Brain Transplant?

OMG I’ve had long discussions about this topic and it’s coming alive: Brain Transplants…. The question (different from the article) is who actually is a person that has a brain transplant, even partial? Are you still you, or the person whose brain you have… Our skills and memories live in our brain so if you got those parts of the brain, wouldn’t you be that person?

“New brain implants can restore autonomy to damaged minds, but can they settle the question of whether free will exists?”
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“I am Darren Wilson” Bands

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Photo credit instagram

Just in case anyone wondered why people in Ferguson are so angry… uhhhh this might have something to do with it. If you don’t get it (ahem) let me explain…

“I am” has always been a phrase of unity and understanding from “I am Somebody” to more recently “I am Trayvon Martin”

I am Darren Wilson in the eyes of the Ferguson says I am a killer cop. So of course those who wore those are now teasing and angry fire. What happens when you put your hand in a fire? You get burned.

The image shows on-duty Ferguson law enforcers wearing the band in support of their colleague. It was posted on Instagram and has been shared numerous times over the week. Thanks to the sharing, the band is now banned.

Federal officials stepped in and saw the light. Thank goodness. But only while in uniform and on duty…

Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson agreed to bar his officers from wearing the bracelets while in uniform and on duty, and to ensure that other local police agencies did too, according to a letter released Friday by Christy Lopez, deputy chief of the special litigation section of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.

Jackson did so after officials in the U.S. Department of Justice brought the issue to his attention, alerted by residents during community meetings earlier last week who complained they had seen officers wearing the bracelets on patrol during protests Tuesday, according to the letter.

Residents made a good point that the bracelets continue the Us vs Them mentality. After a weekend of more unrest and violence that isn’t something that needs to happen. Even if cops wear this off duty, it is still horribly offensive.

 


 

Switching gears,  the violence escalated this weekend as Saturday an officer was shot. Luckily the shooting wasn’t life threatening. At least the officers have the body cameras now to help figure out what happened right?

When asked to provide the body camera video from the shooting, Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson said the officer had a camera, but it was not turned on.

But of course. So what is going to happen now that the camera was not turned on? Is that an excuse? The next time a civilian is shot will the camera be on?

What’s Buzzin’ – Redskin Name Change

The latest on the Washington Redskin name contraversy: Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) announced on Tuesday that she plans to introduce legislation that would revoke the NFL’s tax-exempt status unless the league’s owners put pressure on the Washington football team to change the team’s name.

According to The Washington Post, Cantwell was joined by Native American chiefs for the announcement, part of a larger campaign to get the Washington football team to change its name, which many consider offensive.

It’s important that people understand the origin of the name Redskins. As our country was being expanded westward and land forcefully taken, stolen, from Native Americans – and they resisted – bounty hunters were paid to bring in dead Indians. They brought the bodies in wagons. Soon this became so cumbersome that the bounty hunters were told to just bring in the Indian’s head. They brought in so many heads that this too became burdensome. So they were finally instructed to just scalp the Indians and bring in the “Redskins” and they would be paid their bounty.

Zara pulls “Sheriff T-shirt” reminiscent of Holocaust

Spanish fashion retailer Zara has apologized for selling its children’s stripped “Sheriff” shirt. The shirt has been criticized for its resemblance to Jewish concentration camp unfirms worn by inmates.

Zara said the garment was inspired by “the sheriff’s stars from the Classic Western films.” The word “Sheriff” is on the star, in transparent letters.

“We honestly apologize,” Zara said on Twitter in response to numerous outraged tweets. The shirt was removed from the website and is being pulled from stores; the company says remaining items will be destroyed. According to a press release from Zara’s parent company, Inditex. It was on sale for just a few hours before the company pulled it “due to the potential similarity with the Star of David,” the company said.

This is not the first time Zara has been accused for selling something that was anti-Semitic; back in 2007 they were forced to remove a handbag with swastikas on it. The bag had been produced in Asia, however, where the symbol also carries ancient cultural significance.