Wednesday Reads: Math, Dogs and Sheep

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Good Mid-Morning

Just a quick thought this morning before we get to the links. Yesterday Boston Boomer linked to an article about Janet Yellen, and there were a few sentences that made me stop and think. Which is really something because usually when it comes to articles containing anything associated with numbers, my brain tends to retreat like a coward who is being bombarded by incoming aerial livestock.

la vache in flightBut seriously…the article Boston Boomer linked to was from CNN. Here is the quote:

CNN Money’s report on Yellen’s speech, Janet Yellen: Job market not recovered.

That was Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen’s main message Friday in a much anticipated speech.

“It speaks to the depth of the damage that, five years after the end of the recession, the labor market has yet to fully recover,” she said.

ae0607c9a034b49a4870b3b008599168The debate now is whether the job situation in America is healthy enough for the Federal Reserve to start raising interest rates, which have been at historic lows in recent years in an effort to jump start the economy. Yellen, however, said little new on Friday, and U.S. stock markets stayed flat.

Yellen is chair of the committee that sets interest rates, but she only gets one vote. Other members have differing views. The Fed board and other top economists are spending the weekend in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, debating these key issues.

Though the unemployment rate “has fallen considerably and at a surprisingly rapid pace,” Yellen said problems remain.

Emphasis mine.

Okay, maybe I am a bit hypersensitive, but why the specific mention about her getting only one vote. Is this something new? I was under the impression that whenever Greenspan or Bernake or Geithner spoke…it was as if the all powerful Oz had spoken. Doris from the Outer Hebrides by Ron Gilmore, via Flickr. Doris took a shortcut through the fern grove!!Especially with Greenspan, I mean that guy was the equivalent of verbal Dow Jones Industrial Average “pusher” in that whenever he opened his mouth…he spewed economic commentary uppers or downers.

Anyway, if this is not a big deal…then just forget about all that shit and continue with the post. As it is, the thread is late this morning. I got distracted finding images of sheep on Pinterest. Oh well, you know what that means…another dump. Link dump that is….

The latest news:

Two Men Abducted, Drowned in Philadelphia River, Third Man Escapes, Police Say – ABC News

The bodies of two men who had been bound were found today dumped a Philadelphia river, while a third man who had been repeatedly stabbed narrowly escaped the abductors believed to be responsible for the double homicide, authorities said.

The survivor, a 20-year-old man, was taken off the street by four or five men early this morning and thrown into the back of a van, police said.

He was then stabbed about nine times, in the torso and legs, Philadelphia police said, and his hands were tied behind his back with duct tape and his ankles were bound as well. Duct tape was also placed over his mouth, and once in the van, he realized there were two other people in the van who had also been bound, police said.

Valais Blacknose SheepAll three were taken to the Schuylkill River in Fairmount Park, where they were thrown into the water, police said, noting that the two other people were tethered to some kind of weight and drowned in five to ten feet of water.

This is a new story obviously so no real info as of yet…cops say they may have surveillance video of abduction.

And you may be one of the millions without internet service: Time Warner Cable Suffers Massive Outage

Time Warner Cable suffered a nationwide outage on Wednesday morning, leaving many users unable to access the Internet.

The company issued a statement to Mashable, acknowledging the outage and reporting that much of its service had been restored. TWC said the service outage was due to an issue with its “Internet backbone” that occurred during routine maintenance.

At 430am ET this morning during our routine network maintenance, an issue with our Internet backbone created disruption with our Internet and On Demand services. As of 6am ET services were largely restored as updates continue to bring all customers back online.

sheepish by karena goldfinch on FlickrTWC outage leaves 12M people without Internet access — and it’s only going to get worse

On Tuesday, Time Warner Cable agreed to pay the Federal Communications Commission $1.1 million for failing to disclose a “substantial number” of outages affecting its customers. Now today, the company announced that it is suffering from multiple outages affecting 12 million people.

Making matters worse is that many of those consumers probably didn’t have much choice when they signed up for the service, given Time Warner Cable’s effective monopoly in a number of its markets. As I wrote when I compared its service against the only other option for Internet service in my area,

The problem is, there are no options for someone living in the boonies. If they want to connect to the Internet they have to use something like [Finger Lakes Technologies Group, a regional Internet provider]; there are no other options. […] So far as choices go, it’s clear that people who live in small towns like this one are totally screwed.

This is a problem all across the country. Many people have access to just a handful of ISPs, many of which are regional offerings that pale in comparison to their national counterparts, which enjoy a monopoly on the high-end service market in many of the places they operate.

8fcbafa0f238f79808e0fe22f6071cf6That problem will only be made worse if Time Warner Cable is allowed to merge with Comcast and become what Netflix called the “nation’s largest onramp to the Internet.” The combined company is unlikely to care much about leveling the playing field and allowing other ISPs to give consumers more options for Internet service. It’ll just amass as much power as it can.

Does that seem like a company that’s going to solve problems that lead to outages affecting 12 million people around the United States? Hell, even with the scant competition they have now, both Time Warner Cable and Comcast have done little to make their services better. As I wrote in May, the companies are the least-liked in every industry in which they operate. (Surprise!)

We have this problem with Windstream being the shitty internet service monopoly here in Banjoville.

Next: Why Israel’s bombardment of Gaza neighborhood left US officers ‘stunned’ | Al Jazeera America

The cease-fire announced Tuesday between Israel and Palestinian factions — if it holds — will end seven weeks of fighting that killed more than 2,200 Gazans and some 69 Israelis. But as the rival camps seek to put their spin on the outcome, one assessment of Israel’s Gaza operation that won’t be publicized is that of the U.S. military. Still, even though the Pentagon shies away from publicly expressing judgments that might fall afoul of a decidedly pro-Israel Congress, senior U.S. military sources speaking on condition of anonymity offered a scathing assessment of Israeli tactics, particularly in the battle for Shujaiya.

Eduardo GageiroOne of the more curious moments in Israel’s Operation Protective Edge came on July 20, when a live microphone at FOX News caught Secretary of State John Kerry commenting sarcastically on Israel’s military action: “It’s a hell of a pinpoint operation,” Kerry said. “It’s a hell of a pinpoint operation.”

Rain of high-explosive shells

The secretary of state’s comment followed the heaviest bombardment of the war to that point, as Israeli artillery rained thousands of high-explosive shells into the neighborhood of Shujaiya, a residential area on the eastern edge of Gaza City. A high-ranking U.S. military officer told this reporter that the source of Kerry’s apparent consternation was almost certainly a Pentagon summary report assessing the Israeli barrage, on which the Secretary had been briefed by an aide moments earlier.

Irving Penn - A young Berber shepherdess of the Aït Yazza people in the High Atlas, with a newborn lamb.According to this senior U.S. officer, who had access to the July 21 Pentagon summary of the previous 24 hours of Israeli operations, the internal report showed that 11 Israeli artillery battalions —a minimum of 258 artillery pieces in all, according to this officer’s estimate — had pumped at least 7,000 high explosive shells into the Gaza neighborhood, which included a barrage of some 4,800 shells during the seven-hour period marking the height of the operation. Senior U.S. officers were stunned by the report.

Twice daily throughout the Israel Defense Forces’ (IDF) operation, a select group of senior U.S. military and intelligence officers at the Pentagon received a lengthy written summary of Israeli military action in Gaza. The reports — compiled from information gleaned from open sources, Israeli military officers with whom U.S. officials speak and satellite images — offered a detailed assessment of Israel’s battlefield tactics and the performance of its weaponry, a considerable portion of it supplied by the United States.

Although these reports shy away from offering political judgments on the operation, a number of senior U.S. military officers who spoke about the contents of those daily reports with this reporter were highly critical of some of the IDF’s tactics, particularly in the Israeli ground invasion of Shujaiya. An official spokesman at the Pentagon declined to comment on the contents of this article.

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50 years later, SNAP proves its continuing vitality | Opinion | McClatchy DC

Even as SNAP policies and procedures change with the times, the program’s core mission remains the same. When the Food Stamp Act was passed in 1964, it aimed to provide better nutrition to low-income households while benefiting our agricultural economy. Fifty years later, research shows SNAP is still doing just that.

For example, SNAP benefits boost the economy by creating markets, and spurring economic growth and jobs in urban and rural communities at grocers, superstores, farmers’ markets, military commissaries, manufacturers and farms. And because SNAP benefits are so urgently needed, they are spent quickly – 97 percent of benefits are redeemed within the month of issuance – and therefore have great positive economic effects. Moody’s Analytics and USDA estimate that the economic growth impact of SNAP ranges from $1.73 to $1.79 per $1 of SNAP benefits.

