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tumbleweed
the wanderer
Sun Jun 07 15:34:08
Big Dick Daddy from Cincinnati speaks for all of us
http://www.liveleak.com/view?t=urGej_1591313699

<SPOILER>
a desire to:
-hold cops accountable
-stab lots of people
-have sex
Cherub Cow
Member
Sun Jun 07 21:46:08
lol.. that reminds me of that Game of Thrones episode where they talk about how all of their conflicts may just be because people weren't having enough sex :D

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"you probably could be putting your time to better use, but that would apply to us all perhaps :p"

I wasted so much more time than that on Caturday :D

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"awkward moment"

lulz..
For some peeps it's not about kneeling as a Kaepernick-style symbol of support, it's more like that "300" (2006) idea of not kneeling to would-be gods. So this LL cop may just be a Thin Blue Line type, but it could also be avoiding kneeling for its symbolism as weakness and supplication. Lots of LL comments seem to echo that. Kaepernick probably should have come up with a different signal ;)

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Good song to use for the next clip:
Fleetwood Mac's "Go Your Own Way"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ul-cZyuYq4
Cherub Cow
Member
Sun Jun 07 21:46:10
"When you go your own way"
http://imgur.com/gallery/w1VUO6s
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Sun Jun 07 22:19:27
brings to mind
"Sometimes the road less traveled is less traveled for a reason" (Seinfeld)


"reminds me of that Game of Thrones episode..."
i don't recall it specifically, but i'll guess that was Tyrion and/or Bronn :p

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pure humiliation:
http://twitter.com/DailyCaller/status/1269409734630793219
plus he looks like a high school student
Cherub Cow
Member
Mon Jun 08 01:36:30
"but i'll guess that was Tyrion and/or Bronn :p"

Yup! Found it:
(this one has a South Park edit once the conversation ends)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Al5CItJZWc8
Cherub Cow
Member
Mon Jun 08 01:36:34
"plus he looks like a high school student"

Yikes.. I watched the video before reading the title. I 100% thought he was some kid who had misbehaved and was being shamed out of the crowd. :D .. His choice of attire was a problem.

But holy fucking shit. They *really* did ask him if he'd de-fund the police ("Will you commit to de-funding the Minneapolis Police department ... we don't want no mo' police. Is that clear? We don't want people with guns toting around in our community, shooting us down," and he responded, "I cannot support the full abolition of the police department."

People *really* want that? I thought that was a joke or specifically a threat people made about giving pay-cuts to problem departments to incentivize better community relations.. but she was talking about *actually* abolishing the police department. That's insane. That should be a fringe anarchist position, but somehow she got a microphone and got a bunch of idiots to cheer it on. And she was talking about voting him out for it? Last election, it was all Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party members running against each other (no GOP), but I wonder if anyone would really be crazy enough to run on a de-fund platform. Apparently some of the city council have pledged to de-fund, so maybe? D:

Looking more closely at the source of that position..
"Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha" (CTUL) ("Center for United Workers in Struggle")
http://doc...oIVP3m-Q0_3xu4-juFMlg/viewform
(also http://ctul.net/ )

In their more nuanced write-up, they *were* talking about moving funds from police to community programs (in this St. Louis petition, "$20 million from SPPD's budget") as opposed to blanket abolition of the police. I wonder if that was talked about before the camera started rolling for their question to Frey. If not, yeah, "full abolition" would be insane. Their Twitter linked to this NPR article: http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2020/06/03/457251670/how-much-do-we-need-the-police?
It reasonably points out things like..
- Immediate and total de-funding would be a bad idea
- Spending on community programs and drug treatment would decrease crime and the role of police
- Funding housing for the homeless

Those things make sense. De-funding does not.


TLDR:
This Twitter comment hit this:
[@PGtwentytwo]: ""Defund" means to eliminate funding. If that's not what they mean, they should stop saying it."

Also a little scary to see a law school graduate having to look up to an empowered fool on a platform. The Terror of the French Revolution comes to mind.. :|
Cherub Cow
Member
Mon Jun 08 01:46:16
doggo given an awful fright by the Lion King hyenas:
http://imgur.com/gallery/NfVjmM5
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Mon Jun 08 01:50:39
yeah the 'Defund The Police" message rolling around is pissing me off :p

if Trump & Fox News are loving talking about it, it's BAD (not that it shouldn't have been obvious that it's not a winning message)


the Minneapolis City Council is intending to do something though...
http://www...answers-no-to-defunding-police
Cherub Cow
Member
Mon Jun 08 02:15:14
"if Trump & Fox News are loving talking about it, it's BAD (not that it shouldn't have been obvious that it's not a winning message)"

Oh noes.. did I accidentally agree with Fox News? D:
The protestors may have just summarily ended their own movement.

Yikes again at Minneapolis City Council timeline: "We will be taking intermediate steps toward ending the MPD through the budget process and other policy and budget decisions over the coming weeks and months"

I guess we'll see how their social experiment works out. I have a feeling that it'll be preceded by the flight of business owners from the area, so it may run into funding issues. And an ideal anarchist society can work... but it requires an educated population...

And above I wasn't sure if they had put their "de-fund" question in context before the video starts.. but in re-watching the video.. they were *there* for abolition; they weren't there for fund re-allocation. In the video you can see lots of people wearing "De-fund" shirts and a bunch of posters saying, "Police abolition now." The guy in a Del Piero yellow jersey yells, "Abolish!" Frey asks them to confirm that they mean "abolish," and after they get him to leave, the speakers on the truck were saying, "Then why the fuck did you come?"

