…But then again, with more than two decades of police experience, Nielsen has learned to manipulate the truth to his advantage, which is what he tried to do last week when snatching two cameras out of a man’s hands after claiming he was blinded by the flash.
The incident left Raymond Rodden hospitalized with a whiplash injury to his neck, an official diagnosis of cervical radiculopathy, a result of Nielsen yanking the camera so hard that the camera strap left him with a herniated disc.
Raymond Rodden in the hospital with a herniated disc after Tucson police officer Bobby Nielsen yanked a camera from around his neck.
The truth is, Rodden did not discharge the flash because he was recording video on a Canon G15 and an iPhone. The flash becomes inoperable on the Canon when shooting video and while it’s technically possible to use the flash while recording with the iPhone (read comments), it may require another set of hands to do it while holding a camera in each hand…
GLASGOW, Scotland—Something strange is happening in Scotland, and it has little to do with nationalism. On streets that are normally lined only with chain shops, budget shoppers, and retail workers, there are now noisy crowds with drums and megaphones, impromptu dancing, and trestle tables stacked with political literature that keep shedding leaflets into the wind.
The trestle tables are everywhere: rickety, colorful little embassies of something messy, grounded, and different, all parked haphazardly below the giant identikit glass-fronted retail windows that are the familiar backbone of every British high street, and all drawing crowds. They are run by groups with names like Women for Independence, Scottish Pensioners for Independence, and Scots Asians for Yes. Security guards keep coming out of the shops and politely warning those manning these stalls that their banners and volunteers are encroaching on what is technically private land. Those in the street take no notice. They are too many in number, and too high in passion, to be corralled back into sanctioned spaces now.
LAUSD has some explaining to do. What is the scenario for using the MRAP? Where is it in emergency plans? How much does it cost to maintain, and will it get to any emergency faster than LAPD or LAUSD special units? Sixty one rifles. For how many officers?!
Los Angeles Unified school police officials said Tuesday that the department will relinquish some of the military weaponry it acquired through a federal program that furnishes local law enforcement with surplus equipment. The move comes as education and civil rights groups have called on the U.S. Department of Defense to halt the practice for schools.
The Los Angeles School Police Department, which serves the nation’s second-largest school system, will return three grenade launchers but intends to keep 61 rifles and a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected armored vehicle it received through the program.
This is really huge. So many were in big medical trouble.
Another day, another survey showing that Obamacare is beginning to cure America’s uninsured problem.
The latest numbers come from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which polled more than 27,000 people during the first three months of the year. Forty-one million U.S. residents, or 13.1 percent, were uninsured during the quarter when benefits started to kick in for people who signed up for coverage into private insurance or Medicaid via the Obamacare exchanges or elsewhere.
That’s the lowest number and percentage of uninsured people since the CDC started using this version of its survey in 1997. It’s also down 3.8 million people and 1.3 percentage points from the end of 2013.
I ran across this and just had to share a clip. I have been a frequent critic of the NFL for quite a long time now much to some friends slight dismay. We throw an anti super bowl party every few years. Great food, open bar, lots of long time friends and no football. Or if we do put it on it’s to point and laugh MST3K style. Who else can give an employee or free agent contractor a needle for pain and push him back on the job? Who else would casually ignore real solid medical data on the head injuries like this and continue? Tobacco companies (lungs and heart of course) I guess but that’s about it. It’s a game that attracts the brutes among us. Then it makes them faster, stronger and “better”. Until it in fact wrecks some of their minds and or their bodies.
So when football fans read the linked article what will they do? Flame me on twitter? Go with College ball? Be that as it may I’m not watching the NFL.
The crisis around head injuries—or rather the NFL’s nonchalance about head injury—forced me out of the game. But since I’ve been gone, I’ve grown sensitive about the body in ways that I wasn’t before. Only now has it begun to occur to me that a torn ACL is not merely an abstract that will keep my favorite player off of the field, but a part of the human body that has been damaged. That damage will likely haunt that particular human body long past its playing days.
