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The Tree that Owns Itself

http://www.visitathensga.com/listings/index.cfm?listingID=234&menuID=299

The land on which the tree stands was originally owned by Col. William H. Jackson, a professor at the University of Georgia. Legend has it that in the early 1800s, Professor Jackson, out of love for the great oak, deeded to the tree ownership of itself and the land within eight feet of it on all sides. The marker at the foot of the tree reads as follows: "For and in consideration of the great love I bear this tree and the great desire I have for its protection, for all time, I convey entire possession of itself and all land within eight feet of the tree on all sides." An original deed has not been located, but the Athens community has recognized the tree's title to the surrounding land and has taken measures to protect the tree. Philantrhopist George Foster Peabody paid to install the enclosure surrounding the tree.

The original tree became diseased and was blown down in a windstorm on October 9, 1942, and a new tree was grown from one of its acorns. The Junior Ladies Garden Club grew a sapling from one of the tree's acorns and planted it on the same spot October 9, 1946.

Its property rights have never been questioned.


More NFL - personal message "Jesus" shirt? Not unless it's Nike apparel

From the links I saw on google this will be a RW Facebook post regular


RGIII turns t-shirt about 'Jesus' inside out at press conference

http://www.si.com/nfl/2014/09/15/rgiii-jesus-t-shirt-press-conference

Michael Phillips of the Richmond Times-Dispatch tweeted Sunday that Griffin was forced to invert the shirt by NFL Uniform Inspector and former Redskins player Tony McGee because the shirt was not a Nike product. The NFL has an exclusive apparel agreement with Nike. The league has fined Griffin for his sartorial choices at postgame press conferences before.

Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan was not told to change the non-Nike t-shirt the he wore during the same postgame press conference.

Another reason for the reversal, however, could have been the NFL's bylaw against clothing with "personal messaging." According to Finlay, who cited NFL bylaws, players are not allowed to wear shirts promoting a personal message during, before or after game days.

A Redskins spokesman said Griffin turned the t-shirt inside out by choice, according to Finlay's report.

FLORIDA MAN chokes wife over lack of fried chicken leftovers: police

http://m.nydailynews.com/news/crime/short-man-chokes-wife-lack-fried-chicken-leftovers-cops-article-1.1941526

Employer health rates rise 3%, worker deductibles top $1,200

http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-employer-health-costs-20140910-story.html


The price of employer health insurance rose a modest 3% this year, a major survey shows, but workers will be paying more when they get sick as deductibles soar.

Annual insurance premiums for families increased 3%, on average, to $16,834, according to the survey released Wednesday by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research & Educational Trust.

Those results reflect a recent trend of slower growth in healthcare costs. But many employers and health-policy experts predict bigger increases for 2015 and beyond as the economy recovers.

Chuck Todd just KNOWS why Obama says 'ISIL' instead of 'ISIS'

Two points first-
1. The reviews for Todd on MTP that I have read have been pretty good. Every review harkens back to Russert and NOT ONE has mentioned his embarrassing "Syria" statement. As you will see below Todd is consumed with Syria (which is, not surprising, a RW talking point).
2. The whole thing is totally disrespectful to the President and the person. The RW has been trying to put words in Obama's mouth and endlessly criticizing him for not saying the words they want to hear. They have demanded that he say TERROR (SAY IT!!) from day one. Romney proceeded into that trap during the debate.

Anyway, here is Chuck Todd's magic decoder ring analysis.



During the panel’s discussion of the foreign policy portion of the interview, Todd revealed why he, and many other pundits, believe Obama is insisting on saying “ISIL” while the rest of the media (including Mediaite) seem to have agreed on “ISIS.”

“Obviously, we refer to it at NBC News as ISIS,” Todd explained to anyone who may have been confused by the two different names. “The Obama administration, the president says the word ISIL. The last ‘S’ stands for Syria. The last ‘L’ they don’t want to have stand for Syria.”

As Todd said, ISIS stands for the “Islamic State in Iraq and Syria,” a designation that could indicate the best way to combat the group is to take them on militarily in both of those countries. ISIL stands for the “Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.” The Levant is a larger area of the Middle East that actually includes Lebanon and Jordan in addition to Syria. But since the Obama administration has shown much more willingness to attack ISIS in Iraq than they have to attack them in Syria, they seem to have decided it is in their best interest to leave the “S” out of the name.

http://www.mediaite.com/tv/chuck-todd-knows-why-obama-prefers-isil-to-isis/

"I have no idea what the jury deliberated about." Bob McDonnell's lawyer

(Juror)Carmody said she voted for McDonnell and thought he was a great governor, but added: "the facts spoke for themselves".

Juror Robin Trujillo, who moved to the Richmond area about a year and a half ago and wasn't familiar with the McDonnells before the trial, said it "wasn't just one light bulb" that swayed the jury toward a guilty verdict. But after deciding on guilt on the first conspiracy charge "everything kind of fit together like a puzzle," she said.


Bob McDonnell's attorney, Henry Asbill, said he was shocked, surprised and disappointed. He complained that prosecutors sought to criminalize routine political behavior, and said, "I have no idea what the jury deliberated about."

