One should never be oblivious to their surroundings.
It will get your crap stolen.
Love how she was all like, “WTH!”
Jeez, War on Women…
Hope her phone was insured.
One should never be oblivious to their surroundings.
It will get your crap stolen.
Love how she was all like, “WTH!”
Jeez, War on Women…
Hope her phone was insured.
A stupid criminal classic…
With a slow motion lead in!
Is there anything better than seeing the cop low tackle the idiot?
I don’t think there is.
See the way his head bounces off the pavement?
It was my favorite part.
Getting awfully invasive and scary these days.
Are you one of the few who doubt that fact?
Check THIS (below) out:
[via DailyMail]The computer that detects felonies BEFORE they happen and a camera that can sense guilty consciences: The TEN wildest crime-fighting techniques of the future
- Technological advances could soon eradicate crime entirely, say experts
- Drones that can scan crowds and recognize criminals are in development
- Mind-reading cap that senses if someone is telling truth being tested
- ‘Shotspotter’ can tell police instantly when and where a gun is fired
By Mark Prigg
In fact, some of it’s already in use on a street near you.
High-speed drones that can whizz through crowds and pick out criminals, and sophisticated augmented-reality glasses for police already exist in labs around the world.
Meanwhile, super-advanced software that can analyze millions of pieces of data from the web to predict criminal activity is in action right now.
One expert even claims technology is advancing at such a pace that crime could be eradicated entirely.
‘Technology will ultimately make it impossible to get away with crime in the western world,’ Ben Way, an entrepreneur and robotics expert, told MailOnline.
Here are some of the incredible crime-fighting technologies that could soon be patrolling our streets:
Not enough to convince you?
How about now:
There’s a soon-to-be-released app that identifies strangers by using a creepshot a user uploads of them, to further enable your cyberstalking ways.
This latest advancement in technology is an app called NameTag. It works by users uploading a snapshot of a person, where it’s then scanned and compared to publicly available social media accounts and dating website profiles. It also scans criminal databases, like the National Sex Offender Registry, to identify pervs.
What results is a detailed dossier of your subject, allowing you to commence your private browser-backed creeping.
Android and iPhone users will have access to it, but Google Glass has banned facial recognition apps from its store. The app’s developer, Kevin Alan Tussy, notes that jail-broken Glass devices can use it if you are talented enough to slyly wink to take pictures of your future crush.
Of course, this sounds like a privacy intrusion to have your information doxxed in a single tap, but Mr. Tussy doesn’t think so:
“It’s not about invading anyone’s privacy; it’s about connecting people that want to be connected. We will even allow users to have one profile that is seen during business hours and another that is only seen in social situations,” he told CNET.
Some of these technologies were made/devised with the best of intentions.
A woman being able to know if the guy she is considering dating has a violent criminal history?
But we all know someone will take some very well meaning technology…
And use it for horrible, horrible purposes.
After all, you know what they say about the pathway to hell, don’t you?
It is always paved with the very best of intentions.
Remember all those people…
Who were screaming about “evil” guns?
Apparently a new utterly refutes that claim:
A study published in the latest issue of the academic journal Applied Economics Letters took on many of the claims made regularly by advocates of stricter gun laws. The study determined that nearly every claim made in support of stronger restrictions on gun ownership is not supported by an exhaustive analysis of crime statistics.
The study, “An examination of the effects of concealed weapons laws and assault weapons bans on state-level murder rates,” conducted by Quinnipiac University economist Mark Gius, examined nearly 30 years of statistics and concluded that stricter gun laws do not result in a reduction in gun violence. In fact, Gius found the opposite – that a proliferation of concealed carry permits can actually reduce incidents of gun crime.
*majority (99.9%) of the media absolutely silent regarding the study*
What else are they going to do?
Seeing as how THIS (above) study…
DEMOLISHES their overall claim to the contrary that stricter gun laws are needed to fight violence.
Just not the PROVEN case at all.
Ah, the wonders of celebrity opinion and knowledge…
Knows no bounds!
What would we do, after all…
Without celebrities around to tell us?
Which drugs are good (mmm, mmm!), and which drugs are (ew) bad!
[via Jezebel]Miley Cyrus Says Cocaine is ‘Gross,’ Her Heart Belongs to Weed ~Lindy West
Welp, Miley Cyrus went ahead and ranked all the drugs from “the best” to “ew,” with cocaine at the bottom and weed at the top. Not a bad assessment, really, if you’re going to draw up a what-drugs-should-I-do schematic.
The 20-year-old “We Can’t Stop” singer, who once said she was “disappointed” in herself for getting caught smoking salvia, now has no problems talking about her recreational drug use. In new outtakes from her recent Rolling Stone interview (which accompanied her topless cover shoot), the ex-child star raves that “weed is the best drug on earth,” especially compared to cocaine. MDMA — a.k.a. Molly — also gets a big thumbs up from the former Hannah Montana actress.
“One time I smoked a joint with peyote in it, and I saw a wolf howling at the moon,” Cyrus tells Rolling Stone contributing editor Josh Eells. “Hollywood is a coke town, but weed is so much better. And Molly, too. Those are happy drugs — social drugs. They make you want to be with friends. You’re out in the open. You’re not in a bathroom.”