Part of this is my own mix of spirituality and atheism. I generally think of the ghost not in the machine, but as the machine. My body is me, and while my brain is particularly important, when I dislocate an ankle I have injured part of myself. Anyone who is being honest about football knows that injuring people is part of the game. This film of Deacon Jones has always been a favorite of mine, for both its eloquence (“My lateral movements along with my initial speed was just fantastic.”) and candor:
“”You got this 260 pounds up to 4.5 and you got an angle on him, he should go to the hospital, and that’s exactly what I tried to do. No remorse in my heart, I tried to put him in the hospital every time I tackled. I wanted to hit and put my back into it, you know, Boom! That’s gonna provide that shot that’s gonna put the intimidating fear of God into that running back. Let him know and make him go back to that huddle and say to that quarterback. “Dammit, I’m not running in Deacon Jones’ area anymore.” So each time he came over there, I tried to tear his damn head off.””
If you want to put a textbook picture of a police force with way too much attitude, a genuine contempt for average citizens they deal with, take a snap of the Border patrol officers anywhere along southern Arizona.
Um, take that image from a stock photo or a long telephoto-A boy scout got himself threatened by an agent with his gun for taking a snap of a uniformed officer.
edit / updated (thanks Jose soto) as per this link,
Their whole approach is like a steroid taking Blackwater trooper having a bad day before you ever arrived. They can and do search people and vehicles without probable cause.
HT LA Times
…Mark Morgan, a former Los Angeles cop and FBI agent who now serves as head of internal affairs for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said Friday he does not believe any shootings since 2004 have resulted in any punishment — though he said he was still researching the agency’s data.
Morgan said in a news briefing that a committee was reviewing 67 shooting cases, as well as 809 other complaints of excessive force or misconduct. He said 14 shootings — one of them fatal — had been flagged for “a deeper look,” along with 141 of the other complaints. Cases were pulled for various problems: witnesses weren’t interviewed, or punishments didn’t fit the offense, he said.
The agency has been criticized for a lack of transparency in shooting cases — the identity of the shooters and incident reports rarely become public — and for “a lack of diligence” in internal investigations that can drag on for years. Morgan said part of the blame lies with a complicated process for investigating cases, with responsibility split between three separate agencies.
“The process is cumbersome. It’s tough getting through that sometimes,” he said. He said he is working to streamline the system. Usually, Morgan said, his department doesn’t even handle shootings by its own agents.
A few other instances of concern or abuse, from the ACLU
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Asks Federal Court to Keep Shooter’s Identity Secret in Killing of 16-Year Old by U.S. Border Patrol
The Constitution in the 100-Mile Border Zone
Would you not expect our legal civil protections to go to the border and not come up 100 miles short?
As a guy who scratches the surface of this medium with humble indy efforts and some industrial video experience I have to watch carefully. If I commit to the wrong camera or format, it can hurt financially. Once I had finished up the latest reading I thought to share some of this with you. As consumers looking at multiple formats to see a well anticipated film in or going out shopping for home entertainment gear you might find some advantage in what I describe here.
Preface-Video tech 101
We all now know and love HD. No not that crappy old DVD 720 line HD, I mean 1080 or a little better. Like Blue ray. Or modern broadcast signals. Some of us have seen or bought into 4k or 4000 lines. Coming fast is Ultra HD another 4k resolution format with better color specs. Fortunately that Blue-ray disc at 1080 plays beautifully on those screen, 4k original content and 4k cable service is still pretty bleak. But even 4k is at 30fps.
Of course cameras have to somehow keep ahead. So Red has the Dragon, a camera that shoots content at 6k. Irony-Red advertises that 6k video is the same resolution as a 19MP still camera, making the Red Dragon a good still camera as well as an amazing and inspiring cinema camera. Why ironic? DSLR cameras upended indy film/TV making when they went dual purpose still and 1080 video.
Most of us understand that video is ordinarily about 30 sorta virtual frames per second. 35mm movies are 24 real film frames per second. If we choose we can do digital video at whatever rate we equip for. The diff between 24 and 30 is subtle. But when you kick it up to 60fps or 120fps the whole look changes. Edges sharpen and motion blur diminishes greatly. Don’t confuse this with shooting at 60fps and playing at 30fps for a poor mans slo motion. I’m talking shot and played at 60fps.
