Manhattan judge, over prosecutor’s objections, releases suspect in two violent street assaults without bail

https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ny-homeless-man-freed-without-bail-manhattan-assaults-20200110-z7xfbvea4jhxhlckwqlvrpq3vq-story.html

Manhattan judge, over prosecutor’s objections, releases suspect in two violent street assaults without bail

January 10, 2020

A giggling suspect accused of randomly battering three women in violent Manhattan street attacks was cut loose without bail Friday over the objection of prosecutors.

Homeless defendant Eugene Webb was freed just two days after allegedly punching a woman in the face on West Houston St., knocking out one of her teeth — then hours later shoving a second woman to the ground and kicking her on Park Ave. and E. 42nd St.

The Manhattan District Attorney’s office sought $10,000 cash bail or a $30,000 bond, but Criminal Court Judge Ann Thompson ruled that Webb should be released on his own recognizance under the state’s controversial new bail guidelines.

Webb, 26, was arrested at Bellevue Hospital on Thursday after police got a tip he was there. He was charged with assault and aggravated harassment.

The antsy defendant wore dark sweatpants, a purple undershirt and a black jacket to his Friday arraignment where he constantly shifted back and forth, unable to stand still.

Assistant District Attorney John Dunn’s argued that Webb showed a “willful and persistent” pattern of skipping court dates. He noted that the defendant failed to show for a scheduled hearing last October after punching an unsuspecting 35-year-old woman in the mouth on Sept. 3 on E. 14th St.

Webb was arrested for the September attack after cops found him smoking crack on a Greenwich Village stoop.

“The defendant persistently attacked females,” Dunn said Friday. “As to bail, the defendant failed to return to court … He was willing and able to do so, and he intentionally chose not to.”

Judge Thompson argued that one misstep was not enough to merit jail under the modified bail system.

“One failure to appear, despite having a new case and having a record of criminal conduct — I don’t think that makes the defendant meet the standard,” she ruled.

Webb was ordered to return on Feb. 25 for the two Wednesday attacks, and left the hearing with a smile.

A spokesperson for the New York County Defender Services, a group that provides free legal services for low-income city defendants, said to focus on the bail ruling was to miss the point.

“This case says more about our city’s deficient system for dealing with homelessness and serious mental illness, and how they intersect, than it does about bail reform,” the spokesperson said.

February 7, 2020. Tags: , , , , , . Social justice warriors, Violent crime. Leave a comment.

Suspect in brutal mugging of elderly woman caught on video released under new bail law

https://nypost.com/2020/02/01/suspect-in-brutal-mugging-of-elderly-woman-caught-on-video-released-under-new-bail-law/

Suspect in brutal mugging of elderly woman caught on video released under new bail law

February 1, 2020

Not even this brutal, caught-on-video mugging — in which a struggling 83-year-old woman was dragged to the ground, and her purse wrenched away — is enough to get a suspect locked up these days under the state’s new bail reform law.

Exclusive video obtained by The Post allegedly shows 56-year-old Dana White, of Jamaica, Queens, walking up behind the victim in front of a building on Eldridge St. on the Lower East Side at about 5:45 a.m. Monday.

The victim is so petite compared to her attacker, that she stands only as high as his chest as he grabs at her scarf.

When the woman, who was walking with a cane, turns to escape his grasp, the thief puts his arms around her neck and drags her to the ground, the video shows.

The brave woman struggles on the pavement and waves her cane as she tries to fight off the fiend, who soon yanks her purse from around her neck and leaves her on the ground.

“She was a tough old woman who didn’t want to give it up,” a law enforcement source told The Post of the victim and her precious purse.

White was arrested shortly after the coldhearted attack and charged with robbery — but was released without bail by the new legislation, which restricts bail for most low-level crimes.

Cops were fuming after the release, the latest in a string of repeat offenders sent back onto the streets under the new law, which requires a robbery to have caused an injury before a judge is allowed to set bail.

The sturdy senior had declined medical assistance at the scene.

“This is a crime that was deemed non-violent by Governor Cuomo — what an asshole,”  one frustrated cop told The Post in outrage.

“How would he like it if the victim was somebody he knew or was related to?”

White has at least 14 previous arrests, including at least 6 robbery charges and charges for criminal possession of a weapon, trespassing, and assault, sources said.

Police were so irritated by White’s release that they dug into the case — and found he was on parole for a previous burglary, sources said.

He was taken back into custody shortly after for the parole violation.

February 2, 2020. Tags: , , , , , . Social justice warriors, Violent crime. Leave a comment.

Rockland County Fatal Hit-And-Run Suspect Released Under New State Bail Reform Guidelines

https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2019/12/26/arrest-made-in-christmas-eve-hit-and-run-that-killed-35-year-old-woman/

Rockland County Fatal Hit-And-Run Suspect Released Under New State Bail Reform Guidelines

December 26, 2019

STONY POINT, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — There is grief and concern following a Christmas Eve crime.

A woman was struck and killed by an unlicensed driver who left the scene. He was arrested, and immediately released back on the street, under the terms of New York state’s new bail reform law.

Those close to the victim are struggling to understand why, CBS2’s Tony Aiello reported Thursday.

“I feel fortunate to have met her and have had her in my life,” friend Irene Secone said.

Friends and family are distraught following the death of 35-year-old Marie “Rosie” Osai.

The immigrant from Haiti, a mother of three, was run over on Christmas Eve while crossing route 9W in Stony Point.

Facing a felony charge for fleeing a fatal accident is 27-year-old Jorge Flores-Villalba. According to court records, Flores-Villalba told an investigator, “I was driving and I did strike a person. I didn’t call the police. I was afraid because I don’t have a license.”

When the suspect was arraigned Christmas Day, the town justice released him without bail.

“We’re all here devastated. Her family is devastated, and this man on Christmas Day goes home and spends it with his family,” Secone said.

Stony Point Supervisor Jim Monaghan blames Albany lawmakers.

“Logistically, it made sense to release the defendant at this time based on the new laws that go into effect Jan. 1,” Monaghan said.

Monaghan said bail reform would have mandated release of the suspect next week, anyway.

