Protests in the St. Louis suburb have continued since Saturday (August 9th). Here’s what we know about the events of the past few days.
And in the nature of keeping everyone in the loop, please reblog this link if you’re going to spread word about it. It’s just a list, impartial, a great way to know everything from start to current events.
Ryo Oyamada, a 24 year old student from Japan, was struck and killed by an NYPD vehicle in a hit & run. Witnesses say the police car had no lights or sirens on and was going over 70 mph. The released footage by NYPD was proven to be heavily altered in a cover-up, showing “lights” on the vehicle, when compared to footage from the NY Housing Authority on the same street with the same timestamp.
On a personal note: I know that this will probably not be shared or reblogged very much, because Asians are not very prominent in American culture. I understand this, because Asians (like me) are partially at fault for being so passive. But I am begging you to please consider signing this petition out of human decency. Ryo was just a student walking home, then struck by a nearly silent police cruiser going at excess speed, and the NYPD covered it up.
Here is the side-by-side comparison of the released video footage, including updates from the case. *Edit* This article contains a link to a graphic video moments after the crash, showing the body of Ryo Oyamada and NY citizens yelling at the police. Please advise, it is highly disturbing.
And the following is an excerpt from the petition, which as of now only has 286 signatures.
On February 21st, 2013, Ryo Oyamada was struck and killed by a police cruiser while crossing the street. NYPD claimed that the cruiser’s lights and sirens were on before the collision, but multiple eyewitnesses stated otherwise, that the lights and sirens were only turned on afterwards, and that the cruiser was speeding in excess of 70 mph down a residential street. None of these eyewitnesses were interviewed for the police report.
PLEASE SPREAD THIS AND SIGN THE PETITION!!!!
6.1 earthquake in Cali - thankfully I was far away enough to only feel a little bit of it. Remember to check for gas leaks and all that
alternative bad end, idea sketches
It began simply enough. Commuting home from my work at Reno’s alt-weekly newspaper, theNews & Review, on May 18, 2012, I drove past the aftermath of a police shooting—in this case,that of a man named Jace Herndon. It was a chaotic scene, and I couldn’t help but wonder how often it happened.
I went home and grabbed my laptop and a glass of wine and tried to find out. I found nothing—a failure I simply chalked up to incompetent local media.
A few months later I read about the Dec. 6, 2012, killing of a naked and unarmed 18-year-old college student, Gil Collar, by University of South Alabama police. The killing had attracted national coverage—The New York Times, the Associated Press, CNN—but there was still no context being provided—no figures examining how many people are killed by police.
I started to search in earnest. Nowhere could I find out how many people died during interactions with police in the United States. Try as I might, I just couldn’t wrap my head around that idea. How was it that, in the 21st century, this data wasn’t being tracked, compiled, and made available to the public? How could journalists know if police were killing too many people in their town if they didn’t have a way to compare to other cities? Hell, how could citizens or police? How could cops possibly know “best practices” for dealing with any fluid situation? They couldn’t.
The bottom line was that I found the absence of such a library of police killings offensive. And so I decided to build it.
a comment on the article:
past year, 33 police officers were killed by firearms, where as the amount of “justifiable homicides” by police is over 300. In Seattle in 2012, 20% of the homicides in the entire city that year were committed by police officers. That’s fucked and that’s institutional.
Robin Williams didn’t die from suicide. I only just heard the sad, sad news of Robin Williams’s death. My wife sent me a message to tell me he had died, and, when I asked her what he died from, she told me something that nobody in the news seems to be talking about.
When people die from cancer, their cause of death can be various horrible things – seizure, stroke, pneumonia – and when someone dies after battling cancer, and people ask “How did they die?”, you never hear anyone say “pulmonary embolism”, the answer is always “cancer”. A Pulmonary Embolism can be the final cause of death with some cancers, but when a friend of mine died from cancer, he died from cancer. That was it. And when I asked my wife what Robin Williams died from, she, very wisely, replied “Depression”.
