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In Florida, officials at Love Grove Elementary School had Martina Falk's 6-year-old daughter Nadia involuntarily committed to a mental institution for two days for an evaluation after the girl allegedly threw a tantrum at school and threw chairs. Body camera footage shows the two deputies called to transport the child were skeptical about the assignment and that the girl was well behaved and chatty with them, with one of the deputies even calling her "very pleasant" and questioning whether school employees were provoking the child. That didn't stop them from taking her to the mental health facility.

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Brickbat: Respect My Authority!

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Nedra Miller said she let officials at Florida's River Ridge High School know weeks earlier that her son would not be at school one day because of an appointment with an orthodontist. Her son, William, made the mistake of dropping a friend off at school that day. And when William tried to leave, a Pasco County Sheriff's Office deputy and Cindy Bond, a school discipline assistant, tried to block him as he drove away. The confrontation was caught on the deputy's body camera. "You're gonna get shot you come another f—ing foot closer to me," the deputy said as the boy tried to drive around them. "You run into me, you'll get f—ing shot." William wasn't shot, but he was suspended and later expelled from school. The sheriff's office is refusing to identify the deputy, saying they can't release his name while the incident is under investigation. It did confirm he's still working at the school.

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  1. Evil: profoundly immoral and wicked
    Cops are evil.

    1. Nice blanket accusation you got there. Too bad it’s incorrect, there are tons of good cops.

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  3. At least throughout he maintained professionalism and decorum in front of children.

    1. It’s a shame his cussing was such simple-minded fixation. He could have used it as a teaching moment for new and interesting swearing a la R. Lee Ermey.

      1. That’s a little harsh. He was flexing his mental muscle as far as it could go. Some folk simply aren’t as eloquent and few are as intelligent as R. Lee was.

  4. I know if I were that kid I would be traumatized by that incident. I’d have nightmares and depression and sudden panic attacks and a phobic fear of not only going to school but even leaving my house. It would affect my whole life, a whole shitload of pain and suffering and mental anguish from that incident.

  5. I love the expression on the kids face – looks like: “OMG a cop just pulled a gun on me for going to the dentist!” Which, technically, is exactly what happened.

    1. You know that he’s going to be brushing his teeth from now on.

  6. Authority corrupts. The more that is granted, the more you will be treated like a thug for no good reason.

  7. The cop would, of course, have no way of knowing that the kid had an orthodontist appointment. The problem is that society has gotten to a place where we think kids need to be forced into school at gunpoint. Yet people are surprised when stuff like this happens.

    1. The whole thing makes no sense. The kid is old enough to drive. That makes him old enough to decide if he wants to make a quick run to starbucks before school, or run back and get his homework. I have no clue what this administrator was thinking. She sets it in motion and therefore authorizes the police to enforce her orders.

      And I also have not one clue what the school system and police department could be thinking. There is no scenario where threatening to shoot someone to prevent them from leaving a parking lot is OK.

      The school owes him an apology, the administrator should be disciplined and the officer should never be allowed to hold a weapon again.

      The kid was right. He had no right to detain him, he said he wasn’t detaining him, then proceeded to detain him.

      I assume he had even taken the unnecessary step of telling them that he had an appointment before the video rolls. So she knows she’s being a douche and is just enjoying being a douche to prove she has power.

      The whole thing is stupid. And I get that people can make mistakes in the heat of the moment. But the school system backed up the mistakes. That’s what they almost always do. And that’s why you should never give government 1 single iota of power they don’t absolutely have to have. Because they will abuse it at any opportunity. It is simply human nature. (yes, I’m putting this stupid “truancy” dispute in the same bucket as FISA warrants)

      1. get the lawsuits ready. That’s easily an illegal seizure by gov’t employees… Time to get that college tuition paid off.

  8. The deputy and the administrator basically escalated the situation to saying they’d kill him and than trolled and tried to bait the kid into giving them an excuse to possibly assault and kill him.

  9. How dare that kid help someone get to school. He is in no position to help someone else, that is the governments job. He should be arrested.

  10. Speaking of “Respect My Authority!”, I’m being ordered to be outraged by the outrage manufacturers over Bloomberg talking shit about farmers and how they’re all stupid morons out poking around in the dirt because they’re too stupid to figure out how to turn on a computer. I’ve seen a hundred damn times the same little isolated clip of Bloomberg saying this, but I’ve only seen one expanded clip that gives a little context to what he actually said and what he meant that the outrage manufacturers accidentally let slip through.

    “The agrarian society lasted 3,000 years and we could teach processes. I could teach anybody, even people in this room, no offense intended, to be a farmer. It’s a process. You dig a hole, you put a seed in, you put dirt on top, add water, up comes the corn. You could learn that. Then we had 300 years of the industrial society. You put the piece of metal on the lathe, you turn the crank in the direction of the arrow and you can have a job. And we created a lot of jobs. At one point, 98 percent of the world worked in agriculture, now it’s 2 percent in the United States.”

    “Now comes the information economy and the information economy is fundamentally different because it’s built around replacing people with technology and the skill sets that you have to learn are how to think and analyze, and that is a whole degree level different. You have to have a different skill set, you have to have a lot more gray matter. It’s not clear the teachers can teach or the students can learn, and so the challenge of society of finding jobs for these people, who we can take care of giving them a roof over their head and a meal in their stomach and a cell phone and a car and that sort of thing. But the thing that is the most important, that will stop them from setting up a guillotine someday, is the dignity of a job.”

    I’m certainly no fan of Bloomberg, but I’m no fan of Fake News either and this is pure Fake News. You can quibble with Bloomberg over how long ago human beings switched from a hunter/gatherer society to an agrarian society and what percentage of Americans were ever farmers, but he wasn’t claiming farmers were stupid morons. He was pointing out that once upon a time stupid morons could be farmers but that now they can’t because you need skills to be a farmer these days – the exact opposite of what the Fake News is saying he said. And then he went on to say that once upon a time stupid morons could be factory workers but that now they can’t because you need skills to operate the complicated computerized machinery we’re now using these days in manufacturing. And if stupid morons can’t get jobs as farmers or factory workers, they sure as hell aren’t going to get jobs in the knowledge industry – and that’s a big fucking problem because we absolutely need to find jobs for stupid morons because they tend to get poky and stabby when they get frustrated and angry over the lack of opportunity to do an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay.

    Is he wrong? Should I be outraged over what he said? Or does he not have a good point?

    1. And I would add that this is the problem with the idea of free shit for everybody – it’s welfare. Most people don’t like the idea of welfare, it’s degrading and dehumanizing to be treated as a helpless charity case because you’re incapable of taking care of yourself. Most people need a sense of self-worth, of being a contributing member of society, of pulling their own weight. They don’t want charity, they want an opportunity to be self-reliant. “A hand up, not a hand-out” as they say – the difference between giving a man a fish and teaching him how to fish. There’s not a big demand for fishermen these days, but you’d better find something these people can be taught to do because otherwise they start acting less like people and more like animals.

      1. Yeah, it is a tough problem. Because he is right about one thing… if you have a mass of unemployable people, you are gonna get crime and violence. So how do you mitigate that?

        Well, the west has decided that giving them a handout works. And in many situations that probably works. We use unemployment insurance like that – a bridge to tide you over.

        But if the safety net is too cushy – a certain percentage will just stay in the net. And they’ll resent it the entire time.

        1. if you have a mass of unemployable people, you are gonna get crime and violence. So how do you mitigate that?

          Corvid-19?

        2. Well, the thing is because of this technology, it should be getting easier and easier to get by. Instead we have the Fed ruining the value of our dollar (meaning also your labor and savings) and making it harder and harder to get by. It’s no wonder that working people are falling behind when we’re printing money and handing it to the well-connected.