Maureen McDonnell's attorney, William Burck, declined comment.





http://seattletimes.com/html/nationworld/2024466337_apxformergovernortrial.html

Court: Silence Can Be Used Against Suspects

Probably already posted but


http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/court-silence-suspects-25000247


SAN FRANCISCO — The California Supreme Court has ruled that the silence of suspects can be used against them.


Prosecutors repeatedly told jurors during the trial that Tom's failure to ask about the victims immediately after the crash but before police read him his so-called Miranda rights showed his guilt.

Legal analysts said the ruling could affect future cases, allowing prosecutors to exploit a suspect's refusal to talk before invoking 5th Amendment rights against self-incrimination.

"It's a very dangerous ruling," Zilversmit said. "If you say anything to the police, that can be used against you. Now, if you don't say anything before you are warned of your rights, that too can be used against you."

The state Supreme Court in a 4-3 ruling said Tom needed to explicitly assert his right to remain silent — before he was read his Miranda rights — for the silence to be inadmissible in court.

Survey Confirms: Most Trolls Would Shut Up If Forced To Use Their Real Identities

http://www.fastcompany.com/3034939/fast-feed/survey-confirms-most-trolls-would-shut-up-if-forced-to-use-their-real-identities

Take away a troll's source of power--anonymity--and the online commenter will think twice before posting on a blog or forum.

A study released Wednesday by online commenting platform Livefyre finds 40% of respondents have commented anonymously. Surveying 1,300 people, the company found of those anonymous commenters:
■88% use real identities some of the time
■5% comment anonymously to bully others
■78% of people who comment anonymously won't do so under their real identities

Unsurprisingly, Livefyre used this as an opportunity to show the benefits of anonymous comments--and plug features, such as comment moderation. For marketers, giving users the option to be incognito ultimately means more engagement. If they weren't under the veil of anonymity, nearly 80% of these commenters would keep their opinions to themselves. In addition, Livefyre said there's still value in anonymous remarks. Of respondents, 59% said they view anonymous comments equal to or more valuable than those from people with verified identities.

What the company recommends is for publishers to post their community guidelines prominently and to give users who add value to online discussions moderation responsibilities. Livefyre also encourages publishers to join the conversation, a subtle reminder to trolls they're always listening.

How You Watch Porn

http://www.fastcodesign.com/3034899/infographic-of-the-day/how-you-watch-porn

If you watch porn online, the computer you're using is enough to determine whether you're a premature ejaculator there to watch Lisa Ann squirting videos, or whether you're a long-lasting lover on a quest for Indian MILFs. That's according to Pornhub, who has just spooged out an entire sack's worth of statistics on their users, proving that Windows users statistically browse porn differently than Mac users, and even people on game consoles love watching porn.

Here's some of the key takeaways, courtesy of Gizmodo and the Pornhub Insights team:

• Chances are, if you're visiting Pornhub, you're on Windows. 85.5% of all Pornhub visitors are running Windows, while 6.64% of desktops run OS X.




Of course, when it comes to jerking it to your tablet, nothing beats iPad: 77.38% of all tablet users watch porn on iOS.

• Millions of people browsing Pornhub every month come in via their Internet-connected video game consoles, although around 87% of that traffic comes from just two consoles: the Sony PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360.

If Cops Understood Crowd Psychology, They'd Tone Down The Riot Gear (Great read)

I found this site today and it is really good.

http://www.fastcodesign.com/3034902/evidence/if-cops-understood-crowd-psychology-theyd-tone-down-the-riot-gear

The conventional wisdom behind forceful crowd control deserves a review of its own. Rather than passively controlling a protest, heavy riot gear actively changes the dynamics of crowd behavior, according to the best new behavioral evidence. The twisted outcome is one that too many police forces have yet to learn: the military-style equipment intended to enhance public safety often ends up threatening it.

Let's step back a moment to the classic psychological theory on crowds, which gave rise to many of the tougher approaches taken today. Originating during the political instability of 19th-century France, and later adopted by most 20th-century social scientists, this thinking held that people in a crowd lost their individuality and became suggestible to the aggressive behavior of those around them. That view gave rise to phrases like "mob mentality" and "deindividuation"--the idea of a crowd as a singular entity rather than a collection of independent people capable of thinking for themselves.

Here's where the militarization of local police becomes so problematic. Officers in full-on riot gear give all the individuals in a protest crowd a common enemy. It's not that everyone in the protest crowd suddenly assumes the identity of a violent jerk--it's that the many peaceful protestors feel a sort of kinship with the violent jerks against the aggressive police. Despite their differences, they're united by a single goal: defend against the outside force.

Psychologist Clifford Stott surveyed the latest evidence on crowd behavior in a 2009 report for British officials. Stott explained that an aggressive approach by authorities leads "directly to a change in the nature of the crowd's social identity," a shift from me and you into us and them. The result is a self-fulfilling cycle: As the crowd gains a sense of unity, the authorities become more aggressive against the unified mob they initially feared, which in turn enhances the crowd's sense of unity. Any rioting that results will be perceived as an inevitable outcome of bad crowd behavior, writes Stott, when in fact that behavior was "largely and inadvertently initiated by police tactical responses."
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