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Thousand Oaks Shooting Witnesses Also Survived The Las Vegas Route 91 Massacre
Some of the people who survived the largest mass shooting in modern US history in Las Vegas found themselves fleeing yet another gunman Wednesday night when he opened fire inside a country music bar in Southern California, killing 12 people...

Maldoon estimated there was a group of at least 15 Vegas shooting survivors who were Borderline regulars. Among them was Brendan Kelly, a marine who reportedly used his body to shield a young woman from bullets and help her to safety in Las Vegas. He confirmed that he also escaped the Borderline shooting.

"Borderline meant a lot to us before Route 91, and ever more afterwards," she said. "They rallied around us, hosting memorials, fundraiser events for the victims, always reminding us that we are Borderline and country music family.
crime  weapons  usa  usa-california  usa-nevada  music 
november 2018 by iamfantastikate
Trump's Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker Was Part of World Patent Marketing, a Miami-Based Invention Scam Company
Today President Donald Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions and announced that his chief of staff, Matthew Whitaker, would become acting attorney general. Whitaker is a former U.S. attorney in Iowa, but he was also involved in a Miami-based invention-marketing company the Federal Trade Commission shut down last year after calling it a scam...

World Patent Marketing collected millions of dollars by promising starry-eyed inventors it would turn their inventions into best sellers. Company reps claimed invention ideas were reviewed by an illustrious board that included big names such as Whitaker, Republican Congressman Brian Mast, and time-travel scientist Ronald Mallett.
corruption  usa  politics  trump-presidency  crime 
november 2018 by iamfantastikate
The truth about false rape accusations
It’s exceedingly rare for a false rape allegation to end in prison time. According to the National Registry of Exonerations, since records began in 1989, in the US there are only 52 cases where men convicted of sexual assault were exonerated because it turned out they were falsely accused. By way of comparison, in the same period, there are 790 cases in which people were exonerated for murder...

The evidence suggests that even in the rare case where a man is the subject of a false rape complaint, chances are that the charges will be dropped without him ever learning about the allegations...

In every academic study, one of the most common kinds of false accuser is a teenage girl who tells her parents she was raped to avoid getting in trouble. Unwanted pregnancy is sometimes cited by such girls, but the reason can also be trivial; the phrase “missed curfew” shows up with disturbing frequency in these cases. As a rule, it’s the parents who insist on getting police involved. Two different studies have found that almost half of all false rape complaints are lodged by someone other than the alleged victim, usually a parent...

But while false accusers often have similar histories, they have various motives. These can be divided into roughly four categories: personal gain, mental illness, revenge, and the need for an alibi.
statistics  crime  abuse  sexism 
september 2018 by iamfantastikate
Farmworkers Are Dying from Extreme Heat
When farmworkers are out picking tomatoes or spraying pesticides in the high heat, they can be exposed to heat-related illnesses, some of which can lead to death if left untreated. According to Public Citizen, 130 million workers who make their living outside—from farmworkers to construction workers—lack heat stress protections. Between 1992 and 2016, nearly 70,000 workers were seriously injured from heat, and 783 of them died. 

Since farmworkers are often from marginalized groups like undocumented immigrants—the Department of Labor estimates 47 percent of them are undocumented—fear of deportation can lead to a reluctance to report incidents or even seek medical attention. That means the real numbers may be even higher.
health  food  equality  environment  usa  immigration  crime 
august 2018 by iamfantastikate
Verizon throttled fire department’s “unlimited” data during Calif. wildfire
The Santa Clara fire department has responded to Verizon's claim that the throttling was just a customer service error and "has nothing to do with net neutrality." To the contrary, "Verizon's throttling has everything to do with net neutrality," a county official said.
environment  telecoms  usa  usa-california  crime 
august 2018 by iamfantastikate
What Happens to #MeToo When a Feminist Is the Accused?
An 11-month Title IX investigation found Professor Ronell, described by a colleague as “one of the very few philosopher-stars of this world,” responsible for sexual harassment, both physical and verbal, to the extent that her behavior was “sufficiently pervasive to alter the terms and conditions of Mr. Reitman’s learning environment.” The university has suspended Professor Ronell for the coming academic year.

In the Title IX final report, excerpts of which were obtained by The New York Times, Mr. Reitman said that she had sexually harassed him for three years, and shared dozens of emails in which she referred to him as “my most adored one,” “Sweet cuddly Baby,” “cock-er spaniel,” and “my astounding and beautiful Nimrod.”

Coming in the middle of the #MeToo movement’s reckoning over sexual misconduct, it raised a challenge for feminists — how to respond when one of their own behaved badly. And the response has roiled a corner of academia.
abuse  sexism  crime  creepy  education  equality 
august 2018 by iamfantastikate
Catholic Church Covered Up Child Sex Abuse in Pennsylvania for Decades, Grand Jury Says
Bishops and other leaders of the Roman Catholic Church in Pennsylvania covered up child sexual abuse by more than 300 priests over a period of 70 years, persuading victims not to report the abuse and police officers not to investigate it, according to a report issued by a grand jury on Tuesday.

The report, which covered six of the state’s eight Catholic dioceses and found more than 1,000 identifiable victims, is the broadest examination yet by a government agency in the United States of child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church...

The grand jury added that the church officials named in their report have been protected, and some have been promoted...

The report said that church officials followed a “playbook for concealing the truth:” minimize the abuse using words like “inappropriate contact” instead of “rape”; assign priests untrained in sexual abuse cases to investigate their colleagues; when removing an accused priest, don’t inform the community of the real reasons.
abuse  crime  religion  usa  christianity  usa-pennsylvania  corruption 
august 2018 by iamfantastikate
Motherhood in the Age of Fear
I was beginning to understand that it didn’t matter if what I’d done was dangerous; it only mattered if other parents felt it was dangerous. When it comes to kids’ safety, feelings are facts.
opinion  children  parenting  women  crime  usa  politics 
july 2018 by iamfantastikate
‘Kill all white people’: Suspect in killings of five white men made threat in 2014
The 22-year-old man suspected of shooting five middle-aged white men since last year — including four on south Kansas City walking trails — threatened in 2014 to shoot up a school and “kill all white people,” according to court records.