    2. Agrarian society did not last 3000 years. Agriculture dates back 12,000 years.

      No, that’s not my only quibble.

    3. yes, he was wrong.

      Agriculture is not “put a seed in the hole”. There is a lot of knowledge that goes into running a farm – and that was true 3,000 years ago. It would be very easy to starve to death as a farmer at any point in human history.

      1. This!

        Apparently the good mayor of Gotham isn’t even a gardener. Anyone who has tried to do anything involving plants knows there are many more ways to do things wrong than to do them right. I’ve been at it for many years, and I have yet to get a garden that looks like a seed catalog.

        I get his point ( that we need new skills) (in addition to the old, I would add) but it seems that Blumchen has a pretty severe case of foot-in-mouth disease.

      2. It would be very easy to starve to death as a farmer at any point in human history.

        Also, much to Bloomberg’s oblivious idiocy, it’s easy to starve to death as a machinist or any one of a dozen IT specialties. Some buggy whip manufacturers learned to make brake pads, some COBOL programmers learned to be salesmen, some didn’t.

      3. Yes, which is why it took over half the population to feed everybody, because farming was so incredibly efficient back in the old days. To be a good farmer you had to be able to analyze the soil to know the proper mix of fertilizers to apply, analyze the crops to know the proper mix of herbicides and pesticides to apply, you had to be able to service and maintain your tractors and combines and crop dusters and irrigators and all that shit, plus the basics of understanding crop rotation and soil preservation and the futures markets on corn and wheat and soybeans.

        Or you could just go get a shitload of peasants to poke at the dirt with sticks and rocks and hope for the best until somebody showed up to invent the moldboard plow and the traction engine and the sciences of genetics and plant biology and the mechanics of soil depletion.

        Jesus Christ, are you seriously arguing that the average feudal serf knew a damn thing about agriculture compared to what your average farmer knows today? Why do you think there were frequent famines and it took the majority of the population working in the fields to produce enough surplus food to feed the minority who weren’t?

        1. Jesus Christ, are you seriously arguing that the average feudal serf knew a damn thing about agriculture compared to what your average farmer knows today?

          No. The argument is that the average feudal serf and feudal lord were no more disparate with regard to planting, farming, and genetics than Bloomberg’s moron poking the dirt with a stick today and Bloomberg.

          The moron with the stick has the good sense to know what he can control and accept the things he can’t, Bloomberg doesn’t appear to have such low-level common sense.

    4. And there isn’t actually a huge percentage of the population that is stupid morons and cannot be educated.

      Maybe only top 20% can be successful software engineers. But somebody’s gotta build reports (inside dig).

      There’s still trash collectors, janitors, scut work at the construction site….

      And if you can’t cut it there, there’s always working for a government agency.

    5. Is he wrong?
      Yes, fuck him.

      He was pointing out that once upon a time stupid morons could be farmers

      Do coastal elites take classes to be that combination of breathtaking stupidity and arrogance or is it genetic?

      Morons can’t cultivate crops unless they’re assisting someone smarter and more capable. This idea that everyone was a moron until smarter people ( like Bloomberg? lol) came along and showed everyone a better way is one of the biggest myths the intelligentsia loves to push.

      I’m not upset by his comment, though. It will be entertaining to watch him get eviscerated.

      1. Did you actually read Bloomberg’s comments? He never said these people were stupid morons, it’s the Fake News Outrage Peddlers that are claiming he called them stupid morons. It’s the “let’s you and him fight” stirring up shit because that’s what sells, and the stupid morons are the ones who can’t see that the people telling them they should be outraged are the ones you should actually be outraged about.

    6. Is he wrong? Should I be outraged over what he said? Or does he not have a good point?

      Yes. Wrong and stupid.

      “And then, for no particular reason at all, the French peasantry set up the guillotine…”

  11. When I was in high school we had an open campus. It was closed a few years later, walled in with a seven foot fence, but when I was there it was open. Leaving campus was no big deal. You needed a hall pass (or a scholastic card) but it was no big deal. Cop could give you a ticket if you didn’t have one, but that was it. And even then they didn’t, I don’t think.

    People worked off campus, during school hours. Work study programs. Or heading to the public library. Hell, half the school left campus for lunch! Two drive-ins off campus were packed during lunch. The cops didn’t care. It was lunch!

    And gettng that hall pass was simplicity. “I need to go to the dentist”. Bam, pass was written.

    Fast forward six years and I’m a substitute teacher at my alma mater. Closed campus. There’s a seven foot fence around the place. Nice looking fence, not chainlink, but still a fence. A ban against wearing rock t-shirts, or Jesus t-shirts. They were once step shy of actual school uniforms. Work/study programs still existing, but you had to check in and out at the main gate. Which had a metal detector in a school that had NEVER had any weapon incidents.

    Why the majority of parents haven’t pulled their students out of public schools is beyond me.

  12. The confrontation was caught on the deputy’s body camera. “You’re gonna get shot you come another f—ing foot closer to me,” the deputy said as the boy tried to drive around them. “You run into me, you’ll get f—ing shot.”

    Uh… School Shooter! Right there! Everybody else is seeing this right? The guy is unequivocally behaving as a school shooter.

    The sheriff’s office is refusing to identify the deputy, saying they can’t release his name while the incident is under investigation. It did confirm he’s still working at the school.

    Remember the last kid to threaten to shoot one of his fellow classmates? He stayed in class in relative anonymity until they fully investigated whether his comments were an actual threat or just a joke; that’s how it turned out right?

    FFS – How this officer’s head isn’t on a pike is beyond belief.

  13. “”The sheriff’s office is refusing to identify the deputy,”‘

    I’m going with Deputy Bag O’Dicks.

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  16. Pasco County. This isn’t the first time they’ve appeared on the webpages of Reason.

  17. I looked at the linked article and I couldn’t believe all the comments from the cop sucking assholes.

    I wonder if the sheriff has someone assigned to spin cop positive comments on social media.

    1. Lots of departments have a narcotics squad and a vice squad, so why not have a CYA squad?

    2. I read yesterday that soccer teams do that, it wouldn’t surprise me at all to think government agencies do it.

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The Alabama Department of Human Resources took Rebecca Hernandez's baby away from her after a drug test administered to Hernandez four hours after she gave birth showed she had opiates in her system. A later test showed no trace of drugs, and the state returned the child. Her doctor found Hernandez ate poppy seed bread the day before she gave birth and thinks that produced a false positive. The doctor says same-day drug tests are more prone to error and hospitals should rely only on lab tests before alerting the state to any problems. The hospital where Hernandez have birth, Crestwood Medical Center,  said in a statement that it is "committed to following the law and regulatory requirements as well as ensuring the health and safety of our patient."

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A former Transportation Security Administration agent has been charged with false imprisonment for tricking a woman into exposing her breasts to him. Johnathon Lomeli was working at Los Angeles International Airport when the woman tried to go through screening. Prosecutors say he told her he had to look inside her bra to make sure she wasn't hiding anything and had her hold her pants away from her waist so he could look inside. He then told her he needed to take her to a private room for further screening. But after they got on the elevator and were alone, he told her he could do the screening there. He had her lift her shirt up "to show me your full breasts." And he again looked down her pants. He then told her she had nice breasts and could leave.

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Administrators at Pennsylvania's Valley Forge Elementary School called the cops on a 6-year-old girl with Down syndrome who pointed her finger like a gun at a teacher and said, "I shoot you." "She really didn't understand what she was saying, and having Down syndrome is one aspect, but I'm sure all 6-year-olds don't really know what that means," said Maggie Gaines, the girl's mother. "Now, there is a record at the police that says she made a threat to her teacher." School officials quickly determined the girl wasn't threatening the teacher, but they say school system policy required them to call the police.

