The Sociopolitics Of Yicky
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As Weapons Go, A Baby Is A Particularly Poor Choice For Personal Defense
Ed Kreyewski writes at reason that the DEA shot a 49-year-old grandmother, Lilian Alonzo, while she tried to pick up her infant grandchild during a raid they did on her home:
Police in raids elsewhere arrested two of Alonzo's daughters in an oxycodone ring but neither of them lived with Lilian and no drugs, weapons, or cash was found in her home.
The New Hampshire Attorney General's office is investigating the shooting, according to the New Hampshire Union-Leader, and believe that "one of the officer's weapons discharged."
It's actually impossible to shoot somebody, accidentally or "accidentally," if you aren't staging a violent raid on their home in America's disgusting war on its own citizens and their civil liberties, aka the "War on Drugs."
RELATED: In yet another one of these War on Citizens raids, there was a no-knock raid on the home of a Texas man, Marvin Louis Guy, 49. Scott Shackford writes at reason:
Attempting to serve a search warrant by entering a house through a window got Killeen, Texas, Police Detective Charles Dinwiddie shot in the face and killed last May. It was yet another SWAT raid organized for a purpose other than the reason they were invented. The police had a search warrant looking for narcotics at the home of Marvin Louis Guy, 49. They decided to serve this warrant at 5:30 in the morning and without knocking on his door. He opened fire on them, killing Dinwiddie and injuring three others.
Though they found a glass pipe, a grinder, and a pistol, they did not find any drugs. Former Reason Editor Radley Balko took note of the deadly raid in May at The Washington Post. A police informant apparently told them there were bags of cocaine inside the house, which sounds a lot like another familiar drug raid in Virginia that got an officer killed.
The Virginia case ended with Ryan Frederick in prison for 10 years despite his insistence he thought he was defending himself against in home intruders. He may end up lucky compared to Guy. Prosecutors in Texas are going to seek the death penalty against him.
That's right. Seeking the death penalty. Because a man, at 5:30 in the morning, heard somebody breaking into his home and opened fire on them.
(What would you or any reasonable person do, hearing someone breaking into your home -- break out the bagels in case the intruders were hungry?)
Massive License Plate Scanner Networks Track Cars Of Citizens Suspected Only Of Needing To Drive From Place To Place
Tami Abdollah writes for the AP:
LOS ANGELES -- A rapidly expanding digital network that uses cameras mounted to traffic signals and police cruisers captures the movements of millions of vehicles across the U.S., regardless of whether the drivers are being investigated by law enforcement.
..."If I'm not being investigated for a crime, there shouldn't be a secret police file on me" that details "where I go, where I shop, where I visit," said Michael Robertson, a tech entrepreneur fighting in court for access to his own files. "That's crazy, Nazi police-type stuff."
A San Diego judge has tentatively ruled that a local government agency can deny Robertson's request for scans on his own vehicle under California's open records law because the information pertains to police investigations.
Disgusting. You are guilty of no crime, but information on the level of information collected on you is unavailable -- to you.
"It's A Crime To Be Happy In Iran"
That was @CHSommers' tweet of this article, about seven Iranians seen dancing to Pharrell Williams's hit song Happy in a video that went viral on the internet. From AFP/The Guardian:
The clip, recorded on a smartphone and uploaded multiple times on YouTube, shows three unveiled girls dancing and singing to the song in a room, on rooftops and in alleys with three young men.
For the defendants, the homemade video was merely an "excuse to be happy", but for the authorities it was "vulgar" breach of the Islamic republic's values. The video has had more than 1m views.
The seven were arrested in May and released on bail after appearing on state television and expressing remorse for appearing in the clip.
Their arrest triggered international fury and criticism in the media and online, with many Iranians expressing shock and some observers questioning whether it was a crime to be happy in Iran.
During their trial, the men were found guilty of the illegal distribution of a film and illicit relations, their lawyer Farshid Rofougaran said.
One female dancer was sentenced to a year in prison and 91 lashes for posting the footage online, while the five other dancers and the clip's director were sentenced to six-months and 91 lashes. All of the sentences were suspended for three years.
