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Over half of police-involved killings in 2020 began after non-violent incidents

Over half of police-involved killings in 2020 began after non-violent incidents
Orion Rummler

58% of police-involved killings in the U.S. last year began when officers responded to non-violent incidents, per the Mapping Police Violence database.

Why it matters: This week's lethal shooting of Daunte Wright near Minneapolis sparked new protests and comes in the wake of nationwide demonstrations against police violence.

Black people are killed by police at higher rates than white people in 47 of the 50 largest cities in the country, according to comparisons from 2013 to 2020.

Although Black people are three times as likely to be killed by police than white people, they are 1.3 times as likely to be unarmed compared to white people.
Police killings have generally increased in suburban and rural areas and decreased in cities.


There is an excellent graphic showing the breakdown of police killings by the type of incident which started it but I am unable to post it here.

Anybody trying to watch Britbox tonight?

First when I turned to it I got a message saying it was not available in my country. Then it wouldn't load at all. Last time I had this problem with a streaming channel their software on my Roku device needed to be updated and I had to unplug it from the power and power it back up. So I did that.

Still no improvement, so I checked the Britbox web site that showed the streaming app was down. I watched something on Acorn TV and came back - still no Britbox. It acted as though I had no subscription so I signed in and it went to a gray screen - not the same as before.

So no Britbox tonight, I guess. Anyone having problems?

Petition to Make LeVar Burton the host of "Jeopardy

Make LeVar Burton the next host of Jeopardy!

219,355 have signed. Let’s get to 300,000!

Between hosting 21 seasons of the educational Reading Rainbow, playing the brainiac engineer Geordi La Forge on Star Trek: the Next Generation, and filling the roll of Kunta Kinte in the ever important mini-series Roots, LeVar Burton has inspired and shaped the minds of several generations of trivia-loving nerds. This petition is to show Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. and producers Mike Richards and Harry Friedman just how much love the public has for Burton, and how much we'd all love to see him as the next host of Jeopardy!


Godzilla vs. Cat (OwlKitty Parody)


MR. BIDEN (Bring My Vaccine) - A Randy Rainbow Song Parody

Meatier meals and more playtime might reduce cats' toll on wildlife

Meatier meals and more playtime might reduce cats’ toll on wildlife
Simple steps to keep felines happy can also keep more wild birds and mammals alive

By Jonathan Lambert
February 11, 2021 at 11:00 am

Surprisingly simple measures might keep domestic cats from killing a lot of wildlife.


Owners then implemented one of a handful of interventions for six weeks: switching to a grain-free, high-meat commercially available food; playing for five to 10 minutes each day; putting their cat’s normal food in a puzzle feeder; and existing methods like bells or Birdsbesafe collars. Some owners didn’t change anything, but continued tracking their cats.

Cats fed the meat-rich diet brought home 36 percent less prey, on average, than they did before the diet change, the team calculated. For instance, a cat that normally brings home a daily catch would instead return about 20 critters a month. “This might not seem like very much,” McDonald says of the drop. But “a very large cat population means that if this average were applied across the board, it would result in very many millions fewer deaths.”

Felines treated to playtime, which consisted of owners getting their cats to stalk, chase and pounce on a feather toy and then giving cats a mouse toy to bite, returned 25 percent less prey, though that drop came mostly from mammals, not birds. Cats that started using puzzle feeders actually brought home more wildlife. Bells had no discernible effect, while cats fitted with Birdsbesafe collars brought home 42 percent fewer birds, but roughly the same number of mammals, which aligns with previous research.

More: https://www.sciencenews.org/article/cat-meat-meals-diet-playtime-wildlife-birds

Given that the study shows that cats fed meatier diets hunted less, perhaps the standard cat fare is not rich enough in nutrients. That, and boredom by cats that don't get enough stimulation, could be the major reason cats that are allowed to run free hunt birds and small mammals.

My three are indoor only cats, but they certainly enjoy watching the birds and squirrels outside - and at least one of them would be very happy to chase them, though that could be that he spent over a month outside when he got loose and returned to his old home and got used to hunting for his food.

Finally finished a needlework project

It's been in the works since fall of 2011 when I took this class in Naples, Florida at the Embroiderer's Guild of American National Seminar. The design and class were by Marsha Papay-Gomola.

Technically, this is called "stumpwork" and involves padding some parts and making detached elements, some with wire inside so they can be adjusted and shaped. All the macaws and some of the leaves are padded, some leaves and the butterfly are soft detached elements, most leaves are wired.

The bright birds make me happy!

Cat on a fast train roof holds up London to Manchester service

You hear about delays from leaves on the line, maybe even the occasional swan, but on Tuesday evening a cat was discovered on a train roof at London Euston station – a whisker away from hitching a 125mph ride up north.

The tabby was spotted curled up on top of an Avanti West Coast train about half an hour before it was due to depart for Manchester at 9pm and refused to move.

Passengers were transferred to a replacement train with only a slight delay and the train was taken out of service so staff could coax the cat down from its precarious perch, where it was perilously close to the 25,000 volt overhead lines.
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After a two and a half hours, the standoff came to an end when a bin was pulled up beside the carriage, giving the animal a platform on which to disembark.

More: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/mar/04/cat-on-a-fast-train-roof-holds-up-london-to-manchester-service

My husband and I got our first Covid vaccinations today!

My doctor's practice is a large one and they have their own immunization clinic normally. So in addition to giving shots at the individual doctor's offices, they are doing it at the clinic.

We got there, filled out the paperwork, got called in along with six other people. They had chairs lined up in the hallway and the nurse worked his way down along the line, giving each person their shots. Then he went through other instructions, handed out cards with our vaccination info and the date to come back for the second shot - that part was easy, three weeks from the first one, at the same time.

By the time he'd covered all of this, 15 minutes had passed and we all left. I really like that there is no uncertainty about when to come back - except the nurse had made a mistake and put down March 13, though he'd told us March 16! I suspect with the hundreds of shots he's given, he's probably getting a bit punch drunk.

Now not quite twelve hours later, my arm is a little sore, about the same as when I got my flu shot. I'm going to bed soon, so I hope I will sleep off any other symptoms.

My husband and I have appointments for our Covid vaccines!

I'd signed both of us up with my doctor's office about a week ago and today they called to offer me an appointment. I told them my husband needed his and she made an appointment just a couple of hours later for both of us.

So next week on the 23, we go in for our vaccinations!
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