She then laid the funniest burn on coke that I have ever heard.
“I really don’t like coke. It’s so gross and so dark. It’s like, what are you, from the ’90s? Ew.”
Don’t know about you…
But I am ever so glad Miley Cyrus is around, to be such a sterling role model for children everywhere!
She is just amazing, is she not?
Providing such USEFUL commentary on drugs, today…
By ‘telling’ kids which drugs they should do & not do by her fabulous ranking.
She is SUCH an inspiration.
Step away from the Miley and allow me to provide you with some REAL inspiration regarding drugs:
[via Gawker]Flesh-Eating Drug Krokodil Finally Shows Up in the US ~Lacey Donohue
Krokodil, already a popular drug in Russia, has finally made its way to the United States. The Banner Poison Control Center in Arizona has reported two cases of the flesh-rotting drug’s use, believed to be the first in the US. The drug is a mixture of codeine and hydrocarbons like gasoline, paint thinner, or oil that is injected directly into veins. It’s named krokodil because once injected, it rots your skin from the inside out, causing an alligator skin-like appearance. It’s really, really gross. You probably want to avoid the YouTube videos.
Dr. Frank LoVecchio, the co-medical director at Banner’s Poison Control Center, said, “we’re extremely frightened.” He elaborates on the flesh-eating drugs that often sell for ten to 20 times less than the cost of heroin:
“They cause damage to the blood vessels damage to the tissue and there are horrific pictures from Russia that show skin literally falling off the bone.”
He also believes the two cases in Arizona are related, but wouldn’t say more except to add, “Where there is smoke there is fire, and we’re afraid there are going to be more and more cases.”
[Image via FOX 10]
Do. Not. Do. Them!
All drugs are bad, and they pretty much all end?
In horrible, horrible things for you.
Stay away from drugs.
And yes, while you are at it?
Just go ahead and stay away from the twit Miley Cyrus too.
Oh, come on Turkey…
THIS (below) is just silly.
Claiming four engineers were killed by telepathy?
Like there is some mad telepathic assassin out there, killing people, à la supervillian supreme, in a evil plot to take down the Turkish government.
*insert eye roll here*
Let’s get real here:
[via DailyMail] Did TELEPATHY make four young engineers kill themselves? Official’s bizarre theory after spate of deaths at military research site
- Engineers working on a friend-or-foe recognition system for Turkish warplanes at the time of their suicides
- Telekinesis ‘could have caused severe distress and headaches, giving victims a tendency to kill themselves’
- Journalist claimed powers were trying to kill Prime Minister Recep Erdoğan through telekinesis
By Ulla Kloster
Four engineers working at one of Turkey’s leading military electronics companies, who allegedly committed suicide, could all have been killed through telekinesis – the ability to manipulate or move objects with the mind, it is claimed.
Hüseyin Başbilen, who was one of the four working at the Aselsan corporation, which has won several defense and technology awards, was found dead in his car in August 2006.
Halim Ünal was shot in the head with one bullet in January 2007 while Evrim Yançeken fell from the balcony of his sixth-floor apartment nine days later.
Two years later a fourth engineer at the corporation, Burhanettin Volkan, allegedly also killed himself.
Başbilen, Ünal and Yançeken were working on a friend-or-foe recognition system for Turkish warplanes at the time of their suicides, brought back to public debate during the so-called Ergenekon coup trials, which saw dozens jailed for life following a plot to overthrow the government.
Now a report by the Turkish Prime Ministry Inspection Board has decided the four dead could have been directed toward the suicides by way of telekinesis.
The report, presented to the Ankara Public Prosecutor, cites work done by neuro-psychology expert Nevzat Tarhan.
They Turkey would have implied that these young engineers were killed thanks to a nefarious attack by “those evil American’s” via mind-control helmets?
(I mean, had they been wearing any suspicious hats lately? Serious question.)
Much more believable.
Cause ‘mind-control’ hats?
That’s a real, possible thing.
DARPA has been trying to crawl inside the minds of soldiers for a while now, but a new ultrasound technology could let them get deeper inside than ever. Working under a DARPA grant, a researcher at Arizona State is developing transcranial pulsed ultrasound technology that could be implanted in troops’ battle helmets, allowing soldiers to manipulate brain functions to boost alertness, relieve stress, or even reduce the effects of traumatic brain injury.
Manipulating the brain to enhance warfighting capabilities and maintain mental acuity on the battlefield has long been a topic of interest for DARPA and various military research labs, but the technology to do so remains limited. Deep brain stimulation (DBS), for instance, requires surgically implanted electrodes to stimulate neural tissues, while less-invasive methods like transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) possess limited reach and low spatial resolution.
But Dr. William J. Tyler, an assistant professor of life sciences at ASU, writes on the DoD’s “Armed With Science” blog: “To overcome the above limitations, my laboratory has engineered a novel technology which implements transcranial pulsed ultrasound to remotely and directly stimulate brain circuits without requiring surgery. Further, we have shown this ultrasonic neuromodulation approach confers a spatial resolution approximately five times greater than TMS and can exert its effects upon subcortical brain circuits deep within the brain.”
