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Saturday, June 06, 2015

Links - 6th June 2015

Jon Davis's answer to What should Bradley Manning have done? - Quora - "This is Franklin C. Spinney. He is one of the most respected whistleblowers in the United States today. He was an intelligence analyst who mercilessly attacked the Pentagon for its poor spending policies, excessive wastes, fraud and corruption within the ranks. For his important works and the manner in which he did them, he is still highly respected by both the military and intelligence communities. As an added bonus, he also didn't have to go to federal prison... According to David Liegh, the Investigations Executive editor of the Guardian:
We really have got to do something about these redactions. And [Assange] said, "These people were collaborators, informants. They deserve to die."
And at least one did. Manning gave some of the most valuable information in the United States military to someone who wished to see those who help Americans die. His bias against the United States bordered on murderous"

Brazil bans WhatsApp because of fears of child porn exchanges

Joe Pepersack's answer to Why did Black Widow's hairstyle change from curly to straight in The Winter Soldier? - Quora - "Because even if she is a badass master assassin superhero, she's still a woman... and women like to change their hairstyles for no particular reason. It's a lot easier to try and figure out how superpowers work than to understand the inner workings of the female mind."

Age of Ultron Is Proof Marvel Is Killing the Popcorn Movie - "The aim is not one or two bad movies a year, it’s a total lifestyle regimen of bad pop culture: In order to keep up with Avengers, you need to keep up with Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor, and in order to keep up with those, you should probably be watching Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which will really help you keep up with Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, Captain Marvel, and Guardians of the Galaxy, and in order to make sure you’re on top of these nine essential movie franchises and able to make sense of their plots, you’ll need to keep a constant stream of Marvel product in your life, so make sure to tune in for Agent Carter, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and, of course, the forthcoming Hulu triumphs, Ant-Man’s One Weird Friend Gary and Guy Running Away From Explosion In Panel 17."

Jon Davis's answer to Did the US military kill two Reuters journalists in 2007? - Quora - "the US military pilots in question saw what very much appeared to be weapons, a few of which absolutely were (AK-47 at 3:13) in a group of people taking what appeared to be a defensive location in an obvious battlefield. They also saw the cameras, which clearly looked like an RPG-(Rocket Propelled Grenade) held by a shooter taking up a defensive position behind a building. That is how it appeared and in the military decisions are made on how things appear, not what is later shown to be the case two years later"

Criticised by Muslims, filmmaker to remove Facebook post on airport assault incident - "“Suddenly I have people who are messaging me on my Facebook ― ‘Jangan jaga tepi kain orang’, typical stuff that say I don't understand the Quran,” Leong said in a brief phone interview, referring to the Malay proverb that means “Mind your own business”. “A lot of them tell me that in the Quran, there is this thing where the husband can discipline the wife. First he can advise her, then refuse to share the matrimonial bed. “Then if that doesn't work out, then he can lightly tap her, a form of beating, to discipline,” the 31-year-old documentary filmmaker added... In her Facebook post, Leong wrote that when she told the man off for hitting his partner, two other men told her to keep quiet and to not create trouble. “Girl looked at me and told me ‘no no it's ok. Sudah biasa takpe masalah sahaja’,” Leong wrote.... The filmmaker said the mostly Malay-Muslims who privately messaged her on Facebook have also accused her of not understanding Asian values."

Rolling Stone and UVA: more than a failure of journalism - "our society is in the midst of a hysterical panic over an imaginary epidemic of rape on campuses. The Rolling Stone piece is a product of that panic; it is a symptom of a bigger problem. It was a belief in the existence of a rape epidemic, and the desire to convince others of it, that led Rolling Stone to embrace advocacy over fact-finding... Erdely and the editors were also following the feminist view that it is insensitive to question those who make rape accusations. Erdely said she didn’t ask more questions for fear of ‘re-traumatising’ Jackie... The far more important issue raised by the UVA debacle is how to deal with the problem of our unhinged campuses, and the ridiculous belief that rape is as rampant on an Ivy League campus as it is in a war-torn area of the Third World... While Erdely and the campus activists express concerns about future victims, they are clearly not bothered about creating a witch-hunt atmosphere and denying due-process rights in the here and now. Erdely notably failed to apologise to those who were the victims of her reporting: the men she falsely accused of rape, and all the fraternities at UVA that she charged with promoting a ‘rape culture’. Thanks to her article, brothers at the accused Phi Kappa Psi fraternity were called rapists as they walked campus. Vandals threw bricks at their windows, and they were forced to move to a motel."

