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Cherub Cow
Member
Sun May 17 03:37:33
This kitty probably needs humans with better organizational skills and a more ceremonious distribution of quality foods:
"Hangry Cat Argues With Man"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FySbHvzeAB0
Cherub Cow
Member
Sun May 17 03:41:19
"Nervous New Driver Going To Stick To Sidewalks Until He’s More Confident"
[Onion, News in Brief]
http://loc...-sidewalks-until-he-1843483369
"...noting that he planned to keep his speed between 20 and 30 mph in order to avoid any collisions with fire hydrants or trees. “For now, I just want to go out and take it around the block a few times so I can get the hang of it. I’m also using the crosswalks to avoid busy intersections, which can be pretty overwhelming when you’re a new driver. Sure, I’ve had a few scrapes with pedestrians here and there, but usually I just honk my horn and they get right out of the way.” At press time, McCormick had decided to continue his driving practice over the weekend by speeding up and down a local hiking trail."
Cherub Cow
Member
Sun May 17 04:14:43
Sweet fire in downtown L.A.:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZP1RodDTWk
..hopefully better video somewhere
Sounds like it was at a hash shop — lots of butane and flammables
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Sun May 17 22:22:28
...hmm, on topic, i just watched a firefighter-related Lets Game It Out today (plus has some sidewalk driving)... but i said i'd be more selective in posting them
(however, if curious it was titled "Meet the Worst Trained Police, Firefighters, and Medics Ever - Flashing Lights" & pretty good)


here's a highly portable potty
http://www.liveleak.com/view?t=sz2TZ_1589668011
not sure if naturally occurring or a setup
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Sun May 17 22:50:11
so my justification for this one is it's a sequel to that good cooking one from last thread >.>
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vg--KbkIffY
(includes a 7-hr project that probably involved much reloading)
Cherub Cow
Member
Sun May 17 23:08:06
"not sure if naturally occurring or a setup"

lol
Good spot for one of those memes like: "Port-O-Potties have retaken their place in nature. *We* were the virus."

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"a firefighter-related Lets Game It Out"

I'm positive that I'll watch that tonight, since I am officially addicted :p

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Person tries to make a left turn without waiting for oncoming traffic to stop:
http://www...dui0/i_think_this_is_a_winner/
..a little difficult to tell with the sun being on the traffic lights, but the turning car tried to make the turn while the light was still switching from yellow to red (or had just barely gone red). Honda SUV probably at legal fault for running the light, but the Ford car made the bigger defensive error, I'd think. Probably one of those cases where the turning car can't actually see ahead of the turning vehicle in front of them, but they try to piggyback off the previous car's success. I see that all the time and think, "Could you even see anything ahead, or did you just risk it and hope for the best?" It's even scarier when it's a bunch of cars all doing it at once and oncoming traffic has to slow to save their stupid lives ;p
Cherub Cow
Member
Sun May 17 23:23:17
"a sequel to that good cooking one from last thread"

1:38, "We're gonna need our bucket for this."
lol.. I love his use of bucket.
3:58, "Treat it like a steak, and you're slaying a vampire" :D

That dominoes setup was amazing. It must allow saves for him to do the multiple takes, so that's nice :D
Cherub Cow
Member
Sun May 17 23:43:16
This police chase wasn't super interesting, but the ending was hilarious:
http://www...s/glskua/chase_in_my_hometown/
..lots of good fat jokes in the comments :D
Cherub Cow
Member
Mon May 18 01:01:11
Comments point out that this happened 11 years ago.. but anyways:
"Very poor ice driving."
[Top Comment]: "They can't find a driver at fault if there's no driver."
http://www.../gbf58l/very_poor_ice_driving/
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Mon May 18 01:51:00
re: chase
maybe there was a potato-themed costume party at the precinct when the call came in
Cherub Cow
Member
Mon May 18 03:01:33
That would be a relief to know :D
..because right now it seems like an Idiocracy thing of diabetic police trying to do law stuff ;D

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From John Oliver (aired May 17th, 2020)..
He's really trying to make that marble racing thing happen. With such a big sponsor, the tracks could get pretty elaborate:
http://youtu.be/z4gBMw64aqk?t=1198
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Mon May 18 17:54:59
go team Oceanics!!!!! (even though they -do- have a terrible record, i looked it up)

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"A man who wore a watermelon on his head while stealing from a convenience store has been arrested"

w/ photo:
http://www...ouisa-arrested-trnd/index.html
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Mon May 18 17:57:10
impressive dog problem-solving:
http://twitter.com/RexChapman/status/1262404673564180482
Cherub Cow
Member
Tue May 19 02:52:55
Pool must be too cold :D

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This made me lol quite a bit, just because it's so over-the-top Russia:
"Messing around with biker escalates quickly"
http://www..._with_biker_escalates_quickly/
Initially, the biker got provoked too easily considering that he wasn't in primary position (left way too much space for someone to enter the lane), but the hilarity comes from the jeep/suv *stopping* after his intentional swerve. lol... and pay attention because random pedestrians join in to beat up the suv driver and passenger XD
Cherub Cow
Member
Tue May 19 06:01:16
@"Meet the Worst Trained Police, Firefighters, and Medics Ever - Flashing Lights"

6:17, "Oh no, you impatient monster. Look what you did. You killed for me."
7:33, "Easy, uh-huh, uh-huuuh?" lol

I'm appreciating the "Grace" thing that he does.

That game needs some work :D .. and didn't GTA basically take care of all of that already? Like, it seems like GTA could just add a few mods and make that same game. :p

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More duck&dog stuff:
(duck herding)
http://imgur.com/gallery/qmr0MA0
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Tue May 19 18:48:16
i've run across a number of Grace ones :p not sure where it all began


another gender reveal incident (video title misleading)
http://www.liveleak.com/view?t=jHeW_1589890865
Cherub Cow
Member
Wed May 20 06:33:22
"Shot" definitely not sensible when the dart was thrown, yeah :D
Standing down-range always a good idea ;)

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Comments point out that the funniest thing here is that the person recording thought that she was in the right enough that she shared this video online...
"[Florida Woman] harasses a police officer who happens to be her neighbor."
http://www...harasses_a_police_officer_who/
Posted in the comments:
"For those unclear on the context, the police officer was driving into his building where he lives and this woman decided to honk excessively at him because she thought he was breaking into the building. He issued her a citation for it."

