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NYPD steal black woman banker's BMW, commit her when she asks for it back

3 hours 25 min ago

Another Kevin writes, "Last September, the NYPD pulled Kamilah Brock, a black woman, over on suspicion of DUI marijuana. They found nothing but seized her BMW anyway. When she claimed it, they decided she was delusional, no black woman could be a banker and own a BMW, so they threw her in the psych ward for eight days. She's now out over $13k for the hospital bill. All for DWB. #blacklivesmatter" (more…)

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Convicted felon televangelist Jim Bakker had a bad dream, so buy his apocalyptic potato dust

4 hours 39 min ago Watch Jim Berger's hilarious edit of televangelist Jim Bakker recalling his recent End Times dream. (more…)
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Christians ‘serious about their faith’ should get a handgun carry permit, says TN politician

5 hours 7 min ago

Just days after yet another mass shooting in America, Tennessee's Lieutenant Governor says Christians who are ‘serious about their faith’ should consider buying guns. The unbelievably idiotic decree to God-fearing citizens by Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey (R) was delivered via Facebook, where indeed, so many idiotic decrees are delivered.


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How pee brought us the modern world

6 hours 58 min ago

Urine is golden so it must have some link to gold, thought medieval alchemists seeking to devise methods to transmute base metal into gold.

Not quite, but they did discover that pee is rich with the miraculous bearer of light, aka phosphorus. (American Chemical Society)

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Freaky! Street sign casts shadow of hanging man

7 hours 12 min ago

These photos were taken at a crossing in South Devon. The junction is locally known as "Dead Man's Cross" and is reportedly the former site of a gallows. Creeeeeeeepy!

A fellow named George Johnston noticed the curious shadow and posted his photo of it on social media where it garnered plenty of attention.

"Some people thought it was fake but a couple of others have gone down there themselves to check and posted similar pictures," Johnston told the Plymouth Herald. "Why would I spend my time Photoshopping a shadow? I have a life."

(via ShakeIt Records)

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See Cory in Utah, Boston, Toronto and Waterloo!

7 hours 16 min ago

This/next week, I'm speaking in events in Park City, Utah (Future in Review); Boston (The Freedom to Innovate Summit, the Berman Center and Suffolk University); Toronto (Seneca College); Markham (In Conversation and Storytellers); and the University of Waterloo! Come say hi! (Image: Terri Oda, CC-BY)

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How guards and prosecutors retaliate against solitary confinement prisoners who blow the whistle

7 hours 24 min ago

The Dallas Six is a group of prisoners who were beaten, shocked and gassed by prison guards who had previously beaten them in retaliation for complaints about abuse in solitary confinement. (more…)

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Hear David Bowie's new song for European TV crime drama

7 hours 31 min ago

David Bowie composed a dark, haunting, and excellent new track, "Blackstar," for the title sequence of The Last Panthers, a European crime drama launching in November. I can't wait to hear the whole song!

Directed by Johan Renck, The Last Panthers stars Samantha Morton, Tahar Rahim, Goran Bogdan, and John Hurt. It premieres on Canal+ and Sky Atlantic on November 12.

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Cards Against Humanity & Zach Weinersmith offer full-ride scholarships to women in science

7 hours 45 min ago

Applicants need to be US permanent residents or citizens who's attending college in 2016/7. To apply, you'll need to record a short video explaining "a scientific topic you're passionate about." (more…)

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What the barcode on your discarded boarding-pass reveals

7 hours 53 min ago

Mostly it's your record locator and frequent flier number, but with that, an attacker can access the ticket record, see your future flights, your email address, and the details of the emergency contacts you'd added to the reservation. (more…)

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Bankers' "Vulnerability Index": scoring employees' desperation

9 hours 44 min ago

Back in 2009, SF author Peter Watts had dinner with a retired investment banker from TD who described the bank's "vulnerability index" -- a numeric score that expresses how desperate you are for your paycheck and thus the extent to which you can be reliably expected to forego your dignity and principles to keep your check intact. (more…)

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Shaken: cocktail kits by mail

9 hours 58 min ago

Shaken is a UK startup that sells subscriptions to "the best cocktails you've ever made." Every month, they send you a handsome box with several bottles of rare and delicious booze, small-batch bitters, and a cocktail recipe explaining the history, chemistry and practice of some classic or novel cocktail. (more…)

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Inexpensive battery tester

10 hours 29 min ago

Unlike a multimeter, this battery tester isn't battery powered. Instead, it measures the voltage across the terminals of 9V, AA, AAA, C, D and 1.5V button type batteries. It's also easier to use than multimeter probes. It's only $6.61 on Amazon and has a 4.5 star rating with over 1500 reviews.

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Reputation Economy Dystopia: China's new "Citizen Scores" will rate every person in the country

10 hours 41 min ago

The Chinese government has announced a new universal reputation score, tied to every person in the country's nation ID number and based on such factors as political compliance, hobbies, shopping, and whether you play videogames. (more…)

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You are Michael Jackson, and you must defeat Michael Jackson

10 hours 53 min ago

You remember the Sega Genesis game Michael Jackson's Moonwalker, right? That was an unusual one. Against the backdrop of Michael's greatest tunes pumped out by the Genesis' good old chunky soundchip, you rescued topless children from car trunks and defeated gangsters, zombies and mean Doberman dogs by using "star magic" to force them to dance. I remember feeling like the 16-bit graphics were really plausible.

