Black protester shows Nazi who the bigger man is

http://nypost.com/2017/10/19/black-protester-and-neo-nazi-skinhead-embrace-at-rally/

Black protester shows Nazi who the bigger man is

October 19, 2017




GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A man in a swastika T-shirt wandered into an angry crowd of anti-white-supremacist protesters in Gainesville on Thursday, where he got jostled, punched, and — of all things — hugged.

The skinhead, whose white T-shirt featured multiple gray swastikas, found himself in the midst of an angry crowd at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

Some 300 protesters had gathered there to demonstrate against white supremacist Richard Spencer, who was giving a speech at the student center.

The mob surrounded the skinhead; video of the encounter recorded shouts of “F— you!” and “Leave him alone!”

“Speak your mind,” one protester demanded of the silent man. “Everybody hates you.”

Someone swung at the skinhead, bloodying his nose.

Then, something wonderful: An African-American man approached the skinhead, chest to chest, and demanded, “Give me a f’in hug.”

“Why you don’t like me, bro? Huh? What is it? What is it?”

The skinhead first grimaced, as if bracing for more violence, then relaxed, smiled slightly, and hugged back.

And shrieking cheers rose up from the mob.

Speaking inside the student center, Spencer was getting a worse welcome: Protesters inside the auditorium drowned him out with continual shouts of “F— you!” and “Go home!” and even, “Let’s go, Gators!”

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October 20, 2017. Tags: , , , , , . Kindness, Racism. Leave a comment.

YouTube admits censoring independent news channels

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xepABu61OU4

 

October 18, 2017. Tags: , , , . Media bias. 2 comments.

Senate Judiciary opens probe into Obama-era Russian nuclear bribery case

http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/355957-senate-judiciary-opens-probe-into-obama-era-russian-nuclear-bribery

Senate Judiciary opens probe into Obama-era Russian nuclear bribery case

October 17, 2017

The Senate Judiciary Committee has launched a full-scale probe into a Russian nuclear bribery case, demanding several federal agencies disclose whether they knew the FBI had uncovered the corruption before the Obama administration in 2010 approved a controversial uranium deal with Moscow.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the committee chairman, gets his first chance to raise the issue in public on Wednesday when he questions Attorney General Jeff Sessions during an oversight hearing.

Though the hearing was scheduled for other purposes, aides said they expected Grassley to ask Sessions questions about a story published in The Hill on Tuesday that disclosed the FBI had uncovered evidence showing Russian nuclear officials were engaged in a racketeering scheme involving bribes, kickbacks and money laundering designed to expand Russian President Vladimir Putin’s atomic energy business on U.S. soil.

The evidence was first gathered in 2009 and 2010 but Department of Justice officials waited until 2014 to bring any charges. In between that time, President Obama’s multi-agency Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) gave approval to Russia’s Rosatom to buy a Canadian mining company called Uranium One that controlled 20 percent of America’s uranium deposits.

The committee’s members at the time included former Attorney General Eric Holder and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, whose husband collected large speech fees and millions in charitable donations from Russia and other entities interested in the outcome of the decision.

Grassley dispatched letters late week to all the federal agencies whose executives served on the CFIUS when the decision was made, demanding to know whether they were aware of the FBI case before they voted.

He also questioned whether the documented corruption that was uncovered posed a national security threat that should have voided approval of the uranium deal.

“It has recently come to the Committee’s attention that employees of Rosatom were involved in a criminal enterprise involving a conspiracy to commit extortion and money laundering during the time of the CFIUS transaction,” Grassley wrote in one such letter addressed to Sessions.

“The fact that Rosatom subsidiaries in the United States were under criminal investigation as a result of a U.S. intelligence operation apparently around the time CFIUS approved the Uranium One/Rosatom transaction raises questions about whether that information factored into CFIUS’ decision to approve the transaction,” the chairman added.

Grassley has been one of the few congressional leaders to have consistently raised questions about the uranium deal, and in 2015 agencies told his committee they had no national security reasons to reject the Moscow approval.

