Wednesday, October 29, 2014

OKCupid asks female users whether they have rape fantasies

OKCupid is free to ask any questions it wants, but it doesn't seem like a very wise marketing tactic to ask women if they have rape fantasies.  I imagine that a lot of prospective users might have been victims at some point in their lives.  It seems to me that if you want to increase the number of female users in a reasonably smart way, you wouldn't want to ask questions like that.  Similarly, you might not want to ask people if they've had fantasies about being beaten or almost murdered while defending a sexual assault, etc. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Like Fur Coats?

This is where fur comes from.

CNN's Twisted Headlines

Headline: One captured fighter says he was paid $2,000 to fight with ISIS in Syria for more than a year -- and he tells CNN's Ivan Watson he has scars to prove it. "I was shot in the stomach three times."

Let me get this straight, CNN.  You want me to read this article because it's about a guy who was paid $2000 to fight with ISIS for over a year and because he told Ivan Watson that his scars from being shot in the stomach will prove that?  Hmm.  Ok...

Monday, October 27, 2014

Sacramento Sheriff and Local Media: Let's see how much mileage we can get out of this cop-killing story!

Following the recent shootings, there's already been plenty of talk of making immigration tougher, even though the shooter never went through the immigration process to come here.  There's also been a lot of propaganda about how police have a tough job and how they put their lives on the line.  The news is laden with people expressing appreciation and referring to police as heroes, in spite of all the other stories throughout the nation involving police killing people without just cause (Ferguson, etc.) or using other excessive force on them (like when they pepper-sprayed students in the face in Davis while they were sitting in a circle holding hands and being non-threatening). 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Shameful Police Conduct in Sacramento

U.S. Supreme Court cases are very clear that in order to stop and detain someone, the 4th Amendment requires that police must have reasonable suspicion to believe that a crime was committed and that the person being detained was involved in the criminal activity.  The suspicion must be more than a hunch: it must be based on particular factors that implicate the specific person being detained.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Ferguson Cops Wear 'Us-Versus-Them' Bracelets and Remove Their Name Tags

The Justice Department sent a letter to Ferguson cops this week after federal investigators saw many Ferguson cops wearing 'us-versus-them' bracelets and concealing their identities while on duty and in uniform.  See the article in the link above.  Among other things, the Justice Department said the bracelets had upset and agitated people and reinforce the very 'us versus them' mentality that many residents of Ferguson believe exists.  The Justice Department also said, "The failure to wear name plates conveys a message to community members that, through anonymity, officers may seek to act with impunity."

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Corruption and Sacramento Sheriff's Deputy Jeff Mitchell

Sacramento Sheriff's Deputy Jeff Mitchell was allegedly gunned down October 27, 2006 while on a traffic stop in Sacramento County.  Many insiders close to the investigation believe it was a suicide, but they won't say so publicly.