashley Madison  hack  is being trumpeted as the possible cause ...

Left Over: Powerful Boys Caught With Illicit Toys….

Today (August 24, 2015) no referring back to any specific  media  stuff…only some thoughts on  something in the news  that  makes me crazy…and no, this time, it isn’t Stephen Harper… I am  listening to the  news while on the computer, and the story about the Ashley Madison  hack  is being trumpeted as the possible cause ...

Things Are Good: Artists Bring Peace to the Streets

Street art about peace is getting special attention in London these next few weeks. Artists from all over the world are going to explore the idea of ‘peace in our streets’ and what it means to them. It looks like it’ll be a great exhibit. If you’re in London you should check it out. The ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Goodbye Bill Blair: You failed us.

Toronto has not lost a police chief. It has gained freedom. It has left an era of bad policing behind. It has new opportunities for better policing. It has new opportunities for discouraging crime, fewer gangs, fewer guns, easing of trouble spots and better relations between the police and the people they serve and protect. ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: “Anti-Petroleum” RCMP Explodes Gasoline In Their Cars’ Engines

RCMP called ‘anti-petroleum’ critics (aka anyone concerned about climate change) a potential security threat http://t.co/sollGvyhdB #cdnpoli — Keith Stewart (@climatekeith) February 18, 2015 The RCMP have displayed Climate Change Denial symptoms. This is bad for Canada, because if the police tasked with interfering in climate change related activism do not understand the science that drives ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week. – Stephen Burgen reports on Thomas Piketty’s view that it’s long past time for voters to have anti-austerity options where none existed in the past. And along similar lines, Murray Dobbin sets out the stark choice facing Canadians: Canadians will have to continue to watch their Scandinavian neighbours use ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: RCMP Pursuing A Relationship

Cop constructively abducts Native woman in Canada <~ media calls it "Pursuing a Relationship" FU pic.twitter.com/tdHy8daYKg — lastrealindians.com (@lastrealindians) January 9, 2015 RCMP officers don’t possess good sense given to every other human being, apparently.

Dead Wild Roses: Twitter Savages #Ask a Cop

Ouch.     Filed under: Racism Tagged: ask a cop, Police, Racism, shots fired

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: I’m Boring, Ignore Me: Supreme Court Ruins Privacy

I think people who say they are too ordinary, law abiding, and boring for police to violate them, are more wishing that were true than stating a fact. Will the police keep the phone as it keeps generating evidence? For how long? Can you refuse to provide your password or will the police IT department ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

This and that for your weekend reading. – Reviewing Darrell West’s Billionaires, Michael Lewis discusses how extreme wealth doesn’t make anybody better off – including the people fighting for position at the top of the wealth spectrum: A team of researchers at the New York State Psychiatric Institute surveyed 43,000 Americans and found that, by ...