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‘Distracted Walking’ Outlawed?

City Looks To Outlaw ‘Distracted Walking’; Fines For Texting During Strolls…

STAMFORD, Conn. — Drivers aren’t the only ones who could be fined for texting or talking.

Now, there’s a proposal to keep pedestrians safe that could set off a national trend.

Crossing busy Broad Street in downtown Stamford can be a challenge, even if you’re not staring down at text messages on your cell phone.

“I see mothers pushing their babies, they’re texting and I’m like how do y’all do all this at this intersection? That scares me,” Dawn Thompson said.

“There been many times where I looked down on my phone and then notice that there’s a car coming right at me, and I feel like a moron whenever that happens,” Nicole Neurohr said. Texting or even talking on an electronic device may soon be illegal in Stamford if a proposal to outlaw ‘distracted walking’ is approved.

“They’re oblivious to cars,” Stamford City representative, John Zelinsky said.

Zelinsky said the Pedestrian Safety Ordinance is modeled after one approved in Honolulu late last month, and would carry a $30 fine if police catch you in the act.

at first blush, sure does seem rather silly to be going after people who are talking/using their phones while walking… is it a thing? sure, we all do it… but i might actually lose my shit if some cop stopped me while walking down the sidewalk and gave me a damn ticket — i mean, are you fucking kidding me?!

now dipshits driving down the road while using their phones is a whole ‘nother thing… i swear, it’s gotten worse… i probably lose my shit at least once or twice a week due to some distracted driver swerving around on the road, only to pass them and see that they’re using (or playing a fucking game?!) on their phones. grrrrr…

#dipshits  #exasperated  #sigh

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Vigils for Charlottesville

‘Everyone’s hearts are aching’: Cities hold vigils in wake of Charlottesville violence

Dozens of vigils and demonstrations were held across the country Sunday a day after a woman was killed at an anti-fascist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The vigils honored the life of Heather Heyer, who died when a man drove his car into a group of counter protesters on Saturday afternoon, and some for action against hate groups.

“Really devastated, really disappointed that terrorists came and took over,” Leah Larsen, a Charlottesville resident told ABC affiliate WRIC on Saunday. “Everyone’s hearts are aching, just really upset that this is still going on even after we fought wars over this.”

Heyer was part of the group that assembled to denounce the “Unite the Right” rally held by far-right groups on Saturday. A melee broke out between the two sides followed by the car-ramming that killed Heyer and injured 19 others.

Police arrested James Alex Fields, 20, and charged him with second-degree murder in the incident.

A vigil was also held in Charlottesville at the location where Heyer was killed, and in a number of other U.S. cities.

damn man, talk about a sad and depressing display going on over the weekend in charlottesville here in virginia… seemed like talk about it was everywhere… friends texting me about it, my neighbor bringing it up over a beer, and even overhearing people talking about it at the table next to me the other night — always interesting to listen in to what others are saying and thinking about it, though.

personally, i was pretty effin disgusted by it all.

Trump’s horrible and predictable response to white supremacy in Charlottesville

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Judge Orders New Search For Hillary’s Benghazi Emails

Judge orders new searches for Clinton Benghazi emails

Nine months after the presidential election was decided, a federal judge is ordering the State Department to try again to find emails Hillary Clinton wrote about the Benghazi attack.

U.S. District Court Judge Amit Mehta ruled that the State Department had not done enough to try to track down messages Clinton may have sent about the assault on the U.S. diplomatic compound on Sept. 11, 2012 — an attack that killed four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya.

In response to Freedom of Information Act requests, State searched the roughly 30,000 messages Clinton turned over to her former agency at its request in December 2014 after officials searching for Benghazi-related records realized she had used a personal email account during her four-year tenure as secretary.

just noticed this popup in my twitter feed, and couldn’t help but raise an eyebrow… seems like forever and an age since i’ve seen both “hillary” and “benghazi” in a headline, though now that i think about it — did the FBI ever come back out with a report or finding after they re-opened the investigation?

#hmmmmm  #curious

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5yr Old Lingerie Show?!

Girls as young as 5 walk in controversial Victoria’s Secret-style lingerie show

Young girls dressed in bikinis and fluffy underwear have been pictured walking the runway at a show in a shopping centre in Chengdu, China’s Sichuan Province.