D:
Cherub Cow
Member
Mon Jun 08 04:03:20
This was kind of neat...
In the UP "Crackdown in Minneapolis 2" thread, I brought up that part of what's conditioning police to make that "Feared for my life" statement was Dave Grossman's lectures to police across the country
( http://www...hread=85786&time=1591214448925 ). John Oliver just made similar points on tonight's (Sunday night's) episode:
http://youtu.be/Wf4cea5oObY?t=692

He also talks about the de-fund movement (25:50):
http://youtu.be/Wf4cea5oObY?t=1550
..but he made the same mistake that I did: thinking that "de-fund" was meant in the sense of re-allocating funds to community programs while reducing the role of police... whereas — at least in that Minneapolis protest — they were talking about abolishing the police altogether. He brings up a New Jersey department that dissolved its officers and forced a re-hiring process.. but, again, that wasn't Minneapolis protestors' stated goal.

He also supports the idea of "White Silence is Violence", and at 31:55 he gives the stage to someone (activist Kimberly Jones) who justifies looting and torching of local businesses by saying that "'we' don't own anything" (except for all the community-owned businesses and residences, I guess?) and that the broken social contract with police means that there exists no motivation to care about looting/torching and even to desire it ("As far as I'm concerned they can burn this bitch to the ground"; she cites Trevor Noah for this logic, so I guess he's not helping or she made her own incendiary conclusions from his words). Then she brings up Tulsa, which has become a popular reference lately, so I guess Watchmen made an impact.

She does mention, "They are lucky that what black people are looking for is equality and not revenge," which, if true, would be more self-aware than slave morality feminism (misandrist and matriarchal feminism) has become. But, it was delivered like a threat (i.e., "[Revenge is coming if our demands are not met]"), and in practice it doesn't seem particularly true that there isn't revenge in progress, given that racism by minorities often gets excused by the "power structure" argument, and the very act of rioting in a reactive frame of mind is part of the revenge of boiled-over ressentiment. In other words, she can't pretend to not want revenge while also supporting (or not condemning) misdirected looting and riots. Target may be an outside mega-corporation that shouldn't exist anywhere, but looting it is revenge on economic inequalities and the choices these consumers themselves made to empower those inequalities.
hood
Member
Mon Jun 08 08:23:22
CC:

""their tank mutants"

I'm not familiar with that reference..."

I was thinking of this scene:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_ULAmXdwUU

But also the general idea of predictive psychics often being immersed in liquid. Just... tank(s of water) mutants.
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Mon Jun 08 12:21:59
i don't think "Defund the Police" means the same to everyone who is saying it... same happened w/ "Decriminalize the Border" (some maybe meant 'open borders' for all to come & stay freely, but [hopefully] most meant just return it to being handled as a civil matter rather than criminal)

both are terrible messages for Trump/Fox to misrepresent

("Not only will Sleepy Joe Biden DEFUND THE POLICE, but he will DEFUND OUR MILITARY! He has no choice, the Dems are controlled by the Radical Left." ~obvious who)
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Mon Jun 08 12:27:49
A so-called “Karen” in Arizona was slapped across the face for telling a Native American woman to “go back to Mexico"

http://twitter.com/nypost/status/1270027983776919552

('Karen' may be getting a bit over-used :p, i wonder if it will make it to the dictionary)
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Mon Jun 08 16:23:48
Two law enforcement agencies acknowledged Monday that officers patrolling Minneapolis during the height of recent protests knifed the tires of numerous vehicles parked and unoccupied in at least two locations in the midst of the unrest.

Video and photo images posted on the news outlet Mother Jones show officers in military-style uniforms puncturing tires in the Kmart parking lot at Lake Street and Nicollet Avenue on May 30.

Images from S. Washington Avenue at Interstate 35W, also showed officers with knives deflating the tires of two unoccupied cars with repeated jabs on May 31. Department of Public Safety spokesman Bruce Gordon confirmed that tires were cut in “a few locations.”

“State Patrol troopers strategically deflated tires ... in order to stop behaviors such as vehicles driving dangerously and at high speeds in and around protesters and law enforcement,” Gordon said.

Gordon said the patrol also targeted vehicles “that contained items used to cause harm during violent protests” such as rocks, concrete and sticks.

“While not a typical tactic, vehicles were being used as dangerous weapons and inhibited our ability to clear areas and keep areas safe where violent protests were occurring,” he said. As in all operations of this size, there will be a review about how these decisions were made.”

Deputies from Anoka County followed state orders and joined the patrol and also cut the tires on vehicles on Washington Avenue, said Anoka County Sheriff’s Lt. Andy Knotz.

Knotz said the deputies got their directions from the state-led Multiagency Command Center [MACC], which was coordinating law enforcement during the protests connected to the death on May 25 of George Floyd.

