Gratitude is a daily exercise

As I sit here drinking my coffee and reading the news, I am humbled and grateful for the opportunity to work from home doing what I love. There is no longer a rush to be anywhere first thing in the morning, and it makes waking up each day that much easier. I find myself rising without an alarm clock, feeling unstressed, and loving this new life I am crafting for myself.

May I be ever present and ever mindful of the gifts I receive from the universe.

 

Clapper Resigns As Director Of National Intelligence

NPR National Security Editor Philip Ewing says Clapper’s resignation “was expected and does not appear to indicate that Clapper is in any trouble or is being forced out.”

Saying “it felt really good” to step down, U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, 75, tells a House panel that he has submitted his letter of resignation.

 

Source: Clapper Resigns As Director Of National Intelligence

Judge orders release of ‘Making Murderer’ subject Brendan Dassey

When I watched “Making a Murderer on Netflix last year, I felt the greatest miscarriage of justice in that documentary happened to Brendan Dassey, the then 17-year-old nephew of Steven Avery who was railroaded into a confession by two overzealous law enforcement officers who wanted a way to pin a murder on Avery and used his naive and mentally confused nephew to do so.

A federal judge in Wisconsin has ordered the supervised release of Brendan Dassey.

Dassey was convicted of being a party to the first-degree murder, mutilation of a corpse, and second-degree sexual assault of Teresa Halbach. He was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole in 2048.

In August, U.S. Magistrate Judge William E. Duffin of Milwaukee, Wisc., overturned Dassey’s conviction on the grounds that his confession was involuntary and coerced. The federal judge has issued a new ruling that states a U.S. Probation Officer must ensure a smooth release for Dassey, who is now 27 years old.

The conditions of Dassey’s release include a requirement that Dassey obey the law, appear in court, abstain from using a gun or weapon, avoid possessing controlled substances, and not have any contact with Avery or the Halbach family.

Source: Judge orders release of ‘Making Murderer’ subject Brendan Dassey – NY Daily News

Clinton, Obama urge disappointed backers to reconcile themselves to Trump’s win

President Obama and Hillary Clinton have both come out to ask that everyone fall in line, accept President-elect Donald Trump’s victory, and support his transition into power as the White House is set to become Republican for the first time in eight years.

The calls for a national political reconciliation underscored the seismic political realignment now underway in Washington after Clinton’s crushing loss to the New York businessman. Both the president and his former Secretary of State told their supporters not to despair as Republicans rejoiced at the idea that they will control both the legislative and executive branch in two and-a-half months.

I’m not sure how we are all supposed to function in the wake of what is happening in the country right now. Sure, the government won’t officially change hands for another two months, but the writing is already on the wall — we’re doomed.

The Clinton loss exposes the national divide along the lines of race and class, and still she encourages those who supported her to give Trump “a chance to lead.”

She also called on women to pick up where she left off and continue to make the push for the White House, an indication that she will not run again in four years.

“We need you to keep up these fights,” Clinton said in New York, making special mention of the many women who hoped she was on her way to become the first female president.

“I know how disappointed you feel because I feel it, too,” said Clinton, less than 24 hours after calling the president-elect to concede after his history-shaping run that defied pollsters and galvanized legions of aggrieved voters in a loud repudiation of the status quo. “This is painful, and it will be for a long time.”

Indeed it is. Clinton is encouraging her female supporters to continue the push to the White House in a world where a xenophobic misogynist just won the presidency. A man who had no shame in admitting he sexually assaults women and sees nothing wrong with it is the leader of our country, and young women and girls are supposed to believe that they can comfortably ascend to that position.

As if.

President Obama made his remarks at the White House in front of reporters in the Rose Garden.

“Now, everybody is sad when their side loses an election, but the day after we have to remember that we’re actually all on one team. This is an intramural scrimmage,” Obama said, vowing to work to ensure a smooth transition for the president-elect.

“That’s what the country needs — a sense of unity, a sense of inclusion, a respect for our institutions, our way of life, rule of law, and respect for each other.”