“Leapsheeping Lambs” by Roeselien RaimondOne component of SNAP that needs to change and hasn’t is the amount of the monthly benefit allotment. While we know the program is capable of reducing food insecurity, improving the health and well-being of recipients, and ultimately saving taxpayer dollars on avoided healthcare costs, it could work much better. Current benefits are based on assumptions developed in the 1930s for emergency diets. That plan is now woefully outmoded on every front from nutrition to practicality. Multiple studies, including the USDA’s own analysis of a recent (temporary) boost in benefits, show the value of a healthier allotment.

OSheep at Stanton Drew by elaine's life in images on Flickrver the course of any 50-year period, change is inevitable. Since August 1964, SNAP’s strength has been recognizing and responding to those changes. Today, the program’s mission is as necessary as it was 50 years ago: providing relevant, vital help to boost nutrition, economic security and health among seniors, children, people with disabilities, and unemployed or low-income working families. This is an anniversary worth celebrating.

Black Agenda Report is out, and here is their coverage of the “events” at Ferguson | Black Agenda Report

bc9ea1ec82f69b079338d510cc7d8751Did y’all see the latest in ironic pro-gun nut death by gun shot? DEATH BY MISADVENTURE | Gin and Tacos

On Tuesday a 39 year old firearms instructor was fatally shot near Kingman, AZ when the nine year-old girl he was instructing on the use of an Uzi submachine gun lost control of it…while it was on full automatic. This resolves once and for all the question of whether it is a good idea to give a nine year old girl who appears in the linked video to weigh about 20 pounds (note: the video shows only the events leading up to the fatal incident, but does not include the incident itself) a submachine gun set on full auto. The facility, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal, caters to the vacationing yahoo crowd:a8f7be7a6c29bdbc291eb3f61896b6df

KINGMAN, Ariz. — An instructor who was shot by a 9-year-old girl who fired an Uzi at a northwestern Arizona shooting range died Monday night at University Medical Center in Las Vegas.

The girl fired the weapon at the outdoor range that caters to heavy tourism traffic along U.S. Highway 93 between Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon Skywalk.

Highway signage and Internet advertising beckons visitors to stop in, fire a machine gun and enjoy a meal at the Bullets and Burgers enterprise at the Last Stop, about 25 miles south of Las Vegas.

The instructor had, among others, the following hilarious pro-gun images posted on his Facebook wall (h/t Balloon Juice)

a5f4ebc59149f626d77d94a1c1c14bb4Go to the link to see the images and commentary that this man had posted on his wall. It is the typical shit…

What about a look at what makes Houston…colorful? Immigrants reshape Houston, America’s most diverse metropolis | Al Jazeera America

In the past 20 years, Houston — that most Texan of Texan cities — has come to look more and more like the taxi drivers. Between 1990 and 2010, Greater Houston added more than 2.2 million people (PDF) and now boasts a population of more than 6 million (the city proper has 2.2 million residents). The metropolitan area has eclipsed New York and Los Angeles to become the most racially and ethnically diverse in the United States.

4240f24bd326893a797d4327d5d943e9A joint report published last year by the Kinder Institute for Urban Research and the Hobby Center for the Study of Texas (PDF) found that Greater Houston scores highest on the Entropy Index, which measures diversity according to the presence and relative proportions of the four major racial groups (white, black, Hispanic and Asian). All five Houston counties have become more diverse over the past two decades, with increased numbers of Hispanics (from 21 to 35 percent) and Asians (from 3.4 to 6.5 percent), a stable population of blacks (about 17 percent) and a decrease in whites or “Anglos” (from over 50 to under 40 percent), though rates of residential segregation remain high.

Oh boy, it is really getting late…here are the rest in real quick dump format:

A lamb jumping over a trough, 1950Video shows police shot Ohio man ‘on sight’ as he leaned on toy gun in Walmart, attorney says

Dueling demands in Walmart shooting case | WDTN

Scarlett Johansson designs shirt for Planned Parenthood | TheHill

Archaeologists Discover 15 Previously Unknown Monuments Buried Around Stonehenge

Jon Stewart Goes After Fox in Powerful Ferguson Monologue | Mediaite

ec7c81f2b4f070513900f2313f8e5f3a– Another Ferguson? Young Black Man Shot In Chest With Hands Cuffed Behind Back. Police Say Suicide.

