BREAKING: Judge Says Cause Exists To Arrest Cop Who Killed Tamir Rice For Murder | ThinkProgress

BREAKING: Judge Says Cause Exists To Arrest Cop Who Killed Tamir Rice For Murder | ThinkProgress.

Even looking at this from a standpoint of assuming the cops reasonably thought Tamir was a threat, they still fucked up.

What they should have done is parked the car a bit away, yelled the warning without the engine noise or sirens possibly interfering, and taken cover behind the car just in case Tamir fired on them.

That would have almost certainly lead to Tamir surviving, possibly getting yelled at for being careless in showing off the toy gun but surviving, and even in the bizarro world where the gun was real and he was a threat, would have kept the cops and innocent bystanders safe.

Almost running him over and firing before the door is even completely open is stupid however you look at it.  If he was *already* shooting at people maybe a crazy stunt like that would make sense, but he wasn’t.

It might be debatable whether first degree murder should apply, but certainly second degree would IMO.

I try to give cops some leeway- if they hold fire too long in a situation where they do need to shoot someone, innocent people die just as surely as when they fire too quickly.  It’s a balance, and imperfect humans will never get it right 100% of the time.  But even giving them as much credit as possible, there’s just no way they were remotely in the right.  AT BEST they were incredibly reckless to the point a second degree murder charge, for depraved indifference to human life, should apply- or whatever the equivalent charge is under Ohio law.  And that’s reckless even if it could be established that they reasonably believed Tamir to be a threat, and that appears to be quite a stretch.

Petition seeks to strip Caitlyn Jenner of Olympic medals

Petition seeks to strip Caitlyn Jenner of Olympic medals.

This is dumb.

Trans people not lucky enough to get on puberty blockers as kids develop anatomical structures matching their assigned gender(excpetions for some intersex and hormone related conditions that are sometimes also present, but that’s not the case here).  Their skeletal structure, size, and musculature, all the things relevant to athletic competition, are standard issue for their birth assigned gender.

Unless they can come up with a scientifically supported argument that being a closeted transwoman gave her an advantage, and that either she knew this at the time(you might be able to argue cheating on this count), or that the advantage was so huge that no man could possibly overcome it(not just that they failed to, which is a matter of historical fact, but that they couldn’t), there’s simply no argument here.  She earned her medals.  Want to say otherwise- show the research.  The biochemistry showing more efficient calorie use, the stats on transwomen defeating men in athletic competition, show some *actual data*.

My expectation that such an advantage would ever be shown to exist… Well, about as close to zero as they can get.  Literally the only reason I don’t say zero is that I’ve been wrong in the past.

Federal Express Flight 705

Federal Express Flight 705 – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

The co pilot, with only one functioning hand during most of this incident, pulled off dogfighting maneuvers in a DC-10.

Two seriously injured pilots, with the plane flipping around like it was in a dogfight, take on a healthy, armed, martial arts expert who came at them with the advantage of surprise.  AND THEY WIN.  Barely, but still, they take him down and keep him down.  And they weren’t fighting to kill anyone, the other guy was.  So really, RESTRAINING themselves, with all their other advantages, they won.

And then, well over their maximum landing weight, with no way to dump fuel and maintain control of the aircraft, the Captain manages to land with room to spare.

You wouldn’t expect some of the most epic flying and most epic hand to hand combat ever to occur in the same incident, but they did.

And of course, the Captain was the last man off.

Abbott Signs Bill To Allow Students That Fail Exams To Still Graduate | Texas Public Radio

Abbott Signs Bill To Allow Students That Fail Exams To Still Graduate | Texas Public Radio.

It doesn’t waive test passing entirely, just allows other factors to be considered.  This *could* be a good thing to do- two people of equal qualification might have different results on a given evaluation, so providing alternative options, or some sort of weighting instead of an all or nothing system, should get more people the diploma they deserve.

That said, I’m not sold on this particular way of doing it, though the inclusion of college entrance exams as a potential mitigating factor for graduation test failure is promising.  If nothing else, that can indicate the student just had an off day when they took the graduation test, and failing to graduate because of one off day after four years would be bullshit.

It would probably be better to overhaul the entire testing/graduation regime.  Say “You need 70 graduation points out of 100.  Class performance counts for 75% of your graduation score, the final tests 25%” or something like that.

Rather than all or nothing the whole thing, or patch over weaknesses of the testing system, rebuild from the ground up with all of this cleanly integrated.  I’m not advocating these specific numbers, they serve merely to illustrate my point- attendance could probably be worked in, college entrance exams, etc.  The exact numbers should be chosen after a lot of research and analysis on what best predicts future performance.

Warlords of Draenor LFR impressions

The first couple LFR raids in WoD aren’t bad. Fairly easy, with mostly standard raid mechanics for DPS- don’t stand in fire, run like hell if the boss chases you(for DPS/heals), kill adds first, the basics any raider needs to know.

There are a few interesting ones, like one boss that spilts in two when you kill him, and those splits split in four, and once you kill all 8 of the final splits you’ve won. And you have to do it fast, or he’ll earthquake the raid and probably kill most of you.

Mechanics are punishing enough to actually kill people reasonably quickly(I’d have gone down a couple times if not for my engi shield), but forgiving enough that you don’t need lightning reflexes to survive, just need to pay attention to when you need to move or pop a defensive CD. Which is where LFR should be to present a mild challenge and to prepare people for more difficult raids.

Haven’t actually done any of the heroics yet, plan to read up on them a bit after work today and step into the queue while I farm Apexis Crystals or something.

Loving my hunter. BM is amazing. I especially love tanks that PULL EVERYTHING IN SIGHT SO I CAN BARRAGE.  And being able to say “Oh a 102 elite randomly wandering the world?  I’ll go kill it now”.  There are nice things you can accomplish when you carry around a tank everywhere you go.  And.. GLYPH OF FETCH OMG.

The Friend Zone

Unrequited attractions can suck, believe me, I know. But there’s a reason they aren’t with you. Maybe you haven’t had the guts to say something, maybe she just sees you as a friend(this is most likely in my experience). And hell, maybe she really is that manipulative basketcase you rant about.
But you aren’t owed crap. It’s not “get X relationship points and get what you want”.
And honestly, what’s so bad about people wanting to be friends with you? These situations can work out into good friendships that you’ll celebrate as much as you would a romance, again, speaking from experience here. Give it a chance.
I wouldn’t call it inherently bad if you want a romantic/sexual relationship or nothing, but if that’s what your feelings are, you need to 1) Actually say something about how you really feel, and 2) Accept it and step away if she’s not interested. Skip straight to 2) if you aren’t willing to do 1).
It’s not a fun situation, but speaking with a few decades experience on this planet, this is how you need to handle it if you want to be happy, and want to be the sort of person that can attract women(or men, or people in between and off the binary).

Transgender children’s minds cannot be aligned with their body

Transgender children’s minds cannot be aligned with their body.

Yes, sometimes kids go through silly phases, but the research has been done and if providers are properly trained, gender dysphoria can be reliably differentiated from other issues.  I’m sure there are optimizations that could be made to the process- the article discusses debate over the ideal timing of puberty blockers, for instance- but it is solidly established that transgender kids exist and benefit from transitioning.

Conversion therapy and hoping they grow out of it do not help- hell, “do not help” is the *best case* for these options.  Transition does.  More pediatricians, parents, and everyone who is involved in child care need to know about this.  Even if not enough to diagnose it on their own, at least enough to know that it’s possible and worth calling a doctor(or specialist doctor, if already a doctor) if a child in their care starts showing signs.

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