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Fearing for his life, cop aims at family dog and shoots little girl in the head instead

gun aiming at dog
In just a matter of a few days, cops in Wichita proved their incompetent and dangerous nature and showed the country that they are in dire need of de-escalation training. In December, an innocent man was murdered by Wichita police for the 'crime' of opening his front door in front of frightened trigger happy cops. Now, a cop has actually been fired after he shot a little girl inside her own home just two days after they killed the innocent man.

At the beginning of the month, a Witchita cop was placed on administrative leave after discharging his firearm inside a family's home-in a cowardly attempt to kill a dog-and hitting a little girl instead. Now, in an actual moment of accountability, Officer Dexter Betts was fired this week in response to his potentially deadly act.

The officer was hired last January and barely made it a year before being fired.

As KAKE reports, officers were called at around 6:15 p.m. to the report of a domestic disturbance and suicidal person in the 1500 block of North Gentry, near 13th and Hillside. Officer Paul Cruz said in a news release that officers were told a 33-year-old man in the home had held a gun in his mouth and choked a dog.


Helping people to change their news opinions? Nobody cares about 'the News'

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In his mordant novel Scoop, Evelyn Waugh has one of his characters explain what "The News" is:
News is what a chap who doesn't care much about anything wants to read. And it's only news until he's read it. After that it's dead.
There is a great deal of wisdom in this little remark that I will attempt to unpack. It also, in my opinion, succinctly explains why we, who believe ourselves to be so brilliantly analytical and persuasive on sites like this one, have so little success in changing the opinions of our friends and neighbours (or awakening them as we might prefer to say).

Comment: See Tracking the life and death of news
They found a consistent rhythm as stories rose into prominence and then fell off over just a few days, with a "heartbeat" pattern of handoffs between blogs and mainstream media. In mainstream media, they found, a story rises to prominence slowly then dies quickly; in the blogosphere, stories rise in popularity very quickly but then stay around longer, as discussion goes back and forth. Eventually though, almost every story is pushed aside by something newer.


At least 95 killed, more than 150 injured as deadly blast rocks Kabul - Taliban claims responsibility

People carry an injured man
© Mohammad Ismail / Reuters
People carry an injured man to a hospital after a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan January 27, 2018
At least 95 people were killed and more than 150 injured by an explosion in a central district of Kabul, close to where several embassies and government buildings are located, Reuters said citing a health ministry official.

Preliminary reports say the explosion occurred close to the building which formerly housed Afghanistan's Interior Ministry. An eyewitness told the news outlet the blast was caused by a car bomb, which detonated near the gates of the former ministry building.

The explosive device was hidden in an ambulance and detonated at a police checkpoint in the Afghan capital.

A thick plume of smoke is coming from the blast site, according to TOLO News

Comment: See also: Afghanistan: Gunmen attack Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul - All 3 attackers killed - UPDATE


What a black man from Chicago found when he moved to Alabama

black family Alabama
© R. Brown
Ron Brown with his wife and children
When I began attending Birmingham School of Law in early 2013, my wife was pregnant with our youngest son, Jaxson, and she utterly refused to move to Alabama.

Let's be honest, Alabama has a dirty past when it comes to the treatment of African-Americans.

We both are northerners. I'm from Chicago, she's from New Jersey and we met in Atlanta.

I lived in Atlanta for 12 years and loved it. It was the first city of its magnitude that I have ever lived in. African-Americans are the majority there and it was great to experience black excellence on so many fronts -- politicians, entrepreneurs, professionals, and athletes. Blacks also control the music and movie scene. You have blacks living in sprawling mansions, and they drive Bentleys and Rolls Royces alongside you in traffic daily. When you go to eat at fine dining establishments in Atlanta, there may be two or three white couples in the room.

I say all of this to paint you a picture of what my life was like in Atlanta, and I experienced little to no racial tension while living there.


