July 24th, 2012

Vendetta ~ Storm Saxon
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Four people told Jackson (reporting CBS2 & KCAL9) that police offered to buy their cell phone video.

Near-Riot Breaks Out After Officer-Involved Shooting In Anaheim

Los Angeles CBS Local
Saturday, July 21, 2012 9:53 PM PST

ANAHEIM (CBS/AP) — A police shooting that left a man dead led to a near-riot Saturday as angry witnesses threw bottles at officers who responded with tear gas and beanbag rounds.

The man was shot around 4 p.m. in front of an apartment complex on the 600 block of North Anna Drive following a foot chase, Anaheim Sgt. Bob Dunn said. He died three hours later at a hospital.

The Orange County Register cited family members and neighbors who said the man shot was Manuel Diaz. Dunn said he could not confirm the man’s name early Sunday.

His niece, 16-year-old Daisy Gonzalez, said her uncle likely ran away from officers when they approached him because of his past experience with law enforcement. “He (doesn’t) like cops. He never liked them because all they do is harass and arrest anyone,” Gonzalez said.

Residents, protesting what they say is an increased police violence against them in the community, started the near riot after the shooting on nearby La Palma.

Crystal Ventura, a 17-year-old who witnessed the shooting, told the Register the man had his back to the officer. She said the man was shot in the buttocks area. The man then went down on his knees, and she said he was struck by another bullet in the head. Another officer handcuffed the man who by then was on the ground and not moving, Ventura said.

“They searched his pockets, and there was a hole in his head, and I saw blood on his face,” she said.

Dunn said he could not comment on these allegations because the shooting is under investigation.

Jay Jackson, reporting for CBS2 and KCAL9, said Saturday night’s scene was chaotic.

The residents blocked off a street and set fire to at least one dumpster.

Earlier in the day, police in riot gear, fired rubber bullets into the crowd. Several protesters lifted their shirts to show large red welts on their torsos and backs.

Residents told Jackson that police overreacted and created the disturbance.

One man said, “They just started shooting.”

Police also set a K-9 officer on one woman and a bystander they said were agitating the situation.

Said Susan Lopez, “I had my baby with me. My baby! The dog scratched me and then grabbed me.” She added, “They shot at me while I was holding a baby!” Another woman yelled, “They just shot at us, they shot at a little kid, too.”

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First Female U.S. Astronaut, Sally Ride, Comes Out In Obituary

Sally Ride, who died today after a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer, was the first female U.S. astronaut in space and became friends with Tam O'Shaugnessy at the age of 12. It was not until today, however — nearly 50 years after meeting — that their 27-year romantic relationship was made public.

The pioneering scientist was, a statement from Sally Ride Science announced, survived by "Tam O'Shaughnessy, her partner of 27 years."

With that simple statement — listed alongside her mother, Joyce; her sister, Bear; her niece, Caitlin and nephew, Whitney — Ride came out.

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Murasaki Shikibu

A Land Without Guns: How Japan Has Virtually Eliminated Shooting Deaths

A Land Without Guns: How Japan Has Virtually Eliminated Shooting Deaths

I've heard it said that, if you take a walk around Waikiki, it's only a matter of time until someone hands you a flyer of scantily clad women clutching handguns, overlaid with English and maybe Japanese text advertising one of the many local shooting ranges. The city's largest, the Royal Hawaiian Shooting Club, advertises instructors fluent in Japanese, which is also the default language of its website. For years, this peculiar Hawaiian industry has explicitly targeted Japanese tourists, drawing them away from beaches and resorts into shopping malls, to do things that are forbidden in their own country.

Waikiki's Japanese-filled ranges are the sort of quirk you might find in any major tourist town, but they're also an intersection of two societies with wildly different approaches to guns and their role in society. Friday's horrific shooting at an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater has been a reminder that America's gun control laws are the loosest in the developed world and its rate of gun-related homicide is the highest. Of the world's 23 "rich" countries, the U.S. gun-related murder rate is almost 20 times that of the other 22. With almost one privately owned firearm per person, America's ownership rate is the highest in the world; tribal-conflict-torn Yemen is ranked second, with a rate about half of America's.

But what about the country at the other end of the spectrum? What is the role of guns in Japan, the developed world's least firearm-filled nation and perhaps its strictest controller? In 2008, the U.S. had over 12 thousand firearm-related homicides. All of Japan experienced only 11, fewer than were killed at the Aurora shooting alone. And that was a big year: 2006 saw an astounding two, and when that number jumped to 22 in 2007, it became a national scandal. By comparison, also in 2008, 587 Americans were killed just by guns that had discharged accidentally.

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yeah so no

Japan’s claim to Okinawa disputed by influential Chinese commentators

Japan’s claim to Okinawa disputed by influential Chinese commentators

For many observers, rising friction between China and Japan over a group of remote and uninhabited islands in the East China Sea is worrying enough.

But if some influential Chinese nationalist commentators have their way, the spat over the Japanese-controlled Senkaku islands — which Beijing calls the Diaoyu — could widen into a dispute over a much more important archipelago.

In a fiery editorial this month, the Global Times newspaper urged Beijing to consider challenging Japan’s control over its southern prefecture of Okinawa, an island chain with a population of 1.4 million people that bristles with U.S. military bases.

“China should not be afraid of engaging with Japan in a mutual undermining of territorial integrity,” the Communist Party-run paper declared.

Maj. Gen. Jin Yinan, head of the strategy research institute at China’s National Defense University, went even further. He told state-run radio that limiting discussion to the Diaoyu was “too narrow,” saying Beijing should question ownership of the whole Ryukyu archipelago, which by some definitions extends beyond Okinawa.

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David Cameron to host Mitt Romney in Downing Street (but why didn't he meet Francois Hollande?)

