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Re: ...this is America.

Postby Lordo » Sun Oct 13, 2019 10:51 pm

i came accross this today and did not believe it, i had to check it out.

Residents of Pagedale, Missouri fined for growing their hedges too high and holding barbecues
Small municipality accused of treating locals as a cash cow after levying penalties for trivial offences including having mismatched curtains

you cannot make it up. but then you dig a little deeper and it begins to understand why.

<<Not surprisingly feelings are running high in Pagedale, a largely African- American town>>

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/12064791/Residents-of-Pagedale-Missouri-fined-for-growing-their-hedges-too-high-and-holding-barbecues.html
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Re: ...this is America.

Postby Lordo » Thu Oct 31, 2019 3:01 pm

Afghan strike forces backed by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) have committed abuses "amounting to war crimes", according to a new report.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) alleges the troops "committed summary executions and other grave abuses without accountability".

These include extrajudicial killings, forced disappearances and attacks on healthcare facilities.

surely this could not happen under american support that bastion of freedom and democracy. like hell no.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-50236357
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Re: ...this is America.

Postby repulsewarrior » Thu Nov 21, 2019 3:35 am

...he agrees to testify despite so many others from the State Dept., who refused, and without the materials and records, that would make his statement more credible as well. Indeed, all of them: the President's Office, the State Dept., the National Security Council, were always kept informed of all his actions.

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/9ke4 ... stigations

...despite "Americans", America is much more than that.

...great article, and the actual testimony itself.
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Re: ...this is America.

Postby Paphitis » Fri Nov 22, 2019 9:01 am

Lordo wrote:Afghan strike forces backed by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) have committed abuses "amounting to war crimes", according to a new report.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) alleges the troops "committed summary executions and other grave abuses without accountability".

These include extrajudicial killings, forced disappearances and attacks on healthcare facilities.

surely this could not happen under american support that bastion of freedom and democracy. like hell no.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-50236357


It's OK! Coalition will still help the Afghan Government find its feet.

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Re: ...this is America.

Postby Lordo » Fri Nov 22, 2019 1:49 pm

now this is good.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-50513706

A woman in a domestic violence situation managed to call 911 without the perpetrator realising, by pretending to order a pizza.

Officers in Oregon city, Ohio, praised the caller's quick thinking, which led to the alleged abuser being arrested.

The unnamed woman told local media her mum was being attacked at the time.

This tactic for subtly calling the emergency services has been internet lore for years, but this is a rare confirmed case of it being effective.

But officials have previously warned that the strategy is not guaranteed to work, as dispatchers are not trained to recognise a pizza order as a genuine call for help.

The dispatcher who answered the call, Tim Teneyck, told local news station 13 ABC he initially thought the woman had dialled an incorrect number.

When she insisted she was through to the right person, he realised what was happening - partly because he had seen similar scenarios being shared on social media.

"You see it on Facebook, but it's not something that anybody has ever been trained for," Mr Teneyck said. "Other dispatchers that I've talked to would not have picked up on this. They've told me they wouldn't have picked up on this."
What did the caller say?

Here's a transcript of the conversation.

Mr Teneyck: Oregon 911

Caller: I would like to order a pizza at [address redacted].

Mr Teneyck: You called 911 to order a pizza?

Caller: Uh, yeah. Apartment [redacted].

Mr Teneyck: This is the wrong number to call for a pizza...

Caller: No, no, no. You're not understanding.

Mr Teneyck: I'm getting you now.

Later in the call, the woman found creative ways to answer Mr Teneyck's yes or no questions about how much danger she and her mother were in, and what services they needed.

Mr Teneyck: Is the other guy still there?

Caller: Yep, I need a large pizza.

Mr Teneyck: Alright. How about medical, do you need medical?

Caller: No. With pepperoni.
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