Calilfornia high school water polo team filmed singing Nazi songs

The Daily Beast reports that a water polo team from a California high school sang Nazi songs during an awards ceremony. Read the rest

Video of Prince Andrew lurking in Epstein's mansion after financier's 2008 conviction

UK media moderated its coverage of the country's post-Savile sex abuse scandal, perhaps to maintain cosy establishment relationships and certainly due to Britain's menacing libel laws. American media has few such interests or impediments, and US coverage has sometimes made the difference in exposing a British problem to British audiences. But the delicious and seemingly well-deserved ruin of Prince Andrew needs no foreign encouragement. The Daily Mail:

EXCLUSIVE: Prince Andrew is pictured inside paedophile Jeffrey Epstein's £63million mansion of depravity nine years ago... so how did he miss signs of the billionaire's sexual deviance?

• Duke was spotted peering around the door of the billionaire's Manhattan home on December 6, 2010 • The footage of the Duke was taken less than an hour after Epstein left the house with a young blonde woman • Epstein's alleged 'sex slave' Virginia Roberts claims she had sex with the Prince at financier's New York home • Buckingham Palace has denied any wrongdoing on Duke's part and the Queen has showed him her support

The video above is CBS News' coverage of the release. Read the rest

NYPD cop who choked Eric Garner lied about it to investigators, says judge

A judge says that NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo should be fired for his “reckless” use of a banned chokehold—and for lying about it after his victim Eric Garner, an unarmed black man selling cigarettes on the street, died.

The judge, Rosemarie Maldonado, who has recommended that Officer Pantaleo be fired, concluded that he had been “untruthful” during the interview, according to the opinion that grew out of a departmental trial that ended in June.

A final decision about Officer Pantaleo’s fate rests with the police commissioner, and will come five years after the death of Mr. Garner — who uttered “I can’t breathe” 11 times — first galvanized the Black Lives Matter movement

Pictured here is Eric with his family. Read the rest

Vultures occupy Florida home, fill it with vomit and excrement

It's the case of the vomiting vultures: a vacation home returned to only to find it occupied by vultures, and all the things that come out of vultures.

Siobhan Casimano described the smell as “like a thousand rotting corpses.” The vultures have destroyed screen enclosures and have overtaken the pool and barbecue. The few times the family has visited, they’ve had to park their car in the garage to avoid the birds pecking at them with their beaks.

It gets worse, because someone is feeding the vultures, because of course they are, it's Florida.

“Imagine 20 vultures trapped, biting each other — and they can bite through bones,” she said. “They would bang against my windows running away from a bird that was attacking them. Blood was everywhere. It was a vile, vicious, traumatic event. And it was Memorial Day, so no company I called would come out to help me.”

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Tactical baby wipe pouch

Whether you're running low on ammo defending Wyoming from antifa or tearing toward the Canadian border while your passenger plinks out the orange lightbars of the pursuing Trumpstapo, baby's butt will be smooth and clean. [via Joel]

• Fast-Deploy Wipe Pouch – Holds a single pack of standard disposable wipes and features a wipe dispenser slot under the flap • MOLLE-Compatible Design – Tactical baby wipe holder designed for modular customization; MOLLE-compatible with all your accessories and patches • Effortless Reloading – Quickly resupply whenever you’re running low thanks to the seamless zipper closure and smart open-front design

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Watch a treestump become a vase

Usually I like to find something to start Monday that reflects our growing sense of anxiety and unease at the accelerating failure of the American Republic, but his week I've got a nice relaxing video of Andy Phillip turning a big ol' chunk o' stump into an attractive vase on the lathe. Enjoy! Read the rest

Shirt at conservative website suspiciously similar to indie artist's design, but with a D on it

Truck Torrence is an indie artist, creator of the kawaii Dumpster Fire, a classic internet meme image offered as limited-edition pins and toys. Daily Wire is a website founded by right-wing provocateur Ben Shapiro, at whose Amazon store may be found a crude copy of Torrence's design.

Here's Torrence's original animation:

And here's a close-up of the Daily Wire clone:

There is one "original" element: it added a "D" to make it about the Democratic Party.

Bad merch happens. It often happens because a media site didn't (and perhaps can't be expected to) look into every item offered on co-branded online stores hosted by third parties such as Amazon.

Daily Wire, however, appears to have played a role in designing and promoting the plagiarized shirt, so it would be nice if it explained how it came to be in that position.

Conservative media is more vulnerable to sourcing failures because of the movement's growing dependence on memes, grifters and liars for content; see also the "x days since we published a hoax" flipchart at the Quillette offices. Read the rest

How big Greenland really is

Trump wants to buy Greenland, because of course he does. Reading the coverage, it struck me that media generally prefer to use the Mercator projection when showing the island. This is because we think it's funny to depict Greenland as a vast place as large as North America itself.

Though all 2D projections of our very 3D planet are distorted, this particular projection was designed for navigating equatorial seas and is ludicrously obsolete and inappropriate for depicting arctic regions. Instead, here's a general perspective projection--the globe as if viewed from space--that shows Greenland's true size, relatively undistorted compared to neighboring regions.

