For no particular reason—or for a reason I can not articulate right now—I want to share something with you.
At the end of the Civil War, when the United States was considering selling homesteads to black freedman, some number of white Southerners decided to turn to fraud. Whites would sell them painted sticks claiming that gave them possession of a particular parcel of land. They’d also sell them “deeds” to the land.
One such deed reads as follows:
Know all men by these presents, that a naught is a naught, and a figure is a figure; all for the white man and none for the nigure. And whereas Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so also have I lifted this damned old nigger out of four dollars and six bits. Amen. Selah!
Given under my hand and seal at the Corner Grocery in Granby, some time between the birth of Christ and the death of the devil.
The recipient of this deed was a black man who could not read. His money was taken, and then he was mocked. The mockery is almost a show of cause. His illiteracy is a weakness and that weakness makes him worthy of contempt and suitable for plunder.
When I was a child in West Baltimore it was a hobby to jump people who’d somehow wandered through your neighborhood. But you could not jump them for the hell of it—even if that’s what you were actually doing. You had to make up some fraudulent reason for plunder—“Yo, ain’t that the dude that was messing with your cousin?” or some other nakedly false show of cause. We could not accept the fact we were behaving thuggishly, that we had embraced villainy. Even in total cowardice we had to make ourselves heroic.
I learned this. It was not natural to me. I was a tender boy, until I wasn’t. And then I learned to despise weakness and to mask that contempt behind narrative and myth.
I didn’t see a single comment questioning his misleading reporting.
It’s been a real drag watching Reddit, Slashdot and Ars flip out over Snowden’s “revelations.” I thought South Park pretty much nailed it in their recent episode, but it seems like most of the people I encounter on my regular sites believe that startling things have been revealed and that the government must be stopped.
I was only in North Korea for five days, but that was more than enough to make it clear that North Korea is every bit as weird as I always thought it was.
If you merged the Soviet Union under Stalin with an ancient Chinese Empire, mixed in The Truman Show and then made the whole thing Holocaust-esque, you have modern day North Korea.
It’s a dictatorship of the most extreme kind, a cult of personality beyond anything Stalin or Mao could have imagined, a country as closed off to the world and as secretive as they come, keeping both the outside world and its own people completely in the dark about one another—a true hermit kingdom.
Russia is the biggest consumer of heroin in the world. The Siberian town of Novokuznetsk lies on the Kazakhstan border, the area hit hardest by the country’s heroin problem. We visit the hub of the heroin trade, see religious cults disguised as rehab centers, and witness the effects of a bootleg drug called Krokodil, which eats its users from the inside out.
Watch the film at Vice: Siberia: Krokodil Tears
Our clip of the week is actually two clips from “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” The first, part of the episode that originally aired Tuesday night, is Stewart’s extended, spot-on and depressingly funny rant about CNN’s coverage of the Washington Navy Yard shooting. After showing excerpts of the network’s real-time reporting, he concludes that CNN airs useless, speculation-ridden coverage not by mistake, but as a shameless ratings-generating strategy: “This is deliberate,” says Stewart. “The chaos they vomit onto the screen — the very thing we thought news organizations were created to clarify — is a feature, not a bug.”
In the second rather awesome clip, from the same episode, Stewart sends the “Daily Show” news team to CNN headquarters in New York to “report” from the scene there, CNN-style. (Some of the humor in the second clip pivots off of CNN coverage shown in the first clip, so you’re best off watching these in order.)
Head over to Ad Age to watch the clips.
Ambling down the block a couple of weeks ago with his 1-year-old daughter perched on his shoulders, Antwaun Asberry sensed something was behind him.
He turned around and spotted a tall creature that appeared to be a cat, only a lot bigger.
“His tail is longer than my arm,” Asberry, a 6-foot-5 Detroiter with a lanky build, said of the cat. “I was like, what the (expletive) … I don’t know what it is. I just want it gone.”
So do other residents in the northeast Detroit neighborhood, who said they’re unnerved by this supersize cat roaming the streets in recent weeks. They’ve tried calling Detroit police and Animal Control, but have gotten no response. On Friday, the Michigan Humane Society said it will investigate the case and try to find the cat.
SAN FRANCISCO — Federal prosecutors will no longer seek long, “mandatory minimum” sentences for many low-level, nonviolent drug offenders, under a major shift in policy aimed at turning around decades of explosive growth in the federal prison population, Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. planned to announce Monday.
“Too many Americans go to too many prisons for far too long, and for no good law enforcement reason,” Holder planned to tell the American Bar Assn. meeting here, according to an advance text of his remarks. “While the aggressive enforcement of federal criminal statutes remains necessary, we cannot simply prosecute or incarcerate our way to becoming a safer nation.”
Under the new policy, prosecutors would send fewer drug offenders to federal prison for long terms and send more of them to drug treatment and community service. A Justice Department spokesman said officials had no estimate of how many future prosecutions would be affected.
The change responds to a major goal of civil rights groups, which say long prison sentences have disproportionately hurt low-income and minority communities.
When SplashID is updated to the latest version, the icon disappears from the screen. When the user finds the new icon in All Apps, they’ll find that all their passwords are gone. Syncing to desktop without turning off 2-way sync wipes the desktop passwords as well.
It seems that they were focused on their new cloud password service and dreams of subscription fees, and destroyed the app for their entire Android user-base in the process.
I was lucky and still have the passwords on my desktop, but hundreds of users were not so lucky.
The Developer appears to be ignoring the magnitude of the problem, was asking stupid questions about phone models in the forum, and now seems to have run for the hills. I expect a class-action lawsuit if they don’t come up with a solution that salvages all the lost data.
Even if they hadn’t wiped the data, they uglied up the UI, are pushing their new cloud service, and are asking for additional payment to continue syncing to the desktop via WiFi.
The app has received over 600 one-star reviews today. I’ve never had an app go completely bad like this before, and have learned a lesson about auto-update.
If anyone can recommend a good password locker for Android and Windows, I’d like to hear about them.
Two children are dead in Campbellton, New Brunswick after they were strangled to death by an escaped python while on a sleepover in an apartment over Reptile Ocean, an exotic pet retailer.
Both victims, aged 5 and 7, were reportedly brothers and on a sleepover with the son of Reptile Ocean’s owner, Jean-Claude Savoie.
This was initially reported as a Boa attack, which seemed maybe possible if the kids were very small, but was later updated to indicate that the snake is a Rock Python, that may be as long as 15 feet.
I can’t imagine how awful the mother must feel, and can’t believe the pet shop is claiming there was no negligence.
ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - It wasn’t exactly a warm welcome for a couple of Albuquerque visitors.
It was the week of Albuquerque’s Pride Festival when a gay couple says they flew into the city.
Just minutes after arriving and getting their bags, they said a shuttle bus driver at the airport forced them to sit in the back of the bus because they were holding hands.
This brainless driver just helped make obvious the parallels between the civil rights movement, and today’s gay-rights movement.