Death by telepathy?
They must be out of their minds, thinking that.
Have you ever heard a story…
That sounded to INSANE to be real?
Apparently that’s a “thing”.
And it even has it’s own name…
The Martha Mitchell Effect:
[via io9] When you have a story so unbelievable, everyone thinks you’re crazy ~Esther Inglis-Arkell
In many movies there are scenes of a protagonist revealing everything to a skeptical official—and promptly being admitted into a mental hospital. These scenes occasionally play out in real life. They even have a name, the Martha Mitchell Effect.
Brendan Maher was a psychologist who spent much of the 1950s and 1960s working with patients in the prison system, so he had to have had a lot of experience with the Martha Mitchell Effect before it got a name. Two major causes of the effect are being the target of organized crime or being under constant surveillance by law enforcement—and he had to have heard plenty of stories involving those two causes.
Many readers would point out that surveillance by either criminals or police doesn’t cause mental illness, and they are right. The effect isn’t a mental problem of the patient, but a kind of mental block of the psychiatrist. Its most famous sufferer was Martha Beall Mitchell. She was the wife of the Attorney General for the Nixon administration, and she had a few things to say about what top level officials were doing. When she made public statements, she was dismissed by those officials on the grounds of mental illness—an explanation that nearly all the press believed. It was only when the Watergate Scandal erupted that people realized she’d been right all along.
Maher, who had heard a lot of stories like this, noticed that many psychiatrists dismiss the more fantastic elements of patient complaints as delusions. What are the odds that someone is really being pursued by the CIA or the mafia, or that their spouse is dropping sadistic hints about infidelity, or that they’re suffering from some extremely rare disease? The odds may be slight, Maher pointed out, but after dealing with hundreds of patients, one of them might be telling the truth. Maher dubbed the automatic dismissal of real complaints as mental issues Martha Mitchell Effect.
Now that I know that…
I must say?
Reading the story about cops being “forced” to taser an escaped Llama named, Scooter…
[via Gizmodo]Escaped Florida Llama Brought Down By Taser ~Lily Hay Newman
Tallahassee police reported using a taser on a six-foot llama, Scooter, after it ran around a local neighborhood for hours yesterday and generally galavanted about. The llama was eventually subdued to avoid an accident and returned, and its owner will not face charges.
Local residents called in complaints and Scooter sightings throughout the night. Deputy Tony Drzewiecki noted:
I’ve been doing this 20 years and they said there is going to be a lot of excitement in this job, but no one ever told me I would get spit in the face by a llama and trampled by one.
I would have never believed it?
If someone told me straight out.
If someone told me, over the phone, about a madman in an ape suit, terrorizing customers parked at Sonic?
That I would probably believe, and only because it was an actual call that I took at my job as a police dispatcher.
But question is, do YOU believe it?
Are you now suffering from the Martha Mitchell Effect?
THIS (below) deal…
With the H7N9 virus?
Getting pretty scary!
[via France24]US health leader warns of human-to-human H7N9 bird flu ~AFP
Researchers are already developing a diagnostic test to identify H7N9, along with a vaccine, with clinical trials due in July or August.
“Work is under way on making a diagnostic test to be able to pick it up quickly,” Fauci said.
“We have already started on an early development of a vaccine as we did with H5N1 years ago… Hopefully, we will never have to use it.”
More than 110 people in mainland China have been confirmed to be infected with H7N9, with 23 deaths, since Beijing announced on March 31 that the virus had been found in humans.
Most of the cases have been located in eastern China, although Taiwan has reported one case. Another case has been found in southern China, while Chinese officials confirmed a further outbreak in the central province of Hunan.
Chinese authorities have identified poultry as the source of the virus and have confirmed that patients became sick from contact with infected live fowl.
A visiting team from the World Health Organization, which wrapped up a week-long visit to China on Wednesday, said there had been no human-to-human transmission but warned H7N9 was “one of the most lethal” influenza viruses ever seen.
Fauci praised Beijing for its handling of the current crisis, contrasting it to the response of the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome in 2002-2003, when China stood accused of covering-up the scale of the crisis.
“It was not the case with SARS in 2003 but the transparency has been excellent,” Fauci said. “I am quite satisfied with the Chinese response.”
Fauci likened the current H7N9 strain of bird flu “in some respects” to the H5N1 bird flu strain of several years ago.
“The similarities are that it is fundamentally a chicken or bird flu that jumps from chicken to humans and is quite severe when it infects humans,” he said.
However, Fauci added: “The difference between H7N9 and H5N1, is that H5N1 kills chickens very rapidly so it is easy to identify where the infected flocks of chickens are. H7N9 doesn’t make the chicken sick, so it has been difficult to pinpoint where the infected chickens are.”
There have been 566 confirmed cases of the H5N1 strain of bird flu, which killed 332 people in the world — a mortality rate of 58 percent, compared to 20 percent for the H7N9 bird flu strain.
The H1N1 “swine flu” pandemic o 2009, which appeared in Mexico at the same time of year as the H7N9, eventually infected 60 million people throughout the world and killed more than 12,000.
The 1918 Spanish flu, which has been called one of the deadliest plagues in human history, had a mortality rate of only two percent.