Still a big place—just not as big as the BBC's misleading map would have it. (Which is crudely inaccurate, too, with that distance marker) Read the rest

Enjoy the trailer for the new Doom movie

Behold Doom: Annihilation, or "Annthilation" as it appears in the glowy font on the poster. Read the rest

ABC "fined" $350k, among others, for using presidential alert tone on TV

It is "illegal" to broadcast the presidential alert tone on network television, and ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live will pay $350k for doing so in a comedy skit, reports the BBC.

By simulating the alert tone, the Jimmy Kimmel Show! breached broadcasting rules, said the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which regulates television in the US. Under FCC rules, broadcasters are barred from mimicking the warning system "to avoid confusion when the tones are used, alert fatigue among listeners, and false activation". ABC admitted to broadcasting the alert on 3 October 2018, but said it did so under the impression that "use of the tone was permissible".

This is the so-called "Trump Alert" sent to cellphones in the event of an "emergency".

AMC Networks, Discovery and Meruelo also agreed to pay out for broadcasting the presidential alert tone, with payouts between $67k and $107k. These are described as "fines" by the BBC, and as "settlements" by the FCC. One of the offending uses was in a scripted TV drama, The Walking Dead.

The Federal Communications Commission’s Enforcement Bureau today announced settlements reached with a TV broadcaster, cable TV networks, and a radio broadcaster for misusing Emergency Alert System (EAS) or Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) tones. Episodes of ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” and Discovery’s “Lone Star Law,” as well as promos aired by Meruelo Radio Holdings, LLC’s Los Angeles-area KDAY and KDEY-FM’s morning radio show, all aired actual or simulated alert tones in violation of the Commission’s rules.

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Florida raccoon freed from vending machine

The sheriff in Volusia County, Fla., reports that "a gentlemen was apprehended today while committing a burglary of a vending machine at Pine Ridge High School" in Deltona.

Adds the AP:

...spokesman Andrew Gant says a deputy stationed at Pine Ridge High School was notified of the trapped raccoon Wednesday and called animal control for assistance. A vending machine operator was also contacted to unlock the door. They rolled the vending machine to an open area of the school and after about two hours the raccoon was set free.

The sheriff's Facebook posting has a lot of boomer energy in the comments.

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Fox News poll shows Trump losing to any warm body

As long as he's only up against one candidate and they don't do anything stupid, Trump would lose to a sausage in 2020. Fox News has him deep underwater against every likely Dem candidate.

A Fox News poll released Thursday showed President Trump losing head-to-head matchups against four of the top Democratic presidential primary contenders. The poll found Trump with 39 percent support among registered voters in head-to-head matchups against Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). The poll found Sanders beating Trump with 48 percent, Warren winning over Trump with 45 percent and Harris winning with 46 percent support. Former Vice President Joe Biden, meanwhile, beat Trump in the theoretical matchup with 50 percent support among those surveyed, compared to Trump's 38 percent.

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CutiePi, a Raspberry Pi-based tablet

CutiePi is a tablet based on the Raspberry Pi: compact enough, but more open, versatile and hacker-friendly than mainstream models from Apple, Microsoft or the Google coprosperity sphere.

CutiePi is a complete Raspberry Pi in a tablet form factor, minus the trouble of connecting monitor or power supply. It's slimmer because of using Compute Module, and you can carry or recharge it like your everyday gadgets.

Whether you're opening an app, SSH to a remote server, or displaying a dashboard, CutiePi's touch-friendly interface can help you with all that. Connecting a keyboard or a mouse is no longer mandatory. Free to make it yours

We believe in open source, and we believe people should have control over the technology they use. Everything you see here is open source -- schematics, PCB, drivers, firmware, UI, everything.

Specs: Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3+ Lite with an 8” IPS LCD (1280x800), 4800 mAh battery, 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, 1x USB type-A, 6x GPIO pins, 1x microSD slot and Raspbian Linux. 12mm thick. Read the rest

Defaced banknotes depict the four horsemen of the British political apocalypse

Wefail offers this charming collection of four banknotes, each featuring one of the four "horsemen of the apocalypse", at least when it comes to the demise and presumed annihilation of Britain's political stability. $50 a set.

Four Wefail banknotes depicting the four horsemen: May, Rees-Mogg, Bojo and Thatcher.

Early in 2019 I was asked to take part in a collection of defaced banknotes for the Cash is King 2 book and accompanying exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery, August 2019. This involved some rework on my banknotes, changing colour saturation and fine tuning different scales, these 2nd edition prints are the result of those changes.

A3 giclée print measuring 297mm × 420mm printed with Claria dye based ink on textured 210gsm Hahnemühle Albrecht Durer paper, this print will not fade or oxidise. A limited run of 250 prints signed and numbered (photos show various #s but the numbers will be incremental as they sell). Will be signed on the back too.

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Pantone alignment chart

I made this chart after reading about Opaque Couche. Read the rest

Florida woman who pulled alligator from yoga pants avoids jail

A Florida woman who "pulled a small alligator from her yoga pants" was sentenced to probation after admitting four charges related to illegally possessing wild animals. Read the rest

Wedged Wonders: pointy concept cars of the seventies

Wedged Wonders is a gallery-tribute to futuristic Italian concept cars from '68-'79. Read the rest

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