Those representations, however, made no mention of the FBI probe or the national security issues uncovered by agents, including the fact that Russian officials had compromised an American trucking firm that transported uranium.

Grassley’s letters demanded answers from the agencies by no later than Oct. 26.

October 18, 2017. Tags: , , . Barack Obama. Leave a comment.

Donald Trump threatens to shut down NBC and other TV news networks that criticise him

https://www.yahoo.com/news/donald-trump-threatens-shut-down-150300346.html

Donald Trump threatens to shut down NBC and other TV news networks that criticise him

October 11, 2017

Donald Trump has threatened to shut down NBC and other American networks, saying that they peddle fake news.

“With all of the Fake News coming out of NBC and the Networks, at what point is it appropriate to challenge their License? Bad for country!” Mr Trump wrote in a tweet.
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October 16, 2017. Tags: , , , , . Donald Trump, Police state. Leave a comment.

Mark Dice: YouTube censored me AGAIN – deleted my video – and you won’t believe which one!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYW55YpPv4s

 

October 13, 2017. Tags: , , . Media bias. Leave a comment.

NBC almost broke Weinstein bombshell — but turned it down

http://nypost.com/2017/10/10/nbc-almost-broke-weinstein-bomshell-but-turned-it-down/

NBC almost broke Weinstein bombshell — but turned it down

October 10, 2017

Ronan Farrow’s bombshell investigation into Harvey Weinstein’s sexual misconduct was reportedly rejected by NBC over sourcing concerns before he took it to The New Yorker magazine.

Farrow had been working on the investigative piece for the peacock network — where he serves as a contributor, according to the Huffington Post.

Farrow and NBC even had incriminating audio in August where Weinstein admitting to groping a woman, the website said.

Farrow, who has a non-exclusive contract with NBC, asked to bring the story to a print outlet and agreed to return to the network and discuss it’s outcome, a source told The Post.

The New Yorker story included audio from an NYPD investigation while Actress Mira Sorvino and filmmaker Asia Argento were both on the record with their allegations against Weinstein.

An NBC source told The Post that Farrow did not have any accusers on the record while working on the story with them.

October 13, 2017. Tags: , , , , , . Media bias, Sexism, Violent crime. Leave a comment.

Harvey Weinstein’s lawyer gave $10,000 to Manhattan DA after he declined to file sexual assault charges

http://www.ibtimes.com/political-capital/harvey-weinsteins-lawyer-gave-10000-manhattan-da-after-he-declined-file-sexual

Harvey Weinstein’s Lawyer Gave $10,000 To Manhattan DA After He Declined To File Sexual Assault Charges

October 5, 2017

Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein’s lawyer delivered $10,000 to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. in 2015, in the months after Vance’s office decided not to prosecute Weinstein over sexual assault allegations, according to an International Business Times review of campaign finance documents. That contribution from attorney David Boies — who previously headlined a fundraiser for Vance — was a fraction of the more than $182,000 that Boies, his son and his law partners have delivered to the Democrat during his political career.
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October 13, 2017. Tags: , , , , , , . Sexism, Violent crime. 1 comment.

‘Harvey Weinstein’s media enablers’? The New York Times is one of them

https://www.thewrap.com/media-enablers-harvey-weinstein-new-york-times/

‘Harvey Weinstein’s Media Enablers’? The New York Times Is One of Them

The paper had a story on mogul’s sexual misconduct back in 2004 — but gutted it under pressure

By Sharon Waxman

October 8, 2017

A whole lot of fur has been flying since last Thursday, when The New York Times published a game-changing investigative story about Harvey Weinstein’s sexual misconduct that in lightning speed brought the mogul to his knees.

He apologized and took an immediate leave of absence from the company he co-founded, but that wasn’t enough. His board members and legal advisers have been resigning en masse. And as new, ugly details emerge of three decades of settlements for sex-related offenses, he’s quickly becoming a national pariah.

I applaud The New York Times and writers Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey for getting the story in print. I’m sure it was a long and difficult road.

