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Jailhouse video reveals California sheriff's deputies watching and sometimes laughing as a schizophrenic man who had been strapped naked to a chair for 46 hours writhes on the floor of his cell, loses consciousness and eventually dies.

The Tribune reported that authorities have since stopped using the restraint chair, but Sheriff Ian Parkinson would not say whether anyone had been disciplined.

Holland, 36, had schizophrenia since his early 20s and was incarcerated on and off over the years, usually for minor offenses. He was taken into custody in 2015 on charges of battery, resisting an officer and probation violations. He was strapped into the chair after repeatedly hitting himself.

The video posted on The Tribune's website shows sheriff's deputies periodically entering his cell to rotate his arms and legs and offer him food and water. Strapped to the chair, he is unable to use a nearby toilet.

County policy requires rotating a restrained inmate's extremities every 1 ½ to 2 ½ hours to prevent blood clots that can lead to a fatal embolism.

The newspaper reported that Holland was released from the chair and moved to another cell so human waste that collected under his chair, and is visible in the video, could be cleaned up.

Video of him in the other cell shows him lying on a tile floor with just a blanket.

At one point, he stands up briefly, appears to be stricken by tremors and lies down again, covering himself with the blanket. Soon after, he appears to have trouble breathing, then loses consciousness.

Several deputies and paramedics enter the cell and attempt to revive him, while one deputy stands smiling and talking to another.

Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
no, really, it's just pure garbage and it gets worse every day

The Trump administration has launched a commission at the Interior Department to promote big-game trophy hunting and the "economic benefits that result from US citizens traveling to foreign nations to engage in hunting." The council, which will cost taxpayers $250,000 a year, is charged with making recommendations to Secretary Ryan Zinke about removing barriers to importing trophy hunting animals--such as the recently overturned ban on elephant and lion trophies from some countries--and relaxing legal restrictions on hunting and importing endangered species.

The members of the International Wildlife Conservation Council, which is holding its first meeting Friday, include a reality-TV safari hunting guide, a former beauty queen, gun industry representatives, members and affiliates of a controversial trophy hunting group, and a veterinarian associated with an exotic animal breeding facility in Florida that sells endangered animals to roadside zoos.

fuck every single one of these pieces of shit
Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
jesus fucking christ with this fucking shit

TR Embassy and Animal Shelter / Re: The Cat Thread
I've become convinced that banning declaws is the only way to get it to stop. If it's legal, there's too much fucking pressure and politics forcing doctors who really don't want to do it to go ahead and do it anyway.
Politics and Current Events / Re: RIP Toys R Us
Thank God.  The Pink Aisle finally bites the dust.

I was always excited to run to the Barbie display case, AND I TURNED OUT FINE, FEBBLE. :colbert:
Politics and Current Events / Re: RIP Toys R Us

They're going to euthanize Geoffrey.
Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
NY Post is saying Junior and his wife are divorcing.

But this right here... :

General Discussion / Re: Love your washing machine?
I have one of those efficiency toploaders and I fucking love it.

Come fight me about it, guys. :v:
In my hometown, a lot of kids walked out of the high school and gathered on the football field for some speeches.

Meanwhile, in Chicago, at the school I used to pass by all the time, a few blocks from my first apartment:

Lol if 2018 were a TV script, it'd end up in the trash in the writers' room.

murdering prostitutes leaves you really, really tired in the morning
It is boring and silly and it was all totally unavoidable if these people didn't have their heads so far up their asses.
omg please let erik prince go to jail pleasepleaseplease

Mueller gathers evidence that 2016 Seychelles meeting was effort to establish back channel to Kremlin

Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III has gathered evidence that a secret meeting in the Seychelles just before the inauguration of Donald Trump was an effort to establish a back-channel between the incoming administration and the Kremlin -- apparently contradicting statements made to lawmakers by one of its participants, according to people familiar with the matter.

In January, 2016, Erik Prince, the founder of the private military company Blackwater, met with a Russian official close to President Vladi­mir Putin, and later described the meeting to congressional investigators as a chance encounter that was not a planned discussion of U.S.-Russia relations.

A witness cooperating with Mueller has told investigators the meeting was set up in advance so that a representative of the Trump transition could meet with an emissary from Moscow to discuss future relations between the two countries, according to the people familiar with the matter, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive matters.

