who the hell stabs a newborn 135 times? Anything beyond one is excessive
Thursday, 20 January 2022

Police in this tiny Alabama town suck drivers into legal ‘black hole’

quote [ Using unmarked police cars and uniforms without insignia, the town with no traffic lights collected $487 in fines and forfeitures in 2020 for every man, woman and child. Total town income more than doubled from 2018 to 2020 – from $582,000 to more than $1.2 million – as fines and forfeitures rose 640%. ]

Watchin' out for the highway patrolmen and them speed traps
[SFW] [crime & punishment] [+2]
[by ScoobySnacks@6:02amGMT] [0 comments]

When Cigarette Companies Used Doctors to Push Smoking

quote [ Before studies showed that cigarettes caused cancer, tobacco companies recruited the medical community for their ads. ]

Nowadays doctors just push opioids that aren't addictive
[SFW] [history] [+1 Sad]
[by satanspenis666@3:34amGMT] [0 comments]

Tuesday, 18 January 2022

A Return to Robo-Signing: JPMorgan Chase Has Unleashed a Lawsuit Blitz on Credit Card Customers

quote [ Chase “filed lawsuits and obtained judgments against consumers using deceptive affidavits and other documents that were prepared without following required procedures,” the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau concluded in 2015. At times, Chase employees signed affidavits “without personal knowledge of the signer, a practice commonly referred to as ‘robo-signing.’” According to the CFPB’s findings, there were mistakes in about 10% of cases Chase won and the judgments “contained erroneous amounts that were greater than what the consumers legally owed.” ]

They got slapped on the wrist, and now they're starting up again. Hooray!🥳🥳🥳
[SFW] [business] [+2 WTF]
[by steele@6:13pmGMT] [1 comment]

Prize Patrol Immortality

quote [ Why Publishers Clearing House, a famously low-odds way of becoming rich beyond your wildest dreams, suddenly wants to pass down your winnings … if you win. ]

In the publisher's screaming house
[SFW] [people]
[by ScoobySnacks@12:07pmGMT] [0 comments]

Interview with Rick Gush - Writing for Westwood Studios

quote [ After the second titles in both Kyrandia and Lands of Lore there was a big big push for us to start using 3D art and that was a tough time. Westwood had all these 2D artists and I had to go tell them to go learn 3D Studio. Some of them did a good job in trying to adapt to the changing times, while others didn’t. It was a time of flux. ]

Interesting interview about writing and producing games in the 90s, including anecdotes about the Virgin-Westwood relation and the upbringing of some of the game concepts.
[SFW] [games]
[by Paracetamol@8:06amGMT] [0 comments]

Monday, 17 January 2022

The Whitewashing Of Martin Luther King

quote [ Hi. In today's episode, we discuss the literal only MLK quote that Republicans ever mention, how it's a single sentence, why they love it so much, and what else he said that they're avoiding. ]

🎉🎉🎉Happy Whitewashing Day!🎉🎉🎉
[SFW] [history] [+2]
[by steele@10:34pmGMT] [3 comments]

The Gritty, Underground Network Bringing Japan’s Arcades to the US

quote [ After falling in love with an obscure anime rhythm game, I became obsessed with obtaining a machine of my own—or finding the people who could. ]

DDR, come on, come on
[SFW] [games] [+2]
[by ScoobySnacks@11:01amGMT] [1 comment]

Sunday, 16 January 2022

Inside a hollow library book, a secret library

quote [ That this zine collection had existed under the librarians’ radar—and who knew for how long?—thrilled Tatton, who felt as if she’d discovered a treasure. ]

Cool project and a nice research summary: at the end, there's an interview with the creators.
[SFW] [literature] [+2]
[by Paracetamol@8:32pmGMT] [0 comments]

Beastly Clues: T. S. Eliot, Torquemada, and the Modernist Crossword

quote [ Just a few years after The Waste Land appeared — a poem whose difficulty critics compared to some “pompous cross-word puzzle” — Edward Powys Mathers (alias: Torquemada) pioneered the cryptic: a puzzle form that, like modernist poetry, unwove language and rewove it anew. Roddy Howland Jackson reveals the pleasures and imaginative creatures lurking in Torquemada's lively grids. ]

Crosswords puzzle me
[SFW] [games]
[by ScoobySnacks@8:42amGMT] [0 comments]

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