But I simply gagged when I read Jim Rutenberg’s sanctimonious piece on Saturday about the “media enablers” who kept this story from the public for decades.

“Until now,” he puffed, “no journalistic outfit had been able, or perhaps willing, to nail the details and hit publish.”

That’s right, Jim. No one — including The New York Times.

In 2004, I was still a fairly new reporter at The New York Times when I got the green light to look into oft-repeated allegations of sexual misconduct by Weinstein. It was believed that many occurred in Europe during festivals and other business trips there.
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October 13, 2017. Tags: , , , , , . Media bias, Sexism, Violent crime. Leave a comment.

Harvey Weinstein’s media enablers

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/06/business/media/harvey-weinsteins-media-enablers.html

Harvey Weinstein’s Media Enablers

October 6, 2017

Now that The New York Times has put together a stomach-turning chronicle of alleged sexual harassment by the movie mogul Harvey Weinstein — complete with brave, on-the-record statements from, among others, the actress Ashley Judd — we’re hearing a lot about how the story of his misconduct was “the worst-kept secret” in Hollywood and New York.

But until now, no journalistic outfit had been able, or perhaps willing, to nail the details and hit publish.

For decades, stars of Oscar-winning movies produced by Mr. Weinstein appeared on the covers of glossy magazines, chitchatted with late-night hosts and provided fodder for gossip columns and broadsheet features while the uncouth executive partly responsible for their success maintained his special status in Beverly Hills and TriBeCa.

Somehow the whispers concerning his alleged hotel-room and workplace abuses never threatened his next big deal, industry award or accolades, which included an honorary Commander of the British Empire appointment.

The real story didn’t surface until now because too many people in the intertwined news and entertainment industries had too much to gain from Mr. Weinstein for too long. Across a run of more than 30 years, he had the power to mint stars, to launch careers, to feed the ever-famished content beast. And he did so with quality films that won statuettes and made a whole lot of money for a whole lot of people.
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October 13, 2017. Tags: , , , , , . Media bias, Sexism, Violent crime. 1 comment.

Harvey Weinstein contract with TWC allowed for sexual harassment

http://www.tmz.com/2017/10/12/weinstein-contract-the-weinstein-company-sexual-harassment-firing-illegal/

Harvey Weinstein Contract with TWC Allowed for Sexual Harassment

October 12, 2017

Harvey Weinstein may have been fired illegally by The Weinstein Company, a company that wrote a contract that said Weinstein could get sued over and over for sexual harassment and as long as he shelled out money, that was good enough for the Company.

TMZ is privy to Weinstein’s 2015 employment contract, which says if he gets sued for sexual harassment or any other “misconduct” that results in a settlement or judgment against TWC, all Weinstein has to do is pay what the company’s out, along with a fine, and he’s in the clear.

According to the contract, if Weinstein “treated someone improperly in violation of the company’s Code of Conduct,” he must reimburse TWC for settlements or judgments. Additionally, “You [Weinstein] will pay the company liquidated damages of $250,000 for the first such instance, $500,000 for the second such instance, $750,000 for the third such instance, and $1,000,000 for each additional instance.”

The contract says as long as Weinstein pays, it constitutes a “cure” for the misconduct and no further action can be taken. Translation — Weinstein could be sued over and over and as long as he wrote a check, he keeps his job.

The contract has specific language as to when the Board of Directors can fire Weinstein — if he’s indicted or convicted of a crime, but that doesn’t apply here.

There’s another provision … he can be fired for “the perpetuation by you [Weinstein] of a material fraud against the company.” The question … where’s the fraud? Lance Maerov, the board member who negotiated Weinstein’s 2015 contract, said in an interview — and we’ve confirmed — the Board knew Weinstein had settled prior lawsuits brought by various women, but they “assumed” it was to cover up consensual affairs. The Board’s assumption does not constitute fraud on Weinstein’s part.

