Zero tolerance policies exist to protect institutions, not people.
Zero tolerance policies, in fact, aim to stop people from speaking up or acting out in self-defense. That’s the point. They’re supposed to minimize conspicuous strife, they’re supposed to cover up for abusers, cleanse and moisturize the baby-soft hands of useless and/or malevolent administrators and come down hard on victims who do anything other than quietly accept their fate.
Victims are dangerous—they are discord, exposure, and lawsuits. Abusers, provided they exercise a certain amount of discretion, pose little threat if victims, too, are made infractors for participating in their own victimization, should it come to light.
A zero tolerance approach does not promote the safety or well-being of those subject to it, nor was it ever meant to do that.
Mandela will never, ever be your minstrel. Over the next few days you will try so, so hard to make him something he was not, and you will fail. You will try to smooth him, to sandblast him, to take away his Malcolm X. You will try to hide his anger from view. —
Six things Nelson Mandela believed that most people won’t talk about.
BEHIND THE BLOODSHED: THE UNTOLD STORY OF AMERICA'S MASS KILLINGS -
thepoliticalfreakshow:Since 2006, there have been more than 200 mass killings in the United States. A USA TODAY investigation discovered that they happen far more often than the government reports and can be shockingly predictable.
Trust me, this report is shocking. You have to click the link to read the full story.
Newtown was almost a year ago. Hard to believe that nothing has changed since then.
They're Going to Dump the Fukushima Radiation Into the Ocean Washington's Blog -
Yup … They’re Going to Dump It
Tepco is planning on dumping all of the radioactive water stored at Fukushima into the ocean.
The industry-controlled nuclear regulators are pushing for dumping the radiation, as well.
As EneNews reports:
Juan Carlos Lentijo, head of IAEA’s mission to Fukushima Daiichi, Dec. 4, 2013: “Controlled discharge is a regular practice in all the nuclear facilities in the world. And what we are trying to say here is to consider this as one of the options to contribute to a good balance of risks and to stabilize the facility for the long term.”
FCC chair: ISPs should be able to charge Netflix for Internet fast lane -
Newly anointed Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler said this week that it would be OK for Internet service providers to charge Netflix and other companies for a faster lane to consumers.
Wheeler’s stance is surprising given that it appears to contradict the FCC’s Open Internet Order, passed under his predecessor in 2010. That order, which sets out the country’s network neutrality rules, says that fixed broadband providers may not “unreasonably discriminate” against any type of traffic. The order specifically calls out pay-for-play arrangements as being potential violations.
"[B]roadband providers that sought to offer pay-for-priority services would have an incentive to limit the quality of service provided to non-prioritized traffic," the rules state. “For a number of reasons… a commercial arrangement between a broadband provider and a third party to directly or indirectly favor some traffic over other traffic in the broadband Internet access service connection to a subscriber of the broadband provider (i.e. ‘pay for priority’) would raise significant cause for concern. … [A]s a general matter, it is unlikely that pay for priority would satisfy the ‘no unreasonable discrimination’ standard.”
The Open Internet Order is being challenged in court by Verizon. A Verizon win would let ISPs block content or charge providers for a faster lane to customers. But the rule is still in place, at least until the US Court of Appeals makes a decision.
Wheeler (a former lobbyist for the cable and wireless industries) spoke positively about the order but said he wouldn’t mind if Netflix has to pay for a faster lane to consumers while answering questions Monday after a policy speech at Ohio State University.
This is a pretty big deal, and potentially a very bad thing for broadband customers.
What does it say that most broadband providers are also cable television providers (or are FiOS TV providers), and that these broadband providers want to charge extra for applications like Netflix and Hulu to to use their networks?
It sounds a lot to me like they are trying to exert control over content delivery methods, along with finding a way to milk every cent possible out of their customers.
Second, Tom Wheeler is a disgustingly obvious industry shill and has no business as chair of the FCC.
There is currently a whithouse.gov petition to have Wheeler removed, but then again, whitehouse.gove petitions have proven been pretty ineffective.
- A woman in Utah gave birth to twins. When one was stillborn, she was arrested and charged with criminal homicide based on the claim that her decision to delay cesarean surgery was the cause of the stillbirth.
- After a hearing that lasted less than a day, a court issued an order requiring a critically-ill pregnant woman in Washington, D.C. to undergo cesarean surgery over her objections. Neither she nor her baby survived.
- A judge in Ohio kept a woman imprisoned to prevent her from having an abortion.
- A woman in Oregon who did not comply with a doctor’s recommendation to have additional testing for gestational diabetes was subjected to involuntary civil commitment. During her detention, the additional testing was never performed.
- A Louisiana woman was charged with murder and spent approximately a year in jail before her counsel was able to show that what was deemed a murder of a fetus or newborn was actually a miscarriage that resulted from medication given to her by a health care provider.
