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Friday, 6 December 2019

Ex-cop details NYPD ‘collar quotas’ — arrest black and Hispanic men, ‘no cuffs on soft targets’ of Jews, Asians, whites: court docs

quote [ Cops who arrested black men were rewarded with more overtime, a now-retired officer, Pierre Maximilien writes in an explosive declaration filed Monday in a discrimination lawsuit brought by Sgt. Edwin Raymond and four other cops.

The declaration is one of the latest developments in a long-running case brought by black and Hispanic cops who charge they were forced to arrest more blacks and Hispanics than other groups. They were treated harshly and denied promotions if they refused, the lawsuit alleges. ]

It was known this activity went on, but more cops are coming forward about it. Best if taken in combination with the NYC subway stabber case in the extended.

[SFW] [dystopian violence] [+1 Interesting]
[by snowfox@4:27amGMT] [0 comments]

Thursday, 5 December 2019

Indian film-maker Daniel Shravan suggests legalising ‘rape without violence’

quote [ “Rape is not a serious thing, but murder is inexcusable. The government should legalise rape without violence for the safety of women. It seems to be the only way rape victims can be protected from murder,” Shravan said, in a now-deleted post.

The film-maker said that women should “cooperate with rapists and carry condoms” with them.

“If you are about to get raped, hand over a condom to the rapist and cooperate with him while he fulfils his sexual desire. That way he will not try to harm you,” Shravan added. ]

We get something like this every couple of years. Is it bad that I read it and thought, 'At least he's only trivializing rape instead of saying women rape men every time they say no..."? Probably.
[SFW] [crime & punishment] [+2 WTF]
[by snowfox@11:52pmGMT] [2 comments]

Pelosi Says House Democrats Will Draft Articles Of Impeachment Against Trump

quote [ The House speaker made the announcement Thursday morning at the Capitol, following the first hearing on Wednesday by the panel that would draft those articles. ]

And - it is now official. /25 characters
[SFW] [politics] [+2]
[by knumbknutz@4:11pmGMT] [3 comments]

Probe Gets Close To The Sun — Finds Rogue Plasma Waves And Flipping Magnetic Fields

quote [ An unprecedented mission to venture close to the sun has revealed a strange region of space filled with rapidly flipping magnetic fields and rogue plasma waves.

These surprises are among just some of the first observations by NASA's Parker Solar Probe, which blasted off last year to get up-close-and-personal with our nearest star.

Scientists say the findings, described in a series of reports in the journal Nature, could help explain long-standing mysteries — like why the sun's extended atmosphere is hotter than its surface. ]

Fucking magnetic fields - how do they work?
[SFW] [science & technology] [+1 Interesting]
[by knumbknutz@1:51pmGMT] [0 comments]

An Alarmingly Deep Dive Into the Science of Baby Yoda

quote [ We talked to eight actual scientists to find the answers. This is a cry for help. ]

Dear Baby Yoda , What to say to you?
[SFW] [tv & movies] [+5 Funsightful]
[by ScoobySnacks@6:01amGMT] [2 comments]

George Zimmerman sues family of Trayvon Martin, publisher, prosecutors for $100 million

quote [ George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer acquitted of homicide charges in the 2012 fatal shooting of unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, is suing Martin’s family, prosecutors and others involved in the case he claims rested on false evidence, according to a copy of the suit sent to the media Wednesday.

Zimmerman is represented by Larry Klayman, a high-profile legal crusader tied to conservative causes and the founder of Judicial Watch before splitting with the activist group. ]

And what fine upstanding citizen doesn't want to make money off of the family of the boy he killed?
[SFW] [dystopian violence] [+4 WTF]
[by knumbknutz@12:00amGMT] [8 comments]

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Tame foxes taught us about animal domestication. But did we get the story wrong?

quote [ The authors of the paper do not doubt that Belyaev was able to breed tamer foxes. But the Russian experiment fell short of proving the existence of domestication syndrome, they argue, because Belyaev’s first foxes were far from wild, and there’s no proof certain physical features are common to domesticated species. ]

I never thought of domestication syndrome as the takeaway, but the heritability of personality traits.
[SFW] [science & technology]
[by snowfox@9:08pmGMT] [3 comments]

D.C. Fontana, 1939-2019

quote [ StarTrek.com is deeply saddened to report the passing of Dorothy Catherine “D.C.” Fontana, the legendary writer who brought many of Star Trek’s greatest episodes to life. Fontana passed away peacefully at age 80 on the evening of December 2nd, following a short illness.

As a writer, Fontana is credited with many episodes focusing on Vulcan culture and helped blaze a trail for female writers in sci-fi television. She is the mind behind The Original Series and The Animated Series episodes like “Yesteryear” and “Journey to Babel,” which introduced Spock’s father Sarek and mother Amanda. ]

She was amazing, and was from a time where she needed to credit herself as D. C. Fontana so people would not realize that she was a woman.
[SFW] [obituaries] [+2]
[by knumbknutz@7:30pmGMT] [1 comment]

The Art of Dignity: Making Beauty Amid the Ugliness of WWII Japanese American Camps

quote [ On December 7, 1941, Imperial Japanese war planes bombed an unsuspecting American naval base in Pearl Harbor, Hawai‘i, killing 2,403 Americans and destroying 188 aircraft. The next day, the U.S. Congress declared war on Japan, bringing the United States into World War II, which had been raging since 1939. ]

Japanese Americans locked in concentration camps
[SFW] [history]
[by ScoobySnacks@6:14amGMT] [0 comments]

Graham says he's '1,000 percent confident' Russia, not Ukraine, hacked DNC

quote [ Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Tuesday said he's "1,000 percent confident" Russia was responsible for hacking the Democratic National Committee (DNC) as part of an effort to interfere in the 2016 election, dismissing the theory that Ukraine played a role in the breach.

The comments from Graham come amid a House impeachment inquiry into President Trump's dealings with Ukraine and whether he conditioned military aid on the country opening investigations that benefited him politically.

Trump and some of his GOP supporters in Congress have pushed a conspiracy theory that Ukraine tried to meddle in the 2016 election to help Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. ]

I still think he's going to escape to Russia. It would be funny if they didn't want him.
[SFW] [politics]
[by knumbknutz@12:43amGMT] [2 comments]

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