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  Does Social Media has an negative impact on people?
Posted by: ShineCero - 10-26-2018, 09:35 AM - Forum: Discussion Table - Replies (3)

Social Media, over the past few years, have exploded into becoming part of the daily lives of everyday people; but it seemingly became an toxic environment in certain aspects. Do you think social media has negatively skewed people's views, perspective and launched them into toxicity?

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  Explosive Bombs sent to George Soros, Clintons and Barack Obama
Posted by: ShineCero - 10-25-2018, 07:26 AM - Forum: Boogaloo Donut - Replies (14)

Quote:A major criminal investigation has been launched after suspected bombs were sent to the homes of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and CNN's headquarters. 

The apparent explosive device targeting Mrs Clinton was discovered when screening post on Tuesday evening and the suspect packages targeting Mr Obama and the Time Warner Centre, which houses the CNN newsroom, were found on Wednesday.

It comes just days after George Soros, the billionaire philanthropist and prominent Democrat donor, was also targeted with a suspected pipe bomb.

The White House has condemned the attempted attacks, saying "these terrorising acts are despicable'".

Investigators were reportedly looking into whether the attacks were linked in any if there are similarities between the devices.

A full-scale manhunt is now underway to find the individuals responsible.

Where were the devices?
One explosive device was found in a package sent to the home of Bill and in Chappaqua, New York late on Tuesday and was addressed to the former First Lady. The device was detected during a routine search of the post at the Clintons' home. 

An anonymous police source said investigators believe the device is similar to one sent to Mr Soros, who regularly donates to liberal causes across the world.

A second suspicious package addressed to the home of Mr Obama, the former US president, was intercepted by Secret Service personnel in Washington DC early on Wednesday morning.

"The packages were immediately identified during routine mail screening procedures as potential explosive devices and were appropriately handled as such," the Secret Service said. 

Officials said the devices were rudimentary but "functional explosive devices". Both packages were pro-actively detonated by officials. 

An official said one of the packages had the return address of Representative Deborah Wasserman Schultz, an ironic reference to the former chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee.

A third suspected bomb sent to CNN's New York newsroom was addressed to John Brennan, the former CIA director, the network said.

Was anyone harmed?
Neither Mrs Clinton nor Mr Obama were at risk of receiving the packages, the agency said. It not yet known whether there are any injuries resulting from the suspicious device delivered to the CNN building.

Secret Service agents have increased security around both Mr Obama and Mrs Clinton. As a precaution, the New York Police Department's Intelligence, Counterterrorism and Bomb Squad teams are increasing patrols at high-profile locations in New York City, including media locations, an official said.

The attempted attacks on left-leaning figures come just two weeks before the US midterm elections.

Mrs Clinton was in Florida at the time campaigning for the Democratic party but Mr Clinton is thought to have been home at the time.

Police have cleared the street in front of CNN. A dozen police vehicles right now. Pushing us now to clear the block 

— Kate Bolduan (@KateBolduan) 
Mr Obama's whereabouts at the time are unknown. The former president lives in Washington DC, where his youngest daughter is still at school.

A spokesman for Barack Obama, the former president, declined to say where he or Michelle Obama were at home at the time the suspicious package was discovered. 

The spokesman told The Telegraph that Mr Obama’s office would not be “providing info about their private schedules” and directed questions to the security services. 

We are aware of a suspicious package found in the vicinity of the Clinton residence in Chappaqua, NY, and our JTTF has engaged with our federal, state and local partners to investigate. As this is an on-going investigation, we will have no further comment at this time

— FBI New York (@NewYorkFBI) 
In a statement, the US Secret Service said: "The US Secret Service has intercepted two suspicious packages addressed to Secret Service protectees.

"Late on October 23, 2018, the Secret Service recovered a single package addressed to Former First Lady Hillary Clinton in Westchester County, New York.

"Early this morning, October 24, 2018, a second package addressed to the residence of Former President Barack Obama was intercepted by Secret Service personnel in Washington, DC.

Pushing us back further 

— Kate Bolduan (@KateBolduan) 
"The packages were immediately identified during routine mail screening procedures as potential explosive devices and were appropriately handled as such. The protectees did not receive the packages nor were they at risk of receiving them.

"The Secret Service has initiated a full scope criminal investigation that will leverage all available federal, state, and local resources to determine the source of the packages and identify those responsible."

Trump's Respsone

Quote:President Donald Trump pointed the finger Wednesday night at his opponents and the news media for the turbulent national political environment, on the same day it was revealed explosive devices were mailed to the Obamas, the Clintons, CNN and other public officials.

Trump took no responsibility for the tone of the political discourse. His comments capped off a chaotic day of an attempted large-scale attack on prominent Democratic figures, including Obama's former CIA director John Brennan and attorney general Eric Holder, as well as California Rep. Maxine Waters, who Trump has attempted to elevate as the face of the Democratic Party. A day earlier, an explosive device was found at the home of George Soros, the liberal donor who is a subject of right-wing conspiracy theories.

