This MEGAFORCE picture vehicle has been in front of this Army Surplus store on Pacific Coast Highway since I was a kid.#DeedsNotWords pic.twitter.com/z52am28FgN— WILL McCRABB (@mccrabb_will) April 1, 2018
Saturday, March 31, 2018
"Thirty years after Gao Chengyong embarked on a succession of 11 rape-murders of women in northwest China, a court sentenced him to death"
by 2011, the detectives in Baiyin had acquired technology to trace DNA clues, and five years later a relative of Mr. Gao had his DNA sample taken after he was suspected of giving kickbacks. Their shared traits led the investigators to Mr. Gao, who was then running a small store in a school in Baiyin with his wife.
Friday, March 30, 2018
One of the most intriguing stories of the Syrian conflict yet to be written is *whether* a Syrian general was replaced by an impersonator after he was killed in battle, and how he in his latter character became Russia's man in the Syrian military: https://t.co/rQYR5b91hv pic.twitter.com/tku36g3hIz— Hassan Hassan حَسَنْ (@hxhassan) March 30, 2018
the shrewd group of smugglers would use drones to fly a pair of cables from the windows of two Shenzhen high-rise buildings to the roof of a village home across the border in Hong Kong, about 100 meters away.
The smugglers would then work from midnight to dawn transporting packages of second-hand smartphones across the cable, zipping over the boundary fence and into the mainland.
For five days now hundreds of Central Americans — children, women, and men, most of them from Honduras — have boldly crossed immigration checkpoints, military bases, and police in a desperate, sometimes chaotic march toward the United States. Despite their being in Mexico without authorization, no one has made any effort to stop them.
Pueblos Sin Fronteras counted about 1,200 people on the first day.
The protective detail then broke down the building’s glass-paneled front door and ascended two flights to Pruitt’s $50-a-night bedroom, where two sources tell ABC News he was found groggy, rising from a nap. It is unclear what led to the panic that caused the response. Pruitt declined medical attention, and a police report was never filed.
The EPA eventually agreed to reimburse the condo owner for the damage to the door, a source familiar with the arrangement told ABC News.
This image of Peter Weller as he sits there getting his bloody arm stump prosthetic worked on is an Eternal Mood. pic.twitter.com/GtmDXZl3v9— Bill Smiley (@neokefka_99) March 30, 2018
you won't bloody believe what I just found at the tip shop pic.twitter.com/rlKTjp4bzH— thomas violence (@thomas_violence) March 31, 2018
Thursday, March 29, 2018
This year, most of the quarterback scores have been made public by former NFL scout John Middlekauff. He listed off the scores on a recent Fox Sports Radio podcast appearance on "The Herd With Colin Cowherd."
The guns were kept in a 1920s-era vault in a municipal building on North Alameda.
Compton officials struggled for months to say where they came from, and now where a load of them have gone.
Now Rhambo, the Sheriff's Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are asking: Who stole 31 of them?
The mystery of the missing guns is the second troubling revelation to hit city leaders this month.
UConn recovered $50,000 in salary automatically deposited in the account of a professor after he was killed
Officials at UConn Health asked police to check on Bigazzi’s well-being after they hadn’t heard from him for months. UConn Health officers went to his Burlington home on Feb. 5, knocked at the door and heard activity in the house, but got no response.
Bigazzi’s wife and the person facing a murder charge in connection with his death, paid the money to the university through her attorney
The diesel cars that Volkswagen is buying back have made their way to the California desert. https://t.co/DRWNldfc1P pic.twitter.com/cRs7wgFOcx— Laura J. Nelson (@laura_nelson) March 29, 2018
"In the last few days, word has spread among independent erotica authors on social media that Amazon was quietly changing its policies for erotic novels"
"have reported that their books were stripped of their best seller rankings—essentially hiding them from casual browsing on the site, and separating them from more mainstream, safe-for-work titles."
“The show isn’t an information delivery device. It’s an experience delivery device."
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
"China’s first space station, Tiangong-1, abandoned and out of control, is expected to drop out of orbit around this weekend, with pieces of it likely to survive the fiery re-entry and crash somewhere on Earth"
"a space debris analyst at the European Space Agency, said the risk [of being struck] is 'significantly smaller than being hit by lightning.'"