And here’s the kicker. Even if Weinstein had committed fraud by not fully informing the Board of Directors, the contract says before he can be fired he has a right to mediation and if that doesn’t work, he’s entitled to arbitration. He got neither. He was summarily fired, and sources connected with Weinstein tell TMZ he was never given a specific reason.

A source connected with TWC tells TMZ, the company had a right to fire Weinstein if he didn’t notify the Board of Directors of settlements. We’re told there have been no settlements since the contract was signed, so it would seem this clause does not apply.

October 13, 2017. Tags: , , , , . Sexism, Violent crime. Leave a comment.

Buzzfeed: Here’s how Breitbart and Milo Yiannopoulos smuggled Nazi and white nationalist ideas into the mainstream

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLNLPIRS62g

https://www.buzzfeed.com/josephbernstein/heres-how-breitbart-and-milo-smuggled-white-nationalism?utm_term=.cq7oqgvdo#.ruKNr6AlN

Here’s How Breitbart And Milo Smuggled Nazi and White Nationalist Ideas Into The Mainstream

A cache of documents obtained by BuzzFeed News reveals the truth about Steve Bannon’s alt-right “killing machine.”

October 5, 2017

It’s a relationship illustrated most starkly by a previously unreleased April 2016 video in which Yiannopoulos sings “America the Beautiful” in a Dallas karaoke bar as admirers, including the white nationalist Richard Spencer, raise their arms in Nazi salutes.

“Finally doing my big feature on the alt right,” Yiannopoulos wrote in a March 9, 2016, email to Andrew “Weev” Auernheimer, a hacker who is the system administrator of the neo-Nazi hub the Daily Stormer, and who would later ask his followers to disrupt the funeral of Charlottesville victim Heather Heyer. “Fancy braindumping some thoughts for me.”

“It’s time for me to do my big definitive guide to the alt right,” Yiannopoulos wrote four hours later to Curtis Yarvin, a software engineer who under the nom de plume Mencius Moldbug helped create the “neoreactionary” movement, which holds that Enlightenment democracy has failed and that a return to feudalism and authoritarian rule is in order. “Which is my whorish way of asking if you have anything you’d like to make sure I include.”

“Alt r feature, figured you’d have some thoughts,” Yiannopoulos wrote the same day to Devin Saucier, who helps edit the online white nationalist magazine American Renaissance under the pseudonym Henry Wolff, and who wrote a story in June 2017 called “Why I Am (Among Other Things) a White Nationalist.”

The three responded at length: Weev about the Daily Stormer and a podcast called The Daily Shoah, Yarvin in characteristically sweeping world-historical assertions (“It’s no secret that North America contains many distinct cultural/ethnic communities. This is not optimal, but with a competent king it’s not a huge problem either”), and Saucier with a list of thinkers, politicians, journalists, films (Dune, Mad Max, The Dark Knight), and musical genres (folk metal, martial industrial, ’80s synthpop) important to the movement. Yiannopoulos forwarded it all, along with the Wikipedia entries for “Alternative Right” and the esoteric far-right Italian philosopher Julius Evola — a major influence on 20th-century Italian fascists and Richard Spencer alike — to Allum Bokhari, his deputy and frequent ghostwriter, whom he had met during GamerGate. “Include a bit of everything,” he instructed Bokhari.

“I think you’ll like what I’m cooking up,” Yiannopoulos wrote to Saucier, the American Renaissance editor.

“I look forward to it,” Saucier replied. “Bannon, as you probably know, is sympathetic to much of it.”

Five days later Bokhari returned a 3,000-word draft, a taxonomy of the movement titled “ALT-RIGHT BEHEMOTH.” It included a little bit of everything: the brains and their influences (Yarvin and Evola, etc.), the “natural conservatives” (people who think different ethnic groups should stay separate for scientific reasons), the “Meme team” (4chan and 8chan), and the actual hatemongers. Of the last group, Bokhari wrote: “There’s just not very many of them, no-one really likes them, and they’re unlikely to achieve anything significant in the alt-right.”