Fredrick Demond Scott, who was charged Tuesday in two killings and named as a suspect in three more, made those statements in January 2014 at Center Alternative School, as documented in a municipal citation for harassment.

Scott, who is black, has been charged with murder...[of] five white men between ages 54 and 67. All five were fatally shot, most from behind, in surprise attacks as they walked dogs, visited parks and, in one case, walked down a city street.
racism  crime  missouri  u.s.a. 
september 2017 by iamfantastikate
Video shows Utah nurse screaming, being dragged into police car after refusing to let officer take blood from unconscious victim
Wubbels says blood cannot be taken from an unconscious patient unless the patient is under arrest, unless there is a warrant allowing the draw or unless the patient consents. The detective acknowledges in the footage that none of those requirements is in place, but he insists that he has the authority to obtain the draw, according to the footage.
At one point, Payne threatens to take Wubbels to jail if he doesn’t get the sample, and he accuses her of interfering with a criminal case.
police  wtf  abuse  crime  utah  u.s.a. 
september 2017 by iamfantastikate
Charlottesville White Nationalists Planned for Violence, Chats Show
While much of the discussion centered on flags, chants, and other forms of speech, the leaked exchanges also included advice on weapon construction. “You want something designed for longitudinal stress,” wrote one poster. “[Three] whacks and that thing is breaking.” Other topics included body armor and shield design. Users also shared memes alluding to using vehicles against opponents.
crime  u.s.a.  politics  virginia  weapons 
august 2017 by iamfantastikate
PhoenixNewTimes on Twitter
We've been covering Joe Arpaio for more than 20 years. Here's a couple of things you should know about him...
arizona  crime  abuse  politics  u.s.a.  trump-presidency  twitter 
august 2017 by iamfantastikate
Baltimore man among 3 more charged in Charlottesville, Va., white supremacist rally
The man, identified as Richard Wilson Preston, was charged by Charlottesville, Va., police with discharging a firearm within 1,000 feet of a school. Charlottesville Police said in a news release that Preston fired a gun in the 100 block of West Market Street.

Court records list his address in the 5800 block of Cedonia Ave. in the Northeast Baltimore neighborhood of Cedmont. Numerous news reports refer to Preston as imperial wizard of Maryland’s Ku Klux Klan chapter.
racism  crime  abuse  politics  u.s.a.  virginia  weapons 
august 2017 by iamfantastikate
Woman jailed for 10 years for making series of false rape claims
Sentencing her on Thursday, the judge, Nicholas Loraine-Smith, said: “This trial has revealed, what was then not obvious, that you are a very, very convincing liar and you enjoy being seen as a victim.

“The prosecution described your life as a ‘construct of bogus victimhood’.”
uk  crime  abuse  wtf 
august 2017 by iamfantastikate
The Ex-Sheriff Trump Wants to Pardon Ignored 400 Sex Crime Cases
The AP reported in 2011 that Arpaio's department failed to properly investigate over 400 sex crime cases, including attacks on children, from 2005 to 2007, when the department had a $2.7 million contract to run police services for the city of El Mirage.

According to the report, many of the victims were children of undocumented immigrants. "Officials discovered at least 32 reported child molestations—with victims as young as 2 years old—where the sheriff's office failed to follow through, even though suspects were known in all but six cases," AP revealed.
abuse  children  arizona  u.s.a.  trump-presidency  crime  politics 
august 2017 by iamfantastikate
1,500 acid attacks have been recorded in London since 2011
Globally, roughly 80% of victims tend to women. Attacks are often carried out by vengeful men who have had their marriage proposals or sexual advances rebuffed.

However, acid attack charities in the UK estimate that British victims are predominantly men, at roughly 71% of victims.

Jaf Shah, the executive director of the support group Acid Survivors Trust International (ASTI), told the Guardian: "Looking at the data in general, there is a fairly large probability that a high percentage of the incidents are male-on-male attacks and most likely to be gang-related....

"Acid is used as an extreme mark of dominance. It's letting the individual know I haven't killed you, but it's almost worse than that, it's a mark – on your face. It's a sinister legacy."
wtf  crime  abuse  statistics  england  uk 
march 2017 by iamfantastikate
A diabetic boy’s religious parents ‘didn’t believe in doctors.’ Now they’re guilty of his murder.
For years, Alex was reportedly home-schooled and had little contact with the outside world. His parents' "intentional isolation of Alex from anyone who could intervene" had a profound effect on the teen, who had weakened to the point that he had trouble moving, the judge wrote. "His muscles had wasted away. His body was covered in painful bedsores, one was so advanced his jaw bone was openly visible. The pain at times must have been unbearable. He was unable to use the toilet. The only evidence of his food intake was baby food"....

On the night of Alex's death, Brancu and about a half-dozen people from the church visited the Radita family's home....

EMS workers would arrive to find a group chanting in the living room. Alex was pronounced dead shortly after 10 p.m.
crime  abuse  children  teens  canada  religion  christianity 
march 2017 by iamfantastikate
Four more journalists get felony charges after covering inauguration unrest
Four more journalists have been charged with felonies after being arrested while covering the unrest around Donald Trump’s inauguration, meaning that at least six media workers are facing up to 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine if convicted.
media  crime  politics  dc  u.s.a.  u.s.-elections  trump-presidency 
january 2017 by iamfantastikate
5,300 Wells Fargo employees fired for creating unauthorized accounts
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said Wells Fargo sales staff opened more than 2 million bank and credit card accounts that may have not been authorized by customers. Money in customers' accounts were transferred to these new accounts without authorization. Debit cards were issued and activated, as well as PINs created, without telling customers.

In some cases, Wells Fargo employees even created fake email addresses to sign up customers for online banking services.

