Calgary Police arrest Aziz Mohammed Madi, Arlsan Khan, Kamaal Maxamud Jaamac and a minor for anti-Semitic assault

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Calgary Police arrest Aziz Mohammed Madi, Arlsan Khan and a 16 year-old minor for anti-Semitic assaults which occurred on July 18, 2014.

Kamaal Maxamud Jaamac was later arrested for an anti-Semitic assault which took place in Calgary on the same day.

Calgary Police are still looking for the following Person Of Interest:

How city authorities created a powder keg in Ferguson, Missouri

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How city authorities created a powder keg in Ferguson, Missouri

Alex Tabarrok at Marginal Revolution makes his case by quoting Arch City Defenders, and analyzing the numbers:

…Despite Ferguson’s relative poverty, fines and court fees comprise the second largest source of revenue for the city, a total of $2,635,400. In 2013, the Ferguson Municipal Court disposed of 24,532 warrants and 12,018 cases, or about 3 warrants and 1.5 cases per household.

You don’t get $321 in fines and fees and 3 warrants per household from an about-average crime rate. You get numbers like this from bullshit arrests for jaywalking and constant “low level harassment involving traffic stops, court appearances, high fines, and the threat of jail for failure to pay.”

If you have money, for example, you can easily get a speeding ticket converted to a non-moving violation. But if you don’t have money, it’s often the start of a downward spiral that is hard to pull out of…

This really does sound quite damning.

Solar power facility kills large numbers of birds

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Solar power facility kills large numbers of birds

“It’s a bird, it’s aflame:”

But once the birds enter the focal field of the mirrors, called the “solar flux,” injury or death can occur in a few seconds. The reflected light from the mirrors is 800 to 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Either the birds are incinerated in flight; their feathers are singed, causing them to fall to their deaths; or they are too injured to fly and are killed on the ground by predators, according to a report by the National Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory…

Once ignited, the birds plummet to the ground like tiny meteors; workers at the Ivanpah facility have taken to referring to such events as “streamers.” Observers witnessed “an average of one streamer event every two minutes.” The flare-ups also occur when dust or insects are ignited, but birds cause an alarming number of them. Last October, researchers from the US Fish and Wildlife Service collected 141 bird carcasses from Ivanpah over the course of just three days.