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Thought somebody was honestly chasing me home with a flute I was so scared and then I realized it was the wind blowing through the holes of my crutches ahahahahahhahahaha ahahhaahahah ahahhahaah shat it— onion o neill (@geaney_) March 14, 2018
I assume my wife found this in the Trader Joe's aisle labeled "Treats To Haunt Your Dreams." pic.twitter.com/qS636VSG7Y— Joseph Scrimshaw (@JosephScrimshaw) March 15, 2018
FYI I received this email from @venmo asking me about a repayment I'd tried to send to @ganzeer for a purchase we made at a #Persian grocery store in Aurora, CO. This level of surveillance is super unsettling and I'll be closing my venmo account. You might want to do the same. pic.twitter.com/RGPcUk5vRH— Kelsey P. Norman (@kelseypnorman) March 27, 2018
a horror movie about removing your contacts when you're not quite sure if you're wearing contacts— Anthony Oliveira (@meakoopa) March 25, 2018
手袋に興味津々な海外のエビが可愛い pic.twitter.com/AXijt6Ojxd— 海外の万国反応記 (@all_nations2) March 25, 2018
me in 2033: look, if you'd asked me if one of the central things i'd need to work on now is cleaning the filters on the crematorium closest to the plague zone, there's no way i thought that's what i'd be doing— Max Read (@max_read) March 22, 2018
went on tinder during the library workshop and matched with one of these librarians; SOS please send help— Kristen Arnett (@Kristen_Arnett) March 20, 2018
Yeah I'm p good with the old Microsoft Office [i accidentally click the button that makes all the paragraph symbols appear] ah she's fucked— Bea_ker (@bea_ker) March 10, 2017
Just checked into my B&B. There is definitely not human soul trapped in that picture right? pic.twitter.com/xXFcZSrDWq— Captain Awkward (@CAwkward) March 19, 2018
I just watched a gender reveal video on Facebook where a guy puts a watermelon full of blue jello in a live alligator's mouth and then after the "reveal" the man has to wrestle the alligator to stop it from attacking his family pic.twitter.com/jJ1PSLCSQ0— Ryan Broderick (@broderick) March 27, 2018
From November: "In an attempt to combat the rise of revenge porn on its platform, Facebook is asking users to upload any nude photos they think may be distributed without consent"
Facebook's community operations team uses "image matching technology" to prevent the image being uploaded or shared online. At least one "specially-trained representative" will review your image(s) before hashing them.
Monday, March 26, 2018
"The owners of the National Enquirer have a slick, ad-free magazine on U.S. newsstands praising crown prince Mohammed bin Salman—and insist they had no outside help for it"
Greeting MBS on newsstands is a high-quality glossy advertisement for MBS, The New Kingdom. It retails for $13.99, has no ads and its 200,000 copies can be found in venues ranging from U.S. airports to WalMart, Safeway and Kroger’s — raising questions about the magazine’s financing and its origins. The Saudis say they don’t know how it came to be. AMI, which publishes The National Enquirer, insists it had no outside editorial or financial assistance
Yankee Stadium in 2018 will feature Judge, Stanton, Sanchez and thick cut bacon on a stick! pic.twitter.com/G4lYfaF7o2— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) March 26, 2018
This is pretty incredible. @BluePointBrewer at @yankeestadium is printing players’ faces on beer this season (also coffee and some food). @TheJudge44, @ElGarySanchez, @Giancarlo818 and @AChapman_105 are loaded into the system already with more to come. #Yankees pic.twitter.com/FlybIy6bTj— Jeff Eisenband (@JeffEisenband) March 26, 2018
"Harrowing sculptures have been unveiled on top of ITV’s London buildings to raise awareness around male suicide"
Wow. ITV currently have 84 statues across their buildings. They are for #Project84 to represent the 84 men who die from suicide every week. A brilliant way to make the invisible, visible. It is getting people talking about something we don't like to talk about. Well done, ITV. pic.twitter.com/0ImEEI4Zn5— Matt Haig (@matthaig1) March 26, 2018
"ITV HQ has shown its support for this important issue by promoting the 'Project 84' campaign launched by charity CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably)."
TFW you are searching for easter cookies to make and this STIGMATA HORROR shows up.— HoToyNoodle (@hotoynoodle) March 18, 2018
smh, you creepy mofo catholics. pic.twitter.com/I7yBJxFB6B
Sunday, March 25, 2018
"Researchers from the University of Cambridge found evidence that Iceland's conversion to Christianity was linked to a massive eruption shortly after the island was settled"
The eruption of Eldgjá was a lava flood, which produced prolonged lava flows across the island, literally flooding the landscape with lava.
The earliest settlers of Iceland, a combination of Vikings and Celts around 874, were exposed to this massive eruption just two or three generations after inhabiting the island. This led to a massive cultural, health, and economic impact on the settlers during the early years.
The eruption was chronicled across Europe with accounts of a weakened blood-red Sun, cool summer, bitterly cold winter, drought, famine, and locust infestations. By the 940s there was widespread starvation and death from northern Europe to northern China.
