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    This is some "only in Texas" shit. The three white boys were from a city called... get this...


    "White Settlement, TX".


    Yup... there's actually a city in Texas called "White Settlement". Da fuck is ANY Black person doin' anywhere near some shit called White Settlement???!!! I don't give a fuck if a muhfucka got a $10,000,000 check for me, I ain't goin to White Settlement to collect that shit!

    http://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/fort-worth/article175827486.html

    WHITE SETTLEMENT
    Police arrested three brothers on Wednesday in connection with the slaying of a popular 18-year-old Western High School senior — Xavier Olesko.

    Kyle Garrison 17, Tyee Garrison 18 and Sean Garrison 23, all from White Settlement, are each being held on a $200,000 bond at the White Settlement Police Department jail, a news release from White Settlement police said. All three subjects are awaiting arraignment for the capital murder charge, the release said.

    Detectives were issued arrest warrants for the three men Wednesday and were able to arrest Tyee Garrison near his residence in the 1600 block of South Cherry Lane about 5:45 p.m., according to the release. White Settlement SWAT, patrol and detectives arrested Sean and Kyle Garrison at a residence in the 8000 block of Emerald Crest Drive about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, the release said.

    Witnesses told police that Olesko went around to the front of the residence to meet with someone. Then they heard a gunshot. Olesko’s friends said when they ran to the front of the residence they saw Olesko lying on the ground not moving. One of the witnesses called 911.

    Witnesses also told police they did not see anyone leave the area on foot or in a vehicle.

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    Anthony Levandowski, the multi-millionaire engineer who once led Google’s self-driving car program, has founded a religious organization to “develop and promote the realization of a Godhead based on Artificial Intelligence.”

    Levandowski created The Way of the Future in 2015, but it was unreported until now. He serves as the CEO and President of the group, which seeks to improve society through “understanding and worship of the Godhead,” according to Wired.

    A divine AI may still be far off, but Levandowski has made a start at providing AI with an earthly incarnation… Levandowski has done perhaps more than anyone else to propel transportation toward its own Singularity, a time when automated cars, trucks and aircraft either free us from the danger and drudgery of human operation — or decimate mass transit, encourage urban sprawl, and enable deadly bugs and hacks.

    Levandowski worships the “Godhead” of AI, but there are people who are worried, too.

    Some religious scholars see artificial intelligence as a threat to humanity. Elon Musk has been especially vocal lately, famously comparing work on AI to “summoning the demon,” and warning time and time again that the technology poses an existential risk to humanity. I’m sure a few sermons from Father Anthony from the Way of the Future would set Brother Elon on the right path.

    Musk, the founder of SpaceX and co-founder of Tesla Inc., actually reacted to the new religion yesterday, saying, “Just another day in the office.”

    No one is sure exactly what this group will do, but the Way of the Future is a religion based on artificial intelligence — a belief system that deems self-thinking robots holy — and that’s something we’ve never seen before.

    As a religious studies graduate, I find this particularly interesting. Nearly every single society that has ever existed has had some form of religion, and until now they have all been based on made up myths or natural elements like the rain or sun. It’s something we’ve come to count on when studying religions. This religion worships something real that we created… something that can actually affect things in the real world. It’s really a different beast.

    Whatever happens next with this new religious group, the world is watching. AI has the potential do help society, or do enormous harm to it, so when a religion is created based on its worship, it’s worth paying attention.

    article: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2017/09/29/ex-google-engineer-starts-religion-that-worships-artificial-intelligence/

    another related article: https://www.wired.com/story/god-is-a-bot-and-anthony-levandowski-is-his-messenger/amp

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    If Texas and/or Florida were all black states, the same would be happening to our people. The only reason he sent immediate help was because there are mostly white people living in those states.







    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/lost-weekend-how-trumps-time-at-his-golf-club-hurt-the-response-to-maria/2017/09/29/ce92ed0a-a522-11e7-8c37-e1d99ad6aa22_story.html?utm_term=.ad7c50166b26
    Lost weekend: How Trump’s time at his golf club hurt the response to Maria

    At first, the Trump administration seemed to be doing all the right things to respond to the disaster in Puerto Rico.

    As Hurricane Maria made landfall that Wednesday, there was a frenzy of activity publicly and privately. The next day, President Trump called local officials on the island, issued an emergency declaration and pledged that all federal resources would be directed to help.

    But then for four days after that — as storm-ravaged Puerto Rico struggled for food and water amid the darkness of power outages — Trump and his top aides effectively went dark themselves.

    Trump jetted to New Jersey that Thursday night to spend a long weekend at his private golf club there, save for a quick trip to Alabama for a political rally. Neither Trump nor any of his senior White House aides said a word publicly about the unfolding crisis.

    Trump did hold a meeting at his golf club that Friday with half a dozen Cabinet officials — including Acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke, who oversees disaster response — but the gathering was held to discuss his new refugee travel ban, not the hurricane. Duke and Trump spoke briefly about Puerto Rico, but did not talk again until Tuesday, an administration official said.


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    “The Trump administration was slow off the mark,” said Rep. Darren Soto (D-Fla.), the first lawmaker of Puerto Rican descent elected by the state of Florida to Congress. “. . .We’ve invaded small countries faster than we’ve been helping American citizens in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.”


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    https://www.deathandtaxesmag.com/346780/arpaio-trump-pardon-birth-certificate/

    Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has big plans for his twilight years. After getting pardoned by President Trump for his conviction regarding racial profiling of Latinos, the 85-year-old is making it his mission to revive the unfounded and racist theory that President Obama is not a U.S. citizen. In 2012, Arpaio used tax-payer money to send a deputy to Hawaii on a wild birth certificate hunt.

    “It has to go down as the biggest cover-up in the history of the United States,” Arpaio told Mercury News regarding the proven myth that the country’s first black president was born in Kenya. “Nobody wants to touch it.”


    Get the scoop, Encyclopedia Gray.

    Perhaps the reason no one “wants to touch it” has to do with Obama releasing his long-form birth certificate in 2011, even though he shouldn’t have had to capitulate to the demands that a black man be required to show his papers to a bunch of bigots.

    The president and former reality star parlayed birther hysteria into an actual political career which resulted in him finally admitting in 2016 that Obama was born in Hawaii. Although Arpaio breaks with Trump on this, admittedly reluctant stance, he still has nothing but admiration for the pumpkin-hued fascist.

    “It took me 85 years to finally know in my own heart who my hero is,” Arpaio told Mercury News. “You know who that person is? The president of the United States.”


    God help us all.


    http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/09/27/joe-arpaio-fresno-republican-event/
    In an interview on Tuesday afternoon, Arpaio, who lost re-election in November after 24 years in office, said the Fresno event was an example of his renewed “mission” to fight for conservative ideas around the country. That includes, he said, his continuing (and widely debunked) effort to prove that former President Barack Obama’s birth certificate is fake.
    One thing he appears to disagree with the president about is Obama’s heritage. Arpaio said he plans on continuing a long-running investigation into Obama’s birth certificate, which he sent a deputy to Hawaii to conduct as sheriff. He wants Congress to pass a law requiring background checks for presidential candidates.

    “It has to go down as the biggest cover-up in the history of the United States,” he said of Obama’s birth certificate. “Nobody wants to touch it.”

    Obama released his long-form birth certificate in 2011 showing he was born in Hawaii, and even Trump — who had eagerly embraced the conspiracy theory — acknowledged last year that the former president was born in the U.S. But Arpaio was quick to point out Trump’s brief remarks about the issue in September 2016 never directly addressed the authenticity of the birth certificate itself.

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  • 05/05/15--11:21: The Travel Thread
  • Post any interesting places that you've been, going or have an interest in visiting.

    Ask any travel related question and hopefully someone who has been will answer with useful tips, etc.

    Happy Travels

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    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/wsj-reports-mueller-impanels-grand-jury-russia-probe

    Reports: Mueller Impanels Grand Jury In Federal Russia Probe

    Robert Mueller, the special counsel overseeing the federal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, recently impaneled a grand jury as part of the probe, several news outlets reported on Thursday.

    The Wall Street Journal reported, citing two unnamed sources familiar with the matter, that the Washington, D.C. grand jury “began its work in recent weeks” and is separate from the one assisting with the probe into President Donald Trump’s former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. The impanelment of that jury predated Mueller’s appointment as special counsel.

