Archive for February 12, 2008

YouTube Justice: Officer Rivieri Suspended

February 12, 2008

Cop Suspended After Skateboarder Confrontation

Tuesday, February 12, 2008
WBAL Radio as reported by Steve Fermier and Associated Press

A Baltimore police officer shown on a YouTube video berating and roughly handling a skateboarder at the Inner Harbor has been suspended.

Sterling Clifford, a spokesman for the Baltimore Police Department and the mayor’s office, says the incident involving Officer Salvatore Rivieri, a 17-year-old veteran, is the subject of an internal affairs investigation.

Get this bit:

Paul Blair, head of the police union, had not seen the video but he warns that videos show only part of a story.

Tell me, Mr. Blair, what this video shows.

Previously here:
Well Now. Look Who’s Being Searched For!
Steroid Rage? Viagra Failure?
I Hate Nazis

Reference: BeOS Clone Haiku

February 12, 2008

First look: Haiku poetically resurrects BeOS

Ordinarily I wouldn’t care, but this line jumped out at me:

I look forward to the day when it is a viable operating system for day-to-day use, and, when it achieves the requisite level of hardware compatibility, I fully intend to install it on my Eee PC, where Haiku’s extreme responsiveness and fast boot time will be of significant value.

Emphasis added by me.

Hey, there will soon be CloudBooks out there too! (Yes, the Everex site still says touchdown this Friday, February 15th.)

CloudBook, Do You Haiku?

Well Now. Look Who’s Being Searched For!

February 12, 2008

In my WordPress Dashboard of search terms that have led people to this blog:

officer rivieri
baltimore skateboard rivieri
baltimore police skateboard

It’s this guy.

Hmmmm … if these are lawyers building a case, please drop me a line so I can follow up.

Despite what’s happening with other police departments, this is still supposed to be America, right? And there is still freedom of speech? And only criminals should fear the police? Is that correct?

Ha Ha Ha! Best Buy Cements Its Rep!

February 12, 2008


How much compensation does a consumer deserve for the loss of a laptop computer loaded with personal information? Raelyn Campbell figures it’s $54 million — if you throw in a little extra for lost time and frustration.

Six months after bringing a damaged laptop computer into a Best Buy electronics store for repairs, and three months after the firm admitted losing it, Campbell filed the whopper of a lawsuit recently in Washington, D.C., Superior Court.

That’s not really the interesting part.

Read the Comments! Best Buy is ALL FAIL!

Did He Ever Fail Any Students?

February 12, 2008

Retired Teacher Reveals He Was Illiterate Until Age 48

OCEANSIDE, Calif. — John Corcoran graduated from college and taught high school for 17 years without being able to read, write or spell.

If he failed students, I smell a whopping lawsuit brewing …

What Country Is This Again?

February 12, 2008

Woman Calls Police for Help, Gets Violently Strip Searched
The victim was kept in a cell for six hours, was not allowed to make a phone call or to get medical assistance for cuts and bruises she received.

Quote 1:

Hope Steffey’s night started with a call to police for help. It ended with her face down, naked, and sobbing on a jail cell floor.

Quote 2:

When you’re finished watching the video of the strip search, go ask your favorite candidate of “hope” and “change” and all those other lies just exactly what he or she is going to do to end this rising nightmare of an authoritarian state.

She is, of course, suing. How I would like to be on that jury.

Go see the video. Get mad.

Update: The video has since made its way to YouTube. I can now embed it here. Watch it!

Steroid Rage? Viagra Failure?

February 12, 2008

Alleged officer of the law in Baltimore has fun verbally waterboarding a fourteen-year-old:

I see kids skateboarding all over the place in Manhattan. I’ve never seen this happen to them.

Why doesn’t Officer Rivieri do something constructive, like petitioning for a skateboard park?

Here’s the Baltimore Police Department website.

Presidential Campaign V.D.

February 12, 2008


A website claims a Barack Obama office has a combo Cuban-Che Guevara flag on its wall.

Some people who claim to be Democrats have a freak-out.

Some Obama opponents wonder about his fealty to this country.

Of note: The second link’s screensnap does not show the caption Fox obviously changed:

The office featured in this video is funded by volunteers of the Barack Obama Campaign and is not an official headquarters for his campaign.

Months to go and the limits of my disgust are already being reached.

The body politic is sick and there aren’t enough antibiotics to heal it.

Goodbye, Middle Class. And Good Luck!

February 12, 2008

GM offers buyouts to 74,000
Auto giant aims to replace much of U.S. workforce with lower-paid new hires, dangling $140,000 buyouts to UAW members to stem North American losses.

NEW YORK ( — In an effort to shave ongoing losses, General Motors offered lucrative buyouts Tuesday to 74,000 employees – its entire U.S. hourly workforce.

The nation’s largest automaker announced the latest round of buyouts as it reported another loss on its core auto operations in the fourth quarter, which combined with charges taken earlier in the year left GM (GM, Fortune 500) with a company-record $38.7 billion net loss for 2007.

To try to stem automotive losses that have dogged the company since 2005, the company is making a range of offers, up to cash payments of $140,000 to the remaining 74,000 GM workers represented by the United Auto Workers union.

The goal is not to reduce headcount but rather to bring in new workers at a lower cost.

About 46,000 of the GM employees are eligible to retire today and they can take pension incentives worth between $45,000 to $62,500 to retire.

In addition there are inducements for those who are within five years of retirement to leave early and receive benefits.

Those who leave and agree to sever all ties with the company – including giving up lucrative pension and health care coverage – will receive a lump sum of $140,000 if they have 10 years of service. They will receive $70,000 if they have less than 10 years of service.

Emphasis added by me.

If this isn’t the Endgame for the American standard of living, I don’t know what is. It’s also the Endgame for Corporate Management too. Let’s see what obscene bonuses and stock options the Suits get once this mass-murdering of the American worker has been completed.

Wait and see the kind of “new workers” GM gets. Mexicans living twenty to an apartment, fifty in one house. Being able to afford the house and apartment because the workers they’re replacing no longer can.

Hello, Middle Class American. Welcome to your future:

— from Roger & Me

Readius Folding eBook Reader

February 12, 2008

Readius e-paper 3G cellphone hands-on video

It looks interesting. Personally, I’d be too worried about the “paper” developing cracks as I fold and unfold it many times during the day.