The child models are also sporting full make-up and their lingerie is accessorised with feathers, jewels and even wings – just like the famous Victoria’s Secret angels.

The girls, some of whom are believed to be as young as five-years-old, take to the catwalk in small two-pieces and headresses as people in the audience take photographs.

man, i’m not even sure what to say…

that’s really fucked up.

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Google’s Controversial Anti-Diversity Memo

Google fires employee behind controversial anti-diversity memo…

Google has fired the employee who wrote a controversial 10-page internal memo that criticizes the search giant for its efforts to promote diversity and inclusion in its workforce, the company has confirmed to ABC News.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai sent a note to employees about the incident on Monday, saying the staffer violated the company’s Code of Conduct. The post went over “the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace,” Pichai said. “To suggest a group of our colleagues have traits that make them less biologically suited to that work is offensive and not OK,” he added.

In the memo, which circulated on an internal company network and was first reported by Motherboard and published in full by Gizmodo on Saturday, the writer attributes gender inequality in the male-dominated tech industry to biological differences between the sexes.

“Distribution of preferences and abilities of men and women differ in part due to biological causes and … these differences may explain why we don’t see equal representation of women in tech and leadership,” the author wrote.

The memo also targeted what it referred to as a “left-leaning” workplace culture at Google and urged the firm to “stop alienating conservatives.”

google… left-leaning..?! alienating conservatives? nahhhhh… not google… no effin way, dude.

i feel like that’s the norm, to be perfectly honest… i mean, doesn’t really matter if you’re working at a big tech company like google, facebook, or apple — it’s all the same in a lot of ways… i’m surrounded by libs in the workplace, you just get used to it (and stay quiet).

as for the gender thing, i dunno… but sure seems like peeps on twitter are having a field day with it.

Julian Assange offers job to fired Google employee who wrote anti-diversity memo…

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HBO Gets Hacked!

HBO Hackers Release Ransom Note and New Trove of Stolen Data

ONE WEEK AFTER hackers spilled multiple episodes of unreleased HBO shows and scripts online, the same group has dropped its second trove of purported internal data from the premium network. And this time it’s not just nihilistic Game of Thrones spoilers—there’s a ransom note, too.

The latest leak includes another half-gigabyte sample of the group’s stolen digital goods; it claims to have 1.5 terabytes in all. This round includes scripts for the first four episodes of the current Game of Thrones season, as well as the script of the yet-to-air fifth episode, all watermarked with the hackers’ motto, “HBO is Falling.” Beyond those leaked scripts, the spill contains countless HBO internal documents, including emails, financial balance sheets, employment agreements, and marketing-strategy PDFs.

Most strikingly, the hackers have finally revealed their motive: extortion. In a rambling letter published as a scrolling video set to the Game of Thrones score, the hackers have reproduced an ultimatum that they imply they’ve sent to HBO CEO Richard Plepler, demanding an amount of money (redacted from the published version of the letter) as ransom for the stolen data, which they’ll otherwise continue to leak. “Our demand is clear and Non-Negotiable: We want XXXX dollars to stop leaking your Data,” the letter reads. “HBO spends 12 million for Market Research and 5 million for GOT7 advertisements. So consider us another budget for your advertisements!”

fucking hackers, i swear… hope they throw off the gloves and go full Game of Thrones on their asses.

#punkass  #douchebags

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Too High To Work

Many Americans are too drugged-out to work

A slew of reports finds a fresh reason for the chronic inability of American companies to fill skilled jobs: not a lack of skills, and hence a training-and-education crisis, but a surfeit of drug abuse. Simply put, prime-working age Americans without a college diploma are often too drugged-out to get the best jobs. Opioids remain at high levels, but the surge in drug use is now heroin and the powerful contaminant fentanyl.

The reports suggest a circularity to the crisis in America’s rust and manufacturing belts: the loss of jobs and wage stagnation has led to widespread disaffection, alienation and drug abuse; and drug abuse has led to joblessness, hopelessness and disaffection.

But the numbers are all over the map. Some employers and economists say up to half of job applicants do not clear drug tests; others say it is 25%. In the chart above, Indeed economist Jed Kolko, using data from the U.S. Current Population Survey, found that 5.6% to 5.7% of working-age adults didn’t work last year because of illness or disability, an unknown percentage of which were because of drug use.

from what i’ve heard and seen over the past few years, it sure as hell seems like opioids have become a serious drug problem… i’m good at keeping secrets and confidential, especially talking to friends / neighbors / people in general… but damn, i can’t even begin to say how surprised or shocked i’ve been to find out some of the drugs people are using or into… i mean, marijuana seems downright harmless compared to some of the shit people are doing on the regular, y’know?