    Reuters confirmed, citing two unnamed sources familiar with the matter, that Mueller convened a grand jury.

    The empanelment of a new, separate grand jury reflects the scope of Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the election and whether any members of Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia.

    Reuters also reported that grand jury subpoenas were issued in connection with a meeting between Donald Trump Jr., the President’s eldest son, and a Russian lawyer.

    Trump Jr. attended the meeting after he was promised damaging information on Hillary Clinton as part of a Russian government effort to aid his father’s campaign. It was not clear whether those subpoenas were issued by the grand jury Mueller impaneled.

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    Well the last thread was deleted along with the rest of my content but the show must go on.

    I'm proud of what the last thread became and how many posters got involved, you guys helped not only keep me motivated but keep other posters motivated as well so pat yourselves on the back for that.

    Let's keep it up in 2015, what are some of your goals?

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    21in in 24hr. And it's not going to stop anytime soon. Like days possibly..
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    My parking lot is a lake at this point..

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    With the start of a new year, people always try to commit to new habits and are overwhelmed by the time needed to complete their new goal. In this thread you can set any amount of books you want to read for the year, as long as you’re reading. The mind is an amazing tool that needs exercise.

    Support your local book shops, libraries, Amazon, Kindle, Kobo, Play Store and other places where you can buy books. We always carry phones around and are on them daily so a bit of reading here and there is only a positive use of time.

    To fulfil the 52 Books in 52 weeks goal it’s best to aim for one book a week or more to give yourself room for periods where reading isn’t possible.

    I accomplished 90 books last year reading 2-4 books a week. Keeping track I used a spreadsheet, but stopped updating around the 4 month mark. I’ll drop a spreadsheet in the second post along with other pieces of info.

    Each month to keep this thread active I’ll hold a giveaway for a book of one’s choosing in paperback or official Epub formats.

    If you need a starting point, The Old Man And The Sea by Ernest Hemingway is a short and wonderfully crafted book. It contains the message of this thread and goal with grace.

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    http://nypost.com/2017/09/29/pack-of-teens-pummel-family-after-cutting-line-at-six-flags-cops/amp/must/

    The annual “Fright Fest” at Six Flags Great America in Illinois became a real-life nightmare for a family of three who was attacked after a line-cutting dispute with a group of teens, police said.

    The harrowing ordeal unfolded after the rowdy teens cut in front of a 50-year-old woman standing in line with her husband, 51, and their 12-year-old son at the Gurnee amusement park on Saturday, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

    The woman asked the group to stop using foul language before one of them “sucker-punched” her son, Gurnee Deputy Police Chief Brian Smith told the newspaper. The pack of teens then pummeled the family, dropping them on the floor.

    The family had “significant injuries,” Smith said. They were taken to a hospital and have since been released, he said Wednesday.

    Gregory Battle, 18, was arrested and charged with aggravated battery causing great bodily harm, mob action and aggravated battery in a public place. He was released from jail after posting $20,000 bond before his initial court appearance in Lake County on Wednesday. He declined to comment when contacted by the newspaper via social media, the Chicago Tribune reports.

    Battle allegedly took part in the assault, but is not believed to have thrown the first punch, Smith told The Post. One of the juvenile teens is believed to have started the assault, he said.

    Eight other teen suspects — ages 15 to 17 — received juvenile petitions for mob action and were taken to a juvenile complex center in Vernon Hills, according to the Chicago Tribune.

    The annual Halloween-themed event at the park usually attracts an “increased number of knuckleheads who come to stir things up,” Smith said, but Saturday’s incident was outside the norm.

    “This is rare,” Smith told the Sun-Times. “This is on a different spectrum. This family is lucky they got out with just the injuries that they did.”

    A spokeswoman for the park said the incident was “isolated” and that security officials responded accordingly.

    “The safety of our guests and team members is always our highest priority and we have zero tolerance for any unlawful behavior,” park officials said in a statement to The Post. “We continually adjust our security measures to maintain guest safety and well-being. We partner with local police as well as staff our own robust security team and work in unison with other entities to maintain a safe environment.”

    Police, meanwhile, are asking the public for any video of the alleged attack. Footage retrieved from the park was “not very conclusive” since most of the melee was blocked from view, Smith told The Post.