Rofougaran said he did not know whether his clients wished to appeal against the sentence.
SWAT-Style Raids To Check Florida Barbers' Licenses Get A WTF From Fed Appeals Court
What's next, SWAT raids on little girls' unpermitted lemonade stands? Busting The Girl Scouts for selling those cookies with the coconut on top, on the grounds that they're "addictive"?
Jacob Sullum writes at reason:
Today a federal appeals court rebuked police in Orange County, Florida, for mounting a warrantless, SWAT-style raid on a barbership under the pretense of assisting state inspectors. "We have twice held, on facts disturbingly similar to those presented here, that a criminal raid executed under the guise of an administrative inspection is constitutionally unreasonable," says the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. "We hope that the third time will be the charm."
On August 19, 2010, two inspectors from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) visited the Strictly Skillz Barbershop in Orlando and found everything in order: All of the barbers working there were properly licensed, and all of the work stations complied with state regulations. Two days later, even though no violations had been discovered and even though the DBPR is authorized to conduct such inspections only once every two years, the inspectors called again, this time accompanied by "between eight and ten officers, including narcotics agents," who "rushed into" the barbershop "like [a] SWAT team." Some of them wore masks and bulletproof vests and had their guns drawn. Meanwhile, police cars blocked off the parking lot.
The officers ordered all the customers to leave, announcing that the shop was "closed down indefinitely." They handcuffed the owner, Brian Berry, and two barbers who rented chairs from him, then proceeded to search the work stations and a storage room. They demanded the barbers' driver's licenses and checked for outstanding warrants. One of the inspectors, Amanda Fields, asked for the same paperwork she had seen two days earlier, going through the motions of verifying (again) that the barbers were not cutting hair without a license (a second-degree misdemeanor). Finding no regulatory violations or contraband, the officers released Berry and the others after about an hour.
Not surprisingly, it seems these raids were punitive in nature -- going after shops with black and Hispanic customers that had previously refused to "cooperate" with DBPR inspectors. The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals found that the raids violated state law as well as...you know...the now frequently-disregarded Fourth Amendment.
The One Area Where You Can't Suggest Ways For People To Protect Themselves Against Assault
Ashe Schow writes at WashEx:
If you suggest even commonsense ideas to help women -- and men -- protect themselves from rape and sexual assault, you're accused of "victim-blaming."
Police departments across the country provide tips to help prevent a whole host of crimes. The DC police department offers guides to reduce the risk of burglary and theft, sexual assault and identity theft. Are they engaged in victim-blaming? Or are they providing information that can keep you safe?
The tips include things like "Be aware of your surroundings," "Don't let alcohol or other drugs cloud your judgment" and "Have your key ready before you reach the door" -- all things that can protect a person from multiple types of crimes.
But for some reason, to suggest to women -- especially on college campuses -- those basic, common-sense precautions amount to an attempt to somehow blame the victims for getting raped or sexually assaulted.
... Tracey Vitchers of Students Active for Ending Rape told Culp-Ressler that reducing sexual violence is "a really good thing," but people need to question "why we keep placing the responsibility for preventing sexual assault on young women."
Another activist, Rebecca Nagle, said that doing things like watching her drink or not walking alone at night means that "rape isn't just controlling me while I'm actually being assaulted -- it controls me 24/7 because it limits my behavior." She added that she doesn't want to test her drink with the nail polish because "[t]hat's not the world I want to live in."
I don't want to live in a world in which I need pay living expenses or look both ways when I cross the street. Wildly, amazingly, I manage to do both.
RELATED: Serena Williams catches heat for her thoughts on protecting oneself from being raped -- saying that people need to be taught take responsibility for themselves and to be taught that getting seriously drunk can get you seriously imperiled. Especially girls, but boys, too.
Linky with an assboil.
"You Just Don't Let Them Play Outside"
No, children must be placed in a little cabinet like porcelain knickknacks and only let out when they are 35.
We've now gone from a society with helicopter parents to a helicopter society.
Lenore Skenazy writes at reason about children's book author Kari Anne Roy, who recently had visits from the Austin police and Child Protective Services for doing the unthinkable -- allowing her son, age 6, to play 150 feet away from her house, unsupervised.
