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A SWAT team blew a hole in my 2-year-old son (UPDATE)

A SWAT team blew a hole in my 2-year-old son (UPDATE)
What the world of 2014 looks like, according to Isaac Asimov in 1964 Forget flying cars! The legendary sci-fi author's predictions turned out to be shockingly accurate David Wogan, Scientific American Thursday, Jan 2, 2014 1:26 PM UTC Sustainability Scientific American GOP’s 2014 horror strategy: Exploit Americans’ misfortune, drum up fake outrage Prepare for them to search high and low for people disappointed with Obamacare -- then pretend to share their pain Brian Beutler Thursday, Jan 2, 2014 12:45 PM UTC Politics Obamacare, Affordable Care Act 2014: You predict the year in news We asked what you think will happen within the next twelve months. Annemarie Dooling Friday, Dec 20, 2013 4:10 PM UTC Life 2014, year end review, 2013 Senate candidate: Snowden is a whistle-blower, not a criminal The long-term Maine ACLU director tells Salon she can beat Susan Collins, and calls out Congress for NSA complicity GOP’s flaring anti-women problem invades 2014 How to oust Michele Bachmann from Congress

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In ‘sexting’ case Manassas City police want to photograph teen in sexually explicit manner, lawyers say A Manassas City teenager accused of “sexting” a video to his girlfriend is now facing a search warrant in which Manassas City police and Prince William County prosecutors want to take a photo of his erect penis, possibly forcing the teen to become erect by taking him to a hospital and giving him an injection, the teen’s lawyers said. A Prince William County judge allowed the 17-year-old to leave the area without the warrant being served or the pictures being taken — yet. The teen is facing two felony charges, for possession of child pornography and manufacturing child pornography, which could lead not only to incarceration until he’s 21, but inclusion on the state sex offender data base for, possibly, the rest of his life. David Culver of NBC Washington first reported the story and interviewed the teen’s guardian, his aunt, who was shocked at the lengths Prince William authorities were willing to go to make a sexting case in juvenile court.

Teens Are Totally Weirded Out By 'Weird Al' Yankovic If you've ever enjoyed a parody video on YouTube, you may owe 'Weird Al' Yankovic a thank you. The musician was one of the first artists to ever make a career out of parodying other musicians' work. Years later, the trend of parody videos caught on thanks to YouTube and other video content channels, but 'Weird Al' deserves some credit for kicking things off. In the most recent installment of The Fine Bros "teens react" series, a group of teenagers watched 'Weird Al' Yankovic videos, both old and new. Free Lolita! The remarkable story of a remarkable whale held captive for four decades Reporting for this article was supported by The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute and The Puffin Foundation. When you first enter the stadium at Miami Seaquarium to see the killer whale Lolita, you can walk up to the railing and peek into her home. And it is there that you are left with the indelible impression that this 50-year-old, 80-foot-long concrete tank, chopped up by a big concrete island in the middle, is way too small for a 20-foot, four-ton orca. And yet she’s been living here for more than 40 years.

A review of Her by Ray Kurzweil (credit: Warner Brothers) Her, written, directed and produced by Spike Jonze, presents a nuanced love story between a man and his operating system. Although there are caveats I could (and will) mention about the details of the OS and how the lovers interact, the movie compellingly presents the core idea that a software program (an AI) can — will — be believably human and lovable. David Graeber: ‘So many people spend their working lives doing jobs they think are unnecessary’ A few years ago David Graeber’s mother had a series of strokes. Social workers advised him that, in order to pay for the home care she needed, he should apply for Medicaid, the US government health insurance programme for people on low incomes. So he did, only to be sucked into a vortex of form filling and humiliation familiar to anyone who’s ever been embroiled in bureaucratic procedures. At one point, the application was held up because someone at the Department of Motor Vehicles had put down his given name as “Daid”; at another, because someone at Verizon had spelled his surname “Grueber”. Graeber made matters worse by printing his name on the line clearly marked “signature” on one of the forms. Steeped in Kafka, Catch-22 and David Foster Wallace’s The Pale King, Graeber was alive to all the hellish ironies of the situation but that didn’t make it any easier to bear.

