A US cop made an Irish "Blue Lives Matter" shirt that accidentally said "Black Lives Matter"

This is one of my personal favorite bits of Schadenfreude in the world.

This photo was taken by Karen Reshkin at the 2016 Milwaukee Irish Fest, and depicts a somewhat Irish-inspired riff on the standard Blue Lives Matter fascist fashion chic. Except no one explained to this idiot cop how translations work, especially when it comes to idioms.

A blogger named the Geeky Gaeilgeoir breaks this hilariously ironic failure with eloquent detail, and a much firmer grasp of the Irish language than I have. But essentially, this mean translated individual word of "Blue Lives Matter" without considering context or grammar. "Gorm" is indeed "blue." But "chónaí" means "lives" with a short "i," as in, "I live here." And "ábhar" means "matter," yes, but in the noun form — like a subject matter, or a material, as opposed to the verb of "mattering."

The syntax is all wrong, too. And that helps with the absurdity. Essentially, this shirt doesn't say anything.

But the real chef-kiss moment is with the word "Blue." "Gorm" is, technically, correct…in a certain context:

When color is used to describe a person in Irish, it typically refers to hair color. For example An bhean rua: The red-haired woman.

There are exceptions, of course: For example, Na fir bhuí (“The orange/yellow men”) is used to refer to members of the Orange Order because of the color of their sashes. But “blue/gorm” would not be used to refer to police officers as a group. That’s an American thing.

All that having been said, though, here’s the lovely, delicious irony: When the word gorm is used in reference to people, guess what it means?

It means “Black.”

What a glorious, glorious self-own.

The Geeky Gaeilgeoir goes way more in-depth with her explanation, and it's especially if you (like me) get a kick of linguistics.

Even Racists get the blues [The Geeky Gaeilgeoir]

Too few are checking their car insurance rates. This site can help you save serious money.

When you were 10 and your mom demanded you finish your vegetables or go to your room, you were mad. Even as kids, we hated it when we were ordered to do something. Car insurance is a federal mandate, yet that’s only one of the reasons why most Americans would rather do just about anything than deal with car insurance.

Over a quarter (28%) of Americans — 28 percent — think they pay too much for car insurance, yet almost 40 percent say they haven’t checked their current rates against competitors in at least three years. 17 percent have never checked at all. Ever.

The Zebra wants to change that car insurance aversion mindset. The nation’s leading car insurance comparison site, they’ve developed a free, safe, simple way to make sure users are getting the absolute best price on car insurance. And if they’re not, The Zebra paves the way for any driver to get the lowest rate available anywhere.

Through The Zebra website, users identify their vehicle make and model as well as where they live. With that handful of data, The Zebra stretches its legs, tapping their relationships with over 200 different national and regional insurance providers to find out which will offer gives that user the best possible coverage plan.

The Zebra checks in with providers like Farmers, Liberty Mutual, Allstate, and GEICO, crunching the numbers and offering all the best coverage offers in a matter of seconds.

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If it’s been too long since you put your current insurance provider to the test, a quick check with The Zebra is all the answer you need about who deserves your business.

Trump threatens to use military to stop protests for #georgefloyd #blacklivesmatter

• June 1, Monday night: Tear gas fired on peaceful protesters in Washington D.C.

• Trump: “If a city or state refuses to take the actions that are necessary to defend the life and property of their residents, then I will deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them”

Earlier today, impeached president Donald Trump told “weak” U.S. governors to use more force against protesters. Tonight, Trump has threatened to direct military to attack protesters in the streets of the nation's capital and elsewhere, with lethal force, as the agents carrying out those attacks deem appropriate.

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Is 2020 over yet? This website will help you figure it out.

Time is a flat circle, and between the quarantine and the never-ending mind-boggling madness of our ever-escalation geopolitical chaos, it's become increasingly difficult to understand our own temporal existence in the seemingly endless cesspool known as 2020.

So game developer Rami Ismail came up with a helpful solution: is2020over.com.

Besides the depressing but unequivocal "NO," the website also tracks all of the insane events we've witnessed in the last 15 years of 5 months, just to help you make sense of the incomprehensible timeline that we're living on.

