Denny Gainer, Jerry Mosemak and Brad Heath, USA TODAY
At least 48,895 federal convicts — one of every eight — had their prison sentences reduced in exchange for helping government investigators, probe shows.
ATLANTA – The prisoners in Atlanta’s hulking downtown jail had a problem. They wanted to snitch for federal agents, but they didn’t know anything worth telling.
Fellow prisoner Marcus Watkins, an armed robber, had the answer. More…
what a guy
Iconic: President Barack Obama has been named as Time Magazine’s Person of the Year for 2012 More…
The Staff of Danger Room
There used to be an established order to the world. A structure to things. You couldn’t print a gun like a term paper. It was impossible to wreck a nuclear production plant with a few lines of code. Flying robots didn’t descend on you in the dead of night and kill you in your home. More…
From Paul Myerberg of USA Today’s Twitter:
The Canadian justice system: moralfags extraordinaire!
This week the trial of Rémy Couture, the Canadian special-effects artist charged with “corrupting morals” by illegally combining sex and gore, began in Montreal. The evidence against him includes two short films depicting the crimes of a necrophiliac serial killer and various photographs of simulated torture and dismemberment that were posted on Couture’s now-defunct website, InnerDepravity.com. The images were so realistic that Austrian police, alerted to the website by complaints from concerned citizens about six years ago, initially thought they were on the trail of an extremely indiscreet murderer. By the time the matter was referred to the Montreal police morality squad (yes, that is really what it’s called) via Interpol in 2009, it was clear that no one had actually been harmed during the production of these icky images and that that Couture was merely showing off his skills with makeup and rubber guts. The National Post reports that Sgt. Detective Eric Lavallée nevertheless invented a ruse to lure Couture out of his apartment, “posing as a potential client seeking a mock gory photo session with his wife,” instead of simply knocking on the door. Just to be safe.
by Rachel Haywire
For a while the Fash have been fighting with the Posh who are generally not very Fash. One might say Fash is a reaction to Posh. Yet every now and then someone comes along who is both Posh and Fash. This person is Fosh. More…
Looks like activist masturbation paid off somewhere.
One thousand men in Nagato, Japan paid $100 each to participate in a bukkake party to raise relief funds for Japan’s recent earthquake victims. Bukkake is a group sex act in which a group of men take turns ejaculating on a woman.
Billed as the largest bukkake event in history, men from all walks of life each took turns ejaculating on Mishi Kawakami, a 25 year old origami instructor whose studio was destroyed by the earthquake. “Bukkake is humiliating, but it was for a good cause. It is also said to be good for the hair and skin,” Kawasaki told reporters after the fundraiser.
The male participants ranged in age from 21 to 97 years old. It took just over 7 hours for the event to come to a climax.
By Christopher Balogh
On October 29, the Supreme Court heard the arguments of a copyright case involving the right to resell imported goods in the United States. The goods in question were college textbooks but the outcome could affect whether copyrighted goods made overseas can be resold in the U.S. without consent from the copyright holder. Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. may focus on the five-pound appendages lugged around by undergraduates, but any product made overseas with a U.S. copyright—from shoes to laptops—could be affected. That makes Kirtsaeng potentially one of the most important decisions the Court will make this season.
Here’s the back story: Supap Kirtsaeng traveled to the U.S. from Thailand to attend Cornell and to earn a doctorate in math from University of Southern California. Along the way, Kirtsaeng set up his own business of sorts through eBay and sold $900,000 worth of books printed abroad by Wiley & Sons. He used the profits, among other things, to pay for his education.
In 2009, Wiley won a copyright infringement lawsuit against Kirtsaeng in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (SDNY). Kirtsaeng then appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit in New York. The 2nd Circuit sided with SDNY. Kirtsaeng was ordered to pay $600,000 for infringing a textbook publisher’s copyrights when he resold eight textbooks that had been printed by the Asian subsidiary of the U.S.-based Wiley & Sons. Each international edition ended up costing Kirtsaeng $75,000 per book.
Guy got punched in the face and never got back up.
LAS VEGAS (AP) – Trial is continuing in Las Vegas for a former Florida high school teacher and football coach accused of killing a Utah man with a single punch after racial insults in a Las Vegas Strip casino restroom.
Benjamin Gerard Hawkins is expected to testify in his involuntary manslaughter trial.
It resumes Wednesday in Clark County District Court.
Hawkins faces probation or up to four years in state prison and a $5,000 fine. More…
by R.J. Jacob
“The thought of you tribal thugs “bringing down the state” is fucking disturbing.”
