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Infographic: Evolution of riot gear

Most of us have seen the pictures of the riots from Ferguson, Missouri this past weekend. One of the most startling aspects of the riots (besides seeing the amount of destruction) is the way the police look in contrast to the protesters. It’s hard reconciling the fact that the authoritarian government looking sort are not…

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Ferguson MO in context: The militarization of the police

When a Ferguson, Missouri police officer shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager, the neighborhood erupted, and area police departments were quickly on the scene–transported in heavily armored vehicles. Their appearance is another instance of a national trend toward the militarization of local police forces. In 2011, we posted the following article on this…

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Just do it: Vote in the next election

In Missouri’s Aug. 5 primary, total voter turnout was 24.58% Nationwide, half of U.S. Citizens don’t register to vote. Half of registered voters don’t vote. Come on people, do your duty and vote. Many complain of being disenfranchised, but are we doing it to ourselves? Many say the politicians are “paid-off” or don’t relate to…

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ISIS: A tragedy, but also an opportunity

By now, the world has heard about the so-called caliphate set up around Mosul in Iraq by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), now simply calling itself the Islamic State (IS). The Telegraph reported that during its offensive against the precarious Iraqi state, the IS has executed more than a thousand civilians and…

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Bob’s Red Mill owner gives company to employees

Bob Moore, a retired automobile service manager and advocate of healthy eating, founded Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods with his wife Charlee, in 1978. If you shop in health food stores, you may be familiar with their distinctively designed, old-fashioned looking bags of healthy flours and cereals. Today, the company has 209 employees, revenues of…

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In response to “Women Against Feminism”

Photographs of young, privileged white women holding handwritten signs about why they “don’t need feminism” have been circulating the internet this week, showing up in my Facebook newsfeeds daily. I’ve made concerned posts and comments regarding the issue – pointing out that women (and men, for that matter) who claim they don’t need feminism are…