<cont'd>
http://www...pls-protests-unrest/571105692/

"troopers strategically deflated tires"

that seems crazy...

do they now have to pay for all the tires? (i would hope)
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Mon Jun 08 16:27:15
and since they left no notes or anything, should just be criminal charges too

unless i'm missing something, which is possible :p
hood
Member
Mon Jun 08 16:37:20
"unless i'm missing something, which is possible"

They're the cops. Nothing they do is illegal. Haven't you been paying attention?
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Mon Jun 08 19:19:05
well they are admitting it and defending it so seems like maybe it's not just blatant criminal abuse of power

so it's different than their typical hidden abuse of power
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Mon Jun 08 19:25:32
... or maybe there was too much evidence piling up so they had to admit it and trying to pretend it wasn't just criminal vandalism
Cherub Cow
Member
Mon Jun 08 22:10:01
"I was thinking of this scene"

Oh neat! I still haven't seen any of that show since I'm a heretic ;)

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"A so-called “Karen” in Arizona was slapped across the face for telling a Native American woman to “go back to Mexico""

Yikes, she may be spending too much time in her Facebook group. Though, at the same time, it's always troubling to see someone threaten someone else with the Panoptic social media lynch mob ("This is going all over the Internet").

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"knifed the tires of numerous vehicles parked and unoccupied in at least two locations in the midst of the unrest."

Good to see the evidence showing up on that. Early videos of that were from across the parking lot and apparently filmed by the oldest of smart phone cameras (May 31st: http://twi...tatus/1267203570522304513?s=20 )

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"do they now have to pay for all the tires? (i would hope)"

I hope so too... There was a video from someone talking to the tow truck company (same Twitter link above) where the tow truck guy said, "Four tires is an insurance claim." Looking into it, that's because one or two tires may be less than the deductible, but four would be covered. Still, that claim *should* be settled while acknowledging the fault of the police..

And their tactical claim about deflating tires... It might make sense in limited cases where cars were being attacked when people tried to leave, forcing drivers to become violent to escape. That *can* be sort of an instigation point. If people try to leave a protest-filled area — even if peacefully — protestors have been attacking those vehicles and drivers, even when the cars stop. If the driver gets even a little scared of all the people yelling at them and hitting the windows.. then the driver pushes through, people get hospitalized, then an angry mob feels vindicated, even though they themselves created the confrontation. So police potentially made it a public safety issue: take all cars off the road so that protestors couldn't attack other citizens..

I'm trying to think of alternatives...
• Leave all the cars in place and take a chance with people getting attacked in their cars or attacking protestors (probably a good option for police since it makes the protestors look bad when they attack drivers.. or does it? Again, the mob feels vindicated..)
• Boot only certain cars in problem areas, removing/relocating boots as needed (no car damage but logistically difficult, police boots being limited)
• Tow all cars and set up a limited access area where people have to go to re-claim their cars once the day's protests end?

Kind of a tough spot... don't slash tires and watch people attack each other, or do slash tires and face legal fallout and more public image problems. Definitely: doing it wholesale removes good faith... Hmm.. the only solution is not to play? ;)

It does seem a little scummy for police to remove protestor supplies from cars. They weren't just talking about weapons: they probably meant water and food supplies to limit the length of time protestors could sustain themselves. That's cutting the supply lines. Not really something good to do to free citizens...
McKobb
Member
Tue Jun 09 06:28:51
My view is simple like me. Support protesters cus that is 'murican. Shoot the looters cuz that is 'murican.
Cherub Cow
Member
Tue Jun 09 08:04:51
I hope most people support that position :D
This can be a great time for police reform and racial equality, but local businesses would be justified in self-protection measures. If people want to be provoked from peaceful protest into riot, the riot should still only target the police — not community businesses. :/

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I mentioned in the first UP Minneapolis thread* that someone on scene at the George Floyd murder should have drop-kicked Chauvin. A case in point: this HK riot situation popped up today (not sure when it happened, though):
http://imgur.com/gallery/rz0RP5l
(More of a flying Liu Kang kick than a true drop kick, but you get the idea) ;)

*( http://www.utopiaforums.com/boardthread?id=politics&thread=85759&time=1590861996650 )
hood
Member
Tue Jun 09 10:06:44
I think the flying kick is from a longer clip during the beginning of the HK riots. If I'm correct, the full scene was:

-thug in uniform tries to snatch a random girl
-two guys rush to help her and pull her away
-cop and guys begin to tussle, beginning of gif happens where cop starts trying to grab one of the guys
-flying kick ensues
-everyone runs away
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Tue Jun 09 11:51:56
for the tires, it seems they left no notes as to their actions (since people posting videos could only guess it was the cops), so it still seems crazy even if they felt justified... there would be basically a 100% chance they were slashing tires of innocent people who never would've done anything

most people must've been paying for towing & new tires w/ no clue what happened... even if insurance covers, you risk higher premiums (insurance is a scam!)

...plus obviously the insurance companies should be upset, not that anyone cares about them
Cherub Cow
Member
Wed Jun 10 06:22:37
[tw]: "for the tires, it seems they left no notes as to their actions (since people posting videos could only guess it was the cops), so it still seems crazy even if they felt justified..."

Definitely. They seemed to have planned it in advance, so they should have planned post-it notes in advance too. That's thousands of dollars of private property damaged with no clear solution presented.

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[tw]: "there would be basically a 100% chance they were slashing tires of innocent people who never would've done anything"

For real! I somehow doubt that the statistics supported their decision; if a few cars had attacked or been attacked, does that mean slash the tires of dozens of cars? This rep thinks so:
""While not a typical tactic, vehicles were being used as dangerous weapons and inhibited our ability to clear areas and keep areas safe where violent protests were occurring," [Minnesota Department of Public Safety spokesman Bruce Gordon] said" ( http://www...is-protests-police-agencies-sa )
..and somehow that equates to slashing the tires of K-Mart shoppers and news crews....

