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PostPosted: Mon 08 Jul , 2019 7:39 pm 
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The part about selling the organs is more disturbing to me. :shock:


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PostPosted: Wed 10 Jul , 2019 7:01 pm 

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I assumed that was as false as the rest of their proposal. :)

https://www.euronews.com/2019/06/26/it-s-too-hot-naked-man-riding-scooter-tells-german-police
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Police in the Brandenburg lander, north-east Germany, revealed on Wednesday that they had recently cautioned a man for riding on a motorbike wearing only a helmet and sandals.

In a tongue-in-cheek social media post, they joked that he must have been attempting "the Naked Man" seduction technique from the How I Met Your Mother television show. They also said when questioned about his state of undress, the man replied: "It's too hot!"

"We could not disagree with that, but asked him to put on his pants and then let him continue his ride," the Brandenburg police explained.

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PostPosted: Fri 12 Jul , 2019 2:39 am 
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This seems the case of the crime being its own punishment.

Here's a cute one from Chicago - a five-foot alligator moved into a lake in a city park.

As Humboldt Park Gator Watch Enters Day 3, Alligator Bob Says The Creature Is Getting Comfortable

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At one point, a Chicago Police officer started blasting the “Jaws” theme song from his squad car, eliciting laughs.

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PostPosted: Fri 12 Jul , 2019 12:04 pm 
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Google workers can listen to what people say to its AI home devices
Company admitted that contractors can access recordings made by Assistant, after some of its recordings were leaked


Does anybody here actually use these things?

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PostPosted: Fri 12 Jul , 2019 1:35 pm 
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I absolutely refuse to own any of those contraption. I can't think of a single problem it would solve. And while I can't stop corporations and government from spying on me, asking me to pay them to do it is a bit cheeky, don't you think?

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PostPosted: Fri 12 Jul , 2019 2:28 pm 
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We've got one of those Alexa thingys. My husband often asks it what the weather forecast is, or what the temperature is outside but that's about it.

My son's name is Alex, so we initially renamed it "Computer"... but it kept triggering from things said on TV shows. So we renamed it "Echo" and I don't think it's been accidentally triggered yet under that name.

I think it's pretty useless, but my husband seems to like it.


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PostPosted: Fri 12 Jul , 2019 2:43 pm 

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I never believed they weren't uploading recordings to Google, etc. and I refuse to have any conversation in front of them that I wouldn't want recorded and played back on television. My in-laws bought one and, at first, they thought I was strange for objecting to having it on. I've noticed that, since then, it has disappeared from their house and they've mentioned the privacy risks.

What worries me is that some hospitals have been putting them in patients' rooms. No way I'd want one of those things listening there.

I've also taped over the camera on my laptop.


Of course, smartphones can be hacked, too. Some people in China take the batteries out of their smartphones when having political conversations.

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PostPosted: Wed 17 Jul , 2019 8:03 pm 
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I've been putting tape over computer cameras virtually since they first came out with them. Not because I thought anyone was spying on me, but because I've always hated having a camera pointed at me. The fact that no one was behind the camera doesn't really figure into my emotional response.

And if anyone ever listens to what is said on our Alexa gadget, they'll get hundreds of hours of audio books.


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PostPosted: Fri 19 Jul , 2019 1:38 pm 

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In connection with the recent Facebook group's joking "plans" to storm Area 51 and see the aliens ("If we naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets.")...

https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/453789-bud-light-offers-to-give-free-beer-to-any-alien-that-makes-it
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Bud Light offers to give free beer to 'any alien that makes it out' of Area 51

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PostPosted: Tue 23 Jul , 2019 7:23 pm 

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Inspired by the Area 51 event,

https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/454346-thousands-plan-to-storm-loch-ness-the-day-after-area-51-raid
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Thousands plan to storm Loch Ness the day after Area 51 raid: 'Nessie can't hide from us all'



Alas, authorities in the UK don't seem to have much more of a sense of humor than the US military.
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"There's really no need to 'storm' Loch Ness, given that it is open to the public 24/7, 365 days a year," Gemma McDonald, a spokeswoman for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution — which monitors Loch Ness — told CNN.

