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Monday, 19 February 2018

Former Trump campaign aide will reportedly plead guilty, cooperate with special counsel - The Boston Globe

quote [ Rick Gates, a former Trump campaign aide indicted Oct. 27 with Paul Manafort on charges of money laundering and illegal foreign lobbying, will plead guilty and cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Gates will admit to fraud-related charges in the next few days and agree to testify against Manafort, who worked for several months as Donald Trump’s campaign chairman in the 2016 presidential election, the paper reported, citing people familiar with the case whom it did not identify. ]

On Presidents day even...
[SFW] [crime & punishment] [+1 Good]
[by knumbknutz@3:13pmGMT] [1 comment]

Monday, 12 February 2018

I Oppose the Parade of the Grand Armies of the Republic

quote [ As an active duty officer in a sea command, I ask you, as my appointed leadership, to respectfully decline this request.

Our fleet faces a readiness crisis. Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer has said that every readiness question must start with the mention of our 17 dead shipmates on the USS John S. McCain (DDG-56) and Fitzgerald (DDG-62), and this proposed movement of people, parts, and equipment must be considered through the same lens. ]

I don't normally link blog articles, but a good read written from the inside...
[SFW] [politics] [+3 Yep ]
[by knumbknutz@2:07amGMT] [13 comments]

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Norovirus Spreads at Olympics: Now 128 Confirmed Cases

quote [ They sprang up like mushrooms atop almost every table, countertop and reasonably flat surface at the Olympic venues on Thursday afternoon: freshly unpacked bottles of hand sanitizer.

Lots of them.

By Thursday night, 42 more cases of norovirus were confirmed around the sites of the 2018 Winter Olympics, bringing the official tally of cases this week to 128. A mere 24 hours before the opening ceremony of the Games, the outbreak has threatened to undermine an otherwise watertight start to the global sports event. ]

Uh - yeah. The olympic village is a massive fuckfest with young hard bodied athletes crammed together with nothing else to do between events. Don't think the hand sanitizer it gonna quite cut it there.

Full in extended.

[SFW] [sports] [+1 Informative]
[by knumbknutz@9:41pmGMT] [5 comments]

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

‘Game Of Thrones’ Duo Benioff & Weiss To Pilot New ‘Star Wars’ Movie Series

quote [ The deal will see the new films as separate from the episodic Skywalker saga, which just bowed Star Wars: The Last Jedi in December, and also separate from the recently announced trilogy being developed by Last Jedi writer-director Rian Johnson.

Like the Johnson trilogy announced in November, no release dates have been set for the new films. The next movie in the Star Wars franchise is the second stand-alone pic, Solo: A Star Wars Story directed by Ron Howard, which bows May 25. ]

Hope there are no Ewok red-weddings...
[SFW] [tv & movies] [+1 Interesting]
[by knumbknutz@3:43pmGMT] [11 comments]

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Trey Gowdy not seeking re-election

quote [ A rising star that many Republicans once considered a dark-horse for speaker of the House, Gowdy announced Wednesday he would not seek reelection or any political office and would instead return to the justice system. Sources close to him say he wants to return home, practice law and maybe teach and write a book with his friend Sen. Tim Scott. ]

2006-2007 all over again - basically cashing out...they have given away the government to their benefactors and are all now sneaking away before the shit hits the fan.
[SFW] [politics] [+1 Good]
[by knumbknutz@10:18pmGMT] [8 comments]

Dark energy survey discovers remnants of other galaxies within our own

quote [ The Dark Energy Survey (DES) is an international, collaborative effort to map the Universe and detect its many phenomena — notably, dark energy and dark matter. Recently, the DES discovered a remarkable set of intruders in the Milky Way: 11 new streams of stars that originate from outside of our galaxy. These “stellar streams” are made up of the star remnants of nearby star clusters or dwarf galaxies, which have been altered or destroyed by the gravity of the Milky Way. ]

I love this stuff! /15chars
[SFW] [science & technology] [+3 Interesting]
[by knumbknutz@2:10pmGMT] [0 comments]

Monday, 29 January 2018

Paris zoo is evacuated after baboons escape enclosure

quote [ The biggest zoo in Paris went into lockdown today after 52 ‘large and potentially very aggressive baboons’ escaped from their enclosures. But only four remain on the loose after 48 were recaptured.

All were seen running amok in the French capital’s Zoological Park, in the Vincennes woods, soon after midday, but it is thought just four remain on the loose after 48 of them were recaptured. ]

Posted just for actually using the words "running amok." Baboons are no joke by the way - I think I would rather see a herd of hippos in the wild, than to stumble across a troop of these original badassed OG's.
[SFW] [travel] [+1 Underrated]
[by knumbknutz@2:11pmGMT] [3 comments]

Sunday, 28 January 2018

We Taught a Robot How to Speak Like a Drag Race Queen

quote [ In December, a group a tech-savvy creatives enchanted social media users with a totally absurd new chapter of the Harry Potter series written with Botnik, an open source predictive text app developed by Jamie Brew (former head writer at ClickHole) and Bob Mankoff (former cartoon editor at The New Yorker). I realized that if a robot can learn how to cast spells like a boy wizard, it can figure out how to throw shade like a man in a dress. ]

Hey - now the robots are coming for cross-dressers jobs?
[SFW] [science & technology] [+2]
[by knumbknutz@11:06pmGMT] [2 comments]

Saturday, 27 January 2018

Australian raptors start fires to flush out prey

quote [ In the first recorded instance of fire being used by animals other than humans, three Australian birds of prey species have been seen carrying burning twigs to set new blazes.

Australian Aboriginal lore is replete with references to birds carrying fire, and some traditional ceremonies even depict the behaviour. Now ornithologists have collected accounts from witnesses across the savannas of Australia’s far north, known as the Top End, suggesting three Australian birds of prey species use smouldering branches to spread fires and scare prey into their waiting talons. ]

Now, if only Alfred Hitchcock had known about this....
[SFW] [environment & nature] [+7]
[by knumbknutz@4:24pmGMT] [5 comments]

Facebook should be 'regulated like cigarette industry'

quote [ Facebook should be regulated like a cigarette company, because of the addictive and harmful properties of social media, according to Salesforce chief executive Marc Benioff.

Social networks would be regulated “exactly the same way that you regulated the cigarette industry”, Benioff told CNBC at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

“Here’s a product – cigarettes – they’re addictive, they’re not good for you, maybe there’s all kinds of different forces trying to get you to do certain things. There’s a lot of parallels. ]

Regulation is the price of being successful...
[SFW] [business] [+3 Interesting]
[by knumbknutz@12:24amGMT] [9 comments]

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