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"...plus obviously the insurance companies should be upset, not that anyone cares about them"

Maybe the insurance companies will help lead a class-action lawsuit for it? At the very least, an area lawyer should be jumping on this with one of those billboards, like, "Did police slash your tires? YOU may be entitled to legal compensation. Call Mr. Sues Foryoo."

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[hood]: "If I'm correct, the full scene was"

Very cool. I so totally wish someone had acted like that while Floyd was being murdered. Maybe more people will be willing now.
Cherub Cow
Member
Wed Jun 10 06:22:40
Some suggestions for rebranding the de-fund movement:
http://imgur.com/gallery/hw2K65m
Cherub Cow
Member
Wed Jun 10 07:34:42
An important meme that we should know about:
"It is Wednesday, my dudes."
http://imgur.com/a/KjKAsMq
Cherub Cow
Member
Wed Jun 10 07:36:33
A funny NYC montage:
http://imgur.com/gallery/t5pdE3Q
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Wed Jun 10 14:19:12
i posted this cop compilation somewhere in UP (some of it worse than others)
http://twitter.com/JordanUhl/status/1266917228752056320

i'm hoping the 1:01 guy shows up on the news soon for his comeuppance :p (spraying woman walking in front of him for the lulz)
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Wed Jun 10 14:22:55
china transporting:
http://www.liveleak.com/view?t=sXhS4_1591749777
i can't tell if that accidentally fell out or was the intended strategy all along (as China... & that tubing looks too stiff to coil into that truck)
Cherub Cow
Member
Thu Jun 11 06:39:16
lulz
Long pipe is loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong!


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"i posted this cop compilation somewhere in UP (some of it worse than others)"

A good sign that that link was already darkened out from me clicking on it before :D
Most of those belong there, but I'd take exception with the horse cop (I think he lost control of his horse) and the guy who was intentionally getting close to a police cruiser while it passed him (about 0:40–0:44 .. he seems to grab the mirror on purpose). That mirror-grabbing guy would fit well in a video showing people retaliating against police, though >:D

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Appropriate comment was made for this one:
"Must go faster. Must go faster!"
http://imgur.com/gallery/HfcdysS
Cherub Cow
Member
Thu Jun 11 06:47:33
"real bad day for that fish"
(crocodile in Australia)
http://imgur.com/gallery/JX9b4Ex
Cherub Cow
Member
Fri Jun 12 06:26:22
"From HBO Max Until It Can Return With Historical Context"
[Onion: News in Brief]
http://www...rom-hbo-max-until-i-1843999236
"LOS ANGELES—Calling the show “Important, yet problematic” in its portrayal of modern dating in New York City, HBO Max officials announced Thursday that they had pulled Anna Kendrick’s Love Life from their library until it can return with the proper historical context. “While we understand why certain people are unhappy with the decision, we feel it is important to provide viewers with pertinent information that will help contextualize Darby’s struggles with intimacy, sex, and relationships in 2019 Queens,” said HBO spokesperson Kaavya Gupta, adding that each of the romantic comedy’s 10 episodes would return with important discussions regarding era-specific terms like “fuck buddy,” “sext,” and “total derp.” “Frankly, to allow young viewers to watch Love Life without explaining how white feminism shaped our protagonist and her world as a whole would pretend the problems with this show never existed in the first place. Perhaps, when it returns, families will be able to watch this series with their children and teach them about how fraught dating as a millennial in the digital age really was.” At press time, Gupta told reporters that HBO Max had also denounced problematic depictions in the streaming service’s other shows such as Friends and The Big Bang Theory."
Cherub Cow
Member
Fri Jun 12 06:34:04
Oops! I cut the top line of the headline:
"Anna Kendrick’s ‘Love Life’ Pulled From HBO Max Until It Can Return With Historical Context"

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kittens in dust pan:
http://imgur.com/gallery/otZMqaf
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Fri Jun 12 13:38:04
^an unsatisfying ending... where are they going??


quite a bang in this one:
http://www.liveleak.com/view?t=CG3Oa_1591945335
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Fri Jun 12 14:15:59
virtual tour of pharoah Ramesses IV's tomb
http://my.matterport.com/show/?m=NeiMEZa9d93

i noticed way in the back in the left corner, some guy kneeling w/ possibly blood coming out of top of his head... then upside down w/ no head... & a bunch of headless kneeling people... & possibly heads on staffs...


i wonder if any pharaoh insults slid into all the hieroglyphs (all over each bit of wall & ceiling)
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Fri Jun 12 15:24:57
impressive (& satisfying) video edit (0:48-0:51)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMqhoYjY2X0
<from 4 years ago but new to me>
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Fri Jun 12 15:32:59
^a better version for replaying :p (gets to the good part sooner + 3x in a row)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEP5qFhZnpU
Cherub Cow
Member
Sat Jun 13 07:44:11
"impressive (& satisfying) video edit (0:48-0:51)"
Lulz :D
Good editing! I'm surprised that didn't make the rounds a bunch of times. I've never seen it either

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"virtual tour of pharoah Ramesses IV's tomb"

That was awesome.. virtual tours have gotten cool :D

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"i noticed way in the back in the left corner, some guy kneeling w/ possibly blood coming out of top of his head... then upside down w/ no head... & a bunch of headless kneeling people... & possibly heads on staffs..."

