Tech Dirt: John Oliver has now taken on police accountability -- the second word of which should always be enclosed in scare quotes.
The whole thing is worth watching (of course) but the key bit is his skewering of the constant, incoherent twisting of an old adage by police officials and supporters when attempting to portray police misconduct as an outlier, rather than the everyday output of an insular, overly-powerful culture.
"It's just a few bad apples
But the original adage isn't an excuse. It's a warning.
"A few bad apples spoil the barrel."
And that's exactly what has happened. Officers -- sheltered by extra rights, less-than-strenuous internal investigations, policies that allow for the destruction of discipline records, civil immunity, revolving door policies that allow "bad apples" to infect new law enforcement agencies -- basically answer to no one. read more
The Guardian U.S.: Up to 600,000 guns are stolen every year in the US that's one every minute. Data shows thefts of firearms from vehicles are rising in many large cities. One gun swiped from a truck in Atlanta was used in three crimes, including murder.
The new survey of gun ownership by researchers at Harvard and Northeastern universities. At the high end, that's more than 1,600 guns stolen every day, more than one every minute. That's enough firearms to provide a weapon for every instance of gun violence in the country each year several times over.
Furthermore, Americans own an estimated 265m guns, more than one gun for every American adult, according to the most definitive portrait of US gun ownership in two decades. But the new survey estimates that 133m of these guns are concentrated in the hands of just 3% of American adults a group of super-owners who have amassed an average of 17 guns each. read more
Sean Martin, Express: In a large scale study of more than 2,000 people, British boffins confirmed that thoughts DO carry on after the heart stops.
The shock research has also uncovered the most convincing evidence of an out of body experience for a patient declared dead.
It had been believed the brain stopped all activity 30 seconds after the heart had stopped pumping blood around the body, and that with that, awareness ceases too.
However, the study from the University of Southampton shows people still experience awareness for up to three minutes after they had been pronounced dead. read more
The Obama administration isn't going to reclassify marijuana and remove it from the list of the most dangerous drugs.
The Drug Enforcement Administration said in a lengthy notice in the Federal Register that it consulted with the Health and Human Services Department and concluded that marijuana will remain in the class of drugs that have "no accepted medical use in the United States."
But the agency said it will try to make marijuana more available to researchers, CBS News senior investigative producer Pat Milton reported earlier Thursday.
The Smoking Gun: In a hate crimes complaint, the U.S. Department of Justice has identified a criminal defendant's tattoo of the Confederate flag as "indicative of white supremacy," according to court records.
Federal prosecutors today announced the filing of criminal charges against a pair of Toldeo, Ohio residents in connection with the beating of Adrian Williams, 46, in mid-May. A U.S. District Court complaint alleges that Charles Butler, 33, and Robert Paschalis, 25, assaulted Williams "because he was black." read more