Voices from Russia

Sunday, 11 January 2015

11 January 2015. My Reply to a Friend on the Level of Police Violence in the USA

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo. NO Police State! 2012

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The violence has escalated since 2001… the Bushies brought in violence on a new level domestically and internationally. The GOP has become a ravening beast… only a disastrous defeat will knock them out. Even if the USA loses in the Ukraine… that won’t be such a defeat. The media will lie to cover the rich man’s mistakes. However, when (not if) the first REAL riot happens in the USA… all bets will be off.

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Most of the coppers that I know are decent guys… however, police are being turned into military stormtroopers by the national security state brought in by the ravening Republican beasts. If you had told the returning soldiers in 1946 that the USA would hold people for years without trial, that the USA would be the most-imprisoned nation in the world, that you’d need a passport to go to Canada, that the USA would torture prisoners in secret overseas prisons, and that government goons (TSA operatives) would physically frisk you before boarding an airplane… they’d tell you that you were crazy… “This is America… it isn’t Nazi Germany!” Indeed… it isn’t Nazi Germany. By the way, only one country fought World War II according to Free Market precepts… Nazi Germany! The USA won because the socialist New Deal harnessed the country’s productive might as greedy Crapitalism never could. Ponder that…

BMD

Thursday, 1 January 2015

1 January 2015. Russian Cops ROCK the New Year! с Новым Годом!

Sergei Yolkin. Capital-Dwellers! Drink Responsibly! 2011

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This is off the official MVD Rossii website… no lie! It’s a whole lotta fun. It starts off with a clip of a DPSnik (traffic cop) making a routine stop… the vid really picks up at about 0:35… it’s a hip-hop song in English. This is a gas, no matter how you slice it.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I wanted something different for the first post of the year… this is it. Love to all of you!

BMD

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

24 December 2014. Here’s Another GOOD Copper…

00 cop as Santa. Ljubljana SLOVENIA. 24.12.14

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A cop dressed as Santa is cavorting outside the paediatric hospital in Ljubljana (Ljubljana Občina) SLOVENIA to bring in some holiday cheer. Remember… the majority of coppers aren’t brutes, but they don’t get in the news. I’d say that there’s a problem, but it isn’t intractable, yet. We’d best attend to it before it does get that frozen, though…

BMD

Thursday, 11 December 2014

11 December 2014. The Cabinet on Good Cops and Bad Cops

00 NYPD Cop and Homeless Guy. 01.12.12

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One of the Cabinet sent me this:

I entirely agree with you about most cops truly wishing to “protect and serve”… however…, I think that the country (it shows up in policing, amongst other places) is pretty screwed up when it comes to race. Basically, most of us expect the worst from our Black brethren, which becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. Republicans might be happy to put all the people of colour on one end of the continent and cut them loose, but the problem isn’t going to go away until we talk more candidly about that legacy of slavery, plantation life, Jim Crow, etc. Each cop on the beat has to deal with this context as best he can, but it takes a real saint to be unaffected by the larger picture.

Most coppers are good guys… they’re doing an often-thankless job. By and large, cops are honest… unfortunately, violence is seeping through America, and the Republican Party is fostering it through extreme warmongering in foreign parts, excessive police force at home (militarisation of local cops), inordinate use of imprisonment (the USA is #1 in prisoners), and pandering to gun nutters. Libertarians are anarchists… anarchists aren’t bearded bomb-throwers in rags… they’re “respectable” banksters in suits! Anarchy is what the Republicans want… in such a system, even good men commit enormities. Ordinary people committed the Nazi war crimes… it CAN happen here, and let’s see that it doesn’t. Firstly, let’s support the good cops and stop them becoming “auxiliary soldiers”. If we don’t, our free society will become a Republican Anarchistic Libertarian Hell. It IS in our hands…

BMD

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