I had to look up the deal there..
This popped up:
"Symbols of Ancient Egypt in the Late Period: The Twenty-first Dynasty" (1979) (on Google Books http://books.google.com/books?id=qY2dCgAAQBAJ ). A few pages (171–175) talk about the Ramesses VI tomb and some of the imagery... Apparently headless people and people with arms bound behind them can represent enemies, symbolic of people who go against the god Osiris or who may fail the tests of the underworld:
"For the most part the enemies seem to represent the difficulties of daily living and terror about life after death." Their deaths can also mean "serenity for the deceased by virtue of the decisive victory that has been won over the enemy."

There was also a neat excerpt from that tomb (just the cool part, edited for readability): "O the Ones of the Eye who have no head, who are inside their coffins, who see with their neck."

Seeing with one's neck.. that kind of reminds me of "Hereditary" (2018) imagery ..which I won't spoil for you if you haven't seen that :D
Cherub Cow
Member
Sat Jun 13 07:44:16
"Let's Game It Out" had a new video yesterday:
"I Built a Hospital That Specializes in Ending Lives - Project Hospital"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2QKDVIQ1zg
It gets pretty good after he opens the hospitals to patients :D
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Sat Jun 13 15:01:28
i enjoy when he has the '5 hours later...' projects :p & a good 'splash zone' comment

he's done that game before at an earlier development point w/ some of same stuff (public viewing / public toilets(seating) :p)

some of his early (year old) stuff seems to be more normal playing of games, but still some humor
Cherub Cow
Member
Sat Jun 13 17:47:22
I *thought* the toilets viewing the patients was similar to a thumbnail I'd seen on an earlier video.

I guess he's been perfecting his craft :D .. and we're reaping all the benefits :D
Cherub Cow
Member
Sat Jun 13 17:56:08
Cat attempts to murder its hooman:
http://imgur.com/gallery/sPW4b7n
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Sun Jun 14 12:25:51
perhaps it's checking the stair integrity for safety reasons... or for tripwires
Cherub Cow
Member
Mon Jun 15 03:40:22
Could be! ;D

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"Dog Tries To Pop Balloons In Party Game"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mEM9Mw3uKk
Cherub Cow
Member
Mon Jun 15 20:20:19
Cute kitten roars like the Great Leviathan:
http://imgur.com/gallery/e1IaeVz
Cherub Cow
Member
Tue Jun 16 00:25:05
"City Enters Phase 4 Of Pretending Coronavirus Over"
[Onion, News in Brief; June 15, 2020]
http://loc...ng-coronavirus-over-1844037065
"“Thanks to the efforts of municipal employees, I’m happy to say we’ve reached the final phases of completely deluding ourselves into thinking that this pandemic has somehow stopped spreading and that we’re safe,” said Johnson in a press conference, in which he applauded the city for bringing them to this stage by successfully disregarding the virus in previous phases. “In order for this to be effective, however, we’re instituting guidelines requiring all residents to convince themselves that they can no longer contract or spread this disease, and that despite virtually no changes in the situation, we will no longer need to use hand sanitizers or observe social distancing. Phase 4 will also need all of you to start going into restaurants and stores without masks and pretending that this is endangering absolutely no one. Thank you all.” At press time, Johnson added that he hoped successful observance of protocols would allow the city to soon move into the outright panic and citywide devastation that would characterize Phase 5."
Cherub Cow
Member
Tue Jun 16 06:08:25
This was fun to watch because you get the distinct enjoyment that she was fired and now gets to say, "Fuck you," to her former employers for abusing her despite her giving her best efforts :D

"Fired Scientist Launches Portal Showing More Coronavirus Deaths & Cases Than Florida Reports"
[MSNBC Video; July 15th, 2020]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnmL8rIdMJA
"Rebekah Jones who says she was fired from the Florida Department of Health for refusing to manipulate COVID-19 data joins Lawrence O'Donnell to discuss her efforts launching a new dashboard that shows more deaths, hospitalizations and "COVID Positive People" than Florida"
Cherub Cow
Member
Tue Jun 16 06:10:44
Link to Jones' Florida dashboard:
(Essentially the Florida version of the Johns Hopkins portal)
http://exp...2b118dc3c48d885d1c643c195314e/
..the new spike is pretty alarming. Summer Break! Woohoo! ;D
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Tue Jun 16 12:19:57
go virus!

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"Dog Tries To Pop Balloons In Party Game"
those were toddlers clinging to legs for safety!

