Concerning news out of Cleveland for those invested in the future of American democracy: city police have begun to stockpile riot gear in advance of hosting the Republican National Convention in July. The news bodes ill not only for those interested in maintaining a civil discourse both within, and between, political parties, but also for those distressed by the increasing militarization of municipal police forces across the country.
A little over two months ago last night, John Oliver* — in a segment on the phenomenon of police militarization, prompted by then-recent events in Ferguson — poked fun at the Keene Police Department for having cited the tiny town’s annual pumpkin festival as justification for its purchase of a Bearcat** (which looks like this):
So when this year’s festival erupted in riotous disarray, a whole mess of people gleefully and predictably gloated that those events somehow served to vindicate the Keene PD. Here’s a brief sample:
When Google revamped its google results to include a sample of Google images whenever users conduct a routine web google, I pointed out* that the new format opened new and creative possibilities for Google-bombing.
*Specifically, I noted that it was now possible to Google-bomb someone’s face, ensuring that when someone googled a particular name, the first image result would depict someone else.
A year and a half later, like an out-of-control zoonotic disease, the phenomenon has escaped the confines of intra-human interaction, and has gotten loose in the animal kingdom.
Behold, the result of a simple google for the word “Civet”, an animal you might recognize from the fact that coffee beans that have passed through its digestive tract are considered a delicacy: