dimanche 30 novembre 2014
"In a copy of the missing persons report obtained by CNN, Susan Karageorge told police she received a text from her son about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday that said, "I am sorry if I am an embarrassment but these concussions have my head all f***ed up."
"“Pope Francis has discouraged conservatives and emboldened moderates – his message is that hurling political anathemas from the pulpit is not a good idea,” said John Allen, associate editor of Catholic news site Crux. “During the mid-terms this year we saw no threats to deny communion to candidates and no pastoral letters from bishops which made it impossible for Catholics to vote Democrat. My sense is the bishops will keep a robust pro-life agenda but with less of a rhetorical edge.”
The demotion of Burke – who had also issued a pastoral letter telling Catholics not to vote for pro-abortion candidates —was an especially jarring message for U.S. politicians because Burke, the former bishop of St. Louis, is an American. And clearly the kind of public stance taken in the past by clerics like Burke has had some impact: One of the striking results of the 2004 presidential election, when the born-again, anti-abortion George W. Bush was running against John Kerry, a Roman Catholic, was that the Catholic vote went against Kerry, 52 percent to 47 percent. In more recent elections the Catholic vote has tended more Democratic—President Obama carried Catholics 50 percent to 48 percent in 2012— and Francis’s influence could accelerate that trend."
"In a telephone interview Saturday evening, Wilson said he resigned after the police department told him it had received threats that violence would ensue if he remained an employee.
“I’m resigning of my own free will,” he said. “I’m not willing to let someone else get hurt because of me.”
He said resigning was “the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do.”
Wilson’s resignation, which was expected, comes after private talks between his representatives and the police department. The grand jury announced its decision in the case Monday.
Wilson’s resignation letter reads, in part:
“I have been told that my continued employment may put the residents and police officers of the City of Ferguson at risk, which is a circumstance that I cannot allow. For obvious reasons, I wanted to wait until the grand jury made their decision before I officially made my decision to resign. It was my hope to continue in police work, but the safety of other police officers and the community are of paramount importance to me. It is my hope that my resignation will allow the community to heal.”
1. Lame-duck presidents cannot get anything done.
Wartime presidents as diverse as Franklin D. Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush put the lie to this myth.
FDR recovered from a very difficult second term by winning a third and a fourth term and effectively presiding over the United States’ victory in World War II, which was complete five months after he died. At the time, his wartime leadership was more critical to his legacy than his New Deal policies, which were repudiated by the 1938 midterm election, where the Democrats lost badly. Reagan survived missteps such as the Iran-contra scandal and conducted crucial negotiations with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in his second term, and also handed the baton to Vice President George H.W. Bush in 1988 — a continuity in leadership that helped win the Cold War. And after the “thumpin’,” as George W. Bush put it, that the GOP suffered in the 2006 midterms, the president fired Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and pulled off a troop surge in Iraq. Although Bush’s approval ratings did not recover during his time in office, his presidency’s overall reputation has improved significantly with time.
samedi 29 novembre 2014
"With little guidance from federal privacy law, key decisions on how to handle students’ data — including how widely to share it and whether to mine it for commercial gain — are left up to the company hosting the MOOC or its business partners. In fact, student data is even less protected by federal law since the Education Department updated regulations in 2012 to allow for even greater disclosure of students’ personal identifying information.
Parents, activists and a select group of lawmakers are clamoring for a fix. They’ve made student data privacy a top issue in state legislatures, and they’ve even dismantled major data collection efforts. For example, massive parent pushback led to the demise of inBloom — the $100 million student database funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation — a little more than a year after its launch.