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Lourdes Ponce says her 16-year-old son is both autistic and epileptic. During a recent visit to a Fresno, California, El Pollo Loco, the boy had a seizure in a bathroom and fell to the floor. Ponce told her daughter to call 911. "We called paramedics for help, we did not call police," she said. Cops showed up anyway, and they handcuffed the teen and tried to put him in the back of a patrol car. The boy began to vomit, but Ponce says the cops did nothing to keep him from choking. Finally, she retrieved paperwork showing the boy has seizures and EMS was able to take him to a hospital. In a statement, the Fresno Police Department says the situation is under investigation.

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  2. Just when I didn’t think my opinion of cops could get any lower.

    1. At least it’s wasn’t a swat team that arrived to throw a grenade into the bathroom.

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  4. EDITOR’S NOTE: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that the teen was arrested. It has been updated to clarify that he was only handcuffed.

    They weren’t their arresting handcuffs, they were their medical handcuffs.

    1. They could have resorted to their medical tasers like they did with the erratic driver driving erratically because he was having a heart attack and refused to respond to the officer’s command to get out of the car, again, due to the fact that he was having a heart attack. (I’m not sure if the officer was later given a commendation for his retconned heroic act of MacGuyvering a defibrillator but it wouldn’t surprise me.)

      1. I’m kind of surprised that there hasn’t been a case yet of “the subject was non-responsive after I shot him, so I shot him again”

        1. STOP RESISTING! *BLAM* STOP RESISTING! *BLAM*

    2. They weren’t their arresting handcuffs, they were their medical handcuffs.

      He should be glad they weren’t the BDSM handcuffs.

    3. arrest: seize by legal authority and take into custody.

      So if this kid was not arrested, then was he seized by iligitimate authority? It does not make the cops look any better for pretending this was not an arrest.

  5. And nothing else happened.

    CB

  6. Well, I can see where the message might have gotten scrambled when you’re calling 911 about an emergency involving a crazy chicken. “He’s locked in the bathroom and we can hear some thrashing about!” 911 operator probably thought she was saving a chicken from a most heinous violation.

    And good luck trying to make a case that 911 screwed up by sending the police instead of the paramedics – the courts have ruled that the police are allowed to accompany fire or medical personnel to protect them, work crowd control, traffic control, whatever, and if the cops get there before the ambulance you’ve summoned because your uncle seems to be having a psychotic episode, well, too bad about your uncle getting shot to death. Oh, and if the local TV news shows up with the cops, you have to let them barge in to film your uncle getting shot to death – it’s a public interest exception to the Fourth.

    1. Sending cops on calls for EMTs is policy in many areas.

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  8. I’m not sure I completely follow. Kid has seizure, bathroom door locked. Door gets opened, mom tells daughter to call 911. Next, kid is puking and getting hand cuffed. What did the daughter tell 911?? He brother was sick and needed EMT, or something else? When the police arrived, I take it the boy was laying down with his head in his mother’s lap while she tried to reassure him that everything was going to be OK. Was he ripped out of his mother’s arms and handcuffed? I distrust cops immediately by default, but something isn’t adding up here.

    1. To unreason, the details of the story doesnt matter.

      ALL Cops bad ALWAYS!

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    2. “What did the daughter tell 911?? He brother was sick and needed EMT, or something else?”

      It is policy in a lot of areas to always send a police squad along with any call for EMTs.

      Seizures can last a while and can lead to violent thrashing of the arms and legs. Not that this would justify the cops restraining the kid.

      1. I had to call 911 recently for an ambulance because I was experiencing difficulty breathing and I live alone. My nearest family is nearly a hour away. A cop came to the door first. I don’t know if the cop arrived first or with the ambulance, but the cop did not come to my door until the ambulance had backed into my driveway.

      2. I get that, I know police often follow or arrive before EMT – most cops are also certified EMT. But what did the daughter tell 911? “My brother is having a seizure – send medical help!” Or “my brother is freaking out in the Polo Loco and my mom told me to call for help.” I read the attached article and it doesn’t really fill in the gaps. Where was the mother when the cops arrived, and where was the son? I wouldn’t be surprised if the kid was ripped from his mother’s arms and had a flash bang grenade tossed into his pants, but I am genuinely curious what else happened because this story doesn’t say much.

        1. You could have tried watching the video with the linked article.

          “Where was the mother when the cops arrived, and where was the son?”

          Mom and son were still in the bathroom. The video doesn’t sow the handcuffing, but it does show mom and one officer in the bathroom, the officer is holding up the already handcuffed kid. If you ask me, it didn’t look like the kid was capable of even standing on his own.

          1. I missed the video – yes, that does fill in my questions a bit. Looks like same old cop bullshit.

    3. I distrust cops immediately by default, but something isn’t adding up here.

      What are you suggesting? Mom’s taken them both captive and the kid ingested something to attract police attention?

      Partial or focal onset seizures don’t always generate loss of consciousness or paralysis.

      Not sure what you’re suggesting that would make sense that the police believed there was some sort of crime or something that justifies handcuffs.

      I half expect that policy dictates that people in the back of the squad car always get handcuffed and procedures were followed.

      1. “I half expect that policy dictates that people in the back of the squad car always get handcuffed and procedures were followed.”

        The wrong procedures. What the fuck was the reason for needing to put him in the back of the squad car. Why not leave him where he was until the EMTs got there?

        1. What the fuck was the reason for needing to put him in the back of the squad car.

          I’ve never been to an El Pollo Loco but I assume their advertising doesn’t involve epileptics seizing on their floors. If I had to pick a place for someone who’s seizing to flail around and bang into things, everything else being equal, the back of a police car isn’t the last place I would choose. Certainly above tile restaurant floor anyway.

          As I said above, not all seizures are lying on the floor twitching. Not saying they should’ve handcuffed him but we wouldn’t have batted an eye if the EMTs strapped him to a gurney. And not to give the police too much credit, handcuffing in lieu of medical immobilization is a pretty dumb idea/mistake.

          1. The cops shouldn’t fucking move, much less restrain people in medical distress due to seizures or anything else. They don’t know what self inflicted injuries he might have sustained. In some cases moving the patient could make things worse.

            If the patient needs to be immobilized for medical reasons, that is a decision for the EMTs to make.

          2. “we wouldn’t have batted an eye if the EMTs strapped him to a gurney.”

            Correct, for one thing because generally they aren’t doing it to restrain the patient, it’s to keep the patient from falling off. I’ve been on a gurney, those things are too fucking narrow.

  9. Since when were seizures and excuse to not obey the police?

    1. Exactly, the law doesn’t magically stop applying to you when you’re feeling w little icky.

    2. Since the patient is incapacitated and incapable of responding in any way?

  10. When the only tool you have is a hammer every problem looks like a nail…

    1. When the only tool you have is a 9mm, every dog looks like a target.

  11. I already know never to call the cops. Now we know never to call 911. Because the 911 call goes to EMT, fire, and *POLICE*. All it takes is for one 911 operator to be a cunt and sent the police out to shoot your dog.

    Best just to lay there dying of a stroke than to call 911.

    1. An old neighbor of mine used to say “Never call the cops unless you’ve got a dead body and a damn good explanation.”

    2. Best just to lay there dying of a stroke than to call 911.

      Most larger urban areas have private ambulance service. I’m not 100% clear on if the emergency calls get the same police escort or not. I do know that I’ve pulled over for private ambulances multiple times without a fire truck or squad car in sight.

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  12. Why was he arrested handcuffed? Seems relevant.

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      Read the linked article. Watch the news video with it. The cops have to hold the kid up, he wasn’t even capable of standing on his own when they handcuffed him.