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'Cat tries to save man's life by eating his food'
http://www.liveleak.com/view?t=s7BzR_1592253913
Cherub Cow
Member
Wed Jun 17 07:47:42
Such a good cat :D

This cat is a mega-chonk!
http://imgur.com/gallery/PFXRej7
Lots of typical Imgur comments about fat cats being a form of abuse, but like... it's a mega-chonk! \:D/
hood
Member
Wed Jun 17 10:57:29
Are we sure that wasn't an albino raccoon?
swordtail
Anarchist Prime
Wed Jun 17 18:00:45
http://twitter.com/WilliamShatner/status/1272705262806355968
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Wed Jun 17 22:34:22
giggity
Cherub Cow
Member
Thu Jun 18 05:39:14
Peeps have been pooling those together lately! Lots of variations:

LOTR:
http://imgur.com/gallery/XafzIYC
More LOTR:
http://imgur.com/gallery/CcnGOYn

Harry Potter:
http://imgur.com/gallery/d9i0XX0

Luke Skywalker:
http://i.imgur.com/VNzdmwi.jpg

TOS/TNG:
http://imgur.com/gallery/olMMqqw

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"Are we sure that wasn't an albino raccoon?"
A couple of forward rolls and I wouldn't be able to tell ;D
Cherub Cow
Member
Thu Jun 18 05:45:30
HD trash panda:
http://imgur.com/gallery/UgUSHAQ
Cherub Cow
Member
Thu Jun 18 05:49:57
Insect missing its insides, like Rick in the season 4 finale.. never quit! ;D
http://imgur.com/gallery/Flmjs6o
Cherub Cow
Member
Thu Jun 18 06:05:37
Fun older (2008) rap video sequence. The joke setup is that he went to this school as a kid and always wanted to win the student races :D
(Set to correct part):
http://youtu.be/NDWgtB_MD24?t=172
hood
Member
Thu Jun 18 09:27:22
RE:
LOTR:
fem Aragorn just looks like the actress from that crappy syfy van helsing show if she were playing a male character going undercover as a woman.
http://i.p...a4923d7c2bbcade5eb1a803a57.jpg

The Keanu Arwen from lotr2 is hilarious. Frodo and the fem legolas (in comments of the 2nd one) look legit female.

Harry Potter:
The Luna/Draco twins thing is hilarious. And fem Sirius Black looks like an angry british school teacher. One who always threatens the meter stick.

Star Trek:
fem Picard looks like a tranny.
fem Ryker looks like some girl named Dana. Not any specific Dana, just someone who is named Dana.
The Crushers look funny.
Dr. Troi looks like a hairy pornstar. Like the kind that resembles bigfoot when naked; there's no skin, only hair.
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Thu Jun 18 19:07:42
Wesley Crusher is looking like Winona Ryder to me
& definitely Keanu on Arwen
Cherub Cow
Member
Fri Jun 19 07:05:22
"fem Picard looks like a tranny."
The artist may have left too much of the original chin there :p

"Frodo and the fem legolas (in comments of the 2nd one) look legit female."
Oh neat! I missed that Legolas one before. +1 on Frodo

"The Crushers look funny."
"Wesley Crusher is looking like Winona Ryder to me"
Wesley was probably one of the best :D

These kind of make you wonder if someone should do a shot-for-shot remake of some of these shows/movies but just gender-swap the characters. No politics or social justice like the Ghostbusters or Ocean's remake — just a switch with zero writing changes ;D
Cherub Cow
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Fri Jun 19 07:23:26
I think we all forgot about someone who's been suffering more than most throughout these last 3ish years:

"White House Toilet Doesn’t Know If It Can Handle Another 4 Years Of Trump"
[Onion, News in Brief; June 18th, 2020]
http://www...t-can-handle-anothe-1844082720
"The sink doesn’t get what my deal is, but obviously she doesn’t understand because she’s never been used."
Cherub Cow
Member
Fri Jun 19 07:27:41
Sleeping fox:
http://imgur.com/gallery/7lqAfZM
hood
Member
Fri Jun 19 08:56:44
"just a switch with zero writing changes ;D"

Just no Worf or Gimli...
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Fri Jun 19 17:57:41
more of nature taking over in the age of Covid:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TpT9W--iSc
swordtail
Anarchist Prime
Fri Jun 19 21:03:00
http://twitter.com/RexChapman/status/1273400070189219841
Cherub Cow
Member
Sat Jun 20 04:06:29
Total bad-ass :D

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Sweet boat crash (Chinese boat, happened in Ecuador):
http://www...-into-and-destroying-a-bridge/
The article claims this happened only days ago, but this appears to be the only source at the moment.
Cherub Cow
Member
Sun Jun 21 08:54:52
Hit-and-run in Corona, California:
(Van drags motorcycle)
http://los...-caught-on-camera-hit-and-run/
"25-year-old George Valentin admitted to being the driver"
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Sun Jun 21 17:38:39
^another preview of driverless cars


that boat crash one not working for me, the site doesn't seem coded properly
Cherub Cow
Member
Mon Jun 22 01:37:38
That's not too surprising; that website seems to cater specifically to boating enthusiasts.. which.. are people... who... exist..? So they may not have the best encoding :p

The ship was the Fu Yuan Yu Leng 999, which that PortAndTerminal article mentions had gotten into trouble for illegal fishing of rare Galapagos animals in 2017 (tuna, "6,223 sharks ... baby sharks and endangered species like the scalloped hammerhead"; they fish for rare animals and bring them back to China — super ethical).

