In the News

Here is some stuff in the news today...

[Content Note: Racism; police brutality.] Last night, people took to the streets of NYC in protest of no indictments for Eric Garner's death, chanting his last words: "I can't breathe."

[CN: Racism; police brutality] The officer who shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice while he was playing with a toy gun in a public park, "had issues with handling guns during his brief tenure with a suburban police department. A Nov. 29, 2012 letter contained in Tim Loehmann's personnel file from the Independence Police Department says that during firearms qualification training...'He could not follow simple directions, could not communicate clear thoughts nor recollections, and his handgun performance was dismal,' according to the letter written by Deputy Chief Jim Polak of the Independence police. ...'I do not believe time, nor training, will be able to change or correct the deficiencies,' Polak said." Terrific hire, Cleveland.

[CN: Rape culture; sexual abuse; descriptions of assaults at link] Three more women have come forward with stories of Bill Cosby sexually abusing them. Vulture has an updated timeline of the allegations here.

[CN: Child abuse and neglect; disablism] A 15-year-old Indiana girl with psychological disabilities was discovered by relatives being kept in a locked room in her grandfather's home. She weighed only 35 pounds. She has been hospitalized and "remains in critical condition with life-threatening injuries, police said." Her shitlord guardian says she was abusive, and meanwhile is raising at least one other kid, a boy, like nothing horrific was happening in his home.

[CN: Misogyny; sexual abuse; sexuality policing] The World Health Organization has released a new document stating that "'virginity tests'—a 'two-finger test' used to determine whether or not a woman has had sex or has been sexually assaulted—has no scientific basis and should never be used." Good.

Whooooooops! "The Vatican's economy minister has said hundreds of millions of euros were found 'tucked away' in accounts of various Holy See departments without having appeared in the city-state's balance sheets." Well, sure. It's easy to lose track of millions of monies. Who hasn't done that? Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit millions of euros from the Vatican's couch cushions!

Oh shit: Africa's giraffe population "has dropped about 40 percent in just 15 years, according to the Giraffe Conservation Foundation. ...And while animals such as elephants and rhinos garner a large share of conservation attention, why does it seem like a 'silent' extinction? Experts speculate that they're such a presence in our lives that it's easy to think the species is as abundant as can be. 'Giraffes are everywhere. Look at kids' books, which are full of giraffes. They're always in zoo collections. They're easily visible, so you don't think we have to worry about them,' said David O'Connor, research coordinator with the San Diego Zoo's Institute for Conservation Research."

This dude in Indiana turned his old Geo Metro into a flying saucer. Well, no shit he did! What would you do with an old Geo Metro?

And finally! Great silly photos of dogs who need homes. Love.

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