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It doesn't matter what your past record is, or what offense you're being accused of. The police don't have the right to put you on trial with the penalty of death in our country unless they feel their lives are in danger, and unfortunately going to the academy and joining that club makes them more credible than the rest of us and more shielded from the justice system... At least if they're white.

How many times has this happened in the last 100 years without us knowing what really transpired? The justice system will incarcerate and kill some people on circumstantial evidence, and give some other people accused of manslaughter probation. But the cops won't even let some of us get a trial.

Thank you to whoever recorded the death of Walter Scott. Life in prison or the death penalty for Michael Slager would be a step toward equal treatment under the law.

Last Saturday, Walter Scott was driving his Mercedes in North Charleston, S.C., when he was pulled over by police officer Michael Slager for driving with a broken taillight. Scott had a complicated life, as many of us do. He was employed and engaged; he owed back child support; in all likelihood he really didn’t want to go to jail. When Slager approached, Scott ran.
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Of Course

HBO is finally freeing up their programming to people without cable subscriptions with a good monthly fee, which is awesome.

Unfortunately, it will only be available to Apple TV owners.

No thanks. I have multiple streaming devices that aren't Apple TV, and getting another one and entering that "ecosystem" isn't worth it. HBO won't be getting my money just yet.
Apple users rejoice! HBO Now, the company's self-standing streaming service, will be available on iPhone, iPad and Apple TV.
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Stupid decision. 
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Good Marketing Scheme

Pebble just announced they're making a Steel version of their new Pebble Time. Dammit.

Of course, you can increase your Kickstarter donation and get a Steel version if you've already signed on for a regular Pebble Time, but the Steel won't ship until July instead of May/June.

It comes with a complimentary steel band (along with the leather band), and has a different stainless steel case, and a better battery.

I know I'm just going to be wanting a nicer version later, and the leather and steel bands look more appealing than silicone. Fuck it.

Better be good!


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We will miss you, sir!
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Texas Central Railroad Is Badass

Getting closer. By the time I'm in my 40s I might be able to park my car a couple miles from here, take the lightrail into downtown, and jump on a motherfucking bullet train to Dallas. Or 50s. We'll see.

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Texas Central, which is working with a Japanese manufacturer to build the bullet-train system, says it wants to start operations by 2021. The train would - in theory - travel at speeds of about 200 miles per hour, whisking Houstonians to Dallas in 90 minutes flat.

The project is currently undergoing a federal environmental impact study. While the company has already identified two potential end-point stations in downtown Dallas, it's not exactly clear yet how (or if) the proposed route would snake its way into Houston's downtown area. The company says it's asking federal officials to consider two routes into Houston -- one that tracks through some residential areas and another that connects along the I-10 corridor.

Mayor Annise Parker has come out hard for the I-10 option. Parker issued this statement yesterday:

"Today's announcement indicates a clear commitment to develop the project in a way that is sensitive to the voices of our communities, and it gives me confidence that my request that the I-10 corridor be considered as a route for high-speed rail into Houston will receive a thorough review. I was an early supporter of high speed rail for Texas and believe it can be a significant addition to Houston's transportation network. I look forward to continuing to work with the Texas Central Rail group to make it a success."

http://blogs.houstonpress.com/news/2015/02/texas_central_railway_settles_on_route_for_houston-dallas_bullet_train.php
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I'd like to find out more about the stations. I just assumed there wouldn't be any aside from the main one downtown, which is less convenient. If it runs along Hempstead, there may be some property there they could use. 
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+Syfy​​

Seriously, how could you not take over on Continuum once Showcase decided not to renew for anything other than a short final season? The major US networks let good Sci-Fi series die due to "low ratings" and you don't seem to do shit to counteract it.

You have been sucking for years. Smack Down? Your half-hearted programming choices are a reason I don't even bother getting a cable subscription.
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This is probably one of the few (if not the only) new groups I like.