The Emmys Censored the Punchline of That Last Robin Williams Bit

Ferguson Police Officer Justin Cosma Hog-Tied And Injured A Young Child, Lawsuit Alleges

50 Shades of Grey: Harmful to Your Health? | Care2 Causes

It’s being hailed as a “provocative new study” worthy of Christian Grey himself — a group of researchers have just published an article in Journal of Women’s Health claiming that women who read “50 Shades of Grey” are at a higher risk for domestic abuse, disordered eating, a high number of sexual partners and even binge drinking. But don’t throw your romance novel to the curb just yet: The study is another example of the good old “correlation does not equal causation” trope.

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During the study, a group of scientists surveyed 655 18-to-24-year-old women online, a third of whom had read some or all of the ’50 Shades’ series. They asked them questions about their personal sexual practices, their experiences of partner victimization such as sexual and psychological abuse, and binge drinking. When they adjusted their findings for age and race, researchers learned that women who had read at least the first book in the series were more likely to report partner victimization, cyberstalking, fasting and using diet aids. 5b03d93e5435018f1fdedd169a22f7caWomen who had read all three books in the series were also more likely to report having five or more sexual partners in their lifetime. Their conclusion? There is an association between reading the series and negative health outcomes for women.

At the Guardian: The 100 best novels: an introduction | Books | The Observer

They are at week 49: The 100 best novels: No 49 – Gentlemen Prefer Blondes by Anita Loos (1925) | Books | The Observer

You can see the past weeks here: The 100 best novels | Books | The Guardian

A border collie herding sheep at the Rockefeller Center, 1948. Photo for LIFE magazine by George Silk.Now for the article that explains the title of this post: BBC News – ‘Two simple rules’ explain sheepdog behaviour

The relationship between a shepherd and his sheepdog has always seemed almost magical, but scientists now say it can be explained by two simple rules.

Researchers have used GPS data to reveal the mathematical secrets of how sheepdogs do their job.

The new model helps to explain why one shepherd and a single dog can herd an unruly flock of more than 100 sheep.

It could be used to help develop “shepherd robots”, for controlling crowds or cleaning up an oil spill.ce2d03bff1e703b2b3fce681272fc1ea

The first rule: The sheepdog learns how to make the sheep come together in a flock. The second rule: Whenever the sheep are in a tightly knit group, the dog pushes them forwards.

NERC fellow Dr Andrew King of Swansea University helped to design backpacks fitted with highly accurate GPS technology. These trackers were attached to a flock of sheep and a sheepdog.

“What’s so interesting about this is how simple the rules are,” Dr King told the BBC.

“At the beginning we had lots of different ideas. We started out looking from a birds eye view, but then we realised we needed to see what the dog sees. It sees white, fluffy things. If there are gaps between them or the gaps get bigger, the dogs needs to bring them together.”

Sheep Bridge by Mountain Mike on FlickrAccording to Dr King, sheepdogs are making the most of the “selfish herd theory” to bring the animals close together and move them where they want.

“One of the things that sheep are really good at is responding to a threat by working with their neighbours. It’s the selfish herd theory: put something between the threat and you. Individuals try to minimise the chance of anything happening to them, so they move towards the centre of a group.”

A colleague, Dr Daniel Strombom from Uppsala University in Sweden, used the GPS data from the collars to develop computer simulations. This enabled them to develop a mathematical shepherding model.

The algorithm displays the same weaving pattern exhibited by sheepdogs. It helps to solve what has been called the ‘the shepherding problem’: how one agent can control a large number of unwilling agents.

John Hooper. The Shepherd, 1982.The research was published in Journal of the Royal Society Interface.

Read the rest at the link…and how they are working to use this information in other ways.

This made me look for a couple of more sheepy links:

Shrek the runaway sheep is a shear celebrity – Telegraph

29 Apr 2004

Shrek, the New Zealand merino sheep which spent the last six years on the run from his owners, finally had his long-postponed encounter with a pair of shears last night.

