Police officers in Ferguson, Missouri, on Saturday began wearing body cameras attached to their uniforms following weeks of unrest over the killing of an unarmed black teenage boy by a white police officer. Continue reading →
oldParasiteSingle: I found this nifty little wikipedia entry the other day that discusses how DARPA plans to wire all these moving cameras and smart phones to an advanced AI for urban mass surveillance. Life in a fish bowl.
The NYPD brass felt compelled to send out a stern reminder to officers about these facts earlier this month.
In the first installment of the Financial Times’ series, “A world without water,” environmental correspondent Pilita Clark looks at the cost to companies as the threat of water scarcity grows. Clark spoke with NewsHour’s Hari Sreenivasan about global competition for supplies of available water. Continue reading →
An office enriched with plants makes staff happier and boosts productivity by 15 per cent, a University of Queensland researcher has found.
oldParasiteSingle: My nephews are probably looking at this because I’ve been telling it to them for years. My man cave is wide open to green trees and water in our Backyard Jungle, but their apartment is spartan. People need trees and green things around in order to grow & prosper. Its in our DNA.
A slew of private photos belonging to celebrities were leaked on the internet yesterday, supposedly due to a security flaw in Apple’s iCloud that was exploited by hackers
okldParasiteSingle: The morning shows kept talking about how the Kate Upton and Jennifer Lawrence nude photos are real. Kate Upton got her ball player boyfriend threaten to sue anyone downloading it for wallpaper. Several pop idols issued statements that “theirs are faked” Well they would say that anyway. I guess they mean the hacked photos and not the boobs
Jesse Benton, the campaign manager for U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, will resign his post as a bribery scandal from the 2012 presidential campaign threatens to envelop Benton and become a major distraction for McConnell’s campaign.
David Barajas, 32, is accused of shooting Jose Banda in December 2012 near Alvin, Texas, minutes after Banda plowed into a vehicle that Barajas and his two sons had been pushing on a rural road.
Gerardo Tellez, Banda’s cousin, testified that he and Banda had become intoxicated on Jagermeister and possibly beer on the day of the accident. Tellez said he followed Banda home and witnessed his cousin slam into Barajas’ truck.
Tellez said he fled after seeing the ‘body parts’ of the boys on the road. He said before leaving he saw Barajas approach Banda’s vehicle and start punching Banda through the driver’s side window.
oldParasiteSingle: Well its Saturday night and no one is paying much attention, so its time for an offensive blog that I’ve been meaning to write. Yes I am well aware that defending DWI is offensive to most who worship the cops lobby and who believe everything that they say. Particularly in cases of vehicular homicide like this one. However, I will make the broad disclaimer that alcohol was not the primary cause of this accident. It was because Texas Gomer here decided that it was a good idea to have his ten-year-olds push a dead pickup down a dark road late at night (like Ooompa Loompas.)
If he had really given two shits about the little buggers, then Texas Gomer would have had them steering up in the cabin while he pushed the truck himself. No magic in the Jagermeister brew killed these kids, just as no smarmy pig cop can prove that the pair of kids wouldn’t be just as dead without it. Its logical fallacy to keep begging the question about DUI/DWI being a crime. Its the driver’s fault because we say it is, even though it is still technically a traffic accident.
More importantly, Its obvious to every legal observer that the Dad here is guilty of premeditated murder. Commentators pointed out the ‘elegant’ defense provided by the bumbling officers. They lied on their incomplete reports and then they lied afterwards about it. They got a key witness to recant. What is obvious to everyone is that this murderer was in acquittal by a Texas jury because it was ajudicated as innocence by Texas mob justice. They don’t like DWI drivers, particularly those who slam into kids.. So its ok for a distraught dad to lynch one a little bit.
What this verdict really says is that its ok to murder drunk drivers in Texas, whether they are actually guilty or not of anything. Especially if they are Latino. Especially if the cops say that they are a gang member. Oh, I don’t claim to have any superior moral authority on anyone’s guilt or innocence in this case. I just like calling a spade a spade. The cops shielded this murderer because they like him a lot better than the punk that he killed. This was a police-involved killing like Molly Young in my Illinois home turf. But having a DWI homicide charge spuriously thrown in by cops on the victim after the fact just muddies the waters.
UPDATE: After sleeping on it I have had some more time to rethink my unpopular position on this blog post. I decided to add “like Oompa Loompas”
Controversial campaign manager Jesse Benton, a Ron Paul protégé, is being edged closer to a bribery scandal from the 2012 Iowa caucuses—and no one knows where the investigation’s going.
oldParasiteSingle:These articles were in my email box