Is 2020 over? [Rami Ismail]

Image: Public Domain

 

It's the 99th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre that destroyed "Black Wall Street"

It's depressingly fitting that a nationwide spree of protests against racist policing would occur on the anniversary of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, what's been called the single worst incident of racial violence in American history. Using guns and aircrafts, white racists destroyed 35 square blocks of what had — until then — been the wealthiest black community in the country, resulting in more than $32 million dollars in damage adjusted for inflation. Like many such tragic events, it began when white racists accused a black man of looking at a white woman the wrong way.

And sadly, it's a thing that most people didn't even know about it until they watched Damon Lindelof's Watchmen sequel on HBO in the fall of 2019. It took 80 years before any kind of official report was made to acknowledge the event; mass graves are still being discovered nearly a century later.

Here are some links if you want to learn more:

‘Watchmen’ Opened With the Tulsa Race Riot. Here’s What to Read About It. [Jennifer Vineyard / The New York Times]

"They was killing black people" [DeNeen L. Brown / The Washington Post]

The Massacre of Black Wall Street [Re/Think / The Atlantic]

Tulsa Race Riot: A Report by the Oklahoma Commission to Study the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921

Black Wall Street: The African American Haven That Burned and Then Rose From the Ashes [Victor Luckerson / The Ringer]

Image: Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

 

Relicblade launches campaign for new two-player starter set

It seems weird to be writing about something as frivolous as a game while the world is infected and on fire, but we do need a little distraction and joy to keep us sane, and for some of us, the gaming hobby offers just that.

Sean Sutter, the one-person game designing artistic juggernaut behind the fabulous fantasy narrative skirmish wargame, Relicblade just launched a Kickstarter for his latest product, a two-person starter set. Within 30 minutes, he had blown past his funding goal and is currently over $40,000. For those of us familiar with this game, this is no surprise at all. To know Relicblade is to love Relicblade.

While I am a huge, lifelong fan of the tabletop gaming hobby in general, I especially adore indie games that are basically the vision of one artist. Relicblade is such a wonder. Sean does nearly everything. He designs the games, writes and lays out the rulebooks, does all of the art, sculpts all of the miniatures. This would all be impressive enough, but the quality with which he does it all makes it even more impressive. His product line confidently stands next to the big dogs in the industry.

The latest campaign, called Storms of Kural, is a two-player starter set designed to provide everything needed to enter the world of Relicblade. There are two main pledge levels, one at $100 for the rulebook, minis, cards, and tokens, and one at $85 for people who already own the rulebook.

My only disappointment is that there is no box for the set. I have a number of indie games that don't have boxes and the anal collector in me feels cheated without one. I wish a box was one the higher stretch goal because, at the rate he's going, I think he's going to be raking in enough cash to produce one.

New York Police Union doxxed Mayor DiBlasio's daughter on Twitter

As anti-police protests raged across the country on Sunday, the official Twitter account of the Sergeants Benevolent Association of the NYPD spent most of the day whining about New York Mayor Bill DiBlasio.

DiBlasio is hardly a stalwart of #TheResistance, and there are certainly plenty of good reasons for the average citizen to complain about him. But the SBA was pretty clearly employing Mafia-style bullying tactics to frighten the guy into submission. After DiBlasio's daughter, Chiara, was arrested for "unlawful assembly" during the New York City protests, the SBA Twitter account posted a photo of her arrest paperwork, including her personal identifying information. (Details blacked out manually)

This is, of course, illegal, as well as a hugely dangerous threat.

The tweet has since been deleted. But it's not the first time that SBA President Ed Mullins has been involved in frighteningly inflammatory rhetoric. Back in February, he openly declared war on DiBlasio, and also has an established history of sending racist emails out to the entire Police Union. I'm sure it's no coincidence that the racist union rep targeted the mayor's biracial daughter.

 

Image Scrubber is a website that removes EXIF data and blurs faces in photos

Image Scrubber is a useful website that removes all the identifying metadata from any photograph and gives you the option to blur out certain parts of the photo.

This is a tool for anonymizing photographs taken at protests.

It will remove identifying metadata (Exif data) from photographs, and also allow you to selectively blur parts of the image to cover faces and other identifiable information.