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RIP Chester Bennington

Linkin Park singer and father-of-six Chester Bennington commits suicide aged 41 on the birthday of his late friend Chris Cornell

Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington has committed suicide. The 41-year-old hanged himself in his home in Palos Verdes near Los Angeles on Thursday morning, TMZ reports. Law enforcement officials say his body was found shortly before 9am.

The Los Angeles County coroner confirmed they were investigating Bennington’s death as an apparent suicide but no additional details were available.

The singer had a history of drug and alcohol abuse. He was married and is survived by his six children.

damn man, what sad news :(

PS. whoa… 6 kids?!

#sniff

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China Bans Winnie the Pooh

China Blacklists Winnie the Pooh To Avoid Comparison To Its President

Winnie the Pooh has been blacked out from Chinese social media in the lead-up to the country’s 19th Communist Party Congress.

No official explanation was given, but according to Financial Times, the crackdown may be related to past comparisons of the physical appearance of President Xi Jinping to the fictional bear. One observer said “talking about the president” appeared to be among activities deemed sensitive ahead of the upcoming party congress, when leadership renewal is expected.

dunno why, but i thought this was both kinda funny and ludicrous… i mean… seriously?!

#chuckle

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Minneapolis Cop Shooting

Officials: Australian woman shot after cops heard loud sound

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An Australian woman who called 911 to report a possible assault was shot and killed by a Minneapolis police officer after the officer’s partner was startled by a loud sound near their squad car, the partner told investigators Tuesday.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said Justine Damond, 40, approached the driver’s side window of the squad car immediately after the driver had been startled by the sound. The officer in the passenger seat, Mohamed Noor, fired his weapon, hitting Damond through the open driver’s side window, the BCA said.

The BCA said its information was based on an interview with the officer driving the car, Officer Matthew Harrity. Harrity was interviewed Tuesday, but Noor declined to be interviewed. The BCA said his attorney did not indicate when, or if, Noor would talk to investigators, and under the law an interview can’t be compelled.

Messages left with Noor’s attorney were not immediately returned Tuesday.

Harrity and Noor are on paid administrative leave. Harrity has been with the Minneapolis police department for one year, and Noor has been with the department for nearly two.

some guys at work were talking about this yesterday and i had no idea at first what they were talking about… so googled up a quick link and read what happened, and… damn man, that’s pretty fucked up… so this lady calls the cops cuz she thinks some woman might be getting raped behind her house, they show up and as she walks out to the cops the guy in the passenger seat pulls out his gun and shoots the lady in the stomach?!??

what the fuck?

#WTF  #WhiteLivesMatter

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Police Shoot Unarmed Joker

Police Shoot Unarmed Batman Cosplayers at Australian Sex Party

Australian police shot a man dressed as the Joker and a woman dressed as Harley Quinn late Saturday night after being called to the nightclub Inflation where a costumed sex party was taking place.

While the Harley Quinn cosplayer merely sustained a non-lethal flesh wound in her leg, her partner was rushed to the Royal Melbourne Hospital where he was initially in critical condition before eventually being stabilized. According to the police, they opened fire on the couple because the man dressed as the Joker allegedly brandished a gun at them. But security for the event said they verified the gun was not real, and witnesses who were attending the “Saints & Sinner Ball” claim the man was not holding it at the time of the shooting.

“Venue staff have stated that the male victim was not holding anything in his hand,” club owner Martha Tsamis said in a Facebook post. “Rather he was in a compromising position with his female partner, which is a normal activity with the nature of this event.”

oh man, that fucking sucks..! you’re all dressed up as a badass Joker, and just happen to get lucky with a cute Harley Quinn with a sweet lil ass — then the police show up out of nowhere and shoot your ass.

fuck man.

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Google Gets Record $2.7 Billion EU Fine

Google Gets Record $2.7 Billion EU Fine for Skewing Searches

Google’s record-breaking 2.4 billion-euro ($2.7 billion) European Union fine could end up being just a fraction of the costs from the EU’s demand that it stop skewing search results to favor its own shopping site.