Sweden trolls Russian submarines with a dancing gay neon sailor

For those in peril | The Economist - "A Facebook page for Syrian refugees has now confirmed that his family has reached Italy. Asked about the danger they faced on the trip, Mr Albashawat replies, “What danger? This is nothing compared with the danger we saw in Syria”... The programme’s critics in Italy and elsewhere in the EU went on to argue that although it seemed to save people, by encouraging people to risk their lives it actually led to more deaths. As the British government put it, there was “an unintended ‘pull factor’, encouraging more migrants to attempt the dangerous sea crossing and thereby leading to more tragic and unnecessary deaths”.

The rise of Middle Eastern crime in Australia - "In many of the key areas that were experiencing rapid rises in Middle Eastern crime, these new leaders became more concerned with relations between the police and ethnic minorities than with emerging violent crime. The power and influence of the local religious and minority leaders cannot be overstated. Police began to use selective law enforcement. They selected targets that were unlikely to use their ethnic background and cultural beliefs to hinder police investigations or arrests. It was mostly Anglo Saxons and Asians that were the targets, because they were under represented by religious leaders and the media. They were soft targets... In the minds of the local population, the police were cowards and the message was, Lebs rule the streets. For a number of days, nothing was done to rectify this total breakdown of law and order. To the senior police in the area, it was more important to give the impression that local ethnic relations were never better. It was also important to Peter Ryan that no bad news stories appeared that may have given the impression that crime in any area was out of control. Had these hoodlums been arrested they would have filed IA complaints immediately via their Legal Aid lawyers and community leaders. To senior police, this was a cause for concern at the next Op Crime Review... the violence is directed mainly against young Australian men and women. There is a clear and definite link between violent attacks on our young men and women being racial as well as criminal. Quite often when taking statements from young men attacked by groups of Lebanese males around Darling Harbour, a common theme has been the racially motivated violence against the victims simply because they are Australian. I wonder whether the inventors of the racial hatred laws introduced during the golden years of multiculturalism ever took into account that we, the silent majority, would be the target of racial violence and hatred... To highlight the problems with Middle Eastern communities in this city is to threaten to tear down the multicultural facade. The amount of money spent on the multicultural industry beggars belief. It is a lucrative and sustainable position for many"

Deputy shot dead after man takes gun - "A veteran King County sheriff’s deputy was killed yesterday when a nude and highly agitated man who’d been running in traffic and pounding on cars took the officer’s gun and shot him repeatedly outside an apartment complex here."
Just because someone is unarmed doesn't mean he is not dangerous. Which is why cops shooting unarmed people isn't that shocking

White teen Gilbert Collar killed by black cop Trevis Austin in Alabama mirrors Ferguson - "Gilbert Collar, a white, unarmed 18-year-old under the influence of drugs was shot and killed Oct. 6, 2012, by Officer Trevis Austin, who is black, inMobile, Alabama. Despite public pressure for an indictment, a Mobile County grand jury refused to bring charges against Officer Austin, concluding that the officer acted in self-defense. The circumstances mirror those of the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown, a black unarmed 18-year-old under the influence of drugs by Officer Darren Wilson, who is white, in Ferguson. A St. Louis County grand jury’s decision Monday not to indict the officer ignited violence and looting in Ferguson and days of protests nationwide against racial injustice. The discrepancy in the reaction to and coverage of the two grand jury decisions has not been lost on social media, where critics are citing the Collar case to counter those who say Brown was the victim of racism in both law enforcement and judicial system... Critics also note there has been no rioting or sustained protest in Mobile"

Legal scholars praise Ferguson grand jury for fairness beyond the norm - "Legal experts across the country agree that while the process that led to a grand jury’s decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for killing Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, was unusual, it was not unfair. Rather if it was anything unusual, it was in its fairness and openness."

@victoriagayle on Instagram: “Dad's #LKY #tattoo - #thankyoulky #ripLKY #tributetolky #leekuanyew #singapore”

Breast Implant/Suicide Link Confirmed - "Women have an overall threefold higher risk of suicide after getting breast implants -- a risk that keeps going up over time"

Black students: Name building for cop-killer - "“If we do not receive a written response from Chancellor (Nick) Dirks addressing in detail each of our individual demands as they were presented, by 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, we will understand that the chancellor has not prioritized the dire needs of black students on this campus,” BSU students wrote in a press release."

Did IZ Reloaded hide secret messages inside his LKY tweets? | New Nation
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