This one just came out.

#nero
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A little Unicron (Orson Welles), Galvatron (Leonard Nimoy) and Megatron (Frank Welker) action. Music by Vince Dicola.

LLAP.
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I caved. I'm not super-enthusiastic about the design, but I like how it's not gigantic and how the battery is supposed to last seven days like the last two Pebbles. I prefer the more minimal interface as a trade for low power consumption, as I don't wanna charge it every damn day. Plus I tend to gravitate more towards older, 90s low-res stuff anyway.

There's also very little chance I'll be buying an Apple Watch for multiple reasons, and the Android ones I've read about have horrible battery life.

There are still some left on Kickstarter for $20 off what the future retail price will be, and will arrive in June.

#pebbletime

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Holy Shit!

Neill Blomkamp + Alien?!! Excellent.

I hope it's not gratuitously nasty. I really like a lot about Blomkamp's movies, but he gravitates towards depicting a lot of exploding bodies and dismemberment. Then again, I don't want it sanitized either.

Don't fuck it up with too much studio influence and rewrites +20th Century Fox​ (like Alien 3)!

Http://www.wired.com/2015/02/neill-blomkamp-alien/
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Overdue graphic output.
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"That was the voice of all-time favorite..."

I actually bought a CD set (only because it wasn't available on Google Play).
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Bad customer service. Called, Rob suggested I bring in my glasses. I took them in and the person helping me noted they would need to check on replacement parts availability, and suggested I call back. Called back a week later and Rob had apparently heard nothing about this, and suggested I bring them in again and didn't even bother taking model information from me or trying to rectify the situation. No thanks.
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reviewed 3 months ago
The food and other diners were great at the hibachi, but unfortunately my wife and I got DRA, presumably from the fried rice being too oily, or undercooked seafood.
Public - 4 months ago
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Public - 11 months ago
reviewed 11 months ago
A nice place, good service , but I got FOOD POISONING from the grilled trout. I woke up a few hours after eating the whole fish with a fever, vomiting, etc., and wasn't fully well until roughly 24 hours later. Even if I lived in Budapest, I wouldn't return for the rest of my life.
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Missing package, at least four days overdue. I called to check on it on Monday, 7/28 at 2:10pm, and the woman working there responded by stating "If you didn't get it, we didn't receive it." I asked if she could check to see if the package was there, and she put me on hold indefinitely (over 20 minutes). I've been here a few times for other things and everything's gone well. New keys for the house, etc.
Public - 9 months ago
reviewed 9 months ago
Seller operated under the Independence Firearms name when I made this purchase. Purchased a weapon at a gun show, only to find defects. My receipt stated I should refer to the weapon's manufacturer after 30 days after purchase, which implies I had other options during that time period. I was not told during the sale that I could or could not return or exchange the weapon. I was told by the owner that because the weapon was purchased at a gun show that I had no other option than to refer to the manufacturer, even though it hasn't been 30 days. No other services to rectify the defects were offered (gunsmithing) by the owner, although his employee recommended the in-house gunsmith and was helpful enough to double-check with the owner and call me back, as she originally stated the weapon could be returned, exchanged or consigned. If I was to arrive at the store after travelling over 100 miles only to find I was given incorrect information, I would definitely be leaving a worse review. The owner was only helpful enough to tell me that I had no options.I have nothing against the establishment due to its policies -- I seriously don't expect everyone I deal with to go out of their way to suck up to customers and do anything to make them happy -- and I don't have extensive experience dealing with gun dealers and shows, but I wouldn't recommend it and won't be returning.
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They were nice and helpful, but the opthamologist/optometrist got my prescription wrong the first time, so I had to return. On the second visit my glasses weren't ready. I'm not sure if my input during the exam wasn't that great, but my prescription doesn't seem strong enough and I still have problems reading some text at distances of even 10-15 feet as well as road and freeways signs when driving. I won't be returning.
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