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Kurt Eichenwald has another cover story for Newsweek on Donald Trump's dirty dealings, this time on how his company violated the US embargo against Cuba. I'm not even going to excerpt it; just go read the whole thing.

I continue to marvel at how literally every single thing unearthed about Trump would be disqualifying for any other candidate, and yet somehow a million of them cumulatively haven't disqualified him.

The enormity of the pass he's been given is unfathomable.
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[Content Note: Police brutality; racism; death. Video may autoplay at link.]

In El Cajon, near San Diego, a Black man, whose name has not been releasedwho has been identified as Alfred Olango, released, was fatally shot by officers who were called to the scene after reports there was a man behaving erratically. This is the police version of events:
The man, 30, who has not been identified, was first reported to be walking in and out of traffic in the middle of the street and "not acting like himself," when a woman police believe may be the man's sister called officers for help just after 1 p.m. Tuesday.

El Cajon Police Chief Jeff Davis said that when officers arrived on scene and located the man he "refused multiple instructions by the first officer on the scene," and put his hands in his pants pocket.

He allegedly pulled an object and held it out "like he would be firing a gun," Davis said during a press conference on Tuesday night.

"At one point the male rapidly drew an object from his front pants pocket, placed both hands together on it, and extended it rapidly toward the officer taking what appeared to be a shooting stance putting the object in the officer's face," Davis said.

...Shortly after the shooting, a witness came forward and told officers she had video footage of the incident, Davis said. The witness "voluntarily provided" the cell phone video to the department and gave written consent for officers to use it.
And how have they used it? To release a single still image that seems to confirm their story that the man was pointing something at him. We of course have no idea whether that screenshot has been taken out of context, e.g. in the middle of a continuous action of moving his arms, because the police won't release the entire video "as it is part of an ongoing investigation."

That is some bullshit, right there. They won't release the whole video, but have already released a single still image from it that, at a casual glance, seems to confirm their version of events.

And maybe the whole video would confirm their version of events! But we don't know, because they won't release the whole video.

In a familiar turn of events, witness accounts differ from the police account:
Meantime, other videos quickly surfaced showing the aftermath, according to the AP. In one posted to Facebook, an unidentified woman is heard telling police at the scene that the man was ordered to take his hand out of his pocket.

"I said: 'Take your hand out your pocket, baby, or they're going to shoot you.' He said 'no, no, no,'" the woman said. "When he lifted his hand out ... he did have something in his hand but it wasn't no gun, and that's when they shot him."
My condolences to the man's family, friends, and community. My solidarity with them as they try to get answers. Goddammit.
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skittone
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And white mass murderers get captured alive. This man just needed help.
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Olympus Says Earth’s Rotation Limits Image Stabilization to 6.5 Stops Max

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It turns out the only thing standing between Olympus and even better image stabilization than the E-M1 Mark II‘s already insane 6.5 stops… is the rotation of the Earth.

This fascinating bit of trivia came out during an interview Amateur Photographer did with Olympus Deputy Division Manager Setsuya Kataoka. When they asked about the incredible Olympus Sync IS—a system that combines in-lens and in-body image stabilization to achieve a reported 6.5 stops of shake reduction—Setsuya had this to say (emphasis added):

The in-body stabilization itself gives 5.5 stops, and the Sync IS gives 6.5 stops with OIS lenses. 6.5 stops is actually a theoretical limitation at the moment due to rotation of the earth interfering with gyro sensors.

So… until gyroscope sensors can begin to compensate for the rotation of the Earth, it seems you won’t be able to do any better, when it comes to optical stabilization, than Olympus’ upcoming OM-D E-M1 Mark II. Crazy.

(via 43 Rumors)

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JayM
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Easy. Stop the earth. Man, why don't they hire me... I have all the easy solutions to these kinds of problems.
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Palantir Sued By Department of Labor For Race Discrimination

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Palantir Sued By Department of Labor For Race Discrimination

Palantir Technologies, the secretive CIA-funded startup founded by Peter Thiel, is being sued by the United States Department of Labor for discriminating against Asian applicants.

According to a press release sent out by the Department of Labor, Palantir used a “hiring process and selection procedures that discriminated against Asian applicants for software engineering positions on the basis of their race.”