Political affiliations increasingly influence American consumer habits

© Kamil Krzaczynski / Reuters
In a new development for the free market economy, many corporate brands have become pegged as either Democratic or Republican favorites. A new survey reveals America's 30 most polarizing brands.

With the American political landscape marked by an ever-widening gulf between left and right, especially since the populist Donald Trump entered the White House, many corporate brands have been stigmatized as belonging to either the Democratic or Republican camps, according to a poll entitled 'Most Polarizing Brands.'


Brit-French black comedy film 'The Death of Stalin' pulled from Russian cinemas after backlash

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Josef Stalin: the man who redefined the meaning of "fascism" for propaganda purposes
A black comedy about the death of Joseph Stalin has been pulled from cinema schedules in Russia just days before it was due for release, after several members of a State Duma committee said it contained "elements of extremism."

On Tuesday, several members of the Committee for Culture said Russia should put off the release of The Death of Stalin, a French-British production.

"We urge not to ban the film, since we are not to do this under the law, but to conduct additional examination, because we, for instance, see some elements of extremism in it," former actress-turned-politician Elena Drapeko, who is the deputy head of the Committee for Culture, told journalists.

The Death of Stalin is directed by prominent Scottish satirist and TV director Armando Iannucci, the man behind political satire TV series Veep and The Thick of It.


Texas cops arrest 'child sex trafficking victim' and charge with felony

They also arrested her younger friend for prostitution.
Silencing child trafficking
© thefreethoughtproject.com
The cops of Harris County, Texas, routinely bust adult women and men in prostitution stings while assuring us it has to be done in order to find and save teens selling sex. So what happens when they find girls doing just that? Why, they arrest them too-and charge one with a felony.

It's yet another example of the disparity between what authorities say their priorities are and where their priorities evidently lie.


SWAT team descended on Disney star charged in string of armed robberies, held on $550k bail

© Global Look Press
A SWAT team descended on Disney star Adam Hicks' home, where he was arrested for a series of armed street robberies in the upper-class Los Angeles County city of Burbank. Now he could face up to 60 years behind bars.

Hicks, 25, appeared in court in Burbank, California on Friday, and was charged with three felony counts of attempted second-degree robbery and two felony counts of second-degree robbery, while being held on $550,000 bail, E! News reported.

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More teens ingesting Tide Pods despite warnings, as meme earns commercial appeal

Tide pods
© Wikipedia
YouTube and Facebook have been desperately trying to stop kids from participating in a popular new trend that involves eating laundry detergent, but it's not working. Now, some businesses are taking advantage of the phenomenon.

Earlier this week, the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) issued a "high alert" warning that said the trend of teens intentionally ingesting Tide Pods has "increased in its popularity despite repeated warnings."

Like many trends, the Tide Pod Challenge began on social media. Teenagers posted videos of themselves attempting to eat the packets of liquid laundry detergent while daring their friends to do the same.

In the first two weeks of 2018, US poison control centers handled 39 cases of teenagers intentionally eating Tide Pods, according to the AAPCC. During the next week, there were another 47 cases reported, bringing the total number of teens sent to a poison control center for eating laundry detergent to 86 this year.

Comment: See also: Darwin Awards: Deadly detergent eating flashmob jumps to dangerous scale


Next month British judge to decide on Assange's bid for possible freedom

Julian Assange
© Peter Nicholls / Reuters
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, holed up in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London for over five years because he fears extradition to the United States, will learn next month if he has succeeded in having a warrant for his arrest dropped.

Assange, 46, fled to the embassy in the wealthy Knightsbridge district of the British capital in 2012 after skipping bail to avoid being sent to Sweden to face an allegation of rape, which he denied.

The Australian-born Assange had feared Sweden would hand him over to the United States to face prosecution over WikiLeaks' publication of a large trove of classified military and diplomatic documents - one of the largest information leaks in U.S. history.

Comment: It's unlikely a judge will be able to actually grant freedom to Assange at this point. The higher-ups wouldn't let that happen. He's made them look like fools. See also: