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    Nationwide Removal of Confederate Statues

    Court reverses settlement that would give $2.5 million in university funds to protect Confederate monument A North Carolina state court has reversed a settlement that provided $2.5 million in university funds to preserve a Confederate monument. The UNC system announced in November that a statue commonly known as "Silent Sam" would be given to the North Carolina Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans along with a $2.5 million charitable trust after the group sued the system over its removal of the monument, according to a 2019 news release. The monument was pulled down by protesters in the midst of controversy over Confederate statues in 2018. On behalf of three UNC law students, two UNC undergrad students and a faculty member, the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law filed a motion to intervene in the case and stay the distribution of funds, according to a January statement from the organization. A judge denied their motion, and in January they filed an appeal. "This is a victory for students and faculty across the University of North Carolina System and for the people of North Carolina who viewed this settlement as fraudulent and the transfer of financing to be in direct conflict with the university's mission," said Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the organization "This development stands as a reminder that we can't stand silent in the face of injustice or tolerate actions that perpetuate dangerous racial ideology." Click on the link for the full article
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    Poll: Should Pete Rose be Reinstated to MLB?

    This is all the reason I need to say no to Pete Rose: John M. Crisp: The costs of indulging Trump and Pete Rose
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    The Impeachment Thread

    I think he should use the Cone of Silence.
  4. No. How long could you live at your current lifestyle/spending without any source of income, just living off your $1 million net worth? I guess I consider rich to be Independently wealthy, as in I could just live off of my wealth without having to work.
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    The airline experience has become miserable

    American Airlines passenger 'punches' reclined seat to spark debate over who's wrong Video of an American Airlines passenger appearing to repeatedly punch the reclined seat of a woman in front has sparked a fierce debate online over who was in the wrong. Wendi Williams was on a short-haul flight travelling from New Orleans to Charlotte last month when the mishap happened. In the footage she shared on Twitter, Wendi has her seat reclined while a man sitting behind appears to jab at her headrest nine times. She turns back to look at the man, who is watching movies on his phone with earphones on, and stares at him. The man briefly stops but then starts again when Wendi turns away. In response to the matter, a spokesperson from American Airlines said in a statement: "We are aware of a customer dispute that transpired on American Eagle flight 4392, operated by Republic Airways on January 31. "The safety and comfort of our customers and team members is our top priority, and our team is looking into the issue." Click on the link for the full article and video. I call BS on American's statement regarding passenger comfort.
  6. Trump repeats false claim there is no climate change crisis as he brands science 'fake' Donald Trump has repeated the false claim that climate change is not real and that the science demonstrating the crisis is "fake". The president appeared to be tweeting a statement he heard from Fox News on Tuesday morning, writing, “Patrick Moore, co-founder of Greenpeace: “The whole climate crisis is not only Fake News, it’s Fake Science. There is no climate crisis, there’s weather and climate all around the world, and in fact carbon dioxide is the main building block of all life.” The government-funded National Climate Assessment's report urged immediate action to combat climate change in an effort “to avoid substantial damages to the US economy, environment, and human health and well-being over the coming decades.” When asked about his government’s report on climate change, Mr Trump responded, “I don’t believe it.” Click on the link for the full article
  7. Why? What is your rationale?
  8. Saline students sue school district for punishment from racist Snapchat group SALINE, MI - Four Saline High School students have filed a federal lawsuit claiming the school district should not be able to discipline them for sending racist messages to fellow students in a Snapchat group. The four unidentified students filed the lawsuit Tuesday, Feb. 11, in U.S. District Court in Detroit, claiming the district suspended two students, who have since returned to classes, while expulsion has been recommended for two others. The students who returned to classes did so after they “completed a class on racism,” according to the lawsuit. “The school is acting outside the scope of its authority, has no legal right to impose the discipline carried out, and has violated our clients’ constitutional rights by their reckless and hasty rush to judgment,” David A. Kallman, attorney for the children, said in a statement. The lawsuit claims the district does not have authority to punish the students for sending the messages because they were sent from their “homes, privately owned phones, on a non-school day.” The students are seeking a declaration that the district’s actions were unconstitutional, the lawsuit states. It asks for a complete expungement of any reference to suspension or expulsion from their transcripts and records and that changes be made to district policies and procedures so no other students are punished for engaging in non-school related and off-campus free speech. The lawsuit also asks that the students be awarded legal costs and attorney fees. The incident involving the Snapchat group was brought to the district’s attention Monday, Jan. 27, Saline Superintendent Scot Graden previously said in a letter to parents. Administrators conducted an investigation and determined the incident represents “an act of racism that created harm to all of our students, especially students of color," Graden wrote. Click on the link for the full article
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    Some More Cops Who Need to Be Fired