Loch Ness has an average temperature of 42 degrees and can have towering waves, and “conditions deteriorate quickly,” making it hard for a rescue mission if people go too far trying to find the monster, McDonald added.

I swear, these days official spokespersons seem to assume that people are all really stupid. Um, guys, it's called a joke?

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PostPosted: Wed 24 Jul , 2019 5:09 pm 
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I have always cherished a secret hope that Nessie is real. I kind of wish people would be stupid and see if she's there.

;)

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PostPosted: Thu 01 Aug , 2019 12:35 am 

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I have a soft spot myself for Champ, the Lake Champlain monster. ;)


Here's the one political party I would consider joining. :)
https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/455544-lawsuit-filed-over-rejected-wtf-political-party-in-nevada
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A Nevada CEO filed a lawsuit after his application to create a political party called the "WTF Party" was rejected, The Nevada Independent reported Wednesday.



And in other weird political news:
https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/455496-marianne-williamson-supporters-organize-occult-task-force-on-her-behalf
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Marianne Williamson supporters organize 'occult task force'
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The person organizing the task force told The Washington Post anonymously that a group of 13 chaos magicians, witches and energy workers were doing synchronized “gestures” to help their candidate gain more visibility in the presidential race and more airtime during Tuesday's Democratic debate.

“The whole orb gang community is tapping into the power of memes to reflect back on, and multiply, the sort of pulsing undercurrents of our collective unconscious,” the person told The Post in an email.

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PostPosted: Thu 01 Aug , 2019 6:17 am 
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In connection with the recent Facebook group's joking "plans" to storm Area 51 and see the aliens ("If we naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets.")...

https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/453789-bud-light-offers-to-give-free-beer-to-any-alien-that-makes-it
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Bud Light offers to give free beer to 'any alien that makes it out' of Area 51


Ah, so that's why all the aliens opted to stay inside.

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PostPosted: Thu 01 Aug , 2019 12:04 pm 

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Ah, so that's why all the aliens opted to stay inside.

Indeed

:D

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PostPosted: Tue 06 Aug , 2019 1:09 pm 
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French hoverboard inventor flies over the English Channel

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Looking like a superhero, Franky Zapata successfully completed the famed 35-kilometre journey in just 22 minutes Sunday morning, reaching speeds of up to 177 km/h on the flyboard that has made him a French household name.

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The wind in the Channel, especially gusts, presented a major challenge, he said, adding that he bends into gusts but is destabilized if the wind quickly dies. It was, he acknowledged, no easy feat — especially given the physical endurance it requires. He said his leg muscles were "burning" during the flight.


The original article has a picture and a youtube video. Check it out!

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PostPosted: Thu 08 Aug , 2019 10:51 am 
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Amazing! :Q

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PostPosted: Fri 09 Aug , 2019 4:45 pm 
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I hope he had fun...

These guys are just straight embarrassment at this point.

USA TODAY: A 'straight pride' organizer in California accidentally called his organization a 'peaceful racist group'.

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PostPosted: Sat 10 Aug , 2019 3:51 pm 
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I can't even with those morons, Frelga. :roll:

Jude, that hoverboard was cool! Whoa!

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PostPosted: Thu 15 Aug , 2019 1:29 pm 

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https://www.wired.com/story/null-license-plate-landed-one-hacker-ticket-hell/
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How a 'NULL' License Plate Landed One Hacker in Ticket Hell
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In late 2016, Tartaro decided to get a vanity license plate. A security researcher by trade, he ticked down possibilities that related to his work:... “The idea was I’d get VOID for my wife’s car, so our driveway would be NULL and VOID,” Tartaro says.

...That setup also has a brutal punch line—one that left Tartaro at one point facing $12,049 of traffic fines wrongly sent his way. He’s still not sure if he’ll be able to renew his auto registration this year without paying someone else's tickets. And thanks to the Kafkaesque loop he’s caught in, it’s not clear if the citations will ever stop coming...

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PostPosted: Fri 23 Aug , 2019 2:11 pm 

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It really was the Nigerians. :Q

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/08/charges-80-people-nigerians-46m-internet-scam-190823071850782.html
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US charges 80 people, mostly Nigerians, in $46m internet scam

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