Prince to Headline 20th Annual Essence Music Festival
Next year’s Essence Festival is getting a dose of music royalty from Prince. The “Purple Rain”…
Prince to Headline 20th Annual Essence Music Festival
Next year’s Essence Festival is getting a dose of music royalty from Prince. The “Purple Rain”…
The SeaOrbiter will allow researchers to swim into parts of the deep ocean, where no one has gone before.
If you want to do deep sea ocean research today, you’ll have to take a journey to the Florida Keys, where the world’s last remaining underwater research lab, the Aquarius, is housed.
But that’s soon about to change. When it’s completed, the SeaOrbiter, a spaceship-like underwater vessel, will become the first ocean lab where researchers can live 24/7 over long periods of time. (The Aquarius, in comparison, goes on missions for 10 days on average.) It’s the Starship Enterprise of the sea, exploring parts of the ocean where no man has gone before.
The $43 million SeaOrbiter project is the result of a 30-year research and design process. Created by sea architect Jacques Rougerie and guided by experts like Jean-Michel Cousteau and former NASA chief Daniel Goldin, the vessel will hold a crew of up to 22 people when it launches. Its first trip will be to Monaco, where Rougerie hopes that researchers will gather new details about the vast underwater areas surrounding the country.
"The SeaOrbiter is the synthesis of everything that we have been able to do at sea: it is at the same time a moving habitat and a dynamic launching point for submarine research and exploration. It will not replace oceanographic boats or exploratory submarines. Instead, it’s another way to explore and better comprehend the underwater universe and bring human life at sea to another level on a 24/7 basis and over long periods." - Jacques Rougerie
Though researchers onboard will likely spend most of their time underwater, you couldn’t possibly miss the SeaOrbiter if you passed by it in the ocean. About 90 feet of the 190-foot structure will tower above the waterline. The vessel drifts with currents, relying on renewable energy from the sun, waves, and wind for power. Like astronauts, the sea explorers aboard the SeaOrbiter need to be "physically fit and well-equipped for spontaneous exploration missions," according to Rougerie.
The SeaOrbiter is the first vessel that allows the crew to leave the boat from under the water’s surface to explore the ocean, without taking into account the quality of the sea surface (this is because the underwater part of the vessel is stable enough to house the crew). It was built with what Rougerie calls a "new generation of recyclable aluminum" that’s used in the aeronautics industry.
The project is currently crowdfunding 325,000 euros so it can begin construction in France in the Spring of 2014. So far, it has raised 44,000 euros with more than two months to go. If all goes well, construction will finish by the end of 2015, and the first underwater expedition will begin in spring 2016.
Oh shit son…. we about to go into the deep!
In February 2009, in a small Cleveland suburb nestled against Lake Erie, two adults and three young children were shot to death by a 28-year old man, according to the FBI. The thing is, it never actually
When USA TODAY started investigating mass killings, it seemed a fairly straightforward thing to count: How many times have at least four people died at the hands of another in a single incident?
Yet marking the death toll of mass killings in America is anything but simple. It’s hampered by the FBI’s voluntary reporting system that gets it right a little more than half the time, and by advocacy groups who may count only incidents that support their cause, ignoring killings that don’t involve a gun or did not get heavy media coverage.
INTERACTIVE GRAPHIC: Behind the bloodshed
MASS KILLINGS: Small victims bear greatest burden
Concentrating on just one type of mass killing — or only on those that get a lot of attention — may be worse than just using the FBI data, because it can skew public understanding and lead to ineffective policies, says Grant Duwe, a senior researcher with the Minnesota Department of Corrections, who has written a book on mass killings based on a data set he built covering the 1900s.
"Accurately accounting for mass killings — having a definition, sticking to the definition, trying to find all the incidents — that may seem somewhat pedantic but it’s actually very important."
To get a more accurate count, USA TODAY began with 156 such incidents reported to the FBI from 2006-11. But after investigating each one and finding others missing, USA TODAY found the FBI data had an accuracy rate of just 61%, throwing doubt on conclusions that might be drawn from analyzing it.
For example, a mass killing in Samson and Kinston, Ala., in 2009 is not included in the FBI data. In that case, a man killed his mother, set her body on fire, then killed nine other people before he committed suicide at his former workplace.
