Friday, May 29, 2020

Art for sale to support the Minnesota Freedom Fund

Here's the Snopes entry on the allegation one of the prominent vandals in Minneapolis is an undercover officer


We reached out to @dyllyp for more information about the identity of the person in the text message but have yet to receive a response.

The St. Paul Police Department denied that officer Pederson was the man in the video. The police department issued a statement on Twitter calling the rumor “false” and claiming that “the person in the video is not our officer.”

We reached out to the police department for more information about how it confirmed this officer was not the man in the video but have yet to receive a response.
And in other news, here's an explainer for why JK Rowling is Tweeting about “thought crime” today.

"Amazon sellers are marking products as ‘collectible’ to get around price gouging rules" (Quaranzine)

The Verge:

The seller with the $1,275 dumbbells was also selling a Coleman SaluSpa inflatable hot tub for $1,400, which is also, allegedly, collectible. Back in March, it was going for $359. Other sellers were offering “collectible” Cuisinart bread makers for $239 ($82.76 two months ago) and $279.99 “collectible” Nintendo Switch games that previously went for $79.99. Amazon removed the listings I asked about, but other examples are still abundant, including a “collectible” $450 barbell bar and a “collectible” USB cable for $259.99.


The opacity of Amazon’s price rules, and the difficulty of coming back after getting suspended for violating them, is exacerbating shortages on the site, McCabe says, as sellers decide to sit out the pandemic rather than risk running afoul of the algorithm. “To avoid that whole nightmarish scenario, most people understand that it’s better just not to risk it in the first place, which means the quantities of the items offered for these kinds of products will be lower,” he says.

“It’s not well defined on Amazon’s part, there’s no clear definition of what a pricing ceiling is or how it gets calculated,”

A collection of funny posts from Tumblr

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7 steps to creating a rich role playing character

(By Kayla Ancrum.)

GTAV with cyberpunk mods (video game roundup)

Thursday, May 28, 2020

"The Minnesota National Guard, meanwhile, has decided to allow a young recruit to remain in its ranks after he expressed regret for his ties to Identity Evropa"

From a HuffPo article from 2019 titled "After HuffPost Investigation, 4 White Nationalists Out Of U.S. Military — But Others Allowed To Remain":

[He] had posted photos of fliers he’d placed on the University of Minnesota campus, has been allowed to remain in the Minnesota National Guard because the activity occurred before he joined the military.


[He] used a photo of Reinhard Heydrich, a Nazi and one of the main architects of the Holocaust, as his profile photo.

Cyberpunk animated light mask

(Non-animated) clothing available here, including this tee:

And spinning LED displays available at Amazon.

Here's what it looks like when a pilot conducts a test to determine "the minimum catapult power" for an F-35 to avoid falling into the ocean

The view from behind:

Good thing we have test pilots for this! #Repost ・・・ Why there are test pilots 😳 #repost @cincohamilton ・・・ Something you don’t see everyday...low energy catapult launch! That sink is scary, but it was a part of the test plan. The folks at PAX River needed to find the lowest amount of energy that the catapult needed in order to safely launch an F-35C...they definitely found it! Through a smart build up and mitigation the test professionals go where others don’t. #aviation #testpilot #f35c #aviationphotography #aircraftcarrier #catapult #f35 #flightdeck #carrier #aviationdaily #avgeekphoto #fullsend #nogutsnoglory #instaavaition #comeflywithme #aviationphotography #afterburner #pilotlife #militaryaviation #aircraft #avgeek #fighter #airforce #fighterpilot #flying #fly #flight #aviation #aviationgeek #rcaf_pilot
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And from below:

From The Drive:
It is one heck of a tense clip to watch!

The S.H.Figuarts Mandalorian figure is available for preorder

In fact, lots of new Star Wars figures available for preorder.

Pay what you can for board game Fireball Island

Restoration Games:

We know a lot of folks have been hit hard by the virus in a lot of different ways — whether you’ve lost a job or are just feeling the strain of of this situation we find ourselves in — and we’d like to do what we can to help out during these trying times. We have a limited supply of the first printing of Fireball Island: The Curse of Vul-Kar that recently made it back into the warehouse. Other than the retro box style and a card with a typo, it’s the same amazing game of flicking fireballs as the newest printing.

The game regularly sells for $75, but we’re offering it here as a Pay-What-You-Can option. Once we’ve sold through these remaining copies, we’ll donate all the profits from these sales to a charity benefiting folks who’ve been hit the hardest. You all get a fun game to play, and some less fortunate folks get some much needed assistance. (And if you combine this purchase with other items from our store, you’ll still only pay our $5 flat shipping rate.)

If you have financial trouble but still want to pick up a game for your friends and family, pay what you can.

If you’re doing pretty well and want to give back to folks who aren’t faring so well, pay a little more.

Original Product Description: Vul-Kar is back, and he’s meaner than ever. This fully restored version of the 1986 classic offers an amazing new island, a charming new narrative, stunning new components, and engaging new gameplay. Play cards to race across the island. Gather treasures and take snapshots. And, of course, blast your friends with fireballs! The new version offers more marble mayhem with a dynamic Vul-Kar figure that keeps you guessing where they’ll come out. But make sure you get back to the Hello-copter to really max out your score. (More info on our game page.)