A woman -- a stranger -- brought her son to her door. Roy wrote on her blog:
He said this was his house. I brought him home." She was wearing dark glasses. I couldn't see her eyes, couldn't gauge her expression.
"Yes. He was all the way down there, with no adult." She motioned to a park bench about 150 yards from my house. A bench that is visible from my front porch. A bench where he had been playing with my 8-year-old daughter, and where he decided to stay and play when she brought our dog home from the walk they'd gone on.
"You brought him home... from playing outside?" I continued to be baffled.
And then the woman smiled condescendingly, explained that he was OUTSIDE. And he was ALONE. And she was RETURNING HIM SAFELY. To stay INSIDE. With an ADULT. I thanked her for her concern, quickly shut the door and tried to figure out what just happened.
About a week later, an investigator from Child Protective Services came to the house and interrogated each of Roy's three children separately, without their parents, about their upbringing.
"She asked my 12 year old if he had ever done drugs or alcohol. She asked my 8-year-old daughter if she had ever seen movies with people's private parts, so my daughter, who didn't know that things like that exist, does now," says Roy. "Thank you, CPS."
It was only last week, about a month after it all began, that the case was officially closed. That's when Roy felt safe enough to write about it. But safe is a relative term. In her last conversation with the CPS investigator, who actually seemed to be on her side, Roy asked, "What do I do now?"
Replied the investigator, "You just don't let them play outside."
There you have it. You are free to raise your children as you like, except if you want to actually give them a childhood. Fail to incarcerate your child and you could face incarceration yourself.
Nobody Running For Office Is Bragging, "I Helped Pass Obamacare!"
Michael Hausam writes at IJReview that perhaps that's because the cost of Obamacare subsidies will quadruple by 2016.
Subsidies are projected to increase eight-fold over the first 10 years of the program:
The subsidies are for Americans who bought the insurance through a government-run exchange - as opposed to directly from an insurer - and earn less than 400 percent of the poverty level. For a family of four, the income level at which the subsidy drops to zero is $94,200.
Yes, you read that correctly: a family of 4 earning $90,000 still gets help from other Americans to buy their health insurance.
An 8-fold increase in subsidy costs is certainly not how the program was sold to the American people.
Zero-Cal Sweeteners: None Of The Calories Of Sugar; A Good Bit Of The Price
Gautam Naik has a piece in the WSJ about research showing that zero-cal sweeteners can raise blood sugar.
The research shows that zero-calorie sweeteners such as saccharin, sucralose and aspartame can alter the population of gut bacteria and trigger unwanted changes such as higher blood glucose levels--a risk factor for diabetes. The provocative findings are likely to stoke the simmering controversy over whether artificial sweeteners help or hinder people's ability to lose weight and lower the risk of diabetes and obesity.
"The scope of our discovery is cause for a public reassessment of the massive and unsupervised use of artificial sweeteners," said Eran Elinav, a physician and immunologist at Israel's Weizmann Institute of Science and lead author of the study, which appeared Wednesday in the journal Nature.
Though many people consume products containing zero-calorie artificial sweeteners instead of sugar to control their weight, the scientific evidence is mixed. Some studies have indicated that sweeteners can help lead to weight loss, while others suggest they contribute to weight gain.
One reason is that it has been hard to separate cause and effect. For example, it isn't clear whether people who consume products with artificial sweeteners are overweight because of what they eat--or whether overweight people are the ones who typically gravitate to such products.
The sweeteners caused changes in gut bacteria as well.
The results appears to demonstrate that for some people, artificial sweeteners can alter the composition of gut bacteria in such a way that it may contribute to--rather than reduce--certain metabolic conditions related to obesity, such as glucose intolerance.
A well-written piece that also lays out limitations of the research.