The reform pushed by Albany Democrats eliminates bail for all misdemeanors and most non-violent felonies.

“To walk into a courtroom the next day and walk out with no bail and I’ll see you in another week, it just isn’t right,” Secone said.

“Everybody I’ve spoken to, once they’re aware what took place with this bail, they’re outraged,” Monaghan added.

Bail reform advocates say the law allows judges to impose electronic monitoring, and claim critics are fear mongering.

The unlicensed driver accused of killing Osai is free, on just a promise to return to court on Jan. 9.

Several lawmakers want to change or delay implementation of bail reform and other criminal justice revisions. Albany Democrats have said they will monitor how the reforms work before considering any changes.

January 23, 2020. Tags: , , , , , . Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

Why Did British Police Ignore Pakistani Gangs Abusing 1,400 Rotherham Children? Political Correctness

https://www.forbes.com/sites/rogerscruton/2014/08/30/why-did-british-police-ignore-pakistani-gangs-raping-rotherham-children-political-correctness/

Why Did British Police Ignore Pakistani Gangs Abusing 1,400 Rotherham Children? Political Correctness

August 30, 2014

A story of rampant child abuse—ignored and abetted by the police—is emerging out of the British town of Rotherham. Until now, its scale and scope would have been inconceivable in a civilized country.  Its origins, however, lie in something quite ordinary: what one Labour MP called “not wanting to rock the multicultural community boat.”

Imagine the following case. A fourteen-year old girl is taken into care by the social services unit of the town where she lives, because her parents are drug-addicted, and she has been neglected and is not turning up in school. She is one of many, for that is the way in Britain today. And local government entities—Councils—can be ordered by the courts to stand in for parents of neglected children. The Council places the girl in a home, where she is kept with others under supervision from the social services department. The home is regularly visited by young men who try to entice the girls into their cars, so as to give them drugs and alcohol, and then coerce them into sex.

The girl, who is lonely and uncared for, meets a man outside the home, who promises a trip to the cinema and a party with children of her age. She falls into the trap. After she has been raped by a group of five men she is told that, if she says a word to anyone, she will be taken from the home and beaten. When, after the episode is repeated, she threatens to go to the police, she is taken into the countryside, doused in petrol, and told that she is going to be set alight, unless she promises to tell no one of the ordeal.

Social workers tell girls they cannot help them

Meanwhile she must accept weekly abuse, in return for drugs and alcohol. Soon she finds herself being taken to other towns in the area, and hired out for sexual purposes to other men. She is distraught and depressed, and at the point when she can stand it no longer, she goes to the police. She can only stutter a few words, and cannot bring herself to accuse anyone in particular. Her complaint is dismissed on the grounds that any sex involved must have been consensual. The social worker in charge of her case listens to her complaint, but tells her that she cannot act unless the girl identifies her abusers. But when the girl describes them the social worker switches off with a shrug and says that she can do nothing. Her father, his drug habit notwithstanding, has tried to keep contact with his daughter and suspects what is happening. But when he goes to the police, he is arrested for obstruction and charged with wasting police time.

Over the two years of her ordeal the girl makes several attempts on her own life, and eventually ends up abandoned and homeless, without an education and with no prospect of a normal life.

Impossible, you will say, that such a thing could happen in Britain. In fact it is only one of over 1,400 cases, all arising during the course of the last fifteen years in the South Yorkshire town of Rotherham, all involving vulnerable girls either in Council care or inadequately protected by their families from gangs of sexual predators. Almost no arrests have been made, no social workers or police officers have been reprimanded, and until recently the matter was dismissed by all those responsible as a matter of no real significance. Increasing public awareness of the problem, however, led to complaints, triggering a series of official reports. The latest report, from Professor Alexis Jay, former chief inspector of social work in Scotland, gives the truth for the first time, in 153 disturbing pages. One fact stands out above all the horrors detailed in the document, which is that the girl victims were white, and their abusers Pakistani.

Sociologists convinced government that the police are racist

Fifteen years ago, when these crimes were just beginning, the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry into the conduct of the British police was made by Sir William Macpherson a High Court judge. The immediate occasion had been a murder in which the victim was black, the perpetrators white, and the behaviour of the investigating police lax and possibly prejudiced. The report accused the police – not just those involved in the case, but the entire police force of the country – of ‘institutionalised racism’. This piece of sociological newspeak was, at the time, very popular with leftist sociologists. For it made an accusation which could not be refuted by anyone who had the misfortune to be accused of it.

However well you behaved, however scrupulously you treated people of different races and without regard to their ethnic identity or the colour of their skin, you would be guilty of ‘institutionalised racism’, simply on account of the institution to which you belonged and on behalf of which you were acting. Not surprisingly, sociologists and social workers, the vast majority of whom are professionally disposed to believe that middle class society is incurably racist, latched on to the expression. MacPherson too climbed onto the bandwagon since, at the time, it was the easiest and safest way to wash your hands in public, to say that I, at least, am not guilty of the only crime that is universally recognised and everywhere in evidence.

Police more concerned with political correctness than crime

The result of this has been that police forces lean over backwards to avoid the accusation of racism, while social workers will hesitate to intervene in any case in which they could be accused of discriminating against ethnic minorities. Matters are made worse by the rise of militant Islam, which has added to the old crime of racism the new crime of ‘Islamophobia’. No social worker today will risk being accused of this crime. In Rotherham a social worker would be mad, and a police officer barely less so, to set out to investigate cases of suspected sexual abuse, when the perpetrators are Asian Muslims and the victims ethnically English. Best to sweep it under the carpet, find ways of accusing the victims or their parents or the surrounding culture of institutionalised racism, and attending to more urgent matters such as the housing needs of recent immigrants, or the traffic offences committed by those racist middle classes.

