AP: Charges have been filed against 18 current and former Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies as part of an investigation into allegations of civil rights abuses and corruption, U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte Jr. announced today.
Four grand jury indictments and a criminal complaint allege…
“People are just wired to believe that if you confess to a crime then you must’ve committed it. All sorts of alibis and evidence will bend or disappear once you’ve confessed, it’s that convincing. Part of what we have to do in this discussion is move that off the table. People confess, and it may or may not be true. In terms of the efficacy of Reid technique, it gets people to confess, but there’s a certain amount of collateral damage. Probably the vast majority of people who confess to this technique confess correctly, but there is collateral damage, and that is a frightening thing.”—Science journalist Douglas Starr speaks to Fresh Air about interrogation techniques and why false confessions are a problem in our justice system (via nprfreshair)
Crack Smoking Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has had quite the run lately. Admissions of crack usage, excessive drunkenness, denials of extra-marital cunnilingus. It’s all there. He’s now easily my favorite politician.
The FBI had been keeping an eye on Sartre from as early as 1945. Soon after, they began to investigate his contemporary, Albert Camus. On 7th February, 1946, John Edgar Hoover, director of the FBI, wrote a letter to “Special Agent in Charge” at the New York field office, drawing his…
“Technology is usually fairly neutral. It’s like a hammer, which can be used to build a house or to destroy someone’s home. The hammer doesn’t care. It is almost always up to us to determine whether the technology is good or bad.”—
Noam Chomsky, answering a question from an 11-year-old named Honor on whether technology is always good. It’s the perfect answer, if you ask me.
Chomsky’s words come from Does My Goldfish Know Who I Am?, a collection of young people’s questions answered by great scientists and thinkers. It’s ample proof that many of our greatest questions are simple ones, and their answers delight minds both brilliant and new.
“Just in the past seven years, the Hells Angels have brought more than a dozen cases in federal court, alleging infringement on apparel, jewelry, posters and yo-yos. The group has also challenged Internet domain names and a Hollywood movie — all for borrowing the motorcycle club’s name and insignias. The defendants have been large, well-known corporations like Toys “R” Us, Alexander McQueen, Amazon, Saks, Zappos, Walt Disney and Marvel Comics. And they have included a rapper’s clothing company, Dillard’s and a teenage girl who was selling embroidered patches on eBay with a design resembling the group’s “Death Head” logo.”—Despite Outlaw Image, Hells Angels Sue Often (via evangotlib)