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    Quote Originally Posted by Jabberwok View Post
    So what if the cop is black? Black people can be racist too, and against any race or ethnicity.
    Can black people arbitrarily make laws that negatively impact a minority group?

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    Found it on 4chan so it's obviously not going to be squeaky clean.

    But it hits a cord with my frustration that all everyone seems to care about is running around screaming their heads off about how racist it is. As if that's the only reason and nothing more.
    Well let's see he's muslim and last I checked these people don't exactly have a positive reputation in certain parts of the world because of the actions and words of others who follow the same faith to the extreme. So if people are insinuating this incident is motivated by racism you can forgive them for that despite it not really having a strong application to this incident which was motivated more out of ignorance and utter stupidity, than simple racial or religious intolerance
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    I've often wondered about that myself; seems like being supported by people who only want you there so the world can end in fire (with you going to Hell in the process) would be somewhat off-putting
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    Quote Originally Posted by Green_vs_Red View Post
    Can black people arbitrarily make laws that negatively impact a minority group?
    Racism doesn't require you be in power. Simply being a disenfranchised minority doesn't preclude the possibility of discrimination against others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Green_vs_Red View Post
    Can black people arbitrarily make laws that negatively impact a minority group?
    No, but neither can anyone who isn't in a position of power, so this would make random redneck drinking moonshine and burning crosses on his black neighbors porch a non-racist as well, because he can't change laws. Racism is ideological, not based on whether or not you have political influence.


    Quote Originally Posted by Green_vs_Red View Post
    Well let's see he's muslim and last I checked these people don't exactly have a positive reputation in certain parts of the world because of the actions and words of others who follow the same faith to the extreme. So if people are insinuating this incident is motivated by racism you can forgive them for that despite it not really having a strong application to this incident which was motivated more out of ignorance and utter stupidity, than simple racial or religious intolerance
    Of course it was incredibly stupid, but given that this kid was anything except for Middle Eastern/south asian looking he wouldn't have had to deal with this problem. Hence it is a question of prejudice toward people from that area. In fact, if this kid was an atheist, it would still be a matter of prejudice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jabberwok View Post
    Racism doesn't require you be in power. Simply being a disenfranchised minority doesn't preclude the possibility of discrimination against others.
    Which I don't was the deciding factor in this kid being suspected as potential criminal and the "questionable" arrest that followed.
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    I've often wondered about that myself; seems like being supported by people who only want you there so the world can end in fire (with you going to Hell in the process) would be somewhat off-putting
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    Quote Originally Posted by Green_vs_Red View Post
    Which I don't was the deciding factor in this kid being arrested so much as someone deciding that bringing a homemade clock to school was somehow an arrestable offence.
    Racism was probably a factor but I don't know how big a role it played. I've skipped reading too much about this story because I'd prefer not to roll my eyes out of their sockets, so I can't say if the police officer in question was being any more or less racist than anyone else involved. I was just taking issue with your statement that seemed to imply that the officer couldn't be racist because he was black.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thegreato View Post
    It bugs me because at my own school I've seen numerous incidents very similar where the reaction was the same, only the kid was white and there wasn't even a physical thing that looked like a bomb. The only thing that there was was a vague baseless "threat" scrawled on a bathroom stall door.
    Wait, what did this person write?

    If they thought it'd be funny to write a vague threat like "next kid who uses this stall gets shanked, or "I PUT A BOMB IN ONE OF YOUR LOCKERS", that's fucking messed up. And nowhere close to this kid bringing his homemade clock to show his teacher and friends.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaiolino View Post
    I read that Croatia is doing its best to remove the mines now at least. Hungary would probably see those mines as a perfectly acceptable way of preventing refugees from coming in. Although I worry about Croatia's ability to accept 7,000 refugees a day even without those mines.
    They just closed their borders due to being overwhelmed. Not suprising really, i mean not even Germany can quite handle these kinds of numbers. Worst case scenario some immigrants might get desperate and be killed or wounded in border struggles, according to one article Hungary seemed to have a number of armed troopes on stand-by at the border

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thegreato View Post
    My thoughts on the whole issue summed up in a pretty nice post I found

    http://i1.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/...18/476/708.png
    Yeah my man, that middle school kid is a total idiot for making a clock that resembles 1930's cartoon bombs to some people. Fuckin' boob me mate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfwood View Post
    They just closed their borders due to being overwhelmed. Not suprising really, i mean not even Germany can quite handle these kinds of numbers. Worst case scenario some immigrants might get desperate and be killed or wounded in border struggles, according to one article Hungary seemed to have a number of armed troopes on stand-by at the border
    I like that the twin terrors of the Yugoslav wars are actually all things considered being rather courteous and nice toward the refugees. While Hungary throws a tantrum.
    Serbia is actually looking pretty good right now! Serbia!