While the penalty will barely make a dent in its $90 billion cash hoard, Google faces the prospect of less ad revenue and a regulatory backlash targeting other services from maps to restaurant reviews as well as the threat of even more penalties.

The search-engine giant will have “the sword of Damocles hanging over its head,” said Jay Modrall, a lawyer for Norton Rose Fulbright in Brussels. That’s because it’s no longer Google’s choice on how it makes changes to allay EU concerns. Instead, it’s “under a legal requirement to do so and under notice that if its commitments are not sufficient, it’ll be fined even more.”

“the sword of…” what in the ass?!

might not make an immediate dent in their enormous cashflow, but it sure as hell doesn’t look good… but think about that for a second — company gets a $2.7 Billion fine, and it’s barely a bump for them.

g’damn.

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Johnny Depp Jokes About Assasinating Trump

Johnny Depp: ‘When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?’

Last month, it was comedian Kathy Griffin’s infamous beheaded Donald Trump photo that pit the president’s supporters against Hollywood.

Now it appears that another Tinseltown figure, actor Johnny Depp, has entered the fray, making controversial comments about assassinating the commander in chief.

While at the Glastonbury Festival on Thursday in the English county of Somerset, Depp brought up the president prior to introducing his 2004 film, “The Libertine.”

“Can we bring Trump in?” Depp says to the crowd, which responds with widespread boos, according to videos of the remarks. “No, no, no. You misunderstand completely. I think he needs help. And this is going to be in the press and it’ll be horrible. But I like that you are all part of it. When was the last time an actor assassinated a president? I want to clarify: I’m not an actor. I lie for a living however it’s been a while. Maybe it’s about time.”

he’s so freak’n cool and edgy, isn’t he?

#RollsEyes  #whatevs

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Evergreen Shutsdown, Again

Evergreen State College suspends operations due to ‘potential disruptions’

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Evergreen State College in Olympia says it plans to suspend operations Thursday beginning at 3 p.m. Access to campus will be limited after 3:15 p.m., Zach Powers, a college spokesperson says. The decision was made “in light of potential disruption around planned demonstrations by off-campus organizations,” Powers says.

A conservative group, Patriot Prayer, plans a free speech rally at the campus at 5:30 p.m. A counter-demonstration by a group known as the Evergreen Anti-Fascist Community Defense Network is supposed to begin on campus at 3 p.m.

Troopers with the Washington State Patrol will be on campus working with Evergreen Police Services to ensure campus safety.

The college was shut down for three days in early June due to phoned in threats.

man, all the crazy shit that’s been going on at this Evergreen college is just fucking nuts.

#WTF  #gdamn  #crazyfuckers

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Republicans Targeted, Shot Down

Scalise critical, shooter ID’d as James Hodgkinson

A gunman believed to be a supporter of former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders sprayed a hail of bullets at a GOP baseball practice Wednesday morning, critically wounding House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and injuring four others before U.S. Capitol Police took down the rifle-wielding assailant.

Scalise was in critical condition Wednesday afternoon, MedStar Washington Hospital tweeted. He had surgery after being shot in the hip and was initially said to be stable.

The shooter, who had a violent history including arrests for battery, resisting arrest and drunken driving, was identified as 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson, of Illinois, Fox News confirmed. President Trump said Hodgkinson died from injuries sustained when he was shot by police.

“I have just been informed that the alleged shooter at the Republican baseball practice is someone who apparently volunteered on my presidential campaign,” Sanders said in a statement. “I am sickened by this despicable act. Let me be as clear as I can be. Violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms.”

i didn’t even hear about this until last night and was kinda shocked to find out that some left-wing nutjob went to a friendly baseball game, armed with a rifle/guns and went in shooting — because they were republicans.

wow.

i mean, what the flying fuck?! i know it’s been pretty bad and all the political shit has been getting nasty & devisive, but g’damn… not sure i’ve ever heard of people being gunned down because they were Republicans.

