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Sunday, May 15, 2011

My Raffle Prize, 925 Silver, Word Press Pendant
Saturday from 8AM until 6PM OC Word Press Camp, or #wcoc, the hashtag the presenters and organizers kept reminding the attendees to use that hashtag, meaning twitter hashtag. What a day at a camp of website developers, all excited to be around each other, reveling in their work, and in the innovations of their peers and aspiring, and ascending, about what they do and their nifty innovations, and their Word Press. They love it! here's a mention and a link to their website for the OC Camp. I won a piece of silver. They had a raffle at the end. Random numbers drawn by computer. I was 187. I was an early winner and my prize was a .925 silver pendant of the Word Press W. Here's a picture of it.

The Word Press videos of the sessions today will be on line in a day or so. They're all very good. It was difficult to choose which session to attend. Each one was valuable and fascinating.  Jim Marks had his session eating out of his hand.  He can't stand still.  He's so excited and animated about his work with SEO and WordPress, he can't contain his exuberance.  He's contagious.  The crowd burst into laughs or applause with frequency.  The camera man is having to follow and cannot rest the entire hour.   It was delightful!   
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Botched Paramilitary Police Raids: An Epidemic of "Isolated Incidents"

"If a widespread pattern of [knock-and-announce] violations were shown . . . there would be reason for grave concern." —Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, in Hudson v. Michigan, June 15, 2006. An interactive map of botched SWAT and paramilitary police raids, released in conjunction with the Cato policy paper "Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids," by Radley Balko. What does this map mean? How to use this map View Original Map and Database


Death of an innocent. Death or injury of a police officer. Death of a nonviolent offender.
Raid on an innocent suspect. Other examples of paramilitary police excess. Unnecessary raids on doctors and sick people.
The proliferation of SWAT teams, police militarization, and the Drug War have given rise to a dramatic increase in the number of "no-knock" or "quick-knock" raids on suspected drug offenders. Because these raids are often conducted based on tips from notoriously unreliable confidential informants, police sometimes conduct SWAT-style raids on the wrong home, or on the homes of nonviolent, misdemeanor drug users. Such highly-volatile, overly confrontational tactics are bad enough when no one is hurt -- it's difficult to imagine the terror an innocent suspect or family faces when a SWAT team mistakenly breaks down their door in the middle of the night. But even more disturbing are the number of times such "wrong door" raids unnecessarily lead to the injury or death of suspects, bystanders, and police officers. Defenders of SWAT teams and paramilitary tactics say such incidents are isolated and rare. The map above aims to refute that notion.

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