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Trump supporter really puts in the effort to maintain his crazy theories

This guy has conspiracy theories unreasonable enough that even a news anchor felt the need to take him to task. Read the rest

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Great price on a pound of matcha powder

Matcha (powdered green tea leaves) is usually pretty expensive. When I saw a one-pound container of Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder on Amazon selling for a low price, I was suspicious, but I decided to give it a try. It‘s delicious. Our favorite way to drink it is to blend a teaspoon with 8 oz of soy or almond milk. We‘ve gone through four pounds of the stuff, one teaspoon at a time. We use this fantastic Nespresso Aeroccino Milk Frot

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Cats enjoy squeezing into small boxes

View this post on Instagram A post shared by MaruHana (@maruhanamogu) on Aug 7, 2020 at 3:49am PDT "Maru and Hana enjoy each box." Read the rest

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Apple bullies small company over its pear logo

Apple opposed a trademark application by a five-person company that has a meal-planning app called Prepear. The company has launched a petition on change.org to protest Apple‘s opposition. ‘It is a very terrifying experience to be legally attacked by one of the largest companies in the world, even when we have clearly done nothing wrong, and we understand why most companies just give in and change their logos. We feel a moral obligati

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Baltimore explosion destroys several houses, kills woman

A woman died and at least three more people were injured monday when an explosion rocked a Baltimore neighborhood. A number of houses were destroyed and aerial footage shows what CNN described as "profound devastation" covering a wide area. The situation is unfolding and efforts are underway to rescue people trapped in the rubble. No word on the cause. Read the rest

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Take a look at "Journey to the Microcosmos" new video shot with an upgraded microscope

The excellent YouTube channel "Journey to the Microcosmos" recently acquired a new microscope and its videos of microscopic creatures look more amazing than ever. Image: YouTube Read the rest

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You can rent a fake Shibuya Scramble crossing for 8,000 a day

Tokyo‘s Shibuya Scramble crossing is the busiest crosswalk in the world, with as many as 1,000 people crossing its five walkways at the same time. It‘s become a tourist attraction in its own right, and many people record videos as they walk across the street.I shot the video above on a summer evening in 2018. Of course shooting a movie that features Shibuya Scramble would be almost impossible, or at least astronomically expensive. Bu

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More Americans than ever are giving up their US citizenship

Nearly 6,000 people gave up their US citizenship in the first half of 2020, reports CNN. This is a sharp increase over the same time period in 2019 when slightly over 2,000 Americans gave up their citizenship. The figures were compiled by Bambridge Accountants using public data the U.S. government publishes of the names of people who renounce their citizenship. One of the main reasons people renounce their citizenship is to avoid tax complication

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Students and staff infected with Covid-19 at Georgia school that suspended students for posting photos

The Georgia high school that suspended two students for posting a video of the school‘s crowded halls has shut down due to coronavirus infections. Nine people at North Paulding High School (6 students, 3 staff members) have tested positive, and attended school ‘for at least some time‘ last week, according to Principal Gabe Carmona. Now the school is closed, at least today and tomorrow, for a scrub down. And then, incredibly, the

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Cool NASA illustrations of Jupiter‘s lightning and atmospheric "mushballs"

Piloting a craft through Jupiter‘s atmosphere would be very hard due to massive bolts of "shallow lightning" and the equally scary giant "mushballs" of water and ammonia that fall like hail. To celebrate the 9th anniversary of Juno, NASA shared some cool illustrations and a visualization of what it would feel like to fly through a Jovian storm. The mushball findings solve a mystery of Jupiter‘s "missing" ammonia. Scientists believed

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300 million in aid pledge to help the survivors of massive Beirut explosion

Lebanon has a long, complicated history of pain, suffering, and mismanagement at the hands of oft-times self-serving oligarch government, their neighbors, and violent internal political movements. The country has been going through a financial meltdown over the past several years. This past July, the Lebanese pound was reported to have lost 80% of its worth. Double-digit unemployment rates are making things worse. The nation‘s infrastructur

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The Draft Top turns your aluminum can into an open mouthed glass with a twist

The aluminum can is a great invention. And for 60 years, it and its crafty little addition, the pull tab, have made transporting and drinking all of our favorite beers, soft drinks and other beverages about 1,000 percent easier. Of course, evolution continues -- and even an innovation as awesome as the aluminum can is could probably use some improvements over a solid first half-century in use. Draft Top thinks that innovation already has a name:

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Racial traits in D&D are pretty problematic. "Ancestry & Culture" is a great homebrew solution.