List of threats against GOP & Trump from Hollywood…

  • Kathy Griffin ‘Beheads’ Trump in Graphic Photo
  • Madonna – “I’ve thought a lot about blowing up the White House.”
  • Snoop Dogg “Shoots” Trump in the Head in Music Video
  • Robert De Niro: “I’d Like to Punch Him in the Face”
  • Joss Whedon: “I Want a Rhino to F*ck Paul Ryan to Death”
  • Shakespeare in the Park Stabs ‘Trump’ to Death in Performance of ‘Julius Caesar
  • Rapper YG Threatens Trump with “F*ck Donald Trump” Song
  • Marilyn Manson Kills ‘Trump’ in Music Video

Trump ‘assassination’ play to continue despite mounting controversy…
Gutfeld: The blame game of today’s shooting…

#wtf  #gdamn  #depressing

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$75K Per Prisoner in CA?!

At $75,560, housing a prisoner in California now costs more than a year at Harvard

The cost of imprisoning each of California’s 130,000 inmates is expected to reach a record $75,560 in the next year.

That’s enough to cover the annual cost of attending Harvard University and still have plenty left over for pizza and beer.

Gov. Jerry Brown’s spending plan for the fiscal year that starts July 1 includes a record $11.4 billion for the corrections department while also predicting that there will be 11,500 fewer inmates in four years because voters in November approved earlier releases for many inmates.

holy fuckballs!!! i thought it was around $30k a year on average, but $75K a year is absolutely insane… i mean, isn’t that roughly twice the average income per US household (or pretty damn close)?

wow.

just… wow.

#blink  #wtf

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Mass Shooting @ Orando

6 dead, including gunman, in mass shooting at Orange County business, deputies say

ORLANDO, Fla. – A gunman killed five of his former coworkers then killed himself during a mass shooting at an Orange County business Monday morning, according to sheriff’s officials.

Seven people who work at Fiamma, the RV accessory business where the shooting took place, survived the incident without any injuries.

Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said the gunman was a former employee who was fired in April. Demings said the 45-year-old man came into the building armed with a gun and a knife and fatally shot four men and a woman then turned the gun on himself.

The shooting was reported at 8:03 a.m. at an industrial area on North Forsyth Road near Hanging Moss Road, northwest of Colonial Drive and State Road 417 in Orlando. Forsyth Road is closed from University and State Road 50.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office tweeted that there are “multiple fatalities” in a “tragic incident.”

shit man, what the hell is going on? this was literally the first thing i heard about when i turned on the tv this morning… fuck man, what a crappy way to start the day.

oh, and i pressure washed my back deck over the weekend and then it turns around and decides to rain today… damnit.

#mumbles

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The London Bridge Attacker

London Bridge attacker in Arsenal shirt was ex-Tube worker ‘family man’ called Abz, 27 who appeared on Channel 4 documentary

The ex-KFC and London Tube worker, known as Abz, 27, was quizzed by cops over his twisted views before he was gunned down along with his two accomplices down following the depraved assault on Saturday night.

was once again sad to hear about the latest terror attack in london over the weekend… 3 attacks in the last three months, and this one happening basically at the same time as that ariana grande concert that i heard about — dunno if that was part of the plan or something, but sure seemed like a helluva coincidence y’know?

ugh, will this crazy shit never end?

Police uncover YouTube link to London terror attack

#sigh

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Developers Take $70B On App Store

Developer earnings from the App Store top $70 billion

Cupertino, California — Apple today announced that its global developer community has earned over $70 billion since the App Store launched in 2008. The App Store is home to the most innovative apps in the world and in the past 12 months alone, downloads have grown over 70 percent.

daaaaaaaamn… i knew it was a lot, but i guess i just never realized just how much money developers have earned from the App Store.

$70 billion is no joke.

#gdamn

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Lebanon Bans Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman Has Been Banned in Lebanon Over Gal Gadot’s Casting

All screenings of Wonder Woman that were slated to take place in Lebanon have been canceled, following a decision made by the Lebanese government. The issue at hand, The Hollywood Reporter explains, is Israeli actress Gal Gadot’s casting in the film because of her previous service in the Israeli Defense Force.

well that’s a damn shame, though not really much of a surprise to anybody… hell, wouldn’t be surprised to see some headline stating that the entire middle east bans the movie and to be caught watching it is punishable by stoning or some shit.

speaking of Wonder Woman, a friend of mine told me yesterday that he read that early reviews on the movie are great and that some are saying that it’s the best DC movie since the Dark Knight.

The Wonder Woman Movie Is Even Better Than You Hoped It Would Be

PS. still think i’ll just wait for it to hit redbox.

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