Trump supporter calls 911 on black Lyft driver for not turning on the radio

Can we nominate this driver for a Nobel Peace Prize?

A Trump supporter who berated his Lyft driver with the N word has been fired from his job after a video of the harassment went viral.

Lyft driver Shawn Pepas Lettman of Brooklyn, N.Y., calmly filmed the 16-minute tirade by passenger Robert Ortiz and his two friends, who called the New York City police after Lettman refused to turn on the radio. “I feel racially profiled … because I’m not black,” Ortiz tells the 911 operator. He later adds, “If this guy does anything to threaten my life, I have to defend myself. … I’m a little fearful.”

Friday Guest Cat Blogging

Today’s mental health break is brought to us by David:

Hi Chris-
Sending a picture of our Tony, adopted from the Humane Society back in 2007 when he was two. His coat has darkened quite a bit since then and he’s incredibly tolerant of the small dog we also adopted. We refer to him as our Man of Action and he shows no sign of slowing down as he races around the house in his old age.

I agree- there cannot be enough cat pictures.

Why Do You Sneeze in the Sun?

Yes, I sneeze at the sun. My wife doesn’t. I thought she had something wrong with her. Turns out, I’m the one with the rare genetic condtion.

Have you ever stepped out on a sunny day only to be struck by a bout of sneezes? If yes, you likely suffer from a rare genetic condition that has been baffling scientists for millennia. Photic sneeze reflex—also known as autosomal compelling helio-ophthalmic outburst, or ACHOO—affects 10% of the world’s population. Scientists from Aristotle to Francis Bacon have had their own conjectures about the syndrome, but modern science has proved all these theories wrong. As scientists today continue to try to solve the ACHOO effect, the answer might not be as simple as you think.