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Question: How can Joe Average (that's me) distinguish the Movie from the Agenda?

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[identity profile] pigshitpoet.livejournal.com
You wouldn't drink and drive, would you? That's a stupid, terrible thing to do, with a simple, understood cause and effect. So why do we keep waking up, wondering how on earth that drunken Facebook selfie seemed like a good idea, and OMG!, Amazon confirmed shipment for ...WHAT? We've outgrown dial-a-drunk or drunken text. The new TPP laws state that anyone caught drinking while surfing the net will have their devices immediately confiscated and be restricted from using the internet for 6 months.

Don't Drink and Surf

The three most abusive Internet practices are buying stuff, social destruction and the sex stuff...

"Substances such as cocaine and LSD work like pharmacological scalpels, altering the functioning of only one or a handful of brain circuits," Stephen Braun writes in Buzz: The Science and Lore of Alcohol and Caffeine. "Alcohol is more like a pharmacological hand grenade. It affects practically everything around it." Alcohol affects your entire brain. Your entire brain is dumber when you're drunk.
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Baltimore State's Attorney: “We Have Probable Cause To File Criminal Charges” Over Freddie Gray's Death; police union cries foul.



Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby gave an update on the investigation into the death of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old who died after suffering a spinal cord injury while in police custody in April, calling his death a homicide. "We have probable cause to file criminal charges," Mosby said in a press conference Friday.

Charges including second degree murder, involuntary manslaughter and assault, among others, will be filed against the officers involved in Gray's arrest, Mosby said. The New York Times' Alan Blinder tweeted out a photo of the documents listing the charges for each of the six officers:



The Baltimore chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police, the officers’ union, defended the officers’ conduct, and called on Ms. Mosby to remove herself from the case and hand it over to a special prosecutor — an idea she dismissed out of hand. “As tragic as this situation is, none of the officers involved are responsible for the death of Mr. Gray,” Gene Ryan, president of the union chapter, wrote in an open letter to the state’s attorney.

Mr. Ryan argued that Ms. Mosby had conflicts of interest, including the fact that she has been supported politically by William H. Murphy Jr., the lawyer for Mr. Gray’s family. He also noted that her husband is a city councilman, and said his “political future will be directly impacted, for better or worse, by the outcome of your investigation.”

     


More at the New York Time's coverage.



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So today, two Brooklyn police officers were shot and killed in the Bed-Sty section of Brooklyn while sitting in a squad car. The assistant then fled and ran down into the subway system, where he shot himself in the head, and died on scene. New York Times link here.

Some Republicans have been ramping up the hostility, including former Republican governor George Pataki, who earlier this evening blamed both Mayor di Blasio and Attorney General Eric Holder. But not the NRA.






The spokesman for the NYPD police union, Pat Lynch, was even harsher tonight:



After the murder of two NYPD officers on Saturday, the outspoken head of the city's primary police union blamed protesters and Mayor Bill de Blasio for the deaths of Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos.

"There's blood on many hands tonight," NYC Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association president Pat Lynch said Saturday night, ratcheting up already frigid tensions between City Hall and One Police Plaza. Lynch blamed those who "incited violence on the street under the guise of protest," -- a reference to the swell of demonstrations in New York City and across the U.S. in the wake of a grand jury decision to not indict a New York police officer for killing an unarmed black man, Eric Garner, earlier this fall.

Lynch then went after Mayor de Blasio: "That blood on the hands starts on the steps of City Hall, in the office of the mayor." He went on to praise the fallen officers, and said that those responsible for the killing will be held responsible.

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So who is going to be held responsible, since the who shot the police offers and subsequently killed himself. Or is Mr. Lynch making a threat against someone else (marchers, protestors, Mayor di Blasio?)

Last Friday night, during a pro-police-support rally at City Hall, some police officers donned "I can breathe" shirts," twisting the use of Eric Gardner's pleas for air before he died at the hands of a NYPD officer, in Staten Island, when he was arrested for selling loosies on a city street.



[identity profile] telemann.livejournal.com





A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 with 295 people aboard crashed on Thursday in eastern Ukraine near the Russian border, an area roiled by fighting between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian forces. Ukrainian officials said the plane might have been shot down, possibly by a Russian-made antiaircraft system. Eastern Ukraine has been roiled for months by a violent pro-Russian separatist uprising in which a number of military aircraft have been downed. But this would be the first commercial airline disaster to result from the hostilities. Despite the turmoil in eastern Ukraine, the commercial airspace over that part of the country is a heavily trafficked route and has remained open.



New York Times with more information, video and analysis.


The incident touched off immediate finger-pointing between Russian separatists and the Ukrainian government. Eastern Ukraine separatist leader Alexander Borodai told Reuters that Ukrainian military forces shot the jet down, but Kiev denied involvement and labeled the incident a "terrorist act." The President of Ukraine on behalf of the State expresses its deepest and most sincere condolences to the families and relatives of those killed in this terrible tragedy," said a statement released by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's office. "Every possible search and rescue effort is being made." Separatist groups reportedly blocked Ukrainian officials from the scene, and later said the "black box," or flight data recorder, had been sent to Moscow. KT McFarland, a former deputy assistant secretary of defense under President Ronald Reagan, and a Fox News national security analyst said the attack was most likely the work of Russian separatists, not the Russian or Ukrainian armies.

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Source and more details here.


The government and police regularly use location data pulled off of cell phone towers to put criminals at the scenes of crimes—often without a warrant. Well, an appeals court ruled today that the practice is unconstitutional, in one of the strongest judicial defenses of technology privacy rights we've seen in a while. The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled that the government illegally obtained and used Quartavious Davis's cell phone location data to help convict him in a string of armed robberies in Miami and unequivocally stated that cell phone location information is protected by the Fourth Amendment.

"In short, we hold that cell site location information is within the subscriber’s reasonable expectation of privacy," the court ruled in an opinion written by Judge David Sentelle. "The obtaining of that data without a warrant is a Fourth Amendment violation." In Davis's case, police used his cell phone's call history against him to put him at the scene of several armed robberies. They obtained a court order—which does not require the government to show probable cause—not a warrant, to do so. From now on, that'll be illegal. The decision applies only in the Eleventh Circuit, but sets a strong precedent for future cases. The American Civil Liberties Union, who argued the case, said that the decision is a "resounding defense of the Fourth Amendment's continuing vitality in the digital age.

[identity profile] telemann.livejournal.com


According to a breaking news alert from the New York Times:


In a stunning upset, Eric Cantor of Virginia, the House majority leader, has lost the Republican primary to Dave Brat, a Richmond-area college professor who ran to Mr. Cantor’s right. Mr. Cantor was expected to cruise to victory, although he had been pushed to portray himself as a hard-liner, especially on immigration. The results were foreshadowed at a district convention last month in Henrico County, Mr. Cantor’s home base, when conservatives ousted one of his loyalists as chairman while he looked on.
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http://cosmos.bcst.yahoo.com/up/player/popup/?cl=7318712

OK, I know this is not a cartoon, but this bugged me so much, I had to share. At first, I thought, "Great! Let's hear from the troops to see which candidate they support," but then - since they provided no summary statistics - I realized they probably just cherry-picked the clips that would support the notion that the troops want a democrat because they want out of the war.

Now, I am in no way a right-wing-don't-trust-the-mainstream-media kind of person, but it's really hard to defend this.

P.S. I hope this embed works...  

P.P.S. Embed did not work. Sorry. Hopefully this link will work. I'd welcome any HTML jock to embed the video on the comments below. Thanks for the assist.
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Just when you thought the New York Times has only recently let out vital secrets...here are a couple lesser known and forgotten examples...



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