MOAS has cut ties with the company, horrified that it was faked. They won an award, and the event runners have said once its all over they might review if giving the award was stupid. The talking head for the office of Grey responsible for this clusterfuck decided it was best to attack Tay, and ignore that lots of experts shredded the idea as faked and impossible.
So why try so hard to get an award? Because thats how you get more business. If you win an award, you are a super star. If your market says lie, cheat, steal to get an award so you can be famous and the industry supports it... you should be in Congress instead.
Waiting for someone to write an ad-blocker than pays extra attention to this companies offerings, maybe press a button and inform the client the shady work of the ad agency means their brand is much less trustworthy.
The FBI has reported that the man who came forward and said he had hooked up with the shooter for 2 months, the people who encountered him on various hookup apps, and saw him in person were all mistaken. O_O He was married twice and had kids so it couldn't be.... cause there aren't hundreds of married men who sneak off to have sex with male partners. There aren't married men who after the kids are grown leave the wife because they can't live the lie anymore.
Something interesting that came out of the interview with the alleged 2 month hook up guy was that the shooter had hooked up with someone, had unprotected sex, and then was informed his partner was HIV+.
One does wonder if in the rush to make it terrorism they skipped over some other possibilities. One would be curious if they did an HIV test on the shooter. Imagine someone torn between the ideals of his father & his feelings who suffered the ultimate betrayal from the community where he wanted to belong. His father finding out he was HIV+ would not go over very well, and the extremist view of if you do it during the holy month you get absolved of everything would end any discussions about him.
But lots of eye witnesses and an alleged lover, are all wrong the the FBI pushing a terrorism narrative motivates people more.
We are a nation who has accepted secret courts & secret laws, why should we blink about secret scores? It'll NEVER happen to you or anyone who love because you are "Good People"(tm) and bad people deserve it.
While not directly related there was a report by someone looking into one of the hot spot scoring things cops were using and while he wasn't a risk there was some history at the location where he lived, so that raised his risk assessment even though it happened long before he resided there.
Our Magic Tiger Repelling Rock really works, but we can't explain it... even if allowing its use undermines the basics tenants of justice.
"Like the no-fly list itself: has there been much public outcry against its introduction? Nope. Push-back against arbitrary and overreaching searches at TSA checkpoints? Nope."
Because it relies on the it didn't happen to me, so its not that bad. It makes me "Safer"(tm), because they told me it would. TSA said no one was stealing from luggage, so it wasn't happening despite them busting multiple theft rings.
Everything is magically somehow abstract until it touches them or someone they know. We care more about some chick famous for making a sex tape than about how some CBP lied & had her sexually assaulted by a doctor. People worry Kims ass might get less jiggly, and just assume the system will deal with the 1 bad CBP agent correctly.... surprise it won't because no one makes them.
While I doubt I have that many fans on either side of the aisle, I make one small proposal.
No matter how you feel about guns, abortion, teh gays, and the other 10 thousand things we disagree about can we agree on one simple thing? We need to wipe congress clean.
They haven't actually served our interests in a very long time, yet we keep voting for them because the blather to hit the right buttons to keep themselves in power.
You might worry the person we elect instead might be worse, very little can be worse than what we have now. Seeing sweeping swaths of political dynasties broomed out might put the fear of the people back in their blackened hearts.
We aren't going to agree on these hot button topics as long as we allow ourselves to be played by those in power to keep their power. They shut down the government to get their way, they are offering up due process as something we should give up to be safe... None of them are fit to represent us any longer.
We will never be a Red Country or a Blue Country, but for fucks sake allowing this bullshit to continue while they line their pockets at out expense is unacceptable.
The nation shouldn't be run as a zero sum game, because the only ones that lose are us. Imagine if we actually looked to find where we can agree rather than demanding our side be the 100% victor who crushed the other guy. Stop answering the call of the hot button dog whistle, and consider that one could find middle ground where no one "wins" but we are all happy.
And yet every single time someone with brown skin does something wrong the first words are terrorism. Terrorism is used all the time because they assume all brown people are Muslims, and all follow the small sects who espouse violence.
While there are non-Christians who oppose abortion, the only ones bombing clinics & murdering Doctors seem to be Christian. But the word terrorist isn't used because somehow causing fear in people, murdering them over your ideology doesn't apply if you worship the 'right' god.
There was a Christian Terrorist who was responsible for deaths & bombings... and the good Christian people of his community helped him hide from law enforcement. They decided their faith required them to assist in the murder of people who didn't hold their beliefs. I guess the big difference was they weren't brown.
While the question is loaded, and I am not trying to justify the actions. I'm trying to understand the mindset.
If you have someone committed to inflicting harm, there is very little that can be done by society to stop them. But if he was really gay and torn by his emotions & the pressure from his family I think we all could agree that there isn't much help out there for people. Mental health issues have a huge stigma, his desire to be a cop means that seeking assistance could harm his career.
The violent fundamentalists say all sorts of good things will happen to their followers, but they aren't so good that the leaders pursue doing them. They are preying on people, which is a common tactic used in all sorts of things (you don't have to be a violent fundie for it to work).
I have doubts that he was a committed terrorist out to destroy America because he was radicalized, I think he boxed himself into a corner of pressures and did something stupid to escape having to deal with them. He murdered people and we would all be better served by demanding people stop trying to make terrorism the magical catch all and consider that as a society we are failing to provide help to people before something tragic happens.
"was relied on entirely in spite of testimonial evidence to the contrary..."
I await perjury charges.
Also one wonders if they have farmed out the review of punishments, via contracts, to some outside arbitrator who will magically decide the video & truthful officer were the liars and these upstanding cops should be back on the job with back pay.
Far to often the testimony of officers is accepted as the gospel truth, this case might suggest that they are just mortals who will do what it takes to protect themselves at the expense of someone who doesn't really matter.
It takes advantage of the mindset of the moment...
Feel good while not having to put down your smart phone. Fix the world. Collect kudos for having done "something". Press a button, donate, consider it fixed.
Seriously, asking for passport numbers and no one said wait WTF until Tay did?
We should pillory the media in this. The race to report first and verify only when a popular enough outsider calls you out keep happening. While they keep paying those on top the big bucks, those bucks seem to have been cut out of research & ethics departments.
I saw a talking head on TV who was an expert after the attack, and while I thought his assessment that the wife was totally involved deeply (something being questioned now as it has come out that she has mental issues limiting her understanding) he made a very interesting point that I'm hoping one of our Muslim readers might be able to shed light onto.
The claim was made that someone who martyrs himself during Ramadan is forgiven for everything. Given the emerging fact pattern of behavior and his fathers "dislike" of homosexuals, could it be that he pushed himself to be a mans man to hide the fact he liked men? This would explain pursuing being a police officer, the security guard (positions of authority that are often unchallenged and shielded from actions) to remove questions people might have had. It has become clear from other interviews that he 'creeped out' people he was interested in because he was socially awkward.
It could be that he was deeply conflicted, and finally felt pushed far enough and then decided that he could find forgiveness in committing a horrific act that he thought would secure him forgiveness?
They saw a movie where facial recognition worked in milliseconds and always found the bad guy, so they decided it could be built. I mean technology in movies is totally based on reality.
This isn't the first time we've seen this sort of magical thinking burn us. Billions of dollars wasted on programs that just don't work in reality, as those championing them are sure if they did it in the movies we can do it IRL.
Where is the push back for these failed bad movie plot elements? Why do they keep spending money on magical things that those selling can't actually deliver what they promised. Why don't they demand examples run by outside firms rather than computer renderings of how they imagine it could work in 20 years of unlimited spending?