카일로님 수프림리더 인정이세요 진짜 무릎꿇엇어요 저 pic.twitter.com/EdPm6OBYke— oO(아나킨.. 다죽여..) (@be_brave_jay) March 12, 2018
퍼스트오더에도 토끼한마리 잇긴한데 pic.twitter.com/Wp1Qufqtir— oO(아나킨.. 다죽여..) (@be_brave_jay) March 12, 2018
아진짜— oO(아나킨.. 다죽여..) (@be_brave_jay) March 12, 2018
Saturday, March 24, 2018
The pouch store features pouches in every color; Please upload the original colors; MC Hammer LCD screen
Their pouch store is fully stocked with any color pouch you can imagine. It’s a magical place. pic.twitter.com/i2XlkYao1B— rico. chillmonger (@whoisrico) March 22, 2018
I can’t stand the cleaned up look of these older comics. These flat, simple colours weren’t meant to be seen on anything other then crappy paper. For me, the image on the right looks so much better. pic.twitter.com/K2LMqxnpi9— Eric Zawadzki (@ericxyz) March 19, 2018
honestly the prediction posts for #infinitywar are better than the movie is gonna be pic.twitter.com/psShUtjbbh— Klaudia Amenábar #SWRepMatters (@kaludiasays) March 23, 2018
extra points if he insists on referring to Peter as Peter Tonyson or Son of Tony, like he does with Phil.— Annalee Flower (@leeflower) March 23, 2018
Friday, March 23, 2018
"In Menlo Park, Calif., Facebook is building a real community and testing the proposition: Do people love tech companies so much they will live inside them?"
In the textile town of Lowell, Mass., in 1846, the mill clock slowed down to lengthen shifts and then sped up at night when the workers were off, according to one contemporary reformer. U.S. Steel built Gary, Ind., but took little responsibility for its employees, many of whom lived in substandard housing in crime-ridden neighborhoods.
There were more benign examples too. Milton Hershey began building a chocolate factory in the middle of Pennsylvania in 1903 and then surrounded it with a community where, he pledged, there would be “no poverty, no nuisances, no evil.” In return for surrendering certain rights — like local elections and privacy — workers in the town of Hershey got medical coverage, a free junior college, parks and a zoo.
I trained a neural network to generate new Dungeons and Dragons creatures, based on a dataset of 2,205 from the 2nd edition monster manual.https://t.co/8EuHt6dNXk pic.twitter.com/lbZ2SHeEHB— Janelle Shane (@JanelleCShane) March 23, 2018
And this is attempt two at generating D&D spells, this time with the entire 4th edition spellbook as training set. https://t.co/eps1FO7sZi pic.twitter.com/7qZsyOAvBw— Janelle Shane (@JanelleCShane) March 23, 2018
I offer a free signed copy of THE ARMORED SAINT to anyone who draws/paints/illustrates any of the below creatures and posts it. While supplies last. Offer good worldwide. https://t.co/w21wCsc9gi— Myke Cole (@MykeCole) March 23, 2018
Following Carr’s lead, we’ve put together a three-day itinerary featuring some of Los Angeles’s most iconic shooting locations. While some are well-known pilgrimage sites for film buffs, others are inconspicuous reminders that, like the most skilled of actors, Los Angeles can take on any role.
Labels: los angeles
"The superintendent of a Pennsylvania school district has . . . equipped his classrooms with 5-gallon buckets of river rocks for students to throw at an armed intruder"
"The schools call these buckets of rocks 'go buckets.'"
Thursday, March 22, 2018
"We’re at Mars, an exclusive three-day conference at a midcentury-modern hotel here in the California desert run by Amazon and its founder, Jeff Bezos, for some of the world’s most successful geeks"
For its first two years, Mars was largely secret; the most prominent image that leaked was a photo of Mr. Bezos piloting a 13-foot robot last year. This year, Amazon lifted the veil and invited a handful of reporters into Mr. Bezos’s brainiac pow-wow.
For Mars, Amazon and Mr. Bezos handpick the roughly 200 attendees
In the afternoon, we had a choice of activities, from falconry to Navy Seal training to sausage making.
Eighteen of us, including me, flew aerobatic planes.
Taking my new dog for a walk at the #MARS2018 conference. #BostonDynamics pic.twitter.com/vE6CXrvV3o— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) March 19, 2018
Our inside look at Mars, Jeff Bezos’s camp for astronauts, roboticists, Nobel prize winners, other brainiacs — and yours truly. #MARS2018 https://t.co/oUrnW8RfBA pic.twitter.com/LvIeQAg7r8— Jack Nicas (@jacknicas) March 22, 2018
"The Florida high school where a gunman killed 17 people last month will require students to carry only clear backpacks"
"Students also will be issued identification badges, which they will be required to wear at all times while in school."
"One Northwestern University professor . . . has worked with Gatorade to create a Band-Aid-like flexible patch that he said can will let you know you’re dehydrated by simply looking at it"
As the wearer begins to sweat, perspiration flows through microfluidic channels within the patch’s reservoirs, passing through food-coloring dye and indicating the levels of chloride within the sweat.
Users can then examine the patch to monitor both the level of dehydration and the concentration of chloride within the sweat. (Chloride levels are good indicators of total electrolyte loss, Rogers said.)
Athletes can even snap a picture with their smartphone to receive more detailed analysis.
All Systems Red by Martha Wells is great--after reading an advanced copy, I bought another copy for myself. The sequel, Artificial Condition, is also terrific. Highly recommended.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
"A massive government spending bill that Congress is expected to consider this week could include a provision exempting Minor League Baseball players from federal labor laws"
The exemption would represent the culmination of more than two years of lobbying by Major League Baseball, which has sought to preempt a spate of lawsuits that have been filed by minor leaguers alleging they have been illegally underpaid.
