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Time:09:47 pm
Anyone been following the story of Cornealious Anderson, Missouri man who robbed a Burger King back in 1999, was sentenced to 13 years and then simply forgotten about until 2013? Usually, we hear about the reverse i.e. innocent men being let out of jail after 25-30 years. In this case, a clerical error meant he never got the summons to go to jail. So, naturally, not knowing where to go, he didn't go. Why would he? Would you?

Anyway, this guy went ahead and became a master carpenter, started a family, at least two businesses and in every way became a model citizen. He paid taxes, had a drivers license with his own name and address on it. Hell, he had parking tickets which he paid. No one ever raised any questions.

Fast-forward to July 2013. He's serving his daughter breakfast and a frickin SWAT team breaks down his door and grabs him. He has now been in jail for ... let's see, carry the three ... nine months. Why? Because, according to the Missouri Department of Corrections, he has to serve his time no matter what. Let's ignore the fact that it was their mistake that kept him out of jail for the past 13 years. Let's ignore the fact that he is infinitely more rehabilitated than any 13-year convict could ever be. Let's ignore the fact that the so-called armed robbery was with a BB gun and no one was killed, injured or even shot at. The victim, the Burger King assistant manager they actually took the money from when he went to deposit the day's earnings at the bank, has come out and explicitly said "... the law dropped the ball. The law ought to drop it completely. They need to leave the man alone.."

None of this made any difference to the powers that be in the Missouri Corrections System.

Cornealious Anderson is of course black.

Why am I posting this? Because I get bullshit chain letters about Jesus all the time and I figured this was a topic of actual importance, about a man who really shouldn't be in jail (at least, not while Ethan "Affluenza" Couch, Robert "I-fingered-my-3-year-old-daughter-while-jerking-off-but-I'm-rich-so-I-got-let-off-anyway" H. Richards IV and Stacey "raped-a-14-year-old-Girl-who-committed-Suicide-and-only-got-a-30-day-sentence" Rambold are freely walking the unsalted earth.)

Please give this some thought and share it if you are moved (be it on LJ, Instagram, MySpace, Facebook, SnapChat, in-person, whatever.) Take a moment to sign the CHANGE.ORG petition his lawyer put up. Don't let this happen.

http://www.change.org/petitions/attorney-general-chris-koster-release-cornealious-michael-anderson-iii-from-prison
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Subject:Somebodya culpa, somebodya maxima culpa
Time:02:04 pm
So hey, it turns out I do in fact have a yearlust for 2014 and it is the music of one Dan Bull, Esquire. This young British gentleman produces some of the finest hip-hop about video games that you will ever find on YouTube, especially when the games themselves are crap. Check his Euro Truck Simulator track for a particularly nifty example (bonus points for doing it in an apparently authentic Birmingham trucker accent.)
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Subject:My Favorite Year.
Time:11:42 pm
Current Mood:optimisticoptimistic
2014 is actually shaping up to not suck. While I have woefully and seemingly permanently fallen off the writing wagon, other good things have at least happened in this meandering existence I call a life. All I need is focus. And Kill. Thus spaketh Tom Cruise!

Speaking of years, 2014 is the first year in the last 12 in which I have not had a yearlust. For the absolutely fucking nobody reading this, a yearlust is a deep and abiding obsession, often fictional, always pop-cultural, that seizes me and abandons me over the course of a single year. Click the tag below if you care, otherwise fuck off then. Or don't. Whatever.

That said, I couldn't help but notice the glaring absence of 2008's. After spending a few perfunctory moments perusing my output in that lovely year, it became transparently clear that my yearlust at the time was fiction of the hypernow i.e. an exaggerated version of the 'present-day' the kind of thing William Gibson has been doing since Pattern Recognition in 2003.


PS
Have I mentioned that Lawrence of Arabia was a magnificent movie? Because it is. Despite the (amusingly real-life) Mighty Whitey trope.
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Subject:Keeping Pluto in was a sound choice.
Time:01:38 pm
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These are nifty. Mars is the easy favorite (so warlike OMG) but come on. How can you go with anything other than Jupiter, badass sage-bodhisattva of the Fifth Planetary Dynasty? Earth is ... mostly water with er eyes closed. Neptune and Uranus look like Evangelions. That said, I am curious as to why the artist opted out on giving Saturn a halo.
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Subject:Convergence of notion.
Time:01:05 am
“What you need to remember, with these guys, is that they don’t know they’re con men. They’re wildly overconfident. Omnipotence, omniscience-that’s part of the mythology that surrounds the Special Forces. I had those guys hitting on me every last day in Baghdad.” She held up her fist, showing Milgrim her plain gold wedding band. “Your guy can walk in the door and promise training in something he personally doesn’t know how to do, and not even realize he’s bullshitting about his own capabilities. It’s a special kind of gullibility, a kind of psychic tactical equipment, that he had installed during training. The Army put him through schools that promised to teach him how to do everything, everything that matters. And he believed them. - Zero History by William Gibson


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"Quite frankly, I didn’t even want to use you guys, with your dip and velcro and all your gear bullshit. I wanted to drop a bomb." - Zero Dark Thirty


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Subject:"Close to gods, and on the far side."
Time:05:27 pm
Iain (M.) Banks has Sublimed. One of the smaller regrets of my life is that I never met this man. You should look up his final interview with BBC. Such grace in the face of the imminent end; I can only hope to die twice as late and half as well. He leaves behind a solid legacy of books that have and will influence readers and writers alike for decades to come.

