Good, Bad and Ugly

The Good

Vox: Why Ta-Nehisi Coates is hopeful

The long history of black folks in this country is conflict and struggle, between ourselves and the state and other interests within the society so that we can live free. And this is the first time that I think a lot of us have felt that the battle was legitimately joined, not just by white people but other people of color. When I hear that brother in Minneapolis talk about how his store was burned down and him saying, “Let it burn.” That’s a very different world. It’s a very, very different situation. It’s not a great one. It’s not the one we want. But it’s not ‘68.

Muriel Bowser is not kidding around.

Wonkette: DC Mayor Muriel Bowser Wants Those MFing Troops Off Her MFing Streets!

Bowser adds, concisely and with citations, that the presence of unidentified troops is "inflaming demonstrators and adding to the grievances of those who, by and large, are peacefully protesting for change and for reforms to the racist and broken systems that are killing Black Americans," and says the military presence — very much without identifying insignia — poses risks to both safety and national security.

"Our police and incident command have clear channels of communication and roles and it is important to note that these additional, unidentified units are operating outside of established chains of command," she continued. "This multiplicity of forces can breed dangerous confusion, such as when helicopters are used in a war-like tactic to frighten and disperse peaceful protesters."

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Washingtonian: Arrest Made in Bethesda Bike Assault (Why is this dude so angry?)

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The Nation: How to be an Anti-Fascist from Your Couch

The core of antifa is just that: protecting those you love from hatred. For those not temperamentally inclined or physically able to hit the streets (or to hit Nazis), there are ways to participate that are no less valuable or radical. Research and monitoring take fortitude, savvy, deception, and a willingness to engage in obsessive digital scouring, but are necessary work. This is not terrorism, as the Trump administration claims, but the prevention of terror. And if you’re willing, you too can be an antifascist from your couch.

George Washington weighs in... And I think he's pissed.

The Bad

Vice: 2012 Is Bullshit; 2020 Is When We’ll Really Be in Trouble

Historically, the trouble has always come from people with power, and the number of those people who want the most power. There are too many political entrepreneurs who are all trying to get power, and they get frustrated, which is how revolutions start: when members of the elite try to overturn the political order to better suit themselves

Remember those employment numbers? Sounds like they were bullshit too. Then CNBC thought they'd try their hand a graphical depiction. That did not go well. Not at all. But not to be outdone, Fox decided it would graph the market performance against major protests following Black Americans being killed by the police. I am not kidding. I wish I was.

NYMag Intelligencer: Why the Shockingly Good Jobs Report Might Be Bad News

Millions of furloughed workers — who, finding themselves involuntarily out of a paying job, are supposed to be classified as unemployed — appear to have mistakenly assigned themselves to the “employed but absent” bucket. As a result, the bureau believes the overall rate is actually closer to 16.3 percent. This error was present in both the May and April surveys. So, even when properly interpreted, the May report suggests the labor market is moving in the right direction. But the hole we’re digging out of is significantly deeper than official statistics suggest, according to the official statisticians themselves.

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The Ugly

Imagine this being your hill...

The Buffalo News: 57 members of Buffalo police riot response team resign after shoving incident

Less than 24 hours after a 75-year-old man was pushed to the ground outside City Hall by members of the Buffalo Police Department's Emergency Response Team and a video of the incident during a protest drew widespread condemnation, all 57 members of the team resigned from the unit.

The mass resignation came after members of the team that responds to riots and other crowd control situations, were suspended without pay. Two law enforcement sources confirmed the resignations.

Update: The two officers were arraigned Saturday and upon leaving the courthouse were applauded by coworkers and supporters outside. Buffalo, WTF?


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