Police Are Telling ShotSpotter to Alter Evidence From Gunshot-Detecting AI

Todd Feathers, writing at Vice:

Motherboard’s review of court documents from the Williams case and other trials in Chicago and New York State, including testimony from ShotSpotter’s favored expert witness, suggests that the company’s analysts frequently modify alerts at the request of police departments—some of which appear to be grasping for evidence that supports their narrative of events.

Then what fucking good is it?

‘I’m sorry, but it’s too late’: Alabama doctor on treating unvaccinated, dying COVID patients

Dennis Pillion at AL.com:

Dr. Brytney Cobia said Monday that all but one of her COVID patients in Alabama did not receive the vaccine. The vaccinated patient, she said, just needed a little oxygen and is expected to fully recover. Some of the others are dying.

“I’m admitting young healthy people to the hospital with very serious COVID infections,” wrote Cobia, a hospitalist at Grandview Medical Center in Birmingham, in an emotional Facebook post Sunday. “One of the last things they do before they’re intubated is beg me for the vaccine. I hold their hand and tell them that I’m sorry, but it’s too late.”

I’m sorry, but it’s too late. How’d you like to hear that? Or have your kids hear that?

People, stop listening to the misinformation machines: unless your personal physician has told you to not get the vaccine due to your preexisting conditions1, you should get the fucking vaccine. Don’t just assume that you’re not in good enough health to get it — ask your doctor!

And if you don’t understand the science behind the vaccine, just take a few minutes to research it yourself. It’s not that complicated, and very easy to understand. You just have to be curious.

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1 A very dear family friend has not one but two autoimmune diseases, and — understandably — has been told by their physician to not get the vaccine.

Another of our dear family friends has stage 4 cancer and was advised by their physician to get the vaccine, so they’ve already gotten the first dose…

Unvaccinated health workers are “unethical and appalling”

Beth Mole at ARS Technica:

On Tuesday, seven health organizations—including the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, the Association for Professionals in Epidemiology and Infection, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society—published a consensus statement, saying that “COVID-19 vaccination should be a condition of employment for all healthcare personnel.”


It Might Not Be Just Such a Simple…

Instead of, uh, you know, running around, uh, uh, blaming me, you know, given the nature of all this new shit, you know, I-I-I-I… this could be a-a-a-a lot more, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, complex, I mean, it’s not just, it might not be just such a simple… uh, you know?

— Jeff Bridges as The Dude, The Big Lebowski (1998)

Maybe You Should Just Stay Home

Betsy Phillips writing at The Nashville Scene:

If you need to be warned before you use a public restroom that some people are different than you, maybe you should just stay home

No shit!

Just like Richie Rich and Donald Trump – they’re just TV characters

Earl: The Beverly Hillbillies?

Randy: They’re super rich.

Earl: They’re pretend Randy! Just like Richie Rich and Donald Trump — they’re just TV characters.

— My Name is Earl, S2E2 “Jump for Joy” (2006).

Spot on. They are all just TV characters…

7-11 is opening 500 EV charging ports by the end of 2022

The convenience store chain announced Tuesday that it will be placing 500 EV charger ports at 250 stores in the US and Canada by the end of 2022.

The more the merrier.


Nothing He Loved More

“Nothing he loved more than jazz music and women’s titties.”
— Zach Galifianakis as Ethan Tremblay, “Due Date” (2010).

A Certain Italian-American Subculture

“I’ve been accused of being part of a certain Italian-American subculture.”
— Vincent Curatola as Johnny ‘Sack’ Sacramoni, The Sopranos S6E14, “Stage 5” (2007).