"Wells Fargo built an incentive-compensation program that made it possible for its employees to pursue underhanded sales practices, and it appears that the bank did not monitor the program carefully," said CFPB Director Richard Cordray.

The behavior was widespread, the CFPB and other regulators said, involving thousands of Wells Fargo employees.

Roughly 5,300 employees at Wells Fargo were fired in connection with this behavior, according to Los Angeles City Attorney's office.
money  corruption  crime  u.s.a.  california 
september 2016 by iamfantastikate
U.S. Soldiers Told to Ignore Sexual Abuse of Boys by Afghan Allies
Rampant sexual abuse of children has long been a problem in Afghanistan, particularly among armed commanders who dominate much of the rural landscape and can bully the population. The practice is called bacha bazi, literally “boy play,” and American soldiers and Marines have been instructed not to intervene — in some cases, not even when their Afghan allies have abused boys on military bases, according to interviews and court records.
abuse  crime  children  afghanistan  war  u.s.a. 
august 2016 by iamfantastikate
Ex-Speaker Hastert enters prison — now Inmate No. 47991-424
When sentenced in April in Chicago, Hastert was branded "a serial child molester" by U.S. District Judge Thomas M. Durkin — and Burdge also spoke. Turning to Hastert in court, she described how she was among the first to broach his abuse of kids, telling him, "I hope I have been your worst nightmare."

Her brother, Stephen Reinboldt, died of AIDS in 1995. She said Wednesday that Hastert's imprisonment brings her some closure.

"This whole ordeal is sad," Burdge said. "But when you abuse children, you need to suffer the consequences — no matter who you are."

Hastert was never charged with child abuse because the statutes of limitation blocked prosecutors from filing charges dating back to when Hastert coached at Yorkville High School, from 1965 to 1981. Instead, Hastert was charged with violating banking laws for trying to pay $3.5 million in hush money to one victim referred to in court papers only as "Individual A."
abuse  crime  u.s.a.  politics  republicans  creepy 
june 2016 by iamfantastikate
Why The New Year’s Attacks On Women In Germany Weren’t Even A Crime
It was hardly the first or last time women have been assaulted during a big public holiday in Germany, but it is the first time, thanks to the obsessive discussion that followed the New Year’s attacks, that many Germans have learned about a shocking feature of the country’s sexual assault law: Most of what happened that night in Cologne is not actually a crime.

This is the irony women’s activists are struggling with in the wake of attacks in Cologne. A quick squeeze of the breasts, a hand on the ass, an unwanted kiss — when it happens in a public space, none of these are against the law in Germany.

“The German law accepts that a man generally has the right to touch a woman, to have sexual intercourse with a woman. It’s his right, unless the woman shows her resistance very, very strongly,” said Chantal Louis, an editor at Emma, Germany’s oldest feminist magazine. “We have a situation where … even touching the breasts or vagina can’t be punished in the logic of that law, because if the perpetrator does it very quickly, you don’t have time to resist. It seems weird and crazy, but that’s German law.”