    “We’re looking for as much as we can get in terms of video,” Smith said. “And there were a lot of phones out, according to witnesses.”

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    https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/high-school-football-players-commanded-205709181.html

    Last weekend, the conversation around the NFL centered not on the scores, but the national anthem. While former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started his demonstration against police brutality last August, President Trump's recent condemnation of athletes who follow suit prompted more headlines than ever before.

    "Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a b*tch off the field right now, out, he's fired,'" Trump remarked at an Alabama rally last Friday, before following up on Twitter.


    The statements prompted even more NFL players to demonstrate, with all 14 Sunday games involving some form of protest. The Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans and Pittsburgh Steelers (with the exception of Alejandro Villanueva) all chose to remain in their respective locker rooms for the pregame ceremony.

    While other athletes lock arms or raise fists, Kaepernick and his supporters specifically choose to kneel because "it's a respectful gesture." "I remember thinking our posture was like a flag flown at half-mast to mark a tragedy," 49ers safety Eric Reid wrote in the New York Times.

    Now, the debate's trickled down to high schools across the country as some attempt to halt potential protests altogether.

    Yesterday, a Louisiana principal at Bossier Parish's Parkway High School sent a memo to all student athletes and parents mandating participation. "Parkway High School requires student athletes to stand in a respectful manner throughout the National Anthem," Principal Waylon Bates wrote. "Failure to comply will result in loss of playing time and/or participation as directed by the head coach and principal."

    Bossier Parish's superintendent Scott Smith also confirmed to the Huffington Post that the district is encouraging officials at 34 schools to issue similar statements. He added that their location near Barksdale Air Force Base gave additional reason to "pay homage to the American flag." The move soon attracted attention online, driving the heated social media discussion even further.

    Bossier Parish isn't alone. Three Catholic high schools in Long Island, New York, issued a similar warning yesterday. But if student athletes at public schools choose to protest, legal precedent supports their right.

    Back in 1943, the Supreme Court ruled in West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette that public schools cannot mandate participation in the Pledge of Allegiance and other patriotic ceremonies. "No official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion," the decision states. "If there are any circumstances which permit an exception, they do not now occur to us."

    Another Supreme Court case - 1969's Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District - also confirmed public school students' First Amendment right to political protest specifically, Slate reports.

    Given the court's decisions, other public schools are issuing memos re-affirming students' right to kneel. "If students choose to engage in non-disruptive demonstrations (like kneeling) during the Anthem, we are recommending that you allow them to do so," advised Assistant Superintendent Kevin Shibley in a letter to principals in Pasco County, Florida. Pennsylvania administrators in Lehigh Valley sent a similar message as well.

    So far, student athletes across the country - including Illinois, Maine, Minnesota, Oregon and Texas - have engaged in the peaceful protests. But with football season just beginning, it's unlikely the national conversation will die down soon.

    During the national anthem, 18 Evanston players took to one knee, while one player sat down. A New Trier junior was the only member of his team to take a knee.

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    https://www.yahoo.com/sports/report-nba-issues-memo-urging-teams-stand-national-anthem-023852614.html

    On the eve of the NBA’s first preseason games, the league office issued a memo to all 30 teams stressing an existing rule requiring personnel to stand for the national anthem and suggesting alternative ways for players to express their political and social views, per ESPN.com’s Zach Lowe.

    The memo comes at the end of a week in which President Donald Trump rescinded a White House invitation to the NBA champion Golden State Warriors and used the term “sons of bitches” to describe NFL players who follow former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s lead of kneeling in protest of racial inequality, social injustice and police brutality during the national anthem.
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    Trump’s remarks prompted widespread protests across the NFL this past weekend and elicited harsh words from NBA players, coaches, executives and owners earlier in the week, including LeBron James, who called the president a “bum” and even suggested people who voted for him were “uneducated.”

    The outrage was so emphatic that it appeared the NBA was united in its stance against Trump and others who believe players kneeling during the anthem are doing so in protest of “the flag” or the military that defends it, when in reality they are using that platform as an expression of their first amendment rights to shine a light on the racism and injustices that have divided the country.

    So, NBA commissioner Adam Silver was asked about it at Thursday’s Board of Governors meeting.