Rush Limbaugh Is A Left-Wing Advocacy Group
Hans Bader points out at LibertyUnyielding:
Rush Limbaugh can take a winning issue for conservatives and turn it into a loser just by shooting his mouth off. He gives advocates of extreme left-wing policies ammunition for their views by making stupid arguments when smarter arguments exist, and by lacing his arguments with sexism or scurrilous remarks. He did it recently in response to my commentary about Ohio State University's ridiculously overbroad and intrusive "sexual assault" definition -- which seemingly requires students to agree on "why" they are having sex or making out, which is none of the university's business. And he did it in 2012, when his scurrilous remarks about contraceptive advocate Sandra Fluke being a "slut" and a "prostitute" drove even moderate liberals to support a contraceptive mandate on religious employers that they had earlier opposed (and which the Supreme Court later ruled 5-to-4 violated the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.)
When the Obama administration required even religious employers to include contraceptives in their health plans in 2012, this initially antagonized some moderate Democrats. That includes the Washington Post editorial board, which has not endorsed a Republican for President since 1952, but which has endorsed moderate Republicans over liberal Democrats for local offices (like endorsing Bob Ehrlich for Maryland Governor in 2006). Even legal scholars who approve of contraception (including me) explained how the requirement violated the Religious Freedom Restoration Act...
...Overnight, Limbaugh's remarks made opposition to the contraceptive mandate radioactive, and the Washington Post editorial board and other entities that had criticized the administration later switched position to backed the administration after it made cosmetic tweaks to the mandate. It became an integral part of the Democratic Party's highly-effective "War on Women" meme in the 2012 election. Even social conservatives now admit that this harmed the GOP in 2012.
Links after a taco.
How To Use A Telephone In 2014
From "Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck," which I hope you'll buy. It's less than $10 at both Barnes & Noble and Amazon. (P.S. Buying a new copy supports the author.)
There are exceptions -- like if you're in a profession where people expect and want your call, like if they need the test results on their pancreas.
But otherwise, unless you know someone likes to be called, not calling should be the default. We have a whole lot of methods of communication that don't demand a person's instant attention to whatever you want. Use them.
If She's Drunk, He's Guilty; If He's Drunk, Too, He's Still Guilty
From a story by Peter Jacobs at Business Insider, "How 'Consensual' Sex Got A Freshman Kicked Out Of College And Started A Huge Debate":
An ongoing legal dispute over a drunken sexual encounter between two freshmen, which occurred one year ago last week at the college, has become a battle over how to define the terms that govern campus sexual-assault policies.
...Per Occidental's policy, students are unable to consent if they are "incapacitated" -- a state of being that, although often caused by alcohol, is distinct from drunk or intoxicated.
After examining all of the evidence provided by Occidental's team of outside investigators, an external adjudicator made several key determinations. First, that sexual intercourse had in fact occurred; second, that Jane Doe gave her consent; and, third, that Jane was incapacitated when she did so.
As the external adjudicator wrote:[T]he fact that Complainant successfully navigated herself, under her own power, to the Respondent's room, indicates both that, at the time, she had an awareness of where she was and that her motor skills were sufficiently intact to enable her to walk unassisted. Those factors, however, must be considered not in isolation but along with all of the other evidence regarding the Complainant's condition during the relevant period.
The report added that Jane Doe was "incapacitated at the time she engaged in the conduct or statements that indicated she consented to sexual intercourse with the Respondent."
One final question remained: Should John Doe have known that Jane Doe was incapacitated, and thus unable to effectively consent?
Indeed he should have, the adjudicator found. Citing Occidental's policy stating that "Being intoxicated or impaired by drugs or alcohol is never an excuse for sexual harassment, sexual violence, stalking or intimate partner violence and does not diminish one's responsibility to obtain consent," the adjudicator determined that John Doe had committed sexual assault, despite not having knowledge of Jane Doe's state at the time.
My suggestion for men on campus -- and I'm not joking -- is to go in with a bunch of friends for a time-share on a prostitute until they're out of college.
Cops And Prosecutors Shouldn't Have This Level Of Cover
Jamie Satterfield writes in the Knoxville News-Sentinel about what your options are if you're falsely arrested.
In short, not much. The paper only makes this available to subscribes, so I copied this excerpt that Knoxville-dwelling Glenn Reynolds posted:
Suppose a police officer finds an aspirin powder in your pocket and insists a presumptive test kit shows it is cocaine.