      There doesn’t seem to be any legitimate reason for it.

      And this bit from the linked article should be read as an admission by the cops that the fucked up and had no valid reason to restrain the kid.

      Ponce tells Action News police stopped by the hospital Friday with this “certificate of release” form – paperwork that states the teen will not be arrested.

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The Virginia House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources committee has approved a bill that would define milk as being "obtained by the complete milking of a healthy hooved animal." It would bar plant-based milk products from being marketed as milk. The bill now goes to the full House for a vote.

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The Arizona Department of Education inadvertently released the names, email addresses and other personal information of the nearly 7,000 parents whose children take part in a state education voucher program. The release included the disabilities listed for children with special needs. The Arizona Capitol Times reports the spreadsheet had this information redacted, but when journalists copied the document into a text reader all of the information was visible. Local media as well as a group opposed to vouchers received the information.

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The Philadelphia district attorney's office has charged Philadelphia Police Officer Keith White with false reports to law enforcement authorities, intent to implicate another, and tampering with public records or information. White claimed that someone he arrested on drug charges attacked him, causing bleeding and damage to his teeth. That led to the defendant also facing charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, and reckless endangerment. But surveillance video later showed that White sustained his injuries when he tripped and fell and that the defendant did not resist arrest.

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Saying she was treated with "deliberate indifference," a federal judge denied a motion by the Alameda County, California, sheriff's office to dismiss a civil rights lawsuit brought by Candace Steel. Steel gave birth in a jail cell in 2017. Steel says she screamed in pain and called for help for hours but was ignored by deputies. They responded only when they heard the cries of her newborn daughter. Steel had been charged with misdemeanor trespassing. That charge was later dismissed.

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  2. Man, those uneducated clinger-cops in the sticks are some heartless bastards. Hopefully Candace will eventually be able to move out of that third-world hell hole.

    1. re: “clinger-cops in the sticks”

      I can’t tell whether that was supposed to be sarcastic or not. For those who don’t know, Alameda County is part of the San Francisco Bay area. It has a population density of 1800 per square mile. (For comparison, that’s higher than the Chicago Metropolitan area but lower than downtown Chicago.) Alameda County elects their sheriffs. While I have not been able to confirm the party affiliation of the current Sheriff, every other office holder in the county is (according to Wikipedia) a Democrat.

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  4. For ignoring the screams of a highly dangerous “trespasser” in labor, those cops should be sentenced to hard labor.

    But their only “sentence” will be relaxing with some beers during their extra weeks of paid vacation, amirite? Meanwhile any damages paid out by the courts will come from California taxpayers who were blameless in this. Not so much as a single dime will come out of the goddamn bank accounts of these deputies.

    Those police unions are nothing if not supremely effective.

    1. Those police unions are nothing if not supremely effective evil.

      ftfy

  5. She should be charged with smuggling a child into a jail.

    1. Get DHS and ICE involved. She human trafficked.

  6. Has there been a court case specifically identifying ‘ignoring screams of labor’ as a criminal act by an officer of the law? Are all officers trained in distinguishing those screams from other screams, like a drugged out withdrawal ‘let me out’ kind of scream?
    I suspect they have qualified immunity.

    1. Has there been a court case specifically identifying ‘ignoring screams of labor’ as a criminal act by an officer of the law?

      Would that even matter? From what I’ve seen the only standard an officer is held to is department policy. The law doesn’t apply to those tasked with enforcing it.

    2. The main thing is that the 8th Amendment requires government give non-excessive bail to every defendant.

      Misdemeanor trespass should have been a 30 minute turn around for booking and release to appear in court on certain date.

    3. Are all officers trained in distinguishing those screams from other screams, like a drugged out withdrawal ‘let me out’ kind of scream?

      #believeallwomen

    4. Are all officers trained in distinguishing those screams from other screams, like a drugged out withdrawal ‘let me out’ kind of scream?

      Reading the article more thoroughly, why not both?:

      In her lawsuit, Steel says she first was taken to Valley Care Hospital before being booked into Santa Rita to be medically cleared. She told doctors she had not received any prenatal care for her pregnancy and had experienced seizures in a prior pregnancy. She also told them she smoked tobacco daily, smoked marijuana within the last day, drank alcohol during her pregnancy and smoked methamphetamine in the fifth month of her pregnancy.

      There’s a bit of irony in being locked in a small room and subject to the depraved indifference of police officers while, for 9 mos., your baby has been locked inside your womb, subject to your own depraved indifference. I’d be surprised to learn that she’s the first woman in the Alameda County Jail to use her pregnancy/baby as a ploy to skirt or motivate the law.

  7. ”Saying she was treated with “deliberate indifference,” a federal judge denied a motion by the Alameda County, California, sheriff’s office to dismiss a civil rights lawsuit brought by Candace Steel.”

    To be clear, you mean that Candace Steel, not the federal judge, was treated with deliberate indifference. Bad sentence structure.

    1. The first ‘she’ needs to be changed to ‘Steel’. Structure is fine as the judge (presumably) was the one saying it, just too many pronouns.

  8. Good warm and fuzzy progressive California! It cares so much!

  9. From a medical perspective, it’s a very bad situation if you get sick while incarcerated. Jail is punishment oriented, and no one who works there has any incentive to address what might be wrong with you. The fact that you are suffering is just fine and you will be ignored, if not further punished for being disruptive.

    At least that is what I have seen.

    1. I’ve heard of somebody who was born in the wagon of a traveling show. What her mother did will shock you!

      1. Did she make a bunch of money working from home only a few hours a day?

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  11. Ehhh. I’m not convinced that the police were really that culpable in this situation.

    Jail wardens are routinely subjected to screams from every drunk, drug-addled, withdrawl-crazed, fuming furious, and simply mad person that society can throw at them. A woman screaming in apparent pain isn’t out of the norm. If they thought she was just coming down from a meth high, then there’s little a doctor could do, and nothing that they would do given the circumstances.

    1. She gave birth. Unless you think a miracle was involved, I’m pretty sure that means she went into the jail not merely pregnant but very obviously pregnant. In every other walk of life, that would earn her some special consideration, if not for her own sake then at least for the sake of the baby. And it darned well creates a presumption that cries of pain might have a valid cause other than withdrawal – one that at least justifies calling a doctor.

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The Georgia State Patrol has fired 30 troopers, every member of the August 2019 Trooper School graduating class, charging they cheated on a speed detector operators class exam. The group had written a collective 133 tickets since graduation, and officials expect most of those citations will be dismissed.

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Oregon's Supreme Court has approved a ballot referendum that would ban stores from having more than two self-checkout kiosks. The measure is backed by unions, including the Oregon AFL-CIO, who say it will save jobs. They say the kiosks also make it easier for minors to buy alcohol. But the Northwest Grocery Association says the machines let shoppers check out more quickly and with greater privacy.

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A report by Chicago's Office of Inspector General found that city police officers regularly use department-issued placards to park personal vehicles in department lots when they attend Cubs and Bears games. The lots are supposed to be used only by on-duty officers.

An Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, judge sentenced Cody Gregg to 15 years in prison after Gregg pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. Days later, a drug test found that the "cocaine" was actually powdered milk. Gregg withdrew his plea, and the judge dismissed the charge. Gregg had initially pleaded not guilty, but he changed his mind after spending two months in the Oklahoma County jail.

Australia's Department of Home Affairs says it wants to use facial recognition technology to limit children's access to online pornography. Those who want to watch porn would have their faces scanned and matched to the photos on their official IDs to prove they are adults. Critics say this would allow the government to know every porn site that any person goes to.