Americans too are familiar with this syndrome. Political correctness among sociologists comes from socialist convictions and the tired old theories that produce them. But among ordinary people it comes from fear. The people of Rotherham know that it is unsafe for a girl to take a taxi-ride from someone with Asian features; they know that Pakistani Muslims often do not treat white girls with the respect that they treat girls from their own community. They know, and have known over fifteen years, that there are gangs of predators on the look-out for vulnerable girls, and that the gangs are for the most part Asian young men who see English society not as the community to which they belong, but as a sexual hunting ground. But they dare not express this knowledge, in either words or deed. Still less do they dare to do so if their job is that of social worker or police officer. Let slip the mere hint that Pakistani Muslims are more likely than indigenous Englishmen to commit sexual crimes and you will be branded as a racist and an Islamophobe, to be ostracised in the workplace and put henceforth under observation.

No one will be fired

This would matter less if fear had no consequences. Unfortunately political correctness causes people not merely to disguise their beliefs but to refuse to act on them, to accuse others who confess to them, and in general to go along with policies that have been forced on the British people by minority groups of activists. The intention of the activists is to disrupt and dismantle the old forms of social order. They believe that our society is not just racist, but far too comfortable, far too unequal, far too bound up with fuddy-duddy old ways that are experienced by people at the bottom of society – the working classes, the immigrants, the homeless, the illegals – as oppressive and demeaning. They enthusiastically propagate the doctrines of political correctness as a way of taking revenge on a social order from which they feel alienated.

Ordinary people are so intimidated by this that they repeat the doctrines, like religious mantras which they hope will keep them safe in hostile territory. Hence people in Britain have accepted without resistance the huge transformations that have been inflicted on them over the last thirty years, largely by activists working through the Labour Party. They have accepted immigration policies that have filled our cities with disaffected Muslims, many of whom have now gone to fight against us in Syria and Iraq. They have accepted the growth of Islamic schools in which children are taught to prepare themselves for jihad against the surrounding social order. They have accepted the constant denigration of their country, its institutions and its inherited religion, for the simple reason that these things are theirs and therefore tainted with forbidden loyalties.

And when the truth is expressed at last, nobody is fired, no arrests are made, and the elected Police and Communities Commissioner for Rotherham, although forced to resign from the Labour Party, refuses to resign from his job. After a few weeks all will have been swept under the carpet, and the work of destruction can resume.

January 23, 2020. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Islamization, Political correctness, Racism, Religion, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

Crimes For Which A Defendant Must Be Released From Custody, Without Bail, After January 1, 2020 [New York]

https://www.nicoleforny.com/bail/

Crimes For Which A Defendant Must Be Released From Custody, Without Bail, After January 1, 2020 [New York]

• Burglary in the second degree (residential burglary)

• Burglary in the third degree

• Robbery in the second degree (aided by another person)

• Robbery in the third degree

• Manslaughter in the second degree

• Criminally negligent homicide

• Aggravated vehicular homicide

• Vehicular manslaughter in the first and second degrees

• Assault in the third degree

• Aggravated vehicular assault

• Aggravated assault upon a person less than eleven years old

• Vehicular assault in the first and second degrees

• Criminal possession of a weapon on school grounds

• Criminal possession of a firearm

• Criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree

• Criminal sale of a firearm to a minor

• Criminal possession of a controlled substance in the first and second degrees

• Criminal sale of a controlled substance in the first and second degrees

• Criminal sale of a controlled substance in or near school grounds

• Use of a child to commit a controlled substance offense

• Criminal sale of a controlled substance to a child

• Patronizing a person for prostitution in a school zone

• Promoting an obscene sexual performance by a child

• Possessing an obscene sexual performance by a child

• Promoting a sexual performance by a child

• Failure to register as a sex offender

• Bribery in the first degree

• Bribe giving for public office

• Bribe receiving in the first degree

• Arson in the third and fourth degrees

• Grand larceny in the first, second, third, and fourth degrees

• Aggravated cruelty to animals

• Overdriving, torturing and injuring animals

• Failure to provide proper sustenance to animals

• Animal fighting

• Unlawful imprisonment in the first degree

• Coercion in the first degree

• Criminal solicitation in the first degree

• Criminal facilitation in the first degree

• Money laundering in support of terrorism in the third and fourth degrees

• Making a terroristic threat

• Obstructing governmental administration in the first and second degree

• Obstructing governmental administration by means of a self-defense spray device

• Promoting prison contraband in the first and second degrees

• Resisting arrest

• Hindering prosecution

• Tampering with a juror

• Tampering with physical evidence

• Aggravated harassment in the first degree

• Directing a laser at an aircraft in the first degree

• Enterprise corruption

• Money laundering in the first degree

January 22, 2020. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Social justice warriors, Violent crime. Leave a comment.

Caught On Camera: NYPD Officer Sucker Punched By Suspect In Brooklyn, Attacker Already Released Without Bail

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akN11UHZMHs

https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2019/12/28/nypd-sucker-punch-bail-reform/

Caught On Camera: NYPD Officer Sucker Punched By Suspect In Brooklyn, Attacker Already Released Without Bail

December 28, 2019

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – An NYPD officer was assaulted in a wild confrontation caught on camera in Brooklyn Heights.

Police say 40-year-old Steven Haynes punched an officer after being asked to leave the middle of an intersection where he was sitting.

The attack took place near a Bank of America on Court and Livingston Streets.

Eventually, more officers are seen moving in to help remove the suspect who is now facing a long list of charges, including assault on a police officer and resisting arrest.

Despite those charges, Haynes is reportedly already back out on the street, according to the Police Benevolent Association.

https://twitter.com/NYCPBA/status/1211065437741625345

The NYPD’s largest union slammed the suspect’s release, claiming that criminals are running loose across the five boroughs under the belief they can get away with their actions. The PBA cited the upcoming bail reform policy in New York State, which prevents judges from setting a cash bail for many crimes starting on Jan. 1, 2020.

January 22, 2020. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Social justice warriors, Violent crime. Leave a comment.

Suspect with 78 priors arrested for 16 new burglaries. NYC: No bail.

https://www.lawenforcementtoday.com/suspect-with-78-priors-arrested-for-16-new-burglaries-nyc-no-bail/

Suspect with 78 priors arrested for 16 new burglaries. NYC: No bail.

January 19, 2020

New York – “I want to be a part of it…New York, New York.” Frank Sinatra loved New York. And now, criminals are loving New York as well. However, likely not for the same reason.

