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Cops react to the death of Eric Garner pretty much how you would expect

By Joe Coscarelli

There has been no shortage of community outrage in the days since the death of Eric Garner, a 43-year-old father of six suspected of selling loose cigarettes, during a violent, videotaped arrest in Staten Island last week. Mayor de Blasio delayed his vacation and called the circumstances "very troubling," while NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said "this would appear to have been a chokehold," an illegal maneuver.

Two officers involved, including eight-year veteran Daniel Pantaleo, who administered the neck-grab to bring Garner down, have been taken off the streets (as have four EMS workers, who were placed on modified duty). And while the PBA union has requested the police be given "the benefit of the doubt," emotions are running high not just among the public but for police officers, too.

In internet communities for law enforcement, like PoliceOne.com, "the One resource for Law Enforcement online," and Thee Rant, an NYPD message board, the Garner story has stirred up racial, political, and professional tensions, most of them quite ugly. While all of the comments below are anonymous, and therefore not verifiable, both sites do require registration for membership ("No ID card, No Approval!" says Thee Rant). By no means a comprehensive view of law-enforcement feelings about the incident, the postings do provide a different — if beyond upsetting — perspective.

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http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/07/cops-react-to-the-death-of-eric-garner.html

Chris Christie's chief economist resigns after years of inaccurate forecasts

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's top economist Charles Steindel will step down at the end of August, reports Elise Young of Bloomberg News. The news comes as New Jersey is in a deepening fiscal hole, with tax revenues falling far short of expectations, and Christie cutting back on scheduled payments into the pension system.

Steindel was responsible for the administration's estimates of how much revenue would be collected each year. But in four of the five years he served in the administration, his forecasts were overoptimistic. Cumulatively, he overestimated how much revenue would come in by $3.5 billion.

A spokesman for New Jersey's Treasury Department told Bloomberg that Steindel decided to leave several months ago. State senator Paul Sarlo, Democratic chairman of the budget committee, told the Star-Ledger that Steindel "had a very rocky tenure." He added, "The big question always will be on these revenue projections: Were these his projections or was he browbeat a little bit?"

Economic forecasting is hard, and there isn't malfeasance behind every missed projection. But when the legislature's top budget wonk publicly criticized the estimates as overly optimistic, Christie responded by insulting him and suggesting that he be fired. Based on Steindel's revenue estimates, Christie then proposed an enormous tax cut in 2012 — one it's now obvious the state couldn't afford.

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http://www.vox.com/2014/7/21/5923335/christies-chief-economist-steps-down-after-years-of-inaccurate

Massive raid to help Yurok tribe combat illegal pot grows

The California National Guard on Monday joined more than a dozen other agencies to help the Yurok tribe combat rampant marijuana grows that have threatened the reservation's water supply, harmed its salmon and interfered with cultural ceremonies.

Law enforcement officers began serving search warrants at about 9 a.m. in the operation, which came at the request of Yurok officials and targeted properties in and near the reservation along the Klamath River.

The Humboldt County Sheriff's Drug Enforcement Unit coordinated the raid and was joined by, among others, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, California Department of Justice' North State Marijuana Investigation Team, and Yurok police.

Yurok Tribal Chairman Thomas O'Rourke joined officers as they staged at a hillside fire station Monday morning and thanked them for assisting in what was dubbed "Operation Yurok."

"They're stealing millions and millions of gallons of water and and it's impacting our ecosystem," he told the officers. "We can't no longer make it into our dance places, our women and children can't leave the road to gather. We can't hunt. We can't live the life we've lived for thousands of years."

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http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-tribal-drug-bust-20140720-story.html

Thousands of women, accused of sorcery, tortured and executed in Indian witch hunts

By Terrence McCoy
If it began like the others, the first sign that Saraswati Devi would be murdered was an accusation delivered to a shaman. Perhaps she had offended someone. Perhaps someone had fallen sick and had wondered why. Perhaps a community well had suddenly dried and someone needed blaming. Perhaps they chose her because Devi was lower caste, because she was a woman, and because they’d probably get away with it.

The killers came for her on Saturday. Two of her sons tried to save her, but couldn’t and were beaten. Their punishment wouldn’t match Devi’s. Before the 14 villagers inflicted injuries so severe they would claim her life, they “forced her to consume human excreta,” police told the Hindustan Times.

Though shocking by nearly any standard, the murder was not unique. It was not even uncommon in pockets of rural India.

In places where superstition and vigilantism overlap and small rumors can turn deadly, nearly 2,100 women accused of witchcraft have been killed between 2000 and 2012, according to crime records gathered by the Indian newspaper Mint. Others placed the number at 2,500; others higher still. “Like the proverbial tip of a very deep iceberg, available data hides much of the reality of a problem that is deeply ingrained in society,” according to New Delhi-based Partners for Law in Development. “It is only the most gruesome cases that are reported — most cases of witch-hunting go unreported and unrecorded.”

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/07/21/thousands-of-women-accused-of-sorcery-tortured-and-executed-in-indian-witch-hunts/

It feels like we are entering a new Dark Age. Or maybe we just never left the old one in some places.

