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Patrick Hanners
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A song I made. Because self doubt is sexy, Right?

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A new song of mine. Not actually about the amazing Tim Sale, Jeph Loeb comic of the same name. Still cool though. 

I just finished making my first zine. It's about my personal and clinical experience with obsessive compulsive disorder. If you'd like a copy of it (disorderly digest, issue one) contact me and I'd be happy to get one to you. No matter where you are. They're free, and I'm willing to mail them as well. In the US and abroad. 

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Wandering through Seattle. 

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Some damn useful information.

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Gotten from stumble upon. http://su.pr/2Zylc8
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It's past 6 am and I still can't sleep, partly because of this. The ACLU sent records requests to 380 law enforcement agencies about how they use gps data, cell phone data, and internet data to track us, specifically without a warrant. very very few who responded received warrants for any of their tracking, and only 10 of those who responded stated they don't track cell phone data,

keep in mind when you go to this site and click on California to see which departments returned records, the reason there are no links is because none of the OVER 50 returned any. This despite a freedom of information request (and the stronger California public records code) That includes Davis PD. TO put it blandly, anyone who's touched a protest could be being tracked. Even I think that sounds paranoid, So go see for yourself.

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In Frightening news, The supreme court approves strip searches for any arrest


The United states Supreme court just approved strip-searches for any arrest. Even were this reasonable in a 4th ammendment sense (and 4 of the Justices though it wasn’t) Just the GIGANTIC potential for sexual harassment, and the potential for usage of strip search as a punitive measure make this an eggregious example of the general leaning of the supreme court. I really wonder why the rhetoric of “activist judges” is a right wing talking point. Since the 2000 election the supreme court has been freaking me out. from what I can tell a large bit of the left feels similarly scared about what this might mean for our country. I don’t trust police with the power they do have because of their amazing ability to prove they will use it to abuse people. I don’t think this power will be any different. Were there some sort of system reviewing and monitoring these agents of the state I wouldn’t mind. However that is far from the case. The primary check on police abuse is internal affairs (clearly, emphasis mine). The judicial branch shouldn’t simply be trying crimes of a portion of the population. Committing those crimes while wearing the uniform the state gave you should not fucking mater. I realise that driving on into a curse laden tirade isn’t going to change anything. But I can’t suppress my anger.

Keep in mind that the key word here is ANY. Any means that seriously mentally ill people who are "On average… three times more likely to be incarcerated than hospitalized" http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2010-05-12-Jail12_ST_N.htm are also subject to this sort of treatment. My personal experience in mental health has given me myriad examples of why the police are absolutely horrible at responding to calls regarding the mentally ill. In my line of work I deal with police quite frequently. I know every beat officer in woodland who works my shift. Even the ones who are well intentioned are either ignorant of the needs of the mentally ill or painfully insensitive (this despite repeat trainings required them after they killed one of our clients after he left against medical advice) On top of this, they clearly don’t know their own legal codes. (I’ve made myself familiar with them out of necessity)

While some of my criticisms specifically aim at the woodland police department, evidence from other venues seems to support it. Any arrest doesn’t only mean the mentally ill. It means every drunk in public, every charge of vagrancy (because not being able to afford someplace to sleep is a fucking crime too) also Protesting.


Imagine if the next time some people are pepersprayed and carried off to jail they all get punitive strip searches. The thing is, this isn’t an unlikely event. The scarier bit is the sort of trauma that could be caused by a punitive strip search is pretty great. (the abu ghraib prisoners were certainly “strip searched”)
While a peperspraying, or a beating may have witnesses, eg people with camera phones, a strip search is attended only by those officers performing it. God knows there isn’t someone to represent the searchee nearly any of the time, I don’t imagine this case would be any different. That the abuses we are so heavily decrying because of their visibility may be mirrored in an interrogation room somewhere frightens me deeply.

In a social climate where legitimate peaceful protest is met by violence and police with armaments equal to those of many militaries, this is neither safe nor acceptable.

I expect better of our country. I expect some desire to protect the rights of our citizens. And I expect the body of justice that is put in place to prosecute acts of violence and malfeasance to NOT give the nod to violence by another name.


(this post originally on my other blog, exercisesinuncertainty.tumblr.com tis not plagiarism, except perhaps of myself)
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