That article had a good overhead angle, but I can't find it elsewhere. This is a poorly filmed angle near the ground:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHL2kvdYSQU
Cherub Cow
Member
Mon Jun 22 01:39:39
Oh, here's the good angle:
http://www...hip_is_larger_than_the_bridge/
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Mon Jun 22 02:31:41
"they fish for rare animals"
when are we going to wipe out those evil bastards


would've been funny if a horde of Chinese laborers filed off the ship & rebuilt the bridge in an hour like little automatons


...some of those comments seems like they may be offensive
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Mon Jun 22 11:59:58
fat guy fattening up raccoons
http://www.liveleak.com/view?t=aKm1T_1592815713
i didn't watch all 20 mins :p

showed good patience in waiting, and not all trying to hone in on each offering
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Mon Jun 22 14:05:18
'Robber posing as food delivery gets shot by police'
(for orientation: the subject robber is guy in the red shirt... probably other unrelated robbers in video as well as it's Brazil)
http://www.liveleak.com/view?t=kjshB_1592838333

...i'll guess it was chinese food by the little white objects
Cherub Cow
Member
Tue Jun 23 00:23:29
Aww; video recorder panned away at the best part ;p
I wonder if Brazil having their own Trump ignoring COVID-19 numbers (President Bolsonaro) has helped or hurt their crime numbers. They'll be passing the U.S. virus numbers pretty soon.. unless Florida manages to screw up even more than they already have ;)

Brazil sits at about 1.1m cases vs. U.S. 2.1m but have a super steep rise in cases ongoing whereas the U.S. seems to have a near-linear rise (not that that's good either).
"“If you think Trump is stupid, you don’t know Bolsonaro,” said [Dr. Thais Couto, a 32-year-old lung surgeon in Sao Paulo]"

India may also continue to climb; their earlier lockdown basically failed, and their government hasn't been willing to initiate a new one despite hitting record daily infections this week ( http://www...ixes-another-nationwide-lockdo ). They also basically killed record numbers of poor by stranding them hundreds of miles from home, forcing them to walk and starve along the way. A bit of an Elysium situation going on: the poor left to die en masse while ultra rich ride it out in style. Tests still in gross shortage.

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"fat guy fattening up raccoons"
lulz ❤:D
He really doesn't like that one raccoon :D
Cherub Cow
Member
Tue Jun 23 00:23:32
"Full on derp"
http://imgur.com/gallery/Lm0MFZ5
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Tue Jun 23 02:07:53
"panned away at the best part"

they got most of the money shot :p


there was recently a story about Brazilian drug gangs enforcing coronavirus lockdowns or something so they may be saved somewhat from their incompetent leader

if only our drug gangs were more responsible
Cherub Cow
Member
Tue Jun 23 03:41:24
It makes good business sense: Can't move product if people get too sick to dope up ;)

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Insane person cuts off parts of his clay face to reveal his protean decay:
http://www.instagram.com/p/CAnZ443lHD1/
Cherub Cow
Member
Tue Jun 23 03:54:22
"Facebook Announces Plan To Break Up U.S. Government Before It Becomes Too Powerful"
[Onion: News in Brief; June 22nd, 2020]
http://www...-u-s-government-bef-1844121902
"“It’s long past time for us to take concrete actions against this behemoth of governance that has gone essentially unchecked since its inception,” said Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, noting that while the governing body may have begun with good intentions, its history showed a culture of recklessness and a dangerous disregard for the consequences of its decisions. “Unfortunately, those at the top have been repeatedly contemptuous of the very idea of accountability or reform, and our only remaining course is to separate the government into smaller chunks to prevent it from forming an even stronger monopoly over the public.” Zuckerberg closed his remarks with repeated assurances that despite a likely legal battle ahead, no one government could stand up to the fortitude of Facebook."
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Tue Jun 23 22:56:39
non-Amish people:
http://www.liveleak.com/view?t=akOk8_1592892325
Cherub Cow
Member
Wed Jun 24 06:10:19
Must be a new crew.. or Habitat for Humanity volunteers ;p

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I haven't watched this yet, and you may have already seen it post, but I'm linking it for later :D

"I Built a Prison Where Being Alive Is Optional - Prison Architect Island Bound"
[Let's Game It Out]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWUn7gRmfiQ
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Wed Jun 24 12:55:22
i have that game! :p

nice sea of death
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Wed Jun 24 13:49:37
seagull snack
http://www.liveleak.com/view?t=CTcTR_1592975946

i'm surprised that fits in its stomach
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Fri Jun 26 02:21:14
cops fleeing object throwers
http://www.liveleak.com/view?t=udwl9_1593086664

their cops seem to have no gear at all...
Cherub Cow
Member
Fri Jun 26 07:28:46
Yeah they don't seem dressed for the occasion. Maybe this was right after the "peaceful" part of the protest ended, so they still didn't have riot police present? ;)

So far there hasn't been any data on cities with protests having coronavirus increases, which — if true ("if" since the media currently has a stake in the virtues of the protests) — could mean: masks have been doing good work in the crowds, and/or most protestors tend to be too young to care if they have infections or too poor to afford testing.