I can't find any primary sources. One watermark, @bobafry, just leads to someone who stole the video without sourcing it, and "InShOt" is just a video editing program. The popular assumption is that he entered the secured parking lot in his Fort Lauderdale P.D. cruiser (shown at the start of the video, which he references as having recorded her with his rear camera), and that she somehow (racism?) thought that a uniformed officer was actually a criminal.......... yeah... If she's not racist (seeing a black person and somehow not seeing the uniform or car) or if she's not elitist (seeing a working class person accessing her super 'sclusive apartment), then she's just an idiot ;p
Cherub Cow
Member
Wed May 20 06:48:32
"High Production Values Most Suspicious Part Of Conspiracy Theory Video"
[Onion: News in Brief]
http://www...us-part-of-conspira-1843542540
"“I admit I have my questions about what they’re hiding in the tunnels below the Denver Airport, but really, what I most want to get to the bottom of is how this YouTuber put something together with professional-grade sound and lighting,” said Miller, noting that the editing and even the graphics were so crisp and precise that they wouldn’t look out of place on a television network. “The longer I watched, the more my mind began racing: Where did he get all this equipment? Did he go to film school? How many people are involved in this production, and why? Why? What would they have to gain?” At press time, an agitated Miller had decided to follow the money."
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Wed May 20 13:20:11
sounds like Miller may be working for the Denver Airport & trying to distract us
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Wed May 20 16:57:28
since it's been ages since i posted one, another Lets Game It Out

this one really demonstrates his willingness to spend a really long time doing things :p

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=przFVvL-gxs

i was impressed by the fishing... then imagining how long to build that mud hut one bucket at a time... then still many more significant effort things later

Cherub Cow
Member
Thu May 21 06:40:45
4:21, "mining helmet... reveals that I am, in fact, a Poltergeist" :D
5:20, lol.. the fish must have taken a while too :D
6:05, lol! :D .. so many more fish
7:20, lol.. the setup of expecting him to say he'd put the bed in his mud hut only for him to throw it in the river.. nice :D
14:50, flying dirt platform XD
15:30, lol!! XD .. he keeps breaking the game :D
18:00, stealing stuff :D

Wowwwww. Amazing. The devs must watch this sort of thing like, "Shit... there's nothing left to do. He won." He didn't even bother with the nesting side where he uses all those materials to build some kind of castle.. so maybe room for a sequel ;D

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A comments says this was Köksal Baba of Turkey — a very proportional little person.. who fought a goat:
http://imgur.com/gallery/9sY8H2A
Cherub Cow
Member
Thu May 21 06:40:50
This guy, @micah.moeller, did a backflip every 15 minutes between sunrise and sunset for a neato video:
http://url...to-sunset-6807113569700777221/
Cherub Cow
Member
Thu May 21 06:54:06
*"A [comment] says"

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T-Boned by stop sign runner:
http://www..._was_tboned_by_this_bone_head/
A hit&run also. The OP explains, "not only do i have video of it but her license plate was left behind." Sounds like OP was injury free and okay on the insurance side. He's not sure about the consequences the hit&run driver faced, though she *was* caught.
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Thu May 21 14:47:25
probably what a self-driving car would do... obstruction cleared. continue on.

tumbleweed
the wanderer
Thu May 21 22:09:07
there was a pretty good moment of suspense on celebrity 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire' tonight (Dr Phil's phone-a-friend)

i was searching for the clip to post, seems others found Dr Phil as unpleasant as i did :p

one of many negative Dr Phil twitter posts that came up when i searched:
"Dr. Phil is legitimately one of the worst human beings alive but god I forgot just how -stupid- he was. Listening to him talk on Millionaire I just want to kill myself."

(i didn't find the clip, perhaps tomorrow... although this will now be too much hype for it)
Cherub Cow
Member
Fri May 22 06:40:49
Looks like ABC uses a forced "Select your TV Provider" screen to see the episode ( http://abc...aitlin-olson-and-lauren-lapkus ), and they must be clamping down on YouTube uploads because only their own clip of Dr. Phil answering a "milk" question appears. They must like people to torrent their content ;)

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If you want to be angry at people for a minute ;D ...
(Ugly-culture peeps try to run into a space to prevent a car from parking so that they can park their car in the spot)
http://www.reddit.com/r/FuckYouKaren/comments/gnt3hl/asian_karens/
Lots of Chinese jokes in the comments, but the language sounded Thai to me.. but the mother looks Korean... Either way: not Chinese :p
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Fri May 22 12:00:07
the Dr Phil phone-a-friend is here (at 5 minute mark)
...it may get yanked if they are being nazis

keep in mind, phone-a-friend is always tense & nerve-wracking as seems like over half the time the person runs out of time before answering, probably because they can't see the clock of death ticking

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SI7HjXon_I&t=300

(Dr Phil's most annoying behavior was the prior episode so not shown there)
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Fri May 22 22:40:15
a Karen or over aggressive policing depending on point of view :p (from last year, but new to me... i think)

a broken tail light is the initial issue:
http://twitter.com/KHiveQueenBee/status/1263644459138342913

i blame her mostly
Cherub Cow
Member
Sat May 23 06:08:06
lulz. I remember that one. And that was re-posted to Reddit (r/PublicFreakout ?) a few days ago so I just re-watched it too :D

"i blame her mostly"
Same!
Still, the officer probably could have diffused it from the start. Like, when she says, "I don't think I deserve to pay $80," early on, he could have laid out her options like, "You either pay $80 right now, or I arrest you right now, and you waste the next few hours being processed and waiting for someone to post your bail," instead, he went right to the consequences without a warning.. which is kind of fitting given that he was giving her a citation without a warning ;D (but 6 months with a broken tail light? How would he know that anyways? Had she already been reported but not stopped?)

