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The Smashing Pumpkins were my first ‘favorite band’ (only to be permanently replaced a few years later by the awesome and eternal Nine Inch Nails). When I was growing up, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness was all the rage, and the Pumpkins probably became way too popular for their own good. This is a group that went through some tough times at the peak of their popularity; what with the drug addicted members, the constant infighting and the exceptionally high bar for continued quality that they set for themselves. I’ve also known a lot of fans through the decades that just got sick and tired of Billy Corgan’s notorious ego and control-freak ways. Still, there is no other rock band out there that sounds like these guys. They will always be my first ‘favorite band’, and occasionally I hear their newer music and enjoy it a lot. This is the first track off 2012’s Oceania, it’s called Quasar. Be sure to turn up the volume and don’t be surprised to find yourself rocking out.

US Police Have Killed Over 5,000 Civilians Since 9/11

Statistically speaking, Americans should be more fearful of the local cops than “terrorists.”

… Though the U.S. government does not have a database collecting information about the total number of police involved shootings each year, it’s estimated that between 500 and 1,000 Americans are killed by police officers each year. Since 9/11, about 5,000 Americans have been killed by U.S. police officers, which is almost equivalent to the number of U.S. soldiers who have been killed in the line of duty in Iraq.

Because individual police departments are not required to submit information regarding the use of deadly force by its officers, some bloggers have taken it upon themselves to aggregate that data. Wikipedia also has a list of “justifiable homicides” in the U.S., which was created by documenting publicized deaths.

Mike Prysner, one of the local directors of the Los Angeles chapter for ANSWER — an advocacy group that asks the public to Act Now to Stop War and End Racism — told Mint Press News earlier this year that the “epidemic” of police harassment and violence is a nationwide issue.

He said groups like ANSWER are trying to hold officers accountable for abuse of power. “[Police brutality] has been an issue for a very long time,” Prysner said, explaining that in May, 13 people were killed in Southern California by police.

As Mint Press News previously reported, each year there are thousands of claims of police misconduct. According to the CATO Institute’s National Police Misconduct Reporting Project, in 2010 there were 4,861 unique reports of police misconduct involving 6,613 sworn officers and 6,826 alleged victims.

Most of those allegations of police brutality involved officers who punched or hit victims with batons, but about one-quarter of the reported cases involved firearms or stun guns.

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A big element in the police killings, Prysner says, is racism. “A big majority of those killed are Latinos and Black people,” while the police officers are mostly White, he said. “It’s a badge of honor to shoot gang members so [the police] go out and shoot people who look like gang members,” Prysner argued, giving the example of 34-year-old Rigoberto Arceo, who was killed by police on May 11.

According to a report from the Los Angeles Times, Arceo, who was a biomedical technician at St. Francis Medical Center, was shot and killed after getting out of his sister’s van. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department says Arceo “advanced on the deputy and attempted to take the deputy’s gun.” However, Arceo’s sister and 53-year-old Armando Garcia — who was barbecuing in his yard when the incident happened — say that Arceo had his hands above his head the entire time.

Prysner is not alone in his assertion that race is a major factor in officer-related violence. This past May, a study from the the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, an anti-racist activist organization, found that police officers, security guards or self-appointed vigilantes killed at least 313 Black people in 2012 — meaning one Black person was killed in the U.S. by law enforcement roughly every 28 hours. []

(Source: globalpoetics)

Oh my goodness, its Kittie, and yes, I did actually just post their stuff on my page. Why? Well… I am not ashamed to admit that I really enjoy a significant cross section of their music. I remember first hearing about these Canadian rockers almost fourteen years ago, they had just released their album Spit (which this song, Charlotte, is from) and every single one of my male friends wanted to bang Talena Atfield, one of their many ‘past members’. I’ve been reminded several times by people in my lifetime that these girls ‘suck’… and I couldn’t disagree more. If you’re into nu metal at all, if you appreciate female-fronted death jams, or if you just like banging your head to some hard and aggressive rock n’ roll… you’ll probably grow to love at least some of their tunes. So step away from your pointless bias, crank up the volume and rock out to the thrashing, screaming sounds of The Lander Sisters… I-I mean Kittie.

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