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    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeNov 23rd 2013
    Florida man arrested 62 times for trespassing - in his workplace

    Earl Sampson has been stopped and questioned by Miami Gardens police 258 times in four years.

    He’s been searched more than 100 times. And arrested and jailed 56 times.

    Despite his long rap sheet, Sampson, 28, has never been convicted of anything more serious than possession of marijuana.

    Miami Gardens police have arrested Sampson 62 times for one offense: trespassing.

    Almost every citation was issued at the same place: the 207 Quickstop, a convenience store on 207th Street in Miami Gardens.

    But Sampson isn’t loitering. He works as a clerk at the Quickstop.

    "working while black"

    also :

    Saleh was so troubled by what he saw that he decided to install video cameras in his store. Not to protect himself from criminals, because he says he has never been robbed. He installed the cameras — 15 of them — he said, to protect him and his customers from police.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeNov 23rd 2013
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    Any publicity is good publicity, I guess. He may be out some cash, but more people will know who he is now.

    And he will work again. Lee isn't God.
    • CommentAuthoricelandbob
    • CommentTimeNov 28th 2013
    James Howells searches for hard drive with £4m-worth of bitcoins stored

    A Newport man has been searching a landfill site in south Wales hoping to find a computer hard drive he threw away which is now worth over £4m.

    James Howells's hard drive contains 7,500 bitcoins - which is a virtual form of currency for use online.
    It had sat in a drawer for years and he had forgotten it contained the bitcoins, which he obtained in 2009 for almost nothing, when he threw it out.
    But this week, a single bitcoin's value hit $1,000 (£613) for the first time.
    It means Mr Howells's collection is now worth $7.5m (£4.6m).
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    "Lee isn't God"

    No, but apparently his agent is the Devil.
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    German policeman 'kills and eats lover'

    I mean I love Germany. I spend a lot of time there. They are generous and friendly, but what is it with the cannibalism?

    A few years ago
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    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeNov 29th 2013
    • CommentAuthor256
    • CommentTimeNov 30th 2013
    Lunar-update: Chang'e 3 slated to launch tomorrow (December 1st) at 6pm UTC.
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    • CommentTimeNov 30th 2013
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2013
    Japanese 'Prince' Switched At Birth Was Raised A Pauper
    What happens when you find out that the life you've lived could have been better — much better? That's what a 60-year-old Japanese truck driver had to grapple with when he discovered he was switched at birth after being born to a rich family.

    The man, who has chosen to remain anonymous, was raised by a single mother in a 100-square-foot apartment. that a social welfare organization that ran the hospital where the mix-up occurred must pay him about $317,000 for causing "mental distress by depriving him of an opportunity to gain a higher education."

    The truck driver has chosen to remain anonymous. The boy who was raised in his place by the rich family became the president of a real estate company.

    Now, let's take a minute to consider what that court ruling means : Rich people are entitled to a higher education and poor people aren't. This court basically acknowledged that there is no meritocracy and wealth is acquired through privilege.

    I wonder if the other guy, the one who was raised by the rich family, is going to have to give back all the money he made as the president of his company.
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2013
    The Shocking Details of a Mississippi School-to-Prison Pipeline

    Because why wait until they're out of school to begin sending poor people to prison ?

    Cedrico Green can’t exactly remember how many times he went back and forth to juvenile. When asked to venture a guess he says, “Maybe 30.” He was put on probation by a youth court judge for getting into a fight when he was in eighth grade. Thereafter, any of Green’s school-based infractions, from being a few minutes late for class to breaking the school dress code by wearing the wrong color socks, counted as violations of his probation and led to his immediate suspension and incarceration in the local juvenile detention center.

    But Green wasn’t alone. A bracing Department of Justice lawsuit filed last month against Meridian, Miss., where Green lives and is set to graduate from high school this coming year, argues that the city’s juvenile justice system has operated a school to prison pipeline that shoves students out of school and into the criminal justice system, and violates young people’s due process rights along the way.

    Oh, and of course...

    This practice has also appeared to target black students. Meridian, a city of 40,000 people, is 61 percent African-American. But over a five-year period, Owens said, “There was never once a white kid that was expelled or suspended for the same offense that kids of color were suspended for.”
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeDec 1st 2013
    @Wood - Japan still has a large amount of 'family inherits control of the company' going on. It most definitely isn't a meritocracy, so the ruling doesn't surprise me at all.

    It's not unknown for a company president to adopt a promising worker in his company to 'inherit' the leadership upon his death, because it's so rare for someone to earn it on merit any other way. It even happened with Nintendo...
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    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd 2013
    That's...certainly a thing.
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    and another niche on the internet has been filled.