In the longer video she calls herself a "country girl" to explain her behavior :D

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"keep in mind, phone-a-friend is always tense & nerve-wracking as seems like over half the time the person runs out of time before answering, probably because they can't see the clock of death ticking"

Yikes. Like Kimmel said, she came really close to screwing that up. People waiting at home for the call should definitely have a little timer ready for perspective.. and give the answer first, *then* talk about how confident the answer was! :p

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Very cool evasion of police spike strip:
http://www.instagram.com/p/CAgAROSjw2w/?igshid=1jvhyjuk8w5cr
Cherub Cow
Member
Sat May 23 06:57:02
More chase footage (same one from above)! Helicopter camera:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SzKwS-kqXE
Driver evades police for about an hour and 20 minutes, but someone posted these highlights in the comments (my captions though):
32:53 - aerial view of the above link
39:02 - spins out trying to make an exit, drives against traffic in the shoulder
40:12 - hits another driver head-on (looks like the other driver veered into the shoulder to avoid him — bad move)
1:06:50 - Someone (white truck) apparently tries to help police by blocking Driver and holding the brakes. Such a buzz-kill; I bet he was a booger-eating hall monitor in elementary school. But the white truck gives too much room so Driver escapes.
1:24:55 - Vehicle disabled; Driver and passenger flee on foot, reveal that they don't remember how to run or don't cardio, get caught by officer who runs with his arms flailing like an idiot ;D
Cherub Cow
Member
Sat May 23 08:00:44
This Onion article reminded me of the KMFDM song "Paradise".. "This planet is / A paradise ... For assholes"

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"Nation’s Politicians, Law Enforcement, Corporate Executives Marvel At Futuristic Utopia They’re Living In"
[Onion: News in Brief]
http://www...nt-corporate-execut-1843568548
"NEW YORK—Expressing disbelief that they were so fortunate to experience a true golden age of prosperity and technological wonder, the nation’s politicians, law enforcement officers, and executives marveled Wednesday at the futuristic utopia they get to live in. “To think that I have all this at my fingertips, whether it’s automated high-volume stock trading or unlimited surveillance footage of my employees, it’s like something out of a science fiction paradise,” said pharmaceutical executive Ron Pollard, who claimed previous generations of police officers, elected officials, and business leaders could never comprehend the world of unlimited possibilities that has been created for them, where they are free to do whatever they want all the time. “Walking through these plants staffed entirely by hyper-efficient robots, facial recognition cameras, maybe even luxury space travel, it’s almost like I’m living in a dream. There’s massive unemployment, and yet the stock market is surging. We’ve finally achieved a perfect society. It’s simply breathtaking to watch law enforcement arresting citizens for just going about their daily lives. Corporate lobbyists write up laws that only benefit the wealthy and elite. It’s like a never-ending dream. If Rockefeller or Henry Frick could see this sublime world, they would weep with joy. I don’t even need to employ a servant anymore when gig workers, that I can summon with the touch of a button, can do so much more at fraction of the cost.” Pollard added that with the rapid advancements of the past few decades he expected his children would inherit a world that, for them, would be even more unrestrained and full of possibilities."
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Sat May 23 13:02:32
that police chase was painful to watch... as someone who doesn't know police procedures & regularly rams other cars (in video games)

seems like they had multiple opportunities to ram/block him just watching some of those sample areas... & he was driving wrong-way & on sidewalks & hit at least one car so seems justified to be aggressive

then when white truck blocks them, they park far away & slowly decide what to do on foot... the guy must've been like 'get him already!'
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Sat May 23 16:25:53
seems like a creepy notice being sent from Trump campaign to his fan(atics):

http://pbs.twimg.com/media/EYuzeNBWoAAT2-2?format=jpg

tell them he's angry w/ them (in first person) & demand maximum money from them... i imagine he'd happily drain the life savings of every fan(atic)
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Sat May 23 16:28:32
oops... meant ^that for UP :p
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Sat May 23 16:38:42
come be humiliated at Fish Tales restaurant in Ocean City, Maryland:

http://twitter.com/Reuters/status/1264296292311797760
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Sat May 23 17:12:08
i would assume the levels of discomfort in this room are very high... except for the guy kneeling on the left
http://www.liveleak.com/view?t=9MFgI_1590228157
Cherub Cow
Member
Sat May 23 19:01:33
D:
..I know that pole fitness (the gymnastic side) can be technical and demanding, but this was mixed a bit too heavily with the stripping performance side (seduction poses), so it doesn't make sense if they were doing a sport demo. I'm just guessing that a pole fitness studio was asked to do a demo but didn't consider the audience, then the performer didn't have time to change the routine, stayed in the same outfit (instead of using leggings, for instance) because it's what she had, and just like that.. kids get a front row view to an 18-or-older show ;p

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"i imagine he'd happily drain the life savings of every fan(atic)"

Why be a president if you can't cash in on bribes and donations? ;)

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"then when white truck blocks them, they park far away & slowly decide what to do on foot... the guy must've been like 'get him already!'"

Yeah that was an obvious box-in moment (similar to that other video where the driver kept going back and forth on a dead end street), but they just kept taking their time. The thieves must not have been armed, but the police were maybe still hoping for a fire fight ;)

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"come be humiliated at Fish Tales restaurant in Ocean City, Maryland"

Humiliation-fetish people would like that, but then they'd have to *eat* at Fish Tales restaurant too D:

And I'm worried about the "nelson n.s.c" weirdo in the comments posting his clickbaitey workout video while talking about boosting his immune system [to be strong against coronavirus?].. and a couple of people replying to him with bot vocabulary ("Wow. You are an inspiration!! Congrats man!!"). I mean.. what if those two people were *not* bots and actually get inspired by semi-illiterate wacko narcissist entrepreneurs who shoehorn their vanity into any social distancing Tweet they can find? ;D

