• Aggressive horse trader and brave waiver of due diligence now knew Twitter's numbers were bad all along

    There must be a team of face planting attorneys sitting around a conference room at one of Elon Musk's companies right now. Musk has declared that the representations around bots made by Twitter in the SEC filings and due diligence to him we always so unreasonable no one could have believed them. Seems like waiving the right to further due diligence when the buyer knew they had received bad data was cavalier?

    There is almost nothing Musk can say that is going to help himself out of this mess he has made, yet Pedo Guy will not stop.

  • Oregon State police issue Lightning McQueen and Cruz Ramirez a warning

    Oregon State police responding to calls of two cars hooning around found some folks who took Disney Bounding to a new level. The two offending vehicles were made to look like Lightning McQueen and his protege, Cruz Ramirez. Apparently, the cops were not so well versed with Pixar to recall the name Cruz and called her "Dinoco."

    Sac Bee:

    Troopers responded to reports that two cars were "cutting each other off and racing," Oregon State Police said in a Thursday, Aug. 4, Facebook post. The cars were "easy to find" based on their descriptions, state troopers said. You would have to see it to believe it," the post said. While police said the pair was not racing, troopers did pull over "Lightning McQueen" for following too closely while also pulling over "Dinoco."

  • Alex Jones to pay $45.2 million in punitive damages to the parents of Sandy Hook shooting victim Jesse Lewis

    After a dramatic court proceeding, the jury has awarded the parents of Sandy Hook shooting victim Jesse Lewis $45.2 million in punitive damages to be paid by Alex Jones for his horrible attacks and defamation. Jones has only begun to pay for his monetization of a school shooting and alleged funding of an insurrection. The mistake his attorney made in discovery may be the end of more than just Jones.

    CNN:

    A Texas jury has decided to penalize Alex Jones with $45.2 million in punitive damages in a lawsuit filed by the parents of Sandy Hook shooting victim Jesse Lewis.

    The award, which the judge could reduce, came one day after the jury settled on $4.1 million in compensatory damages.

    The jurors began deliberating around 12:30 pm CT on Friday, after Judge Maya Guerra Gamble reminded them that in a default judgment against him Jones was already found liable for defamation and "intentional infliction of emotional distress" against Lewis' parents, Scarlett Lewis and Neil Heslin.

    In an emotional closing argument Friday, Lewis and Heslin's attorney Wesley Todd Ball said to the jury, "We ask that you send a very very simple message, and that is, stop Alex Jones. Stop the monetization of misinformation and lies. Please."

    Ball urged the jurors to "deter Alex Jones from ever doing this awfulness again" and "to deter others who may want to step into his shoes."

  • Fox News struggles to turn July's positive job growth into a bad thing

    Fox News can make anything bad. This post on DailyKos shares some wacky headlines, statements, chyrons, and the like employed by Fox News to keep their audience certain the Biden Administration is failing. Somehow beating expectations is a super disappointment.

    Image: Fox News

  • Auto vloggers test out fuel-saving myths

    Some of these hacks to save MPG are hilariously stupid, some dangerous, but the video is fun. The most useful fact, IMHO, was ripped from Mythbusters, a 6-10' drafting zone behind trucks.

    The explanation of why manuals were once more efficient than automatic transmissions cracked me up! I know many SQUIDs who claimed it was them, not just three gears vs. five gear choice.

  • A new "quantum proof" encryption standard is broken by a low-end PC

    A new award-winning encryption standard is crackable by a PC with a single-core processor in under an hour. Naturally, the cryptographers who invented it were shocked!

    Gizmodo:

    Last month, The National Institute of Standards and Technology, or NIST, announced the winners of a years-long competition to develop new encryption standards, the likes of which have been designed to protect against a hypothetical (for now) threat that hasn't been invented yet: quantum computers. Such hardware is projected to someday be so powerful that it will have the ability to easily decrypt our present-day public-key encryption (standards like RSA and Diffie-Hellman). To stave off this future threat, the U.S. government has invested in the creation of new encryption standards that can weather attacks by hardware of the days to come.


