Sam writes stuff and expects you to read it.

lizzymodblog:

I still don’t get what the difference is between Dota and Lol

sun-thief-rai:

questionall:

* Panel issues recommendations after review of U.S. record

* Says killing of Michael Brown “not an isolated event”

* Decries racial bias of police, pervasive discrimination

* ACLU calls for addressing racial inequality in America

GENEVA, Aug 29 (Reuters) - The U.N. racism watchdog urged the United States on Friday to halt the excessive use of force by police after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman touched off riots in Ferguson, Missouri.

Minorities, particularly African Americans, are victims of disparities, the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) said after examining the U.S. record.

"Racial and ethnic discrimination remains a serious and persistent problem in all areas of life from de facto school segregation, access to health care and housing," Noureddine Amir, CERD committee vice chairman, told a news briefing.

Teenager Michael Brown was shot dead by a white police officer on Aug. 9, triggering violent protests that rocked Ferguson - a St. Louis suburb - and shone a global spotlight on the state of race relations in America.

"The excessive use of force by law enforcement officials against racial and ethnic minorities is an ongoing issue of concern and particularly in light of the shooting of Michael Brown," said Amir, an expert from Algeria.

"This is not an isolated event and illustrates a bigger problem in the United States, such as racial bias among law enforcement officials, the lack of proper implementation of rules and regulations governing the use of force, and the inadequacy of training of law enforcement officials."

The panel of 18 independent experts grilled a senior U.S. delegation on Aug. 13 about what they said was persistent racial discrimination against African-Americans and other minorities, including within the criminal justice system.

U.S. Ambassador Keith Harper told the panel that his nation had made “great strides toward eliminating racial discrimination” but conceded that “we have much left to do”.

Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, who shot Brown, has been put on paid leave and is in hiding. A St. Louis County grand jury has begun hearing evidence and the U.S. Justice Department has opened its own investigation.

Police have said Brown struggled with Wilson when shot. But some witnesses say Brown held up his hands and was surrendering when he was shot multiple times in the head and chest.

"STAND YOUR GROUND" LAWS

In its conclusions issued on Friday, the U.N. panel said “Stand Your Ground” Laws, a controversial self-defense statute in 22 U.S. states, should be reviewed to “remove far-reaching immunity and ensure strict adherence to principles of necessity and proportionality when deadly force is used for self-defense”.

Ron Davis, father of Jordan Davis, a 17-year-old shot dead in a car in Jacksonville, Florida during an argument over loud rap music in November 2012, attended the Geneva session. Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teen killed in Miami, Florida by a neighborhood watch volunteer, testified.

The U.N. panel monitors compliance with a treaty ratified by 177 countries including the United States.

"The Committee remains concerned at the practice of racial profiling of racial or ethnic minorities by law enforcement officials, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Transportation Security Administration, border enforcement officials and local police," it said, urging investigations.

The experts called for addressing obstacles faced by minorities and indigenous peoples to exercise their right to vote effectively. This was due to restrictive voter identification laws, district gerrymandering and state-level laws that disenfranchise people convicted of felonies, it said.

Jamil Dakwar of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said the U.N. recommendations highlighted “shortcomings on racial equality that we are seeing play out today on our streets, at our borders and in the voting booth.

"When it comes to human rights, the United States must practice at home what it preaches abroad," he said.

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kingcheddarxvii:

boldore:

I looked up smash bros out of curiosity and found a smash 4 news post on some christian news site. not only is this news nearly three months late, but look at the image they used for the post

KING K. ROOL CONFIRMED

Dear god, look at how far away that four is from the Brawl logo…

kingcheddarxvii:

boldore:

I looked up smash bros out of curiosity and found a smash 4 news post on some christian news site. not only is this news nearly three months late, but look at the image they used for the post

KING K. ROOL CONFIRMED

Dear god, look at how far away that four is from the Brawl logo…

You know, the more I read about Ferguson, the more it starts to look like a shitty 1984. They’re blocking all the major roads and airspace with the subtly of a Thanksgiving Day Parade float, they’re locking up reporters while almost completely forgetting that Twitter exists, and there’s that girl they shot in the head and said “She’s alright, it was a drive-by!”.

I doubt that’s how you contain a populous, control a media, and disappear a citizen. A horrible, sick part of me kinda wants to see the police to start taking over other parts of Missouri, only to realize that that level of aggression would give enough reason to allow military retaliation and start a civil war.

oldroots:

i cant stop drawing these ridiculous FNAF comics im sorry

georgetakei:

Fans, come up with a name for this

Source: Nerdgasm - A Community For Nerds


A Belgian Keyboard.

georgetakei:

Fans, come up with a name for this

Source: Nerdgasm - A Community For Nerds

A Belgian Keyboard.

an-artist-complex:

…why did his mom even have that mask

Liveblogging DmC FINALE (Missions 18, 19, and 20)
Sparce Commentary: Mission 18 was tedious. I remember a few rooms like that in DMC4, but it wasn't an entire level. Speaking of which, these last few levels felt like the old DMC. I bet if you switched the HUDS it would look like DMC5.
Mission 19, VS Mundus: Gotta love how they forgot to lock the camera on Mundus for the final boss.
Ending Cutscene: And now the game looks like Anarchy Reigns... Wait, what? Twitter?! There was a Twitter cutscene in the game. I made an odd choice to tweet about my playthrough.
Oh, also I fought Vergil: That Vergil fight was way too easy. By the time the fight started to feel less like a mook and more like a bossfight, Vergil was down to 3 hits with the basic combo. By that time in Revengence, I could feel how hard my shit was getting pushed in by Jetstream Sam! Wait, I take that back, by the time I beat Vergil I was still fighting Jetstream Sam! The fight was only 3 minutes and 36 seconds! And it wasn't like I did it perfectly, I only got SS for that time!
Spoiler, Dante Bleaches his hair: Also I can't tell if the white hair on New Dante is supposed to have black patches or if Dante's model just hates being shaded.
It's Over!: ... I should probably give Tomb Raider a try... I think last I played I just finished the tutorial level...
Liveblogging DmC (Missions 15, 16, and 17)
Mission 15 Start: What is up with all the cutting in this cutscene? ... Oh god, did I just make a pun?
Vergil Does the Thing: Yeah, even after seeing that scene three different times, the "What the fuck, Vergil!" still hasn't dropped.
Toki Yo Tomare!: Why is time stopping? Did Dante just get a stand?
Grapple Problems: First I had trouble grappling that third angel point because it was too hard to see in that exploding sky, then I couldn't reach it even after angel dashing at it! I still don't know how I got to it!
Action Happens: Now I'm watching Dante jump out of the third story window of a building he just ran into, angel grappling completely normal streetlights! I think I know why my brother calls this the Crank 2 of video games now.
Mission 15 End: Now the game is struggling to give me a score!
Mission 16 Start: I don't think these levels are completely finished. The game is starting to rush itself so fast that Unreal 3 is breaking.
Business: How is people jumping in the air and spinning like Samus good for the company?
I just realized: There's no music! The music glitched into silence!
Wait: The music came back after pausing to tweet about how there's no music.
The only thing I had to say about Mission 17: I'm missing grapples not because I'm too far from them or facing away, but because I'm hitting the button too fast!