    “We have a rule that requires our players to stand for the anthem,” he said. “It’s been a rule as long as I’ve been involved with the league, and my expectation is that our players will continue to stand for the anthem.”

    Prior to last season, after several high-profile players at the ESPYs called for political action in the wake of a series of police-involved shootings, there was some question as to whether NBA personnel would follow Kaepernick’s lead in kneeling. Instead, a number of teams interlocked arms during the anthem in an effort to demonstrate unity and remain within the league’s guidelines for conduct.

    Silver expressed hope that players would continue to conform, and Friday’s memo reflected that.

    “I have a concern as an American how divided our country is,” the commissioner said on Thursday. “We don’t live in isolation. We’re a country that faces extraordinarily difficult, complex global issues, and the fact that we’re so divided puts us at a huge disadvantage on the global stage.

    “So in terms of our players and coaches, they have the same rights as all American citizens, and there is freedom of expression in this country. Ultimately, I believe our fans respect that. I don’t think our fans would ultimately want to be part of a system where there were consequences for what you’re describing as, in essence, core political speech. If you look at the origins of the First Amendment, there is probably no more pure speech than that which is political.

    “Again, if they choose to express it, I think what’s important is they do it in a way that is respectful to our fans, respectful to people. They have these alternative platforms in which they can express their point of view.”

    The league office laid a few of those alternative platforms out in the memo, according to Lowe, suggesting players communicate their concerns either through a pregame address or pre-packaged Jumbotron video in addition to continuing to participate in community outreach programs.

    [Follow Ball Don’t Lie on social media: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Tumblr]

    Lowe also reported that there is a segment of owners who have expressed concern about how player protests and statements regarding the president might put off fans on the other side of the aisle.

    Now is probably a good time to mention that Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert told CNBC on Friday morning that he received the “most vile, disgusting, racist” voicemails following LeBron’s criticism of Trump. “There’s an element of racism in this country that I didn’t realize existed,” he said.

    It’s almost as if the players are holding up a mirror to a segment of society, and some fail to see that opposing protests against racial inequality is just another example of discrimination. If nothing else, the protests are proving Kaepernick’s original point — racism exists in this country, and it’s a problem.

    The NBA just hopes those protests come in the form of public statements and community outreach rather than during “The Star-Spangled Banner.” That might be the league accepting the fact that some people are so protective of the anthem and the flag that they can’t get past any perceived disrespect of either to actually consider rectifying the injustices that led people to kneel in the first place.

    Asked on Thursday if he would consider fining players who do not stand for the national anthem, Silver told reporters, “All I can say is if that were to happen, we’ll deal with it when it happens.”

    To which National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts responded, via The Undefeated’s Marc J. Spears on Friday evening, “I don’t like to play the ‘what if’ game. I’ll just borrow Silver’s language: ‘We, too, in the event discipline is imposed, will deal with it.'”

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    This is how you know the state of black men is constantly under attack. It's bad enough to deal with white supremacists, but it's completely something else when our own sisters. SMH Here's the article:

    Link: http://madamenoire.com/842761/because-harrasser-is-just-not-enough-why-i-consider-calling-black-men-terrorists/#undefined.gbpl

    Because “Harrasser” Is Just Not Enough: Why I Consider Calling Black Men Terrorists
    September 27, 2017 | By Veronica Wells

    I’ve started taking a new route to work that puts me closer to my actual office building. It helps me avoid a ten minute walk. While the commute is shorter, when I step off of the train, there’s so much more to see than what I notice on the longer trek. Outside of this train stop there’s a farmer’s market every morning. There are vendors selling dresses and other, mostly women’s, goods.

    For years, I’ve been trying to get my hands on one of those Jamaican mesh dresses. You know the ones that often feature the colors red, black, green and yellow. Something like what Rihanna wore in her “Work” video. When my boyfriend traveled to Jamaica earlier this year, I tasked him with procuring one of those dresses but, to make a very long story short, it was stolen.

    Anyway, so when I saw the dress hanging there outside, I kind of started meandering, wondering if I should keep on my course toward the office or stop and inquire about the dress I’ve been tryna cop forever. In my stagnant indecision, a man, Black, steps and bends into my line of vision, making sure I heard him over the music coming from my headphones.

