Report: Darren Wilson’s Key Witness Lied About Everything


In a damning new report by the Smoking Gun, a crucial witness in the grand jury deciding whether to indict former Ferguson, Mo. police officer Darren Wilson is revealed as having fabricated her eyewitness account of the altercation between Wilson and unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9. “Witness 40,” identified as 45-year-old Sandra McElroy, has a documented history of racist remarks, criminal behavior, and mental illness.

I wish this case was some kind of bizarre anomaly in how these things are handled, but it seems to be pretty “normal.”

The Programmer’s Dream (A Ramble)

Nick Bradbury:

Then as I got even older I realized that the people in charge are as clueless as the rest of us. Like our software, our society just kind of happened over the years and it’s always on the verge of coming tumbling down. Nobody really knows what they’re doing or what they’re talking about.

If you can get over the sheer terror of that thought, it’s actually quite liberating.


Committee Study of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Detention and Interrogation Program

Full-text searchable version of the CIA torture report. The monsters that put this into place and the monsters that carried it out should not have a place in any society.

The Bush administration put these “techniques” into place, and the Obama administration made the people who did it immune to prosecution. I am disgusted and ashamed to live under a government that does this.


I’m turning off my stylesheets for the rest of 2014. And probably some of 2015. It’s an experiment. Plus it will force me to do a full redesign when the time comes.

We used to do this kind of stuff all the time before the internet got all serious and everyone started pretending to know what they were doing.

Joel Spolsky announces Trello, Inc.

His “business operating system” sounds like a damn fine blueprint for creating a successful company that good people want to work for.

That architecture is all the stuff I spent ten years ranting on this blog about, but y’all don’t listen, so I’m just going to have to build company after company that runs my own wacky operating system, and eventually you’ll catch on. It’s OK to put people first. You don’t have to be a psychopath or work people to death or create heaps of messy code or work in noisy open offices.