The White House also announced this month that course provider edX will give low-income high school students free completion certificates when they take the classes. And Coursera, another provider, will give teachers free online training. President Barack Obama lauded both commitments for advancing his ConnectED initiative, which aims to connect almost every student in the country to high-speed broadband and transform teaching and learning with technology.
vendredi 28 novembre 2014
Jamais je ne pensais que ce petit outil utilisé d'abord pour couvrir l'actualité avec mes étudiants rejoindraient éventuellement autant de gens dans autant de pays. Mon carnet web me permet également de trouver les thèmes que j'aborde souvent dans mes chroniques à la radio ou lors de conférences. Un outil qui au final me permet de relayer de l'information et de me discipliner dans mes revues de presse quotidiennes. Un grand merci à ceux qui reviennent régulièrement et bienvenue à ceux et celles qui découvrent le carnet. Vais-je me rendre au million de visites? Pour l'instant on continue!
Voici la liste des dix pays d'où proviennent principalement les visites:
Caricature de MARIAN KEMENSKY, SLOVAKIA
Une association entre Marine Le Pen du Front National et la Russie pour "changer le cours de l'histoire européenne" et modifier la position européenne en faveur de Moscou. Le FN est-il aussi près du pouvoir?
jeudi 27 novembre 2014
"“I think it would be very helpful if President Obama went and met with the police officer, or invited him to the White House, and said, ‘You’ve gone through four months of smear and slander, and the least we can do is tell you that it’s unfortunate that it happened and thank you for doing your job,’”
Tamir Rice, jeune noir de 12 ans de Cleveland, abattu par la police: une intervention de 2 secondes...
Autre incident malheureux alors que jeune Tamir Rice jouait avec un un pistolet jouet. La police de Cleveland est intervenue rapidement, peut-être trop rapidement... Un policier a ouvert le feu deux secondes après son arrivée sur les lieux. Le jeune Rice est mort deux jours avant le verdict de Ferguson, mais la bande vidéo de l'incident est accessible depuis peu. Les policiers intervenaient à la suite d'un appel placé au 911. On signalait la présence d'un adolescent qui pointait une arme en direction des passants. On ajoutait que l'arme pouvait être une imitation (un jouet), ce que les deux policiers ignoraient. La police de Cleveland a divulgué la vidéo, les échanges entre les policiers et leur répartiteur ainsi que l'identité des deux policiers.
"“This is not an effort to exonerate,” Deputy Chief Edward Tomba of the Cleveland Police Department said of the video at a news conference on Wednesday. “It’s not an effort to show the public that anybody did anything wrong. This is an obvious tragic event where a young member of our community lost their life. We’ve got two officers that were out there protecting the public that just had to, you know, do something that nobody wants to do.”"
Caricature de MILT PRIGGEE, WWW.MILTPRIGGEE.COM
Non, les habitants de Ferguson ne sont pas des suprémacistes blancs associés majoritairement à une des nombreuses moutures du tristement célèbre Ku Klux Klan, mais des membres de ce regroupement ont tout de même défilé à Ferguson et certains avaient déjà fait des menaces de représailles à la veille de l'annonce de la décision du "grand jury". Les incidents des derniers jours mettent en lumière certains des aspects les plus laids de la société et de l'histoire américaines. Rien ici pour favoriser le dialogue.
Voici un lien pour les résultats d'une enquête réalisée chez les américains (complétez le quizz avant de lire les résultats de l'enquête!!!):
"The documents show that Clinton’s representatives at the Harry Walker Agency exerted considerable control over her appearance and managed even the smallest details — from requesting lemon wedges and water on stage to a computer, scanner, and a spread of hummus and crudité in the green room backstage.
Top university officials discussed at length the style and color of the executive armchairs Clinton and moderator Lynn Vavreck would sit in as they carried on a question-and-answer session, as well as the kind of pillows to be situated on each chair. Clinton’s representatives requested that the chairs be outfitted with two long, rectangular pillows — and that two cushions be kept backstage in case the chair was too deep and she needed additional back support."
Caricature de JEFF DARCY, THE CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER
Lorsqu'il a utilisé les pouvoirs de l'exécutif pour introduire de nouvelles mesures pour régulariser la situation de plusieurs immigrants illégaux, Obama avait affirmé qu'il agissait ainsi parce que le congrès s'était montré in capable d'agir. Il leur avait lancé: "pass a bill".
