Dipshits of the day: Michael Brown Art Exhibit Opened in Chicago

Police are furious about a new art exhibit that is all about the murder of Michael Brown by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson.

The display in Chicago, Illinois includes a life-size portrayal of Michael Brown as he lay face down, right after he was killed last year.

The exhibit also has an African American Statue of Liberty, and a noose hanging from a neon sign.

Art enthusiasts in Chicago say the police have been anything but happy with the display. On message boards and social media posts circulating the debut, self-described police officers had nothing nice to say about the display.

The art display includes a plaque with the words “I Can’t Breath” engraved on it.

These were the last words of Eric Garner as New York City Police officers choked him to death over a few pennies of tax on loose cigarettes.

As for the Brown family, the praised the exhibit, calling it an important piece.

Far from being a “racially divisive” piece as some police officers on social media have claimed, the artist is a Caucasian woman from New Orleans.

The art exhibit is set to be on display through August 10th of this year.

I bet this was done by liberals who are always saying we need to be more fucking sensitive about everything. But we can display a homicide scene of an asswipe who probably deserved to be shot…….Hypocrites all around these days. Again I will just shake my head there is nothing artful about this display it is sick minded.…….

Facebook gives users more control of newsfeeds

Don’t click that “Unfriend” button just yet.

Facebook is unrolling new settings that will give users more control over what they see in their newsfeed. Users can now select which friends and pages they would like to see first on the feed.

Previously, a Facebook algorithm was primarily responsible for who and what users saw at the top of their screens.

“Facebook’s algorithm is a very strange thing, and sometimes it can be frustrating,” CNET tech reporter Bridget Carey told CBSN. “The way it works is you could be friends with 900 people, and Facebook has a computer that’s really assuming what you think you may like based on what you’ve liked before, and you’re really only going to see about 200 of your closest friends.”

Now, Facebook is putting more control into their users’ hands — just one of the ways the social media giant is trying to increase its appeal.

“You can say, I always want to see at the very top of my feed these people,” Carey explained. “And, you know what, I don’t want to unfriend the other people, but I just don’t want to see them anymore on my feed.”

Newsfeed settings are now available under “Settings” on Facebook’s iPhone app and will be available on Android and desktops within the next few weeks.

Inmate was cut nearly in two, organs missing

Nearly 15 hours after a riot at a Northern California prison, guards found a missing inmate sawed nearly in two, with his abdominal organs and most chest organs removed, his body folded and stuffed into a garbage can in a shower stall a few doors from his cell.

Details of the gruesome May killing at the medium-security California State Prison, Solano, are laid out in an autopsy report obtained by The Associated Press under a public records request.


In this photo taken Wednesday May 20, 2015, inmates exercise in the main yard at California State Prison, Solano in Vacaville, Calif. Authorities are investigating the murder of Nicholas Anthony Rodriguez at the prison in May. An autopsy report reveals that Rodriguez’ body was cut apart and most of his major body organs removed, prompting an investigation of whether a riot by dozens of prisoners was used to cover up the homicide. | Rich Pedroncelli AP Photo

The grisly discovery raises obvious questions about the prison’s security: How could such a gruesome killing happen inside a locked facility with security and surveillance? How could someone obtain weapons sharp enough to dissect a body? And why did it take so long to uncover?

Homicides are distressingly common in California prisons. More than 160 inmates have been killed in the last 15 years, and the state has one of the nation’s highest inmate homicide rates. Yet the death of 24-year-old Nicholas Anthony Rodriguez stands out.

Rodriguez’s missing organs are “still part of the investigation” at the prison in Vacaville, 40 miles southwest of Sacramento, Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokeswoman Terry Thornton said Friday.

No one has been charged with killing Rodriguez, an Oakland man who was serving an eight-year robbery sentence from Alameda County. However, Thornton said his cellmate, a 46-year-old man serving a life sentence for a Los Angeles County murder, is considered the only suspect and is being held in segregation. Thornton said she couldn’t say how the homicide was carried out or concealed since it’s still being investigated.

“It just blows my mind, because officers are looking in on inmates all the time,” said Christine Ward, executive director of the Crime Victims Action Alliance. “Unfortunately, we know that there are drugs, there’s alcohol, there are weapons. As much as the officers can police that, we know we’ve got the toughest, the baddest, the most violent criminals in our state prison and unfortunately some of the most cunning prisoners in there as well. They are going to find ways to do that.”

Rodriguez’s body was discovered around 9:30 p.m. May 4, 14½ hours after inmates were ordered locked in their cells following a brawl between 58 inmates in his housing unit. Three prisoners and one correctional officer were injured in the fight, and Thornton said an inmate-made weapon was recovered. She declined to describe it.

Despite the riot and resulting investigation, Rodriguez was not discovered missing until a head count at 4:30 p.m. Thornton said officials initially assumed he had escaped.

Investigators are looking into whether the riot was created to conceal the slaying or allow someone to move the body.

“It’s very difficult to cover every contingency with the limited staff that we have,” said Chuck Alexander, president of the California Correctional Peace Officers Association that represents most prison guards.

“This kind of thing at Solano, sad to say I predict it’s just a precursor,” he said.

He noted a 2011 California law that keeps lower-level offenders in county jails, leaving state prisons to hold the most violent criminals. Changes in prison policies, meanwhile, mean more dangerous offenders are being housed in lower-security prisons like medium-security.