George Nader, a Lebanese-American business who helped organize and attended the Seychelles meeting, has testified on the matter before a grand jury gathering evidence about discussions between the Trump transition team and emissaries of the Kremlin, as part of Mueller's investigation into Russian efforts to interfere with the 2016 election.

Investigators now suspect the Seychelles meeting may have been one of the first efforts to establish such a line of communications between the two governments, these people said. Nader's account is considered key evidence -- but not the only evidence -- about what transpired in the Seychelles, according to people familiar with the matter.

Nader has long served as an adviser to the UAE leadership, and in that role he met more than once with Trump officials, including Stephen K. Bannon and the president's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, according to people familiar with the matter. After the Seychelles meeting, Nader visited the White House several times, and met at least once there with Bannon and Kushner, these people said.

Nader couldn't be reached for comment, and his lawyer declined to comment.

Nader -- and the Seychelles meeting -- are also of interest to Mueller's team as it examines whether any foreign money or assistance fueled the Trump campaign, and how Trump officials during the transition and early days of the administration communicated with foreign officials, particularly Russians.

Nader's cooperation with the special counsel was first reported by the New York Times.

The UAE agreed to broker the meeting in part to explore whether Russia could be persuaded to curtail its relationship with Iran, including in Syria, a Trump administration objective. Such a concession by Moscow would likely require the easing of U.S. sanctions on Russia, which were imposed for its intervention in Ukraine in 2014, those officials said.

Prince had no formal role with the Trump campaign or transition. However, according to persons familiar with the Seychelles meeting, he presented himself as an unofficial envoy for Trump to high-ranking Emiratis involved in setting up his discussion with the Russian official.
In other news, Bari Weiss continues to be a fucking moron, and the NYT op ed page continues to publish shit that literally any of us very online people would quickly recognize as bullshit:

Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
Meep how mad is Ty that Trump is gearing up to blame video games for school shootings

HOOBOY it is really super great

Luckily, only the super important people have to go to this bullshit face-saving waste of time meeting. lol.

I hope they allow press because it will probably be a good laugh/cry.

Also I've got a low level internal lol going because the CEO was (is? idk, man) a Trumpeteer so hahahahahahaha look at him fuck you like he fucks everyone else you dummy, go cry in your fancy wine about it
Sports / Re: Winter Olympics 2018
Yup. It's harder to do later in the program because your legs are tired. You also get more points for putting your arms over your head since that throws off your center of gravity, which is why the Russian women did that with pretty much all their jumps. And you get more points for a failed attempt at a more difficult element compared to doing an easier element successfully. So if you're supposed to do a triple jump and you fall, you get more points than if you had a feeling you wouldn't be able to do it right and turned it into a double so you could still land it.

Skating seems to go between extremes in being too subjective and then creating scoring systems that crank out this kind of crap. I mean, it's still kind of fun to watch, but in order to sustain a skating program where skaters do this kind of shit, you have to have them start at a ridiculously young age doing crazy shit when their body isn't ready and keep them at a ridiculously low weight, and then they only have a shot at being an international contender for like 3-4 years before the next young thing comes along. That's shitty, and it makes for less artistic programs.

I mean, look at Carolina Kostner, the Italian skater. She's 31 and has been competing for over a decade. This was her 4th Olympics. She was skating competitively at the junior level when Zagitova, who won the gold medal, was born. She can jump, but she can't jump like the Russians. What she has that they don't really have as much is the artistry and timing that come with experience, but that's not worth nearly as much anymore.

I bet you won't ever see Evgeniya Medvedeva at another Olympics, and I wouldn't be surprised if Zagitova didn't make it back either. It just doesn't happen anymore and it's a direct result of this kind of intense national program you need to have in order to crank out skating programs that maximize the number of points.
"He's thinking I'm, like, playing eight-dimensional chess with Donald Trump."

nah, only pundits are that fucking stupid to believe the dumb 85 dimensional chess horseshit
More on Cohen:

Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III has requested documents and interviewed witnesses about incidents involving Michael Cohen, the longtime lawyer for President Trump whose wide-ranging portfolio has given him a unique vantage point into Trump's business, campaign and political activities.

