The Shirk Report Volume 546

Welcome to the Shirk Report where you will find 20 funny images, 10 interesting articles and 5 entertaining videos from the last 7 days of sifting. Most images found on Reddit; articles from Digg, Kottke, Facebook, Twitter, and email; videos come from everywhere. Any suggestions? Send a note to submit@twistedsifter.com 20 IMAGES – Friday! – This dog’s Halloween costume – That was close | That was closer – The show must go on – These stairs have a ‘Beast Mode’ option – Love ordering pizza but hate receiving/eating it? – Shat it is – This back tat – Steeerike! – Oh goodie, more advancements in robotics – Wait for it – Don’t fight it | Ditto for this – How …

‘Now it’s just ghosts’: Yemenis living under the shadow of death by airstrike

Four years of war has not brought Saudi Arabia any closer to victory, but all over Yemen ordinary people are suffering It has started to rain and the angry sky is threatening thunder, but a lone figure is picking his way through the rubble of Dhamar detention centre in Houthi-controlled northern Yemeni flags draped in front of a building bombed in a coalition airstrike in the centre of the city of Saada on 13 September 2019. The scorched earth strategy has not brought Saudi Arabia any closer to winning this war. Its crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, then defence minister, launched Operation Decisive Storm in March 2015 after the Iran-backed Houthis took the capital Sanaa, forcing Hadi to flee to …

Giorgio Armani: ‘Japan always keeps its soul’

The fashion supremo on how a simple table sparked his love for Japanese design I loved how spare those tables looked, the restraint and grace. What I find so particularly interesting is the sense of calm that pervades all things Japanese. On top of that, I am struck by how in Japan modernity mingles seamlessly with history. The Japanese manage to convey the sense that they are able to look both backwards to tradition and forwards to the unknown future with equal ease. This is quite a cultural accomplishment. In 1981 my interest for the Japanese aesthetic, fuelled by a steady diet of Kurosawa, of old and new, went full-blown in one of my most iconic collections an epic commercial …

This cowardly speech reveals Boris Johnsons armoury is empty | Martin Kettle

A general election is now the PMs only hope of Getting Brexit Done, says Guardian columnist Martin Kettle Boris Johnsons speech to the Conservative party conference was of a piece with his brief and tawdry prime ministership so far. The speech was a scam, an attempt to pretend that inconvenient realities can be wished out of existence by putting on a crowd-pleasing act. Yet these inconvenient realities include such things as the law of the land, the elected parliament, the European Union and the island of Ireland. Between them, these realities have enough clout to foil him. Todays lines about customs checks in Ireland could arguably be read as being a tad more emollient than the earlier Get Brexit Done …

These are the six proposals for a memorial to honor Pulse nightclub shooting victims

Orlando, Florida (CNN)More than three years after the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida, a nonprofit foundation is seeking public comment on final proposals for a memorial and museum honoring the 49 victims of the deadliest act of violence against LGBT people in the history of the country. A foundation created after the tragedy, onePULSE, will unveil the final design proposals to the public on Thursday in Orlando. People will be able to leave comment until October 10 and a jury will make a final selection at the end of the month. Barbara Poma, club co-owner and foundation CEO, said the designs are products of recommendations and ideas drawn from surveys and consultations throughout the nation. “We had these six …

Sad memes flow in after Kanye’s ‘Jesus Is King’ gets delayed again

No,Kanye Wests Jesus Is King still isnt out, after it was reported that it would release on Sept. 27. In fact, its difficult to know if (and when) it will ever arrive. If Kanye west actually manages to release Jesus is king today this is how Im gon be all weekend pic.twitter.com/1Zkgq0u7aC — ruben :/ (@rxbenx) September 27, 2019 TMZreportsYe is constantly tweaking the final product, his ninth full-length album, which is said to be complete and ready for release. The Chicago-raised artist has virtually delayed the album into an uncertain status. Kim Kardashian West announcedJesus Is Kingon social media in August. She provided an update, saying the highly-anticipated project would drop on Sunday, Sept. 29, after a few final …

Ancient Shipwreck Holding Nearly 100 Jugs Of Roman Supplies Found In Spain

Not far from the tourist-filled beaches of Mallorca in Spain, marine archaeologists have discovered a seabed littered with almost one hundred Roman jugs and a 1,800-year-old shipwreck.  The treasure trove of relics was first discovered in July 2019 in the waters of S’Arenal beach in Palma, according to an announcement from the Council of Majorca. Given the business of the waters and the value of the remains, authorities were quick to employ the help of the Balearic Institute of Studies in Maritime Archeology (IBEAM) to both document and recover the ancient objects before they were plundered. The marine archaeologists also captured some stunning footage of the shipwreck and the excavation work, which you can check out below. The merchant ship sank some …

Passbase grabs $3.6M to power privacy-preserving online ID checks

Digital identity startup Passbase has closed a $3.6 million seed round, led by Cowboy Ventures and Eniac Ventures, with participation from Seedcamp and other European investors. The 2018 founded startup bagged a $600k pre-seed round earlier this year for its full-stack identity engine with a privacy twist. The latest tranche of funding will go on growing the team and sales channels in the US and Europe, says co-founder Mathias Klenk. “Our goal is to build an API-first company, so building a strong core organization is key for us to be able to fully focus on securing partnerships with complementary services,” he tells TechCrunch. “By the end of next year, we aim to have our consumer application rolled out so that individuals …

