Thursday, May 31, 2012
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From the NY Times:
The electrical shock delivered to the chest by a Taser can lead to cardiac arrest and sudden death, according to a new study, although it is unknown how frequently such deaths occur.
The study, which analyzed detailed records from the cases of eight people who went into cardiac arrest after receiving shocks from a Taser X26 fired at a distance, is likely to add to the debate about the safety of the weapons. Seven of the people in the study died; one survived.
Advocacy groups like Amnesty International have argued that Tasers, the most widely used of a class of weapons known as electrical control devices, are potentially lethal and that stricter rules should govern their use.
But proponents maintain that the devices — which are used by more than 16,700 law enforcement agencies in 107 countries, said Steve Tuttle, a spokesman for Taser — pose less risk to civilians than firearms and are safer for police officers than physically tackling a suspect. The results of studies of the devices’ safety in humans have been mixed.
Medical experts said on Monday that the new report, published online on Monday in the journal Circulation, makes clear that electrical shocks from Tasers, which shoot barbs into the clothes and skin, can in some cases set off irregular heart rhythms, leading to cardiac arrest.
“This is no longer arguable,” said Dr. Byron Lee, a cardiologist and director of the electrophysiology laboratory at the University of California, San Francisco. “This is a scientific fact. The national debate should now center on whether the risk of sudden death with Tasers is low enough to warrant widespread use by law enforcement.”
And they use them like fucking squirt guns.
h/t to digby
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
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Monday, April 9, 2012
(10h) Do not act the Good Samaritan to blacks in apparent distress, e.g., on the highway. [If you see a Negro with a flat tire, keep it movin'. We're probably going to carjack you. -ed.]
(10i) If accosted by a strange black in the street, smile and say something polite but keep moving. [ You're just asking for trouble. Do not stop for strange Negroes. They're usually up to no good. What the fuck are you doing in a black neighborhood anyway? We talked about this already. (See 10(b).) -ed.]
(11) The mean intelligence of blacks is much lower than for whites. The least intelligent ten percent of whites have IQs below 81; forty percent of blacks have IQs that low. Only one black in six is more intelligent than the average white; five whites out of six are more intelligent than the average black. These differences show in every test of general cognitive ability that anyone, of any race or nationality, has yet been able to devise. They are reflected in countless everyday situations. “Life is an IQ test.” [Ni-CLANG!s are stupid. It says so in The Bell Curve. -ed.]
Damn. Check the whole thing. Her rebuttal is hilarious.
Thursday, April 5, 2012
All in all, reasonably balanced.
Question: Do you believe the appropriate punishment for murder is
1. Life without parole
3. Not sure
Seriously? What the Fuck? What about "Not life in prison and not death"?
The recording of the dude at the end who tells you it was a PPP poll sounds like some guy from the lower east side trying to do a happy cowboy impression. Pretty funny really.
Robert Faulcon Jr., 48, received the stiffest sentence: 65 years in prison. Faulcon is the only officer tied to the second of the two fatal shootings on the bridge -- that of Ronald Madison, a 40-year-old mentally challenged man. Madison was felled by a shotgun blast to the back fired by Faulcon on the western side of the bridge.
Former Sgt. Kenneth Bowen, 38, was sentenced to 40 years in prison. Bowen sat in the front passenger seat as a Budget rental truck full of officers sped to the bridge on the morning of Sept. 4, 2005. Prosecutors said Bowen jumped out of the truck and sprayed an AK-47 at a concrete barrier where civilians were hiding. The jury also convicted him of stomping on Madison as he lay dying, though Engelhardt later threw out that conviction, citing a lack of physical evidence.
Former Sgt. Robert Gisevius Jr., 39, was sentenced to 40 years in prison. Gisevius was one of several officers who rode to the bridge in the back of the Budget truck. He opened fire with an M-4 rifle after jumping out the back of the truck, and later, with Bowen and the investigators, helped orchestrate a years-long cover-up to hide what actually happened on the bridge.
Anthony Villavaso II, 35, was sentenced to 38 years in prison. He, too, rode in the back of the Budget truck, and then jumped out and fired an AK-47 at unarmed civilians on the bridge. Nine casings matching that AK-47 were recovered by investigators.