That may be related to this article:
"Roughly half the Twitter accounts pushing to 'reopen America' are bots, researchers found"
[Business Insider; May 22, 2020]
http://www...ccounts-are-bots-report-2020-5
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Sun May 24 02:12:10
probably no reason not to bot... I think Twitter allows them, and certain unfit leaders even retweet them and could easily be influenced by them as he thinks they are real supporters as he's a total moron... no politics here though :p
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Sun May 24 15:45:31
a lot of mud... i guess:
http://www.liveleak.com/view?t=sWg8k_1590331227
Cherub Cow
Member
Sun May 24 20:10:30
The dogs will respect him now ;)

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Sweet storm clouds rolling in:
http://imgur.com/gallery/JCpfkXi
These may be useful for a DystopiaCat apocalypse gif ;p
Cherub Cow
Member
Mon May 25 04:16:27
Psycho repeat-offender drunk driver, Javier Caldera, speeds (100+ mph) into rear of slowing vehicles (during daylight hours no less) while fleeing the scene of another accident...
http://www...s/gpzk9i/dont_drink_and_drive/
(more videos in the comments, including rear camera and news reports from 2019)
...he demolishes the roof of the car he hits since he was in a big truck and hit a smaller car (terrifying damage). He killed the other driver, Janet Genao, injured others, will go to trial for 2nd degree murder and will likely face life in prison, if (when) convicted. No updates on his trial since March, so Coronavirus may have delayed proceedings ( http://patch.com/california/temecula/suspect-deadly-temecula-dui-crash-stand-trial-murder ).
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Mon May 25 11:51:53
why even plead not guilty... not seeing the defense here :p
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Mon May 25 18:31:04
weird video & audio
http://www.liveleak.com/view?t=9WzaE_1590410077

the guy is probably performing... w/ small chance of drugs or under a T-rex attack

not sure about audio person :p
McKobb
Member
Mon May 25 18:39:57
That boy stuck in time.
Cherub Cow
Member
Mon May 25 21:20:39
I'd suspect drugs more than performance.. because why perform with such a small audience? ;D

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A bad lip-reading from the U.S. State of the Union (late February BLR video). Probably stop watching when they have Trump reading Tweet options.. it just gets repetitive:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOyHF_OUuNE
Cherub Cow
Member
Mon May 25 22:02:57
This gets covered in the video description, but a woman and her son were hiking in Nepal, stopped at a tea shop, and attempted to haggle over tea price with the shop keeper. The shop keeper thinks that Westerners shouldn't get to haggle*, so she starts attacking: throwing stones and swinging sticks.
http://www...er_going_to_visit_nepal_again/
..so, remember to acclimate before getting into conflict with mountain people, because you have to be able to outrun them or fight them ;D

*(definitely a common sentiment around the world; one solution is to have a local guide who haggles with other locals without the locals knowing that the guide works for a Westerner)
Cherub Cow
Member
Mon May 25 22:16:21
Oo, more details:
(the hiker herself explains the events)
http://www...rna-circuit-nepal-my-response/
She wasn't just haggling: "After getting my son and I a drink, the woman charged me THREE TIMES the printed price in the menu. When I questioned this, she went crazy saying I had to pay or she would kill me. I paid the money and left, she then chased us along the mountain side screaming and throwing rocks."
Also,
"I did take a photograph of the outside of the shop, I was writing an account of my travels and was going to later write about how stopping here would inflate the price of a drink to three times that of other places. It was in fact this attempt at a photograph that triggered the situation."
McKobb
Member
Mon May 25 22:34:13
Atleast she had her stepson to help her out of the jam.
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Tue May 26 12:28:47
i remember eating at a place w/ my mother as a kid (probably some tourist spot, in US) where the drink prices weren't on the menu

turned out a soda was $4

guess they didn't expect repeat customers... or maybe they just make up the price based on customer & whether they seem like just passing through

(not terribly related to the Nepal thing, just reminded me of it :p)
McKobb
Member
Tue May 26 12:53:03
In those situations do you ask and get pissed to begin with or just enjoy your meal and get pissed at the ticket?
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Tue May 26 12:57:15
i just never order anything on the menu w/o a price :p

it was a lesson learned...(at the time, we (she) just paid & left, my mother was not a confrontational person)
McKobb
Member
Tue May 26 13:07:25
Usually getting shafted that hard on refreshments is reserved for entertainment venues.
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Tue May 26 13:23:51
i recall it as some simple little diner type place... w/ few other customers :p
Cherub Cow
Member
Wed May 27 06:01:11
"turned out a soda was $4"

Yikes.. for that kind of a charge, it should at least be a glass bottled soda :/

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"Atleast she had her stepson to help her out of the jam."

Yeah ;D .. I think they would have been in better shape if they'd just stuck together. It's simple horror movie logic; the "Hills Have Eyes" people *love* to split people up :p

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Comments point out that this was sort of a "Medieval Times" fight staging at a Renaissance fair:
http://imgur.com/gallery/T1oCjcl
Cherub Cow
Member
Wed May 27 06:30:39
How to make sugar clouds (set to the interesting part):
http://youtu.be/IYUl0W2Siac?t=151
Comments in the Imgur gallery ( http://imgur.com/gallery/wEjSmDG ) point out that the video-maker likely omitted his usage of hydrogen peroxide (Elephant's toothpaste).
Cherub Cow
Member
Wed May 27 06:37:02
Don't think I posted this..
"Real life GTA on the streets of Johannesburg."
(shipping vehicle shot at and robbed)
http://imgur.com/gallery/ZpDmisk
McKobb
Member
Wed May 27 07:07:25
http://youtu.be/JwyV55290GI

Proof of polycultural redneckery.
McKobb
Member
Wed May 27 07:12:18
Atleast he picked up his trash
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Wed May 27 16:43:06
at end of video #2 of GTA robbery they drive off w/o a guy... he was kinda looking like a weak link w/ way he held the gun & walked
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Thu May 28 12:58:30
some solidarity George Floyd protesting in Los Angeles
http://www.liveleak.com/view?t=9veeE_1590628827

video 2 (more close-up):
0:03 some guy loses his skateboard to his smashing
0:07 guy rolls off car... i think he's diving, looking for payout :p
0:15 2nd cop car seems to want to check on guy & then gets what's coming to him
Cherub Cow
Member
Fri May 29 07:22:00
lulz.