    Mother of 5 dies after 4 days of solitary confinement at SCORE (GRAPHIC WARNING) DES MOINES, Wash. — [GRAPHIC WARNING: The video above may be disturbing to some viewers. It was shared by the family of Damaris Rodriguez because they say they don’t want the same treatment to happen to others.] Damaris Rodriguez died while behind bars at the SCORE jail, even though every moment of her four-day decline was captured on surveillance video. The 43-year-old old mother of five was booked into the South Correctional Entity Jail in Des Moines on Dec. 30, 2017 after "she suffered from a mental health episode,” according to the federal complaint her family filed in the United States District Court of Western Washington. Rodriguez’s husband, Rey, recently spoke to KIRO 7 through an interpreter and said he called 911 that day “to get an ambulance, but instead the police arrived.” “I told them, she doesn’t need to go to jail. She needs to go to a hospital,” the SeaTac man said. During discovery, the family's attorney received surveillance video from SCORE that shows a listless Rodriguez being carried into jail, apparently in handcuffs, on that late December afternoon. Multiple camera angles, show her being dragged into a booking cell and left there, lying face down. Approximately 20 minutes later, Rodriguez is seen on surveillance being moved into another cell, where she then wanders in circles. By the next day - according to the time-stamped video - Rodriguez was naked, crawling and apparently vomiting. “Almost every second that she was in jail was captured on video, and I think the only way to describe that video is as a window into hell,” Nate Bingham, of Krutch Lindell Bingham Jones P.S. attorneys in Seattle, told KIRO 7. Rodriguez “was sick, she was hallucinating and she was dying,” according to Bingham, who said no one knows Rodriguez’s exact time of death. According to the surveillance video, it appears she died sometime late on the night of Jan. 3 or early Jan. 4, 2018. “After she stopped breathing, it was awhile before anyone even noticed her,” Bingham said. Bingham represents Rodriguez’s widower and five children. He shared the SCORE surveillance video with KIRO 7 that he believes shows, according to the lawsuit, that Rodriguez spent "four days alone in a cell, naked, surrounded by her own urine and vomit," "fighting both mentally and physically against her own hallucinations." Despite being booked into jail, Rodriguez "was never arraigned for -- let alone convicted of -- a crime. She was never even taken to court" according to the family’s complaint. Federal law demands an inmate be charged with a crime - or released - within 72 hours after arrest. Rodriguez remained behind bars for more than 106 hours, according to the timestamp on the surveillance video. “She was never taken in front of a judge,” Bingham said. “Damaris spent the next four days descending into insanity, becoming sicker and sicker and eventually her body shut down and she died.” Click on the link for the full article and video
  10. Coronavirus 'could infect 60% of global population if unchecked' The coronavirus epidemic could spread to about two-thirds of the world’s population if it cannot be controlled, according to Hong Kong’s leading public health epidemiologist. His warning came after the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said recent cases of coronavirus patients who had never visited China could be the “tip of the iceberg”. Prof Gabriel Leung, the chair of public health medicine at Hong Kong University, said the overriding question was to figure out the size and shape of the iceberg. Most experts thought that each person infected would go on to transmit the virus to about 2.5 other people. That gave an “attack rate” of 60-80%. “Sixty per cent of the world’s population is an awfully big number,” Leung told the Guardian in London, en route to an expert meeting at the WHO in Geneva on Tuesday. Click on the link for the full article
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    The Outer Space Thread

