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Is it possible that someone coerced the Vegas shooter to do it?

I'm not usually one to cry conspiracy, but something really doesn't add up here. This guy doesn't fit the usual description of a rampage killer at all. Most are frustrated young males with a mental health history, angry political activists, or religious nuts doing it for political purposes.

This guy was wealthy, upper middle aged, had lived a good life, and didn't seem at all weird to people who knew him. This attack also took a very high level of planning, which implies the shooter still had his mental wits to some extent.

What if some group or individual had some kind of terrible leverage against him and forced him to do this? Maybe they had somebody important to him and threatened to torture the person and send him a piece every month unless he did this?

So how exactly did things get THIS bad for Democrats?

In my entire life I've never seen the party in such a weak, demoralized, and fragmented state. Extremely low overall influence throughout the nation after having lost all branches of govt. A SCOTUS seat shamelessly stolen and there's nothing they could do about it. A presidency basically stolen and nothing could be done about it. Gerrymandered districts which are hurting Dems at all levels of govt. And instead of doing anything about this, it seems like everyone just wants to go back and fight about whether they were for Hillary or Bernie. Hillary vs Bernie is over. Both candidates are too old/damaged to run again IMO and people need to quit blaming, get over it, and focus on the future and stopping the Republicans from destroying everything good in this country.

The Uninhabitable Earth - When Will the Earth be Too Hot For Humans?

Well, it sure seems like we're screwed.




Famine, economic collapse, a sun that cooks us: What climate change could wreak — sooner than you think.

I. ‘Doomsday’

Peering beyond scientific reticence.

It is, I promise, worse than you think. If your anxiety about global warming is dominated by fears of sea-level rise, you are barely scratching the surface of what terrors are possible, even within the lifetime of a teenager today. And yet the swelling seas — and the cities they will drown — have so dominated the picture of global warming, and so overwhelmed our capacity for climate panic, that they have occluded our perception of other threats, many much closer at hand. Rising oceans are bad, in fact very bad; but fleeing the coastline will not be enough.

Indeed, absent a significant adjustment to how billions of humans conduct their lives, parts of the Earth will likely become close to uninhabitable, and other parts horrifically inhospitable, as soon as the end of this century.

Even when we train our eyes on climate change, we are unable to comprehend its scope. This past winter, a string of days 60 and 70 degrees warmer than normal baked the North Pole, melting the permafrost that encased Norway’s Svalbard seed vault — a global food bank nicknamed “Doomsday,” designed to ensure that our agriculture survives any catastrophe, and which appeared to have been flooded by climate change less than ten years after being built.


*This article appears in the July 10, 2017, issue of New York Magazine.

*This article has been updated to clarify a reference to Peter Brannen’s The Ends of the World.

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/07/climate-change-earth-too-hot-for-humans.html

Weren't the Republicans the ones always taking about second ammendment 'solutions'

To political grievances? Seems like that advice may have been taken literally today. I remember Trump himself talking about there being possible 2A solutions if Hillary had won the presidency. I wonder if Republicans will stop being so cavalier about provoking the nutjobs out there?

When did CUCK become the new go-to word for everything?

It's starting to drive me nuts lately.
"Omg man, that sports player is playing like such a fucking cuck"
"dude, you gotta stand up for yourself and not be a total cuck"
"Lul get cucked boy"
"Those europeans are all a bunch of total cucks"
"I fucking hate people who drive like fucking cucks. Some people need to man the fuck up"

It's become the new go-to word for anybody perceived as passive/beta or for anybody losing a contest/game/sports/whatever.

GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!

Police: NW Florida man rapes 9-week-old granddaughter

What in the actual hell? I can only assume meth must have had something to do with this. I can't think of anything I would do to this guy that doesn't fall into the 'cruel and unusual' category. I'll just leave it at that.
http://www.nwfdailynews.com/news/20170525/police-nw-florida-man-rapes-9-week-old-granddaughter
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SPRINGFIELD — A Springfield man was arrested early Thursday after he brought his 9-week-old granddaughter to a hospital with severe vaginal tearing, according to the Springfield Police Department.

