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'Incredibly Creepy' Billboards to Track Behavior of Passers-By by nekuin news

[–]mustbecurious 2 points3 points ago

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this is r interesting because human-adaptable facades are a thing in our studio rn

but i was more like 'cool beans' cause i didn't realise the creepy implications

Westboro Baptist founder Fred Phelps Sr. dead at 84 by Greyin news

[–]frogsimple 9 points10 points agox2

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Phelps took cases on behalf of African-American clients alleging racial discrimination by school systems, and a predominantly black American Legion post which had been raided by police, alleging racially based police abuse. Phelps' law firm obtained settlements for some clients. Phelps also sued President Ronald Reagan over Reagan's appointment of a U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, alleging this violated separation of church and state. The case was dismissed by the U.S. district court. Phelps' law firm, staffed by himself and family members also represented non-white Kansans in discrimination actions against Kansas City Power and Light, Southwestern Bell, and the Topeka City Attorney, and represented two female professors alleging discrimination in Kansas universities. In the 1980s, Phelps received awards from the Greater Kansas City Chapter of Blacks in Government and the Bonner Springs branch of the NAACP, for his work on behalf of black clients.

yet also

A formal complaint was filed against Phelps on November 8, 1977, by the Kansas State Board of Law Examiners for his conduct during a lawsuit against a court reporter named Carolene Brady (...) Phelps called Brady to the stand, declared her a hostile witness, and then cross-examined her for nearly a week, during which he accused her of being a "slut", tried to introduce testimony from former boyfriends whom Phelps wanted to subpoena, and accused her of a variety of perverse sexual acts, ultimately reducing her to tears (...) In an appeal, Phelps prepared affidavits swearing to the court that he had eight witnesses whose testimony would convince the court to rule in his favor. Brady, in turn, obtained sworn, signed affidavits from the eight people in question, all of whom said that Phelps had never contacted them

and

Nathan Phelps, estranged son of Fred (...) alleges that, in addition to hurting others, his father used to physically abuse his wife and children by beating them with his fists and with the handle of a mattock to the point of bleeding. Phelps' brother Mark has supported and repeated Nathan's claims

So he really was just a colossal piece of shit throughout his life, who happened to have one period where he did a lot of good. My theory is that there were actually two, twin brothers, one good and one evil, and that evil Fred killed good Fred sometime in the mid 70s.

Or maybe it's that even people that shitty still couldn't tolerate Jim Crow laws...

Nelson Mandela, international civil rights icon, dies at 95 by [deleted]in news

[–]madbro_mcstarcraft 6 points7 points ago

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this is sad news.