Israeli Police Falsely Report Murdered Palestinian Boy Was Gay, Flooding Social Media with Disinformation Tikun-Olam Tikun Olam-תיקון עולם Father and mother of Mohamed Abu Khdeir mourn their son Donation: If you value this reporting, please consider a donation to support it. You may give your gift through Paypal or as a tax-deductible gift through WePay. Yesterday night, I noticed several Israeli Facebook users infecting my feed with false claims that Mohamed Abu Khdeir, the 16 year-old who was murdered by suspected Jewish terrorists, was killed in an honor crime because he was gay. With the help of an Israeli friend, I traced the rumor to, of all places, the Israeli police (Hebrew). They leaked (Hebrew) this false information to the media, which dutifully reported it as if it was true (it wasn’t).

Stephen Colbert Rarely Broke Character. But When He Did, It Was 100 Percent Hysterical. Cracking up at the wrong time -- it can happen to the very best of us. Just ask Stephen Colbert. For 10 seasons, the talk show host -- masquerading as a right-wing conservative on "The Colbert Report" -- almost never broke character. Urge Palace Entertainment, the Owner of Miami Seaquarium, to Free Lolita! BESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswyBESbswy PETA People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way.   Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist Over the years, my membership in NYFCO has introduced me to some truly great animated films, all of which I would regard as superior to the typically overpraised Hollywood blockbuster. Two of them were Brad Bird films: “The Iron Giant” and “Ratatouille”, films that respectively deal with a friendship between a young boy and a giant robot from outer space, and a French rat who aspires to be a gourmet chef. I also loved “How to Train Your Dragon” and “Toy Story 3”, films targeting a more youthful audience than Bird’s animated features. (Both are reviewed here.) But towering over them is “Princess Mononoke”, a 1997 Japanese anime that was directed by Hayao Miyazaki whose swan song “The Wind Rises”, a biopic of the engineer responsible for the Zero fighter plane of WWII, was judged by NYFCO as best animated feature this year—the only choice that coincided with my own.

ALERT: ‘Super Gay Male Soldiers’ Coming For USA Christians, Warns Radio Host [Audio] - April 11, 2014 An extreme right-wing US radio host is warning of “a race of super gay male soldiers” that is plotting to kill Christians and take over America. During a radio broadcast on Friday, Rick Wiles of TruNews claimed that Naziism was a “radical homosexual movement” and that Hitler was “trying to create race of super gay male soldiers”, according to Right Wing Watch. He also claims that gay rights advocates are literal Nazis who idolize Adolf Hitler. Indiana pastor and BarbWire editor Jeff Allen speaks with Rick Wiles below (transcript via Right Wing Watch): Jon Stewart Figures Out What's Really Going On In Sarah Palin's Bizarre Iowa Speech Jon Stewart found a lot of odd moments to cover during the Iowa Freedom Summit, from Sen. Ted Cruz channeling Ned Flanders to Texas Gov. Rick Perry channeling Howard Dean. But the most bizarre moment of the weekend had to be Sarah Palin's head-scratching speech, which has been described as "meandering and bizarre," "weird" and "terrible." Here's an excerpt: "Things must change for our government.

The Plan Ken Balcomb, of the Center for Whale Research and Howard Garrett of the Orca Network have devised a plan to retire Lolita to her home waters of Washington state. Lolita is not going to be completely “set free in the wild” after being in captivity for so long. The plan is centered around placing Lolita in a transitional coastal sanctuary sea pen where she will be rehabilitated under human care. 25 Things You Didn't Know About the Original ROBOCOP ~ The Geek Twins The RoboCop remake is due to be released on February 12, and I thought it would interesting to take a look back at the original, which had a rich and complex production. Here are twenty five facts about the making of RoboCop that you probably didn't know about. 1. Screenwriter Edward Neumeier says he got the idea for RoboCop from working on the set of Blade Runner.

Are you paid to look busy? Do you actually perform meaningful work all day or are you paid to look busy, asks anthropologist David Graeber. Photo by John McBride & Company Inc./The Image Bank. Editor’s Note: If you’re reading this at work, you’re probably not all that busy. Don’t you ever wish you could just fit your “work” into fewer hours, then go home to do your own thing instead of being paid to look busy all day?