Luther Gene Taylor, 51, of 214 Springfield Ave., was charged with sexual battery on a child younger than 12 — a capital offense — and transported to the Bay County Jail, police reported.

Police said they were summoned Wednesday night to Bay Medical Center Sacred Heart’s emergency room, where pediatric physicians advised the injuries were the result of forced penetration, the release states.

Investigators said Taylor was taking care of the child alone when the injuries occurred. Although he acknowledged he was the sole caregiver at the time of the incident, he refused to explain what happened, police said.

Taylor had a first appearance in court Thursday. His bond was set at $750,000.

Taylor faced previous charges for child abuse and battery from the 1990s, although both were dropped, and various other charges since the early ’90s, according to court records.

A new GOP bill would make it virtually impossible to sue the police

What the hell? These 'law n order' fascists in DC are trying to turn us into a full blown police state. Why not just give cops a license to kill and badges that say GOD while they're at it?
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-watch/wp/2017/05/24/a-new-gop-bill-would-make-it-virtually-impossible-to-sue-the-police/?utm_term=.895ae8243959#comments
ut perhaps the most disturbing part of the bill is the new restrictions it puts on suing police officers for constitutional violations. As we’ve discussed here several times before, it’s already extremely difficult to even get in front of a jury with a claim against law enforcement, much less win an award. Police officers are protected by qualified immunity, which requires you to show that not only were your rights violated but also a reasonable police officer should have known that the actions in question were a violation of the Constitution. Under this bill, even if you can show all of that, if the police can show that the violation and resulting injuries were “incurred in the course of, or as a result of, or . . . related to, conduct by the injured party that, more likely than not, constituted a felony or a crime of violence . . . (including any deprivation in the course of arrest or apprehension for, or the investigation, prosecution, or adjudication of, such an offense),” then the officers are liable only for out-of-pocket expenses. What’s more, the bill would bar plaintiffs from recovering attorneys fees in such cases.

This means that if the police raid your home with a search warrant for pot and shoot you dead, even if your family can show that the shooting was unlawful, the police would be liable only for something like funeral expenses if they could show that “more likely than not,” you had sold some pot, or at some point possessed a large enough quantity of the drug to merit a felony charge. In some jurisdictions, merely resisting arrest is a felony. In theory, this could mean that under a scenario in which the police falsely arrest you, you resist, and they then severely beat you, if they could show that the beating was the result of your resisting, not the false arrest, you could be barred from suing for anything other than the cost of treating your injuries. If the resisting charge could be filed as an assault, that’s already a felony in most jurisdictions, and even where it isn’t, under this bill it would become a federal felony.

If this bill passes, it would become nearly impossible to sue the police in all but the most egregious instances of abuse, and even then, only in cases where the victim is basically beyond reproach. These sorts of lawsuit are incredibly expensive. The relatively rare large award is the incentive for civil rights attorneys to take on these cases in the first place and can often be what funds their ability to take on cases less likely to pay out large damages. Removing the ability to collect compensatory or punitive damages, or even recover attorneys fees, basically means it would become even more difficult for victims of police abuse to find representation. If there’s even the slightest chance that the police could convince a jury that the plaintiff engaged in conduct that was even “related” to a felony or violent crime, there’s no incentive for them to take the case.

Vermont Governor Phil Scott Vetoes Marijuana Legalization

Of course he's a god damned Repuke. I swear, it's like the Repukes make a sport of trying to screw the people of this country over as much as possible. The legislators and people of Vermont approved of this law, and the shithead governor took it upon himself to be a dictator I guess.
What good are Repukes anyway?
You want healthcare? Nah...Pay up or die.

You want good public education? Nah...We love stupid people. Without them we'd never be elected.

You want fair wages that people can live on? Nah...Get a skill losers

You want help with tuition so you can learn a trade or get skills? Nah. Stupid commies need to get a damn job.

