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MUSIC: Ween breaks up – Stereogum

FUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK!

But can’t say I didn’t see this coming – it’s been longer since a proper Ween release than at any point in their 25 year career.

I’m glad I got to see them live 7 times (10 of you count Gene Ween band and Gene Ween solo shows).

It looks like of my 3 favorite bands even (The Misfits, Atari Teenage Riot, Ween) — there is still 1 left: Atari Teenage Riot who recently reformed. (No, the new Misfits don’t count.)

This is the saddest music news since the death of Type O Negative singer Peter Steele.

LINK URL: http://stereogum.com/1045982/ween-break-up/news/

CARTOONS: Researchers strive to understand brony culture

best headline ever!

LINK URL: http://www.dailydot.com/society/bronies-brony-my-little-pony-study/

POLICE BRUTALITY: 85 shots: US cops use more ammo per man than Germans per year

Slightly confusing, but what the headline really means is “there are many instances where police used more bullets against 1 person than Germany used in an entire year against all criminals in the country”.

Now, if you extrapolate out the fact that the U.S. population is almost 4 times that of Germany’s, the real number to compare is not 85 shots, but about 340 shots.

Contrast to America, where *to stop a reckless driver* last year, police fired over 110 shots, including shooting 7 innocent bystanders. We routinely shoot unarmed people 40-90 times.

Yeah…. It’s not just our larger population at work. When our police use more bullets in a single incident than a country previously associated with fascism does all year — it gives one major pause at how fucked up and broken our system is, and how piss-poor our over-militarized, trigger-happy police operate. 

Not making assumptions here. I’ve worked them them, eaten lunch with them, and heard them talk about how they want someone to cause them to have a chance to shoot them. It’s sickening.

LINK URL: http://rt.com/usa/news/us-germany-85-shots-022

RELIGION: Loyalty to your church is more important than not raping children – Not just in Catholicism, but Judaism too

But anyway, here’s a story of a Jewish person who turned in the person raping his child, and was shunned by his community, harassed, and kicked out of his residence.

Hasidic Jews, that is. These are the hardcore orthodox types. People who take their supernatural beliefs way too seriously, and then inflict them on other people.

Religion has got to be one of the top enemies for children.

(Islam is even worse in that they don’t need to worry about covering up chid rape quite as much as the other religions, because Mohamad set the awesome example of marrying a six year old while he was in his 50s, and Sharia says you execute the rape victim, not the rapist, so what’s left to cover up?)

In general, fuck religious people. Even the ones that do no wrong help prop up communities like this by passing on supernatural beliefs that have nothing to do with the modern-day world. If you don’t like my attitude, here is a cup of I don’t give a fuck that you can drink.

This is basically looking like the same bullshit the pope and various bishops have pulled repeatedly.

LINK URL: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/10/nyregion/ultra-orthodox-jews-shun-their-own-for-reporting-child-sexual-abuse.html?_r=2&pagewanted=all

RELIGION: Loyalty to your church is more important than not raping children – Not just in Catholicism, but Judaism too

But anyway, here’s a story of a Jewish person who turned in the person raping his child, and was shunned by his community, harassed, and kicked out of his residence.

Hasidic Jews, that is. These are the hardcore orthodox types. People who take their supernatural beliefs way too seriously, and then inflict them on other people.

Religion has got to be one of the top enemies for children.

(Islam is even worse in that they don’t need to worry about covering up chid rape quite as much as the other religions, because Mohamad set the awesome example of marrying a six year old while he was in his 50s, and Sharia says you execute the rape victim, not the rapist, so what’s left to cover up?)

In general, fuck religious people. Even the ones that do no wrong help prop up communities like this by passing on supernatural beliefs that have nothing to do with the modern-day world. If you don’t like my attitude, here is a cup of I don’t give a fuck that you can drink.

This is basically looking like the same bullshit the pope and various bishops have pulled repeatedly.

LINK URL: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/10/nyregion/ultra-orthodox-jews-shun-their-own-for-reporting-child-sexual-abuse.html?_r=2&pagewanted=all

WAR ON DRUGS: Student abandoned in DEA holding cell drank own urine to survive, tried to kill self after 5 days of no food or water

home of the brave here.. not charged, ends up in intensive care due to negligence of a government that’s supposed to protect us, not injure us.

And your tax dollars paid for this. Funny how the worst stories are never about a white person.

The DEA is an evil organization. They do not make the world better. They are a waste of tax dollars. And Obama has done nothing to stop them, and in fact has empowered them.