That is, of course, if you are smart enough to be scared of the RIGHT things.
When it comes to scary, just what do I mean by the “right” things?
How about THIS (below)…
Especially if you were one of the guards on duty.
[via NYDailyNews] Malfunctioning locks open 500 cell doors in Maryland jail ~ The AP
CLARKSBURG, Md. — Officials in Montgomery County have declared a security emergency after locks on about 500 cell doors at the main jail near Clarksburg simultaneously opened.
Arthur Wallenstein, director of the county’s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation tells The Washington Post (http://wapo.st/12PnEku) that no inmates tried to escape when their cells were unlocked Saturday morning. The locks were reset within an hour.
Wallenstein says the cell door locks also disengaged Tuesday. Officials are trying to determine the source of the problem in the electronic system. The doors are guided by computer programs and correctional officers.
About 20 police cars were called to the perimeter of the facility Saturday. Maintenance workers and outside contractors were working on the jail system.
Wallenstein says any security door opening unexpectedly is a major security problem.
However, neither the threat of human-to-human transmission of the H7N9 virus…
Or the prospect of 500 jail cells, containing 500 criminals “accidentally” (Pffft, yeah right!) opening at the same time?
Not nearly as heart-stopping, life-altering, soul-shaking…
As THIS (below):
Despite a long recession and high unemployment, Italians are shunning the job because of the long hours and modest pay.
But with a slice of pizza an increasingly popular lunch time option in times of economic hardship, the pizza sector is booming – and an estimated 6,000 new “pizzaioili” are needed, according to FIPE, an Italian business federation.
“Notwithstanding the economic crisis and unemployment, it is proving difficult to find them,” the association said in a report released this week.
Italians may be reluctant to get their hands dirty by stoking ovens and kneading dough, but foreign immigrants have no such qualms and are now filling the gap, producing an increasing share of the three billion pizzas that Italians eat each year.
Egyptians have shown themselves to be particularly adept at mastering the art of the perfect pizza and now run many of the pizza restaurants and hole-in-the-wall takeaways in big cities like Rome, Milan and Turin.
“I would say about 80 per cent of Egyptians who come to work in Italy end up as pizza makers,” Amadeo Al-Wikel, who emigrated from Cairo to Rome 12 years ago and now runs his own pizzeria on a street corner near Rome’s Trevi Fountain, told The Daily Telegraph.
“We are good at it because we are prepared to work hard. Italians, in contrast, want a nice comfortable office job where they can work six hours a day, five days a week, in air-conditioning. They’re not prepared to work 10, 12 hours a day.” Alessandro Rossi, who runs another pizzeria in Rome, is also surprised that Italians refuse to take up an occupation that is part of their cultural DNA, especially as unemployment among young people has reached 35 per cent.
“The Italian mindset is that being a pizza-maker is humiliating, it is a manual labour job,” he said.
Think I’m being ridiculous, regarding my priorities?
Just imagine the prospect for a minute…
A shortage of Italian pizza makers = Italian pizza on the brink of extinction.
Just stick me an unsecured prison, with 500 prisoners running amok and give me the H7N9 virus, why don’t you?
Just thinking about a world where Italian pizza extinction is highly possible?
I do not want to live in such a world.
Riddle yourself this…
Could you feel empathy for non-sentient objects?
You would be surprised by their answer:
[via ScienceDaily]Humans Feel Empathy for Robots: fMRI Scans Show Similar Brain Function When Robots Are Treated the Same as Humans
Apr. 23, 2013 — From the T-101 to Data from Star Trek, humans have been presented with the fictional dilemma of how we empathize with robots. Robots now infiltrate our lives, toys like Furbies or robot vacuum cleaners bring us closer, but how do we really feel about these non-sentient objects on a human level? A recent study by researchers at the University of Duisburg Essen in Germany found that humans have similar brain function when shown images of affection and violence being inflicted on robots and humans.
“Investigation on Empathy Towards Humans and Robots Using Psychophysiological Measures and fMRI,” by Astrid Rosenthal-von der Pütten and Nicole Krämer; To be presented at the 63rd Annual International Communication Association Conference, London, England 17-21 June.
Cause in all honesty?
If you DON’T feel empathy for, well…
You probably (just taking a wild guess here) won’t?
Feel empathy for your fellow man and all her/his trials as well:
There are certain sets of circumstances, should you ever find yourself in them, where the most reasonable course of action is to reflect on what a good life it’s been and prepare to check out. We all like to hear nail-biting stories of those who beat the odds and managed to overcome certain death, but these stories are of course highly statistically unlikely—that’s why it’s called “certain death”.
As for the following people, they decided that statistics be damned, they weren’t going to be one. These average, everyday people found themselves in situations that are normally only survived by waking up from the nightmare, yet they’re still with us today… and with some pretty harrowing tales to tell.
10 Survived: Being buried alive
Michelina Lewandoska, a Polish emigrant to the U.K., described for a British court in January of 2012 the terror she felt as she lay buried in the ground, her hands and feet bound, in a taped-up cardboard box, slowly suffocating: “During my time inside my shallow grave where I was buried alive I feared that my life was at an end and I was going to die… I prayed to God to help me to survive so that I could look after my young son.” The referred to her then 3 year-old son she shared with fiancé Marcin Kasprzak—the man who had buried her.
