by Lisa Winter, IFLScience
One of the biggest complaints about solar energy is that the setups aren’t very attractive. A team of material engineers at Michigan State University have developed solar concentrators that are completely transparent, which means they can be used on windows without disturbing the view or even on smartphone screens. The research was led by Richard Lunt and the paper was featured on the cover of the journal Advanced Optical Materials.
here is the bottom line: if you don’t want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground, just do what I tell you. Don’t argue with me, don’t call me names, don’t tell me that I can’t stop you, don’t say I’m a racist pig, don’t threaten that you’ll sue me and take away my badge. Don’t scream at me that you pay my salary, and don’t even think of aggressively walking towards me. Most field stops are complete in minutes. How difficult is it to cooperate for that long?
This is an actual op-ed from a current LAPD officer. These are his own words, which read “If you use words I don’t like, I’ll freely respond with physical violence or outright murder.”
What. The. Fuck.
Emma Stone excepted:
We have a lot of media that have not done a great job.
Missouri Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson, who surprisingly did not continue by adding:
Instead of passively watching people get teargassed, they should have been actively helping us with the teargassing. It would have been far more efficient if they’d just been willing to help us out. Do you know how long it took us to teargas everyone in Ferguson yesterday? We were driving around all night! All night! By the end of it, we were just tossing teargas grenades into front yards willy-nilly as we drove past, hoping to get a couple on-target. We didn’t even have the time to stop and arrest people for “failure to disperse” from the area we’d trapped them in!
What he did go on to say, however was:
"We had a number of journalists — and not all, I want to say that now — the journalists have been on our side, they have been our partners…
Proving that the Ferguson HP and PD see this as an “us versus them” where “us” is “law enforcement,” and “them” is "literally everyone else who’s not actively supporting every action taken by law enforcement."
More importantly, it shows that there’s no actual law enforcement goal in Ferguson, except to “win” - whatever that means - by any and all means necessary; though I suspect “winning” in this case means “stop questioning our tactics - that we used them justifies their use.”
What none of them has yet understood though, is there’s no “winning” a protest about law enforcement’s usage of excessive force and over-militarization through additional usage of over-militarized excessive force.
Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.Albert Camus (via observando)