The siren heard over the opening seconds of “A Cop Movie” doesn’t emanate from a car at all, but from an actor, imitating the piercing sound of approaching police with her voice. That’s a fitting fake-out with which to begin Alonso Ruizpalacios’ astoundingly original look at what makes an effective Mexico City cop. Technically, this […]
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Stop me if you’ve heard this one: a cop/legal drama drops everything it’s doing to cater to BLM propaganda and lies. Unsurprisingly, the ABC legal drama For Life is back to blatantly butcher the Jacob Blake case, all for the sake of Black Lives Matter.
The aptly-titled February 3 episode “Say His Name” kicks off with characters reacting to George Floyd’s death. Although this episode is supposed to take place at the start of the George Floyd protests, they should have been smarter than to heap more controversy onto an ongoing case with more than a few issues that prevent it from being what people called a “lynching.” Instead, we get a character remarking, “His knee was the noose, honey. Just got a new way to kill us now.” Sadly, it only goes downhill from there.
The story mostly follows the police shooting of Andy Josiah (Royce Johnson). According to his account, he was stopped for “driving while Black” and pulled out of his car for the police to investigate. His young son was sitting in the car and trying to get out, so he reached over the driver’s seat and was shot in the back in front of his kid. Now he lies handcuffed to a bed faced with the fact that he may never walk again.
If that story and the episode title weren’t clear enough, this account is basically the liberal rewrite of Jacob Blake’s shooting. However, instead of being an ex-felon allegedly violating a restraining order, trying to steal a car and kids that weren’t his, and holding a knife against police officers, Andy Josiah is a loving father with a devoted wife and two kids. It’s almost insulting how far the show goes to paint this figure as the victim. They even have the nerve for Andy to reference “genocide” and mournfully ask, presumably about white people, “What the hell’s their problem?” to which lawyer Aaron Wallace (Nicholas Pinnock) replies, “We exist.”
Andy: Only man I ever met stronger than you was my father. Glad he’s not here to see me like this.
Aaron: What happened wasn’t about you. You don’t gotta feel no shame or guilt. Alright?
Andy: Yeah, but certain things I looked forward to, you know? Picking up my son, swinging him around, even taking the trash out. Seems stupid, huh? I get it. But it made me feel like a man for my wife. I ain’t never gonna get to make love to her again. Man, you see how fine she is?
Aaron: You still got a lot to live for, Andy.
Andy: You know the question I ask every day?
Aaron: What’s that?
Andy: What the hell’s their problem? I mean, they got everything. Yet they still on some genocide mess.
Aaron: We exist.
I’ll tell you what the problem is for everyone. If innocent black people were really being systemically shot and murdered by racist white police officers, the BLM mobs would be able to find far better examples than Jacob Blake. Since the police aren’t genocidally killing black men, the most they can do is support felons fighting the police while lying about the details like this episode does. And if anybody questions that, they cry out “racist!” and lie more. That’s more than enough to be a problem.
Unfortunately, unlike Jacob Blake, Andy succumbs to his injuries and is eventually taken off life-support by his family. Nevertheless, Aaron vows to get Andy justice, remarking he “fought like hell, [t]hat’s what we need to do.” Apparently, the words “fight like hell” are no longer a call to violence since Aaron gets appointed as a special prosecutor to handle this case. That’s right, this plot will continue for multiple episodes.
Happy Black History Month to us all.
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Last time we heard from Boston Dynamics, its robots were having a holiday dance party over on YouTube. Now, the company is getting back to business in 2021 by updating its dog-like Spot robot with some new tricks.
Spot went on sale last year and the company claims it has sold roughly 400 of the $75,000 bots to companies in fields like nuclear power, mining, and high-end construction. Now, the company has added some useful upgrades to its robotic quadruped, including some that have been promised for years.
Spot Enterprise Edition
The big announcement in the lineup comes in the form of Spot’s new enterprise configuration. It’s meant for long-range remote use or for environments where humans shouldn’t go. Each robot comes with a powered dock that can fully recharge a Spot bot in roughly two hours. Once the bot is near the dock, it will automatically align itself using its onboard cameras and lower down onto the charging mechanism like the world’s fanciest Roomba.
Operators can take manual control over the robot or it can enact pre-programmed routines in which it doesn’t require any specific instructions from a human. Boston Dynamics says it has bolstered Spot’s Wi-Fi performance, but there’s also a high-speed ethernet port in the dock itself, so the robot can quickly dump the data it collected while out in the field.
Scout for remote control
In addition to Spot’s new hardware, Boston Dynamics has also announced a new software platform, called Scout, to help control it. The program gives an operator full access to a remote Spot, offering basically the same controls the human would have if they were using a tablet in the same room.
The operator gets a real-time view of what Spot sees and hears through its onboard sensors, which include an infrared camera. As Spot walks around, the operator can simply drag a rectangle around a specific area and the camera will use its 30x optical zoom lens to get a closer look at the situation in that location.
