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Bill of Mights
The young people that support Rand Paul are the same demo as young people that support Republicans anyway -- white, male, affluent, college educated, technical.

However, knowing a bunch of people in that demo who are Ron/Rand Paul supporters, they are otherwise socially liberal and anti-war, and voted for Obama over both Romney and McCain, and tend to split their votes down-ticket. I'd say they are true swing voters, with an outsized influence in the primary season... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 10:18 AM on August 22, 2014
The GOP nomination tends to go to the guy with the best pedigree/seniority. They nominate elder statesmen, not young upstarts. Bush II was a notable counter-example, but that was more of a dynastic choice.

It's a relatively open field, but I still feel like Christie is going to win short of a dead girl/live boy situation (and the bridge thing is not it).
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 1:22 PM on August 22, 2014

Urbanicide
By the time UNESCO gets involved the locals have already done work preserving the site, generally. All they're doing is putting a stamp of approval on it, more or less.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 11:56 AM on August 22, 2014

Club rats, sober alcoholics, the curious crowd, club kids, randoms.
It will be just like any club in Berlin, London, or Ibiza - minus the drunks.

So just people off their tits on ecstasy, then.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 11:43 AM on August 22, 2014

Escalating Tensions in Ferguson, Missouri
Criticism of police tactics and intimidation against Ferguson protesters have led to an outcry, including from Iran's Supreme Leader, Egypt and China

Thanks but no thanks.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 7:11 AM on August 19, 2014
I don't even know anymore.

"I’m a cop. If you don’t want to get hurt, don’t challenge me."


On some level, he's right. If you're the kind of person that only has infrequent, rather perfunctory, interactions with cops, it's not worth getting tased over a speed trap. Just be polite, follow directions, pay the stupid ticket and get on with your life.

But there are huge swaths of the population... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 10:09 AM on August 19, 2014
Let that officer see the overwhelming majority is against him.

Sadly, I think the overwhelming majority are in favor of cops beating black people.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 10:14 AM on August 19, 2014
This is a "US cops will do whatever they can to execute black people" thing.

As I said in the other thread, it's not so much that want to kill black people as it is that they're not willing to expend any effort to avoid killing them. There's always a reason. It's just that in the same sort of interaction with a white guy, the white guy somehow doesn't end up dead.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 12:49 PM on August 19, 2014
Not that people are such fans of tazers either.

That's because in the US tasers are for forcing compliance from elementary school kids, not for subduing dangerous people.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 1:06 PM on August 19, 2014
Any cop without a nametag on shouldn't be protected by police immunity — he or she should be regarded by the law as a private citizen who, by striking another citizen, is committing assault and should be prosecuted.


The Bush administration liked to point out that the Taliban lost Geneva convention protections because they didn't wear uniforms. I don't see why cops should be different.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 1:09 PM on August 19, 2014
Now let's do something about it.

It seems so hopeless when so many people look at what is happening in Ferguson as not going far enough. There's a significant number of americans that would have been happy to see dogs, real bullets and firehoses.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 2:14 PM on August 19, 2014
FUNNY YOU SHOULD ASK, Peoria is being sued by the ACLU for having a SWAT-type raid on a guy with an anonymous twitter account pretending to be the mayor -- bulletproof vests, helmets, guns drawn, door kicked in, the whole bit. Seven cops to bust down this guy's door. SEVEN. Drawn weapons in case he, I don't know, POSTED A HUNDRED AND FORTY MORE CHARACTERS TO TWITTER while they were arresting him.

And now they have his computers and plenty of time to... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 2:17 PM on August 19, 2014
So here is my take on best possible read for the cop on what happened.

He yells at the kid, the kid mouths off to him, the cop opens the door quickly, it bounces back and hits him in the eye, causing the fracture. Delirious, half blind and in extreme pain, he draws down on the kid that's running away. Maybe he fires once accidentally, hitting the kid. The kid turns around to surrender, the cop, high on adrenaline and barely able to see, opens up on him.... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 4:01 PM on August 19, 2014
Kettling is when cops block off an exit and then force the protestors there so they can arrest all of them.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 7:34 AM on August 20, 2014
The money quote was "If nonviolent protest in the streets did anything, the police would be doing that instead of training guns and tanks on your children."

