Politics Category

by Mark Gould At present when it comes to examining issues of race, violence against women and social justice protests for changes in the conduct of some law enforcement officers, traversing the landscape is like wading through a minefield. Just where do we start? There are professional  black athletes, themselves portrayed as a stereotype of male aggression, protesting violence against black men, while a very small minority are themselves accused of violence against women. Some athletes are playing for teams with unpleasant ethnic caricatures for logos and mascots with some teams and leagues notRead More
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Protesters took to the streets in San Francisco for a second day on Saturday to show their solidarity with actions in other cities sparked by the refusal of two grand juries to bring charges against police in the killings of unarmed black men. The demonstrators once again blocked Market Street at Powell chanting “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot,” and “No Justice, No Peace.”  Their were several arrests, including a woman who appeared to be in her 70’s, who was taken away as the crowd jeered at police. There were no reportsRead More
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House Speaker John Boehner released a video yesterday of him and his new toy wind up monkey, a gift given to him by his staff. In the video Mr. Boehner is playing with his cute granddaughters. While awfully cute - the timing of the House being on vacation does raise the more serious question - Should Congress approve a decision to send troops to Syria?Read More
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Mission Local reports that an estimated group of 200 people walked to and protested against the conversion of a seven-unit rental apartment building on xx St. that was bought and converted to a private residenceRead More

Posted On October 27, 2012By SFsthetikIn Politics, Tech

Ukraine: Technology for Transparent Elections

(via Global Voices - English Edition, by Tetyana Bohdanova) On October 28, Ukrainians will elect their parliament. With the current president‘s main political opponent in jail, the upcoming elections come under increasing attention from the international community. Amidst mounting allegations of the ruling party’s use of administrative resource during election campaign, the current Ukrainian government has pledged to keep the elections free and fair and accommodated over 3,700 international observers. Ukraine’s Ministry of the Interior has decided to utilize crowdmapping and set up an Ushahidi-based map of registered violations [uk].Read More
China artist Ai Weiwei says travel a ‘human right’ (via AFP) Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei has a metaphor for the travel ban that will prevent him attending the growing number of exhibitions of his work being held around the world as his renown increases. “I can swim, but not far,” Ai told AFP of the ban on leaving China imposed last week despite the…Read More
Sunshine Week: Forecast Looks Cloudy for PATRIOT Act Transparency (via EFF) As we noted in an earlier post, EFF received the first batch of records from the DOJ in our FOIA lawsuit related to Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act yesterday. The government released approximately 300 pages of records to EFF, but (not surprisingly) none of those records shed any light on the information…Read More
FCC Studying Government Wireless Service Interruptions (via redOrbit) In response to an August 2011 shutdown of wireless service by public transportation officials in San Francisco, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced plans to review whether or not they need to establish rules to govern when law enforcement and other public service agencies can… Grambling, Eddie Robinson, coach robinson, Grambling State, football, Lillian Rose Robinson, time jackie robinson, college, longtime grambling coach, son eddie robinson, Grambling State University, louisiana negro normal and industrial institute, losing seasons, deep south, teams, blackRead More
The first American government run transit agency to shut off public cell phone usage and receive world-wide media attention for its actions is set to vote tomorrow on a long term enforcement policy that will govern how it can and cannot control cell and internet data mobile traffic.On August 11 BART shut off mobile phone in a number of Downtown San Francisco terminals after  a protest started over the death of a man shot by BART police officers. On October 27th the BART Board of Directors voted to come upRead More
With the US midterm elections coming, PBS MediaShift and a group of San Francisco politicians, political and media consultants recently sat down to discuss how politics is changing with the advent of Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and mobile apps. Watch the full episode. See more MediaShift.Read More