Anthony Manson is a serial burglar. During the Christmas shopping season, Manson did his shopping by stealing packages from Brooklyn apartment buildings, helped in no small way by the Andrew Cuomo Criminal Enhancement Act, otherwise known as the new bail reform law.

Manson, 50, was arrested for nine burglaries in Prospect Lefferts-Gardens and Crown Heights on Dec. 23, according to police. He appeared before a judge on Christmas and was released—only to be arrested again for six more burglaries on Jan. 3, police said. Of course, he was released once again, and then decided to visit a Manhattan sunglass store on Wednesday and rip that business off.

So, when Manson went to court, he probably expected that the gig was up. Manson was pleasantly surprised as once again, he walked out of court for the burglary at the Center Stage Optique in the West Village.

Police said that an officer spotted Manson leaving the store at 1:50 a.m. through a broken glass door, while carrying nearly $4,000 worth of sunglasses. In addition, he had a rock—his tool of choice for the burglary—in a suitcase, according to the criminal complaint.

Residents in the Prospect Lefferts-Garden building have said that Manson had been suspected of taking packages in their neighborhood for some time. The Daily News obtained surveillance video which shows a person resembling Manson throwing a rock in a bag through a glass door and grabbing an armload of Amazon packages on both Dec. 20 and Jan. 7. Similarly, footage also captured a man bearing a resemblance to Manson doing the same thing last Tuesday.

Manson was arrested for one of the break-ins at the Prospect building, however the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office declined to prosecute him, refusing comment citing an ongoing investigation. A NYPD source said Manson is a suspect in those crimes as well.

Police authorities blame the state’s new bail “reform” law for Manson’s burglary spree. As we’ve reported several times, the law, which took effect Jan. 1 but was actually applied by judges late last year, has substantially limited or eliminated bail for people accused of non-violent crimes such as burglary.

Both Cuomo and New York Mayor de Blasio, who supported this abomination, have said that they are open to tweaking the law. Right in time, huh guys? Cuomo called it a “work in progress,” while de Blasio said he would go to Albany to help “improve that bill.” Don’t you think that both of these clowns should have realized what would happen when this law passed? It isn’t like they are rookie politicians. It’s truly stunning that they could not have anticipated the results of what has been done.

Of course, the social justice warriors dismiss any notion that cases such as Manson’s have any connection to the current bail laws. Not surprising.

We have no words.

A resident of one of the buildings that Manson burglarized said in her best virtue-signaling voice that she wasn’t ready to blame bail reform for the crimes at that building.

Probably also out of embarrassment for making such a ridiculous statement.

Manson has a criminal record of 78 arrests which date back to 1993.

Andrea thinks that Manson needs help.

Andrea, hate to break it to you sunshine, but you cannot help people who do not want to help themselves.

Judges no longer have discretion under the new laws to assess factors such as the defendant’s likelihood to re-offend. While New York legislators have spoken of the success of a similar law in New Jersey, that state gives judges discretion to consider other factors.

Here is betting that Mr. Manson will be back under arrest, sooner than later.

January 22, 2020. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

Video: Racist white liberals say black people don’t know how to obtain photo ID, and don’t have access to the internet

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odB1wWPqSlE

January 5, 2020. Tags: , , , , , , . Political correctness, Racism, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

President Obama Criticizes Woke Culture At Colleges

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMwvL6rhpuo

October 30, 2019. Tags: , , , , , . Barack Obama, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

2 white UConn students arrested after video showed them shouting racial slurs

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/2-white-uconn-students-arrested-after-video-showed-them-shouting-n1069891?cid=referral_taboolafeed

2 white UConn students arrested after video showed them shouting racial slurs

Students on campus demanded action after video of the incident surfaced, saying it is indicative of broader issues of racism at the school.

October 22, 2019

Two white students at the University of Connecticut were arrested Monday after video that showed them shouting racial slurs prompted campus protests, university police told NBC News.

Jarred Mitchell Karal, 21, and Ryan Gilman Mucaj, 21, face charges of ridicule on account of race, color, or creed. They were released with a court date set for Oct. 30 at Rockville Superior Court in Vernon, Connecticut.

Karal and Mucaj’s charges could result in a $50 fine or up to 30 days in jail.

NBC sent emails to the two men Tuesday morning requesting comment but did not immediately hear back.

Campus police learned of the incident from social media footage showing Karal and Mucaj shouting epithets in an apartment complex parking lot, a university spokesperson told NBC News. The men were playing a game that involved yelling vulgar words, university police said, and then started shouting epithets. Karal and Mucaj were walking with a third man, whom police said did not shout epithets and was not charged.

The Oct. 11 incident sparked an outcry on campus, particularly from some black students who said it was indicative of broader issues of racism at the university.

“To just experience that on a daily basis and then having something that gets out to the public that everybody can see and understand, it’s really impactful for the rest of us,” freshman Mason Holland told NBC Connecticut.

The university last week organized a meeting at the apartment complex where the slurs were heard to discuss the incident.

On campus Monday, students marched to demand further action from the university, and they met at a gathering hosted by the campus NAACP chapter to discuss the climate for students of color on campus.

In a letter published in the student paper Monday, the NAACP also demanded that the university take action after the parking lot incident and another that allegedly occurred at a fraternity.

“If the university does not adequately address and handle these occurrences of racism appropriately, it will create a culture in which racism is tolerated and normalized,” the organization wrote, adding a list of demands aimed at making the campus safer and more welcoming to black students.

In a statement, University President Thomas C. Katsouleas said it was important to hold Karal and Mucaj accountable for their actions.

“It is supportive of our core values to pursue accountability, through due process, for an egregious assault on our community that has caused considerable harm,” he said. “I’m grateful for the university’s collective effort in responding to this incident, especially the hard work of the UConn Police Department, which has been investigating the case since it was reported.”

October 23, 2019. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Police state, Political correctness, Racism, Social justice warriors. 2 comments.

A California bank robber could get extra time in prison because social justice warriors said his mask was offensive

In Santa Monica, California, a bank robber could get extra time in prison because social justice warriors said his mask was offensive.

