Smokers are the last nice people online

The online people-who-love-to-smoke community is one of the most supportive and kindly corners of the internet I have ever encountered, especially for a group entirely preoccupied with the abetting of a habit that is the leading cause of preventable death worldwide. I’m not sure if this is a particularly illuminating observation, whether it says something profoundly terrible about humanity and where it is headed, or whether this is something we should find solace in. I change my mind about it ...
Submitted by nocash at 2017-09-19 14:58pm to the The World forum.

No One Becomes a Cop Because It’s Safe

The facts on the ground are that, according to the Washington Post, 963 people—including 44 who had toy weapons, 48 who were unarmed, and 241 who were known to suffer from mental illness—were shot and killed by police in the United States last year. It may be true that some of those shootings happened because well-intentioned, well-trained officers were forced into impossible situations. It’s also true that a lot of those shootings might have been avoided if American police officers ...
Submitted by nocash at 2017-09-19 14:34pm to the Crime forum.

Three arrested in violent Georgia Tech protests after police shoot student

Anger over the police shooting of a Pride Alliance leader at Georgia Tech turned violent Monday night, as protesters who had attended a vigil on the campus set a police car ablaze.

Two police officers received minor injuries, Tech spokesman Lance Wallace said. One was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, treated and released, he said.
Submitted by nocash at 2017-09-19 14:16pm to the Crime forum.

Clearly Shaken Nancy Pelosi Driven From Press Conference By Activists Demanding Action on DACA

Standing alongside Representatives Barbara Lee (D-CA13) and Jarred Huffman (D-CA2), as well as community activists and undocumented young people, Pelosi planned to call for the passage of the DREAM Act. However, shortly after the minority leader began speaking, a group of about a dozen or more protesters, who introduced themselves as “immigrant youth, undocumented and unafraid,” approached Pelosi on stage and commandeered the event.
Submitted by nocash at 2017-09-19 14:15pm to the Politics forum.

'Mad Pooper' wanted by Springs police

The Colorado Springs family has spent weeks trying to get a mystery woman they've dubbed "The Mad Pooper" to stop defecating in their neighborhood, right outside their house.

Cathy Budde says her kids caught her first mid-squat, pants down and unashamed.
Submitted by nocash at 2017-09-19 14:09pm to the Health & Beauty forum.

I Hung Out With Juggalos and Trump Voters and Saw Our Weird and Bad Future

So the pro-Trump “Mother Of All Rallies,” at its largest a couple hundred strong, feels more like a biker barbecue than a forceful reclaiming of “American values.” And the concurrent march of the Juggalos against FBI persecution—a crowd of a couple thousand evangelical-level fans of Detroit rap-rock duo Insane Clown Posse—feels, between speeches, like an extremely civil music festival but with less weed, more cops.
Submitted by nocash at 2017-09-19 14:11pm to the The World forum.

Anti-Fascists Used Twitter To Find A Neo-Nazi Walking Around Seattle And Beat Him Up

On Sunday afternoon, a Twitter account called @bigotbasher posted a photo of a man apparently riding Seattle's D line while wearing a swastika armband.

Submitted by nocash at 2017-09-19 13:49pm to the Crime forum.

When hate speech isn't a crime: Small-town football team faces this issue

In the midst of an ongoing national debate about the difference between free speech and hate speech, a First Amendment issue has surfaced in the wake of an abhorrent act by high school football players in Iowa.

Five students in the town of Creston staged a cross burning that was captured on social media earlier this month, with all of them wearing white hoods. One held what appeared to be a Confederate flag; another held what appeared to be an assault rifle.

The local newspaper, the Creston ...
Submitted by Lurchi at 2017-09-19 13:20pm to the Politics forum.

Bipartisan Support for Massive Increase to Capitalist Death Machine

Year-over-year increase to the offense budget of more than the entire food assistance budget.
Submitted by Goofy Gorilla at 2017-09-19 12:45pm to the The World forum.

Edible dahlias: a return to Aztec roots

For the past two years Lubera have systematically grown dahlias to find the best tasting tubers. Whilst some have delicate and rich flavours, others range from bland to bitter. They also ruled out varieties where the roots became too fibrous when cooked.
Submitted by owl at 2017-09-19 9:03am to the Food forum.

Chipotle slides as customers turn up noses at cheese dip

Since the restaurant chain added queso to its menu across the United States last week, Twitter users have widely panned the product, which Chipotle describes as “complex and slightly spicy”.

"Chipotle queso is probably the most disappointing thing I've ever experienced in my life," tweeted Twitter user @arbythompson on Monday.

"Chipotle queso is not good. And I love cheese," tweeted @Kyle_Ratke.
Submitted by Tingleberries at 2017-09-19 3:59am to the Food forum.

