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Report: "One Fire Truck Guarded Every Three Houses" in Wealthy Los Angeles Neighborhood Last Night

Report: "One Fire Truck Guarded Every Three Houses" in Wealthy Los Angeles Neighborhood Last Night
Report: "One Fire Truck Guarded Every Three Houses" in Wealthy Los Angeles Neighborhood Last Night

/u/not-a-cephalopod has a good explanation over on /sub/losangeles

While it's the "smallest blaze," as far as I'm aware, it also happens to be the only one in LA County that is:

Threatening a high density neighborhood (Westwood is 13,000 people per square mile). This is more than 4 times as dense as Simi Valley and about 2.5 times as dense as Sylmar.

Threatening one of the region's most important medical centers.

Threatening the UCLA campus. In addition to the economic damage which would be caused by damage to one of the region's largest employers, dorms housing most of the 11,000 students in on-campus housing are across the street from the current evacuation zone.

Threatening thousands of priceless works of art.

Threatening a major economic center.

In addition, the statistics are insanely misleading (all stats from Cal Fire):

The Thomas Fire has 2,509 firefighters, 471 engines, and 12 helicopters on scene.

The Creek Fire has 1,686 firefighters, 161 engines, and 3 helicopters on scene.

The Rye Fire has 901 firefighters, 72 engines, and 2 helicopters on scene.

The article complains about the use of 52 engines, 350 firefighters, and 3 helicopters at the Skirball Fire.

If this article included all appropriate statistics, the truth would be obvious: the smallest fire received the smallest response. What was LAFD supposed to do? Allow the fire to continue burning south until it reached Westwood, and then deal with it? Why not send the appropriate response when the fire occurs and save the entire region money and heartache by keeping the fire away from vital areas?

The LAFD response was entirely appropriate.

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This article is probably just trying to stir up shit. This place is probably a front line of the fire.

You don't send fire trucks out into the woods, and you don't send them into the center of the city away from the fire. You send them to where the fire is near, and stop it there - so it doesn't come into the city more.

But since it's rich, someone saw an easy way to fire up internet people.

And it's currently only 30% contained...

They absolutely cannot let this rip through the Santa Monica Mountains and the areas surrounding. This really is spin.

This is exactly it. Reading this makes me so angry. Our firefighters are working tirelessly all over LA and Ventura counties and deserve all the respect for protecting this city. The winds can carry embers, starting new fires, and they can't just let a house burn because Murdoch owns it.

Porn star dies after backlash to controversial tweet

Porn star dies after backlash to controversial tweet

So her controversial statement was that she doesn't work with male porn stars who do "Crossover" work.

Many people don't realize that a lot of gay porn stars aren't actually gay. They juice up with viagra and such before doing gay scenes for pay. It's referred to as Gay-For-Pay. They usually have a female on the sidelines to keep them in the mood in-between scenes so they can perform. It's an industry known thing.

She stated that she didn't like working with guys who have done gay porn because of a safety risk. She believes that there is a greater HIV risk for gay porn stars than the average person.

People can be bitter about her statement but she didn't state anything that was untrue. Gay males, especially gay black males have an absurdly high number of HIV positive individuals.

People can find her opinion hurtful but she was making a decision based upon the fact HIV does run higher in gay communities. She's a porn star who exchanges fluids on a regular basis. She isn't exactly in a position to assume everyone is clean or in good health.

Beyond that point, her body, her choice. She shouldn't be shamed into having sex with people she isn't comfortable having sex with. Even if she is an adult actress. (Graphic Designers, Wedding Planners, Home Renovators, etc.) Could you be forced to contract with someone you were uncomfortable with if you didn't feel the job was worth it? So why should she?

killed herself — not just died

That's completely fucked. She was perfectly within her right, can't believe people can be so offended by facts.

Sure, I totally agree... but if your choice is homophobic, people are going to call you out as a homophobe.

