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What an interesting precedent.

If we can sue automotive companies for making a machine that becomes a killer when left unintended by its owner, especially when the technology exists to prevent it; why not weapons manufacturers?
 
Deaths have been caused by people accidentally leaving their cars running after they've parked them for the night.
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And people wonder why Germans don't like the Dutch!?

 
Arachnophobia!

If the 5 trillion spiders in the Netherlands took to eating humans rather than insects, they’d consume all 16.7 million Dutch people in just 3 days.
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I'm not normally a fan of +Gary Younge but this is a very well written article.

Very well written.

 
A British journalist who lived in the USA for 12 years gives his parting thoughts.
The long read: After 12 years in the US, Gary Younge is preparing to depart – as the country’s racial frictions seem certain to spark another summer of conflict
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Print this out and mail it to your congressman..


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Truth be told I'd rather you donated that spare $50 to +Bernie Sanders's campaign. But I guarantee you donating it here will do a lot more to make a real difference a lot sooner.
 
We're at 23% which is fantastic! I am truly appreciative of what we've accomplished so far. With five days remaining of this fundraiser, I'd like to go over what the goal amount covers:

$1000 for first month rent
$1000 for last month rent
$1000 for security deposit

$200-400 for an electric deposit
$200 for a water deposit, sometimes required by the landlord to be paid directly to them
$500-700 professional local movers because my sons and husband cannot physically do this move again after having just done it through trauma in March.

This leaves $700 room for pet fees, extra security, converting a garage or florida room into a bedroom, or other unforeseen expenses. Truthfully, $5000 was an average figure and I'm taking this on the cheap, hoping to score the best place for us for under $1000/month. (However unlikely that seems.) Not meeting the goal might not be a complete dealbreaker if I can cut corners however I can. But $1225 won't get us anywhere, yet. ($1125 from indiegogo plus $100 donated via paypal*).

I looked at a great place today for $900/month with a total move-in cost of $2400. $900 F, $900 L, $600 SD. It was a 2/2/2. Remember, we are a family of six. We are looking for properties we can make work for us, not turnkey ones that already fit. We can't afford the turnkey ones. The landlord didn't even flinch at the mention of my daughter's cats, which is the best part.

So let's please keep it going and keep it building. My family will safely escape this slumlord, we will prevail in court, and we will land in a better situation for our kids. But I need your help with two of those things. We can get closer. We're almost there. Please consider helping if you can.

* All donations will be openly disclosed with donors via paypal and google wallet remaining anonymous by default.
I have been a renter for 20 years and have done well with rent payments, clean depatures, and complete adherence to the law. In January and February of this year, I could not afford rent. By the end of February, which was at the end of the lease anyway, the landlords (who were new to the whole thing
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This was shared less than 25% of the times it was plused...

Which only leads me to conclude more than 75% of people thought it was a good thing(tm)..
 
We don't often think about the infrastructure of getting away with murder. It's one thing for one person to kill with impunity, but if you want to do it regularly and on a large scale, you'll need to build a system to assist you. And there are few groups that need this more often than America's larger police departments, who are on track to kill nearly 1,200 people this year alone. (Beating last year's high of 1,106) 

Contrary to rumors of complete impunity, police officers who kill people – especially in more overt "bad shoots," such as when someone unarmed was running away from them, or when their victim was a small child – frequently do end up facing a day in court, seeing civil charges if not criminal, even despite the legal structures (such as LEOBOR) designed to prevent that. And as with any good infrastructure practice, the solution is defense in depth. That second layer of protection is provided by people like Dr. William J. Lewinski, who provides expert testimony that virtually any shooting was justified. 

Wait, you say that having an infrastructure to guarantee murder with impunity isn't a major social need? Huh. I guess neither he, nor any of the departments who routinely pay him quite well for his testimony, got the message.

But it just goes to show how far you can go in the world if you are unencumbered by things like professionalism or morals. In this case, he is a man who provides "expert" scientific testimony on things like the time it takes someone to fire, the psychology of human perception and memory, and anything else which may prove relevant to the case, despite being roundly castigated by everyone from professional organizations of psychologists to the Justice Department as an outright fraud.

