KOMO4: Distraught Man Shot By Seattle Police
Bruce over at OuthouseRag links to a police video of a man who was tasered by a police officer 5 times resulting in his death two days later. As the man entered the police station he is heard to say "Don't kill me, don't kill me" but within 60 seconds he is unconscious after receiving the five stuns.
I've got nothing against the use of tasers provided that they are used in the appropriate situation. This was not an appropriate situation. Yes the man was out of control but he was inside a room with 11 police officers! Surely 11 police officers can bring a man under control (although that's not always the case - I've tried hunting down a video of a trying, almost unsuccessfully to bring a PCP user under control). Couldn't they have just locked him in the room until he calmed down?
So did the police officers act unlawfully? According to a grand jury, no. I would have to agree with them but questions must be asked on how police officers should act in these situations.
So are tasers safe? I think the views on this are mixed. A recent article in the Capital Times says that tasers are safe although the article does say that within recent years 80 people have died within 30 minutes of receiving a stun. It doesn't say where the deaths took place or the amount of stuns administered. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer has a breakdown of the US & Canadian deaths since tasers were introduced in 2000.
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May 1st Reboot is an intiative to try and get many different international web sites to relaunce their sites with a new design simultaneously on May 1st. Unfortunately, if like me this is the first you have heard of the May 1st Reboot, there's not much time to knock up a new design.
Those that thought that the picture I posted of an island airstrip was a fake should take a look at this site, this site and this site. Thanks to Nicholas Roussos for emailing me to let me know that the island is called Tern Island, which is part of the French Frigate Shoals, and can be found to the west of Hawaii.
Like a scene out of a Hollywood movie, this 80 mile wide sand storm approaches the Iraqi town of Al Asad. The 5,000ft high dust cloud was probably caused by heavy lorries breaking up the surface of the desert. [via]
Prepare yourself for two new singles based on the extremely annoying Crazy Frog ringtone (If you don't know what the Crazy Frog ringtone is, save your sanity and stop reading now). The one single is based on the Beverly Hills Cop theme tune (Axel F) and the other is based on nothing and wouldn't look out of place on Eurotrash.
The Sun has the videos for the two tracks so you can see for yourself just how crap they are. After torturing myself by watching the both of them, I actually thought, "the Axel F was much better than the second one". Aaarrghh! It's got me! Save yourself and avoid that Crazy Frog!!!
A question to the bloggers who read my site? On average, how long do you devote to blogging each day? That includes finding/thinking of material to blog about and actually composing posts.
I spend far too much time blogging - probably around 3 hours plus a day - and it starts to become difficult when you have programming assignments to do and lectures to attend (who knows what things will be like when I start working again). I'm always looking for ways to streamline things but I guess it just takes a long time to read a load of different blogs/sites.
What's your routine? At the moment I wake up at 7 and the very first thing I do (it's sad I know) is log on and see what's new. I'll spend about an hour or more composing a few posts. Then I'll head into uni where I will occasionally blog throughout the day. When I get back from uni I will spend a good couple of hours checking out blogs and posting. Whilst it spend a few hours in the evening I won't be purely blogging, I will also be doing other things.
Maintaining this routine is really hard on occasions and you may notice that on some days I post less than usual. This is usually because I am either at the pub or just feel like a breather. Other days you'll see tons of posts. This is because I have plenty of time on my hands to blog. Anyone have any tips for more efficient blogging?
eWeek: Beware How You Google
The article goes into more details on what is downloaded and the applications that it affects. A quick look at the site revealed that CoolWebSearch is involved which is always a bad sign. [via]