Here’s a still from the security footage which shows the mask in question: (Source)

I support the maximum prison time for anyone who robs a bank.

But I don’t think anyone should ever go to prison for doing something that some people consider to be offensive.

In this case, the proposed extra time for the robber is because the mask that he wore was a form of “cultural appropriation” which “violated the rights of indigenous peoples.”

The voters and politicians of California are insane.

September 17, 2019. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Political correctness, Racism, Social justice warriors. 2 comments.

Bernie Sanders said it’s a “good thing” when people have to wait in line for food. Meanwhile, in the real world, this is what it’s actually like to wait in line for food in Venezuela.

Bernie Sanders said that it’s a “good thing” when people have to wait in line for food.

These are his exact words:

“It’s funny, sometimes American journalists talk about how bad a country is, cause people are lining up for food. That’s a good thing! In other countries people don’t line up for food: the rich get the food and the poor starve to death.”

You can see him saying it in this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJBjjP8WSbc

Meanwhile, in the real world, this is what it’s actually like to wait in line for food:

(more…)

August 8, 2019. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Bernie Sanders, Communism, Economics, Social justice warriors, Venezuela. Leave a comment.

Miss World America revokes title from Miss Michigan winner Kathy Zhu, who truthfully tweeted that most black murder victims in the U.S. are killed by other blacks

According to this article from CBS News, 93% of black murder victims in the U.S. are killed by other blacks.

A University of Michigan student named Kathy Zhu was recently crowned Miss Michigan. This would make her a contestant in the Miss World America competition.

However, the Miss World America competition revoked Zhu’s victory after it was revealed that she had made a tweet where she had accurately and truthfully said that most black murder victims in the U.S. are killed by other blacks.

According to this article from the Detroit Free Press, these are the exact words from Zhu’s tweet:

“Did you know the majority of black deaths are caused by other blacks? Fix problems within your own community before blaming others.”

According to this article from USA Today, the people who run the Miss World America competition claimed that Zhu’s tweet was

“offensive, insensitive and inappropriate”

Please note that they did not say that her tweet was false.

I’m no legal expert, but it seems to me that that statement from the Miss World America competition could justify a defamation lawsuit by Zhu.

And I also think she could sue them for revoking her title.

But whether or not any lawsuits are filed, this incident shows just how far political correctness has come.

Social justice warriors don’t get mad at people for telling lies. Instead, they get mad at people for telling the truth.

July 19, 2019. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . Political correctness, Racism, Social justice warriors. 1 comment.

Poll: Which one of these two Gillette ads do you like better?

Here are two ads from Gillette.

Which one do you like better?

Here’s the first ad:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=koPmuEyP3a0

And here’s the second ad:



January 19, 2019. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . Media bias, Political correctness, Polls, Sexism, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

Hypocrite UCLA Professor Corinne Bendersky wants other women (but not herself) to become firefighters

Corinne Bendersky is Professor of Management and Organizations at UCLA Anderson School of Management, and is also the school’s faculty director of the Human Resources Roundtable Association.

She recently wrote this column for the Harvard Business Review, which is titled “Making U.S. Fire Departments More Diverse and Inclusive.”

In her column, Bendersky explains why she believes more women should be firefighters.

But she herself is not a firefighter.

My own personal belief is that a woman should choose her own career. If a woman wants to be a firefighter, that’s great. If she’d rather be a doctor, computer programmer, electrical engineer, astronomer, actuary, entrepreneur, stockbroker, accountant, electrician, plumber, carpenter, welder, or construction worker, that should be her choice too. But it should be what she herself wants, not what someone else like Bendersky wants.

I also believe that Bendersky is a hypocrite, because while she wants other women to be firefighters, she herself is not willing to be a firefighter.

Furthermore, I am in favor of meritocracy, and I am against affirmative action.

There already exists at least one real world example of affirmative action in firefighting. The following is an excerpt from my book Barack Obama Is Afraid of Sharyl Attkisson: The definitive guide to the shenanigans of America’s 44th president. It begins on page 59.

Obama made it so firefighters are hired based on race instead of on merit

The Obama administration accused fire and police departments in Jacksonville, Florida, New York City, and Dayton, Ohio of “racial discrimination” because they required potential firefighters and police officers to take a written test. Ten real examples of these “racist” questions from the New York test can be read here.

It is extremely easy to pass the New York Fire Department’s written test.

The test is multiple choice.

And it’s open book.

And the questions are insultingly easy – here are three examples of actual questions from the test:

A group of firefighters and their officer respond to a fifth floor apartment in a seven-story building. When they arrive at the apartment, they are told that the contents of a wastepaper basket was on fire, and the fire was extinguished prior to their arrival. The officer instructs the firefighters to ventilate, or remove, the smoke from the apartment by first using a method that will not cause damage to property. Which one of the following would be the most appropriate method for the firefighters to use to remove the smoke?

A) Breaking out all the windows with a crowbar.
B) Pulling down the ceiling with a six-foot hook.
C) Cutting through the floors with an eight-pound axe.
D) Manually opening all the windows and removing the screen.

Firefighters are required to operate on the subway tracks during emergencies in the subway stations. Which one of the following would present the greatest threat to the safety of a firefighter working on the subway tracks?

A) A subway platform crowded with people.
B) Rubbish burning in a small garbage can located on a subway platform.
C) A subway car entering a station.
D) A maintenance crew working on the track.

Firefighters conduct building inspections to locate potential life-threatening conditions in the even there is a fire. Which one of the following would the most-serious threat to life in the event of a fire?

A) An unlocked front door in a building.
B) A locked basement door in a building.
C) A car in the driveway of a building.
D) A building with a missing fire escape.

In March 2011, Obama claimed that the above questions were “racist.”

Obama then ordered the New York Fire Department to hire black firefighters who scored only 30% on that test.

That’s 30% right – not 30% wrong.

30%, on an open book, multiple choice test, with questions so easy that you’d have to be a complete idiot to get them wrong.

One of the unqualified black people that Obama pressured them to hire is a guy named Michael D. Johnson.

As of May 2015, Johnson had been working as a firefighter for the past 11 months, and was getting paid an annual salary of $76,488 by the New York Fire Department for his job as a firefighter.

