A Massachusetts man has pleaded not guilty to drug charges after authorities said his 5-year-old son brought heroin to school and told his teacher that when he tastes the powder he becomes Spider-Man.
Captain Dick Stevenson, a true Yukon original who “invented” one of the territory’s oddest claims to fame — a drink with a severed human toe in it — has died.
According to his daughter, Dixie Stevenson, he died in Whitehorse early Thursday morning at age 89.
“I’m pretty sure I’m the only daughter in history that has to, following my dad’s will, make sure that his toes are removed and dried and make it up to Dawson City,” Dixie said on Thursday.
“As a matter of fact, I’m just on my way downtown. I have to buy containers and pickling salt.”
Captain Dick’s world-famous invention, the “Sourtoe Cocktail,” is nearly 50 years old and continues to draw brave and thirsty crowds to Dawson City’s Downtown Hotel.
Order one up and you’ll get a shot of whiskey with a gnarled old human toe bobbing in the glass. Let the toe touch your lips and you’re in the Sourtoe club — with a certificate to prove it.
“I thought maybe only 10 or 12 people would ever do it,” Captain Dick Stevenson recalled in a CBC interview in 2017.
To date, more than 90,000 people have kissed the toe.
Trump exceeds expectations.
Wow. Fox News’ Bret Baier says that Trump’s tweets attacking Yovanovitch could be construed as witness intimidation and hence “adding essentially an article of impeachment in real time as this hearing is going on.”
Wow. Fox News' Bret Baier says that Trump's tweets attacking Yovanovitch could be construed as witness intimidation and hence "adding essentially an article of impeachment in real time as this hearing is going on." pic.twitter.com/7IiDQ1xriP
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 15, 2019
The story here is consistent with so much else: a deep, inexplicable subservience to/admiration of Putin. Yet this is triggered, apparently by a CNN report, not some angry call from Putin. And a couple months later they went ahead and made the visit anyway. No CNN, no problem.
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) November 12, 2019
Trump sees CNN report of a US Navy ship entering the Black Sea and see it as a challenge to Russia, calls Bolton at home and orders him to cancel the mission.
One of Rudy Giuliani’s associates arrested last month in connection with shady activities in Ukraine appears to have flipped on Donald Trump and his personal attorney. Lev Parnas, who has agreed to comply with investigators, is claiming that he personally offered a quid pro quo to the incoming government in Kiev at Giuliani’s direction, undercutting the president and his lawyer’s claims of innocence and suggesting their pressure campaign in Ukraine went further than previously known.
According to an attorney for Parnas, he traveled to Kiev just ahead of Volodymyr Zelensky’s swearing-in in May to deliver an ultimatum: investigate Joe Biden, or Vice President Mike Pence will not attend Zelensky’s inauguration, and Congressionally-approved military aid will be held up.
Today I learned that someone near us has a flock of Guinea fowl that he lets run around, “free range ” – in the middle of the road, in this case. I had to herd them off to the side with my car. Cause that’s country livin.
I didn’t know what they were. Looked like fat chickens with puffin heads.
The NTSB report includes a second-by-second timeline showing what the software was “thinking” as it approached Herzberg, who was pushing a bicycle across a multi-lane road far from any crosswalk:
- 5.2 seconds before impact, the system classified her as an “other” object.
- 4.2 seconds before impact, she was reclassified as a vehicle.
- Between 3.8 and 2.7 seconds before impact, the classification alternated several times between “vehicle” and “other.”
- 2.6 seconds before impact, the system classified Herzberg and her bike as a bicycle.
- 1.5 seconds before impact she became “unknown.”
- 1.2 seconds before impact she became a “bicycle” again.
It saw her five seconds before it ran her over.
Two things are noteworthy about this sequence of events. First, at no point did the system classify her as a pedestrian. According to the NTSB, that’s because “the system design did not include consideration for jaywalking pedestrians.”
Second, the constantly switching classifications prevented Uber’s software from accurately computing her trajectory and realizing she was on a collision course with the vehicle. You might think that if a self-driving system sees an object moving into the path of the vehicle, it would put on its brakes even if it wasn’t sure what kind of object it was. But that’s not how Uber’s software worked.
The system used an object’s previously observed locations to help compute its speed and predict its future path. However, “if the perception system changes the classification of a detected object, the tracking history of that object is no longer considered when generating new trajectories,” the NTSB reports.
What this meant in practice was that, because the system couldn’t tell what kind of object Herzberg and her bike were, the system acted as though she wasn’t moving.
A 2018 report from Business Insider’s Julie Bort suggested a possible reason for these puzzling design decisions: the team was preparing to give a demo ride to Uber’s recently hired CEO Dara Khosrowshahi. Engineers were asked to reduce the number of “bad experiences” experienced by riders. Shortly afterward, Uber announced that it was “turning off the car’s ability to make emergency decisions on its own, like slamming on the brakes or swerving hard.”
Don’t worry, the software driving the car that’s coming at you will have been written by uncompromised omnipotent super-humans who won’t overlook anything.
McDonald’s has apologised for a Halloween marketing campaign which promoted a dessert in Portugal with the words: “Sundae Bloody Sundae”. The term Bloody Sunday is used to refer to one of the worst days of the Troubles in Northern Ireland, when 13 people were shot dead by the Army.