After having grown “bored” of Michelina, Kasprzak and his younger friend Patryk Borys hatched a plan to get rid of her. Marcin attacked her with a stun gun, once to get her to the ground and once “for a long period”; he and his friend then bound her wrists and ankles and tied her up, apparently trying to figure out what to do next for several hours—before finally stuffing Michelina into a cardboard box and driving off into the wilderness, to bury her alive under four inches of earth and a 90 pound tree branch.
Incredibly, Michelina used her engagement ring to cut loose of her bonds as she was buried in the shallow grave, then claw her way out. She had difficulty walking and breathing for weeks after the attack, and doubtless still has nightmares; but on her testimony, her attackers were both sentenced to 20 years in prison.
And if THAT is the case?
Bad news for you, dude…
Very likely a total psychopath.
[via DailyMail]Is this proof evil killers are born not made? Psychopaths’ brains ‘lack basic wiring that triggers empathy and compassion’ ~By Kerry Mcdermott
Don’t blame Hannibal Lecter – he can’t help being a callous, murdering monster.
New research suggests psychopaths lack basic hard-wiring in the brain that enables most people to be compassionate and caring, scientists say.
They say MRI scans revealed distinct differences in the way highly-psychopathic individuals’ and ordinary people’s brains reacted when they were shown footage of people being intentionally hurt. Scientists at the University of Chicago studied 80 male prisoners aged between 18 and 50 who were assessed for psychopathic traits. Around 20 to 30 per cent of the U.S. prison population is believed to be affected by psychopathy – compared with one per cent of the general population.
Study participants underwent brain scans while being shown videos of people being intentionally hurt and others of faces reacting to pain.
Their findings, published today, may help to shed light on why criminal psychopaths like cannibal Lecter, played by Sir Anthony Hopkins, appear void of remorse or compassion. Psychopaths displayed significantly less activity in key areas of the brain including the amygdala – an almond-shaped bundle of neurons which plays an important role in processing emotions like fear, anger and pleasure.
The stunted response observed in the amygdala and in the ventromedial prefrontal cortex was consistent with previous studies of psychopathy, researchers said.
Converseley, more activity was seen in the striatum and insula regions. The high activity recorded in the insula region surprised the scientists, as the area is central to emotion.
‘A marked lack of empathy is a hallmark characteristic of individuals with psychopathy,’ said lead researcher Professor Jean Decety.
‘This is the first time that neural processes associated with empathic processing have been directly examined in individuals with psychopathy, especially in response to the perception of other people in pain or distress.’
Psychopaths are known to be responsible for a disproportionate amount of repetitive crime and violence.
If you lack empathy?
Sucks to be you, right now…
Then again, if you lack the ability to FEEL empathy, chances are…
You don’t give two flying-figs about this news.
I suppose it all balances out.
Very much in an Oh-my-gawd-you-so-scary-please don’t eat-my-face kinda way.
Is nothing without it’s little balances.
When it comes to guns and thoughts thereof?
Is very much proof?
That, when in comes to certain viewpoints, two different parts of the country…
[via Boston.com] AP- Connecticut lawmakers announced a deal Monday on what they called some of the toughest gun laws in the country that were proposed after the December mass shooting at a school in Newtown. Some highlights from the proposal:
—Ban sales of high-capacity ammunition magazines;
—Background checks for private gun sales;
—New registry for existing magazines that carry 10 or more bullets;
—Statewide dangerous weapon offender registry, which lawmakers said is the nation’s first;
—Immediate universal background checks for all firearms sales;
—Expansion of Connecticut’s assault weapons ban;
—Safety training and other requirements to buy any rifle, shotgun or ammunition;
—Increases minimum age eligibility for purchase of some semi-automatic rifles to 21;
— Expands requirements for safe storage of firearms;
— Increases penalties for firearms trafficking and illegal possession offenses.
—Creates statewide council to develop safety standards for school buildings;
—Requires each school to write safety plans;
—Requires state to maintain registry of school security consultants working in Connecticut;
—Requires all colleges and universities to submit safety plans to the state.
—Bans people who voluntarily commit themselves to a hospital from getting gun permits or eligibility certificates within six months of their release;
— Bans people involuntarily committed to a hospital within the past 60 months from possessing a firearm or receiving a permit or eligibility certificate;
—Expands training to teach people to recognize signs of mental illness in young people and get them help;
—Creates group to study state’s mental health care system;
—Requires that requests for insurers to cover certain mental health services be considered urgent and shortens the review time for them from 72 to 24 hours.
Source: State task force on gun violence prevention and children’s safety
Are very much like?
VERY different worlds.
Worlds which are responding, in extreme measures, to the aftermath of (local) gun violence:
[via DFWCBSLocal]Dallas County Security Changes Coming
DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas County is stepping up safety measures at the Frank Crowley Courts Building. No one wants to talk about specifics for security reasons but sources close to the plan say to expect an increase in security officers with guns.