If you ever wondered what someone looks like who has literally made a career out of operating the infrastructure of institutional racism and ethnic violence, take a look.
When police officers shoot people under questionable circumstances, William J. Lewinski often appears as an expert witness who says they had no choice but to fire.
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Randy, at the time there were 239 pluses and 79 shares. So a 4:1 ratio.

And you make a good point. But I thought it should be shared not because +Yonatan Zunger needs the exposure but because this iniquitous practice needs a glaring light shone upon it.
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In memory of a favourite English teacher of mine (although I have no idea if she's dead or not). I hope not. My limited googling ability tells me she might have retired to the Western Cape..

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Rebecca, the English teacher in question taught me that cursing was acceptable if added to the narrative. Probably the most important lesson she ever imparted.
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So..  I know I'm late to the party, but dear +Google what is the point of an Office Suite on my +Android if I cannot even edit documents on the SD card?

Is this this really what +Andy Rubin would have wanted?

+CyanogenMod - the fact you haven't fixed this "feature" is even more depressing..

It's MY SD card and MY device.  I'll decide who writes to it and who doesn't - thank you very much
#progressforprogresssake  
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I've said it before, and I'll say it again.. Cricket writing is as beautiful and breath-taking as the game itself.
If we are to understand Douglas Jardine, the most divisive and controversial cricketer who ever played for England, we must understand his Scottishness
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Ah, a fellow enthusiast...
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There, +Bernie Sanders and +ActBlue  - I've fixed it for you...
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Much better!
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"For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens 'as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone'"

Far too long!? Are you reading the same history books +David Cameron. Not long enough and nit tolerant enough. Anything else is distinctly dictatorial you odious little man. Or would this post torch your displeasure and have me locked up?

C.c. +Conservatives
 
"For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens 'as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone'"

It's sometimes easy to forget that European and American notions of the rule of law aren't all that similar. For all that Cameron's quote sounds alarming, the actual laws being proposed are even more so; they would grant courts the power to "silence any group or individual they believe is undermining democracy or the British values of tolerance and mutual respect," banning them from doing things like speaking in public or forming organizations. 

The UK has always had a very different approach to speech than the US. Libel laws are perhaps the most famous illustration; in the US, truth is an affirmative defense to libel -- that is, if you can prove that what you said is true, then it's not libel. (Which is key to the operation of the press) Under UK law, libel isn't an offense of making false statements which damage someone's reputation; it's about damaging someone's reputation, period, and so "the greater the truth, the greater the libel." This has led the UK to be such a site of "libel tourism" -- that is, of powerful people suing anyone who speaks against them -- that a few years ago, the US decided it would refuse to honor or assist in any UK libel prosecutions whatsoever.

Also relevantly, the UK has its (in)famous "anti-social behavior ordinances," the template for the new proposal, which permit courts to issue injunctions banning individuals or groups from any kind of behavior they consider to be detrimental to society, without a specific law banning it. (The non-uniform application of these laws as a function of things like race and class happens about exactly as you would anticipate)

These are far from the only examples, and what they illustrate is a fundamentally different approach to the rule of law: in European law, the power of the government to rule -- that is, to establish and enforce norms -- takes precedence over any individual rights, whereas in the US, the reverse is the case. 

However, these are far from uncontroversial, even within Europe; as the article below shows, this particular law was stopped for years because the Conservative Party couldn't convince their largest coalition partner (the Lib Dems) that this was a good idea. It was last week's election that gave them the votes to do this without anyone else. The BBC reports that "there is likely to be some opposition in the new Parliament on the grounds that some of the plans could infringe people's right to free speech," but whether this opposition will actually amount to anything remains to be seen.

The main reason I'm highlighting this isn't the global significance of the law, so much as that it's important for understanding the British (and more generally, the European) approach to the law and to individuals. When we read about controversies of policy like the "right to be forgotten" between the two sides, it's worth understanding that in addition to our seeming similarities, there are extreme differences of culture and law at work, too.

Thanks to +Peter da Silva and +Steven Flaeck for the link.
David Cameron is to set out new powers aimed at tackling radicalisation, saying the UK has been a
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