I kind of agree that street protests are a waste of time, but really the thing you do instead of street protest is vote.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 8:36 AM on August 20, 2014
If voting in Ferguson did anything by itself Ferguson wouldn't have top-to-tail useless and non representative government.

Black turnout in Ferguson has been abysmal (largely because of shenanigans with vote scheduling). I doubt that will continue to be the case.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 8:45 AM on August 20, 2014
isn't this uh ...in addition to being monstrous and cartoonishly evil, theft?

No, 'civil forfeiture'. The state likes to come up with nice words for murdering your children and stealing from you.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 10:29 AM on August 20, 2014
Aside, the Daily Dot has a jaw-dropping report on r/ferguson:

The amount of straight up fascists and racists on reddit is staggering sometimes.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 11:07 AM on August 20, 2014
True, just cameras qua cameras won't change anything.

I have a suspicion that more cameras will actually change very little, since it appears that a cop could shoot a 10 year old black kid on a bicycle holding an ice cream cone in broad daylight and a majority of white people would still find an excuse for it.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 6:32 AM on August 21, 2014
I think this explains what's going on in Ferguson better than anything else I've read.

It's about money. The police there are essentially a gang running a protection racket.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 9:38 AM on August 21, 2014
My Police Reform Agenda

Putting perfume on a pig, really. The main problem is the drug war, the for-profit prison/slave-labor system, and civil forfeiture.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 10:06 AM on August 22, 2014
people aren't exactly chomping on the bit to pull jury duty. I can't think of a single organization working on it, in fact.

My GF just got called to jury duty for the first time and she is so excited. She literally filled out the form as soon as she got in the house and mailed it. I have a feeling that she is going to be disappointed.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 10:26 AM on August 22, 2014
Pleading the 5th is a tacit admission of guilt.

This is incredibly far from the truth. Defendants in criminal cases almost never testify, guilty or no, and everyone is advised to say nothing to the police in a criminal investigation if there is even the slightest chance they could be under suspicion.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 11:06 AM on August 22, 2014
We don't talk about Kickstarter campaigns under progress, I don't feel like we should talk about this one.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 11:07 AM on August 22, 2014
No, it's not, empath. If you are not incriminating yourself, pleading the 5th isn't meaningful at all, so why do it? The only time to invoke it is if saying anything could incriminate you. Thus, tacit admission of guilt to something.

With all due respect, you're not american and don't appear to know how the american legal system works.

When the police say "You have a right to remain silent", they are referring to... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 11:14 AM on August 22, 2014
the "God Bless" really makes the whole thing.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 11:41 AM on August 22, 2014

D: "BREAAADDD!" D:
Man, there are some people in this thread with sticks in their butts.

I am not a parent, and do not particularly enjoy kids ruining fancy restaurants (or airplanes or in movie theaters).

That said, it's totally obvious that they made the tasting menu just for this kid, the parents probably didn't pay very much for it, and it was probably done before the restaurant opened, with the restaurant's cooperation. There was not a lot of money wasted... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 6:40 AM on August 21, 2014
Anyone who would subject a four-year-old to five and a half hours of ultra-fine dining should be arrested, and the child should be checked for tranquilizer dart marks on her back.

This was four and a half hours of adults paying attention to what she said as if she had important opinions and taking pictures of her making funny faces.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 7:26 AM on August 21, 2014
I dislike sea urchin, truffles, foie gras, and pretty much every #mostexpensive ingredient used by these places.

I have two ordering strategies at fine dining places, depending on my mood. I either order the thing on the menu that looks the most disgusting and unappetizing, on the theory that if it survives on the menu but the description looks terrible, it must taste delicious. Or I'll order the most pedestrian thing on the menu,... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 10:41 AM on August 21, 2014
Um...I don't imagine they actually refused to eat for six months until the restaurant took their booking.

Just like that time I didn't listen to music for 4 months while waiting for the concert I bought tickets for.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 10:46 AM on August 21, 2014
And I'm confident I have a better palate and understanding of fine dining than pretty much every major critic working in the US.