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Shrek the sheep is shown before, during and after being sheared

 

The woolly creature was shorn of his 15-inch long, 59lb fleece during a live television broadcast.

Viewers around the country watched eagerly to see the wool carefully snipped away by a former world champion shearer, Peter Casserly.

Despite his years as a hermit, Shrek was as meek as a lamb and co-operated fully.

“He is probably looking forward to getting this lot off,” Mr Casserly said confidently as he got to work.

 

And from 2012, Shepherds around the world – in pictures | World news | theguardian.com

They used to be an important part of the global economy but with the increase of estates the need for shepherds has declined. However, the tradition does still exist in many parts of the world

 

That one is just a gallery…so go and enjoy it.

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Sorry this is so damn late!

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59 Comments on “Wednesday Reads: Math, Dogs and Sheep”

  1. Damn, I still have to go and fix the pictures…and tag stuff. Shit I am really late today!

  2. Okay, this made my day. One of the search terms on our blog was:

    what is a legal midget in alabama

    Ha…love it.

  3. NW Luna says:

    I love the sheep pictures. What a lovely fleece on that one sheep wearing the fern.

    • NW Luna says:

      They should have known better; that shirt design is much too similar.

    • dakinikat says:

      They had an earlier one that they had to take down that was a white shirt and said “white is the new black”. Whoever designs that line appears to be clueless or deliberately insensitive to minorities of all sorts.

  4. NW Luna says:

    …. but she only gets one vote. Other members have differing views.

    I saw this story on the Fed and Janet Yellen yesterday and those lines above jumped out at me, too. I find them quite odd. Hmmm, couldn’t be because she’s female and taken less seriously? Nah.

    That employment rates are still down is still painfully obvious.

    • Is this something new? I mean the way they pointed that out…it was like she is not as important as the men who came before her, who always seemed to be in total control. Period.

      • bostonboomer says:

        If Bernanke had been in total control, he would have gone a lot further, I think. I don’t see that as anti-female. The point is that the entire board has to vote to increase the interest rate. Yellen probably doesn’t want to but others might.

      • janicen says:

        I agree with your point, JJ. If it looks like sexism and walks like sexism, it’s most likely sexism. I’m glad you raised the point because now that I think about it, it’s really rather stunning. Back in the nineties, the market would swing wildly and analysts would swoon every time Greenspan belched. Now, not so much.

  5. NW Luna says:

    Europe calls out corporate tax schemes our politicians won’t

    You’ll have to forgive Amazon for getting a little flustered when the British Parliament publicly blasted the company for “gaming the system” to dodge paying taxes.

    Amazon is an American company. They’re used to far more deferential treatment.

    Responding to how the company paid only $7 million in taxes despite selling $7 billion in goods in England, a furious British committee chairwoman told one of Amazon’s executives: “I don’t know what you take us for.”

    They took you for the kind of easy marks they have back home?

    • RalphB says:

      The foolish old EU actually tries to do some anti-trust enforcement. Who do they think they are anyway? A government? 🙂

  6. NW Luna says:

    Interesting.

    People who use Facebook and Twitter are less likely than others to share their opinions on hot-button issues, even when they are offline, according to a surprising new survey by the Pew Research Center.

    http://seattletimes.com/text/2024395105.html

  7. bostonboomer says:

    Attorney: Video Shows Police Shot Ohio Man ‘On Sight’ as He Leaned on Toy Gun in Walmart

    Surveillance video shows an Ohio man talking on a cell phone, leaning on a toy gun, and facing away from officers moments before police shot and killed him in a Walmart store, according to an attorney for the man’s family.

    They shot him in the back.

    • gregoryp says:

      Apparently we live in something worse than a fascist state. In fascist states people were arrested and then disappeared. Now, they don’t bother with any of that. They just disappear you on the spot. I want to know when ordinary police officers who aren’t that bright to start with got the double ought designation and have a license to kill anyone at any time. I am so upset by these murders that it is making me physically ill. Did you folks know that there have been 6 people killed by police in Dallas in like just the last week? My black co-workers informed me of this just today.

      • That is horrible, I wish there was more news on what is going on there in Dallas.