However, during those 11 months, Johnson refused to actually fight fires.

And his supervisors were afraid to fire him because they didn’t want to be accused of “racism.”

December 31, 2018. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Barack Obama, Racism, Sexism, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

Video from Atlanta shows store employee assaulting customer for wearing pro-Trump shirt

This brand new video from Atlanta, Georgia, shows a store employee assaulting a customer for wearing a pro-Trump shirt. The assault occurs at 0:36

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65b7YuGOYMw

December 28, 2018. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Donald Trump, Social justice warriors. 3 comments.

In Pittsburgh, idiot protestors are falsely claiming that it’s too hard for poor people to buy a ConnectCard that costs one dollar, and is sold at more than 100 locations

I live in Pittsburgh, PA.

I’m a regular rider of our mass transit system, which is called Port Authority Transit (PAT).

A few years ago, PAT adopted a new program where riders could pay their fare by swiping a card which is called the ConnectCard. The card is available at more than 100 locations, including every Giant Eagle (our city’s biggest supermarket chain), every Goodwill store, the downtown PAT office, and many other areas all over the city. Pretty much every bus route goes by a place that sells the ConnectCard.

The card costs one dollar. Riders can electronically put as much of their own funds as they want on the card. Then when they ride the bus, they pay the fare by swiping their card, instead of paying cash.

In order to encourage riders to use the ConnectCard, PAT offers a discount on fares. A cash fare costs $2.75. People who pay with their ConnectCard get a 25 cent discount.

A transfer (a person’s second ride within a three hour period) costs $2.75 if they pay in cash, but only $1.00 if they use their ConnectCard.

Thus, a round trip within three hours costs $5.50 for someone who pays in cash, vs only $3.50 for someone who uses their ConnectCard. That’s a discount of two dollars for using the ConnectCard. And the card only costs a dollar.

Thus, the very first time that a person uses their ConnectCard to make a round trip in under three hours, the card has more than paid for itself.

Even if someone has eight hours between trips, that’s still a savings of 25 cents per trip, meaning that the card will pay for itself after only two such round trips.

Despite this, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recently published this article, which says that there are protestors who are complaining that it’s “unfair” to poor people that PAT gives these discounts to people who use the ConnectCard.

Now please keep in mind, as I already said, the card only costs a dollar, and it more than pays for itself the very first time you use it for a round trip that’s under three hours.

And as I said, the card is available at a huge number of places along bus routes.

Despite this, the protestors whined that it was “unfair” to poor people that people who paid in cash had to pay higher fares.

The article said the protestors were worried about the “upfront costs” of buying the card.

And the protestors said it was too hard to get to locations that sell the card.

What a bunch of idiots.

The only thing that’s preventing these protestors from getting a ConnectCard is their irrational insistence on viewing themselves as victims of a problem that does not exist.

If the protesters had spent their time buying a ConnectCard instead of protesting, their “problem” would be solved.

Anyone who rides the bus has access to more than 100 locations where they can purchase a ConnectCard.

Every Giant Eagle and every Goodwill sells them.

Since the protest took place downtown, the protestors could have gone a very short distance (by walking or riding the bus) to Port Authority’s Downtown Service Center to buy one.

Protestors’ concerns about “upfront costs” are unfounded, as the card only costs a dollar, and it pays for itself almost immediately.

The article also said that this issue was especially hard on “single mothers.” Well, whose fault is it that they are “single mothers” in the first place? Just like with people who refuse to get a ConnectCard, “single motherhood” is a case of victimhood taking the place of personal responsibility.

Let’s consider two groups of people in the U.S. The first group has a poverty rate of 2%. The second group has a poverty rate of 76%.

The first group consists of people who followed all three of these steps:

1) Finish high school.

2) Get a full-time job.

3) Wait until age 21 and get married before having children.

The second group consists of people who followed zero of those three steps.

Among people who follow all three of these steps, the poverty rate is 2%.

Among people who follow zero of these steps, the poverty rate is 76%.

(My source for that information is this article, which refers to this PDF, and the relevant data is on page 15 of the PDF. The study uses data from the U.S. Census Bureau.)

Despite this, social justice warriors want us to think that “single mothers” living in poverty are somehow innocent victims, instead of people who have free will.

The solution to almost all poverty is to follow the three rules listed above.

And the solution to not having a ConnectCard is to buy one.

December 17, 2018. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Pittsburgh, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

Hypocrite Ellen Pompeo wants OTHER white people (but not herself) to lose their jobs so there can be more diversity

By Daniel Alman (aka Dan from Squirrel Hill)

November 20, 2018

I had no idea who Ellen Pompeo was when I first read this news article about her that just got published today, so I looked up her wikipedia article. This is how it starts:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellen_Pompeo

Ellen Pompeo

Ellen Kathleen Pompeo (born November 10, 1969) is an American actress, director, and producer. She is one of the highest paid television actors, having signed a $20 million annual contract with the American Broadcasting Company in late 2017. She was honored with the 2007 Special Achievement in Entertaining by the National Italian American Foundation for her contributions to the entertainment industry.

Later on, the wikipedia article says:

Pompeo was then cast in ABC’s popular medical drama Grey’s Anatomy, and garnered worldwide recognition for her portrayal of the title character Dr. Meredith Grey. The role on the long running series earned her a Golden Globe nomination and a Screen Actors Guild Award. The character became widely popular, making Pompeo one of the most renowned television actresses. In 2016, Pompeo was ranked fourth in the list of highest paid TV actresses by Forbes, with earnings of $14.5 million; she became the third highest paid female and the fifth highest paid actor overall in 2018 with earnings of $23.5 million. She was also the highest ranked actor from a drama series on the list.

OK. That’s fine. Although I myself have never watched Grey’s Anatomy, there are obviously a lot of other people who do, and I don’t have any problem with that. And I don’t have any problem with all of the money, awards, and prestige that Pompeo has received for her work on that show, as well as from her other endeavors in the entertainment industry.

What I do have a problem with, however, is the incredibly huge amount of hypocrisy in Pompeo’s statement that was reported in the article from earlier today.

