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August 31, 2015

woman requires helicopter rescue from trying to save her kitten. kitten gets home without help

A 51-year-old woman sprained her ankle trying to retrieve her kitten from a steep slope behind her Silverado Canyon home Monday and needed to be rescued herself by firefighters aboard a helicopter.

The woman scrambled up a ridge about 8 a.m. to help get a newly adopted kitten down from behind her home in the 14900 block of Kitterman Drive, according to Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Steve Concialdi.

The woman, whose name was not immediately released, got to the top of the ridge. But when she started to try to get down, without the cat, she slid about 50 feet, twisting her ankle and suffered bumps, bruises and cuts, Concialdi said.

A firefighter rappelled down to her from a helicopter, the captain said. With ropes, the firefighter and woman were pulled onto the aircraft, which flew them to safety, Concialdi said.

The woman declined to be taken to a hospital, so firefighters drove her home.

“The kitty made its way back down by itself,” Concialdi said. “That’s why we say if a cat gets stuck in a tree or a roof, just put some food down on the ground and when the cat is hungry, it will come back down.


August 31, 2015

How to give a Donald Trump stump speech, in 12 easy

2. Pay your respects to the American flag.

3. Remark on the yuuuuge size of the crowd

6. When discussing trade and foreign policy, mention China as often as possible.

7. Remind everyone that you have more money than they do.

8. Say the Bible is your favorite book and the crowd will give you a thumbs up.

9. Be sure to slam your opponents.

10. Make noises to emphasize your points.


August 30, 2015

Unsettling Video Shows Oakland Cop Spit on a Man for Filming Him, claims it's not assault

Claims it's not assault. It is. God help the videotaped if he had spit back


A short video was uploaded to Facebook Saturday that epitomizes the rift between police and the citizens.

The video was posted to Facebook by Peter Garza on Saturday, with the following description:

A OAKLAND,CA police officer spat on a friend of mine last night and he got it on video.. the cop claims it’s not assault, but if it was the other way around I’m sure my friend would of [sic] got charged with “Assault on a peace officer. THIS IS NOT RIGHT! MAKE THIS GO VIRAL

While it is unclear as to what was happening during the video, the actions of this officer are not disputed.

He spat on a man who was filming him.

The act of spitting on a person is considered assault under California law. A California assault can occur even if the touching involved did not or could not cause any sort of injury. It doesn’t need to be direct either—it can be done indirectly by causing an object to touch the “victim,” according to SHouse California Law Group.
August 30, 2015

This is climate change: Alaskan villagers struggle as island is chewed up by the sea

Source: latimes

This what climate change looks like, up close and personal.

In this town of 403 residents 83 miles above the Arctic Circle, beaches are disappearing, ice is melting, temperatures are rising, and the barrier reef Kivalina calls home gets smaller and smaller with every storm.

There is no space left to build homes for the living. The dead are now flown to the mainland so the ocean won't encroach upon their graves. Most here agree that the town should be relocated; where, when and who will pay for it are the big questions. The Army Corps of Engineers figures Kivalina will be underwater in the next decade or so.

Because the town's days on the edge of the Chukchi Sea are numbered, no money has been invested to improve residents' lives. Eighty percent of the homes do not have toilets. Most rely on homemade honey buckets — a receptacle lined with a garbage bag topped by a toilet seat.

Read more: http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-arctic-obama-20150830-story.html



August 30, 2015

Citizens taking video of police increasingly finding themselves facing arrest themselves

Smartphones are making it easier than ever for people to record police encounters with the public, providing evidence of beatings and shootings that wouldn't have existed otherwise.

But some police departments are responding to the scrutiny by arresting citizen videographers on such charges as obstruction or interfering with a crime scene. And even though recording police is protected by the First Amendment, civil libertarians say such arrests are only becoming more frequent.

New York's ACLU has been fighting back with an app that automatically uploads citizen videos to a central server, preserving them even if the smartphone is seized.

And California Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed a "Right to Record Act" that specifically declares people may not be prevented from recording the police.


August 30, 2015

"if you don't want to entice a rapist, don't wear high heels so you can't run from him"

Singer Chrissie Hynde has come under fire for suggesting it can be a woman's fault if she is raped.

"You know if you don't want to entice a rapist, don't wear high heels so you can't run from him," she said, in an interview in the Sunday Times.
The Pretenders singer, 63, said she takes "full responsibility" after she was sexually assaulted aged 21 in Ohio.

"If I'm walking around in my underwear and I'm drunk. Who else's fault can it be?" Hynde told Krissi Murison.

In her recently completed autobiography, Reckless, Hynde recounts how she was forced to perform sexual acts on members of an Ohio motorcycle gang who had promised to take her to a party, but instead took her to an abandoned house.
"Technically speaking, however you want to look at it, this was all my doing and I take full responsibility," said the singer, who recalled being high on drugs at the time.

"If I'm walking around and I'm very modestly dressed and I'm keeping to myself and someone attacks me, then I'd say that's his fault. But if I'm being very lairy and putting it about and being provocative, then you are enticing someone who's already unhinged - don't do that. Come on! That's just common sense."

