Demand for pangolin scales for use in traditional medicine threatens all eight species of pangolins with extinction.
The announcement, made on August 20 by the National Medical Insurance and the Human Resource and Social Security Bureau, also removes hawksbill sea turtle, sea horse, coral, and saiga antelope antlers, among other wildlife-derived products, from the list of drugs eligible for reimbursement by government-funded insurance.
Saturday, August 31, 2019
"Traditional medicines containing pangolin scales will no longer be covered by China’s state insurance funds"
Murphy tells me he is the Head Security officer for the Galactic Hub, the largest player-run civilization in No Man’s Sky. He controls the Galactic Hub Defense Force, a paramilitary organization dedicated to the safety of Hub space.*Previously: "The First Spy Satellites Had to Drop Gigantic Buckets of Film Back to Earth"
The process spying isn’t nearly as arcane as Kibbles believes. Agents prepare for assignments through a combination of monitoring social media and targeting key leadership roles. Another operative, AM, leans on No Man’s Sky players’ tendency to document everything in wikis. This leaves paper trails and detailed accounts of power dynamics. Exploiting those to earn a place near the top of a potentially “hostile group” is every operative’s main goal.
“It’s very similar to the process of making friends,” says LG, another operative. “My tactics tend to come down to spending some time in a community before mentioning some sort of skill or connection that makes me an asset to whoever I want to get close to. If they don’t approach me, then I spend time around the people they spend time with to get an ‘in.’”
if they confirm Murphy’s suspicion? He doesn’t actually mobilize the Defense Force. Not at first. His initial approach is often direct and personal: an invitation to chat and talk through the issue before it escalates. Once, his reputation preceded him and led to a record-setting deescalation in just three minutes
“I had the invitation link,” Murphy explained. “So, I popped into the Discord to say hello and they immediately deleted the server and abandoned it.”
"Threshold Kids" (the creepy puppet show from the game Control); "Bright Falls" and "Night Springs" (from Alan Wake)
This is actual Control gameplay:
Slow motion 60fps destruction from my new favorite stress toy, Control. Max settings, RTX on. pic.twitter.com/FEJcgdesQy— Petri Levälahti (@Berduu) August 27, 2019
And speaking of creepy kid stuff:
There's a Thomas the Tank episode where a stubborn train is punished by being entombed alive forever and it's worse than any horror movie pic.twitter.com/Bn1Y0PTItL— Tristan Cooper (@TristanACooper) September 28, 2017
Other creepy movies from the Control extended universe:
*Buy Control at Amazon.
just learned with horror that deleting any of the "family" emojis in google slides does not remove the emoji, but rather kills off each individual family member one by one, starting with the children pic.twitter.com/0v2s8Bx91n— Brooke Watson (@brookLYNevery1) August 29, 2019
“take your jacket off she’s cold” pic.twitter.com/0MOp0fJB9d— Ash Crossan @ Home (@AshCrossan) August 29, 2019
[steve steps aside and natasha kicks sitwell off the roof]— the winter soldier script (@twsscript) August 21, 2019
[bucky looks at steve as he tries to make sense of the new, yet familiar, emotions he’s experiencing all at once]— the winter soldier script (@twsscript) August 29, 2019
There is no heterosexual reason as to why Velma would know that sound is what Daphne makes. https://t.co/lIklLxPLuG— 🌟Sensational SpiderNoir 🌟 (@kylaTea) August 29, 2019
We polled a fake Kennedy in 2011 and found his fav/unfav at 25/1 among Mass Dems. https://t.co/NQZI0b4XjC— Steve Koczela (@skoczela) August 29, 2019
Yoooooo I’m so done🤣😂when he put his foot on that chair🤦🏾♀️ but look at his slides on his foot cocked to the side🤣😂🤣🙌🏾😂 but wait it’s all about the CAT THAT IS PEAKING DOWN THE STEPS in da back😩😂🤣 I’m weak! Yall & these trash bags😂 I love it tho🔥🔥🙌🏾 https://t.co/ek0Fty0Hez— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) August 29, 2019
Caught.. pic.twitter.com/J8QtjsdaDT— D∆X™ (@Dax_x98) August 29, 2019
yall ever drink an iced coffee so strong that for like 4 minutes you have hope— logic luther king (@jaboukie) August 29, 2019
this is what i get for asking them to delete the “miss,” i guess pic.twitter.com/y4OOY2jpki— andrea bennett (@akkabah) August 29, 2019
Totally busted. pic.twitter.com/5ua3hYeLlD— Daniel Holland (@DannyDutch) August 28, 2019
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"Ground-penetrating radar has detected what appear to be more than 120 coffins under an apartment complex in Tampa"
Tampa Bay Times:
The 2½-acre, segregation-era burial ground, believed to be the city’s first for African-Americans, was established in 1901 along the 3700 block of Florida Ave. and extended back around 400 feet.*Previously: Cemetery frequented by kangaroos.
