"Mother of three"?
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"Mother of three"?
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Maybe there are 2 churches named St. Marks and both tweets are ‘true’. Or maybe the report of a raid is a canard. Who knows? To paraphrase the old New Yorker cartoon: On Twitter, nobody knows you don’t know what you’re talking about.
From the top: Scene: Seattle’s Westgate Mall. Demonstration, protesting Israel’s military in Gaza. Man comes by, gets mad, hassles and threatens protestors, and removes his shirt.
Photo 2: shirtless man pushes guy with backpack.
Photo 3: Guy with backpack says, ‘WTF?’ Both assume fighting stances.
Photo 4: Luckily, a Westgate property management security guard arrives to cool things down. Yay!
Photo 5: Security guard proceeds to mace
the shirtless guy the black guy. Wait, what?
Photo 6: Security guard arrests black backpack guy, even as every single witness in the vicinity tells him the shirtless guy was the instigator. Shirtless guy is also shocked guy, and slinks away, free as a shirtless bird.
Photo 7: people continue to tell Westgate security guard that black backpack guy didn’t do anything wrong, and ask to offer him water to wash away the mace (whether that’s a good idea or not, that’s another question). Guard says no way, although the guard actually never addresses any of the witnesses or deviates from his important mission: arresting the guy who was just walking past and not causing any trouble.
All credit to Alex Garland, the photographer, whose complete photo set is at his website, and you should go there and click through and see his work. Video is also available on Gawker, picking up the action almost exactly where these photos end. The video will make you even angrier as the witnesses keep trying to tell the guard what really happened and they get nowhere with that guy.
Perhaps the saddest part of Szoldra’s report comes from a tweet he received from a veteran of the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division, who said “We rolled lighter than that in an actual warzone.”
But this isn’t a warzone. It’s a small town of 21,000 people. An American town.
Into a world where Ferguson has now happened, where people around the world are confused and outraged at this type of police appearance and presence, EA is going to release a video game about heavily-armed police blowin’ shit up on the streets of the USA.
Read from bottom up. NYPD wants to investigate a parody twitter account to find pranksters who put white flags on top of the Brooklyn Bridge.
It’s all fun and games until someone gets a subpoena.
Tumblr’s not a news site, really, but I think this is worth posting:
Theodore Wafer was found guilty this afternoon of second-degree murder, manslaughter and felony firearm in the fatal shooting of Renisha McBride.
A jury, made up of 7 men and 5 women convicted the 55-year-old Dearborn Heights man. Wafer will be sentenced Aug. 21.
After the verdict, Monica McBride, Renisha’s mother, praised the prosecution. “Her life mattered and we showed that,” she said about her daughter. Asked what he would say to the jury, Renisha’s father, Walter Simmons said: “Thank you, thank you.” The defense had argued that Wafer’s actions were in self defense, saying he was scared after hearing banging on his side and front doors.
The prosecution has said Wafer shot McBride through a locked screen door. They said Wafer came to the door with a loaded shotgun, released the safety, raised it at her, pulled the trigger and “blew her face off.” McBride, 19, was killed at about 4:30 a.m. Nov. 2 on Wafer’s porch.
One of the most vivid arithmetic failings displayed by Americans occurred in the early 1980s, when the A&W restaurant chain released a new hamburger to rival the McDonald’s Quarter Pounder. With a third-pound of beef, the A&W burger had more meat than the Quarter Pounder; in taste tests, customers preferred A&W’s burger. And it was less expensive. A lavish A&W television and radio marketing campaign cited these benefits. Yet instead of leaping at the great value, customers snubbed it.(via Why Do Americans Stink at Math? - NYTimes.com)
Only when the company held customer focus groups did it become clear why. The Third Pounder presented the American public with a test in fractions. And we failed. Misunderstanding the value of one-third, customers believed they were being overcharged. Why, they asked the researchers, should they pay the same amount for a third of a pound of meat as they did for a quarter-pound of meat at McDonald’s. The “4” in “¼,” larger than the “3” in “⅓,” led them astray.
The nephew attempted to retreat to another room in his house. “I then told her to get her cunt face out of my house,” he told police. That’s when Solo allegedly started attacking him, pulling his hair and punching him. “I then went into a back room and got an old gun that does not work, pointed it at her and she kept coming at me,” the nephew said to police. “She didn’t leave but walked around me cornering me like a shark.”“All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”
Amazon introduces new customer-tracking device masquerading as a ‘smartphone’.