The word “suicide” gives many people the impression that “it was his own decision,” or “he chose to die, whereas most people with cancer fight to live.” And, because Depression is still such a misunderstood condition, you can hardly blame people for not really understanding. Just a quick search on Twitter will show how many people have little sympathy for those who commit suicide…
But, just as a Pulmonary Embolism is a fatal symptom of cancer, suicide is a fatal symptom of Depression. Depression is an illness, not a choice of lifestyle. You can’t just “cheer up” with depression, just as you can’t choose not to have cancer. When someone commits suicide as a result of Depression, they die from Depression – an illness that kills millions each year. It is hard to know exactly how many people actually die from Depression each year because the figures and statistics only seem to show how many people die from “suicide” each year (and you don’t necessarily have to suffer Depression to commit suicide, it’s usually just implied). But considering that one person commits suicide every 14 minutes in the US alone, we clearly need to do more to battle this illness, and the stigmas that continue to surround it. Perhaps Depression might lose some its “it was his own fault” stigma, if we start focussing on the illness, rather than the symptom. Robin Williams didn’t die from suicide. He died from Depression*. It wasn’t his choice to suffer that.
Right, I may as well explain myself from earlier when I said burn isn’t a real deck. I played at Game Day today, and I ended up going with Junk Constellation. I won round 1 vs. mono-green easily, and pulled out a 2-1 vs. a mono-black aggro deck round 2 (not much of a contest but I got stuck on 2…
If you actually think that a magic deck requires no skill at all to pilot, you are doing yourself a disservice as a magic player. Every deck requires skill to pilot, and burn is no exception. Just because you’re angry about losing in the finals of game day doesn’t mean you can just mouth off about your opponent playing a deck that requires no skill.
You’re also very off in regards to your comments about the validity of burn in standard. “Barely can exist with the current card pool?” The deck just top 8ed a pro tour and has been a good deck for quite some time. I don’t know where you got the idea that burn is a barely viable deck, because it has existed with a card pool several sets smaller as well.
Burn has just as many complex decisions as any other deck. Do you throw the spell at their face or their creature? How fast is their creature clock, and am I able to race it? Could they be holding up a counter spell? Should I play this phoenix and commit to the board, or use a burn spell? How does my plan change if my opponent gains life, and what outs are in my deck? What is the chance I draw any of these answers? I’m not saying that Junk Constellation isn’t a skill intensive deck as well - it is a very skill intensive deck. In terms of average complexity in a game, your deck will have more decisions to make in terms of thoughtseizing your opponent, which threats to deploy, etc than a burn deck would, but the different isn’t very large. Burn requires just as much play as any other deck in standard.
The problem with your line of thinking is that you’re too busy being annoyed that you lost to a good draw than thinking about what decisions you made during the match. You brush off the fact that you missed a trigger when it literally cost you an entire game. To improve as a magic player, your mindset can’t be ‘oh, my opponent just got lucky,’ or, ‘it’s not fair that he won like that.’ Those lines of thinking are pointless and won’t teach you anything. You have to stop and think about the match you just played and what went wrong, and any changes you could make to your deck or your playstyle to improve it.
And although you may not like it, non-interactive decks do exist in magic. I play storm in modern, and often, my opponents cannot interact with me game one, and die without doing anything relevant. But the important thing to remember is that this is just another part of the metagame. It’s a real deck you will have to face. If you want to improve, then you can’t just say “oh, I hate that deck.” You have to think about sideboarding choices and different options you could take for game one.
Tilt happens, I understand - I tilt off myself at particularly frustrating games. But you have to take a deep breath, remember that the other player was just as entitled to win as you were, and try to focus. (Besides, this was just a game day. It’s not like you’re in the finals of a Grand Prix or an SCG invitational or something.)
I’m sorry if I came off as condescending here, but this is a very unhealthy viewpoint to have when it comes to losing a match. Variance is one of the pillars of Magic’s design, and losses are going to happen. You have to accept that to move on and improve as a player.