That’s because, as far as the law is concerned, verbal consent isn’t really the issue. The law focuses instead on the overwhelming force of the perpetrator, requiring that there be a “threat of imminent danger to life and limb.” For a court to rule that a woman was raped, and the justice system to put a rapist behind bars, a woman must physically, exhaustively resist her perpetrator. If she can’t prove with her body — with bruises or other injuries — that she fought back, the assault isn’t really a crime.
crime  abuse  germany  politics  equality  gender  wtf 
april 2016 by iamfantastikate
In Religious Arbitration, Scripture Is the Rule of Law
Centuries later, Paul’s writings inspired a group of lawyers in Los Angeles to develop the practice of Christian conciliation. The group’s work ultimately gave rise to Peacemaker Ministries, a nonprofit that devised a legal process that draws on the Bible. Peacemaker Ministries developed a legal process that draws on the Bible. The peacemaker method is used by private schools, Christian lawyers and others. Clauses requiring Americans to use Christian arbitration instead of civil court now appear in thousands of agreements like the one Mr. Ellison signed with Teen Challenge. “Our secular court system is darn good,” said Bryce Thomas, a Christian conciliator in Hickory, N.C. “But it doesn’t get into deep moral issues like sin and reconciliation.”
creepy  religion  christianity  u.s.a.  politics  lgbt  health  crime 
november 2015 by iamfantastikate
Mass Shooting Tracker
The most obscene incidents of gun violence usually do not make the mainstream news at all. Why? Because their definition is incorrect. The mainstream news meaning of "Mass Shooting" should more accurately be described as "Mass Murder". The old FBI definition of Mass Murder (not even the most recent one) is four or more people murdered in one event. It is only logical that a Mass Shooting is four or more people shot in one event. Here at the Mass Shooting Tracker, we count the number of people shot rather than the number people killed because, "shooting" means "people shot".
statistics  u.s.a.  weapons  crime 
october 2015 by iamfantastikate
Dad Calls Cops on Son to Teach Him a Lesson, Cops Shoot Son Dead
A father's attempt to teach his son a lesson for taking his truck without permission ended in tragedy Monday after a local police officer shot the teenager dead.
police  iowa  u.s.a.  abuse  crime  weapons 
may 2015 by iamfantastikate
No charges for Colorado farmworkers videotaped hitting pigs; 7 employees fired
A video showing workers at a Colorado pig farm hitting animals with cans and boards prompted the firing of seven employees, but authorities said Wednesday no criminal charges will be filed.
colorado  u.s.a.  politics  animals  abuse  crime  corruption  food 
may 2015 by iamfantastikate
Du Pont heir faces child sex lawsuit
A du Pont family heir who received no prison time after pleading guilty to raping his 3-year-old daughter nearly a decade ago faces a lawsuit from his former wife that accuses him of sexually abusing his toddler son. Robert H. Richards IV, 47, on probation after pleading guilty in 2008 to fourth-degree rape of his daughter, has never been charged with crimes against his son. The lawsuit filed Tuesday in Superior Court provides in-depth details about a child rape case that did not receive media attention and Delaware authorities never disclosed publicly.
crime  abuse  children  delaware  u.s.a.  politics  money  corruption 
april 2015 by iamfantastikate
FBI overstated forensic hair matches in nearly all trials before 2000
Of 28 examiners with the FBI Laboratory’s microscopic hair comparison unit, 26 overstated forensic matches in ways that favored prosecutors in more than 95 percent of the 268 trials reviewed so far, according to the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) and the Innocence Project, which are assisting the government with the country’s largest post-conviction review of questioned forensic evidence. The cases include those of 32 defendants sentenced to death. Of those, 14 have been executed or died in prison, the groups said under an agreement with the government to release results after the review of the first 200 convictions.
death-penalty  politics  crime  science  u.s.a.  corruption  abuse 
april 2015 by iamfantastikate
Despite lower crime rates, support for gun rights increases
In the 1990s, the rate of violent crimes plummeted by more than half nationwide. Public perceptions tracked right along, with the share saying there was more crime in the U.S. over the past year falling from 87% in 1993 to just 41% by 2001. In the new century, however, there’s been a disconnect. A majority of Americans (63%) said in a Gallup survey last year that crime was on the rise, despite crime statistics holding near 20-year lows. Why public views on crime have grown more dire is unclear, though many blame it on the nature of news coverage, reality TV and political rhetoric. Whatever the cause, this trend is not without consequence. Today, those who say that crime is rising are the most opposed to gun control: Just 45% want to see gun laws made more strict, compared with 53% of those who see crime rates as unchanged or dropping.
statistics  weapons  u.s.a.  health  crime  politics 
april 2015 by iamfantastikate
Guatemalans deliberately infected with STDs sue Johns Hopkins University for $1bn
The experiments, which occurred between 1945 and 1956, were kept secret until they were discovered in 2010 by a college professor, Susan Reverby. The programme published no findings and did not inform Guatemalans who were infected of the consequences of their participation, nor did it provide them with follow up medical care or inform them of ways to prevent the infections spreading, the lawsuit states. Orphans, prisoners and mental health patients were deliberately infected in the experiments.
u.s.a.  guatemala  health  science  wtf  history  abuse  crime 
april 2015 by iamfantastikate
Maker of Children's Tylenol to Plead Guilty Over Recall
Court documents unsealed Tuesday say McNeil Consumer Healthcare, of Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, will acknowledge selling adulterated bottles of Infants' and Children's Tylenol and Children's Motrin. The company agreed to pay $25 million to resolve the case. Court documents say metal particles, including nickel, iron and chromium, were introduced during the manufacturing process. Prosecutors said McNeil failed to take immediate steps to fix the problem.
health  drugs  u.s.a.  politics  crime  children 
march 2015 by iamfantastikate
Arkansas Republican gave adopted girls to rapist because they were ‘possessed by demons’: report
Goldsborough told the Times that Mary was mostly confined to her room and monitored by video camera. Marsha Harris told the babysitter that the girls were demonically possessed and that they had to be kept separate because they could communicate telepathically. One of the girls crushed the family’s guinea pig to death, Marsha Harris claimed, and the family were so frightened of the children that they summoned an exorcist from Alabama to perform a casting-out of the girls’ demons. “The first night I was over there, I just broke down and cried with this little girl because I just felt so bad for her,” said Goldsborough. The Harrises used an elaborate system of locks, video cameras and alarms to separate the girls because they believed they would kill their entire family.
