The Concourse: “America Is Not For Black People” By Greg Howard.

“The United States of America is not for black people. We know this, and then we put it out of our minds, and then something happens to remind us. Saturday, in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo., something like that happened: An unarmed 18-year-old black man was executed by police in broad daylight.

By now, what’s happening in Ferguson is about so many second-order issues — systemic racism, the militarization of police work, and how citizens can redress grievances, among other things — that it’s worth remembering what actually happened here…”

OPEN CULTURE: Tarkovsky Films Now Free Online

“Andrei Tarkovsky (1932-1986) firmly positioned himself as the finest Soviet director of the post-War period. But his influence extended well beyond the Soviet Union. The Cahiers du cinéma consistently ranked his films on their top ten annual lists. Ingmar Bergman went so far as to say, “Tarkovsky for me is the greatest [director], the one who invented a new language, true to the nature of film, as it captures life as a reflection, life as a dream.” And Akira Kurosawa acknowledged his influence too, adding, “I love all of Tarkovsky’s films. I love his personality and all his works. Every cut from his films is a marvelous image in itself…”

The TSA Has Confiscated More Than 1,000 Guns at U.S. Airports This Year – Wall Street Journal Blog.   August 8, 2014. By RANI MOLLA and TAYLOR UMLAUF

“It’s easy to forget that the Transportation Security Administration is out for more than just your bottled water. Indeed, every week TSA agents find dozens of firearms, most of them loaded, in travelers’ carry-on baggage at airports across the country. Last year, the TSA found a total of 1,813 firearms in carry-on baggage through checkpoints around the country. As of the end of June 2014, the TSA has already found 1,025…”

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The Sentencing Project – Policy Brief – “Fewer Prisoners, Less Crime – A Tale of Three States” -

“Although the pace of criminal justice reform has accelerated at both the federal and state levels in the past decade, current initiatives have had only a modest effect on the size of the prison population. But over this period, three states – New York, New Jersey, and California – have achieved prison population reductions in the range of 25%. They have also seen their crime rates generally decline at a faster pace than the national average…”

NPR, By Putting Interrogations On Tape, FBI Opens Window Into Questioning, By Carrie Johnson (July 21, 2014) – “The FBI and other federal law enforcement agencies will soon begin recording the interrogations they conduct. It’s a reversal of decades of policy and, the Obama administration says, a demonstration that agents act appropriately, without coercing suspects. Some big loopholes remain in the policy, though…”

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