From the complaint:

For the QA Engineer Intern position, from a pool of more than 130 qualified applicants—approximately 73% of whom were Asian—Palantir hired 17 non-Asian applicants and only four Asian applicants. The adverse impact calculated by OFCCP exceeds six standard deviations. The likelihood that this result occurred according to chance is approximately one in a billion.

[Office of Federal Compliance Programs] further found as a result of its compliance review from that at least January 1, 2010 and going forward to the present, Palantir utilized a four-phase hiring process in which Asian applicants were routinely eliminated during the resume screen and telephone interview phases despite being as qualified as white applicants with respect to the QA Engineer, Software Engineer, and QA Engineer Intern positions. In addition, the majority of Palantir’s hires into these positions came from an employee referral system that disproportionately excluded Asians. The overwhelming prefrence for referrals, combined with Palantir’s failure to ensure equal employemtn opportunity for all applicants without regard to race, resulted in a discriminatory hiring process against Asian applicants.

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satadru
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Shocked that Peter Thiel's company is a bad actor...
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Trump campaign says media should not be ‘fact-checkers’

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On the eve of the first presidential debate, a Trump spokesperson says Trump should not be challenged by the media or moderators.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures to the crowd during a rally in Roanoke, Va. on Saturday.. Trump faces Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton in the first of three debates Monday. CREDIT: AP PHOTO/STEVE HELBER

Hours after the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times published separate stories outlining the lies Donald Trump has told during his presidential campaign, Trump’s campaign spokesperson told ABC’s “This Week” that it isn’t the media’s job to factcheck the presidential debate.

“I really don’t appreciate the campaigns thinking it is the job of the media to go and be these virtual fact-checkers,” Kellyanne Conway said, in an apparent attempted jab at the Clinton campaign. She also opposed debate moderators questioning the candidates’ truthfulness in any way.

Conway went on to praise Matt Lauer’s performance during a candidate forum earlier this month, during which he pressed Clinton on several issues, but accepted Trump’s (false) claim that he opposed the war in Iraq from the beginning.

“We thought he did a great job,” Conway said.

Matt Lauer Ignores Trump’s Lies

The traditional role of the media in a free society is to inform the public. Generally, this is thought to include making the public aware of what is true and what is a lie. The Trump campaign appears to feel differently.

And they have at least some members of the media on their side. One presidential debate moderator, Fox News’ Chris Wallace, has already said that he will not factcheck the candidates during the third and final debate on Oct. 19.

Fox News’ Presidential Debate Moderator Says He’ll Let Candidates Lie

“That’s not my job,” Wallace said. “It’s not my job to be a truth squad.”

The head of the Commission on Presidential Debates agreed Sunday. Speaking on CNN’s Reliable Sources, Janet Brown said that it’s not the moderator’s job to factcheck. “What is a big fact, what is a little fact?” she said. “I don’t think it’s a good idea to get the moderator into essentially serving as the Encyclopedia Britannica.”

But the Clinton campaign says its not her job to play “traffic cop” to Trump’s lies while also trying to present her ideas to the American public.

“All that we’re asking is that if Donald Trump lies, that it’s pointed out,” spokesperson Robby Mook said Sunday, also speaking on “This Week.”

Whoever is left to factcheck Trump will have a big job ahead of them. It is widely anticipated that Trump will repeat some of the lies he makes on the campaign trail during Monday’s debate. The Los Angeles Times wrote Sunday that the “scope of Trump’s falsehoods [are] unprecedented for a modern presidential candidate.”

Indeed, covering Trump’s lies has become a beat of its own during this campaign. News channels have taken to factchecking the candidate in real time, overlaying his speeches with labels like “falsely,” or parentheticals with the accurate version of his statements. It is widely anticipated that Trump will repeat some of the lies he has made on the campaign trail during Monday’s debate.

Can MSNBC And CNN Fact-Check Trump In Real Time? (Apparently!)

UPDATE: This post has been updated to include comments from Janet Brown.


Trump campaign says media should not be ‘fact-checkers’ was originally published in ThinkProgress on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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skittone
3 days ago
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Uhhhh...that's the whole point of the media.
JayM
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?!??
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wreichard
3 days ago
The truth is a PITA.
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