    “Are you looking for the Statue of Liberty?” He asked.

    I frowned a bit until I noticed he was wearing a shirt with the image of Lady Liberty embroidered on it. He worked for some tourist company.

    “Oh no, I’m not.”

    Since I had been further delayed, I decided to ask the man with the dress a few questions. I was touching the dress on the hanger, asking how much it cost and did he have one with the red color in it, when the Statue of Liberty man says, “You don’t want that cheap sh*t.” I looked over at him, waiting for him to tell me something I didn’t know or explain further why this wouldn’t be a good use of my money. But he didn’t have anything else to offer. He repeated himself, “You don’t want that cheap sh*t…Unless you’re into cheap sh*t.” Then, looking me up and down, he said, “Oh yeah you look like the type who like cheap sh*t.”
    At that point, I’m just confused. The Statue of Liberty brotha was going out of his way to clown both this Black man and his products as well as me and my taste. It was childish and uncalled for. And so I did what I often do when I deal with children who are behaving poorly.


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  • 06/07/15--05:33: Hand Check! Any Vapers here?
  • I have been off the cancer sticks for 3 years now and it's partly thanks to the Electronic Cigarette.

    My current set up is a Prometheus Genesis Tank by Grand Vapor with a IPV Mini V2

    I'm using dual rolled stainless steel mesh 4 wraps each for a .3 ohm build, running at 25watts.
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    Mike Epps is officially divorced from his wife of 12 years, Mechelle McCain Epps.

    While Epps is walking away with 10 properties in Indiana as well as a 2016 Mercedes, 2015 Jeep Cherokee, ’79 Caddy and 2011 Suzuki chopper, his ex-wife is getting a generous settlement as well.

    –Mike Epps’ wife says she’s blindsided by divorce: ‘I didn’t know we were separated’–

    For the next six and a half years, Epps will be paying $25,000 per month in spousal support, though he does not have to keep paying that if she remarries. He also has to pay $15,000 per month for child support for their two kids in addition to paying for their private schooling. She will also get to keep a 2014 Bentley, 2013 Mercedes, 2015 Toyota Prius and a 2013 Land Rover.

    They will be selling their family home and splitting the profits.

    As for the kids, they have settled on joint custody and are working out the details of the physical custody of the children.

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  • 09/30/17--16:40: Math Riddle...
  • There are 29 kids in a class; 20 have a dog and 15 have a cat.
    How many have both a dog and a cat?

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    Anthony Levandowski, the multi-millionaire engineer who once led Google’s self-driving car program, has founded a religious organization to “develop and promote the realization of a Godhead based on Artificial Intelligence.”

    Levandowski created The Way of the Future in 2015, but it was unreported until now. He serves as the CEO and President of the group, which seeks to improve society through “understanding and worship of the Godhead,” according to Wired.

    A divine AI may still be far off, but Levandowski has made a start at providing AI with an earthly incarnation… Levandowski has done perhaps more than anyone else to propel transportation toward its own Singularity, a time when automated cars, trucks and aircraft either free us from the danger and drudgery of human operation — or decimate mass transit, encourage urban sprawl, and enable deadly bugs and hacks.

    Levandowski worships the “Godhead” of AI, but there are people who are worried, too.

    Some religious scholars see artificial intelligence as a threat to humanity. Elon Musk has been especially vocal lately, famously comparing work on AI to “summoning the demon,” and warning time and time again that the technology poses an existential risk to humanity. I’m sure a few sermons from Father Anthony from the Way of the Future would set Brother Elon on the right path.

    Musk, the founder of SpaceX and co-founder of Tesla Inc., actually reacted to the new religion yesterday, saying, “Just another day in the office.”

    No one is sure exactly what this group will do, but the Way of the Future is a religion based on artificial intelligence — a belief system that deems self-thinking robots holy — and that’s something we’ve never seen before.

    As a religious studies graduate, I find this particularly interesting. Nearly every single society that has ever existed has had some form of religion, and until now they have all been based on made up myths or natural elements like the rain or sun. It’s something we’ve come to count on when studying religions. This religion worships something real that we created… something that can actually affect things in the real world. It’s really a different beast.