“We’re not saying that it shouldn’t go up,” he said. “We’re just saying that the formula of minimum wage and overtime is so incalculable. I would hate to think that a prospect is told, ‘You got to go home because you’re out of hours, you can’t have any extra batting practice.’
As I was interviewing them — but before we knew which test they could get — a sudden and jolting BEEP BEEP BEEP reverberated through the drugstore. “Fire alarm!” someone called out, and we evacuated to the street.
I’d never been in a drugstore when the fire alarm went off. There was no smoke and no fire.
"Latham & Watkins LLP, the country’s highest-grossing law firm, said Tuesday that its chairman, William Voge, is relinquishing his position and retiring from the firm after engaging in sexual communications"
"last year exceeded $3 billion in global revenue, the first firm to do so"
"Based on Law360’s work reviewing dozens of documents, Voge’s undoing began when he approached a woman online to 'help her engage in 'Christian reconciliation' with a member of the New Canaan Society.'"
"Based on Law360’s work reviewing dozens of documents, Voge’s undoing began when he approached a woman online to 'help her engage in 'Christian reconciliation' with a member of the New Canaan Society.'"
"Actress and activist, Lindsay Lohan, has teamed up with Lawyer.com to help consumers access quality legal services"
I can’t stop reading this extremely specific overview of Lindsay Lohan’s role at https://t.co/0Pbt15CGaF pic.twitter.com/WtqfKNJ3cB— LW (@lindseyweber) March 21, 2018
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
"Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was taken into custody Tuesday in connection with allegations that he received millions of euros in illegal campaign financing from the regime of the late Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi"
"the case . . . involves funding for his winning 2007 presidential campaign."
Republican Gov. Phil Bryant will appoint state Agriculture Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith to the Senate on Wednesday, where she’ll fill the seat vacated by Republican Sen. Thad Cochran
Mississippi is the only state, other than Vermont, to have never elected a woman to serve in the federal legislature
Monday, March 19, 2018
"Chaos broke out on Sunday night when a contentious winner-takes-all game of HQ Trivia abruptly ended with no winner after the would-be champion was hit with allegations of cheating"
Members of the community live collaborate on games, work together as teams, sell and swap extra lives, and trade tips and tricks—anything to gain a leg up on average players.
The real action happens over voice chat, a member of the private Discord group explained. The voice chat acts as a real-time conference call between top trivia hackers and lets them to ferret out correct answers more quickly.
"'That's a model based off the Rothschilds, controlling the climate to create natural disasters they can pay for to own the cities, man. Be careful.'"
"A French consulate worker has been arrested on accusations of using an official car to smuggle dozens of guns from the Gaza Strip to the occupied West Bank"
"The consulate employee transferred arms on five occasions, during which he transferred some 70 pistols and two automatic rifles."
Labels: middle east
"The Uber vehicle was in autonomous mode with a human safety driver at the wheel"
Sunday, March 18, 2018
I painted Zarana for @YesteryearComic's variant for G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #249 by @IDWPublishing. This was very much inspired by those old pulp covers. pic.twitter.com/Gyzc0jBEcR— Miguel Mercado (@merkymerx) February 15, 2018
11x17 Death Vader commission. pic.twitter.com/BjZ9baQipO— Daniel WarrenJohnson (@danielwarrenart) March 13, 2018
STAGECOACH MARY FIELDS— FrancescoFrancavilla (@f_francavilla) March 16, 2018
Gun-totin’, Badass, First Black Woman hired by US Postal Service (1895). At 60yrs old, Mary proved herself the fastest applicant to hitch a team of 6 horses & was hired. Living proof of “be so darn good that they can’t ignore you” #WomensHistoryMonth #Day15 pic.twitter.com/kWnDvCT7VS
NEW TODAY AT ECCC!— Aud Koch (@audkoch) March 3, 2018
A set of 5x7" Wiccan (in his Sorceror Supreme outfit) prints!
You can buy them from me at H-1 in the Artists' Alley.
Went a different route for this project. Here's my vision of what the @Jaguars helmet would look like if they were part of the 1976 expansion versus the '95 expansion. #helmetnerd pic.twitter.com/mFYmhRFf9B— The Tao of Steve B. (@SteveBCreations) March 16, 2018
I love when this happens: I just got an email that someone bought 3 tank tops of my (very old) ping pong or die design (no idea what color though). Some things sit in my shops for years before anyone buys them. Glad I didn’t mix the design. 👍🏻 pic.twitter.com/sc6B9pxzzL— Andrew Burgertron 🍔🤖[👖] (@gimetzco) March 8, 2018
1986 the construction of the logo, magic markers -white out copy machine -Exacto knife ..no computer or Photoshop pic.twitter.com/67SV6vFK2H— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) August 3, 2014
Grandpa was a kid in the Depression. Every now and then they’d steal a watermelon from a local farm. Well one morning the farmer posted a sign: “One of these watermelons has been poisoned.” That night he and his brother changed it to “TWO of these watermelons have been poisoned.”— Terry Kelly (@kellytm) March 18, 2018
Labels: practical joke
Saturday, March 17, 2018
OH (from an awesome Lyft driver): “Today has been great. I’ve been blessed by the algorithm.”— Keith Coleman 🌱😀🙌 (@kcoleman) March 16, 2018
Immediately had an eerie feeling that this could become an increasingly common way to describe a day.
