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LA settles with women fired on in Dorner manhunt

Source: Seattle PI

LOS ANGELES (AP) The city of Los Angeles reached a $4.2 million settlement on injury claims by two women who were hurt when police mistakenly opened fire on them during the manhunt for disgruntled ex-cop Christopher Dorner, an official said Tuesday.

Read more: http://www.seattlepi.com/news/us/article/LA-settles-with-women-fired-on-in-Dorner-manhunt-4457048.php

$4.2M... nice.

I hope due process is served

I hope any and all suspects voluntarily avail themselves of due process; I hope they are provided an attorney before making any statements to police; I hope they are provided with notice of the charges against them; a reasonable determination of bail or no bail; access to compulsory process for evidence and witnesses in their favor; I hope all the evidence against them is admissible, and that no in admissible evidence is used against them at trial; I hope they are tried by an impartial jury and a judge with a good grasp of procedure and basis for objections; I hope they are provided with an opportunity to appeal their verdicts and are provided with effective and competent counsel in that appeal; I hope they are not subjected to cruel and unusual punishment; I hope that they are not executed; I hope that study of them for years can provide us with useful diagnostic information.

Is "Black hat" and "white hat" a joke of some kind?

Could it be some play on so-called "black hat" and "white hat" perspectives of computer security?

Were they making an Easter egg sort of "joke" reference?

Paul Ryan narrowly misses bomb on 3rd lap of Marathon

Well-known ultra marathoner Congressman Paul Ryan, was just past the finish line on his third lap of the Boston Marathon this afternoon. Mr. Ryan was unharmed, although it is not clear from early reports whether it was his third or fourth lap of the day.

Joining him was former Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin who was there for "this wonderful commemoration of Paul Revere running into town with his bells and guns to warn the British that the rebels were gonna come get 'em!"

Urgent : Does Miracle Whip go bad?

I urgently need an answer to that question.

Please, no joking, I will be relying on the consensus here.

We're talking about a quarter of a jar that's been hiding in the back of the refrigerator for, oh, maybe a year...or two.

Is there a way to tell if it has "gone bad"? Or does Miracle Whip not go bad, like Cool Whip or "cheese food" in a pressurized can or an unopened package. I mean, when did anyone ever eye a Lantz cracker sandwich and think, "That cheese must have gone bad by now." It does, after all, have "Miracle" in the name, right? Does it have a half life of, say, three years? Three thousand years?

And, if it has gone bad, will it hurt you? A test indicates that it has a slightly rancid taste, but is okay mixed with some garlic chili sauce (the Vietnamese stuff with the chicken on the label). So, forget what it tastes like, am I going to end up with some antibiotic resistant brain-eating bacteria while retching on the floor of the emergency room to get my stomach pumped?

Am I going to regret this?

Why do they call it an "oral argument" at the Supreme Court

After satisfying all their crazy rules on briefs, and listening to them go on about picayune little details, they should call it an anal argument.

Palin compares DC politics to "a bad reality TV show"

I don't know why I bothered watching the Palin CPAC speech, but the most breathtaking thing in it is where she compares politics to "a bad reality TV show".

Of course there is no end to the nonsense that issues from this person but, good golly, does she not have the slightest sense of self awareness whatsoever? She left a governorship specifically to do a reality TV show which was canned, and then her daughter did one that was canned (and which received taxpayer support through the Alaska state media promotion office).

A bad reality TV show? At least she stayed within her area of expertise there.

Does "Cooking and Baking" Include Ice Cream?

Back in the dark days of Usenet, the addition of newsgroups followed a familiar pattern. While various voting schemes were used for a while, there seemed to be a fairly common, but implicit and unexamined, belief that the creation of a group about a topic of interest would magically fill itself with content and discussion among interested participants - a sort of "if you build it, they will come" approach.

The thing is, it really doesn't work that way. The way the tallk.politics.* hierarchy most productively grew was to have a talk.politics.misc at the top level and, over time, it became evident that a topic generated enough discussion that a subject like guns, abortion, drug policy, and so on, could be peeled off as its own subject area, or, looked at more cynically, it was evident that, no matter what, there was a sizeable contingent who compulsively yammered on about whatever it was, to the exclusion of other subjects - a sort of conversational kudzu.

Looked at either way, the best way to to was to let the garden grow the way it was growing, rather than to tend and prune and train every bud. There's an apocryphal story, told on countless campuses, that when the walking paths were made, they just let the students walk where they wanted, and then paved the paths that got beaten down in the grass.

I could, for example, say "My God, the courts are an entire branch of the government, and we don't have a forum for the general discussion of the law, legal developments, cases of note, and the judiciary!" and browbeat you about that obvious deficiency of DU.

But, good golly, as fascinating a topic it may be, and as central to our system of government it is, aside from the occasional "Scalia said an inflammatory thing!" (again), from a practical standpoint I know that setting out the tea set and saying "let's talk about what I want to talk about, and hear you talk about" doesn't really stimulate a discussion - no matter how compelling or fascinating a topic it may be.

So, Skinner, here's my question:

What is your favorite dessert?

Tuna Recall Blamed on Seal

Source: ABC News (Blog)

Tuna giant Bumble Bee Foods has recalled cans of its flaky fish because of a possible problem with the seal.


The recalled cans were distributed to stores nationwide between Jan. 17 and Feb. 28. Consumers who purchased the recalled products are advised to dispose of them immediately.

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2013/03/07/tuna-recall-blamed-on-seal-2/

Good golly. First they find horsemeat in European beef, and now this.

They aren't clear about the "problem", but IMHO there shouldn't be any seal in it at all!

Why Almost Everyone in Russia Has a Dash Cam

I was in Prague a while back, and a Russian friend of mine picked me up from the airport and drove me around the city. The weird thing was that he kept the video camera rolling on his smartphone mounted on the dashboard. He had an app that would keep a rolling record of the last 15 minutes or so of video.


"Just because. Everybody does this."

"But why?"

"Just because."

He couldn't explain it to me, and the question came back to me this morning with all of the dash cam videos of meteor photos...


How is it possible that a dozen different motorists around the Russian city of Chelyabinsk were able to capture video of a massive meteor flying through the sky? Because almost everyone in Russia has a dash-mounted video camera in their car.
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