Horrifying video of cops trying to pry baby away from mom all because she sat on the floor

Apparently, sitting on the floor in Brooklyn is against the law and, if you've got a baby in your arms, watch out!

A 23-year-old woman, Jazmine Headley, was at the Human Resources Administration building waiting in line for hours to receive daycare vouchers for her baby so that she could work. There weren't any seats left in the waiting room, and as anyone who has had to care for a 1-year-old knows, it's exhausting to stand for a long period of time holding a baby. So Headley sat on the floor.

Security told her sitting on the floor was not permitted, but Headley said without any available chairs she would continue to sit on the floor. She was not blocking any doorways or passageways, but that didn't matter. According to Daily Dot (and as you can see in the video), police jumped all over her, tried to pry her baby away from her, and pandemonium broke out.

The video shows Headley laying on her back on the ground desperately trying to keep a hold of her son, while screaming, “They’re grabbing my child!” Multiple police officers violently yank on the infant, at the same time, in different directions. People in the office are crowded around the group of officers, screaming at them to stop.

People can be heard yelling, “That’s a baby!” and “Look at what they’re doing to her!” Some bystanders even try to get their bodies between the police and Headley. At one point an officer points a stun gun at the people, and then at the Headley, who is on her back on the ground.

Unbelievably, Headley is now in jail for "resisting arrest, obstruction, trespassing and acting in a manner injurious to a child," according to ABC. All for sitting on the floor because the government doesn't supply people with enough chairs to sit in while waiting in their excruciatingly long lines. Local officials are asking the NYPD to drop the charges.

LiartownUSA's Social Justice Kittens calendar

Add this to the ongoing list of "quirky and downright strange" calendars for 2019: Sean Tejaratchi of LiartownUSA's Social Justice Kittens.

It’s 2019. All around us, ancient evils lurk in the deepening shadows, growing more powerful by the hour, feeding on hatred and centuries of oppression. The signs and symbols are everywhere for those willing to see.

Thanks to LiarTown, you can now take the most courageous step of all: remaining silent while others speak. Once again it’s time to amplify the voices of those fluffy little activists, the Social Justice Kittens! They’ve returned, rested and ready to call out and clap back!

But don’t think for a minute these woke, whiskered warriors have come alone! Get an eyeful of the all-new litter of Social Justice Puppies scrambling along behind them! These progressive pups have endured marathon struggle sessions and merciless “self-crit” to achieve dizzying levels of abject submission and self-debasement. They’re determined to be on the right side of history, and positively squirming for a chance to recite their gut-wrenching confessions!

It’s up to you. Will you celebrate the voices of the marginalized, or further stain your soul with murderous complicity? Every moment you delay causes further abuse and gentrification. Those far more woke than you roll their eyes at your absurd doubts and questions! Desperate times call for desperate measures! Answer that call NOW…with kittens!

Please note: As usual, every bit of kitten and puppy dialogue is sourced from genuine social media posts. Nothing has been taken out of context or misrepresented. Though grammatical tweaks were sometimes necessary, everything remains faithful to the courageous, original declarations which continue to delight and inspire so many online!

Get yours now from Buyolympia for $18.

Here's a peek:

Previously: Social Justice Kittens: the postcards

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Syndicated columnist censored for writing about the risks of hedge funds and billionaires buying papers

Jim Hightower is a longstanding, respected columnist distributed by Creators Syndicate -- but Creators refused to distribute his latest column, "Free the Free Press from Wall Street Plunderers," which warns about Wall Street vultures like Digital First Media and GateHouse Media buying up newspapers, including the Austin Statesman. (more…)

De-aged Elton John for Christmas gets some likes and some hates

John Lewis and Partners is a well-known general department store in Great Britain. It’s the type of old-fashioned department store that, like the late and lamented B. Altman and Co. (which you can see recreated in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), carries everything from clothing to electric appliances.

Christmas TV commercials and Christmas shows are a big big thing in English television, much bigger than here in the United States. It is often the season when extinct TV shows come alive for one new episode on one night.

John Lewis’s Christmas commercial. "The Boy and The Piano," stars a big “get”: Elton John. It’s a musical tour through his life that mixes old and new footage, with de-aged Elton mixed with young Elton and old Elton.

I liked it, but there’s been a lot of odd hate for it online. You decide. Either you’ll smile or you won’t.

Voyager 2 has entered interstellar space!