You can tell FB's algorithm changes kicked in because all the partisan meme factories immediately switched from "like and share" to "type yes" pic.twitter.com/63lHB39PVQ— Kevin Roose (@kevinroose) March 16, 2018
Friday, March 16, 2018
(From January) "One spent a year in prison accused of stealing the intellectual property of leopards by using their skin pattern in the furniture upholstery he made"
I also believe that the proper way to handle scoreless overtime in soccer is by adding soccer balls, not switching to a penalty shootout— Pinboard (@Pinboard) March 16, 2018
I think term limits should work like this: raise the threshold needed to win election by the number of years in office. If you can win 91% of the vote after 40 years in Congress, you probably deserve to stay— Pinboard (@Pinboard) March 16, 2018
Thursday, March 15, 2018
"one of the incidents involved the doorbell of the Indian deputy High Commissioner J P Singh being rung at 3 am"
"Since the Indian side felt that this was done by Pakistan’s security agencies, the Pakistan deputy high commissioner Syed Haider Shah’s door bell was also rung at 3 am in next few days."
not all of that will shift to other retailers when the retailer is gone. Instead, about 10 to 15 percent of this volume [may] fall through the cracks and be lost for good.
"If 'kill all humans' is the easiest solution to a problem, then machine learning will do that unless prevented"
This program won at Tic-Tac-Toe by figuring out how to remotely crash its opponents' computers, causing them to forfeit. pic.twitter.com/cNCUuHTluT— Janelle Shane (@JanelleCShane) March 15, 2018
Another algorithm discovered that rather than minimizing force, it could apply such a huge force that it overflowed the simulator's memory and registered as zero instead. Of course, the pilot would die, but hey. Perfect score. pic.twitter.com/aTaqs0bq9Y— Janelle Shane (@JanelleCShane) March 15, 2018
If "bake an unbelievably delicious cake" also solves the problem and is easier than "kill all humans", then machine learning will do *that* instead.— Janelle Shane (@JanelleCShane) March 15, 2018
so far, the stock has tumbled nearly 5 percent following her Instagram Story.
Snapchat has responded to Rihanna’s Instagram story today, in a statement to The Verge: “This advertisement is disgusting and never should have appeared on our service. We are so sorry we made the terrible mistake of allowing it through our review process. We are investigating how that happened so that we can make sure it never happens again.”
The company notes that it has blocked Would You Rather as an advertiser and that the game was unaffiliated with Snapchat.
the lead boater yelled out and made a swirling hand motion over his head in the universal signal to pull over to shore. The paddlers eddied out in time to avoid running straight through three strings of barbed wire obstructing the river.
Swinging in the wind, the sign hanging from the fence read “PRIVATE PROPERTY: No Trespassing”.
One member of their party waded into the swift water to lift the wire with a paddle for the others to float under. As they continued downstream, [one of the boaters] looked over his shoulder a see a figure standing outside the big ranch house up the hill. He offered a wave, but received nothing in return.
Labels: natural resources
"Debt collectors said they had been trying to locate him for years."
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Got my Margnets for @NC_Comicon this weekend! Thanks @stickermule #Margneto pic.twitter.com/HiWfBvjGLQ— rico. chillmonger (@whoisrico) March 14, 2018
People made of dots and also surrounded by dots pic.twitter.com/XIr9qd9pTe— rico. chillmonger (@whoisrico) March 14, 2018
Debbie Harry tee available here.
Once a professor at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, he had been accused of having communist sympathies in the heat of the Red Scare and placed under virtual house arrest. Upon his release, he and his family set sail for his motherland.
After arriving in China, Qian went on to spearhead the rapid ascent of the country's nuclear weapons program, an achievement that explains some of the adulation. But his legacy is still unfolding in a second area that could have great consequences for China—and for the world. Qian, who died in 2009 at the age of 97, helped lay the groundwork for China's modern surveillance state.
"Argentinean illustrator/caricaturist Pablo Lobato is designing the characters, about which not much is known except that Key and Peele are two scheming demon brothers."
A week later, the money still impounded, the Qatari team left Baghdad in the same jet that had brought them. They were now accompanied by two dozen Qataris, including members of the ruling Al Thani family, who had been kidnapped during a hunting trip in southern Iraq 16 months earlier. The story of what happened on that trip has not been reported until now. It entails a ransom deal of staggering size and complexity in which the Qataris paid vast sums to terrorists on both sides of the Middle East’s sectarian divide, fueling the region’s spiraling civil wars.