Here’s a video of what she said. Skip to 0:24:

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

This is what she said:

“This day has been incredible, and there’s a ton of women in the room. But I don’t see enough color. And I didn’t see enough color when  I walked in the room today. And I had a meeting with the director of another endorsement project that I’m doing. I said, ‘You know, when I show up on set, I would like to see the crew look like the world that I walk around in every day.’ And I think it’s up to all productions to make sure that your crew looks like the world we see. As Caucasian people, it’s our job, it’s our task, it’s our responsibility, to make sure that we speak up in every single room we walk into, that this is not OK, and that we can all do better. It’s our job, because we’ve created the problem.”

Then Pompeo starts to cry, just to make sure that everyone knows how much she cares about this issue.

But she’s a fake and a phony.

If she truly cared about this issue, then she wouldn’t just be asking for other white people to give up their jobs so there can be more diversity.

Instead, if she truly cared about this issue, then she would give up her own job so there can be more diversity.

But Pompeo didn’t do that.

She’s not willing to give up her own job so there can be more diversity.

She just wants other white people to give up their jobs so there can be more diversity.

She is a hypocrite in the worst possible way.

Shame on Ellen Pompeo for not practicing what she preaches.

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November 20, 2018. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Political correctness, Racism, Social justice warriors. 3 comments.

Attention Adriana Alvarez! It’s not McDonald’s fault that you chose to have a baby out of wedlock.

The woman in this video chose to have a baby out of wedlock.

She has also, apparently, made no attempt to acquire education or job skills beyond the high school level.

She says the $12.50 an hour she gets paid to work at McDonald’s is “poverty” level.

The narrator cites government statistics to show that she is actually above the poverty level.

The narrator asks “Where is the father?”

I had actually asked myself those exact same words before the narrator did.

This woman has been working at McDonald’s for eight years. Instead of acquiring better education and job skills, she thinks the way to earn more money is to protest.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_kk5yVsdW0

 

October 8, 2018. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . Economics, Social justice warriors. 4 comments.

UK middle school teaches students about different religions. But the school’s act of brainwashing its students is only being done with Islam.

A middle school in the UK is teaching its students about different religions. I think that’s a good thing.

However, there is one aspect of this that is only being applied to one religion, and not to others. Specifically, the school has assigned its students to write a letter to their families about converting to Islam. But the school has not handed out this same assignment for any other religion.

As is often the case, the political left is trying to force Islam on to people against their will.

And in this particular case, they’re doing this to children, who are innocent and naive, and may have no idea what is being done to them.

October 2, 2018. Tags: , , , , , . Education, Islamization, Religion, Social justice warriors. 1 comment.

California liberals “help” protect workers’ rights by causing them to lose their jobs

In order to protect workers’ rights in California, a bunch of liberals wanted many independent contractors to be reclassified as employees. The state Supreme Court ruled in favor of this. The intent of everyone involved was good.

But the results were disastrous. As is often the case with good intentions, there are “unintended consequences” which ended up hurting the very workers that the liberals had been trying to help.

This video is from the Sacramento affiliate of CBS News. It shows how all the employees of a small business ended up losing their jobs because liberals wanted to “help” them.

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

September 18, 2018. Tags: , , , . Economics, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

A black woman named Adwoa Lewis staged a fake hate crime and blamed it on Trump supporters

A black woman named Adwoa Lewis complained to the police that she had received a racist handwritten note from four white teens who had slashed her car’s tire, shouted“Trump 2016!” and told her that she did not belong there.

Lewis then filed a written complaint with the police.

The police then realized that it was Lewis herself who had written the hateful note. The police have since charged her with making a false statement to the police.

I didn’t know that anyone who was intelligent enough to write, could simultaneously be dumb enough to think that the police wouldn’t realize that it was her own handwriting on the hateful note.

September 17, 2018. Tags: , , , , , . Fake hate crimes, Racism, Social justice warriors. 1 comment.

Academic journal caves in to social justice warriors who demanded censorship of a scientific paper

This is first paragraph of wikipedia’s article on something known as the “variability hypothesis”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Variability_hypothesis

Variability hypothesis

The variability hypothesis , also the Greater Male Variability Hypothesis, is the hypothesis that males display greater variability in traits than females do. It has often been discussed in relation to cognitive ability, where it has been observed that human males are more likely than females to have very high or very low intelligence. The sex-difference in the variability of intelligence has been discussed since at least Charles Darwin. Sex-differences in variability are present in many abilities and traits – including physical, psychological and genetic ones. It is not only found in humans but in other sexually-selected species as well.

Either the variability hypothesis is true, or it is false.

The only way to know is to do research.

On August 28, 2018, Theodore P. Hill, a retired professor of mathematics at Georgia Institute of Technology, published a scientific paper titled “An Evolutionary Theory for the Variability Hypothesis,” which supported the variability hypothesis.

The paper has been put online here: https://arxiv.org/pdf/1703.04184.pdf

And here is an archive of that same link: https://web.archive.org/web/20180910143245/https://arxiv.org/pdf/1703.04184.pdf

Social justice accused an academic journal of sexism for publishing the paper. The journal acted very cowardly and has since rescinded the publication. Since the journal still owns the copyright, other academic journals are not allowed to publish it.

Censoring the paper has caused it to become far more popular than it otherwise would have been. Apparently, social justice warriors either don’t know about, don’t care about, or don’t understand the Streisand effect.

September 11, 2018. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Education, Math, Political correctness, Science, Sexism, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

Medical school cancels honor society because whites and Asians were earning better grades than blacks and Latinos

According to this article from NPR, at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, in order to get into the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society, you have to be in the top 25% of your graduating class.

The school is eliminating the honor society because not enough blacks and Latinos were graduating in the top 25%.

I’m not sure how getting rid of this honor society makes anyone better off.

On the contrary – I see this as just one more example of the dumbing down of America’s educational system.

As to the issue of why blacks and Latinos are underrepresented in the top 25%, my guess is that the school has lower admissions standards for blacks and Latinos than for everyone else. I could be wrong. And I’d be curious to hear anyone else explain a different reason in the comment section.

