• This mini fridge is here to make sure your brain food is at the perfect temp

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  • Japanese Prime Minister kicks 7 Moonie-linked parliament members from his cabinet

    Despite its left-wing-sounding name, Japan's Liberal Democratic Party is conservative, and many high-ranking members have ties to the right-wing cultish Unification Church (aka "Moonies") founded in South Korea by Sun Myung Moon (1920–2012).

    The man accused of assassinating former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in July said he shot Abe because his mother (a Moonie) was bankrupted after she was coerced into to donating large sums of money to the church.

    The Unification Church's right-wing political influence has been compared to the rise of Donald Trump and the alt-right in the United States, as they are both based on anti-communism and extreme nationalism. The Unification Church owns the far-right paper The Washington Times, which runs articles like "Pelosi drums bogus COVID fear to extend remote voting," and "Leftist attack on Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban."

    In response to rising public outcry against the Unification Church's influence in Japan's politics, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has moved at least seven parliament members out of his cabinet.

    From Reuters:

    [A] dozen or so politicians from the conservative LDP have disclosed links to the church or affiliated organisations – such as speaking at events – highlighting a relationship with the fiercely anti-communist church that stretches back to the Cold War. read more

    "We need to respect freedom of religion but it's only natural that these groups need to obey laws and be dealt with if they veer from them," Kishida told a news conference, adding he did not believe he had any connection with the church.

    "I don't think the Unification Church's policies have unjustly influenced party policies," he said.

    And if you believe that, I've got a hashi in the Chiyoda ward to sell you.

  • GOP online mob violently threatens judge who ordered Trump's search warrant

    Far-right extremists, aka MAGA Republicans, are now violently threatening the judge who allegedly signed the search warrant allowing the FBI to raid Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago home.

    Using platforms such as 4chan, Telegram, Gab, and Trump's Truth Social, loyal Trump pawns are naming the judge, disclosing his alleged phone number and address along with the names of his relatives, and posting messages such as "This is the piece of shit judge who approved FBI's raid on Mar-a-Lago – I see a rope around his neck," "That is a k***. And a pedophile …  He should be tried for treason and executed," and "Let's find out if he has children….where they go to school, where they live…EVERYTHING," according to Vice.

    From Vice:

    "The threats against Judge Reinhart in the wake of the Mar-a-Lago raid are significant," Daniel J. Jones, founder of Advance Democracy, told VICE News. "In addition to the antisemitic and violent slurs, we're seeing his address and other personal information being shared online—with the implied or explicit purpose of 'real-life' action."

    Right-wing news outlets have also tried to connect the judge to convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. Reinhart worked as a federal prosecutor until 2008, and a day after he quit, he became the defense attorney for a number of Epstein's employees, including his pilots and a scheduler, according to his 2018 Miami Herald report. The link between Reinhart and Epstein has been weaponized by Trump supporters to incorrectly imply Reinhart was Epstein's own lawyer, and, by extension, was corrupt and possibly a pedophile. 

    "The U.S. Marshals are responsible for the protection of the federal judicial process, and we take that responsibility very seriously," a spokesperson for the U.S. Marshals told VICE News when asked for comment about the threats. "While we do not discuss our specific security measures, we continuously review the measures in place and take appropriate steps to ensure the integrity of the federal judicial process."

    The FBI deferred comment to the U.S. Marshals, and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida told VICE News "the Court has no comment." 

  • "There is no more water in the pipes" — Facing extreme drought, over 100 municipalities in France have no drinking water

    As Frank Herbert wrote in Dune, "On Arrakis, water was money." And in the case of France, the lack of water is costing the country's taxpayers a fortune. Many parts of the country are experiencing severe drought conditions, and over 100 municipalities are getting their water from trucks.

    "There is no more water in the pipes, said France's Minister of Ecological Transition Christophe Béchu with the characteristic bluntness the world has come to admire from people in that splendid European country. "So the municipalities are now being supplied by trucks."