San Antonio, Texas, officials have agreed to pay $205,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by Natalie Simms after a police officer conducted a cavity search of her on a public street. Simms says she was sitting on a curb when officers approached, told her they thought she might have drugs, and asked to search her car. She agreed. While Simms was being detained, she says a female officer arrived and began to frisk her. That officer pulled down Simms' pants and underwear and searched her vagina, pulling out Simms' tampon and holding it up for other officers to see. The cops found no drugs.

Drexel University in Philadelphia has agreed to pay the federal government $189,062 after a former professor at the school used federal grant money to make iTunes purchases and to visit strip clubs and sports bars. That professor, Chikaodinaka D. Nwankpa, the head of Drexel's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, agreed to repay $53,328 to the university and to resign.

Officials at St. Andrew's Primary School in Hull, England, have barred parents from packing any drinks other than water with their children's meals. They say the move is aimed at protecting students with allergies and reducing consumption of sugary drinks.

Eliana Bauta, a former employee of New York City's Human Resources Administration, has been sentenced to two years in prison for her role in the theft of more than $300,000 in emergency benefits money from her department. Bauta used part of the money she stole to pay someone to put a voodoo spell on a former boyfriend.

Jason Kirkbride's hair is neat, tidy, and short—too short for Hodgson Academy in England, according to his mother. She says she decided to get the 14-year-old's hair cut a little shorter than usual so he could go longer between visits to the barber. But school rules say hair should be no shorter than a No. 2 clipper, so the boy received three days' detention.

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  1. These are great mostly for the Bagge cartoons.

  2. “That professor, Chikaodinaka D. Nwankpa, the head of Drexel’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, agreed to repay $53,328 to the university and to resign.”

    For his Nwankypanky!!!

    I will now treat y’all to a repeat of a previous comment about this exact case…

    Chickachumbawumba Nwankypanky N-Wanker will have a SWANKER WANKER than ALL the rest, after he waits 6 months, and then gets MORE “study funding”, and studies some MORE, at the local titty bars! Or were they GAY strip clubs anyway? (Not that I am bi-assed, to be sure!)
    Butt no, sorry, I will ***NOT*** be his SWANKER WANKER YANKER!!!

    Well, it can always get worse!

    Recall the gay Canadian airline steward way back when, spread (just then “going viral” literally) AIDS all over the place? See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ga%C3%ABtan_Dugas … Kaposi’s sarcoma spread all over the place… (As a prominent sign of the new mystery disease).

    Well anyway, hopefully Chickachumbawumba Nwankypanky N-Wanker will NOT be the starring attraction for a bunch of young fan boys, who might otherwise become the spreaders at the nexus of the next horror, known as SWANKER WANKER YANKER CHANCRE!!!

    Greedy capitalists as usual will crank out new drugs to cure it, at VASTLY inflated expenses, backed up by their bankers, so then we’ll have SWANKER WANKER YANKER CHANCRE drug-CRANKER BANKERS!!! Riots in the streets, from the anti-1% folks, I’m a-tellin’ ya!!!

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    (Enough hanky-panky for one day, I will say).

  3. That officer pulled down Simms’ pants and underwear and searched her vagina, pulling out Simms’ tampon and holding it up for other officers to see.

    Classy! The cop should be charged with molestation, but she should also be thanked for creating more libertarians. The bigger question is this: WHY, oh WHY, is anyone in this country still consenting to these random fishing expeditions?

    “I do NOT consent to any searches, dear ‘public servants’. Am I under arrest? Am I free to go?”

    1. WHY, oh WHY, is anyone in this country still consenting to these random fishing expeditions?

      We are a nation of copsuckers, and the bastards know it. Shows like COPS reinforce that every day.

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The Jackson County, South Dakota, Sheriff's Office posted a photo to Facebook of Chris Fox's van along with a message saying the van was "associated with confirmed criminal activity in Pennington County" and "appears to use the large antenna visible on the roof to intercept WiFi, stealing credit card information." These allegations weren't true. A Pennington County deputy says that department there has seen a spike in credit card fraud in that county, and some residents had feared the van might be involved, but they never had any confirmation of illegal activity. After talking to Fox, the Pennington County sheriff's office says it has confirmed nothing illegal was going on. Fox is a businessman who spends his winters driving to bicycle shows to buy bikes and parts to resell and touring national parks.

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  1. …the Pennington County sheriff’s office says it has confirmed nothing illegal was going on.

    Considering they had confirmed criminal activity from the van, I don’t think I trust the sheriff’s confirmations.

    1. Chris Fox is innocent, but the van was up to no good. It is time for some civil asset forfeiture. South Dakota v White Van

      1. It wouldn’t be the first time a van acted entirely of its own accord. Way back in the 70s, there was Van Morrison. Not only did that vehicle have a successful musical career, it had some songs that have stood the test of time and are good to this day.

        1. Can’t trust those shifty looking brown eyed girls!

          1. That song may have stood the test of time, but it’s not good on any day.

      2. Another example of a musical vehicle, though not anywhere near as well known, is Camper Van Beethoven.

        1. How could you forget Van Johnson?

          1. Nah. If anything, it was probably Van Wilder.

          2. You need a whole, full-sized VAN to carry your Johnson? Whoa!

        2. Van Halen

          1. They admitted they’re guilty of speeding.

            1. They thought the clock was slow.

      3. It wouldn’t be the first time a van acted entirely on its own. Back in the 70s, there was one with a hugely successful musical career named Van Morrison.

        Another musical vehicle, though not anywhere near as well known, was Camper Van Beethoven.

        1. There’s a serious lag in posts appearing, fooling me into reposting. Ugh

          1. Like the story, it just shows you cannot trust anything you read on ‘social media’.

    2. They’re only saying it was associated with criminal activity, not that it was committing the crimes. You just go around accusing innocent vans of crimes all the time? The van didn’t know it was going to be involved in nefarious activities.

    3. They had confirmed the van was “associated” with criminal activity, but association does not imply causation. It basically just means the van was known to be in the area when criminal activity was also going on in the area

      1. That’s good enough for traffic stops.

  2. But the question remains: If it wasn’t the white van, who has been stealing all the wi-fi’s in Jackson County? I would think you could just drive around with your cell phone open and when you get to the house where you’ve got like 12 bars, there’s the guy with all the wi-fi.

    1. I’d like to have 12 bars at my house, but I hate to think of all the drunks that would suddenly declare me to be their VERY best friend!

  3. Once again; do NOT read Facebook.

    1. When you read Facebook, Facebook reads you.

      -Nietzsche

  4. Fox is a businessman who spends his winters driving to bicycle shows to buy bikes and parts to resell and touring national parks.

    Then why does he need a large antenna visible on the roof? *Must* I read the linked article?

    1. He also said he doesn’t have a big antenna on his van, just a plastic covering for a roof fan he uses in the summer.

      The ol’ “plastic covering” gambit, eh? Did the sheriff’s office confirm there was in fact “a roof fan”?

  5. This van looks just like the type that would kidnap young kids in broad daylight for the purpose of sex trafficking.

    1. Don’t be ridiculous. My van looks nothing like that.

  6. “stealing Wi-Fi”

    Sorry, but that van is not big enough for the interweb’s pipes and tubes.

  7. I met my daddy in a white panel van.

  8. The white van hysteria never quite goes away, does it?

    1. While time-travelling the other day (in a white van, no less!), I was raped by an incubus, AND a succubus, while ALSO being anally probed by a space alien!

      What I am REALLY saying, is, what goes on inside white vans? It often leads to ABORTIONS!!! So then, to REALLY, properly understand abortions, you have to have the right ANALOGY!