Alternative movie posters available for $20 each

These and many more by Adam Juresko available here. This one for Parasite is not available:

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Deluxe Inspector Gadget toys available for preorder

Available individually, or as a set.

"Nice Marines" is a RPG that asks "As power-armoured living weapons of ultimate carnage, can you oversee a tense diplomatic situation without accidentally killing everyone?"

Speaking of Space Marines, McFarlane is making action figures (painted and unpainted):

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Drudge sends millions of views of traffic to a site that lifts articles from the New York Times, Atlantic and others


Drudge didn’t link to the New York Times. Instead, the site sent visitors to a copy-pasted version of the story on, an obscure site filled with content plagiarized from publishers, including the Times, the Atlantic, Bloomberg, and the Financial Times, among others.

Since November, the links on the Drudge Report have sent roughly 8 million pageviews to the site


A Google spokesperson said it removed ads from and terminated the associated AdSense publisher account after being contacted by BuzzFeed News.

New HumbleBundle is seven books about cosplay for $1

Get started on your new crafting, influencing career for $1.

Picked up from my wishlist, The Idiot: A Novel is $1.99 today

at Amazon:

A New York Times Book Review Notable Book

Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction

“Easily the funniest book I’ve read this year.” —GQ

“Masterly funny debut novel" -Vanity Fair

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Miniature Pirates of the Caribbean water feature with boat and fog

*Previously: Jurassic Park-themed drinks with DNA-spokesman swizzle stick and amber fossil keepsake.

Super-articulated Terracotta Army figure available for preorder

Includes three faces. Part of the Tabletop Museum line, with includes a fully-limbed Moai statue.

There's also a new tiny and fierce Yennefer Nenodroid available for preorder.

Padme, Anakin, Obi-Wan, and the twins spend the day at the beach (Star Wars roundup)

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Charming ideas for a Jurassic Park-themed bar

Nashville man accused of planting weapons and tools in a maximum security facility as it was being constructed in order to facilitate future escapes

An article from February:

"We are not confident we've found everything," Hall said Wednesday morning. "We are not going to work here until we're comfortable."

There is no clear opening date for the detention center, and between labor and equipment, the cost to repair the damage is $2 million and rising


"This has never been done anywhere. It will forever change how correctional facilities are built"
An update today:
The Nashville man who authorities say was behind an elaborate plot to stash firearms in the walls of the Davidson County Downtown Detention Center created a practice model to rehearse his scheme and had a cache of firearms in storage, a federal indictment shows.

Charging documents show that [the accused], a criminal justice advocate, created a practice facility in a basement, which was discovered in March when authorities executed a search warrant.


During his trips to the DDC, authorities say he stored weapons, guns, razor blades and handcuff keys in various hiding spots around the center.

"Hertz is a Frankenstein of financial engineering, beginning with its leveraged buyout in 2005 and continuing long after its private equity owners cashed out"

"the private equity firms de-risked while the company re-levered"

Etsy vendor wanted to sell facemasks that said “NYC Strong” in Yiddish - but the final product said “NYC Crotch” instead (Quaranzine)

New Humble Bundle features City Skylines

$1 for City Skylines and City Skylines Deep Focus Radio.

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"For more than a year, a violent tow truck war has been raging across the Greater Toronto Area"

From February in The Globe and Mail:

Dozens of trucks have been set on fire, and at least two men tied to the industry have been killed – one as he stood in front of his mother’s Scarborough home. The feuding shows no signs of abating, with at least two arsons reported in York Region during the first week of February alone.


A car that has been in a crash typically needs more than just a tow from Point A to Point B. It may need repair work, and the driver might need physiotherapy. It’s an open secret in the industry that some body shops and rehab clinics will pay tow truck drivers to bring them business. As a result of these kickback fees, a single car can yield thousands of dollars, and “chasers” are racing each other to every job.


In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the city’s boroughs were unofficially carved up into “kingdoms” by towing operators – an arrangement that required some companies to pay organized crime groups for protection in order to work, the report explained. In some cases, these groups were paid a flat monthly fee. In others, they took a cut of each job.
An update today:
Police announced 20 arrests in total.


According to police, evidence seized as part of the search warrants includes:

11 tow trucks.
Dozens of guns, including handguns, shotguns, rifles, and a machine gun.
Thousands of rounds of ammunition.
Two conductive energy weapons and brass knuckles.
An assortment of drugs, including five kilograms of fentanyl, 1.5 kilograms of cocaine, 1.25 kilograms of crystal meth and 1.5 kilograms of pot.
Over $500,000 in cash.
And a 2014 article about Los Angeles:
Bandit tow trucks will take your car for ransom

Reviews for Netflix's Space Force are in, and mostly, "yikes"

Rolling Stone asks "How did this happen, though? How did so much talent and money go to such waste?"

The headline at The Daily Beast is "Steve Carell’s New Netflix Series ‘Space Force’ Is Shockingly Bad"

Entertainment Weekly calls it "an innocuous and startlingly unfunny sitcom"

57% fresh at Rotten Tomatoes when I checked.