Bwoglines: Dubious Morals Edition

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Justice, get some

A video surfaced earlier this week in which a police officer using pepper spray on a protester. Responding to public outcries, the NYPD is investigating the incident. The officer accused of seasoning the protester is already under police protection after receiving death threats. (NYTimes, Gothamist)

Maybe the cop was a just a big fan of Mill—Working with a professor from Cornell, Columbia’s own Daniel Bartels “found a strong link between utilitarian answers to moral dilemmas (push the fat guy off the bridge) and personalities that were psychopathic, Machiavellian or tended to view life as meaningless.” (Economist)

The terrorists are getting crafty. A 26-year-old was arrested yesterday for plotting to blow up the Pentagon using a remote-controlled model airplane. (AP, Fastcompany)

Using the best and brightest minds of the 21st generation, technology pioneer Google secretly rolled out Google Gaydar, an algorithm that guesses a celebrity’s sexual orientation based on web-chatter. Whether morally reprehensible or just sort of weird, unclear. (Gawker)

Dramatic legal stock photography via wikimedia.

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  1. I really hope the Google thing  

    is just them teasing all the people obsessively googling "Is _ _ gay?" There's no way they can be serious with that.

  2. Anonymous  

    Yeah. Is it just me or is that google thing extremely offensive?

  3. Anonymous

    The google thing IS offensive, but I believe it's part of an extensive question/answer feature. For example, when you google "How old is Jennifer Lopez?" It says "Best guess for Jennifer Lopez age is 42 years (July 24, 1969)" It should still be modified or removed, but I don't think Google's intention was for this to be used as an absolute gaydar.

  4. Anonymous

    COPY EDIT BWOG: A video surfaced earlier this week in which a police officer using pepper spray on a protester.
    What about this sentence doesn't make sense?

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