You are handcuffed and arrested. Maybe your neighbors or co-workers are watching, thoroughly embarrassing you and damaging your reputation. You are hauled off to jail, held for several hours and freed only after you post bail. Your mug shot is published online and in print in one of those "Just Busted" tabloids. You shell out money to get your vehicle out of the impound lot and hire a lawyer.
Then, weeks later, a test by a forensic chemist reveals that powder was exactly what you said it was -- aspirin -- and prosecutors drop the charge.
The officer was wrong. Your dignity, reputation and wallet paid the price for the officer's mistake.
Lawsuit in the making, right?
Not under Tennessee's Governmental Tort Liability Act.
If a citizen is wrongfully arrested, the tort liability law protects governments and their employees from legal action.
The linkiest dwarf. The dwarfiest link?
About That Kent State Sweatshirt...
In general, maybe it's not such a good idea for businesses to get rid of all the expensive old people.
Running Away From Home To Go Behead People
Alistair Bell writes at Reuters:
(Reuters) - U.S. law enforcement is investigating a new phenomenon of women from the American heartland joining Islamic State as President Barack Obama vows to cut off the militants' recruiting at home.
At least three Somali families in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area have female relatives who have gone missing in the past six weeks and may have tried to join Islamic State, said community leader Abdirizak Bihi. He said that while the reasons for their disappearance were unclear, he had told the families to contact police.
In a separate case, a 19-year-old American Somali woman from St. Paul snuck away from her parents on Aug. 25 saying she was going to a bridal shower. Instead, she flew to Turkey and joined IS in Syria.
There Really Are Thought Crimes These Days: Girl Suspended For Diary Entry Mentioning Pot
Claudette Riley writes in the Springfield News-Leader that a Buffalo girl was suspended from high school for more than half a year for her journal entry, found by school officials, in which she wrote about experimenting with pot and contemplating bringing it to school:
Tom Grayhorse said his daughter, Krystal, had never been in trouble before she was called into the office and suspended May 9. Originally, she was ousted for 10 days, but it was quickly extended through the end of the 2014 calendar year.
Unable to finish her junior year, her grades plummeted and she lost out on credits needed for graduation. Grayhorse hoped the district would reconsider, allowing her to return last month so she had a chance of graduating with her class in May.
...Dallas County Superintendent Robin Ritchie said her hands are tied, legally, in terms of answering specifics about this situation. But she agreed to talk in generalities.
"Anything that's drug-related or alcohol-related, we are going to have zero tolerance," she said.
Even if you have no fucking evidence that it happened anywhere but in somebody's head?
Yet another administrator proving that the people most in need of common sense on high school campuses are probably the people in charge.
There was this:
The superintendent of the Dallas County school district said that is "not the full story" but declined to provide any details, citing student privacy laws.
Anyone else smell the wafting manure blowing across the plains?
What more could be written in a diary that could reasonably lead to a kid's suspension?
Also, if you find a diary, the polite thing to do, vis a vis how a person's private thoughts are not for public consumption unless they so decide, would be to return it unread -- not greedily paw through the pages.
A Note From My Boyfriend's Favorite Self-Help Movie, The Godfather
Part III, by Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola, a line spoken by Al Pacino as Michael Corleone:
"Never hate your enemies. It affects your judgment."
(Gregg's of the mind that most of life's problems can be solved with the wisdom from The Godfather, Mean Streets, and a couple other movies in that neighborhood.)
Welcome To The Diversitocracy
Gitika Nalwa has an op-ed at The Stanford Daily about "holistic admissions" -- considering the "whole applicant" -- which are less fantastic and fair than they sound:
As Ron Unz notes in The American Conservative, quoting Pulitzer Prize-winner Daniel Golden, Asian-Americans are the "New Jews." Unz reveals that from 1993 to 2011, the percentage of Asian-American Harvard undergraduates dropped from 20-plus percent to 17.2 percent and has remained steady since. Although it is possible for Harvard to have maintained this surprising consistency without explicit and provable bias, exactly as it did previously to limit Jewish admissions, is it fair?