The above comment is only a taste of the recent wave of fear generated by More…
A new industry for feminists
Making a Vibrator That Listens to Your Body
This project has been an astonishing little journey. Many of my previous projects were characterized by an amazing outpouring of effort to build something highly intricate and ultimately invisible.
This is the opposite kind of project. A little bit of work and a little custom design to create something new and exciting that I can immediately use in my everyday life. It also happens to be a sex toy.
By Adan Salazar
As budget-conscious consumers prepare to ransack major retail outlets during their most profitable day of the year, retailers have ramped up security efforts in anticipation of swarms of unruly crowds, with at least one Walmart in California enlisting four armed guards.
The Northridge-Chatsworth Patch reports, “There will be 27 additional security guards, four of them armed, when the holiday shopping surge begins at the Porter Ranch Walmart on Thanksgiving night.”
According to the Northridge-Chatsworth Patch, “There will be 27 additional security guards, four of them armed, when the holiday shopping surge begins at the Porter Ranch Walmart on Thanksgiving night.”
An anti-piracy company has found itself in the middle of a huge controversy. CIAPC, the company that had The Pirate Bay blocked by ISPs in Finland, tracked an alleged file-sharer and demanded a cash settlement. However, the Internet account holder refused to pay which escalated things to an unprecedented level. In response, this week police raided the home of the 9-year-old suspect and confiscated her Winnie the Pooh laptop.
Very soon in the United States, letters will be sent out to Internet account holders informing them that they should stop sharing copyrighted material on BitTorrent.
The message in the US from mainstream rightsholders is designed to be educational, but more aggressive companies carry out the same process but with a sting in the tail – a request for cash-settlement to make potential lawsuits go away.
One such request for cash landed on the doorstep of an Internet account holder in Finland during the spring. Known locally as TTVK, Finnish anti-piracy group CIAPC sent the man a letter informing him that his account had been traced back to an incidence of online file-sharing.
To stop matters progressing further the man was advised to pay a settlement of 600 euros, sign a non-disclosure document, and move on with his life. He chose not to give in to the demands of CIAPC and this week things escalated as promised.
PHOENIX — An Arizona woman, in despair at the re-election of Democratic President Barack Obama, ran down her husband with the family car in suburban Phoenix on Saturday because he failed to vote in the election, police said Monday.
Holly Solomon, 28, was arrested after running over husband Daniel Solomon following a wild chase that left him pinned underneath the vehicle.
Daniel Solomon, 36, was in critical condition at a local hospital but is expected to survive, Gilbert police spokesman Sgt. Jesse Sanger said.
Police said Daniel Solomon told them his wife became angry over his “lack of voter participation” in last Tuesday’s presidential election and believed her family would face hardship as a result of Obama winning another term.
Witnesses reported the argument broke out on Saturday morning in a parking lot and escalated. Holly Solomon then chased her husband around the lot with the car, yelling at him as he tried to hide behind a light pole, police said. He was struck after attempting to flee to a nearby street.
by Rachel Haywire
“Don’t judge a book by its cover.” That is the old cliche, isn’t it? Of course many of us know better than to completely discount physical appearances. We look at Asians and assume they are smart. We look at African Americans and assume they are athletic. Biodiversity is an important part of human existence and to pretend like it doesn’t exist is to ignore the complexity of genetics. More…
By John Valenti
Photo credit: Newsday | Federal authorities said they have arrested a New York City police officer in connection with a failed plot to kidnap women and cook them.
An NYPD officer faces federal kidnapping conspiracy charges in a plot to abduct, cook and “eat body parts” of at least two women, court records show.
The officer, identified in a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court as Gilberto Valle, 28, was arrested Wednesday afternoon at his home in Forest Hills and is to be arraigned Thursday, the FBI said.
Valle, who the FBI said worked…
Fire … Cops say Sharmeka Moffitt staged ‘attack’
A YOUNG black woman who claimed she was a race-hate victim and had been set on fire STAGED the attack, police said.
Cops in Louisiana said the woman also scrawled KKK on her own car.
FBI spokesman Kyle Hanrahan said: “The wounds were self-inflicted”.
Sharmeka Moffitt, 20, was seriously burned in the incident, which was widely reported, and remains in critical condition. More…
A 61-year-old Army veteran is suing the U.S. government for $10 million, claiming negligent care resulted in severe frostbite on his penis, leading to its partial amputation.
Michael D. Nash of Louisville, Kentucky, filed suit in federal court Monday. He is asking for damages for what his lawyer calls “significant mental and emotional distress and trauma as a result of his injuries.”