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Garner, Brown & Rice: Why Police Brutality Is About Race Security

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Susanne Posel ,Chief Editor Occupy Corporatism | The US Independent December 5, 2014   Journalist David Horsey pointed out that because of the protests over the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown , the idea that racism is still alive and well in the US is beginning to re-circulate within our social consciousness which has some groups disturbed. Horsey continued: “But add a little context and race suddenly matters. Michael Brown, the teenager in Ferguson who got into an altercation with a cop; Eric Garner, the Staten Island man who allegedly was selling cigarettes on a street corner; and…

Social Media, MSM or Politicians: Who’s to Blame For Ferguson? Media

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Susanne Posel ,Chief Editor Occupy Corporatism | The US Independent November 26, 2014   Reportedly, Ferguson continues to be a hotbed of volatile confrontations between protesters and police with police, politicians, mainstream and social media blaming one another for the escalating violence. Journalist Sarah Seltzer highlighted how “social media has been [in Ferguson] to document outrageous moments, large and small, from awful press conferences to terrifying nights of tear gas arrests and guns pointed at protesters. Social media brought the ‘mainstream media’ to town, kept the nation’s eye on their city, and rightly turned this story into one with national,…

Search Results Are Free Speech: Why is Google Censoring Them? Media

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Susanne Posel ,Chief Editor Occupy Corporatism | The US Independent November 18, 2014   In a San Francisco court room, Judge Ernest Goldsmith ruled that “Google has the right to display its search results however it chooses, upholding the tech giant’s claim that the way it ranks web pages is a matter of free speech.” During the case, CoastNews (CN) accused Google of “artificially demoting its website in search results, in order to eliminate CN as a potential competitor” even though the website ranks top in search results on Bing and Yahoo. Google filed an anti-SLAPP motion against CN in…

Facebook Targeting Users Who Promote Content Without Paying Media

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Susanne Posel ,Chief Editor Occupy Corporatism | The US Independent November 15, 2014   Facebook has changed how their algorithm chooses content for user’s News Feed once again “to decrease the number of blatant promotional messages people see.” Called the EdgeRank algorithm, Facebook is able to mathematically formulate how many and the content of posts that are allowed into user’s News Feed. The reason Facebook gives for the use of this particular algorithm is to “ensure users are not overwhelmed with extraneous clutter from irrelevant or marginal posts.” However, observations from outside monitors said “in recent months [the algorithm] had…

Guess Who’s Hiding Data on the Effects of Climate Change Weather

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Susanne Posel ,Chief Editor Occupy Corporatism | The US Independent October 31, 2014   One news media outlet claims that several states in the US are doing their best to hide information on the “real” effects of climate change from the public. Nebraska is accused of “authorizing a $44,000 study on climate change in the state, with one important caveat: The researchers would only be permitted to examine ‘cyclical’ climate change, the result of non-human events such as solar variations.” South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) is said to have sponsored a study which showed “potential changes in temperatures,…

Inside the Terrible, No Good, Blown Out of Proportion Gun Control Debate Security

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Susanne Posel ,Chief Editor Occupy Corporatism | The US Independent October 30, 2014   Two high school students, Tito Velez (15) and Jamie Pereira, have been suspended from school after posing with airsoft guns in a homecoming photo. School authorities suspended the teenagers from Bristol Plymouth Regional Technical School (BPRT) for 10 days. Richard Gross, superintendent for BPRT explained: ““These students know what is provocative. To tie that to one of our school events kind of puts it over the top which brings us into it.” Velez believes the school’s reaction was “extreme” and told the press : “This isn’t…

What the Ebola Outbreak Can Teach Us About Racism World

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Susanne Posel ,Chief Editor Occupy Corporatism | The US Independent October 9, 2014   Arthur Caplan, director of the division of medical ethics for New York University (NYU) Langone Medical Center (LMC) department of population health published an op-ed piece regarding the obvious differential in treatment of Ebola for white Americans and black Africans. Caplan said “900 Africans who’ve died so far never had” the option of taking the experimental fast-tracked drug ZMapp being given to white Americans brought back to the US for Ebola treatment. The director of medical ethics asserts: “… privileged humans were always going to be…