There are also plans to keep District Attorney Craig Watkins safe. The offices of the District Attorney are located inside the Crowley Courts Building.
Heath Harris, of the DA’s office, told reporters, “I don’t want to go into specifics of exactly what security measures we’re going to take as far as Mr. Watkins is concerned. But, I will tell you and the public, they will be increased.”
Changes will also be made for parking. As for “personal protection?”
Harris said, “We encourage our prosecutors to have a security handgun license, as long as they do it within the letter of the law.”
But according to the security staff inside the courthouse, no one except law enforcement officers are allowed to carry guns inside.
Should prosecutors and judges be allowed to? Opinions are mixed among courthouse visitors.
“Yes, I think the prosecutors ought to arm themselves and be ready for an attack. Even if it’s taxpayer money, the prosecutors have a job to do. And, I think they should feel safe doing their job,” said Joseph Moody.
“A criminal or anything can snatch a gun from somebody and hold someone hostage. That could put a lot of people in harm’s way with a gun being in there. So, only police should have guns,” said Patrick Wright.
Any changes will need to be approved by Dallas County Commissioners.
Judge Clay Jenkins was in Austin for the day. Speaking by phone, he said, “Security at the courthouse is strong. But it could be made stronger.”
He and the commissioners will discuss their options at the next commissioners court meeting during a closed session.
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Which approach is the better one?
Only time, unfortunately, will be able to answer that question.
But, being from Texas myself, and knowing what the people in Kaufman county are trying to deal with?
I am going to have to go with option number 2, because when it comes to doing whatever it takes to protect me and mine?
You better darn believe being armed against monsters, will make a HUGE difference when it comes to life or death survival!
Usually I am a fan of the news site, HotAir…
But not today.
Protect the Klan…
Are you freaking kidding me?!?!
[via HotAir] Why Memphis needs to protect the Klan ~by Jazz Shaw
Officials in Memphis, Tennessee are girding themselves this morning for a potentially explosive situation in the middle of their city. The Ku Klux Klan is back, and they’re planning a rally where they will bus in supporters from all over to demonstrate in the center of town. If you’re in the law enforcement business, this is a tense time.
A large portion of downtown Memphis, Tennessee, will be locked down Saturday to avoid hostilities during a rally organized by the Ku Klux Klan.
WMC-TV reported on Friday that pedestrian, commercial and auto traffic will be diverted around the area surrounding the Shelby County courthouse, where the rally is scheduled to be held.
The only people allowed inside will be klan members and participants in an opposing rally organized by a local civic group, Power to the People, and all of them will have to go through a security checkpoint.
It’s easy to get all up in arms over events like this, but it remains important for Memphis – and every other location in the United States – to do the hard work required to keep the Klan safe and prevent violence at their rallies.
You do realize that the Klan is a White Supremacist hate group…
Very much like Aryan Brotherhood of Texas.
Who, most recently?
Probably very involved in the MURDER of a DA out of Kaufman County, TX:
[via LATimes]Kaufman County officials, courts under tight security after D.A. killing
KAUFMAN, Texas — As a team of investigators swarmed the north Texas home where Kaufman County Dist. Atty. Mike McLelland was gunned down with his wife over the weekend, courthouse staff returned to work Monday under armed guard.
McLelland, 63, and his wife Cynthia, 65, were found shot to death at their home on Saturday, according to Kaufman County Sheriff’s Lt. Justin Lewis. The shootings came about two months after Assistant Dist. Atty. Mark Hasse was fatally shot outside the courthouse, a case that is still under investigation with no arrests, officials have said.
Neighbors behind the McLellands’ brick suburban home outside Forney, Texas, told The Times they were questioned by the FBI and Texas investigators Sunday, but that they told officials they had not heard anything suspicious.
Investigators have not said why McLelland and his wife were targeted, what type of weapon was used or if the case has been linked to Hasse’s killing.
Some Kaufman County court staff were escorted into the modern brick building at the center of town Monday, while other prominent officials such as County Judge Bruce Wood were accompanied by bailiffs inside and out.
The district attorney’s office was closed Monday but staff were still meeting, Wood said during a morning briefing. He said officials had added security but would not say how much, noting “extra precautions, some of which are visible, some of which are not.”
Gov. Rick Perry is expected to appoint McLelland’s replacement. Wood said a handful of local judges were meeting Monday to compile a list of candidates, all likely locals, he said.
He said the judges would also be discussing security for the local criminal justice system. The district attorney’s office employs about 24 lawyers and a total staff of 30, he said.
“It would seem to me this is not just a random act — there has to be some connection” to Hasse’s killing, Wood said, although he noted that investigators “have found no evidence that links the murders.”
“It’s more than coincidence,” Wood said. “We do have some folks that are out to do harm to public officials.”
Hasse was shot the same day federal officials praised his involvement in prosecuting members of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas, a violent white supremacist group. But investigators never conclusively linked the group to the killing, and Wood refused to comment about whether the group may have been involved in the latest slayings.
He called the latest shootings “an attack on the very fabric of our society.”
Though McLelland had openly vowed to pursue Hasse’s killer, Wood was more circumspect.
Let me break it down for you, HotAir…
Because obviously you are not aware?
White Supremacist hate groups?