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    It is tre we are kind of overwhelmed, but the thing is, bad choices were made, and what Serbia is better than us?

    Oh...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Monkey King View Post
    I like that the twin terrors of the Yugoslav wars are actually all things considered being rather courteous and nice toward the refugees. While Hungary throws a tantrum.
    Serbia is actually looking pretty good right now! Serbia!
    Isn't that kinda heel-face turn quite common for nations who feel they have something to make up for.

    Like one could think that Germany's generosity, atleast in some part, has to do with atoning for their history.

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    The 2015 Ig Nobel Prizes have been awarded. You can find the whole list here.

    Lots of nice stuff but my favorites are;

    "PHYSIOLOGY and ENTOMOLOGY PRIZE — Awarded jointly to two individuals: Justin Schmidt [USA, CANADA], for painstakingly creating the Schmidt Sting Pain Index, which rates the relative pain people feel when stung by various insects; and to Michael L. Smith [USA, UK, THE NETHERLANDS], for carefully arranging for honey bees to sting him repeatedly on 25 different locations on his body, to learn which locations are the least painful (the skull, middle toe tip, and upper arm). and which are the most painful (the nostril, upper lip, and penis shaft)."

    and

    "BIOLOGY PRIZE — Bruno Grossi, Omar Larach, Mauricio Canals, Rodrigo A. Vásquez [CHILE], José Iriarte-Díaz [CHILE, USA], for observing that when you attach a weighted stick to the rear end of a chicken, the chicken then walks in a manner similar to that in which dinosaurs are thought to have walked."
    With bonus video:

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    Talk about (in)justice....

    Woman, boyfriend file claim against Vallejo for calling abduction a hoax

    Soon after Denise Huskins' boyfriend told the Vallejo Police Department that she had been abducted in late March, police officials called her disappearance part of a hoax.
    More than two months later, in early June, the FBI arrested a Harvard-educated former attorney, Matthew Muller, 38, of Orangevale, Calif., in connection with Huskins' kidnapping.
    Huskins and her boyfriend, Aaron Quinn, filed a legal claim Thursday against the city of Vallejo over what they call "false and unfair accusations" made by police that the couple faked the woman's kidnapping.

    .....
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    "Before ever seeing or speaking with Denise, and without a shred of evidence in support of their preconceived conclusion, [the police department] treated the victim of a kidnapping and sexual assault like the criminal they refused to pursue," the claim said

    Dayum.... its bad enough she gets kidnapped and assulted, but then the police accuse them of faking it? Talk about heartless cops!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarfallet View Post
    You can find the whole list here.
    Those Economics prize winners being so ungracious and refusing to attend the ceremony.

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    The 2015 Ig Nobel Prizes have been awarded. You can find the whole list here.
    The Literature one is interesting.

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    MATHEMATICS PRIZE — Elisabeth Oberzaucher [AUSTRIA, GERMANY, UK] and Karl Grammer [AUSTRIA, GERMANY], for trying to use mathematical techniques to determine whether and how Moulay Ismael the Bloodthirsty, the Sharifian Emperor of Morocco, managed, during the years from 1697 through 1727, to father 888 children.
    And people whine that they'll never use math when they finish school
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarfallet View Post
    The 2015 Ig Nobel Prizes have been awarded. You can find the whole list here.

    Lots of nice stuff but my favorites are;

    "PHYSIOLOGY and ENTOMOLOGY PRIZE — Awarded jointly to two individuals: Justin Schmidt [USA, CANADA], for painstakingly creating the Schmidt Sting Pain Index, which rates the relative pain people feel when stung by various insects; and to Michael L. Smith [USA, UK, THE NETHERLANDS], for carefully arranging for honey bees to sting him repeatedly on 25 different locations on his body, to learn which locations are the least painful (the skull, middle toe tip, and upper arm). and which are the most painful (the nostril, upper lip, and penis shaft)."

    and

    "BIOLOGY PRIZE — Bruno Grossi, Omar Larach, Mauricio Canals, Rodrigo A. Vásquez [CHILE], José Iriarte-Díaz [CHILE, USA], for observing that when you attach a weighted stick to the rear end of a chicken, the chicken then walks in a manner similar to that in which dinosaurs are thought to have walked."
    With bonus video:
    I imagine that the Biology prize has some of the stiffest competition for all of the weird things you can do with animals.