It is disingenuous for both Obama and Clinton to encourage us to embrace ideals that are the complete antithesis of what won Trump the election. He campaigned on everything that divides us as a nation, but most especially race and class. To pretend otherwise is to do a disservice to us all, and to expect those of us left in the trenches to do all the work of putting it back together again is akin to telling the abused to go back and make up with their abusers.

That shit just won’t happen anytime soon.

 

 

Source: Clinton, Obama urge disappointed backers to reconcile themselves to Trump’s win – The Washington Post

New DEADLINE Mode and Shotaro Bike – Plus Special Bonuses in GTA Online 

Rockstar has blessed GTA V Online with yet another cool update, and I must say, I’m excited for this.

The Bikers DLC has completely changed the way I play GTA now. All I do are biker club missions, because they make the most money for me, but that’s a separate post.

The point of this post is that the new bikes they have been coming out with are BEAST, and today’s DLC is no exception. I’ve already told OJ that we have to get online tonight and unlock these bikes so I can stunt.

Light up the night with the blazingly fast Nagasaki Shotaro. Packed with enough energy to power the Los Santos grid and sporting the looks of an auto show concept vehicle, the Shotaro delivers a driving experience that is out of this world. Experience the delights of the Shotaro first in the new Deadline Adversary Mode, which will unlock the bike for purchase at Legendary Motorsport, and the Deadline Outfit is also unlocked for purchase at any clothing store. And for a limited time, proud new Shotaro owners will get a free Nagasaki Logo Tee added to their wardrobe.

Source: New DEADLINE Mode and Shotaro Bike – Plus Special Bonuses in GTA Online | Rockstar Games

Campus Cop On Trial For Shooting Death During Routine Traffic Stop : NPR

Ray Tensing’s trial for the murder of Sam Dubose starts today. The family reached a $5 million settlement with the university. Ray Tensing still needs to go to jail. The defense is asking for a change of venue, but that hasn’t happened in Hamilton County since 1899.

University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing’s body camera was on when he pulled over Sam DuBose last year for a missing front license plate. From the footage, it is clear that Tensing is asking DuBose for his driver’s license, and DuBose says he doesn’t have it.

Tensing, who is white, then asks DuBose, who was African-American, to get out of the car. The officer starts to open the car door, but DuBose pulls the door closed and moves his hand toward the car’s ignition. Tensing then reaches inside the car as it starts to move. Seconds later, the officer pulls out his gun with his other hand and shoots DuBose in the head.

Source: Campus Cop On Trial For Shooting Death During Routine Traffic Stop : NPR

New York police sergeant fatally shoots ‘emotionally disturbed’ woman in the Bronx

At what point are we going to acknowledge that police need better training for dealing with mentally or emotionally unstable people in the community? Why is firing a weapon the first option for officers?

A New York police sergeant responding to a call about an “emotionally disturbed person” fatally shot a 66-year-old woman wielding a baseball bat, authorities said.

Police said they were investigating the shooting, including why the officer who responded in the Bronx on Tuesday night fired his gun rather than a Taser.

“The sergeant was armed with a Taser, it was not deployed, and the reason it was not deployed will be part of the investigation and review,” said Assistant Police Chief Larry W. Nikunen.

The woman had a baseball bat. The officer had a Taser and his service firearm which means he had options. The first option should not have been firing a gun at someone who was obviously unstable and possibly unable to even comprehend what they were doing, let alone that the encounter with police could potentially turn deadly.

People who call the police for help with their loved ones are counting on a scary officer with a gun showing up to kill the person they love.

We have got to have better police on the streets.

Source: New York police sergeant fatally shoots ‘emotionally disturbed’ woman in the Bronx – The Washington Post

Trump sexual assault allegations: The floodgates are open.

Donald Trump is a disgusting pig. I have seen people asking why all these allegations are just now coming to light. Please don’t do this. Unless you have been sexually assaulted yourself, then you will never understand the pain, shame, and trauma victims suffer in the aftermath. It is at times paralyzing, and makes it hard to want to come forward. In fact, people questioning sexual assault victims and their motives for telling their stories makes it hard to come forward.

Maybe people like you are the reason they don’t come forward.