Scout offers a mixture of manual controls as well as pre-programmed routines. For instance, an operator can click on a specific location and Spot will travel to it, using its onboard sensors to ensure that it doesn’t tip over or go astray along the way. It has obstacle avoidance built-in, but if it should tip over for some reason, it can right itself without human help.
The company has also planned for other tricky situations. For instance, if Spot walks out of Wi-Fi range, it will stop and backtrack its steps until it starts receiving commands again so it won’t get lost and walk off a platform in an off-shore rig, for example.
Spot Arm can open doors, turn knobs
Back in 2018, we saw an early version of Spot opening a door with its articulating arm/head. Now, that hardware is officially available for commercial users. The arm is roughly three feet long and weighs roughly 18 pounds. It has a full range of motion in every direction and it can lift and manipulate objects up to 11 pounds.
The arm has optical and location sensors built right into the gripper, so it’s capable of handling some automated tasks on its own, like opening doors and turning valves without tedious manual control.
Boston Dynamics says only the company can add or remove the arm, but there is room around the robotic limb to add even more sensors if users want to customize their load out.
The arm also gets its own API, so customers can make custom software and actions for specific actions the base programming doesn’t cover.
The new upgrades are already rolling out, so if you’re in charge of a giant industrial company, it’s time to get your orders in. Or, if you just made millions on GameStop stock and just want a really fancy way to fetch seltzers out of the fridge, it’s best to get in line soon.
Here’s every rumor we’ve heard about Apple’s tracking devices, which could help you find your phone, keys and other important stuff.
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before…
You might have heard — the liberal media think GOP objections to tomorrow’s congressional certification of last month’s Electoral College vote are tantamount to a coup d’etat. “This week, we’re going to be able to measure exactly how many Republicans in Congress still believe in democracy,” CNN’s John Avlon hyperbolically proclaimed on Monday’s New Day.
But Democrats in Congress have protested every Republican presidential election for the past 20 years, without the media accusing them of attacking democracy itself.
The list of futile protests includes 2004, when incumbent President George W. Bush won by more than three million votes. That year, the conspiracy theorists — including some in the news media — zeroed in on Ohio, which Bush won by nearly 120,000 votes. While Bush won by tighter margins in New Mexico and Iowa, Democrats needed to flip Ohio’s 20 electoral votes if they were to change the outcome.
Yet when California Senator Barbara Boxer joined with Ohio Representative Stephanie Tubbs-Jones to object to the certification of Ohio’s electors — as some Republicans pledge to do on Wednesday — the media treated the exercise as a reasonable and valid effort to shine light on claimed “irregularities.”
During daytime coverage on January 6, 2005, CNN anchor Kyra Phillips hoped the “protest” would “bring attention to the problem of our system when it comes to voting here in the United States.”
Later in the afternoon, CNN congressional correspondent Joe Johns pointed out that Democratic Senators felt “ashamed” they hadn’t been more aggressive in quixotically challenging the Bush v. Gore results in 2000: “Four years ago, there were a number of House members, particularly members of the Congressional Black Caucus, who wanted someone on the Senate side to raise the objection so this issue could be debated. And they were not able to find a single senator to do that….All of this, of course, came out in the movie Fahrenheit 9/11, and that is something now some senators suggest they may have been a little bit ashamed of, seeing themselves on the big screen and not doing anything.”
On that evening’s NBC Nightly News, correspondent Chip Reid respectfully outlined the liberal justification: “The objectors cited irregularities in Ohio from alleged intimidation of minority voters to too few voting machines….So many voters were disenfranchised, they said, that the Ohio vote and the result of the presidential election are still in doubt.”
Over on ABC’s World News Tonight, anchor Peter Jennings had no harsh words for those who voted against accepting Ohio’s slate of electors: “The Democrats knew that it was a pretty ceremonial objection, but regarded it as important.”
MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann, who since early November had relentlessly hyped (and hyped, and hyped) the idea that Republican mischief had stolen the election from Democrat John Kerry, scoffed at the idea that the objection was any kind of a threat: “If this was not going to change the outcome, and it took less than three hours, why did both sides treat this like political dynamite?”
Olbermann’s guest, political analyst Craig Crawford, predictably agreed that the objection was really an “opportunity… for a bipartisan look at these problems.”
Crawford charged: “We have got an electoral system out there that doesn’t work. I told you once before, we spend more on prison food in this country than elections.”
Olbermann ended the interview on a weirdly prophetic note: “Yes. Well, we also only have the one Constitution and the reminder that today’s protester is the one who gets protested against 10 years from now, 20 years from now, whenever.”
Actually, it’s 16 years later, and now many of the same Democrats who have always objected to the routine certification of a Republican president’s election are now going to have to spend a few hours listening to Republican objections.
Only this time, the media that were so indulgent of the Democrats’ protests are showing no patience now that the shoe is on the other foot.
You likely heard about them last spring. Then they disappeared. Or did they?