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24 Aug 17:34


05 Sep 07:30

NYPD arrest human rights lawyer waiting outside restaurant while kids used bathroom

by Cory Doctorow

Yet another example of unprompted brutality by the NYPD.

Chaumtoli Huq, former general counsel for NYC Public Advocate Tish James, attended a rally in Times Square with her family, and afterwards, waited on the sidewalk outside of a Ruby Tuesday restaurant while her husband took their children (10 and 6) to the bathroom. Read the rest

05 Sep 07:01

Being physically unable to commit a crime is no defense against a system that has been fine tuned for prosecution

by Cory Doctorow

Techdirt's Tim Cushing highlights some of the more Kafkaesque moments in modern American justice -- handcuffed men who shoot themselves in the back, men who are arraigned for crimes they allegedly committed while in jail, and comes to this conclusion: Read the rest

07 Sep 04:00


by Jennie Breeden
04 Sep 16:40

This honey will make you hallucinate

by Mark Frauenfelder

"Mad honey," or deli bal as it is call in Turkey, contains a neurotoxin from rhododendrons called grayanotoxin that can cause "low blood pressure and irregularities in the heartbeat that bring on nausea, numbness, blurred vision, fainting, potent hallucinations, seizures, and even death, in rare cases." Read the rest

01 Sep 04:00

September 01, 2014

18 Aug 04:00

August 18, 2014

02 Sep 21:36

Arby's new Meat Mountain

by David Pescovitz

Arby's, inspired by customers who inquired about a poster in the restaurant depicting a heap of myriad meats, now sells an off-menu "Meat Mountain" piled with various kinds of animal flesh for $10. Here's what's between the buns: Read the rest

02 Sep 19:12

Police arrest North Carolina man for distributing voting rights leaflets

by Mark Frauenfelder

“They said they would charge me for distributing literature...”

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02 Sep 06:59

Fake, phone-attacking cell-towers are all across America

by Cory Doctorow

The towers attack the baseband radio in your phone and use it to hack the OS; they're only visible if you're using one of the customized, paranoid-Android, post-Snowden secure phones, and they're all around US military bases. Read the rest

28 Aug 10:51

Dashcam nails cops who beat man while shouting "Stop resisting arrest"

by Cory Doctorow

"The Bloomfield PD's internal investigations department found no evidence of any wrongdoing by the cops."

Two cops from Bloomfield, NJ's police department have been indicted, and another plead guilty after a suppressed dashcam video showed them beating a man who was facing years in prison for "resisting arrest" (the DA dropped his charges right away). Read the rest

27 Aug 18:07

Judge: SWAT team can't claim immunity after using excessive force

by Rob Beschizza
Police might be able to bash your home's door down and summarily execute you, but that doesn't mean they can use their qualified immunity to escape even the possibility of legal redress. Read the rest
27 Aug 16:35

WATCH: lungs of smoker vs non-smoker

by Mark Frauenfelder
02 Sep 00:00


25 Aug 12:28

Office setup of the day

by Joey deVilla

office setup of the day

It’s an Archer reference:

26 Aug 20:00

Motorcycle pants I actually wear

by Jason Weisberger

Named after the legendary space battleship that saved Earth from the Gamilas, Dainese Yamato Evo pants are far more comfortable, and far less armored.

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26 Aug 00:35

Norman Rockwell does Ferguson, by illustrator Anthony Freda

by Xeni Jardin

A riff on Rockwell's "Runaway," from 1958, done in 2014 by Anthony Freda. [HT: @stevesilberman]

21 Aug 17:52

Why haven't you had kids yet?

by Matthew Inman
19 Aug 15:57

Militarized cops: arms dealers bribed Congress to ramboize Barney Fife

by Cory Doctorow

Follow the money.

The 355 Congresscreeps who voted to continue Program 1033 (through which the military buys war-weapons at full retail, then gives them away free to local cops) accepted 73 percent more campaign donations from defense industry sources than the opposition. Read the rest

14 Aug 20:20

The Ferguson Army: A song by Jonathan 'Song a Day' Mann

by Xeni Jardin

Why’s a small town in Missouri
Need a great big fucking army?
They’re not enemy combatants
They live there, that’s their home
When you’re holding an assault rifle
Every human looks like an enemy
When you’re steeped in macho racism
Every young black man’s a threat

Jonathan Mann, August 14, 2014. [Video Link]

14 Aug 15:35

Ferguson police: Officer doxed by Anonymous isn't the one who shot Mike Brown

by Xeni Jardin

CNN is reporting that Missouri police say neither of the two officers whose names, photographs, and personal data were released this morning by Anonymous are the officer who shot and killed unarmed teen Michael Brown. Read the rest

07 Aug 20:43

Cheap electric bike: Currie Ezip Trailz

by Cool Tools

This is the electric bike I recommend for anyone on a tight budget. The Ezip Trailz is a bargain in terms of how much it can affect your life on little dollars. It is by far the best selling electric bike in the United States, for good reason: For less than $500 it is a decent electric bike with reasonable performance. At this price point if you just ride the bike regularly it will pay for itself quickly. Read the rest

04 Aug 16:31

Wireless car locks hacked

by Rob Beschizza
Who needs to conspicuously slim jim a car when one can just spoof its wireless keyfob? [Wired]
06 Aug 13:27

1989 Cadillac Brougham: The Review Nobody Asked For

by Ikarus on Oppositelock, shared by Patrick George to Jalopnik

So true...and I've only driven a '93.

1989 Cadillac Brougham: The Review Nobody Asked For

If you ignore the mysterious stains on the seats and the smells coming from the trunk, this $650 American dream boat can take you on the ride of your life – until the accelerator pedal sticks to the floor and the brakes fade so bad that you have to slam it into park just to stop at every red light, scaring the piss out of everyone around you.


01 Aug 20:43

Eric Garner's chokehold death at NYPD's hands ruled homicide

by Xeni Jardin
Mourners gather at the funeral service for Eric Garner at Bethel Baptist Church in Brooklyn New York, July 23, 2014. [Reuters]

Mourners gather at the funeral service for Eric Garner at Bethel Baptist Church in Brooklyn New York, July 23, 2014. [Reuters]

"The death of a 43-year-old New York City man who was placed in a chokehold by police officers has been ruled a homicide, according to the New York City medical examiner." Read the rest

06 Aug 13:24

Building a Turboshaft Powered Motorcycle Land Speed Racer - I love the smell of jet fuel in the morning

by Paul Crowe

Original article from: -

Original article from: - When Anders Johansson got the idea of building a land speed racer powered by a TV94 turboshaft engine, he did what many dreamers don't, he went out to his shop and got to work. This was back in 2010. He just took his project out for its first test run […]
30 Jul 14:59

Watch a cocoa farmer try chocolate for the first time

by Maggie Koerth-Baker

N'Da Alphonse grows cocoa in Ivory Coast. He harvests the pods, removes the pulp-covered beans, and dries them before selling them to brokers. He'd never seen or tasted the food made from his beans, until a Dutch TV show brought him a sample, as part of a story on class divisions and the global food trade.

Video Link

Via Sploid

04 Aug 00:00


05 Aug 04:33


by Jennie Breeden
29 Jul 13:12

Tikis of Bora Bora

by Mark Frauenfelder
Mark Frauenfelder returns from vacation with a substantially-enlarged collection of tiki photographs. Read the rest