Scenes from England's growing magician problem

Iron-age death cult's botched ritual burns its logo into 73 children's faces:

Dozens of pupils were left with burns after "toxic" ash crosses were daubed on to their foreheads for Ash Wednesday at a Catholic school.

First aiders had to treat students and staff at St Augustine's High School in Redditch, Worcestershire, after they reported feeling a burning sensation caused by the ash smudged on their temples by a priest and two sixth-formers at a Lent assembly on Wednesday.

The school said it was dismayed by the incident, which affected 73 students, 16 teachers and the chairman of the governors, all of whom were advised to seek further medical attention.

At least two children were understood to have visited a hospital after the assembly.

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International Docking Standard dot com

If Apple were involved in this, the connector would have been completely different every 18 months, and each spacecraft would now come with a stack of dongles.

7. With this standard can anyone now dock to the ISS?

Building to this docking standard ensures compatibility and enables a spacecraft using it to dock to the planned ISS compatible docking ports. A non-ISS partner space agency would need approval of the ISS Multilateral Coordination Board before docking to the ISS and the appropriate international agreements would also need to be put in place prior to the aforementioned docking.

"Life support is not supported with this accessory. Please contact your manufacturer."

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Devin Nunes Sues Cow

Devin Nunes is suing Twitter and the accounts @DevinNunesMom and @DevinCow (Devin Nunes' Cow) for $250M.

That's right: "Rep. Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, is suing Twitter because a fake cow was mean to him on the internet ... He's also suing the fake cow." [...]

USA Today's DC Justice and Investigations Editor Brad Heath tweeted out the filing in a series of progressively weirder -- and unintentionally hilarious -- screencaps, saying: "Nunes thinks various dairy puns were defamatory. So perhaps we'll get some interesting case law about how literally a reasonable reader would construe tweets from an account purporting to belong to a cow."

The screencaps are now how I, and many other people not only found out about the accounts, but also that Nunes is suing someone for calling him "herp-face" online.

Every human with working eyes immediately found this example of alleged injury in Nunes's filing ... which was an image tweeted out by "Devin Nunes' Mom" depicting a human centipede diagram of Putin, Trump, and Nunes. In that order. New GOP logo? What's about Devin Nunes' Grapes or Devin Nunes' Farm? I have so many questions.

Nunes went on to catalogue the falsehoods and defamations tweeted by the Devin Nunes' Mom account:

Devin Nunes' Mom stated that Nunes had turned out worse than Jacob Wohl; falsely accused Nunes of being a racist, having "white supremist friends" and distributing "disturbing inflammatory racial propaganda"; falsely accused Nunes of putting up a "Fake News MAGA" sign outside a Texas Holocaust museum; falsely stated that Nunes would probably join the "Proud Boys", "if it weren't for that unfortunate 'no masturbating' rule"; disparagingly called him a "presidential fluffer and swamp rat"; falsely stated that Nunes had brought "shame" to his family; repeatedly accused Nunes of the crime of treason, compared him to Benedict Arnold, and called him a "traitor", "treasonous shitbag", a "treasonous Putin shill", working for the "Kremlin"; falsely stated that Nunes was "100% bought and sold. He has no interest remaining for his constituents"; falsely accused Nunes of being part of the President's "taint" team; falsely stated that Nunes was unfit to run the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence; falsely accused Nunes of "secretly hat[ing] the people he's supposed to serve"; falsely accused Nunes of being a "lying piece of shit"; falsely stated that Nunes would lose custody of his children and was going to "the pen"; falsely accused Nunes of receiving pay for undermining "American Democracy"; falsely stated that Nunes was "the most despicably craven GOP public official" and that "Devin might be a unscrupulous, craven, back-stabbing, charlatan and traitor, but he's no Ted Cruz"; falsely stated that Nunes was "voted 'Most Likely to Commit Treason' in high school"; falsely stated that "The people of California's Central Valley are upright folk who work hard, look you square in the eye and give you a firm handshake. And then there is @DevinNunes"; falsely stated that Nunes is "not ALL about deceiving people. He's also about betraying his country and colluding with Russians"; stated "I don't know about Baby Hitler, but would sure-as-shit abort baby Devin"; falsely stated that "Alpha Omega wines taste like treason"; falsely stated that "@DevinNunes wanted me to tell everyone that he'll be releasing a pic soon to get ahead of that AMI thing, and that it only looks that way because of all the blow"; falsely suggested that Nunes might be willing to give the President a "blowjob"; falsely stated "@Devin Nunes look @SpeakerRyan is removing @Rep_Hunter from his committee seat because he's corrupt and incompetent. I wonder why he let you keep yours?"; falsely accused Nunes of "covering up Trump's conspiracy against the United States"; falsely accused Nunes of lying to Congress; falsely accused Nunes of suborning "perjury"; falsely stated that "@Devin Nunes is DEFINITELY a feckless c***" [and it keeps going...]

