A Dissenters’ Digest for April 15-21

By: Saturday April 21, 2012 6:00 pm

Dissenters’ Digest takes a look back at the week’s stories covering whistleblowers, watchdogs, and government accountability.


UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi Sued Over November Pepper-Spray

By: Wednesday February 22, 2012 3:26 pm

Puzzlingly still-employed UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi, of last fall’s infamous “silent treatment” walk of shame (and worst Buick Enclave commercial ever), has been sued for infringing on the free speech rights of students pepper-sprayed during campus #Occupy protests by campus police.

Late Night FDL: Food Science Heats Up

By: Tuesday November 22, 2011 8:00 pm

I wonder if O’Reilly and his foodie friend would be as brave as this young lad.

Eric Holder, Do Americans Have Constitutional Rights or Not?

By: Tuesday November 22, 2011 11:30 am

While police are legally empowered to use violence to maintain peace, that empowerment is only to prevent individuals from using violence against others. Under our Constitution, the empowerment laws are not intended to give police carte blanche authority to use violence against individuals who pose no threat or harm to anyone. For law enforcement to use violence outside these specific conditions is itself a crime.

An Internet Meme: Lt. Pike’s Rampage Continues Unabated

By: Tuesday November 22, 2011 10:00 am

Lt. Pike, the cop who pepper sprayed UC Davis students protesting against economic inequality and injustice in America, is now the poster boy for authoritarianism against citizens rising up to change the world.

Alfred Packered

By: Tuesday November 22, 2011 1:30 am

I’m not sure how much I love it when this plan comes together. [A]ccording to [a] Fairleigh Dickinson University’s latest PublicMind poll…“there is something about watching Fox News that leads people to do worse on these questions than those who don’t watch any news at all” FoxNews worse than ignorance, it’s not just opinion, it’s [...]

Live Blog for #Occupy Movement: The Fallout from Pepper Spraying of UC Davis Students

By: Monday November 21, 2011 6:30 pm

Continued coverage of occupations around the country. The University of California-Davis campus police chief, Annette Spicuzza, was put on leave this morning. That’s the latest in the fallout from the pepper spraying of students during an Occupy Davis action on Friday.

Update on the UC-Davis Pepper Spray Incident

By: Monday November 21, 2011 11:20 am

In the UC-Davis pepper spraying case, two unidentified police officers have been placed on administrative leave, and chancellor Linda Katehi announced some vague investigation into the incident. The President of the University of California, Mark Yudof, has now released a statement expressing shock and dismay at the events in Davis.

Liberian Women Won the Nobel Peace Prize for Occupying Liberia

By: Monday November 21, 2011 8:00 am

Leymah Gbowee is a Liberian activist and recipient of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. Do you know why she received the Nobel Peace Prize? She led a protest movement against civil war and human rights abuses, and she and her fellow activists sat down in a soccer field near the Presidential palace in Monrovia and refused to move until they secured a meeting with the President, Charles Taylor.

Pike’s Pique

By: Sunday November 20, 2011 9:30 am

What social or psychological dysfunctions led UC-Davis police lieutenant John Pike to brutally assault some sitting, non-threatening protestors with chemical pepper spray?

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