I know more about fine dining THAN YOU CAN POSSIBLY IMAGINE.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 11:32 AM on August 21, 2014
How dare I assert knowledge about something and the willingness to express an opinion. How. Dare. I.

I will accept that you are the world's foremost expert on what you enjoy eating. I doubt anyone would challenge you on that. I would be very surprised if any food critics in the US know more than you about what you like.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 11:59 AM on August 21, 2014
You want gritty, third-world-relevant reviews of the world's most exclusive restaurants?

Having eaten at every place from bus stops to fine dining places in the third world, their palate and taste for food is as good as anywhere else's. But man, I would love if you took someone who ran a roadside pupusa stand in El Salvador or something on a tour of Michelin restaurants.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 2:00 PM on August 21, 2014

You had to have seen this coming, right?
I am pretty sure nobody died.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 9:35 AM on August 20, 2014
'm also impressed with the apparent affluence (swimming pools etc)

If you live in the right part of the country, a house with a swimming pool is fairly common.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 9:58 AM on August 20, 2014
Good for them. They've almost matched the NIH's annual funding levels for ALS research.

Not really, they only spend 27% of their budget on research. The largest expenditure is 'public education' (marketing).
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 10:43 AM on August 20, 2014
I'm seeing criticism about how much the ALS Foundation spends on research versus other efforts (public education, fundraising - note that it still has a 4-star Charity Navigator rating)... but it worked at bringing in people who otherwise wouldn't have thought about donating to ALS Research, yeah?

I guess my question is how much money does ALS research need, and would the money being donated to this cause be better spent on something like, I dunno,... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 11:13 AM on August 20, 2014

FritoLay Blue, or May The Odds Be Ever In Your Flavor
Can someone explain the french translation of Tzatziki for me?

Curres a la Marmite? What?
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 6:58 AM on August 20, 2014
Also Maple Moose is a textbook example of people being willing to eat shit in the name of patriotism.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 6:59 AM on August 20, 2014
I will try a hot dog flavored potato chip.

The worst chip I've ever had was 7-11's 'Big Bite' flavored chip. I don't know what I expected, though.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 8:50 AM on August 20, 2014

15 years later, Fark discovers moderation
This entry from a fark photoshop contest was the first thing on the internet that really made me laugh so hard it hurt.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 6:33 AM on August 20, 2014

"Don’t shoot me"
In other news: Federal Appeals Court Demands Longer Sentence For Officer Who Delivered Brutal Beating

The police union tried to keep him from losing his job, all the way until he went to prison. What a completely fucked up system.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 9:09 AM on August 18, 2014
I don't think I can recall a time in recent history where an entire police department has gone rogue.


They're all rogue. All the time. Police forces every where are filled with corrupt, violent thugs and people that support them or cover for them.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 9:11 AM on August 18, 2014
That's what an advocate does in an adversarial system.

Horseshit. I got fired from a union job at a grocery store for not showing up one day. The union (rightfully) did jack shit to defend my job. Maybe I should have just beaten a customer half to death instead.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 9:14 AM on August 18, 2014
So it's totally possible that union pie cards feel that if they don't defend these guys, they'll get voted out.

Yes, I agree that police want the union to defend violent criminals, as long as they happen to have a badge. What I don't agree with is "That is what advocates do." Unions don't have to defend bad employees, and they certainly don't have to defend the jobs of convicted criminals and not all unions do. Most... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 9:24 AM on August 18, 2014
Marijuana has been used an excuse to arrest and kill minorities for almost a hundred years. It's well past time to stop.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 9:50 AM on August 18, 2014
Shoplifting with marijuana in his system - the evidence is really piling up.

I've known my racist brother-in-law since we were 13 years old. He used to sell drugs, shoplifted regularly, got arrested for arson when he was 15 or so, eventually went to jail for selling weed. And for some reason he thinks that a video of this kid stealing some cigarillos means killing this kid was okay.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 10:19 AM on August 18, 2014
I honestly think there's almost no chance it's going to get worse.

it can always get worse.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 11:25 AM on August 18, 2014
43% of whites voted for Obama in 2008 and 2012, for a point of comparison.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 11:49 AM on August 18, 2014
Ferguson's election turnout is horrible by design.
posted to MetaFilter by empath at 1:03 PM on August 18, 2014

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