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What if We All Just Didn't Vote?
Former presidential candidate and low-energy American Jeb Bush had an interesting thought for us all to chew on in the lead-up to election day. During an appearance at Harvard last week, he was asked if he was voting for Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson, since he's already publicly ruled out voting for Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. He dodged the question, but when asked what would happen if normal voters followed his lead and avoided the major-party candidates, he replied, "If everybody didn't vote, that would be a pretty powerful political statement, wouldn't it?"
What would happen if, say, a brain parasite that prevents people from voting in any way infects everyone in America from now until inauguration day 2017? And while we're imagining things, let's also go back in time and give that parasite to the Americans who already voted by mail, so now they all haven't voted either. Jeb Bush's fantasy has come to life.
What happens now, and who becomes president?
"The Constitution says somebody has to be president," said Richard E. Berg-Andersson, creator of TheGreenPapers.com, one of the first election-tracking websites. "You can't go around without a president of the United States."
As anyone who has watched Veep knows, if no candidate gets a majority in the Electoral College—which none of them would if no electors voted—the presidential pick would go to the House of Representatives, with each state delegation getting one vote to be doled out to any of the three presidential candidates who got the most electoral votes.
What if We All Just Didn't Vote?
Female Robot Erica Slated As ‘Actress’ For New Movie Woefully Miscasts AI, Repercussions For Self-Driving Cars
A recent news story shaking up Hollywood involves the reported casting of a robot to be the star of a $70 million budgeted science fiction movie.
You might be puzzled as to why any undue notice would come from opting to use a robot in a sci-fi movie, which has otherwise seemingly been the case for decades.
Here’s the twist.
The backers of the film are alleging that the robot will use AI and essentially act or perform in the same manner that a human actor might do so, thus, in their estimation, this will be the first time that a movie starred an artificially intelligent actor.
For all of you aspiring actors, if you weren’t already worried about the bleakness of landing an acting job, note that once those AI-based robots become part of the SAG (Screen Actors Guild) and begin auditioning for juicy roles on film and TV, you are going to become even more despondent about your chosen career path.
Imagine coming home after a grueling audition for a part in a new series, and upon being asked by a close friend about how it went, for which you then grumble that a darned robot seemed to win over the producer and director and you lamentedly have once again lost an acting gig to one of those robot-turned-actor androids.
Curse the robots!
BangBros Is Staging a Public Relations Campaign Against Mia Khalifa
The porn company claims to have filed a cease and desist against Khalifa, in response to her comments about her experience with the company.
Commentary: ‘Karen’ is an easy target. The truth about white nationalism is much worse
Karen is a woman of many faces.
She’s the furious shopper who pitches a tantrum — and her grocery basket — at Trader Joe’s employees when they ask her to comply with state regulations and wear a mask. She’s the dog walker who erupts when a Black man requests she leash her pet, weaponizing her 911 call to make a false claim: “An African American man is threatening my life!” She’s the defiant grandmother who aggressively sits on another motorist’s car to stop them from getting a parking spot she wants.
The embodiment of white female privilege, she may be the most obsessively watched meme of this particularly fraught moment in our nation’s history.
‘Not your sexual object’: Corsicans harness the #IWas movement to challenge a culture of silence
'Dentist Karen' Threatens to Sue Dental Office for Being Asked to Wear Face Mask, Take Temperature
Liberalism Has Failed / Opinion
American liberalism was feasible only because America wasn't fully liberal. But today, we have become what our liberal philosophy imagined us to be: free of obligation and responsibility to each other, free of duties to past and future generations, masters of nature that we regard as our possession to use and abuse, consumers rather than citizens. With the weakening of religion, the centralization of our politics, a globe-straddling market and the loss of civic responsibility, we have willfully created the conditions of the state Hobbesian of nature, a war of all against all. The tools of the liberal order that were intended to free us from interpersonal obligations—the state and a market—seem no longer under our control; in poll after poll, and expressed in film and song, Americans express the anxiety and fear that they no longer feel free. Rather, they feel as if they are subjects to the impersonal forces of our liberation: state, market and technology. Paradoxically, as liberalism became fully itself, it undermined the conditions that made a modest liberalism possible. We faintly recall that Gatsby died alone, his funeral almost devoid of friends and family.
Moreover, this system that came into being to overthrow the arbitrary rule of the old aristocracy has given rise to a new powerful elite. A system that promised freedom by liberating people from others—from place, family, traditions and history—has proven ideal for a small subset of people who thrive in a borderless world of unbounded choice, amid the weakening of traditional institutions that once instructed us to be public-spirited and generous with those choices. So-called "conservatives" advanced the liberal free market while claiming to support "family values" that unfettered capitalism undermines; while so-called progressives dominate the elite institutions, such as the academy, where they spout egalitarian bromides and limit admission to a tiny fraction of the well-heeled subpopulation. Today's elites congregate in a narrow band of wealthy and expensive urban areas of the country, no longer living alongside the working class, and increasingly viewing the more traditional views of those in the heartland with contempt and derision. Tocqueville's praise of "the arts of association" has been replaced by the virtue-signaling of an elite that professes its ferocious egalitarianism.
Shootings skyrocket after NYPD disbands 'anti-crime' units: 'This is what the politicians wanted'
The New York Police Department announced last week that it would disband its controversial "anti-crime units," impacting about 600 NYPD officers who patrolled in plainclothes.
The move was applauded by those who seek immediate police reform in the wake of the tragic killing of George Floyd.