Imgur has been giving a lot of mixed signals about its own varying ignorance and outrage on the George Floyd case. Like, they're posting pictures of buildings looted and on fire ( http://imgur.com/gallery/710tbZ1 , http://imgur.com/gallery/pv7q5ed ) and have shown outrage over the fact that fire trucks need armed escorts to get through crowds ( http://imgur.com/gallery/s1geonK ), but then they'll post pictures of police pepper-spraying crowds ( http://imgur.com/gallery/VHLKkqa ) and not see a connection (and all of these posts were simultaneously on the front page of Imgur).. like.. maybe police escalate crowd dispersion measures after crowds have turned violent, have attempted to flip vehicles, and have attacked and blocked police units?

I don't *condone* police spraying OC from a moving vehicle (especially not without them directly preceding that spraying with a warning and without them making an intelligent decision to target a problem group within the mob), but I'm also not going to pretend that their decision to spray OC came out of nowhere. :|

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"Proof of polycultural redneckery."

Pretty neat! I wonder about the cost/benefit on that.. like, does the soda cost less than the fish? ;)

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"he was kinda looking like a weak link w/ way he held the gun & walked"

They *all* kind of look like bumbling buffoons ;D
Lots of weird confused walking around by the thieves. Not a lot of urgency or coordination. They must be really comfortable with a slow police response or something.. and seeing all those people just driving by, ignoring the victims afterwards.. the criminals must not worry about bystander involvement either.
Cherub Cow
Member
Fri May 29 07:22:03
Fun conspiracy theory about Justin Trudeau :D
http://imgur.com/gallery/2NdQE6U
Cherub Cow
Member
Sat May 30 03:35:23
This goofy bastard is just about the best thing we've got going in this crazy world:
(2014; autistic man goes to Disney and is recognized by the characters because he visits so often)
http://imgur.com/gallery/GnzLIsU
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Sat May 30 12:06:25
lucky bastard


the Trudeau thing is compelling, his mother's got both her hands on Castro in that one photo, seems pretty chummy :p


standard Brazil:
http://www.liveleak.com/view?t=9OUea_1590823803
...leave your fortress & immediately have to engage criminals in gunfire
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Sun May 31 16:08:16
guy firing on cop cars
http://www.liveleak.com/view?t=P2av_1590889646
swordtail
Anarchist Prime
Mon Jun 01 12:49:31
coulda made mmoney together


http://twitter.com/ReaICozy/status/1267316586186248193
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Mon Jun 01 13:54:39
some headlines:

Monkeys steal coronavirus blood samples in India

George Zimmerman Arrested In Atlanta On DUI Charges
Cherub Cow
Member
Mon Jun 01 21:30:34
"coulda made mmoney together"

Wow, haven't seen that in a while :D
That was a prank video by Darius DK ( @darius_dk Instagram), posted on March 19, 2019 ( http://www.instagram.com/p/BvMeFo-F-I8/ ). He reposted it today ( http://www.instagram.com/p/CA5YRQZlsPm/ ), so that may be why it's making the rounds again.

..
"...leave your fortress & immediately have to engage criminals in gunfire"
"guy firing on cop cars"

lol...

..
Imgur has been completely overrun by poorly researched Twitter riot videos, but this was nice:
"After a year of work I have finally released my comedy horror game about a "walking fish" that haunts a space station. I couldn't be happier!"
http://imgur.com/gallery/Lah7eTL
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Tue Jun 02 01:52:30
here's a looting video where cops actually showed up... not super effective at stopping anyone, but maybe left some welts (plus presumably got some of the people still in the store)
http://twitter.com/DennyBurk/status/1267668508873277441
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Tue Jun 02 02:17:51
...or maybe they didn't get anyone in the store if like these useless cops:
http://www.liveleak.com/view?t=ktt8b_1590984756
Cherub Cow
Member
Tue Jun 02 04:14:43
"here's a looting video where cops actually showed up..."

I've been hoping for more of those! :D

I had to look into why police weren't arresting looters. Found this:
"LAPD focused on peaceful protesters while ignoring looting, business owners say"
[L.A. Times; June 1, 2020]
http://www...tics-during-protests-critiqued
"Police Chief Michel Moore ... said he considered arresting everyone, but there were too many protesters and not enough officers. [/] So, “rather than get in a physical fight with everyone,” he said, he determined the group simply had to be dispersed."

He goes on to say that basically they're so overwhelmed that they just try to push groups of people into less vulnerable parts of the city where their actions can be controlled or managed. So it's gotten to that point: they can't even arrest the criminals in front of them because they do not have the time and resources. They talk about how they don't want to get the National Guard in full force yet because "they were conscious of striking the right tone in part because the LAPD has not done so in the past."

I guess that makes sense... if they request more National Guard presence (they already have about 1000 troops; they make the comparison that 13000 troops were used to end the Watts riots https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-06-01/national-guard-los-angeles-unrest-protests-george-floyd ), it means even more violent protests.. so they're taking losses and being defensive while hoping things calm down... Pretty much a lose-lose situation. They're trying not to offend/"dehumanize" the population by being too present, and trying to stop looting for the business owners, and only getting middling results for either side.
Cherub Cow
Member
Tue Jun 02 04:15:17
Funny sign wanders into the background of protest coverage:
http://imgur.com/gallery/8cIjGKV
Cherub Cow
Member
Tue Jun 02 04:23:42
dog struggle to board vehicle:
http://imgur.com/gallery/Im3bqhN
Cherub Cow
Member
Tue Jun 02 04:31:08
*dogs

More fake protestors (imported anarchists) being called out:
http://imgur.com/gallery/laQWl2Z
..person claimed to be from D.C. but couldn't say what high school he'd gone to.
The video goes downhill from there since the filmer goes more and more into his eventual conclusion that he thinks that only white people have been causing mayhem.. which.. isn't true.
McKobb
Member
Tue Jun 02 11:29:37
I first ran into this notion of imported protestors when I was in Berkeley in the late 90's. This salty chikk came in with signage and I asked her about her stance on the topic (closing public radio on campus) and if she was a fan of the station. She said she never listened to it and she was from Oregon. I asked why did she gaf about the issue to which she explains she just travels around and protests. I guess it's some form of vacation or tourism? One for the stinky protestor package please!
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Tue Jun 02 17:32:54
feel-good story of the day:

"
A man died while trying to blow up an ATM in North Philadelphia early Tuesday as thieves blew up or stole cash machines across the city overnight in what authorities believe was an “organized" and “coordinated" effort, police said.