Israeli Peace Demo Violently Disrupted, Dozens Injured as Counter-Protesters Yell "Death to Arabs"

From Democracy Now:

We look at the increasingly dangerous political climate inside Israel where several peace protests have recently come under attack. On Saturday, right-wing activists burned a Palestinian flag, chanted racial slurs, and threw stones at an antiwar protest in Haifa of Arabs and Israelis opposed to the bombardment of Gaza. Haifa’s deputy mayor, Dr. Suhail Assad, and his son were beaten. On Sunday, the captain of a youth soccer team in Be’er Sheva wrote on his facebook page: "send left-wing voters to the gas chambers and clean this country of leftists." The week before the Gaza invasion began, gangs were reportedly seen roaming the streets of Jerusalem and other towns shouting, "death to Arabs." We go to Israel to speak with Rann Bar-On, an Israeli peace activist and Duke University mathematics lecturer, who took part in Saturday’s Haifa protest. And we are joined by Max Blumenthal, senior writer for Alternet.org and bestselling author whose latest book, "Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel," documents the spread of right-wing Israeli extremism.

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http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/21/israeli_peace_demo_violently_disrupted_dozens

Somebody has done broken the irony meter, and has truly forgotten his People's history.

June 2014 was the Earth's warmest June since records began in 1880

June 2014 was the Earth's warmest June since records began in 1880, according to data released Monday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

It marked the second straight month the world set a warm temperature record.

The average temperature over global surfaces for June 2014 was 1.3 degrees above the 20th-century average of 59.9 degrees. In May, the Earth's temperature was 1.33 degrees above the average of 58.6 degrees.

"The warmth was fueled by record warm ocean temperatures," said Jessica Blunden, a climate scientist with NOAA's National Climatic Data Center. Large parts of the Pacific Ocean and most of the Indian Ocean were record warm or much warmer than average for the month.

The developing El Niño -- a warming of tropical Pacific Ocean water -- was a main contributor to the heat in June, she said.


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http://www.usatoday.com/story/weather/2014/07/21/june-record-heat/12943367/

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Family considers killing 10-year-old daughter after mullah rapes her in Afghanistan mosque

It was bad enough that the alleged rape took place in the sanctity of a mosque and that the accused man was a mullah who invoked the familiar defence that it had been consensual sex.

But the victim was only 10 years old. And there was more: The authorities said her family members openly planned to carry out an honour killing in the case – against the young girl. The mullah offered to marry his victim instead.

This past week, the awful matter became even worse. On Tuesday, local policemen removed the girl from the shelter that had given her refuge and returned her to her family, despite complaints from women’s activists that she was likely to be killed.

The case has broader repercussions. The head of the Women for Afghan Women shelter here where the girl took refuge, Dr. Hassina Sarwari, was at one point driven into hiding by death threats from the girl’s family and other mullahs, who sought to play down the crime by arguing the girl was much older than 10. One militia commander sent Sarwari threatening texts and an ultimatum to return the girl to her family. The doctor said she now wanted to flee Afghanistan.

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http://news.nationalpost.com/2014/07/20/family-under-pressure-to-kill-10-year-old-daughter-after-mullah-rapes-her-in-afghanistan-mosque/

MH17: Twitter and Facebook spammers exploit crash

Source: BBC

Scammers are using the MH17 disaster in east Ukraine to spread objectionable links, online security experts have warned.

A link to a pornographic website disguised as a video of the Malaysia Airlines crash was posted on a Facebook page dedicated to one victim.

Many tweets have been posted that appeared to report the disaster, but actually included spam links.

One expert said the firms should take more responsibility for removing them.


Read more: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-28401863

Lawyer: Pelvic Exam Pics Cost Hopkins $190 Million

Source: ABC/AP

Johns Hopkins Hospital has agreed to a $190 million settlement with more than 8,000 patients of a gynecologist who secretly photographed and videotaped women in the examining room with a pen-like camera he wore around his neck, lawyers said Monday.

Dr. Nikita Levy was fired in February 2013, days after an employee alerted hospital authorities about her suspicions. Ten days later, Levy committed suicide.

The agreement, announced Monday, is one of the largest settlements on record in the U.S. involving sexual misconduct by a physician.

It all but closes a case that never produced criminal charges but threatened the reputation of one of the world's leading medical institutions and, according to lawyers, traumatized thousands of women, even though their faces were not visible in the images and it could not be established with certainty which patients were recorded or how many.

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/lawyer-pelvic-exam-pics-cost-hopkins-190-million-24648463

In violent weekend, at least 40 people shot in Chicago

An 11-year-girl was shot and killed during a slumber party as violence struck Chicago over the weekend, local media outlets reported on Sunday.

At least 40 people were shot, and four killed, in weekend violence in the third-largest U.S. city, the NBC affiliate in Chicago reported.

The deaths included an 11-year-old girl, shot in the head inside a first-floor bedroom on Friday night after someone fired a gun from outside the house, said Chicago Police Officer Jose Estrada.

Shamiya Adams, who died the next day, had been sitting on the floor during a sleep-over at her best friend's home, the Chicago Tribune reported.

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http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/07/20/us-usa-chicago-shooting-idUSKBN0FP0P020140720
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