NASA's Voyager 2 space probe has officially left our solar system and entered interstellar space. Now more than 11 billion miles (18 billion kilometers) from Earth, the spacecraft has crossed the boundary of the bubble-like heliosphere around the planets and is no longer touched by the plasma wind from our sun. Voyager 2's twin Voyager 1 entered interstellar space in 2012 and continues to send back valuable scientific data via the Deep Space Network.

From NASA:

“I think we’re all happy and relieved that the Voyager probes have both operated long enough to make it past this milestone,” said Suzanne Dodd, Voyager project manager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. “This is what we've all been waiting for. Now we’re looking forward to what we’ll be able to learn from having both probes outside the heliopause.”

Voyager 2 launched in 1977, 16 days before Voyager 1, and both have traveled well beyond their original destinations. The spacecraft were built to last five years and conduct close-up studies of Jupiter and Saturn. However, as the mission continued, additional flybys of the two outermost giant planets, Uranus and Neptune, proved possible. As the spacecraft flew across the solar system, remote-control reprogramming was used to endow the Voyagers with greater capabilities than they possessed when they left Earth. Their two-planet mission became a four-planet mission. Their five-year lifespans have stretched to 41 years, making Voyager 2 NASA’s longest running mission.

The Voyager story has impacted not only generations of current and future scientists and engineers, but also Earth's culture, including film, art and music. Each spacecraft carries a Golden Record of Earth sounds, pictures and messages. Since the spacecraft could last billions of years, these circular time capsules could one day be the only traces of human civilization.

Last year, my friends Tim Daly and Lawrence Azerrad and I released the Voyager Golden Record on vinyl for the first time ever and were blown away to win a Grammy Award for the box set. It's really a testament to the creators of the original Voyager Record and the scientists and engineers behind the absolutely incredible Voyager mission. We were honored to have had the opportunity to bring this stellar artifact to a wider terrestrial audience.

Go Johnny go!

above: "This illustration shows the position of NASA’s Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 probes, outside of the heliosphere, a protective bubble created by the Sun that extends well past the orbit of Pluto." (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

Outstanding podcast on the Canadian government's plan drop $600m on a bailout for the national press

The latest installment of the Canadaland media criticism podcast (MP3) (previously) features an outstanding and nuanced discussion between host Jesse Brown and NYU journalism professor Jay Rosen (previously), regarding the Trudeau government's plan to hand Canada's press a $600 million bailout, with large tranches of that money to be funneled to billionaire media barons who ran their businesses into the ground by loading them up with predatory debt while mass-firing their newsrooms and paying themselves millions in bonuses -- Brown and Rosen don't just discuss the merits and demerits of this proposal, but get into a fascinating debate/discussion about what a better version of this would look like.

Is it better to read a book or listen to it?

Daniel Willingham, a University of Virginia psychologist who wrote "The Reading Mind," says that the most common question he receives these days is the following: “Is it cheating if I listen to an audiobook for my book club?” In a New York Times essay, Willingham parses the benefits and drawbacks of both formats. Which one is better? Of course personally preference and convenience matter, but Willingham argues that generally right now when it comes to listening or reading a book, there is "equivalence for easy texts and an advantage to print for hard ones." For example, audio books provide prosody, the intonation, tone, and rhythm of the words. Sometimes, hearing those cues helps us understand the material. But not always. From the NYT:

For example, one study compared how well students learned about a scientific subject from a 22-minute podcast versus a printed article. Although students spent equivalent time with each format, on a written quiz two days later the readers scored 81 percent and the listeners 59 percent.

What happened? Note that the subject matter was difficult, and the goal wasn’t pleasure but learning. Both factors make us read differently. When we focus, we slow down. We reread the hard bits. We stop and think. Each is easier with print than with a podcast.

Print also supports readers through difficult content via signals to organization like paragraphs and headings, conventions missing from audio. Experiments show readers actually take longer to read the first sentence of a paragraph because they know it probably contains the foundational idea for what’s to come.

So although one core process of comprehension serves both listening and reading, difficult texts demand additional mental strategies. Print makes those strategies easier to use. Consistent with that interpretation, researchers find that people’s listening and reading abilities are more similar for simple narratives than for expository prose. Stories tend to be more predictable and employ familiar ideas, and expository essays more likely include unfamiliar content and require more strategic reading.