During a rally in Wisconsin, the President promised to bring those responsible for mailing the explosive devices to justice and broadly condemned violence, without specifically naming the targets of Wednesday's bombs.

"Any acts or threats of political violence are an attack on our democracy itself. No nation can succeed that tolerates violence or the threat of violence as a method of political intimidation, corrosion or control, we all know that. Such conduct much be fiercely opposed and firmly prosecuted," he said.

"We want all sides to come together in peace and harmony. We can do it. We can do it. We can do it. It'll happen."

Then he pivoted, saying those in the political arena "must stop treating political opponents as being morally defective."

"The language of moral condemnation and destructive, routine -- these are arguments and disagreements that have to stop," said Trump, who has routinely labeled Waters "crazy," referred to the news media as the "enemy of the people," called those who held up his Supreme Court nominee "people that are evil" and blamed "both sides" when a neo-Nazi ran over and killed a counter-protester in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Trump took no responsibility for his own rhetoric -- which has included attacks on news outlets and Democratic opponents, as well as moments like a recent rally in Montana where he praised a Republican congressman who pleaded guilty to charges stemming from his body-slamming a reporter.

He complained of "mobs" -- a reference to protesters, who opposed Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination and confronted Republican senators on Capitol Hill, and who have challenged GOP lawmakers and Trump Cabinet officials at restaurants and in public.
"No one should carelessly compare political opponents to historical villains, which is done often and all the time. It's got to stop. We should not mob people in public spaces or destroy public property. There is one way to settle our disagreements -- it's called peacefully, at the ballot box. That's what we want," Trump said.

He then said it's the news media's responsibility to set the national political tone.

"The media also has a responsibility to set a civil tone and to stop the endless hostility and constant negative and oftentimes false attacks and stories. Have to do it," he said.

He resumed his usual attacks on Democrats, falsely claiming that "the Democrat Party is openly encouraging caravan after caravan of illegal aliens to violate our laws and break into our country." He complained the treatment Kavanaugh, saying that "they made him suffer." He claimed a 10% tax cut for the middle class is coming "soon" -- a pledge that comes less than two weeks from the midterm elections, but has never been proposed as a bill in Congress.

Two additional bombs found

Quote:Two additional pipe bombs, one addressed to former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and the other to actor Robert De Niro have been found, law enforcement officials said on Thursday, the latest in a wave of similar devices sent to several prominent Democrats who have been have been the rhetorical targets of President Trump and several right-wing figures.

A law enforcement official said the envelope and printed address labels on the package sent to Mr. De Niro were similar to those on explosives sent to former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and others, and an X-ray showed it contained a similar device resembling a pipe bomb.

“This appears to be from the same sender,” the official said.

The United States Postal Service records images of mail that comes into its system. Officials searched those images overnight and found several other suspicious packages, a law enforcement official said. It was not immediately clear how many they discovered.

The device sent to Mr. Biden was found at a U.S. postal service facility in Delaware, a law enforcement official said. Similar to the one sent to former Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., the envelope was misaddressed and was being redirected to the return sender written on the mailing label, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Florida congresswoman.

Security personnel at Mr. De Niro’s company, TriBeCa Productions, discovered the package about 5 a.m. and called the New York Police Department, whose bomb squad responded, officials briefed on the matter said. It was removed about 6:30 a.m. and taken to the Police Department’s range in the Bronx for disposal.

Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York said Thursday that an “eagle-eyed security employee” at TriBeCa Productions noticed similarities between the package and photos of envelopes that were discovered on Wednesday.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/25/nyreg...evice.html

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  Gardening While Black Case Troubles Judge
Posted by: ShineCero - 10-21-2018, 08:59 PM - Forum: Boogaloo Donut - Replies (1)

Quote:Throughout 2017 and early 2018, three white women called police dozens of times, making increasingly serious allegations against Marc Peeples, a black man. 

Peeples was building a community garden on the vacant Hunt Playground on Colton Street adjacent to the State Fairgrounds. One of the women, Deborah Nash, lives across the street from the park, while the others live nearby. 

Peeples claimed the women didn't like his project, so they began calling the police, fabricating serious charges when police wouldn't come out for illegal gardening allegations. Those culminated with charges that Peeples was a pedophile, was in the park threatening Nash with a gun, and participated in a drive-by shooting. 

Eventually, the Detroit Police Department and Wayne County Prosecutors Office filed and brought three counts of stalking against Peeples. 

However, he and attorney Robert Burton-Harris said most of the allegations were false, and characterized Peeple's crime as "gardening while black." 

36th District Court Judge E. Lynise Bryant agreed. She tossed the case on Tuesday, calling it "troubling" and "ridiculous." 