Very bad, in fact it would be pretty safe to say?
THEY HAVE NO REDEEMING VALUE AT ALL.
Regarding what they say.
Hate speech, which incites violence, and/or harm towards others; directly responsible for endangering others?
THE DEATH OF OTHERS?!
No matter their color.
Scientists and criminals…
Two groups, when viewed separately, definitely lack cohesion.
But if pair together, regarding crime research?
[via PopSci]Brain Scan Predicts Whether Convicts Will Re-Offend: Welcome To The Sci-Fi Future ~by Dan Nosowitz
Researchers at the Mind Research Network in New Mexico–a non-profit, partially government-funded neuroscience facility–have discovered a way to predict whether released convicts will return to their own ways. Sort of.
The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found a correlation between activity in the anterior cingulate cortex of the brain and criminal activity. Researchers used fMRI machines on a population of 96 male convicts, then “followed” them for the next four years (we assume this means “checked their criminal records” and not “skulked after them while wearing balaclavas) to see whether they’d relapse. Many did, of course; the US is not a friendly place for an ex-convict, and there’s a high rate of relapse. But the correlation between the findings from the fMRI is what’s interesting here.
The anterior cingulate cortex is the section of the brain that circles around the corpus callosum, in the central-front part of the brain. It’s responsible, we think, for some involuntary functions like regulating heart rate and blood pressure, but there’s also some evidence that it has an impact on emotional response, motivation, and error detection, among other functions. In one study, increased activity in the anterior cingulate cortex was seen when study participants were shown particularly emotional video clips.
But in this study, men with lower activity in the anterior cingulate cortex were found to be significantly more likely to commit crimes after their release. It’s a significant correlation: men in the bottom half of anterior cingulate cortex activity were 2.6 times more likely to be arrested for violent crimes and 4.3 times more likely to be arrested for nonviolent crimes.
Especially for other Info Addicts like myself…
I mean, knowing that criminal gangs act like pacts of animals in the wild, and as a result their fight locations can be predicted with 99% certainty?
Honestly, who needs to know this?
[via DailyMail]How gang members behave like animals… and maths experts are now predicting where they will fight rivals with 99% accuracy ~By Amanda Williams
Maths experts have used geometric equations learned from wild animals to predict the location of fights between rival gangs with almost 99 per cent accuracy.
Jeffrey Brantingham, an anthropologist at UCLA, in California, who uses statistics to study crime, has employed a theory devised by Alfred Lotka, an American statistician, and Vito Volterra, an Italian mathematician, in the 1920s.
The pair observed that similarly sized rival groups of a species – from lions to hyenas – claim territories whose boundaries form a perpendicular line halfway between each group’s home, be it a den or a beehive.
Their findings – called the Lotka- Volterra equations – have been long used as a staple of ecological theory.
Brantingham applied it to 13 equally sized criminal gangs from the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles’ East Side.
He and his team, aided by police, identified an area or ‘anchor point’ which functioned as the gang’s home base and used the Lotka- Volterra equation to draw borders between the turfs, Smithsonian.comreports.
Brantingham said that according to the equation, if the gangs are equal in ability, the boundary between them was equi-distant and perpendicular between their anchor points. He added: ‘It’s a nice, simple, geometric organization.’
According to the equations, researchers then predicted where the violence between the rivals gangs was most likely to take place. They predicted 58.8 per cent would occur less than a fifth of a mile from the borders, 87.5 per cent within two-fifths of a mile and 99.8 per cent within a mile.
Analysis of 563 gang-related shootings in the area between 1999 and 2002, showed researchers their predictions were almost exactly accurate, with the location of real-life shootings being 58.2 per cent, 83.1 per cent and 97.7 per cent, respectively.
Brantingham, who said his mapping method better reflects criminal activity than other police methods because it is not dictated to by geography, is continuing to test the territory maps.
So what am I saying?
Other than this information does me little, immediate benefit from the knowing…
Unless one counts the joys I will receive, when I recount my “knowledge” to others at a later date?
Oh, and believe you me…
I count it!
You should to.
There is joy in the simple knowing–Never doubt it!
TV viewership is dropping?
If you are in the entertainment industry?
I am sure you are pretty panicky right now:
[via TheNYT]The number of American households with access to a television set and a TV signal is shrinking for the second year in a row.
The data, released by The Nielsen Company … is sure to be pored over by television and Internet executives for evidence of changes in consumer behavior.
While the vast majority of American homes still have functioning television sets, more than one million no longer meet Nielsen’s definition of a “TV household:” those that have at least one television set and a cable, satellite or antenna connection.
Last year, for the first time in 20 years, Nielsen said the number of such households had dropped to 114.7 million, from 115.9 million previously, despite a rise in the number of households in the country. … Nielsen said the figure had dropped further, this time to 114.1 million.
The company, which monitors a sample of United States households to produce TV ratings every day, also estimated that the total number of people living in those homes has shrunk, but at a lesser rate — to 289.2 million, down 100,000 from 289.3 million last year. Nielsen attributes the drops both to economic factors and to technological ones.