A Miss Teen USA 2001 contestant told the Guardian today that Trump “deliberately walked in” on her and another contestant in their dressing rooms “while they were naked and getting dressed for a rehearsal”; this report followed a Buzzfeed story alleging that Trump, during the 1997 pageant, intentionally walked into a communal dressing room being used by girls as young as 15. In yet another report from today, CBS News produced a 1992 video from Entertainment Tonight shot at Trump Tower: “In the clip, Trump asks one of the 10-year-old girls if she’s ‘going up the escalator.’ When the girl replies, ‘yeah,’ Trump turns to the camera and says: ‘I am going to be dating her in 10 years. Can you believe it?’”

Source: Trump sexual assault allegations: The floodgates are open.

Why Google’s Chromebooks make more sense than ever

I love my Chromebook, and I still contend that for the telecommuter on the go, or the student that needs an inexpensive way to do work on campus and off, the Chromebook is the way to go.

Google Drive and its online office suite can now work perfectly happily without a web connection. You can create and edit files, with all the changes getting synced back to the cloud as soon as a connection is restored. That means with Google Docs’ offline support you can use a Chromebook to go and write a novel in a cabin in the woods. You just won’t be able to look up any background facts while you’re there.Unlike Netflix, Google Play Movies does offer downloads for offline viewing, and you do get a few gigabytes of local storage on Chromebooks if it’s media files you’re interested in (there’s always the USB stick or external hard drive option too).

Source: Why Google’s Chromebooks make more sense than ever

Chicago Police Department Proposes New Use of Force Policy

Under the proposed new policy, deadly force could only be used to prevent immediate threat of death or great bodily harm; officers are asked to de-escalate situations and not use force unless “all other reasonable alternatives have been exhausted.”Police would be required to offer medical aid to those injured in use-of-force incidents, and officers would be required to intervene if they see another officer violating department policy.The policy includes the need for independent justification every time a tool such as a stun gun or baton is used in force.

Source: Chicago Police Department Proposes New Use of Force Policy

Atlantic Coast Prepares for Evacuations as Hurricane Matthew Approaches

The National Hurricane Center isn’t saying that Matthew will make landfall in Florida, but the cnter of the storm will get very near the Atlantic Coast. As of Wednesday afternoon, the storm was 70 miles south of the Bahamas, and 400 miles from West Palm Beach, Florida.A hurricane warning was in effect for nearly 260 miles along the Interstate 95 corridor, from the northern edge of Miami-Dade county to the Daytona Beach area.

Source: Atlantic Coast Prepares for Evacuations as Hurricane Matthew Approaches

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Sergeant Shot in Lancaster, Calif

Reports initially said that two sheriff’s deputies had been shot and wounded, but that was later changed to one.The unnamed sheriff’s sergeant was transported Antelope Valley Hospital and listed in grave condition. Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris told the LA Times that the sergeant had been shot in the face. He did not name the officer.Students at Antelope Valley College reported hearing the gunshots, and the college issued a shelter-in-place order. Students were advised to avoid the area and wait for further instructions. Other schools in the area were also locked down.

Source: Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Sergeant Shot in Lancaster, Calif

Flint Residents Hit With Bacterial Illness as Water Crisis Continues

The Genesee County Health Department released a statement(.pdf) noting the increase in shigella, the bacteria that causes the illness, and said that it is spread through a fecal-oral route. This means that the bacteria leaves one person’s body through the stool, and is spread to others through contaminated hands, surfaces, food, or water.Residents of Flint have been relying on bottled water for drinking, but personal hygiene habits have changed in light of the water contamination crisis. Many residents rely on baby wipes, which they are able to get for free at bottled water distribution centers, as a substitute for washing their hands

Source: Flint Residents Hit With Bacterial Illness as Water Crisis Continues

LAPD Releases Video Surveillance Video in Carnell Snell Shooting

The 45-second clip, which LAPD posted to its YouTube channel, shows a suspect reported to be Carnell Snell Jr in a shopping center. The young man paces back and forth in front of shops before crouching down behind an SUV. An object believed to be a handgun is removed from his waistband. The young man hesitates, then puts the item back in his waistband and runs along the walkway in front of the shops in the center before turning down a path out of view of the cameras. A few seconds later, an officer can be seen following him on foot.

Source: LAPD Releases Video Surveillance Video in Carnell Snell Shooting