Monday, July 27, 2015

NY Magazine Puts Cosby Accusers on Cover

"New York magazine published this week’s cover on Sunday featuring 35 women who have accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault. All 35 women were interviewed separately over the past six months for the explosive photo essay, which provides comprehensive accounts of their trauma and signals a shift in public perception of Cosby’s accusers. “I think his legacy is going to be similar to OJ’s legacy,” said Joan Tarshis, one of Cosby’s accusers. “When you hear OJ Simpson’s name, you don’t think: ‘Oh, great football player.’ That doesn’t come to mind first. I’m thinking it’s not going to be: ‘Oh, great comedian.’ It’s going to be, ‘Oh, serial rapist.’ And that will be our legacy.”"
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Saturday, July 25, 2015

At Home at the End of the World: The Long Defeat of Mike Mignola’s Hellboy


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TaxProf Blog: IRS Directors Of Professional Responsibility and Whistleblower Offices Swap Jobs

Rearranging deck chairs.
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In Iraq, I raided insurgents. In Virginia, the police raided me.

Wrong priorities. "Rhoads, the Fairfax County police lieutenant, was upfront about this mind-set. He explained that it was standard procedure to point guns at suspects in many cases to protect the lives of police officers. Their firearm rules were different from mine; they aimed not to kill but to intimidate. According to reporting by The Washington Post, those rules are established in police training, which often emphasizes a violent response over deescalation. Recruits spend an average of eight hours learning how to neutralize tense situations; they spend more than seven times as many hours at the weapons range."
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City fires investigator who found cops at fault in shootings

Of course he was fired. He didn't toe the party line. "Davis’s termination came less than two weeks after top IPRA officials, evaluating Davis’s job performance, accused him of “a clear bias against the police” and called him “the only supervisor at IPRA who resists making requested changes as directed by management in order to reflect the correct finding with respect to OIS,” as officer-involved shootings are known in the agency. Since its 2007 creation, IPRA has investigated nearly 400 civilian shootings by police and found one to be unjustified."
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Friday, July 24, 2015

The Art of the Car Chase


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Flutterby™! : Subreddit Simulator 2015-07-21 07:57:47.739489-07

Humans no longer needed on the internet.
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Tackling The Real Unemployment Rate: 12.6%

The unemployment rate is so low now! Because so many people have given up looking. Yay.
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In the video of Sandra Bland’s arrest, the tape doesn’t lie - The Boston Globe

"seems to believe it by now. It sounds good, true, strong. He has convinced himself he’s a decent guy. That he did the right thing. Bland is nowhere in sight. In three days, she’ll be dead in mysterious circumstances, the FBI and Texas Rangers will intervene, and the officer will be placed on administrative leave pending an investigation. The system — of which the dash-cam is now a part — would seem to be working, but only the naive would think the system doesn’t also work to protect its own. At 34:26 on the tape, having successfully relieved himself of any culpability, Trooper Brian Encinia takes a moment to ponder what just happened and why. “Y’know, over a simple traffic stop,” he tells his sergeant. “I don’t get it. I really don’t.” No, sir, you don’t. You don’t get it at all. That is precisely the point. And it’s the very least we can say about this appalling and outrageous tragedy of power and race."
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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Court Declares Air Fresheners, Pro-Police Stickers as Reasonable Suspicion For Cops to Pull You Over

Everything counts as reasonable suspicion.
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zoot.li

No Mr Bond, I expect you to sleep well.
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Ex-deputy Nikki Autry indicted in flash-bang case - CNN.com

He's right. All of the officers involved in this should be charged. Until individual officers are held responsible for their actions they have no incentive to change their behavior. ""[Autry] is being made the lone target for the poorly designed and implemented search and seizure policies of her prior department and a since disbanded drug task force," Jeff Brickman said in a statement."
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Politician's Mention of Wormholes Opens A Political Can Of Worms

Sigh.
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Oklahoma Watch: Law enforcement seizures misspent, missing

More reasons to stop civil forfeiture. "Among the violations were using seized money to pay on a prosecutor’s student loans and allowing a prosecutor to live rent-free in a confiscated house for years, records show."
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