      Abortion is like this:
      You’re drunk off of your bleeding ass, driving down the road and shit, minding your own business and shit. Maybe you shouldn’t have dropped that acid, either, but the cops haven’t caught you, and, innocent till proven guilty, right? So you keep on driving… Your drunken ass is bleeding and shit, by the way, ‘cause you’ve got some wicked hemorrhoids, and shit!
      Then some space aliens swoop in on your car, and abduct you, and shit. They start anally probing you. For some strange reason, the little green men have a conscience attack, they start worrying about fucking up your health, and shit, what with your giant bleeding hemorrhoids. So they cease and desist, yank their probes out of your ass, and probe your nose instead, and shit. They don’t even bother to clean the bloody shit off of the probes, and shit!
      But then a mucus vampire circles around you and swoops in like a vulture!

      See, a mucus vampire, well, they’ve got some sort of magical nose for this kind of thing, and somehow he catches on to what’s going down, and he wants to suck your mucus, and shit. So he shows up, to get in on the action.
      But when the mucus vampire sees all your blood and shit mixed up with your mucus and shit, he gets all disgusted and shit. The blood, he can handle… Some of his best friends are blood vampires. He’s a tolerant and broad-minded vampire, and shit, you know. But REAL shit, in his mucus??! Now THAT is TOO MUCH shit, and shit!
      So he says, “Dudes, getting blood and shit into your mucus and shit, that’s like getting chocolate into your peanut butter and jelly and shit! That’s like getting your stupid and your evil all mixed up into your philosophy! This is some seriously fucked up bloody-snot shit! I’m outta here!” And the mucus vampire is SOOO sickened, he barfs all over you! Then he wraps his cloak around him like Batman folding up his bat-wings around himself, turns into a bat-shit crazy bat, and shit, and flies away, all disgusted.
      The little green men, being kinda autistic, take everything literally. They are also HORNY little green men, already excited by anally and nasally probing you, and, upon hearing the mucus vampire talking about “…seriously fucked up bloody-snot shit…”, get all carried away, and shoot their little-green-men jism all over your bloody-snot shit!

      Now if we sit back and think about this, your shit bacteria get all fucked up, ‘cause they were expecting a decent burial in your toilet, and they don’t get one. Your nasal bacteria and viruses were expecting to LIVE, or, at least, a traditional, honorable drying-out session in your booger rag, and they don’t get that, either. Your little green men sperm cells get REALLY screwed over, ‘cause they were expecting at least SOME long odds (but a real fighting chance) at some little green woman’s egg cell. Your red blood cells don’t matter, ‘cause they have no cell nucleus, let alone a nervous system, or any kind of independent life. Your white blood cells? Well, yes, they have a nucleus, and their own genes. But they’re WHITE, dammit! You cracker muthafuckers!!! WHITE means you’re a RACIST, and WHO CARES about the rights of racist honkeys?!?!
      Ergo, we must conclude, this whole thing is an abortion all around! Since abortions are, by definition, abortions, they need to be outlawed!

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The Colorado State Patrol has charged James Grimes with reckless driving, driving more than 40 mph over the speed limit in a construction zone, and three counts of reckless endangerment. Grimes, who was clocked driving more than 100 mph, was reportedly racing another driver on Interstate 25. Grimes, a Denver sheriff's deputy, was on duty and transporting inmates at the time. The man he was racing, Daniel Franklin, was charged with DUI, driving more than 40 mph over the speed limit in a construction zone, reckless driving, and driving with no proof of insurance.

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A "gross error" and an "unwarranted overreaction." That's how Ball State University President Geoffrey S. Mearns describes professor Shaheen Borna's decision to call police on a student who refused to sit where the professor told him to. The student, Sultan "Mufasa" Benson, arrived to find someone sitting in his assigned seat. Borna told him to take a seat in the back. Later, when another student left, Borna told Benson to move to that seat. Benson refused, saying he'd plugged his computer into a nearby socket and it was still charging. Borna told him to move or he'd call the cops. When Benson still refused, Borna called police. The police arrived and Benson left the classroom. Borna has since apologized.

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The Oakland, California, city council has unanimously voted to ban landlords from performing criminal background checks of potential renters. They will also no longer be legally able to turn down renters because of a criminal conviction. The California Apartment Association opposed the law but says it will not challenge it in court.

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Bladen County, North Carolina, Board of Elections Chairman Louella Thompson has rescinded a threat to have anyone who recites the "Pledge of Allegiance" at a board meeting arrested. At the January board meeting, some people in the audience were upset that the board does not say the pledge. During the public comments part of the meeting, one man led the crowd in reciting the pledge, and Thompson said she would have people arrested if they did that again. She repeated the threat days later when interviewed by media. But she came under fire, including from Gov. Roy Cooper, the man who appointed her to the board, and she later backed down.

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When her 5-year-old daughter was bullied on a Dallas, Texas, school bus, Audrey Billings asked to see the videos. The principal gave her a verbal description of what happened. When she insisted she wanted to see the videos, the school system told her it would cost her $600 for each video, what they said it would cost them to redact the video. She reluctantly paid $600 for one video, which showed other students grabbing, pulling and poking her daughter with a pencil for 14 minutes while the bus driver ignored her cries for help. The school system says those students have been disciplined and the driver removed from that route. Billings says her daughter no longer rides the bus.

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When the city of Seattle put former fire station 38 up for sale, it advertised it as a "unique residential dwelling." Thom Kroon agreed. He paid $712,000 for the building and spent thousands of dollars more remodeling it. For three years he used it as a residential building and office. Then he got a letter from the building inspector saying a complaint had been filed against him and ordering him to stop using the building as a residence because its only legal use was as a fire station. The city also sued Kroon, seeking $500 a day for each day he used the building as a residence. Kroon hired his own attorney and countersued. The city dropped its suit and issued a certificate of occupancy for the building, but Kroon is still seeking to recover his legal costs.

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The Transportation Security Administration has apologized to Tara Houska after a TSA agent at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport grabbed her braids from behind, snapped them like reins and said "giddy up" Houska says when she complained about this, the agent responded, "It was just in fun, I'm sorry. Your hair is lovely." TSA said in a statement it "holds its employees to the highest standards of professional conduct and any type of improper behavior is taken seriously."

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Berlin's construction industry has come to a near halt, with no new major construction and landlords performing only emergency repairs. The cause is a new rent control ordinance expected to take effect in just a few weeks. The city government plans to freeze rents for five years. Meanwhile, activists are collecting signatures to put a referendum on the ballot to seize the property of larger developers and operate it as public housing. City officials admit that the rental control law is extreme but say it is needed because of soaring rents and a housing construction market that has failed to keep pace with demand.

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    1. No, wait. I know. Robert Mugabe.

    2. New London CT?

    3. My brother, when I landed on his hotel on Pennsylvania Ave, and I didn’t have enough to pay, and he took my fucking railroads from me.

  1. Housing construction doesn’t meet demand……. so restrict what developers can charge and threaten to seize their property.

    Yeah! That’ll work!

    Just like convincing me about the Berlin housing market by linking to a Financial Times article that I can’t read because I am not a subscriber….

    1. A Deutsche Welle article on the same law.
      “There is a common understanding that it is necessary to regulate housing markets, because housing markets do not work by themselves,” Steenbergen added. “If you don’t regulate, there is always a shortage of cheap rental housing, while there is always enough expensive housing and property to buy, because that is where investors can make profits.”
      How much do you think they will build when they would take a loss?

      1. Moar regulations needed!

      2. Yeah, whoever made that analysis for Steenbergen is an idiot.
        If there is “plenty” of expensive housing, then the price of the expensive stuff falls.

        The reason politicians keep supply tight through all of these controls is that every incentive except for the developers is pointed in that direction.

        Politicians get power and votes by “doing something” about high rents via rent controls and housing subsidies. But is that enough?

