Two, and maybe three, of the cops were Hispanic. This isn't unusual, since it's a city not far from Mexico.
I am white, but two or three of the four cops were Hispanic, as is almost half of Tucson. (Many billboards are in Spanish, for instance: not only are there a lot of folks who speak the language, they are wealthy enough that it's worth selling them things.) That's why I included that coda about racial politics in Arizona to my post: it's a) the Border Patrol, and b) the nutters in Phoenix that make a habit of haranguing folks for "driving while Mexican"; the Tucson PD, keeping watch over a city with a large Hispanic population with a force comprised of many Hispanic people itself, tends to treat folks rather more fairly.
Good cop story: I was accosted by four cops in squad cars one night in Tucson about midnight. I'd gotten hungry and decided to go to the local burrito joint. I wanted to read while I was there, so I took my netbook. It was cold, so I jogged the few blocks to the Taco Shop.
'Course, the cops see a guy running down the road with a laptop, and go "huh, we'd better see what the hell is going on here."
Cop says "Eh, what're you doing?" I tell him I'm headed to the Taco Shop for a burrito, and ask him what the problem is. He says "Is that your computer?" I tell him "Yeah
The cop tells me to go ahead, so I do. He says "Well, looks like it's your computer -- have a nice night" and they leave me alone.
Unfortunately, in a lot of places trying to do what I did (talk to the cops, rather than say "I do not consent to any searches and would like a lawyer") ends badly. But Tucson PD is pretty relaxed. I just wish police in more places could be trusted to treat citizens like citizens rather than "criminals they haven't caught yet"; I imagine they'd be better at preventing crime if they did.
(For those not well-versed in Arizona geopolitics: the place with the out-of-control xenophobic sheriff is Phoenix, north of Tucson. There Hispanics are regularly harassed by the police. In Tucson a big chunk of the police *are* Hispanic; it's a city that is far more tolerant.)
Until running cat on a large text file doesn't crash the terminal (blowing up all open terminals) and the built-in PDF viewer doesn't hang the OS for ~1s sometimes when scrolling through a static PDF (provoking the spinny color thing of doom), I'll stick to KDE or Cinnamon.
That's a weird law: smelling marijuana is reasonable suspicion of illegal activity which ought to trigger a search. Why, in this case, doesn't it? Smelling a decomposing corpse is reasonable suspicion, no?
It seems to be a tacit acknowledgement that marijuana prohibition is stupid but liked by Puritanical elements: "okay, we'll keep this illegal, to mollify you lot, but restrict how that is enforced." Why not just make the law consistent by getting rid of prohibition?
Smartest guy in my class in my physics PhD program was Mexican.
DUI checkpoints don't get to search your car. (But they are also a bad idea...)
It's funny: you say "anti-white", but in California at least it is strongly anti-Asian. There was a referendum that turned out much worse for affirmative action out there than expected because Asian voters, who are normally reliably Democratic-leaning, broke ranks with the party because affirmative action winds up screwing them over the worst.
It means that if you live in fairyland where universities have an unlimited number of spots. But accepting an unqualified black student often means rejecting a qualified Asian student...
It also makes teaching university classes very, very difficult -- when some of the students clearly don't have the background to be in university but are there anyway and in my class, how am I supposed to handle them? I could just assume that they have whatever background they really should have had, but I feel like if the university stuck 'em in my class there's some expectation I will do my best to help them. If I do that, though, I'm stuck explaining what a sine wave is to the affirmative action kid while the rest of the class is studying the effect of sample rate on the Nyquist cutoff. (It's a physics of music course.)
If you want to make the airport folks even more paranoid, why not just set off a wheelie-suitcase containing explosives, shrapnel, and warfarin powder in the security checkpoint line?
When dealing with Comcast my moral compass doesn't read accurately because of all of their bullshit.
I was under the impression that it was something of an either-or: if you're trying to EMP people with a nuke, the thing to do is to set it off in the ionosphere so you create large currents.
Are my students guilty of "mischief in relation to data" by 1.1b after the garbled lab reports they sometimes hand in?
We *did* see revelations in the press: WaPo and the Guardian know more stuff than they've published, and redact things. They won a Pulitzer recently.