"[The three white women] should be sitting at the defendant's table for stalking and harassment charges, not Mr. Peeples," Bryant said during the hearing. "This is disgusting and a waste of the court's time and resources," she added before granting the defense's motion for a directed verdict, which ended the case before it went in front of a jury. 

On Thursday, Bryant told Metro Times she found the women filed false police reports, initiated all contact with Peeples, and "engaged in a very targeted and constant harassment of the young man" that appeared to be racially motivated. "I found their testimony to be offensive," Bryant added. 

Though DPD filed the stalking charges, body camera footage from one police officer reveals him labeling one of the more serious allegations "B.S." 

Peeples said the motivation was to get him off what the white women considered their block. 

"It was blatant racism. They didn't like the fact that a black man was in so-called 'their' neighborhood without their permission," he said. Though he won the case, Peeples said the women destroyed his life. He had to pay $3,500 to get out on bond, he paid for attorneys, he lost work contracts, and his name was dragged through the mud. A friend to help him recover some of the costs.

"It's frustrating to have accusations placed on you with no merit, and they get you all the way into court to go to trial," Peeples said. "If someone believed their story and I was found guilty, I would be in county jail doing up to a year just because they don't want ... a black person in their area. 

"They get to ruin my life, say anything they want, and then they get to go on with their lives." 

The allegations 

Court and police documents provided to Metro Times show Nash first claimed Peeples threatened to take her home, telling her, "As soon as I say the word, you will be out of that house, and I am going to take it." 

She alleged Peeples said white people weren't allowed to live in the largely black neighborhood, and accused her of stealing the home from Native Americans. 

Nash also claimed Peeples painted gang colors — red, black, and green — on vacant houses and trees, and charged that he was vandalizing homes. She then alleged that Peeples threatened to burn down her house and repeatedly threatened to kill her. That was followed by charges that he participated in a drive-by shooting on her home, and blocked the streets so she couldn't get to her house. 

In March, Nash called DPD while Peeples worked in the park and told officers he had a gun, which was untrue. When that didn't succeed in getting Peeples removed from Hunt Playground, Nash and her neighbors waited until Peeples had a group of children working in the garden, called police, and told them Peeples was a pedophile who wasn't supposed to be around children. 

"We feel that it is unsafe for him to be near us or around our houses," Nash wrote in documents that were part of an April request for a personal protection order that would be denied. 

False charges 

Judge Bryant and Peeple's attorneys say Nash and the other women made false charges, contradicted some of their claims while on the stand, lied under oath, and made other charges that weren't believable. 

Burton-Harris told Metro Times the pedophilia charges were the most egregious false claim — Peeples has never been accused of such. 

One of the women told the court she learned from a principal at a nearby school that Peeples was a pedophile who wasn't supposed to be around kids. However, Burton-Harris called that a "blatant lie." Peeples was teaching homeschool children about gardening, Burton-Harris said, and principals at nearby schools wouldn't have known Peeples or the garden. Prosecution provided no corroboration from an alleged principal.

Burton-Harris added Nash told the court she hired Peeples to paint her house after he allegedly threatened to kill her, which discredited the claim. Nash also asserted Peeples and his friends called her the "N-word," which the defense found incredible because she's white. 

In March, DPD sent three squad cars and six officers to the garden after Nash alleged that Peeples was threatening her with a gun. However, officers responding to the scene found Peeples raking leaves and cleaning up a vacant lot. In body camera footage provided to Metro Times, an officer is heard labeling the call "B.S." 

"Ain't no law against raking leaves," the officer is heard stating on body camera footage taken after officers are done investigating the incident. A few minutes later, an officer directed his partner to let DPD superiors know that the women told police that Peeples had a gun, when he only had a rake. 

"The guy didn't have anything on him and wasn't wanted for anything," the officer is heard saying. "They went to the end of the deal with this B.S., too." 

Peeples' attorneys said he put red, black, and green paint on trees and vacant houses around the garden because they are "pan-African" colors, and he boarded up vacant homes in the area to keep out crackheads. 

Burton-Harris said he can't say for sure that the women would've acted differently if Peeples was white, but "the elephant in the room is race." 

Bryant questioned the DPD and Prosecutor's Office's judgment in moving forward with the case. "I want the police and prosecutors to do a better job of vetting," she said.

Wayne County Prosecutor's Office spokesperson Maria Miller said the women were "deemed to have provided credible allegations" that supported the charges. But she added, "At trial the three complainants were not able to present testimony in the case that supported the three counts of stalking and the judge dismissed the case."

Meanwhile, Peeples is starting the process of putting his life back together, and he said he wants others to know the damage that the women's false accusations caused.

"People are giving these ladies funny nicknames but this is serious," he said. "This is my life, what these people are doing is not cute — it's ugly."