    NIST selected four encryption algorithms that it said would provide adequate protections and that it plans to standardize, meaning others would be measured against them. The contest took years to unfold and involved droves of contenders from all over the world. After the four finalists were selected, NIST announced another four that were being considered as other potential candidates for standardization.

    Unfortunately, one of those additional four algos doesn't seem so sturdy. SIKE—which stands for Supersingular Isogeny Key Encapsulation—was one of NIST's secondary finalists, but a recently discovered cyberattack managed to break SIKE relatively easily. Worse, the computer running the attack was about as far from a quantum computer as you could get: instead, it was a single-core PC (meaning that it's a lot slower than your typical PC, which has a multi-core processor), and it only took an hour for the little machine to unwind SIKE's supposedly tricksy encryption.

  • No one is hankering for Starbucks' non-fat vanilla soy NFT

    Starbucks plans to unveil its new NFT program at its upcoming investor's meeting. Perhaps these NFTs with "perks" will distract folks from the store closings. I think that Starbucks may find it has missed the wave with crypto-coffee.

    TechCranch:

    Starbucks will unveil its web3 initiative, which includes coffee-themed NFTs, at next month's Investor Day event. The company earlier this year announced its plans to enter the web3 space, noting its NFTs wouldn't just serve as digital collectibles, but would provide their owners with access to exclusive content and other perks.

    At the time, Starbucks was light on details as to what its debut set of NFTs would look like, specific features they'd provide or even what blockchain it was building on. It said the plan was likely to be multichain or chain-agnostic, hinting at plans that weren't yet finalized.

    Overall, the coffee retailer kept its web3 news fairly high level, explaining simply that it believed digital collectibles could create an accretive business adjust to its stores and that more would be revealed later in 2022.

  • George Foreman teaches us to make a perfect steak

    I expected this cooking lesson to involve George Foreman's legendary Grill, but his method does not and is nearly identical to how I prepare steak. Foreman is pretty hilarious and loves cooking. Foreman sears his steak and then roasts it in the pan.

    I am clear that nothing else is scary once you wait in a ring for Mohammed Ali to come and punch you in the face.

    Bonus:

    Image: Screen grab

  • FBI agent, Valedictorian, Father of the Year, and noted climate scientist Herschel Walker has agreed to debate Reverend and US Senator Raphael Warnock

    I will be making popcorn if Walker doesn't just deny that he has agreed to commit campaign suicide in the Georgia US Senate race. Raphael Warnock is one of the most eloquent speakers in the US Senate. Walker is a buffoon.

    The Root:

    Sen. Raphael Warnock recently posted a 30-second ad asking when his Republican opponent Herschel Walker will commit to a debate. Previously, Sen. Warnock scheduled three debates before the November elections, including one on Oct. 16, hosted by the Atlanta Press Club. The only question was if Walker would show up despite saying he would do it any day of the week.

    Walker responded to the ongoing criticism during his Fox News appearance on Tuesday and claimed he and Warnock have agreed to the first debate, The Hill reports. If he is to be truthful, Walker stated he and Sen. Warnock would have the debate on Oct. 14 "in front of a crowd" in Warnock's hometown of Savannah, Ga. The WSAV is set to host the event, and Walker added that it wouldn't involve the "media elite."

  • Watch as Alex Jones learns, in court, that his lawyers messed up and sent proof he was hiding evidence to opposing counsel

    Alex Jones is just having the worst time ever. His lies, buffoonery, and obstruction of justice will likely not work out well. Here he is taken by surprise as a lawyer for the Sandy Hook parents tells Jones his lawyers sent the entire contents of his cell phone to them by mistake.

    Image: screen grab

  • A study shows COVID-19 came from the fish market. Watch the folks pushing lab leak theories move the goalposts

    Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and helping encourage anti-vax attitudes of distrust and conspiracy leading to COVID-19 becoming endemic and now a forever part of our lives, there was a gang of people insisting the disease was "likely" leaked from a lab. People like Nate Silver of 538 fame endlessly speculated about lab leaks, usually based on some 'reports they read' that everyone from Bill Gates to Aliens had leaked this disease with nefarious intent.