The 24-year-old, whose name has not been released, suffered trauma to his upper body after placing explosive in a sidewalk-facing ATM outside a sports bar along North 2nd Street near Susquehanna Avenue around 6:15 a.m., Philadelphia police said.


At least 10 machines were vandalized – mainly at neighborhood convenience stores, on sidewalks and gas stations, police said. In most cases, police said, thieves set off explosive devices, blowing up the machines before making off with the cash. In other cases, they would just steal the machines.
"

probably not the specific incident in question, but a sample:
http://twitter.com/DailyWorld24/status/1267845559672614913
Cherub Cow
Member
Wed Jun 03 06:27:10
Yeeeaaaahh... umm.. wow.
I was going to say something about it being a bad idea to trust ʙ0ᴍʙs* made by a neighborhood loon.. but.. "At least 10 machines"? That's pretty good. 9 successful ᵈ³ᵗ⁰ⁿᵃᵗⁱ⁰ⁿˢ*... some kind of amateur Heisenberg situation?

*obscured to keep our overlords from finding this ;D

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[McKobb]: "I guess it's some form of vacation or tourism?"

lulz, could be :D
So weird, though... How do people get amped on other peoples' causes? Like, I couldn't go to a concert for a band that I'm not into. Crowd energy can be contagious, but part of getting to share in that energy tends to be connection to the ideas afoot (though I've gone to concerts for music I like and *not* connected with the crowd). Maybe they just look around for the raw emotion and don't care about the concepts? Or Tyler Durden going to terminal illness support groups to feel something? Or just the excitement of lawlessness? I get that one ;D

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The picture here adds some spice:

"Police Didn’t Spend Millions On Awesome Tank Just To Let Protests Stay Peaceful"
[Onion: News in Brief]
http://www...ome-tank-just-to-le-1843860163
"“We got the city to drop, like, $10 million on this sick tank and you expect we’ll just let people stand there chanting?” said LAPD chief Michael Moore, adding there was “no way in hell” that the department would let something like peaceful demonstrations stop them from making use of the vehicle’s “totally tricked-out” weapons system, armor, and ability to ram through virtually everything in its path. “I mean, the city wouldn’t buy a teacher a pencil and then tell them not to use it, right? This is the kind of hardware you just can’t let sit gathering dust—same with the grenade launchers, drones, and tear gas. We have whole storage bays full of projectiles and we’re supposed to just not use them? Get real. They wouldn’t give us all this killer stuff if we weren’t supposed to have a little fun.” LAPD officials added that the city’s residents deserved to witness the full scope of all the badass shit their tax dollars could do."
Cherub Cow
Member
Wed Jun 03 06:51:45
"Passing Joggers on My Motorized Treadmill"
(other pranks in this long video, so timestamp sets it to the treadmill part (6:20–8:30))
http://youtu.be/scFmBmvVAAs?t=381
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Wed Jun 03 16:27:09
that treadmill has a new added bonus of being more covid-friendly

=================

An Australian man accused of breaking into the wrong house as he sought to fulfill another man’s sex fantasy has been found not guilty.

On Thursday, a judge in New South Wales cleared Terrence Leroy of charges stemming from an incident last July where he was one of two men hired to carry out a stranger’s sexual fantasy of being tied up while clad in his underpants.

Problem is, Leroy and his partner went to the wrong house.

The case of mistaken identity began after a man living in western NSW near Griffith went on Facebook looking for someone willing to tie him up and then rub a broom handle around his underwear, according to the Australian Associated Press.

“He was willing to pay $5000 if it was ‘really good’,” Judge Sean Grant noted in the ruling.

A police officer testified that the man who hired Leroy and another unidentified man had a “history and proclivity for engaging the services of people.”

After finding two people willing to engage in the roleplaying fantasy, he sent his address to them. But on the day the fantasy was to take place, Leroy and his partner showed up at the wrong house on the client’s street.

The home’s occupant, who was on his way to use the bathroom, heard noise and assumed it was a friend who came by each day to make coffee.

The victim yelled out, “Bugger off, it’s too early” but turned on his night light after hearing someone ask if he was the name of the man waiting for the kinky roleplay. The victim then turned on a light and saw two men carrying machetes standing next to his bed, according to the Guardian.

After the victim spoke his own name, Leroy and his colleague realized the error and started to leave. According to court documents, one of them said, “Sorry mate.” The other shook the victim’s hand and said, “Bye.”

They then drove to the correct address while the man they left behind contacted the police.

Police eventually showed up, found the machetes in the car and charged Leroy with entering a home intending to intimidate while armed with an offensive weapon.

Grant ruled that the prosecution had not proved Leroy intended to intimidate.