    Whatever happens next with this new religious group, the world is watching. AI has the potential do help society, or do enormous harm to it, so when a religion is created based on its worship, it’s worth paying attention.

    article: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2017/09/29/ex-google-engineer-starts-religion-that-worships-artificial-intelligence/

    another related article: https://www.wired.com/story/god-is-a-bot-and-anthony-levandowski-is-his-messenger/amp

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    O.J. Simpson’s parole hearing in Nevada this Thursday will be carried live onESPN as an expanded, 90-minute Outside the Lines Special, and pool cameras in the hearing room make it all but certain the proceedings will pop up at least in part on other news channels.

    In fact, the Nevada Board of Parole says about 30 news organizations have registered to cover the hearing at both the hearing location in Carson City and at the Lovelock Correctional Center in Lovelock, Nevada, where Simpson is incarcerated on the 2008 armed robbery and kidnapping convictions.

    Simpson will appear via videoconference from the prison, with four parole commissioners in Carson City.

    The hearing begins at 10 am PT (1 pm ET), and ESPN has set aside a 90-minute slot under its Outside the Lines banner. The network’s Jeremy Schaap will anchor.

    The public’s fascination with Simpson hasn’t ebbed since his era-defining arrest (and acquittal) for the 1994 murders of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman. ESPN Films, of course, scored big time with its O.J.: Made in Americadocumentary, the 2016 five-part series directed by Ezra Edelman that won a Best Feature Documentary Oscar for its theatrical run. FX’s hit 2016 drama The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story won nine Emmy Awards.

    Simpson, 70, was sentenced in 2008 to nine-to-33 years in prison for his role in an armed Las Vegas confrontation with two sports memorabilia dealers. If paroled – which legal pundits say is possible, even likely – he could be released October 1.

    Simpson’s cohort in the crime, Clarence “C.J.” Stewart, served 27 months in prison before the Nevada Supreme Court ruled that he should have been tried separately from Simpson.

    The Nevada parole board has indicated that a decision on Simpson’s release will be made the day of the hearing, and that Simpson will be permitted to speak.

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    Look at This Broke Motherfucker: Brazilian Guy Has Negative $1.2 Billion

    By Sam Biddle

    Look at this guy. His name is Eike Batista, and he used to be rich as hell, but now he's poor as hell due to white collar fraud, which makes it funny. Think you're broke? This guy's way worse: Bloomberg says he's a "negative billionaire," which just, wow.

    Things used to be real swell for Batista, who amassed a fortune through insider trading and other lucrative con schemes before Brazilian authorities seized all of his assets:

    Batista, whose fortune peaked at $35 billion in 2012 before his commodity and logistics empire collapsed, is $1.2 billion in the hole, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, giving him the rare distinction of being a "negative billionaire."

    "All he has left now is debt," said Marcelo Battisti, a former credit manager at Banco Itau who now heads his own consulting firm. "In normal conditions, becoming a negative billionaire is almost impossible, because most billionaires don't tend to take on a lot of debt. Do you think Bill Gates has a mortgage?"

    Being a "negative billionaire" is probably sort of cool, right? Like. how did you even fuck this up so badly? Like, how bad must your credit score look right now? Like, there's no way he'll ever pay back even a very small part of that money, so he is now sort of living in a world where money means nothing. He is so broke that he is beyond broke—he lacks more money than anyone can even conceive of. On the other hand, all of his nice things got snatched back by the long, bronzed arm of the Brazilian law:

    The judge also ordered the seizure of Batista's boat and airplanes, and demanded information on the contents of his bank accounts, according to a copy of the ruling obtained by Bloomberg News. The action expanded the seizure of Batista's assets after Souza went after his bank accounts in September, and froze at least $50 million he held in a fund.

    Authorities showed up at Batista's Rio mansion this morning to execute Souza's order. Federal police posted a photo of Batista's Lamborghini being hauled off with a statement on its website about the operation. The cops even took his phone.

    Look at him. This is justice on Earth. Savor it.

    This guy broke the law and deceived a lot of people through advanced monetary fuckery. Now he's in the hole deeper than the GDP of Samoa, and he can't even make a phone call to whine about it. Because they took his phone. That's how broke this guy is, this broke-ass man.

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