Freeway Takeovers: The Reemergence of the Collective through Urban Disruption

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san-diego-5-freeway-protest Freeway protests on Highway 5 near La Jolla, CA circa Dec 2014

[Editor’s Note: Last night citizens in Chicago shut down Lake Shore Drive in protest over the Staten Island grand jury’s refusal to indict the police officer responsible for the choking death of Eric Garner. Yet in SoCal, protesters have been using the freeways as a vehicle for protest and political awareness for decades. UCSD PhD candidates Troy Araiza Kokinis and Jael Vizcarra explain the goals, meaning and context of these protests and others like them.]

Driving along the Interstate 5 in Southern California makes commuters privy to the militarization of port cities like San Diego. It is not unusual to encounter a tank headed to Camp Pendleton or a truck filled with “1.4 Explosives.” These sightings normalize the spatial coexistence of daily life with technologies of destruction. These quotidian reminders along the freeway belie the laid…

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Dallas Cowboys worth $3.2 billion dollars; would be 12th richest nation in the world.

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The Dallas Cowboys haven’t made the playoffs since 2009, yet somehow Jerry Jones’ team has once again risen in value — by 36 percent over last year — to lead the Forbes NFL Team Values list, which was released Wednesday, at $3.2 billion.

The Cowboys are atop the magazine’s rankings by a healthy margin for an eighth consecutive season, having risen in value by $900 million to become the only NFL team worth more than $3 billion.

Despite last having won a championship in 1996, the Cowboys are second in value only to Real Madrid ($3.4 billion) among all global sports franchises.

Read the entire story at ESPN.

Facebook’s New Mandatory Messenger App Raises Concerns

First, this is VERY important to read and understand. I’m doing my best to look out for all the Facebook Users who aren’t as tech savvy as their kids or friends. I’m trying to help explain what’s happening because if I don’t…nobody else will!

If you’re anything like your neighbor…you probably use Facebook on your phone WAY more than you use it on a computer. You’ve been sending messages from the Facebook app and it probably always asks you if you want to install the Facebook Messenger App.

It’s always been OPTIONAL but coming soon to your Facebook experience….it won’t be an option…it will be mandatory if you care to send messages from your phone.

No big deal one might think…but the part that the average Facebook User doesn’t realize is the permissions you must give to Facebook in order to use the Facebook Messenger App. Here is a short list of the most disturbing permissions it requires and a quick explanation of what it means to you and your privacy.

Facebook’s New Mandatory Messenger App Raises Concerns « The New Bull @ 100.3.

Target Supports Same-Sex Marriage

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Target announced its support for same-sex marriage in a court filing on Tuesday, finally putting an end to years of dodging the subject.
The mass market retailer signed an amicus brief in a case before a federal appeals court in Chicago, joining other big companies that have taken a stand for marriage equality. The case deals with legal issues in Wisconsin and Indiana, two states where lower courts have struck down gay-marriage bans.

Read the entire story at Huffington Post.

Need A Summer Camp? Try North Korea.

north-korea-dmz-flag_2361628(CNN) — What might be a good way to get your misbehaving kids to pipe down this summer? Tell them you’ll ship them off to North Korea.

As a host of American kids spend their summers on the shores of lakes, or at Bible or band camps, over 300 children from around the world have headed off to the Songdowon International Children’s Camp in Wonsan, North Korea.

It’s an oasis in the benighted country for attendees, who this year come from Russia, China, Vietnam, Tanzania and Ireland.

Read the entire story at CNN.