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Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Stefan Karl Stefansson, LazyTown's Robbie Rotten actor, dies aged 43

quote [ Icelandic actor Stefan Karl Stefansson, best known for playing villain Robbie Rotten in the popular children's TV show "LazyTown," has died at age 43 from cancer, according to his wife. ]

We are number one.
[SFW] [obituaries] [+7 Informative]
[by foobar@8:34amGMT] [1 comment]

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Everyone is loving the new plant-based Beyond Meat burger at A&W, except vegans

quote [ On July 9, A&W launched the country’s first-ever fully plant-based burger patty, the Beyond Meat Burger, at all of their locations Canada-wide.

People who hadn’t eaten fast food in years dropped everything to run to their nearest A&W to get the alternative burger, and there have been plenty of rave reviews in its first two days.

But while the overall reception has been positive, there’s a vocal community of dissenters to the Beyond Meat Burger at A&W Canada, and it might be taking a bite out of their target market: Vegans. ]

A&W is great. They'll replace the bun on any of their burgers with a lettuce wrap, and if you hold the sauce it's just a bag of real food: meat, cheese and veggies.
[SFW] [food & drink] [+5 Trollfood]
[by foobar@2:48amGMT] [61 comments]

Saturday, 30 June 2018

‘I snookered them’: Illinois Nazi candidate creates GOP dumpster fire

quote [ Arthur Jones, a Holocaust denier who will appear on the November ballot as the GOP candidate against Democratic Rep. Dan Lipinski, has become campaign fodder for Democrats as they seek to defeat Gov. Bruce Rauner. And some Republicans even fear the taint from Jones‘ extremist views poses a threat to the party up and down the ticket.

“First, it’s morally wrong and I think it’s really harmful to the party. The guy’s a complete nutcase. He’s a Nazi,” said conservative GOP state Rep. David McSweeney. “This is an absolute political disaster.”

“I snookered them,” he said of state Republicans. “I played by the rules, what can I say?” ]

Are you lot ok down there?
[SFW] [dystopian violence] [+4 Sad]
[by foobar@9:18pmGMT] [10 comments]

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Playwright pens condemnation of Trump's concentration camps

quote [ This World Refugee Day, The International Rescue Committee and Shakespeare's Globe Theatre have brought it to life to ask the world: will you stand with refugees?

The International Rescue Committee helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and gain control of their future. ]

'Merica, on the wrong side of history since 1600.

[SFW] [politics] [+1 Insightful]
[by foobar@2:01pmGMT] [20 comments]

Saturday, 26 May 2018

Ireland votes resoundingly to repeal abortion ban

quote [ Ireland has voted an emphatic "Yes" to amend the country's constitution to enable legislation that would allow women to have an abortion in a historic and emotionally charged referendum.

With a high turnout of 64.13%, 1,429,98, or 66.4%, voted for the amendment Friday and 723,632, or 33.6%, against, according to the country's Referendum Commission. The results that were announced Saturday defied earlier projections that it would be a tight race. ]

Welcome to the 20th century, Ireland!
[SFW] [history] [+9 Good]
[by foobar@6:51pmGMT] [5 comments]

Monday, 7 May 2018

Connecticut passes bill giving electoral votes to presidential candidate who wins popular vote

quote [ The Connecticut state Senate on Saturday voted in favor of a measure to give the state’s electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins the popular vote. ]

I'm not sure this is the most stable way to build a democracy, but at least it's something.
[SFW] [politics] [+6 Interesting]
[by foobar@5:10amGMT] [15 comments]

Saturday, 5 May 2018

Trump appointing Dr. Oz to his sport, fitness and nutrition council

quote [ The White House announced Friday that President Donald Trump intends to appoint Mehmet Oz, better known as Dr. Oz, to his council on sport, fitness and nutrition.

Oz is well-known as a host of an eponymous television show on health and medical issues and, before that, for appearances on "The Oprah Winfrey Show." But he has become a lightning rod for controversy for featuring what critics say is unscientific advice on his show. ]

Not The Onion.
[SFW] [religion & spirituality] [+8]
[by foobar@7:07amGMT] [12 comments]

Monday, 9 April 2018

Top officials at Backpage.com indicted after classifieds site taken offline

quote [ Seven top officials of the website Backpage.com, long accused of facilitating child sex trafficking, have been arrested after a grand jury in Phoenix issued a 93-count indictment alleging conspiracy and money laundering, and the government on Friday seized all of Backpage’s websites around the world. ]

I don't know why you'd run something like this within reach of America™.
[SFW] [Big Brother] [+3 Informative]
[by foobar@9:48pmGMT] [74 comments]

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Uber’s self-driving trucks have started hauling freight

quote [ Uber's fleet of self-driving trucks has begun hauling commercial loads, the company announced on Tuesday. The trucks will operate first in Arizona, a state with famously permissive laws for self-driving technology.

And Uber is planning to organize its trucking network differently than a lot of conventional trucking companies. Instead of having a single driver hauling a load from start to finish, Uber plans to have human drivers handle relatively short legs at the beginning and end of the journey, while driverless trucks handle the long-haul route in between. ]

This isn't decades away, it's years or months.
[SFW] [science & technology] [+5 Underrated]
[by foobar@5:29pmGMT] [3 comments]

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

The grandmother of the web has passed

quote [ The computer scientist Mary Lee Berners-Lee, who has died aged 93, was on the programming team for the computer that in 1951 became the first in the world to be sold commercially: the Ferranti Mark I. She led a successful campaign at Ferranti for equal pay for male and female programmers, almost two decades before the Equal Pay Act came into force. As a young mother in the mid-1950s she set up on her own as a home-based software consultant, making her one of the world’s first freelance programmers. ]
[SFW] [obituaries] [+4 Informative]
[by foobar@8:59amGMT] [2 comments]

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