Contracts between police and city authorities, leaked after hackers breached the website of the country's biggest law enforcement union, contain guarantees that disciplinary records and complaints made against officers are kept secret or even destroyed. A Guardian analysis of dozens of contracts obtained from the servers of the Fraternal Order of Police found that more than a third featured clauses allowing -- and often mandating -- the destruction of records of civilian complaints, departmental investigations, or disciplinary actions after a negotiated period of time. read more
In Grinnell Ward 1, the precinct where elite liberal arts college Grinnell College is located, 19 delegates were awarded to Bernie Sanders and seven were awarded toHillary Clinton on caucus night. However, the Iowa Democratic party decided to shift one delegate from Sanders to Clinton on the night and did not notify precinct secretary J Pablo Silva that they had done so. Silva only discovered that this happened the next day, when checking the precinct results in other parts of the county.
The shift of one delegate at a county convention level would not have significantly affected the ultimate outcome of the caucus, but rather, it raises questions aboutthe Iowa Democratic party's management of caucus night. read more
...Clinton is narrowing her presidential chances when she privileges elite professional women at men's expense.
Gloria Steinem... famously said, "A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle." [Rodham Clinton] has unfortunately adopted the Steinem brand of blame-men-first feminism, which defines women as perpetual victims requiring government protections. Childhood photos of Bill Clinton show his gregarious, fun-loving charm already fully formed. The young Hillary Rodham, in contrast, looks armored, with a sharp gaze and a tense, over-bright smile.
As a teenager, Hillary Rodham adopted her father's conservatism and campaigned for Barry Goldwater in the 1964 presidential campaign. In her freshman year at the all-woman Wellesley College, she was president of the Young Republicans club. [Her views had shifted by graduation.] read more
Ritualised brutality. Vengeful blood lust. Vicious savagery justified by medieval notions of retribution. We all know how dark the world can be these days. A world where men are garrotted and impaled. Where they're speared and disembowelled and have their necks slashed and their genitals sliced off. Where they're killed for no other reason than revenge. This isn't Raqqa, though, it's 'The Revenant.' read more
High doses of cocaine can cause the brain to eat itself, research suggests. A mouse study found that the drug can trigger out-of-control ''autophagy," a process by which cells literally digest themselves. When it is properly regulated, autophagy provides a valuable clean-up service: getting rid of unwanted debris that is dissolved away by enzymes within cell ''pockets''. ''Autophagy is the housekeeper that takes out the trash - it's usually a good thing. But cocaine makes the housekeeper throw away really important things, like mitochondria, which produce energy for the cell.'' read more