Michael E Michael is a two-player fighting game between two identical Michael sprites that, if they aren't recycled Moonwalker assets, sure look like it. You have 30 seconds to collect star power and unleash your special moves by dancing at the rival Michael. It's super weird. Did you know he could transform into a spaceship?

It is, of course, from the Duplicade jam, which we've really been enjoying here at Offworld—brief two-player games that look like they've been peeled out of an illegal knock-off bargain bin.

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US Senate candidate sacrificed goat, drank blood

10 hours 54 min ago

Augustus Sol Invictus, a Tallahassee, Florida candidate for US Senate, once walked from Florida to the Mojave Desert as part of a ritual that culminated in him sacrificing a goat and drinking its blood.

"I did sacrifice a goat," he said. "I know that's probably a quibble in the mind of most Americans. I sacrificed an animal to the god of the wilderness ... Yes, I drank the goat's blood."

Invictus, 32, is running as a Libertarian but the chairman of the Libertarian Party of Florida, Adrian Wyllie, is critical of Invictus for many reasons.

"He is the absolute exact opposite of a Libertarian," Wyllie says. "He's a self-proclaimed fascist. He's promoting a second civil war."

For his part, Invictus, who changed his birth name to the Latin phrase meaning "majestic unconquered sun," says he isn't trying to ignite a war and that it's already started anyway.

"The only question is when are the citizens going to start fighting back?" he said. "I don't think I'm the only person who sees a cataclysm coming, but I think I'm the only person saying it, and I think that scares people."

(Orlando Sentinel)

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NZ government leaks on TPP: copyright terms will go to life plus 70 years

11 hours 4 min ago

An official New Zealand government bulletin on yesterday's conclusion of the still-secret Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiations accidentally confirmed something we all believed was in there all along: an extension of copyright terms to match the USA's bizarre, evidence-free, century-plus terms. (more…)

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Stoned man who called 911 found surrounded by junk food

11 hours 25 min ago

Police responding to a 911 call turned up at an the Austintown, Ohio home to find the 22-year-old man who called for emergency help "laying on the floor, in the fetal position... surrounded by a plethora of Doritos, Pepperidge Farm Goldfish, and Chips Ahoy cookies."

According to the police report, the fellow said he “smoked too much weed” and was “too high and could not feel his hands."

"Too High" Man Surrounded By Snacks" (Smoking Gun)

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Get a wistful, mysterious brain-teaser at a ridiculous discount this week

11 hours 29 min ago

You might best know Spry Fox for games like Triple Town or, more recently, Alphabear, designs so timeless and solid that they firmly wedge themselves into your regular mobile play rotation.

The studio's Road Not Taken is lots riskier and stranger, though, and in a good way. A ruthless winter has descended upon a quaint, fantastical town (the cute and creative art of Meowza in fine form), and the surrounding forests are full of lost children who need to be reunited with their parents.

The forests are also full of wolves, fire spirits, beehives and many kinds of trees, and you'll need to learn how to slide them around so you can solve puzzles, reach the lost kids, and discover other mysteries, like how to make fire (put two dry logs beside each other) or honey (line up three beehives).

It's part adventure, part structural puzzle, with a number of interesting additional components to manage and enjoy: Between forest puzzles you can try to befriend the local villagers or play with your cat at home—even the house you quickly earn is full of mysteries. Road Not Taken is tough to describe (possibly why it's so much less-known relative to Spry Fox's more radio-friendly games), but definitely worth a try. You're very quickly pulled into its atmosphere, which manages to be lonesome and forbidding just as much as it is cozy and sweet, a perfect companion for dark winter nights in.

This week (the week of October 5, which I think is the game's release anniversary?) Road Not Taken is a stunning 80% off on Steam, so if you'd like to try this unusual but deeply-rewarding work, now would be a good time.

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Catholic priest pointed rifle at 8-year-old boy and threatened to shoot him for liking the wrong sports team

11 hours 39 min ago

A 54-year-old priest at St. Margaret of Cortona Roman Catholic Church in Little Ferry, New Jersey was arrested for endangering the welfare of a child and aggravated assault by pointing a firearm. Father Kevin Carter threatened to shoot the youngster for liking the wrong football team, say witnesses.

From NBC 4 New York:

The priest allegedly approached the boy before Mass services at the church on Sunday, Sept. 13, and asked to see him in one of the rectory rooms, according to prosecutors.

Once they were in the room, the priest allegedly had the boy stand against the wall, then retrieved a musket and pointed it at him, prosecutors said, citing several witnesses.

"As he raised his weapon and pointed it at the boy, he said, 'I'm going to shoot you,'" Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli told NBC 4 New York Friday.

Father Carter's lawyer said his client will plead not guilty.

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