Colleges argue that they seek racial and geographical diversity, but the former disfavors any race that might see larger numbers admitted on merit alone, and the latter disfavors any race that is concentrated in a few geographical pockets, as is typical of new immigrants. Both introduce implicit, if not explicit, racial bias against Asian-Americans. Do you care whether a cure for your impending disease is discovered by an ethnically and geographically diverse team? There is value to diversity, but not at the expense of merit.
So, the second casualty of holistic admissions is race neutrality. It is laudable to help those with a continuing history of discrimination and socioeconomic disadvantage, but not to distinguish within the remaining population on a basis other than transparently objective merit.
You can be sure if there were a greater number of Asian-Americans in Congress, as there are now Jewish-Americans, perceived discrimination against the "New Jews" would also be a thing of the past. Why? Because no elite U.S. institution can afford to alienate Congress when federal funds are the lifeblood of every institution's research and resultant prestige.
I don't think SAT scores are the answer. Some of us are able to test well. Some are not. I've been lucky to have a sense of the "game" behind multiple choice tests -- how test-writers are trying to trip test-takers up -- and I've done better than I probably should have on a number of tests because of it.
I Love This Woman -- She Is An Example We All Should Follow
She identified herself as Sara Bostonia to the cops -- one of whom threatened to arrest her for being "loud and boisterous" as she videotaped the police brutalizing a man.
Dominic Kelly writes at Opposing Views (where there are photos of the man's injuries):
Police in West Virginia arrested a man who was walking his children to the park because they thought he appeared intoxicated, but unbeknownst to them, he was reportedly merely showing symptoms of his terminal illness.
Reports say that 39-year-old Jeffrey Banes was allegedly approached and brutally arrested while walking his kids to the park because the officers thought he was under the influence of a substance. Banes, however, suffers from Huntington's Disease, which characteristically makes a person look intoxicated due to lost motor function over time.
The incident, which took place on September 6, was caught on camera, and while officers pinned him down after using pepper spray on him, Banes choked on his own blood and cried for help. Banes was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, obstructing an officer, and battery on an officer.
"Assuming because of his appearance he was high on narcotics with out reason they began to subdue him, macing and beating him in the head as he fell to his face were he was -- then held with a great amount of force by two officers double his size as a third one landed on his torso," said Banes' nephew Josh to The Free Thought Project.
The Notion That Islam Is A Religion Of Peace
It is -- in the minds of wishful thinkers alone.
Sam Harris explains:
A belief in martyrdom, a hatred of infidels, and a commitment to violent jihad are not fringe phenomena in the Muslim world. These preoccupations are supported by the Koran and numerous hadith. That is why the popular Saudi cleric Mohammad Al-Areefi sounds like the ISIS army chaplain. The man has 9.5 million followers on Twitter (twice as many as Pope Francis has). If you can find an important distinction between the faith he preaches and that which motivates the savagery of ISIS, you should probably consult a neurologist.
Understanding and criticizing the doctrine of Islam--and finding some way to inspire Muslims to reform it--is one of the most important challenges the civilized world now faces. But the task isn't as simple as discrediting the false doctrines of Muslim "extremists," because most of their views are not false by the light of scripture. A hatred of infidels is arguably the central message of the Koran. The reality of martyrdom and the sanctity of armed jihad are about as controversial under Islam as the resurrection of Jesus is under Christianity. It is not an accident that millions of Muslims recite the shahadah or make pilgrimage to Mecca. Neither is it an accident that horrific footage of infidels and apostates being decapitated has become a popular form of pornography throughout the Muslim world. Each of these practices, including this ghastly method of murder, find explicit support in scripture.
...Many believe it unwise to discuss the link between Islam and the intolerance and violence we see in the Muslim world, fearing that it will increase the perception that the West is at war with the faith and cause millions of otherwise peaceful Muslims to rally to the jihadist cause. I admit that this concern isn't obviously crazy--but it merely attests to the seriousness of the underlying problem. Religion produces a perverse solidarity that we must find some way to undercut. It causes in-group loyalty and out-group hostility, even when members of one's own group are behaving like psychopaths.
But it remains taboo in most societies to criticize a person's religious beliefs. Even atheists tend to observe this taboo, and enforce it on others, because they believe that religion is necessary for many people.