"This is a seismic shift in the culture of how the NYPD polices this great city. It will be felt immediately in the communities that we protect," New York Police Commissioner Dermot F. Shea said.
Unfortunately for New Yorkers, the impact of the reform was immediate — but it was not positive.
According to the New York Post, shootings in the city surged after the NYPD disbanded the plainclothes units. In fact, between Monday, the day Shea made his announcement, and Saturday, there had been 28 shooting incidents with 38 victims. The shootings accumulated at least five deaths.
Man allegedly threatens to shoot family wearing Black Lives Matter shirts
Syracuse shooting leaves 9 wounded, including 17-year-old struck in head
Rapper who filmed Macy’s beatdown of white man says attack was ‘instinct’
Witness describes chaotic scene after 12 people shot in Uptown Minneapolis
Canada Among Very Worst White Supremacist Countries: Report
Over 11 million online users globally have been reached by more than 6,600 right-wing extremist social media pages, groups, and accounts in Canada, according to a new report by a U.K.-based think tank that studies hate and extremism.
And researchers suspect that these users have been more active during the COVID-19 lockdown and anti-Black racism protests.
“We were really struck by the high level of engagement by Canadians,” said Jacob Davey, the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) senior research manager and co-author of the report. “It’s clear that Canada has a well established system of right-wing extremists very much comparable to that of the U.S. and U.K., and it’s part of a global pattern.”
Davey said the current anti-Black racism movements have likely led to more activity by these voices as they try to discredit the idea that racism is a problem in Canada.
Two Iowa men arrested in brutal, 'racially motivated' assault of Black man
'Who will protect you from rape without police?' Here's my answer to that question
As uprisings have spread through American cities in response to the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, a once fringe leftwing position has become rapidly mainstream: abolishing the police. Police abolition means different things to different people, but to most activists “abolition” means a radical shrinking, defunding and disarming of police forces.
The call to “abolish the police”, then, amounts not to a wholesale abandonment of the state’s enforcement of criminal law, but rather to a reimagining of the nature and responsibilities of that enforcement. Many abolition advocates imagine a future in which the police no longer constitute an armed group that surveils peaceful minority neighborhoods or uses force in non-violent drug and traffic cases. The police, if they exist at all in an abolitionist future, would be smaller, disarmed and just one of many community interventions to foster public safety.
But as calls for police abolition have entered the mainstream, some feminists – as well as commentators invested in the status quo – have raised a question: without police, who will defend women from male violence? Who will investigate and arrest rapists? This is often a well-intended and good-faith concern, especially from feminists who believe that the prevalence of sexual violence and the failure of the justice system to prosecute and punish rapists is a result of societal indifference to women’s suffering. To them, this failure calls for more, not less, state intervention.
The notion that abolishing the police will have negative repercussions for women radically misunderstands both American policing and sexual violence
But the notion that abolishing the police will have negative repercussions for women radically misunderstands both American policing and sexual violence. Police abolition need not be considered an abdication of the responsibility to protect women, but rather a way to fulfill it.
Black Cop Fired After She Stopped White Cop's Chokehold, City Wants Investigation
With all due respect, wouldn't the current enforcement instigate themselves in the new robotic training with delicate fingers because they are better qualified, there's that equality thing and because the shit needs to keep stirring? Will they only patrol people of status? The homelessness barely represent. Police or ignore? That gleam in your ugly boss' eye when he catches you staring... is that a crime? Call him ugly, it's ok. Bring slaps back.
Teach what we've got or recruit an unproven advantage that includes the same problem? The job isn't racist, the power to be excused from it is. Are we setting ourselves up for comic book double-cross?
Just a thought. 17-Jun-2020
California man who was seen on video pulling AR-15 rifle on George Floyd protesters and yelling 'Back the fuck up' is charged with assault with a deadly weapon
A California man was was caught on video earlier this week pulling an AR-15 and yelling profanities at a large group of George Floyd protesters has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon.
Jacob Bracken, 38, of Rancho Cucamonga, was arrested on two felony counts of assault of a firearm stemming from his actions during a June 1 clash between Black Lives Matter demonstrators and Donald Trump supporters carrying American flags in Upland.
Queens man under fire for tearing down Black Lives Matter sign, using racial slurs
Video: One driver is very upset that the protesters are out tells them to “stop looting.” This has been a peaceful protest
Moment a baseball bat-wielding grandmother confronts peaceful protesters in Michigan and accuses them of 'rioting'
Good Policing Saves Black Lives
In 2016 Mr. Fryer released a study of racial differences in police use of deadly force. To the surprise of the author, as well as many in the media and on the left who take racist law enforcement as a given, he found no evidence of bias in police shootings. His conclusions have been echoed by researchers at the University of Maryland and Michigan State University, who in a paper released last year wrote: “We didn’t find evidence for anti-Black or anti-Hispanic disparity in police use of force across all shootings, and, if anything, found anti-White disparities when controlling for race-specific crime.”
Mr. Fryer said in an interview that the new paper is an extension of his earlier research. Although it seemed clear to him that racial disparities in police shootings stemmed primarily from racial disparities in criminal behavior, police departments continued to be investigated, and he suspected these investigations weren’t having the intended effect. In fact, he noticed what he suspected was a pattern that warranted further study. After surveying more than two dozen federal and state probes of police departments across the country, the pattern became clear. When police were investigated following incidents of deadly force that had gone viral, police activity declined and violent crime spiked. It happened in Ferguson, Mo., after Michael Brown was shot by an officer. It happened in Chicago after a cop gunned down Laquan McDonald. And it occurred in Baltimore after Freddie Gray died in police custody.