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Watch Judge Vonda Evans sentencing racist cops to years in jail

boingboing.net — Racist cops in Inkster, MI., set out to pull over a black motorist and beat him up. One of them, William Melendez, was jailed for no less than 13 months today for his part in the attack, and Judge Vonda Evans's sentencing statement was a powerful and stirring moral condemnation of his behavior and that of his fellow officers, police culture, and the cynicism it leads to.

DeRay McKeeson running for mayor: "I am a son of Baltimore"

boingboing.net — Civil rights activist DeRay McKeeson is running for mayor of Baltimore. He would get my vote if I lived there. I have come to realize that the traditional pathway to politics, and the traditional politicians who follow these well-worn paths, will not lead us to the transformational change our city needs.
Feb 05, 2016

Inspiring Twitter icon and #BLM civil rights activist @Deray is running for mayor of Baltimore, Maryland. boingboing.net/2016/02/05/der…

UN panel determines Assange "arbitrarily detained"

boingboing.net — A UN panel has concluded that Julian Assange is being "arbitrarily detained," reports the reports the BBC Assange has been holed up in the Ecuadorean embassy in London since 2011, knowing that he will be arrested if he leaves.
Feb 04, 2016

A UN panel has concluded that Julian Assange is being "arbitrarily detained," reports the BBC. boingboing.net/2016/02/04/un-…

Pharma price-gouger Martin Shkreli smirks at Congress, refuses to answer questions

boingboing.net — Summoned to a congressional hearing into price-gouging, entrepreneur Martin Shkreli smirked, dodged and insulted those before him, even when all they wanted to talk about was Wu-Tang Clan. "I don't think I've ever seen the committee treated with such contempt,'' Representative John Mica, a Florida Republican, said after Mr. Shkreli was excused and left the room.
Feb 04, 2016

Pharma price-gouger Martin Shkreli smirks at Congress, refuses to answer questions boingboing.net/2016/02/04/pha… pic.twitter.com/8gOc84PUBL

Feb 04, 2016

Pharma price-gouger Martin Shkreli smirks at Congress, refuses to answer questions boingboing.net/2016/02/04/pha… pic.twitter.com/F0sxBzQkj6

Watch Judge Vonda Evans sentencing racist cops to years in jail

boingboing.net — Racist white cops in Inkster, Michigan, set out to pull over a black motorist and beat him up. One of them, William Melendez, was jailed for no less than 13 months today for his part in the attack, and Judge Vonda Evans's sentencing statement was a powerful and stirring moral condemnation of his behavior and that of his fellow officers, police culture, and the cynicism it leads to.

Legal pot industry already bigger than Cheeto industry

boingboing.net — Americans spent more last year on legal marijuana than they did on Cheetos, Doritos and Funyuns combined. The Denver Post reports that the $5.4 billion total includes medical and recreational sales. But as they also note, plenty of challenges to the industry remain.
Feb 03, 2016

America spent more last year on legal marijuana than on Cheetos, Doritos & Funyuns combined boingboing.net/2016/02/03/leg… pic.twitter.com/cupoZmcOVe

Feb 03, 2016

RT @xeni: America spent more last year on legal marijuana than on Cheetos, Doritos & Funyuns combined boingboing.net/2016/02/03/leg… https://t.co/…

Feb 03, 2016

America spent more last year on legal marijuana than on Cheetos, Doritos & Funyuns combined. boingboing.net/2016/02/03/leg… pic.twitter.com/cHfeZuVqAX

Feb 03, 2016

RT @xeni: America spent more last year on legal marijuana than on Cheetos, Doritos & Funyuns combined. boingboing.net/2016/02/03/leg… https://t.co…

Feb 04, 2016

RT @BoingBoing: America spent more last year on legal marijuana than on Cheetos, Doritos & Funyuns combined. boingboing.net/2016/02/03/leg… https:…

Video emerges of Pittsburgh cop beating up teen

boingboing.net — Only after assault charges against Pittsburgh police Sgt. Stephen Matakovich were dropped did the public get to see the video of him beating up a teenager. The off-duty cop, working as a security guard, claimed that 19-year-old Gabriel Despres kept his hands in his pockets after being ordered to remove them and was therefore a "threat."
Feb 03, 2016

Video emerges of police in Pittsburgh, PA beating up a teenager boingboing.net/2016/02/03/vid…

Video emerges of Pittsburgh cop beating up teen

boingboing.net — Only after assault charges against Pittsburgh police Sgt. Stephen Matakovich were dropped did the public get to see the video of him beating up a drunk teen. The off-duty cop, working as a security guard, claimed that 19-year-old Gabriel Despres kept his hands in his pockets after being ordered to remove them and was therefore a "threat."

Cushy plea deal for Maryland Judge who had defendant tortured in court

boingboing.net — Maryland Judge Robert Nalley pleaded guilty Monday to ordering deputies to shock a defendant with a 50,000-volt charge. Nalley, who presided over Charles County Circuit Court, reportedly agreed to a plea deal whereby he receives a year of probation.

INTERVIEW: Hip Hop Family Tree's Ed Piskor on the weird old tools of classic comics

boingboing.net — Ed Piskor, creator of Hip Hop Family Tree (which debuted right here at Boing Boing) shared with us some of the ancient artistic tools that inspires his unique technique. While drawing a splendid Happy Mutant, he takes us through his "war chest": zip-a-tone sheets, letraset, a Leroy lettering gadget, risography, and the immortal spirit of great cartooning.
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Feb 05, 2016

That Piers Morgan recoils in horror from breasts should not be this surprising.

Feb 05, 2016

USA Today embedded my tweet about the alien laptop, those horrid trolls! usatoday.com/story/tech/nat…

Feb 04, 2016

RT @leighalexander: An explicitly feminist collection of game writing starring 99% women & POC has raised over $25k overnight. Close now ht…

Feb 04, 2016

If Shkreli dies mysteriously, the cops will basically be able to use the Forbes Billionaire List as the suspect list.

Feb 04, 2016

"A gorgeous anthology of the most diverse, personal and insightful writing about video games in the universe" kickstarter.com/projects/13152…

Feb 04, 2016

how dare he actually want to win. how dare he not play the role into which we cast him pic.twitter.com/ygKUTHE5U1

Feb 04, 2016

Martin Shkreli is so gross he has united the country in defense of congress, an organization with a lower approval rating than pedophilia


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