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Mass shootings in the U.S. have become commonplace. Yet the culture of gun ownership remains stronger than ever. Chris Hedges, A.J. Somerset and Dr. Taiaiake Alfred discuss gun culture in the United States and Canada on CBC Radio's "Ideas with Paul Kennedy."

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Chicago's police department is under fire, with recent revelations about misconduct and cover-ups. But scandals and brutality are nothing new there -- as this video explains, abuse within the Chicago P.D. goes way, way back.

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Comic artist Frank Miller’s recent tirade against the Occupy movement gives us a glimpse into the mind of a man made important by an entertainment culture that pushes death, selfishness, uncritical obedience to authority and simplistic notions of good and evil. Guardian columnist Rick Moody has a word for such fare: cryptofascist. (more)

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The neighborhood of Westlake near downtown Los Angeles has been under lockdown as protests continue after the LAPD killing of a Guatemalan day laborer Sunday. Officers say the man was brandishing a knife, but one witness has come forward to say he was unarmed.

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