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  • Tucker Carlson's head writer fired after online harassment and bigotry exposed

    The man who writes what Tucker Carlson says was exposed this weekend as a psuedonymous online troll notorious for racist remarks and sexist harassment. CNN business sleuthed him out.

    Just this week, the writer, Blake Neff, responded to a thread started by another user in 2018 with the subject line, "Would u let a JET BLACK congo n****er do lasik eye surgery on u for 50% off?" Neff wrote, "I wouldn't get LASIK from an Asian for free, so no." (The subject line was not censored on the forum.) On June 5, Neff wrote, "Black doods staying inside playing Call of Duty is probably one of the biggest factors keeping crime down." On June 24, Neff commented, "Honestly given how tired black people always claim to be, maybe the real crisis is their lack of sleep." On June 26, Neff wrote that the only people who care about changing the name of the NFL's Washington Redskins are "white libs and their university-'educated' pets."

    And over the course of five years, Neff has maintained a lengthy thread in which he has derided a woman and posted information about her dating life that has invited other users to mock her and invade her privacy. There has at times also been overlap between some material he posted or saw on the forum and Carlson's show.

    Even in the extremism of his white nationalist sentiments, Tucker is relatively cautious and measured. In his bow-tied days he was more openly bigoted. Though cut from the same cloth in terms of their feelings about women and minorities, these two men are worlds apart in one respect: Neff is a fungible content drone with no charisma, whereas Carlson is a powerful and increasingly orange cable TV star.

  • Not first rodeo for gun-toting St. Louis couple

    An instantly infamous gun-toting St. Louis couple, filmed menacing protestors passing by their mansion, are already well-known for bizarre and threatening shenanigans by locals. Jeremy Koher reports that they likewise threatened one of their neighbors with guns, are relentless litigators, and were accused of trying to use HOA rules to get a gay couple kicked out of the neighborhood. The man reportedly sued his own dying father.

    In an ongoing suit against Portland Place trustees in 2017, the McCloskeys say they are entitled to a 1,143-square-foot triangle of lawn in front of property that is set aside as common ground in the neighborhood’s indenture. It was that patch of green protesters saw when they filed through the gate. Mark McCloskey said in an affidavit that he has defended the patch before by pointing a gun at a neighbor who had tried to cut through it. …

    One of the rules prohibited unmarried people from living together. Several neighbors said it was because the McCloskeys didn’t want gay couples living on the block. The trustees voted to impeach Patricia McCloskey as a trustee in 1992 when she fought an effort to change the trust indenture, accusing her of being anti-gay.

    Their own lawyer, Albert Watkins, became part of the story when reporters noticed his website bio boasted that a client's accuser committed suicide after Watkins was done with her.

  • Iridescent MS Paint stickers

    Apply the aesthetic to anything in your possession with these wonderful iridescent MS Paint stickers, available in several sizes along with various other pixelated delights at 8pxl's website.

  • Mousommar: adorable rodent May Queen

    I love this adorable taxidermied rodent May Queen, inspired by last year's folk horror masterpiece Midsommar.

    It's the work of Hollie, AKA Folk Horror Magpie, who sells intricately taxidermied works on Etsy. Hollie writes that they adhere to "ethical taxidermy", using only dead specimens rather than killing them for the purpose.

  • Michael Cohen sent back to jail after being seen dining in Manhattan while on house arrest

    Michael Cohen, the president's former lawyer and convicted criminal, was spotted dining in Manhattan the other day. Cohen is supposed to be serving his sentence at home to keep him safe from Covid, though, not eagerly munching down coronavirus salad on the Upper East Side. So off he goes back to the slammer.

    Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal attorney who has been under house arrest completing a three-year prison sentence, has been taken into custody again, the Bureau of Prisons told Business Insider.

    "Today, Michael Cohen refused the conditions of his home confinement and as a result, has been returned to a BOP facility," the agency said in a statement.

    The New York Times reports that the reason for his reincarceration is more complicated and related to his refusal to cooperate with rules on criminals publishing memoirs before their sentence is up.

    Either way, this man is stupid in ways beyond easy comprehension.

    Photo: ABC News interview, screenshot

  • Japanese sword master reviews the movies, shows how it's done

    Kaito Suiju, a master swordsman and descendant of Samurai, here reviews and rates movie scenes depicting the usage of Japanese swords and techniques.

    He also debunks some of the commonly-accepted myths and legends around samurai history and culture, and points out where Hollywood gets it wrong. During the video Master Suiju demonstrates the correct method of how to grip and move with a katana sword, as well as talking us through the different parts of the sword.