The meat of the matter-
What an amazing time to be in the business. So much is changing so fast it may rival the days introducing sound or color. It’s quite an adjustment process and everyone is involved, most certainly audiences. Right now 60FPS looks too real, kinda artificial. But of course that just means lighting and staging have not adjusted yet. And a quiet foreign language romance calls for a very different look than a SciFi epic on Imax screens. So get ready for a bunch of interesting format experiments for your entertainment dollar. James Cameron, Peter Jackson and others will surely see to that. Old school guys like Tarantino and Chris Nolan will hang on to film and the classic film look as long as they can. So this grand experiment does take us back to the days when audiences had to decide if sound was a great idea, or if color or 1950’s crude 3d was worthwhile.
…At a recent event here hosted by the Academy, the audience got a preview of some of this work, which will be made available to filmmakers, equipment manufacturers, and researchers this fall. To study how various tech parameters affect a movie, the council commissioned a four-scene script and shot it over and over again. So far they’ve shot 38 versions of the first scene using professional actors, who hit the same marks every time, and motion control rigs to keep the camera angles exactly the same.
At the standard 24 frames per second, the video looked… well, normal. “This is what you’ve experienced your entire life,” said Tim Smith, a psychologist at the University of London, who was onstage with Maltz during the presentation. At 48 fps, the rate Jackson used in The Hobbit, the scene looked more like real life and somehow less cinematic. There was less motion blur: Glass vases on a table in the foreground and the text on a poster in the background stayed more sharply focused as the camera panned to follow the waitress. At 60 fps, a rate James Cameron reportedly considered for his upcoming Avatar sequel, this was even more true. Tiny movements like leaves blowing in the breeze on trees outside the window were sharp enough to be strangely distracting. At 120 fps, even jitter in the camera rig became noticeable.
…”On the one hand there’s tremendous possibility, but the challenge is to maintain the artistry and craftsmanship,” said director Jon Favreau, who’s best known for action movies like Iron Man and comedies like Swingers and Chef. “Once everything is in focus it requires a lot more staging, and a lot more sophistication in visual effects, and more attention to prop work, set design, and costuming.” There will be some growing pains as film makers learn to work with higher frame rates, Favreau says, just as there were with the introduction of sound, and later, color to movies. “There was always a little bit of artistic fall off in the early days, but eventually film makers learned to embrace and run with every new tool that was offered.”
This story is part of a series about how scientists are studying cinema for clues about the nature of perception, and how the science might aid film makers as they pursue their art.
Gotta love the science and the spectacular.
The Rosetta spacecraft has sent a hauntingly beautiful picture of itself from deep space.it was taken with the CIVA camera situated on Rosetta’s landing craft known as Philae.
It shows the edge of the spacecraft and one of its 14m-long solar wings glistening in sunlight against the blackness of space.
We know almost nothing about how Earl Ringo Jr. was executed in the early hours of the morning by the State of Missouri. Missouri deliberately hid crucial facts about its lethal injection drugs and their administration, blocking the public from understanding how capital punishment is carried out in our name. This state government took the secrecy one step further, its officials telling outright lies under oath about what could happen to Mr. Ringo and others scheduled for execution. We need our courts to care enough to demand the truth. We need other states’ governors to put a halt to executions until we have answers to the most basic questions about lethal injection.
Missouri was caught in its lies a week before Mr. Ringo’s execution date. The Director of the Missouri Department of Corrections George Lombardi promised, under oath, that Missouri would not use midazolam, the controversial drug tied to botched executions in Oklahoma, Ohio, and Arizona. That was at a hearing held in January. But chemical log forms revealed last week prove that prison officials were in fact administering midazolam and had done so in executions both before and after Lombardi’s testimony.
One of the big reasons held up as the “why” behind smartphone dominance is portability. It’s not just that smartphones can do so much more than take pictures, it’s also that they’re is so much smaller than a prosumer grade cameras. Well, at least they used to be.
This graphic, created together by Stu Maschwitz of Prolost with some help from Ars Technica, shows just how much that portability gap has narrowed with the rise of the Phablet.