(via FireFly: Amazon’s Fire Phone Can Identify Almost Anything)
Harvard scientists successfully transferred the first scent from Paris to New York on Tuesday morning via an iPhone app. The champagne and passion fruit macaroon-scented message was transferred via a new communication platform called the oPhone. It works like this: A custom-made app allows you to take a photo of something and “tag” it with a few aroma notes (from more than 3,000 scents). These smells — which range in category from “Paris Afternoon” to “Plantation” — are transferred via a pipe-like smelling station called an oPhone Duo and are controlled by an iPhone app called oSnap.
When you send an oNote, your recipient will click a link that leads him to a photo, as well as the specific aromatic notes you have chosen. When connected to the oPhone Duo, the hardware piece, it’ll emit slight scents from two separate pipes to be smelled in conjunction with the message. Otherwise, the app will just offer some vivid description of the scent your sender is trying to convey.
During Occupy Wall Street’s heyday in 2011 and 2012, the NYPD made them pay, again and again and again, for exercising their right to assembly and free speech. Nearly three years later, New York City taxpayers are still paying for the NYPD’s approach to policing lawful protest. Today, lawyers announced the largest settlement with New York City yet, with the city paying out $583,024 to 14 protesters who were arrested for disorderly conduct on January 1st of 2012.(via City Agrees To Largest Occupy Wall Street Settlement Ever: Gothamist)
Sources familiar with today’s settlement said that that the case was ready to go to trial before Judge Shira Scheindlin until a few months ago, when, while being deposed for the trial, a senior NYPD official who was present during the arrests was unable to point out in videos of the event a single moment when any of the defendants committed any act of disorderly conduct.
HEADLINE: Turkish PM’s adviser goes on sick leave for injury to leg used to kick Soma protester - POLITICS
Look, for all I know this is Turkey’s version of The Onion. But it seems to be a real story from a real news site. A member of the government, a guy named Yusuf Yerkel, hurt his leg kicking a protestor mourning the mining disaster in Turkey that killed over 200 miners, so he took medical leave from his job. Which seems to consist of kicking the citizens of his country.
East Village Radio, the 11-year-old Internet radio station with a tiny storefront studio on First Avenue, is shutting down operations next week.
“Every time we get a new listener, it costs us more money with licensing fees and Internet costs,” East Village Radio CEO Frank Prisinzano said in a phone interview. “After doing some projections, we see that it is going to be very, very difficult for us to continue to break even.”
The station ends live programming after Friday, May 23. The stable of eclectic DJs, with shows covering nearly every genre of music, will have the chance to broadcast a farewell show in the days ahead. (In addition, the station is releasing all of the archived shows to each DJ so that he or she can shop around for a new gig or syndication.) P
opularity hasn’t been an issue with East Village Radio, who counted more than 1 million listeners worldwide a month (this after starting as a short-lived 10-watt FM radio station in April 2003). However, under the Congressional Digital Music Copyright Act of 1998, Internet broadcasters must pay a digital performance royalty for every listener.
The head of the Federal Communications Commission is revising proposed rules for regulating broadband Internet, including offering assurances that the agency won’t allow companies to segregate Web traffic into fast and slow lanes. The new language by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to be circulated as early as Monday is an attempt to address criticism of his proposal unveiled last month that would ban broadband providers from blocking or slowing down websites but allow them to strike deals in which content companies could pay them for faster delivery of Web content to customers.As my mom used to say whenever any of us asked for anything that might cost money, “We’ll see.”
File under: Happy Endings
CHARLESTON, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri judge ordered the state on Monday to set free a man who was convicted of robbery in 2000 but was never sent to prison until a clerical mistake was discovered last year.
Cornealious “Mike” Anderson was 23 when he was sentenced to 13 years in prison for his role in the robbery of a fast-food restaurant’s assistant manager.
He told The Associated Press last month that he waited, and even asked about going to prison, but the order never came.
In the years since his conviction, Anderson started his own construction-related businesses, married and had children. He also coached youth football and volunteered at his church in Webster Groves, Missouri.
Judge Terry Lynn Brown lauded Anderson’s “exemplary” behavior during his 13 years of freedom before the arrest. “You’ve been a good father. You’ve been a good husband. You’ve been a good taxpaying citizen of the state of Missouri.