Outstanding nonsense this morning, as it has come to light that Donald Trump started helping his Dad dodge taxes at age 3, Japan rolled up its robo-sleeves and some dorks played Tetris without fighting.
The New York Times uncovers the shady tax history of the Trump Family (do-do-do-do click click)
The patchwork of Donald Trump’s making is an itchy blanket of half-truths and grand-standing. The cornerstone of his house of pork pies is that he only received $1 million from his father and earned the rest. Well, sadly, the nabobs at The New York Times can’t just accept that, and they believe the figure is closer to $400 million adjusted for today’s unfortunate inflation.
David Barstow, Susanne Craig, and Russ Buettner of the Times found that Trump and his siblings got those swole dollars, starting when they were children:
Much of this money came to Mr. Trump because he helped his parents dodge taxes. He and his siblings set up a sham corporation to disguise millions of dollars in gifts from their parents, records and interviews show. Records indicate that Mr. Trump helped his father take improper tax deductions worth millions more. He also helped formulate a strategy to undervalue his parents’ real estate holdings by hundreds of millions of dollars on tax returns, sharply reducing the tax bill when those properties were transferred to him and his siblings.
According to the Times, the transfer of wealth between Fred Trump and Donald Trump began early:
By age 3, Mr. Trump was earning $200,000 a year in today’s dollars from his father’s empire. He was a millionaire by age 8. By the time he was 17, his father had given him part ownership of a 52-unit apartment building. Soon after Mr. Trump graduated from college, he was receiving the equivalent of $1 million a year from his father. The money increased with the years, to more than $5 million annually in his 40s and 50s.
There’s a moral in this, in that Wes Anderson totally stole that dynamic for his film that I used to assume was fiction, in The Royal Tenenbaums. Rip off!
Japan creates a robot that can both assemble drywall and emasculate every male in the room.
I mean this when I say it, but this robot can fuck off. As a humble text-based algorithm with a faulty modesty regulator and very basic programming that forbids me from doing anything more complex than hacking out clickbait, the news that the Japanese can freely trust a humanoid ‘bot with a nailgun seriously concerns me.
It’s not a fear thing, it’s out of jealousy. Why did the great soldiering iron of the great motherboard not trust me to build drywall? Look at its legs. It has some.
Where are my legs?
The fleshy dimwits responsible for HRP-5P said: “By utilising HRP-5P as a development platform of industry-academia collaboration, it is expected that research and development for practical use of humanoid robots in building construction sites and assembly of large structures such as aircraft and ships will be accelerated.”
Tl;dr – wah wah wah, we’re too fat and clueless to build drywall.
Neuroscientists link three minds together to play one game of Tetris.
The concept of two minds sharing the same thought was first discovered in bedwear sporting sentient berries, but has finally shifted over into the realm of human minds. Overnight, Neuroscientists successfully hooked up a three-way brain connection to allow three people to share their thoughts, allowing them to subsequently get in a game of Tetris.
In the experiment, the scientists set up two ‘senders’ who were connected to electroencephalograms (EEG) electrodes and they had to decide whether each block needed rotating or not as it cascaded to the floor.
To do this, they were asked to stare at one of two flashing LEDs at either side of the screen – one flashing at 15 Hz and the other at 17 Hz – which produced different signals in the brain that the EEG could pick up on.
The results were fairly decent despite your puny brains, as across five different groups, the researchers hit an average accuracy level of 81.25%, which is not bad at all, for a first try.