    Huge red star might explode soon and next few weeks are critical Supergiant star Betelgeuse has been getting dimmer at an unprecedented pace over the past few months, leading some astronomers to wonder if it might be in the process of the collapse that precedes a supernova explosion. But there are other possible explanations, and we should have a better idea of what's happening to the massive star by the end of the month. Veteran Villanova University astronomer Edward Guinan has been watching Betelgeuse for decades and reported earlier this month that the star appears to be "the least luminous and coolest yet measured from our 25 years of photometry." It's well known Betelgeuse has no more than about 100,000 years left to burn and could start its death throes just about anytime between now and then. When it does go supernova, it's expected to result in a dramatic light show that could be visible in daylight and appear brighter than the full moon for a few weeks. The last time humans were treated to such a sight was the 17th century. But as astronomer Tony Phillips points out on, the sudden fainting of Betelgeuse could also have less catastrophic explanations like a giant sunspot or clouds of stellar dust. Perhaps the most boring explanation of all is that the star is just doing its thing. See, Betelgeuse is a well-known variable star that pulsates over a variety of time periods. Click on the link for the full article
  12. Cities And States Are Saying No To Cashless Shops After almost 10 minutes of standing in line at a coffee shop, Ritchie Torres realized he only had cash in his pocket — a form of payment no longer accepted by this store. "It was a humiliating experience," he said. "I remember wondering aloud, how could a business refuse to accept cash, which is legal tender?" Torres is a City Council member in New York. He says his constituents, especially seniors, have also complained about a spurt of cashless stores. So Torres led the charge on a bill to ban businesses from rejecting cash, which New York's city leaders passed almost unanimously last month. A similar ban is slated for a hearing in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 13. In the past year, Philadelphia, San Francisco and the state of New Jersey have also banned cashless stores — a rare case of governments fighting a tech trend before it spreads far. Massachusetts has required establishments to accept cash since 1978. "A cashless economy is not an inclusive economy," said Tazra Mitchell, policy director at the research and advocacy group DC Fiscal Policy Institute. Excluding people from paying with cash means "essentially discriminating against people who are low-income, people who are homeless, also undocumented," she said. Click on the link for the full article
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    Some More Cops Who Need to Be Fired

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    Florida....? oh yeah, Florida.

