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August 26, 2014
So Uber is reportedly going out of its way to sabotage Lyft by using burner phones and contractors, and The Verge has apparent proof that they’re doing it. This is pretty scumbaggy if true.

So Uber is reportedly going out of its way to sabotage Lyft by using burner phones and contractors, and The Verge has apparent proof that they’re doing it. This is pretty scumbaggy if true.

15:58 // 2 days ago
August 25, 2014
23:39 // 3 days ago

This wonderful clip is proof that Steve Ballmer is not only a better Los Angeles Clippers owner than Donald Sterling, he’s also a way better team owner than he is a Microsoft CEO. #DevelopersDevelopersDevelopersDevelopers

23:26 // 3 days ago

This is the bestworst crowdfunding video ever. It’s for some app that gamifies to-do lists, but the director of this clearly has watched “The Room” too many times, and somehow got a budget. Epic multifive. (ht BetaBeat)

18:19 // 3 days ago
"All my black friends have a bunch of white friends. And all my white friends have one black friend." - Chris Rock

Three quarters of whites don’t have any non-white friends - The Washington Post (via brooklynmutt)

Fun fact: A long time ago, there was this viral site called “Black People Love Us!" that mocked the concept of the "black friend." You know who made that site? BuzzFeed founder Jonah Peretti (along with his sister, who is now a famous comedian). It was one his first experiments in contagious media. It worked.

(via brooklynmutt)

14:35 // 3 days ago
kohenari:

On the left is a paragraph from the New York Times about Mike Brown’s “troubled” teenage years; on the right is a paragraph from Rolling Stone about Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of the Boston Marathon bombers.
What could possibly account for the difference in presentation of these two teenagers?
And let’s remember that one was unarmed when he was shot to death by a police officer who stopped him for walking in the street after allegedly stealing some cigars and pushing a store clerk, while the other was taken alive after allegedly setting off a bomb at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing a police officer, engaging in a shootout with a host of other police officers, and then hiding from a full-scale manhunt.

There’s some line editor up in the Times building right now, pondering whether they did enough editing on this piece.

kohenari:

On the left is a paragraph from the New York Times about Mike Brown’s “troubled” teenage years; on the right is a paragraph from Rolling Stone about Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of the Boston Marathon bombers.

What could possibly account for the difference in presentation of these two teenagers?

And let’s remember that one was unarmed when he was shot to death by a police officer who stopped him for walking in the street after allegedly stealing some cigars and pushing a store clerk, while the other was taken alive after allegedly setting off a bomb at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing a police officer, engaging in a shootout with a host of other police officers, and then hiding from a full-scale manhunt.

There’s some line editor up in the Times building right now, pondering whether they did enough editing on this piece.

12:12 // 3 days ago

Darren Wilson’s first job was on a troubled police force disbanded by authorities 

This morning, The New York Times published a piece declaring Ferguson shooting victim Mike Brown to be “no angel.”

Keep that in mind when you’re reading this Washington Post piece, which points out that Darren Wilson, who shot Brown, had been on a police force so tarnished by racism allegations—not unlike the ones already facing Ferguson’s police force—that it had to disband.

The small city of Jennings, Mo., had a police department so troubled, and with so much tension between white officers and black residents, that the city council finally decided to disband it. Everyone in the Jennings police department was fired. New officers were brought in to create a credible department from scratch.

That was three years ago. One of the officers who worked in that department, and lost his job along with everyone else, was a young man named Darren Wilson.

12:05 // 3 days ago
August 24, 2014
That lump right here is high-grade rubber. You’re probably like, “Whatever man, who cares?” But what’s cool about it is not the rubber itself but the weed from which it came.

That lump right here is high-grade rubber. You’re probably like, “Whatever man, who cares?” But what’s cool about it is not the rubber itself but the weed from which it came.

19:36 // 4 days ago
August 22, 2014
She got a free drink from the previous customer. She was happy about that. But she didn’t want to pay for the next patron.
A Florida Starbucks manager, on the woman who decided to break a 10-hour-long string of paying it forward, by choosing not to pay for the drink of the person behind her. Enjoy your free coffee, lady.
13:30 // 6 days ago
We investigate arson differently now: Nearly 25 years ago, New York businessman Han Tak Lee was sent to jail, convicted of an arson that led to the death of his mentally-ill daughter. This week, with the arson-science evidence used against him now discredited, Lee will now leave prison at the age of 79. He’s not out of the woods yet, though: Prosecutors have 120 days to decide whether or not they want to retry him. His supporters, however, see that as unlikely.

We investigate arson differently now: Nearly 25 years ago, New York businessman Han Tak Lee was sent to jail, convicted of an arson that led to the death of his mentally-ill daughter. This week, with the arson-science evidence used against him now discredited, Lee will now leave prison at the age of 79. He’s not out of the woods yet, though: Prosecutors have 120 days to decide whether or not they want to retry him. His supporters, however, see that as unlikely.

11:51 // 6 days ago