And how the fuck are their bags of methamphetamine in a DEA holding cell anyway? DEA is incapable of administering themselves! Why do they even have their own holding cells?

LINK URL: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/05/01/student-abandoned-in-dea-holding-cell-drank-own-urine-to-survive

THIN BLUE LINE: No Good Cops Go Unpunished When They Stop a Beatdown

Bad cops are “just a few bad apples”?  Kinda like how just a few of the Germans were bad during WW2, eh?  Pointed out in the comments is that the phrase “a few bad apples” comes from the origin whereby a few bad apples sealed in a barrel full of good apples will ruin all the other apples. The whole figure of speech of “A few bad apples”, as commonly used, is incorrect. A few bad apples after the fact means your whole barrel went rotten.

I did not realize this. 

So anyway… Here’s what happens when you’re a good apple. If you literally stop police from beating up an innocent person, as a cop, your job will be put on the line. Her department is calling her “psychologically unfit for duty” and trying to fire her. 

She’s also the first lesbian cop there.

video appearance at: http://www.chicagotribune.com/videogallery/69454161/News/Officer-Regina-Tasca-On-Being-Suspended-For-Not-Lying-About-Fellow-Cops-apos-Actions

So if you wonder why people think cops are assholes — look no further than stories like this compared and contrasted to the neverending constant barrage of abuse of power performed by those with badges.

Funny how they are bringing up old bad things she supposedly did as reasons to get rid of her – reasons only brought up after this. I’ve seen such tactics used before, both in the news and in real life. :/

LINK URL: http://www.northjersey.com/news/147698015_Bogota_officer_s_hearing_to_begin.html?page=all

I don’t need to explain what September 11th / 911 is to anybody. But, much like the “Where were you when Kennedy got shot?” or “Where were you when you heard Kurt Cobain died?” stories, I have my own “Where were you when you heard about 911″ story. And a story about 11/11 as well!

On 9/11/2001, I was unemployed. I was sleeping on the couch, intending to go to a job fair. The phone rang, waking me up. I heard Kipp’s voice talking about seeing if I was okay. I remember being quite annoyed because I was okay — until my beauty sleep was ruined. I roused myself from the downstairs couch I was sleeping on, and walked the long ways around the house (no spiral stairs back then) to the bathroom. It was around then that I noticed a bunch of fire trucks blaring by. What the hell???

It wasn’t too much longer after that that Carolyn called me up and said, “Clint — You’re not going to that job fair today.” “What?!” “Terrorists have crashed 2 planes into the World Trade Center…” At the time, rumors were rampant that there were still planes over Fairfax County. The land line phones, for the most part, were useless — all lines were tied up. It took 10+ tries to get any call through. The Internet became the only constant flow of information. I got onto a DALnet IRC chat room and received realtime updates. I posted a video of the plane hitting to my ACM web account (since deleted by a jerk named John Edstrom of Virginia Tech) THAT VERY DAY. Months later, when I removed the video, I was contacted by a South American truth advocacy group and asked to put it up, because it was the only link to that particular plane crash video that put up ON 911, and was being used to establish truth against South American groups who didn’t believe it happened. It had historical value, and remained there until 2009 when the aforementioned jerk decided it’s too easy to get web space elsewhere and kicked us out of our 16-year e-homes.

It was a frantic day. I called my grandparents, who lived more or less within sight of the Pentagon, to see if they were okay. This was the only time I spoke to my grandfather after the post-interracial-marriage estrangement and before I spoke to him on his deathbed. Somebody had jury duty, and the judge simply watched TV and dismissed everyone instead.

FAST FORWARD ONE MONTH TO THE ANTHRAX ATTACKS

Unemployed, watching CNN so constantly that I didn’t turn it off when I went to sleep, having dreams about Israel and such, I knew that “9/11″ was a bad day, and thus 911 was a bad number. But the anthrax attacks were far more terrifying. The news of them started on 10/4 – almost exactly 1 month after 9/11 (though the attacks started sooner than that, and Dick Cheney started taking ciprofloxacin on 9/11!). It felt like a second wave. Each day the news showed the infected buildings spreading, and reported on more people being infected.