Is Listening to a Book the Same Thing as Reading It? (NYT)

image: detail of Jean-Honoré Fragonard's "A Young Girl Reading" (c. 1770)

Guess what languages these people are speaking

These people are pretty bad at recognizing different languages. And so am I.

Bonus facts I happened to find on Ethnologue, a fascinating directory of languages: Apparently there are more than 7,000 living languages in the world. Half the world's population speaks one of the top 23 most-used languages, with the top five being Chinese, Spanish, English, Arabic, and Hindi. One-third of the 7,000 languages are endangered, "that is, loss of all individuals who continue to identify the language as being related to their identity."

Deep savings on cameras, lenses, software and more

So you've got a good eye for pictures? We've got a good eye for deals. And this holiday, there are some solid deals out there for photographers. Check out some of our favorite recent discounts on gear, software, and e-learning for photogs of any experience.

Gadgets

 

RevolCam: The Multi-Lens Photo Revolution for Smartphones

This Kickstarter-funded attachment adds wide-angle, fisheye or macro lenses to any smartphone, but that's not all. With the adjustable LED light, it's the closest thing yet to a full DSLR conversion kit for your phone. And right now, the RevolCam is $29.99 - a $5 drop off the previous sale price of $34.99.

 

Stable photos and video are just the beginning of the perks with this gimbal. Remote control over zoom and focus plus a range of video modes on the companion app make for a movie studio full of options. Originally $109.99, the MOZA Mini-MI Wireless Charging Smartphone Gimbal is now 13% off at $94.99. Plus, you can save an additional 20% today only with code CMSAVE20.

Insta360 Nano S iPhone VR Camera

With the ability to turn your smartphone into a 360-degree video cam, this attachment makes for some truly next-level vacation posts. You can capture the world around you in multiple modes and even stream to social media in video chat, all in steady motion thanks to the built-in gyroscope. Grab the Insta360 Nano S iPhone VR Camera for 16% off at $199. Save an additional 20% today only with code CMSAVE20.

Ztylus Revolver M6X iPhone Lens Kit

Want versatility? This CES Innovation Award Honoree gives you two telephoto lenses, a macro, super macro, fisheye, and wide-angle lens - all in a cookie-sized case that locks on to your iPhone and can be changed on the fly. The Ztylus Revolver M6X iPhone Lens Kit is now $49.99, a 28% savings off the $70 MSRP. Save an additional 20% today only with code CMSAVE20.

8x Telephoto Smartphone Lens

For nature photographers on a budget, this gadget more than makes up for the weak zoom on most smartphone models. Clip on easily and enhance your images clearly by up to 8 times with the 8x Telephoto Smartphone Lens, now 74% off at $12.99.

 

Software

 

HDR Projects 2018 Pro for Windows

If you want to truly make your digital images sing, meet the choir. This comprehensive toolbox includes more than 150 presets and filters and is compatible with Photoshop or Lightroom. You can view HDR's recommendations in montages to pick the best, 4K version of your image. HDR Projects 2018 Pro for Windows was $99 but is now 70% off at $29.

 

Online Learning

 

The Beginner-To-Expert Photography & Videography Bundle

If you're building a career or just want to get the most of your photography, this is the virtual tutor that can get you there. Work your way up from Photography 101 to a full slate of skills in DSLR, cinematography, and even aerial drone videography. The separate courses run up to $1393, but the Beginner-To-Expert Photography & Videography Bundle combines them all at $35. Plus, you can save an additional 75% off today only using code CMBUNDLE75.

Ecstasy pill found in child's Sonic burger meal

In Taylor, Texas an 11-year-old girl helpfully unwrapped her four-year-old brother's Sonic fast food burger and found what she thought was a piece of candy inside. Fortunately, she asked her parents before popping into her mouth. They took the "candy" to the police who determined it was actually an Ecstasy pill. Insert your own "happy meal" joke here. From KXAN:

Officers took the restaurant's manager, Tanisha Dancer, into custody for a felony theft warrant from Guadalupe County. When she got to the Williamson County Jail, police said a female correctional officer searched Dancer and found three ecstasy pills hidden in her clothing...

Taylor police said they notified the Texas Department of Health, the restaurant's local owner and corporate Sonic. Police said the Sonic director of operations told them that they have now fired Dancer.

Two other employees were also arrested -- one for marijuana possession and the other for outstanding warrants.

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