David Cameron is to host Mitt Romney in Downing Street on Thursday in a meeting that will require delicate diplomatic handling by the prime minister.

The Republican nominee for the US presidential election will be stopping off in London for the opening ceremony of the Olympics at the start of a tour that will also take him to Poland and Israel.

The Romney camp expressed unease after the prime minister was given the full red carpet treatment at the White House by Barack Obama and a trip on Air Force One to the swing state of Ohio in March. Republicans were upset that the leader of their main sister party in Europe accepted such a high profile invitation from a Democratic president at a sensitive time in the electoral cycle.

Downing Street has struggled to explain in recent weeks why the prime minister has agreed to meet the Republican nominee in No 10 after refusing to meet François Hollande while he enjoyed the same status – a presidential candidate from a country that is a close ally. No 10 said at the time of the Hollande visit that the prime minister did not meet candidates in elections.

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Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2012/jul/23/david-cameron-host-mitt-romney?newsfeed=true

OP: Hmm. Why didn't he meet Hollande? The situation seems identical to me.
*blowing bubbles

Batman Actor Visits Shooting Victims

AURORA, Colo. -- Christian Bale met with victims of Friday's mass shooting at an Aurora hospital on Tuesday afternoon.

Bale plays Batman in the new movie 'The Dark Knight Rises,' the film that was playing when a gunman killed 12 people and wounded almost 60 at an Aurora movie theater Friday.

The actor later stopped by a makeshift memorial to the victims near the Century 16 movie theater.

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color me shocked that Bale is actually doing this... though I am VERY GLAD he's not in costume

ETA: if you feel an overwhelming need to discuss the movie in this post (which is really not an appropriate venue for said discussion) please use a spoiler tag as some members have not seen it yet. thank you.
oh holy shit
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One Dead After Officer-Involved Shooting in Dallas

Hundreds of South Dallas residents formed an angry crowd after one person was killed in an officer-involved shooting.

The incident was reported near Mural Ln. and Barber Ave. around 5 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon.

One person was confirmed dead in a field adjacent to a horse barn near the scene on Barber Ave.

After the shooting, a crowd formed around crime scene tape that was stretched along the perimeter near the scene at Bourquin.

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Source has video.

This is heating up on G+. Does anyone have any better details/sources/updates?

edit: Hundreds of people gathered Tuesday night in a South Dallas neighborhood after one person was killed in an officer-involved shooting...
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Odd appearance by Colorado shooting suspect

CENTENNIAL, Colorado, United States - His hair dyed orange, eyes staring out blankly or drooping shut, presumed Colorado gunman James Holmes seemed unhinged Monday, July 23, as he made a bizarre first appearance in court.

Holmes is accused of shooting dead 12 people and wounding 58 others at a cinema Friday in Aurora, outside Denver, as young moviegoers packed the first midnight screening of the latest Batman film, "The Dark Knight Rises."

Wearing a maroon prison jumpsuit, the 24-year-old graduate student didn't speak as lawyers read out a list of accusations during the short procedural hearing at Arapahoe County District Court in the town of Centennial.

Holmes, a former PhD candidate in neuroscience, appeared unable to follow proceedings as his head bobbed up and down and he alternated between staring out wild-eyed and closing his eyes shut as if drugged or in a daze.

It was not known if he was on some kind of medication and there was no indication when the young man accused of one of America's worst-ever mass shootings might undergo psychiatric evaluation.
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Gender Identity Disorder to be renamed

DSM-V To Rename Gender Identity Disorder 'Gender Dysphoria'

The newest edition of the psychiatric diagnostic manual will do away with labeling transgender people as "disordered."

The newest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM, will replace the diagnostic term “Gender Identity Disorder” with the term “Gender Dysphoria,” according to the Associated Press.

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Pop ~ Monáe Forest
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CBS video includes Presente.org petition to Attorney General Kamala Harris to investigate

Anaheim police and protesters continue to clash as fires burn

Los Angeles Times, L.A. NOW
Tuesday, July 24, 2012 10:28 PM PST

ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA -- Protesters and police in Anaheim continued to clash late Tuesday night after officers declared an unlawful assembly and fired less-than-lethal projectiles at angry crowds near City Hall.

At Santa Ana Street and Anaheim Boulevard, people grabbed rocks from a construction site and hurled them at officers. Others lighted a fire in the weeds and in trash bins in the area as they were chased by police.

Other officers farther south on Santa Ana street fired bean bags at protesters on the fourth day of protests following the deadly police shooting of two men over the weekend.

The slayings have sparked outrage about police behavior in Anaheim's Latino neighborhoods. So far this year, five people have been shot to death by police in the city.

Officers and protesters were clashing after people stormed a City Council meeting Tuesday evening. City officials were discussing the shootings, and the council voted to ask the U.S. attorney's office to investigate.

Anaheim police Sgt. Robert Dunn said that at least five people had been arrested. He said the city did request countywide mutual aid and a tactical alert. “An order to disperse has been given," Dunn said. The sergeant said officers and an Orange County Register reporter were hit by rocks.

Marco Chavez, 17, said he was almost hit with a bean bag pellet Tuesday night. He picked up the pellets "for souvenirs."

Chavez, an Anaheim resident, said he came out because he believes the police have been "unfair."

"They are illegally gang-banging on civilians," he said.

George Alvarado, 29, said he came out to support the cause and was shot in the head. He said he didn't realized it until a friend pointed out the blood. "Yeah, it was the heat of the moment," he said of the wound.

He said of Anaheim police: "What they are doing is wrong."

As officers faced off with people at Santa Ana Street and Anaheim Boulevard, a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus train crossed the intersection. On the side of the train was a sign read "The Greatest Show on Earth."