During the trial, Leroy’s attorney successfully argued that the whole mishap, as he told the court, arose from “a commercial agreement to tie up and stroke a semi-naked man in his underpants with a broom,” according to the Australian AP.
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Wed Jun 03 20:01:49
Spanish porn star Nacho Vidal, who likes to advertise his aromatic candles shaped like male genitalia on Twitter, has been arrested on manslaughter charges following a man's death during a mystic ritual in which he inhaled psychedelic toad venom

http://fin...dies-toad-venom-200004558.html

...via Yahoo! finance
Cherub Cow
Member
Thu Jun 04 05:05:17
That's... normal.. ;p

Just like road rage Wolverine!
http://imgur.com/gallery/pVNFF81

Sadly, it's less amusing with (slightly more) context, since it's more protest-related stuff:
http://queenseagle.com/all/man-with-knives-strapped-to-wrist-threatens-to-kill-police-violence-protestors-in-whitestone-queens
TLDR: Some peeps were protesting, he stopped and rage-debated them, got in his SUV, u-turned, stopped, claimed they threw something at his SUV, threatened them with a knife, got back in the SUV, drove on the sidewalk at them, they evaded, and he fled the scene. No injuries, man still not identified.
Cherub Cow
Member
Thu Jun 04 07:24:26
It bothers me that this website doesn't post dates on its articles.. but this was linked on their Twitter* June 3rd, 2020, so that's likely the correct date:

"NRA Accidentally Forgets To Rise Up Against Tyrannical Government"
[The Shovel; (Australian Onion)]
http://www...against-tyrannical-government/
"“Our whole reason for lobbying for looser gun laws and amassing huge personal arsenals of weapons these past years was so that we could ensure the security of a free state and protect the people from an oppressive government. And then it actually happened, and the whole rising up against a tyrannical government thing just totally slipped our minds, which is a little embarrassing,” a sheepish NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre said."

*Dated Twitter link: http://twitter.com/TheShovel/status/1268331063077527552
hood
Member
Thu Jun 04 13:19:48
"It bothers me that this website doesn't post dates on its articles.."

With how often the Onion appears to be prescient, maybe leaving off dates The Shovel's way of hiding the existence of their tank mutants.
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Thu Jun 04 21:52:30
cops getting fed up w/ the peacefulness (sorta like the tank article)
http://twitter.com/ABC7/status/1268673244715859968
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Thu Jun 04 22:19:22
this one making the rounds too
http://twitter.com/JordanUhl/status/1268717966532792325

that guy seems to have Conan legs (out of proportion w/ his body)
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Thu Jun 04 22:36:18
and a third on Australian reporters (act of war?)... a lot of focus on shield guy, but some dick also swats at the lady w/ his baton as they flee
http://twitter.com/JvittalTV/status/1268306972685844480
Cherub Cow
Member
Fri Jun 05 07:15:15
"their tank mutants"

I'm not familiar with that reference... Google points to a Marvel villain and an Overwatch character. I'd never heard of the Marvel character, but he seems to be able to time travel.. so.. "Shovel" time-travels to get its stories? :D

..
"and a third on Australian reporters (act of war?)... a lot of focus on shield guy, but some dick also swats at the lady w/ his baton as they flee"

Do those idiots think they're in 300 or something? Fuck..

..
"this one making the rounds too"

Yikes D:
Blood out of the ears.. That can happen in elderly people with high blood pressure — they can get Increased Intracranial Pressure (ICP), so if they get head injuries then the high pressure gets relieved by blood exiting through the ear canal. Another reason to tailor the level of force to the situation (old people break easily, so don't mishandle them).

People in the comments were complaining about them taking so long to apply aid, but to explain: that's just formation specialization. The front line keeps pushing forward while support personnel hang back. So before aid can be delivered, the front line has to move past the injured person (this allows the person to be protected while treated). You can see in the video that the National Guard peeps start treating the man once he's behind the lines. I'm not justifying the injury (that should not have happened), but their movement can at least be explained.

..
"cops getting fed up w/ the peacefulness (sorta like the tank article)"

I wish we had different angles on that, and with all of those cell phones there, you'd think someone in the comments would have posted one.

The officer first lunges at someone (guy with black mask and sunglasses) who was farther back rather than going for the front line of peeps. And that guy gets targeted further and seems not to back down despite getting hit (not that backing down should be virtuous — pretty cool that he doesn't). Just makes me wonder. Like.. why *that* guy? Pics of him:
http://i.imgur.com/afE4Jku.jpg

I would not excuse this officer's behavior in any case; at the very least, police need to be using loud speakers or loud verbal warnings to announce any plans to use force, and they need to do so with enough time for people to leave if they don't want to meet that force. Like, "Hey, if you do not back up, we will begin striking you with batons right now." *Should* they be striking people at all? Likely not. But could they even do *that* much (announce imminent consequences)?

That's a super important step (verbal warnings). In *good* force continuum training, students get taught to yell the commands as part of executing the moves (e.g., yelling, "Get back!" and *then* push-kicking or striking — *each* time they strike). It forces re-evaluation and allows compliance rather than letting students go on a strike frenzy. And any increase in force (like moving from pushes to strikes or strikes to projectiles) requires *further* verbal warnings. I have not been seeing verbal warnings in any of these videos. I'd forgive some for the editing.. but until going on a Google spree just now, I hadn't seen one video where police give commands. Found these:

• "Arlington County pulls officers from D.C. after tear gas used on protesters"
[CBSNews; June 2nd, 2020]
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/arlington-county-virginia-officers-washington-dc-tear-gas-protesters/
"Deere said the U.S. Park Police warned protesters to leave three times, though reporters at the scene said they did not hear any orders."
• "Roanoke protest on Saturday ends not long after firework thrown at officers"
[WSLS News, Virgina; May 30, 2020]
http://www.wsls.com/news/local/2020/05/30/target-at-valley-view-closes-early-as-a-precaution-from-protests-in-roanoke/
"1:16 A.M. UPDATE
Police have given protesters a final warning before arresting them for unlawful assembly.
Most people are heeding that warning and leaving."
• Warning of impending arrests for violating curfew: https://twitter.com/AngelaMWilhelm/status/1267967505982775296
• "Police warn crowd to move or be pepper sprayed at Plaza protest in Kansas City"
[Kansas City Star; May 29, 2020]
http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article243102941.html
"police warned protesters that they would be sprayed with pepper spray if they did not leave the street."