You want to stop locking people up over a plant which is less harmful than alcohol, and which actually has many known benefits? Nah... we only do what big pharma/LE/prison/alcohol want us to do. They pay better. Also we can use drug laws to lock up them minorities and take away their voting rights.

You want to take action on climate change so we don't leave our kids a hellish world? Nah...Takes too much money.

You address poverty and income/wealth inequality? Nah...The rich are our gods, and poor people deserve to have life suck because of their own poor choices.

You want to give gay people equal marriage rights? Nah...The bible says that's bad (Except for the parts of the bible we ignore, like those mentioning wealth and helping the poor/sick).

The repukes are truly vile loathsome creatures, and the ignorant people of this country keep voting them in because "Muh family values", "Gotta stop dem terrorizers", "Build dat wall" and stupid slogans like "bringing jobs back and making Murica great again DUR!" The saddest part is how they call themselves "Christians" while their actual actions grounded in greed, bigotry, corruption and general ignorance.

http://blog.norml.org/2017/05/24/vermont-governor-phil-scott-vetoes-marijuana-legalization/
Republican Gov. Phil Scott today rejected legislation, Senate Bill 22, that sought to eliminate criminal and civil penalties for the adult use and possession of marijuana. The Governor said that he did not support the legislation as written, but remains open to working with lawmakers over the summer on ways to amend the state’s cannabis policies.

Representatives from the Vermont Association of Police Chiefs, the Vermont Medical Society, and the Vermont American Academy of Pediatrics were among those groups opposing S. 22.

“It is disappointing that Gov. Scott would not only defy the will of state legislators, but also the will of the majority of Vermont voters who support ending criminal penalties for those adults who consume cannabis responsibly,” NORML Political Director Justin Strekal said. “Minor marijuana possession offenders should not be saddled with a criminal record and the lifelong penalties and stigma associated with it. Rather than looking to the future, Gov. Scott seems intent on repeating the failures of the past.”

Is Pence even any better than Trump?

Let's say that we successfully get rid of the trumpster fire. Is evangelical true believer Pence really any better? My best case scenario is that Trump simply becomes a total lame duck for the next 3 3/4 years and nothing whatsoever gets done.

Car thieves steal car with 6 year old boy in the back and then shoot him to death

So awful and senseless. A textbook example of why we need to keep and use the death penalty.
http://www.wapt.com/article/boy-inside-car-kidnapped-during-auto-theft/9871713

JACKSON, Miss. —

The Hinds County Sheriff's Department has taken a second person of interest in custody in connection with the death of a 6-year-old boy.

Maj. Pet Luke, with the Hinds County Sheriff's Department, said Kingston Frazier, 6, was found in the 1200 block of Gluckstadt Road in Madison County at about 9:30 a.m.

The body was in the back of a Toyota Camry that was reported stolen with Kingston inside, Jackson police said. The boy had been shot, police said.
"This is the worst day of my career -- of my 17-year career," said Jackson police Cmdr. Tyree Jones. "Anytime you have that kind of hurt or harm to a child, a defenseless, harmless child, it's bad."
Dwan Dion do Wakefield, 18, of Ridgeland was taken into custody about 11 a.m. Thursday, Luke said. DeAllen Washington, 18, was apprehended later in the day, Luke said.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation issued an Amber Alert for Kingston at about 4:30 a.m.
The boy was inside the silver 2000 Toyota Camry about 2 a.m. Thursday in the parking lot of Kroger on Interstate 55, when someone stole the car, police said. The boy's mother left the car running while she went inside the store, authorities said.

The Hinds County Sheriff’s Department handles security at the store.

The car thief got out of what appears to be a silver Honda Civic with a dent on the rear passenger's side, investigators said.

“These individuals must be held accountable. We’re going to conduct a multi-jurisdictional investigation. We’re going to follow up on all leads. We’re going to ask the public, anyone with any information, to call us,” Jones said. “We want to bring someone, or some people, to justice.”

Kingston attended North Jackson Elementary School.

Perps and victim
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