I went looking for something to write my last post about today, and found a small pile of stuff that made me go 'wha...?' -- for a whole bunch of different reasons. So I decided to write a quick catch-up on the internet's WTF moments I've noticed lately.
17 year old weed kingpin
A teenager in Ohio has been arrested for running a drug ring that, according to CNN, was making over $20,000 a month. So, a brilliant and enterprising young man learns economics, math, and sociology while providing for an economic demand in his community.
The drug ring was growing their own weed, so this money isn't ultimately filtering back up to drug lords or terrorist groups.
WTF level: MEDIUM
Florida police officers shoot a dude for basically no reason
(via Phil DeFranco)
Cops showed up outside Andrew Lee Scott's apartment door at 1:30am and started pounding, without mentioning that they were, you know, cops. He answered the door carrying a gun, because there were strangers pounding on his door at 1:30am. The cops saw the gun, and shot him. He's dead now.
The guy they were looking for lived in a different house. The police officers didn't even have a good reason to knock on Scott's door -- the suspect's motorcycle was just nearby. They certainly didn't have a good reason to conceal their identities.
Lieutennant John Herrell had this to say:
"It's just a bizarre set of circumstances. The bottom line is, you point a gun at a deputy sheriff or police office, you're going to get shot."
The officer who fired the gun, and two other officers who were on the scene, are on administrative leave. What should have happened: they should have been fired, charged with manslaughter, and everyone in the Lake County PD should have to take a training course in not shooting people all the time.
WTF level: HIGH
Obama booed for cookie preference
Yesterday, in Cincinnati, President Obama was booed when he mentioned that he preferred Thin Mints to all other Girl Scout cookies.
This surprised me. For several reasons. First, I didn't realized they took cookies that seriously in Cincinnati. Maybe it's time to visit Ohio. Second, as someone who has long preferred Samoas (aka Caramel deLites), I always felt as though I was in a serious minority. Like my family grudgingly ordered one box, mostly for me, out of an order that was primarily made up of Thin Mints.
This is the funny kind of WTF, and it reaffirms my intention to vote for Obama that we share a cookie preference.
WTF level: LOW
UK Judge puts a gag order on riot documentary
(via Boing Boing)
A secret UK court has secretly banned a documentary using a secret law for secret reasons. The documentary is about the UK riots that were in the news last year, and features actors portraying interviews with anonymous rioters. The producers intend to appeal the decision, but why the hell is the decision happening at all?
WTF level: HIGH
Lydia Bennet has a channel
Anyone following the Lizzie Bennet diaries has met Lizzie's little sister, Lydia Bennet. Well, now Lydia has her own YouTube channel, to which I've subscribed. I recommend checking it out if you follow the show -- and watching Lizzie Bennet if you don't.
WTF level: GOOD