    1968's Harakiri wins top marks, of course, and turns out to be the master's own inspiration. Tom Cruise is a perhaps-predictable "surprise", showing evidence of meticulous training and preparation for an otherwise Cruise-tastic role and scoring a solid 8/10. Some anime, however, earns only impassive praise of its depiction of fabric and comes in last at 5/10.

  • Peculiarities and miscellanea of the Street Fighter series

    Capcom's Street Fighter is one of the most famous and expansively franchised games in history, rolling mercilessly on since 1987. RAE compiled an exhaustive collection of miscellaneous details, from hidden inspirations to the importance of Bill Cravens to game history.

    Bill Cravens, whose name and image is grafittied on the Block Heads pub in Birdie's stage in Street Fighter, was vice-president of sales and marketing at Capcom USA and, as a distributor, was a key figure in reviving the arcade business following the crash in 1983. He is also said to have sold one of the very first Pong machines at the dawn of arcade gaming in the early '70s. Bill Cravens passed away in 2007 but a kind of immortality is assured by being one of only a very few 'real-life' individuals to appear in the Street Fighter universe, with Mikhail Gorbachev's cameo in Zangief's Street Fighter II endings being the most egregious

    From SF2:

    The flags in Ryu's stage of World Warrior are the Fūrinkazan, the battle standard of 16th century daimyo Takeda Shingen. The standard is quoting chapter seven of Sun Tzu's The Art of War and the full translation is:

    Let your rapidity be that of the wind, your compactness that of the forest.
    In raiding and plundering be like fire, be immovable like a mountain.

    There are hundreds if not thousands of entries in the list.

  • Roman road maps in the style of the London Underground's

    Sasha Trubetskoy made a set of maps of Roman roads depicted in the style of Harry Beck's famous London Underground map.

    It’s finally done. A subway-style diagram of the major Roman roads, based on the Empire of ca. 125 AD. Creating this required far more research than I had expected—there is not a single consistent source that was particularly good for this. … The biggest creative element was choosing which roads and cities to include, and which to exclude. There is no way I could include every Roman road, these are only the main ones. I tried to include cities with larger populations, or cities that were provincial capitals around the 2nd century.

    Obviously to travel from Petra to Gaza you would take a more or less direct road, rather than going to Damascus and “transferring” to the Via Maris. The way we travel on roads is very different from rail, which is a slight flaw in the concept of the map. But I think it’s still aesthetically pleasing and informative.

    There's maps for the empire at its height, and also more detailed local ones for Britain, Hispania, Gaul. All available as posters.

  • Apollo 16 footage interpolated from 12 to 60 frames per second

    DAIN is an AI-powered method for adding "missing" frames of footage. Standard interpolation treats the existing frames as flat fields of color and contrast, but the AI models the depth of regions in the scene, resulting in a more convincing and less "smeary" results. Let's go for a ride on the moon!

    Apollo 16 Rover Traverse to Station 4 16mm footage interpolated from 12fps to 60fps with DAIN-AI. Colour corrected and synchronized with audio.

    Raw 16mm film & Audio: NASA
    Video & Audio Processing: Dutchsteammachine

    Here's Apollo 14:

  • Fashion trends at Goodwill

    Goodwill Hunting is a fascinating data-driven exploration of trends at the thriftstore chain's online shop. It is quite exhaustive, breaking down regional trends, brands, prices and much else besides in a panoply of gorgeous interactive charts. Given that Goodwill deletes sold items and doesn't provide an API, it's an amazing work of data journalism.

    Basically, after finding that data of old listings aren't available on the Goodwill website, I went rogue. I set up a script on my computer to crawl through sale item pages on the Goodwill website item id by item id and checked the page name and description to see if it was a women's top. This was a slow process, but I wasn't interested in overwhelming the Goodwill website, and, again, there is no real pressing need for statistics on Goodwill sales.

  • Tech CEO in racist restaurant rant

    Tech CEO Michael Lofthouse was identified Tuesday as the man filmed directing racial abuse at diners in a restaurant in Carmel Valley, California, last weekend: “You need to leave! Fucking Asian piece of shit!”

    Lofthouse, CEO of San Francisco cloud computing company Solid8, was immediately kicked out of the restaurant by staff. The video, apparently shot by someone in the group he was berating, begins with someone asking him to repeat something he'd just said. He demurs at first, but ultimately cannot help himself.