“Magnificent start,” Yiannopoulos responded.

 

October 8, 2017. Tags: , , , . Media bias, Milo Yiannopoulos, Racism. Leave a comment.

Journalist Shaun King leads effort to identify skinhead shown on video throwing punches who is now behind bars

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWt-dukiIpE

https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2017/09/29/internet-sleuths-track-down-another-bad-penny-charlottesville

Journalist Shaun King leads effort to identify skinhead shown on video throwing punches who is now behind bars

September 29, 2017

The long arm of the Internet finally caught up with Dennis Mothersbaugh.

Roaming the scene in Charlottesville, Virginia, during the violent “Unite the Right” rally on Aug. 12, the 33-year-old skinhead with a long rap sheet apparently felt anonymous enough to begin punching some of the counter-protesters who showed up to oppose him and his fellow white nationalists.

Video recorded at the protest showed the man lashing out and hitting first one protester as he came down a set of stairs, and then moments later punching a woman protester directly in the face, knocking her to the ground. He then was quickly surrounded by men defending the victim, and he walked away.

That recording, however, created the impetus for a search by Internet sleuths to unearth his identity. Led by Brooklyn-based freelance journalist Shaun King, the activists in short order figured out his identity in large part because of the unique tattoo on Mothersbaugh’s head, a quote from rock star Kurt Cobain which reads: “I am rather hated for who I am, than loved for something I’m not.”

Mothersbaugh, who currently resides in rural North Vernon, Indiana, has a long and violent record from the 2000s, when he resided in the Portland, Oregon, vicinity. Among his more noteworthy arrests was a 2005 bust in suburban Gresham for threatening three African-American men and attempting to assault them, as well as a previous 2003 for an assault on a black man.

He also sports a number of other tattoos indicating his membership in the Hammerskins skinhead organization, as well as the Inland Empire neo-Nazi prison gang.

Now Mothersbaugh is behind bars. Once identified, police in Charlottesville issued a warrant for his arrest on assault charges. Police in Indiana were notified, and once Charlottesville police issued a request for extradition, Mothersbaugh was arrested at his home by deputies.

According to a news release, he was being held in the Jennings County Jail. He will be extradited to the Charlottesville/Abemarle Regional Jail “in the near future.”

King has led previous successful efforts to identify the violent white supremacists involved in criminal assaults on people at Charlottesville, including the four men who attacked an African-American man, Deandre Harris, at a parking garage.

King thanked his readers on social media. “You helped make that happen. We identified him. Charlottesville issued the arrest warrant. The police in his hometown, who’ve been great by the way, wanted to arrest him, but Charlottesville had to request extradition.

“Well, they just did, and he is now in custody. He is the third white supremacist from Charlottesville that we have identified and lobbied for an arrest. Your hard work is paying off.”

October 8, 2017. Tags: , , , , . Racism, Violent crime. 1 comment.

Knowingly exposing others to HIV will no longer be a felony in California

http://www.latimes.com/politics/essential/la-pol-ca-essential-politics-updates-gov-brown-downgrades-from-felony-to-1507331544-htmlstory.html

Knowingly exposing others to HIV will no longer be a felony in California

October 6, 2017

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Friday that lowers from a felony to a misdemeanor the crime of knowingly exposing a sexual partner to HIV without disclosing the infection.
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October 7, 2017. Tags: , , , , . Politics. Leave a comment.

Black Lives Matter’s newest phrase: “Liberalism is white supremacy”

According to the student newspaper at the College of William and Mary, the ACLU recently tried to host an event called “Students and the First Amendment.”

However, five minutes after the event began, Black Lives Matter protestors started shouting loud enough to prevent the ACLU from being heard.

The ACLU suggested that both Black Lives Matter and the ACLU be allowed to speak. But the Black Lives Matter protestors would not allow the ACLU to be heard. After 30 minutes of not being allowed to speak, the ACLU canceled the event.