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Source: https://www.metrotimes.com/table-and-bar...hite-women

Lmao I wonder how mad you have to be to get this bent out of shape over some dude gardening, I mean, really.

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  First Writing Competition
Posted by: ShineCero - 10-20-2018, 02:22 AM - Forum: Modern INKers - Replies (8)

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This is a new (and final) competition series called the Dickens Essayists Series. It is an writing competition exclusive to Modern INKers, that challenges anyone to construct a story in any themes. As with the other two competitions, there will be awards, feedback to improve your skills and the chance to expand your writing ability outside of your comfort zone. 

This is a test competition: Starting on October 20th, you will be given 11 days to complete it. The theme of the competition is relatively an easy one:
  • Freestyle: You can write whatever (in any forma such as original, non-fiction, fiction, poetry, fan-fiction, etc.) and however you wish! Everything is on the table for this one, folks! Join for fun and help iron out the details to improve the next Dickens Essayists Competition.
  • The requirement is a minimum word count of 300 and the maximum is 1500.
  • You simply post your story; you will received feedback to help you improve!
  • If it's mature, warn your readers with a "Mature Rating" warning, so they know what they're getting into.

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  Woman Fired After Blocking Man to his Apartment Building
Posted by: ShineCero - 10-19-2018, 08:37 PM - Forum: Boogaloo Donut - Replies (10)

Quote:A white woman in St. Louis dubbed "Key Fob Kelly" by social media users is defending her actions in a new interview after videos of her trying to block a black man from entering his own apartment building went viral.

Hilary Mueller told KTVI-TV, a Fox affiliate in St. Louis, that she was merely trying to follow the condo’s guidelines for residents.

“My only intent was to follow the direction I had been given by our condo association board members repeatedly,” Mueller said. “And that is to never allow access to any individual that you do not know.”

D'Arreion Toles recorded his attempts to enter his apartment complex, the Elder Shirt Lofts, after returning home late from work on Saturday. Mueller can be seen standing in the doorway asking what unit Toles lives in and to see his key fob.


"It's not your building, you're not the owner," Toles says in the video before getting past her. Mueller continues to follow Toles up to his fourth-floor loft and demands to find out who he's "going to see" and “why he's there."

Mueller claims Toles was trying to enter the building. She said she had the main door cracked open because she was taking her dog for a walk.

“I do not think that I did anything wrong,” Mueller said. “I upheld the ask of me to its fullest extent.”

Toles asked her to stop following him but she continued as he used his keys to open his door.

Toles told ABC News on Monday that Mueller had called 911 after the encounter. Sgt. Keith Barrett of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department confirmed a 911 call was made but that no report was written.


Toles posted the videos to his Facebook page and they've been viewed almost 8 million times. He wrote that the videos show what it's like "to be a black man in America" and "this is America in 2018."

Mueller has been called a “racist” repeatedly on social media, a claim she vehemently denies.

“That is absolutely false and heartbreaking,” Mueller said. “Those are words that truly cut deep.”

Mueller's employer, Tribeca-STL, which manages real estate properties, said in a statement on its website that the company was aware of the video and that she had been terminated.

"The Tribeca-STL family is a minority-owned company that consists of employees and residents from many racial backgrounds," the statement continued. "We are proud of this fact and do not and never will stand for racism or racial profiling at our company."

This is the latest video that has gone viral of a white person threatening to call the police on a black person for performing daily tasks.

Internet users were quick to link the story line to "Permit Patty," who threatened to call 911 on an 8-year-old black girl for selling bottled water without a permit in California.

ABC News reached out to the Elder Shirt Lofts for a copy of the condo's guidelines. The president of the luxury building responded, "My attorney has advised me to not make any statements or share any documents at this time."

https://abcnews.go.com/US/woman-defends-...d=58555536

Yikes! 

Even if she was following orders, the moment he entered the apartment, that should've resolved any issues. :thinks:

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  Our Amazing Guild
Posted by: Sovereign64 - 10-10-2018, 11:43 PM - Forum: Modern INKers - Replies (1)

This story is based on the Fairy Tail universe but also includes characters from other series including Your Name, Gundam, Tales of Vesperia, etc. The two main characters are OCs of mine, and I know there are people out there who have problems with OCs, but I hope you will give them a chance. With that said, I hope you all enjoy! Smile

Chapter 1: The Heroes of this Perilous Adventure

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  Hello!
Posted by: Sovereign64 - 10-10-2018, 06:46 PM - Forum: Introduction & Commencement - Replies (12)

Hello everyone! I'm Sovereign64 and I hope I'll make many friends here in this forum and overall, enjoy my stay here.

You guys can check out my other pages where I'm currently active at:

https://www.deviantart.com/sovereign64

https://www.fanfiction.net/~sovereign64

https://archiveofourown.org/users/Sovereign64

Nice to meet all of you!  Smile

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