    Jordan Chan writes that she was with her family celebrating her aunt's birthday at Bernardus restaurant when Lofthouse began pestering them with abuse. In the video, Lofthouse raises his middle finger while someone off-screen tells him "you need to leave."

    “Trump's gonna fuck you,” Lofthouse lobs back. “You fuckers need to leave. You need to leave! Fucking Asian piece of shit!”

    “No, you do not talk to our guests like that," the staffer yells. "Get out of here."

    “Who are these fuckers?” Lofthouse says.

    “They’re valued guests,” the server replies.


    Lofthouse apologized after his identity was revealed.

    "My behavior in the video is appalling. This was clearly a moment where I lost control and made incredibly hurtful and divisive comments," he said. "I would like to deeply apologize to the Chan family. I can only imagine the stress and pain they feel."

    Lofthouse added that he will take the time to reflect on his actions and "work to better understand the inequality that so many of those around me face every day."

  • Child rapist Mary Kay Letourneau dead at 58

    Schoolteacher Mary Kay Letourneau raped a 12-year-old student, gave birth to his child and later married him, ensuring a lifetime of notoriety long after her 7½-year jail sentence was up. That life is now over, reports CNN.

    Letourneau died fairly suddenly in her home late Monday, her former attorney David Gehrke told CNN. Most of her family was with her, including Vili Fualaau, her former student and ex-husband who was giving her 24-hour care the last month of her life.

    A part of the Letourneau media phenomenon was the lurid and insistent suggestion that her victim was old enough to know what he wanted. To this day, their marriage remains a mirror that reveals who in media haven't quite figured out that fucking children is rape.

    People Magazine describes her as "the controversial Washington middle school teacher who began a sexual relationship with a student when he was just 12."

    E! News: "Mary Kay Letourneau, the controversial public figure who made headlines for having a relationship with her then 13-year-old student, has died."

    NBC News explicitly euphemizes the rape conviction as "engaging in sexual relations": "Mary Kay Letourneau, the former teacher who was convicted of 2nd-degree rape of a child after engaging in sexual relations with her then 12-year-old student, has died of cancer."

    Seattle's KOMO News writes that Letourneau "made headlines in the 1990s for an affair with her underage student."

    KSNV News 3 in Nevada: "Letourneau generated international headlines when she admitted to a relationship with Vili Fualaau, who was her sixth-grade student at the time."

    KOAA News 5: Letourneau was "a former teacher who was sentenced for an illicit relationship with a then sixth-grade student."

    And so on and so on, as if nothing has or ever will change.

  • Vocoder for sale

    In 2011, someone sold their Bode 7702 vocoder on ebay. They made this excellent video to show off its sound and features. I'm sure the buyer was very pleased with their purchase, but I'm here for the remixes.

  • Brooks Brothers bankrupt

    Brooks Brothers is the latest casualty of the Covid pandemic, filing for bankruptcy protection in New York today. The upscale clothiers, one of the last to make garments in the U.S., has been in business for 200 years.

    The closely held company, which is owned by Italian businessman Claudio Del Vecchio, filed for bankruptcy protection in Wilmington, Del., on Wednesday. One of the few brands to make clothes domestically, it warned in June that it could close its three U.S. factories. It operates roughly 250 North America stores.

    Looking forward to seeing large numbers of lawyers hovering outside Macys, queasily glaring at the mannequins as clothiers try to coax them inside with swatches of pinstripe and fine-wale corduroy.

  • Brazil's Jair Bolsonaro tests positive for coronavirus

    Brazilian premier Jair Bolsonaro has tested positive for coronavirus after falling ill with symptoms typical of Covid-19.

    Bolsonaro regularly downplayed the risks of the virus, comparing it to the common cold, and Brazil soon became an infection hotspot with the world's highest tally of reported cases outside the U.S. A new surge of infections was reported two weeks ago, but officials continued to claim it was under control.

    Though his illness was reported yesterday and described by a regional CNN affiliate as Covid, official confirmation came only this morning after he took an antibody test, reportedly his fourth.

    "Because we have a more tropical climate we've almost reached the end or it's already over," Bolsonaro said in March, of the pandemic. "The virus doesn't spread as fast in warm climates like ours."

    Recent people in close contact with Bolsonaro include the U.S. ambassador, reports the BBC, who will now also undergo testing.

  • Opossums enjoy banana

    This footage was not recorded in a Costco, is not of a furious unmasked meathead berating and threatening other shoppers, is not the subject of an investigation or likely to lead to disciplinary action and/or charges, but it does feature oppossums chomping on bananas.