Rodriguez had alcohol in his system and was dead before he was eviscerated, killed by blows to the head that left him with a deep star-shaped wound on his forehead among his multiple skull fractures, cuts and other wounds, according to the May 27 autopsy report conducted by the Solano County Sheriff coroner’s office.

His mother, Maria Rodriguez of Oakland, said she has been given no details about what happened. She said she had not seen the autopsy report but said that she knew her son’s body was badly injured.

“When I saw my son … at the funeral, he was so bad in the face,” she said in a telephone interview. “I called them last week, and they say they’re going to tell me in two weeks or in three weeks, but right now we don’t got nothing.”

These guys do not get a lot of compassion from me but there is a real issue with this type of activities going on in the prisons……..


California reports strong water savings in May

California’s drought-stricken cities and towns set a record for water conservation, reducing their use by nearly 29 percent in May, according to data released Wednesday by the State Water Resources Control Board.

The May water savings was the best showing since the state started tracking conservation last year. It followed several months of lukewarm conservation, including 13.5 percent in April and 4 percent in March. The savings are based on comparing water use with the same month in 2013.

Several Northern San Joaquin Valley cities reported big savings. For instance, the reductions were 43 percent in Merced, 38 percent in Turlock, 37 percent in Modesto and 34 percent in Oakdale. Ceres reported a 24 percent reduction and Riverbank a 16 percent reduction.

And even though the water board won’t release the figures until next month, Modesto Utilities Director Larry Parlin and Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer said their cities continued to cut their water use in June, with Modesto achieving a 34 percent reduction and Oakdale a 45 percent reduction.

Parlin said based on the May and June results, Modesto may not have to impose its Stage 3 drought restrictions, which ban outdoor watering except for drip irrigation and the hand watering of trees, bushes and plants. But he cautioned that Modesto residents and businesses need to continue to be frugal in their water use.

State officials also were encouraged by the news.

“The numbers tell us that more Californians are stepping up to help make their communities more water secure, which is welcome news in the face of this dire drought,” State Water Board Chairwoman Felicia Marcus said in a news release. “That said, we need all Californians to step up – and keep it up – as if we don’t know when it will rain and snow again, because we don’t. If the drought continues beyond this year, we’ll all be glad we did.”

May was the last month before a state-mandated 25 percent reduction in urban water use throughout California went into effect June 1. The mandate also is based on 2013 water use and is for potable – or drinkable – water. The State Water Board is trying to achieve the overall reduction of 25 percent by imposing differing reductions on cities and towns based on their residential water used as calculated on a per-person basis. The more water used, the bigger the reduction.

The reductions range from 8 percent to 36 percent, and many Valley communities are required to reduce their water use by the larger percentages. For instance, Modesto has to reduce water use 36 percent; Turlock, Riverbank and Oakdale by 32 percent; and Ceres by 28 percent.

The data released by the water board Wednesday was reported to the board by water departments throughout the state and includes residential and business consumption.

All regions in California improved in saving water in May. The southern coast, which includes Los Angeles and San Diego, conserved 25 percent in May after months of tepid savings. Sacramento and its surrounding suburbs were the state’s top performers, cutting water use nearly 40 percent. The San Joaquin River hydrologic region – which includes the Northern San Joaquin Valley – reduced it water use 35 percent, which follows reductions of 20 percent in April and 11.4 percent in March.

The May conservation numbers may have been skewed by rain in parts of the state, which reduces the need to water lawns. Regulators have been encouraging Californians to let their lawns go dry this summer as the easiest way to save large amounts of water and maintain local supplies if the drought – which is in its fourth year – continues.

And the reward for everyone saving the water we were required by law to cut back on is everyone’s water bill will go up due to the water suppliers profits need to be fed. SMH


Faces of the world…….

 

“The city of coal”. In the slum area of Ulingan, near Manila, hundreds of families earn their living from the charcoal industry. The air is thick with smoke as children and adults of all ages get to work. Families have lived in these conditions for generations but now a project to test smokeless kilns is under way, and local NGO Project Pearls is helping to ensure that children living in the slum receive a few decent meals a week and some education

Retro of the day: Iron Butterfly

Metamorphosis is the fourth studio album by Iron Butterfly, released on August 13, 1970. Iron Butterfly’s album METAMORPHOSIS, was the new line up with Mike Pinera on Guitar and Vocals and Larry “Rhino” Reinhardt on Guitar. Ron Busy on drums, Lee Dorman on Bass, Doug Ingle on vocals and Keyboards. Though it was not as successful as its predecessor Ball (1969), it reached number 16 on the US charts..[2] Erik Brann, who left because of band disputes, was replaced by four session guitarists. Two of them, Mike Pinera and Larry “Rhino” Reinhardt (called El Rhino on the sleeve), would become members of Iron Butterfly shortly after the album’s release. Officially, the album is credited not to Iron Butterfly, but to “Iron Butterfly With Pinera & Rhino”, in reference to the two aforementioned guitarists.


The album spawned the single “Easy Rider (Let the Wind Pay the Way),” which reached number 66 on the Billboard chart,[2] making it the band’s biggest hit aside from “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida“. The album is noted for having one of the earliest uses of the Talk box on a rock album.