And, apropos of nothing, Last Congress, Devin Nunes cosponsored a bill called the "Discouraging Frivolous Lawsuits Act".

More likely is that this is the latest installment in a long-running Republican campaign to "work the refs" when it comes to political discourse.

So feel free to chuckle about the spectacle of Devin Nunes suing "Devin Nunes' cow", but know that this most likely isn't about his purported cow or what it said. Nunes is telegraphing an expansive effort to go after people who hurt Republicans with their public discourse. Its potential impact, not so much legally as from personal behavioral standpoint, shouldn't be so casually dismissed.

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Space Herpes

NASA issues space herpes warning as virus reactivates in astronauts

Due to this suppression of the immune system, the astronauts' bodies are less able to keep dormant viruses down, allowing them to reactivate.

"To date, 47 out of 89 (53%) astronauts on short space shuttle flights, and 14 out of 23 (61%) on longer ISS missions shed herpes viruses in their saliva or urine samples," reported Dr Mehta.

"These frequencies - as well as the quantity - of viral shedding are markedly higher than in samples from before or after flight, or from matched healthy controls."

"Only six astronauts developed any symptoms due to viral reactivation," said Dr Mehta. "All were minor."

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Our Faith-Based State Department.

Good to see the Sons of Jacob are being taken care of.

The State Department on Monday said it would not be distributing a transcript or list of attendees from a briefing call with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held that evening -- a call from which the department's press corps was excluded and only "faith-based media" allowed.

The afternoon phone briefing was to discuss "international religious freedom" with the secretary -- who rarely participates in such calls -- ahead of his trip to the Middle East. One member of the State Department press corps was invited, only to be un-invited after RSVPing. That reporter was told that the call was for "faith-based media only."

Despite repeated inquires and complaints from members of the press corps who are based at the department, the State Department on Monday night said they would not be providing a transcript of the call, a list of faith-based media outlets who were allowed to participate or the criteria to be invited.

Officials would not answer questions about whether a range of faiths was included.

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Apache 2.4.1 killed fail2ban, so that's awesome

They downgraded 404 errors from "error" to "info" meaning they no longer show up in your error_log unless you crank up LogLevel to "useless firehose".

This means that all of my nice fail2ban honeypot rules that blackhole your IP address if you probe /phpMyAdmin/ and stuff like that no longer trigger.

"Thaaaaanks."

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An "Alternative" Captain Marvel Soundtrack

I am 100% there for this bikeshedding of the Captain Marvel soundtrack. It's like reading Phonogram backmatter. My primary complaint with the movie was that Just a Girl was entirely too on-the-nose, so yes, all of this.

"And granted, Kevin Feige might not be so enthusiastic about ending a blockbuster superhero movie with the words 'Lick my legs, I'm on fire' ringing in the audiences collective ears, but he's just wrong."

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Today in Clown Computing: MySpace

MySpace lost all music uploaded from 2003 to 2015

About a year ago, all music on MySpace from 2015 and older stopped working. At first MySpace said they were working on the issue, but they eventually admitted they lost all the data (and apparently didn't have backups?). See this thread for more details.

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