    Police officers having sex on duty? It happens more than you think Before joining the Marco Island City Council, Chairman Erik Brechnitz served as mayor and a city councilor in Decatur, Illinois. Decatur, a mid-sized city in central Illinois, is probably best known for two things: the lysine price-fixing scandal, which was immortalized in Steven Soderbergh’s film “The Informant!”, and Howard Buffett, son of business magnate Warren Buffett, being appointed the Macon County sheriff for a brief tenure. Certainly, not sex on duty. Never in his political career had he heard of law enforcement officers having sex on duty, let alone three as he did on Marco Island. And to add insult to injury, one of the former officers, Neil Giansanti, received a 60-day suspension of his law enforcement certificate, prompting Brechnitz and the Marco Island City Council to write a letter protesting the decision. “I was on the city council of a pretty good-sized Midwestern city for 10 years,” Brechnitz said. “I was the mayor of that city for 4, rode on third shift with those officers. Nothing like that ever came close to happening. We’re were told that it was not incredibly unusual behavior, and I don’t believe that.” But likely much to his surprise, the Sunshine State has had hundreds of known sex on duty cases. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s automated training management system even has a code — 7302 — for that. Brechnitz was incensed the state’s Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission agreed to a suspension and probation for Giansanti, who was caught on video putting his pants on outside of his squad car. A woman he was involved with estimated the two had about 20 sexual encounters over eight months, according to internal affairs documents. State statute offers the commission, which manages and hands out discipline for moral character violations, the ability to issue a penalty of suspension up to revocation of an officer’s law enforcement certificate for having sex on duty. “It appears that you believe that this man is morally, ethically, and judgmentally qualified to serve and protect the citizens of Florida,” Brechnitz wrote in his letter to FDLE Commissioner Rick Swearingen. “This is preposterous and I am personally outraged as are the citizens of Marco Island. The notion that his man can carry a gun and a badge in another community in our great state boggles the mind.” Giansanti’s punishment, however, was not uncommon as 15% of all complaints received commission-issued suspensions, according to disciplinary data from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. The commission accepted internal suspensions handed down by local agencies in 5% of the complaints. In about one-fifth of the cases, officers had their certifications revoked by the commission. “The Commission does not typically revoke for the charge of sex on duty when the relationship is consensual and the officer took no law enforcement action to initiate or foster the behavior,” the Florida Department of Law Enforcement wrote in a statement to the Naples Daily News. Click on the link for the full article
  15. Police say child kept in attic, abused for years before death; Father, two others arrested DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - Three people are in jail facing child endangerment charges after a 10-year-old boy died in Dayton. The father of the child, Al-Mutahan McLean, 30, was indicted on seven felony charges including endangering children, felonious assault, and rape. Two women who lived at the home, Amanda Hinze, 28, and Jennifer Ebert, 25, face four counts each of child endangerment. McLean, his girlfriend Hinze, and her sister Ebert were arrested after Takoda Collins, 10, was pronounced dead last week. Court records showed McLean called 911 after the child was found unresponsive at the home on Kensington Drive on Dec. 13. According to police, Collins was subjected to extreme abuse and was locked in a dark, filthy attic while naked over the course of several years. "Never seen him. Never knew. Never once," said neighbor Karen Myers. Court filings also alleged Ebert and Hinze would report to McLean if the child wasn't doing what he was supposed to -- standing with his legs crossed and bent for extended periods of time -- knowing that reporting him would result in McLean beating the child. "The day after, the ladies were carrying out a bunch of trash and the detectives were here right on it," said Myers. According to the documents, the child may have been held underwater prior to dying. "There's a little window in that attic where he stayed. Never seen nobody, no little face up there. I mean, I would have called somebody," said Myers. Click on the link for the full article