    The drought has been exacerbated by a heatwave that has seen temperatures soar to over 100 degrees Fahrenheit in some parts of the country. The heatwave has also caused wildfires, evacuations, and heat-related deaths. The lack of water has affected not only the country's residents, but also its economy. Farmers have been hit hard by the drought, with crops withering in the fields.

    Over the weekend, France's Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne set up an "inter-ministerial crisis unit." I don't know about you, but when I hear "inter-ministerial crisis unit" I don't think "immediate action." I think "endless meetings, PowerPoint presentations, arguments over inconsequential details, and jockeying for the prime spot in photo ops."

    I hope I'm wrong.

    [via Brussels Times]

  • Become an Adobe pro for less than $25 during the Back To Education Sale

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  • A woman sold fake travel packages and used the money to take a European vacation

    A travel agent who helped people plan their great escapes to places all around the world ended up escaping herself — with their money. The 58-year-old scammer, Julie Ann Mincey, ran an "agency" in North Carolina called Country Travel and Tours, from where she took thousands of dollars from dozens of wannabe travelers. She then used the monies to kindly treat herself to — among other things — a trip to Europe.

    From Yahoo!:

    Officials say Mincey operated a travel agency and accepted thousands of dollars from clients after promising to secure travel packages around the world on their behalf. However, as clients' departure dates approached in September 2018, they learned that there were no travel packages. The woman was unable to provide an explanation to customers.

    Investigators say Mincey's business accounts show that between August 2017 and September 2018, she used customer funds to make payments on personal credit cards, on a vehicle for an associate and to fund her personal bank account.

    Mincey never reimbursed her customers, and many clients testified that they had not seen or heard from her since September 2018, the statement says.

    The ex-faux-travel agent faces up to five years in prison and was "ordered to pay $53,402.58 in restitution."

  • Malcolm Gladwell tells workers to go back to the office, but not for him, because he has an "aversion to Midtown"

    Blink and Tipping Point Author Malcolm Gladwell is a funny fellow. Remember the time he explained to New York magazine about his trip on Jeffery Epstein's plane like this: "I don't remember much except being baffled as to who this Epstein guy was and why we were all on his plane?" Or when he upset Larry Nassar survivor parents by using interview quotes out of context? Or the time he claimed poets had the highest suicide rate and used this as the source? Or his cozy paid relationship with tobacco companies and other corporations he writes about?

    Gladwell's latest funny thing? Scolding people who enjoy working from home and don't want to go back to the office to work. As you might guess, Gladwell has been working from home and from coffee shops for years and loves it.

    Here's what he said about it when he was a guest on the Diary of a CEO podcast, according The Daily Mail:

    'As we face the battle that all organizations are facing now in getting people back into the office, it's really hard to explain this core psychological truth, which is we want you to have a feeling of belonging and to feel necessary. And we want you to join our team. And if you're not here it's really hard to do that,' Gladwell explained. 

    Gladwell, however, has a history of frank discussions about his own long-running avoidance of The New Yorker's office – where he is a staff writer. He has instead made a habit of working from his swanky West Village home or neighborhood coffeeshops – even before the pandemic ravaged New York City's commercial office market. 

    The bestselling author revealed in a 2008 interview with New York Magazine that he refused to trek even a few miles to the magazine's upscale office, then based in Midtown – citing his 'aversion' to the neighborhood.

  • A rural guy who built his own ISP just to have decent service gets government funding to add more customers

    When Comcast wanted an exorbitant $50k for a $10k fiber run to his home in rural Michigan, an Akamai engineer built his own ISP. Now he has received government funding to expand and service more customers in Washtenaw County.

    Ars Technica:

    Operating an ISP isn't Mauch's primary job, as he is still a network architect at Akamai. He started planning to build his own network about five years ago after being unable to get modern service from any of the major ISPs.

    As we wrote last year, AT&T only offers DSL with download speeds up to 1.5Mbps at his home. He said Comcast once told him it would charge $50,000 to extend its cable network to his house—and that he would have gone with Comcast if they only wanted $10,000. Comcast demands those up-front fees for line extensions when customers are outside its network area, even if the rest of the neighborhood already has Comcast service.