But it also makes me wonder how the combination of an economic downturn and increases in positive cases will battle it out. Meaning.. I would guess most protestors would be members of non-essential or low-paid sectors (they have lots of time to protest), which means that increased employment will see a reduction in protests, but if coronavirus cases continue to rise, then people will be out of work for longer despite "just ignore it" policies, fueling more protests. But, protests beyond a tipping point will fuel backlash; at some point (and maybe we passed it) there will be forceful crack-downs to stop further economic damage since lawmakers looking at budgets will decide that "Criminals thrive on the indulgence of Society's understanding" ;)

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"i'm surprised that fits in its stomach"

I know birds have crazy stomachs, but I'm just going to guess without Googling that it must only partially digest the rat and then throw up the bones ;p

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Neat video of rushing flood waters:
http://imgur.com/gallery/jIOeZae
Comments point out that this particular flood actually occurred during the "2014 Southeast Europe floods" and in Serbia (not Romania), but this gif was encoded better than the videos with correct articles (like this one http://nypost.com/2014/09/18/raging-flood-rips-through-serbia-village-flinging-cars-and-homes/ )
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Fri Jun 26 13:05:30
i don't know about other countries but here it seems damage-based protests seem to go away pretty fast (even though Fox keeps running old footage it seems)

it found renewed fuel on statues but i assume that'll go away quick too


that flood waters link is dead (although i do like the googly eyes that follow the mouse)

the NY Post link works though
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Fri Jun 26 16:08:19
the Steam 'Summer Sale' is upon us... much investigation needs done
hood
Member
Fri Jun 26 18:14:45
I got Griftlands 2 days ago (24th). I've... already played 22 hours apparently. It's still early access, but it's definitely a great twist on deck building games.
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Fri Jun 26 21:40:27
it's only 15% off... they have to claim at least 40% off to get my interest

although i like card deck games so will toss it on the wishlist to keep track
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Fri Jun 26 21:43:37
good Star Wars impressions
http://twitter.com/RussellHFilm/status/1276533322382864384

not sure a point in learning Darth Maul's... not a memorable voice
Cherub Cow
Member
Sat Jun 27 06:34:20
Probably a Clone Wars thing? They flimsily ret-con Darth Maul's death like how Boba Fett was ret-conned in the EU, so I think Clone Wars fans might like the impression...
I was too burnt out on Star Wars to bother watching that one, but I've heard good things.

Agreed on them being good impressions! I wonder if there was a pronunciation-related reason for him hooking on «Señorita» or if that was just for fun...

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"the Steam 'Summer Sale' is upon us... much investigation needs done"

Woohoo! \:D/
•"GTFO", -20% (now $27.99)... not sure that's enough off. Still considered early access; it can be painful to keep re-adjusting to a game that keeps going through revisions..
•Cooking Simulator, -30% (now $13.99).. I'd prefer 90% off, but I'm probably getting that now :p
•Doom (2016), -70% (now $5.99)
•Doom Eternal, -50% (now $29.99)
•Outlast 2, -75% (now $7.49); not sure I've heard of it before, but it looks interesting (Survival horror)
•Some Alien:Isolation DLC on sale for $1 or $2 per DLC.. amazingly addictive game for me, btw :p
• The most anticipated game of all time, the "Untitled Goose Game", still not available.. release date currently late 2020 :'(

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"great twist on deck building games."

Those turn-based games never clicked for me. :'(
Repel
Member
Sat Jun 27 06:41:56
got myself Domina and Oxygen not included this year from the summer sale, Was doubting to get cooking simulator, maybe i'll still get it
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Sat Jun 27 14:07:47
so far, i went w/ Stellar Tactics (some space RPG that seems to have both space & ground elements) & Mutant Year Zero (seems like modern X-COM style squad combat) & considering one of multiple survival games (grab a stick & stone & craft into an axe, then continue on etc.... whatever those are called :p)

we all have our own tastes i suppose
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Sat Jun 27 14:11:12
another compilation of those Florida ladies who really oppose masks (i posted a slightly different one in UP somewhere)
http://twitter.com/CharlesMBlow/status/1276670640020389894
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Sat Jun 27 17:22:29
this one came w/ many props... must've spent quite a bit of time preparing her little skit
http://twitter.com/danidashi/status/1276971911193464832
hood
Member
Sat Jun 27 21:56:39
"whatever those are called :p"

Survival games.


I've played the shit out of both Thea games, The Awakening and The Shattering. Bundle is on sale for 60% off. The games are similar, there are some very, very noticeable differences between the two games.
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Sat Jun 27 23:10:29
i have both Theas, and like both... & very much over-analyzed both :p

(finding every? possible effect of gear based on ingredients)
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Sat Jun 27 23:15:01
...and many other analyzable aspects
Cherub Cow
Member
Sun Jun 28 06:36:09
"compilation of those Florida ladies"

See, libtards! These patriots are covered in Jesus' blood and are not afraid of Bill Gates' fake 5G virus! ;p

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"got myself Domina"
That looks like a fun one. Cool music and pixel graphics..

"Oxygen not included"
Really impressive artwork going into these games now :D

"Thea games, The Awakening and The Shattering."
More with good artwork. Pretty cool to see artists working on game development nowadays. It's like DeviantArt peeps decided to get economical ;)

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• Hellblade, -70% (now $8.99); definitely getting this one, highest priority. Looks like a really solid story that doesn't get told anymore ('fighting for love' stories were popular in the '90s, but now it's considered passé)
• Visage, -20% (now $19.99); another survival horror (obviously my favorite type of game :p ).. not much of a discount, but it looks good

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Cute cat compilation:
http://imgur.com/gallery/Vv1GGEm
Cherub Cow
Member
Sun Jun 28 06:36:34
Fresh video from the Raccoon Whisperer:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfJBkFVZFVs
Cherub Cow
Member
Sun Jun 28 06:36:37
Cute cat's activation noise:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gaRdpuS_V8
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