Caricature de JOEP BERTRAMS, THE NETHERLANDS
Une caricature qui représente assez bien l'indignation soulevée à l'étranger par la décision de ne pas accuser l'officier Darren Wilson. Il n'y a pas qu'aux États-Unis que la mort de Michael Brown et de beaucoup d'autres hommes de couleur suscite un questionnement.
mercredi 26 novembre 2014
Probablement la "tradition" la plus ridicule à laquelle doit se plier un président. Obama en a profité aujourd'hui pour blaguer sur le sujet des pouvoirs de l'exécutifs.
"The story of the various failed national efforts to compile and release such data—or to obtain any reliable numbers on violence by police officers at all—is just another dimension of an issue that Monday’s grand-jury decision threw into relief: a sense that police departments across the country are simply not held accountable enough. Whatever the particular circumstances that led a grand jury to decline to indict Darren Wilson, police officers are typically given the benefits of all doubts in the use of force and are rarely prosecuted, criminologists and other experts say. And because a substantial portion of these alleged police abuses of law and justice appear to be directed against blacks and other minorities in certain communities—not the white-dominated power structure in their own communities—it rarely becomes a notable issue, at least until a Michael Brown-type killing provokes enough violence and outrage in the streets for the TV cameras to pay attention." http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/11/the-great-police-violence-cover-up-113190.html?hp=t2_r#.VHaAoDGG81I
"You’ll be working for a president who once declared that he was elected to end wars but who now finds himself stuck, reluctantly, in a new one in Iraq and a prolonged one in Afghanistan — and who badly wants to finish up both in two years, though that’s probably impossible. He’s also a president who won’t listen much to you, since he apparently has little intention of altering the White House’s tight grip on the national security apparatus, which was the bane not only of Hagel but his two Pentagon predecessors, Leon Panetta and Bob Gates.
Flournoy “doesn’t want to be a doormat, and I think they want a doormat,” said one former Defense Department official who worked there during Flournoy’s tenure. “I do not think they’re looking for someone more aggressive and independent.”
Added a Washington think tank expert who has worked with Hagel: “It sounds like the White House just wants a cheerleader for what’s going on.”%% “For someone like Michèle Flournoy,” the expert continued, “isn’t it better to influence policy from the outside rather than be held hostage to the Defense Department?”
On top of that, the new defense secretary will be dealing with a huge but declining budget over which he or she has almost no control.
"Since being sworn in as a Supreme Court Justice in 1993, Ginsburg has been treated for colon cancer and pancreatic cancer.
She said in an interview this summer she has no plans of retiring soon.
"As long as I can do the job full steam...I think I'll recognize when the time comes that I can't any longer. But now I can," she told Elle magazine."
""I was upset. I didn't understand," Michael Brown Sr. said in a conversation with the Rev. Al Sharpton on Tuesday on MSNBC. "It just let me know that where we live is not what we thought, or what I thought. It's what people have been saying all the time, for a nice little minute: that this was a racist state.""%
"There is one thing Obama isn’t doing that could make a big difference: Visit Ferguson. Even if he wanted to, it would be a huge logistical undertaking, not to mention a big personal and political risk.
But that’s the one thing some Ferguson community leaders say he needs to do, to make sure their residents’ voices are truly heard. “President Obama needs to visit the people who elected him,” said Renita Lamkin, pastor of St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church in St. Charles, Missouri, one of the pastors who has tried to keep the peace in past Ferguson demonstrations. “The community is grieving. We have need for our leader to console and encourage.”
Obama has pointedly dodged questions about whether he’ll actually go, but it can’t be lost on him that Holder — the nation’s first African American attorney general — drew praise for his own visit to Ferguson in the summer, bonding with local community residents as he talked of his own struggles with the police and urged constructive change.
mardi 25 novembre 2014
" This is a terrible tragedy. It isn't a metaphor for police brutality or race repression or anything else, and never was. Aided and abetted by a compliant national media, the Ferguson protestors spun a dishonest or misinformed version of what happened—Michael Brown murdered in cold blood while trying to give up—into a chant ("hands up, don't shoot") and then a mini-movement.