Hit the open button to open a photograph. The program will display the data it is removing.

Click okay, and you can then save the scrubbed image by hitting save or right clicking on it and saving it. Maximum size is 2500x2500 pixels - larger images will be scaled down.

You can select between painting over the image or blurring it out. Dragging on the image will paint on or blur it. You can change your brush size via the slider. The blur function has built-in pixel shuffling/noise and is fairly secure but sensitive information should be covered with the paint tool.

This tool works offline: on a phone you can load the page then turn on airplane mode (or turn off wifi/data) before opening any pictures. On a computer, download the zipped code, open the folder, and open index.html in a browser with the internet turned off.

All processing happens directly in the browser- no information is stored or sent anywhere.

Image: Jumpstory / CC0

Is 2020 over yet?

Climate change, growing inequality, systemic racism, militarized police, rising fascism, Covid-19 pandemic, plagues of locusts. From is2020over.com, a list of 2020's bad news to date.

January
  • More than 20% of Australia's forest is lost to forest fires.[>]
  • World War III is barely averted after US aggression.[>]
  • Africa is plagued by unprecedented locust swarms.[>]
February
  • The UK withdraws from the European Union.[>]
  • The 2020 Tokyo Olympics are postponed due to COVID-19.[>]
March
  • COVID-19 is declared a global pandemic. Hundreds of thousands die. [>]
  • Schengen borders are closed, halting European travel.
  • Global public air traffic comes to a halt.
April
  • Mecca sits eerily empty, despite Ramadan.
  • Pentagon releases UFO footage.
  • White people riot to get haircuts.
  • 1986 sent a "Miss Me?" as a wildfire in the radioactive forests around Chernobyl caused radiation to spike 20-fold.
May
  • Eurovision Song Contest is cancelled.
  • Microsoft breaks Windows via update, again.
  • Locusts now sweep India and Pakistan.
  • The murder of George Floyd sparks protests & riots throughout the US.
June
  • A new Ebola outbreak was declared in Mbandaka, Congo, where no cases had been found since 2018.

Get a factory-refurbished iPad Pro for under $350

We all know the drill. As the overlords of the smartphone and tablet markets, the braintrust at Apple very seldom hold sales on their signature devices. So rather than spending almost $1,000 on a brand-new iPad Pro, the folks in Cupertino are instead giving you the opportunity to score one for about a third of that price instead.

Full disclosure: these factory refurbished, WiFi-enabled iPad Pros are returns that may come with some light scratches or other minor blemishes. But techs at Apple have certified that each and every unit has been fully tested and deemed 100 percent functional, perfectly matching all their original factory specs.

And this iPad Pro with a 9.7-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD touchscreen stands more than ready to handle just about any assignment you’ve got to throw at it.

The model sports an Apple A9X 64-bit SoC dual-core processor, powerful enough to rival those running most portable PCs. Along with 32GB of storage space, a four-speaker audio system, a 12-megapixel rear iSight camera for shooting images and even 4K video, a 5-megapixel forward-facing FaceTime HD camera, and faster wireless technologies, this tablet is more than up to your multi-tasking lifestyle.

The iPad Pro's display doesn’t disappoint either. Using a DCI-P3 color space, the iPad Pro display presents a wider color gamut than standard sRGB displays. In fact, the Retina Display delivers greater contrast, more uniform brightness, and improved energy efficiency through photo alignment technology, an oxide TFT panel, display lamination, an anti-reflective coating, and a variable refresh rate. It’s also a True Tone display, which uses advanced four-channel ambient light sensors to dynamically adjust white balance and brightness.

This iPad Pro also features a battery life of over 10 hours, assuring it’ll always have plenty of juice for those projects and viewing sessions that stretch on and on.

Meanwhile, each factory-refurbished iPad Pro also comes with its own case and all the necessary chargers to keep yourself powered up for years to come.

Regularly priced at $599, these iPads with the complete accessory bundle are now on sale at more than 40 percent off, just $349.

Prices are subject to change.