        Maybe… but the real pressure comes from the homeowners. If builders can just come along and fill Berlin with a bunch of high-end condo flats, those people who bought in to the formerly high-end condo building are not going to see their investment continue to skyrocket. In fact, within a few years, they won’t be the high-end trendy buildings anymore. They’ll be the mid range buildings, and their investment will fall accordingly.

        That is why San Francisco and Manhattan keep restricting new housing while complaining about the lack of affordable housing. Because there are lots and lots of homeowners with a huge portion of their wealth tied up in a home that would plummet in value if they freed up the housing market.

        Perverse incentives create perverse results.

      3. What could be responsible for this common misunderstanding? I think it’s because people fail to think in aggregates. They see expensive apartments, they see cheap apartments, and they think the money has to be in investing in the expensive, because they’re thinking about each building at a time, rather than about the entire market of big and small investors.

        1. As a person who is in the trade I see people who see a market in economical homes. some are successful who are determined to fight the system but so many are literally blocked by NIMBY’s and regulations that they give up. California is a prime example I can list enough regulations in the last 20 yers that have increased the price of a homes by a min 30% and this years regulations are adding a another 10% and when an “economy” house is $400k, 10% puts that house out of a lot buyers ability.

          1. another prime example. Just to develope land for building a subdivision for four or more house can take up to ten years to get thru the process. few have the financial ability to invest that long before any returns. thats just the land that does not include building the homes.

      4. How much do you think they will build when they would take a loss?

        The population of Berlin was almost exactly the same in 2010 as it was in 1990. Not much different than it was in 1950 after the initial post-WW2 rebuild. And quite a bit lower than it was during Weimar and the pre-WW2 Nazis. There is no construction of any consequence for population growth and hasn’t been for a century.

  2. Die Schläge werden fortgesetzt, bis sich die Moral verbessert.

    1. Die Schläge werden verstärkt …

      1. Frei Macht Arbeit?

        1. Jedem das Seine?

  3. Berlin, Connecticut? Ohio? New Jersey?

  4. This doesn’t look at all like a standard rent control thang. This is about concentrated land ownership and a muni/federal conflict.

    85% of Berliners rent (very very low ownership % even by German standards) – but very few rental units are owned by small landlords. It’s 30 years since the Wall came down. Back then, both parts of Berlin were ‘state’-owned – West Berlin as an isolated enclave would have been too risky for big investment and no experience doing condo/coop stuff either and a weak muni govt – and East Berlin and everything surrounding Berlin as commie and state-owned. The apartment housing stock was mostly privatized quickly – and apparently not to investors who only wanted one apartment building or who wanted to go the coop/condo route. It’s very possible that land in Brandenburg itself surrounding Berlin was the same. So ownership went from a public/state thang to what has now become a private cartel.

    If I were to guess the dynamics here – the initial debt has been rolled over (or is being rolled over), the owners want to gentrify the city (which is now a global alpha-city not a Cold War backwater), and they have the economic power to do so city-wide now and presumably they still have the political clout in former West Germany that allowed them to get the cronyist land deals in the first place. Since they didn’t coop/condo anything, they also didn’t create any voters who own their shelter (the Jeffersonian ‘yeoman’ ideal) . The surrounding area is owned by dog-in-the-manger investors who apparently speculate on land price rather than develop anything.

    I know I never heard about any modern land reform movement in Germany that followed either the 1923 hyperinflation (where most mortgages ‘paid off’ with crap money were reverted back to banks/public leaving a legacy of banks that are still allergic to mortgage lending), the Nazis, or the Soviet era. That’s a ton of land centralization – with not a peep about getting that back into the hands of small individual owners? So the result is an ideas vacuum where public monopoly reverts to private cartel and now pressure to revert it back to public monopoly.

  5. Ich bin ein Spekulant.

  6. It’s Berlin – notorious as the most bureaucratic city in a country notorious for bureaucracy. And they wonder why there isn’t enough construction of houses going on. Clearly they need to import another city department to deal with that.

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The Crescent Dunes solar plant in Nevada received $737 million in loan guarantees from the federal government in 2011, and officials hailed it as the future of solar energy. But Bloomberg News reports the plant had already been rendered technologically obsolete by time it opened in 2015. It hasn't produced energy since April 2019 and lost its only customer late last year. But taxpayers remain on the hook for the loan guarantees.

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  1. The linked Bloomberg article puts it in better perspective…

    > The Energy Department estimates that losses represent only 2.9% of its $28 billion in loan guarantees for renewable energy projects, which also funded such successes as the massive farms of thin-film solar cells from the biggest American manufacturer. Advocates of public investment say flops are an inevitable part of seeding a carbon-­neutral future, just as they are for venture capitalists seeking the next Google. “You should probably have more than one or two high-profile failures,” says Yale economics professor Kenneth Gillingham, who studied energy issues as part of President Barack Obama’s White House Council of Economic Advisers. “Otherwise, you haven’t invested aggressively enough.”

    So sure, this one failed. Plenty of other things worked.

    1. Plenty of other things worked.

      Please link to the cost/benefit analysis of the government loan guarantee program if you think this is true.

      1. Here’s the financial report for the entire loan portfolio

        Just looking at those loans by segment, this article is very misleading. Of the $44 billion of loan authority – $17.7B is for vehicle mfg; $12.5B is for nuclear; $6.5B is for fossil; $3B is for renewable; $2B is for tribal.

        This just looks like a politically-driven trough – not an actual attempt to really increase fuel efficiency or transition to lower carbon. On the ‘vehicle’ side, the need in the US is for charging infrastructure not capital subsidies to US mfrs. eg France installed 12k ‘charging points’ last year – the US installed 532 (ranking just between Denmark and Portugal). Golly I wonder why EV’s are only a ‘luxury’ market here so there can never be economies of scale in manufacturing.

        I don’t know what innovation is occurring in nukes but this is all a regional subsidy to the Southeast (TVA, etc) and that should have at least been transferred to a regional interstate compact decades ago.

        It doesn’t even mention the specific ‘fossils’ projects. Golly I wonder why.

        And the renewables projects are mostly ‘utility scale’ attempts to move wind/solar from where they are generated to where cities currently are. Just a continuation of the 140-year old attempt to keep major parts of the US depopulated. Those areas now have a huge comparative advantage in energy sources that work really well at small/decentralized scale – but sorry folks we only think BIG so those areas now have to become a colony for utilities. God fucking forbid people/industries move to those areas – the whole ‘comparative advantage’ thing – and incumbents in Congress lose their seats. They ain’t even apparently doing the ‘offshore’ thing where realistically energy does have to be transported elsewhere.

        1. Only 1/3 paid back so far, and only 3% written off…so far. Given the high rate of bankruptcies in the renewable fuels sector (KiOR, Abengoa…) I expect at least half of the remaining debt not to be repaid. Even the ‘successes’ are problematic, rarely actually generating income.

          1. Those stats are for the entire portfolio – which is 90%+ not renewables at all.

      2. Please link to the cost/benefit analysis of the government loan guarantee program if you think this is true.

        Don’t need the cost/benefit analysis. If I take out a loan and only get the loan because I made you the co-signer and you didn’t consent, I’ve committed fraud. Moreover, if the roles are reversed and the only reason you got the loan is because I’m co-signer and I did consent, I have every right to criticize every last lost dime no matter how much you made back.

        It’s not exactly ironic that the people who talk about the evils of capitalism will go out and find and perpetuate doing evil things under its banner.

      3. And while he’s at it, provide the cost/benefit analysis for the Ivanpah plant, a similar design which, last I checked, was running at 1/3 estimated capacity due to maintenance issues on one unit, and the fire that destroyed the second of 3 units.

