Quantifying the additional killings commited by cops when they get military weapons

The US Department of Defense’s 1033 program sends “surplus” military equipment to US police forces (“surplus” in quotes because military contractors lobby for the US military to buy more weapons than they need in order to feed materiel to the program), which has created a situation in which cops show up in their communities literally clad in the armor of an occupying army.



A crash course on creation myths

The Crash Course YouTube channel is one of my favorite things on the internet. The channel’s various series offer a crash course on, well, just about everything. I’ve previously highlighted one of their videos on thermodynamics, and this new series hosted by Mike Rugnetta focuses on world mythology. Though the series is ongoing, Rugnetta just wrapped up his first section on creation myths. And the five-part series offer a great intro to the world’s origins as told by all sorts of different cultures. Here’s the full collection of videos:







Ivanka Trump to take official position as “Assistant to the President”

Ivanka Trump, daughter of president Donald Trump, is to take an official, unpaid job as his assistant. That’s Assistant to the President, not Assistant President.

In a statement, the White House said it was “pleased that Ivanka Trump has chosen to take this step in her unprecedented role as first daughter”.

Ms Trump said in her statement that she had been “working in good faith with the White House Counsel and my personal counsel to address the unprecedented nature of my role”.

Ethics experts cried foul when it emerged last week that Ms Trump was to be given a West Wing office and security clearance, without formally joining the administration.

You’re wondering where the bottom is. There is no bottom.