Yahoo: Actor Sam Shepard arrested for drunken driving in Santa Fe.
I have to say, some joints mix powerful drinks. There’s a particular place I’ve gone to, where a single margarita successfully socked me between the eyes and rendered me unable to walk. [I’ve not returned. And no, I didn’t drive.]
AP/Big Story: Bill Clinton company shows complexity of family finances.
WaPo/APNewsBreak: IRS says thieves stole tax info from 100,000.
“The IRS said the thieves accessed a system called ‘Get Transcript.’ In order to access the information, the thieves cleared a security screen that required knowledge about the taxpayer, including Social Security number, date of birth, tax filing status and street address.”
Chronicle of Higher Ed: Mortal Motivation.
“While thinking about death directly [snip] folks do rational things to get away from it, like trying to get healthy. It’s when death lurks on the fringes of consciousness that they cling to worldviews and seek self-esteem.”
Guardian.UK: 1,000 weapons found in Waco restaurant – including one in a bag of tortilla chips
One could view this in a different light; the comedy scripts write themselves. One could see this in Blazing Saddles, for instance.
NY Times: Couple’s Kayak Trip on Hudson Included Missteps and Dangers, Experts Say.
This one is bizarre. Every time a new article on this incident shows up in my feed, I look for new clues.
What gets me is not the accused, and the attempts at using cultural excuses for her post-incident behavior. It’s the ‘experts’ weighing in. Everyone around NM has a whitewater kayak rotting in their backyard, in various states of disrepair. When season comes, they get used - drain plugs or not. They’re simply awful - AWFUL - on open water in wind and current. They have flat bottoms and wind can push you around wherever you want. Yet folks still use ‘em on lakes. I’d like to say even the biggest fool knows to wear a PFD, yet I see folks consistently go out on flat water with none, thinking flat water is ‘safer’ than whitewater. Whitewater kayaks are designed to roll easily - if you enter the water without a PFD, it’s often suicide. Further, it seems these folks had no sprayskirts (preventing water from entering the cockpit), no paddle-leashes, in addition to the other important equipment mentioned in this article. Saying these two were ‘experienced’ kayakers is ridiculous. Two people went out for an ‘adventure’, completely unprepared for the conditions. Whether she left him to drown or not, it wasn’t ‘kayak sabotage’, given the current clues. And there’s not enough circumstantial evidence to convict, if the jury’s honest.
BBC: Obama restricts ‘military’ gear going to police.
Militarization of police has not made us safer. From my reading, available statistics post-9/11 show very little improvement in murder rates, and surprising increases in drug offenses. CJR needs to pull some stats and do an in-depth report.
Tangential: Why did police forces stick with revolvers for so long? Glock showed up in the US in 1988. Anyone my age will remember the fits over “plastic guns” ... the biggest complainers (law enforcement) became the biggest purchasers, ironically.
Hyperallergic: Woman Found Guilty of Criminal Harassment for Instagramming Street Art.
Shouldn’t they go after the street artist instead?
Guardian.UK: Texas police arrest more than 165 people linked to deadly biker gang shootout.
The ‘60’s all over again? Not quite. Not as rangy and lean anymore.
Later: Yep, things are the same, yet different.
CJR: The media’s reaction to Seymour Hersh’s bin Laden scoop has been disgraceful.
“Barrels of ink have been spilled ripping apart Hersh’s character, while barely any follow-up reporting has been done to corroborate or refute his claims — even though there’s no doubt that the Obama administration has repeatedly misinformed and misled the public about the incident. Even less attention has been paid to the little follow-up reporting that we did get, which revealed that the CIA likely lied about its role in finding bin Laden, which it used to justify torture to the public.”
Reuters: Boston bomber Tsarnaev sentenced to death for 2013 attack.
“The jurors accepted the bulk of the prosecution’s aggravating factors, unanimously finding that Tsarnaev had not demonstrated remorse for his actions. They rejected many of the mitigating factors, with only three of the 12 jurors believing the defense’s claim that Tsarnaev had acted under his older brother’s influence.” I didn’t expect anything less, given the heinous nature of the crime.
Hyperallergic: Entire First-Year MFA Class Drops Out in Protest at USC.
Bad form, on the part of the school.
KOB: ‘Longmire’ actor arrested in Santa Fe, faces DWI charges.
Sheriff Longmire must be ignoring ‘The Ferg’ again, otherwise he wouldn’t be hitting the sauce? The actor was .09, .08 is legal. He was also not wearing a seatbelt. They were filming yesterday over at the Desert Academy on Old Santa Fe Trail, near a spot where cyclists and teens have been mortally harvested by drunks in past years in particularly heinous ways - I feel law enforcement is just a little stricter in that area. Bartley is a great, friendly personality on social media. A shame, but we have to take DWI seriously here. Too many sad lonely crosses on the roadsides.
Techdirt: Looks Like CIA’s ‘Torture Revealed Osama’s Courier’ Story Now Even More False.
The machinations this story points to, are not pretty.
London Review of Books: Seymour M. Hersh · The Killing of Osama bin Laden.
“High-level lying nevertheless remains the modus operandi of US policy, along with secret prisons, drone attacks, Special Forces night raids, bypassing the chain of command, and cutting out those who might say no.” People, you need to read this one.
Day later: The expected caveats; no deal-breakers.
Vox: How do police departments train cops how to use force?
Smithsonian: The Media Needs a History Lesson When Addressing Civic Unrest.
“... I think the way the media is depicting Baltimore, especially, is as if the choice is either don’t protest, which may lead to violence, or accept the lot. I mean part of the notion of calling people thugs is painting a lot of people with a broad brush and I think that’s a challenging thing to do.”
SciAm: The Anti-Drone Drone.
NPR: Texas Governor Deploys State Guard To Stave Off Obama Takeover.
When foil hats organize. Waste of taxpayer dollars, if you ask me. The TX State Guard is tasked mostly with emergency situation management these days. Purely a bit of political sideshow to make a niche happy.
PetaPixel: When Imitation Stops Being Flattering.
Holy cow. A photographer’s fans start out-and-out stealing and PS’ing to boost their own brands.
In These Times: Black Faces in High Places Haven’t Helped Average Black People.
“Cities have been thrust into competition with each other to attract capital, resulting in a race to the bottom to cut taxes and essentially shove out those in need of social services. Focusing on individual failure and lapsed morality (rather than structural inequities) justifies the budget cuts and shrinking of the public sphere that these Black political elites are charged with carrying out.” Ms Taylor is an assistant professor at Princeton University.
Mashable: Ranger uses stun gun on park visitor flying drone in Hawaii national park.
Like a perfect storm of hot button issues.
Medium/@jkdegen: 5 Seriously Dumb Myths About Copyright the Media Should Stop Repeating.
“The very foundation of copyright is the insistence that if I create an artistic expression, I own that artistic expression. And if I own something, you best believe I will protect it from those who want to impose their restrictions on it.” Of note.
CNN: When you’re the only white person in the room.
From last year. I’m reminded - by the pious outcries from many who are distant from the conflicts - of an Omaha [native] saying: “It is easy to be brave from a distance.” I think we need to do a whole lot less talking, and do a whole lot more listening. And reading. Try these: one, two, three. Extend that with a search on “Baltimore Slums”.
Later: And this kind of crap is not helpful.
Guardian.UK: Big Coal’s big scam - scar the land for profit, then let others pay to clean up.
Britain, but the strategy is oh-so-familiar.