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Border Patrol agency applicants keep admitting to serious crimes during polygraphs

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Customs and Border Protection has an employment crisis. After a massive growth in ranks through the 2000s, the agency has been steadily losing Border Patrol staff since 2011, even as President Trump demands more. The problems are manifold, including low pay for jobs in remote areas. To widen the applicant pool, some lawmakers are now trying to do away with a prominent hurdle: polygraph exams. But documents show the polygraph interview has been catching an array of disturbing crimes at Customs, including corruption, murder, and child pornography.

All applicants for Customs law enforcement jobs, including with Border Patrol, are currently required to take a polygraph, as part of a...

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ChrisDL
3 hours ago
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fun fact: polygraphs don't actually work. Except of course for the fact that people who believe they work might tell you the truth because they feel they have no choice. Which (I feel) adds another nice little layer of absurdity to the border protection people wanting to remove the thing that causes people to admit murders and other stuff from the test haha.
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duerig
3 hours ago
It is a bit disturbing to think that one of the things keeping our over-reaching law enforcement agencies in check amounts to the placebo effect.
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Chilling video footage of a 1939 pro-Nazi rally at Madison Square Garden

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On February 20, 1939, a crowd of 20,000 gathered at Madison Square Garden for a “Pro-American” rally sponsored by the German American Bund, a pro-Nazi organization. I’d seen photos of the event, but I didn’t know there was film footage as well.

There is a moment during an on-stage scuffle involving a protestor (a Brooklyn man named Isadore Greenbaum), right around the 4:15 mark, when a young boy in the background rubs his hands and does a gleeful jig — I…I don’t even know what to say about how I felt watching that. After Greenbaum is spirited away, his clothes nearly ripped from his body, the crowd roars. As director Marshall Curry said in an interview about the film:

In the end, America pulled away from the cliff, but this rally is a reminder that things didn’t have to work out that way. If Roosevelt weren’t President, if Japan hadn’t attacked, is it possible we would have skated through without joining the war? And if Nazis hadn’t killed American soldiers, is it possible that their philosophy wouldn’t have become so taboo here?

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Tags: Nazis   NYC   politics   USA   video   World War II
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ChrisDL
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dreadhead
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Vancouver Island, Canada
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Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Smell this

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Click here to go see the bonus panel!

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If this looks familiar it's because yesterday I uploaded it with a typo, in which the dad was offering to taste the kid's sore throat. That may literally be the creepiest typo in the history of typoes.

New comic!
Today's News:

Hey New York! We're coming to you next week. The events are ticketed and relatively small, so grab one whilst available!

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ChrisDL
4 days ago
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noooo they caught it!
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linforcer
2 days ago
it was great while it lasted
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The Opening of 'The World’s Most Useless Airport' in Remote Saint Helena (16 photos)

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Last weekend, after five years of construction and controversy, the tiny and isolated British island of Saint Helena welcomed its first scheduled commercial flight. Saint Helena, a British Overseas Territory in the South Atlantic Ocean, is one of the most remote islands in the world—a volcanic outcrop with an area of only 47 square miles. According to Reuters, the only way to access the island previously was by sea, “a five-night voyage from Cape Town.” The new airport, servicing the 4,500 island inhabitants with flights from South Africa, was built at a cost of $374 million. Construction was completed in 2016, but test flights ran into serious weather-related problems, pushing the opening back more than a year, leading to the nickname “world’s most useless airport.” Gathered here are a handful of images from the inaugural flight and from around Saint Helena.

A picture taken from the inaugural commercial flight between Johannesburg, South Africa, and the British Overseas Territory of Saint Helena shows the cliffs of the volcanic tropical island in the South Atlantic Ocean on October 14, 2017. (Gianluigi Guercia / AFP / Getty)
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sarcozona
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I kind of want to visit
ChrisDL
5 days ago
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awesome.
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dreadhead
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Vancouver Island, Canada
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Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Does this smell funny?

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Am I screaming or did I just imagine that?

New comic!
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HEY! GUYS! WE WERE ON NPR!

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ChrisDL
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hopefully before he fixes the comic: "dad i have a sore throat", "let me TASTE it" ....
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fxer
4 days ago
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"taste it," possible Terminator? https://i.stack.imgur.com/ceoSt.gif
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Uncomfortable by Design: A Series of Deliberately Inconvenient Everyday Objects [ARTICLE]

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Designers are regularly called upon to develop innovative products for everyday problems. Thinking even further outside the box, one designer is working in reverse on innovative ways to problematize existing solutions with results that are “designed to annoy you.”

“This project started after I failed to finish my studies in industrial design around 2011,” explains Athens-based architect Katerina Kamprani, “and it has continued to grow ever since.” Forks, mugs, keys, watering cans, wine glasses, chairs, even staircases and doors — no household object is safe from her frustrating manipulations.

Sometimes, the twist is slight — rearranging the intersection of a broom and its handle, for instance, without changing either core element fundamentally. But this small change makes a big difference.

A redesign can also be dysfunctional while remaining aesthetically appealing, like a forked champagne flute or wrapped wine glass. It’s only when one thinks to drink that the problem becomes evident.

Kamprani’s goal is in part “to deconstruct the invisible design language of simple everyday objects and tweak their fundamental properties” in order to surprise and challenge observers.

But there is a method to the apparent madness, too — Kamprani also aims to evoke an appreciation of the “complexity and depth of interactions with the simplest of objects around us.”

Kamprani started out with 3D renderings of these irksome design objects, but is now also beginning to prototype some of them — so keep an eye out for new products at your local inconvenience store.

She has also exhibited her designs in cities around the world, including Athens, Berlin, Milan, Brussels and Lodz. For more of these confounding pieces, see her online gallery at The Uncomfortable.

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DMack
6 days ago
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I love this stuff, it's like the chairs in that SNL sketch with maya rudolph
Victoria, BC
ChrisDL
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