This is what the problem has become. Her statement was clearly devoid of anything a rational person would call "homophobic". Mislead or not, she was making a personal health decision based on what she understood to be facts. And they're not wrong. Your argument is that if she didn't want to have sex with men who performed gay scenes then she's a homophobe is clearly bigoted. If I don't want to have sex with a gay man does that make me a homophobe? If we follow the logic of your argument, that's where we end up: have gay sex or be called a bigot.

I'm as liberal as the next guy, but I'll fight that stupidity til the day I die.

Sen. Al Franken says he's resigning

Sen. Al Franken says he's resigning

I absolutely respect this decision. If we want to hold one side accountable for their actions we have to do the same for ourselves. I just hope he continues serving the public in some way.

Edit: holy shit, the_dotard is leaking.

But will it though? The other party has clearly shown it just does not give a shit about morals, ethics, what have you.

Let's not pretend that political expediency doesn't have a lot to do with it. It's easy for Dems to call on Franken to resign because they know he'll be replaced with another Democrat. In terms of legislative power, turning on Franken comes at little cost.

In Moore's case, the GOP turning on him at this point would result in them losing a Senate seat. I have a feeling that if the Democrats were at risk of losing the seat to a Republican, they'd probably be doubling down on Franken a bit more.

There are big names on the right that want Moore to step down. There are people on the left who want Franken to stay. It's not so black and white.

Al Franken resigns from Senate over sexual misconduct allegations | US news

Al Franken resigns from Senate over sexual misconduct allegations | US news

As much as the Democrats are going to hurt over this one (Love him or hate him, Franken is a big character in Washington) the Democrats would have never maintained their legitimacy in criticizing the Republican sexual assaults if they gave Al Franken a pass.

He's a loss for their party but he granted them some legitimacy in this discussion.

It has to be done, but the Democrats are Ned Stark-ing themselves.

Edit: thank you, kind Lannister

video of his resignation speech

He's saying he's resigning, not because he's guilty, but because he can't be an effective senator for the people of Minnesota while also dealing with the ethics investigation.

livestream link

E: new livestream link

Quote from his speech on the Senate Floor:

"I of all people am aware that there is some irony in the fact I am leaving while a man who has bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault sits in the Oval Office and a man who repeatedly preyed on young girls campaigns for the Senate with the full support of his party. But this decision is not about me. It’s about the people of Minnesota," Franken said.

The cryptocurrency market is now worth more than JPMorgan

The cryptocurrency market is now worth more than JPMorgan
The cryptocurrency market is now worth more than JPMorgan

It's a big ol' bubble.

People think they will be worth more tomorrow than today, and it becomes increasingly more difficult to make new ones, so there is a effectively a finite source.

I trade cryptocurrency and Bitcoin is going bonkers right now. It's only skyrocketing because CME futures are launching in 11 days and this created a short-squeeze where:

people on the sidelines got major fear-of-missing-out disease (FOMO) short-sellers got squeezed and then squeezed again when 12,500, 15,000, and 17,500 got broken through

This will fall back down to more reasonable levels soon enough and I'd say it will lose half its value in the next week or so but still close the year above $10k.

They said this at $500

Note what I said and didn't say. I said it would fall back down to more reasonable levels. I didn't say it was going to collapse and stay there.

Bitcoin has had plenty of corrections, even this year with 40% corrections.

You can't go from $10k to $20k at multi-billion dollar levels - and stay there without ever correcting even if temporarily. Assets do not continue going hyperbolic without falling back prior to their next climb.

2 Shot Following Shooting At Aztec High School. Aztec, NM

2 Shot Following Shooting At Aztec High School. Aztec, NM
2 Shot Following Shooting At Aztec High School. Aztec, NM

I live in Farmington, and was driving to Aztec on my way up North for work when this happened.

Found out about it from my son's School in Farmington going on lockdown.

The amount of people driving at high speed from Farmington to Aztec, assumably parent's trying to pick up kids... It was quite heartbreaking.

Hey guys, I'm a local. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers. 3 confirmed dead, 14 wounded. One shooter dead.