The cost to Qatar wound up far exceeding $360 million, but ultimately cash was less important than the deal’s political dimension. In order to retrieve its hostages, Qatar was made to negotiate a tightly choreographed population exchange in Syria, using the rebel militias it finances to forcibly uproot every resident of four strategically located towns. The transfers advanced Tehran’s larger goal of transforming Syria — along with Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen — into satellite states that will enshrine a dominant Iranian role across the region. The deal was a blow for the Trump administration’s goal of pushing back against Iranian aggression, and for thousands of starving Syrians, it meant being driven into exile by a shadowy agreement, with little say from Syria’s own government. What began as a brazen kidnapping eventually became a measure of the geopolitical forces tearing the Middle East apart, and of their human cost: corruption, sectarian hatred and terrorism. Everyone involved had something to hide — except, perhaps, the hapless hunters who set it all in motion.
"Theranos Inc. founder and chief executive Elizabeth Holmes surrendered voting control of her blood-testing company, paid a $500,000 penalty and agreed to a 10-year ban from being an officer or director in a public company in settling civil-fraud charges Wednesday with the" SEC
Separate from the SEC action, Theranos continues to face a criminal investigation led by the U.S. attorney’s office in San Francisco.
The SEC also alleges that Theranos, Holmes and Balwani falsely claimed that their products were being used by the Department of Defense on the battlefield in Afghanistan and on medevac helicopters. That technology was never used by the Department of Defense, even though Gen. Jim Mattis, who then led the U.S. Central Command, personally pushed for it to be used in the field. Regulatory officials in the military flagged problems with Theranos's blood-testing process. Mattis later joined Theranos's board. He resigned from that position when he became U.S. defense secretary.
"Ships sailing in the Caribbean have been told to steer clear of [underwater volcano Kick 'em Jenny] after it started showing increased seismic activity"
"Kick 'em Jenny, which rises 1.3km above the seafloor on a steep slope of the Lesser Antilles ridge, is one of the most active volcanoes in the eastern Caribbean."
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
By Psyop and Sun Creature. High-res stills.
@anselwallenfang, the Bert to my Ernie, and I have spent the last 9 months of our lives creating the newest ad campaign for @traveloregon. It was definitely a labor of love and an amazing opportunity to represent my home state. We couldn’t have done it without our amazing team at @wiedenkennedy and the awesome clients at @traveloregon. Animation by the talented folks at @psyop and @suncreaturestudio. Enjoy. - - Thanks again to @kimmycunningham @davidtrujillo @lindsaywu @katydclair @jasonkreher and the rest of my peeps! #animation #traveloregon #oregon #portland #onlyslightlyexaggeratedA post shared by Nick Stokes (@nick_stokes_design) on
I thought she said "towel."
Bonus: Rogue One gifs thread.
And Star Wars Battlefront IV Concept Art image gallery (including Jedi Ventress, Maul, and Dooku).
I thought she said "towel."
Bonus: Rogue One gifs thread.
And Star Wars Battlefront IV Concept Art image gallery (including Jedi Ventress, Maul, and Dooku).
"You can see Laura Dern say 'pew' when she fires the gun, which she could never not do every time she shot it." — Rian Johnson, Star Wars: The Last Jedi Commentary pic.twitter.com/Wkr803BQte— gabrielle (@daisyridleee) March 13, 2018
We watched Ladybird and it's so 2002ish and Catholic spot on that I had the same sweater as her and wore it to grade 10 picture day which has been stuck on a corkboard since with palm and rosaries gathering dust on my bedroom wall pic.twitter.com/rjEuh41YPM— Kate Beaton (@beatonna) March 14, 2018
"There are also scanners to forcibly read mobile phone data and even police dogs with virtual reality cameras"
"China eyes 'black tech' to boost security as parliament meets"
I was able to unearth some of the group’s methods of deception: It sent targets messages on LinkedIn and dating apps, built false identities on social networks, and operated a fake start-up out of a WeWork blocks from Twitter’s headquarters.
The Twitter targets, who had been secretly recorded at parties, in bars, on first dates, and during job interviews, only found out about the deception on January 11, when the first Project Veritas video, titled “UNDERCOVER VIDEO: Twitter Engineers To ‘Ban a Way of Talking’ Through ‘Shadow Banning,’ Algorithms to Censor Opposing Political Opinions” went live.
After a brief phone conversation, Dale said he seemed like a great candidate and set up in-person interviews with her colleague and an investor in the company. Those went well and for four months last year, Norai thought he had a new job. He was in regular communication with his new colleagues, meeting up with them for dinner, drinks, and a baseball game, but they kept pushing his start date back, saying they were securing office space and finalizing funding.
Many of the male employees were secretly recorded while on dates at dimly-lit restaurants, sipping wine. Based on the number of times he appears in the videos in different locations and dress, one security engineer, Clay Haynes, appears to have been enamored enough with the operative pumping him for information to go out with her at least three times.
