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Worker-owner at Agaric web development collective, co-author of the Definitive Guide to Drupal 7, and person who gives a damn about justice, liberty, and gaining the most power possible for all people over our own lives.

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benjamin melançon

Two police SUVs were parked on our street, and the Minneapolis police officers were interrogating four young black men, almost certainly teenagers, with at least two of them *handcuffed behind their backs*, and the police had them sitting on the curb, with the ants (trust me— there are a lot of ants). After talking to them forever, pointing flashlights in their faces, and running at least one license, the police let the boys go.

Is there anything i could have done, should have done? Walked up and said "What seems to be the problem, officer?" Recorded the scene? Mentioned during the detention, or only after the police left, that there might be a case against the police for using excessive force in putting on handcuffs at all without sufficient cause (seriousness of crime, resistance or risk of flight are mentioned in http://www.patc.com/weeklyarticles/handcuffing-excessive-force.shtml for instance)?

benjamin melançon

Twin Cities Drupal Camp— the web development event that's so good, it's why i moved to Minneapolis. Get your tickets now! https://2018.tcdrupal.org/

benjamin melançon

Freedom-loving United States government continues over-the-top prosecution seeking to imprison 58 political protesters for more than 60 years (and that's down from 187 people before the federal prosecutors lost their first trial) https://www.unicornriot.ninja/2018/second-trump-inauguration-protest-trial-begins/

benjamin melançon

Donated $100 to bail out mamas on mother's day in honor of my mom (next year Mom i'll get you a card also, and who knows maybe prisons will be abolished)

https://nomoremoneybail.org/

benjamin melançon

This technological leap to put the means of production in local community hands is very close to what Kali Akuno of https://cooperationjackson.org/ works on: https://aeon.co/essays/why-the-utopian-vision-of-william-morris-is-now-within-reach

benjamin melançon

In a world at risk of still more wars illegally started or supported by the United States, a ray of hope for rule of law at home: https://blackagendareport.com/rev-pinkney-exonerated-set-free

benjamin melançon

I just reported a Facebook ad to join a group "Stop mandatory vaccinations" as promoting "Suicide or self-injury". Am i doing this right?

benjamin melançon

I can really get behind this new genre of journalism, reporters and editors slamming their corporate owners https://specialprojectsdesk.com/univision-is-a-fucking-mess-1825836622

It shows how far we are from a functioning competitive economy— that you can't run a damn web site without being part of a corporate behemoth susceptible to a leveraged buyout, itself an insanity in an economic system that should want to reward quality or innovation not dirty financial tricks.

A competitive economy would mean that all the people of Gawker/Gizmodo could quit and start their own company... as suggested here: http://geo.coop/story/cooperative-hostile-takeover

benjamin melançon

And @CenturyLink how can you be sued for scammy sales and service and not conclude the need to make a few changes in how you treat your customers? My apologies to all the workers i dealt with today; the mistreatment of customers comes straight from the top https://www.twincities.com/2018/02/16/nationwide-class-action-lawsuit-against-centurylink-will-be-li...

benjamin melançon

In conclusion @CenturyLinkMN i'd like credited back to my account the service restoration fee and the $200 overcharging of what you yourselves think the service should cost.