When the facts didn't back their narrative, they dismissed the facts and retreated into paranoid suspicion of the legal system. It apparently required more intellectual effort than almost any liberal could muster even to say, "You know, I believe policing in America is deeply unjust, but in this case the evidence is murky and not enough to indict, let alone convict anyone of a crime."
"What causes the outrage, and the despair, is the joke of a grand-jury proceeding run under the auspices of McCulloch, the St. Louis County prosecutor. In September, I wrote that it appeared he wasn’t even trying to get an indictment; he had a long record of protecting police in such cases, and his decision not to recommend a specific charge to the grand jury essentially guaranteed there would be no indictment.
When McCulloch announced the inevitable result Monday night, he prefaced it by blaming the press and social media for whipping up emotions in the case with inaccurate information. He went on to ridicule witnesses who had given inconsistent testimony. He hid behind the grand jurors, as if he hadn’t orchestrated their decision with the finesse of conductor Christoph Eschenbach: “Anyone suggesting that somehow it’s just not a full and fair process is just unfair to these people” who “gave up their lives” to deliberate.
"In the wake of the grand jury’s decision in Ferguson, Mo., it’s worth remembering an ambivalent reality of American history: demonstrations – even those that turned violent – have generally advanced the legislative and political cause of civil rights, while riots have more typically resulted in a backlash that retarded it.
Not quite 50 years ago, after a California highway patrolman arrested a 21-year-old unemployed black man suspected of drunken driving, and his mother rushed into the street in protest, the Watts section of Los Angeles exploded in six days of violence that killed 34 people, injured more than 1,000 and caused more than $40 million in property damage.
Just five days earlier, Lyndon Johnson had signed the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965, the bookend to the previous year’s Civil Rights Act and intended to be the feel-good linchpin in the nation’s long delayed effort to live up to its founding creed. Instead, the riots revealed the depth of enduring economic and social despair in black communities across the country, prompting national soul-searching but also a withering retort from outraged whites.
L.A.’s take-no-prisoners police chief, William Parker, declared that violence was to be expected, “When you keep telling people they are unfairly treated and teach them disrespect for the law.”
"“The Ferguson grand jury’s decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown is a miscarriage of justice,” CBC Chair Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) said in a statement released after the decision was announced late Monday evening in Missouri. “It is a slap in the face to Americans nationwide who continue to hope and believe that justice will prevail.”
“This decision seems to underscore an unwritten rule that Black lives hold no value; that you may kill Black men in this country without consequences or repercussions,” Fudge’s statement continued. “This is a frightening narrative for every parent and guardian of Black and brown children, and another setback for race relations in America.”
Si les statistiques démontrent à quel point les policiers blancs affrontent rarement la justice après avoir abattu des citoyens noirs, je trouve que les caricaturistes se prononcent très rapidement sur le travail du "grand jury" de Ferguson. Selon ce u'on sait jusqu'à maintenant, il a oeuvré à l'intérieur du cadre légal. N'est-ce pas plutôt ce cadre qu'on devrait revoir? C'est ce que la cour suprême affirmait en 1985...
Voici un lien qui permet d'accéder à la déposition: http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/1370494-grand-jury-volume-5.html
Jean-Simon Bui, FM 93
La caricature de Rainer Hachfeld est lourde de sens... Elle exprime cependant très bien la colère de la communauté noire alors qu'une fois de plus un policier blanc a abattu un noir sans avoir à rendre des comptes dans un procès. Si la référence au Ku Klux Klan peut choquer, avec raison, il faut aussi rappeler que la tristement célèbre organisation s'est exprimée très ouvertement au cours des derniers jours. Globalement, c'est inquiétant.