I'm in Aztec. I graduated last year so a lot of the people are my friends. We are a very small town. Everyone kind of knows each other. Can't go anywhere without running into someone you know. Casey Jordan and Paco Fernandez. I didn't personally know any of them but Casey's mom is a close family friend. We gave her our graduation decorations for Casey so she could save some money. My moms co-workers were all at the police station or wherever when a police man came to her and took her away into a room. Everyone heard her screaming when they told her that her daughter wasnt okay. The locked down all the schools in the area and bussed all the AHS kids to McGee park to reunite with parents. Caseys mom didn't get go go to the park to pick up her kid today. My sister said she knew her. My sister had to go take a psychology final right after finding out she died at the college. All my friends are devastated. They recently confirmed that it was another student who was the shooter. One of us. Its nice to see everyone come together though. I've never seen our school united so quickly. Once a Tiger, always a Tiger. Stay strong people. We are trying our best. Sorry if my grammar or spelling is off. I'm talking to so many different people right now. Dont really have time to make sure everything is 100% right. Thanks for the support. Love you all

Please remember: most info in the first hour is likely off and will be revised.

Forcing kid to masturbate for cops in sexting case was wrong, court finds

Forcing kid to masturbate for cops in sexting case was wrong, court finds

When this bizarre effort was unsuccessfully attempted, Abbott then obtained a second warrant authorizing police to escort Sims to a hospital for an "erection-inducing injection." This injection ultimately never took place after massive public outcry.

Abbott committed suicide in December 2015 when officers came to arrest him on separate charges relating to pedophilia.

After all of that, the cop was a pedophile. That's fucking insane.

What the fuck is with those judiciary decisions to grant those warrants??? Jesus Christ those judges need to be removed.

I feel like that point should have been self evident DURING all that, not after.

If you want to be really outraged, read King's dissenting opinion on this case.

To Judge King all police officers have a moral duty to uphold the sanctity of every court order without hesitation, and there's nothing unconstitutional about forcing a 17 year old to jack off under duress in front of a bunch of grown, armed men.

Our justice system, ladies and gentlemen. That was the opinion of 1/3rd of the judges who decided this case.

https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4323254-162174-P.html#document/p21

Edit: Victim was 17 y/o, not 15.

Willimantic Man Pleads Guilty To Having Sex With Dead Woman

Willimantic Man Pleads Guilty To Having Sex With Dead Woman
Willimantic Man Pleads Guilty To Having Sex With Dead Woman

Nothing like cracking open a cold one after a long day of work.

Without the internet, I couldn't hear about stuff like this while I take shits at work.

What a glorious invention

Ahh, Willirico on the front page. Refreshing.

Just another day in paradise/Heroin Town USA.

Aaron stated he knew the victim hated having sex with him so he figured that the victim might wake up if he had sex with her.

You don’t say...

Edit: oh, he has a go fund me for her funeral/drug money. Lovely. No money raised yet though.

Probably one the darkest jokes I’ve ever laughed at. Good one

Britons who join Isis should never be allowed to return to UK, says Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson

Britons who join Isis should never be allowed to return to UK, says Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson
Britons who join Isis should never be allowed to return to UK, says Defence Secretary Gavin Willi...

As a US citizen, I'm really puzzled as to why you would want legitimate terrorists to be accepted back into your country. These people go commit jihad, kill innocent people, and they were somehow welcomed back with open arms?

He means they can only return if they're very well-hung

The two subjects aren't nearly related.

We already have laws in Australia stripping ISIS members of citizenship, which means their passports are cancelled and they can't return to Australia.

Airbnb guests are finding hidden cameras planted in their rentals

Airbnb guests are finding hidden cameras planted in their rentals

Not gonna lie, I always check air bnb bathrooms and bedrooms because of this.

You should the same in motels and hotels. Happens there too.

I mean of course they are. You’ve got to think that there are tons of people out there that only do airbnb to get footage like this

I once had a friend find a camera in the bathroom of the apartment he and his wife leased. It ain't just Airbnb folks.

Try one of these subthreads