Brickbats

Brickbats: July 2020

News of politicians, police, and bureaucrats behaving badly from around the world

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Lucio Delgado was proud to have the chance to become an American citizen after moving to the U.S. from Mexico six years ago. But his dreams were dashed when he flunked the reading portion of the naturalization test. Delgado is blind, but examiners refused to provide that portion of the exam in Braille. Delgado says he was told he needed a doctor's note.

An arbitrator has ordered the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department to reinstate an officer who was fired for hesitating to respond to the mass shooting at the Mandalay Bay casino in 2017. Bodycam video showed Cordell Hendrex leading a rookie officer and three casino security officers one floor below where the gunman was. They stopped when they heard gunfire and remained in the hallway for five minutes. Hendrex then led the team to a stairwell, where they remained for at least 15 more minutes.

San Francisco officials have agreed to pay $369,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by a reporter whose home and office were illegally searched. The police were trying to find the confidential source who leaked results of an investigation into the death of the city's former public defender, but California's shield law protects journalists from such searches.

Berlin has agreed to pay compensation to two men who, at ages 6 and age 14, respectively, were deliberately placed in the care of pedophiles. Between 1969 and 2004, the West German government in Berlin placed at least nine runaway boys with convicted sex offenders. The program was the idea of sexologist Helmut Kentler, who argued that unruly children could benefit from adult sexual attention. Kentler claimed the boys would fall "head over heels" in love with their new guardians. The two men say that, in fact, they were repeatedly raped.

Jezenia Gambino says her daughter is too embarrassed to return to the elementary school she attends in Port St. Lucie, Florida, after the girl's fifth-grade teacher asked in front of classmates if she and another girl were dating. Gambino says her daughter later got a text from the other girl, who "wasn't sure if they should hang out together anymore because of what happened in school."

Seth Reynolds has so far spent 300 nights in jail for defying a Boone County, Missouri, judge's order to remove a shed and fence the judge found to be in violation of local zoning laws.

The Guardian reports that Saudi Arabia's three largest mobile phone companies have made millions of tracking requests since November 2019 that would allow them to locate Saudi phone users in the United States. Such requests can be routine and can, for instance, help foreign phone companies register roaming charges. But security experts say the volume of requests indicates the Saudi government is likely spying on its citizens within the United States.

The School District of Philadelphia has barred teachers from providing remote instruction to students while schools are closed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Officials say teachers may not grade any work that is submitted because some students may not have access to the necessary technology.

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  1. >>Delgado is blind, but examiners refused to provide that portion of the exam in Braille.

    wtf. special place in hell, examiners.

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  2. “The School District of Philadelphia has barred teachers from providing remote instruction to students while schools are closed because of the coronavirus pandemic.”
    On the other hand, taxpayers will still be paying the full year school tax bill because FYTW.

    1. So they got as much education remotely as they got in an actual Philly classroom.

      At least there isn’t far to fall the next time they take a standardized test.

  3. Berlin has agreed to pay compensation to two men who, at ages 6 and age 14, respectively, were deliberately placed in the care of pedophiles. Between 1969 and 2004, the West German government in Berlin placed at least nine runaway boys with convicted sex offenders. The program was the idea of sexologist Helmut Kentler, who argued that unruly children could benefit from adult sexual attention. Kentler claimed the boys would fall “head over heels” in love with their new guardians. The two men say that, in fact, they were repeatedly raped.

    What the fuck?

    1. Hey, that was my exact reaction too!

      But really, I think this just goes to show how superior the European social safety net is.

  4. Kentler was born in 1928. I wonder what political party he belonged to in the ’40s.

    At the end of the 1960s, in a model experiment, he placed several neglected 13 to 15-year-old boys, whom he considered “secondary mental defectives”, with pedophiles he knew, in order to reintegrate them into society under their care and to allow them to grow into mature adults. Due to the criminal offence associated with it, he made this public only after its statute of limitations more than a decade later. Kentler hoped that the experiment would help the young people to regain social stability through the men. It was clear to Kentler that the adults would in all likelihood engage in prohibited sex with the minors. The scandal was publicly debated in 2015 and the Senate Youth Administration then commissioned the scientist Teresa Nentwig from the University of Göttingen to investigate the incident and the responsibility of the authorities.

    At a factional hearing of the FDP in 1981 he reported: “These people only endured these moronic boys because they were in love, infatuated and infatuated with them.” In an expert opinion for the Senatsverwaltung für Familie, Frauen und Jugend he described the results of the 1988 trial as “a complete success”. At that time he did not have to fear any criminal consequences because of the statute of limitations. He also maintained contacts with the former participants during his teaching activities in Hanover and, in an expert opinion for the Berlin Family Court in the early 1990s, recommended that one of the abused youths continue to stay with his paedophile foster father, whom he described as a pedagogical natural talent.

    Kentler was single, homosexual and had three adoptive sons and one foster son.

    1. How much you wanna bet Kentler was also abusing his adopted kids. Germans uch.

  5. Asking here because I can’t ask there….

    Is anyone else unable to access the comments on Baily’s Herd Immunity story today? I’ve tried reloading the page, and I’ve tried leaving the Reason site entirely and then coming back. I still can’t get it to show me the comments.

    1. worked for me. either i’m special or you are.

    2. I find that I can’t comment (or refresh) when the roundup commercial is running.

      1. I don’t have any video ad running at all on that article. Maybe that’s why I can’t see the comments.

  6. “California’s shield law protects journalist from such searches.” I’m so tired of singling out “journalists” for special treatment. And that’s even if one could objectively determine who is a journalist, which one can’t.

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  9. The bit about the Philadelphia schools is a bit misleading. The Philadelphia School District has had remote instruction and grading since April.

    The Philadelphia School District ordered no remote instruction in mid-March, only a couple of days after the lockdown was announced. The reason was that they couldn’t guarantee that all the students, especially special ed students, had access. Here’s the relevant article from March 18th:
    https://whyy.org/articles/philly-schools-forbid-remote-instruction-during-shutdown-for-equity-concerns/

    Sorry if that doesn’t render right. I’m new.

    The Philadelphia School District implemented their remote instruction plan about five weeks later:
    https://www.penncapital-star.com/covid-19/remote-instruction-begins-for-philly-public-schools-meal-distribution-changes/

    We have to cut them a little slack. No one expected this and this spring we were all scrambling to figure out how to do what we do remotely. The Philadelphia School District has 339 schools, 202,000 students, and 18,300 staff (source: wikipedia). Transitioning an organization of that size (especially a government organization) to remote work and getting all the families rolling in five weeks is pretty good. Considering how hard it was to teach my Mom to use Skype, I’m quite impressed.

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