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Metro officer beats homeless man (video)

Source: USA Today

A Houston-area metro officer resigned Monday after a video released showed him beating a man who refused to leave a light rail station earlier this month.

Officer Jairus Warren, of the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, resigned after two internal investigations deemed he had used excessive force in the Sept. 14 incident, when he confronted a man asleep on a bench at the station.

“This incident is not reflective of our police force and I will not tolerate inappropriate use of force by officers,” Vera Bumpers, chief of the Metro Transit Authority Police, the said in a statement.

In the video released Monday, Warren is seen accosting Giles and, when Giles stands suddenly, Warren strikes him several times with a baton. Giles falls to the ground and Warren strikes him several more times before Reynoso handcuffs him.

Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/09/26/houston-metro-officer-resigns-beating-video/91137820/

At least this officer has resigned. I don't think he would have had much of a choice, resign or get fired due to public pressure when this video went public. Awful stuff. Kudos to the officer's supervisor for looking into the offense, at least.

I thought Lester Holt got run over by Trump tonight

Don the Con totally talked over him and took control too many times when he should have been shut down.

"It's not nice, and I don't deserve that."


Biggest hypocrite EVER!

Now Drumpf is trying to use his hiring of slave labor

at his club in Palm Beach as proof that he is open to minorities. What a joke!

Ever avoided a promotion at work?

I have a solid shot at a promotion. It's between myself and one other candidate. Another rung up the ladder, a few bucks more an hour.

It would alter my shift, would give me managerial responsibility over a small team of people and would increase the amount of stress for a few bucks more an hour.

The negatives outweigh the positives for me. Although I generally enjoy my current position, it doesn't pay all that well and I've been applying for jobs elsewhere related to my previous field. The way I look at it, if I'm going to leave what I've got, it's going to be for something that's really worth it. Not taking the promotion, if I were to get it over the other candidate, means I likely won't be advancing any further with this company down the road but I'm at peace with that.

Am I crazy? It just seems like in a society fixated on being upwardly mobile, I am swimming against the tide.

America does need to be "great again" in some respects

A massive study reported on in the Lancet shows areas where the U.S. has slid and needs to make significant improvement.

Iceland and Sweden share the top slot with Singapore as world leaders when it comes to health goals set by the United Nations, according to a report published in the Lancet. Using the UN’s sustainable development goals as guideposts, which measure the obvious (poverty, clean water, education) and less obvious (societal inequality, industry innovation), more than 1,870 researchers in 124 countries compiled data on 33 different indicators of progress toward the UN goals related to health.

The massive study emerged from a decadelong collaboration focused on the worldwide distribution of disease. About a year and a half ago, the researchers involved decided their data might help measure progress on what may be the single most ambitious undertaking humans have ever committed themselves to: survival. In doing so, they came up with some disturbing findings, including that the country with the biggest economy (not to mention, if we’re talking about health, multibillion-dollar health-food and fitness industries) ranks No. 28 overall, between Japan and Estonia.


Papa Bush says he will vote for Hillary

Source: CNN

Former President George H.W. Bush said Monday that he will vote for Hillary Clinton in November, according to sources close to the 41st President -- an extraordinary rebuke of his own party's nominee.

The sources said this was not the first time Bush had disclosed his intention to vote for Clinton.

The comments came during a receiving line for board members of the bipartisan Points of Light Foundation when Bush was speaking to Kathleen Hartington Kennedy Townsend, Robert F. Kennedy's daughter and the former Maryland lieutenant governor. There were roughly 40 people in the room, and it's not clear how many people heard him, though multiple sources did.

The Republican former president's embrace of the Democratic nominee represents a dramatic new chapter in the complicated three-decade-old relationship between the two most prominent families in American politics.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/20/politics/george-hw-bush-hillary-clinton/

Does this make you think differently of Bush Sr.?


Police make up charges, record themselves unwittingly

And this is how some crooked cops operate. The "perpetrator" was protesting at a DUI checkpoint, not something I would encourage, but he was peaceful. The charges are concocted from nothing valid at all.

The ACLU of Connecticut is suing state police for fabricating retaliatory criminal charges against a protester after troopers were recorded discussing how to trump up charges against him. In what seems like an unlikely stroke of cosmic karma, the recording came about after a camera belonging to the protester, Michael Picard, was illegally seized by a trooper who didn’t know that it was recording and carried it back to his patrol car, where it then captured the troopers’ plotting.

“Let’s give him something,” one trooper declared. Another suggested, “we can hit him with creating a public disturbance.” “Gotta cover our ass,” remarked a third.


Procrastinating. I do it well.

A thread about procreating would be more interesting, but I went with procrastinating.

I have some contract work to do outside of my regular job. It pays well. I'm happy to have it. I had the month of September to complete it. I'm pretty well down to the last 10 days of the month and it's about 1/3 done. The remainder is doable, but it won't be without some sweating and unnecessary stress from leaving the bulk of it to the tail end.

I'm not a high school or college kid anymore. I know better, but I have now put myself behind the 8 ball. I should be working on it right now, but I'm posting here.

I expect this sort of response:

Do you regularly put stuff off? Office projects? Household maintenance or chores? Taxes?

Organized religion in U.S. worth more than Google, Apple and Amazon combined

Fascinating. Even as the faith-based crowd gradually shrinks, and even though many churches have paid out big bucks in lawsuits to sexually assaulted parishioners, religion is still worth a shit ton of money:

Religion in the United States is worth $1.2tn a year, making it equivalent to the 15th largest national economy in the world, according to a study.

The faith economy has a higher value than the combined revenues of the top 10 technology companies in the US, including Apple, Amazon and Google, says the analysis from Georgetown University in Washington DC.

Co-author Brian Grim said it was a conservative estimate. More than 344,000 congregations across the US collectively employ hundreds of thousands of staff and buy billions of dollars worth of goods and services.

More than 150 million Americans, almost half the population, are members of faith congregations, according to the report. Although numbers are declining, the sums spent by religious organisations on social programmes have tripled in the past 15 years, to $9bn.


Hallelujah! $$$$$
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