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Rest in Power Glen Ford: Nov.5, 1949 – July 28, 2021

This has hit me hard, somehow. Please allow me for now to offer only these three Tweets in honor of his journey to the other side. He was a giant among both journalists human beings.

Friday Open Thread ~ an "It isn't what you think" edition

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The idea that sex trafficking is an urgent social problem is woven into American media stories, from reports of Republican U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz’s alleged trafficking of teenage girls to debunked QAnon conspiracy theories about a sexual slavery ring run through online retailer Wayfair.

The common perception of sex trafficking involves a young, passive woman captured by an aggressive trafficker. The woman is hidden and waiting to be rescued by law enforcement. She is probably white, because, as the legal scholar Jayashri Srikantiah writes, the “iconic victim” of trafficking usually is depicted this way.

This is essentially the plot of the “Taken” movies, in which teenage Americans are kidnapped abroad and sold into sexual slavery. Such concerns fuel viral posts and TikTok videos about alleged but unproven trafficking in IKEA parking lots, malls and pizza shops.

This is not how sex trafficking usually occurs.

The nationwide campaign to stop progressive reforms of the justice system

When most people think of reforming the justice system it almost always starts and ends with BLM and Defund the Police.
But in fact there is a much more tangible effort being made by electing progressive district attorneys. That started with Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner in 2017, and continues with newly elected Los Angeles DA George Gascón.

Ice Cream & Surveillance--- Israel is Used to Having its Ice Cream and Eating it, too.

"By excoriating Ben & Jerry’s, the Bennett-Lapid coalition is, in effect, defending decades of illiberal policies: military rule of the occupied territories, creeping annexation and a blurred distinction between 1948 and 1967 borders that insists on Israeli sovereignty between the river and the sea.

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