Now I had read whitepapers about all the chemical weapons we gave Iraq to use against Iran, and about how easy it is to kill people. 50 gallons of anthrax dispersed over a populated area by a helicopter has the potential to kill more people than the Hiroshima a-bomb. This was when I stopped answering the mail — until 2002. It’s how we became a PayMyBills.com/E-Trust/PayTrust customer. This was a good decision. Ottilie Lundgren, of Connecticut, was diagnosed with inhalation anthrax and succumbed to it soon thereafter. The source was never determined, but said to most likely be contaminated mail — although no anthrax was detected in her home. Thomas L. Morris and Joseph P. Curseen both worked at the Brentwood USPS postal center, and were told by the government that it was safe to work there. All 3 of those people died because they believed their government when the govt told them everything was fine. In reality, the government would rather lie and avoid a panic, because a panic would probably cause more deaths than the attacks themselves.

However, I disagree with that policy. Those that die in a panic die because they are dumbasses panicking. Telling the truth allows smart people to make smart decisions. Let the dumb people trample each other and riot. I’d rather be able to take my government’s word — which I don’t. I’d rather the government say what’s truthful, even if it means more people die. Personal responsibility — don’t treat us like fucking sheep to be herded by “it’s okay” lies when it’s NOT okay. I hope the families of Curseen and Morris sued the government. Naming the postal center after them is a joke. They died because their bosses thought delivering the mail in the middle of a mail-based terrorist attack was more important than being safe. Cheney was taking Ciprofloxicin on 9/11 before the Anthrax attacks even happened, but Curseen and Morris had to die so that some people wouldn’t get their mail a day later. Fuck that. Bad decision, USPS. But then again, USPS makes tons of bad decisions. Like paying $50K for a learning management system and then not using it when developing e-Learning. I speak from personal experience.

FAST FORWARD ANOTHER MONTH TO 11/10 — HERE’S WHERE IT GETS CREEPY

I’d been noticing that 9/11 happened, then on 10/11 there were attacks, so I simply assumed that on 11/11 there would be an attack.

I went to sleep, leaving CNN on the television. “When I wake up,” I thought to myself, “there will be a smoldering plane on television.”

I fell asleep.

rockaway_beachI woke up mid-morning. There was a smoldering plane on television! It was the Rockaway Beach plane crash. The 2nd deadliest accidental plane crash in American history.

It was very creepy calling something so significant like that.

I was very happy when nothing happened on 12/11! Though I was quite paranoid and fearful for some time after 9/11. Finally, I got over it, realizing that car accidents kill more people every month than terrorism has killed in the entire American history. The real threat is not Al Queda, but Virginia drivers. Which was why I supported the enhanced penalties which have since been done away with.

Apparently signing away our constitutional rights and torturing sometimes-innocent people is okay, but damn if they charge someone $1200 for actually endangering my life via reckless driving.

So anyway…. Once upon a time, I called a plane crash the day before it happened. Scary stuff. (more…)

Read on for today’s interesting stories. (more…)

Then he made her show him her belly to prove she was pregnant. And CNN‘s protecting him?

Of course I suppose somebody’s going to say the law is the law and every rule should be enforced 100% of the time against 100% of the people? I’d love to face people with THAT reality and see how well they fare. Put cameras in their house and see if everyone can really obey everything all the time. :)

And of course, CNN is a load of crap anyway. If they really cared about the news, they wouldn’t take their stories down later. But try going back to old stories that you saved the link to — they’re gone. So when they do things like report on the FBI turning on cellphone microphones without the phone making a call — it makes it kind of hard to convince skeptical people that they actually did it. That way they get to maintain their “mainstream” image even when reporting on things that some people might not want to believe. Nice tactic. Personally, I think anything a news organization posts online should remain static for perpetuity.

So anyway — CNN protects the officer here?
I’m so sick of mainstream news. They’ll name “persons of interest” but they wont name a cop who did this? Obviously the ticket is not a forgery. This is real fucking news.

So someone please — tell me who it is. Whoever it is deserves to have their name as public knowledge as much as Jennifer Davis, the pregnant woman ticketed.

I’d like to know exactly what the ticket is for. If they pulled up behind a cop already writing out a ticket to ask him for help — I don’t see how it could be a speeding ticket. Did he literally ticket them for being in the “brakedown lane” by asking him for help?

I have some firsthand experience with this. I once pulled behind a cop to ask for help. I got a gun pointed at my head, and verbal commands that I could not hear due to heavy winds that day in the opposite direction. I put my hands up and hoped for the best. All I wanted was directions to my first day on the job, which I was late for after chasing a raccoon out of the living space of my house that I had just moved into. I was not familiar with the local roads and thought I could ask for help. Nearly fatal mistake. Fortunately I’m white and it was day time and it was clear that my hands were up.
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DRCnet posted a good article at StopTheDrugWar.com about our two candidates, and how they differ on the war on drugs. It’s informative, and merits a read by voters — especially those on the fence. It also talks about the motivation for voting for a 3rd party, which I plan to do.