Monday, March 12, 2018
"Richard Simmons must pay National Enquirer, Radar nearly $130,000 [in attorneys' fees], judge rules"
In his Sept. 1 ruling dismissing Simmons' case, Keosian said it appeared to be one of "first-impression.'' He said falsely reporting that a person is transgender does not necessarily "have a natural tendency'' to hurt one's reputation.
Ice Cube will replace Roger Mason Jr. as commissioner of the BIG3 after Mason was fired due to corruption allegations, TMZ reports.
Mason's alleged corruption with a pair of Qatari investors is outlined in a letter that was sent to BIG3 players, coaches and staff and was obtained by TMZ.
Update: We’ve been put on a bus to head out to the town of Sweatwater / @WestworldHBO. This is all we know... #sxsw #SXSWestworld pic.twitter.com/Ibrz7FQmLU— Matt Navarra @ #SXSW 🌮 (@MattNavarra) March 9, 2018
The Westworld activation at SXSW is the most ambitious and well executed event I’ve ever been to. It is mind blowing. Here is one little detail. Bravo @WestworldHBO and @HBO. #SXSWestworld pic.twitter.com/1XLHX2Uoy8— Alexander Taub (@ajt) March 9, 2018
#SXSWestworld was one of the craziest and most detailed brand experiences I’ve ever witnessed. Incredible. pic.twitter.com/Md1pQG7ogb— Javier (@javier_ramirez3) March 11, 2018
No hyperbole, the #SXSWestworld activation was the best marketing I’ve ever experienced, all four hours of it. pic.twitter.com/udLQ1iaYtx— Brandon Wainerdi (@ActuallyBrandon) March 10, 2018
Here are some pics from inside the #SXSW18 #Westworld activation by Giant Spoon. 60 actors. 444 pages of scripts written. Months and months of planning. #SXSWestworld pic.twitter.com/spTwSlt4Uz— kristina monllos (@kristinamonllos) March 9, 2018
Hands down the best thing I’ve ever experienced at #SXSW. It’s unwaveringly authentic and just plain incredible. Props @WestworldHBO. #SXSWestworld pic.twitter.com/NIePFe2M5r— Tony Perna (@tonyperna_) March 10, 2018
I don't even know where to begin with describing #SXSWestworld, except to say: this was an exceptional experience, I'm in awe at the people who put it together, I have a million stories and I want to tell them all. And I have a new hat. pic.twitter.com/tANmg0rClq— Tasha Robinson (@TashaRobinson) March 12, 2018
"Officials who were involved in the experiment said use of drones allows the army to control protests from a safer distance."
GUYS!— Jason Leopold (@JasonLeopold) January 27, 2018
This is the best redacted document I have ever received.
I am going to frame this one and hang in the @BuzzFeedNews LA bureau.
From the newsletters I obtained from CIA in response to my #FOIA pic.twitter.com/aYQoo1TcCh
The Race Issue:
“Americans got ideas about the world from Tarzan movies and crude racist caricatures,” he said. “Segregation was the way it was. National Geographic wasn’t teaching as much as reinforcing messages they already received and doing so in a magazine that had tremendous authority. National Geographic comes into existence at the height of colonialism, and the world was divided into the colonizers and the colonized. That was a color line, and National Geographic was reflecting that view of the world.”
Quitley-ass looking X-Men in DARK PHOENIX pic.twitter.com/zpSL1X2sB4— Xavier Files (@XavierFiles) March 9, 2018
Sunday, March 11, 2018
Saturday, March 10, 2018
"De Beers fights fakes with technology as China’s lab-grown diamonds threaten viability of the real gems"
From 2017, but just updated:
The spread of synthetic diamonds in China, originally designed for industrial purposes such as oil drilling, is posing such a threat to the global diamond market that it has forced dominant player De Beers to invest tens of millions of dollars on methods to identify the man-made stones that look exactly like the real thing.
Continuing its battle against the "tweetdeckers," Twitter suspended on Friday several popular accounts known for stealing tweets or mass-retweeting tweets into manufactured virality.
Many of these accounts were hugely popular, with hundreds of thousands or even millions of followers.
Also on board were four small satellites that probably should not have been there.
IEEE Spectrum can reveal that the SpaceBees are almost certainly the first spacecraft from a Silicon Valley startup called Swarm Technologies, currently still in stealth mode.
If confirmed, this would be the first ever unauthorized launch of commercial satellites.
Friday, March 9, 2018
"We've called a Tesla service center about the problems but have had difficulty getting an appointment"
In our first six weeks, we've had to do the equivalent of a Windows PC's Ctrl-Alt-Del reboot of the all-important touchscreen about a dozen timesAW:
"I don't understand how it got to this point. I mean, these are, these are flaws that we would see on a Kia in the '90s or something."GCR:
The Model 3 works largely as intended, and the build quality was the worst we have seen on any new car from any maker over the last 10 years.
"The plant [in Austria] will need just 14 employees to make 500,000 tons of robust steel wire a year—vs. as many as 1,000 in a mill with similar capacity built in the 1960s"
“The positive thing is, the jobs surviving in the long run will be really attractive.”