    A study shows the disease came from the market we were first told it had.

    Science:

    Understanding how severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) emerged in 2019 is critical to preventing zoonotic outbreaks before they become the next pandemic. The Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan, China, was identified as a likely source of cases in early reports but later this conclusion became controversial. We show the earliest known COVID-19 cases from December 2019, including those without reported direct links, were geographically centered on this market. We report that live SARS-CoV-2 susceptible mammals were sold at the market in late 2019 and, within the market, SARS-CoV-2-positive environmental samples were spatially associated with vendors selling live mammals. While there is insufficient evidence to define upstream events, and exact circumstances remain obscure, our analyses indicate that the emergence of SARS-CoV-2 occurred via the live wildlife trade in China, and show that the Huanan market was the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Second-hand luxury watches flood the market as the crypto collapse continues

    If you have ever wanted a Rolex Daytona or a Patek Phillipe wristwatch, now may be the time. As so many crypto millionaires have lost their nut, the market has been flooded with second-hand luxury watches.

    I have always wanted a Daytona with a meteorite face. The only watches that won't get your arm chopped off in my neighborhood, however, are the Apple Watch. Tracking features deter folks.

    Bloomberg:

    The collapse in cryptocurrencies is easing supply of the most sought after watches on the second-hand market, depressing prices for hard-to get-Patek Philippe and Rolex models.

    The supply of trophy watches such as the Rolex Daytona or Patek Nautilus 5711A "is now much larger," online-watch trading platform Chrono24 said in an emailed statement.

    The recent swoon in cryptocurrency valuations "has directly impacted pricing of luxury watches from brands like Rolex and Patek Philippe," said the company, which is based in Karlsruhe, Germany, and has more than half a million watches listed for sale on its website.

  • Fascinating Horror on the Apollo One disaster

    The tragic fire aboard Apollo One during a launch rehearsal test on January 27, 1967, forever changed NASA. All three crew members, Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger B. Chafee, perished in what was considered a non-hazardous test. Here is Fascinating Horror's documentary of the events:

    Wikipedia:

    Apollo 1, initially designated AS-204, was the first crewed mission of the Apollo program,[1] the American undertaking to land the first man on the Moon. It was planned to launch on February 21, 1967, as the first low Earth orbital test of the Apollo command and service module. The mission never flew; a cabin fire during a launch rehearsal test at Cape Kennedy Air Force Station Launch Complex 34 on January 27 killed all three crew members—Command Pilot Gus Grissom, Senior Pilot Ed White, and Pilot Roger B. Chaffee—and destroyed the command module (CM). The name Apollo 1, chosen by the crew, was made official by NASA in their honor after the fire.

    Immediately after the fire, NASA convened an Accident Review Board to determine the cause of the fire, and both chambers of the United States Congress conducted their own committee inquiries to oversee NASA's investigation. The ignition source of the fire was determined to be electrical, and the fire spread rapidly due to combustible nylon material and the high-pressure pure oxygen cabin atmosphere. Rescue was prevented by the plug door hatch, which could not be opened against the internal pressure of the cabin. Because the rocket was unfueled, the test had not been considered hazardous, and emergency preparedness for it was poor.

    During the Congressional investigation, Senator Walter Mondale publicly revealed a NASA internal document citing problems with prime Apollo contractor North American Aviation, which became known as the Phillips Report. This disclosure embarrassed NASA Administrator James E. Webb, who was unaware of the document's existence, and attracted controversy to the Apollo program. Despite congressional displeasure at NASA's lack of openness, both congressional committees ruled that the issues raised in the report had no bearing on the accident.