    Mauch was using a 50Mbps fixed wireless service before switching over to his own fiber network. In addition to his home Internet customers, Mauch told us he provides free 250Mbps service to a church that was previously having trouble with its Comcast service. Mauch said he also provides fiber backhaul to a couple of cell towers for a major mobile carrier.

    I lived with service from a privately operated rural ISP for over a decade. Government funds would have helped, but because we were inside a national park, there were all sorts of limitations about communications equipment and Federal land. All the transport had to be wireless, and I can not tell you how wonderful it is to be in a city with fiber to my home.

  • Reddit user shows the rest of us Duolingo nerds what it looks like to complete an entire language

    As a Duolingo addict, this Reddit user's accomplishment is something I can only aspire to. Rather than jump from one language to another the way I do once I'm halfway through (Spanish, French, Portuguese, Japanese, Swahili…), this Duo user plowed through the same language — Spanish — for "literal years." And it paid off. In the video below, look at his "report card," displaying all 10 units (which contain more than 1,282 "crown levels," or lessons, in total) of purple circles — the color that denotes the highest level possible for each pack of unit lessons in this gamified language app. Congrats, er, felicidades!

    Click to expand

    Front page thumbnail image: My own Duolingo chart (which only shows my best scores!)

  • An alarming graph shows Monkeypox cases rising rapidly

    Monkeypox cases are climbing fast, as you can see in this chart from Our World in Data. Fortunately, of the 30,000 plus confirmed cases, only about 10 people have died from Monkeypox.

    Reuters has an infographic that shows which countries have been hardest hit so far:

    The United States has reported 9,461 confirmed monkeypox cases as of August 9, followed by Spain with 5,162 and United Kingdom with 3,022 cases.

  • Facing consequences for his cavalier business decisions, Musk dumps more TSLA

    With a rebound in the share price of Tesla and a lot of legal jeopardies, Musk showed us how confident he is in the outcomes of the 4D chess game his fans claim he is playing. Selling high is brilliant, and this shows us the horse trader thinks now is a good time to get out of TSLA.

    The TSLA Board of Directors shows incredible restraint.

    Ars Technica:

    With Tesla stock on a rebound, Musk has just sold $6.9 billion worth of shares in his electric car company, a move disclosed in regulatory filings on Tuesday. Musk got an average of $869 for the shares, which is significantly more than the $628 that TSLA shares were trading at in late May. TSLA had hit its 2022 peak of $1,145 on April 4, the day after Musk revealed his purchase of 9.2 percent of Twitter's outstanding shares.

    In late April, after announcing his plans to buy Twitter, Musk unloaded $8.5 billion in Tesla stock, saying at the time that there were "no further TSLA sales planned after today."

    Although he has some financing lined up, the share of the sale price that Musk is personally responsible for could be north of $33 billion. As Twitter noted in its lawsuit, "The other terms Musk offered and agreed to were, as he touted, 'seller friendly.' There is no financing contingency and no diligence condition," the complaint said. "The deal is backed by airtight debt and equity commitments. Musk has personally committed $33.5 billion."

  • The new GOP talking point: FBI "planted evidence" during Mar-a-Lago search

    Trump and his MAGA sycophants in media and government are trying to get ahead of the news about what the FBI collected during its search of Mar-a-Lago by suggesting anything incriminating was planted. No one but Trump's dumbest followers will believe it, but it's still an effective bit of reality-distortion black magic.

    Fox News Jess Watters said he has a "hunch" the FBI planted false evidence in the 10 boxes it collected from Trump's private residence:

    "What the FBI is probably doing is planting evidence, which is what they did during the Russia hoax. We also have a hunch they doctored evidence to get the warrant — again, what they did during the Russia hoax."

    Trump lawyer Alina Habba told Watters,  "Quite honestly, I'm concerned that they may have planted something." She offered no reason for her concern.

    Another Trump attorney, Christina Bobb, told Real America's Voice that the FBI doesn't even has to plant evidence. "At this point, I don't necessarily think that they would even go to the extent of trying to plant information; I think they just make stuff up and come up with whatever they want."

