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Antonio French says there will be more violence if Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson isn’t indicted. “That’s predictable.”

The nightly violent standoffs between police and protesters in Ferguson may have stopped, but the anger that fueled two weeks of unrest here — anger at police, at elected officials, at oppression — remains.

And if Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson isn’t charged with a crime for shooting and killing unarmed teen Michael Brown, anger could again swell into chaos.

“If there isn’t an indictment, we’re going to see the same thing again,” says Antonio French, a St. Louis alderman who has emerged as one of the leaders behind the movement for change and peace in Ferguson. “That’s predictable. It’s going to get bad.”

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33 Responses to Monday Open Thread | #HealSTL

  1. rikyrah says:

    A little-known Obamacare tax on health insurance executives’ salaries raised $72 million in new revenue last year.

    For decades now, the United States has limited the corporation tax deduction for executive pay to $1 million for the company’s top four employees. That deduction cap, however, excluded performance bonuses, creating a massive loophole allowing companies to pay their top employees more than $1 million without facing a higher tax burden.

    Obamacare quietly changed the rules for health insurance executives. It lowered the cap to $500,000 — and, in that amount, now includes all forms of compensation. The health insurers’ regulation also widens the scope of who it hits: while the general deduction cap only applies to the company’s top four employees, the Obamacare rule hits any executive earnings more than $500,000.

    These new limits kicked in last year. The Institute for Policy Studies ran the numbers and found that this one change resulted in the 10 largest insurers paying an additional $72 million in taxes in 2013.

  2. rikyrah says:

    Study Blows The Lid Off The GOP’s Big Lie By Revealing Citizens United Helps Republicans Win
    By: Jason Easley more from Jason Easley
    Monday, September, 1st, 2014, 1:46 pm

    According to a new study, Citizens United is helping Republicans win state legislative elections by increasing their likelihood of victory.

    The Washington Post reported on the study,

    The findings of the study are significant because it debunks the claim of Republicans that Citizens United is not influencing the outcomes of elections. State legislative races are fertile ground for right-wing big spenders because state legislatures have a big influence on policy, and they draw the congressional district maps every ten years.

    The wave of voter suppression and anti-choice legislation is coming from Republican run state legislatures that were backed by Citizens United money. The movement to destroy public sector unions is being pushed by the unlimited dark money that was legalized in the Citizens United decision.

    The model for what the Koch brothers and other right-wing billionaires and organizations want to do to the federal government can be found in state legislatures all across the country. Republicans and their billionaires haven’t figured out how to make Citizens United money work in Senate and presidential elections yet, but they are working on it.

    The Republican claim that the billionaire dollars are just free speech is not true. The millions of ad dollars spent by the right-wing interests in state legislative elections pay immediate dividends. The flood of negative ads gives Republicans a substantial advantage in elections where the Democratic candidate is underfunded and largely unknown.

  3. rikyrah says:

    Why You Should Care About the NY Lt. Gov. Race

    by BooMan
    Mon Sep 1st, 2014 at 12:09:42 PM EST

    Keep your eyes on Tim Wu. He’s a candidate for Lieutenant Governor of New York. He’s running in the Democratic primary against Governor Andrew Cuomo’s preferred candidate Kathy Hochul. You may remember Ms. Hochul as the politician who won a surprise victory in a May 2011 special election for the 26th District. Most people thought that Hochul won by campaigning against Paul Ryan’s plan to turn Medicare into a voucher system. She lost her bid for reelection in 2012 in part because her district was redrawn. While she was in Congress she did some things, like voting to hold Eric Holder in contempt of Congress, that most progressive Democrats are not inclined to forgive.

    Mr. Wu won the endorsement of the New York Times and Daily Kos, and he’s polling well enough that the Cuomo team is freaking out. Hopefully, you are familiar with New York’s unusual ballot system that allows a candidate to run simultaneously on multiple party lines. That gets complicated when the Governor and Lieutenant Governor are running as a team.

  4. Jill says:

    #Gaza to #Ferguson

    Identify yourself, immediately,
    Show respect, he said.
    I already see through you.
    Your hunger needs to be fed.

    My movements consume you.
    The consumer that you crave.
    A monolith with arms,
    I exist only in your shade.

    How can I appease you?
    A bottomless pit of need.
    He who calculates the depths,
    Plummets far enough to accede.

    Officer, do you see me?
    The puzzle piece you trace.
    Will I satisfy your claim?
    A useless occupied bit of space.

    By Jill Swanson

  5. Ametia says:

    Obama and the Warmongers
    The Politics of the ISIS Threat
    Charles Blow-AUG. 31, 2014

    We seem to be drifting inexorably toward escalating our fight with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, as the Obama administration mulls whether to extend its “limited” bombing campaign into Syria.

    Part of the reasoning is alarm at the speed and efficiency with which ISIS — a militant group President Obama described as “barbaric” — has made gains in northern Iraq and has been able to wash back and forth across the Syrian border. Part is because of the group’s ghastly beheading of the American journalist James Foley — which Michael Morell, a former deputy director of the C.I.A., called “ISIS’s first terrorist attack against the United States” — and threats to behead another.

    But another part of the equation is the tremendous political pressure coming from the screeching of war hawks and an anxious and frightened public, weighted most heavily among Republicans and exacerbated by the right-wing media machine.

  6. rikyrah says:

    SG2 asked the right question..

    WHERE is the money for the murdering cop?


  7. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  8. SPANISH LAKE- about 4 miles north of Ferguson.The truth they don’t want you to hear about White Flight!

  9. After unrest over shooting, Ferguson police now wear body cameras

    (Reuters) – Police officers in Ferguson, Missouri, have begun wearing body cameras after weeks of unrest over the shooting death of an unarmed black teen by a white officer and sharply differing accounts of the incident, officials said on Sunday.

    Michael Brown, 18, was shot multiple times by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9, sparking nearly three weeks of angry protests in the St. Louis suburb and drawing global attention to race relations in the United States.

    Law enforcement and witnesses gave differing accounts of what transpired before Brown was shot, with police saying the teen had struggled with the officer. Witnesses say Brown held up his hands and was surrendering when he was shot multiple times in the head and chest.

    The discrepancy has revived calls for officers across the county to be outfitted with body cameras to help capture an accurate record of police-involved incidents.

    The policy has the support of scores of law enforcement agencies and the American Civil Liberties Union. Opponents say the cameras could be an invasion of privacy and deter people from approaching police with a tip.

    During protests on Saturday, Ferguson officers began wearing small body cameras clipped to their uniforms that recorded crowds, conversations and even some taunts by demonstrators, a police official said on Sunday.

    Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch the cameras have been well received by officers.

  10. Good morning, everyone!

    Happy Labor Day!

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