During the August 4 Patriot Prayer rally in Portland, Oregon, members of the alt-right militia stationed themselves on top of a building overlooking the protest with a cache of weapons, seemingly prepared to escalate violence. The Portland Police Department, however, did not see fit to inform city officials of this fact until today, months after the rally. During a press conference today, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler revealed that Patriot Prayer had stretched Portland’s lenient gun legislation to its limits. Members of the group often open-carry firearms whenever local jurisdictions allow it, attempting to intimidate opposition. PerOregon Live (emphasis mine): Prior to the start of a scheduled Aug. 4 demonstration, “the Portland Police Bureau discovered individuals who positioned themselves on a rooftop parking structure in downtown Portland with a cache of firearms,” Wheeler said during a City Hall press conference. Berk Nelson, a senior mayoral aide, said the … [Read more...] about Alt-Right Militia Members Sat on a Roof With Sniper Rifles During an August Rally
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Police in Portland, OR are facing criticism for their handling of a white supremacist rally on Saturday organized by the extremist groups Patriot Prayer and Proud Boys. Four people were arrested and several were injured, but the scale of violence was considerably less than many had expected. The white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups—totaling about 400, according to media reports—were confronted by a coalition of about 1,000 counterprotesters, including antifa, Social Democrats, clergy, and community groups, at a riverfront park, and as the march progressed, police kept the two sides apart by moving down the middle of a four-lane boulevard. But police dressed in riot gear moved to break up the afternoon rally by charging counterprotesters and deploying dozens of “flash bang” devices and tear gas, after claiming that the cops had been hit with bottles, rocks, and other projectiles. Some of the counterdemonstrators disputed that claim. One woman was taken to the … [Read more...] about Portland Police Criticized for Charging Counterprotesters at Patriot Prayer Rally
Over the Fourth of July weekend in 1947, the American Motorcyclist Association Gypsy Tour rolled into the sleepy farming town of Hollister, California. By the time it rolled out, nothing would ever again be the same for motorcyclists, who the non-riding public would forever afterward see through a lens clouded with black leather, big Harleys, beer, and bad behavior. The small town, still reeling from the aftershocks of World War II with the rest of the country, played witness to violence, crashes, arrests and destruction in an incident that many say cemented the “outlaw” image of the motorcyclist still prevalent in culture today. There are pivotal events in American history on which the tide of public opinion suddenly turns, altering forever the way we perceive people and events, and polarizing those on both sides of the issue. For motorcyclists, that event is known simply as Hollister. Depending on who you talk to, Hollister is either a watershed event in the history of … [Read more...] about The Riot And The Photo That Made Bikers Into Outlaws
This week has been dominated by European resolution changes, legal disputes and changes to the online principles we all hold dear. But as always, we reach the end of the week and realise that there was so much more to cover, to take heed of, and to understand about our partners in London, the UK and wider Europe. Europe ‘on track’ to adopt net neutrality rules The European Parliament this week saw a majority vote in favour of adopting a resolution on net neutrality. This forms as a further bid to enable every bit, byte and packet that travels within the European web to be treated fairly and equally, and not favour one kind of traffic over another A hot topic and controversial point for many Internet regulators and providers, ISPs on the whole object to net neutrality rules because it forces the adoption of traffic management technologies, which they would have to fund on the most part themselves. UK could be affected by U.S. SOPA anti-piracy law The controversial Stop … [Read more...] about News to know: SOPA, Net neutrality, UK online outlaws, Google’s effect on spying
In some circles these days sucking down a ciggie is seen in just about the same light as filling a V8 with high octane and street racing past a preschool with an open bottle of rum in one arm and an crack-pipe toting hooker under the other. Thankfully for those who value their respiratory tracts, extorting smokers for skid-mark coloured reminders of their own irrationality is turning people away from the deadly dependence in droves. A state of affairs respected economist Stephen Koukoulas termed, “a Great Depression for tobacco sales”. In this environment the heated debate surrounding electronic cigarettes, or E-cigs, should come as no surprise. They are hand-held vaporisers which use a heating element to convert e-juice into an inhalable cloud. The juice is usually a solution of propylene glycol, water and flavouring often laced with plant derived nicotine. While nicotine replacement therapies (NRT) like Nicabate are listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, … [Read more...] about Are e-cigarettes really a “healthier” alternative to smoking, or just vaporwear?