religion  christianity  arkansas  u.s.a.  abuse  crime  children  politics  republicans 
march 2015 by iamfantastikate
7 Racist Emails From Ferguson Officials And Other Tidbits From DOJ Report
The racist e-mails are just the tip of the iceberg. There are dozens of verified accounts of racist profiling of African-Americans and the unjustifiable use of force used against them. There are also multiple accounts that indicate that the FPD used persistent abuse of power against peaceful protest after the killing of Michael Brown.
racism  u.s.a.  missouri  abuse  crime  politics  police 
march 2015 by iamfantastikate
Delhi rapist says victim shouldn't have fought back
"Housework and housekeeping is for girls, not roaming in discos and bars at night doing wrong things, wearing wrong clothes. About 20% of girls are good." People "had a right to teach them a lesson" he suggested - and he said the woman should have put up with it. "When being raped, she shouldn't fight back. She should just be silent and allow the rape. Then they'd have dropped her off after 'doing her', and only hit the boy," he said.
india  sexism  abuse  crime  creepy  gender  equality  equality 
march 2015 by iamfantastikate
The disappeared: Chicago police detain Americans at abuse-laden 'black site'
“The real danger in allowing practices like Guantánamo or Abu Ghraib is the fact that they always creep into other aspects,” Siska said. “They creep into domestic law enforcement, either with weaponry like with the militarization of police, or interrogation practices. That’s how we ended up with a black site in Chicago.”
abuse  police  illinois  u.s.a.  politics  crime  creepy  futurology 
february 2015 by iamfantastikate
Russia's former largest foreign investor: Putin is worth $200 billion
Hedge fund manager Bill Browder, once the largest foreign investor in Russia, estimates Russian President Vladimir Putin's wealth at $200 billion — which would make him by far the richest man in the world.  "After 14 years in power of Russia, and the amount of money that the country has made, and the amount of money that hasn't been spent on schools and roads and hospitals and so on — all that money is in property, Swiss bank accounts, shares, [and] hedge funds managed for Putin and his cronies." Bill Gates is considered the world's richest man with a net worth of $79 billion.
russia  money  corruption  crime  politics 
february 2015 by iamfantastikate
200 Women and Girls Raped in Mass Darfur Attack, Human Rights Watch Says
Two army defectors told Human Rights Watch that they were ordered to rape women, the group said, and a woman in her 40s described assaults on her and her three daughters, two of whom were under 11 years old. "They raped my three daughters and me," Human Rights Watch quoted the woman as saying. "Some of them were holding the girl down while another one was raping her. They did it one by one."
war  sudan  sexism  abuse  crime  gender  equality  equality 
february 2015 by iamfantastikate
AG's Office: Raped teacher should have known better
The Arizona Attorney General's Office is asking for dismissal of a lawsuit filed by a teacher who was brutally assaulted and raped after being left in an unguarded prison classroom with a convicted sex offender. The AG's reasoning is essentially this: the woman knew she was in a prison, so what did she expect? No, seriously. That's the reasoning.
arizona  abuse  crime  prisons  u.s.a.  politics  equality  gender  equality 
february 2015 by iamfantastikate
How secular family values stack up
The results of such secular child-rearing are encouraging. Studies have found that secular teenagers are far less likely to care what the “cool kids” think, or express a need to fit in with them, than their religious peers. When these teens mature into “godless” adults, they exhibit less racism than their religious counterparts, according to a 2010 Duke University study. Many psychological studies show that secular grownups tend to be less vengeful, less nationalistic, less militaristic, less authoritarian and more tolerant, on average, than religious adults. Recent research also has shown that children raised without religion tend to remain irreligious as they grow older — and are perhaps more accepting. Secular adults are more likely to understand and accept the science concerning global warming, and to support women's equality and gay rights. One telling fact from the criminology field: Atheists were almost absent from our prison population as of the late 1990s, comprising less than half of 1% of those behind bars, according to Federal Bureau of Prisons statistics. This echoes what the criminology field has documented for more than a century — the unaffiliated and the nonreligious engage in far fewer crimes.
atheism  parenting  children  crime  racism  psychology  religion  u.s.a. 
january 2015 by iamfantastikate
German nurse 'admits killing 30' with fatal overdoses
The 38-year-old allegedly confessed to taking the lives of the patients by injecting them with an overdose of heart medication. He made the confession to a psychiatric expert who relayed the evidence in court. Investigators said his motive was to improve his own resuscitation skills.
germany  creepy  health  wtf  drugs  crime 
january 2015 by iamfantastikate
The Changing Misrepresentation of Race and Crime on Network and Cable News
Prior research found that stereotypical media content shapes the perception of racial groups and social policy. Using the UCLA Communication Studies Digital News Archive, we sampled 146 cable and network news programs aired between 2008 and 2012. Findings revealed that Blacks were actually “invisible” on network news, being underrepresented as both violent perpetrators and victims of crime. However, Whites were accurately represented as criminals. Moreover, Latinos were greatly overrepresented as undocumented immigrants while Muslims were greatly overrepresented as terrorists on network and cable news programs. The implications of these findings are contextualized using the “guard dog” media coverage theory, structural limitations/economic interest of media, ethnic blame discourse, and the community philanthropy perspective.
study  media  racism  religion  islam  u.s.a.  politics  crime 
january 2015 by iamfantastikate
3 Rome men now face domestic terrorism charge
Peace allegedly told other militia members to choose targets including “road blocks, TSA checkpoints, sheriffs/police conducting operations outside the Constitution” as well as to participate in the “removal of government people who support extra-Constitutional activities.” In February 2014, the men traveled from Rome to Tennessee for a meeting with an undercover FBI source about getting several explosive devices, including a thermite-mix charge and a dozen pipe bombs constructed for “maximum fragmentation.” Phone conversations with an informant recorded Peace requesting explosives and telling the informant the devices were a “key element” to their plan. The men were arrested in Cartersville on Feb. 15, 2014, when they took possession of inert explosives and other material given to the source by the FBI.
georgia  u.s.a.  politics  crime 
january 2015 by iamfantastikate
Woman shoves would-be robber, vows to 'kick his ass'
Instead of giving up her property, police say the victim pushed Tavares and said she "wasn't putting up with this (expletive)" and she was "going to kick his ass," according to court documents.
funny  washington-state  amazing-women  amazing  crime  u.s.a. 
january 2015 by iamfantastikate