It disappeared nearly a century ago when the land was parceled off for white developments.
No one tried to find it until now.
"Millions of people in north-eastern India could lose their citizenship on Saturday in what could become the biggest exercise in forced statelessness in living memory"
Around 30 million people in Assam have been forced to prove they are citizens by demonstrating that they have roots in the state dating to before March 1971. The list of those who have been deemed citizens will be released on Saturday.
The Hindu nationalist-led government of Narendra Modi, which supports the project in Assam, has pledged to roll the process out across the country. The home minister, Amit Shah, has previously promised to deport immigrants, describing them as “termites”.
The BJP-led Assam state also plans to build an additional 10 detention camps to house those declared to be migrants.
BLUE DYE: Police spray blue dye from water cannon trucks at #antiELAB protesters outside Hong Kong's Legislative Council offices in Admiralty #HongKongProtests #香港 pic.twitter.com/raXVJIFrXR— Bloomberg TicToc (@tictoc) August 31, 2019
Water cannon spraying blue dye at the crowds pic.twitter.com/Ji8IPxonJo— Antony Dapiran (@antd) August 31, 2019
A clearer photo of the blue dye used earlier. This is believed to be the first time water cannon was used with color dye, which helps mark protesters on scene. Photo via Tam Ming Keung/USP pic.twitter.com/C4JclZcB6B— Aria Hangyu Chen (@ariahychen) August 31, 2019
Earlier today near the Hong Kong Govt complex, @WSJ saw a group of protesters gain the high ground over a line of riot-police officers and hurl Molotov cocktails at them. pic.twitter.com/BpSTINhQju— Chun Han Wong 王春翰 (@ByChunHan) August 31, 2019
protesters aren't deterred by rounds of tear gas outside Sogo department store at all. what a scene in causeway bay. #hongkongprotests#HongKong Clashes Escalate as Water Cannons, Firebombs Are Used https://t.co/JtIZo9EhGJ @bpolitics pic.twitter.com/SOPyI4ZIzu— Fion Li (@fion_li) August 31, 2019
Photo by Fai Lo/HK01 pic.twitter.com/iaMW5Nra0i— Selina Cheng 鄭嘉如 (@selina_cheng) August 31, 2019
Probably the most riveting picture tonight, the kind you can only take in #HongKong: an odd mash-up of skyscrapers, smoke, trees, barricades, umbrellas, laser, and masked protesters in the backdrop. This is revolution in our 21st-century postmodern metropolis 🌃💨🌲🚧☂️🔦👥👥👥👥 pic.twitter.com/a7SL0m4Mtu— Jeffrey Ngo 敖卓軒 👷♂️🥽🌂🎒 (@jeffreychngo) August 31, 2019
They actually did it. The cops charged into a station, onto the platform, and beat the shit out of protestors ON A TRAIN. https://t.co/2uIK9aA6gq— Hong Kong Hermit (@HongKongHermit) August 31, 2019
The chaos at Prince Edward station earlier https://t.co/kvVo8hr7YQ— Alice Truong (@alicetruong) August 31, 2019
Mong Kok station now pic.twitter.com/PueB0BxUeV— Antony Dapiran (@antd) August 31, 2019
44-year-old Sze Sen-ming is blocking five police vans on Hennessy Road. The nurse says it’s not his first time blocking police vehicles.— Ezra Cheung (@ezracheungtoto) August 31, 2019
“I did that for the next generation (of Hong Kong),” he says. “I have nothing to be scared of. It’s just a body.”#antiELAB #ExtraditionLaw pic.twitter.com/PDLtjI1BrC
Kacey Musgraves was in town earlier this week for two sold-out nights at the Greek Theatre. In her downtime, the Grammy-winning country artist and her sister stumbled into an inconspicuous little photo shop in Koreatown.
On a quest to develop some film, they found a “gem”: a cash-only, mom-and-pop shop with no internet presence but plenty of handmade backdrops, retro photo sessions and an endearingly old-school photo lab struggling to survive.
The “High Horse” singer spent some time chatting with the shop’s owner and learned that the once-bustling business, which opened in 1991, had slowed to a crawl since the digital wave. (But as interest in ’90s camera culture surges , things could be looking up.)
Determined to give it a much-needed boost, Musgraves enlisted her 1.6 million Instagram followers and 811,000 Twitter fans for support.
“Let’s keep this charming business afloat!,” Musgraves wrote on her Instagram. Her efforts are paying off splendidly. As of Thursday morning, the shop had accrued nearly 28,000 Instagram followers. And a happy and overwhelmed Tom has been flooded with calls and portrait requests.