- In Texas, a pregnant woman who sometimes smoked marijuana to ease nausea and boost her appetite gave birth to healthy twins. She was arrested for delivery of a controlled substance to a minor.
- A doctor in Wisconsin had concerns about a woman’s plans to have her birth attended by a midwife. As a result, a civil court order of protective custody for the woman’s fetus was obtained. The order authorized the sheriff’s department to take the woman into custody, transport her to a hospital, and subject her to involuntary testing and medical treatment.
- And now a woman is being berated for moving cities while pregnant
Don’t forget the woman in the UK who had her infant forcibly removed via cesarian section by order of social services because she’d had a mental breakdown (from which she had recovered).
Cops threaten to kill homeowner’s pets if they have to get a warrant to search his home
A Kansas City man says he’s been terrified since an encounter with police on Monday evening. He says officers came to his home in southeast Kansas City looking for people he’d never heard of and when he refused to let them inside, things turned ugly.
“If we have to get a warrant, we’re going to come back when you’re not expecting it, we’re going to park in front of your house, where all your neighbors can see, we’re gonna bust in your door with a battering ram, we’re gonna shoot and kill your dogs, who are my family, and then we’re going to ransack your house looking for these people.”
Oh please. Taxes are not *your* money. If people could give up the idea that it’s THEIR money being pried out of their hands, rather than just another bill, there’d be a lot less whining. You want lights, you pay the electric company. You want a place to live, you pay the bank or landlord. You want food, you pay the grocery store. You want to live in a civilized society, you pay taxes. Get. Over. It. — Comment of the Day: Paying For a More Civilized Society (via peekadora)
6 language patterns to prompt a confession -
1.) I wouldn’t want to tell you to (prime phrase).
The thing you state you would not tell them to do is the thing you actually want them to do.
The phrase can stop someone’s resistance. It bypasses a critical factor by putting the power of making the decision at the person’s control and primes them with the idea you want them to do.
I wouldn’t want you to talk to me if you do not want to. It is entirely up to you. However, I would really like to hear your side of the story if you want to tell me.
The person now has mentally focused on the fact that they are in charge to make the decision while at the same time they have the idea in their head of what you want them to do. The idea is formed by the suggestion you have given them, priming them to act in that manner — talking to you about the case.
2.) You might want to (prime phrase) now.
Insert what you want them to do in the blank. Then support the idea.
You might want to get your side of the story out now. A lot of people wait too long and wind up being ignored.
You might want to share your side of the story with someone like me, who understands what you are going through.
When you say you might want to, you are not telling them what to do or act in a certain manner. You are merely priming the person to the idea of following your suggestion.
3.) What is it that helps you know whether you should (prime phrase) or (negative)?
Those two options make them think. It gets their attention. It puts the person in control and makes them consider the decision they are going to make. People sometimes are in a mental state of pause, not thinking or deciding. Your statement wakes them up to listen, think and decide. In this process you are not pushing your agenda, just putting the thought out there for them to use.
What is it that helps you know whether you should share your side of the story with me or wait until the prosecutor is asking you questions? The prosecutor has their own agenda — I just want to hear your side of the story.
Once the person starts to think about the options, point out the good and bad aspects of each side of the question. In this way you are working with the subject, not against them.
4.) You don’t have to (prime phrase) now.
• talk to me
People like this phrase because it puts them in control. It tells them they do not have to do anything (now!).
You’ve taken the thought of action out of their mind and put it on the table for them to think about. By stating what you want them to do as a choice to not do it, primes their behavior to actually do the behavior.
Saying “You don’t have to talk to me now,” relieves resistance and makes them think about talking to you.
Follow up with “It is entirely up to you. However, I would really like to hear your side of what happened, if that is what you want to do.”
5.) Why is it that some people see it and most people don’t?
This puts the person above others — it builds them up. They are “above” the person who just reacts to a situation. They become the thoughtful one who sees things as they are.
Why do some people see the advantage of getting their story out first and others don’t?
Why do some people tell their side of the story first, while others resist telling their story and wind up at a disadvantage?
Some people don’t see the advantage of being first and merely react to what happens, getting left out in the cold.
6.) I don’t know if (prime phrase) now is a good idea.
• this is the best thing for sure
Again, this gives the person control to decide. The included phrase primes the person to decide in your favor. It wakes them up, gets them thinking and allows them to make a decision.
I don’t know if you should share your story now. You will have to make that decision. I would like to hear it, but it is still up to you.
I don’t know if you confiding in me is what you want. You will have to make that decision. I would like to hear your side if that is what you want to do.
The prime phrase is what they will usually decide. It has been placed forefront in their mind for them to think about. Additionally, you have not told them to do anything, leaving the decision to them.
Police are not your friends. They have no duty to protect you. Talking to cops is never a good idea.
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