Anyway, as expected: the prevailing two parties have nothing new to offer, basically meeting the “trying the same thing over and over, yet expecting different results” definition of insanity. But, as usual, the Repugnantcans are still more insane than the Democraps:

http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/555/obama_mccain_barr_mckinney_nader_drug_policy_reform_2008_election (more…)

Even one of Arizona’s Senators thinks there was a 911 cover-up…. Whatever did happen, we are not getting the full story of. (WTC7 collapse didn’t have a single page in the 911 commission report, despite it being one of 3 steel structure to ever collapse from fire?) And of course there’s the predictable backlash from people who have already decided they know for sure what happened (I guess they know OJ was guilty/innocent too!). The comments on the original story are basically to the effect of “to even consider otherwise is craziness”. Of course, kindergarteners will think you are crazy if you say Santa Claus is just one big conspiracy. There are further comments from people whining that the WTC buildings were designed to withstand only small “office fires”, which is just more FUD. Actually, if you watch the PBS documentary about the buliding of the WTC — The WTC was SPECIFICALLY designed to take jet impacts (I can’t remember for sure, but I believe the architect said multiple jet impacts), after a plane hit the Empire State Building and caused a scare prior to the WTC being built. I think we need to build another WTC and fly some planes into it and see what happens, as a research project. At the very least, it would make a great Pay-Per-View event! (more…)

It’s a crazy day today! Check it out… The Jessica Rabbit picture is a realization of many childhood fantasies! (more…)

I stayed up late last night and poured the net for cool flickr links… And if anyone is wondering, the NIN single is encoded VBR. (more…)

  • WATER WARS: UN rejects access to water as basic human right – You have no right to live; you are a slave. “A hungry man is never free.” – Even truer for a thirsty man. They actually removed all references that recognized access to water as a human right from their resolution! Bottled water buyers have increased the potential profit so much that there are now likely corporate influences on global politics. The privatization of water has been one of the most important events to happen to us as a species in decades, is a much bigger deal than fighting over oil and energy, and is generally under-focused in the media. It’s only going to get worse. (tags: water rights UN)
  • Read on for more stories.. Lots more today———> (more…)

Man spends 9.5 months in jail because raped woman said “that’s him“. Of course, while he was in jail, the real rapist came back and raped her again (2 months later). He still wasn’t released until 7.5 months after THAT. That’s 9.5 months after the attack. This stuff happens all the time; before DNA, he would go to prison for decades or life based on someone pointing. Especially if he was black. The Innocence Project has exhonerated tons of people serving life sentences for falsely-accused rapes. But of course, since most of them are black, people would rather protect white woman’s rights — even when it means sending innocent people to prison. (tags: sex rape OverlyHarshPunishments DNA exhonerated falselyAccused)

WAR ON DRUGS: Federal marijuana decriminalization bill introduced — tell your congressman to support it here. Surveys tend to show that around half of Americans support decriminalization of marijuana. Since this is not a direct democracy, and you don’t get a vote, letting your congressman know what to do is the only way you will be represented. So speak up. Of course this wont make a real difference, as only 1% of marijuana arrests occur at the federal level. But federal penalties are draconian and extreme. (tags: marijuana Democrats BarneyFrank)
  • More stories past the jump —> (more…)
  • http://www.acm.vt.edu/~clint/download/imagedump/pot-halo-x120.jpgFederal marijuana decriminalization bill introduced — tell your congressman to support it here Surveys tend to show that around half of Americans support decriminalization of marijuana. Since this is not a direct democracy, and you don’t get a vote, letting your congressman know what to do is the only way your opinion will be represented. So speak the fuck up. I did. (tags: marijuana )

    MUSIC + PICTURES: MyPlaylist.com – enter any bandname, and it plays random music by them, while slideshowing FlickR pictures tagged with the band name . This was awesome! !! It also works with “Futurama”! (tags: music pictures flickr ) (more…)

    I gotta figure out how to get this Tim And Eric album.  Anyway, read on for the list. I think I’m slowly learning what not to do to mess up the formatting with the new version of wordpress. (more…)

    Heathers: the alternate ending. One of my favorite movies of all-time (it was #1 until I saw A Clockwork Orange and Brazil), and I didn’t even know there was an alternate ending scripted, but never shot. DARK. BRUTAL. (more…)

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