🌹Got my portrait made at this AMAZING little place in Korea Town LA called Tom’s One Hour Photo. It hasn’t changed since he opened in ‘91. It’s cash only & has no internet. Said business has gotten so slow since the digital wave 😞 so we made him an insta: @tomsonehourphotolab pic.twitter.com/Y2RPmw1aN7— K A C E Y M U S G R A V E S (@KaceyMusgraves) August 28, 2019
Gigalion from @kingdomdeath ! I just got this at Gencon and I’m super psyched to play it this Sunday with my gaming group! I’ve heard it’s a tough fight! pic.twitter.com/m5LOwK31aw— Shoshie’s Minis 🔜 Reapercon (@ShoshiesMinis) August 21, 2019
Been working on my technique for doing blaster damage. It’s different than a simple black soot mark. Which I like because it’s opportunity for color :) It also adds a bit of character and flavor. Here’s my method using airbrush(though it can be done with hand brush): (Very carefully) Score spots you want to damage with hobby knife. Make sure they’re realistic and not uniform. Then take some black mixed with a bit of charred brown or rhinox. Dab that in and around the markings. Leave some white showing where the armor may have exploded out or curled up. Then take VMC smoke or wash of sepia, agrax equal parts with drop of nuln. Spray at very low psi onto the damage spots. Voila! Burnt marshmallows Painted for @autobot_s2kA post shared by Paint My Little World (@paintmylittleworld) on
A better look! A little dry fit action! These will be trophies for a charity tournament I am running at my local store here in Illinois! Just gotta prep, build, and paint then its on!! More details about the tourney to come soon! #warmongers #Warhammer40k pic.twitter.com/UgDQqrzEWg— The Lonely Havoc (@TheLonelyHavocs) August 18, 2019
*See more miniatures.
Friday, August 30, 2019
From the 1977 classic film by director Yoshitaro Nomura, Village of Eight Gravestones, based on the novel by Seishi Yokomizo, comes a figma of the crazed head of the Tajimi family, Yozo Tajimi.From a movie description:
A young man (Kenichi Hagiwara) discovers he is heir to a large estate in the village called Yatsuhakamura. But on the moment that he comes into contact with his heritage, villagers begin to die under agonizing situations.
The victims are descendants of villagers who conspired, four hundred years earlier, to drug & murder eight samurai who had tried to become farmers in the region.
The village's history has been marked by periodic mass murders, shown in vivid & horrifying flashbacks. Since the young heir's father was himself a mass murderer, villagers are certain that the man orphaned in childhood has to be responsible for the new series of murders.
Colorado has a turnover boxing robe then you throw a few punches at the bag pic.twitter.com/biMcmAD5aw— Paid man gets bored (@cjzero) August 31, 2019
*Previously: "The Miami Herald now has a 'Click Chain'- whoever gets the most web traffic for the week gets to wear this!"
水面も頑張ったから動画でどうぞ pic.twitter.com/Jyv0zaOuCo— Jade@復活 (@jad_ko) August 30, 2019
製作中から可愛かった。雲は不完全燃焼です。そして裏がめっちゃ雑。 pic.twitter.com/46buNjrm80— Jade@復活 (@jad_ko) August 30, 2019
*Buy Spirited Away toys at ebay.
Using her character as a vehicle to express her disdain for all the miserable fucks that show up at her workplace. A literal queen.— Noah Cassiel (@NCassiel) August 29, 2019
better than the last five reading mini-challenges on Drag Race pic.twitter.com/d8q1JBDLO5— Kevin O'Keeffe (@kevinpokeeffe) August 30, 2019
In the last month they've cancelled the Pixar band and the dancing newsies, but continue to promote the fact that janitors and cashiers in Galaxy's Edge "ARE the entertainment" as they're expected to be in character.— Jenny Nicholson @ D23 (@JennyENicholson) August 30, 2019
Those were originally planned and were cut to save money. I talk about this a little in my vid but they test-ran an interactive droid around Tomorrowland a few years ago and it disappeared shortly after Disney had an argument with the puppeteers' union and fired all puppeteers https://t.co/vtGxboo43R— Jenny Nicholson @ D23 (@JennyENicholson) August 31, 2019
Disney Layoffs Continue With Nearly 60 More Jobs Cut in Home Entertainment, TV Distribution
In total, Disney is expected to cut as many as 4,000 jobs, the majority of which have come from the film segments thus far. Company leadership has said it plans to have roughly $2 billion in cost-saving as job cuts continue to eliminate overlapping business functions.