There is no indication that Cohen is a subject or target of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. But the scrutiny of his interactions is another sign of the far-reaching nature of the special-counsel probe, which is examining members of the president's inner circle and aspects of Trump's past business outreach to Russia.

One area of focus has been negotiations Cohen undertook during the campaign to help the Trump Organization build a tower in Moscow. Cohen brought Trump a letter of intent in October 2015 from a Russian developer to build a Moscow project. Later, he sent an email to Russian President Vladi­mir Putin's chief spokesman seeking help to advance the stalled project. He said he did not recall receiving a response.

Another area that Mueller's team has explored is a Russia-friendly peace proposal for Ukraine that was delivered to Cohen by an Ukrainian lawmaker one week after Trump took office, the people said.

Cohen is also among nine Trump associates whose communications with former Trump aide Sam Nunberg are being sought by the special counsel, according to a grand jury subpoena sent to Nunberg last week.

Cohen is the only individual on the list who never worked for Trump's campaign or the White House -- and the only one still working for the president.
Someone on the House intelligence committee fed Trump's attorney info:

i wonder who it could beeeeeeeeeeee :itsamystery:

A few days after Kramer's testimony, his lawyer, Larry Robbins, got a strange call. The call was from Stephen Ryan, a lawyer who represents Trump's longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen. Cohen is facing scrutiny from Special Counsel Robert Mueller and congressional investigators regarding potential coordination between Trump's team and the Kremlin. He featured prominently in the Steele dossier--the document that Kramer handled--and is currently suing Buzzfeed for publishing it.

Ryan told Robbins he reached out because someone from the House told him that Robbins' client, Kramer, had information about the Steele dossier that could help Cohen.

Robbins declined to help. Ryan then asked Robbins not to tell the House intelligence committee about their conversation.

PSSST don't tell anyone. How fucking dumb are these motherfuckers?
Politics and Current Events / Re: Trumpocalypse
hey teeth here's some lol nothing matters for you

NEW YORK (AP) -- The former CEO of a payday lending company that had been under investigation by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has asked to be considered for the top job at the watchdog agency, The Associated Press has learned.

Under Cordray, the CFPB opened in investigation into lending practices at World Acceptance. On Jan. 22, the company said the investigation had been completed without enforcement action. It also said CEO Janet Matricciani had resigned after 2 ½ years in that position.

Two days later, Matricciani sent an email to what appears to be Mulvaney's personal email address to pitch herself as a candidate to lead the CFPB. The email was shared exclusively with The Associated Press by Allied Progress, a left-leaning consumer advocacy group, which obtained the document as part of a Freedom of Information Act request.

"I would love to apply for the position of director of the CFPB. Who better than me understand the need to treat consumers respectfully and honestly, and the equal need to offer credit to lower income consumers in order to help them manage their daily lives?," Matricciani wrote to Mulvaney. She attached her resume to the email.

She goes so far as to cite the CFPB's investigation into her company as an experience that uniquely qualifies her for the job.

"I have indepth (sic) experience of what a CFPB investigation is like, and so I am in an unparalleled position to understand the effect of various CFPB actions on a company, its workforce, its customers and the industry," she says.

World Acceptance, one of the nation's biggest payday lenders, is based in South Carolina and gave Mulvaney thousands of dollars in campaign contributions while he represented the state in Congress.

Matricciani's email suggests she and Mulvaney have corresponded in the past. The email is sent to his personal email address and Matricciani starts off by saying, "I have always enjoyed our interactions on business and regulatory situations ever since I became CEO of World Acceptance Corporation in 2015."
Sports / Re: Winter Olympics 2018
Sure, but only if you can agree with me that pursuing jumps with more and more and more rotations is detrimental to the sport overall. :colbert:
Sports / Re: Winter Olympics 2018
Just because both of those things are true doesn't mean there's a causal relationship.

"I definitely think he doesn't know that for sure because he's incorrect," Sanders said regarding Nunberg's claims. "As we've said many times before, there was no collusion with the Trump campaign. Anything further on what his actions are -- he hasn't worked at the White House, so I certainly can't speak to him or the lack of knowledge that he clearly has."

lol this woman is illiterate and has a very high level position at the white house hahahahaha what a wonderful meritocracy we have here