“These Cops Are Tired of White People Getting Freaked Out By Their Black Neighbors”

Washington Post again... The stories pile on. A white security officer tells of the year he and his black wife lived in an apartment complex. "She got cops called a total of 9 times in the year we lived there I got zero," he says. A retired cop recalls the time a "lady called scared to death because some black guy was sitting in his truck across from her house" -- it was the water meter reader. more … [Read more...]

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“In Fresno, A Community-Policing Ethos Builds Ties Between Officers and Residents”

from the Washington Post: Not long ago, the Hispanic residents of this gang-ridden neighborhood in Southwest Fresno would not have voluntarily spoken to a police officer, much less attended a police-sponsored block party and taken photos with the chief. But over the past decade, a sustained policing initiative marked by community meetings, Christmas gifts and dozens of neighborhood events has fundamentally altered police-resident relations. more (there are serious limits to attempts to "reform … [Read more...]

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“Seven Reasons We Hate Free-Range Parenting”: Megan McArdle

writes: ...Why has America gone lunatic on the subject of unattended children? Parents hover over their kids as if every step might be their last. If they don't hover, strangers do, calling the police to report any parent who leaves their child to run into the store for a few minutes. What's truly strange is that the parents who are doing this were themselves left to their own devices in cars, allowed to ride their bikes and walk to the store unsupervised, and otherwise given the (limited) … [Read more...]

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Communitas, Caritas… Chocolat-as?

I've already introduced you to the singleton's brownie. A brownie in a mug is autonomous, independent, in control... but wouldn't you rather have interdependent brownies? Brownies you've gotta share?Today I made this recipe twice, with some minor variations. These are brownies to form a community around.My variations and notes: I used Hershey's dark cocoa, which makes the brownies look burnt. They're not burnt. They're awesome. I used salted butter because life's too short to buy … [Read more...]

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“Dracula’s Tango”: Toto Coelo

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Lullabies from Prison and Other Links

Let's start with this."Bringing Mothers in Prison Closer to Their Children, Through Music": Mothers in prison rarely get to see their children, let alone touch them or sing them a lullaby. But female inmates in New York City are getting a little help with the singing, thanks to Carnegie Hall. For the last few years, Carnegie has sponsored the Lullaby Project, which pairs professional musicians with women in jails, homeless shelters and city hospitals, to help them write lullabies for their … [Read more...]

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Judging the Costumes at the 2015 World Figure Skating Championships

some glorious moments in this (YES, Javier Fernandez as Gaston, MAKE THIS HAPPEN!) although I wish they'd noted that whatever you may think of Elizaveta Tuktamysheva's artistry (if that's what we're calling it), she hit a phenomenal triple axel and generally gave a really gritty, fiery performance. Also she rocked that muumuu.Link via Libresco. … [Read more...]

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