Friday, 21 September 2018

Mr. Rogers vs. the Superheroes

quote [ One of the few things that could raise anger — real, intense anger — in Mister Rogers was the willful misleading of children. Superheroes, he thought, were the worst culprits. ]

51 years ago today Fred Rogers began recording the first episode of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.
Google Doodle: Celebrating Mister Rogers | Behind the Scenes

[SFW] [people]
[by steele@8:56pmGMT] [2 comments]

The Cat Meme Photographer from a Century Ago

quote [ A prolific animal photographer pioneered lolcats at the height of postcard popularity. ]

[SFW] [history] [+1 Good]
[by arrowhen@6:55pmGMT] [1 comment]

After Years of Abusive E-mails, the Creator of Linux Steps Aside

quote [ The celebrated coder Linus Torvalds, known for the operating system he created and his aggressive style of communication, says he is seeking help. ]

The article wrapping up most infos. And here is Valerie Auroras' take on the news. Full article in extended.

[SFW] [people] [+1 Sad]
[by Paracetamol@6:21pmGMT] [0 comments]

Supreme Court Orders Disclosure For Dark Money, As New Report Unveils Some Donors

quote [ The court set aside an order issued by Chief Justice John Roberts on Saturday. The social welfare group Crossroads GPS, a defendant in the lawsuit, had fought to stall disclosure while it prepares to appeal. It failed in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals and then appealed to the Supreme Court.

Groups such as the NRA and Chamber of Commerce must disclose who paid for campaign ads they run this fall. A new report says such groups pumped about $600 million into elections between 2010 and 2016. ]

Some rare good news coming from the SCOTUS. Thumb-boy is Roberts; hopefully that smug grin has temporarily disappeared.
[SFW] [politics] [+2 Informative]
[by knumbknutz@2:50pmGMT] [0 comments]

Drinking Gold Was a Grisly Anti-Aging Trend of 16th-Century France

quote [ The tony elixir killed elites looking for youthful complexions. ]

I tell ya she drank gold
[SFW] [food & drink] [+2 Interesting]
[by ScoobySnacks@5:38amGMT] [11 comments]

Everything You Know About Obesity Is Wrong

quote [ For decades, the medical community has ignored mountains of evidence to wage a cruel and futile war on fat people, poisoning public perception and ruining millions of lives. It's time for a new paradigm. ]

As someone that has been a competitive athlete and a fatty and lost over 150 Lbs then regained some (thankfully not all) of it back this article tells a tale so many people who have dieted understand all too well. Almost everyone who diets and loses weight eventually gains it back if not gaining more back.

[SFW] [health] [+1]
[by jsabin69@12:06amGMT] [24 comments]

Thursday, 20 September 2018

New Mexico observatory closure stemmed from FBI child porn probe

quote [ The mysterious 11-day closure of a New Mexico solar observatory stemmed from an FBI investigation of a janitor suspected of using the facility's wireless internet service to send and receive child pornography, federal court documents showed on Wednesday.

The warrant issued by a U.S. magistrate in Las Cruces, New Mexico, showed that on Sept. 14 agents removed from the man's home three cell phones, five laptops, one iPad, an external hard drive, 16 thumb drives, 89 compact flash disks and other material. ]

Damn - was so hoping it was some Stephen King "The Stand" type stuff.

Follow up to this SE post.

And now. You know. The rest. Of the story.
[SFW] [crime & punishment] [+2 Informative]
[by knumbknutz@10:16pmGMT] [6 comments]

Uber Eats couriers' pay protest brings traffic to a halt in central London

quote [ Motorcyclists block roads outside HQ for second day asking for £5 per delivery minimum ]

Wetherspoon's and McDonald's staff to strike together

“This is a Struggle to Save Public Education”


Disneyland Resort reaches tentative contract agreement with hotel workers

Will UPS Teamsters Vote No?

[SFW] [politics] [+3 Interesting]
[by steele@9:39pmGMT] [3 comments]

Doctors said the coma patients would never wake. AI said they would - and they did

quote [ One 19-year-old patient spent six months with unresponsive wakefulness syndrome – formerly known as being in a vegetative state — after an accident caused a severe injury to his left temple.
Some of China’s best neurologists conducted four rounds of assessments on his potential for recovery and gave him seven out of 23 points on a coma recovery scale, a score which meant his family had a legal right to unplug his life support.
After going through his brain scans, however, the computer gave him more than 20 points, close to the full score. ]

Some positive news in the world of AI. I, for one, welcome our new robotic overlords and may they keep us in a vegetative, dream state to use as batteries to power themselves with forever and ever, amen.
[SFW] [science & technology] [+1 laz0r]
[by JWWargo@9:12pmGMT] [6 comments]

Called it! 112 years ago...

quote [ It also perfectly predicted Skype and Facetime. ]

It is amazing how prescient so many writers were...and how wrong they got it when they did.
[SFW] [science & technology] [+5 Original]
[by Bob Denver@5:11amGMT] [3 comments]

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