Statements shouted by Black Lives Matter protestors included

“liberalism is white supremacy”

and

“the revolution will not uphold the constitution”

Afterward, the college’s Black Lives Matter chapter posted the following on its Facebook page:

“Tonight, we shut down an event at William & Mary where Claire Gastañaga, executive director of the ACLU of Virginia, was speaking. In contrast to the ACLU, we want to reaffirm our position of zero tolerance for white supremacy no matter what form it decides to masquerade in.”

 

October 7, 2017. Tags: , , , , , , , . Black lives matter, Racism, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

Pro-life hypocrite Republican Tim Murphy asked his mistress to have an abortion

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2017/10/03/rep-tim-Murphy-pro-life-sought-abortion-affair-shannon-edwards-susan-mosychuk-pennsylvania-chief-of-staff-congress-emails-texts/stories/201710030018

Rep. Tim Murphy, popular with pro-life movement, urged abortion in affair, texts suggest

October 3, 2017

A text message sent in January to U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy by a woman with whom he had an extra-marital relationship took him to task for an anti-abortion statement posted on Facebook from his office’s public account.

“And you have zero issue posting your pro-life stance all over the place when you had no issue asking me to abort our unborn child just last week when we thought that was one of the options,” Shannon Edwards, a forensic psychologist in Pittsburgh with whom the congressman admitted last month to having a relationship, wrote to Mr. Murphy on Jan. 25, in the midst of an unfounded pregnancy scare.

On Wednesday, Murphy released a statement in which he says he will not seek re-election.

The congressman has been lauded by the Family Research Council, for his stance on abortion, as well as for family values, generally. He also has been endorsed by LifePAC, which opposes abortion rights, and is a member of the House Pro-Life Caucus, an affiliation that is often cited by his office.

October 7, 2017. Tags: , . Abortion. Leave a comment.

NBC News erases info from online article about Stephen Paddock, but doesn’t cite the change anywhere

This is the link to an article that NBC News just published online about Stephen Paddock:

https://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/las-vegas-shooting/las-vegas-massacre-investigators-probing-whether-others-were-gunman-s-n808431

Note that if you look at the URL, it contains the words

“las vegas massacre investigators probing whether others were gunman”

That’s because the article’s original title was:

“Investigators Probing Whether Others Were in Las Vegas Gunman’s Suite”

However, NBC has since changed the title to the following:

“Police ‘Confident’ No One Else in Shooter’s Room Before Las Vegas Attack”

What’s far more intriguing, however, is that NBC has completely erased the following content, which appeared in the original version:

“during a period when Paddock’s car left the hotel garage, one of his key cards was used to get into his room”

My understanding is that it is customary for online news articles to point out when such changes have been made, either at the beginning of the article, or at the end of the article. However, in this case, NBC makes no such mention anywhere.

I’m not usually one for conspiracy theories. However, NBC News is generally considered to be a highly reliable source. I’m curious to know why they published the info about Paddock’s car and hotel key being used at the same time, why they they erased it, and why they didn’t mention that they had erased it.

 

October 6, 2017. Tags: , , . Media bias. Leave a comment.

Thanks to all of you for giving my blog more than one million hits!

Thanks to all of you for giving my blog more than one million hits!

 

October 6, 2017. Tags: . blogging. Leave a comment.

Social justice warrior Edith Macias might be charged with a felony for stealing someone’s Trump hat

In the video below, which was recently filmed at UC Riverside, social justice warrior Edith Macias spends nine minutes explaining why she stole a Trump hat right off the head of a Trump supporter.

Macias takes the hat to campus authorities, under the belief that they will take her side.

But they don’t. Instead, they take the side of the hat owner, get him his hat back, and call the campus police.

Originally, the owner of the hat was not planning to press charges.

However, after Macias put a video online where she encouraged other people to steal people’s Trump hats, the owner of the hat changed his mind, and is pressing charges. Macias could be charged with a felony.

Meanwhile, Macias continues to claim that she is the victim. And her friends are demanding that the school pay for a safe place for her and her family to live, as well as pay for the cost of her current residence.