    Right-wing troll Charlie Kirk and toxic blowhard Newt Gingrich did a little planting on their own by spreading the lie on Kirk's show:

    GINGRICH: The next big test, of course, will be Liz Cheney, who I suspect will lose by 20 or 30 points. Yes. And she's part of this. I mean, she is part of the effort to turn the system into a basically a tyrannical, anti-conservative, anti-Republican, constant violation of the law, which is what the January 6 committee is, you know, a fake committee being covered by the fake news with a fake FBI, which, by the way, you'll notice they didn't allow anybody on the Trump side into Mar-a-Lago. So we have no idea whether or not they planted evidence.

    KIRK: Yes, that's exactly right. And I have a couple of thoughts. Number one, I wish I trusted our law enforcement. You need some form of law enforcement to have a civil society, but I'm right with you. I say, oh, they're planting evidence. How, how, how disappointing of a place we are in our country where our immediate reaction is that our own law enforcement agency might be planning evidence against a former president. 

    Trump himself is eager to spread the lie to his gullible followers.

    The FBI and others from the Federal Government would not let anyone, including my lawyers, be anywhere near the areas that were rummaged and otherwise looked at during the raid on Mar-a-Lago. Everyone was asked to leave the premises, they wanted to be left alone, without any witnesses to see what they were doing, taking or, hopefully not, "planting." Why did they STRONGLY insist on having nobody watching them, everybody out? Obama and Clinton were never "raided," despite big disputes!

    Look for the GOP lie factory to continue pushing this baseless claim.

    UPDATE: And there's more!

    Rand Paul:

    Marjorie Taylor Greene:

  • Donald Trump must be guilty – he just took the Fifth Amendment

    This morning Donald Trump took the Fifth Amendment during a New York deposition. Thus, according to Trump's own criterion, the former twice-impeached president is not innocent.

    "Taking the Fifth, I think it's disgraceful," he said about Hillary Clinton during his "Lock her up" drumbeat in 2016 (see video below). "The mob takes the Fifth! If you're innocent, why are you taking the Fifth Amendment?" Yes, that's what we'd all like to know.

    Front page thumbnail image: Evan El-Amin / shutterstock.com

  • Artist/engineer built virtual simulation of an entire car engine to generate realistic vrooooom audio

    Software developer and artist Ange Yaghi built a virtual simulation of an internal combustion engine "to produce engine audio and simulate engine response characteristics." Demo video above and you can download the codebase here to run it yourself! Yaghi writes:

    Quite possibly the dumbest project I've ever undertaken, this was an odyssey but well worth it in the end. It's hard to fully explain the depth of the rabbit hole that I was led down and I ended up having to study things like fluid dynamics, physics and chemistry. As the title suggests, this is a physically realistic (or at least, somewhat realistic) internal combustion engine simulation. It also generates audio which I feel is some of the best procedurally generated audio for a V8 engine I've ever heard.

    illustrative image of hot rod V8 3D render: Volodymyr Horbovyy/Shutterstock
  • A steak dry-aged in maple syrup for 6 months

    Guga Foods is one of my favorite YouTube channels because he tries fun stuff with steak and barbeque. This video shows what happens when Guga forgets he is dry-aging prime rib in Maple syrup.

    You can easily jump around in Guga's videos and, after watching the prep, skip to the taste test. I did not expect these results and figured the control steak would win. The real lesson here was how much discard it took to get to edible meat.

    Image: screen grab

  • Woman allegedly used spell book to set ex-boyfriend's car on fire

    Police arrested 47-year-old Kristy Malzi of Hollsopple, Pennsylvania for reckless burning, terroristic threats, and simple assault. According to authorities, Malzi confronted her ex-boyfriend with a loaded shotgun at a used car lot and then hit him. Workers intervened and locked the woman out of the building but also noticed that a Ford Focus outside was ablaze. Witnesses later told police they believe Malzi practiced "witchcraft" and that she used a spell book to set the car on fire. Literally. From WJACTV:

    During their investigation, police say they found some of the burnt pages lying in the parking lot and the name of the book was "Wicca Book of Spells."[…]

    They say she ignited the pages from the book before placing them on the driver side front seat of the car through an open window.