        Have y’all seen this? Michael Brown’s Mom Laid Flowers Where He Was Shot—and Police Crushed Them | Mother Jones

        As darkness fell on Canfield Drive on August 9, a makeshift memorial sprang up in the middle of the street where Michael Brown’s body had been sprawled in plain view for more than four hours. Flowers and candles were scattered over the bloodstains on the pavement. Someone had affixed a stuffed animal to a streetlight pole a few yards away. Neighborhood residents and others were gathering, many of them upset and angry.

        Soon, police vehicles reappeared, including from the St. Louis County Police Department, which had taken control of the investigation. Several officers emerged with dogs. What happened next, according to several sources, was emblematic of what has inflamed the city of Ferguson, Missouri, ever since the unarmed 18-year-old was gunned down: An officer on the street let the dog he was controlling urinate on the memorial site.

        The incident was related to me separately by three state and local officials who worked with the community in the immediate aftermath of the shooting. One confirmed that he interviewed an eyewitness, a young woman, and pressed her on what exactly she saw. “She said that the officer just let the dog pee on it,” that official told me. “She was very distraught about it.” The identity of the officer who handled the dog and the agency he was with remain unclear.

        more at the link

        • gregoryp says:

          That just makes my blood boil. Those fuckers know one of their own murdered that kid but have circled the wagons. Just a bunch of despicable cowards and racists. If you shoot an unarmed kid 6 times you are nothing but a cowardly bastard. No other words to describe you. And those guys who are supporting that shit, FU, you don’t have the right to kill black teenagers at your whim. Ridiculous what those “cops” are doing.

        • bostonboomer says:

          OMG, that’s disgusting. Honestly, nothing would surprise me at this point about St. Louis/Ferguson police.

        • NW Luna says:

          Sick. The cop who was the dog handler should be fired. And fined.

      • RalphB says:

        Dallas Morning News: Update: Dallas police detail Wednesday morning’s officer-involved shooting that left two dead in North Dallas

        Update at 3:07 p.m., by Tristan Hallman: Maj. Jeff Cotner says Officer Jose Gamez, a five-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department, shot and killed 18-year-old Sergio Ramos early Wednesday morning. Police say Ramos first shot and killed 25-year-old Joseph Roling. Cotner said Ramos tried to rob Roling, who he apparently knew, then shot him.

        This one sounds like a good shooting. The story contains an explanatory list of all 12 officer involved shootings for this year. Here are all the August shootings. When the temperature goes up, people get nuts here.

        Aug. 10: Senior Cpl. Antonio Hudson followed Andrew Gaynier, 26, after a disturbance call in a North Oak Cliff neighborhood. After Gaynier, who was unarmed, tried to get into a family’s passing van, he allegedly charged directly at the Hudson, who had his gun drawn. Gaynier was killed.

        Aug. 11: Jose Manuel Gonzalez, 18, assaulted his family members and then walked toward Senior Cpl. Kevin Gladden while carrying kitchen knives behind his back, police say. Police say Gladden retreated until Gonzalez brandished a knife. Then he opened fire, killing Gonzalez.

        Aug. 20: Police say two officers went up to a parked truck and tried to talk to Terence Groessel, 52, a registered sex offender with an outstanding warrant. When he allegedly pointed a gun at one of them, they retreated and fired, striking him in the shoulders. He then fatally shot himself in the head.

        Aug. 21: Police say off-duty Officer Ruben Martinez happened to be driving by when Ladarius Campbell, 20, shot a 33-year-old woman in the face during an argument in the road. Martinez, who was in street clothes and was with his family, then shot Campbell, wounding him.

        Aug. 25: Police said Stephen Douglas, 29, snatched his two children from their mother after ramming her car. Both children, an infant and a 9-year-old girl, were safe and sound; a third child was left behind with the woman. Douglas pointed a small-caliber handgun at Officer Rogelio Moreno before the officer shot him.

        • gregoryp says:

          I work with the father of Douglas. Don’t know either of them though. People were talking about it at work today.

  8. bostonboomer says:

    Here’s a cop horror story from Georgia, JJ

    Georgia cops fired Taser 13 times ‘as a cattle prod’ to make tired man walk before he died

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/08/27/georgia-cops-fired-taser-13-times-as-a-cattle-prod-to-make-tired-man-walk-before-he-died/

    • Geez, it is fucking scary as hell…I want to know if these cop stories are coming out because of the attention the Ferguson situation is bringing to the problem. I find it hard to believe that this is a “new” thing.