  16. Why Texans Don’t Want Any More Californians Across a frightened nation divided by politics and culture, a fragile harmony is ascendant, as Americans in small towns and large cities alike cry out in trembling unison: Hey, where did all these Californians come from? Talk of a “California Exodus” is sweeping the country—and so are anxieties about its effects on the rest of the West. In October, the Boise mayoral candidate Wayne Richey proposed at an election forum to build a $26 billion wall to keep out people moving from the Golden State. (His backup plan to stop the invasion of Boise? "Trash the place.”) A viral Wall Street Journal article recounted the plight of a small Idaho town buckling under the stress of thousands of inbound Californians. And this month, Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a warning on Twitter to Californians moving to his state: “Remember those high taxes, burdensome regulations, & socialistic agenda advanced in CA? We don't believe in that.” The sentiment was echoed in various warnings in Dallas newspapers about the awful “California-ing” of North Texas. In 2016, President Donald Trump swept the Republican primary with a simple message: Build a wall to keep out the immigrants. Today, a new anti-migration theme is sweeping the country: Build a wall to keep out the Californians. But is the California Exodus real? From one perspective, the answer is very clearly yes. In 2012, California gained 113,000 people on net through domestic and international migration. Last year, California lost 40,000 people on net to migration, according to its own demographers. The state still grew, thanks to births, but at the lowest rate on record. Now the U.S. state most synonymous with all varieties of growth—vegetal, technological, and human—is at the precipice of its first-ever population decline. Western states taking in new Californians might be more anxious about change than they once were. Texas, for example, has been the most popular destination for outbound Californians for more than a decade, consistently averaging about 60,000 to 70,000 new Golden Staters per year. But now the state is at an inflection point, between its history as a ruby-red conservative stronghold and its future as a more mixed state with blue metros and red rural areas. In this context, the next SoCal family that U-Hauls into North Texas isn’t just some nice couple with different taste in barbecue; instead, they’re potentially the demographic straw that breaks the GOP’s back. And while California’s overall out-migration isn’t unprecedented, some states and counties are taking in an unprecedented share of newcomers from there. The number of Californians moving to Idaho, for instance, increased by 120 percent from 2012 to 2018. The number of Los Angeles residents moving to Dallas and Houston declined in those years, but the number of Angelenos moving to Plano, Texas, tripled. Click on the link for the full article
  17. 'Not One Drop Of Blood': Cattle Mysteriously Mutilated In Oregon In the early morning light, dust from hooves creates a fog at Silvies Valley Ranch in remote eastern Oregon. Cowboys whistle and talk low to their eager herding dogs. They're moving the cattle from one vast, sage-studded range to another. Five young purebred bulls mysteriously showed up dead on the ranch this past summer, drained of blood and with body parts precisely removed. The ranch's vice president, Colby Marshall, drives his truck down a U.S. Forest Service road. "Then we'll get out and take a little walk to where one of the bulls was found. And the carcass is still there," Marshall says. Coming upon one of the dead bulls is an eerie scene. The forest is hot and still, apart from a raven's repeating caw. The bull looks like a giant, deflated plush toy. It smells. Weirdly, there are no signs of buzzards, coyotes or other scavengers. His red coat is as shiny as if he were going to the fair, but he's bloodless and his tongue and genitals have been surgically cut out. Marshall says these young livestock were just reaching their top value as breeding bulls. The animals are worth around $6,000 each. And since these were breeding bulls, hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of future calves were lost too. Finding these young Herefords in this remote country can sometimes take the ranch's experienced cowboys days. Ranch staff members are now required to ride in pairs and are encouraged to carry arms. "It's rugged," Marshall says. "I mean this is the frontier. If some person, or persons, has the ability to take down a 2,000-pound range bull, you know, it's not inconceivable that they wouldn't have a lot of problems dealing with a 180-pound cowboy." Theories abound Harney County Sheriff's Deputy Dan Jenkins has been working the cattle cases and has gotten dozens of calls from all over offering tips and suggestions. "A lot of people lean toward the aliens," Jenkins says. "One caller had told us to look for basically a depression under the carcass. 'Cause he said that the alien ships will kinda beam the cow up and do whatever they are going to do with it. Then they just drop them from a great height." Jenkins says the cases have been tough, with little evidence and no credible leads. Two years ago and 200 miles south, near New Princeton, Ore., one of Andie Davies' cows was also found cut up and bloodless. She and her husband drove concentric circles around the corpse, but they never found any tracks. And in this dusty country, "everything you do leaves tracks," Davies says. Back in the 1980s, one of Terry Anderson's mother cows was mysteriously killed overnight. Standing at his ranch near Pendleton, Ore., Anderson points to the exact spot where he found her on top of a mountain. He remembers his cow lying dead, her udder removed with something razor sharp. "And not one drop of blood anywhere," Anderson says. Click on the link for the full article
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    Favorite songs from the 90s?