With a Picked Lock and a Threatened Indictment, Mueller’s Inquiry Sets a Tone

Paul J. Manafort was in bed early one morning in July when federal agents bearing a search warrant picked the lock on his front door and raided his Virginia home. They took binders stuffed with documents and copied his computer files, looking for evidence that Mr. Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, set up secret offshore bank accounts. They even photographed the expensive suits in his closet.

The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, then followed the house search with a ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2017-09-18 23:49pm to the Politics forum.

Burglary suspect and 2 Kentucky State Police troopers fall through ceiling of home

Kentucky State Police say they've arrested a wanted burglar -- but in the process, the suspect and two troopers fell through the ceiling of a home.

According to arrest reports, 26-year-old Corey Hopper forced his way into a Lawrenceburg home on Thursday evening and stole five loaded guns and some electronics.

Kentucky State Police say they caught up with Hopper hours later on Friday, just before 4 a.m., at a home on Woodlawn Avenue, near Southern Parkway, in Louisville. Police say he was ...
Submitted by sev at 2017-09-18 23:28pm to the Crime forum.

It's official: Chipotle is ditching chorizo and placing its bets on queso

Chipotle Mexican Grill's chorizo is on the chopping block after less than a year on the menu.

The company confirmed Monday that the burrito chain will be ditching the spicy protein to make room for its queso, which it rolled out nationally on Sept. 12.

"When we decided to move forward with the national rollout of queso, we opted to replace chorizo on the line with queso, so chorizo is going away," Chris Arnold, spokesman for Chipotle, told CNBC via email. "While we really liked the chorizo ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2017-09-18 23:51pm to the Food forum.

Shots fired after Ohio man chases 6-year-old daughter in clown mask

An Ohio man has been charged after chasing his 6-year-old daughter around a neighborhood while wearing a clown mask and another man is charged for firing a gun.

Police say the girl first jumped into a stranger's car and then ran into a stranger's apartment while screaming that a clown was chasing her in Boardman Township on Saturday night.

Police say a man in the apartment building came outside and fired a gunshot into the ground.
Submitted by Forensic at 2017-09-18 23:23pm to the Crime forum.

Geneva toilets flush with cash

Geneva prosecutors are investigating after toilets in a bank and three restaurants were blocked by about $100,000 in high-denomination euro banknotes, they said on Monday.

“We are not so interested in the motive but we want to be sure of the origin of the money,” spokesman Vincent Derouand said, adding that neither throwing money away nor blocking a toilet was a crime.

The cash was confiscated during the investigation and it was unclear who would get it if it was found to be lawful. There ...
Submitted by Tingleberries at 2017-09-19 0:00am to the Off Topic News forum.

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

Around 2012, I noticed abrupt shifts in teen behaviors and emotional states. The gentle slopes of the line graphs became steep mountains and sheer cliffs, and many of the distinctive characteristics of the Millennial generation began to disappear. In all my analyses of generational data—some reaching back to the 1930s—I had never seen anything like it.

[Note: the stretched-scale graphs and minor correlations are cute.]
Submitted by sev at 2017-09-18 23:23pm to the Horseshit! forum.

A Down Payment With a Catch: You Must Be an Airbnb Host

“If only we had the down payment” may be one of the most frequent complaints among aspiring home buyers in cities across the country.

Yifan Zhang, a 29-year-old entrepreneur who often hears this lament among her friends, has come up with a service that tries to help.

When she bought a townhouse in Seattle with her husband last summer, she knew that the spare bedroom could generate extra income on Airbnb. But when she learned just how much they could collect each month — enough to cover ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2017-09-18 22:14pm to the The Economy forum.

Pepe the Frog’s Creator Goes Legally Nuclear Against the Alt-Right

Pepe the Frog creator Matt Furie has made good on his threat to "aggressively enforce his intellectual property."

The artist's lawyers have taken legal action against the alt-right. They have served cease and desist orders to several alt-right personalities and websites including Richard Spencer, Mike Cernovich, and the r/the_Donald subreddit. In addition, they have issued Digital Millennium Copyright Act takedown requests to Reddit and Amazon, notifying them that use of Pepe by the alt-right ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2017-09-18 21:27pm to the Politics forum.

Silicon Valley CEO Called Employees the N-Word and Hit Three Women, New Lawsuit Claims

The way Gurbaksh Chahal tells it, he’s living the American dream. Once a poor immigrant living in San Jose’s projects, Chahal struck it rich when he sold his first company for tens of millions of dollars as a teenager and moved into a San Francisco penthouse. His inspirational story was even the subject of a 2008 appearance on the Oprah Winfrey show.

But as Chahal’s accolades piled up, so did the allegations against him.

In 2013, he was filmed hitting and kicking his girlfriend 117 ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2017-09-18 18:46pm to the The Economy forum.