      Hey, here is one for y’all. You need to read the comments however, they are the best.

      Brother And Sister Suspected Of Having Sex In Tractor Trailer

      A brother and sister in Effingham County, Georgia, are behind bars after allegedly having sex in a tractor trailer parked in a church parking lot.

      Police say Christopher Buckner, 20, and her brother, Tim Savoy, 25, admitted to committing incest three times after watching the Ryan Gosling romance “The Notebook.”

      Officers got wind of the family affair early Tuesday morning when they were responding to a call about a prowler in the area, WJCL.com reports.

      Deputies searching for the alleged prowler saw Buckner and Savoy walking down the road. The cops somehow came to believe the siblings had an improper relationship.
      […]

      that deputies determined that the pair were brother and sister and that they had just had sex in a Kenworth tractor trailer parked at Countryside Baptist Church.

      Buckner and Savoy were arrested and charged with incest, aggravated sodomy and prowling…

      A few of the good comments:

      I hear bacon in Canada is just Effingham…

      She was doomed from the moment they named her Christopher…

      I mean, they had the good sense to do it in a church parking lot. How much more do y’all want god to bless this union?

      what the hell? the notebook is one the of the worst movies ever.

  9. RalphB says:

    tpm: Crewmember On TV’s ‘COPS’ Shot Dead By Police While Filming

    Police shot and killed a crewmember of the show “COPS” who was filming an attempted robbery on Tuesday night, according to Omaha police.

    Sound technician Bryce Dion was killed by “friendly fire” by police responding to a local Wendy’s, police chief Todd Schmaderer said in a press conference Wednesday.

    The robbery suspect — later revealed to have been wielding an airsoft rifle, a type of recreational gun that fires non-lethal plastic pellets — was also shot and killed by police fire. …

    The cops are just one big clusterfuck now.

  10. dakinikat says:

    Sorry, have been AWOL today. Temple got her first heartworm shot and poor baby aches and doesn’t want to get off the bed. Then, I sat in the living room like 2 1/2 hours to get a delivery. I don’t have really great WIFI access up there since my house has the wifi and my desk wayyyy in the back (Shotgun so basically one long house connected room to room … need to try to get the wifi up more towards the front but then I lose being plugged into it directly sigh)

    Great post. Really just a drag that we can’t ever seem to go beyond sexism, racism, all those nasty isms …

    Meanwhile, the republican party is STILL clueless about women … it’s your ALLLLL your policies about women you idiots!!!

    http://www.politico.com/story/2014/08/gop-poll-of-women-party-stuck-in-past-110398.html

    • NW Luna says:

      Hey, ya gotta take care of RL stuff. I hope poor Temple starts feeling better soon. Give her a soft rub behind the ears for me.

    • NW Luna says:

      That GOP poll story is funny. Probably wasn’t meant to be, but I was lol-ing at how ludicrously clueless they are!

      …Second, the groups suggest Republicans “deal honestly with any disagreement on abortion, then move to other issues.

      Translated GOP-speak = “There, there, honey, that’s not really an important issue. Let’s move on to tax breaks for CEOs.”

    • Poor Temple…I put that one picture up with the dog that has the blue coat, because it reminded me of her.

  11. bostonboomer says:

    Breaking News from New England!!

    Deal to sell Market Basket to Arthur T. Demoulas for $1.5 billion has been signed (that’s the good Arthur)

    The epic family feud over Market Basket that captivated the public and paralyzed the supermarket business through the summer ended Wednesday when Arthur T. Demoulas reached a deal to buy the company from rival relatives for more than $1.5 billion, according to people familiar with the negotiations.

    Arthur T. Demoulas and his siblings will buy the shares of their cousin, Arthur S. Demoulas, and other relatives on his side of the family, who collectively own 50.5 percent of the company.

    The sale agreement, which will take months to formally close, came after a standoff so bitter that it took the intervention of the governors of Massachusetts and New Hampshire to help Demoulas family members end a fight that has been raging for a quarter century.

    Many employees walked off the job in protest after Arthur T. was fired in June by a board of directors controlled by Arthur S. That disrupted the company’s distribution network, preventing fresh food from getting to stores that were stripped bare of all but dry goods and some dairy products.