Yet another one. A police officer in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, approached a vehicle, shot through the glass and killed the dog inside it, then claimed it was a "lunging pit bull." From KREM:
The incident began Wednesday morning when an officer responded to call about a suspicious van. The caller claimed the driver of van was watching young children from a nearby parking lot. The owners of coffee shop reported the white van because they thought it was possibly connected to child luring case.
When an officer approached the van with his gun drawn, the dog lunged out of the open driver’s side window according to Coeur d’Alene Police Department leaders. The officer said the pit bull lunged at his face. Investigators said the officer fired one round from his service weapon and shot the dog in the chest. The dog later died.
The police culture of "kill the dogs" is not an accident. It's the result of crudely militarized training that winds them up with the idea that every non-routine public interaction is a life or death tactical scenario. What happens when you put someone trained like that into a superficially confrontational interaction? They do whatever it takes to take control of the interaction. Stop barking, Sir.
I asked Amy Parness, the co-founder of Sparkle Labs, maker of fantastic educational electronics kits, to write a Medium post about gender and the business of being a maker business person. Her terrific essay calls out the problems with “pink girly engineering kits.” From Medium:
Zero UI is the new term for “invisible interfaces”—what happens in the future when all the clicking and tapping and typing is history: “If you look at the history of computing, starting with the jacquard loom in 1801, humans have always had to interact with machines in a really abstract, complex way.” [Fast Company]
CEO Dick Costolo will resign, to be replaced in the interim by Jack Dorsey
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