    Crewed Apollo flights were suspended for twenty months while the command module's hazards were addressed. However, the development and uncrewed testing of the lunar module (LM) and Saturn V rocket continued. The Saturn IB launch vehicle for Apollo 1, SA-204, was used for the first LM test flight, Apollo 5. The first successful crewed Apollo mission was flown by Apollo 1's backup crew on Apollo 7 in October 1968.

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  • The only "Eric" we are sure Trump didn't endorse is his son

    Trump confused the field in the GOP Missouri Senate primary. There are three candidates named "Eric" running, and ostensibly, he could have endorsed any of them when simply encouraging voters to vote for "ERIC."

    NBC News:

    Former President Donald Trump injected some last-minute confusion ahead of Missouri's Senate primary Tuesday by endorsing "ERIC" in a statement Monday night.

    Eric who? Former Gov. Eric Greitens? State Attorney General Eric Schmitt? Or maybe even little-known Eric McElroy?

    "I trust the Great People of Missouri, on this one, to make up their own minds, much as they did when they gave me landslide victories in the 2016 and 2020 Elections, and I am therefore proud to announce that ERIC has my Complete and Total Endorsement!" Trump said in a statement after he emphasized voters "must send a MAGA Champion and True Warrior to the U.S. Senate, someone who will fight for Border Security, Election Integrity, our Military and Great Veterans, together with having a powerful toughness on Crime and the Border."

    When reached for comment, Trump's team did not provide any clarity, saying only that the "endorsement speaks for itself."

  • Fetterman continues to dominate Oz on Twitter

    In the polls and on the system of tubes we call the Internets, Pennsylvania's John Fetterman continues to batter New Jersey multi-millionaire and Turkish suit aficionado Mehmet Oz in the race for US Senator from Pennsylvania.

  • NY sees its first case of Polio in almost a decade, officials fear it has spread

    A largely unvaccinated county in New York has seen its first case of Polio in a decade. Rockland County has a miserable 60.5% vaccination rate among 2-year-olds, and it is feared that hundreds if not thousands of residents may contract the disease. 1 out of every 200 people who contract Polio suffers paralysis.

    Ars Technica:

    The vaccine-derived poliovirus that left an unvaccinated US resident with the country's first case of paralytic polio in nearly a decade has been genetically linked to spread in two other countries: the United Kingdom and Israel. Now that it has been detected in the US, health officials fear it has spread to hundreds or even thousands of people in a poorly vaccinated New York county.

    On Monday, officials in New York urgently encouraged unvaccinated residents to get vaccinated "as soon as possible" to prevent further spread of the virus.

    "Polio is very contagious, and an individual can transmit the virus even if they aren't sick," the New York State Department of Health said in a news release today. The virus spreads easily via a fecal-oral route through poor hygiene and sanitation. The virus transmits through direct contact with an infected person or contaminated food or water. "Symptoms, which can be mild and flu-like, can take up to 30 days to appear, during which time an infected individual can be shedding virus to others," the health department added.

    About 1 in 200 people infected with poliovirus develop paralysis, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That means for the one case of paralytic polio to have arisen in New York—which was not linked to any international travel—hundreds of others were likely already infected.

  • Marjorie Taylor Greene identifies exactly which assault rifle she wants elementary students to carry

    Having warned us of Jewish Space Lasers, Georgia's 'Gazpacho Police' fearing, super screamy, and in-your-face US congressperson Marjorie Taylor Greene thinks the horrible events at Uvalde, Texas' Robb Elementary School would have seen a better outcome had only the children carried kid-sized assault weapons. The stupidity knows no bounds.

    https://twitter.com/RepMTG/status/1553111693311594498

    Crooks and Liars:

    WEE1 Tactical — which doesn't even have a website — is a new high-powered weapons manufacturer for the under- 18 demographic. It's like an AR-15 for your kiddos. Isn't that cool? Why not throw in some combat uniforms for the first graders, too? Helmets are another idea. And combat boots for when Jimmy from the 4th grade has to wade through his schoolmates' blood to get to the exit. And all of them should wear camouflage. I'm sure Marge would like that.