 

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2018/09/05/643298219/a-medical-school-tradition-comes-under-fire-for-racism

A Medical School Tradition Comes Under Fire For Racism

September 5, 2018

Senior medical student Giselle Lynch has plenty of accomplishments to list when she applies for a coveted spot in an ophthalmology residency program this fall.

But one box she won’t be able to check when she submits her application is one of the highest academic awards medical students can receive, election to the honor society Alpha Omega Alpha.

It’s not because she didn’t excel. It’s because her medical school, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, put a moratorium on student nominations because it determined the selection process discriminates against students of color.

The award is open to the top 25 percent of a medical school’s graduating class and can be a valuable career boost, making students more competitive for desirable residencies and jobs.

Icahn administrators say the disparities in the selection process reflect deeper issues of racial inequality in medical education.

“AOA perpetuates systems that are deeply flawed,” says Dr. David Muller, the dean for medical education at Icahn. “We can’t justify putting people who are historically at a disadvantage at an even greater disadvantage. It just doesn’t seem fair to dangle in front of our students an honorific that we know people are not equally eligible for.”

Over the past five years, around 3 percent of students chosen for the distinction at Icahn were from a racial background that is underrepresented in medicine, which includes blacks and Latinos. In that same period, about 18 percent to 20 percent of each graduating class at Icahn came from those groups.

The school made the change after Lynch led a group of fellow students in an effort to fight inequality at Icahn. The students collected data on how many students from underrepresented minorities were nominated to the honor society at Icahn and presented it in a series of meetings with school leadership last year.

Lynch, who is black, recalls one particularly moving meeting when they showed photographs of Icahn’s past AOA students — and black and Latino faces were conspicuously sparse.

“Where are we? We’re nowhere here,” says Lynch, remembering her reaction. “AOA is an award of student excellence. What was the argument that was being perpetuated about us if we’re not being included?”

Announced in May of this year, the decision at Icahn was a controversial one, because many students and faculty fear that not participating in the award puts Icahn students at a disadvantage when competing for slots in residency programs.

The honor society has existed since 1902 and is a sought-after line on the résumés of medical students across the country. Membership can help students secure training in competitive specialties and is a predictor of success in academic medicine.

Membership is generally open to the top 25 percent of medical students in a graduating class, as determined by their grades and scores on standardized tests, but only about 16 percent makes it in. Each medical school has its own criteria for making final selections including qualities like leadership or professionalism.

Icahn is not alone in selecting a disproportionately low number of minority students for the honor society. A 2017 study in JAMA Internal Medicine showed that nationwide, black and Asian students were less likely than their white counterparts to be selected for the honor.

Dr. Dowin Boatright, the study’s lead author and an assistant professor of emergency medicine at Yale, hypothesizes that the disparities may be related to racial inequalities in grading and standardized tests, a phenomenon well-documented in medical education literature. Grading based on clinical performance is subjective, he notes, since it often reflects a global assessment of a student rather than technical skills or performance on a test.

“You’re graded on things that are completely vulnerable to bias, like, ‘How good is this medical student?’ ” Boatright says.

Other medical schools are also considering how their AOA chapters can accurately reflect the racial makeup of their student bodies, according to Dr. Eve Higginbotham, the president of AOA board. And at the University of California, San Francisco, faculty and students are debating whether the honor society has a future there.

“Systems we use [for student evaluation] fail to take into account the extra work minorities are doing,” says Dr. Catherine Lucey, vice dean for education at UCSF. “[Minority] students have more stressors they have to deal with, low levels of racism that exist in our patients and our clinical environments.”

Lucey says that UCSF changed its selection criteria for AOA in 2016 to focus less on grades. The number of minority students selected for the honor society that year increased to match the percentage of minorities in each graduating class.

Dr. Jonathan Giftos, an internist in New York who was president of the Icahn chapter when he graduated in 2012, says disparities in the honor society are important to address because when medical education favors white students that can mean fewer minorities in leadership roles.

“It feels like a layering on of accolades that makes people who are doing well do better, have more access and power and opportunity,” Giftos says.

National AOA leadership says that diversity is a priority for the organization, but since every medical school is different, they leave the specifics of how students are chosen up to the school.

“We know that improving diversity will hopefully result in inclusion of talented individuals from different backgrounds, and that will help benefit our patient care,” says Dr. Richard Byyny, executive director of AOA. “But the schools themselves need to tackle this.”

Muller notes that Icahn has not officially closed its AOA chapter and will still nominate faculty and residents.

And student activists at Icahn aren’t celebrating yet. Lynch says she now wants to focus on discrimination in grading and medical school admissions. This, she says, can help address the dearth of minority physicians in different specialities — a problem with negative consequences for the health of minority patients.

“Many of us are still wary,” Lynch says. “It is a symbolic gesture, actually. We are interested in the deeper work.”

September 8, 2018. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . Dumbing down, Education, Health care, Political correctness, Racism, Social justice warriors. 2 comments.

No jail for Eric Clanton, the Antifa “ethics” professor who used a metal bike lock to assault seven innocent Trump supporters

This video shows a masked Antifa thug using a metal bike lock to smash the head of an innocent Trump supporter at Berkeley, California, in April 2017:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qKCl9NL1Cg

Some awesomely talented amateur sleuth observers at 4chan later identified the thug based on his partially visible face, his clothing, and several other things.

Any one of these things by itself is pretty meaningless. But taken together, it is extremely likely that they identified the correct person.

For specific details, see here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.

The police also did their own investigation, and when they searched the person’s house, they found clothing and other items that matched that of the person in the video. Phone records also show that the person was present during the assault.

And it turns out that the thug is left wing Diablo Valley College “ethics” professor Eric Clanton.

Clanton supports shoplifting, opposes private ownership of property, and has defended convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal.

Earlier this month, we got this new article, which says that Clanton won’t be getting any prison time for his brutal assaults against seven innocent Trump supporters.

It says he used the metal bike lock to assault the heads of at least seven people. It also details the evidence the police found in his home tying him to these attacks.

It’s completely despicable that Clanton is not getting any prison time for what he did.

August 30, 2018. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Social justice warriors, Violent crime. 2 comments.

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