Monday, May 7, 2012

Tornado Spotted in Oxfordshire, England

A tornado was spotted on Monday in Oxfordshire, England. It was part of a storm that uprooted trees and threw down hail.

The twister was spotted all over that area of England, with some witnesses even driving under it as it came down.

Tornadoes aren't all that rare in England, but hardly ever show the size and damage amounts of ones in the US. Less than two weeks ago, another storm spawned at least two, one of which went through the town of Rugby, causing some damage.

On Sunday, a tornado went through Tsukuba, Japan. It was responsible for the death of one, injuries to several others, and the destruction of many buildings.

Remembering: VE Day

May 7, 1945 Germany is at the peace table with Allied forces.

General Alfred Jodl is representing the forces of Germany, and tries to only gain a surrender with the western Allies, so that they may try and fight off the Russians.

But General Dwight D. Eisenhower demands complete and total unconditional surrender of all German forces.

Grand Admiral Karl Donitz, the current leader of Germany, authorizes Jodl to accept the terms.

Russian General Ivan Susloparov and French General Francois Sevez sign as witnesses, and American General Walter Bedell Smith signs for the Allied Forces.

The war in Europe was officially over, Victory in Europe had come.

Most of the world celebrates May 8 as VE Day, but it was May 7 when peace came.

The Art of Hypocritical Thinking

The amount of hate directed at George Zimmerman never ceases to amaze me. Do a Google search of "kill Zimmerman" and you will see the extent of the hate/threats of violence directed at him.

The irony is that those who are upset/angry with what happened to Trayvon Martin are conducting themselves in the way that had originally upset them, but can’t comprehend that. They only care that their version is perceived as the right one whether they are right or wrong.

They act in a mob mentality, where they will vocalize their hate for Zimmerman and others will join in with them. There seems to be a sense of being able to do and say anything they want and no one should be able to shut them up.

At one point there was a Twitter account "killzimmerman", which was set up by someone shortly after the killing of Trayvon Martin so that they and others could tweet their hatred and threats of violence against George Zimmerman.

Then there are those like Spike Lee who tweeted what he thought was Zimmerman’s address which gives those who are inclined to go there and harass/threaten Zimmerman. Unfortunately, the address was wrong and innocent parties were harassed.

Then there is Twitter itself. They are basically silent on their service being used to threaten people. I do believe in freedom of speech which means you take the good with the bad but there are limitations to that free speech such as you can't yell "fire" in a theatre, etc.

Below is the correspondence I had with Twitter.
How can we help?: Offensive content Reported user(s): @ killzimmerman
Offensive Tweet:!/KillZimmerman/status/185114089876488192
How long ago did this begin?: within the week How many times has this happened?: daily Blocked user(s): No

Description of problem: This username and what is being posted is just disgusting and I can’t believe this has been allowed to go on for so long. I did not join Twitter to see this kind of crap.

This was their response back.

This is a message to let you know that we’ve received your report and we’re taking a look into your issue. If we find that your report can be resolved through our help articles, you may not hear back from us. Below are common issues that can be resolved through our Help Center articles:
Reporting for another Twitter user: Whether they are a friend or a celebrity, we’ll need to be in contact with the person directly involved. If you are a friend of the person affected by this issue, please have them file a ticket.

Reporting bullying or harassment:  As a policy, we do not mediate content or intervene in disputes between users. This means that users are allowed to post potentially inflammatory content, provided that they do not violate the Twitter Terms of Service and Rules.

Here is some additional information about dealing with bullying:

Reporting offensive content:  As a policy, we do not mediate content, including potentially offensive content. Twitter provides a communication service that allows controversial posts even though some may disagree with the content. We understand that everyone has different levels of sensitivity towards content, and that you may feel uncomfortable with the posted content. If there is something that you don’t agree with, or find insulting, it’s best to block that user.

This help page has instructions on blocking other users:

Twitter Trust & Safety

This was my response back:
Thank you for your reply, although I am not impressed with the response. I do understand what free speech is but there IS a difference between free speech and speech that promotes violence (free speech does have limitations to it such as you are NOT allowed to yell fire in a theater). Taking the route that you have is a cop out. Having the handle @ killzimmerman is way different than getting upset and posting a comment.

 Sincerely A Current Twitter User,

There were also two separate instances where NBC employees were caught selectively editing audio/video to make it look like Zimmerman was racist/guilty. When you have companies like Twitter and the media being in cahoots no wonder people feel entitled to behave any way they believe. There were those in leadership roles taking advantage of the situation inflaming the situation. There is now a lawsuit against NBC, Al Sharpton, and the lawyers for the Martin family by George Zimmerman.

How is the relationship between different races helped by this? Where is the outrage when it is for instance black on black attacks? Are those victims any less important and where is the outrage when it happens? The race baiting does no one or any community any good. What is the sleight of hand for? What is really being hidden from us when those in the know push the hatred buttons?

We deserve better starting from the top down. Isn’t it time for them to be held accountable!