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Comment: Re:Flip Argument (Score 1) 1083

by Assmasher (#48473411) Attached to: Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

Which has what to do with what?

The crazy ways people try to dispute or prove things with huge numbers of assumptions... lol.

Presuming you're trying to argue that you can tell from a chest wound(s), that Brown had his hands up makes the ridiculous assumption that when he was shot in the chest his hands were up instead of at some other time in the process.

Imagine the following scenario - for which there is no proof and yet it is as valid as any other - Brown starts running away, shots are fired and he turns around with his hands up - as he is turning around with his hands up, he is shot in the side. This makes Brown lower his arms and grab his side. He is now facing the officer and a round now enters his chest. Brown doubles over in pain towards the officer. The officer now puts one in the back/top of Brown's skull (because he's bent over enough for this to happen), Brown raises his head and catches the next one in the forehead.

Totally plausible - but more importantly - we have no f***ing idea if this actually happened or not.

Comment: Re:Flip Argument (Score 1) 1083

by Assmasher (#48457207) Attached to: Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

According to the autopsy he was shot FROM ABOVE which means that either 1.- the cop got on top of the car and jumped so he could shoot a 6 foot plus robber in the top of the head or 2.- the robber was charging at the cop in a football tackle stance (which just FYI is consistent with every wound on Brown).

Rather than dissect all of your diatribe, we can simply start with the initial faulty premise.

The autopsy claims there is a bullet entrance wound in the vertex of his scalp. That's the back side of the top of your head. The bullet came to rest in the right side of his face. That means the bullet traveled from the upper rear of his head towards the front of his face.

Now, somebody who argued like you do would claim this meant he was shot in the back of the head while walking away - but bullets can do crazy sh** when they enter a body. It certainly DOES mean that your stupid assertion that being shot in the top/rear of you head means you had your head down charging like you were in a football stance is incredibly unlikely (for many other reasons as well - people don't run in a

football tackle stance

- you can't, you start off in that stance. You can't run like that unless you like staring at the ground and being bent over at the waist.)

Comment: Re:Flip Argument (Score 1) 1083

by Assmasher (#48457115) Attached to: Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

Maybe you should read the official autopsy report.

Shot in the top of the head.

Shot in the forehead.

Shot in the side.

Shot in the back of his right arm.

Shot in the chest.

A bullet graze wound on the outside of his right arm that doesn't seem to indicate the direction of the bullet.

A bullet graze wound on the outside and near the bottom of his hand that is oriented toward his thumb.

Comment: Re:Flip Argument (Score 0) 1083

by Assmasher (#48456993) Attached to: Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

7 witnesses (black) collaborated cop's story. Brown was running at the cop, after beating him and pulling his gun

Can you provide any links supporting this from a credible source? I've only been able to find information that a single witness claimed that Brown charged the officer.

I can't find any witness information that says Brown beat the cop, or pulled his gun - other than the police officer himself.

Thanks.

Programming

2014 Hour of Code: Do Ends Justify Disney Product Placement Means? 125

Posted by samzenpus
from the let-it-go dept.
theodp writes "The purpose of product placement/product integration/branded entertainment," explains Disney in a job posting, "is to give a brand exposure outside of their traditional media buy." So, one imagines the folks in Disney Marketing must be thrilled that Disney Frozen princesses Anna and Elsa will be featured in the 'signature tutorial' for CSEdWeek's 2014 Hour of Code, which aims to introduce CS to 100 million schoolkids — including a sizable captive audience — in the weeks before Christmas. "Thanks to Disney Interactive," announced Code.org CEO Hadi Partovi, "Code.org's signature tutorial for the 2014 Hour of Code features Disney Infinity versions of Disney's 'Frozen' heroines Anna and Elsa!." Partovi adds, "The girl-power theme of the tutorial is a continuation of our efforts to expand diversity in computer science and broaden female participation in the field, starting with younger students." In the tutorial, reports the LA Times, "students will learn to write code to help Anna and Elsa draw snowflakes and snowmen, and perform magical 'ice craft.' Disney is also donating $100,000 to support Code.org's efforts to bring computer science education to after-school programs nationwide."
Apple

Russia Takes Down Steve Jobs Memorial After Apple's Tim Cook Comes Out 430

Posted by samzenpus
from the honestly-not-the-onion dept.
An anonymous reader writes Citing the need to abide by a law combating "gay propaganda," a memorial dedicated to the late Apple founder Steve Jobs has been torn down. This comes on the heels of new CEO Tim Cook coming out as gay. "In Russia, gay propaganda and other sexual perversions among minors are prohibited by law," ZEFS (a Russian group of companies that originally erected the statue) said, noting that the memorial had been "in an area of direct access for young students and scholars". "After Apple CEO Tim Cook publicly called for sodomy, the monument was taken down to abide to the Russian federal law protecting children from information promoting denial of traditional family values."

Comment: Those engineers and pilots are at the peak of... (Score 1) 594

by Assmasher (#48293499) Attached to: Space Tourism Isn't Worth Dying For

LOL - seriously?

I love Rutan's designs, love the idea of SS1 and SS2, and wish them the very best - I would love for them to succeed beyond even what we all hope for BUT - the peak of human achievement? We went to the moon 45 YEARS AGO. Testing a shuttlecock aircraft design that isn't even aiming for low earth orbig, for a private company, doesn't quite measure up.

Government

Ken Ham's Ark Torpedoed With Charges of Religious Discrimination 451

Posted by Soulskill
from the after-a-flood-of-complaints dept.
McGruber writes: Back on February 4, "Science Guy" Bill Nye debated Creationist Kenneth Alfred "Ken" Ham. That high-profile debate helped boost support for Ham's $73 million "Ark Encounter" project, allowing Ham to announce on February 25 that a municipal bond offering had raised enough money to begin construction. Nye said he was "heartbroken and sickened for the Commonwealth of Kentucky" after learning that the project would move forward. Nye said the ark would eventually draw more attention to the beliefs of Ham's ministry, which preaches that the Bible's creation story is a true account, and as a result, "voters and taxpayers in Kentucky will eventually see that this is not in their best interest."

In July, the Kentucky Tourism Development Finance Authority unanimously approved $18.25 million worth of tax incentives to keep the ark park afloat. The funds are from a state program that allows eligible tourism attractions a rebate of as much as 25 percent of the investment in the project. Since then, the Ark Park's employment application has became public: "Nestled among the requirements for all job applicants were three troubling obligatory documents: 'Salvation testimony,' 'Creation belief statement,' and a 'Confirmation of your agreement with the AiG statement of faith.' (AiG is Answers in Genesis, Ham's ministry and Ark Encounter's parent company.)"

That caused the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet to halt its issuance of tax incentives for the ark park. Bob Stewart, secretary of the cabinet, wrote to Ham that "the Commonwealth does not provide incentives to any company that discriminates on the basis of religion and we will not make any exception for Ark Encounter, LLC." Before funding could proceed, Stewart explained, "the Commonwealth must have the express written assurance from Ark Encounter, LLC that it will not discriminate in any way on the basis of religion in hiring." The ark park has not yet sunk. It is "still pending before the authority" and a date has not yet been set for the meeting where final approval will be considered.

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