Seeing Stars for 2014-12-21

Technology

Politics

Music Free Tech 000: Google News Shuts Down in Spain; Net Neutrality in Action

Music Free Tech Episode 000

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Welcome to Music Free Tech. This is episode 000 recorded on December 19th, 2014.

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2 0:03:01 Google News Spain Shuts Down

Spanish news sites thought they'd make some easy money off of Google by forcing them to pay for the snippets used in Google News. Google went Gault with predictible results.

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4 0:29:00 Net Neutrality in Action

Opponents of Net Neutrality often claim that rules enforcing are unnecessary because ISP aren't blocking anything anyway. A recent deal between Roku and Comcast proves them wrong.

5 0:45:00 Copyright

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Episode 126: Tolerance in Higher Ed; Reality is Hard

Music Free Static Episode 126

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Welcome to Music Free Static. This is episode 126 recorded on December 19th, 2014.

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2 0:01:21 Tolerance in Higher Ed

3 0:13:58 Ad: Audible.com

4 0:16:53 Reality Is Hard

5 0:36:18 Copyright

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Seeing Stars for 2014-12-20

Colorado

Politics

Seeing Stars for 2014-12-17

Colorado

Technology

Politics

Where Are the Protests?

My Dad sent me this video and I want to share it with the rest of you. I don't know where the voice over comes from (if you know, post it in the comments) and it has a little bit of NSFW language but it's not important. The important part is the video from various police dash cams or other surveillance cameras.

Consider the number of police officers that are killed in the line of duty. This video shows several cops who are shot outright before they've done anything. In some cases, they haven't even gotten out of the car during a traffic stop.

Not once, after any of these situations have there been protests about criminal brutality. There have not been parades of "concerned" politicians, commentators and celebrities lamenting the horrific violence or calling for national conversations in the names of the dead. There are no athletes coming out of locker rooms wearing t-shirts with clever slogans to raise attention to the plight of the victims.

Police brutality is a serious issue. The vast demographic differences between those arrested and how they're treated is an issue. Unfortunately, what has been ignored in all of the wailing and gnashing of teeth is danger these men and women face when they put on the badge. As you can see from the video, even seemingly routine traffic stops can mean the death of an officer.

While an honest discussion about police procedures and responses, let's not forget the brave men and women who stand between the violent and barbaric and the peaceful citizens who have been calling for their heads. I, for one, sleep much better knowing there are people willing to do violence on my behalf to keep our communities safe.