See you in Infinite Fun Space, Sol-Earther Iain El-Bonko Banks of North Queensferry.
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Subject:All Red Weddings All The Time.
Time:12:00 pm
Incidentally, the title doesn't refer to Game of Thrones but to Worm because ... yeah. Bad shit happens. All the time.

Even more incidentally, 2013's yearlust is Worm. Read it. You will (not) be sorry.
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Subject:Resolutions? Who, me?
Time:06:35 pm
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Man, what happened? I used to have so much to say. Now I just read and read and read but I don't write. This sucks.

In the spirit of not giving up, one of the quality bits of reading I recently discovered was Worm, a long-form web serial taking place in a peri-apocalyptic superhero setting. It stars Skitter, a bullied and tormented teenage girl who drops out of high school to use her insect-control powers for good. It ... doesn't work out quite as well as she hoped. It does work out really really well for the reader.

Worm is dark and intelligent, occasionally powerful and often moving with a vividly drawn and varied cast of heroes, villains and those who stand between.

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Lest I forget, 2012's yearlust was Naruto of all the fucking things. Very few settings simultaneously intrigue and infuriate me the way it does.
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Subject:"They always get away."
Time:12:08 am
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As you may already know, on February 26 2012, a 17-year-old boy named Trayvon Martin was shot to death by a 28-year-old male named George Zimmerman. This happened in Florida. Given the established facts of the case, the races of assailant and victim are completely irrelevant except to the people who choose to make them so. The facts have been hashed out endlessly all over the internet, tv, radio and print.

The most relevant as far as I can tell are:
- Zimmerman was armed, Martin was not.
- during the 911 call Zimmerman made, he specifically said "they always get away."
- Zimmerman was advised by the 911 operator not to pursue. He insisted on doing so anyway.
- a separate 911 call made by a neighbour has a male voice screaming "Help! Help" in the background.
- When police arrived, Trayvon Martin was dead by reason of gunshot wound. Zimmerman claimed self-defense.
- Florida has a self-defense clause called "Stand Your Ground" which protects you under the law if you fight back against a threat instead of fleeing.

Those are the facts of the events of that night on Feb 26. Now, what do we know about Zimmerman?

- in 2003, he helped stop a store robbery. A television, I think it was.
- he tried and failed to join the police at some point in the past.
- he subsequently joined the neighborhood watch.
- Over the past three months, he made numerous (as in, more than 40) 911 calls, some(?) of which referred to black males.

Therefore, with no speculation and no addition to the facts, we can say with a reasonable degree of certainty that Zimmerman followed a stranger (who turned out to be an unarmed minor), approached him and shot Martin dead. He then claimed self-defense.

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To the best of my knowledge, when you shoot someone with a gun and they die, that's called murder. Or negligent homicide. Or manslaughter. One of those.

Any arguments about race or motivation or reason or whatever can be tabled for the moment. I could make a lot of noise about those but that would only attract noise in return, ultimately clouding the issue. Zimmerman shot Martin and the boy died. Indisputable fact.

Speculation time: Was it self-defense? I'm no lawyer and certainly no cop but, when you are the one to aggressively approach someone while carrying a gun in your pocket, it seems like you've lost your future judicial high ground if violence ensues thereafter. Most of the evidence suggests that Zimmerman was the one that started things. His own words (and, of course, the boy's corpse) confirm that he finished them too.

Zimmerman was a wannabe-cop. He tried to get into the police and did not succeed. Do we know why he was rejected? I don't. Maybe that will come out in the near future. I could speculate on that but it would cloud the issue too.

That said, in my humble opinion, if someone fails to get into the police force, gets a gun and then joins the neighbourhood watch, that person is a recipe for disaster. Such a person wants to be in a position of armed authority and, having failed to gain such status by one route, seeks it by another. From what I see, Zimmerman is just such a person. There is speculation that his neighbourhood didn't have an official watch program. If true, that would make him a self-appointed sheriff.

His 911 call has him saying "they always get away." Who's "they?" The people who want to make this about race would say "they" are young black male criminals. I disagree. I think Zimmerman, as a wannabe cop, is interested in criminals, period. Perhaps he saw a lot of news stories of criminals getting off lightly or getting away scott-free. Perhaps he saw himself as a protector of the community and someone who could redress that balance. If so, he was mistaken. He did not have the training and thus the discipline that is drilled into police and military so they can judge situations and give a tiered response precisely so that shit like this does not happen!

So he's not a racist. So he's not 100% Caucasian. Those are irrelevant. So "Stand Your Ground" was in place. That's fine. I have nothing against self-defense laws. I would argue however that it doesn't apply here. The evidence points toward him having provoked a violent situation by going armed into a situation that a 911 dispatcher specifically told him to stay out of. That is not self-defense, that is being the aggressor. Zimmerman should be tried in a court of law. Bring out the evidence for and against. Try him. Leave out the race stuff and stick to the evidence. Come up with a verdict that emerges from the evidence. Sentence or set free accordingly. As things stand, he seems to be protected by the "Stand Your Ground" clause. This should not be so.

tl;dr: the evidence doesn't support self-defense on Zimmerman's part. Ergo, he shot a kid for no goddamn reason. That's manslaughter at the very least.
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Subject:Google Goggles, other stories and no links whatsoever.
Time:10:55 pm
Google develops augmented reality goggles. No fucks are given.

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Is it just me or does Marie Colvin look like a somewhat older Elle Driver?

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So.

Commercials. Specifically, commercials that don't feature men being complete fucking idiots who are carried by their long-suffering oh-so-very-close-to-earth wives. Been seeing a growing trend of this. Mordin approves.
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