Unsolved Mysteries: Conglomerate Records

In early 2014, a Pittsburgh musician named Ben Opie wandered into one of the most intriguing experimental music mysteries in memory.

He was shopping at a local record store, Jerry’s Records, in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Browsing the experimental music racks, Opie discovered an unfamiliar record with a hand-assembled cover
Submitted by nocash at 2020-07-29 14:41pm to the Arts forum.

Video shows NYPD throwing teen protester into unmarked van

The footage, uploaded by journalist Michelle Lhooq and viewed more than 8 million times, shows several officers wearing T-shirts and shorts swarming a woman whom the Washington Post identified as 18-year-old Nikki Stone. The cops drag Stone into an unmarked minivan as one of them screams and lashes out against the crowd of protesters who gather in the intersection on foot and on bicycle.
Submitted by nocash at 2020-07-29 13:56pm to the Crime forum.

Man charged in Hartford homicide used samurai sword to decapitate his landlord

The man charged with using a samurai sword to decapitate his landlord inside an Asylum Avenue home this weekend refused to talk to police about the crime, claiming he is a sovereign citizen.

At his arraignment Tuesday in Superior Court in Hartford, Jerry David Thompson refused to say anything and was ordered held in lieu of $2 million bail.
Submitted by nocash at 2020-07-29 13:39pm to the Crime forum.

Federal forces depart Seattle after outcry from local officials

SEATTLE - Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan received confirmation Tuesday that federal agents with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Border Patrol Tactical Unit have demobilized and left the Seattle area.

Last week, Gov. Jay Inslee and local officials expressed significant concerns about the deployment of an undetermined number of federal forces to Washington state, without the consultation or consent of state and local officials.

On Friday, Durkan, King County Executive Dow ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2020-07-29 3:47am to the Off Topic News forum.

Authors condemn Saudi Arabia's bid to host World Science Fiction Convention

A group of more than 80 science fiction and fantasy authors are protesting at the possibility of one of the genres’ biggest conventions being held in Saudi Arabia in 2022, saying that “the Saudi regime is antithetical to everything SFF stands for”.

Led by fantasy author Anna Smith Spark,writers including Charles Stross, Juliet McKenna, Stan Nicholls and Catriona Ward have signed an open letter objecting to Jeddah’s bid to host the World Science Fiction Convention in two years’ ...
Submitted by Double The Fist at 2020-07-29 1:49am to the Books forum.

Special glasses give people superhuman colour vision (2017)

It’s sometimes practically impossible to tell similar colours apart. Even side by side, they look the same. A special pair of spectacles gives us new power to see more distinct colours, and could one day help to spot counterfeit banknotes or counteract camouflage.

The glasses, devised by a team at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, basically enhance the user’s colour vision, allowing them to see metamers – colours that look the same but give off different wavelengths of light – as ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2020-07-28 23:54pm to the Science forum.

The HEALS Act Emerges

The HEALS Act, a $1 trillion piece of legislation so comically in hock to corporate interests that one of the initials in the acronym stands for “liability protection,” was released yesterday. This was done in a super annoying format where separate committee chairs released their own titles (Finance; Appropriations; Small Business), but you can mostly piece everything together. Here’s what we’ve got:

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One final indignity: the Republican baseline may include (it’s completely ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2020-07-28 20:13pm to the Politics forum.

People paid $25,000 to watch The Chainsmokers perform with the CEO of Goldman Sachs during a pandemic

Safe & Sound, the eerily named concert in question, was held on Saturday night with the nominally admirable goal of raising money for charity. The tickets went as high as $25,000 each and required attendees to sit around their cars, which were separated from one another in order to follow social distancing guidelines. This didn’t seem to work all that well. Videos uploaded over the past few days show lots of people, pumped all the way up by The Chainsmokers and Goldman Sachs’ David “DJ ...
Submitted by revdrew at 2020-07-28 18:47pm to the Health & Beauty forum.

Police: 'Umbrella Man' was a white supremacist trying to incite George Floyd rioting

A masked man who was seen in a viral video smashing the windows of a south Minneapolis auto parts store during the George Floyd protests, earning him the moniker “Umbrella Man,” is suspected to be a member of the Hell’s Angels biker gang seeking to incite racial tension in a demonstration that until then had been peaceful, police said.

A Minneapolis police arson investigator said the man’s actions at the AutoZone on East Lake Street set off a chain reaction that led to days of ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2020-07-28 17:48pm to the Crime forum.

Hoyer says Democrats aren't demanding '$600 or bust' in unemployment stimulus talks

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Tuesday that Democrats are willing to agree to a new coronavirus stimulus package that doesn't include an extension of an extra $600 in weekly unemployment benefits, saying the party's position is not "$600 or bust."

In four days, the extra benefits are set to expire for millions of Americans who have been receiving them amid the coronavirus pandemic. Democrats and Republicans are currently divided over how to continue supporting Americans economically ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2020-07-28 17:36pm to the Politics forum.

Deeply, Deeply Diseased

When I first met the Trillbillies in February 2020, we lived in a much different world than the one we live in now.

It was the night of the Nevada Democratic Caucus debate, and the Trillbillies — Tarence Ray, Tom Sexton and Tanya Turner — had gathered at Sexton’s apartment in Lexington, Kentucky, to record an episode of their podcast, the Trillbilly Worker’s Party. Like most young, American leftists, they were excited about the prospect of Bernie Sanders becoming the Democratic ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2020-07-28 15:21pm to the Podcasts, Etc forum.

Trump’s New Favorite COVID Doctor Believes in Alien DNA, Demon Sperm, and Hydroxychloroquine

A Houston doctor who praises hydroxychloroquine and says that face masks aren’t necessary to stop transmission of the highly contagious coronavirus has become a star on the right-wing internet, garnering tens of millions of views on Facebook on Monday alone. Donald Trump Jr. declared the video of Stella Immanuel a “must watch,” while Donald Trump himself retweeted the video.

Before Trump and his supporters embrace Immanuel’s medical expertise, though, they should consider other ...
Submitted by sleeppoor at 2020-07-28 15:57pm to the Politics forum.

Savor the Sight of Comet NEOWISE From Some Wondrous Places

No one knew this celestial phenomenon would make an appearance until NASA’s Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) mission first spotted it in late March. Measuring approximately three miles wide, the comet is visiting from the outer parts of the solar system. Its rare approach to Earth will bring it as close as 64 million miles away. The distance sounds far but is close enough to make the comet and its tail of gas and dust visible to the naked eye, at least until it ...
Submitted by nocash at 2020-07-28 14:14pm to the The World forum.

Chelsea Wolfe straddles the line between dream and nightmare in ‘Valerian’

Visual artist Jesse Draxler—who has worked with Nine Inch Nails, Daughters, Zola Jesus, Alexander McQueen and many others—has put together a new collaborative art project with the likes of Chelsea Wolfe, Greg Puciato, Trentemøller, Jaye Jayle, Ghostemane and more, called Reigning ement.

Draxler gave each of his co-creators a set of 34 soundscape elements to assemble in any way they wanted. These recordings are industrial noises found in Draxler’s LA neighborhood and each artist was ...
Submitted by nocash at 2020-07-28 13:59pm to the Music forum.

‘We Are Your Family Now’: What It’s Like to Lose a Loved One to QAnon

Millions of Americans are grieving the loss of mothers, fathers, partners and siblings to an extremist conspiracy cult quickly gaining power in media and politics
Submitted by nocash at 2020-07-28 13:53pm to the Politics forum.

Joe Kennedy says he was ‘bullied’ by mean tweets

A “Broadway Sings for Joe Kennedy III” fundraiser last week was canceled after theater stars scheduled to appear in the pre-taped event were met with online criticism from supporters of Markey’s.

As Boston Magazine points out, numerous theater stars that were scheduled to take part in the event were flooded with tweets from people who asked them not to support Kennedy and highlighted Markey’s voting and legislative record.
Submitted by nocash at 2020-07-28 13:51pm to the Politics forum.

White Christianity, Reckoning With Its Roots in White Supremacy, Struggles to Save Its Soul

When Robert P. Jones turned in the manuscript for his latest book in September, he couldn’t have imagined how much America would shift in 10 months. White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity, which comes out today, is a follow-up to his 2016 bestseller The End of White Christian America, which used sophisticated polling data to chart and explain white Christianity’s shrinking influence in the national conversation. (Donald Trump’s presidential election later ...
Submitted by nocash at 2020-07-28 13:53pm to the Books forum.

Well, Well, Well the Ellen DeGeneres Show Is Now the Subject of a Workplace Investigation

WarnerMedia is taking a few baby steps toward figuring out what the whole “be kind” thing might mean when applied to their actual employees. Variety reports that The Ellen DeGeneres show is the subject of an internal investigation from its parent company WarnerMedia after several former employees went public to describe a culture of “racism, fear and intimidation” on the show, while crew members also expressed frustration over Ellen hiring non-union workers while filming during lockdown.
Submitted by nocash at 2020-07-28 13:50pm to the Television forum.

After Quitting Deadspin in Protest, They’re Starting a New Site

One of the biggest staff rebellions in online media took place last year, when all of the journalists working at the irreverent, sports-centric website Deadspin resigned in protest after clashing with their bosses.

Now Deadspin’s former writers and editors — 18 of the roughly 20 who quit last year — have reunited to start a digital media company, Defector Media, that they will own and operate themselves.
Submitted by revdrew at 2020-07-28 14:09pm to the Sports forum.

A Massive Leak of Nintendo Source Code Is Causing Chaos in Video Games

The gigaleak. That’s the name retro enthusiast and amateur game developer Cosmo came up with when they realized the trove of secrets that had leaked out of Nintendo last week, which have dominated gaming’s attention ever since. Source code for games like F-Zero and Link to the Past. A full development history of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. Prototypes for Super Mario Kart and Yoshi’s Island, which Nintendo called Super Mario Bros. 5: Yoshi’s Island at some point. A cache of emails from ...
Submitted by Forensic at 2020-07-28 14:14pm to the Video Games forum.