The world is not falling apart: The trend lines reveal an increasingly peaceful period in history.
The world is not falling apart. The kinds of violence to which most people are vulnerable—homicide, rape, battering, child abuse—have been in steady decline in most of the world. Autocracy is giving way to democracy. Wars between states—by far the most destructive of all conflicts—are all but obsolete. The increase in the number and deadliness of civil wars since 2010 is circumscribed, puny in comparison with the decline that preceded it, and unlikely to escalate.
statistics  war  abuse  crime  uplifting  politics 
december 2014 by iamfantastikate
Florida woman in ‘Catholic Warrior’ t-shirt destroys Satanic Temple’s holiday display
Hemeryck, who was wearing a “Catholic Warrior” t-shirt at the time, told the Associated Press that “it’s just wrong, when you remove baby Jesus two days before Christmas and put Satan in his place? I was there at the right time and the right moment and I needed to take a stand against Satan.”
religion  christianity  atheism  funny  florida  u.s.a.  crime 
december 2014 by iamfantastikate
The FBI Used the Web's Favorite Hacking Tool to Unmask Tor Users
Since Operation Torpedo, though, there’s evidence the FBI’s anti-Tor capabilities have been rapidly advancing. Torpedo was in November 2012. In late July 2013, computer security experts detected a similar attack through Dark Net websites hosted by a shady ISP called Freedom Hosting—court records have since confirmed it was another FBI operation. For this one, the bureau used custom attack code that exploited a relatively fresh Firefox vulnerability—the hacking equivalent of moving from a bow-and-arrow to a 9-mm pistol. In addition to the IP address, which identifies a household, this code collected the MAC address of the particular computer that infected by the malware.
internet  privacy  u.s.a.  politics  crime 
december 2014 by iamfantastikate
"Witness 40": Exposing A Fraud In Ferguson
The lawyer, Tracy Brown, sought court permission to withdraw from the bankruptcy case due to Sandra McElroy’s behavior. McElroy had frequently called her office and berated a secretary...“repeatedly used profanity when speaking with Counsel’s secretary,” adding that the diatribes “escalated to the use of racial slurs.” An examination of McElroy’s YouTube page, which she apparently shares with one of her daughters, reveals other evidence of racial animus. Next to a clip about the disappearance of a white woman who had a baby with a black man is the comment, “see what happens when you bed down with a monkey have ape babies and party with them.” A clip about the sentencing of two black women for murder is captioned, “put them monkeys in a cage.” McElroy’s YouTube page is also filled with a variety of anti-Barack Obama videos, including a clip purporting to show Michelle Obama admitting that the president was born in Kenya.
crime  u.s.a.  missouri  racism 
december 2014 by iamfantastikate
Americans find some tortures more acceptable than others
[Unsurprisingly, the party of "family values" believes it's totally cool to threaten family members if it means you might get some (likely false) information from a "terrorist" who might not be a terrorist.] Like so many other issues, views about torture are highly polarized politically. 38% of Democrats say torture is never justified, compared to just 11% of Republicans. Republicans are also more open to all of the specified tactics than their Democratic counterparts. In fact, while Democrats tend to say all of the nine tactics are unacceptable, Republicans tend to say all of them are acceptable with one exception – people of all political persuasions reject the use of rectal feeding.
abuse  crime  politics  u.s.a.  republicans  democrats 
december 2014 by iamfantastikate
Open Carry Activist Charged With Shooting Ex-Husband And Stepdaughter Dead
Buried in some of the initial reporting on the arrest of Dunnachie seems to have been an active participant in open carry groups in Texas. The local ABC affiliate, WFAA, noted that Dunnachie's Facebook page is photos of her engaged in open carry firearm advocacy activities. WFAA also noted that one of her profile pictures included the text "Sometimes removing some people out of your life makes room for better people."
weapons  texas  u.s.a.  politics  abuse  crime 
december 2014 by iamfantastikate
Anti-gay N.C. church members indicted on felony kidnapping, assault against gay man
All are members of The Word of Faith Fellowship, a church which has continually come under fire for its alleged cult-like behaviors and severe treatment of members, particularly young people. In 1995, the church was the subject of an “Inside Edition” report on its “blasting” techniques, in which a person is encircled by church members and subjected to high-pitched shrilling sounds, screams and prayers. Blasting sessions can last anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours. In this most recent case, 21-year-old student Matthew Fenner, a member of the church since age 16, alleges that several members targeted him because of his sexual orientation. On Jan. 29, 2013, Fenner says he was threatened with confinement for two days, slapped, strangled and verbally assaulted in an attempt, he says, to free him of “homosexual demons.”
north-carolina  u.s.a.  lgbt  equality  religion  christianity  abuse  crime 
december 2014 by iamfantastikate
Man Says Deputies In La Quinta Pointed Service Weapons As He Recorded Friend’s Arrest
Both men got out of the car and were ordered to the ground at gunpoint. Natividad challenged police, saying he had done nothing wrong. “We have no weapons. We are not a threat to you. Why are you pointing a gun at me? I am not a threat. I got out of the car and surrendered to you,” he’s heard saying in the video clip.
california  politics  police  u.s.a.  weapons  abuse  crime 
december 2014 by iamfantastikate
Wasilat Tasi'u, 14-Year-Old Nigerian Girl, Sentenced To Death For Murdering Husband
The case calls into question the legality of trying a 14-year-old for murder under criminal law and the rights of child brides, who are common in the poverty-stricken, predominantly Muslim northern Nigeria region. "She was married to a man that she didn't love. She protested but her parents forced her to marry him," Zubeida Nagee, a women's rights activist in Kano, told AP. Nagee and other activists have written a letter of protest to the Kano state deputy governor.
nigeria  islam  religion  children  abuse  crime  equality  gender  equality  teens  politics 
november 2014 by iamfantastikate
Soldier Ryan McGee jailed for making nail bomb
When he was interviewed by police, McGee said he was interested in right wing politics because he did not like mass immigration. He said he made the bomb while on leave "out of boredom". He documented his thoughts in a journal entitled Ryan's Story Book. It featured drawings of guns and knives, images of paramilitary soldiers and references to groups including the National Front, Klu Klux Klan and British National Party.
uk  politics  crime  racism 
november 2014 by iamfantastikate
Unorthodox police procedures emerge in grand jury documents
When Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson left the scene of the fatal shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown, the officer returned to the police station unescorted, washed blood off his hands and placed his recently fired pistol into an evidence bag himself. Those actions, described in grand jury testimony, violated protocols for handling a crime scene and securing evidence, according to experts in policing procedures and Justice Department documents. Wilson’s movements after the shooting were among a number of police actions in the aftermath of Brown’s death that experts said were unusual. The grand jury transcripts revealed, for example, that the officers who interviewed Wilson immediately after the shooting did not tape the conversations. The transcripts also showed that an investigator from the medical examiner’s office opted not to take measurements at the crime scene and arrived there believing that what happened between Brown and Wilson was “self-explanatory.’’
missouri  crime  police  politics  u.s.a.  abuse  racism 
november 2014 by iamfantastikate
Car plows through protesters during Ferguson rally in south Minneapolis
The driver, Jeffrey Patrick Rice, 40, was questioned moments after the incident late Tuesday afternoon on eastbound E. Lake Street at Minnehaha Avenue S. Police said Wednesday that the case “remains under investigation.” Rice, of St. Paul, was not arrested, and no charges have been filed. Rice’s driving history in Minnesota includes three drunken-driving convictions, with the most recent coming in 2003. He’s also been convicted of driving with an open liquor bottle, and driving after his license was canceled and also in violation of restrictions placed on his license. The most recent of these convictions came in early 2008.
minnesota  u.s.a.  equality  racism  crime 
november 2014 by iamfantastikate
Terry Bean's ex-boyfriend helped police find alleged 15-year-old victim in sex abuse indictment, former lawyer says
Bean and Lawson are accused of setting up an encounter with the teen through the iPhone app Grindr, a mobile social network that helps men find "local gay, bi and curious guys for dating.'' The app advertises, "Meet the men nearest you with GPS.'' Bean, 66, and Lawson, 25, are accused of having sex with the boy at a Eugene hotel on Sept. 27, 2013. A Lane County grand jury indicted both on two counts of third-degree sodomy and one count of third-degree sexual abuse.
crime  lgbt  oregon  politics  u.s.a. 
november 2014 by iamfantastikate
Christian University Stands by Decision to Keep Bill Cosby as Speaker at Benefit Dinner, Despite Outcry From Sexual Assault Victims Group
Officials at a West Tennessee Christian University sparked a fiery debate over Christian values Wednesday for standing by their decision to invite embattled comedian Bill Cosby to serve as keynote speaker for the school's benefit dinner scheduled for next month, despite outcry from an advocacy group for victims of sexual assault.
religion  christianity  abuse  celebrity  tennessee  u.s.a.  education  politics  crime  sexism  gender  equality  equality 
november 2014 by iamfantastikate
Georgia Ammosexual Shoots, Kills Man For Turning Into Wrong Driveway, Only Gets Probation
Sailors claimed he thought it was a home invasion, though not a single person left the car, and that he was simply defending himself despite that not a single person in the vehicle had a weapon. For his malicious murder of someone who just wanted to go ice skating, Sailors will serve 12 months probation and pay a paltry $500 fine.
georgia  u.s.a.  politics  weapons  racism  equality  crime 
november 2014 by iamfantastikate
Pregnant, and No Civil Rights
Based on the belief that he had an obligation to give a fetus a chance for life, a judge in Washington, D.C., ordered a critically ill 27-year-old woman who was 26 weeks pregnant to undergo a cesarean section, which he understood might kill her. Neither the woman nor her baby survived. In Iowa, a pregnant woman who fell down a flight of stairs was reported to the police after seeking help at a hospital. She was arrested for “attempted fetal homicide.” In Utah, a woman gave birth to twins; one was stillborn. Health care providers believed that the stillbirth was the result of the woman’s decision to delay having a cesarean. She was arrested on charges of fetal homicide. In Louisiana, a woman who went to the hospital for unexplained vaginal bleeding was locked up for over a year on charges of second-degree murder before medical records revealed she had suffered a miscarriage at 11 to 15 weeks of pregnancy.
u.s.a.  politics  abortion  health  equality  gender  equality  crime  sexism 
november 2014 by iamfantastikate
Christian zealot beheads teen for practicing witchcraft
Marin was watching videos on YouTube “related to his Christian beliefs and the Book of Matthew” before the murder, according to the affidavit. The document also notes that Marin had feuded with Crockett in the past because the victim was practicing witchcraft. The defendant’s brother, Samuel Marin, said “in the past Jacob and Isaiah had disagreements” because Jacob had been” practicing witchcraft and Isaiah had strong Christian beliefs,” a Stillwater police officer reported.
religion  christianity  abuse  crime  u.s.a.  oklahoma 
november 2014 by iamfantastikate
Georgia restores gun rights to a former cop convicted of sexually assaulting a woman while on duty.
What does someone have to do in order to lose gun rights in Georgia? Apparently, sexually assaulting a woman at gunpoint—even threatening to anally penetrate her with the gun—is not enough....   Despite Krauss' sexual assault conviction, the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles restored his right to carry a firearm in July 2013. This is coming to light now because the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has published an exposé of the Georgia courts' tendency to restore gun privileges to convicted felons.... Krauss was not only convicted of this particular sexual assault, but had a record that "was filled with allegations of misconduct," according to the Journal-Constitution. The allegations: "that he beat a prisoner so severely the man’s brain bled; that he threatened to fabricate charges against a suspect so he could sleep with the man’s wife; that he pressured at least 10 women for sex to avoid arrest."
abuse  crime  georgia  u.s.a.  politics  sexism  gender  equality  weapons  police 
september 2014 by iamfantastikate
Henry Lee McCollum cleared by DNA evidence in North Carolina after spending 30 years on death row.
The lack of any physical evidence linking the young men to the crime scene was no bar to their convictions. Lawyers for McCollum and Brown contend that local police hid boxes of crucial exculpatory evidence from the time of the trial in 1984. They were never turned over to defense lawyers or prosecutors. Both McCollum and Brown, whose IQs usually test in the 50s and 60s, were originally given the death penalty. As the New York Times notes, as recently as 2010, the North Carolina Republican Party featured McCollum’s booking photo on campaign fliers accusing a local Democrat of being soft on crime. The Times also points out that the defendants were prosecuted by Joe Freeman Britt, “the 6-foot-6, Bible-quoting district attorney who was profiled by 60 Minutes as the country’s ‘deadliest D.A.’ ” for seeking and getting the death penalty so often. (Britt told the Raleigh News & Observer last week that he still believed the men were guilty.)
crime  abuse  north-carolina  u.s.a.  politics  racism  death-penalty  religion  christianity 
september 2014 by iamfantastikate
Rape victims say Bob Jones University told them to repent