If you are reaching out to correct grammar on Twitter, I suggest you find a hobby, like chewing your toenails and creating sculpture from them.
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"Science News You Can Use" Radio: Tonite! 7-8pm PT, 10-11pm, Amy Alkon & Dr. Jennifer Verdolin On How And Why To Set Boundaries -- Even If It Terrifies You
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"If A Doctor Doesn't Do Excess Testing, He Isn't Going To Be Able To Live"
Afford to live, that is. Compelling piece at KevinMD by Sandeep Jauhar, MD. An excerpt:
Oni said he had received payments from a mobile echo company for referring patients for cardiac ultrasounds. Though he no longer participated in these contracts, he was open about the fees -- about $100 per patient, paid in cash -- and he saw nothing wrong with it. "As internists we don't do procedures, so we have to figure out another way to make money. But it isn't hard once you figure out how to do it."
"We don't clock the number of minutes when we talk with our patients," someone said. "We don't hang up the phone as lawyers may do if they are not going to get paid. No, we listen to patients and answer their questions, however long it takes."
The family doctor suggested that patients call a toll number if they wanted to speak to their physicians. "Sure, I'll talk to you," he said. "Just call this 888 number. I'll talk to you as long as you want. I'll even talk dirty to you." People laughed. "My lawyer always tells me, 'If I'm thinking about your case, even while I'm taking a leak, you're getting charged three hundred and fifty dollars an hour.' "
Oni said, "I have a cousin who is an OB/GYN. He is paying one hundred and fifty thousand dollars a year for malpractice insurance. As an obstetrician, you have to earn five hundred thousand dollars just to make ends meet. That is why people don't want to do it anymore."
"I did obstetrics," someone replied. "They used to pay fifty-five hundred dollars for fourteen office visits plus a delivery when you stay up all night. Now they pay twenty-four hundred. You think that's reasonable? Your wife delivered. Is that enough money to make it worthwhile?" He shook his head, disgusted. "The problem is, they cut the money, they took away the autonomy, but they didn't take away any of the responsibility."
Apparent Case Of KWB -- Kissing While Black
Jared Keller writes at mic.com, "LAPD Confuses Black Actress Kissing White Husband for Prostitute."
The actress is "Django Unchained" actress Danièle Watts, who plays the TV daughter of Martin Lawrence on FX's "Partners," reports Dish Nation. The man she was thought to be soliciting while kissing was Chef Brian James Lucas, who happens to be her husband.
African-American actress Danièle Watts claims she was "handcuffed and detained" by police officers from the Studio City Police Department in Los Angeles on Thursday after allegedly being mistaken for a prostitute.
According to accounts by Watts and her husband Brian James Lucas, two police officers mistook the couple for a prostitute and client when they were seen showing affection in public. When the officers asked Watts to produce a photo ID when questioned, she refused. Watts was subsequently handcuffed and placed in the back of a police cruiser while the officers attempted to figure out who she was. The two officers released Watts shortly afterwards.
...Watt's husband Brian Lucas, who is white, claimed that the two were targeted by police for being an interracial couple. In a separate post on his Facebook page, Lucas said that "from the questions that [police] asked me as D was already on her phone with her dad, I could tell that whoever called on us (including the officers), saw a tatted RAWKer white boy and a hot bootie shorted black girl and thought we were a HO (prostitute) & a TRICK (client)."
An LAPD public information officer said there was no record of the incident as Watts wasn't arrested or brought into the station for questioning.
From the traffic stops, manners, and civil liberties section of my book, "Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck," a quote from retired California cop Tracy Ambrico, a 30-year law enforcement veteran, on what to do in cases of police abuse. (Of course, this assumes you're still alive afterward):
Where people go wrong is in thinking they're powerless to fight back against an abusive cop. Ambrico says that if an officer does violate your rights or is rude or otherwise out of line, it's important to recognize that you have recourse--just probably not there, while the stop is taking place. She does say that you can ask for a supervisor to come out during the stop or go afterward to the counter at the police station and ask to file a complaint.
I loved this Buzzfeed of 22 parents "funnier than their kids." Actually funny stuff here.