I’m no legal expert. At first, I thought that a felony charge seemed kind of severe for stealing someone’s hat. However, the fact that Macias has gone online and incited other people to steal people’s Trump hats makes me have no problem with her getting a felony charge. She still shows no remorse for what she has done, and, on the contrary, seems to be quite proud of it. That’s a shame. I think she just ruined any chance she had of living a decent life, or getting a college education.

If she is convicted, I hope her sentence is to write a 500 word essay on why it’s wrong to steal other people’s personal property. And then the essay should be put online for everyone to see. I think that would be a much more appropriate sentence than prison, especially for a first time, non-violent offender. Besides, it would be cruel and unusual punishment for the other prisoners if they were forced to live with her.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZ2T4b14WbY

 

October 6, 2017. Tags: , , , , , . Donald Trump, Racism, Social justice warriors. 3 comments.

Mass hysteria causes people to wrongly think they are dying from an air freshener at a high school in Baltimore

According to wikipedia, mass hysteria is

a phenomenon that transmits collective illusions of threats, whether real or imaginary, through a population in society as a result of rumors and fear

That’s exactly what just happened at a high school in Baltimore.

After someone activated a pumpkin spice air freshener, people started having trouble breathing, and were taken to the hospital.

The school was evacuated, and emergency personnel were called.

Even though it turned out to be just an air freshener, experts said that evacuating the school was a good idea, just in case it had been something worse.

On the one hand, there’s a big part of me that has to agree with these experts.

On the other hand, just several decades ago, it probably would have been considered preposterous to evacuate a school under such circumstances.

All I can say about this is that the world sure has changed since I was a kid.

 

October 6, 2017. Tags: , . Psychology. Leave a comment.

Trump gives no-bid “fraud prevention” contract to Equifax to “protect” the identities of taxpayers

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October 4, 2017. Tags: , , . Donald Trump. Leave a comment.

Dog sings and plays piano

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6nhSDAKRj8

 

October 4, 2017. Tags: , , , . Animals, Humor, Music. Leave a comment.

The Big Bang Theory: Amy helps Sheldon with his closure issue

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r60lVSiF1AA

 

October 4, 2017. Tags: , , , , . Humor, Psychology, Television. Leave a comment.

Morgan Freeman talks about some interesting scientific experiments with guns

The YouTube video below is an episode of the science TV program Through the Wormhole. This episode is called “Is Gun Crime a Virus?” It’s from season 8, and originally aired just a few months ago. Morgan Freeman is both the narrator and the executive producer.

I listened to (but did not watch, as it’s rotated 90 degrees, and is also cropped) the entire video.

Here are three interesting studies from the video that I’d like to mention:

1) In a driving simulator, people drove more aggressively when a gun was placed on the passenger seat, as compared to when a control object (a tennis racket) was placed on the passenger seat. (skip to 26:46)

2) In real world driving, a driver in a pickup truck deliberately stopped at a stop sign for 12 seconds. Sometimes the truck had a rifle on a gun rack, and sometimes it did not. When there was a rifle, the drivers behind the truck behaved more aggressively compared to the control group where there was no rifle. (skip to 28:39)

3) Among minors in prison for violent felony, some were given “decompression therapy,” and some were not. After they got out of prison, those who did not receive the therapy killed 16 people, while those who did receive the therapy killed no one. (skip to 37:15)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gL5mP420_z4

 

October 4, 2017. Tags: , , . Guns, Psychology, Violent crime. Leave a comment.

Why do the NFL kneelers accuse the police of racism but not sexism?

OK. So let me see if I understand what’s going on.

After multiple recent incidents of the police shooting unarmed black men, the protestors are accusing the police of racism, but they are not accusing the police of sexism.

Why is that?

If these police police are racist, then why are they not also sexist?

October 4, 2017. Tags: , , , , . Racism, Sports. 13 comments.

R.I.P. Tom Petty

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3K3QqNiuHsU

 

October 3, 2017. Tags: , . Music. Leave a comment.

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