Protesters swarmed midtown Manhattan and cities around the US in a second night of largely peaceful protests following the decision not to indict a white New York police officer over the death of Eric Garner. The video of the incident played in various media venues and over social media, as if a reminder of how unjust the system is. I have to wonder if people consider the cruelty to white prisoners by white policemen or what goes on in the prison system.
Thursday night, thousands of marchers proceeded in waves throughout the city, with one group stopping traffic as they marched from Manhattan to Brooklyn over the Brooklyn Bridge, and some carrying fake coffins with the names of police shooting victims. This is not the area of Brooklyn where I live, so all was peaceful here.
Groups also congregated at Times Square and the Staten Island ferry terminal. Protests began during the evening rush hour and the number taking part grew as the night progressed. Many staged so-called "die-ins" at road intersections and were moved along by police in riot gear. A number of arrests were observed by media. Hopefully they will remain non violent and not a repeat of Ferguson. It doesn't take many frustrated angry people - black or white - at this time of the year - to stir up trouble especially Saturday night on the full moon.
December 6, 2014 - Full Moon 14° Gemini
Sit-ins, die-ins, blockades in American cities not just about Eric Garner CNN - December 5, 2014
Eric Garner Grand Jury Decision Sparks Second Day of Protests NBC - December 5, 2014
Artificial Intelligence: Friendly or Frightening?
Artificial Intelligence: Friendly or Frightening?Live Science - December 5, 2014
I married a smoker and had 3 daughters, which was what I wanted. They, in turn, married non-smokers resulting in 2 children per daughter - 5 boys and 1 girl. There might be some truth to this.
Goodbye Y: Men Who Smoke Have Missing Male Chromosomes Live Science - December 5, 2014
Add another troubling side effect to the list of health issues caused by cigarettes: Smoking may cause the Y chromosome to disappear from men's blood cells. A new study finds that men who smoke lose the Y chromosome in blood cells more frequently than nonsmokers - and the heavier their cigarette use is, the fewer Y chromosomes they have. This Y chromosome loss could explain why male smokers are at higher risk of cancer than female smokers, the researchers said in their study.