http://m.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/man-arrested-subway-shoving-killed-bronx-man-article-1.2015432 Basically, this man is believed by police to be responsible for pushing an elderly man to his death in the subway tracks while his wife looked on helplessly. Already with an incredibly long rap sheet, he was also identified by another victim as the attacker who robbed him in the subway in an incident taking place half an hour […]
‘Dystopian Diary’ Category
I was listening to some older podcasts this morning when I came across Radiolab’s Cut and Run – a short story about the Kalenjin, an ethnic group in east Africa which has utterly dominated the world of distance running. The ‘cut’ part of the title refers to a tribal ritual in which Kalenjin males are forced to endure a painful […]
Skewed reporting in times of war is, of course, nothing new. The higher-ups who managed war correspondents have usually found innovative ways to either keep them quiet or make sure they’re singing the right tune. This can happen through the editing process (which it did for a long time) or through restricting/channeling access, such as ’embedding’. But Twitter and social […]
I’ll just leave this here. http://www.clarionledger.com/story/opinion/columnists/2014/06/25/coulter-growing-interest-soccer-sign-nations-moral-decay/11372137/ I ended up liking this article more and more as I read it – I can’t remember the last time I read something that elicited such a strange combination of shock, amusement, pity, admiration, disgust, and wonder. I was entertained. This is one of the best trolljobs I’ve ever seen.
This PBS Frontline piece aired near the beginning of this year, and it focuses on how despite all the hooplah about the commissions and task forces designed to catch the high-level bankers who nearly destroyed the American economy, none of these high-level criminals have really been prosecuted, much less placed in jail. The part of this that really stands out […]
There’s bogus insanity/”fugue state” defenses for murder, which just shouldn’t be allowed to stand, but now this too? Are you fucking kidding me? How little responsibility are people going to take for their actions, through legal wrangling? http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/09/nyregion/drivers-defense-too-drunk-to-be-guilty.html?smid=tw-nytimes&_r=0 As for the insanity stuff…I feel like that shouldn’t be a defense at all. If you’re too insane to be in control […]
During Hurricane Sandy, lines could be seen going around the block at virtually every gas station as people tried to secure some for their vehicles. This, not because of the city itself, but because oil refineries in New Jersey had sustained damage. So today’s NPR post about security concerns during the shutdown raised some similar sentiments. The lesson here is that […]
One of the few sites I’ll regularly read at work is Cracked. Even though it recognizes that many of its articles aren’t meant to be taken seriously, there’s alot of genuinely surprising stuff to be learned there, many sparks for long wikipedia searches. David Wong (who I’ve just learned through wikipedia is the pseudonym taken by a certain Jason Pargin) […]
http://publicshaming.tumblr.com/post/55715208108/baseball-fans-super-angry-hispanic-american-superstar Actually you know what, this entry isn’t entirely dystopian because my faith in humanity has gone up, knowing that there’s at least one site dedicated to embarrassing these idiots. Thank you, public shaming tumblr.
This is what White House spokesman Jay Carney said about Snowden after he was allowed to fly from Hong Kong to Moscow: “Mr. Snowden’s claim that he is focused on supporting transparency, freedom of the press and protection of individual rights and democracy is belied by the protectors he has potentially chosen: China, Russia, Ecuador, as we’ve seen,” Mr. Carney […]