In another incident, the FBI data included the deaths of two adults and three children in a Cleveland suburb in 2009, shot to death by a 28-year-old man. There was a drive-by shooting at that date and time, but no one was killed.
The FBI’s data, known as the Supplemental Homicide Report, is considered the primary list of U.S. homicides by law enforcement agencies and academics studying violence. Most of the problem, researchers say, is because of mistakes made by the local police agencies who voluntarily submit their reports to the FBI.
The FBI acknowledges the data is flawed. In an effort to improve it, the FBI will start making downloads available directly from its website starting in 2014, said FBI spokesman Stephen G. Fischer Jr.
Depending on the agency, that means crime data could be updated daily, weekly or monthly, Fischer said. It also may mean mistakes can be caught more quickly. Currently, data is more than a year old when it’s released (USA TODAY received preliminary 2011 data in February 2013).
"This will allow members of the media, academia, and the general public to download data sets and apply their own powerful trending and statistical analysis software," Fischer said.
Even with better data, special interest groups or unscrupulous academics can manipulate the numbers, just as with any other data set.
"If you have a cherry-picked list of cases, it’s basically garbage in, garbage out," Duwe said. "And it does have important implications to additional research we do in terms of public policy.
Among the errors USA TODAY found:
- Several mass killings were reported as unrelated single homicides.
- At least a dozen crimes were mischaracterized as mass killings. In one case, several unrelated homicides a week apart were reported as a mass killing.
- In nearly a dozen cases, USA TODAY — searching media reports and interviewing local law enforcement agencies — could find no record of a murder, even when the FBI data showed as many as seven killed. Among them: a quintuple murder in Newark in 2010. What actually happened: Police arrested two men in connection with the murder of five teens in 1978 — 32 years earlier.
- Several cases handled by federal agencies were not included, including the 2009 Fort Hood massacre.
- Florida and Native American reservations do not report homicides to the FBI. Nor did Nebraska or Washington, D.C., until 2009. USA TODAY found at least a dozen such cases. They were not counted in the error rate, however, since their absence is well-documented.
USA TODAY’s data debunks common beliefs. For example, it shows that the number of mass killings has not increased in recent years; most occur among family members; and handguns, not assault weapons, are most commonly used.
"Hopefully, it’ll raise folks’ awareness," Duwe said. "There was this view that mass killings were so infrequent that their infrequency makes them unimportant. But the cost to society is enormous. It justifies a lot more attention into the topic than has been the case."
REALEST NIGGA EVER
(SCREAMING AT THE AWESOMENESS OF THIS SHOOT)
There will be people who will follow those drones just to steal the packages.
I can’t even list all the ways that this is a bad idea.
I’m following the drone to steal the drone. Fuck the package.
CNN aired a “knockout game” segment Tuesday afternoon pitting a martial arts expert against Don Lemon. It was the network’s quiet attempt to tap into the racial fears driving interest in the so-called “knockout game,” undermined when the expert compared black people to animals.
CNN aired a segment Tuesday afternoon pitting a martial arts expert/rabbi against the network’s own Don Lemon. It was the network’s attempt to tap into the racial fears driving interest in the so-called “knockout game,” pushed by blatantly racist coverage from the site World Net Daily. CNN’s efforts to obscure the undertones, however, were somewhat undermined by their main guest, who explained that the (black) perpetrators of the game are “attacking weaker people; it’s very much like the animal kingdom.”
The network is actually somewhat late to the issue, which we wrote about last week. CNN began its coverage by showing video of some of the isolated incidents, showing black men and teens sucker punching people. The idea that this is happening with any frequency has been largely debunked, including by New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly at the start of the CNN segment. But CNN wants to talk about it, so they invited Rabbi Gary Moskowitz on to show off his black-belt skills. Moskowitz has a vested interest in promoting the idea of the “game;” he’s offering his services to train New York’s Jewish community — which he says have been particular targets — to employ against the (nonexistent) threat. His comments start about 45 seconds in.The issue is … they’re not just attacking Jews theologically. What they’re doing is, they’re attacking weaker people. It’s very much like the animal kingdom. They’re attacking weaker people. So they attack elderly women, they attack children. And Jewish people, unfortunately, especially in the Orthodox community are considered weak.