Meet the makers of modular

When Dieter Döpfer, the founder of music instrument manufacturer Doepfer, decided to launch a brand new modular synthesiser system in 1995, no one could have predicted what would follow. Today, his “Eurorack” format supports an ecosystem of hundreds of manufacturers that have collectively produced thousands of compatible modules used by famous musicians, such as Radiohead, Chemical Brothers and Aphex Twin, and hobbyists alike. Fuelled by passion not venture capital, most companies in the Eurorack space are neither startups nor established OEMs. Instead – and quite remarkably – the industry remains a long tail of boutique manufacturers, with some of the best-sellers still operating as one-person shops. Inspired by technology that is almost half a century old, and intentionally designed not …

Relativity, a new star in the space race, raises $140 million for its 3-D printed rockets

Relativity Space Elon Musk says Starship should reach orbit within six months – and could even fly with a crew next year For now, Relativity remains focused on the clear, near-term business opportunity of getting more satellites into the Earth’s orbit for telecommunications companies. The financiers funding the company’s plans are a mix of Silicon Valley venture capital firms and members of Hollywood’s elite, which is only fitting for a company whose headquarters are in Los Angeles, but whose business takes it to the far flung research centers and launch facilities which support the U.S. space industry. From Hollywood, Relativity has managed to coax cash from the founder of the Creative Artists Agency, Michael Ovitz, and the Academy Award-winning actor …

Boeing 737 MAX came without safeguards used in military jet

(CNN)Boeing built its 737 MAX passenger jet without safeguards the US military required for a similar flight control system on a different Boeing-made plane, a source with knowledge of the MAX system told CNN. A Boeing software fix for the MAX will mean its flight control system will now function more like the military version of MCAS. It will now use data from two, rather than only one, angle of attack sensors, which is intended to make the plane less vulnerable to a single malfunctioning sensor. It will also make the system push the plane downward less frequently and with less force. Boeing said in a statement that the MCAS for the two planes were designed differently because of different …

You Can Score $294 Round-Trip Tickets To Mexico City For A Foodie Getaway

Shutterstock Dollar Flight Club’s Sept. 27 Deals To Mexico City Are Over 50% Off Standard Prices By Cianna Garrison Sept 27, 2019 Have you been dreaming about taking a vacation but already missed the boat in summer? Summer travel costs are much higher than they are during off-season, which is why you should consider finally taking that vacation. If you’ve been stashing away some vacation money, but haven’t had the chance to go anywhere, the fall or winter months can be one of the best times for travel deals. If you prefer a vacay somewhere with a warmer climate, Dollar Flight Club’s Sept. 27 deals to Mexico City could be just what you’ve been dreaming of. Maybe Mexico City has …

Jonathan Van Ness on being HIV positive: ‘It gave me a reason to really fight’

The charismatic star of hit TV show Queer Eye had a troubled and chaotic early life. Here, for the first time, he talks about his journey back from the brink and his life with the virus The words smoky lavender appear twice in Over the Top, a memoir by Queer Eye, the hyperventilating makeover show in which he stars. The first time it is used to describe the skin colour of a gun-toting meth addict he encounters during a stint as a sex worker in Tucson. The second to describe the colour of the thigh-high boots worn by the hair stylist at a salon he lands at in Los Angeles in 2008. He is 19. Later, First Wives Club, a …

Zaha Hadids massive starfish airport opens in Beijing

Daxing international, said to be worlds largest single-building terminal, to handle 72m passengers China has opened a vast, multibillion-dollar airport in the countrys capital, in the run-up to a major political anniversary. Less than five years after construction began, the 450bn yuan (50bn) Daxing international airport was officially opened on Wednesday in a ceremony attended by the Chinese leader, Xi Jinping. China is preparing to celebrate its National Day on 1 October, marking 70 years since the founding of the Peoples Republic of China, against the backdrop of unrest in Hong Kong and a flagging economy. People attending the launch ceremony for the new Beijing Daxing international airport in Beijing. Photograph: STR/AFP/Getty Images The new mega-airport, the second in Beijing, …

Its a beacon for the city: inside the new New York library that cost $40m to build

The project earned criticism for its price tag, but it is being seen as a positive sign for the health of New York libraries Strategically positioned on the bank of the East River, across the water from the United Nations headquarters, New York city has a shimmering new addition to its skylines. Unusually for such prime real estate set among parkland, panoramic views of Manhattan and convenient transport links, this $40m development in Queens is neither an upscale apartment block, exclusive members club or the offices of a huge corporation. In fact, it is the site of the citys newest public library. Built from aluminium-painted exposed concrete that sparkles in the light and featuring two huge freeform cutouts for windows, …

Britfield & The Lost Crown: The Better Alternative to Harry Potter for Our Youth

ShareTweetPin By C.R. Stewart Do we really need to re-visit the Harry Potter controversy? When the book series was launched on June 26, 1997, conservative Christians were alarmed about the dangerous acceptance of the occult. Evangelicals made their case, but clearly the church lost this battle. Ironically, the controversy may have fueled the popularity of the books, which sprouted to become a seven-book series that has sold 500 million books globally, making them the best-selling series in history. An entire industry has been created around it — films, merchandise and even a theme park! Recently, a Catholic church in Nebraska banned Harry Potter from its library because occult experts had reported the spells and incantations from the stories could actually …