Recent comments in /f/ACAB

fimbulvetr wrote (edited )

There used to be a great app that was getting developed and it seems to have fallen off now and I can't find the name of it anymore, but the basic idea was you have your trusted contacts, family, friends, neighbors, etc. In the event of an emergency the app contacts them first, then if necessary they can escalate to whomever the emergency involves. I would love to see an app like this take off. I at one point asked for their API so I could build a raspberry pi based security system that would alert your community responders based on tripped motion sensors or window/door sensors. I really think there is a lot we could do. I would love to see a project like this again and would gladly get involved, but have my hands too full to learn android/apple dev currently.

Update: I just found it, it was called peacekeeper.


celebratedrecluse wrote

disgusting. the ceding any ground to these disgusting Conservative Culture Warriors, with their Drug War and War on Crime and sycophantic, absurd hatred of "Social Justice Warriors", will just result in corruption and enabling of the worst elements of society through power plays.

Just as with #MeToo we've seen a beautiful, painful, and very necessary coming-to-grips with the predators enshrined in the highest halls of power, we need to also be paying attention to the killer cops and predatory agents in every bureau of the governments/every department of the corporations.

If US people want to get outraged about the existence of trans people in your bathrooms, why is there silence about the child molesters in the White House? About drug trade capitalists in the DEA/CIA? It's because it's just an entertainment spectacle, not a serious political perspective.

If you oppose child abuse, and you are fully aware of the society we live in, you must be an anarchist. You must oppose all the hierarchies, from capitalism to statist power to racism/sexism/queerphobia/ableism, all of it! because without such a broad critique and a bold new vision, you will simply enable predators and must have your political conclusions disregarded by people with a serious commitment to the end of all forms of abuse.

Hierarchy is abuse!


videl wrote

idk that I agree that it's worse. now that facial recognition exists, databases like the one in the article can be used to easily sort and categorize masses of people based on psychical characteristics. I kinda sorta see it as an improvement on those Nazi skull measuring phrenology devices.

true gait recognition is probably a better surveillance tool tho I guess


celebratedrecluse wrote

Major thing to understand with this, as I see it, is that this story is being disseminated to dissuade people from getting drivers licenses if you have a questionable legal status in the state. I believe there are 18 states where you currently can get a drivers license as an undocumented person. the feds want people to stop getting them, as driving without a license is a criminal offense that speeds up deportation proceedings and makes their numbers look good back at ICE HQ. this gets them more funding, so they want the lay up of being able to skip a bunch of red tape to get bigger salaries. So you see this story reprinted everywhere, I think this is what they want actually


celebratedrecluse wrote (edited )

error prone is the worst part, perhaps. since pools for machine learning are smaller for marginalised groups, and developers can be implicitly racist too, the software results in fale positives for lots of POC, "non-passing" people, etc.

so it reifies individual officers' profiling into a systemic, and thus technocratically legitimized, institution. basically, it bakes the racism into an algorithm. it is jim crow for the data era.


neverinNJ OP wrote

WASHINGTON — Agents with the FBI and Immigration and Customs Enforcement have turned state driver license databases into a facial recognition gold mine, scanning through hundreds of millions of Americans’ photos without their knowledge or consent, newly released documents show.

Thousands of facial recognition requests, internal documents and emails over the past five years, obtained through public records requests by Georgetown University researchers and provided to The Washington Post, show that federal investigators have turned state department of motor vehicle databases into the bedrock of an unprecedented surveillance infrastructure.

Police have long had access to fingerprints, DNA and other “biometric data” taken from criminal suspects. But the DMV records contain the photos of the majority of a state’s residents, most of whom have never been charged with a crime.

Neither Congress nor state legislatures have authorized the development of such a system, and growing numbers of Democratic and Republican lawmakers are criticizing the technology as a dangerous, pervasive and error-prone surveillance tool.


neverinNJ OP wrote (edited )

Sometimes even Fox News reports news :-)

Five officers were drinking coffee at the Starbucks location prior to their shift beginning when a barista asked them to move out of the complaining customer’s line of sight or else leave, the Tempe Officers Association wrote in a series of Twitter messages.

Rob Ferraro, president of the police union, told FOX 10 of Phoenix that such treatment of police officers seems to be happening more often these days.

“It’s become accepted to not trust or to see police and think that we’re not here to serve you, and again, it goes back to -- we take great pride of the level of customer service we provide to citizens, and to be looked at as feeling unsafe when you have law enforcement around you is somewhat perplexing to me," Ferraro told the station in a phone interview.


BrowseDuringClass1917 wrote

This shit is horrifying, I was too caught up in my own personal life that I forgot about politics and now it’s all coming back to me very fast. I’m so angry and I feel so fucking helpless, I don’t know what to do. Im going to a protest soon and I guess i’m gonna start putting up graffiti, but there ain’t much else for me.

thank god all my extended family lives elsewhere so we have somewhere to go, but Im very scared for my friends and comrades who are going to be caught up in this with no way out.

I just don’t know what to do, i just dont know what to fucking do


bloodrose wrote

Just came here to post this. I was searching for info about the other Costco shooting in California (today) when I came across this story (this happened Friday). I cannot tell you how livid I am that this cop was not arrested. This dude gets into a fight with someone in a store, shoots and kills that person, and injures two of his family members. If he weren't a cop, he'd be in jail. He belongs in fucking jail. It's so fucking unfair.