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    ECONOMICS PRIZE — The Bangkok Metropolitan Police [THAILAND], for offering to pay policemen extra cash if the policemen refuse to take bribes.
    REFERENCE: Numerous news reports.
    Bribing the poilce to not be bribed. lol
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    Someone married their stepmom and then got murdered?
    Sounds like he used a monkey paw to make a porno story come true.
    Then the curse of the paw eventually killed him.

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    As Brazil’s credit rating is slashed to junk status, police say the country’s most popular politician may have benefited from kickbacks from the state oil company.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/sep/11/former-president-lula-brazil-corruption-scandal-police-questioning
    When AP used to be good:

    NEVER FORGET !!

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    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-34296703
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    The Metropolitan Police is creating a team of 90 officers and staff to tackle the increasing workload resulting from allegations of historical child abuse.
    The new team will handle 29 separate allegations that previous inquiries were blocked because prominent people were identified as suspects.
    It will also deal with work resulting from Justice Lowell Goddard's child abuse public inquiry.
    It will consist of reorganised staff rather than new recruits.
    The BBC understands the controversial Operation Midland - which is investigating claims of child abuse by establishment figures - will continue as a "standalone operation" because it is also examining allegations of child killings.
    Scotland Yard has finished a routine review of the Midland investigation which began in April, partly to consider further lines of inquiry. The results have not yet been made public.
    'Initial management'

    The Met has made no detailed comment about Operation Midland for months. There have been reports it will be scaled back because it has not uncovered substantial evidence, despite a 10-month investigation.
    In a statement on Friday the Met said the investigation involved 27 officers from the Homicide and Major Crime Command, who would remain there.
    "As part of their duties they undertake on-call responsibilities where they deal with calls for initial management of new cases. The team are taking no new investigations and their main focus is on Midland," the statement said.
    The inquiry began when a man in his 40s alleged he had been abused by MPs, senior figures in the security services and men of high rank in the military. As a potential victim of sexual abuse he has remained anonymous, known by the name 'Nick'.
    Midland's detectives have travelled across the UK and abroad to speak to potential witnesses. They have visited, with 'Nick', a number of the locations he claims to have been taken to as a child.
    Abuse claims

    In December last year, following an appeal for witnesses, experienced detectives who had questioned 'Nick' said they regarded his allegations as "credible and true".
    The statement has been widely criticised, most recently by the former Director of Public Prosecutions Ken Macdonald who told the Daily Mail it was a "shocking" comment which showed "how far officers have become detached from principles of objectivity and impartiality".
    The Met has also been criticised by former Conservative MP Harvey Proctor, who has been interviewed twice by detectives investigating the Operation Midland claims. He described the inquiry as a "witch-hunt".
    A separate Suffolk Police investigation, Operation Millpond, into the claims of another man, known as 'Darren', has been halted for lack of evidence.
    Suffolk Police said some of his claims, which included a description of a murder on a country estate, had been "fully investigated" but were "unsubstantiated".
    Dolphin Square

    'Darren' told police he had been abused by a range of people in the county, but also by senior politicians in London - at the Dolphin Square apartment complex.
    However, two sources have told the BBC that when questioned by detectives, 'Darren' said he was uncertain of the identities of these politicians and as a result the police decided they could not investigate.
    'Darren' denied this and also said he had not been told definitively the investigation is at an end. Suffolk Police responded that its officers had made this clear during a series of conversations with him.
    One of the politicians named by 'Darren' has also been named by 'Nick', who told police last year he was abused at Dolphin Square along with other central London locations and private addresses in the late 70s and early 80s.
    However 'Darren' is younger than 'Nick' and because his allegations are from the 90s, his account does not corroborate 'Nick's'.

    I know this isn't exactly headline news, but still good news at that. After decades of prominent figures escaping justice due to political ties....

    ....AT LAST THEY ARE GOING TO BE HELD TO ACCOUNT!

    It'll probably take a decade to wrap up, but this ring of people are like a badly stacked deck of cards. The moment someone thinks the jig is up, they'll ask for leniency to be granted in exchange for testimony against other members.

    Progress!

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    Take away boys (and girls).

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    And for anyone that hasn't had enough of Kim Davis

    http://www.rawstory.com/2015/09/bust...-license-forms
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    I've often wondered about that myself; seems like being supported by people who only want you there so the world can end in fire (with you going to Hell in the process) would be somewhat off-putting
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