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
iam8bit x Playdead x Real Doll are collaborating on a mysterious collector’s edition for INSIDE. We will NOT tell you what it is. Maybe it’s what you’re thinking… maybe not. We can confirm that there are several items included, one of which is a PlayStation 4 game disc. The rest is up for speculation.
Important Things to Note:
- Shipping When It’s Done -
Yes, that’s vague!
Don’t order if that makes you anxious
- Contents Will Be Revealed When Collector’s Edition Ships -
No matter how hard you try, we won’t tell you
- This is a TIMED RELEASE -
Limited Edition Quantity determined by total orders placed by June 8, 2018 @ 11:59pm PST
"about 10 years ago a supernatural love for words came upon me. When you get changed, you can’t help it. It’s spiritual”
From a thread about playing a "Scrabble legend."
Gibson studied countless flash cards made by his wife. He also annotated his copy of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary. Here’s what it looks like. pic.twitter.com/hDUAZINdCO— Stefan Fatsis (@stefanfatsis) March 7, 2018
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Absolutely beautiful.— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) March 6, 2018
Celebrate Star Wars Night at Dodger Stadium with this Kenley Calrissian Bobblehead! The first 40,000 fans in attendance on June 15 will receive the item. Get your tickets now at https://t.co/yIzpa5asLu. pic.twitter.com/VpLO9bmJOq
Based on the suggestions here is a quick mock up of @JohnBoyega #blade— BossLogic (@Bosslogic) March 6, 2018
Only if @wesleysnipes passes the torch
We all ❤️ the OG#mcu #marvel @MarvelStudios pic.twitter.com/6aHwovSDE1
For the people asking about my @iamjamiefoxx Version #Blade @MarvelStudios pic.twitter.com/qFg9mKd4Cz— BossLogic (@Bosslogic) March 6, 2018
Prodded by a knitter on the knitting forum Ravelry, Shane trained a type of neural network on a series of over 500 sets of knitting instructions. Then, she generated new instructions, which members of the Ravelry community have actually attempted to knit.
“The knitting project has been a particularly fun one so far just because it ended up being a dialogue between this computer program and these knitters that went over my head in a lot of ways,” Shane told me. “The computer would spit out a whole bunch of instructions that I couldn’t read and the knitters would say, this is the funniest thing I’ve ever read.”
"It's pet-friendly, too, with plush dog beds available and 24-hour room service through which you can order filet mignon for Fido."
He talks about how much money they made on the last holiday event, and why they "probably" won't do one this year.
Monday, March 5, 2018
"Dubbed the "phantom of Heilbronn", the woman was described by police as [Germany]'s most dangerous woman"
Investigators had connected her to six murders and an unsolved death based on DNA traces found at the scene.
Police now acknowledge swabs used to collect DNA samples were contaminated by an innocent woman working in a factory in Bavaria.
Police suspected the unnamed woman of being a serial killer who over 16 years carried out a string of six murders, including strangling a pensioner.
She was alternatively called the "woman without a face" and the "phantom of Heilbronn" after the city in southern Germany where she allegedly killed a policewoman.
Sunday, March 4, 2018
"Valued at around $120,000, the swag bag includes a variety of luxury items, from spa-grade cosmetics, to the advanced Quip electric toothbrush, a year-supply of fresh California oranges, an experience with a personal trainer, and 6-12-day travel packages to Tanzania, Greece, and Hawaii."
Kirby issued an employee memo in which he announced that the Chicago-based airline is dropping the quarterly performance bonuses the carrier had been giving out to all employees qualified to receive them.
Kirby said in the memo, obtained by the Chicago Business Journal, that the bonus payouts are being replaced with a new program called "core4 Score Rewards," which Kirby said would include quarterly prizes like cash ranging from $2,000 to $40,000, luxury cars, vacation packages, and a grand of prize of $100,000 awarded to one eligible employee per quarter.
"We believe that this new program will build excitement and a sense of accomplishment
Saturday, March 3, 2018
Friday, March 2, 2018
Best. Character box. Ever. pic.twitter.com/LB1TXS2NbM— Jason A. Hurley (@jasonahurley) December 22, 2017
Cover for The Forgotten Age, the Arkham Horror expansion from Fantasy Flight Games. https://t.co/srqp7lOklx pic.twitter.com/NsPUTglWL3— Cristi Balanescu (@cristi_426) March 1, 2018
1/3 #BlackPantherart drops continue, with #Nakia ! Played by the incredibly talented @Lupita_Nyongo . Nakia, unlike Okoye, is a bit more free and less traditional. She sees the need for her strength in the outside world of Wakanda. These are some of the early designs for her- pic.twitter.com/ccPe964UNK— Karla Ortiz (@kortizart) February 27, 2018
So early on #BlackPanther ,the Dora Milaje were going to have head protection, that would appear from their armor whenever they would need it! Here are explorations on what Nakia’s protection would look like. One was more afro-goth inspired, the other more of a jeweled headdress~ pic.twitter.com/83UtJHHksN— Karla Ortiz (@kortizart) February 28, 2018