In their many sessions, Sarah said Berg fixated on her “sin,” and then blamed her when she failed to “get better.” She said Berg told her that she needed to repent of any pleasure she experienced during her abuse. Since BJU doesn’t recognize psychiatric concepts like post-traumatic stress disorder, she said she was also told that she was choosing her trauma symptoms.  “I remember her looking at me and saying, ‘You know that the nightmares are your own fault, because you're choosing to replay pornographic thoughts in your mind,’” she said. According to emails, Berg also advised Sarah to call her rapist and ask for forgiveness. Sarah said Berg told her that if she didn’t forgive, God wouldn’t be able to “use her."
religion  christianity  sexism  education  equality  gender  equality  crime  abuse  u.s.a.  south-carolina 
june 2014 by iamfantastikate
Reynolds HS suspect planned to 'kill sinners'
Police found the journal while searching Jared Padgett's father's home. Investigators also searched the freshman's locker at school. According to a law enforcement source, Padgett wrote about a plan to go to the school and kill students or "sinners."
oregon  religion  christianity  mormonism  u.s.a.  crime  weapons 
june 2014 by iamfantastikate
So, did you guys hear we caught a terrorist last week?
He set up a Facebook page, “American Insurgent Movement” in order to recruit five or six like-minded folks for what he called a “a Pre-Constitutionalist Community that offers those who seek True patriotism and are looking for absolute Freedom by doing the Will of God. Who want to restore America Pre- Constitutionally and look forward to stopping the Regime with action by bloodshed.” People, whom he said, must be willing to walk away from their lives to “stop the regime.” His plan was to rob banks to fund his revolution, and then also blow up mosques. He claimed to have already cased several Bank of Americas.
u.s.a.  politics  money  religion  christianity  texas  crime 
april 2014 by iamfantastikate
A Creighton University study by William Duckworth shows that cellphone kill switches could save $2.6 billion per year.
Now, if cellphones came with a "kill switch" in cellphones users could control remotely when their devices were stolen, the Creighton study estimates that consumers could save about $2.6 billion per year. The study, conducted by statistician and data scientist William Duckworth, was based on a February survey of 1,200 smartphone users.
smartphones  crime  statistics 
april 2014 by iamfantastikate
Judge said du Pont heir 'will not fare well' in prison
A Superior Court judge who sentenced a wealthy du Pont heir to probation for raping his 3-year-old daughter noted in her order that he "will not fare well" in prison and needed treatment instead of time behind bars, court records show.
wtf  abuse  children  crime  money  delaware  u.s.a.  politics 
march 2014 by iamfantastikate
California state Senate votes to suspend three Democrats over criminal investigations
The Senate voted 28-1 to suspend the trio, all of whom have been either charged with or convicted of criminal wrongdoing in separate cases in a move that further erodes what had once been a Democratic two-thirds super-majority in the senate.
politics  u.s.a.  california  corruption  money  weapons  crime  democrats 
march 2014 by iamfantastikate
Bodies of 2 Houston women found dumped outside Bolivar store
The bodies of Britney Cosby and Crystal Jackson, both 24, were found next to a dumpster outside the Fisherman’s Cove store in the 700 block of State Highway 87. Deputies say the women were involved in a relationship.
crime  abuse  lgbt  texas 
march 2014 by iamfantastikate
Sudan court convicts Ethiopian woman over 'gang-rape'
The woman of 18 was three months' pregnant at the time of the alleged attack. She was arrested after video of her allegedly being sexually abused was circulated on social media.
abuse  crime  ethiopia  sexism  gender  equality  equality  religion  islam 
march 2014 by iamfantastikate
Russia: Pussy Riot suffer burns and head injuries after being attacked at McDonalds
Two members of Russian protest group Pussy Riot have been left with chemical burns and head injuries after they were attacked by a group of men wearing patriotic symbols.
russia  gender  equality  sexism  abuse  crime  equality 
march 2014 by iamfantastikate
Troubles at Women’s Prison Test Alabama
Corrections officers have raped, beaten and harassed women inside the aging prison here for at least 18 years, according to an unfolding Justice Department investigation. More than a third of the employees have had sex with prisoners, which is sometimes the only currency for basics like toilet paper and tampons.
sexism  abuse  corruption  alabama  u.s.a.  gender  equality  prisons  crime 
march 2014 by iamfantastikate
Alhambra High School administrator resigns amid sex abuse case
A woman has accused her former teacher of sexual abuse. The victim taped a phone call, where she appears to confront her alleged female abuser. The video has since gone viral, with more than 25,000 views since it was posted on YouTube Friday. It has also led to an Alhambra High School administrator's resignation and triggered a police investigation.
crime  abuse  children  education  u.s.a.  california 
january 2014 by iamfantastikate
Vietnamese Malware Gets Very Personal
As encryption has become more prevalent in online communications as a countermeasure against surveillance, attackers have sought to circumvent these measures by covertly installing malware on targeted computers that can log keystrokes, remotely spy on users with their own webcams, record Skype calls, and listen in on the computer’s built-in microphone. Sometimes the attacker is a criminal, such as the hacker who used a remote access tool (RAT) to take blackmail photos of Miss Teen USA. Sometimes the attacker is acting in support of a state, like the pro-Assad hackers whose malware campaigns against opposition supporters EFF has been tracking for the last two years. Sometimes the attacker is the government or a law enforcement agency. For example, the NSA’s Tailored Access Operations unit uses covertly-installed malware to spy on targets.
media  crime  surveillance  privacy  u.s.a.  politics  vietnam  malware 
january 2014 by iamfantastikate
Police: Wash. man arrested after killing goat as 'sacrifice to God'
A Toledo man charged with animal cruelty for killing a goat with a bow and arrow told deputies he was making a sacrifice to God.
wtf  animals  religion  christianity  abuse  crime 
december 2013 by iamfantastikate
Neerja Bhanot
The hijackers were part of the terrorist Abu Nidal Organization and were backed by Libya. They shot and killed a passenger who identified himself to them as an American. The terrorists then instructed Bhanot to collect the passports of all the passengers so that they could identify the Americans. Bhanot and the other attendants under her charge hid the passports of the 19 (18 passengers + 1 crew) Americans on board - some under a seat and the rest down a rubbish chute. After 17 hours, the hijackers opened fire and set off explosives. Bhanot opened the emergency door and helped a number of passengers escape. She was unable to escape herself and became a martyr while shielding three children from a hail of bullets. Bhanot was recognised internationally as "the heroine of the hijack" and is the youngest recipient of the Ashok Chakra Award, India's most prestigious gallantry award for bravery during peace time.[3]
wikipedia  amazing-women  india  u.s.a.  amazing  politics  crime 
december 2013 by iamfantastikate

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