Wednesday, February 22, 2017

NASA's TRAPPIST-1e travel poster



High-res.

Gallery 1988 is "sending out an open call to prospective artists for upcoming shows"

"We’re looking for 3-4 jpegs or a link to a website in order to see your work and style. We’re not asking for a certain theme. Send all submissions with the email subject 'SUBMISSION' to gallery1988east@gmail.com."

Strong The Budo and Bemular figures available for preorder



New preorders: S.H. Figuarts Strong The Budo and Bemular. Also, some new Eaglemoss figurines: Jane Foster Thor and Predalien.

"A.T.F. Filled Secret Bank Account With Millions From Shadowy Cigarette Sales"

NYT:

Working from an office suite behind a Burger King in southern Virginia, operatives used a web of shadowy cigarette sales to funnel tens of millions of dollars into a secret bank account. They weren’t known smugglers, but rather agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The operation, not authorized under Justice Department rules, gave agents an off-the-books way to finance undercover investigations and pay informants without the usual cumbersome paperwork and close oversight, according to court records and people close to the operation.

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The scheme relied on phony shipments of snack food disguised as tobacco. The agents were experts: Their job was to catch cigarette smugglers, so they knew exactly how it was done.

"New York Food Blogger Busted for Cheating in Fort Lauderdale Half Marathon"

MNT:

after the race, someone tipped off Derek Murphy, a business analyst by day who has become the world's best internet sleuth at busting cheating runners.

He began digging into Seo's time and soon came across a prime piece of evidence: a photo of her at the finish line that clearly showed her race-tracking Garmin watch. He enlarged the photo, which showed the watch matched her time of 1 hour 22 minutes but also showed she had covered only 11.65 miles — nearly two miles short of the full race.

Time has a "Top 10 Comas" list

"A factory chicken today takes just 47 days to grow to an average weight of about 6.24 pounds. In 1965, they took 63 days to grow to just 3.48 pounds"

"Forget about Rhode Island Reds or Leghorns: Today, your tenders are more likely to come from a Ross 708 (a “high meat yielding bird”) or the Hubbard M99."

"The two young women were what South Korean intelligence calls 'lizard’s tails,' expendable assets to be cast off after an operation"

NYT:

Guided by North Korean agents, they practiced at malls in Kuala Lumpur, then set their sights on the target: Kim Jong-nam, the estranged elder brother of North Korea’s erratic leader, Kim Jong-un.

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If the women really had poison on their hands, the embassy statement said, “then how is it possible that these female suspects could still be alive?”

One possible theory is that each woman used a single chemical that became lethal only when mixed with another. The Malaysian police, however, said that the substance or substances used in the attack had not yet been identified.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Abzu is 70% off



$5.99 at Humble Store.

Picked up from my wishlist: War Dogs: The True Story of How Three Stoners From Miami Beach Became the Most Unlikely Gunrunners in History

$2.99 at Amazon (turned into a movie starring Jonah Hill).

"investigators theorize that a wealthy collector known as 'The Astronomer' may have hired the thieves to steal the books for him"

"Thieves Rappelled Into a London Warehouse in Rare Book Heist"

Mall of America Writer-in-Residence Contest

MoA:

The Writer-in-Residence Contest will give a special scribe the chance to spend five days deeply immersed in the Mall atmosphere while writing on-the-fly impressions in their own words. The contest winner will stay in an attached hotel for four nights, receive a $400 gift card to buy food and drinks and collect a generous honorarium for the sweat and tears they’ll put into their prose.