Pro-government Saudi twitter account posts 9/11-inspired threat to Canada

The tweet has been removed and apologies made concerning this threatening message, depicting a Canadian airliner aimed at the CN Tower in Toronto, a response to Canadian criticism of Saudi Arabia's spectacularly grim human rights record.

A Saudi Arabian organization is apologizing after posting an image on Twitter appearing to show an Air Canada plane heading toward the CN Tower in a way that is reminiscent of the 9/11 attacks in the U.S. ... The Infographic KSA account is verified by Twitter and has over 350,000 followers, with another 88,000 on Instagram. It has a history of posting messages that are supportive of the Saudi government.

What could be more emblematic of the spendthrift incompetence of the new Saudi Arabian regime than threatening to crash a jetliner into a radio mast? Read the rest

Former South Carolina GOP leader kills dog to please God

Todd Kincannon was found "bloodied and covered in dog hair" by police officers after killing and mutilating his mother's 10-year-old beagle.

Kincannon reportedly told Simpsonville police officers that he killed the dog because, "I'm the second coming of Christ and I got a command from God to do it." ... Kincannon said "that every 1,000 years there needs to be a sacrifice and blood must be spilt."

An incident report noted that Kincannon held up injuries to his arm and wrist - which an officer said were likely from a dog bite - and said, "I have a sign. I'm about to get crucified in the media."

Todd was last in the news for sending racist tweets during the 2013 Super Bowl and for being charged with criminal domestic violence after threatening family members. Read the rest

Adorable 3D-printed C64 keychain

Another delight from Retro Pi Cases, albeit one you won't yet be stuffing a computer in. [Previously] Read the rest

Rick Gates: I committed bank and tax fraud at Paul Manafort's direction, embezzled 'several hundred thousand' dollars

Rick Gates, on the witness stand today in the trial of Paul Manafort, says he committed crimes with Manafort, and embezzled “hundreds of thousands” of dollars from Manafort. Read the rest

Seattle nazi one-punch knocked out, reportedly removed armband when he awoke

This happened in September of last year, but I just saw it this morning. What a wonderful GIF!

This gigantic asshole is reported to have been instigating fights.

People should be afraid to wear symbols that openly identify themselves as supporting genocide.

Red hats and Confederate flags are a gateway drug to German National Socialist armbands. Why do these morons all want America to be its greatest enemies? The Confederacy, Nazi Germany and Russia.

The GIF came from humanpersonface, a Tumblr that covers the entire timeline of events with tweeted and socially shared images. Seattle Times published the following:

Seattle police are responding Monday to a viral video of a man wearing a swastika armband getting punched in downtown Seattle.

Police said they they received several reports Sunday of a man wearing a swastika instigating fights at Third Avenue and Pine Street. Police said they were on the scene within five minutes and found the man — with a Nazi flag armband — on the ground.

“He declined to provide info about incident & left after removing his armband,” Seattle police said in a tweet about the incident on Monday.

No one else at the scene contacted officers to make a report about the incident, police said.

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A $10 surge protecting wallwart with USB and 15 amp outlets

This handy wallwart lets me charge my phone and watch while I sleep, without a lot of extra chargers hanging around.

After living in the same house for 10 years I am pretty sure I know where I want things. Moving USB chargers around gets tiresome, and the sheer convenience of just having a few USB ports on the wall behind my bed became too much to resist.

I have also never had electronics damaged by a "surge." I am glad that so many of my home electronics are protected, as The Protectors have clearly done their job. HERE IS TO YOU SURGE PROTECTORS!

I put this wallwart behind my bed, things are easier. It fits in a top outlet, leaving the bottom usable.

