Day: June 25, 2016

Australian educational contractor warns of wifi, vaccination danger to "gifted" kids' "extra neurological connections"

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Wise Ones, an Australian “gifted” education programme offers students who test into it vaccination exemption forms, and advises them to avoid wifi, because they say that “gifted children” have “extra neurological connections” that make them vulnerable to “extra sensitivities to food or chemicals.”

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Video captures cop trying to kill teen fleeing in car

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In his police report, officer Robert Cooper claims he was “barely able to get out of the way” as a teen driver tried to run him over, forcing him to shoot into a moving vehicle. But his own dashcam footage made a liar of him.

A police video released Thursday by the State Law Enforcement Division of the May 19 shooting of a motorist by a Forest Acres police officer shows the officer firing seven shots into a slow-moving car as the motorist began to drive away.

“Stop! Stop! Do not make me shoot you!” yells the officer, who is on foot in front of the vehicle with his weapon drawn and pointed at the car’s windshield. The driver is inside a small sedan and is the car’s only occupant.

The officer fires seven shots, rapidly and from a close distance – perhaps less than 10 feet away – as the car moves slowly, turns toward the officer and then appears to try to go around the officer. The motorist then pulls away from the scene and moves out of range of the officer’s dash-cam, which recorded the event.

The “don’t make me shoot” line (like “stop resisting”) is key to understanding the problem with cops in America: a device to justify escalating confrontations as fast as possible to violence. Forest Acres is giving officer Cooper a paid vacation during its investigation.

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The blacker a city is, the more it fines its residents (especially black ones)

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In the aftermath of the Ferguson uprising, much ink was spilled on the reliance of the predominantly black city on fines from its residents to pay its bills — and on the use of what amounted to debtors’ prisons that locked up those who wouldn’t or couldn’t pay the constant stream of fines and scared the rest into begging and borrowing to pay their own fines.

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The Armour Charge Steel iOS Charging Cable is the toughest on the market - only $24.95

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Some truths are universal. For one, your phone will always run out of power when you most need it. For another, the charging cords that come packaged with your Apple device will fray, split, and rip faster than Usain Bolt in a game of tag.

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The Armour Charge isn’t your normal cable – it’s made from 100% stainless steel-woven cabling that’ll protect your phone’s charge from almost anything. Couple that strength with its aluminum housings and you’ve got reliable charging power for any USB 2.0 or Lightning device.

Its compact durability make it a perfect travel accessory on the road and a great safeguard against accidental cord-ripping incidents at home.

Grab the 1-meter version for $24.95 or the 2-meter edition for $32.95 before this offer expires.

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Adam Savage describes four unusual and useful tools he loves

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On the Cool Tools Show podcast, Kevin Kelly and I had a wonderful, wide-ranging discussion with Adam Savage, the former co-host of Mythbusters and the editor-in-chief of Tested. Adam is erudite, funny, and very smart. Check out our show notes here.

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