A day of mourning gave way to an evening of riots and looting in Baltimore on Monday, where Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency and deployed the National Guard.

Just hours after Freddie Gray’s funeral, hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets, burning police cars, looting stores and facing off with police. Television images showed those demonstrators throwing rocks, bricks and bottles at a line of police officers in riot gear.

In a press conference, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said there was a big difference between what is happening today and the peaceful protests that have taken place over the past week.

“Too many people have spent generations building up this city for it to be destroyed by thugs, who in a very senseless way are trying to tear down what so many have fought for,” Rawlings-Blake said.

The mayor has instituted a curfew that begins at 10 p.m. ET. tomorrow and goes until 5 a.m. ET. That curfew will be in place for one week.

Amid Riots, Maryland Governor Will Deploy National Guard To Baltimore

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The Anti-Surveillance State: Clothes and Gadgets Block Face Recognition Technology, Confuse Drones and Make You (Digitally) Invisible An entire industry is dedicated to getting your privacy back.


For the most part, highways are a means to an end, often overlooked despite their long history and their incredible impact. U.S. Highway 93 is one of those roads. Soon it will be destroyed. [via]

An Unexpected Family Photo Album — TED Fellows — Medium

An Unexpected Family Photo Album — TED Fellows — Medium

Every UFO Sighting Since 1933, Mapped – CityLab

Every UFO Sighting Since 1933, Mapped – CityLab

You can help buy the Macefield house


Fearing that the storied little home might be purchased by developers to complete the Ballard Blocks, Eat Ballard has created a fundraising account to help neighbors buy the place. 

Gerard Wirz calls it a “fantasy crowdfunding campaign” but says that the funds would, in fact, definitely go toward purchasing and preserving the house, which heads to foreclosure auction tomorrow. 


Image via Flickr

“Proceeds will be used to cover the cost of delivering contracted rewards. Any surplus will be used to make theEdith Macefield House into a permanent, self-sustaining community attraction and to support nonprofits, festivals and social groups in the community,” according to the page.

The house, which fell into foreclosure after the last owner failed to make payments (and definitely failed to create the dream monument he’d hoped). 

You can read more about the story of how that all went down here

Foreclosure has been looming for about a month now, but so far, no community activists aside from Eat Ballard (that we know of) have come forward to collect funds.

There’s also a planned event of support for not demolishing the house that a Facebook group called the Edith Macefield House is putting on, as well, though they’re not trying to actually buy the house. 


Footage from the Hologram protest in Spain against the Ley Mordaza, or “Gag Law” that is scheduled to go into effect on July 1st.

Under the new Citizen Safety Law or Ley Mordaza (Gag Law) as human rights defenders have renamed it, public protests, freedoms of speech and the press and documenting police abuses will become crimes punishable by heavy fines and/or jail. Some key points on the Ley Mordaza:

  • Photographing or recording police – 600 to 30.000€ fine.
  • Peaceful disobedience to authority – 600 to 30.000€ fine.
  • Occupying banks as means of protest – 600 to 30.000€ fine.
  • Not formalizing a protest – 600 to 30.000€ fine.
  • For carrying out assemblies or meetings in public spaces – 100 to 600€ fine.
  • For impeding or stopping an eviction – 600 to 30.000€ fine.
  • For presence at an occupied space (not only social centers but also houses occupied by evicted families) – 100 to 600€ fine.
  • Police black lists for protesters, activists and alternative press have been legalized.
  • Meeting or gathering in front of Congress – 600 to 30.000€ fine.
  • Appealing the fines in court requires the payment of judicial costs, whose amount depends on the fine.
  • It allows random identity checks, allowing for racial profiling of immigrants and minorities.
  • Police can now carry out raids at their discretion, without the need for “order” to have been disrupted.
  • External bodily searches are also now allowed at police discretion.
  • The government can prohibit any protest at will, if it feels “order” will be disrupted.
  • Any ill-defined “critical infrastructure” is now considered a forbidden zone for public gatherings if it might affect their functioning.
  • There are also fines for people who climb buildings and monuments without permission. (This has been a common method of protest from organizations like Greenpeace.)

This is one of three laws scheduled to go into effect on this date, the others being an Anti-Terrorism Law and a reform of the Penal Code (source).


The Hess Triangle – New York City’s Smallest Piece of Privately-Owned Property

In 1910, New York City condemned and demolished nearly 300 buildings to allow the widening of streets and construction of new subway lines. David Hess battled City Hall for years to save his five-story apartment building, The Voorhis, but ultimately lost his battle, retaining only a 500 square inch parcel of land. 

New York City attempted to persuade him to donate the land for use as public sidewalk, but Hess refused. In 1922, Hess had the triangle covered in mosaic tiles, displaying the statement “Property of the Hess Estate Which Has Never Been Dedicated for Public Purposes.”

The triangle was bought by Village Cigars for $1,000 in 1938, and is still property of the cigar shop on the corner of Christopher and 7th Avenue, despite being walked upon by pedestrians everyday, most of whom are not aware that they are technically trespassing…

via Atlas Obscura

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