Not surprisingly, given the lower number of households with TV sets, the total number of Americans who watched any traditional TV in a given month also declined during the last three months of 2011, according to Nielsen: 284.4 million, down about 1.7 percent from 289.3 million during the same time period in 2010.
… But new Nielsen data, showed an unusual dip in TV viewing… At the same time, some people are spending more time playing video games and watching Web video.
If you are a parent?
Gotta be feeling pretty good right about now.
Well, if one considers THIS:
[via ScienceBlog]Excessive TV in childhood linked to long-term antisocial behaviour
Children and adolescents who watch a lot of television are more likely to manifest antisocial and criminal behaviour when they become adults, according to a new University of Otago, New Zealand, study published online in the US journal Pediatrics.
The study followed a group of around 1000 children born in the New Zealand city of Dunedin in 1972-73. Every two years between the ages of 5 and 15, they were asked how much television they watched. Those who watched more television were more likely to have a criminal conviction and were also more likely to have antisocial personality traits in adulthood.
Study co-author Associate Professor Bob Hancox of the University’s Department of Preventive and Social Medicine says he and colleagues found that the risk of having a criminal conviction by early adulthood increased by about 30% with every hour that children spent watching TV on an average weeknight.
The study also found that watching more television in childhood was associated, in adulthood, with aggressive personality traits, an increased tendency to experience negative emotions, and an increased risk of antisocial personality disorder; a psychiatric disorder characterised by persistent patterns of aggressive and antisocial behaviour.
The researchers found that the relationship between TV viewing and antisocial behaviour was not explained by socio-economic status, aggressive or antisocial behaviour in early childhood, or parenting factors.
A study co-author, Lindsay Robertson, says it is not that children who were already antisocial watched more television. “Rather, children who watched a lot of television were likely to go on to manifest antisocial behaviour and personality traits.”
However if one considers the fact that most kids are turning AWAY from TV…
Towards other things like, oh I don’t know–VIDEO GAMES!!!!– to occupy their time?
That TV viewing is looking pretty good right about now:
[via InvestmentWatchBlog]Police investigating the Newtown school killings have been looking into the possibility that gunman Adam Lanza may have been copying a video game as killed 26 people in the massacre.
Two months after the horror at Sandy Hook Elementary School, little remains known about Lanza’s motive.
Before the killings, he had smashed his hard drive, making his online trail and habits impossible to follow, but police did reportedly find thousands of dollars worth of violent video games.
It is believed that Lanza played the games, which included the Call of Duty series, for hours on end.
So what can one, who is not a big fan of either TV or video games *coughmecough* take from this?
Video Games? Bad.
Come on, kids…
“They’re watching you, they’re watching you!”
Because when it comes to Big Brother?
No, really they are.
[via DailyMail]When police in Minority Report predicted who would commit crimes and stopped them before they did it, it was considered so futuristic, the film was set in 2054.
Now, however, law enforcers in two American states are using crime-prediction software to predict which freed prisoners are most likely to commit murder, and supervising them accordingly.
Instead of relying on parole officers to decide how much supervision inmates will need on the outside by looking at their records, the new system uses a computer algorithm to decide for them.
The Minority Report-style software is already being used in Baltimore and Philadelphia to predict future murderers, and will be extended to Washington D.C. soon.
It has been developed by Professor Richard Berk, a criminologist at the University of Pennsylvania, who believes it will reduce the murder rate and those of other crimes.
Prof. Berk says his algorithm could be used to help set bail amounts and also decide sentences in the future. It could also be modified to predict lesser crimes.
He told ABC News that currently parole officers are using their own judgment to decide what level of supervision each parolee should have, based on their criminal record.
His software, he said, replaces that ‘ad-hoc’ decision making, and should identify eight future murderers out of 100.
He said: ‘People assume that if someone murdered then they will murder in the future, but what really matters is what that person did as a young individual.
‘If they committed armed robbery at age 14, that’s a good predictor.
‘If they committed the same crime at age 30, that doesn’t predict very much.’
Prof. Berk’s researchers used the details of more than 60,000 crimes then wrote an algorithm to find the people behind the crimes who were more likely to commit murder when they were out of prison.
And all those crimes you might (probably not) are thinking about committing?
Big Brother is WAY ahead of you.
In fact It has you in their sights!
Sheriff’s spokesman Jeff Williamson would not reveal specific uses for the drones, larger versions of which are known for flying over tribal regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan to drop bombs on suspected terrorists.
But Williamson did say Orange’s remote-controlled planes would not be armed. The agency still needs approval from county leaders and the Federal Aviation Administration to use them. The FAA said it does not comment on drone applications.
Privacy advocates oppose drones for civilian use, saying they can too easily be used to snoop on law-abiding citizens, not just criminals or those thought to be doing something illegal.
“This is unwise and unnecessary. … Sheriffs are supposed to be sheriffs, not the U.S. Army,” said Doug Head, a Democratic activist who closely follows Orange County politics.
Even so, drones are being deployed all over America, with at least 60 applications made to the FAA.
Most are being flown along the Mexican border by law-enforcement agencies looking for people crossing illegally into the United States.
None of us will be able to escape the far reaching hand of Mother Justice.
We are guilty or not.
And just how freakin’ scary is THAT?!