Kaufman, 55, a former sergeant at NOPD, was sentenced to six years in prison. He was the only one of the five defendants sentenced today who was not already incarcerated; Engelhardt ordered him to report to prison on May 23.
Friday, March 30, 2012
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Saturday, March 24, 2012
"An international carbon tax program is one of the most hideous ideas forged in the minds of men. Since all known life forms are carbon-based, it is a proposal to control all life."
The asshole, David Hoyt, thinks he's talking about reasons to oppose anti-climate change and global warming policies. In reality, he's just fucking stupid.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
From Charles Johnson at LGF:
There are thousands more.
What a shame—a tragedy, really— because the dead lil’ gangsta could’ve used “‘A-FIRM-TIV AK-SHUN” to go to kollige an play footballz and make lotsa cash munny!”
Fast and Furious didn’t work to pass new gun control so now Eric Holder will try the race card.
No matter how crime figures are massaged by those who want to acknowledge or dispute the existence of a Dirty War, there is nothing ambiguous about what the official statistics portray: for the past 45 years a large segment of bIack America has waged a war of v i o l e n t retribution against white America.
Zimmerman was attacked by the man and defended himself with a gun. Zimmerman’s wounds were verified by police.
17 = child. LOL!!!!!!
Let the LIB word games begin.
Yet the “justice department” refuses to prosecute any voter intimidation that involves a blac k as the intimidator.
Why should anyone care about this kid? Because he is of color? People don’t value kids period. They are property. BTW, I am a conservative that cares a great deal about kids. We follow hundreds of cases each year, many white babies and children, none of them get attention. But he does??
Zimmerman felt threatened by Martin’s gang’s actions…this could have possibly lead to these terrible circumstances. Gang violence MUST BE STOPPED OBAMA!
Blacks can do no wrong, period! That is the DOJ’s excuse for becoming involved. 50+ years of being told they are special and entitled and the gov’t’s only focus is to make it so!!
Friday, March 16, 2012
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Thursday, March 8, 2012
Apparently people like David Bowie everywhere. From the Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2111538/Starman-captured-waiting-sky-Malaysian-David-Bowie-fan-thankfully-Spiders-Mars.html.
The man himself:
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Monday, March 5, 2012
The rest is here: http://www.stonekettle.com/2012/02/hate-mail-from-jesus.html
Why do you liberals always say “uterus?” do you think that makes you sound smart? Or does political correctness make murder easier?
Oh, it’s definitely the second thing. In fact, I’ll let you in on a little secret, if you chant “Uterus! Uterus! Uterus!” Satan appears with a pair of noise-cancelling headphones so that you don’t have to listen to the little screams while you’re ripping babies from the womb and running them though the Bass-O-matic. Afterward, you get to keep the headphones. They’re great for airplanes, GOP debates, and satanic rituals while you’re enjoying a nice human eggnog smoothy. True story.
An obvious plus side to being a left winger, beyond the fact that we're right, is that we have the capacity for humor which right wing Jesus freaks seem to so sorely lack.
On a related note: the fine film Pro-Life by John Carpenter is five kinds of awesome:
It's on Netflix instant watch as well.
Friday, March 2, 2012
Oh, and then there's this poor guy:
Wall Street headhunter Daniel Arbeeny said his “income has gone down tremendously.” On a recent Sunday, he drove to Fairway Market in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn to buy discounted salmon for $5.99 a pound.
I'll bet that cut-rate salmon tastes just as good as the stuff that cost $20 per pound, even without the pedigree.
Executive-search veterans who work with hedge funds and banks make about $500,000 in good years, said Arbeeny, managing principal at New York-based CMF Partners LLC, declining to discuss specifics about his own income. He said he no longer goes on annual ski trips to Whistler (WB), Tahoe or Aspen.
He reads other supermarket circulars to find good prices for his favorite cereal, Wheat Chex.
Day-um. No ski trips? Coupons for Wheat Chex? Someone please, please spare me this. Say it must not be so! Alas, it must.
