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    • CommentTimeJul 13th 2013 edited
    George Zimmerman is acquitted in the killing of Trayvon Martin.

    Let the race riots begin.


    I'm beyond outraged about this. "Let the race riots begin" is not a critical statement, more of a statement of fact. Someone is going to, in an act of vigilantism, kill Zimmerman. And I will not be sad when that happens.
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    Can't say I'm exactly thrilled by the verdict either. It's legal in Florida to pick a fight with a black guy and then shoot him dead when you're losing. That's wrong on far too many levels to count.
    • CommentTimeJul 14th 2013
    I've been telling all my black friends to carry guns and shoot first. If a grandma gives them the stinkeye and starts fishing in her purse, blow her heart out through her spine.
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeJul 14th 2013
    Well, it only works if you're a white man, apparently :

    Black Man Convicted for Shooting white Teenager
    Mr. White was convicted of shooting Daniel Cicciaro, 17, point-blank in the face on Aug. 9, 2006. Daniel and several friends had left a party and showed up Mr. White’s house just after 11 p.m. to challenge his son Aaron, then 19, to a fight, and had used threats, profanities and racial epithets. Mr. White awoke and grabbed a loaded Beretta pistol he kept in the garage of his house in Miller Place, a predominantly white hamlet on Long Island.

    Mr. White testified that Aaron woke him from a deep sleep the night of the shooting, yelling that that “some kids are coming here to kill me.” Mr. White said he considered the angry teenagers a “lynch mob.”

    He said their racist language recalled the hatred he saw as a child visiting the segregated Deep South and stories of his grandfather’s being chased out of Alabama in the 1920s by the Ku Klux Klan.

    Black woman gets 20 years for firing warning shots towards abusive husband against which she had a restraining order
    Marissa Alexander had never been arrested before she fired a bullet at a wall one day in 2010 to scare off her husband when she felt he was threatening her. Nobody got hurt, but this month a northeast Florida judge was bound by state law to sentence her to 20 years in prison.
    • CommentAuthorOxbrow
    • CommentTimeJul 14th 2013
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    Ok - how about 'bootylegging'?
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeJul 14th 2013
    Isn't it a wonderful time to be a whistleblower or an investigative journalist in the USA ?

    For investigating private intelligence practices, American journalist faces 105 years in prison
    • CommentTimeJul 15th 2013
     By design, the Taj sat “outside the wire,” beyond the security perimeter of the nearby coalition airfield. It was not only a place to drink and flop but also a kind of grand social experiment—an outpost of the Burning Man ethos in the Afghan desert.

    What Warner meant when he called the Taj a “Burner bar” was that it operated, in part, according to a barter system. One of the standing rules at the guesthouse was that any expat could exchange information for booze. In a war zone where so many different agencies, companies, and contractors passed like wary ships in the night, one of the biggest problems was that no one could coordinate knowledge. No one, that is, except maybe a bartender. Under the banner of “Beer for Data,” Warner had turned the Taj into a major clearinghouse for information in Jalalabad. It accumulated by the terabyte on his hard drives: construction plans, hydrology surveys, health-clinic locations, election polling sites, names of farmers, number of trees on their farms, number of acres. What Warner collected he then passed on to the United Nations, the Pentagon, and anyone else who asked for it

    The Merry Pranksters Who Hacked the Afghan War
    • CommentAuthor256
    • CommentTimeJul 15th 2013
    @cat - I feel like "fleshrunners" has been used in some work of fiction (or if it hasn't, it should).
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    • CommentTimeJul 15th 2013
    Just going to leave this article about the Zimmerman trial here and be done with it.
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    @Wood: Yet another reason to hate snail bait. I hate that shit.
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    I'm still kind of pissed off that when I started working on a Bayesian spam filter a decade and a change ago, Graham published his A Plan for Spam, but it must be nothing to what these people must be feeling :P

    The Greatest Internet Pioneers You Never Heard Of: The Story of Erwise and Four Finns Who Showed the Way to the Web Browser
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    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeJul 17th 2013
    Congrats, you British gays you, your queen just did you a solid.
    • CommentTimeJul 17th 2013

    There's something wonderful about needing a queen to make this official...
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeJul 17th 2013