 

iPad Pro 9.7" 32GB (Refurbished: Wi-Fi) + Accessories Bundle - $348.99

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News anchor disappointed when cinder block turns out to be cat house

In this clip, a local news anchor mistakes a Cat Condo for a cinder block. You can hear the disappointment in his voice when he realizes it's not what he'd hoped, like the Bill Hader impression of TV crime ghoul Keith Morrison. [via Sam Thielman]

You can buy a similar model of cat condo/plush cinder block on Amazon. Or you can get one from Target, obviously.

Watch: Creating and containing a small explosion in a kitchen strainer

The Action Lab's James Orgill writes, "In this video I show you how it is possible to contain the fire from a burning ball of propane in a wire mesh." Yes, it is possible. But that doesn't mean you should do it. In fact, you shouldn't.

The experiment demonstrates the phenomenon behind the Davy Lamp, a lamp that Sir Humphry Davy invented in 1812 for use in coal mines. From Wikipedia:

The lamp consists of a wick lamp with the flame enclosed inside a mesh screen. The screen acts as a flame arrestor; air (and any firedamp present) can pass through the mesh freely enough to support combustion, but the holes are too fine to allow a flame to propagate through them and ignite any firedamp outside the mesh. It originally burned a heavy vegetable oil.

The lamp also provided a test for the presence of gases. If flammable gas mixtures were present, the flame of the Davy lamp burned higher with a blue tinge. Lamps were equipped with a metal gauge to measure the height of the flame. Miners could place the safety lamp close to the ground to detect gases, such as carbon dioxide, that are denser than air and so could collect in depressions in the mine; if the mine air was oxygen-poor (asphyxiant gas), the lamp flame would be extinguished (black damp or chokedamp). A methane-air flame is extinguished at about 17% oxygen content (which will still support life), so the lamp gave an early indication of an unhealthy atmosphere, allowing the miners to get out before they died of asphyxiation.

Black protestor tells two white women to stop tagging Starbucks with BLM

Given the white women's attitude toward a black woman asking them to stop tagging "BLM" and "Down with white supremacy" on a Starbucks exterior, it's hard not to think these two are anything but boogaloo accelerationists carrying out a false flag mission.

Trump tells "weak" governors: “If you don’t dominate, you’re wasting your time”

In a conference call with US state governors, Trump said people arrested for protesting should be sent to prison for 10 years, and that governors were "weak" for not "dominating" protests.

From The Washington Post:

Trump also called on them to take back the streets and use force to confront protesters and said if they did not, they would look like “fools,” alarming several governors on the call as they communicated privately, according to the officials.

“If you don’t dominate, you’re wasting your time,” Trump said, according to a person on the call. A second person on the call said Trump praised Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz (D) and thanked Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper for his assistance.

(Image: Gage Skidmore, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

How the Supreme Court uses an obscure legal doctrine to let cops kill with impunity

This Reuters Investigates piece looks at how the US Supreme Court uses a "little-known legal doctrine called qualified immunity" to protect cops who use excessive force to maim and kill people.

The Supreme Court’s role is evident in how the federal appeals courts, which take their cue from the high court, treat qualified immunity. In an unprecedented analysis of appellate court records, Reuters found that since 2005, the courts have shown an increasing tendency to grant immunity in excessive force cases – rulings that the district courts below them must follow. The trend has accelerated in recent years. It is even more pronounced in cases like Leija’s – when civilians were unarmed in their encounters with police, and when courts concluded that the facts could convince a jury that police actually did use excessive force.

Reuters found among the cases it analyzed more than three dozen in which qualified immunity protected officers whose actions had been deemed unlawful. Outside of Dallas, Texas, five officers fired 17 shots at a bicyclist who was 100 yards away, killing him, in a case of mistaken identity. In Heber City, Utah, an officer threw to the ground an unarmed man he had pulled over for a cracked windshield, leaving the man with brain damage. In Prince George's County, Maryland, an officer shot a man in a mental health crisis who was stabbing himself and trying to slit his own throat.

Image: Reuters

Video: Cop in Seattle pins man down with his knee on neck. His partner doesn't like it.

"Get your fucking knee off his neck!" people repeatedly shout as a cop dares to restrain a man by shoving his knee into the guy's neck. The cop's partner looks around, realizes what's happening (or realizes that they're on camera), and pushes the cop's knee away.

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