    This thread gives me deja vu: You can find my answers there.
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    The Impeachment Thread

    He didn't just fire Vindman, he also fired his brother who wasn't involved. Just out of spite.
  20. Mysterious spacecraft tracking US spy satellites is 'Russian doll' weapon A pair of mysterious objects are shadowing a US spy satellite as it orbits hundreds of miles above the Earth’s surface. They are thought to be Russian satellites that are gathering information on the multi-billion dollar American spacecraft. General John “Jay” Raymond, commander of the US Space Force, described the situation as “dangerous.” Telling reporters that the US government has protested against the Russian move through diplomatic channels, he said: “We view this behaviour as unusual and disturbing,” Raymond says. “It has the potential to create a dangerous situation in space.” This is the first time that the first time the US military has ever publicly identified a direct military threat against an American satellite. Click on the link for the full article
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    Election 2020 The Non Presidential Edition

    ‘I Have Stood Against Same-Sex Marriage’: Roy Moore Is Running for the US Senate on a Platform of God, Guns, and Gays Roy Moore, the former Alabama chief justice who lost his 2017 bid for the U.S. Senate, is back on the ballot, and he’s urging Republican primary voters to keep in mind that “I have stood … against the removal of God from society—and the Ten Commandments—and I have stood against same-sex marriage and for traditional marriage.” That statement came near the end of a 40-minute interview Moore gave to Birmingham’s WTVM-TV, a broadcast affiliate of NBC, which posted the video on Monday. While the interviewer questioned Moore on a wide range of policy areas, Moore’s answers repeatedly pointed back to the nation’s “moral problem.” And the answer to the nation’s moral problem, he said, is having the country and its schools turn back to God. The interview included echoes of a speech he made last fall to the Huntsville Republican Men’s Group, when he said America needed to return to the days when abortion and sodomy were illegal and public schools had morning “devotionals.” In response to a question about gun violence, Moore argued that “gun violence is not a proper term” because people, not guns, are responsible for violence. And stricter gun laws, he said, are not the solution to the nation’s moral problem. “Congress has never been good on moral problems, if you will, and solving those moral problems is very simple,” Moore said. “You turn back to the God and the basis of religion upon which this nation was founded.” In answering a question about safety and security in the nation’s schools, he said, “Well, one thing they should do is teach the laws of God.” Moore also emphasized his states’ rights view of the Constitution, saying it is not the business of the federal government to make schools secure or oversee the elimination of discrimination in schools in areas like discipline and hiring. “I think the segregation issues have been addressed,” he declared. On environmental protection, Moore said clean air and water are being taken care of “privately” and by the states. “Environmental protection is just another way for the big government to interfere,” he added. Moore also said that state trial judges’ interpretation of federal constitutional issues is just as authoritative as rulings of federal appeals courts. Moore, who has argued that faithful Muslims are not fit to serve in Congress, blamed divisiveness on the country’s lack of acknowledgment of God Click on the link for more repugnance
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    The Impeachment Thread

    Schumer asks inspectors general to investigate whistleblower retaliation after Vindman firing Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is asking that every agency inspector general investigate retaliation against whistleblowers who report presidential misconduct, after the firing of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman from the National Security Council. Schumer’s letters to 74 inspectors general, which will be sent Monday, comes after Vindman, a star witness in the House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, was removed from his position at the White House on Friday, along with his twin, Lt. Col. Yevgeny Vindman, an ethics lawyer at the NSC. Both brothers are active-duty Army officers and were reassigned to the Pentagon. Gordon Sondland, ambassador to the European Union and another key witness, was also recalled from his post. In a letter to Acting Inspector General Glenn Fine at the Defense Department, Schumer described the NSC firings as “part of a dangerous, growing pattern of retaliation against those who report wrongdoing only to find themselves targeted by the President and subject to his wrath and vindictiveness.” In addition to asking Fine to investigate all acts of retaliation against those who reported presidential misconduct, Schumer also requested that the acting inspector general report the last time that personnel at the Defense Department were informed of their rights as whistleblowers. He also asked that Fine assure Congress in writing that the Pentagon’s general counsel would not allow retaliation against “anyone who has, or in the future makes, protected disclosures of presidential misconduct to Congress or Inspectors General.” Click on the link for the full article