August 30, 2015

left 1 kid of 4 in shopping cart and driving off, realized baby was missing after 40 minutes

"I got into my car, and normally I put my cart away," says Peterson. "But I didn't need to because I parked at the front of the store and I never park there. And I drove away."

The baby was spotted almost immediately by an off-duty Phoenix police officer, who took the infant into a nearby Supercuts salon.

Fortunately, the boy was not injured and he is doing fine.

But in the days that followed, Peterson faced a blast of criticism on social media, as people called her a drug addict and a terrible mom.

But Gilbert police say Peterson returned to look for her baby within 40 minutes when she realized her mistake.

"As I was pulling into the garage, my 3-year-old goes, where's baby Huxton?'" Peterson says. "His car seat is right behind me. I turned around and realized it was gone."

"It was still a long time," Peterson admits. "It was still 40 minutes. It was not two hours. And I never took my other kids out of the car, so it wasn't like I knew I left him. I thought the whole time he was in my car."

August 29, 2015

Cereal out of a (fancy) shoebox: New York's latest food trend (wasteful packaging alert!)

Lots of wasteful packaging for two minutes of eating!


A fashion retailer in – where else? – Brooklyn is turning the classic student staple of all-day cereal into a moneyspinner at a minimum $6 a pop

Cereal for dinner is comfort food. It’s a go-to for college students, anyone in the midst of a Netflix binge, and it’s a savior on days when it’s too cold to bother going to the store. It’s the easiest meal to make: just add milk. And yet this standard snack has somehow become New York’s latest food trend.

Kith Treats, the newly opened “cereal bar” in Brooklyn, is a spartan, all-white dessert cafe stuck on to the front of the high-end athletic wear and shoe store, Kith. The hip streetwear shop features a glass cabinet of sneakers atop tennis balls, and sells its own apparel line, Kith, alongside brands like Timberland, Nike and Asics.

Kith Treats presents its cereal with the same attention to detail as it does its shoes: with plenty of design flourishes. Cocoa Puffs and Frosted Flakes are sold in little silver packets. They come packaged in a shoebox, with a glass bottle of milk, that you can eat out of with a special spoon-cum-straw.


Patrons can make their own box for $6 and choose up to two cereals ($7 for three) and one of the milk options – toppings are an additional 75 cents each. Customers can also try one of the Kith Treats combination specials, named after musicians, artists and pro BMX riders. I got the Bam Bam to go, which was designed by the rapper Action Bronson. And by designed, I mean the combination of Rice Krispies Treats, Cookie Crisp, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Kit Kat, Oreo and Marshmallow Charms was dreamed up and priced at $9.25. I also tried the Cereal Swirl, which is ice cream with crushed-up Lucky Charms and marshmallows in it ($5.50). It was delicious, like a grownup McFlurry. The barista (cerealista?) tells me a lot of the people who come in later in the day opt for the ice cream over the cereal.


August 29, 2015

A Lot of People Donít Bother Using Fancy Car Tech

The Los Angeles Times notes that 43 percent of people surveyed don't use their cars' voice recognition to call up things like GPS directions. Thirty-five percent never tried automatic parking, 32 percent avoided apps like Yelp, and 20 percent didn't even use half of the tech features in their cars. (The survey asked about 33 tech features that seemed to be available in all respondents’ cars.)
The report polled 4,200 people between April and June who had bought or leased cars no more than three months before taking the survey. Research indicates that people are unlikely to explore car features and start using new ones after the first three months of owning a car, Reuters reports.

It seems that most people, especially those in the 21- to 38-year-old range simply used their smartphones instead of attempting to engage with their cars' tech features. For all ages the lack of engagement seemed to be a combination of active avoidance and not knowing all of the things the cars could do.

Kristin Kolodge, the executive director of driver interaction at J.D. Power, told Reuters, "Customers say, 'I have a competing technology that's easier to use, or I've already paid for it—so why do I need it again?' ... Is it really making it easier? That's where some of the value is being challenged." She noted in a statement that the tech features people seem to like the most are more related to actual driving mechanics—things like maintenance diagnostics, cruise control, and blind spot monitoring—than entertainment or connectivity.


August 29, 2015

The busboy who cradled a dying RFK has finally stepped out of the past

Juan Romero, the Ambassador Hotel busboy who cradled a dying Robert F. Kennedy after he was shot on June 5, 1968, carried the weight of that moment through the decades. Now, he says, "I don't carry the cross anymore."


A Roosevelt High School student who had moved north from Mexico at the age of 10, Romero recalled the photos of President John F. Kennedy that hung alongside those of Pope John Paul XXIII in the homes of Mexican families.

He worked at the hotel after school and had delivered room service to Kennedy earlier in the week. He knew he'd never forget the way Kennedy treated him and the pride he felt, and now he wanted to congratulate him as the candidate made his way through a kitchen service area. Romero reached out, took Kennedy's hand, and watched him slump to the floor as gun blasts echoed.

The black-and-white photos of that moment, by Boris Yaro of the Los Angeles Times and Bill Eppridge of Life magazine, are as haunting now as they were 47 years ago


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