this is a real ad that a real restaurant in mexico made pic.twitter.com/WFCpy4WVcr— journie (@goingonajournie) August 13, 2019
The 4th preseason game always produces a few gems like this pic.twitter.com/q0yNmzZev3— Paid man gets bored (@cjzero) August 30, 2019
haunted by this question pic.twitter.com/GqFw3KovPr— Andrea Long Chu (@theorygurl) August 28, 2019
Here is a fun but perplexing story of some local graffiti. A while ago, I noticed that someone had spray-painted the words "You know Wolverine dies in the end" onto a series of concrete dividers that separate the pedestrians from the cars on a local bridge— thingswithwings (@twwings) August 29, 2019
did— stugotts wizarding bank (@nataliamanzocco) August 29, 2019
did Wayfair just try to serve me an ad for a GIANT CAGE pic.twitter.com/lexqzu74Hs
выыы всееее ебануууууулиииись pic.twitter.com/uEvnad2UKq— motúznaya (@La72La) August 23, 2019
Hey gang! Your friendly neighborhood government here -- j/w if anybody's got a large subterranean space we could use for a while? Yeah, like, tomorrow. No specific reason! But hurry. pic.twitter.com/A9HxSuKzu0— Alan Pyke (@PykeA) August 29, 2019
I don’t wear athleisure, I wear combatleisure.— Natalia Antonova 🐈🔔 (@NataliaAntonova) August 27, 2019
My lipgloss comes in combat shimmer.
My dog is a combat retriever.
Am I doing this right 🥺
AHH LAWD HE EATIN pic.twitter.com/kBg6JiLj1r— chonky animals (@chonkyanimaI) August 18, 2019
Yes what you're seeing is an actual photo of a former US diplomat who stopped me in Georgetown when he saw my Yale t-shirt (he graduated from Yale in 1957) That's his massive Irish wolfhound "Big Beast" pic.twitter.com/y31l66QlNB— سلطان سعود القاسمي (@SultanAlQassemi) August 29, 2019
*More funny posts.
Praying that this high school sophomore from Louisiana becomes a high profile college recruit...what a name! (H/T @SouthernbeLLSU) pic.twitter.com/2WZjhB4zcg— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) August 28, 2019
Last night a common street cat sang to my distinguished gentleman cat as he sat in the window and I FORBID THIS ROMANCE.— Shane Madej (@shanemadej) August 27, 2019
Best Demonstration of inertia ever 😍 pic.twitter.com/C37tcoZtfM— Physics & Astronomy Zone (@ZonePhysics) August 26, 2019
Look, if I don’t get to test my rabies vaccine at least once, I’ll feel like I wasted my money.— The Wombat Resists (@UrsulaV) August 28, 2019
a tropical storm BEARING MY MOTHER’S NAME is heading for the beach where my dad is supposed to get married this weekend— Meaghan O'Connell (@meaghano) August 28, 2019
If you’re willfully ignorant you should refrain from showing it during virgo season.— 💘 C͎u͎p͎i͎d͎ 🐮 (@venusiansol) August 26, 2019
my dream dinner party guests are bob ross’s three wives— anna borges (@annabroges) August 27, 2019
My neighbor across the street had a pumpkin plant take over his entire front yard. I asked him what fertilizer he used. “None! This was an accident from our jack o’ lantern.” Then like captain Ahab he stared into the distance and said, “I’ve just got to see this through.” pic.twitter.com/mQBI3Hbd8m— Sonya Huber (@sonyahuber) August 27, 2019
Hey @PopeyesChicken please tell us more about your font “Chicken Sans.” I’m dying to know. pic.twitter.com/XDE31IKGKY— Bea (@bealund) August 27, 2019
Yeah, kids are great but have you ever had an apple? pic.twitter.com/HAagBJUSOO— Michael Moran (@TheMichaelMoran) August 28, 2019
*More funny posts.
I don't think I've ever wanted anything as much as the out of print Twin Peaks tarot deck. pic.twitter.com/8AlAWlxdm0— Will Salmon (@evilrobotbill) August 29, 2019
Our typographic journey down the Ku’Damm nears its end.#TypeInBerlin #KuDamm pic.twitter.com/DCaW6hx1Om— Berlin Typography (@Berlin_Type) July 27, 2019
The best of #TypeInBerlin:— Berlin Typography (@Berlin_Type) August 25, 2019
The greatest umlaut is always the one in Bücher.#UmlautoftheWeek #UotW pic.twitter.com/ago8eE9FAe
Today we got a video of the dice boxes being laser-engraved :)! So cool!#Dice #dicebox #lindormkickstarter pic.twitter.com/tY74JfLPNI— Lindorm Dice - kickstarter is LIVE! (@LindormD) August 28, 2019