AmazonBasics 3-Outlet Surge Protector with 2 USB Ports via Amazon Read the rest

Facebook to banks: give us our users' financial data and we'll let them bank with Facebook

Facebook wants to "deepen user engagement" with Messenger, and to that end, it's been pitching America's giant banks on joint enterprises where Facebook will get to see all your financial info (especially info on where you're shopping and what you're buying) to help it suck you into using Messenger for longer. Read the rest

Watch this remarkable high-energy dance squad show how it's done

Dance battles have come a long way from a bunch of kids breaking on a piece of cardboard. Watch as The Lab shows how it's done these days, replete with gymnastics, tight choreography, and the slick production values of a major network show. Read the rest

Betsy DeVos's summer monstrosity is pure McMansion Hell

Kate "McMansion Hell" Wagner is carrying $42,000 in student debt; heiress Betsy "Marie Antoinette" DeVos is the anti-public-school advocate whom Donald Trump put in charge of the nation's public schools, and one of her first official acts was to end the rules limiting sleazy student debt-collection tactics, even as Trump was ending debt relief for students defrauded by diploma mills (like, say, Trump University). Read the rest

Consumer Reports now evaluates products' security and privacy

Consumer Reports is arguably America's most trusted source of product reviews -- published by Consumers Union, a venerable nonprofit with a deserved reputation for scrupulous care and neutrality -- and for years it has been wrestling with how to address privacy and cybersecurity in modern products (disclosure: I have advised them some on this). Read the rest

Fiona, the Cincinnati Zoo's ambassador of cute

Let us start the week off cute.

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Germany's top domestic spy advised far right xenophobic political party on how to avoid being billed as "extremists"

The Alternative For Germany (AfD) is a xenophobic far-right party whose ranks include neo-Nazis and Holocaust deniers; in a new tell-all book by "AfD dropout" Franziska Schreiber (once the head of the AfD's youth wing), we learn that party leader Frauke Petry worked closely with Hans-Georg Maaßen, the president of Germany’s Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (a domestic surveillance agency with 3,100 employees and an annual budget of €350m). Read the rest

On the cruelty of ankle-monitors

Ankle monitors are billed as a humane alternative to incarceration, allowing people who might otherwise be locked up to be reintegrated into the community. Read the rest

Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio says he would accept a blowjob from Trump in latest Sacha Baron Cohen trap

We've seen a lot of Sacha Baron Cohen's "mental Israeli colonel" persona lately, but it's his "narcissist European YouTuber" one that got former Sheriff Joe Arpaio to admit that he'd let Trump perform oral sex on him.

“I may have to say yes,” Arpaio responded, when asked if he would accept an “amazing blowjob” from Trump.

Arpaio had earlier admitted to being duped by Cohen back in July, after he saw that arch conservatives like Dick Cheney were also fooled.

This one helps clarify why Sacha Baron Cohen is so amazing. He doesn't set out to show what people want to do; he shows what they will agree to do. Read the rest

The Jedi Master of youth soccer

Rock that ball, kid.

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Basic Engine: $10 open-source gadget designed to be the best game machine of the 1980s

The Basic Engine is a tiny but intentionally limited computer platform designed to be like a late-1980s game console or home computer, but with some useful modern benefits. In effect, it's like Pico-8, but hardware instead of a set of abstract and arbitrary design limitations on software.

The BASIC Engine is a very low-cost single-board home computer with advanced 2D color graphics and sound capabilities, roughly comparable to late-1980s or early-1990s computers and video game consoles. It can be built at home without special skills or tools and using readily available components for under 10 Euros in parts, or mass-produced for even less.

Graphics and sound · 256-color text and graphics at resolutions from 160x200 up to 460x224 (PAL: 508x240) pixels · Software sprites (up to 32 sprites sized up to 32x32 pixels). · Scrollable tiled background graphics engine with up to four layers. · Wavetable synthesizer and PLAY command that renders music in MML format. · Loading and saving of PCX image files to and from video memory. · Various text fonts built-in, including an ATI 6x8 font (for up to 76 (PAL: 84) characters per line) and PETSCII. · Direct manipulation of video memory and controller registers possible, permitting higher-color screen modes, custom resolutions and other video effects.

"Why not just use a Rasberry Pi?" is a common question but the answer should be obvious: it's about a nostalgic idea of the perfect thing that never existed, a technological hiraeth, forbidden to exceed the place and time the yearning was born. Read the rest

We're going to be eating bugs really soon now, again

Whether or not you've ever chosen to eat insects, you've eaten insects, or parts of them, in the grains, legumes, fruits and nuts you've consumed (not to mention the occasional inhaled kamikaze mosquito). Read the rest

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