Here's what I want to tell these guys who are bemoaning the stalled gravy train. For years they made great money, far more than they deserved for doing less than they should have. Unlike the majority in this country who are lucky enough to have a job at all, they made enough to actually save for a rainy day. Why should we pity them if they didn't? After all, they're the financial gurus, the guys in the big office building telling other people how to manage their money, and yet it seems they didn't take their own advice.
So excuse me if I don't shed a tear for their dilemma. Perhaps they'll begin to understand what it feels like to have to cut back until there's nothing left to cut back on in order to make the mortgage payment. While these guys whine about not taking the high-end vacations, other families are struggling to feed their families at all. They'll survive, even if it means selling their expensive cars and taking the train to work. They might even find out they like it. I'm far more worried about the 99 percent than I am these guys.
Seriously. What kind of a narcissistic piece of shit do you have to be to bemoan the fact that you can't afford to go to Whistler and that you have to go to the other market to buy your fancy fucking fish? Assholes
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Serves him right. Fucker.
From USA Today: http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2012-03-01/conservative-andrew-breitbart/53318250/1?csp=34news.
Andrew Breitbart was a douchebag and represented much of what is wrong with right wing politics today. They always tell you not to say this, but fuck him. I'm glad he's dead.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Fuck you. Vaccinate your kid(s). It is not a matter of personal choice or responsibility, it's a fucking public health issue.
For more: http://www.salon.com/2012/02/29/america_ground_zero_for_a_real_contagion/
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
The idea behind the Electromagnetic Railgun is to fire a bullet at hypersonic speeds using dozens of megajoules of electricity. The Navy wants it to guard the surface ships of the 2020s, unsubtly boasting to adversaries that messing with the ships will lead to bullets shooting across hundreds of miles of ocean in mere minutes. The Office of Naval Research says it will give sailors “a dramatically increased multimission capability,” like fire support for land strikes over long, long distances beyond the reach of enemy defenses, and defense against “cruise and ballistic missiles” that target ships. No wonder the railgun’s official motto is “Velocitas Eradico” — “Speed Kills.”
Lab tests have pleased the Navy, if not Congress. In December 2010, the Office of Naval Research fired a shot with 33 megajoules of energy, a world record, sending a 23-pound bullet 5500 feet in a single second.
Damn. The future.
Also, why the fuck do they need railguns? (Besides the inherent science fictiony awesomeness)
And these have got to be stupid expensive.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Figging is the practice of inserting a piece of ginger root into the anus, vagina or male urethra. Originally applied to horses in a practice known as gingering, it now most commonly refers to a practice in BDSM.
If the person being figged tightens the muscles of the anus, the sensation becomes more intense. For this reason it is rumored to have been done to wives in the Victorian age to prevent them from clenching during a spanking.
All for getting filthy in bed, but sweet jesus!
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
For years scientists have been able to change the emotional tone of a memory by administering certain drugs just before asking people to recall the event in detail. New research suggests that they’ll be able to target and erase specific memories altogether. Here’s how.
1/ Pick a memory.
It has to be something deeply implanted in the brain, a long-term memory that has undergone a process called consolidation—a restructuring of neural connections.
2/ Recall requires neural connections by protein synthesis.
To remember something, your brain synthesizes new proteins to stabilize circuits of neural connections. To date, researchers have identified one such protein, called PKMzeta. Before trying to erase the targeted memory, researchers would ensure that it was ensconced by having the patient write down an account of the event or retell it aloud several times.
3/ Nuke the memory.
To delete the memory, researchers would administer a drug that blocks PKMzeta and then ask the patient to recall the event again. Because the protein required to reconsolidate the memory will be absent, the memory will cease to exist. Neuroscientists think they’ll be able to target the specific memory by using drugs that bind selectively to receptors found only in the correct area of the brain.
4/ Everything else is fine.
If the drug is selective enough and the memory precise enough, everything else in the brain should be unaffected and remain as correct—or incorrect—as ever.
Well that all sounds fine doesn't it.
Monday, February 20, 2012
Thursday, February 16, 2012
If you can't read it, apparently google thinks that a product called "dave leather chair" is in fact a DVD called "Ass Titans 3".
What a world.