  2. Otherwise, you haven’t invested aggressively enough.”
    It’s not real money anyway. It’s taxpayer money. We got lots of that.

    1. I think 20-25 cents of every dollar of federal spending is going on the tax payer Visa card at this point, but yeah, who gives a shit?

      1. There’s no practical difference between taxes and loans. Both suck money out of the private sector, just different means. The problem is spending, not the source.

  3. Advocates of public investment say flops are an inevitable part of seeding a carbon-­neutral future, just as they are for venture capitalists seeking the next Google.

    There’s still a glaring difference between the two.

    1. Are you saying that it’s not the government’s job to be gambling with the taxpayer’s money? Then why do government agencies hold so many of their retreats and conferences in Las Vegas?

      1. My guess is a certain industry illegal everywhere else in the country, that happens to empower women.

        1. They must be sex addicts if screwing the taxpayers all day long isn’t enough to satisfy their urges.

      2. He could also mean that the search for the next Google is not the quest to control all of humanity’s future the way bringing a ‘carbon-neutral future’ to pass is. Wishing to make a billion dollars is a significantly different wish than wishing half or more of humanity would do as you command.

  4. Hey remember when Reason supported subsidized solar energy as a great deal for local governments, taxpayers and environment?

    https://reason.com/2012/02/12/solar-power-pays-off-debt/

    1. From your linked Reason article:

      “Of course, the ITC and other narrow tax policies still constitute a form of political favoritism. The best course of action would be to repeal all of these energy tax breaks and deductions, and lower rates for everyone.”

      This is after Reason wrote that Boulder City leases out its land for solar energy, and thereby bypasses MASSIVE amounts of regulations on using federal lands instead, for such purposes! Better is better than worse! The perfect is the enemy of the good!

      So this Reason article constitutes “…Reason supported subsidized solar energy…”? Why are you subsidizing massive exaggeration, to the point of lying? What is the REAL axe you are grinding on?

      1. Why are you subsidizing massive exaggeration, to the point of lying? What is the REAL axe you are grinding on?

        If you haven’t figured out Tulpa’s pig-wrestling motives yet, I don’t know what to tell you.

        1. It’s hilarious that you and the other sock jockeys can’t differentiate me from Tulpa even though we have entirely different writing tics and stylistic choices. Particularly when you’re fluffing Mikey Hihn’s… what is this, his 8th sock account?

      2. Cherry pick the one “to be sure…” sentence in an effusively laudatory 10 paragraph puff piece to hang your hopes on and accuse others of lying. Never change Mikey. Unless it’s changing from a live person to a dead one by way of killing yourself.

        1. “Unless it’s changing from a live person to a dead one by way of killing yourself.”

          Libertarians for drinking Kool-Aid! How’s it working for ya?

          He’s a real Kool-Aid Man,
          Sitting in his Kool-Aid Land,
          Playing with his Kool-Aid Gland,
          Has no thoughts that help the people,
          He wants to turn them all to sheeple!
          On the sheeple, his Master would feast,
          Master? A disaster! Just the nastiest Beast!
          Kool-Aid man, please listen,
          You don’t know, what you’re missin’,
          Kool-Aid man, better thoughts are at hand,
          The Beast, to LEAVE, you must COMMAND!

          A helpful book is to be found here: M. Scott Peck, Glimpses of the Devil
          https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1439167265/reasonmagazinea-20/

  5. For an even worse example of Government Almighty fucking things up really bad, by picking “winners”, see the below…

    https://qz.com/1784335/the-space-military-industrial-complex-profits-off-us-failure/
    Boeing and Shelby killed fuel depots
    OUT-SPACED
    The best way to make a profit as an aerospace company is to fail

  6. The Crescent Dunes solar plant in Nevada

    Looks like a California Condor microwave oven.

    1. “Looks like a California Condor microwave oven.”

      Excellent! Makes my day to think of it! I’ll take my California Condor sliced 1/8th, on whole wheat, mayo on the side…

  7. ‘Success’ or ‘failure’, government spending tax dollars for subsidies of anything is a bad idea.
    (yes, including oil depletion allowances etc)

  8. In other new, Helios Two is a failure…

    1. They probably chose to activate Archimedes II and can’t find Max or the bottle caps to buy Euclid’s C-Finder off of him.

  9. Yes We Can!

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In Australia, the government of the state of Western Australia has defended the use of emergency services levy money to fund artwork for fire stations. The government has a long-standing, bipartisan policy that 1 percent of the cost any public buildings costing over $2 million must go to art. Some firefighters and government officials say emergency services levy funds should only go to firefighting equipment. But Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan says there's plenty of money to go around, noting that funding of brush fire battalions has increased by an average of 4.5 percent a year.

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The Texas Department of Public Safety and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration thought they had a major drug bust on their hands. State troopers had found what they believed was marijuana, 3,000 pounds of it, in a U-Haul truck. DEA agents they called in confirmed it, and they arrested Aneudy Gonzalez for felony drug possession. He spent almost a month in jail before lab tests showed the "marijuana" was actually hemp.

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The British Advertising Standards Authority has banned an ad for PC Specialist, which sells custom computers, because there are no women in the ad. The authority says the absence of women "strongly implied only men could excel in the specialisms and roles depicted" and "presented gender stereotypes in [a] way that was likely to cause harm."  PC Specialist says the ad implied nothing about women. The company says its customers are "87.5% male, aged between 15 and 35 years" so that's who its ads are aimed at.

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  1. featured “three men performing different activities on computers, including producing music and coding.”
    So which races weren’t represented in the ad? Austronesians use computers too!

  2. The company says its customers are “87.5% male, aged between 15 and 35 years” so that’s who its ads are aimed at.
    Thus perpetuating the vicious cycle of violence against women.

  3. Did the BASA just assume their gender?

    Also, I’d like to complain about the conspicuous absence of Muslims, Jews and vegetarians in the Happy Pig BBQ ads.

    1. “Happy Pig BBQ”? That’ll be an additional count of incitement to hate crime of LEO.

  4. On the other hand, maybe the women are all too busy to waste time on a computer.

  5. How the fuck do you cocksuckers know that none of the male actors were trans? Are you deliberately trying to “other” transgendered males? HOW DARE YOU lack consideration for trans-male actors?! Trans-male actors commit suicide at ten times the rate of non-trans-male actors. Is The British Advertising Standards Authority deliberately trying to murder trans-male actors??!

  6. The company says its customers are “87.5% male, aged between 15 and 35 years” so that’s who its ads are aimed at.

    LOOKS LIKE WE IDENTIFIED ANOTHER PROBLEM TO FIX.

  7. Back in my day there would have been a scantily clad spokesmodel draped suggestively over computer. Is that what they want?

    1. I know I do.

  8. The British Advertising Standards Authority has banned an ad for PC Specialist, which sells custom computers, because there are no women in the ad.

    Cool! Now no women will see the ad!

  9. If you want more women to buy your product make it pink and call it the Princess whatever.

  10. >>”87.5% male, aged between 15 and 35 years” so that’s who its ads are aimed at.

    Tawny Kitaen always looking for ad-work.

  11. How DARE they target ads at prospective customers! Don’t they understand the purpose of ads? It’s to promote Wokeness!

  12. “strongly implied only men could excel in the specialisms and roles depicted”

    Darn! We meant to imply that the ASA only sucks off male goats. Guess we’ll have to rework it to imply that the ASA sucks off all goats equally.

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Liusdan Martínez Lescaille, 12, has been bullied repeatedly for wearing a kippah to school in Nuevitas, Cuba. Education officials have reacted by banning him and his brother from wearing the kippah to school. His parents, who are Sephardic Jews, say prosecutors warned them they could lose their guardianship to their children if they violate the ban.