That last one had some video showing loud-speakers in use and lots of warnings without any apparent escalation So that's nice at least.. but it seems like the trend has been to warn people that they'll get brutalized and arrested if they hang around after curfew, then, once curfew arrives, it's time for unrestricted ultraviolence. Looks like officers just get told, "Beat them until they run away," with no further orders. For it to be this widespread, and with no articles (that I saw) talking about warnings... That's widespread bad leadership and bad training. There better be police reforms after this..
Cherub Cow
Member
Fri Jun 05 07:24:50
*support personnel [hangs] back

More Pepsi antics:
http://imgur.com/gallery/gVP4Tj9

Someone in the comments posted that video from 2017 where a guy goes to the Berkeley protests handing out Pepsi:
(it was posted here back then, I think)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7u3uhKxNPNg
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Fri Jun 05 23:05:09
maybe they do the verbal warnings as they bash on people so it's hard to hear

like how they say 'drop the weapon' while shooting people
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Sat Jun 06 00:32:45
some national guard turncoats:

http://twitter.com/JennyJarvie/status/1269053889472614400
Cherub Cow
Member
Sat Jun 06 04:29:12
Imgur has been crushing on National Guard responses lately, so disgraceful error imminent? ;D
Hopefully not. It would be nice if bad police had to confront their image problem by seeing how more competent people handle the same situation.

One National Guard person *did* make a bad social media decision a few days ago:
"Alleged post by Massachusetts National Guard soldier telling protesters ‘I can’t wait to shoot you’ prompts his removal from active status"
http://www...emoval-from-active-status.html
..but no actual excessive force complaints. It could be because the National Guard hasn't been doing riot control (yet?). Primarily they've been posted at vulnerable hot spots and set to patrolling — kind of a deterrent role.

..
"like how they say 'drop the weapon' while shooting people"

It's like the South Park "They're coming right for us!" situation again ;)
Cherub Cow
Member
Sat Jun 06 04:29:15
This artist ( @rafagrassetti on Instagram ) does a lot of '90s cartoons in an updated gritty style:
http://www.instagram.com/rafagrassetti/?igshid=198stsc89a4xx
Cherub Cow
Member
Sat Jun 06 06:50:52
"Police Chief Vows To Take Concrete Steps To Better Cover Up Violence"
[Onion, News in Brief]
http://www...teps-to-better-cove-1843926243
"“Allowing these incidents of police brutality to be filmed is a huge oversight on our part, and we pledge to do everything in our power to curb their dissemination. All officers will be required to take a 12-hour training program teaching them to recognize, target, and neutralize cameras. We want the community to know the Los Angeles Police are fully committed to serving and protecting our best interests.” At press time, Moore added the LAPD was working with the mayor’s office to make the proper budget increases necessary to implement the new changes."
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Sat Jun 06 12:21:44
@CC: you seem to know about everything (like the alternative meaning of ICP :p), what's your assessment of these people:

http://twitter.com/bdaviskc/status/1268401251978563585

some guy in comments says prison riot guards
i say members of AG Barr's private militia
Pillz
Member
Sat Jun 06 18:37:23
Might not even be law enforcement.

Maybe it was a counter protest and they just trolled the fuck out of the leftist faggots.
Pillz
Member
Sat Jun 06 18:38:12
Which, AG Barr's private militia would qualify as.
Cherub Cow
Member
Sun Jun 07 01:39:31
"you seem to know about everything"

lulz :D
I wish I knew it all off the top of my head ;D

..
"some guy in comments says prison riot guards
i say members of AG Barr's private militia"

The mustaches and facial hair would be against D.C. police grooming standards*, so it'd be right to move away from all of them being off-duty police..

I suppose privately-funded militia could make some sense since their gear has some dissimilarities... A few had new Condor plate carriers, some had '90s- or early '00s-looking SWAT gear (e.g., the guy at the start of the video with prescription glasses and no gloves on has an older style of vest but was wearing modern SWAT digital urban cammie bottoms). Helmets and shields tend to be issued items (expensive and get beat up quickly) whereas having a black light plate carrier, vest, or WileyX ballistic glasses would be something purchased during one's career. But, a militia tends to have even *more* discrepancies between gear, and they carry lots of impractical/exotic things — like they think they're going on an elephant-hunting trip. These people all look like former law enforcement and/or former military who went into law enforcement.. and corrections.

So I believe the confirmation: a crisis-management unit of the Bureau of Prisons (as confirmed by the BOP http://www...dc-amid-protests-curfew-2020-6 ).

"The BOP also added in a separate statement that the officers were part of Special Operations Response Teams, (SORT) which includes members who "are highly trained tactical units capable of responding to prison disturbances, and providing assistance to other law enforcement agencies during emergencies;" and Disturbance Control Teams that specialize in crowd-control scenarios." ( http://www.businessinsider.com/officers-special-trained-prison-riots-face-off-with-dc-protesters-2020-6 )

An on-call Brute Squad. ;) .. They're probably covering shortfalls in police hours. Police overtime can get expensive, so it may just be cheaper to contract the hours out right now. Not having insignia would be more of a funding thing than some shadow government non-accountability, though I'd bet/hope that public outcry will force the BOP to make patches for these teams in the future.

*("A well-trimmed mustache shall not extend more than one-quarter of an inch below or beyond the line of an individual’s upper lip. Handlebar mustaches are prohibited. A well-trimmed beard or goatee shall not exceed one-quarter of an inch in length" http://go.mpdconline.com/GO/GO_110_11.pdf )

All that being said... should they be there? Probably not. :p
Anything out of the ordinary can stoke flames right now, and a Brute Squad doesn't look good on social media..
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Sun Jun 07 02:17:50
very thorough :)... you probably could be putting your time to better use, but that would apply to us all perhaps :p
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Sun Jun 07 13:03:10
i was going to ask why the public has to obey those people but one link says they can be deputized so i guess that's what gives them the power to enforce their will on the general public

...not that this administration would necessarily dot those i's


awkward moment:
http://www.liveleak.com/view?t=9muar_1591467709

the guy next to the stander clearly has weak convictions :p he waffled on kneeling then realized he could stand up since other guy was
McKobb
Member
Sun Jun 07 13:17:33
Bacon!
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