This, he says, is because members of that community “don’t eat right and work out.”
The “they” in Moskowitz’s comments that are acting “like the animal kingdom”? The alleged perpetrators of the attacks: black people. That’s why this is “news” worth covering — it taps into the poorly-veiled fear white people have of black people on the street, the source of so many similar “news” stories for decades past. Usually, though, the people talking about the issue refrain from comparing black people to animals.
Lemon was there ostensibly because he is doing a report later tonight about the knockout game. But it was an odd choice, made obvious once Moskowitz started demonstrating how to repel an attacker. Here’s Lemon, awkwardly throwing punches at a Jewish man as the man fights back. In the background of the interview, the three or four attacks that have been caught on video played in a loop, reminding the viewer of what these attacks look like. Black men are attacking you. Here’s how to fight back. (Lemon noted, correctly, that one video that was shown was from 2012 — hardly contributing to this current sense of panic.)
Among those championing Moskowitz for fighting back against the scourge of the knockout game is World Net Daily, the arch-conservative site that takes credit for starting the media narrative in the first place. The site’s Colin Flaherty is proud of his role in bringing these attacks to the public’s attention, in part thanks to his book'White Girl Bleed A Lot': The Return of Racial Violence to America and How the Media Ignore It. The book paints racial violence with a very broad brush; Flaherty’s columns are more specific. Each of his knockout game columns are preceded with an editor’s note: “Colin Flaherty has done more reporting than any other journalist on what appears to be a nationwide trend of skyrocketing black-on-white crime, violence and abuse. WND features these reports to counterbalance the virtual blackout by the rest of the media due to their concerns that reporting such incidents would be inflammatory or even racist.”
Because they are. Flaherty’s mastered the art of isolating individual assaults committed by black men, tagging them as “knockout attacks,” and adding them to his collection. It’s confirmation bias; none of his columns mention the countless times a white person has attacked another white person or person of color. That’s not the story he wants to tell.
And it’s not the story CNN wants to tell either. The idea that these attacks are happening is titillating. Showing a demonstration of how to fight back makes for better television than Ray Kelly’s dismissal, and it’s definitely better than just ignoring the meme altogether. But if you’re trying to get away with a little racial pandering, it’s better when your guests don’t give the game away.
Awesome protests erupted in my school today. Our student council planned a “fun” game for valentines day. They handed out paper hearts to every girl at the beginning of the day. Only the girls. If a girl speaks to a guy through the duration of the day, she has to give him her heart. Guys get five raffle tickets for every heart they collect. Girls cannot collect hearts, they only have one to give away, and guys do not have to give away anything. A gay male asked for a heart to give away to participate and was told no.
Some girls have taken this as an invitation to say things such as, quoted from twitter, “keeping the whores from talking today haha.” And boasting about “keeping their heart and not being a whore.” This has turned into an excuse to shame each other for talking to guys. And for what? A valentines game?
Rather than writing their names on the hearts and giving them away, many girls have written notes of protest on the paper hearts and are wearing them proudly as they associate with whoever they please and refuse to give the heart away.
Proud of some of the people in my school today.
males are rewarded for collecting female “hearts” and are encouraged to collect as many as they possibly can, but females are only allowed to have one heart to give away, and when they give it away they’re not allowed to play anymore
the correlation of “hearts” to how virginity/sex is treated in society is kind of eerie and definitely sexist
This is a really big deal! My elementary had us do this for Valentine’s Day one year. Girls were given a prize if they kept theirs, boys were given a prize if they got one. The boys would harass us - verbally, getting into our personal space, or pulling our hair - until we told them to stop and then they would get to take the heart. A lot of us were pretty mad about it at the time, and now that I see the implications of it, I’m even angrier.
ALL THIS COMMENTARY AND ALSO SOMEONE GIVE THESE KIDS A METAL
…I can’t believe this is actually a thing
Key and Peele: Black Ice [http://youtu.be/efiW2K8gASM]
And another piece by Eddie Colla that’s been misattributed to Bansky
And it gets worse.
you can now purchase a destroy capitalism banksy print from walmart