Dungeons Dragons is great. It also, unfortunately, has long-fed into the inherently colonialist tropes that have long dominated the fantasy genre. Wizards of the Coast has recently made some strides to disentangle their tabletop role playing games from these harmful stereotypes - things like the essential racial traits of Orcs, which peg them as dark-skinned savages that are inherently evil and dumb. This is a great step. But the folks at Arcan

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Facebook kills 200,000-member QAnon group

Facebook took out one of its largest Qanon groups this weekend, deleting the 200,000-member "Official Q/Qanon" page citing "repeated violations of the company‘s policies." Numerous posts in the group had already been removed for violating Facebook‘s policies on bullying, harassment, hate speech, and false information that could lead to harm, Facebook told Reuters. QAnon followers espouse an intertwined series of beliefs based on anony

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This drive-through haunted house in Japan will "make your car bloody if you wish."

If you‘re anything like me, you‘re already worried about how we‘re going to do Halloween during the pandemic. Distantly dispersing trick-or-treat candy via t-shirt cannon? Kids dress as the cast of ER in surgical masks or wear 6 ft. inner tubes around their waists? Most of us are still figuring this out as we go, but there‘s one haunted house production company in Tokyo who is already well ahead of the game. Kowagarasetai

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Man in background of news segment misses train

I don‘t know what this fellow is saying, but I surmise that it‘s along the lines of "Unfortunately I have missed the train to Stockholm! Now I shall have to wait for the next departure." Read the rest

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HBO‘s The Third Day is bringing the creepy

Folk Horror? In a rural seaside setting? With a stellar cast and, at first glance, some stellar cinematography? Where do I sign up? Unfortunately, The Third Day won‘t pop until this winter, so I suppose that I‘ll have to wait until then to find out. Read the rest

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Man in background of live news segment misses his train

I don‘t know what this fellow is saying, but I surmise that it‘s along the lines of "Unfortunately I have missed the train to Stockholm! Now I shall have to wait for the next departure." Read the rest

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Protests erupt in Belarus after longtime dictator wins another "election"

The official result of Belarus‘s presidential election was never in doubt, with President Aleksandr Lukashenko often described as "Europe‘s last dictator" and opposition ruthlessly suppressed. But it‘s clear yesterday‘s poll-officially won with 79% of the vote-went as badly for him as it could have, with protestors swarming into the streets as soon as the cooked numbers were announced. Earlier, the central election commis

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"I am starting to regret my vote for Trump" ad featuring comedian David Cross

The ever-prolific former Republican anti-Trumpers, the Lincoln Project, have another ad that stabs deep into the heart of the insanity of Trump support. It features audio from comedian David Cross‘ stand-up act. When you‘re starting to regret your vote for Trump pic.twitter.com/hAofMi7qOz The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) August 8, 2020 Here‘s the Cross routine with the list of Trumpian transgressions that supporters wer

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Supercut of movie characters watching Jay Leno‘s monologue on the film‘s events

In movies of yesteryear, characters knew they were at a low point in their lives if Jay Leno is discussing them, brilliantly shown in this Buck LePard supercut. Movie characters watching Jay Leno talk about what is happening in the movie pic.twitter.com/fWpOeOLSm5 Buck LePard (@BuckLePard) August 5, 2020 Luckily, it usually means the film‘s third act is about to start. So if you see Jay, one of the Jimmys, or a news anchor in a film, it

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Make a wish: Perseids meteor showers peak August 12th

Look up! The Perseids meteor showers are putting on their annual "shooting star" show in the sky, which will peak pre-dawn on August 12. NASA: The last-quarter moon will interfere with visibility of most fainter Perseid meteors this year, but you‘ll still be able to see a few brighter ones, including the occasional "fireball." The best time to look is in the pre-dawn hours on Aug. 12, but midnight to dawn any morning the week before or aft

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NYT: Trump inquired about adding his face to Mount Rushmore

In a story about South Dakota governor Kristi Noem: "I started laughing. He wasn‘t laughing, so he was totally serious. He said, ‘Kristi, come on over here. Shake my hand, and so I shook his hand, and I said, ‘Mr. President, you should come to South Dakota sometime. We have Mount Rushmore.‘ And he goes, ‘Do you know it‘s my dream to have my face on Mount Rushmore?‘" Trump has floated this idea before hal

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10-year-old girl performs every instrument on this looping Joy Division cover

At just 10-years old, Nandi Bushell is already somewhat of an internet rock legend, thanks to her infectiously energetic cover song videos; she‘s even jammed with Lenny Kravitz. In her newest video, Bushell shows off her multi-instrumentalist skills with the help of a BOSS RC-505 loop station, recreating Joy Division‘s classic "Love Will Tear Us Apart" instrument-by-instrument. Read the rest

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